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Saudis blame 'fistfight' for Jamal Khashoggi's death

Oct. 19, 2018 11:31 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — 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...

Assange presses Ecuador to grant basic rights under asylum

Oct. 19, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking a court injunction pressing Ecuador to provide basic rights he says the country agreed to when it first granted him asylum at its London embassy. Assange's attorneys filed papers Friday in a Quito court. The Australian ex-hacker sought...

Brexit prompts surge in Brits reclaiming German citizenship

Oct. 19, 2018 4:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The number of people in Britain seeking to restore their German citizenship has jumped following the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. A German government response to opposition lawmakers published Friday says 1,667 people applied to Germany's embassy in London last year to reclaim...

Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I'm not alone advocating freedom

Oct. 18, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A prominent blogger freed from prison in Vietnam on condition that she live in exile in the United States says she is glad to be reunited with her family and that she knows she is not alone in advocating for freedom. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was smiling when she emerged from the George Bush...

Poll finds Trump's pro-Israel stance does not sway US Jews

Oct. 18, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's pro-Israel positions have not garnered him support from American Jewish voters, according to a new survey. The poll found that 74 percent of Jews planned to vote for Democratic candidates in November's midterm elections. The figure corresponds with similar voting...

US downgrades Jerusalem diplomatic mission to Palestinians

Oct. 18, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday downgraded the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by placing it under the authority of the U.S. Embassy to Israel. The move, which was immediately denounced by the Palestinians and hailed by Israel, is the latest Trump administration...

UK, EU agree to take more Brexit time after no-result summit

Oct. 17, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders gave themselves several more weeks — perhaps until the end of the year — to clinch a friendly divorce with Britain before their separation, after a Brexit summit Wednesday avoided any friction but also produced no tangible results. British Prime Minister...

Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia

Oct. 17, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat? Newly released Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counselor to the country's embassy in Moscow. But the...

The Latest: G-7 nations express concern over Khashoggi case

Oct. 16, 2018 11:32 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 2:25 a.m. Foreign ministers from the G-7 group of industrialized nations say they are very troubled by the disappearance of Saudi journalist...

Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures

Oct. 16, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia is paying influential lobbyists, lawyers and public relations experts nearly $6 million a year to engage U.S. officials and promote the Middle East nation, even after three Washington firms cut ties with the kingdom following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi....