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Czechs weary of being haven for smokers, eye ban for bars

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:50am

The Czech Republic may lose its place as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.

Retired Indian air force chief held for Italian chopper deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:43am

A retired Indian air force chief and two others were arrested Friday for allegedly influencing a $750 million deal with AgustaWestland for the purchase of 12 luxury helicopters to ferry Indian VIPs, a federal investigator said.

In Denmark, Apple loses court case over refurbished phone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:30am

A Danish court says Apple has violated a local consumer law by giving a refurbished iPhone with used components in replacement for a new one that wasn't working properly.

Celebrate closer EU union? Not with all that division

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:20am

The European Union's Commission chief has used the 25th anniversary of the summit that reinforced the goal of an ever-closer union to lambast some member states that refuse to apply common rules. He says the bloc needs to rethink a looser relation for those not fully committed to the common cause.

The Latest: Activists say IS push killed 49 Syrian soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:12am

The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Syrian civilians leave crumbling rebel enclave in Aleppo

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:10am

Hundreds of Syrian civilians streamed out on foot from the eastern part of the city of Aleppo on Friday in the wake of the relentless campaign by government troops and their allies to drive rebels from their rapidly crumbling enclave.

Thai Navy shows off technology to fight fishing abuses

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:50am

Thailand's navy on Friday showed off new technology to monitor fishing boats in a renewed effort to crack down on illegal fishing, forced labor and corruption in the seafood industry.

Global stocks extend European stimulus-inspired rally

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:50am

Global stocks continued to rise Friday as investors remained buoyed by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. South Korea's benchmark slipped as lawmakers voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.

S. Korean impeachment sales: Goodbye Park, hello free room

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:32am

For many South Korean business owners, President Park Geun-hye's impeachment Friday was a moment to celebrate — with a sale.

Tribes suing over pipeline willing to put claims on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:30am

Two Sioux tribes suing over the Dakota Access pipeline say they're willing to put their claims on hold while the Army considers whether to allow the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

AP Photo Gallery: German Christmas markets draw crowds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:21am

The aroma of hot mulled gluehwein wine mingling with the scent of bratwurst, roasted almonds and gingerbread: these are among the signature attractions of Germany's outdoor Christmas markets.

Bosnia to answer thousands of questions for EU candidacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:10am

European Union Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn is delivering to Bosnian authorities thousands of questions about the country's economy, politics, judiciary and bureaucracy that need to be answered satisfactorily in order for the country to be granted EU candidate status next year.

Swiss extend freeze of Ben Ali, Mubarak, Yanukovych assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:00am

Switzerland has decided to keep assets of the former presidents of Tunisia, Egypt and Ukraine and their associates frozen for another year, a move meant to support investigators' efforts.

Greece ferry strike hits island supplies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:20am

Ferry workers in Greece have extended a nationwide strike into the weekend, hitting supplies to the country's islands.

Report: UK Brexit chief not interested in transitional deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10am

British Brexit Secretary David Davis told London financial-sector bosses that he is "not really interested" in seeking a transitional deal with the European Union to soften the process of the U.K.'s exit from the bloc, the Financial Times reported Friday.

Killing at youth rehab center 1st known violent incident

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:00am

The youth treatment center where police say a teenager brutally killed a staff member while trying to escape is a working cattle ranch in southern Utah that hasn't previously had any major violations with the state or violent incidents.

Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:40am

Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case "lacks merit."

A look at the rise and fall of South Korea's president

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:20am

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached Friday, rose to power with the support of conservatives enamored of the economic growth ushered in by her late dictator father decades ago.

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:13am

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hardline immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.