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India, US struggling to bridge trade dispute as Trump visits

PAUL WISEMAN

February 22, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — American dairy farmers, distillers and drugmakers have been eager to break into India, the world’s seventh-biggest economy but a tough-to-penetrate colossus of 1.3 billion people.Looks like they’ll have to wait.Talks between the Trump administration and New Delhi, intended to fo...

Police find secret cigarette factory 4 meters underground

February 20, 2020

MADRID (AP) — Police have dismantled what they say is the Europe Union’s first clandestine underground cigarette factory — four meters (13 feet) under a horse stable in southern Spain.Statements Thursday from Spanish police and Europol said 20 people from Britain, Ukraine and Lithuania were arrested...

France steps up investigation around Ghosn, Omani dealership

February 19, 2020

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors are turning up the heat on disgraced car industry executive Carlos Ghosn, opening a judicial inquiry into alleged money laundering, fraud and misuse of company assets during his time at the helm of the Renault-Nissan alliance.The prosecutor's office in the Paris subu...

UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan

JILL LAWLESS

February 19, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care.That’s the alarming picture painted by some British employers about the impact of new U.K. immigration rules set to be introduced in less than a year.Farms, food factories and care h...

Asian shares mostly rise despite continuing virus fears

YURI KAGEYAMA

February 18, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, despite overnight losses on Wall Street and continuing fears about an outbreak of a new virus that began in China.The Nikkei 225 rose 1.1% in morning trading to 23,453.59 after data for January showed Japan's exports fell less than expected in January. R...

Shares take hit as virus outbreak slams profits, events

ELAINE KURTENBACH

February 18, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets slipped Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target this quarter and China moving to postpone or cancel major events, including the Beijing auto show.Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 1% to ...

Nissan shareholders furious at Ghosn scandal, dismal results

YURI KAGEYAMA

February 18, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan shareholders vented their outrage at the Japanese automaker's top management Tuesday for crashing stock prices, zero dividends and quarterly losses after the scandal-ridden departure of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.They got up, one by one, at an extraordinary shareholders’ meetin...

Shares fall in Asia as virus outbreak hits profits, events

ELAINE KURTENBACH

February 18, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares slipped in Asia on Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to postpone or cancel major events including the Beijing auto show.Signs suggest China may postpone its annual ...

Virus worries force cancellation of major tech show in Spain

KELVIN CHAN and MAE ANDERSON

February 12, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair are pulling the plug over worries about the viral outbreak from China.The annual Mobile World Congress will no longer be held as planned in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24-27.“Global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, trav...

Businesses struggle to fix supply chains disrupted by virus

PAUL WISEMAN, ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, and DAVID KOENIG

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese authorities are struggling to strike a delicate balance between containing a viral outbreak and restarting the world’s second-biggest economy after weeks of paralysis.As the death toll from the newly named COVID-19 illness topped 1,000, global supply chains remain widel...

More US firms are boosting faith-based support for employees

DAVID CRARY

February 11, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) —It has become standard practice for U.S. corporations to assure employees of support regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation. There’s now an intensifying push to ensure that companies are similarly supportive and inclusive when it comes to employees’ religious beliefs...

Amid uncertainty, French wine industry puts itself on show

THOMAS ADAMSON

February 11, 2020

PARIS (AP) — France's big wine industry, shaken by U.S. President Trump’s painful tariff hikes and the threat of climate change, is hoping to re-energize global interest in its products with a big trade fair in Paris.Two thousand winemakers - including giant Moet-Hennessy - are wooing some 30,000...