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China's Baidu enters strategic partnership with Paypal to tap Chinese tourists

BEIJING, July 27 (Reuters) - Baidu Inc said on Friday that it has entered a strategic agreement with PayPal Holdings Inc to tap overseas merchants as Chinese tech companies ramp up the fight for overseas payment partnerships.

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Australia urges China to do more on North Korea threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on China on Thursday to do more to contain the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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Christmas comes early for zoo polar bears with snow in July

RANUA, Finland (Reuters) - A group of polar bears in a zoo in Lapland in northern Finland got an early wintry treat in the summer heat when truckloads of snow were delivered to the Ranua wildlife park on Wednesday.

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How India and China Have Come to the Brink Over a Remote Mountain Pass

The two nuclear powers are fighting over a border, but their battle is really over the shape of Asia’s future.

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Drought hits parts of North Dakota spring wheat prospects: tour

MINOT, North Dakota (Reuters) - Spring wheat crops in central and northwestern North Dakota were showing the effects of hot, dry conditions and yield prospects were down sharply from a year ago, scouts on an annual crop tour said Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3-U.S. regulatory scrutiny scuppers deal for unit of China's HNA

* Global Eagle agreed to sell $416 mln stake to HNA unit last year

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Canada top court throws out permits for seismic testing in north

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's top court handed aboriginals a partial victory on Wednesday, ruling there was not adequate consultation on plans to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas in the north of the country, but dismissing a separate attempt to quash permits for changes to an Enbridge Inc pipeline.

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METALS-Copper hits two-year high as China looks to cut scrap imports

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Copper prices rose for a fourth day on Wednesday to the highest in more than two years on expectations of strong economic growth in China and news of Chinese restrictions on scrap imports that would increase demand for imported refined copper.

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President's decision reverses Defense Department policy initially approved under Obama

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to ban transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces.

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Danish fund to track CO2, may exclude some firms from portfolio

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's biggest commercial pension fund will soon track carbon emissions by companies it invests in, and exclude those it finds breach the Paris climate accord, its CFO told Reuters.

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BRIEF-Sensus Healthcare receives approval to sell SRT-100 in China

* Sensus Healthcare receives regulatory approval to sell the SRT-100 in China for the treatment and prevention of keloids

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German official labels excessive focus on diesel bans 'unimaginative'

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly warned against "demonizing" diesel traction, a German government spokeswoman said on Wednesday in response to the announcement of Britain's plan to ban combustion-powered cars by 2040.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes off Japan's Okinawa: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off Japan's island of Okinawa on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said.

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German conservative calls for phase-out of petrol and diesel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should soon start phasing out petrol and diesel, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) said as Britain announced it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040.

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EU top court rules against ArcerlorMittal carbon challenge

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled against steelmaker ArcelorMittal's challenge against how the European Union allocates free carbon permits.

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China steps up warning to Botswana over Dalai Lama visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - China stepped up its warning to Botswana on Wednesday over a planned visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama next month, demanding the African nation respect China's core interests.

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Wildfires prompt 10,000 evacuations on French Riviera

MARSEILLE (Reuters) - Firefighters evacuated thousands of campers and local residents after a wildfire broke out on France's tourist-thronged Riviera coast overnight.

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BRIEF-China's Irico Display Devices, U.S. firm Corning plan to set up two JVs

* Says it and Corning plan to set up two JVs with registered capital at $20 million each for two LCD glass substrate projects worth $60 million each

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Britain will ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, environment minister Michael Gove said on Wednesday.

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Japan environment minister to urge to rethink on coal project: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's environment minister is likely to recommend the trade ministry reconsider a coal-fired power project planned by Chubu Electric Power Co amid concerns over rising carbon emissions, local media said on Wednesday.

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Rescuers on war footing as flooding hits western, eastern India

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Floods and relentless rain in India's western state of Gujarat have killed at least 75 people and displaced over 25,000 over the past three weeks, officials said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-Hyundai Motor profit slumps, warns China, U.S. sales malaise to persist

* Q2 net profit 817 bln won vs consensus f'cast 1.35 trln won

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Does US-North Korea sanctions bill risk China relationship?

The US may target Chinese companies as part of new North Korea sanctions, an administration official said this week, even as diplomats are working with Beijing at the UN to reach a new international agreement.

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Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.

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Hyundai Motor second quarter net profit halves as China, U.S. sales sag

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor's bleak results stretched into a 14th straight quarter as political headwinds continued to drag down sales in China, its biggest market, and higher incentives failed to boost business in the United States.

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Hyundai Motor Q2 profit down 51 pct y/y, China, U.S. sales sag

SEOUL, July 26 (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor posted a 51 percent drop in net profit for the April-to-June period, missing analysts' estimates, as political headwinds hit sales in China and U.S. sales decelerated.

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USTR Lighthizer: Trump challenging China's industrial policies - radio interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. trade negotiator said late on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is determined to challenge China's use of unfair subsidies and "non-economic" industrial policy to build up export industries that are costing American jobs.

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U.S. firm Global Eagle says $416 mln pact with China's HNA fails to pass regulator

HONG KONG, July 26 (Reuters) - U.S.-based Global Eagle Entertainment Inc said a $416 million investment pact made last year with a unit of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co Ltd has been called off after failing to receive regulatory approval.

