October 19, 2018

Putin says US dominance is ending after mistakes ‘typical of an empire’

Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that America's global dominance is coming to an end, with the U.S. itself accelerating that process with a string of mistakes "typical of an empire." The Russian president, speaking at the Valdai forum in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, criticized the U.S. for implementing sanctions against Russia and other nations, arguing that doing so undermined trust in the dollar as the world's universal currency...
October 19, 2018

China’s economic growth dips to slowest rate since 2009

Martin Holverda/iStock/Thinkstock(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 second. Bloomberg News cites trade tensions and a down period for the Chinese stock market as having significant impacts. Chinese officials have pled..
October 19, 2018

New play in Malta challenges EU’s strictest abortion law

ValEs1989/iStock/Thinkstock(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 country in the European Union with an outright ban on abortion. Grech based the play on a series of interviews he conducted in 2017 with peo..
October 19, 2018

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

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(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 in Turkey on Wednesday, and that Pompeo was given a transcript of the recordings. Separately, ABC News has also learned that T..