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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi king extends allowances as living costs rise

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  — Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman has extended monthly allowances for government employees, military personnel, pensioners, social security recipients and students into next year. The announcement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday, comes on the same day the kingdom’s 2019 budget is scheduled to be unveiled. The government will also release … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi king extends allowances as living costs rise

LONDON | The Latest: UK Cabinet backs more ‘no-deal’ Brexit planning

LONDON  — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The British government has decided to ramp up preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit, saying it must be ready for the possibility of that default option. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay says that while the government remains committed to Prime Minister … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK Cabinet backs more ‘no-deal’ Brexit planning

NEW YORK | Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

NEW YORK — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt. Law enforcement agencies across the country dismissed the threats, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

LONDON | The Latest: UK business alarmed at May confidence vote

LONDON  — The Latest on political turmoil in Britain (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Business figures have expressed alarm about the political uncertainty in the U.K. ahead of a Conservative Party confidence vote on Prime Minister Theresa May later. Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said politicians should understand the impact … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK business alarmed at May confidence vote

WASHINGTON | US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobs

WASHINGTON  — U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in November, a slowdown from recent months but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobs

KATOWICE, Poland | US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland— Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show that many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming. The opening Friday of the U.S. Climate Action Center alongside pavilions from Britain, Poland and New Zealand contrasts with the low-key presence of the official … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s thin grasp of trade, science policy

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump floated the idea this past week of using tariffs to make America rich, as if these taxes are a pipeline of cash from Asia, which they’re not. He displayed a slippery grasp of science as well as trade policy as he set about trying to discredit his White House report on … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s thin grasp of trade, science policy

ST. LOUIS | The Latest: Police say woman was killed for refusing sex

ST. LOUIS  — The Latest on the investigation into a fatal attack at a religious supplies store near St. Louis (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Authorities say a woman who was killed at a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store earlier this week refused her attacker’s demands to “perform deviant sexual acts on him.” Detectives … Continue reading ST. LOUIS | The Latest: Police say woman was killed for refusing sex