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Trump says ‘I think we’ll make a deal with China’ on trade

Views - 5 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will likely make a deal with China on trade, adding that a lot of progress had been made to resolve the two countries’ differences but warning that he still may impose more t


Trade war impact deepens across Asia, but ‘real economic shock’ yet to hit

Views - 3 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

HONG KONG(Reuters): The economic impact of the intensifying trade war between Washington and Beijing appeared to deepen last month with factory activity and export orders weakening across Asia, but analysts warned the worst was yet to come. In a sign


Obama warns against fear, Trump touts economy on campaign trail

Views - 4 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

INDIANAPOLIS/MIAMI (Reuters) : Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday against rhetoric he said was meant to sow fear as he campaigned in support of Democratic candidates while President Donald Trump hammered a hardline anti-immigration m


Iranian marchers chant ‘Death to America’ on eve of US oil sanctions

Views - 4 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Iranians, chanting ‘Death to America’, rallied on Sunday to mark both the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the imminent reimposition of US sanctions on Iran’s key oil sector. T


Myanmar by-election results ‘a lesson’ for Suu Kyi’s party

Views - 5 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

YANGON (Reuters): Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) expects to have won only seven of 13 seats up for grabs in by-elections, a spokesman said on Sunday, conceding that Myanmar’s ruling party needed to do more for voters from


China says will provide economic aid to Pakistan but more talks needed

Views - 4 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters) : China will provide Pakistan with economic aid but more talks are needed on the details, a senior Chinese diplomat said, after new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday. Pakistan’s foreign


India’s environment minister blames state governments as pollution worsens in Delhi

Views - 4 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India’s environment minister blamed the Delhi government and its neighbouring states for failing in their efforts to check air pollution which was six times above the recommended limit on T


Saudi Arabia hosts rare visit of US evangelical Christian figures

Views - 10 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

RIYADH (Reuters): Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a rare meeting with American evangelical Christians on Thursday, as the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to open up more to the world and repair an image of religious int


Amid Pittsburgh funerals, synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

Views - 5 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:00

PITTSBURGH (Reuters): The man accused of fatally shooting 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue during Sabbath prayers pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal hate crimes charges and other offences as the city’s Jewish community buried three m


TV titans Trump, Oprah go head to head on US campaign trail

Views - 4 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:00

(Reuters): Two former TV stars and political opposites – media mogul Oprah Winfrey and President Donald Trump – took to the US campaign trail on Thursday, five days before elections that will determine whether Trump’s Republicans retain control


US grants Iran sanctions waivers to eight countries including India

Views - 5 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): The US Government has agreed to let eight countries, including close allies South Korea and Japan, as well as India, keep buying Iranian oil after it re-imposes sanctions on Tehran from next week, Bloomberg reported on Friday, ci


Asian shares rise as Trump, Xi lift hopes on resolving trade row

Views - 6 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:00

SHANGHAI (Reuters): Asian equity markets rose on Friday as China and the United States expressed optimism about resolving their bruising trade war, though a warning from tech giant Apple Inc on holiday sales amid emerging market weakness could weigh


China advances to global top 50 in business climate: World Bank

Views - 5 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Xinhua: China is now one of the top 50 economies in the world for ease of doing business, due to a record number of reforms carried out last year, according to the World Bank Group in its annual doing business report released Wednesday. “China adva


India’s war on red tape is working, says World Bank

Views - 7 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Long known for its bureaucracy, India has made major strides in improving prospects for businesses in the country, the World Bank said in a report on Wednesday.


