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Parents in China laud rule limiting video game time for kids

Sep. 20, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

Li Zhanguo’s two children, ages 4 and 8, don’t have their own smartphones, but like millions of other Chinese children, they are no strangers to online gaming. “If my children get their hands on our mobile phones or an iPad, and if we don’t closely monitor their...

The AP Interview: UN chief warns China, US to avoid Cold War

Sep. 20, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the...

US stocks fall on fears of contagion from China real estate

Sep. 20, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

Stocks slumped on Wall Street Monday in a broad sell-off that extends an already weak streak for major indexes. Worries about debt-engorged Chinese property developers — and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they default — are rippling across markets....

UN to world leaders: To curtail warming, you must do more

Sep. 20, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

Pressure keeps building on increasingly anxious world leaders to ratchet up efforts to fight climate change. There's more of it coming this week in one of the highest-profile forums of all — the United Nations. For the second time in four days, this time out of U.N....

Biden pitching partnership after bumpy stretch with allies

Sep. 20, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies are becoming...

107-year-old Japanese twins certified as world's oldest

Sep. 20, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two Japanese sisters have been certified by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living identical twins, aged 107 years and 330 days, the organization said Monday. The announcement coincided with Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday in...

UN agency: Innovation continued even as coronavirus emerged

Sep. 20, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s intellectual property agency said Monday that innovation marched forward last year despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries boosted their investments, even as hard-hit sectors like transport and travel eased...

Indonesia says no evidence of alleged Chinese intel hack

Sep. 20, 2021 07:15 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have found no evidence that the country's main intelligence service's computers were compromised, after a U.S.-based private cybersecurity company alerted them of a suspected breach of its internal networks by a Chinese hacking group, an...

New Hong Kong electors chosen, with only 1 opposition member

Sep. 20, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The 1,500-member panel that picks Hong Kong’s next leader will have only one opposition-leaning member, according to results Monday from a tightly controlled selection process amid a crackdown on dissent in the city. Separately, Hong Kong national...

Universal Studios opens Beijing park under anti-virus curbs

Sep. 20, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Harry Potter fans came dressed as wizards as Universal Studios opened its first theme park in China on Monday under anti-virus controls, The Hollywood studio’s “Jurassic Park,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Harry Potter” film franchises, plus Minions...