Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from…

Pope Francis is demanding Facebook, Apple, Google and other tech companies urgently take measures to prevent children from accessing pornography online and to remove child porn from the web

German FM calls for Europe to raise its climate…

Germany’s foreign minister says the European Union should increase its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions if it wants to lead in the fight against climate change

Norway fund blacklists security firm G4S over rights worries

Norway's sovereign wealth fund says it is banning all financial holdings in British security services company G4S due to the risk that it “contributes to or is responsible for serious or systematic human rights violations.”

The Latest: UK won’t name new EU commissioner

With election campaigning in full swing, Britain has informed its European Union partners that it will not name a new commissioner to the EU’s executive arm despite an obligation to do so

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China presses Washington for tariff cut in trade…

China presses Washington to roll back punitive tariffs in interim trade deal

India court rejects probe of purchase of French fighter jets

India’s top court has rejected petitions seeking a probe into the government’s purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation over pricing issues

South Africa’s troubled airline cancels flights pre-strike

South Africa’s troubled airline cancels flights ahead of strike over expected job cuts

German economy avoids recession in 3Q, but…

The German economy returned to modest growth in the July-September period, averting a widely-feared recession

Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

Iraq is rich in oil but protesters say they don’t see the fruits of this wealth

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in…

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric is faced regularly with a no-win choice between risking the start of a deadly wildfire or immiserating millions of paying customers by shutting of the power

Walmart hires off-duty officers ahead of El Paso…

Walmart has quietly hired off-duty officers at its stores in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 22 people in August. The store reopens Thursday amid ongoing lawsuits over safety. It didn’t have a guard in the day of the mass shooting.

Oil tankers ‘go dark’ off Venezuela to evade US sanctions

Shipping industry experts say some oil tankers are increasingly ignoring international rules on reporting their locations so they can illicitly transport petroleum for Venezuela in violation of sanctions by the U.S. and other nations

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Japan’s economy slows, logging 0.2% annual…

Japan economy grows at 0.2% pace in July-September, supported by consumer purchases ahead of a tax hike

South Korean ex-justice minister summoned in financial probe

South Korean prosecutors have summoned the country’s former justice minister as they expand an investigation into corruption allegations surrounding his family

Mexico top court rules e-cigarette sales should be allowed

Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld a challenge to the country’s tobacco law for making it hard to sell e-cigarettes

Little Rock teachers strike over state’s control…

Little Rock teachers are striking for the first time in more than three decades over the state’s control of the local school system and a panel’s decision to strip their union’s collective bargaining rights

Chicago teachers to vote on deal that ended…

Chicago teachers are voting on the tentative contract deal that suspended an 11-day strike

Navajo company confident about Wyoming, Montana coal bonding

Navajo company confident about getting bonding for recently purchased coal mines in Wyoming and Montana

Putin encourages BRICS to collaborate on anti-virus programs

Russian President Vladimir Putin tells fellow leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economy nations that he supports more cooperation in information and computing

Debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is knocked…

Debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is knocked down - again

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California regulators order inquiry into power…

California regulators have opened a formal investigation into pre-emptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents

Hyundai to build Santa Cruz SUV at Alabama plant

Hyundai says it will be a pickup-style sport-utility vehicle at its plant in Alabama, which is being enlarged in a $410 million expansion project

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks closed out a wobbly day on Wall Street Wednesday with record highs for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrials