Industry regulation

February 22, 2019 - 5:03 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China said Friday that reported delays in handling of coal shipments from Australia were due to stepped up inspections to protect the environment. "In recent years, China Customs has found that some of the imported coal didn't meet our environmental protection...
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In this Feb. 19. 2019 photo, people fill forms to joint to the group of volunteers that will help to introduce humanitarian aid into Venezuela, during a meeting to recruit volunteers, at a square in Caracas, Venezuela. The opposition expects to mobilize on Saturday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
February 21, 2019 - 4:40 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As President Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantrymen to Venezuela's borders bracing for what he claims is U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, his opponents are rallying their own troops. Nurses, doctors, engineers and homemakers have volunteered by the...
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right, and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attend a joint news conference after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
February 20, 2019 - 11:40 am
BERLIN (AP) — Britain's top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom. The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Wednesday that British Foreign Minister...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. The Democrat-led House oversight committee launched an investigation Tuesday into whether senior officials in President Donald Trump’s White House worked to transfer nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia as part of a deal that would financially benefit prominent Trump supporters. The proposal was pushed by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in early 2017, but it has remained under consideration by the Trump administration despite concerns from Democrats and Republicans that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if the U.S. technology was transferred without proper safeguards. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 19, 2019 - 11:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the Trump administration. Lawmakers from both...
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February 19, 2019 - 10:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers have approved a bill prohibiting military personnel from using smartphones on duty, a move intended to block leaks of sensitive information on social media. The bill approved by the lower house Tuesday also forbids servicemen to post photos, videos and information...
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FILE -- In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 photo the 'wirecard' company headquarters is pictured in Ascheim, Germany. Germany's financial market regulator has issued a two-month ban on short-selling shares in Wirecard AG, whose stock has swung sharply in recent months. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)
February 18, 2019 - 12:38 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's financial market regulator issued a two-month ban Monday on short-selling shares of payment service provider Wirecard AG, whose stock has swung sharply in recent months. The regulator said creating new net short positions or increasing existing net short positions in...
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In this Sept. 4, 2018, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, students line-up to get eyesight test at a primary school in Donglin Township of Huzhou City, east China's Zhejiang Province. An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students' eyesight. Zhejiang province issued a draft regulation last week and is seeking public comment. (Xu Yu/Xinhua via AP)
February 18, 2019 - 4:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students' eyesight. Zhejiang province issued a draft regulation last week and is seeking public comment. It is one of several provinces...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2016, file photo, Chinese policemen watch as depositors from Ezubao gather outside the State Bureau for Letters and Calls Reception Division office in Beijing. China's policy ministry says it investigated 380 online lenders and froze $1.5 billion in assets in a crackdown following an avalanche of scandals in the huge but lightly regulated industry. The ministry said Monday, Jan. 18, 2019, it launched the investigation in June because the industry was increasingly risky and rife with complaints about fraud, mismanagement and waste. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
February 18, 2019 - 4:46 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have investigated 380 online lenders and frozen $1.5 billion in assets following an avalanche of scandals in the huge but lightly regulated industry, the government announced Monday. Beijing allowed a private finance industry to flourish in order to supply credit to...
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Yellow vest protesters march during a protest in Paris, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. French yellow vest protesters are marking three months since the kickoff of their anti-government movement, as anti-Semitic remarks by some demonstrators have raised national concern about the movement's ascendant radical fringe. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
February 17, 2019 - 5:21 pm
PARIS (AP) — An upsurge in anti-Semitism in France reached a climax this weekend with a torrent of hate speech directed at a distinguished philosopher during a march of yellow vest protesters, adding to questions about the radicalized fringes of the movement hidden within French society and...
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United States Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan talks to the media at a meeting of ministers of Defense during the International Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
February 16, 2019 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview with...
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