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UK to ban sales of petrol, diesel-fuelled cars from 2040: media

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government will announce on Wednesday that it will ban the sale of all petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars from 2040 as part of a plan to clean up air pollution, newspapers reported on Tuesday.

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Growth of French wind power capacity slows in first half of 2017: wind lobby

PARIS (Reuters) - New onshore wind capacity dipped in France in the first six months of 2017 compared with the same period a year ago as operators slowed the development of projects because of policy and economic uncertainties, an industry lobby said on Tuesday.

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ArcelorMittal says French pollution allegations are groundless

(Reuters) - The world's largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, said on Tuesday that its internal investigation had found allegations of illicit dumping of acid waste from a French plant were groundless.

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California governor signs climate policy extension into law

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday a package of bills that use market forces to cut greenhouse gas emissions, extending by a decade the state's signature plan to combat climate change.

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Judge halts work on ETP Mariner East NGL pipe in Pennsylvania town

(Reuters) - An administrative law judge temporarily halted work on Energy Transfer Partners LP's Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline in a southeast Pennsylvania town due to a dispute over the location of a valve and other equipment.

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Beijing Journal: In China’s Capital, a Portal to Hollywood’s Golden Age

A small cinema offers an intimate atmosphere and luxury seating for lovers of classic films and vintage Chinese favorites.

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VW executive charged in U.S. emissions probe to plead guilty: court

(Reuters) - A Volkswagen AG executive charged in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal plans to plead guilty on Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, a court spokesman said on Tuesday.

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U.S. says progress with China on N.Korea U.N. sanctions, true test is Russia

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is making progress in talks with North Korean ally China on imposing new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest missile test, but the "true test" will be what measures Russia agrees to, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

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U.S. electric industry knew of climate threat decades ago: report

(Reuters) - The U.S. electric industry knew as far back as 1968 that burning fossil fuels might cause global warming, but cast doubt on the science of climate change and ramped up coal use for decades afterward, an environmental watchdog group said on Tuesday.

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U.S. senators seek ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of Democratic senators hope to ban a pesticide the U.S. government has greenlighted for use, according to a bill unveiled on Tuesday in a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump's push to loosen environmental regulations.

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Last orca born at a SeaWorld park dies from illness in Texas

(Reuters) - A three-month-old killer whale, the last orca to be born in captivity at a SeaWorld park, died on Monday in San Antonio, Texas after suffering a possible pneumonia infection, the park said.

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Blackrock, Lightsource target 1 billion pound UK solar power portfolio

LONDON (Reuters) - Asset manager Blackrock and solar energy firm Lightsource have agreed to jointly create a 1 billion pound ($1.3 billion) portfolio of solar power assets in Britain over the next three years, the two companies said on Tuesday.

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U.S. may revise 2021 fuel efficiency standards

(Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it may revise the 2021 model year fuel efficiency requirements as it reviews the Obama administration vehicle emissions rules a year earlier than previously disclosed.

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Fire crews battle to halt spread of Montana blaze, largest in the U.S.

(Reuters) - More than 600 firefighters in Montana on Tuesday battled to halt the spread of the biggest wildfire in the United States after it torched buildings, raced through forests and drove scores of people from their homes.

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Wildfires lay waste to hillsides along French Riviera

NICE/MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Firefighters battled wind-whipped infernos along the French Riviera coast on Tuesday as the flames torched vegetation on hills overlooking glitzy Mediterranean resorts thronged by summer holidaymakers.

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DuPont beats on strong demand in agriculture business

(Reuters) - Chemicals and seeds company DuPont , which is merging with Dow Chemical , beat analysts' estimates for both profit and revenue on Tuesday, helped by higher sales in its agriculture business.

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China urges halt to oil drilling in disputed South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to oil drilling in a disputed part of the South China Sea, where Spanish oil company Repsol had been operating in cooperation with Vietnam.

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China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea

MANILA (Reuters) - China's foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides.

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China's HNA taps Goldman for planned Pactera U.S. IPO: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - HNA Group, the Chinese airline-to-banking conglomerate, has tapped investment bank Goldman Sachs to list Pactera, the Beijing-based IT outsourcing firm it bought from private equity firm Blackstone, sources familiar with the matter said.

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China's HNA taps Goldman for planned Pactera U.S. IPO - sources

HONG KONG, July 25 (Reuters) - HNA Group, the Chinese airline-to-banking conglomerate, has tapped investment bank Goldman Sachs to list Pactera, the Beijing-based IT outsourcing firm it bought from private equity firm Blackstone, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Feature: The Lonely Crusade of China’s Human Rights Lawyers

As the global spotlight on the nation’s domestic policies has dimmed, lawyers for dissidents increasingly face a terrible choice: acquiescence or imprisonment.

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Sri Lanka cabinet approves revised port deal with China: spokesman

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's cabinet approved a revised port deal with China Merchant Port Holdings on Tuesday, cabinet spokesman Dayasiri Jayasekera told Reuters, after terms of the first agreement sparked widespread public anger.

