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LONDON | The Latest: Businesses tentatively back Brexit deal

LONDON— The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Businesses and trade groups have given tentative approval to the draft Brexit deal while also calling for more details, highlighting lingering questions about the final agreement. It’s a “positive step,” said Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Businesses tentatively back Brexit deal

LONDON | The Latest: Top Brexit supporter backs no confidence in May

LONDON— The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): 1:55 p.m. A leader of the pro-Brexit faction in Britain’s Conservative Party has confirmed that he’s filed a letter of no-confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May and that he thinks former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would be a strong candidate to … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Top Brexit supporter backs no confidence in May

NOUMEA, New Caledonia | The Latest: Early results: New Caledonians back French ties

NOUMEA, New Caledonia — The Latest on New Caledonia’s independence referendum (all times local): 9:30 p.m. New Caledonian voters are supporting the “Non” vote against independence from France with more than half the votes now counted in the referendum on its future. The office of the French High Commissioner for the South Pacific territory says … Continue reading NOUMEA, New Caledonia | The Latest: Early results: New Caledonians back French ties

ISTANBUL | Saudis blame ‘fistfight’ for Jamal Khashoggi’s death

ISTANBUL— Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a “fistfight” in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom claimed early Saturday, finally admitting that the writer had been slain at its diplomatic post. Authorities said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody and intelligence officials had been fired. The overnight announcements in Saudi state media came more … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Saudis blame ‘fistfight’ for Jamal Khashoggi’s death

CANBERRA, Australia | Australia lawyers’ group: Draft cyber laws would curb rights

CANBERRA, Australia  — The president of Australia’s top lawyers’ group has told a parliamentary inquiry that proposed cybersecurity laws to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by extremists and other criminals would significantly limit individuals’ privacy and freedom. A parliamentary committee on Friday began … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Australia lawyers’ group: Draft cyber laws would curb rights

ISTANBUL | The Latest: Rights groups seek UN probe into missing writer

ISTANBUL — The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Leading human rights and journalists’ organizations are urging U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to launch a U.N. investigation into the disappearance and … Continue reading ISTANBUL | The Latest: Rights groups seek UN probe into missing writer

JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska GOP to weigh potential action against Murkowski

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider. Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the committee could decide to issue a … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska GOP to weigh potential action against Murkowski

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Grassley releases list of 10 interviewed by FBI

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 1 a.m. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the FBI interviewed 10 people while investigating sexual misconduct claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and found no corroboration of the allegations. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s statement, issued around midnight, reiterated what … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Grassley releases list of 10 interviewed by FBI