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  • The Latest: Putin warns US about new Russian weapons

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech (all times local): 1:50 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says Russia will target new weapons at the United States should it deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Europe following Washington’s withdrawal from a key arms control pact. Putin, speaking in Wednesday’s state-of-the-nation address, rejected the U.S. claim that […]
  • Putin focuses on social issues in state-of-the-nation speech

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin focused on social needs in his state-of-the-nation address Wednesday, promising to raise welfare payments, improve education and the struggling health care system, and remove toxic dump sites from cities. Speaking before lawmakers and top officials, Putin said the government will boost benefits to support young families. He also promised […]
  • Nissan ex-boss Ghosn’s new lawyer questions handling of case

    TOKYO (AP) — The newly appointed star defender for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday that he believes the case against his client does “not meet international standards” and could scare international businesses away from Japan. Junichiro Hironaka, who was appointed part of Ghosn’s defense team last week, also said he believes his trial […]
  • UK regulator casts doubt on Sainsbury’s-Asda merger

    LONDON (AP) — British regulators say the proposed supermarkets merger between Sainsbury’s and Walmart’s Asda unit would push up prices and reduce quality for shoppers, casting doubt on a deal that would create the country’s biggest grocery chain. The Competition and Markets Authority, in a preliminary report, said Wednesday it would be “difficult for the […]
  • In Nigeria, film stars deploy to plead for election peace

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — As emergencies go, it has a catchy tune. Faced with a Nigerian election that could spiral into violence, some in the popular film industry known as Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an urgent music video appealing for peace. On an impromptu set outside the northern city of Kano, young women […]
  • Teen seen beaten by police in video is released from custody

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A teen seen beaten by Delaware police in a video of his arrest has been released from custody. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the 16-year-old boy was released Monday night after a bail reduction hearing. Video of the teen’s Friday arrest shows him being held down by one New Castle […]
  • Budget carrier FlyDubai ends 2018 with $43.5M loss

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — FlyDubai says revenues rose to $1.7 billion in 2018, but the company ended the year with a loss of $43.5 million. In a statement Wednesday, Dubai’s government-owned budget carrier blamed fuel costs, rising interest rates and “unfavorable currency exchange movements” for the loss. It had made $1.5 billion in […]
  • Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump. The new models expected in San Francisco will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Samsung’s first smartphone. Samsung is also expected to […]
  • Swiss bank UBS may face massive fines in French trial

    PARIS (AP) — Swiss bank UBS faces a potential multibillion-euro fine as a Paris court is set to deliver a verdict on charges it helped wealthy French clients evade tax authorities. The ruling in the exceptional case will be announced Wednesday afternoon by a French criminal court. One of the world’s largest wealth management banks, […]
  • Royale rumble: ‘Apex Legends’ smashing ‘Fortnite’ records

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since its meteoric rise, “Fortnite” is no longer a no-doubt victory royale atop the video game industry. “Apex Legends” — a battle royale from Electronic Arts — has charged into the market and smashed “Fortnite” records for downloads and viewership since its release three weeks ago. Tyler […]