WASHINGTON | DOJ offers new briefing as lawmakers dispute Trump spy claim

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it will offer a third classified briefing for lawmakers next week as House Republicans push for documents related to the use of an FBI informant who spoke to members of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. The department’s late Wednesday offer comes as three Republicans who attended classified … Continue reading WASHINGTON | DOJ offers new briefing as lawmakers dispute Trump spy claim

MOSCOW | Vladimir Putin: West wrongly sees Russia as a threat

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes other countries wrongly regard Russia as a threat and that mistaken concept can end if they see that the economic sanctions the West has put on Russia don’t serve their interests. Russia has been hit with sanctions by the United States and the West over its … Continue reading MOSCOW | Vladimir Putin: West wrongly sees Russia as a threat

HOUSTON | Toy grenade causes bomb scare in Houston airport

HOUSTON — A toy grenade in a passenger’s bag forced the shutdown of a security checkpoint at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport Thursday morning, just a day after the international terminal of the city’s other major airport was evacuated due to a bomb scare. Houston Airport System spokesman Bill Begley said people were allowed to … Continue reading HOUSTON | Toy grenade causes bomb scare in Houston airport

SEOUL, South Korea | In South Korea, hope and doubt ahead of Trump-Kim summit

SEOUL, South Korea —The on-again, off-again meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been an emotional roller coaster for South Koreans, who now await Tuesday’s historic summit with both hope and doubt. The hope is that improved relations between Washington and Pyongyang will ease tensions and dispel the threat … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | In South Korea, hope and doubt ahead of Trump-Kim summit

MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin says World Cup venues should cover costs

MOSCOW  — The Latest on President Vladimir Putin’s annual call-in television show (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s 12 World Cup stadiums must be financially self-sustaining, following calls from some officials for government subsidies. Putin said Thursday during an annual phone-in that “all the facilities need to be able to … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin says World Cup venues should cover costs

PARIS |The Latest: Del Potro confronts French Open fan

PARIS — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 1:15 p.m. Juan Martin del Potro has confronted a spectator sitting in Court Suzanne Lenglen after he hit a double fault to drop his serve at a crucial moment against Marin Cilic. The double fault gave Cilic a 5-4 lead in the second … Continue reading PARIS |The Latest: Del Potro confronts French Open fan

MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin describes US steel tariffs as ‘sanctions’

MOSCOW— The Latest on President Vladimir Putin’s annual call-in television show (all times local): 2:00 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has characterized new U.S. steel tariffs against its long-term allies as unjustified sanctions. U.S. President Donald Trump enraged Canada and other American allies last week by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and threatening … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin describes US steel tariffs as ‘sanctions’

MILAN | Casual fashion driving growth in luxury goods industry

MILAN —Casual luxury is driving global sales of high-end apparel, footwear and handbags as big-spending consumers look for low-brow statements in T-shirts, sneakers and rubber sliders, according to a study by consultancy Bain released Thursday. The casual trend is driven by Millennials, with help also from their comfort-seeking parents and the next generation of consumers, … Continue reading MILAN | Casual fashion driving growth in luxury goods industry