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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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Saudi Arabia battles market jitters after oil plant attacks
RIYADH, Sept 16 — Saudi energy giant Aramco is battling to reassure markets after devastating attacks on two oil plants, where a prolonged shutdown risks roiling investor confidence ahead of the sta...
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US Fed trades ‘remarkably positive’ for ‘no precedents’ after volatile year
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 — A year ago, US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell held a “remarkably positive outlook” for an economy enjoying a “historically rare” combination of good news including...
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Nikkei: Japan to eliminate tariffs on US wine in trade deal
TOKYO, Sept 15 — Japan has agreed to phase out tariffs on US wine imports as part of a bilateral trade deal expected to be signed at the end of the month, t1he Nikkei newspaper reported today.
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Attacks on Saudi oil facilities knock out half the kingdom's supply
Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday, knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output, in a move expected to sen...
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US Fed to cut rates again as optimism is tested
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 — Facing a dauntingly uncertain economic horizon and ceaselessly pelted with insults and demands for stimulus from the US president, the Federal Reserve is set to cut interest r...
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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong seeks US support for protests
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said on Saturday he was seeking the support of US lawmakers for the demands of his fellow protesters who have led months of streets demonstrations, includi...
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Crisis-hit Boeing readies huge effort to return 737 MAX to the skies
As Boeing Co sets its sights on winning approval to fly its 737 MAX within weeks, following a six-month safety ban, engineers around the world are rolling out plans for one of the biggest logistical o...
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Ringgit’s upward momentum to continue next week
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — The improved global sentiment following easing US-China trade tensions is expected to continue driving the ringgit upward next week, moving between 4.15 and 4.1750 against th...
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Global Forex Market
THE US dollar depreciated 0.1% to 98.309 following improving trade discussions between China and the United States, encouraging investors to flock to risk assets.
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S&P edges lower as Apple weighs, trade tensions ease
NEW YORK, Sept 14 — The S&P 500 ended the day down slightly yesterday but less than 1 per cent below its all-time high as a drop in Apple stock countered cooling US-China trade tensions.
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PG&E announces US$11b settlement in deadly California fires
WASHINGTON, Sept 13 — Bankrupt US utility company Pacific Gas and Electric announced today it has reached an US$11 billion settlement with insurance companies over the deadly wildfires in California...
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Pound jumps on Brexit hopes as global stocks firmer
LONDON, Sept 13 — The British pound hit a seven-week high against the dollar today on easing fears of a no-deal Brexit.
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Asian markets rally on growing trade hopes and ECB easing
HONG KONG, Sept 13 — Equities rose in Asian trade today after the European Central Bank unveiled a fresh round of economic stimulus and another interest rate cut while a report said the US was consi...
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Ren Zhengfei says he is ready to sell Huawei’s 5G tech to a Western buyer
Comments from Ren come as the Chinese telecoms giant remains in the middle of US-China trade war.
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Trump adviser asked Microsoft why it wouldn’t spy for the US, company president reveals
The inquiry showed that the US continues to have its own issues with surveillance and cybersecurity
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White House rumoured to be moving forward to strip California of vehicle authority
WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is moving forward with a plan to revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle greenhouse gas standards and declare that states are pre-empted from settin...
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US Justice Department to release name of shadowy figure in 9/11 case
The US Justice Department on Thursday said it would release the name of an individual sought by people who are suing the government of Saudi Arabia for alleged involvement in the Sept 11, 2001, hijack...
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Trump favours 'whole deal' with China as two sides prepare for trade talks
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he preferred a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim pact, even as he said an “easy” agreement would not be...
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US budget deficit blasts past US$1t in August
WASHINGTON, Sept 13 — The US budget gap soared past US$1 trillion (RM4.16 trillion) with a month still to go in the fiscal year — the first time it has surpassed that level since 2009, the Treasur...
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IMF to discuss loan status with Argentina finance minister, says official
WASHINGTON, Sept 13 — IMF officials will meet with the economic team from crisis-hit Argentina later this month to review the status of the country’s massive loan program, an IMF spokesman said ye...
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As trade talks loom, Chinese firms look into buying US farm goods
BEIJING: Chinese companies have started to inquire about prices for US agricultural goods purchases, Beijing said, in a further sign of potential de-escalation in the bitter and protracted trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
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Trump favours 'whole deal' with China, two sides prepare for trade talks
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Thursday he preferred a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim...
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Wall Street ends higher on trade, ECB stimulus hopes
NEW YORK: Wall Street advanced on Thursday, and the S&P 500 ended the session within striking distance of its all-time closing high, buoyed by positive developments...
