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18 Saudi citizens detained in connection with murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Report

(NEW YORK) --  Eighteen Saudi citizens have been detained in connection with the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency.Khashoggi disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.An initial investigation has revealed that discussions between Khashoggi and the individuals…... Read More

China's economic growth dips to slowest rate since 2009

(BEIJING) -- China's economy saw its growth drop slightly in the third quarter of the fiscal year, reporting the slowest growth since 2009.The country's National Bureau of Statistics reported 6.5 percent growth between July and September -- down from 6.8 percent in the first quarter and 6.7 percent in the…... Read More

New play in Malta challenges EU's strictest abortion law

(VALLETTA, Malta) -- A new play has sparked controversy in Malta by daring to tackle one of the nation's oldest taboos: abortion.De-terminated: The Abortion Diaries, written and directed by the journalist Herman Grech, has sparked debate in a country with one of the world's strictest abortion policies.Malta is the only…... Read More

Turkish source says Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi murder, State Department denies

(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has heard an alleged audio recording of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a senior Turkish official.Speaking exclusively and on condition of anonymity to ABC News, the official claimed the recording was played in meetings…... Read More

American student can enter Israel, nation's top court rules

(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- An American student whom Israeli authorities had blocked from entering the country over her alleged political views was admitted into the country, following a ruling on Thursday from Israel's top court. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old graduate student from Florida, had been detained at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion…... Read More

Russia investigates whether student who killed 20 in Crimean college 'mass murder' acted alone

(KERCH, Crimea) -- The death toll from a college shooting and bomb attack in Crimea has grown to 20, as a top Crimean official said authorities are searching for possible accomplices who may have helped a student carry out the massacre.At least 42 who were injured remain hospitalized, six in…... Read More

Mad cow disease strikes in Scotland; officials say no outbreak is imminent

(ABERDEENSHIRE, Scotland) -- A case of mad cow disease has been reported at a farm in Scotland.Authorities have been quick to calm fears prompted by the outbreak of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) -- more widely-known as mad cow disease -- after movement restrictions were placed on animals at an unidentified…... Read More

South Korean president shares invitation to North Korea with Pope Francis

(VATICAN CITY) -- During a visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican, South Korean President Moon Jae-in shared a message from Kim Jong Un: Please come to North Korea.Moon and the pope met behind closed doors in the Apostolic Palace, with South Korean priest Han Hyun-taek serving as an interpreter,…... Read More

US general was target of Taliban attack that killed 3 top Afghan officials, wounded 2 US soldiers

(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- The three top Afghan government officials in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, were killed and two Americans wounded Thursday in an attack by a man wearing an Afghan military uniform.Killed in the attack on Thursday were Kandahar's governor, Zalmai Wessa; its police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq; and its intelligence…... Read More

Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi calls for 'free Arab society' in final column

(ISTANBUL) -- Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi warned of increasing efforts to silence the media in the Middle East in a column he wrote just before he vanished earlier this month. The "final column" was published online Wednesday.Karen Attiah, global opinions editor for The Washington Post, wrote that Khashoggi’s translator…... Read More

Friend of Jamal Khashoggi: Journalist 'killed in a very barbaric way,' according to Turkish officials

(ISTANBUL) -- In his first sit-down interview with U.S. media, a close friend of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who disappeared after being seen entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago, described to ABC News what he'd been told in briefings by Turkish security officials."I…... Read More