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Stocks open slightly higher, keeping S&P 500 near record

Jun. 23, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

Stocks are edging mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday, keeping the S&P 500 hovering just below the record high it set just over a week ago. The benchmark index was up 0.1% in the early going. The tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.3%. The modest gains came a day after Federal...

Police officer guilty of manslaughter in soccer star's death

Jun. 23, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British police officer was convicted Wednesday of manslaughter in the death of Dalian Atkinson, a former professional soccer player who died after being Tasered and kicked in the head. A jury unanimously found Constable Benjamin Monk guilty of...

Russia says warning shots deter UK warship; London denies it

Jun. 23, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs Wednesday to force a British destroyer away from an area in the Black Sea near Crimea that Moscow claims as its territorial waters, but Britain denied that account and insisted its...

Britain's FM meets with Cambodian officials for trade talks

Jun. 23, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Britain's top diplomat met Wednesday with his Cambodian counterpart as he pushed for closer economic relations to Southeast Asia, part of the U.K.'s new emphasis on the region. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak...

Nine pardoned pro-independence Catalan leaders walk free

Jun. 23, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Nine Catalan separatists pardoned by the Spanish government walked out of prison on Wednesday to the cheers of supporters, leaving behind their lengthy terms for organizing a bid four years ago to make Catalonia an independent republic. Spain’s Cabinet...

COVID-19 vaccine creators win prestigious Spanish prize

Jun. 23, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Seven researchers whose work contributed to designing COVID-19 vaccines have won Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias award for scientific research. The award panel announced Wednesday it had chosen Hungary’s Katalin Karikó, Americans Drew...

UK won't extend deadline for EU citizens to apply to stay

Jun. 23, 2021 07:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government won’t extend the June 30 deadline for European Union citizens in the U.K. to apply for permanent residency or risk losing their right to live and work in the U.K. Britain’s departure from the EU last year ended the automatic...

The Latest: Italy welcomes tourists from US, Canada, Japan

Jun. 23, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

ROME — Italy’s leader is pitching for tourists to start coming from the United States, Canada and Japan to give a vitally needed boost to Italian hotel and restaurant businesses. In a speech to lawmakers on Wednesday, Premier Mario Draghi noted that Italy has...

Can pandemic recovery plan end Italy's years of stagnation?

Jun. 23, 2021 04:27 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic hit Italy especially hard, killing more than 127,000 people and sending the European Union's third-largest economy into a devastating tailspin. Yet out of that tragedy may come solutions for decades-old problems that have held back...

5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves

Jun. 23, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Five years ago Wednesday, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s unsettled relationship with its European neighbors. Fat chance. Voters’ decision on June 23, 2016 was narrow but clear: By 52%...