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Unfazed Indian farmers continue protest against new laws

Thousands of angry Indian farmers faced tear gas and baton charges from police as they resumed their march to the capital to protest new laws they fear will give more power to corporations and reduce their earnings
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Farmers stand on an under construction flyover and watch attempts of concrete barricades being removed by fellow farmers, set up by security officers to prevent their protest march to Delhi, in Sonipat, in the northern Indian state of Haryana, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Thousands of agitating farmers in India faced tear gas and baton charge from police on Friday after they resumed their march to the capital against new farming laws that they fear will give more power to corporations and reduce their earnings. While trying to march towards New Delhi, the farmers, using their tractors, cleared concrete blockades, walls of shipping containers and horizontally parked trucks after police had set them up as barricades and dug trenches on highways to block roads leading to the capital. (Anand Mangnale via AP)
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UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants

Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo people walk by a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. USA., The coalition of technology and publishing companies, Marketers for an Open Web said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, they have asked U.K. competition watchdog to investigate Google's plans to revamp its ad data system, saying the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
2 hours ago

Another week gone, Brexit trade talks remain stuck

The European Union says that another week of Brexit talks on a new trade deal has gone with barely any progress
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European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier leaves the Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. With less than two months to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, trade deal talks resume in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
2 hours ago

Black Friday continues despite COVID-19

Some shoppers waited outside overnight for deals while others say they won’t be hitting the stores at all today. ABC’s Andrea Fujii reports.
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VIDEO: Black Friday continues despite COVID-19
21 minutes ago

Global stocks mixed amid unease about vaccine development

Global stock markets are mixed as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weigh on investor optimism
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
3 hours ago

China hikes taxes on Australian wine amid political tension

China is raising import taxes on Australian wine, stepping up pressure on Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus
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In this Feb. 29, 2012, file photo a shopper looks over the wine at King & Godfree, one of Australia's oldest licensed grocery stores in, Melbourne, Australia. China on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, began investigating whether Australia is dumping wine in a trade dispute that further strains relations between the countries and could shut the biggest export market for Australian wine. (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough, FILE)
November 27

Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other
November 27
Floats that are part of the modified Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are seen from the Empire State Building in New York, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Due to the pandemic, no crowds of onlookers were allowed to attend the annual parade. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
November 27

Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling stores

After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope
November 27
A shopper walks by a store, Monday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Pembroke Pines, Fla. After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times.(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
November 27

Families of 6 Americans convicted in Venezuela cry foul

Hopes of families for a quick release for six American oil executives detained in Venezuela for three years over an alleged corruption scheme have evaporated, with a judge finding them all guilty and quickly sentencing them to prison
November 27
FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives Jose Angel Pereira, from left to right, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. Vadell says in a letter from prison provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, that it’s especially painful to be separated during the Thanksgiving season from from his wife, three adult children and a newborn grandson he’s never held. It’s the first time Vadell or the other five jailed executives of Houston-based Citgo have spoken publicly since being arrested and charged with a massive corruption scheme. (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP File)
November 26

Asian stocks fall amid unease about vaccine development

Questions about the effectiveness of one vaccine weighed on investor optimism.
November 26
A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
November 26

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison

Six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela have been found guilty of corruption charges and immediately sentenced to prison
November 26
Jesus Loreto, an attorney representing Tomeu Vadell, one of six U.S. oil executives jailed for three years in Venezuela, shows a letter written by Vadell, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. In the letter provided exclusively to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, Vadell pleads for freedom, reflects on his past and shares the pain he feels over being separated from his wife, three adult children and a newborn grandson he's never held. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
November 26

Asian stocks fall amid unease about vaccine development

Asian stock markets have declined as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism
November 26
A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
November 26

