US wants role in developing Polish nuclear energy

WARSAW, Poland - (AP) A U.S. official says Washington is signing an agreement of cooperation with Poland aimed at intensifying cooperation between the two countries in the civil nuclear energy sector. Poland plans to built its first nuclear power plants by 2020, and the deal being signed Tuesday should...

Polanski decision shows Swiss privileges for rich

GENEVA - (APINTL) Switzerland's decision to reject a U.S. extradition request for director Roman Polanski may have shown that legal principles are paramount here but also left the impression that the rich and famous enjoy special privileges, Swiss newspapers opined Tuesday. Long known for the...

EU clears BA-Iberia merger, alliance with American

BRUSSELS - (AP) British Airways and Iberia on Wednesday won the European Union's regulatory approval to merge and to team up with American Airlines to share more of their lucrative trans-Atlantic routes. The companies say the two deals will help them cut costs and survive a tough business climate...

UN's internal watchdog faces leadership vacuum

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) The leader of the agency that is supposed to root out corruption in the United Nations is stepping down Wednesday with no successor in sight, adding to fears that the U.N. is becoming less capable of policing itself. With the departure of Inga-Britt Ahlenius, head of the Office...

UN eyes private help in $100 billion climate aid

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) A pledge by rich nations in Copenhagen to provide as much as $100 billion a year of climate-related aid to developing countries by 2020 may depend in part on the generosity of private donors and other non-governmental sources. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that his...

EU suggests ban on new deepwater drilling

BRUSSELS - (AP) The European Union's top energy official on Wednesday suggested banning any new deep-water oil and gas exploration projects in the North Sea, Black Sea and the Mediterranean while regulators examine safety risks. The U.S. banned offshore drilling in April in the wake of the Gulf...

EU, BAT cooperate against illegal cigarette trade

BRUSSELS - (AP) The European Commission and British American Tobacco Plc. announced Thursday they will cooperate to curb the trade of illegal cigarettes, which costs EU governments (EURO)10 billion in lost revenues annually. BAT, the world's second largest tobacco company, will work with the EU...

Glaxo takes $2.36 bln charge on legal costs

LONDON - (AP) Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday it expects to take a $2.36 billion charge against second-quarter earnings for the costs of settling court cases over the antidepressant Paxil and diabetes drug Avandia. The company said the charge includes settlements, agreements to...

Report: Illegal logging down across the globe

LONDON - (AP) Tougher enforcement and strict new rules have led to a dramatic drop in illegal logging, a British think tank says, saving huge swaths of green and cutting carbon dioxide emissions across the globe. An international clamp-down on unlawfully harvested timber has helped protect up to 17...

Britain, France, Germany urge EU emissions cuts

BERLIN - (AP) Britain, France and Germany are urging European Union nations to agree to a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 in an effort to combat climate change. Britain's climate secretary, along with the environment ministers of France and Germany wrote in a joint letter published...

Argentina legalizes gay marriage in historic vote

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - (AP) Argentina legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to declare that gays and lesbians have all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexual couples. After a marathon debate in Argentina's...

EU OK with Google-Dutch Library deal

BRUSSELS - (AP) The European Commission said Thursday it does not object to Google digitizing 160,000 books in the archives of the National Library of the Netherlands if they will be made publicly available. EU spokesman Jonathan Todd said the EU executive welcomed the digitization of materials from...

Debt crisis will strengthen Europe, French PM says

TOKYO - (AP) France's prime minister said Friday that Europe is united in tackling the Greek debt crisis and will emerge stronger than ever, as he sought to calm the fears of an important Asian trading partner. Speaking to business leaders in Tokyo, Francois Fillon reassured investors that the...

Vatican revises its rules on clerical sex abuse

VATICAN CITY - (APINTL) The Vatican has revised its in-house rules to deal with clerical sex abuse cases, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children and doubling the statute of limitations for such crimes. Abuse victims said the rules are little more than administrative...

Germany, China sign billions of dollars in deals

BEIJING -- (AP) Chinese and German companies signed deals worth billions of dollars to make trucks and power equipment Friday as the prime ministers declared their countries' economies had recovered from last year's global recession. German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought the heads of major...

World Court to rule on Kosovo independence

THE HAGUE Netherlands - (AP) The United Nations' highest court is issuing an advisory opinion Thursday on whether Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia was legal, a ruling that could set a precedent for separatist regions around the world. The International Court of Justice...

PC maker Lenovo turns to profit on China sales

BEIJING - (AP) Lenovo Group, the fourth-largest personal computer maker, said Thursday it rebounded to a quarterly profit from a loss a year earlier, driven by strong sales in China and other emerging markets. Profit was $55 million for the three months ending June 30, or 54 cents per share, compared...

Dubai camel dairy hopes to milk health food market

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - (AP) The camels know the drill by heart. Just after dawn, they file on their own always in groups of 12 into metal stalls for milking. Workers attach automated pumps. The milk flows into a system of chilled pipes that empty into a sealed metal vat. The next stop someday...

EU court exempts Inuit hunters from seal ban

BRUSSELS, Belgium - (AP) The European Union's high court temporarily exempted Inuit hunters in Canada and Greenland on Friday from the bloc's new trade ban on seal products, while asking European Parliament and EU governments to justify the ban. Indigenous people had argued their livelihoods...

Group buys controlling stake in Mexicana airlines

MEXICO CITY - (AP) A group of Mexican investors has bought a controlling stake in Mexicana airlines in a bid to save the debt-ridden company, the consortium announced Saturday. The group, called Tenedora K, said it acquired a 95 percent stake in Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico SA de CV, the holding company...

Veteran Myanmar politician says gov't party to win

YANGON, Myanmar - (AP) A veteran politician contesting Myanmar's upcoming elections said Sunday the political party backed by the ruling military junta will easily win the most seats because challengers face financial and other handicaps. Thu Wai, chairman of the newly formed Democratic Party...

Kenya seizes 2 tons of ivory destined for Asia

NAIROBI, Kenya - (AP) Wildlife officers seized two tons of elephant ivory and five rhino horns at Kenya's main airport that were to be illegally shipped to Malaysia, an official said Tuesday. Paul Udoto, a spokesman with the Kenya wildlife Service, said sniffer dogs from the KWS inspection unit...

Official: Seoul not considering food aid to NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea - (AP) South Korea has no intention of resuming food aid to North Korea, an official said Monday, a day after the ruling party chief questioned whether the assistance should restart because of recent flooding in the impoverished North. For a decade, South Korea was a major donor...

India rejects Vedanta's bauxite mining project

NEW DELHI, India - (AP) India on Tuesday refused permission to a London-based company to mine bauxite for its alumina refinery in the country's east, citing violations of environmental and human rights laws. The company, Vedanta Resources, set up an alumina refinery in Orissa state in 2008 hoping...

Gaza Mall sparks debate over Israeli blockade

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - (AP) Palestinians in this blockaded territory can now buy $80 bottles of perfume, Turkish-made suits and Israeli yogurt at the new Gaza Mall. But with only two floors of shops connected by a broken elevator and a staircase, Gaza's first shopping center is a far cry from the...