KABUL, Afghanistan | Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 40 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has targeted a gathering of Muslim religious scholars in Kabul, killing at least 40 people. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh says another 60 people were wounded in the attack, which took place as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad. Interior … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 40 killed

WASHINGTON | Trump pressed for harsher US response to killing of writer

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump faces increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Trump says that Saudi Arabia is a “spectacular ally” and that he’s not convinced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader, was directly responsible for the Oct. 2 slaying of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump pressed for harsher US response to killing of writer

LONDON | Bank of England preparing Brexit deal verdict next week

LONDON — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney gave a guarded welcome to Prime Minister Theresa May‘s Brexit deal as he confirmed the bank would deliver its verdict on the agreement next week. Addressing lawmakers Tuesday, Carney said the withdrawal agreement would eliminate some of the uncertainty that has surrounded the British economy since the … Continue reading LONDON | Bank of England preparing Brexit deal verdict next week

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Kosovo’s bid to join Interpol fails, in victory for Serbia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  — Kosovo failed in its bid to join Interpol on Tuesday in a vote held during the international law enforcement organization‘s annual general assembly in Dubai, dealing a blow to the country’s efforts to boost recognition of its statehood. If it had been approved, Kosovo would have been able to request … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Kosovo’s bid to join Interpol fails, in victory for Serbia

LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

LUGANO, Switzerland — With four years to go before the next World Cup opens in Qatar, the small gulf country’s national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. Qatar surprisingly won the right to host the 2022 tournament eight years ago, when it was ranked 113th in … Continue reading LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

MINNEAPOLIS | Target’s investments in the future hits margins

MINNEAPOLIS — Target’s ramped up investments online and in stores are bringing in shoppers, but they’re bruising the bottom line right now. Company shares tumbled 10 percent before the opening bell Tuesday after Target missed profit expectations for the third quarter, the last look at the retailer’s performance as it heads into the holiday shopping … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Target’s investments in the future hits margins

WASHINGTON | US home construction rose 1.5 percent in October

WASHINGTON  — U.S. home construction improved a slight 1.5 percent in October, but in a troubling sign, ground breakings for single-family houses fell. The Commerce Department said Tuesday housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million, up from 1.21 million in September. The gains came entirely from apartments. Starts for single-family … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US home construction rose 1.5 percent in October