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European Central Bank closer to revising stimulus outlook

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:50am

The minutes to the last policy meeting of the European Central Bank suggest that policymakers could indicate as soon as March that they are mulling an earlier end to their stimulus program.

Landslide kills 5 in Indonesia's Java, 18 missing

Agus Basuki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:43am

Five people are dead and 18 missing after a landslide Thursday on the Indonesian island of Java engulfed farmers working in their rice paddies.

Saudi Arabia announces it will build its first opera house

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:38am

Saudi Arabia says construction will soon begin on the first opera house in the kingdom, where concerts have been banned for two decades, along with music in restaurants and stores.

Worries about US rate hikes return to stalk markets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:28am

Global stock markets tracked Wall Street lower on Thursday after the minutes to the last meeting of the Federal Reserve policy meeting rekindled fears about the pace of interest rate rises.

Retirees protest across Spain to call for higher pensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:24am

Retirees are demonstrating across Spain, calling for higher pensions and urging authorities to ensure funding for social security.

UK's May gathers divided Cabinet, seeking Brexit compromise

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:22am

British Prime Minister Theresa May was gathering her divided ministers Thursday for a marathon meeting aimed at hammering out a common position on Brexit.

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

Tami Abdollah and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:06am

Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared "victory" for getting changes that benefited them in the tax overhaul.

UK growth faltered in 2017 amid Brexit constraints

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:02am

The British economy did not grow as strongly as initially thought during 2017 as consumers and businesses were held back by factors directly related to Brexit.

Dutch prosecutors reject calls for criminal tobacco case

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:44am

Dutch prosecutors on Thursday rejected calls to open a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges including attempted murder or manslaughter, saying such a case would be unlikely to lead to a conviction.

European flight safety agency issues drone guidelines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:34am

Europe's flight safety authority has published its first proposal on the safe operation of small drones, to serve as a guideline for the European Commission to adopt concrete regulations later this year.

Duterte: Labor ban to Kuwait stays, may be expanded

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:00am

The Philippine president said Thursday that a ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, where a Filipina was found dead in a freezer, will continue and could be expanded to other countries where Filipino workers suffer "human degradation."

Angry Air France staff demonstrate during strike over pay

Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:36am

Hundreds of angry Air France staff are demonstrating at the French airlines' headquarters in northern Paris amid a strike over pay that has grounded flights.

Police: No video showing Indonesian attacking Kim Jong Nam

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:18am

A police witness told a Malaysian court Thursday that there is no video evidence that shows an Indonesian woman smearing a nerve agent on the face of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader as part of an airport attack that killed him.

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:09am

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

German business confidence drops amid global, local concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:56am

German business confidence dropped sharply in February amid increasing concerns about both domestic and international risks.

EU leaders prepare life without Britain, mull future ties

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:26am

European Union leaders meet without Britain Friday looking to plug a major budget hole after Brexit and endorse a plan to streamline the European Parliament by sharing out the country's seats.

Want an evening out with Trump Jr? You're probably too late

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:22am

Want an evening out in India with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president.

Florida doctor facing long Medicare fraud sentence

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:08am

A federal judge is likely to sentence a prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey to about two decades in prison Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by convincing elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn't need for diseases they didn't have.

Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

Ken Thomas and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:44pm

Foreign leaders are looking to cultivate stronger ties with U.S. governors and mayors, an interest that will be on display at this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association.

Liberal group proposing plan for health coverage for all

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:18pm

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.