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Critics say Guatemala commission undermining anti-graft push

Dec. 13, 2019 12:21 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — One by one, witnesses sat in the elegant wooden chair in Guatemala’s Congress in recent weeks to air their grievances against the U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that over the course of 12 years helped bring to justice hundreds of politicians, businesspeople, judges and...

Airline group: We're cutting carbon more than people know

Dec. 11, 2019 11:34 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the world’s main association of airlines says it needs to better explain commitments it made years ago to reduce carbon emissions, and not make new pledges collectively - despite rising environmental concerns. Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of the International Air Transport...

Swiss Greens fail to enter government despite election gains

Dec. 11, 2019 6:41 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's Green party failed Wednesday in a bid to enter the country's government even after it made significant gains in an election in October. The left-leaning party claimed the right to a seat on the seven-member governing Federal Council after concerns about climate change helped it...

Ready for prisoner swaps, Iran says US holding 20 Iranians

Dec. 10, 2019 3:11 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, its official news agency reported Tuesday, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the U.S. A prisoner exchange over the weekend saw Iran free a Chinese-American scholar from...

Russia doping saga likely heads back to Switzerland's courts

Dec. 10, 2019 3:10 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency. Now, the sports lawyers can enter the field — yet again, in a doping scandal that has raged since 2014. A Russian legal challenge seems certain after Russia’s anti-doping...

World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia using its flag, anthem, team names from Olympics, sports events

Dec. 9, 2019 5:30 AM EST
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia using its flag, anthem, team names from Olympics, sports events.

Lufthansa selling European catering business to gategroup

Dec. 9, 2019 2:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa is selling the European business of its catering and services subsidiary LSG Group to Switzerland-based gategroup for an undisclosed amount, the German airline said Monday. The deal covers LSG's European catering operations as well as its lounge and equipment businesses, packaged...

Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel

Dec. 8, 2019 12:56 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday welcomed a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel. Rivlin called Abdallah Chatla's gesture an “act of grace.” Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who has...

The Beat goes on: Feuz defends downhill Birds of Prey title

Dec. 7, 2019 5:05 PM EST

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — For a second straight year, weather forced the relocation of the downhill start to a lower spot on the hill. Not hard to forecast the favorite from there — Beat Feuz. The Swiss racer won the Birds of Prey downhill event for the second straight season on a shortened...

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

Dec. 7, 2019 3:55 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of...