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France signs weapons mega-deal with UAE as Macron tours Gulf

Dec. 03, 2021 06:30 AM EST

NICE, France (AP) — France announced the signing Friday of a 16 billion-euro ($18 billion) armaments mega-contract for the sale of 80 of its upgraded Rafale warplanes to the United Arab Emirates. The French Defense Ministry said the deal was France’s largest-ever...

Missouri wants to keep outsourcing unemployment call center

Nov. 28, 2021 12:13 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials want to continue having a private company handle calls about jobless benefits in the state even though the unemployment rate has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state Department...

Defense contractor agrees to repay government $3.5M

Nov. 22, 2021 14:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts-based nonprofit research company and defense contractor has agreed to pay nearly $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it improperly overcharged the federal government for some U.S. Navy contracts, federal prosecutors said Monday. ...

US fund KKR interested in Italian telecoms giant TIM

Nov. 22, 2021 07:01 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Italian telecommunications company TIM is assessing a non-binding “indication of interest” by the U.S. investment fund KKR to acquire the entire capital share, a potential 11 billion-euro deal. Any agreement would need the OK of the Italian...

Audit: North Dakota firm was properly awarded wall contract

Nov. 16, 2021 17:05 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Defense Department’s internal watchdog said its investigation into a $400 million border wall contract found it was properly awarded to a North Dakota firm whose owner used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The...

Reports: Emiratis to build solar power station in Syria

Nov. 11, 2021 11:41 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria signed a contract Thursday with a group of companies from the United Arab Emirates to build a solar power station in a Damascus suburb, the government announced. It was the latest indication that the Arab world is willing to re-engage with Syrian President...

Mexico arrests businessman in Pegasus spyware case

Nov. 08, 2021 19:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors said Monday they have arrested a businessman on charges he used the Pegasus spyware to spy on a journalist. The software marketed by the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group has been implicated in government surveillance of opponents...

Mexico's army stands between gangs, enforcing turf divisions

Nov. 08, 2021 10:54 AM EST

AGUILILLA, Mexico (AP) — In western Mexico a small squad of soldiers with about a half-dozen trucks and sandbag emplacements stands guard on a rural highway. In one direction, almost within earshot, one drug cartel operates a roadblock extorting farmers. In the other direction, a rival...

Tampa-area child welfare agency under criminal investigation

Nov. 05, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A facility that the state paid $80 million to provide safe foster homes for children is under a criminal investigation after children were found living in “disgusting and deplorable" conditions, a Florida sheriff said. Pinellas County Sheriff...

Saudi Arabia wants businesses and families to pick Riyadh

Nov. 02, 2021 05:08 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Upon arrival at Dubai's international airport, travelers can pick up a free guide to the city's top attractions and events. Curiously, the cover of this month's “Time Out-DXB” beckons visitors to Saudi Arabia. Emblazoned with an image of the kingdom's ancient...