WASHINGTON | Call for men to ‘step up’ puts Sen. Hirono in the spotlight

WASHINGTON  — Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh the same questions on sexual harassment she has asked dozens of other nominees. Had Kavanaugh “made unwanted requests for sexual favors” or committed verbal or physical harrassment of a sexual nature since … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Call for men to ‘step up’ puts Sen. Hirono in the spotlight

BERLIN  | Germany arrests woman accused of Islamic State membership

BERLIN  — German police have arrested a 20-year-old woman on suspicion of serving in the Islamic State group. Federal prosecutors said Friday the German-Algerian woman, identified as Sarah O. for privacy reasons, is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say she traveled to Syria as a teenager in October 2013, where she … Continue reading BERLIN  | Germany arrests woman accused of Islamic State membership

TOKYO  | Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

TOKYO  — A Japanese spacecraft has released two small exploration robots on an asteroid in a research effort that may provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near the … Continue reading TOKYO  | Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

ISTANBUL | Turkey arrests Austrian national for alleged terror links

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s official news agency says an Austrian national has been arrested for alleged terror links. Anadolu Agency reported Friday that writer Max Zirngast — referring to him as only Max Z. — was arrested along with two others for “membership in an armed terror organization” and jailed pending trial. They are accused of … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey arrests Austrian national for alleged terror links

WASHINGTON | Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen boasts of aiding Mueller investigation

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer says he is providing “critical information” as part of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance and other charges last month, said Thursday he … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen boasts of aiding Mueller investigation

LONDON | UK media: May ‘humiliated’ after EU trashes her Brexit plan

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint was in tatters Friday, after the European Union rejected it at a summit in a move that the U.K. media branded a “humiliation.” European Council President Donald Tusk said bluntly at a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, that parts of May’s plan simply “will not work,” while … Continue reading LONDON | UK media: May ‘humiliated’ after EU trashes her Brexit plan

BERLIN | Report: Benedict defends ‘pope emeritus’ title to critic

BERLIN — A German newspaper that quoted letters by Benedict XVI hitting back at criticism of his 2013 resignation says he was responding to a conservative German cardinal who took issue with his decision to take the title “emeritus pope.” The Bild daily gave more details Friday of November correspondence it obtained between the German-born … Continue reading BERLIN | Report: Benedict defends ‘pope emeritus’ title to critic

WARSAW, Poland | Polish leader resists view that he was disrespected by Trump

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s president is fighting back against criticism at home over a photo posted by Donald Trump that some say shows the Polish leader in a subservient role during a White House visit. Trump tweeted photos of himself with President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday, including one of them signing a strategic cooperation agreement … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Polish leader resists view that he was disrespected by Trump