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The Latest: UK warns against travel to Sri Lanka

Apr. 25, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The British government is warning its citizens against traveling to Sri Lanka, amid an intense security operation after bomb attacks on churches and hotels. The Foreign Office on Thursday advised against...

Belgian tennis player gets 1-month ban for betting

Apr. 25, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Belgian tennis player has been suspended for one month for betting on matches. Benjamin D'Hoe, a 22-year-old player who reached a career-high ranking of No. 782 in 2017, admitted to placing more than 900 mostly low-value bets on professional tennis matches from Jan. 31-Feb. 26, 2017. The...

Japan's Abe talks trade with EU chiefs ahead of US visit

Apr. 25, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and top European Union officials are discussing trade, bilateral ties and North Korea, on the latest leg of Abe's international tour to prepare for the G-20 summit in June. The Japanese premier, EU Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President...

Harry and Meghan: Newest royal baby could be an American

Apr. 25, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — What would the founding fathers think? Almost 250 years after the United States launched a revolution to rid itself of the British royal family, the next royal baby could be an American. The idea that a scion of the former colonies would be seventh in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II to the...

China says French ship entered its waters illegally

Apr. 25, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday said it has complained to France after a French warship entered Chinese territorial waters while passing through the Taiwan Strait this month. In a related development, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua blamed British activity in the South China Sea for a downturn in...

Irish regulator investigates Facebook over exposed passwords

Apr. 25, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's privacy regulator says it's investigating Facebook over the social media giant's recent revelation that it had left hundreds of millions of user passwords exposed. The Irish Data Protection Commission said Thursday that it opened a statutory inquiry this week into Facebook after the...

US says to avoid Sri Lanka places of worship, fearing attack

Apr. 25, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka warned Thursday that places of worship could be targeted for militant attacks over the coming weekend, as police searched for more suspects in the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings that killed over 350 people. The stark warning came as Sri...

Nokia sees tough competition in market for 5G networks

Apr. 25, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Telecoms gear maker Nokia reported Thursday a surprise first-quarter loss amid tougher competition for the new, superfast wireless 5G networks that are expected to increase in business this year. The company, based in Espoo, Finland, said its net loss for the January-March period was 116...

UK government says it hasn't decided yet on Huawei 5G role

Apr. 25, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government has not yet decided whether to allow China's Huawei to supply parts for the U.K.'s new 5G wireless network, Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said Thursday, as he condemned leaks from private government discussions on the sensitive issue. Wright said government officials...

UK blocks Sainsbury's merger with Walmart unit Asda

Apr. 25, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British regulators blocked Sainsbury's 7.3 billion-pound ($9.4 billion) purchase of Walmart's Asda unit on Thursday amid concerns the deal would have increased prices and reduced the quality and range of products available. For Walmart, it's another setback as it tries to refocus its...