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Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ties....

World Bank makes 266-million-euro loan to guarantee Albania's borrowing, improve roads
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank has lent 266 million euros ($289.6 million) to Albania for its public finances and investment in road maintenance....

Chinese president promotes strong Asian cooperation for economy, stability at Boao Forum
BOAO, China (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference....

After record New England winter, region expects a flood _ of insurance claims
BOSTON (AP) -- After the Big Dig-out, it's time for the Big Payout. Or will it be the Big Denial?...

Fighting home-as-hotel rentals, an NYC task force knocks on doors, follows digital trails
NEW YORK (AP) -- From an office by the Brooklyn Bridge, a specialized team of investigators tackles a fast-growing concern in the nation's biggest city: apartments being rented like hotel rooms....

Father of plane crash victim calls for greater care over pilots' welfare
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare....

Experts: Silicon Valley gender bias case will inspire women despite jury verdict
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms....

Food makers encourage dairy farms to end painful dehorning practice, breed hornless cattle
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later....

Obama asks employers to include foster, homeless, struggling kids in 'take child to work' day
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the White House will open next month's annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to children whose parents don't work in the building....

Fitch downgrades Greece amid uncertainty over new government's bailout reforms
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Greece's sovereign rating amid growing uncertainty over the new government's pledge to overhaul reforms needed to restart bailout loan payments and avoid default....

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