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Maduro faces off with US over Venezuela rival's power claim

Jan. 24, 2019 4:23 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans headed into uncharted political waters Thursday, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in for a fight with the Trump administration. Violence flared again...

The Latest: Sweden, Denmark back Venezuela opposition leader

Jan. 24, 2019 4:16 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 5:10 a.m. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom says "the people's right to peacefully demonstrate and freely choose its leaders must be respected" in Venezuela after sometimes violent rallies in the wake of...

Brexit and Venezuela set to feature heavily in Davos

Jan. 24, 2019 4:14 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The fallout from developments in Venezuela and uncertainty over Britain's exit from the European Union are set to be key points of discussions Thursday at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos. Following two days when much of the debate has centered on issues related...

Votes on Senate bills seen as progress even if they fail

Jan. 24, 2019 4:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes instead of just pointing fingers. But competing bills appear likely to fail Thursday, caught in a poisonous Washington impasse. Either measure would reopen federal agencies and pay...

Amnesty criticizes Iran's mass arrests as US frees reporter

Jan. 24, 2019 3:04 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran arrested more than 7,000 people last year, including dozens of journalists, in what Amnesty International on Thursday called a "shameless campaign of repression" as the U.S. released an American anchorwoman for Iranian state television held for days as a material...

Huawei announces 5G smartphone based on own technology

Jan. 24, 2019 3:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei announced plans Wednesday to release a next-generation smartphone based on its own technology instead of U.S. components, stepping up efforts to compete with Western industry leaders in the face of Washington's warnings the company might be a security risk. Huawei...

Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

Jan. 24, 2019 2:59 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she's suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. And the No. 1 ranking, too. Osaka moved one victory away from adding the...

The Latest: Osaka to Japanese fans: thanks, keep watching

Jan. 24, 2019 2:56 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Naomi Osaka had just secured a spot in consecutive Grand Slam finals when she was asked on live TV if she had anything to say to her fans in Japan. After responding briefly in Japanese, she was asked for...

Asian shares buoyed by US earnings, upbeat talk on China

Jan. 24, 2019 1:51 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher on Thursday as positive U.S. earnings reports reassured investors that the world's largest economy was on track. Comments by a top Chinese official buoyed trading too, but poor Japanese data for the second straight day weighed on the Nikkei 225 index....

The shutdown today: Trump decides to postpone speech

Jan. 24, 2019 1:31 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 34: WHAT'S NEW The showdown over the State of the Union address ended Wednesday night when President Donald Trump said he would wait until after the partial government shutdown to address Congress and the nation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had withdrawn an...