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US mission is to avoid war with Iran, says Mike Pompeo
The United States aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region are for “deterrence and defence,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
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Yuan Gains With U.S. Stock Futures on Trade Talks
(Sept 23): The yuan climbed along with U.S. equity futures as investors monitored signs of progress in trade discussions between America and China.
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Middle East tensions lift oil prices more than 1%
SINGAPORE: Oil prices gained more than 1% to hit their highest levels in two sessions at the start of Monday's trade as Middle East tensions remained elevated...
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22 US states join California to take Trump to court over auto emissions rules
WASHINGTON: A group of 23 states on Friday sued to block the Trump administration from undoing California’s authority to set strict car pollution rules, one of the biggest US battles over climate ch...
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Digital threats multiply ahead of 2020 US elections
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 — It could be a manipulated video embarrassing a candidate.
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Iran says it will destroy any aggressor amid rising tension
Iran will pursue any aggressor, even it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh...
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US, Honduras discuss temporary work opportunities for Hondurans
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 — The United States and Honduras are discussing how to increase temporary legal employment opportunities for Hondurans in the United States, as the governments work to hammer out...
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After ‘Howdy Modi,’ Trump and India’s PM could sign trade deal
WASHINGTON, Sept 21 — The United States and India are racing to negotiate a limited trade deal that US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can sign at the United Nations G...
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Saudi oil attack shows how Iran sees new Mid-East game — Peter Apps
SEPTEMBER 21 — If Iran’s government was truly behind last weekend’s cruise missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure, it has put its potential foes across the Middle Eas...
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Wall Street dips after China cancels trip to Montana farmland
NEW YORK, Sept 21 ― Wall Street dropped yesterday, and also finished the week lower, after a Chinese agriculture delegation cancelled a planned visit to Montana, dampening optimism about US-China tr...
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US Fed divided on policy amid trade war uncertainty
WASHINGTON, Sept 21 ― US central bankers appear increasingly divided on the best course to preserve economic expansion, without fuelling dangerous speculative behaviour on financial markets.
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US sending troops to bolster Saudi defences after attack
US President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air and missile defences after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities, which Washing...
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Peace is the key in Africa, says former IMF chief Lagarde
WASHINGTON, Sept 21 ― Africa has made strides and in some areas is setting the example on development policy, but without an end to conflicts the region cannot reach its potential, former IMF chief ...
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S&P upgrades Spain's debt grade to 'A' citing growth
WASHINGTON, Sept 21 ― Ratings agency S&P Global yesterday upgraded Spain's sovereign debt to “A” from “A-,” pointing to rosier prospects for economic growth and a shrinking budget deficit.
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Anwar: Asean’s future not determined by China, US
SINGAPORE: Asean’s future must not be determined by China or the United States, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, calling on members of the regional...
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Hopes for trade breakthrough fade as China cancels US farm visits
WASHINGTON, Sept 21 ― A US-China trade deal appeared elusive yesterday after Chinese officials unexpectedly cancelled a visit to farms in Montana and Nebraska as deputy trade negotiators wrapped up ...
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Hopes for trade breakthrough fade as China cancels U.S. farm visits
CHICAGO: A U.S.-China trade deal appeared elusive on Friday after Chinese officials unexpectedly cancelled a visit to farms in Montana and Nebraska amid two days of...
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Oil price slips on trade fears but soars in week after Saudi production attacked
NEW YORK: Oil prices eased on Friday on renewed concern over the U.S.-China trade war, but futures still posted weekly gains, with Brent marking its biggest...
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Wall Street drops after China cancels trip to Montana farmland
NEW YORK: Wall Street dropped on Friday, and also finished the week lower, after a Chinese agriculture delegation canceled a planned visit to Montana...
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Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — Twitter said today it shut down thousands of accounts worldwide for spreading misinformation, including some artificially amplifying pro-Saudi messaging as part of a regional p...
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Trump: US making a lot of progress with China in trade talks
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — President Donald Trump told reporters today the United States is making a lot of progress with China, as two of the world’s biggest economies work toward resolving their prot...
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Google green energy buys boost 'carbon-free' portfolio
The US-based Internet giant increased its wind and solar energy portfolio by more than 40% with deals for 1,600MW of electricity.
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US Fed’s Bullard says bigger rate cut ‘insurance’ against recession
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — Federal Reserve policymaker James Bullard said today he dissented from this week’s vote on interest rates because he wanted to see a bigger rate cut as “insurance” for th...
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Hi-tech mapping has good intentions for land rights but can backfire
New technologies used to map areas in developing nations for granting titles and aiding development could be...
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One dead, five hurt in Washington shooting
One person was killed and five others wounded on Thursday in a shooting on the streets of Washington, DC, not far from the White House, police said.
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Anwar: Future of Asean must not be determined by the US or China
SINGAPORE: The future of Asean must not be determined by China or the United States, according to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pix), who also called on members of the regional grouping to m...
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Amazon vows to be carbon neutral by 2040, buying 100,000 electric vans
Bezos speaking at a press conference in Washington ahead of the upcoming Climate Week in New York.
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Zuckerberg meets Trump, senators; nixes breaking up Facebook
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met yesterday with US President Donald Trump and members of Congress on a political reconnaissance mission to Washington, where he reje...
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Anwar: Asean's future must not be determined by US or China
The future of Asean must not be determined by China or the US, said PKR president Anwar Ibrahim who also called on members of the regional grouping to maintain good ties with the two superpowers.
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Anwar: Future of ASEAN must not be determined by the US or China
SINGAPORE (Sept 20): The future of ASEAN must not be determined by China or the United States, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who also called on members of the regional grouping to maint...
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Ringgit tracks oil prices higher
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened higher versus the US dollar today, lifted by the rising crude oil price, which is currently trading at US$63.84 per barrel, up by 0.81 per...
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Anwar: Asean’s future must not be determined by the US or China
SINGAPORE, Sept 20 ― The future of Asean must not be determined by China or the United States, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who also called on members of the regional grouping to main...
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Ringgit higher versus greenback, tracking higher crude oil prices
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 20): The ringgit opened higher versus the US dollar today, lifted by the rising crude oil price, which is currently trading at US$63.84 per barrel, up by 0.81 per cent.
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Ringgit higher at opening, tracking higher crude oil prices
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — The ringgit opened higher versus the US dollar today, lifted by the rising crude oil price, which is currently trading at US$63.84 per barrel, up by 0.81 per cent.
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US building coalition after Saudi oil attack, Iran warns against war
The United States said on Thursday it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
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Ex-IMF’s Lagarde: Global growth ‘fragile,’ ‘under threat’
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, warned yesterday that global growth is “fragile” and “under threat” and policymakers should work ...
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US-China trade talks: Where they are and what’s at stake
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — Senior US and Chinese officials are meeting in Washington on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to settle their ongoing trade war, but a lasting peace seems elusive.
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Tariffs in place or planned for nearly all goods traded by US and China
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — US and Chinese trade negotiators are meeting in Washington this week to find ways to defuse a trade war that has roiled markets and triggered tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of...
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Lagarde: Argentina crisis would have been much worse without IMF
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — The crisis hammering Argentina would have been much worse had the International Monetary Fund not stepped in with a massive rescue programme, outgoing IMF chief Christine Lagar...
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US, Australia to unveil plan today to improve rare earth mineral supply
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison are set to release a plan today aimed at securing the supply of rare earth minerals, a senior administrat...
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Embattled Facebook CEO Zuckerberg seeks to mend fences in Washington
WASHINGTON: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has met with some of his company's toughest critics, facing aggressive questions over the social...
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Explainer: US-China trade talks - where they are and what's at stake
WASHINGTON: Senior U.S. and Chinese officials are meeting in Washington on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to settle their ongoing trade war, but a lasting...
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US-China trade talks open in Washington amid deep differences
WASHINGTON: U.S. and Chinese deputy trade negotiators resumed face-to-face talks for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday, as the world's two...
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Amazon vows to being carbon neutral by 2040; will buy 100,000 EVs
WASHINGTON, Sept 19 — Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos today committed the online retailer to being carbon neutral by 2040 and said it would order 100,000 electric delivery vehicles...
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US, Chinese trade deputies face off in Washington amid deep differences
WASHINGTON, Sept 19 — US and Chinese deputy trade negotiators were set to resume face-to-face talks today for the first time in nearly two months as the world’s two largest economies try to bridge...
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Huawei promises smartest 5G phone, but who will be brave enough to buy?
FRANKFURT, Sept 19 — Huawei launches what could be the world’s smartest 5G phone today, but its fate in Europe will hang on whether customers will buy a device lacking access to software and apps ...
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Fox News: Trump ‘not thrilled’ with US Fed but says chairman’s job safe
WASHINGTON, Sept 19 — US President Donald Trump said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s job is safe, even though he was “not thrilled” with the central bank after it moved to lower inter...
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Bursa Malaysia ends easier
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — Bursa Malaysia continued to trend sideways at the close today on persistent selling in index-linked counters and blue-chip stocks, said a dealer.
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Trump and California go to war over clean cars
Highway traffic heading into Los Angeles, California.
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Zuckerberg sets talks in Washington on 'future regulation'
Facebook CEO expected in Washington for private talks with policymakers as the social network faces a myriad of issues.
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US Congress to advance 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy' bill
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US trade groups urge Congress to rein in 'Tariff Man' Trump
WASHINGTON: Nearly two dozen US lobbying groups have joined forces to try to rein in U.S. President Donald Trump's power to unilaterally impose tariffs amid...
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Zuckerberg set for talks in Washington on ‘future regulation’
WASHINGTON, Sept 19 — Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was expected in Washington today for private talks with policymakers as the leading social network faces a myriad of regulatory and leg...
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US social media firms say removing violent content faster
WASHINGTON, Sept 19 — Major US social media firms told a Senate panel yesterday they are doing more to prevent to remove violent or extremist content from online platforms in the wake of several hig...
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Fed cuts interest rates, signals holding pattern for now
WASHINGTON, Sept 19 — The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates again yesterday to help sustain a record-long economic expansion but signalled a higher bar to further reductions in borrowing costs, ...
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Huawei promises smartest 5G phone, but who will be brave enough to buy?
FRANKFURT: Huawei launches what could be the world's most powerful and feature-packed 5G smartphone on Thursday, but the fate of the device in Europe will hang...
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Fed cuts interest rates, signals holding pattern for now
WASHINGTON: The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates again on Wednesday to help sustain a record-long economic expansion but signaled a higher bar to further...
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US Fed signals rate cut as market jitters cast shadow
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 — The US Federal Reserve is poised to deliver the year’s second interest rate cut today but a glitch in critical financial plumbing for the US economy is casting a shadow over ...
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US housing starts, building permits hit 12-year high
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 — US homebuilding surged to more than a 12-year high in August as both single- and multi-family housing construction increased, suggesting that lower mortgage rates were finally ...
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Consumer stocks top losers as investors stay cautious
KUALA LUMPUR: Consumer stocks topped the losers' list on Wednesday as investors stayed cautious due to the lack of convincing catalysts while the FBM KLCI closed...
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Muhyiddin: Malaysia plans to adopt early security screening system on foreign visitors
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 — Malaysia plans to adopt an early security screening system on foreign visitors with aim at blocking the entry of unwanted individuals such as terrorists, criminals and others.
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From oil shocks to funding strains, Fed confronts new complexities
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 — The Federal Reserve will conclude its latest policy meeting today buffeted by conflicting economic data, under steady pressure from the White House for steep interest rate cuts...
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Malaysia not spared by Trump's trade tantrums
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will head to New York later this month for the United Nations General Assembly, where the Malaysian delegation is also expected to hold various meetings on the side ...
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Huawei dangles US$1.5b in hunt for global developers
BEIJING: Huawei Technologies Co. is offering US$1.5bil to partners willing to build software for its future chip and computing platforms, courting developers worldwide at a...
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Washington Post ad tech platform aims at Google-Facebook duopoly
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 ― The Washington Post yesterday unveiled a new ad tech platform touted as a way to help newspapers counter the loss in online revenue to major platforms Google and Facebook.
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Costly Saudi defenses prove no match for drones, cruise missiles
Billions of dollars spent by Saudi Arabia on cutting edge Western military hardware mainly designed to deter high altitude attacks has proved no match for low-cost drones and cruise missiles used in a...
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US unveils plans to extend scrutiny of foreign investment
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 — The US government outlined more detail yesterday on its plans to beef up foreign investment oversight, including a proposal to permit the blocking of some foreign purchases of ...
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US to confront China on Uyghur issue at UN gathering
The United States is considering how it will confront China during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations next week over its detention of some 1 million Muslims in a remote region...
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Saudi oil attacks came from southwest Iran, US official says, raising tensions
The United States believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran, a US official told Reuters on Tuesday, an assessment that further increa...
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Trump says China trade deal could come before US election, or not
SANTA FE, Sept 18 — US President Donald Trump said yesterday his administration could seal a deal on trade with China before the US presidential election, or an agreement could be reached the day af...
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Trump says China trade deal could come before U.S. election, or not
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration could seal a deal on trade with China before the U.S. presidential election, or...
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Malaysia eyes stopping terrorist fighters in their tracks
WASHINGTON: Malaysia’s new immigration system will incorporate mechanisms to prevent foreign terrorist fighters from crossing its borders.
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US industry gains in August on surge in manufacturing, mining
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 — US industry posted its biggest output gain in a year in August, pushed by big rebounds in manufacturing and mining, the Federal Reserve reported today.
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Muhyiddin pushes US to offer Malaysians visa waiver
WASHINGTON: Malaysia has revived its request for Malaysian citizens to be allowed to visit the United States under the visa waiver programme.
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US to allow drivers to choose 'quiet car' alert sounds
WASHINGTON: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday proposed allowing automakers to offer a variety of sound choices for electric vehicles and other “quiet cars” to choose fro...
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Bill Gates says Big Tech companies shouldn’t be broken up
Bill Gates doesn’t think it’s a good idea to break up the biggest US tech companies as some politicians have suggested.
