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WARSAW, Poland | Rights body: Poland’s laws on judges weaken corruption fight

WARSAW, Poland — Europe’s top human rights body has criticized the erosion of judicial independence in Poland and says this will also affect the country’s ability to fight corruption. The Council of Europe argues in a report released Friday that judicial independence is an essential condition for fighting corruption because “judges need to be able … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Rights body: Poland’s laws on judges weaken corruption fight

ATHENS, Greece | Greece heads for bailout exit after deal with creditors

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s prime minister pledged Friday to stick to agreed reforms and budget targets after international creditors announced debt relief measures to wean the country off its eight-year bailout program, which ends in two months. Greek bond markets rose on the news of the deal, leading to a drop in the government’s borrowing … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greece heads for bailout exit after deal with creditors

SEOUL, South Korea  | Global markets, oil rise as OPEC mulls output increase

SEOUL, South Korea  — Global stocks and oil prices were higher Friday as investors monitored OPEC’s discussion on increasing crude production. Caution remained, however, over trade disputes between China and the U.S. as well as between the U.S. and Europe that could hurt corporate profits and jobs. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 1 … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea  | Global markets, oil rise as OPEC mulls output increase

MOSCOW  | The Latest: Sans spaghetti, Neymar has new look at World Cup

MOSCOW  — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Brazil star Neymar caused a stir with his “spaghetti” hairstyle for his opening match at the World Cup. Five days later, it appears to have gone. Warming up for the game against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg, the Brazil forward … Continue reading MOSCOW  | The Latest: Sans spaghetti, Neymar has new look at World Cup

HANCOCK, N.Y.  | Man finds rattlesnake under hood while trying to start car

HANCOCK, N.Y.  — An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine — the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake. The man says the snake slithered across the engine block and curled up on the battery as he opened the hood of the car … Continue reading HANCOCK, N.Y.  | Man finds rattlesnake under hood while trying to start car

LE CASTELLET, France  | Hamilton, Bottas fastest during 1st French GP practice

LE CASTELLET, France  — Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas posted the top two times during the opening practice for Formula One’s French Grand Prix on Friday. Defending champion Hamilton clocked the best lap time at 0.140 seconds faster than Bottas. Red Bulls’ Daniel Ricciardo had the third best effort, followed by Ferrari pair … Continue reading LE CASTELLET, France  | Hamilton, Bottas fastest during 1st French GP practice

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says GOP lawmakers ‘wasting their time’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on immigration legislation (all times local): 7:30 a.m. Days after insisting that Congress act immediately, President Donald Trump is telling Republicans to “stop wasting their time” on immigration until after the November elections. In Friday morning tweets, Trump says Democrats have “no intention” of supplying the votes necessary to pass legislation … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says GOP lawmakers ‘wasting their time’

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia  | England and injured coach want no more surprises vs Panama

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — England’s players were taken by surprise once this week. They don’t want a second shock on Sunday against the World Cup first-timers from Panama. The England squad members were taken aback when they got to a team meeting on Thursday to find coach Gareth Southgate with his right arm in a … Continue reading NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia  | England and injured coach want no more surprises vs Panama