MILAN | Wintour honors Lagerfeld; Bottega Veneta shows new direction

MILAN (AP) — Anna Wintour paid tribute Friday to Karl Lagerfeld’s generosity and sense of humor as she presented a new fashion exhibition. Elsewhere in Milan, luxury brand Bottega Veneta’s new creative director showcased a collection that draws on the house’s heritage but pushes it toward a forward-dressing consumer. The American Vogue editor-in-chief said that … Continue reading MILAN | Wintour honors Lagerfeld; Bottega Veneta shows new direction

AMSTERDAM | Vandals paint swastikas on buildings in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Vandals suspected of being soccer hooligans from The Hague have painted graffiti including swastikas and anti-Semitic texts on buildings in Amsterdam. The graffiti was discovered Friday, ahead of Sunday’s match between ADO and Ajax in The Hague. Ajax fans are banned from attending the match. ADO director Mattijs Manders says “we as … Continue reading AMSTERDAM | Vandals paint swastikas on buildings in Amsterdam

PITTSBURGH | At Kraft Heinz, a fed investigation and a $15.4B write-down

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz has disclosed an investigation by federal regulators and will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer and Kraft brands by $15.4 billion. Shares plunged more than 20 percent before the opening bell Friday after the company posted a stunning $12.6 billion loss for the fourth quarter. Kraft Heinz divulged the … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | At Kraft Heinz, a fed investigation and a $15.4B write-down

FRANKFURT, Germany | BMW, Daimler: You can trust us with car-sharing data

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 app-based services like free-floating car-sharing in big cities. The two competitors for luxury car customers said Friday they are investing more than a billion euros (over $1.1 … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | BMW, Daimler: You can trust us with car-sharing data

BEIJING | China bars millions from travel for ‘social credit’ offenses

BEIJING (AP) — Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial “social credit” system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior. Some 5.5 million people were barred from buying train tickets, … Continue reading BEIJING | China bars millions from travel for ‘social credit’ offenses

VATICAN CITY | Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis‘ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. On the second day of Francis’ extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders, the debate … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

MOSCOW | Russian opens money laundering probe involving Moldova

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Interior Ministry says that it has launched a money laundering probe involving the influential leader of Moldova’s Democratic Party, just two days before parliamentary elections in the former Soviet republic. Moldovans go to the polls Sunday in an election that pits the president’s Socialists’ Party against the Democratic Party and … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian opens money laundering probe involving Moldova

NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya court postpones ruling on anti-gay laws to May 24

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court Friday postponed a ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, disappointing many in the country’s LGBT community. The ruling will not be made until May 24 because some judges had been busy, Justice Chaacha Mwita of the High Court said. Several activists who went to the court … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya court postpones ruling on anti-gay laws to May 24