Slovakia's parliament rejects women's rights treaty

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's lawmakers voted Tuesday to reject an international treaty on women's rights. In the 150-seat parliament, 96 of the 113 lawmakers present voted ...

Former French prime minister and wife go on trial for fraud

PARIS (AP) — He could have been president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to richly pay his wife and childr...

Sports betting bill stumbles from starting gate in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a state where betting on the Kentucky Derby is seen as a rite of passage, efforts to legalize wagering on other sports have barely gotten out of the starting gate. ...

Ireland’s two-party system shaken by Sinn Fein surge

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's elections are usually two-horse races. But this time there's a third contender, as a party with historic links to the Irish Republican Army soars in the polls. ...

Business Highlights

—- Tesla stock is soaring. Madness or visionary investing? DETROIT (AP) — Eight months after it seemed headed for the corporate junkyard, Tesla is now worth more th...

Ford full-year profit plunges on slower sales, pension costs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s profit last year plunged by more than $3.6 billion, weighed down by slowing U.S. sales, the cost of a botched SUV launch and some big pension expenses. ...

UPS deftly navigates shipping surge, hit by pension charge

ATLANTA (AP) — UPS swung to a loss in its fourth quarter mostly on a hefty pension-related charge, but the delivery company's adjusted results met Wall Street's view. UPS lost $106 m...

Soccer union FIFPro distances itself from link to Platini

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Soccer players’ union FIFPro distanced itself Friday from reports Michel Platini will be advising the organization's president. French media reported th...

New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill

PARIS (AP) — French unions are holding last-ditch strikes and protests around the country Friday as the government unveils a divisive bill redesigning the national retirement system. ...

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center o...

Changing tack, French militants turn off power to press govt

PARIS (AP) — Opening another front in their battle against the French government, union militants said they cut power to thousands of Parisians on Tuesday, plunging homes into darkness and closing dow...

Taiwan government denies rumors of pension changes

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday (Jan. 20) that the government has no plan to withdraw the 2018 pension reform project for civil servants in the country. During...

Phew! Easing of strike brings relief for Paris commuters

PARIS (AP) — Paris commuters who were careworn after six weeks of misery-inducing transport strikes found their smiles again Monday as some subway workers ended their walkouts against a contested over...

France's Macron makes big push for more foreign investment

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting 180 international business leaders at the Palace of Versailles in a bid to promote France’s economic attractiveness despite over six weeks of c...

Splits in France's strike movement trigger fears of violence

PARIS (AP) — A French government minister warned that seditious groups bent on violence were hijacking the protest movement against pension reform that has gripped the country, after a fire Saturday d...