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US legislators probing Puerto Rico power outages demand data

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. House committee on Friday demanded that the company in charge of the transmission and distribution of power in Puerto Rico release key data amid widespread outages in the U.S. territory that have outraged and frustrated many. The Committee on Natural ...

Smart robots do all the work at Nissan’s ‘intelligent’ plant

KAMINO KAWA, Japan (AP) — Nissan's "intelligent factory" hardly has any human workers. The robots do the work, including welding and mounting. They do the paint jobs and inspect their own paint jobs. "Up to now, people had to make production adjustments through experience, but now robots ...

Brazil’s inflation hits double digits, punishing the poor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It's something Brazilians have rarely seen in a quarter century, and the last time they did, in 2016, it helped set up a president's downfall: Double-digit inflation. Soaring prices for gas, meat, electricity and more have left millions of poor Brazilians struggling to ...

UK to offer new vaccine shots to Novavax trial volunteers

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Friday that it will offer new vaccinations to thousands of people who volunteered for trials of the Novavax coronavirus vaccine, which hasn't yet been approved for use in any country. Around 15,000 people in the U.K. got Novavax shots as part of a clinical ...

Google cracks down on climate change denial by targeting ads

LONDON (AP) — Google is cracking down on digital ads promoting false climate change claims or being used to make money from such content, hoping to limit revenue for climate change deniers and stop the spread of misinformation on its platforms. The company said Thursday in a blog post that ...

Kishida vows to lead with ‘trust and empathy’ to fix Japan

TOKYO (AP) — In his first policy speech, new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised Friday to strengthen the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic in case of another resurgence and revive its battered economy while bolstering defenses against threats from China and North ...

More than 130 countries reach deal on corporate minimum tax

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — More than 130 countries have agreed on sweeping changes to how big global companies are taxed, including a 15% minimum corporate rate designed to deter multinationals from stashing profits in low-tax countries. The deal announced Friday is an attempt to address the ...

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 ...