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Credit Suisse faces penalties over Mozambique loan deals

Oct. 20, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Credit Suisse has announced settlements totaling nearly $700 million with British and U.S. authorities over lending to Mozambique state-owned companies that Swiss regulators say violated anti-money laundering rules. The Swiss financial markets authority...

FIFA, Qatar team up with WHO for World Cup health promotion

Oct. 18, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA and Qatari organizers of next year's World Cup teamed up with the World Health Organization on Monday to use soccer’s marquee event for promoting public health. The move follows years of scrutiny on Qatar and criticism of conditions for hundreds of...

US reaffirms support for easing WTO rules on COVID vaccines

Oct. 14, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.S. trade official said Thursday the Biden administration remains committed to an easing of rules that protect the technology behind coronavirus vaccines so that they can be produced more widely. But ambassador Katherine Tai insisted that “we...

International big men rule NBA with their all-around skills

Oct. 14, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

Atlanta Hawks coach Nate McMillan believes big men entering the league from other countries thrive because they were taught the fundamentals of the game at a young age. That grasp of the all-around game has helped international big men dominate the NBA. ...

Russia, WHO differ on when approval will come for Sputnik V

Oct. 13, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is ready to provide up to 300 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, a top Russian official promoting the shot says, even though the World Health Organization hasn’t yet signed off on it and production issues have fanned customers'...

WHO honors Henrietta Lacks, woman whose cells served science

Oct. 13, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The chief of the World Health Organization on Wednesday honored the late Henrietta Lacks, an American woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge during the 1950s and ended up providing the foundation for vast scientific breakthroughs, including research about...

Big picture, big data: Swiss unveil VR software of universe

Oct. 12, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The final frontier has rarely seemed closer than this — at least virtually. Researchers at one of Switzerland’s top universities are releasing open-source beta software on Tuesday that allows for virtual visits through the cosmos...

Boston Marathon men's wheelchair champ has costly wrong turn

Oct. 11, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Marcel Hug, the men’s wheelchair champion at the 125th Boston Marathon, will now always remember the words that locals recite when discussing the final mile of the race. “Right onto Hereford, left onto Boylston.” Too bad for Hug,...

Libyan rivals ink initial deal on pullout of mercenaries

Oct. 10, 2021 04:23 AM EDT

ABOARD GEO BARENTS (AP) — Libya’s rival sides reached an initial agreement on the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries from the North African nation, the United Nations said. It is a key step toward unifying the violence-wracked country. The dispute over...

Budge Patty, 1950 Wimbledon, Roland Garros champ, dies at 97

Oct. 08, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — John Edward “Budge” Patty, a former No. 1-ranked tennis player who won back-to-back major titles at the French Championships and Wimbledon in 1950, has died. He was 97. The International Tennis Hall of Fame, which inducted Patty in 1977, said he...