• Xi says China ready to take ties with Italy into new era
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    Xi says China ready to take ties with Italy into new era

    China is ready to strengthen its "global strategic partnership" with Italy, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in an Italian daily on the eve of his visit to the euro zone's third-largest economy. "With my visit I wish to set out together with Italian leaders the guidelines for bilateral

  • Second U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused cancer
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    Second U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused cancer

    Tuesday's unanimous jury decision in San Francisco federal court, which came after five days of deliberation, was not a finding of Bayer's liability for the cancer of plaintiff Edwin Hardeman. Bayer, which denies allegations that glyphosate or Roundup cause cancer, in a statement on Tuesday

  • Xiaomi weathers China smartphone slowdown but growth worries hit shares
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    Xiaomi weathers China smartphone slowdown but growth worries hit shares

    Xiaomi's quarterly results - the third set since its IPO in Hong Kong - show the company is weathering fairly well a slowdown in demand in China by increasing its focus on international markets. Xiaomi is cutting its dependence on China, where the economy in 2018 expanded the least in nearly three

  • Most Asia markets down as dealers spooked by trade, Brexit
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    Most Asia markets down as dealers spooked by trade, Brexit

    Asian markets mostly fell Wednesday with nervous investors keeping tabs on developments in China-US trade talks and the Brexit saga, while awaiting the conclusion of a key Federal Reserve meeting. While the report also said the resistance was regarded by some as a normal part of talks, it highlighted

  • Man sacked, deported from UAE for "celebrating" NZ mosque shooting
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    Man sacked, deported from UAE for "celebrating" NZ mosque shooting

    A company in the United Arab Emirates said an employee was fired and deported after he allegedly celebrated the mass killing of Muslims in New Zealand last week. At least 50 people were killed and dozens wounded by a lone gunman at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday in what is the country's worst

  • Kenyan police seize $20 million of counterfeit banknotes from deposit box
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    Kenyan police seize $20 million of counterfeit banknotes from deposit box

    Kenyan police have seized $20 million of counterfeit banknotes that had been stored in a personal safety deposit box at a branch of Barclays Bank Kenya, the directorate of criminal investigations said. Police had also arrested six people, including two of the bank's staff, the directorate said

  • British PM May to request short delay to Brexit - Sky
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    British PM May to request short delay to Brexit - Sky

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will request a short delay to Brexit in a letter to the European Union on Wednesday, Sky cited an unidentified senior government source as saying. The delay, nearly three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, leaves the Brexit divorce uncertain

  • Plant protein startups vie to tap China’s hungry market
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    Plant protein startups vie to tap China’s hungry market

    Start-ups specialising in alternative protein, from eggless eggs to pea-stuffed burgers and cell-grown fish products, are piling into the Chinese territory of Hong Kong to tap the mainland's booming multi-billion dollar food market. At a time when traditional meat farmers have seen profits hurt

  • Exclusive: Cockpit voice recorder of doomed Lion Air jet depicts pilots' frantic search for fix - sources
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    Exclusive: Cockpit voice recorder of doomed Lion Air jet depicts pilots' frantic search for fix - sources

    JAKARTA/SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) - The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downwards, but ran out of time before it hit the water, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder contents said. It is the first

  • Pork for pollution? South Koreans fight smog with grease
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    Pork for pollution? South Koreans fight smog with grease

    This quirky correlation in Asia's fourth-largest economy, where air pollution outstrips industralised peers, stems from an old belief attributed to coal miners, that the slippery pork oil helped cleanse dirt from their throats. For middle school student Han Dong-jae, eating greasy barbecued pork

  • Musicians brace for Brexit disharmony
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    Musicians brace for Brexit disharmony

    As the Brexit saga reaches a crescendo, classical musicians based in Britain fear that a disorderly divorce could threaten their European livelihood and stunt the development of potential maestros. Viola player Aliye Cornish told AFP she was particularly concerned because she is due to start a European

  • Dutch go to provincial polls after shooting horror
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    Dutch go to provincial polls after shooting horror

    The Dutch ballot will be widely watched abroad as a bellwether for European Parliament elections in May in which populist parties are expected to make broad gains. Following the Utrecht attack, almost all political parties halted campaigning for the elections -- which are for provincial bodies but determine

  • Firefighters contain petrochemical blaze, Texas expands air monitoring
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    Firefighters contain petrochemical blaze, Texas expands air monitoring

