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RIGHT AT HOME: Designers look skyward for inspiration

Jul. 17, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

Designer Lee Broom was vacationing at a friend's house in the Cotswolds, an idyllic bit of rural England. "I'm a city boy, brought up in the Midlands and living in London for the past 25 years, so had never really experienced that intense blanket of stars that you find on a beautiful, clear night in the...

Germany, EU launch talks on Russia-Ukraine gas transit

Jul. 17, 2018 9:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is hosting European Union-brokered talks between Moscow and Kiev on the future transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after the current contract expires next year. German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier met Tuesday with Russia's energy minister, Ukraine's foreign minister and European...

Pakistan frees Norwegian journalist detained last week

Jul. 17, 2018 9:24 AM EDT

GUJRAT, Pakistan (AP) — A Norwegian journalist mistakenly arrested last week during clashes in Pakistan between police and supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been freed on bail, police said on Tuesday. During the protests in the city of Gujarat last Friday, police officers assumed Kadafi...

Amazon workers strike in Europe to coincide with Prime Day

Jul. 17, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Amazon workers in Spain and Germany called for strikes Tuesday over salary and working conditions to coincide with the online retailer's global sales event, Prime Day. The CCOO and CGT workers' unions in Spain said that nearly 80 percent of the workers walked off their positions at Amazon's...

Defense contractor Raytheon reaffirms its commitment to UK

Jul. 17, 2018 8:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.S.-based defense contractor Raytheon says it remains committed to Britain amid the political turmoil surrounding the country's departure from the European Union. John Harris, chief executive of Raytheon's international unit, told The Associated Press that the company, whose U.K. roots go...

UN: Spain migrant arrivals this year surpass those to Italy

Jul. 17, 2018 8:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. migration agency says the number of migrants and refugees who have arrived in Spain by sea this year has overtaken those who have reached Italy. The International Organization for Migration said Tuesday that Spain saw 18,016 migrants up to July 15, while 17,827 people landed in Italy...

Dutch company gets funding to bring lab-grown meat to market

Jul. 17, 2018 8:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago says it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021. Maastricht-based Mosa Meat said Tuesday it raised 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million), mainly...

Prince Harry, Meghan visit Nelson Mandela exhibition

Jul. 17, 2018 8:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have visited an exhibition in London charting the life of Nelson Mandela. Peter Hain, a former anti-apartheid campaigner and chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, said it was "very fitting" for the royal couple to visit because Harry does...

France expels high-profile terror convict to Algeria

Jul. 17, 2018 7:30 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on terror charges and for years a high-profile figure in the underground world of terrorism has been expelled to stand trial in his homeland. Algeria's official APS news agency says Djamel Beghal was expelled by France on Monday, ending...

Iceland coach steps down after 7 years in charge

Jul. 17, 2018 7:07 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The coach that led Iceland to its first World Cup has stepped down. The Icelandic Football Association says Heimir Hallgrimsson has decided to leave at his own request, ending seven years in the role. Hallgrimsson was the co-coach with Lars Lagerback of Sweden at the European...