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IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

Oct. 20, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said. The women and...

The Latest: Germany calls for clarity in Khashoggi case

Oct. 20, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 6:05 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is demanding further clarity over the death of writer Jamal...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates jobs impact of Saudi arms deal

Oct. 20, 2018 9:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump inflated the projected benefits of an arms deal with the Saudis as he defended his wait-and-see attitude about Saudi complicity in the disappearance of a journalist whose apparent murder has sparked world outrage. On immigration enforcement, the president made the...

The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures

Oct. 20, 2018 9:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting in my suburban American kitchen, it is easy to feel that Saudi Arabia is a world away, that events at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — as gruesome as they now seem to have been — have little to do with me. Except for one thing. Almost 25 years ago, Jamal Khashoggi was...

Australia's ruling coalition forced into minority government

Oct. 20, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's ruling coalition was forced into minority government on Saturday after a massive swing against its senior partner, the Liberal Party, in a by-election for the seat of the prime minister the party itself had dismissed. In a stinging backlash from the electorate after the fourth...

Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death 'a good first step'

Oct. 20, 2018 8:49 AM EDT

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response. The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable...

Turkish reaction: we won't allow "cover-up" in Saudi killing

Oct. 20, 2018 8:14 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey will "never allow a cover-up" of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, a senior official in Turkey's ruling party said Saturday after Saudi Arabia announced hours earlier that the writer died during a "fistfight" in its consulate....

Head of Turkish-Arab media group calls for punishment for "authority that gave the orders" in killing of Saudi writer

Oct. 20, 2018 7:14 AM EDT
ISTANBUL (AP) — Head of Turkish-Arab media group calls for punishment for "authority that gave the orders" in killing of Saudi writer.

Turkish ruling party official says Turkey "will never allow a cover-up" in case of killed Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi

Oct. 20, 2018 6:41 AM EDT
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish ruling party official says Turkey "will never allow a cover-up" in case of killed Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

Oct. 20, 2018 1:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint against Elena...