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Manhattan small apartments are the priciest since 2008
NEW YORK: Seekers of smaller apartments in Manhattan have had plenty of company this summer.
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Trump favours ‘whole deal’ with China, two sides prepare for trade talks
WASHINGTON, Sept 13 — President Donald Trump said yesterday he preferred a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim pact, even as he said an “easy” ...
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Wall Street ends higher on trade, ECB stimulus hopes
NEW YORK, Sept 13 — Wall Street advanced yesterday, and the S&P 500 ended the session within striking distance of its all-time closing high, buoyed by positive developments on the US-China trade fro...
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US core inflation firming, but Fed still seen cutting rates
WASHINGTON, Sept 13 — US underlying consumer prices increased solidly in August, leading to the largest annual gain in a year, but rising inflation is unlikely to deter the Federal Reserve from cutt...
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Washington, Beijing lay ground for trade deal talks; China buys US soybeans
BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Sept 13 — The United States yesterday welcomed China’s renewed purchases of US farm goods while maintaining the threat of US tariff hikes as the world’s two largest economies...
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Bloomberg: Trump advisers considering interim China trade deal to delay tariffs
NEW YORK, Sept 12 — US trade advisers have discussed offering China a limited trade deal that would delay and even roll back some US tariffs for the first time in return for Chinese commitments on i...
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California law on rideshare drivers may hurt ‘gig economy’
Labour activists were celebrating California's move that would require rideshare firms to treat contract drivers as employees even as it has sparked concerns it will hurt...
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Asian equities mixed after US, China tariff moves
HONG KONG, Sept 12 — Signs of easing tensions between China and the US in their trade row fuelled hopes of a breakthrough in high-level talks next month but Asian markets were mixed as dealers strug...
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US to ban flavored e-cigarettes after six vaping-related deaths
WASHINGTON (Sept 12): The Trump administration is planning to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes after an outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases sickened over 450 and killed at least six people i...
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California law on rideshare drivers may hurt 'gig economy'
WASHINGTON, Sept 12 — Labour activists yesterday were celebrating California's move to drivers treated as employees by rideshare firms even as it fuelled concerns it will hurt digital platforms depe...
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Think tank predicts budget cuts after warning of economic slowdown
KUALA LUMPUR: A think tank today predicted cuts in the budget for 2020 when it is tabled in Parliament next month, following the forecast by Moody’s Investors Service of a slowdown in economic growt...
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Trump rules out for now cutting capital-gains taxes
WASHINGTON, Sept 12 — US President Donald Trump has ruled out for now slashing taxes on capital gains after a meeting with his advisers, a White House spokesman said yesterday.
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Sino-US trade thaw sparks currency risk rally, euro awaits ECB
SINGAPORE, Sept 12 — An exchange of olive branches between Washington and Beijing on trade pushed the US dollar to a six-week high against the safe-haven yen today and also supported the risk-sensit...
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Trump Delays China Tariff Increase as Trade Talks Approach
(Sept 12): President Donald Trump said he was postponing the imposition of 5% extra tariffs on Chinese goods by two weeks, a move that delays the next escalation of the trade war and brightens the bac...
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US, China grant trade concessions ahead of fresh talks
WASHINGTON/BEIJING: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed China's decision to exempt some US anti-cancer drugs and other goods from its tariffs and...
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Trump: US agrees to delay tariff hike on some Chinese goods by 2 weeks
WASHINGTON, Sept 12 — US President Donald Trump said yesterday the United States has agreed to delay increasing tariffs on US$250 billion (RM1.04 trillion) worth of Chinese imports from October 1 to...
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Oil prices slide 2pc after report Trump weighed easing Iran sanctions
NEW YORK, Sept 12 — Oil prices tumbled more than 2 per cent yesterday after a report that US President Donald Trump weighed easing sanctions on Iran, which could boost global crude supply at a time ...
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Trade hopes buoy Wall Street as China extends olive branch
NEW YORK, Sept 12 — Wall Street moved higher yesterday, led by tariff-sensitive technology and industrial stocks after China extended an olive branch ahead of next month's trade negotiations with th...
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Trump praises China's tariff exemptions as trade talks approach
WASHINGTON, Sept 12 — US President Donald Trump yesterday welcomed an apparent olive branch from Beijing in the grinding trade war between the two nations, which came weeks before negotiations are d...
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Trump's call for negative rates threatens savers
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump's push for low interest rates reached a new pitch on Wednesday, when he demanded the Federal Reserve take the...
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