The Latest: German industry welcomes news of Brexit deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5 p.m. The head of Germany's powerful industry lobby group BDI welcomed the apparent agreement in the Brexit negotiations.
Pence meets with Erdogan, seeking Syria border cease-fire
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence pursued an uphill mission Thursday to persuade Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call for a cease-fire in his fight with Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
Northern Ireland border communities anxious amid Brexit deal
ON THE NORTHERN IRELAND BORDER (AP) — Eugene Reavey was tired and losing his voice, but the 72-year-old gathered with his neighbors on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on a cold October evening to express their fears about what Brexit could mean for them.
Europe's specialty food makers brace for US tariffs
MILAN (AP) — European producers of premium specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S.
Kurdish commander: Trump OK'd deal with Moscow, Damascus
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump did not oppose the deal that Syrian Kurdish-led forces struck with Russia and the Syrian government to protect them against Turkey's offensive, the force's commander said Thursday, as his fighters battled a new push by Ankara-backed forces to seize a strategic border town.
UK, EU reach tentative Brexit deal; still needs ratification
BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union finally reached a tentative Brexit deal on Thursday, hoping to escape the acrimony, divisions and bitter frustrations of their three-year divorce battle.
The Latest: Pence, Pompeo arrive for Erdogan meetings
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. delegation's trip to Turkey (all times local): 3:56 p.m. A senior U.S. delegation arrived Thursday for meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) on an improbable mission to push for a cease-fire in Northern Syria.
Riots darken Catalan separatist dream of peaceful secession
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's separatist leader vowed Thursday to hold a new vote to secede from Spain in less than two years as the embattled northeastern region grapples with a wave of violence that has tarnished a movement proud of its peaceful activism.
Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift
BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them.
Gibraltar holds election amid uncertainty of Brexit outcome
GIBRALTAR (AP) — An election for Gibraltar's 17-seat parliament took place Thursday under a cloud of uncertainty about what Brexit will bring for the speck of British territory on Spain's southern tip.
London commuters scuffle with climate activists
LONDON (AP) — Angry commuters scuffled with climate activists who climbed onto the roofs of trains early Thursday, snarling services in the busy morning rush hours in the British capital.
Opposition lawmakers again shout down Hong Kong leader
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was forced from the legislature for the second day on Thursday by opposition members protesting a bloody attack on a leader of the nearly 5-month-old pro-democracy movement.
Small Northern Irish party plays big role in Brexit talks
LONDON (AP) — The Democratic Unionist Party is a small Northern Irish political grouping with an outsized Brexit role. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson most likely needs the 10 votes the party has in Parliament if he is going to have any chance in getting any Brexit deal he negotiates with the European Union over the line.
Diplomat says politicization of foreign policy disturbed him
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top State Department aide testified in the impeachment inquiry that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial.
South Korean soccer team tells of 'rough' match in Pyongyang
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA.
Cyprus police pick up 21 migrants who crossed dividing line
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say they have rounded up 21 people believed to be migrants who crossed over from the breakaway north of the ethnically divided island nation.
Mounting Venezuela exodus sparks fears of rising xenophobia
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Freddy Brito had just finished belting out tunes on a bus in Peru's capital and was crossing a street on his one good leg when the driver of a blue taxi sped up and veered toward the singer.
Former Pompeo aide testifies; Senate talks impeachment trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — The swift-moving impeachment probe pushed onward Wednesday as a former top State Department aide testified that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial.
Bus near Saudi holy city of Mecca crashes, killing 35 people
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
North Korea seen as weak link as swine fever spreads in Asia
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea.
Police, protesters clash in Catalonia for 3rd night
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rioting raged in Barcelona and several other Catalan towns for a third straight night Wednesday, with police fighting running street battles with protesters angered by lengthy prison sentences for nine leaders of the wealthy region's drive for independence from Spain.
Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The weed is expensive, the selection is limited, the black market persists, and licensed stores are scarce.
Brexit talks inch closer to a deal ahead of summit
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday's EU summit.
The Latest: Customs, VAT issues seen holding up Brexit deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:50 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says that over the coming hours in the run-up to the EU summit "there are possibilities for an agreement, but it is not done."