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China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 9:18 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development by alleging that Chinese telecom gear is a cybersecurity threat. And in a potential blow to the U.S. claims, British media reported that the country's intelligence agencies have found it is...

Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit

Feb. 18, 2019 7:37 AM EST

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed Syrian forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists and a person close to the negotiations said Monday. The development comes amid...

Abe mum on Trump's claim of nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

Feb. 18, 2019 7:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept quiet Monday over President Donald Trump's claim that he had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, but praised him and emphasized he did not deny doing so. Trump's assertion Friday that Abe had nominated him for the honor and sent him a copy of the...

EU to react swiftly if Trump slaps tariffs on EU cars

Feb. 18, 2019 7:27 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says that its reaction will be "swift and adequate" if U.S. authorities conclude that European cars are a threat to national security and should be hit with punitive tariffs. The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to issue soon an opinion on whether auto imports...

World stocks mostly rise ahead of more China-US trade talks

Feb. 18, 2019 7:19 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks mostly rose on Monday ahead of more trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week. After Asia closed higher, France's CAC 40 gained 0.1 percent to 5,157 while the DAX in Germany eased 0.2 percent to 11,272. Britain's FTSE 100 also shed 0.2 percent...

EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

Feb. 18, 2019 6:30 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria received a mixed reaction Monday, as nations voiced concerns about how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. The question of such foreign fighters has been a conundrum...

Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran

Feb. 18, 2019 6:28 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday described U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war being waged on his country and stressed that "economic war is more difficult than military war." Hassan Rouhani spoke as he inaugurated the third and final phase of the sprawling Persian Gulf Star...

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

Feb. 18, 2019 2:18 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told "Fox News...

Ex-FBI official: 'Crime may have been committed' by Trump

Feb. 18, 2019 2:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia. McCabe also said in the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

Feb. 18, 2019 12:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and...