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US officials defend trade moves as Davos braces for Trump
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Top U.S. officials trumpeted America's commitment to free and fair trade while bracing for possible retaliation by China over new U.S. import tariffs, ahead of a much-ballyhooed visit by President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland....

The Latest: US says Trudeau putting pressure over trade
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos (all times local):...

Powell taking over as Fed chairman at time of economic calm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It would seem like a pretty good time to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve....

EU fines Qualcomm for paying Apple to use its microchips
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is slapping a $1.23 billion fine on U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm for abusing its market dominance in the lucrative sector of components in smartphones and tablets....

Global shares mixed on renewed jitters over trade friction
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares are trading mixed, with European benchmarks lower and Asian shares mostly higher. Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.8 percent as the dollar weakened against the yen, hurting exporters. Dow futures and S&P 500 futures are higher....

Saudi corruption sweep to move to trial with 95 detained
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi authorities are still holding 95 people in a purported anti-corruption campaign that was launched nearly three months ago by the kingdom's influential crown prince, Saudi press quoting the attorney general reported on Wednesday....

US Treasury official presses Hong Kong, Beijing on NKorea
HONG KONG (AP) -- A U.S. Treasury official said Wednesday she has urged officials in Hong Kong and Beijing to step up measures to counter North Korean smuggling and financing, as part of Washington's fine tuning of efforts to shut down Pyongyang's nuclear program....

Google parent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Google parent Alphabet Inc. outspent all other companies on lobbying Washington bureaucrats and politicians in 2017, a year in which it and other tech giants were hauled before legislators probing Russian influence in the 2016 election....

Backlash following harassment reports at UK charity dinner
LONDON (AP) -- Senior women in Britain's Parliament are demanding tougher laws against harassment after a Financial Times investigation found that women were groped at a men's only charity gala attended by hundreds of senior executives and lawmakers....

Johnson & Johnson loses $10.7B after sweeping US tax changes
Johnson & Johnson posted a rare quarterly loss, a whopping $10.71 billion, due to a $13.6 billion charge related to last month's U.S. tax overhaul....

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