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Game on: Suning leads China's $2 billion soccer rights frenzy

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - In the high-stakes race to control soccer TV rights in China, with a potential market of hundreds of millions of fans, an electronics retailer is betting up to $2 billion that could give it a near monopoly on broadcasting the sport at home.

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China reinforcing its border with N. Korea

China is further fortifying its border with North Korea, new reports show, amid continued tensions on the peninsula and concerns over potential US military action against Pyongyang.

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Indonesia's disaster agency says forest fire threat to escalate

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke.

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Paw power: China plans 100 panda-shaped solar plants on new Silk Road

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - In a country where you can find everything from chopsticks to slippers designed to look like pandas, one Chinese energy company is going a step further by building 100 solar farms shaped like the bears along the route of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative.

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Now showing at a disputed South China Sea island not very near you

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has opened its southernmost cinema on a disputed island in the South China Sea, state media said, part on an on-going effort to build up civilian infrastructure and assert Beijing's sovereignty.

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For China’s Global Ambitions, ‘Iran Is at the Center of Everything’

Iran’s strategic location makes it a focus, and Chinese investments and entrepreneurs are pouring into the country.

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China police warn against illegal gatherings after rare Beijing protest

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have warned against illegal gatherings after they shut down part of a major road when demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

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UPDATE 1-After $50 bln deal spree, China's HNA moves to clear ownership concerns

* Says recently got $300 mln unsecured loan from Morgan Stanley

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Fires destroy 1,400 hectares of forest in southern France

PARIS (Reuters) - Fires have destroyed some 1,400 hectares of forest and woodlands in the south of France and the island of Corsica on Monday, authorities said.

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Exclusive: Berry borer beetle damages Brazil's coffee crop

NEW YORK/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Coffee growers in parts of Brazil are grappling with the worst beetle infestation in recent memory as a ban on a pesticide used for 40 years has helped the destructive insect flourish, threatening bean quality and yields.

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Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Vatican authorities began on Monday to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome which surrounds it.

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State prosecutors sue EPA over chemical safety rule delay

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of 11 Democratic state prosecutors sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing.

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Montana blaze rages as California crews gain ground on wildfire

(Reuters) - The biggest U.S. wildfire torched buildings and parched grassland forcing evacuations in eastern Montana while California firefighters gained ground on a massive blaze near Yosemite National Park on Monday, authorities said.

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Storms in Argentina to slow last weeks of wheat sowing: crop experts

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Storms in Argentina over the coming two weeks will slow the final stages of 2017/18 wheat planting, crop weather experts said on Monday, adding that flooded areas will likely be sown with soy once the moisture evaporates later this year.

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West Virginia orders Energy Transfer to stop work on Rover pipeline

(Reuters) - West Virginia environmental regulators ordered Energy Transfer Partners LP to stop work on the Rover natural gas pipeline in the state due to alleged water and waste management violations of its permit.

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Home sweet home: islanders stay put even when the sea invades

OSLO (Reuters) - Islanders in the Philippines have stayed in their homes even after an earthquake caused subsidence and floods, according to a study on Monday that questions how far global warming will trigger mass migration as sea levels rise.

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Lake Baiyangdian Journal: Sacred Lakes Threatened by China’s Growing Capital

Plans to transform Beijing and create a new nearby supercity may destroy celebrated wetlands — and erase the communities’ aquatic traditions.

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Atlantic hurricane season in 2017 seen more active than normal

(Reuters) - Most meteorologists project the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will have more named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes than normal.

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Spain's Balearic Islands vote to outlaw killing bulls at fights

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Balearic Islands on Monday banned matadors from killing bulls in the ring, becoming one of several Spanish regions to move toward criminalizing the centuries-old blood sport.

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Shallow water on Rhine and Danube hinders shipping in Germany

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany remain low and cargo vessels cannot sail fully loaded, traders said on Monday.

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Former Political Star in China Is Under Party Investigation

Officials said Sun Zhengcai, fired last month as party secretary of the city of Chongqing, was suspected of “grave violations of discipline.”

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Former party boss of China's Chongqing under investigation: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - The former Communist Party boss of the Chinese city of Chongqing, Sun Zhengcai, is under investigation for suspected serious violations of discipline, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

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After $50 billion deal spree, China's HNA sets out to clear ownership questions

(Reuters) - Privately-owned conglomerate HNA Group, one of China's most aggressive dealmakers, is shaking up its shareholding structure with a new, charitable foundation, part of efforts to quash long-standing concerns over its ownership.

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South Africa rhino poaching dips from record high

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The number of poached rhinos in South Africa decreased by 13 animals to 529 between January to June compared with the same period last year, a downward trend welcomed with "cautious optimism" by the government on Monday.

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Philippines' Duterte wants to put a stop to mineral exportation

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he wants all mineral resources extracted from the country to be processed domestically and, if possible, to stop exporting such commodities.

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Indonesia environment minister wants permanent ban on licenses to use forest land

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's environment minister said on Monday she wants to make permanent a moratorium on issuing new licenses to use land designated as primary forest and peatland.

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Myanmar floods kill two, displace tens of thousands

YANGON (Reuters) - Flooding across large parts of Myanmar has displaced more than 100,000 people, causing two deaths, while dramatic riverbank erosion has washed away a Buddhist pagoda, officials, residents and state media said on Monday.

