As refugee children die, Nigeria probes theft of food aid
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) ? Children who escaped Boko Haram's Islamic insurgency now are dying of starvation in refugee camps in northeastern Nigeria's largest city as the government investigates the theft of food aid by officials.
Danish lawmakers say Nauru refused visit to refugee campCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ? Three Danish lawmakers say Nauru has blocked them from taking part in a visit to a detention center where Australia sends asylum-seekers.
Brazil's Rousseff defends self ahead of Senate's ouster vote
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) ? On what could prove to be her last day as Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff mounted a forceful defense of her time leading Latin America's most populous nation, warning senators that ousting her would hurt a young democracy while defiantly promising to go down fighting in what many see as a losing battle.
Why the EU's tax probe of Apple and others is raising US ire
The European Union's crackdown on corporate tax avoidance has landed on Apple ; its antitrust regulator is demanding that the U.S. tech giant pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest in back taxes.
Maine governor says may not finish term amid racism flap
(Editor's note: This story contains language that may offend some readers in paragraph five) By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Combative Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Tuesday he would consider resigning as he faces a wave of criticism from both fellow Republicans and rival Democrats after leaving a lawmaker a profanity-filled voicemail last week. LePage's latest outburst came after a newspaper reporter told the two-term, Tea Party-backed governor that state Representative Drew Gattine had described the governor as racist for focusing on black people as bearing primary responsibility for the drug trade in the state. "I'm looking at all options," LePage said in a weekly interview on WVOM-FM radio when asked if he would finish his term.
US bank earnings in Q2 climbed 1.4 percent to $43.6B
EU hits Apple with record 13 bn euro tax bill
The EU ordered tech giant Apple to pay a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland, a move Washington warned could damage hugely important transatlantic economic ties. Brussels said Apple, the world's most valuable company, avoided virtually all tax on its business in the bloc by illegal arrangements with Dublin which gave the company an unfair advantage over competitors. Apple and the Irish government immediately said they would appeal against the European Commission ruling, with the iPhone maker warning it could cost European jobs.
Abercrombie no longer sees comparable sales improving this year
Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co posted its 14th straight quarter of declining sales and said it no longer expects comparable sales to improve this year, highlighting its struggles to win back shoppers. Abercrombie and other retailers have struggled to compete with the trendier and often cheaper products at fast-fashion retailers such as H&M and Inditex's Zara as well as with online and off-price retailers. To win back shoppers, Abercrombie is investing heavily in its online business and on remodeling stores, and closing underperforming stores.
Gov. LePage wants to make amends, doesn't rule out resigning
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) ? Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he plans to meet with a Democratic lawmaker to try to make amends for leaving an obscene voicemail message and that he isn't ruling out resigning.
Vital that Pakistan joins fight against terrorism: KerryU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Pakistan on Tuesday to join other nations in tackling terrorism, and said Islamabad should not feel isolated by planned trilateral talks between the United States, India and Afghanistan. "It is vital that Pakistan join with other nations in fighting this challenge," Kerry told a news conference, saying he had been in touch with Pakistan's civilian and military leaders on terrorism and noting progress in counter-terrorism operations in the west of the country. "My hope is that Pakistan as a country is not isolated by this, but is encouraged by this," Kerry said, referring to the planned U.S.-India-Afghan talks that would be held at the annual U.N. meetings in New York.