- Standard & Poor's cuts China credit rating, citing debt
BEIJING (AP) — The Standard & Poor's rating agency cut China's credit rating Thursday due to its rising debts, highlighting challenges faced by Communist leaders as they cope with slowing economic growth.
- Trapped girl a symbol for Mexico's quake rescue efforts
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a daylong vigil for Mexico, much of it broadcast across the nation as rescue workers still struggled in rain and darkness early Thursday trying to pick away unstable debris and reach her.
- Ugandan police tear gas protesters of 'life presidency' bill
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Thursday fired tear gas to disperse protesters opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the longtime president to extend his rule.
- Diplomats meet on Iran deal as Trump stays mum on decision
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has determined how he wants to approach the Iran nuclear deal — which he has called the worst agreement ever negotiated by the United States — but has not told even his top national security advisers what his decision is.
- World shares mixed as markets mull latest Fed statement
HONG KONG (AP) — World stocks shares were mixed Thursday as investors digested the latest statements from the Fed, which plans to raise rates again this year, and the Bank of Japan, which signaled it won't tighten anytime soon.
- Ryanair CEO to face shareholders amid cancellations trouble
LONDON (AP) — Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary will face shareholders at the company's annual general meeting amid a pilot shortage that has forced the budget airline to cancel hundreds of flights.
- Mueller investigators seek documents from the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer that was attended by President Donald Trump's oldest son, The Associated Press has learned.
- Google buys HTC's Pixel team in $1.1B bet on devices
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services.
- Republicans see political necessity in health care effort
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's divisive and difficult, but the Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul has gotten a huge boost from one of Washington's perennial incentives: Political necessity.
- A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory Thursday.
- In Alaska town packed with cabs, bootleggers give you a ride
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A far-flung Alaska town is known for having streets that are among the most taxi-congested in the U.S. in proportion to the small number of people who call it home.
- Workers at Canadian mining company protest in Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — About 200 workers at a Canadian mining company in northern Greece are protesting outside the Development Ministry in Athens, demanding the government ensure the company continues operating.
- Bangladesh truck carrying Rohingya Muslim aid crashes; 9 die
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A truck filled with aid for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh veered off a road and fell into a ditch Thursday morning, killing at least nine aid workers, hours after another aid shipment in the refugees' violence-wracked home state in Myanmar was attacked by a Buddhist mob.
- Reprocessed nuclear fuel returned to Japan for reactor use
TOKYO (AP) — Nuclear fuel reprocessed in France returned to Japan on Thursday for use in a reactor as the country tries to burn more plutonium amid international concerns about its stockpile.
- Japanese video gaming adapting new tech for familiar titles
CHIBA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese video game industry is finding its way out of the doldrums by adapting new technology for decades-old titles. And that energy was evident at the annual Tokyo Game Show, which opened to media Thursday before opening to the public over the weekend.