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Apple embarks on EU court battle over €13bil tax bill
Apple embarks on an epic court battle with the EU, on order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland in back taxes.
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New immigration system to keep foreign terrorists out, says Muhyiddin
WASHINGTON: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the new immigration system will incorporate mechanisms to prevent foreign terrorists from crossing the borders.
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Muhyiddin: US, China owe global responsibility to end trade dispute
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 ― Malaysia believes that the United States and China owe a global responsibility to find an amicable solution to their trade war.
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Stand up to Beijing, HK singer tells US lawmakers,companies
Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho wants US lawmakers and companies to criticise Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong, to help change the Chinese Communist Party’s behaviour.
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Trump says he does not want war after attack on Saudi oil facilities
US President Donald Trump said on Monday said it looked like Iran was behind attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and...
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Oil tanker bottleneck builds at Saudi ports after attacks
LONDON, Sept 17 — At least 11 supertankers are waiting to load oil cargoes from Saudi Arabian ports after an attack on the country's oil facilities at the weekend halved the kingdom's production, sh...
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US, Chinese trade deputy talks to start in two days, says USTR
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 — Deputy-level US-China trade talks are scheduled to start in Washington on Thursday, the US Trade Representative's office said yesterday, paving the way for high-level talks in ...
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US is pursuing more charges at JPMorgan
WASHINGTON: Federal prosecutors are closing in on JPMorgan Chase & Co. officials in their investigation of price rigging in precious metals markets.
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Trump says US reaches trade deals with Japan, no vote needed
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 — US President Donald Trump said yesterday that the United States has reached initial trade agreements with Japan on tariff barriers and digital trade that will not require congr...
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M’sia and US eye security ties boost
WASHINGTON: A slew of meetings with key US officials awaits Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Malaysia seeks to deepen its ties with the United States amid security challenges posed by issues such as terrorism, human trafficking and illegal migration.
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Airbus, French exporters reel as US tariffs loom in subsidy row
PARIS/BRUSSELS: Shares in Airbus and French luxury goods exporters fell on Monday as the European Union acknowledged it may face U.S. tariffs in a long-running...
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US- China trade talks to begin Thursday in Washington
WASHINGTON: Deputy trade negotiators for the United States and China will meet in Washington beginning on Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Trade...
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Airbus, French exporters reel as US tariffs loom in subsidy row
PARIS, Sept 16 — Shares in Airbus and French luxury goods exporters fell today as the European Union acknowledged it may face US tariffs in a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies, part of an...
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Too soon to say if US emergency oil release needed, Perry tells CNBC
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 — US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said today it was too soon say whether the United States would have to tap its emergency petroleum reserves following weekend attacks on Saudi Ar...
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US, Chinese trade deputies seen meeting Friday, says US Chamber CEO
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 — US and Chinese deputy trade negotiators are expected to meet on Friday, with senior negotiators likely to meet about a week and a half later, US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Don...
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Muhyiddin embarks on US visit to boost security ties
A slew of meetings with key American officials await Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as Malaysia seeks to deepen ties with the United States amid security challenges posed by issues such as terrorism a...
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Oil sees biggest surge since 1991 after Saudi attack
An attack on Saudi Arabia that shut five percent of global crude output caused the biggest surge in oil prices since 1991, after US officials blamed Iran and President Donald Trump said Washington was...
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Home minister on working visit to the US to boost security ties
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 — A slew of meetings with key American officials await Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Malaysia seeks to deepen ties with the United States amid security challenges pos...
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Huawei’s Ren Zhengfei ready to sell 5G tech to Western buyers
Ren Zhengfei, the billionaire founder and chief executive of Huawei Technologies, said he is ready to share its 5G technology with potential Western buyers.
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Strengthen unity, mutual respect to face bigger challenges - Muhyiddin
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin urged Malaysians to strengthen the spirit of unity and mutual respect in facing greater challenges ahead.
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Muhyiddin: Strengthen unity, mutual respect to face bigger challenges ahead
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged Malaysians to emphasise the aspect of strengthening the spirit of unity and mutual respect in facing greater challenges ahead.
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Yuan edges up on trade tailwind but growth, oil curb gains
HONG KONG: The yuan held a firm tone on Monday after a holiday weekend, with markets cheered by signs of progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations though weak...
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Next Trump tariffs may soon hit Europe’s luxury-goods exporters
GENEVA: Some of Europe’s top luxury brands are targeted in President Donald Trump’s latest tariff salvo, which could affect billions of dollars in exports of American-bound...
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In a trade war, China is off limits for this startup
THE China-US trade war threatens to upend the supply chains of multinational technology companies. But smaller businesses are also getting caught up in the dispute.
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