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The Latest: Serena Williams beats Halep at Australian Open

Jan. 21, 2019 5:23 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Serena Williams faced her first real test at this year's Australian Open and emerged with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals. It was a back-and-forth match...

EU's Vestager, Silicon Valley nemesis, doesn't shy from tech

Jan. 21, 2019 4:54 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Union's competition commissioner, Margarethe Vestager, has made her name challenging Silicon Valley tech companies. But the Danish politician isn't exactly a luddite when it comes to using technology herself. She detailed her preferences in a recent interview when it...

Iraq says goodbye to its beloved archaeologist al-Gailani

Jan. 21, 2019 4:52 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Monday mourned the loss of Lamia al-Gailani, a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild the Baghdad museum after it was looted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. Al-Gailani, who died in Amman, Jordan, on Friday at the age of 80, was one of Iraq's first women...

EU's antitrust cop lays groundwork for more tech scrutiny

Jan. 21, 2019 4:50 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Silicon Valley's notorious nemesis, Margrethe Vestager, plans to end her term as the European Union's antitrust enforcer this year with a bang, laying out a long-term plan to intensify scrutiny of the world's big tech companies. As the EU's competition commissioner, Vestager is...

Shares mixed as China says 2018 growth slowest since '90

Jan. 21, 2019 4:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares are mixed after China reported that its economy expanded at a 6.6 percent annual pace in 2018, its slowest pace since the slump that followed the crackdown on protests centered on Tiananmen Square in 1989. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 11,159.97 while the CAC...

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn't budge Democrats

Jan. 21, 2019 4:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise. Trump on Sunday branded House...

Bolton's test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy

Jan. 21, 2019 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades...

The shutdown today: Trump lashes out after Dems reject offer

Jan. 21, 2019 12:19 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 31: WHAT'S NEW President Donald Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Democrats made clear they would not accept his proposal to fund a border wall in exchange for temporarily protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's murky claims on weather, shutdown

Jan. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a cold snap to bring out the global-warming skepticism of President Donald Trump. The fact that periods of extreme cold happen in a warming climate is well known by his government but Trump's crack Sunday — "Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old...

Pope visit to CentAm highlights church ministry to migrants

Jan. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world's most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere. The...