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India’s Tata Sons wins bid for national carrier Air India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tata Sons, India's oldest and largest conglomerate, will be the new owner of the country's debt-laden national carrier Air India, the government announced on Friday. Its winning bid of 180 billion rupees ($2.4 billion) beat India's SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh, who offered 151 ...

EXPLAINER: How global deal stems corporate use of tax havens

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — More than 130 countries have forged a deal on sweeping changes in how big global companies are taxed. The goal: deterring multinational companies from stashing profits in countries where they pay little or now taxes — better known as tax havens. The sweeping ...

UK eyes ‘walk me home’ phone-tracker to protect lone women

LONDON (AP) — A top British government official is backing a phone company's proposal for a new tracking service to help protect women walking alone, an idea pitched amid ongoing outrage over the slayings of two young women who were targeted near their homes in London. The chief executive of ...

Merkel meets pope and receives farewell tribute from Draghi

ROME (AP) — Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Thursday with Pope Francis and Italian Premier Mario Draghi, who paid tribute to her "calm, determined" leadership even during difficult years for Europe and the common currency. Merkel herself has called this her farewell bilateral ...

Congo’s famous mountain gorilla dies at 14 in Virunga Park

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Ndakasi, a mountain gorilla who famously posed for a selfie with a ranger at Congo's Virunga National Park, has died at 14 after a long illness, the park said. "It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the death of beloved orphaned mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, ...

Israeli court ruling on major holy site angers Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AP) — A ruling by a local Israeli court in favor of a Jewish man who prayed quietly at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site has angered Muslim authorities, who denounced it on Thursday as a violation of the fragile status quo governing the compound. The Al-Aqsa mosque compound is the ...

Mural of South Africa’s Desmond Tutu is fixed for his 90th

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu marks his 90th birthday Thursday, a portrait of him recently defaced by racist graffiti has been restored by the artist, who added a celebratory message. "Happy Birthday Tata Desmond Tutu! Father of ...

Court rules Polish Constitution has primacy over EU laws

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's constitutional court ruled Thursday that Polish laws have supremacy over those of the European Union in areas where they clash, a decision likely to embolden the country's right-wing government and worsen its already troubled relationship with the EU. The ...

Mexico and US prepare new security framework

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials from Mexico and the United States are developing a new framework for their governments' security relationship that is more "holistic" in addressing crime and will tackle a broader range of issues than the previous initiative. Cabinet secretaries from both ...

Magnitude 5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 30 injured

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the Tokyo area on Thursday night, injuring more than 30 people, damaging underground water pipes and halting trains and subways. Traffic disruptions continued Friday morning, with local trains delayed and commuters overflowing from ...

Russian court orders bailiffs to enforce fine on Facebook

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has ruled to enforce the collection of fines from Facebook for breaching Russian laws on illegal content, officials said Thursday. The Tagansky District Court in Russia's capital ordered bailiffs to collect 26 million rubles (over $361,000) following Facebook's ...

Former Australian PM Abbott calls for solidarity with Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A former Australian prime minister has accused China of being a bully and expressed enthusiastic support for Taiwan while visiting the democratically ruled island. "Nothing is more pressing right now than solidarity with Taiwan," former Prime Minister Tony Abbott told a ...

Hungary offers to care for Romanian COVID-19 patients

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Hungary has offered neighboring Romania help in caring for coronavirus patients as the country faces an alarming surge of COVID-19 cases and a shortage of intensive care beds — pushing its health care system to the brink of collapse. Hungarian Foreign Minister ...

Russia hits a new record for COVID-19 infections this year

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's daily coronavirus infections soared Thursday to their highest level so far this year, as authorities have struggled to control a surge in new cases amid a slow pace in vaccinations and with few restrictions in place. The daily ...

UK eases travel restrictions further by slashing ‘red list’

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Thursday that it is to relax travel rules further next week, a move that will open up many long-distance holiday destinations to travelers for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic a year and half ago. As well as dramatically ...

Graffiti in English and German found on Auschwitz barracks

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police and prosecutors in southern Poland are investigating graffiti in English and German that appeared on multiple buildings at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the site of the former Nazi German death camp. A security guard found the graffiti Tuesday sprayed on nine ...

Amazon opens general store in UK, first outside the US

LONDON (AP) — Amazon on Wednesday opened its first general store outside the United States in a mall in Britain, selling the online retailer's most popular products including books, toys, games and consumer electronics. The U.S. company said the store, called "4-star" because it sells ...

German police raid ring suspected of laundering $162 million

BERLIN (AP) — Police carried out large-scale raids in 25 German cities Wednesday, after a chance discovery last year put investigators on the trail of a money-laundering network alleged to have funneled millions in ill-gotten gains abroad. Officials said the raids, which began in the early ...

NATO expels 8 ‘undeclared’ Russian intelligence officers

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO on Wednesday expelled eight members of Russia's mission to the military alliance, saying that they were secretly working as intelligence officers and halved the size of Moscow's team able to work at its headquarters. "We can confirm that we have withdrawn the ...

Wife of Haiti’s slain president meets with judge amid probe

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Martine Moïse, the widow of Haiti's assassinated president, traveled to her homeland to answer questions behind closed doors on Wednesday from a judge overseeing the murder case. Surrounded by heavy security, Moïse waved to supporters who yelled "Justice!" and ...