Danish PM taps new minister after mink culling fiasco

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen appointed a new agriculture minister Thursday to succeed Mogens Jensen, who resigned after the government ordered the culling of all Danish mink without having the necessary legislation in place.

Development Cooperation Minister Rasmus Prehn was tapped to replace Jensen, who …

Mexico says it wants its ex-officials tried in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s foreign secretary said Thursday the country no longer wants officials accused of corruption to be put on trial in the United States, a move that could scale back a tradition that saw most of Mexico’s corruption cases tried north of the border.

However, a spokesman …

Brexit trade negotiations suspended because of COVID-19 case

BRUSSELS (AP) – As if the Brexit trade negotiations were not tortuous enough, the coronavirus added a twist at a crucial stage on Thursday when top-level talks had to be suspended because an EU negotiator tested positive for COVID-19.

It added uncertainty to the negotiations as a deadline looms …

Germany marks 75th anniversary of landmark Nuremberg trials

BERLIN (AP) – Seventy-five years ago, the dock of Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice was packed with some of the most nefarious figures of the 20th Century: Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop and 18 other high-ranking Nazis.

They weren’t yet known as war criminals – …

IMF director: virus could disrupt global recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the while the United States and other major economies turned in better-than-expected economic performances in the third quarter, the world now faces slower momentum with a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in …

Rights group, Afghan envoy want more probes into war crimes

ISLAMABAD (AP) – A leading international human rights group and an Afghan envoy on Thursday urged nations whose militaries have served as part of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan – including America and Britain – to follow Australia’s example and probe their own soldiers’ conduct in the 19-year war.

Radical Pakistani religious cleric dies after leading sit-in

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – Khadim Hussein Rizvi, a radical Pakistani religious scholar who this week led thousands of supporters into a sit-in in Islamabad over the republishing in France of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which they deem blasphemous, died on Thursday. He was 54.

According to the cleric’s spokesman …

Rights group director latest in chain of Egypt arrests

CAIRO (AP) – An Egyptian rights group said Thursday that its director has been arrested days after two of its other employees were taken into custody.

The arrests of the rights workers comes after they met with envoys from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and other countries this …

Mohammad Shtayyeh, Palestinians anticipate Biden reset

It may seem long for Americans, but transition to a new administration in Washington feels like an eternity for many Palestinians.

Democrats may be impatient to inaugurate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, but it’s been four long years of economic, diplomatic and political setbacks for Palestinian leaders as President …