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FILE - People pass the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Wall Street is stalling on Friday, Aug. 7 as a whirlwind of worries about rising U.S-China tensions and whether Congress can deliver more aid for the economy threaten to halt its big run.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

S&P 500 stalls as tech slides, threatens 5-day win streak

Aug. 7, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A slide for technology stocks on Friday is helping to halt Wall Street's big rally from earlier this week, after President Donald Trump unveiled his latest escalation against China's tech industry. The rare stumble for tech stocks coincided with worries about whether Washington can...

Relatives of Lebanese army lieutenant Ayman Noureddine, who was killed by Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, mourn over his coffin during his funeral procession, in Numeiriyeh village, south Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Rescue teams were still searching the rubble of Beirut's port for bodies on Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

The Latest: Lebanon customs chief arrested in Beirut blast

Aug. 7, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Lebanon's state news agency says the chief of the customs department has been questioned by a judge over this week’s deadly blast in Beirut, after which the judge placed him under arrest. The agency says investigative...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong reports 95 new cases and three additional fatalities reported. The city of 7.5 million people has restricted indoor dining and require faces masks to be worn in all public places. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

US sanctions pro-China leader of Hong Kong, other officials

Aug. 7, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing’s effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedom in the former British colony. The sanctions are the latest in a string...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 1990 file photo, President George H. W. Bush gestures as he and National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft walk to the presidential helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)

Scowcroft, national security adviser to 2 presidents, dies

Aug. 7, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lifetime before he served two presidents as national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft was just 12 when he decided to become a West Point cadet after reading about cadet life. After he graduated with the Class of 1947, he decided to join the Army Air Corps and train to be a fighter...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, a woman holds up the British Union and the European Union flags together during an event in Brussels, Belgium. The number of Britons moving to live in European Union countries has soared since the Brexit vote in 2016, a U.K.-German study has revealed Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, FILE)

UK to spend millions to ease Brexit red tape for N Ireland

Aug. 7, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

The British government will spend up 355 million pounds ($465 million) to help businesses in Northern Ireland deal with the red tape caused by Brexit, officials said Friday. Brexit’s supporters, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, say leaving the European Union will be a boon for U.K....

FILE - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A longtime adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush has died. Brent Scowcroft was 95. A spokesperson for the late President Bush says Scowcroft died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Falls Church, Virginia.  (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95

Aug. 7, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brent Scowcroft, who played a prominent role in American foreign policy as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and was a Republican voice against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died, a Bush spokesperson said Friday. He was 95. Scowcroft died Thursday...

Iran indifferent to Trump envoy's quitting amid embargo push

Aug. 7, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry on Friday expressed indifference to the change in the Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran, alleging that the new U.S. official in the post would be no different from his predecessor. The envoy, Brian Hook announced his departure on Thursday, a day...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, front center, takes part in Friday prayers in Hagia Sophia, at the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Erdogan joined worshipers on July 24 for the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside the Istanbul landmark that served as one of Christendom's most significant cathedrals, a mosque and a museum before its conversion back into a Muslim place of worship.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish president slams Egypt-Greece deal, drilling resumes

Aug. 7, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president called a maritime deal between Greece and Egypt “worthless” Friday and said his country would resume its disputed oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Egypt and Greece signed a maritime deal Thursday that sets the sea boundary between...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, attends an Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The traditional council opened Friday in the Afghan capital to decide the release of a final 400 Taliban - the last hurdle to the start of negotiations between Kabul’s political leadership and the Taliban in keeping with a peace deal the United States signed with the insurgent movement in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Traditional Afghan council meets on release of 400 Taliban

Aug. 7, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Kabul to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to negotiations between Afghanistan’s political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal the insurgents signed with the United States earlier this...

President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he finishes speaking during an event at the Whirlpool Corporation facility in Clyde, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

Aug. 7, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China's government criticized as “political manipulation." The twin executive orders Thursday — one for...