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ATHENS, Greece | UN envoy hails Macedonia’s ratification of name deal

ATHENS, Greece— Jan 12, 2019—A U.N. envoy has congratulated Macedonia after its parliament approved a deal with Greece that will rename the country North Macedonia. Matthew Nimetz said in a statement that the agreement, which remains to be ratified by Greece, paves the way for “a firmer basis for peace and security in the Balkans.” … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | UN envoy hails Macedonia’s ratification of name deal

JERUSALEM | Trump adviser: US to leave Syria once IS beaten, Kurds safe

JERUSALEM  —Jan 07, 2019— Jan 07, 2019—U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide said Sunday, signaling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks. While U.S. national security adviser … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Trump adviser: US to leave Syria once IS beaten, Kurds safe

LONDON | The Latest: May calls Brexit deal vote for week of Jan 14

LONDON— The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:40 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says the delayed vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14. The vote was supposed to take place last week, but May canceled it at the … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: May calls Brexit deal vote for week of Jan 14

BRUSSELS | UK’s May sticks to her Brexit plan despite rebuff from EU

BRUSSELS — British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Friday that her Brexit deal was still alive and kicking, despite a stinging rebuff from the European Union after she asked for changes to make the agreement more palatable to U.K. lawmakers. May came to an EU summit in Brussels seeking legally binding changes to the agreement, … Continue reading BRUSSELS | UK’s May sticks to her Brexit plan despite rebuff from EU

WASHINGTON | Pelosi, foes seem near deal likely paving her way to speaker

WASHINGTON — Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured Wednesday that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber’s top post. Moments after releasing a statement saying she was “comfortable with the proposal,” seven … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi, foes seem near deal likely paving her way to speaker

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran confirms missile test that angered US

TEHRAN, Iran— Iran has confirmed a recent ballistic missile test that was condemned by the United States. The semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday quoted Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh as saying the test was an “important one.” Hajizadeh, who leads the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, said the American outcry “indicates that the test was very … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran confirms missile test that angered US

CHICAGO | Union: Tentative deal reached with charter school operator

CHICAGO — The nation’s first teachers’ strike against a charter school operator is ending in Chicago. The Chicago Teachers Union says more than 500 teachers will return to classes Monday at Acero’s charter schools after reaching the tentative agreement just before 5 a.m. Sunday. The union said in a news release the deal “aligns” pay … Continue reading CHICAGO | Union: Tentative deal reached with charter school operator

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Manafort testified before grand jury twice

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the special counsel’s Russia investigation (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Court documents say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort testified before a grand jury on two occasions as part of his plea deal. Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office have accused Manafort of violating the agreement by lying to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Manafort testified before grand jury twice

MINNEAPOLIS | AP source: Twins, Schoop working on $7.5M, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS  — A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Twins and Jonathan Schoop are working toward an agreement on a $7.5 million, one-year contract for the free agent second baseman. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal, which also would include performance bonuses, had … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | AP source: Twins, Schoop working on $7.5M, 1-year deal

Business News: Lockheed Martin And Airbus Sign Memorandum Of Agreement On Aerial Refueling

MADRID – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refueling for U.S. defense customers. The companies will seek to provide aerial-refueling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and to meet requirements for the next generation of tankers capable of operating … Continue reading Business News: Lockheed Martin And Airbus Sign Memorandum Of Agreement On Aerial Refueling

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: Trump praises outgoing Mexican president

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina  — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit (all times local): 10:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is praising Mexico’s outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose government has been a target of Trump’s ire over trade, migration and Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S. southern border. Trump has … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: Trump praises outgoing Mexican president

LONDON | UK leader focused on passing Brexit deal despite uncertainty

LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May is urging lawmakers to consider the interests of their constituents when they vote on Brexit, saying that meetings with people outside London have shown her they want Parliament to back the deal she negotiated with the European Union. May told reporters on her flight to Argentina for the Group … Continue reading LONDON | UK leader focused on passing Brexit deal despite uncertainty

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | Puerto Rico completes its first debt restructuring deal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico  — Puerto Rico has completed its first debt-restructuring deal since the government announced it was bankrupt more than three years ago. The agreement was finalized with creditors holding nearly $4.2 billion in debt issued by the now defunct Government Development Bank. The bank once issued loans and oversaw debt transactions for … Continue reading SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | Puerto Rico completes its first debt restructuring deal

LONDON | Bank of England chief: Firms not ready for no-deal Brexit

LONDON— The governor of the Bank of England says most British businesses aren’t ready for a no-deal departure from the European Union. Mark Carney told the BBC on Thursday that “less than half of businesses have initiated” contingency plans designed to protect operations in the event Britain leaves the 28-nation bloc without an agreement on … Continue reading LONDON | Bank of England chief: Firms not ready for no-deal Brexit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | NASA weighs in on petroleum development in Arctic Ocean

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The federal agency that oversees offshore petroleum leasing has received comment on Arctic Ocean drilling from a surprise source — NASA. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management asked for comment as the Trump administration considers a 2019 lease sale in the Beaufort Sea. A letter from NASA … Continue reading ANCHORAGE, Alaska | NASA weighs in on petroleum development in Arctic Ocean

