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China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe

36 min 24 sec ago

A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. SAIC also repeated that it suspected the company has not fully disclosed issues relating to the compatability of the software and the operating system. "[A] special investigation team conducted an anti-monopoly investigation inquiry with Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi (David Chen), and required that Microsoft make a written explanation within 20 days," the SAIC said in a statement on its website.


CaixaBank to buy Barclays Spain operations

41 min 44 sec ago

Spain's third-biggest bank by capitalisation CaixaBank is to buy Barclays' Spanish operations for £800 million ($1.1 billion) as the British bank undergoes major restructuring, Barclays said. The sale includes Barclay's retail banking, wealth and investment management and corporate banking businesses in Spain. In a statement, Barclays said 2,400 staff and 262 branches would transfer to CaixaBank once the deal is completed, likely around the end of the year.


No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

42 min 10 sec ago

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor's first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium.


California Made in America show sizzles on day 2

46 min 12 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival sizzled on Sunday as more than 37,000 concertgoers grooved to an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop and electronic music under the blazing sun.


Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

48 min 11 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.


Pakistani protesters push closer to PM House amid clashes

53 min 45 sec ago
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A large crowd of Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad on Monday, fighting running battles with police after breaking into the Pakistan Secretariat area which houses government ministries. Although they fired occasional teargas canisters, police were seen retreating and showing restraint as protesters, many carrying wooden clubs, pushed closer to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence. It was not clear if he was at the residence. (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina)

Fresh clashes in Pakistan anti-PM protests

57 min 17 sec ago

Anti-government protesters armed with rocks and wooden clubs clashed with police in Islamabad Monday, hours after the powerful army called for a peaceful resolution to the political crisis rocking Pakistan. Opposition groups marched to the capital on August 15 in a bid to topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, triggering a crisis that has raised the spectre of military intervention in a country that has been ruled for half its history by the army. The army urged the government and protesters to settle their differences peacefully on Sunday night, but warned it was "committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state", after clashes left three dead. Violence began on Saturday night when followers of former cricketer Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri tried to storm Sharif's official residence.


Australia unveils fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

59 min 2 sec ago
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Monday unveiled fresh sanctions against Russia over what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called its "bullying" of neighboring Ukraine, where the Kremlin is accused of backing pro-Russian insurgent groups battling the government in Kiev. The sanctions, which restrict arms exports and the access of Russian state-owned banks to Australian capital markets, build on financial sanctions and travel bans enacted by Australia in March. Russia started it and Russia must take responsibility for this loss of life," Abbott told parliament. "So, Madam Speaker, I can inform the house that Australia will lift its sanctions against Russia to the level of the European Union." The United States and EU have gradually tightened economic sanctions against Russia, first imposed after Moscow annexed Crimea following the ousting of Kiev's pro-Russian president by protesters in February.

Indians-Royals game suspended in 10th inning

1 hour 12 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The race for the AL Central title got another wrinkle Sunday night when Cleveland's game at Kansas City was suspended in the 10th inning.


Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

1 hour 28 min ago

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.


Clashes in Islamabad as pressure mounts on PM to resign

1 hour 31 min ago

Pakistani protesters wielding sticks and throwing stones clashed with police in the center of the capital Islamabad on Monday after weeks of demonstrations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation turned violent over the weekend. Despite heavy rain, crowds of protesters tried to break through police lines to push their way to the prime minister's residence. Protesters led by Imran Khan, a renowned cricketer before entering politics, and fiery cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, erupted last month and descended into deadly confrontation on Saturday, with at least three people killed in clashes with police.


Hong Kong police use pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy protesters

1 hour 51 min ago

By Clare Jim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Monday used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed a security check-point at a venue where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision not to grant the former British colony full democracy. Scuffles had broken out at the entrance to the center where Li Fei, deputy secretary general of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, was speaking. Pro-democracy activists inside the building heckled Li, shouting slogans and interrupting his speech explaining Beijing's decision, announced on Sunday, to rule out a fully democratic election for the city's next leader in 2017. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with wide-ranging autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland - a policy called "one country, two systems".


RG3 statue, boats on water at Baylor's new stadium

1 hour 54 min ago

WACO, Texas (AP) — RG3 in bronze and boats on the water at Baylor.


Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

2 hours 1 min ago

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.


Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early

2 hours 2 min ago

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart climbed from his battered car, took a big gulp of water, and surveyed the damage.


Sharapova crashes, Bencic and Federer in Swiss joy at US Open

2 hours 4 min ago

Maria Sharapova crashed out of the US Open while 17-year-old Belinda Bencic became the youngest women's quarter-finalist since 1997 giving Switzerland a double boost after Roger Federer had moved into the last-16. Sharapova's defeat at the hands of fellow former world number one Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday meant that only three of the top 10 seeds in the women's draw were left standing after Bencic had taken care of ninth-ranked Jelena Jankovic. On a day of shocks at the US Open, China's Peng Shuai reached her first singles quarter-final at a major by beating experienced Czech Lucie Safarova while, in the men's draw, fourth-seed David Ferrer was defeated by Gilles Simon of France.


Clashes resume in Islamabad as pressure mounts on PM to resign

2 hours 4 min ago
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani protesters wielding sticks and throwing stones clashed with police in the center of the capital Islamabad on Monday after weeks of demonstrations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation turned violent over the weekend. Despite heavy rain, crowds of protesters tried to break through police lines to push their way to the prime minister's residence on Monday morning, promoting police to fire teargas. (Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Michael Perry)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

2 hours 13 min ago

When Cubans go to the beach to cool off during the summer, they use any kind of transportation they can find: bus, horse drawn carriage, classic cars from the 1950s.


US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

2 hours 14 min ago
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.

What to watch at US Open: Serena seeking quarters

2 hours 16 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — With Maria Sharapova's loss at the U.S. Open, four different women will win Grand Slam titles this year.