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China's Tencent: Tech world must tackle privacy concerns

France China Tencent

PARIS (AP) — China’s biggest tech company says the industry needs to tackle users’ privacy concerns and the risks posed by advancing technologies. Seng Yee Lau, senior executive vice president of Tencent, told The Associated Press on Thursday that tech companies should invest more in education. The...


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China's Li says German companies welcome amid US trade spat

China Germany

BEIJING (AP) — Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that China welcomes German companies during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel that gives Beijing an opportunity to try to recruit an ally in its trade feud with U.S. President Donald Trump. Both China and Germany are embroiled in disputes with...


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Global stocks subdued as US mulls auto import tariffs

Japan Financial Markets

BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets were subdued Thursday as carmakers’ shares fell after the Trump administration said it was investigating imposing new tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was flat at 12,975 and the CAC 40 in France rose 0.4 percent to 5,589....


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Company: Industrial hacking group has targets beyond Mideast

LONDON (AP) — A U.S. cybersecurity company says the hacking group behind a worrying breed of destructive software is operating well beyond the Middle East, raising the possibility that it is laying the groundwork for dangerous cyberattacks around the world. Dragos Inc. said in a blog post Thursday...


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Spanish ruling party fined in major corruption case

Spain Corruption

MADRID (AP) — The conviction of more than two dozen Spanish businesspeople and officials in a major corruption scandal triggered political turmoil Thursday after the court ruled that the country’s governing party benefited from the biggest kickbacks-for-contracts scheme in four decades of...


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Markets Right Now: US stocks open slightly lower

Financial Markets Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stocks are opening on a weak note as falling oil prices pull energy companies lower. Banks are also falling in early trading Thursday as interest rates decline. Chevron gave up 1.3 percent and Wells Fargo...


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Human rights an afterthought ahead of US-North Korea summit

Trump North Korean Human Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump’s focus has been on stagecraft, the will-they-or-won’t-they drama and visions of a legacy-defining nuclear deal. The human rights woes of North Koreans have been more of an afterthought. Eager...


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Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefings on Russia probe

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are set to meet with top intelligence officials Thursday for classified briefings as President Donald Trump raises new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign. Trump is calling his newest attempt at...


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German officials order recall of Mercedes diesel vans

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Daimler says it is being told to recall models of its Mercedes-Benz Vito delivery van by Germany’s motor vehicle authority, which has ruled that the vehicle’s diesel emissions controls do not meet legal requirements. Daimler said Thursday it was preparing...


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The Latest: EU says US car tariffs would break trade rules

China US Trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s interest in putting tariffs on auto imports (all times local): 6:50 a.m. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen says that any U.S. plan to unilaterally raise tariffs on auto imports “obviously would be against” rules of the World...


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