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February 3, 2016 - 7:22am
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government is looking to increase taxes on the country's most profitable business sectors as it tries to reconcile the debt-cutting demands of European authorities with its anti-austerity promises to workers and pensioners.

Lawmakers given details Wednesday of the government's delayed 2016 budget say tax hikes are planned for banks and vehicle and gas sales, among other measures.

The minority Socialist government...

February 3, 2016 - 7:10am
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BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police are licking their wounds after an enraged mob of vendors chased them away when they tried to seize fake goods at a famous border market.

The Department of Special Investigation said 12 officers were injured Wednesday when police and French Embassy observers went to the Rong Kluea market on the border with Cambodia to seize items such as fake perfumes that violate intellectual property laws.

A DSI statement said about 400...

February 3, 2016 - 7:05am
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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania is auctioning off dozens of obsolete Eastern Bloc military aircraft to raise cash for its armed forces, and officials say museums and collectors from several countries have expressed interest.

The Defense Ministry says the 40 Soviet or Chinese planes and helicopters for sale include six propeller-driven Yak-18s, Mig-15, -17, -19 and -21 jets and four Mil Mi-4 transport helicopters. They date mostly to the 1950s, and haven't been used for...

February 3, 2016 - 6:58am
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BERLIN (AP) — The German government is considering introducing a limit of 5,000 euros ($5,450) on cash transactions in an effort to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism.

Deputy finance minister Michael Meister said Wednesday that Germany would like to see a European solution, but could introduce a national limit if none is achieved, news agency dpa reported. He said "we can imagine a level of 5,000 euros."

Meister said there's "the risk...

February 3, 2016 - 6:46am
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LONDON (AP) — The only son of a notorious earl, missing since 1974 when a woman was found dead in his home, has been granted a death certificate in his father's case.

The certificate was granted Wednesday by Britain's High Court at the request of George Bingham. It means he can inherit his late father's title.

The disappearance of Lord Richard Lucan, the Seventh Earl of Lucan, has continued to fascinate Britons and cause endless media speculation....

February 3, 2016 - 6:26am
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career, although progress is hampered by ongoing conflict in Mali and South Sudan.

Carter has led a campaign since 1986 through his foundation, the Carter Center, to rid the world of the once-widespread disease. With only 22 cases worldwide last year, they may now be on the cusp of wiping it out forever....

February 3, 2016 - 6:19am
1 week 3 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's top economic planner is predicting that world's second-biggest economy will grow between 6.5 and 7 percent this year.

The chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, Xu Shaoshi, said at a news conference Wednesday that downward pressure on the world's No.2 economy would continue in 2016.

But he said China would be able to achieve its growth target if it managed to generate sufficient jobs and maintain stable...

February 3, 2016 - 6:17am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's economy minister says routine efforts from government leadership to shoot down reforms— further damaging the country's already crippled economy— prompted him to resign from his post.

Aivaras Abromavicius wrote in his resignation letter published on Wednesday that Ukraine's leadership lacks the political will to enact much-needed changes and has routinely obstructed reforms.

Ukraine's leadership has made little progress in...

February 3, 2016 - 5:51am
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LONDON (AP) — The founder of budget airline EasyJet has stepped into Britain's grocery aisle.

Stelios Haji-Ioannou has opened a discount grocery in northwest London, called EasyFood, offering canned sardines, soups and pasta for a mere 25 pence (36 cents) — for a limited time only. Prices will go up on the "limited and basic" range after a month.

No fresh produce will be offered at the store, whose motto is "No expensive brands. Just food honestly...

February 3, 2016 - 5:36am
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GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Syrian peace talks in Geneva (all times local):

11:55 am

A member of the Syrian opposition's negotiating team in Geneva says the government's decision to allow aid into a besieged rebel-held suburb of the capital, Damascus, is a small but positive step.

Basma Kodmani, who is in Geneva to take part in U.N.-sponsored indirect negotiations with the government, says the amount of supplies allowed "is way...

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