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American, foreign national charged in Brazil energy company bribery scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted a Connecticut man and an foreign national for allegedly bribing officials to win energy contracts from state-owned Brazilian energy company Petrobas.

TikTok plans two additional data storage centers in Europe

TikTok said Friday it's working to open two new data centers in Europe to expand data storage capacity in addition to one the company announced last year.

Norway and Germany team up for pursuit of offshore wind

Norwegian energy company Equinor on Friday said it joined Germany's EnBW to develop wind farms off the German coast, part of a growing regional energy shift.

Spain's parliament approves 'menstrual leave' law in major win for women's rights

Spain has approved a law that will allow women to take paid days off work for "menstrual leave" as part of a larger package of sexual and reproductive protections that passed in the nation's Parliament this week.

Leaders rally for Ukraine at Munich Security Conference: Russia 'will not prevail'

World leaders stressed unity with Ukraine at the Munich Security Conference on Friday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky opened the conference, saying there is "no alternative to Ukrainian victory."

British Embassy employee who spied for Russia jailed for 13 years

A former security guard at Britain's Embassy in Berlin was sentenced to 13 years in jail Friday after being convicted of spying for Russia.

British PM Sunak launches bid to resolve Northern Ireland trade row with EU

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was in Northern Ireland on Friday for talks with political leaders to resolve an impasse over trading arrangements with the European Union that has left effectively the country without

'Warning strike' forces Lufthansa to cancel hundreds of flights

The Lufthansa Group announced on Friday that all of its flights in Frankfurt and Munich have been canceled because of a strike, leaving more than 1,300 flights grounded.

North Korea warns of 'unprecedented' response to U.S. military exercises

North Korea warned Friday of "unprecedentedly persistent and strong counteractions" to planned joint military drills between the United States and South Korea, which Pyongyang has long condemned as preparations for war.

EU Parliament calls for 'serious consideration" on supplying Ukraine with fighter jets

European Union member states are being urged to seriously consider sending modern fighter jets to Ukraine, as the war-torn country continues to call on ally nations to commit to donating the advanced weaponry.

Canadian Navy ships to deploy to Haiti amid surge in gang violence

Canada will deploy Navy warships to Haiti, Prime Minister Justice Trudeau said Thursday, as he unveiled a slew of measures to aid the Caribbean nation's fight against a worsening security situation due to gang violence.

U.N. urges member nations to support $1B in quake aid for Turkey

The United Nations called for $1 billion in aid for Turkey on Thursday after this month's devastating earthquakes there and in Syria.

China sanctions Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Missiles and Defense

The Chinese government will sanction Lockheed Martin and the Missile and Defense subsidiary of Raytheon, adding them to the government's "unreliable entities" list, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement Thursday.

Shell sees supply-side squeeze for liquified natural gas

The market for liquefied natural gas is expected to tighten over the coming years as the European pursuit of non-Russian supplies competes with the demand pull from other economies, Shell said Thursday.

Russia launches 36 missiles at Ukraine, one civilian killed

Russia launched a "massive missile attack" on Ukraine Thursday, firing at least 36 missiles, according to Ukrainian military chief Valery Zaluzhny.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to travel to White House in March

The White House announced Thursday that German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz will visit the White House on March 3, coming shortly after the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

New Zealanders told to expect death toll from Cyclone Gabrielle to rise

New Zealand was counting the cost of a powerful cyclone that swept across the north of the country earlier this week after a second firefighter died of his injuries in hospital bringing the death toll to six.

Hong Kong population drops due to 'net outflow' and deaths surpassing births

Hong Kong's population is declining. It dropped by 68,300 people between the end of 2021 and the end of 2022.

NATO chief: 'Time has come' for Sweden, Finland to join despite Turkey concerns

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday he still wants to admit Finland and Sweden as new alliance members over continued objections from Turkey.

Centrica profits triple to $4 billion, powered by soaring energy prices

Britain's Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, reported a record profit of $4 billion on Thursday, sparking widespread anger because the bulk of it came from unearned windfall gains from soaring energy prices.

Seoul declares North Korea ‘enemy’ for first time in six years in defense report

South Korea labeled North Korea's regime and military an "enemy" for the first time in six years in a new policy report released by its Defense Ministry on Thursday, warning of Pyongyang's growing nuclear threat.

NATO countries pledge $624M for Ukraine defense; U.N. requests $5.6B for refugees

NATO countries announced more than $624 million to support Ukraine's effort to defend against the Russian invasion Wednesday, while the United Nations called for $5.6 billion in aid packages for refugees.

Russia sentences Maria Ponomarenko to 6 years in prison for post on Mariupol theater bombing

A social media post by Russian journalist Maria Ponomarenko about the Russian bombing of the Mariupol theater in Ukraine got her a six year prison sentence.

U.S. forces shoot down Iranian drone in Syria

U.S. forces in northeast Syria shot down an Iranian drone that was conducting reconnaissance near a patrol base, U.S. Central Command announced.

BP creates wind energy joint venture in South Korea

British energy company BP said Wednesday it has established a joint venture to develop offshore wind in South Korea with a partner already boasting a sizeable footprint for renewable energy.