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The Latest: Macron says Brexit date should be respected

Oct. 18, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 2:15 p.m. French president Emmanuel Macron has expressed his hopes that the divorce deal between the European Union and the British government will be adopted by Oct. 31, the date Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc. Speaking after a meeting of EU...

Stocks slip as first big week of earnings heads to a finish

Oct. 18, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slipping in early trading on Wall Street Friday, weighed down by losses in technology companies. The market is still on track for its second weekly gain after three straight losing weeks. Investors are also absorbing the latest economic data showing that growth in China sank to a...

Johnson returns to London to drum up support for Brexit deal

Oct. 18, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — After defying expectations to win the backing of European Union leaders for his new Brexit deal , Prime Minister Boris Johnson was battling Friday to secure enough support to get the deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain — finally — to leave...

Yes or No? Vital vote on Brexit plan set for Saturday in UK

Oct. 18, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament is set to vote Saturday on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. IF THE DEAL IS APPROVED IN PARLIAMENT A "yes" vote would...

Global markets brush off disconcerting data out of China

Oct. 18, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets largely brushed off more disconcerting economic signals from China, which on Friday reported that its economy grew at its slowest pace in 26 years last quarter. The 6% growth pace China reported for July-September was worse than most economists were expecting, highlighting a...

European Medicines Agency recommends licensing Ebola vaccine

Oct. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended that the world's first Ebola vaccine be approved, after it was administered to hundreds of thousands of people in Africa. The agency on Friday described licensing the vaccine as "an important step toward relieving the burden of this deadly...

EU leaders turn focus to climate, budget issues

Oct. 18, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — After agreeing on terms for a new Brexit deal, European Union leaders are meeting again on Friday to discuss other thorny issues, including the bloc's budget and climate change. No decision is expected on the next long-term budget for 2021-2027, though, a topic more divisive than Brexit....

The Wonderwall: Minnesota United has steep backing behind it

Oct. 18, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota United takes the pitch for the franchise's first match in the MLS playoffs, the Loons will have a stadium full of fired-up fans behind them. If the home team wins, the scene at Allianz Field will become, for a few minutes, a 19,400-person karaoke bar with the patrons...

Asian shares fall back after China reports economy weakened

Oct. 18, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Share prices retreated in Asia after China reported Friday that its economy grew at an annual rate of 6.0% in the latest quarter. The Shanghai Composite index gave up early gains, losing 0.6% to 2,960.55 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.2% to 26,800.24. Australia's S&P ASX 200 declined...

As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

Oct. 17, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Britain battles to leave the European Union, two countries from the Balkans were struggling to be allowed in Friday, despite warnings that turning them away would tarnish the EU's reputation and could risk inflaming the volatile region. Albania and North Macedonia were expecting this...