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China's slowdown challenges government, companies

BEIJING (AP) — China's slowdown is ratcheting up financial stress on companies while the country's leaders scramble to avoid a spike in job losses. Full-year 2015 growth of 6.9 percent was the lowest in 25 years, posing different challenges for investors, companies and the Chinese government.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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Global stocks rally on China economic growth report

TOKYO (AP) — European and Asian stocks rallied Tuesday after China's quarterly economic growth met expectations, calming intense jitters about the global outlook that have battered markets since the beginning of the year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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Assad's battlefield gains cast cloud on upcoming Syria talks

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian peace talks due next week are looking increasingly moot as a string of recent battlefield victories by government troops have bolstered President Bashar Assad's hand and plunged the rebels into disarray.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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The world's oldest man, a Japanese, dies at age 112

 

TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest man, a Japanese, died Tuesday at the age of 112 after suffering chronic heart problems, officials said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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Morocco arrests Belgian man linked to Paris attackers

 

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan police have arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan descent linked to the Islamic State group and who had a "direct relationship" to attackers who carried out the Paris attacks just over two months ago, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016

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More quakes rattle Oklahoma but state avoids tough measures

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In Oklahoma, now the country's earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they're feeling on firmer ground though no one is ready yet to declare victory.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016

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Illinois, other states debate laws for police videos

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The yearlong delay before the release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager has Illinois lawmakers facing the same question before many states: As officers' dashboards and body cameras capture more police encounters with the public, how much access to the videos should there be under open records laws?

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016

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Germany: 1st suspect held over Cologne sex assaults

 

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany have arrested a 26-year-old Algerian man on suspicion of committing a sexual assault in Cologne during New Year's celebrations.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016

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