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Spellbinding polar night gets darker in warming Arctic

Jan. 27, 2023 23:24 PM EST

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) — At 10:40 a.m. on a day in January, two powerful beams of light from the Svalbard governor’s boat pierced the complete darkness of the mountain-fringed fjord it was sailing. It was carrying the children’s choir from this remote village’s church to visit an even...

Czechs pick successor to Milos Zeman in presidential runoff

Jan. 27, 2023 11:15 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs started voting Friday for a new president, choosing between a retired army general and a populist billionaire in a two-day runoff election to succeed controversy-courting Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial post. Gen. Petr Pavel and Andrej Babis, who is a...

UK Treasury chief: Tax cuts must wait for inflation to fall

Jan. 27, 2023 08:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Treasury chief said Friday that taming inflation is more important than cutting taxes, resisting calls from some in the governing Conservative Party for immediate tax breaks for businesses and voters. At a speech in London, Chancellor of the Exchequer...

Hungary's Orban: Ukraine's backers have 'drifted' into war

Jan. 27, 2023 05:33 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Western countries that are providing weapons and money to assist Ukraine in its war with Russia have already “drifted” into becoming active participants in the conflict, Hungary's prime minister said on Friday. In an interview with Hungarian state...

EU official: Russia shifts war focus to 'NATO and the West'

Jan. 27, 2023 02:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A senior EU official said Friday that Russia has taken its war against Ukraine to a “a different stage” by making indiscriminate attacks on civilians and non-military targets, while criticizing Moscow for triggering recent moves by Germany and the United States to send advanced...

Chevron’s buyback boosts stock, get rebuke from White House

Jan. 26, 2023 13:34 PM EST

Shares of Chevron climbed Thursday after the oil company announced that it would repurchase $75 billion of its stock, one of the largest-ever stock buyback plans. The company’s board also approved an increase of about 6% in its quarterly dividend, to $1.51 per share. ...

Bulgaria angry at 'hate crimes' in neighbor North Macedonia

Jan. 26, 2023 12:56 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria may suspend joint projects with North Macedonia over the beating of a Macedonian citizen who identifies as Bulgarian, Foreign Minister Nikolay Milkov said on Thursday. Bulgaria also recalled its ambassador to North Macedonia for consultations. ...

Israel’s Herzog urges EU to fight resurgent antisemitism

Jan. 26, 2023 06:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Israeli President Isaac Herzog said Thursday that antisemitism is on the rise in the Western world and urged the European Union to ensure that Jews can live safely on the continent where the Holocaust took place. Speaking at the European Parliament on the eve of the...

Germany's drugs czar wants alcohol, tobacco ads restricted

Jan. 26, 2023 06:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government's top anti-drugs official called Thursday for tough restrictions on advertising of alcohol, tobacco and sports betting in the country. Burkhard Blienert said about 150,000 people die in Germany each year as a result of alcohol and tobacco use,...

Populist billionaire vies with ex-general for top Czech post

Jan. 26, 2023 02:55 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A retired army general who backs military support for Ukraine and a euroskeptic billionaire who has questioned NATO's collective defense clause are contesting for the ceremonial but prestigious post of Czech president in a runoff starting Friday. Former Gen. Petr...