    Firefighters late Tuesday contained a raging inferno at a Mitsui & Co petrochemical storage site outside of Houston that has been billowing acrid smoke for days as Texas officials and environmental groups raced to expand air monitoring. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co in Deer

  • Samsung Elec sees green shoots in China smartphone business: co-CEO
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    Samsung Elec sees green shoots in China smartphone business: co-CEO

    Samsung's market share has plunged from about 20 percent in 2013 to less than 1 percent currently as fast-growing Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd proved more agile in responding to the latest trends. "It has been tough in China in the last two years. "I think our flagship

  • Stakes rise for Boeing as EU, Canada step up scrutiny of 737 MAX after crashes
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    Stakes rise for Boeing as EU, Canada step up scrutiny of 737 MAX after crashes

    ADDIS ABABA/PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Europe and Canada said they would seek their own guarantees over the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX, further complicating plans to get the aircraft flying worldwide after they were grounded in the wake of two accidents killing more than 300 people. As the U.S

  • Italy seizes blocked NGO migrant ship
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    Italy seizes blocked NGO migrant ship

    Italy seized control Tuesday of an NGO ship it had prevented from landing nearly 50 migrants picked up off the Libyan coast, the interior ministry said. The authorities "are in the process of taking control of the Mare Jonio, escorting the boat into the (southern) port of Lampedusa," it said

  • Facebook agrees to advertising overhaul to settle U.S. discrimination suits
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    Facebook agrees to advertising overhaul to settle U.S. discrimination suits

    Under the agreement, Facebook will create a new advertising portal for ads linked to housing, employment and credit ads that will limit targeting options for those ads across all of its services, including Instagram and Messenger, the rights groups said in a joint statement. "There is a long history

  • Publishers sue Peloton for using songs by Katy Perry, Rihanna, Timberlake, others
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    Publishers sue Peloton for using songs by Katy Perry, Rihanna, Timberlake, others

    Publishers representing the writers of songs by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and hundreds of other artists sued Peloton Interactive Inc on Tuesday, accusing the maker of video-streaming stationary bicycles of copyright infringement. In a complaint filed in Manhattan

  • U.S. lawmaker says tech companies must quickly remove violent content after New Zealand
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    U.S. lawmaker says tech companies must quickly remove violent content after New Zealand

    In a letter dated Monday and released on Tuesday, Representative Bennie Thompson urged the chief executives of Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc's Google, which owns YouTube, Twitter Inc and Microsoft Corp to more swiftly remove content that would spawn political extremism. The shooter, a suspected white

  • Second U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused cancer
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    Second U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused cancer

    Tuesday's unanimous jury decision in San Francisco federal court, which came after five days of deliberation, was not a finding of Bayer's liability for the cancer of plaintiff Edwin Hardeman. Bayer, which denies allegations that glyphosate or Roundup cause cancer, in a statement on Tuesday

  • J&J and Sientra get FDA warning letters over breast implants
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    J&J and Sientra get FDA warning letters over breast implants

    Last month, the FDA issued a statement warning doctors about a type of lymphoma linked to breast implants after receiving reports of the disease. The agency's letters, dated March 18, highlighted issues in the companies' post-approval studies, which included evaluating the long-term performance

  • Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns
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    Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns

    The European Commission last year handed Google a record 4.34 billion euro ($4.9 billion) fine for using the market power of its mobile software to block rivals in areas such as internet browsing. By pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android devices, Google had an unfair advantage

  • Houston petrochemical fire spreads, Texas expands air monitoring
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    Houston petrochemical fire spreads, Texas expands air monitoring

    Houston officials and environmental groups raced to expand air monitoring after a raging fire at a Mitsui & Co petrochemical storage site spread on Tuesday, billowing acrid smoke that could be seen and smelled miles away. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co in Deer Park, Texas, has

  • Brazil's Vale to resume work at largest mine in Minas Gerais state
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    Brazil's Vale to resume work at largest mine in Minas Gerais state

    Brazilian miner Vale SA said on Tuesday that a local court had cleared the way for it to resume operations at its Brucutu mine, its largest iron ore complex in the state of Minas Gerais, the country's longtime mining heartland. Production at Brucutu has been halted since early February when a court

  • Trump forges bond with Brazil's Bolsonaro in White House visit
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    Trump forges bond with Brazil's Bolsonaro in White House visit

    U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil's new far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro forged a bond over their shared brand of conservative and populist politics on Tuesday, with Trump pledging to give more U.S. support to Brazil's global ambitions. Bolsonaro, a former army captain who rode to the presidency