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March 2, 2015 - 10:24am
24 min 55 sec ago

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Google will soon be offering cellular network plans.

Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan. He says "you will see us announce it in the coming months."

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Pichai said on Monday "we are at a stage where it important to think...

March 2, 2015 - 10:10am
24 min 55 sec ago

ROME (AP) — The principality of Monaco has signed an accord with Italy aimed at ending banking secrecy, days after Switzerland and Liechtenstein inked similar pledges to exchange financial information with Rome.

The accords are key instruments in the Italian government's quest to fight tax evasion, a chronic problem plaguing the state's coffers.

Italy's finance ministry said that the accord with Monaco, signed on Monday, will allow administrative...

March 2, 2015 - 9:54am
24 min 54 sec ago

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say hundreds of parents have been arrested in recent days because they refused to allow vaccinators to give their children the polio vaccine.

Feroz Shah, a spokesman for the Peshawar district administration, says 471 people have been arrested.

A senior police officer in Peshawar, Shakirullah Khan, says he does not have an exact figure on the number arrested but that it is so far in the "hundreds." Khan...

March 2, 2015 - 9:53am
24 min 54 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Prosecutors have charged 10 men with sexual offenses against girls as young as 13 in a case that has stirred racial tensions in northwestern England.

The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement Monday that the offenses include rape and sexual activity with a child. They are alleged to have occurred between 2005 and 2013 and relate to seven girls. The victims were between 13 and 23 at the time of the abuse.

The case stirred...

March 2, 2015 - 9:49am
24 min 54 sec ago

GENEVA (AP) — The large family car Volkswagen Passat has been voted car of the year by European automotive editors at the Geneva International Motor Show.

German Volkswagen's four-door sedan beat six other finalists including Citroen's C4 Cactus, Renault's Twingo and the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer.

The Passat has an updated collision avoidance system compared to its predecessor and other new technology, including emergency driver assistance and cross...

March 2, 2015 - 9:42am
24 min 55 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.

The 28 EU member states on Monday approved the rule that national governments can have the final say in the matter — a move that goes counter to many EU initiatives, which traditionally seek a common stance on EU policies.

Mute Schimpf of Friends of the Earth...

March 2, 2015 - 9:42am
24 min 54 sec ago

HELSINKI (AP) — Scandinavian Airlines says some 50 flights have been canceled Monday to and from Denmark after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to transfer employees to a domestic airline acquired by SAS.

Group spokesman Henrik Edstrom said the action, involving flights within Scandinavia, brings the number of cancellations to more than 100 since the pilots began their protest on Friday.

Meanwhile in...

March 2, 2015 - 9:30am
24 min 54 sec ago

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Two members of Kuwait's so-called "stateless" community say the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was born to an undocumented family in an impoverished corner of the oil-rich nation.

They told The Associated Press on Monday that family members of militant Mohammed Emwazi in the Gulf nation have been instructed by authorities not to speak to the media.

Emwazi left Kuwait for Britain when he was only a boy. A family...

March 2, 2015 - 9:28am
24 min 54 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's hoping for a good future for Greece in the eurozone as Germany pushes Athens to comply fully with the terms of its financial bailout.

Germany's Parliament signed off Friday on a four-month extension to Greece's bailout, an agreement under which the new Greek government committed to honoring its financial obligations fully. It now has to submit detailed reform plans and pass a review by creditors.

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March 2, 2015 - 9:11am
24 min 54 sec ago

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's prime minister is preparing to form a new government after his ruling Reform Party won the parliamentary election. The country's president is suggesting that he create a broad coalition.

Prime Minister Taavi Roivas' center-right group, which includes the Social Democrats, lost seven seats in the vote Sunday and now has 45 lawmakers in the 101-seat Parliament, prompting the negotiations with smaller parties to form a majority coalition....

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