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Greece calls on Germany to ease budget surplus demands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:22am

Greece's government is calling on Germany to drop what it described as "irrational" budget demands in Greece's bailout program.

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:20am

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon.

Global stocks turn higher on strong economic indicators

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:14am

Global stock markets mostly turned higher on Tuesday after surveys pointed to robust economic growth in Europe and Japan, regions that have stagnated in recent years.

Tensions mount as Ecuador's presidential race up in the air

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:13am

Vote counting in Ecuador's presidential election dragged into a third day Tuesday with ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno still just short of a definitive first-round victory and supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations.

Rio Carnival revelers hunt for bargains amid economic crisis

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:13am

Instead of costly and elaborate costumes with glittering sequins, expect more cheap getups featuring fake mustaches, hats and tiaras at this year's Carnival.

Thai leader says impact of coal plant to be studied again

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:10am

Thailand's prime minister says the government will ensure that environmental and health impact studies for a coal power plant approved by its energy policy planning committee will be reconsidered, but made clear he expects the project to proceed.

Wal-Mart earnings fall, but online sales surge

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:02am

Wal-Mart's fourth-quarter earnings fell nearly 18 percent as the world's largest retailer was hurt by its investments in e-commerce and stores.

Home Depot sees 4Q profit growth on strong housing market

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:54am

The Home Depot Inc. on Tuesday reported a boost in sales and profit during the fourth quarter, as rising home prices and low mortgage rates continued lifting a healthy housing market. The home improvement retailer also announced that it was raising its dividend.

Rome mayor supports taxi drivers striking against Uber

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:53am

A weeklong strike by taxi drivers that has crippled transport in Rome, Milan and Turin is heating up, with cabbies marching through the eternal city to protest legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-hire services.

Pinpointing cause of death for NK's Kim Jong Nam may be hard

Eileen By and Margie Mason, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:24am

Determining whether poison killed the half brother of North Korea's leader in a busy airport is proving difficult for Malaysian officials, who said Tuesday that autopsy results are so far inconclusive.

EU tries to keep multinationals from using tax loopholes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:24am

European Union finance ministers agreed Tuesday to new rules aimed at preventing multinational companies from exploiting differences in tax rates between countries in the 28-country EU and those outside the bloc.

Nigerians starved of electricity access turn to solar

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:04am

The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options.

Chinese premier appeals to Washington to avoid 'trade war'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:53am

China's No. 2 leader expressed hope Tuesday that disputes with U.S. President Donald Trump's government can be settled amicably and warned a "trade war would benefit nobody."

Eurozone economy seen running at near 6-year high

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:23am

Economic growth in the 19-country eurozone accelerated in February to reach the strongest pace in nearly six years, a closely watched survey found Tuesday.

Conservative group cancels speech by Yiannopoulos

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:13am

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men fell flat with organizers.

Money-losing Toshiba selling medical leasing unit to Canon

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:51am

Embattled Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. is selling its stake in a medical equipment leasing company to Canon Inc. for 31.4 billion yen ($277 million).

HSBC warns of risks to world economic growth as profit dives

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:42am

London-based bank HSBC reported Tuesday that its annual profit slumped following a year it said would be remembered for "unexpected economic and political events" and warned of risks in 2017 to the global economy's continuing recovery.

Trump Month Two: Talks on health care and on tax overhaul

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:11am

As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans.

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

Jim Drinkard and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:01am

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.

Circus lionized for cutting animal acts will bring them back

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:19pm

A circus is under fire for bringing back animal acts a year after earning praise from animal rights groups for dropping them to keep up with changing public attitudes.