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  • LONDON— British voters will be heading to polling stations for the third time since 2015, after lawmakers overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election on June 8. The parliamentary election comes less than a year after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and will likely be dominated by the political and economic upheaval...

  • BEIJING— Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged closer cooperation Wednesday, highlighting their common interests in peace and security and pushing a message of free trade and open engagement in contrast to fears that the U.S. is turning inward under President Donald Trump. The statements came as China and the EU held their first high-level...

  • BEIJING— China and the European Union are holding their first high-level talks since President Donald Trump took office, with both eager to push a message of free trade and open engagement with the world. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will co-chair the Seventh EU-China Strategic Dialogue on Wednesday with State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China's...

  • BERLIN— European leaders reacted with restraint and concern Monday to the narrow outcome of a referendum in Turkey that grants sweeping new powers to the nation's president. While relations between the European Union and Turkey have been deteriorating for months, the result of the Turkish vote will likely only widen the growing political and cultural...

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 13- Anheuser Busch InBev will drive Africa sales with cheaper beer to lure drinkers who make their own brew, its new Africa head said on Thursday, capitalising on the continent's demographics that helped drive its takeover of SABMiller. The world's largest brewer paid roughly $100 billion for rival SABMiller, giving it a big foothold in...

  • LISBON, April 13- The Portuguese government rolled out an ambitious plan on Thursday to eliminate its budget deficit by 2020 after slashing the gap to its lowest level in at. Portugal's total debt is the third highest in the euro zone after Greece and Italy. The minority Socialist government, which came to power in late 2015, has surprised analysts by slashing the...

  • KINSHASA, April 13- One day in November 2015, President Joseph Kabila visited his foreign ministry and smiled broadly as a computer took his photograph and fingerprints. The passport is among the most expensive in the world, costing each Congolese applicant $185. LRPS is registered in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, a jurisdiction where details of...

  • BRUSSELS— In a story April 12 about the European Union launching a probe of Hungary's education law, The Associated Press erroneously reported the location of a university founded by billionaire George Soros. The European Union's executive arm questioned Hungary's commitment to the bloc's fundamental values as it launched an investigation of a new law...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for lobbying work he did on behalf of political interests in Ukraine, led at the time by a pro-Russian political party, his spokesman said Wednesday. By registering retroactively, Manafort will be acknowledging that he...

  • SIENA, Italy, April 12- Monte dei Paschi di Siena is still negotiating with the European Commission how many jobs to cut in a radical restructuring plan that is a condition for a state rescue of the Italian bank, Chief Executive Marco Morelli said on Wednesday. The European Central Bank has since put the capital shortfall that the bank must fill at 8.8 billion euros.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for lobbying work he did on behalf of political interests in Ukraine, led at the time by a pro-Russian political party, his spokesman said Wednesday. By registering retroactively, Manafort will be acknowledging that he...

  • WASHINGTON— With President Donald Trump making his seventh presidential trip this weekend to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, government watchdogs and Democrats are once again seeing dollar signs: namely, $3 million. The figure comes from a government report on a trip President Barack Obama made to Palm Beach, Florida, but the report's author tells The...

  • BRUSSELS, April 12- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday Greece was heading in the right direction on reforms, but talks on its bailout review and the IMF's potential role in it were "only halfway through." Last week, euro zone finance ministers agreed on the key elements of reforms that Greece needs to implement in exchange for a...

  • BRUSSELS, April 12- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday said Greece was heading in the right direction on reforms but talks on its bailout and the IMF's potential role in it were "only halfway through". Greece and its international lenders are negotiating reforms the country needs to carry out to maintain a sustainable growth path...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union's executive arm questioned Hungary's commitment to the bloc's fundamental values Wednesday as it launched an investigation of a new law which is widely seen in Europe as targeting a Bucharest university founded by billionaire George Soros. EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said the investigation of Hungary's...

  • BRUSSELS, April 12- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday said Greece is heading in the right direction on reforms but talks on its bailout and the IMF's potential role in it are "only halfway through".

  • WASHINGTON— The head of the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that after six years of disappointing growth, the world economy is finally gaining momentum. Restricting trade flows would be a "self-inflicted wound" that would harm workers and consumers, she said in a speech previewing next week's meetings in Washington of the 189- nation IMF and its...

  • PARIS, April 12- France is on course to deliver this year its first budget deficit in a decade in line with EU rules, the outgoing government of President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday, eager to leave a legacy of sound fiscal management. The Socialist government has gradually, but steadily, reduced the deficit since Hollande took office in 2012, though Paris'...

  • "The majority of bad loans are held by banks whose financial position does not require to sell them immediately," Ignazio Visco told European Union lawmakers at a hearing in Brussels.

  • LONDON, April 11- OPEC appears to be slowly winning the battle against a global overhang of crude and oil products as inventories in onshore and floating storage decline. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries explicitly said a joint deal with non- OPEC producers to cut some 1.8 million bpd in the first half of 2017 was aimed at slashing an excess...