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China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 4:31 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block the country's industrial development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a cybersecurity threat to countries rolling out new internet systems. And in a potential blow to the U.S.'s effort to rally its...

UK authorities pluck migrants from dinghy in English Channel

Feb. 18, 2019 3:42 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British border officials have picked up 34 people who were trying to cross the English Channel in a small boat. The Home Office said the passengers are thought to be migrants and their nationalities were not known yet. The office says they were taken ashore in Dover for immigration interviews...

Christopher Kane celebrates sensuality in London show

Feb. 18, 2019 2:11 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The final full day of London Fashion Week featured a stellar show by Christopher Kane, who embraced his favorite theme — sensuality. Pringle of Scotland returned to the London stage with its signature luxury knitwear, while Erdem showed dramatic, full-length dresses and shorter cape...

Mercedes' Wolff fears no-deal Brexit's effect on Formula One

Feb. 18, 2019 1:28 PM EST

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Politics, not engines or aerodynamics, is what really worries Mercedes boss Toto Wolff as his team heads into the new Formula One season seeking a sixth consecutive title. It's the looming possibility of a chaotic rupture of the United Kingdom from the European Union that would be...

Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Feb. 18, 2019 12:45 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism — the biggest shake-up in years for one of Britain's major political parties. The announcement ripped open a long-simmering rift between socialists and centrists in the...

UK-based man charged with inciting attack in Germany

Feb. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A man living in northeast England has been charged under Britain's terrorism laws with attempting to incite a car, knife and bomb attack in Germany. Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, a 33-year-old from Newcastle, was charged Monday with encouraging another person to plow a car into crowds in Germany,...

Report: Honda to shut UK plant, imperiling 3,500 jobs

Feb. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Honda will close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, British media and a local lawmaker said Monday, in another blow to a British economy made jittery by Brexit. Sky News said the Japanese carmaker is to announce Tuesday that the Swindon plant will close in...

Serena Williams back in top 10 after giving birth

Feb. 18, 2019 9:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child. Williams dropped as low as 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018 but is up to No. 10 after reaching two Grand Slam finals since, losing to Angelique...

'Digital gangsters': UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

Feb. 18, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an...

EU projects center-right group to be top party in May vote

Feb. 18, 2019 6:38 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament has projected which parties will get seats after the European Union-wide May election and says that the center-right Christian Democrat EPP group would remain the largest party ahead of the center-left Socialist S&D. The redesigned European Parliament is expected...