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Alibaba postpones up to $15 billion Hong Kong listing amid protests: sources

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:32pm
China's biggest e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has delayed its up to $15 billion listing in Hong Kong amid growing political unrest in the Asian financial hub, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

South Korea to increase radiation testing of Japanese food

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:28pm
South Korea said on Wednesday it will double the radiation testing of some Japanese food exports due to potential contamination from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

China parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:20pm
Limiting marriage to between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighboring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage, despite pressure from activists.

State Department approves possible $8 billion fighter jet sale to Taiwan: Pentagon

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:00pm
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress.

Uber-rival Bolt enters European food delivery business

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:56pm
Estonia's Bolt, a popular ride-sharing service in Eastern Europe and Africa, on Wednesday launched food delivery service in its home town of Tallinn, the nation's capital, and said it plans to roll out Bolt Food this year in South Africa, Latvia and Lithuania as well.

Japanese report to say North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads: newspaper

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:30pm
Japan has upgraded its estimate of North Korea's nuclear weapons capability in an upcoming annual Defence White Paper, saying it seems Pyongyang has already achieved the miniaturization of warheads, the Yomiuri newspaper said in an unsourced report on Wednesday.

Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell loses appeal against sex abuse convictions, returns to prison

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:24pm
Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys and will remain in prison for at least another three years, an Australian court ruled on Wednesday.

Caution grips Asian shares before Fed minutes, seminar

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:16pm
Asian shares flatlined on Wednesday as worries about global recession and endless trade wars vied with hopes for a lot more monetary and fiscal stimulus to keep growth going.

'You prepare for war': how one U.S. firm tried escaping Trump's China tariffs

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 9:29pm
When Larry Sloven heard last year that U.S. tariffs threatened his China electronics business, he knew that setting up shop elsewhere would be a slog rather than an adventure.

Protesting U.S. athletes receive 12-months probation

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 9:15pm
U.S. athletes Race Imboden and Gwen Berry have been placed on probation for 12 months for their political protests at the Pan Am Games, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

Trump administration expected to announce plan to detain migrant children longer: ABC

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 9:09pm
The Trump administration is expected to announce new rules that would allow the government to detain families with children crossing the U.S. border longer, according to ABC News, citing two government officials it said were familiar with the plan.

Drugmakers Endo, Allergan agree to $15 million in settlements in major opioid case

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 8:38pm
Endo International Plc and Allergan Plc have agreed to pay $15 million to avoid going to trial in October in a landmark case by two Ohio counties accusing various drug manufacturers and distributors of fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Trump cancels Denmark visit over after rebuff over Greenland

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 8:35pm
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country's prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland.

Migrants disembark Open Arms rescue ship on Italian island of Lampedusa

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 8:33pm
Nearly one hundred migrants who had been stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship off the coast of Lampedusa disembarked on the Italian island on Tuesday night, ending a prolonged stand-off between the Spanish charity operating the boat and the government in Rome.

Trump White House seeks to assuage farmer unrest over biofuel policy: sources

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 7:46pm
President Donald Trump's administration has been scrambling to stem the tide of rising anger in Farm Belt states after its decision this month to allow numerous oil refiners to mix less ethanol into their gasoline, sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

Trump says White House discussing gun legislation; Democrats say talks low-level

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 6:59pm
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was in "meaningful" talks with Democrats about gun legislation after the latest mass shootings, but congressional aides downplayed the discussions as low-level and not very productive.

Russia, China accuse U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 6:57pm
Russia and China accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but the foreign ministry in Moscow said it would not be drawn into an arms race.

Trump looking at possible tax cuts amid economic jitters

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 6:51pm
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was considering potential tax cuts on wages as well as profits from asset sales, and sought to play down market anxieties that the world's top economy could be heading for a recession.

Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women: agency

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:26am
Saudi Arabia has begun allowing adult women to travel without permission and to exercise more control over family matters, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday, following a flurry of royal decrees approving the changes.

Three more women sue Epstein's estate over alleged abuse

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:24am
Three women on Tuesday sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, saying they were sexually abused by the financier, both before and after the widely criticized 2007 plea deal that allowed him to avoid federal prosecution for sex crimes.