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China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

Feb. 19, 2019 7:31 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Iranian foreign minister's passionate defense of his country's interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him "a famous person" in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Foreign Minister...

World stocks turn lower ahead of more China-US trade talks

Feb. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock mostly fell in Europe and Asia on Tuesday and U.S. markets looked set to open lower as Chinese and U.S. negotiators geared up for trade talks in Washington. Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 11,256 while the CAC 40 in France slipped 0.5 percent to 5,141. Britain's FTSE 100 sank 0.7...

Germany's Merkel suggests rethink of EU competition policy

Feb. 19, 2019 5:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe may need to rethink its competition rules if it wants to create companies that can play a significant role on the global stage. Merkel's comments Tuesday at a digital business conference in Berlin come two weeks after European Union antitrust...

Sweden to send inspector in detained Swedish publisher case

Feb. 19, 2019 5:39 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden will send an inspector to Beijing to "get a clearer picture of what happened" during meetings in Stockholm between the daughter of a Swedish publisher detained in China, the country's ambassador there and two businessmen to discuss the possible release of her father....

Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Feb. 19, 2019 5:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details. It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates...

China's economy czar heading to Washington for trade talks

Feb. 19, 2019 3:34 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy czar is heading to Washington for talks Thursday and Friday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike. The announcement Tuesday via the official Xinhua News Agency follows talks last week in Beijing that...

China auto sales fall in January for eighth month

Feb. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales fell for an eighth month in January, extending a painful decline for the biggest global market as demand cooled amid a slowing economy and tariffs standoff with the U.S. Purchases of sedans, SUVs and minivans fell 15 percent from a year earlier to just over 2 million...

Lord Mayor of London: Brexit a 'short-term' issue

Feb. 19, 2019 12:18 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Brexit is a "short-term frustrating issue" that will be overcome in time, the Lord Mayor of London said Tuesday during a visit to Hong Kong to tout the British capital's attractiveness for business even with the looming threat of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal. Despite...

New Zealand leader says no final decision on using Huawei

Feb. 18, 2019 11:41 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that no final decision has been made on whether Huawei equipment can be used in a planned network upgrade. New Zealand's international spy agency in November stopped mobile company Spark from using the equipment in its...

Asian shares gain on hopes for progress on China-US trade

Feb. 18, 2019 11:04 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares are mostly higher as Chinese and U.S. officials prepare for trade talks in Washington this week. U.S. markets were closed Monday for President's Day. Analysts said much is riding on the outcome of the trade talks after an inconclusive end to an earlier round in Beijing last...