Rome airport poised to try 'COVID tested' flights from US

Aim is to eliminate the 14-day quarantine for passengers arriving in Italy.
November 26
Passengers at Fiumicino Rome airport show their quick COVID-19 test reports upon boarding a flight to Milan, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. In a trial that started Wednesday on the route between Rome and Milan, all passengers go through a quick test before being allowed to board their flight. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)
November 26

The Latest: Counties in St. Louis area imposing mask mandate

More Missouri counties in the region around St. Louis are imposing mandates requiring the use of face masks as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge
November 26
A health worker reads the temperature of a woman during a door to door survey to assess the COVID-19 situation in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. India has more than 9 million cases of coronavirus, second behind the United States. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
November 26

World markets subdued as US trading shut for Thanksgiving

Global shares were subdued as trading activity was reduced as U.S. markets remained closed for the Thanksgiving holiday
November 26
A currency trader talks on the phone near the screens showing the foreign exchange rates at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Thursday, after Wall Street took a pause from the optimism underlined in a record-setting climb earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
November 26

EU parliament backs lobster deal and EU-US mini trade pact

The European Union parliament has approved a mini trade deal with the United States, which includes the elimination of customs duties on U.S. lobster imports
November 26
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, lobsters sit in a crate at a shipping facility in Arundel, Maine. The European Union parliament on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 approved a mini trade deal with the United States, which includes the elimination of customs duties on U.S. lobster imports. The passage by a vote of with 638 votes for, 45 against and 11 abstentions was the last major political step for the deal to come into effect. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, FIle)
November 26

France resumes tax on tech giants, seeks deal with U.S.

France is resuming collection of a special tax on Big Tech companies like Amazon and Facebook despite the threat of more U.S. retaliatory tariffs on French wines and other goods
November 26
November 26

Greece extends coronavirus lockdown by a week

Greece’s government has announced a weeklong extension to the country’s current lockdown, due to the continued spread of the coronavirus, particularly in the north of the country
November 26
A seagull flies as other stand on the rope of a docked ferry at the port of Piraeus, near Athens during a 24-hour strike on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ferries to the islands were halted and the Athens metro system and tram were shut for Thursday's strike, although buses continued to run in the capital. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
November 26

EU fines drug makers for keeping cheap medicine off market

The European Union has fined two pharmaceutical companies for colluding to keep a cheap alternative to a sleep disorder medicine off the market for their profit and at the expense of patients
November 26
European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference on European Data Governance at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool via AP)
November 26

Africa CDC sees COVID-19 vaccinations in 2nd quarter of 2021

Africa's top public health official says vaccinations against COVID-19 on the continent might not start until the second quarter of next year
November 26
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, recently filled graves are seen in the Olifantsveil Cemetery outside Johannesburg, South Africa. The African continent has surpassed 2 million confirmed cases as health officials warn of infections starting to creep up again into a second surge. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay/File)
November 26

Merkel urges patience as German virus restrictions extended

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to remain patient with restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, saying that with promising vaccines on the way, “there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
November 26
German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her face mask as she arrives for a parliament session about German government's policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease at the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Merkel and the country's 16 state governors have agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of coronavirus infections ahead of the Christmas period. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
November 25

Asian shares mixed after Wall Street takes pause on optimism

Asian shares are mixed after Wall Street took a pause from the optimism underlined in a record-setting climb earlier in the week
November 25
People stand by an electronic stock board of a securities firm showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Asian shares rose Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time despite an ongoing pandemic, as progress in development of coronavirus vaccines kept investors in a buying mood. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 25

Pandemic gave locals fleeting taste of a tourist-free Hawaii

For months, Hawaii locals had Waikiki's famous beaches and other tourist hot spots to themselves as a mandatory two-week quarantine on travelers curbed tourism during the coronavirus pandemic
November 25
In this photo provided by Yoko Liriano, Bryant de Venecia poses for a photo with his paddleboard in Honolulu, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. He started stand-up paddle-boarding when there were fewer tourists coming to Hawaii during the pandemic. He's among the Hawaii residents feeling ambivalence toward tourists returning now that the state is allowing incoming travelers to bypass a 14-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test. (Yoko Liriano via AP)
November 25

AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their COVID-19 vaccine
November 25
FILE - In this undated file photo issued by the University of Oxford on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, a researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously — and they stress cautiously — optimistic that life may start returning to normal by early April. Even before regulators have approved a single vaccine, the U.K. and countries across Europe are moving quickly to organize the distribution and delivery systems needed to inoculate millions of citizens. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP, File)
November 25

US jobless claims rise to 778,000 as pandemic worsens

The number is evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain.
November 25
Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program are shown, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Surfside, Fla. The number of a Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
November 25

Trump administration denies permit for divisive Alaska mine

The Trump administration has denied a permit to build a controversial gold and copper mine near the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska
November 25
FILE - In this July 13, 2007, file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. A proposed gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery in Alaska would cause "unavoidable adverse impacts," the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a letter to the developer released Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. The corps is asking the backers of Pebble Mine to come up with a mitigation plan within 90 days for nearly 3,000 acres of land and nearly 200 miles of streams it says could be affected if the controversial mine moves forward. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
November 25

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Wednesday, giving up some of their recent gains, on a day of mostly quiet trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday
November 25
November 25

US mortgage rates stay at record low 2.72% for 30 years

U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained at record lows this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the economy
November 25
A home for sale with a "Sold" sign attached is viewed Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained at record lows this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the economy. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
November 25

Germany extends partial shutdown to curb virus spread

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors have agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of coronavirus infections ahead of the Christmas period
November 25
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Michael Kappeler/Pool via AP)
November 25

Hospitals can care for Medicare patients at home in pandemic

Hospitals will be allowed to care for Medicare patients in their own homes during the pandemic under a new program to help hospitals deal with the latest surge
November 25
November 25

HP, Nordstrom rise; Gap, JPMorgan Chase fall

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Wednesday: HP, Nordstrom rise; Gap, Citigroup fall
November 25
November 25

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
November 25
November 25

Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster, create publishing giant

German media giant Bertelsmann says that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster
November 25
FILE -- This March 13, 2003 file photo shows an exterior view of the German media giant Bertelsmann in Guetersloh, Germany. German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that it is buying publisher Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS for $2.17 billion in cash. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
November 25

Victoria's Secret reshuffles executive ranks before holidays

Victoria’s Secret reshuffled its executive ranks, including the position of CEO, as it tries to revive the struggling lingerie brand
November 25
November 25

As economy struggles, Fed weighs boosting bond purchases

At their meeting earlier this month, Federal Reserve officials discussed possible future adjustments to the central bank's monthly bond purchases to boost the economy
November 25
November 25

At their November meeting, Fed officials discussed possible future adjustments to asset purchases to boost the economy

At their November meeting, Fed officials discussed possible future adjustments to asset purchases to boost the economy
November 25
November 25

The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

Until recently, Hollywood's big-budget spectacles have largely tried to wait out COVID-19
November 25
This combination photo shows Gal Gadot in a scene from the Warner Bros. Pictures film "Wonder Woman 1984," left, and Yifei Liu in a scene from Disney's "Mulan." (Warner Bros. via AP, left, and Disney via AP)
November 25

Cannabis stocks surge as US election opens new markets

Cannabis stocks are flying high after voters in New Jersey, Arizona and three other states cleared the way for expanding legal sales of marijuana
November 25
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. On Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, cannabis stocks are flying high this month after voters in four states passed measures clearing the way for sales of marijuana to adults. That alone is projected to boost the market for legal cannabis sales in the U.S. by 20%. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
November 25

