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Budvar said Wednesday the ruling by Britain’s Court of Appeal, which is final, means that unlike other markets, Anheuser-Busch and the Czech brewer can both continue to use the Budweiser trademark in Britain.

The decision is in line with last year’s ruling by EU’s Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Both brewers were granted the right to use it in 2000 after a ruling that British beer drinkers were aware of the difference.

The legal battle over the Budweiser trademark has not been affected after Anheuser-Busch was taken over by Belgian brewer InBev in 2008.


Report card issued on financial transparency

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has gotten its report card on its efforts to be more financially transparent - but it’s secret.

A Council of Europe committee in Strasbourg on Wednesday adopted a report by independent inspectors who have been studying the Holy See’s efforts to comply with international standards to fight money laundering and terror financing.

The evaluators’ preliminary report found areas where the Vatican was compliant and where it needed work. During the meeting Wednesday of the Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee, that report was amended by governments that are committee members, as often occurs. But neither the Vatican nor the Council of Europe would disclose the outcome, saying Moneyval’s procedures forbid it.

The full report will be released in about a month.

From wire dispatches and staff reports