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  • Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

    TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. Still, he cautioned that the United States needs to secure the support of allies to ensure that...

  • Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

    PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that sets the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited from the Arab villages...

  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

    TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully. Wading cautiously into a...

  • Global stocks higher, Tokyo drops on trade woes

    TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed with European shares getting an early boost Thursday, but stocks in Tokyo slipped after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama failed to finalize a trade agreement. Progress on the trans-Pacific pact would be a plus for...

  • Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who became infected with a Middle East virus related to SARS have died, and that 13 others have contracted the virus. The ministry said on Thursday that the new cases from the Middle East respiratory syndrome...

  • Novartis reports Q1 profit up on divestitures

    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG has reported a 24 percent increase in profit for the first quarter, helped by selling off less-profitable parts of its business. The Basel, Switzerland-based company says its net profit rose to nearly $2.97 billion, up from $2.42 billion...

  • Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, says its underlying sales grew in the first quarter, but revenue was down due to a big impact from the stronger euro. Around two-thirds of the company's sales come from outside the...

  • Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. "Organic" sales — measured by operations held in both years, stripping out the effects of currencies and acquisitions — grew by 3.4...

  • Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different. Investments traditionally considered safe bets such as utilities, gold and government bonds were supposed to flop in 2014 as investors started to pour money into higher-risk, higher-growth stocks that...

  • Treasury Secretary to visit Detroit on jobs push

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew plans to visit Detroit to explore ways to promote job creation and economic growth. Lew on Thursday plans to convene a meeting with foundation leaders to discuss ways the nonprofit sector can help. The focus will be creating and investing in...

  • South Bend airport looks to go international

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A regional airport in northern Indiana is looking to land some international flights. The South Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1l25eGi ) officials with the South Bend Regional Airport announced plans Wednesday to become an international airport. Airport Executive...

  • German business confidence rebounds in April

    BERLIN (AP) — German business confidence has rebounded after dipping amid fears about the possible economic impact of the crisis in Ukraine. The Ifo institute said Thursday that its closely watched monthly confidence survey increased to 111.2 points in April from 110.7 last month. The rise...

  • Large Scania shareholder accepts Volkswagen bid

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Volkswagen has come closer to realizing its ambition to takeover Scania after the fourth largest shareholder in the Swedish truck maker announced it will accept the 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) bid. Fund manager Swedbank Robur on Thursday said it thinks the offer of 200...

  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the...

  • Alstom shares jump amid talk of GE buyout

    PARIS (AP) — Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company. Alstom said in a statement Thursday that it has not been "informed of any potential public tender offer for shares of the...



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