Lew provides details of emergency debt limit measures

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is telling Congress the steps he will be taking once the federal government hits the debt limit on Monday.Lew took the first step Friday by suspending issuance of special Treasury securities…

Cuba seeks long prison terms in egg corruption case

HAVANA (AP) ” Cuban prosecutors are seeking prison terms of eight to 20 years for nearly two dozen people suspected of conspiring to steal millions of eggs for sale on the black market, official media reported Friday.Communist Party…

Rihanna to become a new face for Dior

PARIS (AP) ” Rihanna has a new gig: representing Christian Dior.The storied French fashion house said Friday that the 27-year-old musical superstar will appear in an upcoming video and print ad campaign filmed in Versailles and…

Solar eclipse will test Germany's green power grid

BERLIN (AP) ” Will next week’s partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?Experts say the country’s electricity grid, which relies increasingly on renewable energy, faces a crucial test on the morning of March 20, when…

France, Germany urge EU action on Gulf airlines

BRUSSELS (AP) ” France and Germany are leading a call to ensure EU airlines can fairly compete with those from the Gulf region, which are accused of receiving major state backing.The French and German transport ministers said in…

Auckland's real estate fail

If you judged by house price growth alone you would think Auckland is the best performing region in New Zealand economically.But not by a long chalk.Plot growth in regions’ gross domestic product per capita over the seven years…