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Shell buys European electric car charging firm ubitricity

BERLIN — Oil and gas giant Shell is buying ubitricity, a major provider of electric vehicle charging points in Europe. Shell said Monday that it would buy a 100% stake in the Berlin-based startup, without disclosing the price.
Greece, France sign $2.8 billion fighter jet deal

Greece, France sign $2.8 billion fighter jet deal

ATHENS, Greece — Greece signed a 2.3 billion-euro ($2.8 billion) deal with France on Monday to purchase 18 Rafale fighter jets, as tensions remain high with neighbour Turkey.

Wilkerson's 'Caste' among finalists for book critics awards

NEW YORK — Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” an acclaimed biography of Malcolm X and fiction by Martin Amis and the late Randall Kenan are among this year's finalists for National Book Critics Circle prizes.
Asia Today: Australia OKs Pfizer vaccine, to begin in Feb.

Asia Today: Australia OKs Pfizer vaccine, to begin in Feb.

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s medical regulator has approved use of its first coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for inoculations to begin next month.

Dominion Voting Systems sues Giuliani over election claims

WASHINGTON — Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who led the former president's efforts to spread baseless claims about the 2020 election. The lawsuit seeks more than $1.
Austria stops man trying to smuggle in 74 chameleons

Austria stops man trying to smuggle in 74 chameleons

BERLIN — Austrian authorities stopped a man at Vienna airport as he tried to smuggle 74 protected chameleons from Africa into the country.
Israel extradites woman wanted for sex crimes to Australia

Israel extradites woman wanted for sex crimes to Australia

JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities on Monday extradited a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her former students in Australia, capping a six-year legal battle that had strained relations between the two governments and antagonized Australia's Je
Group: Pakistani Baloch dissident buried amid high security

Group: Pakistani Baloch dissident buried amid high security

QUETTA, Pakistan — A Pakistani dissident and civil rights activist who died in exile in Canada last month was returned to Pakistan and laid to rest in her home village in southwestern Baluchistan province under tight security, activists said Monday.
9 workers found dead in China gold mine explosions

9 workers found dead in China gold mine explosions

BEIJING — Chinese rescuers have found the bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine, raising the death toll to 10, officials said Monday.

Heavy fighting erupts in Somali town near Kenyan border

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Heavy fighting broke out overnight in a Somali town near the Kenyan border between Somali forces and those from the state of Jubbaland, as Somalia’s election troubles spill over into violence.