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Czech brewer Budvar again increases net profit amid pandemic

Budvar, the Czech brewer that has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. company Anheuser-Busch over use of the Budweiser brand, increased its net profit by some 10% for the second straight year
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FILE - A truck drives past cases of beer at the Budejovicky Budvar brewery in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, Monday, March 11, 2019. Budvar, the Czech brewer that has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. company Anheuser-Busch over use of the Budweiser brand, said Wednesday, June 29, 2022 its net profit reached 337 million Czech crowns in 2021 ($14.4 million), up by 10.5% from 305 million the previous year. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
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Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China

The city of 7.4 million people marks 25 years under Beijing's rule on Friday.
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FILE - A protester waves Hong Kong British colony flag during continuing pro-democracy rallies in Tamar Park, Hong Kong, on Sept. 3, 2019. When the British handed its colony Hong Kong to Beijing in 1997, it was promised 50 years of self-government and freedoms of assembly, speech and press that are not allowed Chinese on the Communist-ruled mainland. As the city of 7.4 million people marks 25 years under Beijing's rule on Friday, those promises are wearing thin. Hong Kong's honeymoon period, when it carried on much as it always had, has passed, and its future remains uncertain, determined by forces beyond its control. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
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$30B from Russian oligarchs frozen under REPO seizure effort

A multinational task force designed to seize Russian oligarchs' wealth has blocked and frozen $30 billion in sanctioned individuals’ property and funds in its first 100 days
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World shares lower ahead of U.S. 1Q economic growth report

Shares have retreated in Europe and Asia ahead of an update on U.S. economic growth
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A person wearing a protective mask walks in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Tokyo. Shares fell Wednesday in Asia after another broad decline on Wall Street as markets remain gripped by uncertainty over inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for a recession. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
June 29

Asian shares track Wall St drop as inflation fears drag on

Shares have retreated in Asia after another broad decline on Wall Street as markets remain gripped by uncertainty over inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for a recession
June 29
A person wearing a protective mask walks in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Tokyo. Shares fell Wednesday in Asia after another broad decline on Wall Street as markets remain gripped by uncertainty over inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for a recession. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
June 29

Asian shares track Wall St drop as inflation fears drag on

Shares have retreated in Asia after another broad decline on Wall Street as markets remain gripped by uncertainty over inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for a recession
June 29
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a wobbly day on Wall Street as markets cooled off following a rare winning week.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 28

China's Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars

Baidu Inc. is China's highest-profile competitor in a multibillion-dollar race with Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo and General Motors Co.'s Cruise to create self-driving cars
June 28
A technician monitors the self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. on June 14, 2022, in Beijing. Baidu Inc. is China's highest-profile competitor in a multibillion-dollar race with Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo and General Motors Co.'s Cruise to create self-driving cars. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
June 28

Turkey lifts its objections to Sweden, Finland joining NATO

Turkey has agreed to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, a breakthrough in an impasse clouding a leaders’ summit in Madrid amid Europe’s worst security crisis in decades triggered by the war in Ukraine
June 28
President Joe Biden and Spain's King Felipe VI meet at the Royal Palace of Madrid in Madrid, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 28

By the Numbers: Climate and food prices

A look at the grocery items, including corn, coffee and wheat, that are facing rising prices and shortages.
June 28
VIDEO: By the Numbers: Climate and food prices
June 28

EXPLAINER: Abortion, tech and surveillance

With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that vacuum up personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance
June 28
FILE - A person is silhouetted against a wall as they look down at their cell phone outside the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on July 29, 2021, in Los Angeles. With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that vacuum up personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance. One fear is that law enforcement or vigilantes could use those data troves against people seeking ways to end unwanted pregnancies. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
June 28

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts reaches labor deal with workers

