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Asian stocks rise on report of revived US-China trade talks

Jul. 24, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday following a report U.S. and Chinese trade envoys will meet for talks next week. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all advanced. Investors were encouraged by a Bloomberg News report that U.S. officials including Trade Representative Robert...

France stresses need for Iran to respect nuclear accord

Jul. 23, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities in a meeting Tuesday with an Iranian envoy stressed the need for Tehran to quickly respect the 2015 nuclear accord it has breached and "make the needed gestures" to deescalate mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf region. A statement by the French Foreign Ministry said Seyed...

The Latest: New Zealand set to talk free trade with Johnson

Jul. 23, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Boris Johnson's victory in the race to become Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 2:25 a.m. New Zealand says it's ready to begin negotiating a free-trade agreement with Britain when Britain is ready. Boris Johnson is due to take office as British prime minister on...

Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood on Booker Prize list

Jul. 23, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Booker Prize winners Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood are contenders again for the coveted fiction trophy. Rushdie, who won in 1981 for "Midnight's Children," makes the 13-book longlist for his latest novel, "Quichotte." Atwood won in 2000 for "The Blind Assassin" and is nominated for "The...

Boris Johnson chosen as new UK leader, now faces Brexit test

Jul. 23, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson, Britain's blustering Brexit campaigner, was chosen as the U.K.'s next prime minister on Tuesday, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country. Johnson is set to become prime minister on Wednesday after winning...

Gay couple sues over US refusal to recognize kid as citizen

Jul. 23, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A same-sex couple in Georgia said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the U.S. State Department is unconstitutionally refusing to recognize their daughter's rightful American citizenship. The State Department's policy treats married same-sex couples as if their marriages do not exist and treats...

Boris Johnson's chaotic path to power finally pays off

Jul. 23, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson aspires to be a modern-day Winston Churchill. Critics fear he's a British Donald Trump. Johnson won the contest to lead the governing Conservative Party on Tuesday, and is set to become Britain's prime minister on Wednesday. Like revered World War II leader Churchill, Johnson...

China's Sun wins 200 free via DQ, gets shunned on podium

Jul. 23, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Sun Yang was in the middle of controversy at the world swimming championships again. Only this time, it wasn't his doing. The Chinese star with a history of doping still got shunned on the medals podium. Sun won the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday night after Danas Rapsys of...

Johnson's win elevates 'no-deal' Brexit risks to UK economy

Jul. 23, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — With Boris Johnson confirmed as the next U.K. prime minister, the outlook for the British economy has become murkier — and potentially more perilous. Johnson's comprehensive victory over Jeremy Hunt in the battle to lead the governing Conservative Party has made it more likely that...

BA fails to win injunction against pilots on strike action

Jul. 23, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Airways has failed to win a temporary injunction from a U.K. court to halt strike by pilots demanding better pay. Britain's High Court rejected the application Tuesday for an interim injunction to prevent strikes by pilots based at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports, two of the...