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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, filer photo, a man uses his smartphone as he stands near a billboard for Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. British and American officials are meeting as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government prepares to decide on whether there's a future for Chinese equipment maker Huawei in the country's next-generation telecom networks, his spokesman said Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Minister: Germany needs China's Huawei to build 5G network

Jan. 18, 2020 5:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister is suggesting that his country can't build a 5G mobile network without Chinese tech giant Huawei, at least for now, intervening in an issue that has caused tensions between the U.S. and its allies. Washington has been pressuring its allies to ban Huawei, the...

Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

China reports 4 more cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Jan. 18, 2020 3:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Four more cases have been identified in a viral pneumonia outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that has killed two people and prompted countries as far away as the United States to take precautionary measures. The latest cases bring to 45 the number of people who have contracted the...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, trekkers watch the sun rise over the Annapurna Range, right, in central Nepal, as viewed from Poon Hill, above the village of Ghorepani. An avalanche swept the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles Mount Annapurna, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Malcolm Foster, File)

4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescued

Jan. 18, 2020 3:40 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday. Nepal's Department of Tourism official Meera Acharya said at least one Chinese national injured in the avalanche was...

Rybakina warms up for Aussie Open with title run in Hobart

Jan. 18, 2020 2:46 AM EST

HOBART, Australia (AP) — A year after failing to qualify for the Australian Open, Elena Rybakina will enter the season's first major with a seeding and fresh off a title after beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the Hobart International final on Saturday. The 20-year-old Rybakina surged more than 150...

Tourists exit the Forbidden City in Beijing, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz SUV on the grounds of Beijing's landmark Forbidden City, prompting an apology from the management of China's former imperial palace. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

SUV on grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City sparks outrage

Jan. 18, 2020 2:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz on the grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City. The reaction prompted an apology from the management of China's 600-year-old former imperial palace. Vehicles have been...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, a health surveillance officer monitors passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International airport in Hong Kong. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said they will begin screening airline passengers at three U.S. airports who traveled from Wuhan in central China, for a new illness that has prompted worries about a new international outbreak. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

US to screen airline passengers from China for new illness

Jan. 17, 2020 11:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Three U.S. airports will screen passengers arriving from central China for a new virus that has sickened dozens, killed two and prompted worries about an international outbreak, health officials said Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say they will begin taking...

FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, visitors flock to a beach in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province. China's population crept past 1.4 billion in 2019 for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls

Jan. 17, 2020 8:39 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's population crept past 1.4 billion last year for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall. The National Bureau of Statistics said Friday the population on the Chinese mainland reached 1.40005 billion at the end of 2019, with another overall gain of 4.67 million people....

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, South Korean Army soldiers patrol during the demonstration of search operation at a training field near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Cheorwon, South Korea. In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a solider who recently undertook gender reassessment surgery, officials said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

South Korea to decide fate of 1st transgender soldier

Jan. 17, 2020 7:20 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, officials said Friday. South Korea bans transgender people from joining its military but has no specific...

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is out on bail and remains under partial house arrest after she was detained last year at the behest of American authorities, leaves B.C. Supreme Court following a case management hearing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Huawei CFO lawyers say her alleged crimes no crime in Canada

Jan. 17, 2020 5:12 PM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Defense lawyers argue a senior executive of the Chinese tech giant Huawei should not be extradited to the U.S. because her actions would not be considered crimes under Canadian law. The extradition hearing for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is scheduled to...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 17 (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records

Jan. 17, 2020 5:05 PM EST

Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a few more as modest gains nudged the major stock indexes to all-time highs. The benchmark S&P 500 index also notched its second-straight weekly gain. Technology stocks powered much of the market's broad gains, along with communication services companies...