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French pension reform to be debated in parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:51am

French President Emmanuel Macron's divisive plan to overhaul the pensions system will be debated in the lower house of parliament on Monday — in a process that could take months, with a final vote expected in the summer.

Europe's busiest airport hit by a second day of disruptions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:49am

Europe’s busiest airport suffered the knock-on effects Monday of technical issues that disrupted travel over the weekend.

Port operator DP World to delist from Dubai stock exchange

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:12am

Port operator DP World said Monday it will delist from the Nasdaq Dubai stock exchange, returning the company to full state-ownership in a move that will help the Dubai government's investment company repay more than $5 billion to banks.

French TGV maker Alstom in talks to buy Bombardier rail unit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:05am

French train maker Alstom said Monday it is in talks to buy the rail business of Canadian engineering firm Bombardier, as it tries to bulk up to compete with big rivals, particularly from China.

Automakers in China gradually reopen after virus shutdown

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 3:49am

Automakers are reopening factories in China that were idled by anti-virus controls as they try to reverse a sales slump in their biggest market.

Stocks mostly rise but Japan skids on stark economic data

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 11:15pm

Global stocks mostly rose Monday, with Shanghai's benchmark jumping over 2% after the central bank rolled out support for the economy amid a virus outbreak that has infected over 71,000 people globally. Japan's market slumped, however, on weak economic growth figures.

Toxic gas leak kills 5, sickens dozens in Karachi port city

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:46pm

A toxic gas leak killed five people and sickened dozens of others in a coastal residential area in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police said Monday.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's exaggerations on Roger Stone sentence

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:45pm

President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the Justice Department's handling of the legal case of his confidant, Roger Stone.

Asian markets mixed: Japan skids; China helped by rate cut

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 9:30pm

Markets were mixed in Asia on Monday, with Japan's benchmark slipping 0.8% after the government reported the economy contracted 6.3% in annual terms in the last quarter. China's shares got a boost after the central bank stepped in to help the economy with a rate cut, extra buying of securities and tax cuts.

Japanese economy sinks amid fears about virus impact

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:47pm

The Japanese economy shrank at an annual pace of 6.3% last quarter as growth was battered by typhoons and crimped consumer spending.

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:29pm

General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job losses.

Man facing prison term for plot to obtain $1M in stolen TVs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:13pm

Federal prosecutors in Maryland are recommending a prison sentence of more than five years for a man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to obtain hundreds of stolen televisions worth more than $1 million.

New York attorney general drops T-Mobile-Sprint challenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 2:16pm

New York's attorney general said Sunday the state will not appeal a judge's decision approving the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.

Insider Q&A: Facebook VP of Messenger discusses privacy

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 11:00am

At Facebook, Stan Chudnovsky oversees the Messenger chat app that's used by well over 1 billion people each month. He's playing a key role in helping Facebook integrate that app with its other chat tools, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct.

Hungary's Orban warns about climate crisis, slow EU growth

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:44am

Hungary’s prime minister on Sunday declared the past decade as the most successful of Hungary’s past century, but also said the country was threatened by the climate crisis, continuing population decline and “sinister menaces gathering over the European economy.”

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 8:28am

Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs.

$1 million grant goes to record black women's histories

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:57am

A trailblazer among black women in the business world wants to help make sure that the stories of other pioneering women like her are not forgotten.

Suspected far-right extremist on Germany's radar for months

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 4:10am

German media reported Sunday that the main suspect detained last week as part of police raids on alleged far-right extremists had been on authorities' radar for several months.

Cost of China's anti-virus fight rises with workers idle

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 7:28pm

Real estate agent Du Xuekun’s sales usually jump after the Lunar New Year holiday. But this year, Du has been at home for a month with no income after vast swathes of China’s economy were shut down in a sweeping effort to contain a virus outbreak.