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Boeing asks lawmakers to suspend preferential tax rate

Feb. 19, 2020 3:37 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers announced Wednesday they will introduce bills, at The Boeing Co.’s request, to suspend the aerospace giant's preferential business and occupation tax rate until the United States and European Union resolve their long-running international trade...

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss the situation in Libya and Venezuela, the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Sahel, and climate diplomacy. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Austrian minister to travel to Iran amid nuclear tensions

Feb. 19, 2020 12:04 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's foreign minister said Wednesday that he will travel to Tehran this weekend amid efforts by European countries to keep alive Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers. Alexander Schallenberg said after meeting his German counterpart in Berlin that he will be taking a...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a Pakistan-Turkey business forum, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Erdogan is in Pakistan for a two-day state visit. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Erdogan criticizes EU move to enforce Libyan arms embargo

Feb. 19, 2020 11:54 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president criticized on Wednesday the European Union’s decision to launch a maritime effort focused on enforcing the U.N. arms embargo around Libya, accusing European nations that agreed to the operation of “interfering in the region.” Recep Tayyip...

Turkish activist Feray Salman and international human rights activists speak to the media before the trial of the Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. A court in Istanbul will hand down verdicts for defendants in the closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders. (AP Photo)

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists

Feb. 19, 2020 11:50 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on Wednesday. The move by the parliament- and...

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen looks at the invention 'Do you Speak Robot?' at the AI Xperience Center at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18. 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks

Feb. 19, 2020 11:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology. The report is part of the bloc's wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global...

Eurogroup President and Portugal's Finance Minister Mario Centeno, second left, meets with European Council President Charles Michel, second right, at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

'Voodoo statistics' floated as EU budget battle looms

Feb. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — After almost two years of sparring, the European Union was girding itself Wednesday for perhaps the final round of the bloc’s traditional budget slug-fest, a potentially long and fiery summit to thrash out Europe’s spending plans for the next seven years. Leaders from the 27...

Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel meets students and staff working on 'carbon capture' at Imperial College London in South Kensington, London, Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020. Britain has announced a new post-Brexit “points-based immigration system” said Patel, that will assess prospective immigrants on a range of skills, qualifications, salaries or professions, starting next year.  (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan

Feb. 19, 2020 10:47 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care. That’s the alarming picture painted by some British employers about the impact of new U.K. immigration rules set to be introduced in less than a year. Farms, food factories and care...

Albania president calls on people to topple the government

Feb. 19, 2020 9:48 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s president on Wednesday called on the people of his nation to topple the left-wing government, which he accused of violating the country’s constitution and of links to organized crime. President Ilir Meta said at a news conference that he hopes people will come...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, shadows of the audience appear on a screen with the EU stars during a media conference at the Parlamentarium in Brussels.  The bloc has been preoccupied for almost four years with Brexit, but now that Britain has left the bloc, the EU hopes to find more time to fix its own problems. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Brexit pushes growing number of businesses to Netherlands

Feb. 19, 2020 7:29 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ongoing uncertainty about the effects of Brexit is pushing an increasing number of foreign companies to set up offices in the Netherlands, the Dutch government said Wednesday. Since the 2016 referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, 140 businesses have established a...

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England attends the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Report news conference in the City of London, Thursday Jan. 30, 2020. The Bank of England on Thursday opted against cutting interest rates after a run of fairly firm economic data in the past week eased fears about a dramatic slowdown in the British economy. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)

UK inflation jumps higher, reducing likelihood of rate cut

Feb. 19, 2020 5:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Consumer price inflation in Britain jumped higher in January, official figures showed Wednesday, undermining the case for the central bank to cut interest rates as it had been expected to do. The annual inflation rate rose to 1.8% from 1.3% in December, the national statistics agency said, an...