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  • DORTMUND/ BERLIN, Germany, June 25- Germany's Social Democrats rallied behind their leader on Sunday, agreeing policies on investment, social justice and Europe that they hope will reverse a slump in opinion polls and end Angela Merkel's 12- year hold on power in a September vote. At a' feel-good' party conference, leader Martin Schulz accused Merkel of silencing...

  • BERLIN, June 25- Germany's Social Democrats agreed on their policy platform for a Sept. 24 election in which they want to deny conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in office despite polls showing them trailing by around 15 percentage points. Reduce burden for low and medium earners by about 15 billion euros a year. Raise top income tax rate to 45...

  • BERLIN, June 25- Germany's Social Democrats agreed on their policy platform for a Sept. 24 election in which they want to deny conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in office despite polls showing them trailing by around 15 percentage points. Reduce burden for low and medium earners by about 15 billion euros a year. Raise top income tax rate to 45...

  • DORTMUND/ BERLIN, Germany, June 25- Germany's Social Democrats rallied behind their leader on Sunday, agreeing policies on investment, social justice and Europe that they hope will reverse a slump in opinion polls and end Angela Merkel's 12- year hold on power in a September vote. At a' feel-good' party conference, leader Martin Schulz accused Merkel of silencing...

  • NEW YORK— Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight" scored a franchise-low debut but still easily topped the North American box office with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend. The Paramount Pictures release, the fifth in the "Transformers" series, totaled $69.1 million in five days, after opening Wednesday. But it was a huge hit in China,...

  • That's a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the modern series, which earned $70.5 million in 2007. "The Last Knight" carries an estimated $217 million production budget. "The Last Knight" comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses "Baywatch" and "Ghost in the Shell."

  • ROME— The Italian government is making 5.2 billion euros of resources available to keep operative two banks that the European Central Bank last week had deemed "failing or about to fail," sending them into insolvency procedures. Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza have struggled to overcome high levels of loans not being paid back. Gentiloni said Italian...

  • LOS ANGELES— SpaceX is going for a weekend double-header with a planned launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, just two days after a successful satellite launch from Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off at 1:25 p.m. PDT Sunday from the coastal base, carrying 10 more satellites for Iridium Communications, which is replacing its...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A federal judge's order for more environmental review of the already-operating Dakota Access oil pipeline has several potential outcomes, all of which could spark even more wrangling in a Washington, D.C., court room. The $3.8 billion pipeline built by Texas- based Energy Transfer Partners moves oil from western North Dakota to a distribution...

  • Republican Senator Rand Paul said on Sunday that he remains open to supporting the Senate healthcare bill but only under certain circumstances. "If we get to impasse, if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes I'll consider partial repeal," Paul said in an interview with ABC's "This Week." However, he added that the current bill as...

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that he sees a 50 percent probability that Republicans will be able to pass their healthcare bill.

  • LONDON, June 25- Britain will bring in new rules on Monday to crack down on funds used to finance organised crime and terrorism, requiring businesses such as banks, estate agents, accountants and payment firms to carry out more checks on money flows. "Terrorist financing and money laundering are significant threat to our national security, and we are determined to...

  • LONDON, June 25- Britain will bring in new rules on Monday to crack down on funds used to finance organised crime and terrorism, requiring businesses such as banks, estate agents, accountants and payment firms to carry out more checks on money flows. "Terrorist financing and money laundering are significant threat to our national security, and we are determined to...

  • LONDON, June 25- Britain will bring in new rules on Monday to crack down on funds used to finance organized crime and terrorism, requiring businesses such as banks, estate agents, accountants and payment firms to carry out more checks on money flows. "Terrorist financing and money laundering are significant threat to our national security, and we are determined to...

  • LONDON, June 25- Britain will bring in new rules on Monday to crack down on funds used to finance organized crime and terrorism, requiring businesses such as banks, estate agents, accountants and payment firms to carry out more checks on money flows. "Terrorist financing and money laundering are significant threat to our national security, and we are determined to...

  • TIRANA, June 25- Albanians were voting in a parliamentary election on Sunday with the ruling Socialists and rival Democrats seeking a majority to push through judicial reforms vital for membership of the European Union. The race pits Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama against the centre-right Democratic Party of Lulzim Basha. Polls opened at 7 a.m. on what is...

  • DETROIT— Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday. Rival Key Safety Systems, based in suburban Detroit, will buy most of Takata's assets for $1.6 billion and take over its manufacturing operations to make seat belts, air bags and other...

  • DETROIT— Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to file for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. on Monday, having been dragged into financial trouble by millions of faulty air bag inflators that can kill or injure people. Takata's assets are expected to be sold for $1.6 billion to a rival company, Key Safety Systems, and part of Takata will remain...

  • WASHINGTON— Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. After weeks of private negotiations, the White House and congressional Republicans still don't agree on exactly what they want to accomplish.

  • ROME, June 25- People in more than 100 Italian towns and cities voted on Sunday to pick municipal mayors in a run-off ballot that could bolster centre-right parties ahead of a national election due in less than a year. Anti-European sentiment has increased in the country in the past few years, fuelled by EU-imposed austerity policies and the waves of migrants...