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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

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s election fiction on GOP wins, economy

WASHINGTON — Fresh off the GOP’s loss of the House, President Donald Trump is fudging the success of a “booming” economy and overstating the impact of his campaigning on the midterm elections. He suggested that every Republican congressional candidate for whom he paid a visit to their state to rally voters prevailed on Election Day. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s election fiction on GOP wins, economy

PARIS | 6 arrested in suspected plot to attack French leader Macron

PARIS — French security agents have arrested six people on preliminary terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a French judicial official. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the allegations, said intelligence agents detained the six in three widely scattered regions, including the Alps, Brittany and … Continue reading PARIS | 6 arrested in suspected plot to attack French leader Macron

ATLANTA  | Obama urges Georgia voters to elect Stacey Abrams governor

ATLANTA  — Former President Barack Obama urged Georgia voters on Friday to elect Stacey Abrams governor as a way to counter divisiveness and help keep Republicans from dismantling much of his legacy. Speaking before a raucous crowd at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, Obama never mentioned President Donald Trump or Abrams’ Republican opponent Brian … Continue reading ATLANTA  | Obama urges Georgia voters to elect Stacey Abrams governor

LISBON, Portugal | Portugal PM defends Ronaldo amid rape accusation

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has spoken out in defense of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been embroiled in a rape accusation. Speaking to television on the Spanish island of Lanzarote on Saturday, Costa made an appeal to the presumption of innocence, as well as Ronaldo’s successful career. “People need to … Continue reading LISBON, Portugal | Portugal PM defends Ronaldo amid rape accusation

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump would prefer faster Kavanaugh confirmation

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 9:40 a.m. President Donald Trump says he would have preferred a faster confirmation process for his Supreme Court nominee. Speaking to reporters at the United Nations Wednesday, Trump says Senate Republicans “could not be nicer” in their treatment of the woman who … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump would prefer faster Kavanaugh confirmation

ROME | Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments

ROME — The Vatican has announced a breakthrough “provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops, an issue that for decades has caused tensions between the Holy See and Beijing. Beijing’s long-held insistence that it must approve appointments of bishops in China had thwarted improved relations between the two sides. The deal, announced Saturday … Continue reading ROME | Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments

VATICAN CITY | Pope gives those in square a gift, jokes: ‘don’t pay for it’

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis had a surprise for the 35,000 people in St. Peter’s Square — tiny crucifixes. Speaking to pilgrims, tourists and Romans on Sunday, Francis quipped that that because it’s a gift, “if someone says you must pay for it, he’s being shrewd” and there’s nothing to pay. Employing a familiar Italian … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope gives those in square a gift, jokes: ‘don’t pay for it’