THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - A salvage operation to lift scores of shipping containers from the seabed off the northwestern coast of the Netherlands has begun more than two weeks after they tumbled off a cargo vessel in a storm. Security Region Friesland, the local authority that is coordinating the operation, says on its website that the operation got underway Friday after repeated postponements because of bad weather.
BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union insisted Friday that agriculture be kept out of the EU-U.S. trade negotiations, despite Washington's wishes to include the vast sector, and said any overall deal will be limited in scope. The EU Commission announced its proposals for a negotiating mandate from the 28 member states and said that the EU negotiations will be "strictly focused on the removal of tariffs on industrial goods, excluding agricultural products."
LONDON (AP) - Budget airline Ryanair, Europe's biggest carrier by passengers, has warned its profits will be lower than expected - the second such downgrade in four months - because of weaker fares over the winter. The company said Friday it expects full-year profit of between 1 billion euros and 1.1 billion euros, down from a range of 1.1 billion euros to 1.2 billion euros previously. It said that while traffic is up, winter fares are expected to fall 7 percent.
BEIJING (AP) - China and Germany promised Friday to open their markets wider to each other's banks and insurers, giving Beijing a burst of positive trade news amid conflicts with Washington and Europe.
PUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that an apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it must pay $7.5 billion as compensation.