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Kremlin dismisses US election indictment as lacking evidence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:19am

The Kremlin has dismissed a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as lacking evidence.

In Italy's poorer south, populist party woos angry voters

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:45am

In the Naples suburb of Torre del Greco, a port town at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, voters are steaming.

Original Picasso print stolen from Milwaukee art gallery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:36am

An original Pablo Picasso print worth up to an estimated $50,000 was stolen from a downtown Milwaukee art gallery.

ECB orders halt in payments by Latvian bank ABLV

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:27am

Latvia's financial regulator has ordered the crisis-struck ABLV Bank to cease all payments on the request of the European Central Bank amid U.S. accusations of money laundering and breaching sanctions on North Korea.

Global shares advance as investors' jitters ease

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 1:47am

Shares were higher in Europe and Asia on Monday following last week's gains on Wall Street. Investors' jitters appear to be subsiding after recent wild swings, eased by strong corporate earnings and other indicators. Many major markets were closed for lunar new year holidays.

Japan logs trade deficit in January, as imports jump 8 pct

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:59am

Japan's trade sector started out the year on a strong note though it slipped into deficit for the first time in eight months due to higher oil prices and seasonal factors.

Dozens of Dutch budget carrier's flights canceled, delayed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:59am

Dutch budget carrier Transavia has canceled or delayed dozens of flights because of a strike by pilots angry at the lack of progress in months of negotiations toward a new collective labor agreement.

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:46pm

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 3:19pm

Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.

The Latest: 'Three Billboards' named best picture in Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 2:29pm

The Latest on the British Academy Film Awards (all times local):

'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:53pm

A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed "Black Panther" to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.

London fashion: 70s vibe at Mouret, glamour from Temperley

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:41pm

Could fusty-looking tapestry and army boots look desirable? Roland Mouret and Temperley worked their magic at London Fashion Week catwalk shows Sunday, showcasing their latest womenswear styles for the upcoming autumn and winter season alongside other designers.

Israeli police arrest telecom officials in graft case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 12:16pm

Israeli police said Sunday they arrested senior officials from the country's national telephone company as part of an investigation into alleged corruption offenses. Israeli media said among those arrested were close associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is fighting for his political life after being accused of taking bribes from billionaire supporters.

Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

Carlo Piovano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:27am

Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation's financial system.

Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp

Alice Su, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:13am

A job center opened Sunday in Jordan's second largest camp for Syrian refugees, the latest sign of an EU-backed policy shift meant to improve the lives of the displaced in regional host countries and discourage them from migrating onward.

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:42am

The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.

Q&A: Ken Chenault, former CEO of American Express

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:03am

Kenneth Chenault was chief executive officer and chairman of American Express until January 31. He had a 37-year career at the credit card company, including 17 years as CEO. In his last interview before retiring, Chenault talked to The Associated Press about the new tax law, being a black CEO, and what greater competition means for AmEx.

Head of Latvian Central Bank is detained for questioning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 4:25am

The prime minister of Latvia says the country's top central banker has been detained following questions from the national anti-corruption agency.

Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 10:14pm

A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence.