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New deal keeps open facility that detains immigrant families

Oct. 17, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has quietly reached a new agreement to keep open a 2,400-bed detention facility used to detain immigrant mothers and children, in a lucrative arrangement for a private prison company and the tiny South Texas town where it's located. U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute

Oct. 17, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted Foreign...

The Latest: Lithuanian leader: Brexit goals 'a great secret"

Oct. 17, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's upcoming exit from the European Union (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Lithuania's president says Britain hasn't really been able to explain how it wants to leave the European Union and she thinks domestic politics are to blame. President Dalia Grybauskaite said...

UK PM May opens summit talks with Brexit deal in balance

Oct. 17, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May opened a Brexit summit Wednesday seeking to convince fellow European Union leaders her plans for a friendly divorce were not dead and that a deal can be achieved in weeks, despite the bloc's calls for her to come up with a new approach. The prime...

Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside US

Oct. 17, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Wednesday to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions. Tesla, based on Palo Alto, California, announced plans for the...

Turkish police search Saudi consul's home in Khashoggi case

Oct. 17, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish crime-scene investigators entered the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul on Wednesday to search for evidence in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, just as a pro-government newspaper published a gruesome recounting of his alleged slaying. Saudi Arabia's...

UN Syria envoy to try to move on constitution before leaving

Oct. 17, 2018 11:21 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday he will be making an intensive effort to get agreement on a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria before he steps down at the end of November. De Mistura announced he is departing for "purely, purely personal reasons"...

Moments in disappearance, alleged slaying of Jamal Khashoggi

Oct. 17, 2018 11:12 AM EDT

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the kingdom's policies and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared earlier this month on a trip to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where Turkish officials believe he was killed. Here are some key moments in the disappearance of the Washington...

The Latest: Pompeo says US takes Saudi case 'seriously'

Oct. 17, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — 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): 5:30 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says America takes the disappearance of...

Trump starts leaving postal union in latest anti-China move

Oct. 17, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to pull the United States out of an international postal treaty that allows China to ship packages to America at discounted rates. The move would escalate a trade dispute with China. The decision to pull out of the Universal Post Union was described by...