Asian markets waver amid global growth, trade uncertainty

Views - 15 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

SHANGHAI (Reuters): Asian shares wobbled on Tuesday, US Treasury yields fell and gold rose as weak global manufacturing activity reinforced worries about slowing growth while uncertainties over the prospect of a Sino-US trade deal also hurt sentiment

Deeply divided, EU leaders halt talks after no deal on top jobs

Views - 10 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters): EU leaders suspended a summit on Monday after they failed to agree who should fill the bloc’s top jobs, with divisions over the marquee role of European Commission president as entrenched as ever after some 20 hours of talks. Fr

Tense calm returns to Hong Kong after protests erupt into violence

Views - 10 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): A tense calm descended on Hong Kong early on Tuesday, hours after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who had stormed the legislature in chaotic scenes to protest against an extradition bill in a direct chall

Trump says Iran ‘playing with fire’ with uranium enrichment

Views - 13 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

DUBAI/VIENNA (Reuters): Iran announced on Monday it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, drawing a warning from U.S. President Donald Trump that Tehran was “playing with fire.” Tehran

OPEC extends oil cut to prop up prices as economy weakens

Views - 9 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

VIENNA (Reuters): OPEC agreed on Monday to extend oil supply cuts until March 2020 as the group’s members overcame their differences in order to prop up the price of crude amid a weakening global economy and soaring US production. The move will lik

Hong Kong descends into chaos as protesters storm legislature

Views - 10 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong protesters stormed the Legislative Council on the anniversary of the former British colony’s 1997 return to Chinese rule on Monday amid widespread anger over laws that would allow extraditions to China. A small group

Russia agrees with Saudi Arabia to extend OPEC+ oil output deal

Views - 12 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

OSAKA/VIENNA (Reuters): Russia has agreed with Saudi Arabia to extend by six to nine months a deal with OPEC on reducing oil output, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, as oil prices come under renewed pressure from rising US supplies and a slowin

‘Back on track’: China and US agree to restart trade talks

Views - 12 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:27

OSAKA (Reuters): The US and China agreed on Saturday to restart trade talks and Washington will not levy new tariffs on Chinese exports, China’s Foreign Ministry said, raising hopes for the world’s two largest economies to resolve their trade war

After surprise Trump-Kim meeting, US and North Korea to reopen talks

Views - 9 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:26

PANMUNJOM/SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters): US President Donald Trump became the first sitting US President to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met its leader, Kim Jong Un, in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to res

Prince William and Kate to visit Pakistan in the autumn

Views - 11 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:25

LONDON (Reuters): Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Pakistan in the autumn at the request of Britain’s Foreign Office, Kensington Palace said on Saturday. Further details will be provided in due course, their office said. Pakistan’s Hig

Hong Kong prepares for pro-democracy march amid extradition bill anger

Views - 9 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:25

HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong authorities called for calm ahead of Monday’s annual pro-democracy march, with widespread anger over an extradition bill expected to lead to large crowds after high-profile protests this month against the proposal. Mo

Trump says agreed US won’t raise tariffs, China will buy US farm goods

Views - 7 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:21

OSAKA (Reuters): US President Donald Trump said he and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed on Saturday that the US would refrain from raising levies on Chinese imports for now while China would buy more US agricultural products. “We’re hold

Modi Government freezes ads placed in three Indian newspaper groups

Views - 8 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:21

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India’s Government has cut off advertisements to at least three major newspaper groups in a move that executives and an opposition leader said was likely retaliation for unfavourable reports. Critics have said that freedom of t

Pompeo says remains hopeful Pakistan will crack down on Islamist militants

Views - 8 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:10

MUMBAI (Reuters): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a trip to India on Wednesday that he remained hopeful that neighbouring Pakistan would chose the “right course” in cracking down on Islamist fundamentalists. The United States and Br

Trump to Putin: Please don’t meddle in US elections

Views - 8 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:10

OSAKA (Reuters): President Donald Trump on Friday sardonically asked his Russian counterpart to please not meddle in US elections, appearing to make light of a scandal that led to an investigation of his campaign’s contact with the Kremlin during 2

