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Myanmar junta frees hundreds held for anti-coup protests

Myanmar junta frees hundreds held for anti-coup protests

YANGON, Myanmar — Hundreds of people imprisoned for demonstrating against last month’s coup in Myanmar were released Wednesday, a rare conciliatory gesture by the military that appeared aimed at placating the protest movement.
Flying the flag: UK govt tells ministries to wave Union Jack

Flying the flag: UK govt tells ministries to wave Union Jack

LONDON — The British government said Wednesday that the national flag should fly on all government buildings, the latest move in a highly visible embrace of the Union Jack by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
EU moves toward stricter export controls for COVID-19 shots

EU moves toward stricter export controls for COVID-19 shots

BRUSSELS — The European Union moved Wednesday toward stricter export controls for coronavirus vaccines, seeking to make sure its 27 nations have more COVID-19 shots to boost the bloc's flagging vaccine campaign amid a surge in new infections.

All movies in Mexico, even in Spanish, must have subtitles

MEXICO CITY — All movies shown in Mexico must now have subtitles to assist people with hearing problems, the government ordered Tuesday.
Massive cargo ship becomes wedged, blocks Egypt's Suez Canal

Massive cargo ship becomes wedged, blocks Egypt's Suez Canal

ISMAILIA, Egypt — A skyscraper-sized container ship has become wedged across Egypt's Suez Canal and blocked all traffic in the vital waterway, officials said Wednesday, threatening to disrupt a global shipping system already strained by the coronavir
Twyla Tharp, nearing 80, isn't slowing down. Next question?

Twyla Tharp, nearing 80, isn't slowing down. Next question?

NEW YORK — The new PBS documentary on dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp is called “Twyla Moves.” In retrospect, that sounds a bit weak.
German Cabinet approves 2022 budget plan with more new debt

German Cabinet approves 2022 budget plan with more new debt

BERLIN — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved 2022 budget plans that will see rules against running up new debt suspended for the third consecutive year as the government seeks to help Europe's biggest economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic
Orders for manufactured goods tumbled 1.1% last month

Orders for manufactured goods tumbled 1.1% last month

WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods slumped 1.1% in February with demand in a key sector that tracks business investment also dropping. Orders had been rising for nine consecutive months, including a sizable 3.
Japan's Toyota, Isuzu, Hino join in truck technology tie up

Japan's Toyota, Isuzu, Hino join in truck technology tie up

TOKYO — Japanese automakers Toyota, Isuzu and Hino said Wednesday they are setting up a partnership in commercial vehicles to work together in electric, hydrogen, connected and autonomous driving technologies. Under the deal, Toyota Motor Corp.

Florida family finds dead snake inside their clothes dryer

GROVELAND, Fla. — After their clothes dryer began blowing out a lot of lint, a Florida family called a repair man who discovered a dead snake rather than a jammed motor.