BEIJING  | Reports: China’s Xi may have met with North Korean official

BEIJING  — Media reports Tuesday said Chinese President Xi Jinping may have met with a high-ranking North Korean official in the Chinese port city of Dalian amid tight security and the spotting of a North Korean airliner at the city’s airport. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have … Continue reading BEIJING  | Reports: China’s Xi may have met with North Korean official

YEREVAN, Armenia  | The Latest: Armenia parliament picks opposition leader as PM

YEREVAN, Armenia  — The Latest on Armenian politics (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Armenia’s parliament has election opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian as the country’s new prime minister. Pashinian spearheaded weeks of largely peaceful protests that gripped the country in political turmoil. His election by a 59-42 vote on Tuesday overcomes one hurdle in resolving the … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia  | The Latest: Armenia parliament picks opposition leader as PM

LONDON  | UK foreign secretary attacks May customs proposal as ‘crazy’

LONDON  — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has attacked Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for a customs partnership with the European Union after the U.K. leaves the bloc — the latest outbreak of discord within the government over Brexit. Johnson told Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Mail newspaper that the partnership idea was “crazy” and … Continue reading LONDON  | UK foreign secretary attacks May customs proposal as ‘crazy’

Texas Governor Abbott Authorizes Harris County Emergency Special Election For Flood-Control Projects

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott yesterday sent a letter approving a request by the Harris County Commissioners Court to hold an emergency special election for a bond referendum on Saturday, August 25th. “As you know, I consider responding to matters concerning Hurricane Harvey to qualify as an emergency,” writes Governor Abbott.  “As this … Continue reading Texas Governor Abbott Authorizes Harris County Emergency Special Election For Flood-Control Projects

New York News: Statement By Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

ALBANY, NY – The following statement was released late yesterday by New York Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman: “It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me.  … Continue reading New York News: Statement By Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

BERLIN  | Rail worker detained after German train crash kills 2

BERLIN  — A train dispatcher was detained Tuesday after a passenger train hit a stationery freight train in southern Germany, killing two and injuring 14, police said. The crash late Monday happened close to a station in the town of Aichach. The passenger train was traveling from Augsburg to Ingolstadt. Its 37-year-old driver and a … Continue reading BERLIN  | Rail worker detained after German train crash kills 2

World shares mixed as Trump decision on Iran deal approaches

European shares are mostly lower after a day of gains in Asia, as a decision by President Donald Trump looms on whether to pull out of the U.S. nuclear deal. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX dropped 0.5 percent to 12,885.50 and the CAC 40 in France lost 0.3 percent to 5,513.20. Britain’s FTSE 100 edged 0.1 … Continue reading World shares mixed as Trump decision on Iran deal approaches

BUJUMBURA, Burundi  | ‘Castrate the enemy’: Violence grips Burundi ahead of vote

BUJUMBURA, Burundi  — One ruling party official urged supporters “to castrate the enemy.” Another called for drowning the regime’s opponents in a lake. Such hate speech spells trouble in Burundi, which is still reeling from President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision in 2015 to seek a disputed third term that provoked street protests and led to an … Continue reading BUJUMBURA, Burundi  | ‘Castrate the enemy’: Violence grips Burundi ahead of vote