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Europe seen warmer than usual this Autumn: The Weather Company

LONDON (Reuters) - Mainland Europe should experience above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation in the period from August to October, The Weather Company said on Monday.

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China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters.

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China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute.

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California crews hold wildfire in check, let more residents go home

(Reuters) - California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to fully contain the blaze.

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Snooty, world's oldest known manatee, dies in aquarium accident

(Reuters) - Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee in captivity, has died in an accident at a Florida aquarium just days after his 69th birthday, officials said on Sunday.

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China's debt specter could haunt Fed's policy meetings

HONG KONG (Reuters) - In September 2015, the U.S. Federal Reserve cited risks from China as a key reason for delaying its first interest rate hike in a decade. A wall of Chinese debt maturing in the next few years could jolt the country back into the U.S. central bank's policy deliberations.

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Swimming: China's Sun, American Ledecky light up world championships

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - China's Sun Yang destroyed the field to win a hat-trick of men's 400 meters freestyle titles while American Katie Ledecky reached more milestones in her glittering career as the swimming got underway at the world aquatics championships on Sunday.

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In China, Herd of ‘Gray Rhinos’ Threatens Economy

Several Chinese conglomerates are now so big, so complex and so indebted that the government is trying to bring them to heel.

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China's Guangzhou halts construction projects after deadly accident

BEIJING (Reuters) - The southern China city of Guangzhou on Sunday suspended all construction projects after a crane at a construction site collapsed on Saturday killing seven people.

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UPDATE 1-China Unicom says talks with strategic investors ongoing, no agreements signed

BEIJING, July 23 (Reuters) - Telecommunications operator China United Network Communications said on Sunday it is still in talks with potential strategic investors and has not yet signed any binding agreements.

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Thousands ordered to evacuate as heavy rains hit northeast Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people in northeast Japan were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links, authorities said.

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China Unicom says talks with strategic investors ongoing, no agreements signed

BEIJING, July 23 (Reuters) - Telecommunications operator China United Network Communications said on Sunday it is still in talks with potential strategic investors and has not yet signed any binding agreements.

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Hong Kong raises alert as Typhoon Roke approaches

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong was bracing on Sunday for Typhoon Roke with winds reaching 73 kmh (45 mph), forcing authorities to shut some services and events in the Asian financial hub, though the city's international airport continued operating as usual.

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New Zealand braces for more rain after severe storms lash south island

(Reuters) - Residents in the two largest cities on New Zealand's south island began returning to their homes on Sunday, despite state of emergencies still in place, after a severe storm caused flooding and forced hundreds of homes to be evacuated.

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Firefighters gain ground on Central California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in central California was contained enough on Saturday for authorities to consider allowing more people back to their houses, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for a gold rush era town that was previously threatened.

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Rome risks water rationing as drought-hit lake set to go offline

ROME (Reuters) - Authorities have ordered a halt to pumping water out of a lake near Rome following a prolonged drought, a decision that could force city officials to impose water rationing in the Italian capital.

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From Political Star to ‘a Sacrificial Object’ in China

The fall of Sun Zhengcai, a party secretary, is seen as a warning that President Xi Jinping will play succession politics by his own ruthless rules.

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Toyota eyes mass EV output in China as early as 2019: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp is likely to begin mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) in China as early as 2019, the Asahi daily reported on Saturday.

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Scaramucci awaits U.S. approval for China deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump administration's new communications director, has yet to get approval from U.S. regulators to sell his hedge fund firm to a group led by Chinese conglomerate HNA, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Trump's new communications chief awaits U.S. approval for China deal

NEW YORK, July 21 (Reuters) - Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump administration's new communications director, has yet to get approval from U.S. regulators to sell his hedge fund firm to a group led by Chinese conglomerate HNA, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Army steps in as severe storms cause chaos in New Zealand

(Reuters) - The largest city on New Zealand's south island has declared a state of emergency amid a severe storm which has already seen hundreds of homes evacuated across the Pacific island nation, highways cut and soldiers called in to help provide emergency services.

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U.S. national monument in Colorado to remain intact

DENVER (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Friday that Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients archeological site is no longer on a list of more than two dozen national monuments under review by the Trump administration for possible reduction or elimination.

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Trump administration seeks to sidestep border wall environmental study: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of President Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, according to two government sources familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-Synovus Financial says on July 19, 2 pct raise in base salaries for named executives approved

* Synovus Financial Corp says on July 19, compensation committee approved a 2 pct increase in base salaries for named executive officers Source text: (http://bit.ly/2tns0B7) Further company coverage:

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Xanda, son of Cecil the Lion, killed by hunter in Zimbabwe

LONDON (Reuters) - The son of Cecil the Lion, whose death at the hands of an American tourist in Zimbabwe caused international uproar, has also been shot dead by a hunter in Zimbabwe, scientists said.

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Canada sends more troops to tackle British Columbia wildfires

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian government said on Friday it will send another 225 troops to help fight wildfires in the western province of British Columbia, as hot, dry weather conditions resumed following a day of much-needed rain.