The Latest: Hungarian leader: ‘gloomy Sunday’ due to Brexit

BRUSSELS — The Latest on the Brexit deal (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Hungary’s prime minister says it’s a “gloomy Sunday” because of the Brexit agreement between Britain and the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state TV that “no matter how well a divorce is organized, it remains a divorce.” Orban said … Continue reading The Latest: Hungarian leader: ‘gloomy Sunday’ due to Brexit

BRUSSELS | The Latest: UK to vote on Brexit deal before Christmas

BRUSSELS — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local): 1:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says the U.K. Parliament will vote on the divorce deal with the European Union before Christmas. May says Sunday’s signing-off on the agreement by the EU marks the end of one phase and the … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: UK to vote on Brexit deal before Christmas

BRUSSELS | The Latest: Juncker: Brexit tragic, but it’s the best deal

BRUSSELS— The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local): 10 a.m. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says it’s a tragedy that Britain is leaving the European Union but that the country is walking away with the best deal it could hope for. Juncker said that “it’s a sad day,” as he … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: Juncker: Brexit tragic, but it’s the best deal

MEXICO CITY | Incoming Mexico gov’t: No deal to host US asylum-seekers

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s incoming government says it does not plan to assume the role of “safe third country” for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. after Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sworn in as president on Dec. 1. Incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez says in a statement Saturday: “There is no agreement of any … Continue reading MEXICO CITY | Incoming Mexico gov’t: No deal to host US asylum-seekers

BRUSSELS | The Latest: EU ‘closer’ to agreement over Spanish objections

BRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 3 p.m. The European Union is close to reaching an agreement to ease Spanish concerns about the future of Gibraltar in Brexit talks. EU spokesman Preben Aamann said on Twitter Saturday that after a phone conversation between Spanish Premier Pedro Sanchez and EU Council President … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: EU ‘closer’ to agreement over Spanish objections

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Macedonia, Greece say progress made on school books talks

THESSALONIKI, Greece— Senior officials from Greece and neighbor Macedonia say progress has been made in talks to revise school books in the two countries as part of an effort to end hostility between the two countries. The two Balkan countries are seeking to end decades of tension with an agreement that would see Greece’s neighbor … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Macedonia, Greece say progress made on school books talks

MADRID | Amazon staff in Europe protest to coincide with Black Friday

MADRID— Some of Amazon‘s workers in Europe are protesting against what they call unfair work conditions, in a move meant to disrupt operations on Black Friday. Amazon Spain said around 90 percent of workers at a logistics depot in near Madrid joined a walkout Friday. Only two people were at the loading bay, spokesman Douglas … Continue reading MADRID | Amazon staff in Europe protest to coincide with Black Friday

LONDON | The Latest: UK’s Labour Party leader slams Brexit deal

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s talks to leave the European Union (all times local): 3:25 p.m. The leader of Britain’s main opposition party has slammed the draft political agreement the government has agreed with the European Union over the outlines of their future relationship. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told Parliament that the agreement … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK’s Labour Party leader slams Brexit deal

LONDON | The Latest: UK’s May says draft framework is ‘right deal’

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s talks to leave the European Union (all times local): 1:00 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says the agreement with the European Commission on the draft political framework on a future relationship represents the “right deal” for Britain. Speaking outside her Downing Street residence, May said Thursday that the … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK’s May says draft framework is ‘right deal’

LONDON | The Latest: Germany’s Merkel pushes for orderly Brexit deal

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s talks to leave the European Union (all times local): 11:05 a.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pledging to do everything to reach an agreement with Britain securing its orderly exit from the European Union. Merkel said Thursday at a Berlin conference of Germany’s main employers’ organization that “Britain’s withdrawal … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Germany’s Merkel pushes for orderly Brexit deal

LONDON | UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit push

LONDON — The U.K. and the European Union plowed ahead Monday with plans to have their divorce deal signed, sealed and delivered within days as British Prime Minister Theresa May waited to see whether rebel lawmakers opposed to the agreement had the numbers to challenge her leadership. The draft agreement reached last week triggered an … Continue reading LONDON | UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit push

BUCHAREST, Romania | Subway workers to stage strike in Romanian capital

BUCHAREST, Romania— Subway workers in the Romanian capital will go on strike this week after they failed to win an agreement on wage demands. The subway union said Monday there would be a 12-hour strike Wednesday, defying a court ruling that the strike was illegal. The union wants a 42-percent salary hike, while managers have … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Subway workers to stage strike in Romanian capital

LOS ANGELES | Best-picture Oscars up for sale in rare auction

LOS ANGELES  — Two Academy Awards for best picture are going up for sale in a rare auction of Oscars. Auction house Profiles in History announced Monday that an Oscar awarded to “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1936 and another given to “Gentleman’s Agreement” in 1948 will go up for auction in Los Angeles starting … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Best-picture Oscars up for sale in rare auction

LONDON | The Latest: Top EU lawmaker: No renegotiation of Brexit deal

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The head of the biggest group in the European Parliament says there will be no renegotiation of the draft Brexit deal that is drawing widespread criticism in Britain. Manfred Weber, who leads the center-right European People’s Party in the EU legislature, told reporters … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Top EU lawmaker: No renegotiation of Brexit deal

LONDON | The Latest: EU Parliament’s top Brexit official backs deal

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The top Brexit official at the European Parliament has welcomed the draft Brexit deal with Britain as “the best agreement we could obtain.” Guy Verhofstadt, who leads the Brexit steering committee, said that, under the draft withdrawal agreement, disruptions … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: EU Parliament’s top Brexit official backs deal