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February 14

Negative interest rates turn saving, borrowing upside down

Imagine a mortgage that pays you the interest, not the other way around. Or a savings account where it's the bank, not the saver, who collects interest.
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February 14

Ecologists hail freezing of funds for new Polish coal plant

A European group fighting climate change on Friday hailed the decision by two Polish energy companies to suspend financing for the construction of a new coal power plant.
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February 14

Sex tapes sink Macron's candidate, spark outrage in France

Rivals from across France's political spectrum joined in a chorus of alarm and dismay Friday and warned that French democracy is in danger after an online leak of graphic sexual images led an associate of President Emmanuel Macron to pull out of the race for mayor of Paris.
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February 14

US film crew chasing Poland Holocaust story may face charges

A team of U.S. award-winning documentary filmmakers pursuing a Holocaust-era story in western Poland could face charges of unauthorized excavation work, punishable by up to two years in prison, a Polish prosecutor said Friday.
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February 14

Montenegro PM, Serbian church bishop meet on religious law

Montenegro's prime minister on Friday met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the country in a bid to defuse tensions over a contentious law on religious rights.
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February 14

German-owned container ship boarded by pirates off Guinea

A container ship that is owned and operated by a German shipping group has been attacked by pirates off the coast of Guinea.
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February 14

Thai police to probe surrogacy operation's Chinese links

Thailand's prime minister has ordered an investigation into illegal surrogate birth services be extended to China after raids this week netted two alleged Chinese ringleaders, police said Friday.
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February 14

Jewish leaders seek better policing of online hate speech

MUNICH —Jewish leaders called Friday for better policing of hate speech on social media platforms over concerns prompted by recent attacks that people on the…
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February 14

German president criticizes US stance at security conference

Germany's president criticized the U.S. administration at a security conference on Friday for appearing to reject "even the idea of an international community."
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February 14

Cyprus struggles to ease problem of bad loans

Defaulted loans are a prime economic issue for Cyprus, which since a 2013 financial crisis has seen overdue payments weigh on consumers and banks. Yet a government scheme to ease the problem has not been embraced by borrowers as hoped.
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February 14

The Latest: Hong Kong announces anti-virus funds

The Latest on a new virus that originated in China (all times local):
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February 14

Belarus leader says Russia insists on merging the two states

The president of Belarus said Friday that Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies.
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February 14

US secretary of state heads to Africa after long absence

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Africa this weekend as the first U.S. cabinet official to visit in more than 18 months, and he is certain to face questions about the U.S. military's future on the continent and new U.S. visa restrictions against millions of Africans.
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February 14

UK judge: Police probe of 'transphobic' tweets was unlawful

A British court ruled Friday that police infringed a man's right to free expression when they showed up at his workplace to quiz him over his Twitter posts about transgender people.
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February 14

With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine's Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose and a note, all delivered to their door.
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February 14

Zuckerberg accepts that Facebook may have to pay more tax

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to throw his support behind international reforms that would require Silicon Valley tech giants to pay more tax in Europe.
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February 14

12 Germans detained over probe into far-right extremism

German police have detained 12 men on suspicion of involvement in a far-right group that allegedly planned attacks against politicians and minorities, officials said Friday.
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February 14

EU officials push for bloc to enforce Libya arms embargo

European Union officials are seeking support from member states to have naval ships enforce the U.N. arms embargo against Libya, according to a confidential memo obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
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February 14

Global shares steady but virus concerns keep buying in check

Global shares recovered their poise Friday though continuing concerns about the economic impact of the virus outbreak that began in China kept market gains in check.
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February 14

Turkey court acquits exiled novelist of terror charges

A Turkish court on Friday acquitted journalist and award-winning novelist Asli Erdogan of terrorism-related charges for writing for a pro-Kurdish newspaper that has since been shut-down.