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People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through the row of ginkgo trees along the sidewalk as the trees and sidewalk are covered with the bright yellow leaves Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Tokyo.(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

The Latest: Miami congressman-elect tests positive for virus

Nov. 27, 2020 5:04 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — MIAMI — South Florida Congressman-elect Carlos Gimenez has tested positive for coronavirus. His campaigned announced Friday that the former Miami-Dade County mayor and his wife, Lourdes, tested positive Thursday for COVID-19 after having mild symptoms. They said they’re...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks rise on Wall Street as S&P 500 hits record high

Nov. 27, 2020 2:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 rose to a record high Friday as investors continue to look forward to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the global economy. The benchmark index rose 8.70 points, or 0.2%, led by gains in technology companies, and closed at an all-time high of 3,638.35....

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, a woman wearing a face mask walks past mannequins wearing face masks in the window of a temporarily closed branch of the Topshop women's clothing chain during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London.  Some 15,000 retailing jobs in Britain are in peril after Arcadia Group, owner of some of the country's best-known fashion chains like Topshop, confirmed Friday Nov. 27, 2020, that it is in talks about its future. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

UK retail empire of billionaire Philip Green teeters on edge

Nov. 27, 2020 12:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The retail empire of tycoon Philip Green, which owns well-known British fashion chains like Topshop, appears to be on the brink of collapse following the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. In another blow to the British retailing industry in the run-up to the crucial Christmas...

N Ireland police to pay damages to journalists over arrests

Nov. 27, 2020 11:40 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland have agreed to pay damages to two journalists who were arrested on suspicion of stealing confidential documents after working on a documentary about an unsolved mass killing, lawyers said Friday. Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey worked on “No Stone...

Brompton folding bicycles are assembled by hand at the Brompton factory in west London, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The team at Brompton Bicycles company thought they were prepared for Britain's Brexit split with Europe, but they face uncertainty about supplies and unexpected new competition from China, all amid a global COVID pandemic.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

British bike maker pedals on, with Brexit deal up in the air

Nov. 27, 2020 9:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The team at Brompton Bicycle Ltd. thought they were prepared for Brexit. Bosses at the British firm, which exports hand-made folding bikes to 47 countries, looked at the uncertainty swirling around the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union and started stockpiling parts. Yet with...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier leaves the Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. With less than two months to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, trade deal talks resume in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Another week gone, Brexit trade talks remain stuck

Nov. 27, 2020 7:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday that another week of talks with Britain on a new trade deal has gone with barely any progress. Its chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is heading to London for ever-more pressing weekend negotiations to avoid chaos when Britain's trade agreements with the EU end...

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)

UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants

Nov. 27, 2020 5:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses. The U.K. government said Friday that it's setting up a “Digital Markets Unit" next year...

A young man wears a face mask as he crosses a road on his skateboard in downtown Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The German parliament discussed the new restrictions to avoid the outspread of the coronavirus today. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German coronavirus cases now above 1 million

Nov. 27, 2020 2:48 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, ticking above 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Robert Koch Institute, the country's disease control center, said that Germany's 16 states reported 22,806 cases overnight for a total since the start of the...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian stocks fall amid unease about vaccine development

Nov. 26, 2020 10:41 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney retreated while Shanghai gained. Investors have been encouraged by reports of progress toward a...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through a shopping street in Osaka, western Japan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The Latest: Emperor's New Year greeting cancelled in Japan

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his family will not offer their New Year greetings from the palace balcony due to concerns over the country’s struggles with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The Imperial Household Agency said in a statement Friday that the annual greetings on Jan. 2 will...