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EU unveils Indo-Pacific strategy, tries to allay China fears

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday unveiled a new strategy for boosting economic, political and defense ties in the Indo-Pacific, just hours after the United States, Britain and...
Sep. 16, 2021

Stocks start mixed as retail sales jump helps some sectors

Stocks were off to a mixed start on Wall Street Thursday as gains for retailers are offset by drops in technology and materials companies. The S&P 500 was bouncing between...
Sep. 16, 2021

Drought haves, have-nots test how to share water in the West

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Phil Fine stands in a parched field and watches a harvester gnaw through his carrot seed crop, spitting clouds of dust in its wake. Cracked dirt...
Sep. 16, 2021

UN experts: Venezuelan judiciary has big role in repression

GENEVA (AP) — Experts working with the U.N.’s top human rights body say Venezuela’s judicial system has played a “significant role” in state repression in the country, citing widespread allegations...
Sep. 16, 2021

Blowers, mowers and more: American yards quietly go electric

For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer. “I’m concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are...
Sep. 16, 2021

'A big gray elephant': Paris' Arc de Triomphe is wrapped up

PARIS (AP) — The city of Paris is unveiling a monumental artwork built around an actual monument: the Arc de Triomphe completely wrapped in silver and blue fabric. The installation...
Sep. 16, 2021

'New' Van Gogh drawing to go on display in Amsterdam museum

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A drawing newly attributed to Vincent van Gogh that has never been displayed publicly before is going on show at the Amsterdam museum that bears the Dutch...
Sep. 16, 2021

Diner shot in leg during stickup at high-end NYC restaurant

NEW YORK (AP) — A diner at a high-end Manhattan restaurant was shot in the leg during a stickup in the eatery's outdoor seating area, police said. The 28-year-old victim...
Sep. 16, 2021

California recall could boost Newsom's clout for 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The recall election that once threatened to derail California Gov. Gavin Newsom's political future has instead given it new life, offering a rare midterm vote of...
Sep. 16, 2021

Cyprus recovers looted 18th century church doors from Japan

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Church formally took charge Thursday of two ornately decorated 18th century doors stolen from a church in the ethnically divided island's breakaway north and...
Sep. 16, 2021

Cuba opens door to more private business, but red tape looms

HAVANA (AP) — Opening a small business is a bureaucratic headache in many parts of the world. In Cuba, it's an adventure in largely unknown territory. Most sorts of private...
Sep. 16, 2021

Americans have little trust in online security: AP-NORC poll

Most Americans don’t believe their personal information is secure online and aren't satisfied with the federal government's efforts to protect it, according to a poll. The poll by The Associated...
Sep. 16, 2021

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that worsening COVID infections may have slightly increased...
Sep. 16, 2021

Latest: Putin: Dozens in inner circle infected with virus

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says dozens of his staff have been infected with the coronavirus and he’ll continue his self-isolation because of the outbreak. The Kremlin announced this...
Sep. 16, 2021

Retail sales rose 0.7% in August as more Americans shopped online amid COVID-19 surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales rose 0.7% in August as more Americans shopped online amid COVID-19 surge.
Sep. 16, 2021

US jobless claims tick up to 332,000, up 20,000 from last week, as delta variant weighs on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims tick up to 332,000, up 20,000 from last week, as delta variant weighs on economy.
Sep. 16, 2021

The Latest: Pakistan tells UN it will continue Afghan aid

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s interior minister has assured the U.N. refugee agency that his country will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghan people. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told visiting U.N. High...
Sep. 16, 2021

EU earmarks 30 billion euros for health crisis agency

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that it will fund its new heath preparedness and rapid response agency to the tune of 30 billion euros ($35 billion) over...
Sep. 16, 2021

Judge seeks arrest of ex-minister charged in Beirut blast

BEIRUT (AP) — The lead judge investigating Lebanon’s massive port explosion last year issued an arrest warrant Thursday for a former government minister who failed to appear for questioning, the...
Sep. 16, 2021

Marks & Spencer blames Brexit for store closures in France

LONDON (AP) — British retailer Marks & Spencer said Thursday that it will close 11 of its stores in France, mainly in Paris, as a result of fresh and chilled...
Sep. 16, 2021

'Worst nightmare': 20-plus cats die in Florida shelter fire

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More than 20 cats were killed when a fire broke out at an Orlando animal shelter, officials said. Orange County Fire Rescue found flames “through the...
Sep. 16, 2021

German rail operator, union agree on pay deal to end strike

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, and a labor union representing train drivers said Thursday they have agreed on a pay raise to end a series of...
Sep. 16, 2021

Ozone hole over Antarctica larger than usual, scientists say

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the Southern Hemisphere ozone hole is larger than usual and already surpasses the size of Antarctica. The European Union's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service said Thursday...
Sep. 16, 2021

Zimbabwe orders government workers to get COVID vaccinations

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government has ordered all its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or they won't be allowed to come to work. The Public Service Commission, which...
Sep. 16, 2021

Missouri officer dies after being shot responding to call

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri police officer who was still in training after graduating from the police academy in July has died after being shot by a man who...
Sep. 16, 2021

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