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Power partially restored on Greek island after chopper crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:41am

Greek authorities say they have restored electricity to much of the island resort of Poros, a day after a private helicopter hit its main power line and crashed into the sea, killing all three men on board.

Germany charges Russian for violating trade embargo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:30am

Germany's federal prosecutor has charged a Russian citizen for crimes against the foreign trade law because he allegedly exported technology and chemicals to Russia that fall under an embargo.

German gov't agrees to largely abolish 'solidarity' tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:06am

Germany's government has agreed to largely abolish a tax designed to fund the cost of German reunification 30 years ago.

China says it will sanction US firms in Taiwan warplane sale

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:36am

China said Wednesday that it will levy sanctions against U.S. companies linked to a planned $8 billion sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan in a move that has further strained Sino-American relations.

Target thrives in intense retail environment

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:56am

Target topped expectations in just about any way measureable during the second quarter as it pushed faster delivery for customers and invested heavily in new private label brands.

In his words: Huawei CEO says company will not be crushed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:49am

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said that U.S. restrictions on access to technology would not defeat the Chinese telecom equipment maker and that the United States and Australia should hold off on buying Huawei's 5G network gear if they fear it is a security risk.

Germany seeks more active role in Arctic amid climate change

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

Germany says it plans to take a more active role in Arctic affairs, citing the far north's growing ecological, political and economic significance as a result of climate change.

Spanish navy ship to remain ready to take migrants in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:17am

Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo says a navy ship will stay close to an Italian island in case a group of migrants disembarked there need to be transported to Spain in coming days.

Thailand to set up center to combat 'fake news'

Pitcha Dangprasith, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:07am

Thailand's government on Wednesday announced a plan to set up a center to combat unverified news on social media platforms, rejecting concerns that it might be used to suppress free speech.

Strike by Ryanair cabin crew in Portugal has little impact

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:02am

A strike by Portuguese cabin crew working for budget airline Ryanair is causing little impact, with only some minor delays reported.

Beijing appeals to US to 'meet China halfway' on trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:59am

Beijing appealed to Washington on Wednesday to "meet China halfway" and end a tariff war after President Donald Trump said Americans might need to endure economic pain to achieve longer-term benefits.

Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency

Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:47am

Iran's president sent a bill to parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic's sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington.

Thousands interested in Dutch idea for Brexit beach party

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:30am

As the deadline for Britain to quit the European Union approaches, thousands of people are expressing interest in a Brexit beach party in the Netherlands to say a fond farewell.

Indonesia beefs up security amid violent West Papua protests

Laode Mursidin and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 2:21am

Indonesia has deployed more than 1,000 security personnel to the restive province of West Papua amid spreading protests and violence, police said Wednesday.

China says British consulate staffer detained 15 days

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 2:19am

China said Wednesday a staffer at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been given 15 days of administrative detention in the city of Shenzhen for violating regulations on public order.

Rust-belt China looks abroad as economy slows, tariffs bite

Olivia Zhang, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:49am

From Thailand to Kenya, trains run on tracks from steel mills in China's northeast, a rust-belt region that is trying to capitalize on a multibillion-dollar national initiative to build ports, railways and other projects abroad.

Australia joins US-led mission to protect Hormuz shipping

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:41am

Australia has joined Britain and Bahrain in signing onto a U.S.-led maritime security mission to protect international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran, the prime minister said Wednesday.

Global stocks mostly rise ahead of US Fed release

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 11:59pm

Global stock markets were back in positive territory Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a speech by the Federal Reserve chairman for signs of possible plans for more U.S. interest rate cuts.

China hosts Japan, S. Korea ministers in bid to smooth row

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 10:37pm

The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea met in Beijing on Wednesday as they seek to encourage progress on North Korean denuclearization at a time of tense relations between Tokyo and Seoul over trade.

Vice president keeps up pressure for Mexico trade deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 10:19pm

Vice President Mike Pence is renewing efforts to promote the Trump administration's trade deal with Mexico and Canada as he travels to the border state of New Mexico and then Salt Lake City.