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Obama opens 3-day foreign trip in Sweden

09/04/2013 2:06am
President Barack Obama is opening a three-day overseas trip with a stop in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

US global competitiveness rising once again

09/04/2013 2:21am
The United States' competitiveness among global economies is rising again after four years of decline, though northern European countries continue to dominate the rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum.

5 myths about Sweden, as Obama visits

09/04/2013 3:48am
Yes, Swedes eat a lot of meatballs and equip their homes with IKEA furniture. Many drive Volvos and listen to ABBA. But there are some cliches about the Swedes that are simply wrong. Here are five of the most common myths about the Nordic country, where President Barack Obama made a stopover Wednesday on his way to a global summit in Russia.

Obama to meet with Japan's Abe in Russia

09/04/2013 4:33am
The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) this week in Russia.

Croatia: 2 former Serb rebels jailed for 12 years

09/04/2013 4:59am
A court in Croatia has convicted two former Serb rebel fighters for war crimes and sentenced both to 12 years in prison for raping a 20-year-old Croat woman during the 1991 war.

Turkish ambassador to return to Egypt

09/04/2013 7:38am
Turkey's ambassador to Egypt, pulled back amid deteriorating relations between the two countries, will return to Cairo but Egypt said its top diplomat would not go back to Ankara until Egypt feels that Turkey has stopped interfering in its internal affairs.

Airbus nets order for 40 jets from Delta

09/04/2013 7:44am
Airbus says Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 40 aircraft including 10 of its widebody A330-300s.

Obama reassures Europeans over US surveillance

09/04/2013 8:01am
President Barack Obama is reassuring Europeans that the U.S. is not snooping through their emails or eavesdropping on their telephone calls.

10 interesting things Russia's Putin told the AP

09/04/2013 8:13am
In an interview with The Associated Press and Russia's state Channel 1 television, President Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of issues, including disputes over the Syrian civil war, his relations with President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and the rights of gays in Russia. Here are 10 interesting things he said in the interview late Tuesday.

EU unveils plan to clamp down on shadow banking

09/04/2013 8:15am
The European Union is pushing for a more stable financial system by clamping down on "shadow banking" _ the high-finance sector that handles trillions of dollars but isn't bound by the same rules as banks.

Syria's neighbors seek more help for refugees

09/04/2013 8:21am
Top officials from four nations harboring more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees say they badly need outside help to care for those fleeing the violence.

German leader visits site of French WWII massacre

09/04/2013 10:14am
With hugs and hand-holding in a solemn tribute to those killed, the presidents of Germany and France on Wednesday visited a ghost town left behind after the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France nearly seven decades ago.

4 Nepalese eyesight institutions share $1.3m prize

09/04/2013 11:32am
Four Nepalese institutions are sharing a (EURO)1-million ($1.3 million) prize from a Portuguese foundation for their work fighting eyesight disorders and blindness in their country.

GOP dreads prospect of new UAW foothold in South

09/04/2013 11:51am
The prospect of the United Auto Workers gaining a new foothold at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee worries some Southern Republicans, who say laws banning mandatory union membership have helped lure foreign automakers.

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama alludes to Syrian war

09/04/2013 12:56pm
During President Barack Obama's somber stop at a synagogue to honor a Holocaust-era hero, the allusions to a more modern world crisis were clear.

Italy police: Patient stabs psychiatrist 40 times

09/04/2013 1:05pm
Investigators in Italy say a patient stabbed his psychiatrist some 40 times, killing the woman during their appointment at a public health facility.

Russia's Putin calls John Kerry a liar on Syria

09/04/2013 3:03pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaida was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country's civil war.