More than 200 employees at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts have ratified a contract that includes better pay and benefits
June 28
FILE - Museum curator Victoria Bunting, center, pickets in front of the Museum of Fine Arts on Nov. 17, 2021, in Boston. More than 200 unionized workers at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts have ratified a contract that includes better pay and benefits, officials said Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The collective bargaining agreement is the first since museum workers voted to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110 in November 2020, the union and management said in a joint statement. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
June 28

FTC sues Walmart for scammers' use of money transfer unit

The Federal Trade Commission says it has sued Walmart for allowing its money transfer services to be used by scam artists who the agency says fleeced hundreds of millions of dollars from consumers
June 28
June 28

French parliament elects woman as its speaker, for 1st time

France’s lower house of parliament has elected Yaël Braun-Pivet of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance as its new speaker
June 28
Yaël Braun-Pivet, a member of the centrist alliance Ensemble (Together) smiles at the National Assembly, Tuesday, June 28, 2022 in Paris. France's lower house of parliament opened its first session since President Emmanuel Macron's party lost its majority, and elected a woman, Yael Braun-Pivet, as speaker for the first time. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
June 28

Instagram hides some posts that mention abortion

Instagram is blocking posts that mention abortion from public view, in some cases requiring users to confirm their age before letting them view posts offering information about the procedure
June 28
FILE - The Instagram app is displayed on a computer on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in New York. Instagram is blocking posts that mention abortion from public view, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in some cases requiring its users to confirm their age before letting them view posts that offer up information about the procedure. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
June 28

How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday 6/28/2022

Stocks slid on Wall Street Tuesday as the market remains gripped by uncertainty over pervasive inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for a recession
June 28
June 28

Trip.com, Wynn Resorts rise; Nike, Enerpac fall

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Tuesday: Trip
June 28
June 28

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
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June 28

EEOC: 2 fired for not joining company Christian prayer

A lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims two employees with a North Carolina company say they were fired after refusing to participate in the firm’s daily Christian devotionals
June 28
June 28

COVID: Paris court rules govt failed to stockpile face masks

A Paris court has ruled that the French government failed to sufficiently stock up on surgical masks at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and prevent the virus from spreading
June 28
French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a media conference during the G7 summit at Castle Elmau in Kruen, Germany, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The Group of Seven leading economic powers are concluding their annual gathering on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
June 28

Scottish leader calls for new independence vote next year

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told lawmakers in Edinburgh that she plans to hold a fresh referendum on Scottish independence on Oct. 19, 2023
June 28
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a press conference for the launch of new paper on Scottish independence, in Bute House, Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Sturgeon launched her campaign for a second independence referendum on Tuesday, arguing that Scotland would be economically better off outside the United Kingdom. (Russell Cheyne/PA via AP)
June 28

Yacht of wealthiest Russian oligarch docked in haven Dubai

The man considered to be the wealthiest oligarch in Russia, who has been photographed playing ice hockey with President Vladimir Putin, has joined a growing list of those transferring — or, sailing — their prized assets to Dubai
June 28
The Nirvana, a sleek 88-meter-long superyacht worth about $300 million, owned by Vladimir Potanin, head of the world's largest refined nickel and palladium producer in Russia, is docked at Port Rashid terminal in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Potanin, the man considered to be the wealthiest oligarch in Russia, joins a growing list of those transferring — or, sailing — their prized assets to Dubai as the West tightens its massive sanctions program. Potanin may not be sanctioned by the United States or Europe yet; such sanctions could roil metal markets and potentially disrupt supply chains, experts say. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
June 28

US consumers less confident as anxiety over future grows

U.S. consumer confidence slipped to its lowest level in 16 months as persistent inflation and rising interest rates have Americans as pessimistic as they’ve been about the future in almost a decade
June 28
FILE - Shoppers shop at a retail store in Niles, Ill., on Feb. 19, 2022. U.S. consumer confidence edged down in May as Americans’ view of their present and future prospects dimmed in the midst of persistent inflation. The Conference Board said Tuesday, May 31, 2022, that its consumer confidence index dipped to 106.4 in May from 108.6 in April. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
June 28

