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Syrian civilians leave crumbling rebel enclave in Aleppo

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:20am

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.

British journalist says detained in Kenya without charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:10am

A British journalist for The Times of London newspaper says he is being detained at a Nairobi airport without explanation or charge after entering Kenya.

Court orders Swiss prosecutors to open VW criminal probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:10am

Swiss prosecutors say they have seized documents at a large Volkswagen dealer after a court ordered them to open a criminal investigation.

Health stocks rebound as US indexes keep setting records

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:10am

U.S. stocks are opening higher Friday morning as major indexes continue to set records. Technology companies are rising on company earnings. Health care and household goods companies also trading higher after lagging the market over the last few weeks.

US wholesalers cut stockpiles, clearing way for new orders

AP Economics Writer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:01am

U.S. wholesale businesses cut back their stockpiles while sales rose in October. That's a trend that could boost demand for factory goods in the months ahead.

Shares in troubled Italian bank plunge amid bailout fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:00am

Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena have plunged after news reports that the bank's request for more time to raise new capital from investors has been rejected by regulators.

EU chief: 1 type of European chopper, tank to stop waste

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:50am

The chief of the European Union's executive branch wants to streamline defense industries in member states to make them more efficient and less dependent on U.S. military protection.

In Denmark, Apple loses court case over refurbished phone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20am

Apple Inc. has violated a consumer law in Denmark by giving a customer a refurbished iPhone with used components in replacement for his new one that wasn't working properly, a Danish court ruled.

Celebrate closer EU union? Not with all that division

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20am

Instead of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the summit that reinforced the goal of an ever-closer union, the European Union's Commission chief lambasted some member states that refuse to apply common rules and said the bloc needs to rethink a looser relationship for those not fully committed.

Germany says Aixtron case 'closed' after Chinese bid blocked

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:01am

The German government says it has stopped the vetting process for a Chinese firm's purchase of chipmaker Aixtron SE after the U.S. government nixed the takeover.

Women sue groom, event company after being hit by drone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:00am

Two women are suing a groom and the event company that ran his wedding reception after they allege he flew a drone that hit them in the head at the New Hampshire event.

Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent will step down in May, to be succeeded by James Quincey, company president.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:51am

Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent will step down in May, to be succeeded by James Quincey, company president. .

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.

Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:47am

A federal judge has ordered a company with ties to a polygamous sect to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold.

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.

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):

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.