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Canpotex signs China potash supply contracts at higher price

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 21 (Reuters) - Canpotex Ltd, the offshore sales agency for North America's biggest producers of potash fertilizer, said on Friday that it signed supply contracts with Chinese customers for shipments of 1.4 million tonnes through 2017.

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Poland ejects protesters from ancient forest despite EU calls to halt logging operation

WARSAW (Reuters) - Security guards in Poland's Bialowieza Forest have forcibly ejected protesters who sought to stop the felling of trees in one of Europe's last primeval woods, a project that has drawn the threat of a European Union lawsuit.

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LVMH's Louis Vuitton launches e-commerce website in China

PARIS (Reuters) - French fashion brand Louis Vuitton, part of luxury giant LVMH , said on Friday it had launched an e-commerce website in China to tap a booming online shopping market.

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U.S. FERC issues Dominion Atlantic Coast natgas pipe report

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final environmental impact statement on Friday for Dominion Energy Inc's Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina.

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Greenpeace activists protest near oil rig in Norway's Arctic sea area

OSLO (Reuters) - Environmental activists protested on Friday near an offshore rig contracted by Statoil in the remote Norwegian Arctic, where the firm is looking for oil and gas deposits.

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German carmakers may have colluded on diesel systems: Spiegel

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's carmakers VW , BMW, Audi, Porsche may have colluded to fix the prices of diesel emissions treatment systems using industry committees, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

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China to US: Send us some rice

The world's largest rice producer is hungry for more and looking to the U.S. for supplies.

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UPDATE 1-Arista loses bid to lift import ban in Cisco battle

July 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday dealt Arista Networks Inc a loss in its technology dispute with Cisco Systems Inc and refused to set aside an order blocking importation of some of Arista's network switches.

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French 2017 wine output may fall to record low after frosts

PARIS (Reuters) - French wine production may fall 17 percent this year to a record low after spring frosts damaged vineyards, notably in the Bordeaux region, which might lose half its output, the farm ministry said on Friday.

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Philippines' Duterte says government plans new mining law

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday the government will draft a new law for the country's mining industry, which he said pays too little in tax and not enough in compensation for any environmental damage.

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Exclusive: Baidu, JD.com to join others investing $12 bln in state-owned China Unicom - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Baidu Inc and JD.com will join other big Chinese technology firms to jointly invest about $12 billion in the Shanghai-listed unit of China Unicom, the weakest of three big state-owned telecoms firms, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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METALS-Copper hits 4-1/2 month high on China growth, weak dollar

* LME/ShFE arb: http://tmsnrt.rs/2oQ5nm2 (Recasts, updates prices, adds details/quote; changes dateline)

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LGBT conference in China's 'gay capital' scuppered

BEIJING (Reuters) - Organizers of an LGBT conference in China's "gay capital" had to scrap the event this week, the second time in as many months a public seminar aimed at expanding awareness of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues has run into snags.

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China WhatsApp crackdown only scratches surface of worsening internet censorship

As Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate, lay dying in a heavily-guarded hospital last month, there was little mention of his fate in China.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

China equity funds, local debt top first-half emerging market performance tables

LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese and Indian equity funds sprinted away from their emerging market rivals in the first half of 2017, whilst local currency bond funds shone as the dollar weakened.

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Ex-China's securities regulator assistant chairman to be prosecuted: graft watchdog

BEIJING (Reuters) - The former assistant chairman of China's securities regulator, Zhang Yujun, will be prosecuted for serious violations of discipline, the country's graft watchdog said on Friday.

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Evacuation order may be lifted Friday as California wildfire slows

(Reuters) - Some residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California may be able to go home on Friday as a wildfire nearby slowed its progress after destroying dozens of houses over the past several days, the local sheriff said.

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UPDATE 2-Swatch strikes optimistic note as China rebounds

ZURICH, July 21 (Reuters) - Swatch Group on Friday painted a brighter outlook for the rest of the year as the world's largest watchmaker said demand for Swiss timepieces in China and Europe is improving.

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'Not appropriate' for Justin Bieber to tour China because of 'bad behavior'

BEIJING (Reuters) - It is not appropriate for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to visit China because of his bad behavior and he needed to improve his conduct to become a singer "truly loved" by the public, a Chinese state office has said.

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Exclusive: Baidu, JD.com to join others investing $12 billion in China Unicom - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Baidu Inc and JD.com will join other big Chinese technology firms, including Tencent Holdings, to jointly invest about $12 billion into state-owned mobile carrier China Unicom, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Bieber, Justin nytimes.com

China Bars Justin Bieber From Performing Over ‘Bad Behavior’

In a statement about the pop singer, who has made headlines in the past, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said, “It is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.”

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China reaps payoff from hand-picked team placed in Macau in 1990s

MACAU, July 21 (Reuters) - While Hong Kong has been roiled by protests and calls for independence from China, things have been quieter in the neighboring gambling center of Macau, which has seen little dissent to rule from Beijing.

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UPDATE 2-China aims to become world leader in AI, challenges U.S. dominance

* Aims to grow core AI industries to over 150 bln yuan by 2020 (Recasts, adds Lenovo CTO comments)

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Vietnam pollution fight hits supplier to global fashion brands

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands are seeking the permanent closure of the factory due to pollution concerns, highlighting a growing readiness in Vietnam to campaign over environmental issues.

