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LONDON | Bank of England preparing Brexit deal verdict next week

LONDON — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney gave a guarded welcome to Prime Minister Theresa May‘s Brexit deal as he confirmed the bank would deliver its verdict on the agreement next week. Addressing lawmakers Tuesday, Carney said the withdrawal agreement would eliminate some of the uncertainty that has surrounded the British economy since the … Continue reading LONDON | Bank of England preparing Brexit deal verdict next week

WASHINGTON | New assessment: ‘Little clear progress’ in Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Afghan governments have made “little clear progress” recently in compelling the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal, according to a new U.S. assessment Monday that said military and political signs point toward continued stalemate. “Progress toward peace remains elusive,” Glenn A. Fine, the acting Pentagon inspector general, wrote in an … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New assessment: ‘Little clear progress’ in Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON | Trump on Khashoggi death tape: ‘No reason for me to hear it’

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the “very violent, very vicious” killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump on Khashoggi death tape: ‘No reason for me to hear it’

WASHINGTON | Trump talks to CIA, State leaders about Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump spoke on Saturday with his CIA chief and top diplomat about the spy agency’s assessment of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. American intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, according to a U.S. official. The Saudi government has denied that claim. Trump called … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump talks to CIA, State leaders about Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON | US commander confident in ability of Afghan security forces

WASHINGTON  — The assassination of Afghan leaders in Kandahar province won’t lessen U.S. support for the war in Afghanistan or deter local security forces in the fight against the Taliban, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East said Saturday. Gen. Joseph Votel said the U.S. was “pretty confident that the Afghans will be … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US commander confident in ability of Afghan security forces

NAIROBI, Kenya | US airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters

NAIROBI, Kenya  — The U.S. military on Tuesday announced its deadliest airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia in nearly a year, killing about 60 fighters. The U.S. Africa Command said Friday’s airstrike occurred near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province in the central part of the country. According to its assessment … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | US airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters

WASHINGTON | Lawmakers want US intelligence assessment on fake videos

WASHINGTON — Three lawmakers want to see a U.S. intelligence assessment of the threat posed by technology that lets anyone make fake but realistic videos of real people saying things they never said. The rising capabilities of the technology are fueling concerns it could be used to make a bogus video, for example, of an … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lawmakers want US intelligence assessment on fake videos

Sweden OKs largest Nordic bank to move HQ to inside EU zone

COPENHAGEN, Denmark  — Sweden’s financial supervisory authority has granted permission to the Nordic region’s largest bank to move its administrative headquarters from the Swedish capital to Helsinki in Finland, which is part of the European banking union. Finansinspektionen says its assessment of moving Nordea “focused primarily on whether creditors, including depositors, or the public interest … Continue reading Sweden OKs largest Nordic bank to move HQ to inside EU zone