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  • P&G’s sales dip again on softer volume, exchange rates

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Procter & Gamble’s sales fell for the sixth straight quarter, as the world’s bigger consumer goods company was weighed down by softer sales volume and unfavorable currency exchange rates. The maker of…

  • 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…

  • NBA in Africa? ‘Stay tuned,’ for regular-season game

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says “stay tuned” for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league’s first exhibition on the continent. Silver didn’t give an…

  • 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…

  • IBM’s Watson computing technology learns Japanese

    TOKYO (AP) — The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the…

  • Malaysian premier: plane debris to be sent to France

    PARIS (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a…

  • Stock markets turn higher on earnings, ahead of US data

    BEIJING (AP) — Most major global markets rose Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low, corporate earnings mostly did better than expected and investors awaited U.S. economic growth…

  • 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…

  • Ex-‘Top Gear’ trio to host new car show for Amazon Prime

    LONDON (AP) — The former hosts of the BBC’s popular “Top Gear” program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime. Amazon…

  • US economy likely rebounded to solid growth rate in spring

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a terrible winter, the economy is improving, with a solid rebound in the spring expected to be followed by stronger growth in the second half of the year. That’s the view…

  • 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…

  • Nokia profit grows as networks division leads turnaround

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia enjoyed a solid 60 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter, with a good performance in its core networks division suggesting the Finnish company is succeeding in turning its…

  • Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice. The law allows a judge to sanction the…

  • Delta to change its frequent-flier reward program

    WASHINGTON — Delta Air Lines is making some changes to its reward program that could cost point-using travelers more next summer. Like many other airlines, Delta allows its passengers to use frequent-flier rewards to upgrade…

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells…