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April 7, 2014 - 7:31am
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BERLIN (AP) — France's new finance minister has stressed the need to strike a balance between stronger economic growth and fulfilling Paris' deficit-cutting commitments.

During a visit to Berlin Monday, Michel Sapin stopped short of outlining specific details but advocated "a balance between the necessary respect for commitments and growth higher than today's."

Last week, Sapin said the pace at which France reduces its deficit to 3 percent of the...

April 7, 2014 - 7:29am
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave his backing Monday to the scandal-tainted Vatican Bank to carry on provided it presses ahead with efforts to bring its banking practices up to international standards.

To continue operating, the bank, which has been caught up in money-laundering probes conducted by Italian judicial authorities, has to make itself more transparent and enact international best banking practices.

The pope's decision could surprise...

April 7, 2014 - 7:21am
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PERTH, Australia (AP) — A concentrated air and sea search was underway in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday after an Australian ship detected faint pings deep underwater in what an official called the "most promising lead" yet in the search for Flight 370.

Up to 14 planes and as many ships were focusing on a single search area covering 77, 580 square kilometers (29,954 square miles) of ocean, 2,270 kilometers (1,400 miles) northwest of the Australian west coast city of Perth,...

April 7, 2014 - 7:13am
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — State investment companies in the United Arab Emirates' two biggest cities say they have jointly created an aluminum producer that will rank among the world's largest producers of the metal.

Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai said on Monday they have formally incorporated the new Abu Dhabi-based company, known as Emirates Global Aluminium.

It combines the operations of...

April 7, 2014 - 7:01am
1 week 3 days ago

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested four people who allegedly planned to send to Iran industrial machinery that could be used to make missiles.

A Civil Guard statement Monday said officers seized two Leifeld metalworking machines that had been imported illegally from Britain last year.

The statement said the machines are classified as "dual use" — meaning they can be used in both civilian and military industry — and their shipping to...

April 7, 2014 - 6:57am
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LONDON (AP) — A British man accused of arranging the slaying of his wife on their honeymoon was extradited Monday to South Africa to face a murder charge.

Shrien Dewani had spent years fighting extradition over the death of his 28-year-old bride Anni. She was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town's Gugulethu township in November 2010.

Dewani is accused of hiring men to kill his wife and make it look like a botched carjacking. Three men,...

April 7, 2014 - 6:36am
1 week 3 days ago

MATSUMOTO, Japan (AP) — The 12-year-old girl didn't want to leave her younger brother, and her grandparents didn't want her to go away. But a family living near the "no-go zone" surrounding Japan's destroyed nuclear plant has other things to consider.

Yukie Hashimoto and her husband sent their daughter 300 kilometers (200 miles) away to the picturesque ski town of Matsumoto, where the mayor offered to take in and educate young people living in the shadow of the Fukushima...

April 7, 2014 - 6:21am
1 week 2 days ago

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's head of state is making his country's first state visit to Britain this week, a trip that has been decades in the making and provides another poignant milestone for peacemaking.

President Michael D. Higgins is flying Monday to England a day ahead of his formal reception by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle west of London. Higgins' tour, which runs through Friday, comes three years after the queen's first state visit to the Republic of Ireland,...

April 7, 2014 - 6:08am
1 week 3 days ago

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius starts giving testimony in his murder trial in South Africa.

April 7, 2014 - 6:04am
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GENEVA (AP) — Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues.

Swiss-based Holcim and its French counterpart, Lafarge, said the new company would be named LafargeHolcim and be headquartered in Switzerland. They said the merger would create the most advanced group in the building materials industry — the two...

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