G-7 leaders wrap up summit meant to bolster Ukraine support

The Group of Seven is wrapping up a summit intended to send a strong signal.
June 28
From left, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, US President Joe Biden, European Council President Charles Michel before a round table as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appears on screen to address the G7 leaders via video link during their working session at Castle Elmau in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Monday, June 27, 2022. The Group of Seven leading economic powers are meeting in Germany for their annual gathering Sunday through Tuesday. (Kenny Holston/Pool via AP)
June 28

Folk Art Museum offers donors naming rights to CEO's title

The American Folk Art Museum, unlike many other arts institutions during the pandemic, was able to avoid layoffs and other cutbacks in the past two years through a mix of unique fundraisers and increased contributions from existing donors
June 28
A visitor examines exhibits in the permanent collection of the American Folk Art Museum in January 2022, in New York City. On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the museum plans to announce its largest and most unusual recent gift, a $5 million donation from Arkansas-based arts supporters Becky and Bob Alexander, to help fund the museum’s exhibition program and its operation as one of New York City’s few free museums. (Olya Vysotskaya/American Folk Art Museum via AP)
June 28

EU regulator considers clearing smallpox shot for monkeypox

The European Medicines Agency says it will begin reviewing data to decide if a smallpox vaccine made by the pharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic might also be authorized for monkeypox, amid a growing outbreak of the disease across the continent
June 28
FILE - This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a monkeypox virion, obtained from a sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. The U.S. government is building up its supply of monkeypox vaccine to contend with escalating cases identified in a surprising international outbreak, health officials said Friday, June 10, 2022. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)
June 28

G-7 aims to create club of nations to boost climate action

Members of the Group of Seven major economies pledged Tuesday to create a new “climate club" that for nations that wants to take more ambitious action to tackle global warming
June 28
Leaders attend a working session pictured through a window glass, during the G7 leaders summit, at Bavaria's Schloss Elmau castle, in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Tuesday, June 28, 2022 on the last day of the G7 Summit. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)
June 28

EXPLAINER: Why are Dutch farmers protesting over emissions?

Farmers are protesting around the Netherlands as lawmakers vote on proposals to slash emissions of damaging pollutants
June 28
Dutch farmers protesting against the government’s plans to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia gather for a demonstration at Stroe, Netherlands, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Thousands of farmers drove their tractors along roads and highways across the Netherlands, heading for a mass protest against the Dutch government’s plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia. (AP Photo/Aleksandar Furtula)
June 28

'Silicon Heartland' boon for Ohio, but families mourn homes

Ohio families that have called rural land home for generations are lamenting the loss of their property to a massive development project
June 28
Tressie Corsi sits with her great great granddaughter Amelia Hollis on the porch of the house she has owned in Johnstown, Ohio, since 1972 to that she is giving up to make way for an Intel manufacturing plant during an interview Monday, June 20, 2022. Corsi and her husband raised four children and welcomed multiple generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including some who lived right next door. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
June 28

'Silicon Heartland' boon for Ohio, but families mourn homes

Ohio families that have called rural land home for generations are lamenting the loss of their property to a massive development project
June 28
Tressie Corsi sits with her great great granddaughter Amelia Hollis on the porch of the house she has owned in Johnstown, Ohio, since 1972 to that she is giving up to make way for an Intel manufacturing plant during an interview Monday, June 20, 2022. Corsi and her husband raised four children and welcomed multiple generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including some who lived right next door. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
June 28

EXPLAINER: How a G-7 ban on Russian gold would work

Russia appears to have defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, and the U.S. and its allies are taking aim at the former Soviet Union’s second-largest export industry after energy — gold
June 28
FILE - A customer puts gold bars in basket for to sell at a gold shop in Bangkok, Thailand, April 16, 2020. Russia appears to have defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, and the U.S. and its allies are taking aim at the former Soviet Union's second-largest export industry after energy — gold. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
June 28