Consumer spending up a slight 0.5% as virus maintains grip

U.S. consumers increased their spending by a sluggish 0.5% in October, the weakest gain since April when the pandemic first erupted and a sign that Americans remain wary with the virus resurging across the country and threatening the economy
November 25
A sales associate helps customers as they consider the purchase of a big-screen television at a Costco warehouse on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Sheridan, Colo. U.S. consumer confidence fell to a reading of 96.1 in November as rising coronavirus cases pushed Americans’ confidence down to the lowest level since August. The Conference Board said the November reading represented a drop from a revised 101.4 in October. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 25

New home sales mostly unchanged in October

Sales of new homes remained steady in October at a seasonally adjusted rate of 999,000 units
November 25
November 25

Lights, camera, sell: Retailers want you to watch and shop

Merchants have turned themselves into amateur home shopping network hosts, broadcasting live to thousands of people on Amazon, Facebook or their store’s apps
November 25
This Nov. 2020 photo shows Jenna Powell live on Facebook. With her three Alabama boutiques closed because of the pandemic, Powell found another way to sell animal print tops and tie-dye hoodies: become an amateur home shopping network host. Almost daily around noon, Powell, or one of her employees, turns on an iPhone, looks into the camera and broadcasts to 400 people watching live on Facebook or her store’s app. They put on clothing, spin for the camera and try to get viewers to buy. (Jenna Powell via AP)
November 25

Slight gain of 1.3% in October for manufactured goods

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods showed a modest gain in October but much of the strength came from a big jump in orders for military equipment
November 25
Rows of boxed big-screen televisions sit on display at a Costco warehouse in this photograph taken Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Sheridan, Colo. Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods slow to modest gain of 1.3% in October indicating economy is slowing. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 25

Unchanged from early estimate, US economy grew 33.1% in Q3

The second of three estimates on U.S. growth for the July-September quarter is unchanged at a record pace of 33.1%
November 25
A shopper in a face mask looks over cuts of beef piled up in a cold room for purchase at a Costco warehouse store Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in west Denver. The U.S. economy rebounded at an even-stronger pace in the July-September quarter than first reported but a resurgence in the coronavirus is expected to slow growth sharply in the current quarter with some analysts even raising the specter of a double-dip recession. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 25

UK cuts overseas aid amid worst recession in over 300 years

The British government has ditched its long-standing target for overseas aid in order to finance other spending priorities in the year ahead
November 25
Christmas lights are lit up on New Bond Street in Mayfair, London, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
November 25

With US in COVID-19 panic, Sen. Perdue saw stock opportunity

GOP Sen. David Perdue carried out a series of well-timed stock transactions.
November 25
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Sen. David Perdue speaks during a campaign rally on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cumming, Ga. Perdue and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff are in a runoff election for the Senate seat in Georgia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
November 25

China accuses Britain of discriminating with tech ban

China has accused Britain of improperly attacking Chinese tech companies after the British government proposed a law to block market access to telecom equipment giant Huawei and other vendors that are deemed high-risk
November 25
November 25

Q&A: Will Twitter, Facebook crack down on Trump?

For the past four years, President Donald Trump has enjoyed the special status of a world leader on Twitter and Facebook, even as he used his perch atop the social media pyramid to peddle misinformation and hurl abuse at his critics
November 25
November 25

Malaysia's Top Glove says virus outbreak may push prices up

Malaysia’s Top Glove, the world’s largest rubber glove maker, says supply disruptions at its factories due to a coronavirus outbreak may push glove prices up
November 25
November 25

Here's why the Dow topped 30,000 for the first time

Wall Street busted through its latest milestone Tuesday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 30,000 for the first time
November 25
A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 30,000 points for the first time as investors were encouraged by the latest progress on developing coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin. (Nicole Pereira/NYSE via AP)
November 24

EXPLAINER: China's claims of coronavirus on frozen foods

China’s has stirred controversy with claims to have detected the coronavirus on packages of imported frozen food
November 24
A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by a fridge displaying frozen meats at a supermarket in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. China has stirred controversy with claims it has detected the coronavirus on packages of imported frozen food. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)