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Poland says Russian gas pipeline is a 'new hybrid weapon'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 3:15am

Poland's prime minister on Monday called a planned Russian gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, a "new hybrid weapon" and says Moscow wants to use it to undermine NATO and the European Union.

Italian economist to meet president amid political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 3:13am

Italy's president invited economist Carlo Cottarelli to the presidential palace on Monday amid speculation he would ask the former International Monetary Fund official to form a technical government following the collapse of what would have been Western Europe's first populist government.

World shares higher as markets mull North Korea, Italy, oil

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 3:09am

European and Asian shares were mostly higher Monday as investors digested the latest developments regarding North Korea and Italian politics. Crude oil extended losses as traders braced for possible output increases.

Head of major Chinese bank found dead in apparent suicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 2:51am

The head of a major bank in northern China was found dead in his office in an apparent suicide, state media reported Monday, in the latest in a recent string of deaths among government and ruling Communist Party officials.

EU foreign ministers seek to keep Iran nuclear deal alive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 2:46am

European Union foreign ministers were seeking to protect the bloc's strategic and economic interests in Iran in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the international nuclear deal.

2 women struck by lightning as summer storms lash Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 2:41am

German authorities say two women have suffered serious injuries after being struck by lightning in the western city of Bochum.

The Latest: EU official has confidence in Italian president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 2:35am

The Latest on Italy's political crisis (all times local):

New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 2:13am

New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd.

Australian Senate to vote in June on corporate tax cuts

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 1:27am

The Australian government announced Monday that the Senate will vote in June on cutting corporate tax rates after an opinion poll suggested the contentious reform had popular public support.

Swiss Re, Softbank call off talks on potential investment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 12:52am

Insurance company Swiss Re and Softbank have agreed to end discussions about a potential minority investment by the Japanese technology conglomerate.

San Francisco mulls ban on flavored vaping liquids, menthols

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 11:49pm

A major tobacco company is pumping millions of dollars into a campaign to persuade San Francisco voters to reject a ban on selling flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, certain chewing tobaccos and vaping liquids with flavors like cotton candy, mango and cool cucumber.

Shortage expected after floods smother Hawaii staple crop

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 11:41pm

Farmers on the Hawaiian island of Kauai say their state should brace for a shortage of its taro crop, a staple of the traditional Hawaiian diet, after record-breaking rains flooded their fields.

Lava covers plugged well at Hawaii geothermal plant property

Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:57pm

Lava from the Kilauea volcano covered at least one well Sunday at a geothermal power plant on the Big Island, according to a Hawaii County Civil Defense report.

Wife of Korean Air chief summoned over abuse allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:43pm

South Korean police on Monday summoned the wife of Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho to question her about allegations she abused and assaulted employees.

Pipeline stance complicates Heitkamp's 2nd term Senate hopes

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:17pm

Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun went door to door on North Dakota's largest American Indian reservations in 2012 turning out the tribal vote to help put Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate. Six years later, with Heitkamp fighting hard to win a second term, Hunte-Beaubrun is staying on the sidelines.

Trump threatens another shutdown as budget battle heats up

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:13pm

President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. His message to lawmakers in both parties: Get your act together before the next budget lands on my desk.

Asian shares advance as markets mull North Korea, Italy, oil

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:37pm

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Monday as investors digested the latest developments regarding North Korea and Italian politics. Crude oil extended losses as traders braced for output increases.

Conservative, leftist head to contentious runoff in Colombia

Christine Armario and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 9:29pm

The conservative protege of a powerful former president and a leftist former guerrilla who has galvanized voters with an anti-establishment message are headed for what promises to be a polarizing presidential runoff after gaining the most votes in Sunday's election.

Brazil president hopes measures will end crippling strike

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 8:37pm

Brazilian President Michel Temer announced a handful of measures late Sunday aimed at getting truckers to end a crippling strike that has had a wide impact in Latin America's largest nation.

Ferry loses power off of Martha's Vineyard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 1:47pm

A stranded ferry off the shore of Martha's Vineyard carrying dozens of people has been towed to safety.