India court rejects probe of purchase of French fighter jets

India’s top court has rejected petitions seeking a probe into the government’s purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation over pricing issues

South Africa’s troubled airline cancels flights pre-strike

South Africa’s troubled airline cancels flights ahead of strike over expected job cuts

German economy grows slightly in 3Q, staving off…

The German economy returned to modest growth in the July-September period, averting a widely-feared recession

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Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

Iraq is rich in oil but protesters say they don’t see the fruits of this wealth

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in…

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric is faced regularly with a no-win choice between risking the start of a deadly wildfire or immiserating millions of paying customers by shutting of the power

Walmart hires off-duty officers ahead of El Paso…

Walmart has quietly hired off-duty officers at its stores in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 22 people in August. The store reopens Thursday amid ongoing lawsuits over safety. It didn’t have a guard in the day of the mass shooting.

Oil tankers ‘go dark’ off Venezuela to evade US sanctions

Shipping industry experts say some oil tankers are increasingly ignoring international rules on reporting their locations so they can illicitly transport petroleum for Venezuela in violation of sanctions by the U.S. and other nations

Japan’s economy slows, logging 0.2% annual…

Japan economy grows at 0.2% pace in July-September, supported by consumer purchases ahead of a tax hike

South Korean ex-justice minister summoned in financial probe

South Korean prosecutors have summoned the country’s former justice minister as they expand an investigation into corruption allegations surrounding his family

Mexico top court rules e-cigarette sales should be allowed

Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld a challenge to the country’s tobacco law for making it hard to sell e-cigarettes

Little Rock teachers strike over state’s control…

Little Rock teachers are striking for the first time in more than three decades over the state’s control of the local school system and a panel’s decision to strip their union’s collective bargaining rights

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Chicago teachers to vote on deal that ended…

Chicago teachers are voting on the tentative contract deal that suspended an 11-day strike

Navajo company confident about Wyoming, Montana coal bonding

Navajo company confident about getting bonding for recently purchased coal mines in Wyoming and Montana

Putin encourages BRICS to collaborate on anti-virus programs

Russian President Vladimir Putin tells fellow leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economy nations that he supports more cooperation in information and computing

Debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is knocked…

Debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is knocked down - again

California regulators order inquiry into power…

California regulators have opened a formal investigation into pre-emptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents

Hyundai to build Santa Cruz SUV at Alabama plant

Hyundai says it will be a pickup-style sport-utility vehicle at its plant in Alabama, which is being enlarged in a $410 million expansion project

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks closed out a wobbly day on Wall Street Wednesday with record highs for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrials

Utility to pay $360M for major Southern…

A Southern California utility has agreed to pay $360 million to settle lawsuits brought by local governments over deadly wildfires sparked by its equipment in the last two years, including one blamed for a mudslide that killed more than 20 people

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Hyatt will remove small bottles from hotel bathrooms by 2021

Hyatt removing small bathroom amenity bottles by 2021 in effort to reduce waste

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about…

A former top government environmental health official is expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal scientists say would upend how the U.S. regulates public health threats