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Macron, seeking stronger EU, meets Brexit negotiator Barnier

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:36am

French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting with the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator with both men looking for more clarity from Britain over its departure from the bloc.

Earthquake kills 2 on Greek island, sends tourists panicking

Michael Probst, Derek Gatopoulos and Ayse Wieting, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:01am

A powerful earthquake sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar on the Greek holiday island of Kos early Friday, killing two and striking panic that reached the shores of nearby Turkey. Some 200 people were injured in the tumult.

Siemens halts deliveries to Russian firms over Crimea case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:50am

German industrial conglomerate Siemens said Friday it is halting deliveries of power generation equipment to state-controlled companies in Russia after some of the turbines it sold to Russia were reportedly sent to Crimea.

Global shares becalmed by lull in market-moving news

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:40am

Global shares were mixed Friday as trading was becalmed by a lull in market-moving news. France's CAC 40 and Germany's DAX were little changed in early trading, while Britain's FTSE added 0.2 percent. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2 percent.

Analysis: Congressional GOP coming to grips with failure

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:38am

A brutal reality is settling over Capitol Hill: The Republican effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," which has consumed the first six months of the Trump administration, may never yield results.

China announces goal of AI leadership by 2030

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 12:06am

China's government has announced a goal of becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence in just over a decade, putting political muscle behind growing investment by Chinese companies in developing self-driving cars and other advances.

Scaramucci under consideration for top White House job

Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:50pm

New York financier Anthony Scaramucci is under consideration to join the Trump administration as communications director.

What drug-dealing 'darknet' sites have in common with eBay

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:53pm

AlphaBay, the now-shuttered online marketplace that authorities say traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods, wasn't all that different from any other e-commerce site, court documents show.

Cops wage psychological warfare against online drug bazaars

Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:21pm

In an innovative blow to illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "darknet" marketplace — then quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers.

Asian shares meander as ECB, BOJ hold monetary policy steady

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:12pm

Asian shares were mixed Friday in muted trading after the European Central Bank announced no changes to its stimulus policies.

AP Explains: What are Trump's options in Venezuela?

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:49pm

The Trump administration is threatening to take "strong and swift economic actions" if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proceeds with his plan to rewrite the nation's constitution and consolidate power over the few remaining institutions outside the control of the ruling party. A senior administration official said this week that "all options are being discussed and debated," implying that Trump could use Venezuela's dependence on oil exports to the U.S. as a means of pressuring Maduro to halt the July 30 constitutional assembly.

The Latest: Venezuela UN diplomat calls on Maduro to resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:49pm

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis and the opposition's general strike (all times local):

Homeland security secretary says ports a terrorism priority

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:24pm

Security at shipping ports around the U.S., including testing containers and vessels for biological and radiological hazards, is a top priority to preventing terrorism, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday.

China's 'intervention' not main culprit in US trade deficit

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:17pm

Is the outsize role played by China's government in its economy to blame for its multibillion-dollar trade surpluses with the United States?

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:11pm

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar.

The Latest: Health care bill set for vote faces uphill climb

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:01pm

The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal the Obama health law (all times local):

Brazilian judge seizes $2.8 million in Silva's pension funds

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:20pm

A judge in Brazil on Thursday ordered the seizure of more than $2.8 million in pension funds from former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in connection with his corruption conviction.

IMF approves conditional $1.8 billion loan to Greece

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:30pm

The International Monetary Fund's board on Thursday approved a $1.8 billion loan to Greece — but will only release the money if the country gets debt relief from its European creditors.

Cops wage psychological warfare against online drug bazaars

Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:51pm

In an innovative blow to illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "darknet" marketplace — then quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers.

US says ban on laptops in airplane cabins has been lifted

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:40pm

The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security.