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Spanish taxi drivers resume protests against app services

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 4:25am

Hundreds of taxis are holding up traffic in Madrid and Barcelona as drivers continue their protests to demand tighter regulations companies using ride-hailing apps.

Chinese accuse McDonald's of supporting Taiwan independence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 4:25am

Chinese nationalists are accusing a McDonald's advertisement in Taiwan of supporting independence for the self-ruled island.

Germany bans Iran's Mahan Air amid security concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 4:16am

The German government is banning Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect, citing security concerns and the Iranian airline's involvement in Syria.

Pakistani PM's party wants ex-president out of parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 4:09am

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's party is asking the country's top court to disqualify ex-President Asif Zardari from parliament and bar him from politics for allegedly concealing assets abroad.

France's Macron hosts 150 world business leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 3:49am

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting 150 world business leaders in a bid to promote his pro-business agenda, as yellow vest protesters take to the streets against his economic policies.

China's 2018 economic growth sinks to 3-decade low

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 3:49am

China's economic growth hit a three-decade low in 2018, adding to pressure on Beijing to beef up stimulus measures and settle a tariff war with Washington.

The Latest: UK starts program to register EU citizens

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:54am

The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):

EU's Vestager, Silicon Valley nemesis, doesn't shy from tech

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:54am

The European Union's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has made her name challenging Silicon Valley tech companies. But the Danish politician isn't exactly a Luddite when it comes to using technology herself.

EU's antitrust cop lays groundwork for more tech scrutiny

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:49am

Silicon Valley's notorious nemesis, Margrethe Vestager, plans to end her term as the European Union's antitrust enforcer this year with a bang, laying out a long-term plan to intensify scrutiny of the world's big tech companies.

Few signs of breakthrough as May set to unveil Brexit Plan B

Jill Lawless and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:41am

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to unveil her new plan to break Britain's Brexit deadlock — and it's expected to look a lot like the old plan decisively rejected by Parliament last week.

Tanker ship runs aground on Germany's Elbe river

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:28am

German news agency dpa says a tanker ship carrying 9,000 metric tons (nearly 10,000 U.S. tons) of hazardous goods has run aground on the Elbe river near Cuxhaven in northern Germany.

China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks

Erika Kinetz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:23am

The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China.

Qatar to invest $500 million in Lebanese government bonds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:11am

Qatar has announced that it will invest $500 million in Lebanese government bonds to support the Mediterranean country's struggling economy.

France holds trial over horse meat found in frozen lasagna

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:06am

Four people are going on trial in Paris over an elaborate alleged scheme that fed consumers across Europe frozen foods containing cheap horse meat fraudulently labeled as pricier beef.

Stocks mixed as Chinese economy slows to weakest since '90

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 11:33pm

World stocks were subdued Monday after China reported that its economy expanded by 6.6 percent in 2018, its slowest pace since the slump that followed the crackdown on protests centered on Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn't budge Democrats

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:17pm

Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise.

Amtrak train hits unoccupied vehicle on track in Indiana

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:23pm

An Amtrak train from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan, hit an unoccupied vehicle on the track in Indiana, but no passengers or crew were injured.

Asian markets advance on optimism over China-US trade

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:12pm

Shares in Asia rose Monday, extending gains on Wall Street last week. Buying enthusiasm has been spurred by renewed hopes for progress on resolving the trade standoff between the U.S. and China. Shares rose in Shanghai and Hong Kong early Monday despite news that China's economy grew at its lowest pace in three decades last year.

China's 2018 economic growth sinks to 3-decade low

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 7:16pm

China's 2018 economic growth fell to a three-decade low, adding to pressure on Beijing to settle a tariff war with Washington.