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Japanese court denies injunction against Ikata nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) - A court in western Japan on Friday denied an injunction against Shikoku Electric Power Co's Ikata No. 3 nuclear reactor, the operator said, allowing the plant that restarted last August to continue operations.

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Blast in China's Hangzhou city kills two, injures 55

BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion on Friday at a shop by a busy street in the Chinese city of Hanghzou killed two people and injured 55, authorities in the area said.

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China sends its best warships to European waters

One of China's most-advanced warships is leading a small flotilla to the Baltic Sea, where it will engage in exercises with the Russian Navy.

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Two dead, several injured on Greece's Kos from quake: mayor

ATHENS (Reuters) - At least two people were killed and several injured on Greece's Kos island by a strong earthquake that struck between Greece and Turkey early on Friday, the mayor of the Greek island said.

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Exclusive: U.S. toughens stance on foreign deals in blow to China's buying spree

(Reuters) - A secretive U.S. government panel has objected to at least nine acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign buyers so far this year, people familiar with the matter said, a historically high number that bodes poorly for China's overseas buying spree.

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Turkey quake to cause small tsunami: EMSC

(Reuters) - A 6.7-magnitude earthquake off the southwestern coast of Turkey could cause a small tsunami in the area, European quake agency EMSC said, although Turkish officials said large waves were more likely than a tsunami.

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Flint water crisis whistle-blowers win MIT Media Lab's 'Disobedience Award'

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - The pediatrician and professor who first drew national attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, that exposed residents to dangerously high levels of lead are set to receive the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's first "Disobedience Award" on Friday.

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Magnitude 6.9 quake hits off Turkey: USGS

(Reuters) - A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off the southwestern Turkish coast on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Arista loses bid to lift import ban in Cisco battle

July 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday dealt Arista Networks Inc a loss in its technology dispute with Cisco Systems Inc and refused to set aside an order blocking importation of some of Arista's network switches.

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U.N. rights chief seeks meeting with China over Liu Xiaobo's widow

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Thursday he plans to seek a meeting with Chinese officials to urge freedom of movement for the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died of cancer while in custody.

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Saudi king creates new security agency separate from interior ministry

DUBAI, July 20 (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman on Thursday ordered the creation of a new cabinet-level security apparatus to handle a range of matters including counter-terrorism that were previously under the aegis of the Interior Ministry.

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UK zoo donates white rhino eggs in IVF bid to save species

LONDON (Reuters) - A British zoo is using IVF technology to help the three remaining northern white rhinos procreate and save the species from extinction.

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U.S. Justice Department drops $3 million Harley-Davidson emissions penalty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department on Thursday announced it has dropped a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution as part of a settlement the Obama administration announced in August.

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India to phase out 5.5 GW of coal-fired power plants

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has identified 5.5 gigawatts (GW) of inefficient coal-fired power plants to be retired, Power Minister Piyush Goyal told lawmakers on Thursday, as the country looks to cut emissions and make better use of its coal reserves.

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Amid VPN crackdown, China eyes upgrades to Great Firewall

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese telecoms carrier said it had begun closing virtual private networks (VPNs) and other tools that can bypass the so-called Great Firewall, which state authorities use to filter and block traffic between Chinese and overseas servers.

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations nytimes.com

In China, Despair for Cause of Democracy After Nobel Laureate’s Death

Some activists say the movement is now at its weakest point since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

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China seen making 25 percent more solar panels in 2017

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's solar industry is expected to produce 25 percent more panels in 2017 than last year, supported by domestic sales and demand from the United States and emerging markets, the head of a Chinese industry association said.

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Massive wildfire destroys 29 structures in California

(Reuters) - More than 3,000 firefighters on Thursday battled a raging wildfire in central California that has destroyed 29 structures and forced thousands to flee their homes as it threatened a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park.

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Exclusive: U.S. bank card companies to seek licenses to operate in China in months

HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S.-based payment card companies, including American Express , MasterCard and Visa , are preparing to submit license requests to operate in China within months, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

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China forecasts artificial intelligence industry to exceed 400 billion yuan by 2025

BEIJING (Reuters) - China unveiled a national artificial intelligence (AI) development plan on Thursday, and said it expects the value of its core AI industries to exceed 150 billion yuan by 2020 and 400 billion yuan ($59.07 billion) by 2025.

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Exclusive: U.S. Cardinal Health puts $1.5 billion China business on block - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. drug distributor Cardinal Health has put its China business up for sale, drawing keen interest from state-backed Chinese pharmaceutical firms in a deal that may be worth up to $1.5 billion, sources familiar with the matter said.

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PetroChina unloading first Chinese purchase of oil from US strategic reserves -shipping data

SINGAPORE, July 20 (Reuters) - PetroChina is this week unloading the first Chinese purchase of crude oil from U.S. strategic petroleum reserves at a port in eastern China, according to shipping data and two industry sources.

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Guangdong leader strengthened in China leadership stakes as rival party boss ousted

GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Hu Chunhua, the Communist Party boss of China's southern economic powerhouse of Guangdong has long been considered a rising political star. Now, the surprise dismissal of a key regional rival may well have bolstered that image.

