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Iran blames US, Israel after Albania expels diplomats

By – Associated Press – Thursday, December 20, 2018 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – is blaming the United States and Israel for ’s expulsion of two Iranian diplomats accused of engaging in criminal activities that threatened the small European country’s security. The official IRNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying “ has become an unintentional victim of […]

The Latest: automakers group warns of no-deal Brexit danger

The Latest: automakers group warns of no-deal Brexit danger

By – Associated Press – Thursday, December 20, 2018 LONDON (AP) – The Latest on Britain’s upcoming exit from the (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Britain’s main lobby group for the automotive industry has warned of a “catastrophe” if the country crashes out of the without a deal. In a statement, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said a […]

Facebook shuts down fake Bangladesh news sites ahead of vote

Facebook shuts down fake Bangladesh news sites ahead of vote

By Julhas Alam – Associated Press – Thursday, December 20, 2018 DHAKA, (AP) — is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform said Thursday The sites — nine pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts […]

Israel, Greece, Cyprus to ink natural gas pipeline deal

Israel, Greece, Cyprus to ink natural gas pipeline deal

By ISABEL DEBRE – Associated Press – Thursday, December 20, 2018 JERUSALEM (AP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that , and will sign an agreement early next year to build a pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe, while the United States pledged its support for the ambitious project. The $7 billion project, […]

The Latest: Envoy says more work needed on Syria committee

The Latest: Envoy says more work needed on Syria committee

By – Associated Press – Thursday, December 20, 2018 BEIRUT (AP) – The Latest on the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from (all times local): 8:35 p.m. The U.N. special envoy for says “an extra mile” is needed to form a committee to draft a new constitution for the conflict-torn country because a list of participants submitted by […]

The Latest: Putin rejects criticism of his foreign policy

The Latest: Putin rejects criticism of his foreign policy

By – Associated Press – Thursday, December 20, 2018 MOSCOW (AP) – The Latest on Russian President ’s annual news conference (all times local): 3:30 p.m. President has rejected Western criticism of his foreign policy, describing it as part of a smear campaign serving internal political goals. scoffed at Western claims that he wants to dominate the world, saying it’s […]

Deadline nears to change party affiliation ahead of primary

By – Associated Press – Thursday, December 20, 2018 FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky election officials say the deadline is approaching for people to change their registered political party in time for 2019 elections. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes say the deadline is Dec. 31. Grimes say the deadline is important for people considering a party-affiliation change and want […]

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