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Civil protection workers move boxes of ventilators at the customs post in the Bosnia capital Sarajevo, Thursday, April 30, 2020.  In their initial report, the Bosnian state prosecutors said in a statement released Monday May 11, 2020, that the ventilators imported from China by private company Silver Raspberry, and paid for by the country’s government, have been found to be useless for COVID-19 coronavirus patients.  (AP Photo)

Bosnia: Officials, firm owner arrested over ventilator deal

May. 29, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities have arrested two high-ranking state officials and the owner of a private company which imported 100 ventilators from China that were found to be useless for COVID-19 patients. Bosnia’s state prosecutors said Friday that the arrested men...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, Suriname President Desire

Suriname opposition asks Bouterse to concede amid slow count

May. 28, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Votes were still being counted Thursday three days after Suriname’s elections, with the opposition urging the government to concede defeat and President Desi Bouterse calling for a recount even though the final tally had not yet been released. The counting from...

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

May. 28, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims amid the COVID-19 crisis, officials said Thursday. Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine said that she could not yet...

President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the New York Post as speaks before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

May. 28, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. Announced with fanfare, the president's action yet appeared to...

Man charged for $317M sale of virus masks that didn't exist

May. 28, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was charged in federal court Thursday with trying to swindle a foreign government out of $317 million by promising to sell it face masks to protect against the coronavirus with a huge shipment that never existed. Paul Penn faces up to 20 years in federal prison if...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, May 27, 2020, after traveling to Florida. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Twitter fact-checks Trump; he threatens new regs or shutdown

May. 27, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, the historically prolific tweeter of political barbs and blasts, threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. He turned to his Twitter account — where else?...

Arizona sues Google over 'deceptive' location tracking

May. 27, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Google kept tabs on the whereabouts of its users even if they had turned off location tracking, an Arizona official alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich stemmed from an investigation that began after The Associated Press reported on Google's...

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home to go to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Thursday, January, 23, 2020. Wanzhou is in court for hearings over an American request to extradite the executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada judge rules Huawei CFO's extradition case can proceed

May. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian judge ruled Wednesday the U.S. extradition case against a senior Huawei executive can proceed to the next stage, a decision that is expected to further harm relations between China and Canada. The Chinese embassy in Ottawa later warned Canada to drop the case...

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Huge Washington unemployment fraud warning to other states

May. 27, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The first word Seattle political consultant Dayna Lurie had that someone filed for unemployment benefits in her name was when her boss called. “Did you quit without telling me?" he asked. “We got an unemployment form from the state of Washington saying you don't work here...

FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, a man rides a bicycle in front of the government house during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even amid a global pandemic, there’s no sign that corruption is slowing down in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of possibly fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and medical supplies proliferate. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Spread of coronavirus fuels corruption in Latin America

May. 27, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Even in a pandemic, there's no slowdown for swindlers in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and other medical supplies pile up. The thefts are driven by price-gouging from...