• Banksy in Tokyo? City launches probe
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    Banksy in Tokyo? City launches probe

    Tokyo is trying to verify if a drawing of a rat holding an umbrella that has been sprayed near a monorail station is the work of the famous and mysterious street artist Banksy. "We noticed there is a drawing of a rat painted with spray" on the door near the Hinode station in central Tokyo,

  • Asian markets mixed as Huawei report offsets US earnings
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    Asian markets mixed as Huawei report offsets US earnings

    Asian markets were mixed Thursday as renewed concerns about China-US tensions overshadowed a positive lead from Wall Street following a better-than-expected round of corporate earnings. The pound extended gains against the dollar after Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote as she

  • Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong references
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    Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong references

    TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - One of China's top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

  • Apple, Amazon called out for 'incorrect' Taiwan, Hong Kong references
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    Apple, Amazon called out for 'incorrect' Taiwan, Hong Kong references

    TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - One of China's top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

  • Babies wanted: Nordic countries crying for kids
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    Babies wanted: Nordic countries crying for kids

    "Norway needs more children! I don't think I need to tell anyone how this is done," Norway's prime minister said cheekily, but she was raising a real concern. Too few babies are being born in the Nordic region. The Nordic countries were long a bastion of strong fertility rates on

  • China brushes off outrage over death sentence, Canada fires back
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    China brushes off outrage over death sentence, Canada fires back

    BEIJING/SHERBROOKE, Quebec (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it was "not worried in the slightest" by mounting international concern over the death sentence handed to a Canadian for drug smuggling. Monday's sentence for Robert Schellenberg for smuggling 222 kg (489 lbs) of methamphetamines

  • Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia's Rusal fails in Senate
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    Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia's Rusal fails in Senate

    In a victory for President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including aluminum firm Rusal. Senators voted 57-42 to end debate on the measure, as 11 of Trump's fellow Republicans broke from party

  • U.S. lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills targeting China's Huawei and ZTE
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    U.S. lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills targeting China's Huawei and ZTE

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced bills on Wednesday that would ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], ZTE Corp or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate U.S. sanctions or export control laws. The proposed law was introduced

  • Boeing-Lockheed's Vulcan rocket design 'nearly fully mature'
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    Boeing-Lockheed's Vulcan rocket design 'nearly fully mature'

    A joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp will conduct the final design review for its new flagship Vulcan rocket within months, it said on Wednesday, as the aerospace company heads for a showdown with Elon Musk's SpaceX and others in the launch services market. The final design

  • Germany considering ways to exclude Huawei from 5G auction: report
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    Germany considering ways to exclude Huawei from 5G auction: report

    The German government is actively considering stricter security requirements and other ways to exclude China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] from a buildout of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks, the Handelsblatt newspaper reported. Handelsblatt, citing government sources, said government officials

  • UK PM May seeks to end Brexit stalemate after winning confidence vote
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    UK PM May seeks to end Brexit stalemate after winning confidence vote

    Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in the British parliament on Wednesday and then appealed to lawmakers from across the political divide to come together to try to break the impasse on a Brexit divorce agreement. Lawmakers voted 325 to 306 that they had confidence in May's government

  • U.S. lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills targeting China's Huawei and ZTE
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    U.S. lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills targeting China's Huawei and ZTE

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced bills on Wednesday that would ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], ZTE Corp or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate U.S. sanctions or export control laws. The proposed law was introduced

  • Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia's Rusal fails in Senate
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    Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia's Rusal fails in Senate

    In a victory for President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including the giant aluminum firm Rusal . Senators voted 57-42 to end debate on the measure, as 11 of Trump's fellow Republicans broke

  • Apple plans some hiring reductions after selling fewer iPhones: Bloomberg
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    Apple plans some hiring reductions after selling fewer iPhones: Bloomberg

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc will cut back on hiring for some divisions after lower-than-expected iPhone sales and missing its revenue forecast for the holiday quarter, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

  • China brushes off global outrage over death sentence for Canadian
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    China brushes off global outrage over death sentence for Canadian

    BEIJING/SHERBROOKE, Quebec (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it was "not worried in the slightest" by mounting international concern over the death sentence handed to a Canadian for drug smuggling. Monday's sentence for Robert Schellenberg for smuggling 222 kg (489 lbs) of methamphetamines

  • U.S. investigating Huawei for alleged trade secret theft: WSJ
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    U.S. investigating Huawei for alleged trade secret theft: WSJ

    Federal prosecutors are investigating Huawei Technologies[HWT.UL], the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. businesses and could soon issue an indictment, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Citing people familiar with the

  • Deadly IS-claimed suicide attack hits US forces in north Syria
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    Deadly IS-claimed suicide attack hits US forces in north Syria

    A suicide attack killed four US personnel in northern Syria Wednesday, costing Washington its worst combat losses in the war-torn country since 2014 as it prepares to withdraw. The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, comes after US President Donald Trump's shock announcement last month

  • Peru lawmakers probe Odebrecht link to former firm of president
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    Peru lawmakers probe Odebrecht link to former firm of president

    A Peruvian congressional committee on Wednesday launched a probe into a defunct consortium led by scandal-plagued Brazilian builder Odebrecht, after local media revealed it did business with a firm previously owned by President Martin Vizcarra. Any association with Odebrecht is politically risky in

  • IAC sues Tinder co-founder, escalating fight over valuation
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    IAC sues Tinder co-founder, escalating fight over valuation

    The lawsuit, filed in New York state court in Manhattan late on Tuesday, comes six months after Rad and other co-founders, executives and early employees of Tinder sued IAC, accusing it of undervaluing Tinder to avoid paying them billions of dollars. The lawsuit claims at least $250 million in damages

  • Norway PM Solberg succeeds in forming majority government platform - TV2
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    Norway PM Solberg succeeds in forming majority government platform - TV2

    OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's minority centre-right government has struck a deal with the small Christian Democratic Party to form a four-party majority coalition government after weeks of negotiations, broadcaster TV2 reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

  • Yelp investor SQN says shares could surge to $55-$65
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    Yelp investor SQN says shares could surge to $55-$65

    SQN, one of the biggest shareholders in Yelp with a more than 4 percent stake, said investors "must seize opportunity" to refresh board with three new directors, including stockholder representation. SQN said that Yelp should partner with companies like GrubHub Inc and ANGI Homeservices Inc

  • French govt seeks new Renault boss, ditches Ghosn
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    French govt seeks new Renault boss, ditches Ghosn

    The French government on Wednesday called for former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who has spent the last two months in Japanese custody, to be replaced as chief executive of carmaker Renault. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire called for Renault's board to meet "in the coming days "to pick

  • 'Not the greatest crisis' - Trump's EPA pick downplays climate threat
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    'Not the greatest crisis' - Trump's EPA pick downplays climate threat

    U.S. President Donald Trump's new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers on Wednesday he does not believe climate change is a major crisis, and would continue to undo Obama-era emission limits if confirmed. Trump nominated EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler last week

  • Scores arrested, beaten as Zimbabwe police crack down on protests
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    Scores arrested, beaten as Zimbabwe police crack down on protests

    Scores of Zimbabwean civilians including a prominent activist were detained and charged with public violence on Wednesday and others were beaten, lawyers and witnesses said, pointing to a heavy crackdown on dissent by security forces. After two days of protests against fuel price hikes, residents said

  • UK's Labour leader urges May to rule out no-deal Brexit before talks
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    UK's Labour leader urges May to rule out no-deal Brexit before talks

    The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Theresa May had to rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit before holding cross-party talks on how to take Britain out of the European Union. "Before there can be any positive discussions