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Thai court affirms defamation judgment against UK activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:04am

An appeals court in Thailand has upheld a 10 million baht ($313,000) judgment against a British activist who was sued by a fruit canning company whose workers complained of alleged labor abuses.

UK mobile operators suspend launch of Huawei 5G phones

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:32am

Two British mobile phone companies say they're putting on hold plans to sell new 5G mobile phones from China's Huawei.

Spanish economist, science TV show host Punset dies at 82

Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:17am

Eduard Punset, a Spanish writer, economist and lawyer known for his popular science shows on Spanish television, has died at age 82.

The Latest: China's Hikvision serious over US curbs on sales

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:07am

The Latest on trade tensions between China and the United States (all times local):

UN rights expert slams UK welfare spending cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:05am

A U.N. human rights expert on Wednesday sharpened his criticism of cuts to social support in Britain, pointing to "record levels of hunger and homelessness" in the country and describing recent changes as window-dressing.

Duterte moves to forcibly send garbage back to Canada

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:49am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has moved to have truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago be forcibly shipped back to Canada, Duterte's spokesman said Wednesday.

Target's online game is on target

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:47am

An aggressive campaign at Target to let customers do more online is paying off.

Fake news changes shape as EU heads into elections

Kelvin Chan, Lorne Cook and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:19am

The fake news trade has evolved beyond the playbook used by Russian trolls in the U.S. election. As the European Union gears up for a crucial election, it is mostly homegrown groups rather than foreign powers that are taking to social media to push false information and extremist messages, experts say.

Some Ohio legislators yell 'cut' to Hollywood tax deals

Dan Sewell and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:03am

Lights, camera, cut?

British Steel collapses, threatening thousands of jobs

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:50am

British Steel has been ordered into compulsory liquidation after talks with the government failed to secure a bailout, Britain's Insolvency Service said Wednesday.

Last days of May? UK leader in peril as Brexit offer slammed

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:44am

British Prime Minister Theresa May was under pressure Wednesday to scrap a planned vote on her tattered Brexit blueprint — and to call an end to her embattled premiership — after her attempt at compromise got the thumbs-down from both her own Conservative Party and opposition lawmakers.

Bulgaria, Greece start work on gas pipeline from Azerbaijan

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:14am

Bulgaria and Greece are launching the construction of a pipeline to transport Azeri gas to Bulgaria to ease its almost total dependence on Russian gas supplies.

Earthquake shakes northern Netherlands, no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:02am

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake has shaken the northern Dutch province of Groningen, the latest in a series of tremors blamed on decades of gas extraction from underground reserves.

Threat or promise? E-auto boom could cost industry jobs

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:59am

Over 115 years the auto industry in the east German town of Zwickau has lived through wrenching upheavals including World War II and the collapse of communism. Now the city's 90,000 people are plunging headlong into another era of change: top employer Volkswagen's total shift into electric cars at the local plant.

Daimler CEO Zetsche hands off to successor amid tech change

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:45am

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is handing off to his successor after 13 years at the helm as the company faces challenges from the transition to electric cars and digital transportation technologies.

UK inflation back above official target as energy costs rise

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:41am

Inflation in Britain rose in April back above the Bank of England's target rate following an uptick in energy prices and airfares, official figures showed Wednesday.

China cuts taxes to spur chip makers in face of US pressure

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:33am

China is cutting taxes on its fledgling software and integrated circuit industries as U.S. export controls threaten to handicap Chinese tech companies.

Rejecting taboos, Palestinian businessman welcomes US plan

Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:13am

A Palestinian businessman who flouts political taboos by working with Israeli settlers in the West Bank could soon have a role in President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan.

Japan carriers delay sale of new Huawei smartphones

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:13am

Two Japanese mobile carriers said Wednesday they are delaying the sale of new smartphones from Huawei as they confirm the safety of the Chinese products.

World markets subdued amid trade uncertainty

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 11:54pm

World stock markets were subdued Wednesday as investors monitored developments in the U.S.-China trade war and looked ahead to the release of minutes to the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting.