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Japanese report to say North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads: newspaper
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:02:03 -0400 - Japan has upgraded its estimate of North Korea's nuclear weapons capability in an upcoming annual Defence White Paper, saying it seems Pyongyang has achieved the miniaturization of warheads, the Yomiuri newspaper said in an unsourced report on Wednesday.
China says worker at British consulate in Hong Kong detained in China
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:01:39 -0400 - A worker at Britain's Hong Kong consulate has been detained in China's border city of Shenzhen for violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
Hong Kong protests spread to subway as bank warns of economic fallout
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:01:39 -0400 - A major bank warned on Wednesday that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as demonstrators prepared a sit-in at a subway and site of a mid-summer mob attack.
Italy president begins talks to seek way out of government crisis
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:39:40 -0400 - Italian President Sergio Mattarella begins two days of talks with parties on Wednesday to seek a way out of a political crisis that will lead to the formation of the country's 67th government since World War Two or to early elections.
Iranian news agency says Adrian Darya tanker leased to shipping firm
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:38:54 -0400 - Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday the Adrian Darya 1 tanker, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to an Iranian shipping company.
Citigroup, BNP caught up in U.S. case against Huawei CFO: documents
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:31:10 -0400 - U.S.-based Citigroup and French bank BNP Paribas are caught up in the U.S. criminal case against the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, according to newly available documents.
Exclusive: Alibaba postpones up to $15 billion Hong Kong listing amid protests: sources
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:23:08 -0400 - 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.
Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell returns to jail after losing appeal against sex abuse convictions
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:16:50 -0400 - Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will remain in prison for at least another three years after losing an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys, an Australian court ruled on Wednesday.
Don't 'mess up Macau': gambling hub set to choose Beijing-backed leader
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:53:55 -0400 - The Chinese territory of Macau is set to elect as leader the only candidate for which it is allowed to vote: a Beijing-backed former legislator who is expected to cement China's control over the special administrative region and distance it from escalating protests in neighboring Hong Kong.
Vatican acknowledges Pell abuse decision, says he has right to appeal
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:41:55 -0400 - The Vatican on Wednesday acknowledged the Australian court decision to uphold Cardinal George Pell's conviction on sexual abuse but said he has a right to another appeal.
Two dead in Kashmir gunbattle, the first since revocation of status
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:31:23 -0400 - Indian security forces killed a suspected militant in a gunbattle in Kashmir on Wednesday, police said, the first clash since the federal government removed the special status of the territory this month, fuelling anger.
Indian PM raises Kashmir protests with British counterpart
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:26:48 -0400 - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, about violent demonstrations over Kashmir outside the Indian embassy in London, the foreign ministry said.
China's parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:16:22 -0400 - Limiting marriage to a relationship 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.
Trump cancels Denmark visit over after rebuff over Greenland
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:10:12 -0400 - 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.
Caution grips Asian shares as Fed events loom large
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:00:33 -0400 - Asian shares flatlined on Wednesday as worries about global recession and endless trade wars wrestled with hopes for more monetary and fiscal stimulus to keep growth going.
Japan, U.S. ministers meet for trade talks as hopes for early deal fade
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 01:41:43 -0400 - Japan and the United States will seek to narrow gaps on trade when their top negotiators meet this week, but hopes for a deal in September are fading as both sides fail to make concessions on agriculture and automobiles, sources say.
Fearing tobacco's fate, palm oil industry fights back
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 01:21:37 -0400 - On the morning of Feb. 26, executives from a Washington consultancy presented a strategy paper to some of the most powerful officials in the Malaysian palm oil industry.
Exclusive: Philips, under investigation in U.S. and Brazil, fired whistleblower who warned of graft
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 01:15:11 -0400 - Healthcare giant Philips was warned of suspicious sales of its medical equipment to the Brazilian government, and failed to halt them, nearly a decade before an alleged bribery racket was exposed in the company's Brazil operations last year, Reuters has learned.
Trump or Europe? UK's Johnson to sample post-Brexit reality at G7 summit
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 01:10:05 -0400 - Boris Johnson is about to feel the pinch of Brexit Britain's new global status: squeezed on one side by Europeans in no mood to yield, and on the other by a United States driving a hard bargain for its economic support.
South Korea to increase radiation testing of Japanese food
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:28:13 -0400 - 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.

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