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UK Tory race down to 4 as rivals vie to catch Boris Johnson

Jun. 19, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The race to become Britain's next prime minister is down to the final four on Wednesday, as Boris Johnson stretched his lead among Conservative lawmakers and upstart Rory Stewart was eliminated from the contest. Johnson, a former London mayor and U.K. foreign secretary, won 143 of 313 votes...

Norway islanders want to go 'time-free' when sun doesn't set

Jun. 19, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Residents of a Norwegian island where the sun doesn't set for 69 days of the year want to go "time-free" and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days. People on the island of Sommaroey are pushing to get rid of traditional business...

Spain says 22 migrants missing in the Mediterranean

Jun. 19, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service said Wednesday that 22 migrants were missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat got into difficulties while crossing from North Africa to southern Europe. A ferry alerted Spanish authorities that it had rescued 27 people from a small boat, the rescue...

Draghi's "whatever it takes" a tough act to follow

Jun. 19, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is credited with saving the euro by using new and sometimes unorthodox policy tools. The question now is, will the next ECB president be as quick to use them - or invent new ones - as Draghi has been? European leaders are searching for a...

New German justice minister as outgoing moves to EU politics

Jun. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has appointed a new justice minister, to succeed Katarina Barley who is moving on to serve in the European Parliament. Barley's Social Democratic party, Merkel's junior-coalition partner in government, said Wednesday that Christine Lambrecht would move...

UK inflation fall eases prospect of imminent rate hike

Jun. 19, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Britain dipped in May as transport costs returned to normal following an Easter-related boost, official figures showed Wednesday, likely easing the pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates this summer. The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that consumer...

EU high court rules against Adidas in trademark case

Jun. 19, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — A European union high court has ruled against German sports apparel giant Adidas' claim that its famous three stripes, applied in any direction, deserve trade mark protection. The EU's General Court ruled on Wednesday that the company could not prove that the stripes had a distinctive...

Fed could signal a policy shift toward future rate cuts

Jun. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve seems poised to pivot from keeping interest rates steady to holding out the option of cutting rates if it were to decide that the economic expansion needs support. The Fed isn't considered ready to announce that it's reducing rates for the first time in more than a...

Asian shares up on trade optimism as Trump hints of Xi talks

Jun. 18, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7% to 21,321.17 in early trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.0% to 6,637.70. South...

Boris Johnson builds lead in race to be UK prime minister

Jun. 18, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson increased his lead in the race to become Britain's next prime minister Tuesday in a Conservative Party vote that eliminated one of his rivals and enabled upstart candidate Rory Stewart to defy expectations by remaining in the contest. Johnson, a...