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February 4, 2019

SINGAPORE (AP) — World markets were mixed Monday amid speculation over the next steps in a dispute between the U.S. and China over technology development and trade following meetings in Washington last week. Futures point to slight opening gains on Wall Street. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose above $55.50 per barrel. The dollar strengthened against the yen and the British pound and was flat against the euro.

BERLIN (AP) — A strike by the ground staff at Germany’s Hamburg Airport has caused the cancellation of more than 50 flights. The ver.di labor union called ground staff out on a one-day strike starting at 3 a.m. Monday. The walkout was announced Sunday evening. The airport said airlines had canceled 58 of the day’s scheduled 388 departures and arrivals at the airport in northern Germany by Monday morning. It said further cancellations and delays couldn’t be ruled out. The union is seeking a pay increase.

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy took another blow Sunday when Nissan canceled plans to make its new SUV in northern England amid continued uncertainty over the country’s future relations with the European Union. Nissan said it decided not to build the X-Trail model at its existing U.K. plant, canceling plans announced two years ago after May’s government made undisclosed concessions designed to ensure the carmaker’s ability to compete after Brexit. Less than two months before Britain’s scheduled withdrawal date, the government doesn’t have an approved agreement.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Two relatives of a woman killed when she was struck by an autonomous Uber vehicle have filed a $10 million claim against the Phoenix suburb where the incident occurred in March. The Arizona Republic reports the previously undisclosed claim filed last fall against Tempe seeks $5 million each for the husband and daughter of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Such claim notices are a required precursor to possible lawsuits. The claim says Tempe created a dangerous situation by installing a brick pathway across the median where people were not supposed to cross the road.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union investigators are starting a weeklong visit to Poland after reports that sick cows were illegally slaughtered and thousands of kilograms (pounds) of the meat were exported to more than a dozen countries. The probe follows an investigative report by private broadcaster TVN with undercover footage documenting diseased cows being killed at a slaughterhouse at night in a northeastern Polish town. This was done without the presence of a veterinarian, which is required by law.

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