French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth Saturday
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:33:26 -0500
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron's government, ignoring calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg this week.

Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:25:17 -0500
A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

OPEC has shown it can reach deal despite splits: Iran oil minister
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:06:59 -0500
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh praised OPEC on Saturday for what he said was the producer group's ability to reach agreement despite intense internal political differences.

No immediate health coverage changes from Obamacare ruling: government
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:53:33 -0500
There will be no immediate health coverage impact from a federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional, as it is expected to be appealed through higher courts, a government official said.

Kremlin should take the lead on rap music, not shut it down, Putin says
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:24:44 -0500
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday the Kremlin should play a leading role in Russian rap music and in youth culture, rather than trying to shut it down.

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, embassy not moving yet
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:10:29 -0500
Australia formally recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.

Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint see Huawei shun clinching U.S. deal - sources
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:08:53 -0500
(This story corrects paragraph 8 to show Wanzhou was arrested in Canada, not China)

Climate Conference Notebook: Climate talks go into overtime
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:40:58 -0500
Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the 2015 Paris global warming deal are in their last week in Katowice, capital of Poland's coal mining district.

U.N. climate talks deadlocked over carbon credit issue
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:38:03 -0500
United Nations' climate talks to agree on the rules of the 2015 Paris Agreement became deadlocked late on Saturday over the monitoring of carbon credits to reduce emissions, in marathon negotiations which have already overrun.

As Zinke departs, Trump says he will name new interior secretary next week
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:21:05 -0500
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has aggressively sought to roll back Obama-era environmental protections, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, the latest high-profile departure from his administration.

U.S. House calls on Myanmar to release Reuters journalists
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:10:53 -0500
The U.S. House of Representatives called nearly unanimously on Thursday for the government of Myanmar to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were imprisoned one year ago in a landmark free speech case.

Europe must fight illiberal forces, Draghi warns
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:32:36 -0500
The spread of illiberal ideology is threatening the euro but it is an illusion that leaving it would offer an easier path, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Saturday.

British minister warns Brexit is stuck as no-deal or referendum loom
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:12:43 -0500
Britain's exit from the European Union was heading for an impasse, one senior minister said on Saturday, after a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win EU assurances on her deal and pulled a vote because UK lawmakers would defeat it.

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:08:21 -0500
Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ballot initiative launches one of the largest enfranchisement efforts in modern U.S. history.

Qatar says Gulf Arab bloc needs reform to give it teeth
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:11:12 -0500
Qatar said on Saturday it remained committed to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but the bloc needed to enforce its own rules better, signaling a reformed alliance could help end a row between Doha and some of its neighbors.

China should free Canadians held after Huawei arrest, U.S.'s Pompeo says
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:35:56 -0500
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week after authorities in Canada arrested a senior Chinese technology executive on a U.S. extradition warrant.

Trump picks Mulvaney as chief of staff - for now
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:43:07 -0500
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday moved to end speculation that he was having a hard time finding a new chief of staff, naming his budget chief Mick Mulvaney to the top post on a temporary basis.

North Carolina Republican says he hired consultant at heart of fraud probe
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:10:29 -0500
The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a probe into possible absentee ballot irregularities in a disputed U.S. congressional election.

Mueller rebukes Flynn, saying he knew better than to lie to FBI
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:50:04 -0500
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn knew better than to lie to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he was not warned that lying to federal agents was a crime, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

Global growth worry hits stocks, but U.S. data lifts dollar
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:46:07 -0500
A gauge of global stocks tumbled on Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe intensified global growth worries as investors weighed the broader impact of the trade dispute between the United States and China.