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The stars of the EU flag are seen against the sun at the Europa House in London, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. According to media reports, European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic has met Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove for talks on the EU-UK trade deal. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

EU to UK on Brexit talks: 'You can't have cake, eat it too'

Oct. 21, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took a defiant tone on Wednesday as the standoff over resuming post-Brexit trade negotiations with the United Kingdom intensified, telling London that “you cannot have your cake and eat it too.” European Council President Charles Michel refused to bow to...

In this March 24, 2020 file photo, Woodward Avenue is shown nearly empty in Detroit. Before the coronavirus showed up, downtown Detroit was returning to its roots as a vibrant city center, motoring away from its past as the model of urban ruin. Now, with the coronavirus forcing many office workers to their homes in the suburbs, those who remain wonder if revitalization will ever return. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

From Detroit to Oakland, pandemic threatens urban renewal

Oct. 21, 2020 4:11 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Downtown Detroit was returning to its roots as a vibrant city center, motoring away from its past as the model of urban ruin. Then the pandemic showed up, emptying once-bustling streets and forcing many office workers to flee to their suburban homes. Anthony Frank, who manages Dessert Oasis...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Cathay Pacific Airways aircrafts line up on the tarmac at the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, said it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut down its regional airline unit in a corporate restructuring, as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 jobs, shutters regional airline

Oct. 21, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut a regional airline as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. About 5,300 employees based in Hong Kong and another 600 elsewhere will likely lose their jobs, and 2,600 unfilled...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Suga is on a four-day visit to Vietnam and Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia ties in China counter

Oct. 21, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's new prime minister pledged Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to push his country's vision for greater international cooperation to counter China's influence in the region....

Pedestrians wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk on a street during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Cases in Czech Rep soar to 12K amid new measures

Oct. 21, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

PRAGUE — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have hit new record levels as the number of confirmed cases in one day soared to almost 12,000. The Health Ministry says the day-to-day increase reached 11,984 on Tuesday, almost 900 more than the previous record set on Friday. The country has...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past.
The U.S. Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case

Oct. 21, 2020 2:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s competition watchdog will consider its own antitrust case against Google, the commission chairman said Wednesday after the U.S. Justice Department sued the company for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising. Competition and Consumer Commission...

A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, cheered by the gains on Wall Street as investors welcomed a batch of solid earnings reports from U.S. companies.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares rise after Wall Street gains on solid earnings

Oct. 21, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, cheered by the gains on Wall Street as investors welcomed a batch of solid earnings reports from U.S. companies. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.3% to 23,647.63. South Korea's Kospi added 0.3% to 2,366.15, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged up...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus uses her hand to shield from the wind on a street in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: Philippines allowing foreign travel to resume

Oct. 21, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group, speaks at the company's 20th-anniversary celebration in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. A survey shows Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, held onto his status as China's richest entrepreneur as the coronavirus shutdown propelled demand for online shopping and other services. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Fortunes of China's internet tycoons soar amid pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, held onto his status as China’s richest tycoon this year as surging demand for online shopping and other services during the coronavirus pandemic swelled the fortunes of internet entrepreneurs, according to a survey released Tuesday....

This undated photo released by Emirates News Agency, WAM, shows Ibrahim al-Abed, the founder of the state-run news agency.  Ibrahim al-Abed, a pioneering media figure as the oil-rich nation grew into a regional power, has died. He was 78.  (WAM via AP)

Founder of UAE state-run WAM news agency dies at 78

Oct. 21, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ibrahim al-Abed, the founder of the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency and a pioneering media figure as the oil-rich nation grew into a regional power, died Tuesday. He was 78. Al-Abed long served as the head of the country's National Media Council, a...