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By Raf Casert The Associated Press

EU parliament backs copyright bill targeting US tech giants

STRASBOURG, France — European Union lawmakers approved a copyright directive Tuesday intended to give writers and artists more protection of their creative rights and incomes. But outspoken critics say the contentious measure could have major implications for US tech companies and could censor anyone who posts on the internet.

SABMiller agrees in principle to merger with Budweiser owner

BRUSSELS At the sixth time of asking, British-based brewer SABMiller accepted “in principle” Tuesday a 69 billion-pound ($106 billion) takeover offer from Belgian-Brazilian Anheuser Busch InBev that will create the world’s biggest beer company and bring together top U.S. brands Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.