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Can Brexit be stopped? Pro-EU campaigns try to turn the tide

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:38am

Britain is due to leave the European Union in just over a year. The country's main political parties agree that the decision can't be reversed. But with the U.K. government divided over the direction Brexit should take, pro-EU campaigners are stepping up efforts to make the country change course.

Cyprus: Gas search to continue despite Turkey's opposition

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:32am

A search for gas off Cyprus will benefit all the ethnically divided island's citizens and will continue as planned despite Turkey's efforts to interfere, the Cypriot president said Wednesday.

World markets mixed as investors eye Fed minutes

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:18am

Shares slid Wednesday in Europe after a day of gains in Asia as attention turned to minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve.

Greece: Parliament debates investigation over pharma scandal

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:16am

Greek lawmakers were debating Wednesday whether to launch an investigation into 10 senior politicians — including two former prime ministers, the current central bank governor and a European commissioner — over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel gas deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:52am

Egypt's president says his country "scored a goal" by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.

Latvian official to miss ECB meeting amid corruption reports

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:27am

Latvia's banking chief will miss a meeting of the European Central Bank's top council, of which he is a member, amid an investigation into suspected corruption.

UK jobless up for first time since Brexit vote aftermath

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:24am

Unemployment in Britain has risen for the first time since the aftermath of the country's June 2016 vote to leave the European Union, official figures showed Wednesday, a development that could alter market expectations of another interest rate increase from the Bank of England in May.

Budget carrier flydubai sees profits and revenue increase

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:06am

Budget carrier flydubai said Wednesday its earnings and profits have increased, with revenue reaching 5.5 billion dirhams ($1.5 billion) in 2017 compared to 5 billion dirhams ($1.37 billion) in 2016.

EU anti-trust watchdog imposes big cartel fines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:36am

The European Union's anti-trust watchdog is sounding the warning to business cartels by announcing fines totaling more than half a billion euros ($600 million) in three anti-trust cases.

Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:26am

Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" as he embarked on a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures.

To get a ride, Uber says take a walk

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:12am

The latest variation of an Uber ride will require a short walk.

To get a ride, Uber says take a walk

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:12am

The latest variation of an Uber ride will require a short walk.

Eurozone economy cools amid stock market turmoil

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:44am

There are signs that the turmoil in financial markets at the start of February had a negative impact — albeit a short-term one — on the fast-growing 19-country eurozone economy.

Asian retailer Lotte accepts resignation from jailed co-CEO

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:38am

Asian retail and chewing gum giant Lotte has accepted the resignation of its co-CEO after he was convicted of bribery and embezzlement in a wide-ranging corruption scandal that brought down South Korea's president.

Air France says long-haul flights impacted by strike action

Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:41am

Air France says that half of its long-haul flights departing from Paris will not operate for 24 hours during a strike over pay.

Australian leader off to US for talks with Trump, governors

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:18am

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the United States on Wednesday, accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S.

New Zealand says Pacific trade deal will boost GDP 1 percent

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:56am

New Zealand estimates a Pacific trade deal would boost its economy by up to 1 percent as exporters would face reduced tariffs on goods like kiwifruit, wine and beef.

US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:12pm

The Russians are going to try it again. Even President Donald Trump's intelligence chiefs say so. But with congressional primaries just two weeks away, the U.S. has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian election meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court.

Investigation of California senator finds 6 misconduct cases

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:14pm

A California senator likely engaged in unwanted flirtatious or sexually suggestive behavior with six women he worked with, including four subordinates, according to an independent investigation released Tuesday.

Premature baby named after curling rock island defies odds

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:22pm

Long before her frightening birth, before the awful moments when everyone wondered if she would survive, before anyone knew how tough she could be, Ailsa Polo's destiny was linked to an isle of granite.