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China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 9:18 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development by alleging that Chinese telecom gear is a cybersecurity threat. And in a potential blow to the U.S. claims, British media reported that the country's intelligence agencies have found it is...

Abe mum on Trump's claim of nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

Feb. 18, 2019 7:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept quiet Monday over President Donald Trump's claim that he had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, but praised him and emphasized he did not deny doing so. Trump's assertion Friday that Abe had nominated him for the honor and sent him a copy of the...

Australia blames 'state actor' for hacking political parties

Feb. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A "sophisticated state actor" was behind a cyberattack on the Australian Parliament's computing network that also affected the network used by major political parties, the prime minister said Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not identify the state behind what he...

World stocks mostly rise ahead of more China-US trade talks

Feb. 18, 2019 7:19 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks mostly rose on Monday ahead of more trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week. After Asia closed higher, France's CAC 40 gained 0.1 percent to 5,157 while the DAX in Germany eased 0.2 percent to 11,272. Britain's FTSE 100 also shed 0.2 percent...

China seizes $1.5 billion in online lending crackdown

Feb. 18, 2019 4:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have investigated 380 online lenders and frozen $1.5 billion in assets following an avalanche of scandals in the huge but lightly regulated industry, the government announced Monday. Beijing allowed a private finance industry to flourish in order to supply credit to...

For sake of pupils' pupils, China to ban homework on apps

Feb. 18, 2019 4:51 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students' eyesight. Zhejiang province issued a draft regulation last week and is seeking public comment. It is one of several provinces considering such...

Swedish publisher's daughter: Chinese men told me to be mum

Feb. 18, 2019 3:48 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The daughter of a Swedish publisher detained in China says two Chinese businessmen she met in Stockholm said her father could be released if she stopped talking to the media. Angela Gui says that when she questioned the plan, the mood "became really threatening." Gui spoke Sunday...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

Feb. 18, 2019 12:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and...

China's leaders want more babies, but local officials resist

Feb. 17, 2019 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China's leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children. But bureaucrats don't seem to have gotten the message, fining a couple in a recent widely publicized case for having a third child against the strict...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Feb. 17, 2019 10:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...