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

Jun. 20, 2019 5:56 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...

UK Tories to pick final 2 contenders for prime minister

Jun. 20, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservatives were set to pick two candidates Thursday who will square off to become the country's next prime minister. Tory lawmakers will vote to eliminate two contenders from a four-strong field that includes ex-foreign minister and London mayor Boris Johnson, current...

Putin promises social spending boost in annual call-in show

Jun. 20, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin is promising to boost spending on social programs as part of the government's modernization efforts. Speaking in an annual live call-in show Thursday, Putin faced an array of complaints about low wages and pensions. Putin responded by spelling out plans to boost...

Malaysia: 'No proof' of Russian involvement in MH17 downing

Jun. 20, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday rejected the implication that Russia may have been involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, after international prosecutors charged with murder four men — three of them Russians with military...

EU leaders set for major battle over bloc's top jobs

Jun. 20, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With several top officials on their way out of the European Union by the end of fall, EU leaders are gathering Thursday for a major political horse-trading exercise that is as mindboggling as it is competitive on how to replace them while keeping all 28 member states happy. Well, at least...

UK Treasury chief issues stiff no-deal Brexit warning

Jun. 20, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief is warning that leaving the European Union without a deal would damage the economy and ultimately risk the break-up of the United Kingdom. Philip Hammond is expected to use a showcase annual speech in the City of London on Thursday to warn contenders for the...

Turkey says it will ensure Morsi's death is not forgotten

Jun. 20, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is determined to ensure that the "drama" surrounding former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi's death is not forgotten. Erdogan made the comments during a meeting with a group of foreign journalists on Thursday, a day after he claimed...

Boeing eyes more 737 Max sales after post-crash drought

Jun. 20, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing says it's discussing possible sales of the 737 Max with several customers as it tries to rebuild trust after two deadly crashes. The plane remains grounded pending regulatory approval of a software fix. But Boeing Senior Vice President Ihssane Mounir told reporters Thursday...

Norway's central bank raises key interest rate

Jun. 20, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's central bank has decided to raise its key policy rate by 0.25 percentage points to 1.25%. Norges Bank says economic growth in the Scandinavian country "is solid, and capacity utilization is estimated to be somewhat above a normal level. Underlying inflation is a little...

Turkish court hands down life sentences in coup trial

Jun. 20, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court in Ankara has sentenced several people accused of being the ringleaders of the 2016 failed military coup to life terms in prison. Anadolu Agency says those sentenced on Thursday include Akin Ozturk, a former air force commander and Ali...