BEIJING | China’s yuan sinks further after US currency report

BEIJING— China’s politically sensitive yuan has sunk to a 22-month low against the dollar after the U.S. Treasury declined to label Beijing a currency manipulator amid a mounting tariff battle. The yuan fell to 6.9411 per dollar at mid-morning on Thursday, the closest it has come to breaking the symbolic level of seven to the … Continue reading BEIJING | China’s yuan sinks further after US currency report

BERLIN | Germany extradites suspect in Bulgarian reporter’s slaying

BERLIN — German authorities say the suspect arrested in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist has been extradited to Bulgaria. Bernd Kolkmeier, a spokesman for prosecutors who had jurisdiction in the case, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the suspect was returned to Bulgaria on Wednesday. The 21-year-old suspect was apprehended … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany extradites suspect in Bulgarian reporter’s slaying

NAIROBI, Kenya | Kip Keino hands himself over to police in corruption case

NAIROBI, Kenya  — Running great Kip Keino has handed himself over to police and is under arrest following allegations he and six other Kenyan sports and government officials embezzled and misappropriated more than $545,000 set aside for their team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Keino, former sports minister Hassan Wario and two other … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kip Keino hands himself over to police in corruption case

EU moves to tighten borders, boost Africa ties on migrants

BRUSSELS  — European Union leaders are set Thursday to push ahead with plans to boost cooperation with North African countries and beef up the bloc’s borders in an effort to stop migrants entering Europe. A draft statement prepared for their summit emphasizes the need to step up cooperation with countries that people leave and transit … Continue reading EU moves to tighten borders, boost Africa ties on migrants

Volkswagen offers more incentives to unload old diesels

FRANKFURT, Germany  — German automaker Volkswagen says it is offering more incentives to trade in older diesel models in an effort to improve air quality. The company said Thursday it would offer trade-in incentives for people who want to replace old diesels that met formerly looser emissions standards, and additional premiums for people who want … Continue reading Volkswagen offers more incentives to unload old diesels

PARIS  | French finance minister cancels trip to Saudi conference

PARIS  — France’s finance minister has canceled his attendance at an upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid doubts over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Bruno Le Maire said Thursday on French television channel Public Senat that “I will not go to Riyadh next week” for the conference, known as “Davos in the … Continue reading PARIS  | French finance minister cancels trip to Saudi conference

BRUSSELS | UK prime minister: Post-Brexit transition could be extended

BRUSSELS — British Prime Minister Theresa May says she is considering a European Union proposal that would keep Britain bound to the bloc’s rules for more than two years after Brexit. At present the two sides say Britain will remain subject to the bloc’s rules from Brexit day on March 29 until December 2020, to … Continue reading BRUSSELS | UK prime minister: Post-Brexit transition could be extended