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China auto sales fall in January for eighth month

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:44pm

China's auto sales fell for an eighth month in January, extending a painful decline for the biggest global market as demand cooled amid a slowing economy and tariffs standoff with the U.S.

China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:44pm

The Iranian foreign minister's passionate defense of Iran's interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him "a famous person" in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

HSBC reports net profit at $12.6B in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:24pm

Europe's biggest bank has reported its net profit jumped 30 percent in 2018 from the previous year to $12.6 billion.

'Black Panther' designer Ruth Carter on her start, Spike Lee

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:10pm

It's a big week for Ruth E. Carter, who on Sunday could become the first African-American to win an Academy Award for costume design through her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in "Black Panther." But before that show, Carter will receive a career achievement award Tuesday at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.

Lord Mayor of London: Brexit a 'short-term' issue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:05pm

Brexit is a "short-term frustrating issue" that will be overcome in time, the Lord Mayor of London said Tuesday during a visit to Hong Kong to tout the British capital's attractiveness for business even with the looming threat of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal.

China's economy czar heading to Washington for trade talks

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:52pm

China's economy czar is heading to Washington for talks Thursday and Friday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike.

Detained Mexican migrant dies in Texas hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:42pm

A Mexican man detained by Border Patrol for illegal re-entry died Monday at a hospital in Texas.

New Zealand leader says no final decision on using Huawei

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:23pm

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that no final decision has been made on whether Huawei equipment can be used in a planned network upgrade.

Latest: California sues Trump over emergency declaration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:18pm

The Latest on a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration (all times local):

Cheap and green: Pyongyang upgrades its mass transit system

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:08pm

Pyongyang is upgrading its overcrowded mass transit system with brand new subway cars, trams and buses in a campaign meant to show leader Kim Jong Un is raising the country's standard of living.

Lisa Borders steps down as head of Time's Up organization

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:56pm

Lisa Borders says she has resigned as president and CEO of Time's Up, the gender equality initiative formed last year in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood.

2020 hopeful Warren to unveil universal child care plan

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:28pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to unveil a universal child care plan that would guarantee American families access to child care.

Brazil president fires key aide linked to corruption scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:36pm

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has officially dismissed his key aide in charge of dealings with congress, days after a newspaper linked him to a corruption scandal involving phony candidates and the misuse of campaign funds.

1 month after Mexico pipeline fire, toll stands at 130 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:33pm

Mexican officials say that one month after a fiery explosion at an illegally tapped gasoline pipeline, the death toll stands at 130.

Coal dust turns white snow black in Siberian town

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:08pm

A Siberian coal mining town has gotten a blanket of black snow, a regular occurrence in the region known for high industrial pollution levels.

Hot market for businesses looks to cool, survey finds

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 1:26pm

The years-long hot market for businesses may start to cool, perhaps as soon as this year. That's the finding of a survey of brokers and advisers who help owners and buyers complete sales of small and mid-size businesses.

Christopher Kane celebrates sensuality in London show

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:12pm

The final full day of London Fashion Week featured a stellar show by Christopher Kane, who embraced his favorite theme — sensuality. Pringle of Scotland returned to the London stage with its signature luxury knitwear, while Erdem showed dramatic, full-length dresses and shorter cape outfits. The fashion crowd recovered from a late-night party David and Victoria Beckham threw to celebrate her new collection. The soiree featured a Spice Girls tribute band in drag paying homage to the designer's pop star past.

Group at MIT wants a celebration for a new college canceled

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:59am

Some students and professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking the university to cancel celebrations for a new computing center.

New owners plan to move historic riverboat to Ohio winery

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:42am

The new owners of Cincinnati's historic Showboat Majestic plan to continue using the double-decker riverboat as an entertainment venue on the Ohio River.

UK-based man charged with inciting attack in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:58am

A man living in northeast England has been charged under Britain's terrorism laws with attempting to incite a car, knife and bomb attack in Germany.