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EU steel makers complain of iron price hikes

BRUSSELS – (AP) European steel makers warned Thursday that big iron ore price increases could slow the region's fragile economic recovery. Eurofer an industry group representing ArcelorMittal SA, ThyssenKrupp AG and Corus Group PLC says price hikes of between 80 percent and 90 percent for...

HSBC: data on 24,000 Swiss account holders stolen

GENEVA – (AP) Information on 24,000 HSBC customers with Swiss accounts has been stolen, the British bank said Thursday, potentially exposing large numbers of international clients to prosecution by tax authorities in their home countries. A former IT employee of Swiss subsidiary HSBC Private...

Greece hit by strikes, riots over austerity plan

ATHENS, Greece – (AP) Serious street clashes erupted between rioting youths and police in central Athens Thursday as tens of thousands demonstrated during a nationwide strike against the cash-strapped government's austerity measures. Hundreds of masked and hooded youths punched and kicked...

UK court grants bail to ex-Bosnian vice president

LONDON – (AP) Britain's High Court granted bail Thursday to former Bosnian Vice President Ejup Ganic, who was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport on a Serbian war crimes warrant earlier this month. The 64-year-old was arrested March 1 for his alleged role in the 1992 death of Yugoslav...

Libya demands diplomatic concessions from Swiss

GENEVA – (AP) A Libyan official called on Switzerland to make concessions in the ongoing diplomatic dispute between the countries, saying Thursday that a travel ban on leader Moammar Gadhafi was a "big humiliation" to the African country. The remarks by Libya's acting U.N. ambassador...

US criticizes China's domestic, economic policies

WASHINGTON – (AP) The Obama administration accused China on Thursday of abusing its citizens' rights and maintaining currency policies that cost millions of U.S. jobs, a double-barrel attack that comes amid a growing willingness to confront and even antagonize the Asian power. President...

EU makes new push for Mideast peace talks

CAIRO – (APINTL) The European Union made a new push Monday to revive the stalled Mideast peace process, offering to raise aid to the Palestinians and beef up its security missions in Lebanon and the Palestinian areas to help Israel. Reflecting Europe's frustration over the deadlocked peace...

Tax rises hit Greece as EU meets on debt crisis

ATHENS, Greece – (AP) A wave of new tax hikes hit Greece on Monday, raising the cost of consumer goods despite recession and high unemployment, as European Union finance ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss the country's debt crisis. The center-left government has increased the main...

Officials: US wants Israel to cancel building plan

JERUSALEM – (AP) The U.S. is pressing Israel to scrap a contentious east Jerusalem building project whose approval has touched off the most serious diplomatic feud with Washington in years, said Israeli officials Monday. Tensions in the city at the center of the spat were high, with police...

Greece may turn to IMF if EU fails to deliver

ATHENS Greece – (APINTL) Greece could seek IMF funding to help overcome its debt crisis, if its EU partners do not provide "clear support" next week, government officials said Wednesday. "We have to keep all options open for whatever possibility," Prime Minister George Papandreou...

Japan leading charge against bluefin ban

DOHA, Qatar – (AP) Opposition grew Wednesday against a proposal to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna, with several Arab countries joining Japan in arguing it would hurt poor fishing nations and wasn't scientifically justified. Other countries including Australia and Peru have expressed...

US clinic sparks debate with UK human egg raffle

LONDON – (AP) An American infertility clinic seeking business in Britain has prompted fierce criticism by offering free eggs from a U.S. woman to one participant in a promotional seminar Wednesday evening in London. The event has sparked a debate in Britain about the ethics of an event that...

Serbia thanks nations for not recognizing Kosovo

MANILA Philippines – (APINTL) Serbia thanked members of the 118-nation Nonaligned Movement on Thursday for refusing to recognize Kosovo's declaration of independence. Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic told movement delegates meeting in Manila that more than 80 percent of its member...

Australia concerned about Rio Tinto trial

SYDNEY – (AP) Australia expressed disappointment Thursday that charges of stealing business secrets against one of its citizens would be tried in a closed court in China, and some lawmakers doubted the mining executive involved would get a fair hearing. Australian national Stern Hu is one of...

Clinton in Moscow for Mideast, nuclear arms talks

MOSCOW – (AP) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday opened two days of talks with Russian leaders on nuclear arms control and other security issues, and separately with top international diplomats on the outlook for bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks....

US, Russia clash over startup of Iran nuke plant

MOSCOW – (APINTL) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Russian counterpart have clashed openly over the planned startup this summer of Iran's first, Russian-built nuclear power plant, highlighting a split in views over how to steer Iran away from nuclear weapons. Clinton...

Japanese fish dealers welcome tuna ban rejection

TOKYO – (AP) Japanese fish dealers on Friday welcomed the rejection of a proposed trade ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna a prized ingredient of sushi while urging that existing quotas be more strictly enforced to protect the species from overfishing. Thursday's vote at a U.N. meeting in Doha...

EU calls for bank collapse fund

BRUSSELS – (AP) The European Union's finance executive called Friday for banks to pay into a fund that could be drawn upon in case of collapse, an effort to shield taxpayers from the fallout of future crises. Officials are also calling for new ways to deal with insolvent financial groups...

Recession hurting cruise ship builders

MIAMI – (AP) The cruise industry is rebounding, but not for the companies who build the increasingly elaborate ships. Executives from the major European shipyards say they're not getting enough orders to keep busy and profitable. Though cruise bookings and prices are up, a flood of new...

Europeans debate exiting euro

LONDON – (AP) As Europe struggles to emerge from its fiscal crisis, a notion long considered taboo is gaining currency: could countries be kicked out of the euro or be given an easy way to leave? Germany's leader this week called for new rules that would allow for expulsion, and many people...

Sarkozy strategizes after French election rebuff

PARIS – (AP) French President Nicolas Sarkozy plotted strategy Monday with his prime minister after their conservative party's crushing defeat in regional elections, with a Cabinet shuffle said to be in the offing. Sunday's vote informally kicked off the 2012 presidential race, delivering...

Thousands rally in Russia against economic policy

ST. PETERSBURG Russia – (APINTL) Thousands of people have rallied across Russia to denounce the government's economic policy and demand more freedom in a new challenge to the Kremlin reflecting increasing disillusionment and a growing potential for protests. Many participants in Saturday's...

World stocks drop as Greek debt, India hike weigh

HONG KONG – (AP) Global stock markets fell Monday as worries about Greece's debt crisis and India's sudden interest rate hike rattled investors. Major Asian indexes were down as much as 2 percent and European shares opened lower, adding to declines Western markets suffered on Friday...

Merkel says aid for Greece not issue at EU summit

BERLIN – (APINTL) Rebuffing EU officials in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Greece does not need any financial help and that EU leaders should not make aid an issue at their summit in Brussels this week. The European Commission had urged Germany and other eurozone...

US-Russia deal on nukes could build momentum

PARIS – (APINTL) Nearly a year after President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered negotiators to start work on a new treaty to reduce their nuclear arsenals, the two countries say they are finally close to completing a deal taking a small but important step toward the U.S. leader's...