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UPDATE 1-Rec Silicon Q2 pretax loss bigger than expected, needs capital to China JV

* Rec silicon q2 revenues $ 61.4 million (Reuters poll $63 million) vs $71.1 mln in Q2 2016

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Turkish ministry says Germany comments on activists' arrests unacceptable

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday comments by the Germany government spokesman regarding Turkey's arrest of six human rights activists, including a German citizen, were unacceptable and interference in the Turkish judiciary.

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China's air quality deteriorates due to winter pollution: official

BEIJING (Reuters) - Air quality in China worsened in the first half of 2017, with 338 cities including the capital Beijing on average reporting fewer clean air days due to winter pollution in January and February, an official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

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Trump administration touts plans to reduce regulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday touted its effort to roll back federal regulations by targeting a range of government rules ranging from a "paperwork burden on outdoor enthusiasts" to plans to regulate oil and gas development on Indian reservations.

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Magnitude 5.8 quake hits on Japan's Honshu: PTWC

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.8 hit northeast of Tokyo on Japan's main island of Honshu on Thursday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reported.

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France launches field-to-fork food debates

PARIS (Reuters) - France, widely seen as a country synonymous with good food, will launch on Thursday a wide set of debates on the sector ranging from field to fork and aimed at improving farm incomes and the industry's environmental record.

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BRIEF-Pennymac Financial Services says board approved an increase in size of board from nine to ten - SEC Filing

* Pennymac Financial Services Inc - On July 19 co's board approved an increase in size of board from nine to ten - SEC Filing Source text: [http://bit.ly/2uAWKCF] Further company coverage:

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Trump says tariffs on steel imports 'could happen'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, asked by a reporter on Wednesday if he would impose tariffs on steel imports, said it "could happen."

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BRIEF-NextDecade signs MOU with Port Of Cork to develop FSRU and LNG import terminal infrastructure

* Nextdecade signs mou with port of cork to develop fsru and lng import terminal infrastructure

Myanmar nytimes.com

As U.S. Attention Wanes in Southeast Asia, China Woos Myanmar

Myanmar’s opening had been considered an American victory, but China is bringing it into its fold with money and diplomacy.

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China holds live fire drills amid India dispute

The Chinese government has issued a warning to neighboring India to withdraw its troops from the disputed Doklam border area to "avoid further escalation of the situation."

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China Minmetals, China National Gold 'unaware' of merger talks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China Minmetals Corp and China National Gold Group are unaware of any merger talks between the two companies, their listed units said on Wednesday, after a Reuters report on a possible deal caused a rally in their shares.

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China Minmetals, China National Gold "unaware" of merger talks

SINGAPORE, July 19 (Reuters) - China Minmetals Corp and China National Gold Group are unaware of any merger talks between the two companies, their listed units said on Wednesday, after a Reuters report on a possible deal caused a rally in their shares.

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Flash floods force evacuations from British coastal town

(Reuters) - A person trapped in their home by rising flood waters was lifted to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter crew after flash floods caused chaos in the Cornish town of Coverack on England's south west coast.

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Audi under fire in China for ad comparing used cars with brides

BEIJING (Reuters) - German luxury carmaker Audi AG has come under fire from consumers in China for an advert that compared buying a second-hand car to checking out a bride-to-be.

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Abidjan waterside boom spurs new demand: crocodile removal

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - "It's not my first time," fireman Patrick Obite said with an air of confidence as, kneeling, he straddled a meter-long crocodile in the carpark of a building site in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan.

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Thousands evacuated central California, wildfires burn across U.S. West

MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - A 25,000-acre wildfire in central California, one of three dozen major blazes burning across the U.S. West, threatened hundreds of homes and businesses on Wednesday after forcing the evacuation of about 5,000 residents.

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BRIEF-American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust III​ ‍in connection with approval of purchase agreement, board approved plan of liquidation and dissolution

* American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust III​ - ‍in connection with approval of purchase agreement, board approved plan of liquidation and dissolution

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UPDATE 1-China adds blockbuster drugs to insurance list after price cuts

* Gov't, drugmakers agreed price cuts of as much as 70 pct (Adds ministry quote, examples of listed drugs, context)

lifestyleMolt reuters.com

China blogger highlights generational tensions over marriage

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese female blogger who posed as a man's Lunar New Year girlfriend says her experience illustrates the generational tensions over finding a marriage partner in China.

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China's CITIC Agri Fund buys Dow corn seed assets for $1.1 billion

(This July 12 story correct third paragraph to say assets are being sold to meet conditions for Brazil antitrust regulators, not U.S. regulators)

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U.S., China talks seen offering small-scale market access deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Chinese officials will try to ease trade tensions and bridge differences on Wednesday in annual economic talks that trade experts say will likely yield some small-scale agreements to grant U.S. firms more access to some of China's markets.

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China adds 36 drugs to key insurance list after agreeing price cuts

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will add 36 new medicines to a key list of drugs that are covered by the country's basic medical insurance schemes after drug firms agreed to average price cuts of 44 percent against the retail cost of the medicines last year.

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MH370 search data unveils fishing hotspots, ancient geological movements

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents.

