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China's Xi calls for more technology development

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Beijing, Oct 18 (AP) - President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for the ruling Communist Party to lead develop-ment of Chinese technology industries, an area fraught with trade tensions and complaints that Beijing encour-ages theft of foreign know-how.
In a speech at the opening of a party congress, Xi called for making a "country of innovators" and creating com-petitors in aerospace, cyberspace, clean energy and other areas. Xi promised to promote cooperation among universities, government...
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Australian casino denies lawmaker's criminal allegations

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Canberra, Oct 18 (AP) - A lawmaker on Wednesday accused a major Australian casino company of rigging slot machines and concealing potential money laundering at its largest casino with the state regulator covering up criminal behavior.
Andrew Wilkie, an independent who has long campaigned against...
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UN leader gives condolences over Somalia bombing

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Mogadishu, Oct 18 (AP) - The latest on the deadly explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local):
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has met with Somalia minister Abdullahi Hamud to personally extend his condolences following Saturday's bomb blast that killed more than 300 people in...
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Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya

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Bangkok, Oct 18 (AP) - Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a system-atic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators.
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Judge halts newest Trump travel ban, saying it has same woes

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Honolulu, Oct 18 (AP) - A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the revised order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor."
It was the third set of travel restrictions...
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