Future of Catalan crisis at stake as new parliament convenes

BARCELONA, Spain/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Catalonia’s new parliament began meeting Wednesday amid looming questions about the role that fugitive and jailed politicians will play in the chamber’s separatist majority and the future regional government. Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in October dodging a Spanish judicial probe over a foiled secession attempt, wants … Continue reading Future of Catalan crisis at stake as new parliament convenes

Abbas says Trump’s policy shift on Jerusalem was ‘sinful’

CAIRO/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Palestinian president on Wednesday again blasted Donald Trump in a fiery and emotional speech, saying the U.S. leader’s decision to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “sinful” and “ill-fated.” Mahmoud Abbas, who has openly cursed Trump over his policies, told a conference in Egypt that the United States has disqualified … Continue reading Abbas says Trump’s policy shift on Jerusalem was ‘sinful’

The Latest: Jailed Catalan politicians seek voting rights

BARCELONA, Spain/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Three jailed Catalan politicians are seeking permission from Catalonia’s new regional parliament to allow them to vote through delegated colleagues so as to maintain a pro-independence bloc’s slim majority in the chamber. The three are Catalan former vice president … Continue reading The Latest: Jailed Catalan politicians seek voting rights

Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion after urgent Yemen plea

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen on Wednesday, a day after Yemen’s Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal on the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from “complete collapse.” Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghir had called on the kingdom … Continue reading Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion after urgent Yemen plea

Global shares track weakness on Wall St; China shares higher

TOKYO/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Shares were lower Wednesday in Asia after a flip-flop session on Wall Street, where the Dow industrial average ended almost flat after backtracking from a broad rally earlier in the day. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 slipped 0.3 percent to 7,733.92 and the CAC 40 of France also fell 0.3 percent, to … Continue reading Global shares track weakness on Wall St; China shares higher

Survey finds geopolitical, cyber threats key concerns in ’18

GENEVA/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The World Economic Forum says a new survey found more than nine in 10 experts are expressing concerns about worsening economic or political confrontation between world powers, as “charismatic strongman politics” increasingly affects geopolitics. The WEF, perhaps best known as the organizer of the annual Davos conference that convenes next week, cites … Continue reading Survey finds geopolitical, cyber threats key concerns in ’18

Apple supplier denies charges of unsafe, unclean conditions

SHANGHAI/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —An Apple Inc. supplier in eastern China has denied allegations by a New York rights group that its workers toil for ten-hour shifts in loud, polluted conditions, without proper overtime pay or adequate safety protections to make MacBook and iPhone parts. The manufacturer was responding Wednesday to a report by China Labor … Continue reading Apple supplier denies charges of unsafe, unclean conditions

Nadal into 3rd round; Wozniacki saves 2 MPs to advance

MELBOURNE, Australia/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Rafael Nadal had to wait while Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points and worked her way back into the Australian Open in the preceding match on Rod Laver Arena. Nadal, the 2017 runner-up, wasted no time in reaching the third round, dropping only one service game — while serving for the … Continue reading Nadal into 3rd round; Wozniacki saves 2 MPs to advance