Europe's central bank ready to 'stamp out' surging inflation

The head of the European Central Bank says it will move gradually to combat soaring consumer prices with interest rate hikes in July and September but will keep its options open to “stamp out” inflation if it surges faster than expected
June 28
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, left, speaks with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, June 24, 2022. EU leaders were set to discuss economic topics at their summit in Brussels Friday amid inflation, high energy prices and a cost of living crisis. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
June 28

Johnson's move to rewrite Brexit rules clears 1st hurdle

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid to rip up parts of the post-Brexit trade deal he signed with the European Union has cleared its first hurdle in Parliament
June 28
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waits for the start of a group photo at the G7 summit at Castle Elmau in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The Group of Seven leading economic powers are meeting in Germany for their annual gathering Sunday through Tuesday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)
June 28

World shares mostly higher after wobbly day on Wall Street

Global stocks are mostly higher after a wobbly day on Wall Street as markets cooled off following a rare winning week
June 28
A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a wobbly day on Wall Street as markets cooled off following a rare winning week.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 28

US, French companies to supply fuel to Czech nuclear plant

The Czech Republic has signed deals with Westinghouse Electric Co. and France’s Framatome to deliver fuel supplies for a nuclear power plant, reducing the country’s dependence on Russia
June 28
FILE - Smoke rises from cooling towers of the nuclear power plant Temelin near the town of Tyn nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, June 25, 2015. The Czech state-controlled power company CEZ said on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Pennsylvania-based Westinghouse and Framatome will contribute to the country’s energy security by supplying the Temelin nuclear fuel for more than 10 years, starting in 2024. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, file)
June 28

As COVID fears ebb, Japan readies for tourists from abroad

Japan is bracing for a return of tourists from abroad, as border controls to curb the spread of coronavirus infections are gradually loosened
June 28
A rickshaw puller carries his customers around Tokyo's Asakusa area famous for sightseeing, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Japan is bracing for a return of tourists from abroad, as border controls to curb the spread of coronavirus infections are gradually loosened. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
June 28

Hong Kong burnishes China ties as luster as global hub fades

The former British colony is nurturing ties with the communist-ruled mainland.
June 28
A Chinese junk sails across Victoria Harbor to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China, in Hong Kong, Monday, June 27, 2022. As the former British colony marks the 25th anniversary of its return to China, reeling from pandemic curbs that devastated business and a crackdown on its pro-democracy movement, Hong Kong leaders say it is time to transform again and become a tech center that relies more on ties with nearby Chinese factory cities than on global trade. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 28

Asian shares mixed after wobbly day on Wall Street

Asian shares are mixed after a wobbly day on Wall Street as markets cooled off following a rare winning week
June 28
A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a wobbly day on Wall Street as markets cooled off following a rare winning week.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 28

Japan's Toshiba shareholders approve 13 nominations to board

Toshiba shareholders approved 13 nominated directors to its board, as the Japanese technology giant struggles to restore its one-time glory and set a clear leadership direction
June 28
FILE - Then Toshiba executive officer Taro Shimada speaks during a press conference on Nov. 5, 2019, in Tokyo. Toshiba shareholders approved 13 nominated directors to its board Tuesday, June 28, 2022, as the Japanese technology giant struggles to restore its one-time glory and set a clear leadership direction. Chief Executive Shimada, who oversaw the annual shareholders’ meeting in Tokyo, said the majority had voted to OK that plan. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
June 27

Instagram and Facebook remove posts offering abortion pills

Facebook and Instagram have begun promptly removing posts that offer abortion pills to women who may not be able to access them following a Supreme Court decision that stripped away constitutional protections for the procedure
June 27
FILE - The drug misoprostol sits on a gynecological table at Casa Fusa, a health center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Facebook and Instagram have begun promptly removing posts that offer abortion pills to women who may not be able to access them following a Supreme Court decision that stripped away constitutional protections for the procedure. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)
June 27

