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July 16, 2014 - 7:01am
1 week 5 days ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from a typhoon that hit the Philippines is now 12.

The capital, Manila, was spared a direct hit today, but the fierce storm still brought down trees and utility poles and tore off roofs.

Officials say most of those killed were pinned by falling trees and electrical posts. A fire volunteer died when he was hit by a block of concrete while hauling down a Philippine flag.

None of the deaths...

July 16, 2014 - 7:00am
1 week 5 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China is telling thousands of civil servants to give up their Audis and get on the bus.

The Chinese government will force most officials to help it sell their official vehicles in return for up to $210 a month in public transportation aid, the state Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday. The officials will also have to help their drivers find other jobs.

The car ban is the latest move in a government move to mollify public frustration...

July 16, 2014 - 6:56am
1 week 5 days ago

PARIS (AP) — Three of the world's leading package delivery businesses are being investigated by France's competition watchdog, and may face fines.

U.S.-based FedEx Corp., TNT Express NV from the Netherlands and Britain's Royal Mail PLC are all under investigation for unidentified malpractices.

Yannick Le Dorze of the French Competition Authority said Wednesday that an investigation is underway, but would not name the companies targeted or say what...

July 16, 2014 - 6:53am
1 week 5 days ago

LONDON (AP) — The proportion of workers in Britain has hit its joint-highest level since records began more than 40 years ago, official figures showed Wednesday in a further sign of the strength of the U.K. economic recovery.

The Office for National Statistics said that the employment rate of those aged between 16 and 64 rose to 73.1 percent of the population in the three months through May, from 72.6 percent in the previous three-month period. The rate last reached that...

July 16, 2014 - 6:39am
1 week 5 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men - a fugitive convicted of terrorism - during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said.

Police said the wounded included two tourists from Australia and Germany, a police officer and the fugitive, Nikos Maziotis. The 43-year-old has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since June 2012 following their release from...

July 16, 2014 - 6:35am
1 week 5 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Nepal's former crown price, notorious for his flamboyant lifestyle, has been arrested for marijuana possession in Thailand for a second time in two years, police said Wednesday.

Paras Shah was taken into custody last week after officers found marijuana in his Bangkok hotel room, police Col. Chutrakul Madee said. He was released on bail Monday.

"The officers were initially called to investigate a quarrel between him and his girlfriend...

July 16, 2014 - 6:30am
1 week 5 days ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — International investors are regaining their appetite for euros as the shared currency recovers from a debt crisis that threatened to break it up.

But the euro, which is shared by 18 countries, fell further behind the U.S. dollar last year in another key measure of importance and prestige: its use as a reserve currency by the world's central banks.

The European Central Bank said Wednesday that foreign demand for stocks, bonds...

July 16, 2014 - 6:14am
1 week 5 days ago

GENEVA (AP) — Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.

Stepping into a fierce debate over digital privacy rights, the U.N. office says it has strong evidence of a growing complicity among private companies in government spying. It says governments around the world are using both legal and covert methods to access private content and metadata....

July 16, 2014 - 5:41am
1 week 5 days ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A court on Wednesday ordered the Netherlands to compensate the families of more than 300 Bosnian Muslims killed after Dutch troops handed them over to Bosnian Serb forces in 1995, in a ruling that could make countries more leery to contribute troops to peacekeeping missions.

The civil court in The Hague cleared the Netherlands of liability in the massacre of nearly 8,000 others, saying that although those people sought protection in the U.N...

July 16, 2014 - 5:40am
1 week 5 days ago

KAZANLAK, Bulgaria (AP) — Dozens of workers wade through a sea of purple, picking lavender blossoms in the sweltering heat. The 100-degree Fahrenheit temperatures give the blossoms their highest concentration of oil — a liquid treasure that is prized by perfume makers around the world.

Bags packed with lavender petals are taken to the nearby distillery where workers press them by foot before the precious oil is extracted in a steam distillation process....

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