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Paris bans half of cars to tackle new peak of pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:30am

Paris has temporarily barred half of all cars from traveling on city streets and made public transportation free for the day as it battles a peak in pollution.

Portugal expects no debt relief before German elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:20am

Portugal's prime minister says he doesn't expect eurozone authorities to make any substantial progress on resolving the bloc's debt problems before Germany's national elections in a year's time.

UN says dairy a potential ally in Asian nutrition challenges

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:10am

Even as Asia makes clear strides in taming hunger and famine, the rapidly modernizing continent needs to focus more on diversifying its diet or risk failing to quell malnutrition, with milk having the potential to help, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a report Tuesday.

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says Britain may have only 18 months to discuss Brexit after triggering exit process

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:00am

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says Britain may have only 18 months to discuss Brexit after triggering exit process.

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says 'cherry-picking' is not an option for Britain in EU exit discussions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:00am

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says 'cherry-picking' is not an option for Britain in EU exit discussions.

Putin's Russia seeks to project power with modern military

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:00am

With an aircraft carrier deployed off Syria's shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year, President Vladimir Putin can project Russian military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times.

German court paves way for nuclear compensation claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:20am

Germany's highest court opened the way on Tuesday for potentially costly compensation claims from electricity companies over the government's abrupt decision in 2011 to shut down several nuclear reactors and accelerate the closure of the rest.

Asian stocks follow Dow higher, European shares tepid

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:10am

Asian stocks rose Tuesday following another record day on Wall Street, while European stocks wobbled in early trading, buffeted by more political and economic uncertainty.

South Korea's Park would leave economy mired in challenges

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:10am

The heir to the Samsung empire and other tycoons took a public drubbing by lawmakers Tuesday over deep-rooted ties between politics and business that helped drive South Korea's economic ascent but are central to its political crisis.

Court: Star Chinese investor pleads guilty in stock case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:00am

A celebrity Chinese stock trader who was arrested after last year's market collapse has pleaded guilty to insider trading and manipulating share prices, a court announced Tuesday.

LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:20am

The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior they see.

Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:53am

Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend.

Indonesia takes new step to combat loss of forests, fires

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:40am

Indonesia has strengthened its moratorium on converting peat swamps to plantations in a move a conservation research group says will help prevent annual fires and substantially cut the country's carbon emissions if properly implemented.

Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:30am

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.

German factory orders beat forecasts, up strongly in October

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:50am

German factory orders were up a far stronger-than-expected 4.9 percent in October compared with the previous month, led higher by orders for cars and vehicle parts.

Chinese volleyball game in the crosshairs of development

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:11am

A modest asphalt court that served as a nursery for a unique style of volleyball played by Chinese immigrants across the country now stands in the way of development, touching off a battle over preservation.

Federal judge to get update on Ferguson's progress

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:10pm

One day after Ferguson residents heard an update on racial reform efforts in their community, a federal judge will get an update of her own.

Ikea to offer expanded parental leave in stronger job market

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:15pm

Ikea's U.S. division is offering longer parental leave to employees who are new parents, following similar overtures from tech companies like Netflix as it strives to keep good workers in an improving job market.

Live on TV: Samsung heir grilled by South Korean lawmakers

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:00pm

It's a rare moment of public reckoning for South Korea's most powerful business leaders and possibly the worst day for Samsung's billionaire heir, courtesy of the country's biggest political scandal in years.