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  • Trade between China and Mozambique nears $3 billion

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — China’s ambassador to Mozambique says trade between the two countries increased to nearly $3 billion this year. Ambassador Li Chunhua said that trade had risen from $1.64 billion in 2013 to $2.94 billion between January and October 2014. The ambassador said cooperation had expanded from traditional sectors such as infrastructure development…

  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

    BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence…

  • 12 workers freed from collapsed tunnel in Vietnam

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An official says rescuers have recovered 12 workers who were trapped for more than three days in a collapsed tunnel at a hydropower plant under construction in central Vietnam. Local government official Pham Trieu in Lam Dong province said the 11 men and one woman needed medical attention but are in…

  • IOC awards Olympic TV rights in Cuba for 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Cuba’s state broadcaster has been awarded the country’s exclusive television rights to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC says it granted the rights across all broadcast platforms to the Instituto Cubano de Radio y Television. Terms of the deal were not announced. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach…

  • Thai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Union Frozen Products is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion. The Thai company says Friday that the purchase of Bumble Bee, which is owned by private equity firm Lion Capital, should be completed by the second half of 2015, Its…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Convicted spy’s parents searching for son after Cuba-US relations breakthrough HAVANA (AP) — The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better…

  • Lava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market

    HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island slowed slightly but stayed on track to hit a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa. The molten rock was 1,200 to 1,300 yards away from the edge of Pahoa Marketplace on Thursday and had advanced about 165 yards from the previous…

  • Global markets rally for 2nd day after Fed pledge

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve’s reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 percent to 6,507.42 France’s CAC 40…

  • HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city’s elite. The property magnate Thomas Kwok was convicted of conspiracy for making HK$8.5 million ($1.1 million) of payments to city official…

  • Court hearing in lawsuit against Reynolds-Lorillard merger

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the planned $25 billion merger of cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. The judge was to hear arguments Friday on a motion by plaintiffs who are seeking a preliminary injunction and a motion to expedite the case.…

  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

    ATLANTA (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. ___ – Nikon D750 camera ($2,300 body only; $3,000 kit with 24-120mm lens): I couldn’t find anything to complain about the D750 after spending a few weeks with it. The…

  • German consumer confidence on the rise

    BERLIN (AP) — German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases. The GfK research group said Friday its forward-looking consumer climate index rose to 9 points for January from 8.7 points in December. GfK says consumers still have uncertainty over ongoing international…

  • EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, ending a six-year effort that began after a massive…

  • Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. By a 2-1 margin, those who had an opinion opposed…

  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country’s access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. At first glance, U.S. options for responding…