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Trump says NAFTA talks with Canada likely to meet Friday deadline

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:52pm
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that American and Canadian officials negotiating a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were probably set to meet a Friday deadline for an accord.

Mexico's Pena Nieto 'optimistic' on trilateral NAFTA deal

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:52pm
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Wednesday that he is optimistic that the country will reach a trilateral deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States and Canada.

Mexico should seek tariff exclusion before closing NAFTA: steel lobby

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:52pm
Mexico should seek exclusion from U.S. tariffs on steel imports before closing the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the country's steel industry association CANACERO said in a statement on Wednesday.

Child abuse charges dismissed in New Mexico desert compound case

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:44pm
Two New Mexico judges on Wednesday dismissed child abuse charges against five people from a desert compound near Taos where a toddler's body was found, citing procedural errors by prosecutors.

U.S. seeks more time to decide on ex-Trump aide Manafort's retrial on 10 charges

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:24pm
U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge for more time to decide whether to retry former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on 10 criminal charges that a jury deadlocked on last week.

Group of U.S. lawmakers urges China sanctions over Xinjiang abuses

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:00pm
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers called on Wednesday for the United States to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses against minority Muslims in China's Xinjiang region, saying it was being turned into a "high-tech police state."

World stock index at five-and-a-half-month high as trade fears wane

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 3:28pm
A major global stock index jumped to a 5-1/2-month high on Wednesday as optimism on the potential for U.S. trade deals cleared the path for technology stocks to resume their leadership mantle.

Syrian army preparing phased Idlib assault: source

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 3:23pm
Syrian government forces are preparing a phased offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib and surrounding areas, the last big rebel enclave, a source close to Damascus said on Wednesday.

Activist Elliott argues Sky is worth over $34 billion, UK regulator says

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 3:17pm
Activist hedge fund Elliott believes Walt Disney’s deal to buy assets from Twenty-First Century Fox has valued Sky at more than $34 billion, higher than any of the current offers for the British broadcaster, Britain’s takeover regulator disclosed on Wednesday.

Scientists unpick how cannabis component may fight psychosis

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 2:44pm
British scientists have unraveled how a non-intoxicating component of cannabis acts in key brain areas to reduce abnormal activity in patients at risk of psychosis, suggesting the ingredient could become a novel anti-psychotic medicine.

EPA should revoke Monsanto weed killer approval, groups tell U.S. court

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 2:36pm
Environmental groups argued in federal appeals court on Wednesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to analyze the risks Bayer AG Monsanto's dicamba-based weed killer posed to nearby crops before approving it in 2016.

At Dimona reactor, Netanyahu warns Israel's foes they risk ruin

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 1:58pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor on Wednesday to warn the country's enemies that it has the means to destroy them, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to its assumed nuclear arsenal.

Senator John McCain's body to lie in state at Arizona State Capitol

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 5:22am
The body of John McCain, who endured 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and went on to become a lion of the U.S. Senate and a two-time Republican candidate for president, will lie in state on Wednesday in the Arizona state capitol.

Global stocks hover as investors still on tenterhooks over trade deal

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 5:14am
Global stocks faltered on Wednesday as optimism over a U.S.-Mexico trade deal faded with investors anxious about Canada’s acquiescence and eyeing a deadline for the next round of China-U.S. tariffs next week.

Iran's leader asks government to work 'day and night' to resolve economic problems: state TV

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:59am
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked the government to work "day and night" to resolve economic problems, as parliament increases pressure on President Hassan Rouhani over handling the economic hardship following U.S. sanctions.

To counter China, West plans bigger footprint in Pacific: sources

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:57am
The United States, Australia, France and Britain will open new embassies in the Pacific, boost staffing levels, and engage with leaders of island nations more often in a bid to counter China's rising influence in the region, sources have told Reuters.

Liberal Democrat and Trump-backed Republican to face off for Florida governor

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:41am
Liberal mayor Andrew Gillum pulled off a stunning upset in the Democratic primary for Florida governor on Tuesday, beating several better-funded rivals to set up a November showdown against a Republican aligned with President Donald Trump.

Exclusive: Five companies to deliver oil through Shanghai crude futures contract for September - sources

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:35am
Five companies will deliver crude next month to buyers through the Shanghai International Energy Exchange's (INE) oil futures, the first physical settlement of the contract that China hopes will compete with global benchmarks.

Aston Martin plans to go public as turnaround picks up speed

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:03am
Luxury carmaker Aston Martin plans to float on the London Stock Exchange, completing a turnaround for the once perennially loss-making company that could now be valued at up to 5 billion pounds ($6.4 billion).

Trump, without evidence, blames China for hacking Clinton emails

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 2:52am
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter early on Wednesday China hacked the emails of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton but did not offer any evidence or further information.