Biden aims at China in new illegal fishing policy framework

The Biden administration is stepping up efforts to combat illegal fishing by China and ordering federal agencies to better coordinate amongst themselves in a bid to promote sustainable exploitation of the world’s oceans
June 27
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, addresses journalists during a joint news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, right, at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Monday, June 27, 2022. From June 27 to July 1, the United Nations is holding its Oceans Conference in Lisbon expecting to bring fresh momentum for efforts to find an international agreement on protecting the world's oceans. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
June 27

Frontier and Spirit stocks fall heading into key merger vote

Shares of Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines have tumbled just days ahead of a crucial shareholder vote on their proposed merger
June 27
FILE - Frontier Airlines jets sit at gates at Denver International Airport on Sept. 22, 2019, in Denver. Shares of Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines tumbled Monday, June 27, 2022, after their improved merger proposal won a key endorsement just days ahead of a crucial shareholder vote. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 27

EXPLAINER: What's the impact of a Russian debt default?

Russia has defaulted on foreign debt for the first time since the Bolshevik Revolution more than a century ago, further alienating the country from the global financial system amid its war in Ukraine
June 27
FILE - Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen arrives to meet with Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe at the Treasury Department, Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Washington. Russia is poised to default on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, further alienating the country from the global financial system amid its war in Ukraine. The country faces a Sunday, June 26, 2022 deadline to meet a 30-day grace period on interest payments originally due May 27. But it likely will take time to confirm a default. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 27

Company buying Trump's social media app faces subpoenas

The company planning to buy Donald Trump’s new social media business disclosed Monday that it has received subpoenas from a federal grand jury in New York
June 27
FILE - In this July 24, 2021, file photo former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a gathering in Phoenix. The company planning to buy Donald Trump’s new social media business disclosed Monday, June 27, 2022 that it has received subpoenas from a grand jury in New York. Shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp. dropped 7% in morning trading Monday as the company reported that the subpoenas and related investigations by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission could delay its acquisition of the maker of Trump’s Truth Social app. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
June 27

Russian superyacht seized by US arrives in San Diego Bay

A $325 million superyacht seized by the United States from a sanctioned Russian oligarch has arrived in San Diego Bay
June 27
The super yacht Amadea passes San Diego as it comes into the San Diego Bay Monday, June 27, 2022, seen from Coronado, Calif. The $325 million superyacht seized by the United States from a sanctioned Russian oligarch arrived in San Diego Bay on Monday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
June 27

Wall Street ends mixed after a day of wavering up and down

Stocks ended mixed after a day of wavering between gains and losses Monday as the market cools off following a rare winning week
June 27
People wearing face masks walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Monday, June 27, 2022. Asian shares advanced Monday after Wall Street ended a rare winning week, capped by a 3.1% gain on Friday for the benchmark S&P 500. U.S. futures and oil prices also were higher. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 27

TreeHouse, Devon rise; Spirit Airlines, Royal Caribbean fall

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Monday: TreeHouse, Devon rise; Spirit Airlines, Royal Caribbean fall
June 27
June 27

How major US stock indexes fared Monday 6/27/2022

Stocks ended mixed after a day of wavering between gains and losses Monday as the market cools off following a rare winning week
June 27
June 27

Credit Suisse fined for facilitating cocaine cash laundering

A Swiss court has fined Credit Suisse more than $2 million for failing to prevent money laundering linked to a Bulgarian criminal organization a decade-and-a-half ago
June 27
Grey clouds cover the sky over a building of the Credit Suisse bank in Zurich, Switzerland, Feb. 21, 2022. A Swiss court on Monday, June 27, 2022 said it has fined Credit Suisse more than $2 million for failing to prevent money laundering linked to a Bulgarian criminal organization a decade-and-a-half ago. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)
June 27

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
June 27
June 27

Poland working on new transport ways for Ukraine grain

A Polish government official says a team is working on developing new export routes for millions of tons of grain stuck in war-torn Ukraine but that it will take time
June 27