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Italy fines Amazon $1.3B, alleging harm to outside sellers

Dec. 09, 2021 06:20 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s anti-trust authority on Thursday fined Amazon 1.13 billion euros ($1.3 billion), accusing the company of exploiting its dominant position against independent sellers on its website in violation of European Union competition rules. The fine is one of the...

Germany warns Russia will pay a price if it enters Ukraine

Dec. 09, 2021 06:16 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Germany's foreign minister warned Russia on Thursday that it would pay a “high political and economic price” if it makes any militaristic moves against neighboring Ukraine. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock emphasized the need to coordinate a common...

EU plan to boost gig economy workers is latest blow to apps

Dec. 09, 2021 06:03 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans to improve conditions for the growing number of gig economy workers that could reclassify some as employees entitled to benefits, the latest setback for digital platforms that rely on independent contractors to deliver food and offer rides. ...

Talks on Iran nuclear deal resume in Vienna amid tensions

Dec. 09, 2021 05:56 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Negotiations between Iran and world powers aimed at salvaging a tattered 2015 nuclear deal are resuming in Vienna on Thursday after a few days' pause, with tensions high after Tehran made demands last week that European countries strongly criticized. A meeting of all...

UK Prime Minister Johnson's wife gives birth to baby girl

Dec. 09, 2021 05:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie have announced the birth of a baby girl. The couple said a healthy baby, the couple’s second child together, was born in a London hospital early Thursday. “Both mother and daughter are doing...

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie announce the birth of a baby girl, their second child

Dec. 09, 2021 05:14 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie announce the birth of a baby girl, their second child.

Macron to unveil EU agenda ahead of French presidential race

Dec. 09, 2021 05:13 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Macron plans to present the priorities for France's upcoming presidency of the European Union, a tenure that overlaps with the country's presidential election and could put Macron in a tricky position if he campaigns for reelection. Macron is expected...

Denmark orders eateries to close early, bans large concerts

Dec. 09, 2021 04:36 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's government has decided that school students up to the 10th grade must study remotely for the last few days before Christmas break and ordered nightclubs, bars and restaurants to close at midnight as part of efforts to counter an uptick in COVID-19 cases. ...

Danes arrest 4 people for leaking classified intelligence

Dec. 09, 2021 03:57 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish security service said Thursday that it has arrested four people with Denmark's two intelligence agencies on suspicion of “disclosing highly classified information from the intelligence services.” In a brief statement, the domestic Danish...

Saudi crown prince in 1st visit to Qatar after embargo ended

Dec. 09, 2021 01:28 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is in Qatar on Thursday for the first time since the kingdom rallied other Arab states to end their yearslong rift and embargo on the small Gulf state. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to Qatar marks his third...