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  • The Latest: French helicopter joins search over Reunion

    PARIS (AP) — Here are the latest developments on the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared nearly a year and a half ago (all times local): ___ 3:45 p.m. A French law enforcement helicopter is scouring…

  • Royal Bank of Scotland reports rise in 2nd quarter profits

    LONDON (AP) — Second-quarter profit at taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland rose 27 percent, it announced Thursday, but warned the cost of past scandals may continue to weigh on earnings. Net income for the period…

  • Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil

    LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices. Shell expects to eliminate 6,500 staff…

  • Lower oil prices push Italian oil company Eni to Q2 loss

    MILAN (AP) — Italian oil and gas company Eni on Thursday reported second-quarter losses of 113 million euros ($124 million) amid a sharp decline in oil prices, but raised its forecasts on production this year…

  • Preliminary hearing underway for Ukrainian pilot in Russia

    DONETSK, Russia (AP) — A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian officer charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists started in Russia’s south on Thursday but was adjourned shortly afterward to consider…

  • Greek PM seeks to quash rebellion with party vote

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister has called for a vote within his radical-left Syriza party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to any bailout deal with the country’s creditors. Addressing the party’s 200-strong top…

  • Portuguese government rests on its laurels ahead of election

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s center-right coalition government hopes its record overseeing the country’s recovery from the brink of bankruptcy will be enough to get it re-elected. The Social Democratic Party and Popular Party took…

  • Keaten appointment AP chief correspondent in Switzerland

    LONDON (AP) — Jamey Keaten, a reporter in the Paris office of The Associated Press, has been named chief correspondent for Switzerland. Keaten, 46, has been based in Paris since joining the AP in 2001,…

  • Russia’s ruble extends its slide, reviving economic concerns

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble is falling under the pressure of cheaper oil, reviving concerns over the country’s economic outlook, particularly the perniciously high inflation rate. The ruble was down 0.9 percent in Moscow…

  • Kurdish rebels attack Turkish security forces, killing 5

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels have attacked Turkish security forces in two separate assaults in southeast Turkey, killing five people, officials said. One rebel was also killed. The assaults come amid renewed violence between…

  • Trump arrives in Scotland for Women’s British Open golf

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Presidential contender Donald Trump arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland on Thursday for the first day of the Women’s British Open, declaring “the world has asked me to…

  • Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners’ health

    LONDON (AP) — The killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed the health of thousands of Londoners as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city, a lawyer for British police said Thursday.…

  • Deutsche Bank CEO: Q2 profits ‘nowhere near good enough’

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank’s net profit rose in the second quarter, but legal expenses stemming from investigations of the bank’s past conduct also increased and the bank’s new co-CEO said its financial performance…

  • Drug firm AstraZeneca reports slide in earnings

    LONDON (AP) — Anglo-Swedish drug firm AstraZeneca says second-quarter net income fell 12 percent to $697 million as competition from generic drug companies reduced sales. Revenue declined 6.7 percent to $6.31 billion as stomach-acid treatment…

  • Sanofi reports higher profit in 2nd quarter

    PARIS (AP) — Drugmaker Sanofi has reported a sharp rise in profits in the second quarter as higher sales from its Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech unit Genzyme helped offset by cuts in the price of the…