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German economy minister to raise Opel fate during Paris trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:50am

Germany's economy minister plans to discuss the future of General Motors' Opel subsidiary during a visit to Paris on Thursday.

US equity firm closes in on purchase of Portuguese bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:20am

Portugal's central bank says it has picked U.S. private equity firm Lone Star for exclusive final negotiations on its bid to buy Novo Banco, the so-called good bank salvaged by the Portuguese government from the collapse of major lender Banco Espirito Santo.

Swedish think tank: Arms trade is flourishing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:20am

A Swedish think tank says that the global arms trade has steadily increased in volume the past five years, propelled by an almost doubling of arms imports in the Middle East and strong growth in demand in Asia.

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:04am

North Korea's top envoy in Kuala Lumpur on Monday denounced Malaysia's investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe into the death.

Hong Kong Disneyland posts 2016 loss on tourism softness

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:04am

Hong Kong Disneyland posted a wider annual loss on Monday as attendance by mainland Chinese tourists dropped amid a softer tourism market.

Eurozone tries to avoid another Greek crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:50am

The eurozone's 19 finance ministers will try to defuse the risk of another Greek crisis when they meet later in Brussels.

Boston, patrolmen's union agree to 4-year, $68 million deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:23am

Boston's mayor and the city's largest police union have agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract for its 1,500 patrol officers.

Expert: Brexit could endanger security for other EU nations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:10am

A former counterterrorism chief for London's Metropolitan Police says Britain's withdrawal from the European Union could compromise the security of other EU members if they do not continue to have full access to British intelligence.

Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:51am

Shares in Unilever, the owner of brands like Hellman's, Lipton, and Knorr, are down sharply after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143 billion takeover offer.

Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and UN

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:12am

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation.

APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:40am

Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions in the state says no changes have been made in how doctors perform the procedures.

House GOP hails health plan that Democrats call inadequate

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:40am

Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor.

Trump's proposed big military budget no sure thing

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:33am

Republicans control Congress so President Donald Trump's pledge to boost the Pentagon budget by tens of billions of dollars should be a sure bet.

Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:33am

One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump's White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's view at odds with events of the week

Jim Drinkard and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:23am

In the Washington week that wasn't, President Donald Trump's new administration whirred like a "fine-tuned machine," piling on big-league accomplishments at a pace never before seen.

Ruling party candidate leads in Ecuador's presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:12am

The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa headed to victory in the opening round of Ecuador's presidential election, although it was uncertain early Monday whether he would get enough votes to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

Timeline of events surrounding Kim Dotcom extradition fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 11:33pm

The legal case involving flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lasted more than five years and will likely continue for years to come. Here's a timeline of significant events:

Traffic study ranks Los Angeles as world's most clogged city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 11:23pm

When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world.

Prosecutors say malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:04pm

Dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks and protruding ribs lie silently in an infirmary at Haiti's largest prison, most too weak to stand. The corpse of an inmate who died miserably of malnutrition is shrouded beneath a plastic tarp.