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Seoul, South Korea • The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to …

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  • An Indian pedestrian crosses a road near roadside kiosk with a Coca-cola advertisement in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Coca-Cola suspended bottling at three plants in India, including one in the parched northwest where farmers have been protesting the company’s use of dwindling groundwater reserves. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) Coke suspends bottling at Indian plants in water dispute
    New Delhi • Coca-Cola suspended bottling at three plants in India, including one in the parched northwest where farmers have been protesting the compa...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Farmers clash with riot police during a protest outside Agriculture ministry in Athens, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Farmers from across Greece have begun gathering in Athens for a two-day protest against the government and its plans to impose new tax hikes and pension charges. Bailout lenders are demanding that Greece scrap tax breaks for farmers and impose pension reforms that will lead to higher monthly contributions from the self employed and salaried employees. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) Greek farmers clash with police in pensions protest
    Athens • Greek farmers wielding shepherd’s staffs and throwing rocks clashed with riot police in Athens on Friday as thousands headed to the capital f...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:21 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2007 file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed at a Facebook announcement in New York. Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday Feb. 12, 2016 as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File) French court: Facebook can be sued in nude case
    Paris • Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the ac...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:18 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, photo, shoppers are shown in Miami. On Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, the Commerce Department releases retail sales data for January. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Retail sales: Consumers shrug off stock price drop
    Washington • U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices. The Commerce Depa...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:27 am   |     |   Share


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  • FOR STORY PORTUGAL - THE AUSTERITY NEGOTIATOR - In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 10 2016, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa addresses supporters of his Socialist Party in Lisbon to explain and take questions about the government’s 2016 state budget.  Costa doesn’t boast about being an expert deal-maker, but he is quietly building a reputation as a canny negotiator building unprecedented alliances and becoming the government leader to watch in southern Europe. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) In southern Europe, astute negotiator unpicks austerity
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    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:12 am   |     |   Share
  • Those Valentine’s Day flowers might be from Kenya
    Nyahururu, Kenya • This Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. “I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine’s Day,” s...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 30, 2013 file picture the headquarters of Deutsche Bank are pictured in Frankfurt, Germany.Germany’s Deutsche Bank is offering to buy back more than  US $5 billion worth of its own bonds in a show of financial strength after markets sold off its stock.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file) Deutsche Bank buys back debt In show of financial strength
    Frankfurt, Germany • Deutsche Bank is offering to buy back more than $5 billion worth of its own bonds in a show of financial strength after markets s...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:06 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, file photo, Rick Ring, left, and Corinne Schmitt-Bries attach a panel to a John Deere 1050K Crawler Dozer at John Deere Dubuque Works in Dubuque, Iowa. On Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, the Commerce Department releases business inventories for December. (Jessica Reilly/Telegraph Herald via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT U.S. business stockpiles rose in December; sales fall
    Washington • U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles slightly in December, as sales dropped sharply. This combination has stoked anxieties about weak...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline
    Richmond, Va. • Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in re...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:29 am   |     |   Share
  • This Monday, July 6, 2015 photo shows a sign for Wall Street carved into the side of a building, in New York.  European stocks rose Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 shrugging off a bad day in Asia, as the sell-off in banking shares abated and oil prices rebounded from a 12-year low. But Japan’s main stock index lost nearly 5 percent, leading other Asian markets lower.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) U.S. stocks open higher as oil rebounds, banks rise
    A strong rebound in oil prices and a government report indicating that retail sales improved last month helped lift U.S. stocks sharply higher in morn...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:40 am   |     |   Share
  • People stand in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Japan’s main stock index dived Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in the U.S. and Europe.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Eurozone markets higher after growth report
    London • European shares rose Friday, shrugging off a bad day in Asia, as the sell-off in banking shares abated and oil prices rebounded from a 12-yea...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 08:42 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange. Global markets shuddered again Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, with bank stocks in particular getting hammered, oil falling further and investors turning to perceived safe havens like gold. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Amped-up funds flourish amid turmoil
    New York • That second scoop or slice makes everything so much better. So why not double the fun investing, too? Investors in search of supercharged r...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Twitter woes deepen with lack of user growth
    Twitter added no new users in the fourth quarter, confirming the fears of advertisers and investors alike: the social-media site is in real trouble. T...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • U.S., EU spslit over Apple, McDonald’s probes
    Conflict over trans-Atlantic tax practices escalated this week as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew complained to European Commission President Jean-Claude ...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • China turns oil glut into flood of diesel swamping Asia
    Fuel producers from India to South Korea are finding that rising refined products from China are cutting the profit margins they’ve enjoyed from cheap...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • European banks doing worse than in 2008 crisis
    It’s been a bad seven weeks for European banks -- worse even than during the 2008 financial crisis, by one measure. Societe Generale was the latest on...
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  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, a fumigation brigade sprays an area of Chacabuco Park in a Aedes mosquito control effort, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The Zika virus is suspected of causing a rare but potentially devastating birth defect, an abnormally small head, which can indicate underlying brain damage. Concerns are keeping some workers from attending meetings and company retreats in affected locations but business travel experts say it does not yet appear to be having a broad impact.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File) Zika casts a pall on some company getaways
    New York • It seemed like such a great idea: A company planned a business trip this winter to a warm place that would bring the entire staff together....
    Updated Feb 11 2016 05:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Former Freedom Industries owner and president Dennis Farrell, right, walks into Federal Court  with an unidentified woman in Charleston W.Va., Thursday Feb. 11, 2016.  Farrell is scheduled to be sentenced for his conviction on a pollution charge in a 2014 chemical spill into a Charleston river that prompted a tap water ban for 300,000 residents for days.  (Tom Hindman/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP Ex-exec gets 1 month in West Virginia chemical spill
    Charleston, W.Va. • A former Freedom Industries executive was sentenced Thursday to one month in federal prison for a chemical spill that fouled the d...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 05:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Myspace still exists? Yes, and now Time Inc. owns it
    New York • Myspace still exists? It does, and the company that owns the once-ubiquitous social network is being bought by Time Inc. to help the magazi...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 05:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Yellen: Fed evaluating prospect of negative rates
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed was taking another look at negative interest rates as a potential policy tool if the U.S. economy falt...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Treasuries yields drop to lowest point since ‘12
    Treasuries gained, pushing yields to the lowest in more than three years, as a persistent rout in global financial markets pushed investors into the s...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 04:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gold has its best day in seven years
    As global stocks enter a bear market, gold is on the verge of bull status. Global stocks slumped Thursday as investors shunned risk worldwide amid con...
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  • Mylan slides while TripAdvisor, Cisco climb
    New York • Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market: NYSE • Bank of Ame...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 04:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) U.S. stocks fall for a fourth straight day
    Jitters over the global economy and steep declines in bank stocks knocked U.S. stocks lower for the fourth day in a row Thursday. The U.S. slide follo...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 07:35 pm   |     |   Share