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German Economy Minister, Peter Altmaier, addresses the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Germany's governing parties have agreed on a 130 billion euro ($146 billion) stimulus package meant to help kick-start Europe's biggest economy, which has taken a heavy hit from the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

Germany, France hope cloud data project to boost sovereignty

Jun. 4, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France on Thursday launched a project to set up a European cloud computing platform that they hope will enhance European economic sovereignty in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and break the continent's dependence on U.S. and Chinese companies. The platform, entitled GAIA-X, is...

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The Latest: France nixes Bastille Day parade for ceremony

Jun. 4, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

French troops won’t march on the Champs-Elysees avenue on Bastille Day this year. The French presidency says the traditional military parade will be replaced with a Paris ceremony where health precautions will be observed due to the coronavirus pandemic. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants...

Activists chant slogans during a gathering to mourn those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, June 4, 2020. China is tightening controls over dissidents while pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and elsewhere try to mark the 31st anniversary of the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban

Jun. 4, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. With democracy all but snuffed out in mainland...

Former Chinese soccer player Hao allies with party critic

Jun. 4, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Retired Chinese soccer player Hao Haidong has angered the country’s leadership by allying himself with an eccentric billionaire who has called for the downfall of the Communist government. Hao appeared Thursday in a lengthy online video swearing allegiance to the “Federal State...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, a Southern China Airlines flight from Guangzhou, China passes in front of the sun as it arrives at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Trump administration moved to block Chinese airlines from flying to the U.S. in an escalation of trade and travel tensions between the two countries. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

China easing airline access amid conflict with Washington

Jun. 4, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators said Thursday more foreign airlines will be allowed to fly to China as anti-coronavirus controls ease, but it was unclear whether the change will defuse a fresh conflict with the Trump administration over air travel. The announcement came after Washington said Wednesday...

A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Asian stock markets are mixed after Wall Street rose on better U.S. jobs and manufacturing data than expected.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Global stocks turn lower ahead of ECB decision, US data

Jun. 4, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

Stock markets edged lower on Thursday as investors looked ahead to the European Central Bank's decision on more monetary stimulus and the latest weekly jobless claims figures in the United States. Indexes in London, Frankfurt and U.S. futures were lower. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced while Shanghai...

Pan-democratic legislator Chan Chi-chuen holding a placard reading

On Tiananmen anniversary, Hong Kong bans insults to anthem

Jun. 4, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. It passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting...

Demonstrators take part in a protest, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles, sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after he was restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

5 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 4, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PROTESTS FOR GEORGE FLOYD CALMER Demonstrations across America remain large but notably more subdued while prosecutors charged three more Minneapolis police officers and filed a new, tougher charge against...

FILE - In this July 17, 2009 file photo, legal scholar Xu Zhiyong, is seen at a meeting in Beijing, China.  Zhiyong, a prominent Chinese activist and legal scholar detained by the government earlier this year, is being honored by PEN America. The literary and human rights organization announced Thursday that Xu is this year’s winner of the Freedom to Write Award, which previously has been given to dissidents everywhere from Cuba to Turkey. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, File)

Chinese dissident Xu Zhiyong to be honored by PEN America

Jun. 4, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Xu Zhiyong, a prominent Chinese activist and legal scholar detained by the government since earlier this year, is being honored by PEN America. The literary and human rights organization announced Thursday that Xu is this year's winner of the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, which...

In this handout photo provided by the Press Information Bureau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a virtual meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, June 4, 2020. India and Australia upgraded their relationship with a raft of agreements Thursday, including strengthening defense ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific maritime issues. The agreements were signed during a virtual summit between Modi and Morrison. (Press Information Bureau via AP)

India, Australia sign defense, trade deals to bolster ties

Jun. 4, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Australia upgraded their relationship with a raft of agreements Thursday, including strengthening defense ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific maritime issues. The agreements were signed during a virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian...