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  • Asian shares higher on optimism about global growth

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares rose on Thursday as improving optimism about the global economy helped investors shake off worries about geopolitical risks for the moment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent to 22,293.97 and South Korea’s Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,488.87. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added jumped 1.3 […]
  • Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are freezing up vast swathes of the country’s online world in what critics call a heavy-handed — and so far unsuccessful — attempt to block a popular messaging app, Telegram. The head of the communications watchdog acknowledged Wednesday that millions of IP addresses unrelated to Telegram have been blocked since […]
  • Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland, officials said Wednesday. Swedish police spokesman Stefan Dangardt says no arrest has been made in Sweden but Icelandic police have […]
  • Iran bans government bodies from using foreign message apps

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year. Chief among those apps is Telegram, used by over 40 million Iranians for everything from benign conversations to […]
  • Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

    LONDON (AP) — Facebook is enhancing privacy safeguards for users around the world as it complies with new European rules designed to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data. Facebook is introducing the new policies this week in Europe, but eventually everyone on the social network […]
  • Israel at 70: Satisfaction and grim disquiet share the stage

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemorate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage. It has a standard of living that rivals Western Europe, though it lacks significant natural resources. It can boast of scientific achievements and military and technological clout beyond its […]
  • Global stocks rise after Wall Street gains for 2nd day

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets followed Wall Street higher Wednesday despite a Chinese tariff hike on U.S. sorghum in a swelling trade dispute with Washington. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.7 percent to 7,278.02 and France’s CAC 40 added 0.5 percent to 5,379.95. German’s DAX advanced 0.3 percent to 12,630.42. […]
  • Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

    NEW YORK (AP) — So you want to have a baby. Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability? Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores and a good shot at being athletic, […]
  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. BARBARA BUSH DIES AT 92 Known for her plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense, she was the wife of one president and mother of another. 2. ‘THEY HAVE MY BLESSING’ Trump confirms that North and South […]
  • Waze causing LA traffic headaches, city council member says

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles should consider legal action against Waze over complaints that the traffic navigation app is recklessly guiding motorists off thoroughfares and into residential neighborhoods in search of shorter or quicker routes, a city council member said Tuesday. Councilman David Ryu sent a letter to the city attorney’s office, outlining what […]