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New East Timor government marred by corruption allegations

DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor’s president is refusing to swear in 11 members of Cabinet because of corruption investigations, marring the formation of a new government following a protracted political stalemate in the young nation. Taur Matan Ruak, an independence fighter and former president,...


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2 Koreas discuss holding new reunions of war-split families

Koreas Tension

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korean officials met Friday for talks on resuming reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as the rivals boost reconciliation amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. Seoul’s Unification Ministry said the meeting will...


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The Latest: German business warns UK risks disorderly Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on businesses warning about Brexit’s fallout (all times local): 10:00 a.m. Germany’s main business lobby group is warning that Britain is on course for a “disorderly Brexit” and urging its government to stop playing for time. Joachim Lang, the director general of the...


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Malaysia names new central bank governor

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has named Nor Shamsiah Mohamad Yunus, an experienced former central bank official, as the new central bank governor. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that the king has consented to Nor Shamsiah’s appointment to head Bank Negara Malaysia from July 1...


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Greek financial markets rally on debt relief deal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government borrowing costs have dropped and the stock market is rallying on news that the country’s creditors have agreed to debt relief measures that pave the way for an end to the nation’s eight-year bailout program in two months. The yield on Greece’s benchmark 10-...


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Airbus threatens to leave Britain in case of no-deal Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Aviation giant Airbus has threatened to leave Britain if the country leaves the European Union without an agreement on future trading relations. The company, which employs about 14,000 people at 25 sites in the U.K., says it will “reconsider its long-term footprint in the country” if...


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Asian stocks mixed as trade disputes worry investors

China Financial Markets

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Friday as investors were still wary over trade disputes between China and the U.S. as well as between the U.S. and Europe that could hurt corporate profit and jobs. Some markets were making slight rebounds but unable to make up their heavy losses...


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UN dismayed by reports of 220 migrants drowning off Libya

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says survivors have reported that some 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in recent days and is expressing shock at the mass drownings. A statement by UNHCR released on Thursday said the migrants drowned in separate incidents earlier this week. The...


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After giving birth, New Zealand leader craves mac-n-cheese

New Zealand Prime Minister Baby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese on Friday and planned to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl. Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader...


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In India, rats have a $19,000 meal

India Rats and Money

GAUHATI, India (AP) — It was a cash machine heist with a difference: The attackers were hungry rodents. At least one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM in northeastern India and started eating. By the time it was finished, police say more than $19,000 in bills were shredded. When...


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