Record number of women candidates is changing dynamics of 2020 US presidential race

Views - 8 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:02

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters): US Senator Kamala Harris says every time she became the first woman elected to an office in California, she was asked how it felt to be a “first” in the position and prompted to talk about women’s issues. “I’d look

Oil prices slip ahead of G20 talks, OPEC meet

Views - 7 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:02

SEOUL (Reuters): Oil prices eased on Friday as traders awaited any update on the Sino-US trade war from a scheduled weekend meeting of the two countries’ presidents at the G20, and eyed next week’s OPEC gathering. Brent crude futures were down 35

Asian shares slip, gold gains as Trump-Xi trade jitters build

Views - 11 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:01

SHANGHAI (Reuters): Asian shares stumbled on Friday and gold jumped amid rising doubts that a highly anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend could lead to an easing of trade tensions. Uncert

Trump demands withdrawal of India’s ‘unacceptable’ tariff hike

Views - 14 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded India withdraw retaliatory tariffs imposed by New Delhi this month, calling the duties “unacceptable” in a stern message that signals trade ties between the two countries are fas

Oil prices drop as traders wait for G20, OPEC+ meetings

Views - 11 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Oil prices fell on Thursday to erase some of the previous session’s strong gains, as traders wait for the G20 summit in Japan and for a meeting of OPEC and other crude producers to decide on an extension of output cuts. Brent crude

Fresh protests rock Hong Kong as activists seek a voice at G20

Views - 6 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

Hong Kong (Reuters): Hong Kong was plunged into chaos again on Thursday as protesters rallied outside the justice secretary’s offices, blocking roads and forcing workers to leave in the latest unrest to rock the city over an extradition bill that h

Japan PM Abe, China’s Xi agree on need for ‘free, fair’ trade

Views - 10 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

Osaka (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to work together to promote “free and fair trade” in talks on Thursday that included a “complicated” global economic landscape, a Japanese official sa

UK’s Prince William says it’s fine for his kids to be gay

Views - 6 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Britain’s Prince William said on Wednesday it would be absolutely fine if one of his children was gay but admitted he was worried about the persecution and hatred they might face because of their royal status. The prince, 37, seco

Palestinians reject economic solutions from ‘punitive’ US

Views - 7 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters): Palestinian leaders accused the Trump administration of punishing them with one hand and offering to reward them with the other, as protesters turned out in the West Bank and Gaza on Wednesday to demonstrate against a US econ

Asia stocks slip after Fed tempers aggressive rate cut expectations

Views - 7 Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:42

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday and the dollar pulled back from three-month lows after Federal Reserve officials tempered expectations in the markets for aggressive monetary easing. Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday said the centr

Trump threatens ‘obliteration’, Iran calls White House ‘mentally retarded’

Views - 12 Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:41

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters): US President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American,” in a new war of words with Iran which condemned fresh US sanctions on Tehran as “mentally retarded.” B

UN chief says important Mideast peace efforts realise two-state vision

Views - 8 Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:40

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday it was important “to pursue peace efforts to realise the vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.” Guterres

Pompeo meets PM Modi for talks on trade, defence

Views - 10 Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:37

NEW DELHI (Reuters): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday for talks on trade and defence issues that have strained ties between the countries. Just days before Pompeo’s visit, India slapped highe

Trump denies woman’s sexual assault accusation: ‘She’s not my type’

Views - 7 Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US President Donald Trump denied a new accusation of sexual violence raised by a woman who said she had to fight him off more than 20 years ago in the dressing room of a high-end New York department store. In an interview with T

Parents of girl from India who died in US desert ‘desperate’ for asylum

Views - 11 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:11

Reuters: The parents of a six-year-old migrant girl from India who died of heat stroke in an Arizona desert said they sought asylum in the United States because they were “desperate”. “We wanted a safer and better life for our daughter and we m

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