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China says Australia writer held on national security charge

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday said it has detained a Chinese-Australian writer for allegedly "endangering China's national security," a vague charge frequently leveled at critics of the ruling Communist Party. Foreign ministry ...

Europe court orders Italy to pay damages to Amanda Knox

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Europe's human rights court on Thursday ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and a translator during a long night of questioning following the Nov. 1, 2007 murder of her British ...

Maduro faces off with US over Venezuela rival’s power claim

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans headed into uncharted political waters Thursday, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in for a fight with the ...

Renault names new leaders to replace Ghosn, jailed in Japan

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The board of French carmaker Renault on Thursday named two new leaders to replace industry veteran Carlos Ghosn, who resigned after weeks of detention in Japan. The board chose Jean-Dominique Senard of Michelin to be chairman and Renault ...

Afghan security service suffers heavy toll in Taliban attack

By AMIR SHAH and RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Dozens of people killed in a brazen Taliban attack on a military base were members of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, officials said Tuesday, in a severe blow to the government that already has lost control of nearly ...

Zimbabwe leader: Violence by security forces ‘unacceptable’

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday said "unacceptable" violence by security forces will be investigated after a days-long crackdown on economic unrest, while a doctor said the 12 documented deaths and more than 300 people wounded are ...

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing's relations with Ottawa. Foreign Ministry ...

Brazil’s nationalist leader to address Davos globalist crowd

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will headline the first full day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with a speech to political and business leaders. The nationalist leader is attending an event that has long represented business's interest in ...

Kremlin ‘optimistic’ ahead of WADA doping ruling

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is "optimistic" ahead of a World Anti-Doping Agency ruling on whether the country's authorities met demands to turn over lab data, Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Tuesday. The WADA executive committee reinstated Russia's ...

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France is spending 50 million euros ($57 million) to beef up security at airports and the Eurotunnel, hiring hundreds of extra customs officers and issuing emergency decrees to gear up for the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will ...