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  • Budget carrier flydubai posts profit of $68M for 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ budget carrier flydubai, in its fifth year of operation, has turned a profit of $68 million out of total revenue of $1.2 billion last year.…

  • Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics

    GENEVA (AP) — Top automakers are vowing to press ahead with weak-selling electric vehicles and zero-emissions technology — even as they unveil powerful, expensive luxury cars sports cars aimed at a growing global automarket. At…

  • Liberia calls for Ebola ‘Marshall Plan’ to rebuild economies

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Liberia’s president on Tuesday called for an international aid plan to help rebuild economies in West Africa once Ebola is under control. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Tuesday that “we need our international…

  • Philippines suspends oil, gas exploration in disputed waters

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has ordered the suspension of all exploration at an offshore oil and gas field because of an ongoing territorial dispute with China, a Filipino-British company said. Oil and…

  • BlackBerry to offer 4 new phones, speeds shift to software

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — BlackBerry will launch four new smartphones this year and a new package of cross-platform applications as it continues its “philosophical” shift to making software. The struggling company unveiled its BlackBerry Leap…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Netanyahu to use bully pulpit in Congress to issue stern warning about Iran nuclear talks WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his…

  • Russia’s currency reserves drop as state finances squeezed

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s finance ministry says the country’s foreign currency reserves dropped by almost 10 percent in dollar terms in February after the government sought to fill a hole in the state budget, where…

  • Turkey: Notice on military maneuvers in Aegean was a mistake

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says a recent notice seeking to reserve a large swath of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers was issued by mistake and then canceled. A statement by Foreign…

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. NETANYAHU SET FOR CONGRESS SPEECH The Israeli leader will deliver a stern message about any nuclear deal…

  • Barclays takes net loss as past sins linger on balance sheet

    LONDON (AP) — Barclays’ fourth-quarter loss widened as the costs of correcting past problems overshadowed progress in streamlining the bank’s business after the global financial crisis. The London-based bank on Tuesday reported a net loss…

  • Part of Nanticoke River closed to shellfish harvesting

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Department of the Environment has ordered part of the Nanticoke River because of elevated bacteria levels. The department said in a news release that is has reclassified part of the…

  • Swiss economy stronger than expected in 4th quarter

    BERLIN (AP) — Official data show that Switzerland’s economy expanded by a stronger-than-expected 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter, the last before the country’s central bank abandoned its effort to cap the Swiss franc’s value…

  • New chain stores aim to please Pyongyang consumers

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Workers in sharp new uniforms open the doors and turn on the lights about an hour before sunrise at their chain store on the corner of one of Pyongyang’s main…

  • Japan negotiator: TPP trade deal with US do-able by spring

    TOKYO (AP) — A deal between Japan and the U.S. needed to move ahead with a Pacific Rim trade pact is possible by this spring, a top Japanese trade negotiator said Tuesday. Top negotiators for…

  • Global stocks limp as focus shifts back to China economy

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were lackluster Tuesday despite a milestone for the Nasdaq as investors looked ahead to the release of China’s growth target. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to…