Britain says no date set for end of Brexit talks after Raab hints at November deal

Views - 4 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Britain on Wednesday said there was no set date for Brexit talks to finish, backtracking from a letter by Brexit secretary Dominic Raab that suggested a deal on the terms of its departure from the European Union could be finalised b


Japan still has no Iran sanctions waiver after talks with US officials

Views - 4 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Japan said on Thursday it had not yet been granted a waiver from a US plan to reimpose sanctions aimed at cutting Iran out of international markets, while the top two customers for Iranian oil, China and India, were awaiting word on


Black box from crashed Indonesian jet retrieved from debris on sea floor

Views - 9 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

JAKARTA (Reuters): Indonesian divers on Thursday retrieved a black box from a Lion Air passenger jet that crashed into the shallow sea off the coast of the capital, Jakarta, killing all 189 people onboard. The device should provide clues to what went


US productivity growth slows in the third quarter

Views - 4 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US worker productivity slowed in the third quarter and unit labor costs rebounded after posting their biggest drop in nearly four years. The Labor Department said on Thursday nonfarm productivity, which measures hourly output pe


China to take more steps to support economy: Politburo

Views - 3 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:03

BEIJING (Reuters): China will take more timely steps to support its economy, which faces increasing pressures, the Politburo, a top decision-making body of the ruling Communist Party, said on Wednesday in remarks carried by the State news agency Xinh


China factory growth weakest in over two years, slump in export orders deepens

Views - 3 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:03

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s manufacturing sector in October expanded at its weakest pace in over two years, hurt by slowing domestic and external demand, in a sign of deepening cracks in the economy from an intensifying trade war with the United Sta


Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to begin Rohingya repatriation by mid-November

Views - 4 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:02

DHAKA (Reuters): Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Tuesday to begin by November the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape a Myanmar army crackdown, though doubts about a speedy return are likely to


Iran sanctions seen keeping oil above $75, but 2019 demand outlook darkens: poll

Views - 3 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:02

Reuters: Oil is likely to stay above $75 a barrel, fuelled by supply disruptions exacerbated by US sanctions on Iran, but further gains could be limited as economists and analysts see demand growth slowing next year due to trade wars and economic wea


Istanbul prosecutor says Khashoggi was suffocated in Saudi Consulate

Views - 3 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:01

ISTANBUL (Reuters): Istanbul’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office said on Wednesday journalist Jamal Khashoggi was suffocated as soon as he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in a planned killing four weeks ago, and his body was then dismembered and dispo


High oil prices hurt consumers, dent fuel demand: IEA Chief

Views - 4 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): High oil prices are hurting consumers and could also have adverse implications for producers, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. Major emerging Asian economies such as India and Indon


Asian stocks on edge over escalation in US-China trade tensions

Views - 3 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asia shares recouped early losses and crept higher on Tuesday as China made a fresh attempt to stabilise its stock markets, but the gains looked fragile amid fears of a sharp escalation in the US-China trade war. Major US indexes fel


Indonesia deploys divers, ‘pinger locators’ in hunt for doomed plane’s cockpit recorders

Views - 3 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

JAVA SEA, Indonesia (Reuters): Indonesian divers resumed a search on Tuesday for an airliner that crashed with 189 people on board, as “pinger locators” tried to zero in on its cockpit recorders and uncover why an almost-new plane went down in th


Blend faith, doctrine with activism, Pope tells young at synod’s end

Views - 4 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

VATICAN CITY (Reuters): Pope Francis, ending a month-long meeting on the theme of Catholic youth, told young people Sunday that in order to be good members of the Church they should not be obsessed with “doctrinal formulae” but blend its rules wi


Japanese Princess Ayako gives up royal status to marry commoner

Views - 7 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Princess Ayako married commoner Kei Moriya on Monday at a traditional ceremony at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, to become the latest female royal to leave Japan’s imperial family. The 28-year-old princess, the third daughter of Emperor A


Thai PM says ban on political activity to be lifted by December

Views - 3 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters): Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Tuesday a ban on political activity will be lifted by December in anticipation of a general election next year. The military government has imposed a strict ban on all polit


Saudi prosecutor visits Istanbul consulate where Khashoggi was killed

Views - 4 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

ISTANBUL (Reuters): Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor held a second round of talks with Turkish officials on Tuesday and visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed four weeks ago. Khashoggi’s killing has es


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