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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, earthmovers push mountains of garbage as seagulls fly over the country's largest landfill at Fyli on the outskirts of Athens. The British government is planning a consultation about a possible bill to end the use of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds - and is urging other Commonwealth nations to ban the practice as well. Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday, April 19, 2018 that “plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world.” (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)
April 19, 2018 - 10:38 am
LONDON (AP) — The British government wants to take action to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds — and is urging other Commonwealth nations to follow suit. Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that "plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world."...
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April 19, 2018 - 8:40 am
BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker has turned himself in to police after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany. Police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said the young Syrian showed up with his lawyer at a police precinct Thursday. The 21...
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CORRECTS DATE IN SECOND SENTENCE - In this April 18, 2018, photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese armed helicopter assaults targets with rocket projectiles in a live-fire exercise off China's southeast coast. Taiwan's government said Thursday, April 19, 2018, recent Chinese military drills are aimed at intimidating the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability. The Mainland Affairs Council said there would be no giving in or making of concessions to Beijing and that the situation was being closely monitored. China held live-fire exercises involving attack helicopters off its southeast coast on Wednesday. (Li Shilong/Xinhua News Agency via AP)
April 19, 2018 - 8:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan's government said Thursday that recent Chinese military drills are aimed at intimidating the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability. China is attempting to "pressure and harass Taiwan and seek to raise tensions between the sides and in the region," the Cabinet...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, right, is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel before they visit the reconstruction site of the Berlin Palace in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)
April 19, 2018 - 8:27 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled her willingness to find compromises with France when it comes to reforming the European Union, as she hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for talks Thursday in Berlin. Macron has outlined ambitious plans for greater economic integration...
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A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Asian shares rose on Thursday as improving optimism about the global economy helped investors shake off worries about geopolitical risks for the moment. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 19, 2018 - 7:39 am
LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Thursday following a solid rebound based on waning fears about a trade war. Oil prices though pushed ahead to touch fresh multi-year highs on improving optimism about the global economy. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index...
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April 19, 2018 - 7:14 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck says it has agreed to sell its global consumer health business to Procter & Gamble for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in cash. The deal means Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, whose over-the-counter brands include...
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April 19, 2018 - 6:40 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's highest court has imposed severe restrictions on the movements of one of eight Turkish servicemen who have applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a failed 2016 coup there, while he waits for a decision on his asylum application. The Council of...
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April 19, 2018 - 6:18 am
GENEVA (AP) — Russia has joined the European Union, India and China in demanding compensation from the United States for its tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. The World Trade Organization's web site posted Thursday a filing from Russia that, like other countries, argues that the tariffs that...
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Founder and chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma arrives for signing the memorandums of understanding linked to the investment in Thailand, during a press conference Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
April 19, 2018 - 5:37 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand as competition between online retailers heats up in fast-growing Southeast Asia. The founder of the online shopping giant, Jack Ma, met with Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, on Thursday...
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People walk among damaged buildings in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2018. Two days after Syrian troops declared Douma liberated from opposition fighters, a tour in the city showed the wide destruction it has suffered since falling under rebel control six years ago. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
April 19, 2018 - 5:25 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media say hundreds of rebels fighters in a town northeast of Damascus have handed in their weapons and started to leave under an evacuation deal. Under the agreement, the rebels are allowed to move with their families to opposition-held areas in the country's north,...
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