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Climate of guilt: Flying no longer the high road for some

Jun. 20, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

NYKOPING, Sweden (AP) — School's out for summer and Swedish lawyer Pia Bjorstrand, her husband and their two sons are shouldering backpacks, ready to board the first of many trains on a whistle-stop vacation around northern Europe. The family is part of a small but growing movement in Europe and North...

Bank of England set to keep rates on hold over Brexit unease

Jun. 20, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England is expected to keep interest rates on hold Thursday but indicate a possible increase later this year despite uncertainty over Brexit. The rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee is tipped to keep its key rate at 0.75%. Most interest will center on how many on the 9-member...

Fed leaves its key rate unchanged but hints of future cuts

Jun. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday but signaled that it's prepared to start cutting rates if needed to protect the U.S. economy from trade conflicts and other threats. The Fed kept its benchmark rate — which influences many consumer and business...

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

Jun. 19, 2019 4:44 PM 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...

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...

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...