DETROIT—General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build a series of electric and self-driving vehicles, eventually employing 2,200 people.
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KABUL—The Taliban ambushed and killed an Afghan intelligence official in southern Helmand province as he was walking home from work while a roadside bombing in the country's north killed a military commander and his bodyguard, officials said today.
BERLIN — A U.N. human rights panel has ruled for the first time that people fleeing the effects of climate change may be entitled to claim asylum, even as it dismissed an individual plaintiff's case against his deportation from New Zealand.
HONOLULU—Hawaii's governor says two police officers have died after a shooting in Honolulu on Sunday.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that officers had responded to an assault call when they encountered a male with a firearm, who then opened fire, striking two officers.
KYIV, Ukraine—Ukrainian police said Thursday they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before she was recalled from her post in May.
NEW YORK—The nation's largest retail trade group says holiday sales increased 4.1%, near the top end of its forecast.
The National Retail Federation had expected a range of 3.8% to 4.2% for the November and December period.
The results offer a dose of optimism for the retail industry after several large stores delivered disappointing holiday sales.
TOKYO—An Australian journalist based in Japan says he is a victim of Japanese child custody laws that allow only one parent access to children of broken marriages, a day after he was convicted of trespassing at the apartment building of his estranged wife's parents to try to find his children.
AIN AL-ASAD BASE, Iraq—U.S. troops cleared rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq today, days after it was struck by a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.
LONDON—U.K. interest rates could be cut as soon as this month to shore up an economy that's barely growing even as some Brexit uncertainty has dissipated, the Bank of England's outgoing chief hinted Thursday.
GOMA, Congo—A South African air force plane crash-landed and caught fire Thursday at the Goma airport in eastern Congo but there were no casualties, authorities said.