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Pieces of pig placed on plot of future mosque in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — German police say nine wooden spikes topped with parts of a dead pig were planted on a plot of land where Muslims are planning to build a mosque in the eastern city of Erfurt. The dpa news agency reported Monday that the 1.5 meter- (4.9 foot-) tall stakes were topped with half of a pig’s head, pig ... Read More »

Old South monument backers embrace “Confederate Catechism”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Sometimes it seems like the impassioned people who want to preserve Confederate monuments across the South are reading a different history book than the rest of the nation. In fact, they are. A decades-old booklet called the “Confederate Catechism” lays out core beliefs of Southern heritage groups including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which sells the ... Read More »

Merkel warns against “simple answers” after Trump meetings

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Monday against seeking “simple answers” to complex global issues, a day after suggesting that Europe’s relationship with the U.S. had shifted significantly following NATO and G-7 meetings with President Donald Trump that produced disappointing results. The comments at an election rally Sunday in Bavaria, where Merkel stressed that “we Europeans must really take ... Read More »

World shares muted as investors await raft of economic data

HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets were listless Monday as investors look to a raft of economic data this week and as holidays in several key markets crimped trading volume. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 dipped 0.1 percent to close at 5,332.47, while Germany’s DAX edged up 0.2 percent to 12,628.95. Markets in Britain and the United ... Read More »

As Melania Trump puts focus on high-end luxury, market grows

MILAN (AP) — U.S. First Lady Melania Trump opened a window onto the luxury world over the weekend when she wore a $51,000 designer jacket to a lunch on the sidelines of a global summit in Sicily. While the revelation sent many into sticker shock, the reality is that those kinds of prices belong to the most exclusive high end ... Read More »

Dillon joins the pack of NASCAR young guns on the rise

Auston Dillon

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The horde of 20-somethings and teenagers like Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and William Byron poised to take over NASCAR seems to grow larger every week. It might be time to add an older name in Austin Dillon to the “Who’s next?” breakout list. Dillon, a NASCAR veteran at 27, pulled off a stunning upset at Charlotte ... Read More »

Eurozone’s top banker: stimulus needed despite higher growth

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank says while the economy of the 19-nation eurozone is improving, it still needs substantial stimulus. At a parliamentary hearing Monday in Brussels, Mario Draghi said “the economic upswing is becoming increasingly solid and continues to broaden across sectors and countries.” However, he says, wages are not growing enough to push ... Read More »

Albanians NGO files lawsuit against park hydropower project

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian residents and a non-governmental organization have filed a lawsuit against the government for giving a permit to build a hydropower station in a protected valley. Toka (Earth), a local organization founded in 2016 to conserve the Albanian Alps, and about 1,000 residents of four villages in the Valbona Valley want the court to “declare the ... Read More »