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In this Jan. 3, 2020, photo, workers make sneakers in a factory in Jinjiang city in southeastern China's Fujian province. China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low of 6.1% in 2019 as consumer demand weakened and Beijing fought a trade war with Washington. Government data Friday, Jan. 17, showed growth was down from 2018’s 6.6%, already the lowest since 1990. Economic growth in the three months ending in December held steady at the previous quarter’s level of 6%. (Chinatopix Via AP)

China's 2019 economic growth weakens amid trade war

Jan. 17, 2020 12:10 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6.1%, down from...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 17 (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Banks, communications companies lead stocks higher at midday

Jan. 17, 2020 11:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in midday trading Friday as solid earnings from banks helped extend momentum from the previous day's rally. State Street and Citizens Financial were among the latest banks to report encouraging results in a week of solid reports from larger financial institutions....

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo specialist Meric Greenbaum, center, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Global stocks inspired by US rally, hopes for Chinese growth

Jan. 17, 2020 7:54 AM EST

Global stocks rose Friday, seemingly buoyed by high spirits on Wall Street, as new data suggested China's economic slowdown may have stabilized and Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal. European indexes were broadly higher, while markets in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong closed with gains, after the U.S.'s...

Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during his annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry's work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia's foreign minister slams 'aggressive' US policies

Jan. 17, 2020 7:03 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign policy chief on Friday blamed what he described as “aggressive” U.S. policies for growing global tensions, noting Washington's reluctance to extend a key nuclear arms pact. Sergey Lavrov, who serves as acting foreign minister in the wake of Wednesday's...

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping  during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Chinese president heads to Myanmar for crucial state visit

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping was given a lavish welcome to Myanmar as he arrived Friday for a state visit meant to deepen bilateral relations at a critical time. The visit nominally marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar,...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, attend an event at the Friendship Palace in Beijing. Putin and Xi have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement of constitutional changes that could allow him to extend control way beyond the end of his term in 2024 echoes Xi’s move in 2018 to eliminate constitutional term limits on the head of state. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes that...

Rybakina, Zhang advance to Hobart International final

Jan. 17, 2020 5:54 AM EST

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Elena Rybakina twice received on-court treatment late in the third set Friday and still beat British qualifier Heather Watson 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Hobart International. The 20-year-old Rybakina said she pulled a muscle. "It happened to me for the first time and I...

China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls

Jan. 17, 2020 5:14 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's population crept past 1.4 billion last year for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall. The National Bureau of Statistics said Friday the population on the Chinese mainland reached 1.40005 billion at the end of 2019, with another overall gain of 4.67 million people....

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 file photo, a Fiat logo is pictured on a car in Bayonne, southwestern France. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot announced Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, that their boards signed a binding deal to merge the two automakers, creating the world’s fourth-largest auto company. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

Fiat Chrysler in talks with Foxconn to develop electric cars

Jan. 17, 2020 4:55 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is in talks with the Chinese company Foxconn to develop and manufacture battery-powered vehicles, the U.S.-Italian automaker said Friday. Fiat Chrysler is in the process of merging with France's PSA Peugeot, which is 12% owned by Chinese company Dongfeng Motor Co. Both Fiat...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, passengers wait at the check-in counter of Hong Kong Express Airways at the Hong Kong International Airport. The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelers

Jan. 17, 2020 4:54 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. The low-cost carrier said in a statement Friday that it began requiring such tests in February 2019, after concerns were raised by Saipan...