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New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

Jesse J. Holland and Gerald Herbert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:54am

Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, making the city the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.

Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:44am

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:14am

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

The Latest: Trump says wall 'important too' against drugs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:10am

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

Oil workers' strike triggers gasoline lines in Sri Lanka

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:42am

Long lines formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka on Monday as workers at a state-run petroleum company went on strike to protest a government plan to lease out oil tanks to neighboring India.

PPG Industries ups bid for Akzo Nobel to $28.8B

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:40am

PPG Industries is boosting its offer for Akzo Nobel, looking to buy the industrial paints and chemicals company in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $28.8 billion.

French election result gives markets a start-of-week lift

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:34am

European stock markets and the euro ratcheted higher Monday, particularly in France, after the first round of the country's presidential election saw centrist Emmanuel Macron emerge on top — stoking hopes that he will defeat far-right Marine Le Pen in the run-off in two weeks' time.

Greece, creditors to resume talks in Athens, seek swift deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:34am

Representatives of Greece's bailout creditors are due in Athens to restart talks on further cutbacks, European officials said Monday, as they confirmed that the country last year vastly exceeded its budget targets.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:12am

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Report: Companies not complying with Bangladesh garment plan

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:12am

Dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago, a rights group said Monday.

Dubai state-backed DAE buys aircraft leasing firm AWAS

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:12am

Aircraft leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has agreed to buy rival AWAS, more than tripling the size of its fleet.

France's rejected mainstream unites for Macron over Le Pen

Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:02am

France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united on Monday to call on voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism.

Orlando airport shuttle stops for 2nd time in week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:40am

For the second time in a week, shuttle problems at Orlando International Airport caused long lines and more than 50 passengers to miss their flights.

Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:30am

The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a "very good businessman."

Philippines lawyer alleges President Duterte link to deaths

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:11am

A Filipino lawyer on Monday presented documents to the International Criminal Court which he said contain evidence of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and other crime suspects.

Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over troubled fund

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:02am

Emirati and Malaysian officials said Monday they reached a deal to resolve a legal dispute over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the United Arab Emirates set to receive $1.2 billion over this year.

French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron tops poll

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:42am

As relief rallies go, this may be as good as they come.

Japan's Nikon sues ASML, Zeiss over chip-making technology

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:12am

Nikon Corp. said Monday it has taken legal action in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan over the use of semiconductor lithography technology in products made by Dutch and German companies.

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:21am

North Korea marks the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday, and South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that it could conduct another nuclear test or launch an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.