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Trump's Taiwan call, tweets point to flashpoints with China

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:10am

Donald Trump's unprecedented phone conversation with Taiwan's president and tweets criticizing China point to the possibility of major friction between the world's two largest economies.

China appeals to US to stop disrupting acquisitions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:31am

China urged Washington on Monday to stop disrupting its foreign corporate acquisitions after President Barack Obama blocked the purchase of a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment as a security risk.

Train dispatcher in Germany jailed over crash that killed 12

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:10am

A train dispatcher in Germany has been convicted of negligent homicide and bodily harm over his role in the collision of two commuter trains in Bavaria earlier this year that killed 12 people. He has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison.

Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

One of the melted reactors at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant had a temporary loss of cooling Monday when a worker accidentally bumped a switch while passing through a narrow isle of switch panels during an inspection and turned off the pumping system.

Australia considers charging power generators for pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday.

Global shares mixed after Italy rejects constitution changes

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

Asian shares tumbled Monday while Europe opened higher after Italian voters rejected constitutional changes, raising questions over whether the country will stay in the European Union and keep using the euro.

Royal Bank of Scotland settles claims of some shareholders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

Royal Bank of Scotland says it has reached a settlement with three of five shareholder groups that sued over a 2008 share sale conducted by disgraced boss Fred Goodwin.

Italy hit by market volatility after referendum defeat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30am

Italy was plunged into political and economic uncertainty following voters' resounding rebuke of Premier Matteo Renzi's proposed constitutional reforms.

Israeli court sentences tycoon to 2 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30am

An Israeli court has sentenced one of the country's most prominent businessmen to two years in prison for securities fraud.

Trump's inauguration to test nation's ability to heal

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30am

One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up — whether it's to celebrate or commiserate.

New cross-border stock link widens access to China's Nasdaq

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:20am

Trading began Monday on a new cross-border stock link between Hong Kong and the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen, widening access to China's markets for global investors.

Retrial starts for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:00am

A retrial of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for embezzlement opened Monday in the provincial city of Kirov after the original 2013 guilty verdict was overturned by the Supreme Court.

After major victory, ND pipeline protesters to defy deadline

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:40am

Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway, despite Monday's government deadline to leave.

Cars without drivers scoot around Nissan plant, towing cars

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:01am

Nissan Motor Co. is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships.

AP Explains: What resignation of New Zealand's leader means

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:11pm

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key unexpectedly resigned on Monday. His departure will affect New Zealand's relationship with the U.S., its free-trade agenda and its role on the world stage. The country's new leader will face an opposition buoyed by Key's departure as it heads into elections next year.

Should convicted former House speaker get his pension back?

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:51pm

Thomas Finneran was once the most powerful politician in Massachusetts, ruling the state House of Representatives with an authoritarian style that earned him the nickname "King Tom" from some critics.

Economists: US growth will pick up, hiring will slow in 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:41pm

but they see a slowdown in hiring.

Hong Kong tycoon Li offers $5.4B for Australia energy firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:20pm

Australian energy company Duet Group said Monday it's considering a multibillion dollar takeover offer from the infrastructure arm of Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's business empire.

The Latest: Company slams pipeline ruling as political

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:30pm

The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline protest (all times local):