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Apple names new managing director for China amid localization drive

BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday said it has appointed a managing director for Greater China - a newly created role - in its latest move to localize product features and comply with new cyber regulations in China governing foreign technology firms.

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Apple names new managing director for China amid localisation drive

BEIJING, July 19 (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday said it has appointed a managing director for Greater China - a newly created role - in its latest move to localise product features and comply with new cyber regulations in China governing foreign technology firms.

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Beijing aims to curb city's use of coal by 2020

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital city Beijing is aiming to cut its coal consumption to below 5 million tonnes by 2020 and limit the use of coal in smog-prone areas, a document issued by the Beijing Municipal Government showed on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-AMC, Legendary Entertainment say insulated from China curbs on parent Wanda

* Legendary says it is well capitalised (Recasts and adds statement from Legendary)

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BRIEF-Apple names Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China

* Isabel Ge Mahe named Apple's managing director of Greater China

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One wildfire-hit community in Western Canada able to return home

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Residents of one British Columbia town would be allowed to return home on Tuesday as wildfires that forced them to flee 11 days ago receded in parts of the Western Canadian province, emergency officials said.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

China's financial stability focus is good reason to give wide berth: James Saft

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

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Asia and Australia Edition: Russia, North Korea, China: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Metamorphosis: Philadelphia street horrified as cockroaches invade

(Reuters) - Residents of a Philadelphia street were horrified when thousands of cockroaches emerged from a sewer drain, forming a swarm so big that it covered the street at one stage, according to city officials and local media on Tuesday.

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China cracks down on Winnie the Pooh

One of the most pressing questions facing millions of Chinese internet users right now seems to be: Have the authorities banished a honey-loving teddy bear from China's cyberspace?

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Malala condemns China over death of fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai condemned China's treatment of her fellow peace prize-winner Liu Xiaobo following his death of liver cancer in custody last week.

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Rains from storm Don beginning to spread over Windward Islands: NHC

(Reuters) - Rains from tropical storm Don were beginning to spread over the Windward Islands, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Tuesday.

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Court tosses petition to force U.S. to ban pesticide

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday denied a petition by environmental groups to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban the agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos, ending one of three parallel attempts to bring about the ban, court filings show.

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China says it won't take any more foreign garbage

GENEVA (Reuters) - China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Tuesday that it would stop accepting shipments of rubbish such as waste plastic and paper as part of a campaign against "foreign garbage".

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People swim in streets of flooded Istanbul, heavy rain briefly shuts Bosphorus oil routes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - People had to swim to safety in the flooded streets of Istanbul on Tuesday after heavy rain and storms brought chaos to Turkey's largest city and caused shipping traffic on oil and grain routes through the Bosphorus Strait to be suspended for some hours.

WhatsApp Inc nytimes.com

China Disrupts WhatsApp Service in Online Clampdown

The last of Facebook’s major products that still worked in China was hit by government blocks, as Beijing broadly tightens its controls over the internet.

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China's Xi pledges 'unremitting' efforts for Middle East peace

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Tuesday to make "unremitting" efforts toward promoting peace in the Middle East following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as China steps up its diplomatic engagement with the region.

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China cracks down on 'Winnie the Pooh'

After "Winnie the Pooh" was compared to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the country restricted use of the Disney character on social media.

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Small U.S. towns brace for rare solar eclipse, and crowds, in August

DRIGGS, Idaho (Reuters) - Hyrum Johnson, mayor of the tiny city of Driggs, Idaho, expects some craziness in his one-stoplight town next month when the moon passes in front of the sun for the first total solar eclipse in the lower 48 U.S. states since 1979.

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Windy, dry weather forecast in U.S. West, threatens to stoke wildfires

(Reuters) - More than 800,000 residents in the U.S. West were told to be ready to evacuate on Tuesday as windy, dry conditions threatened to stoke wildfires, forecasters said.

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Case of missing China scholar rattles compatriots at U.S. colleges

CHICAGO(Reuters) - For many of the 300,000 Chinese students at U.S. colleges and their parents back home, the presumed kidnapping of a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois confirmed their worst fears about coming to America to study.

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Insurers paid out $19.5 billion for natural disasters in first half: Munich Re

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Insurers paid out around $19.5 billion for natural disaster claims in the first half of 2017, almost 40 percent less than the year-earlier payout of $32 billion, reinsurer Munich Re said on Tuesday.

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Fire in Croatia prevented from reaching Split, Montenegro asks for help

SPLIT, Croatia (Reuters) - Montenegro has asked the European Union civil protection force to help it battle several forest fires, while a blaze in neighboring Croatia that had been threatening the city of Split has "normalized", authorities said on Tuesday.

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Flowers shrivel in Italian beauty spot as drought follows quakes

CASTELLUCIO, Italy (Reuters) - The plain of Castelluccio in central Italy usually rolls out a carpet of red, yellow and blue flowers for tourists, but this summer drought is shriveling the blooms in a valley already ravaged by a series of earthquakes.

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Undersea earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude strikes off Peru: USGS

(Reuters) - An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Quake that struck off Russia's Kamchatka upgraded to magnitude 7.8

(Reuters) - An earthquake that struck off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula on Tuesday was upgraded to a magnitude 7.8, the U.S. Geological Survey said.