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.
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.
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...
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."
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....
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...
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...