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Month: January 2024

Strike by security staff at most major German airports cancels hundreds of flights

BERLIN (AP) — Most of Germany’s major airports canceled scores of flights after security workers launched a one-day strike to step up pressure in a pay disput. The ver.di union called on workers to strike at 11 airports on Thursday: Frankfurt, Berlin, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Hannover, Dresden, Bremen and Erfurt. All departures for

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Countries are clamoring to join BRICS group, South Africa says, as Russia takes up leadership

By Simone McCarthy, CNN Hong Kong (CNN) — Nearly three dozen countries are seeking entry into the China and Russia-backed BRICS economic group, member state South Africa said Wednesday, weeks after the body expanded its membership for the first time in more than a decade. Thirty-four countries have submitted an expression of interest in joining the

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Horns blaring and engines roaring, 100s of tractors bring farmers’ plight to an EU summit

By RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Convoys with hundreds of angry farmers driving heavy-duty tractors are advancing toward European Union headquarters where leaders are meeting at a summit Thursday. The farmers are bent on getting their complaints about excessive costs, rules and bureaucracy heard in a culmination of weeks of protests around the

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Tokyo’s fish market opens long-awaited seafood restaurants and spa to attract more visitors

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s fish market has opened a long-awaited outer section with Japanese-style seafood restaurants and a spa for relaxation, as the wholesale venue that has struggled since relocating from the beloved Tsukiji market seeks to lure more visitors. Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai on Thursday opened a food court resembling

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Secret US spying program targeted top Venezuelan officials, flouting international law

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A secret memo obtained by The Associated Press details a yearslong covert operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that sent undercover operatives into Venezuela to surreptitiously record and build drug-trafficking cases against the country’s leadership – a plan the U.S. acknowledged from the

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