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UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

Nov. 24, 2020 4:46 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don't comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed in Parliament on Tuesday that is aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China's Huawei. The Telecommunications (Security) Bill tightens security...

A man wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Global shares mostly rise on virus vaccines, Yellen hopes

Nov. 24, 2020 4:22 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance of a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. The U.S. federal government recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares mostly rise on virus vaccine, Yellen hopes

Nov. 23, 2020 10:17 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. The U.S. federal government recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3...

A person wearing a face mask walks past a temporarily closed souvenir store on Oxford Street, during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced plans for strict regional measures to combat COVID-19 after England's second lockdown ends Dec. 2, sparking a rebellion by members of his own party who say the move may do more harm than good. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

Nov. 23, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday. Johnson confirmed to lawmakers that on Dec. 2 the government will lift the...

In this undated photo issued by the University of Oxford, a researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)

3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

Nov. 23, 2020 2:44 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world. The results are based on an interim analysis of trials...

FILE - In this file photo dated  Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier, centre, leaves the Conference Centre in London with unidentified members of his team.  The Brexit trade negotiations have been suspended Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, at a crucial stage because an EU negotiator has tested positive for the coronavirus and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that “we have decided to suspend the negotiations at our level for a short period.”  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

EU, UK still have 'fundamental' differences in trade talks

Nov. 23, 2020 12:14 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — With the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in quarantine, trade talks with the United Kingdom continued by videoconference this week, though the optimism expressed last week seemed to have faded. Barnier stressed on Monday that negotiators were running out of time to make a...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo people walk by a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. USA., The  coalition of technology and publishing companies, Marketers for an Open Web said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, they have asked  U.K. competition watchdog  to investigate Google's plans to revamp its ad data system, saying the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Google faces UK scrutiny over new advertising data revamp

Nov. 23, 2020 12:11 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Google faces fresh regulatory scrutiny in Britain over plans to revamp its ad data system, after an industry lobbying group complained to the competition watchdog that the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance. Marketers for an Open Web, a coalition of technology and...

UK Supreme Court to decide whether IS bride can return

Nov. 23, 2020 7:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court is set to decide whether a woman who ran away from her London home as a teenager to join the Islamic State group in Syria can return to the U.K. The British government is fighting to keep Shamima Begum from coming back to the country where she was born. At a...

Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho, center, reacts as speaks with Tottenham's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg end of the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)

Tottenham loses more than $85M, debt climbs due to pandemic

Nov. 23, 2020 6:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Premier League leader Tottenham has reported annual losses of 63.9 million pounds ($85.4 million) due to the coronavirus pandemic and fans being shut out of stadiums. “We are currently in the midst of one of the most challenging times ever experienced," Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy...