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Pakistan seeks apology from radical TV host over hate speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:12am

Pakistan's media watchdog has imposed a fine and sought an on-air and written apology from a radical Islamic preacher-turned TV host for accusing five bloggers and human right activists of committing blasphemy in his show in January.

The Latest: EU official warns Trump over Brexit support

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:03am

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:02am

Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions the U.K. has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets a good trade deal, as the U.K. announced plans for the huge task of replacing thousands of EU laws and regulations with domestic law.

Migrant fruit pickers win European court case against Greece

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:52am

A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh has won a case against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages.

H&M sales disappoint as more customers shop online

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:41am

Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB said Thursday its first quarter sales disappointed, causing a plunge in the company's share price, as customers increasingly shop online.

Casino mogul Phil Ruffin among Trump's closest friends

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:12am

Billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin has never been to the White House. On Thursday, he'll have dinner there with his friend, Donald Trump.

Chilean president begins state visit to Portugal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:20am

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is on a state visit to Portugal, where she is due to hold talks with local officials and preside at a bilateral trade conference.

Future of Asian luxury cars, electric vehicles at auto show

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:01am

South Korea's largest auto show provides a look at the future of Asian premium cars and electric vehicles, as well as efforts by Asian auto and tech companies to catch up in the field of autonomous driving.

Amid Brexit, Lloyd's of London sets up office in Brussels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:41am

Lloyd's of London is setting up a subsidiary in Brussels so that it can continue to write insurance in Europe once Britain leaves the European Union.

Asia shares fall on China liquidity fear; Europe edges up

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:11am

Asian stock markets fell Thursday, led by a slide in Chinese shares on investor concerns about liquidity. European indexes edged higher as concerns waned over Britain's formal request to leave the European Union.

AP EXPLAINS: Could Pell Grants work year-round?

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:20am

Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year.

AP SPIN METER: Was Trump joking on health care?

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:04am

To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care.

Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

Thomas Beaumont and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:54am

One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."

Haier boss looks far beyond appliances

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:43pm

After Haier Group bought the General Electric Co. appliance unit last year, the Chinese company's chairman says he gave its American managers unusual orders: Ignore me.

Living by the sword: Carving a niche making warrior blades

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:33pm

Through smoke and sparks and staccato banging from his anvil, John Lundemo forges swooping swords that look like they should be pulled from a stone, swung by a samurai or thrust on "Game of Thrones."

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

Alan Fram and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:30pm

Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.

US fishing magnate dubbed 'The Codfather' set to change plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:10pm

A leading U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.

It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

Jill Lawless and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:32pm

Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism — or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as "global Britain."

Argentine Senate approves medical use of cannabis oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:14pm

Argentina's Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill legalizing the use of cannabis oil and other marijuana derivatives for medicinal purposes, and setting up a regulatory framework for the state to prescribe and distribute them to patients.

UN: Military operations escalate in Yemen as famine looms

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:12pm

Military operations in Yemen are escalating and the humanitarian and economic situation is rapidly deteriorating in the Arab world's poorest nation, which is on the brink of famine, the U.N. special envoy for the country said Wednesday.