FRANKFURT, Germany | BMW, Daimler launch car- and ride-sharing joint venture

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automakers Daimler and BMW say that trustworthy handling of personal data will be a key competitive advantage in their new joint venture that offers customers app-based services like car-sharing. The two competitors for luxury car customers said Friday they are investing more than a billion euros (over $1.1 billion) in their … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | BMW, Daimler launch car- and ride-sharing joint venture

LONDON | Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit bill it hopes it won’t need

LONDON (AP) — The Irish government has published legislation designed to ease the damage if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal — but says it hopes the law will never be needed. The government plans to fast-track the bill through Ireland’s parliament before the U.K.’s scheduled departure on March 29. As a major … Continue reading LONDON | Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit bill it hopes it won’t need

YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Mariam Musa gestured with her hand toward her mouth, twisting her face as she told of her main problem: not enough to eat or drink. In the makeshift camp Nigerians who have fled Boko Haram violence, the 32-year-old widow says that the upcoming presidential vote isn’t a topic of conversation. That’s … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Swede gets 4.5 years for last year’s royal jewels heist

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 22-year-old Swede has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after he was convicted of stealing royal funeral artifacts said to be worth 65 million kronor ($7 million) from a Swedish cathedral last year. The Eskiltuna District Court said Friday that Johan Nicklas Backstrom stole two crowns … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Swede gets 4.5 years for last year’s royal jewels heist

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria | More civilians leave last IS-held pocket in eastern Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Small trucks carrying civilians left the Islamic State group’s last pocket of territory in eastern Syria in an escorted convoy on Friday, hours after coalition airstrikes meant to pressure the militants targeted the area on the banks of the Euphrates River. At least 15 trucks were seen leaving the through … Continue reading OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria | More civilians leave last IS-held pocket in eastern Syria

JUBA, South Sudan | South Sudan’s hunger is growing, despite 5 months of peace

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five months into South Sudan’s fragile peace, 1.5 million people are on the brink of starvation and half the population, more than six million people, are facing extreme hunger, say the United Nations and South Sudan’s government in a report issued Friday. Without aid more than 7.5 million people will … Continue reading JUBA, South Sudan | South Sudan’s hunger is growing, despite 5 months of peace

ZURICH | FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players in 2 transfer windows

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned Chelsea from signing players until the 2020 offseason transfer window for breaching rules covering young players. The Premier League club has the right to appeal against the sanction, which covers the next two transfer windows and also includes a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000). FIFA punished Chelsea for … Continue reading ZURICH | FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players in 2 transfer windows