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China urges quicker launch of pollution source survey

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China is urging local authorities to speed up the launch of the country's second nationwide general survey of pollution source by establishing local investigation institutes by the end of July, showed a document published by Ministry of Environmental Protection on Monday. [Source]

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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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Singapore slings? Taking on Alibaba, Amazon launches Prime Now in the city state

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc launched its two-hour delivery service in Singapore on Thursday, marking the e-commerce giant's push into populous Southeast Asia and its first head-on battle with its Chinese rival, Alibaba Group Holding.

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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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Exclusive: Discovery in the lead to acquire Scripps Networks - sources

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Discovery Communications Inc is in the lead to acquire U.S. cable TV network owner Scripps Networks Interactive Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in a deal likely to top $12 billion.

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BRIEF-Foxconn announces launch of intelligent manufacturing ecosystem in U.S.

* Foxconn announces launch of intelligent manufacturing ecosystem in U.S.

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UPDATE 5-Foxconn to announce new U.S. manufacturing plant -source

July 26 (Reuters) - Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn will announce plans to build a multi-billion dollar flat panel screen plant in Wisconsin at a White House event later on Wednesday, a source briefed on the matter said.

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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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UPDATE 1-Deutsche Bank asset management listing seen in H1 2018 at earliest - sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's planned listing of its asset management arm is unlikely before the first half of next year and could be later, as it wants more time to refine and sell the business's strategy to potential investors, people close to the matter said.

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BRIEF-Coca-Cola Zero sugar launches in U.S.

* Coca-Cola Zero sugar launches in U.S. with new and improved real Coca-Cola taste Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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British tulle artist Benjamin Shine launches New York exhibit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Artist Benjamin Shine hopes the launch of a new installation featuring his signature tulle fabrics in a New York department store window display at Bergdorf Goodman will inspire passersby to pause and self-reflect.

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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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Deutsche Bank asset management listing seen in H1 2018 at earliest - sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's planned listing of its asset management arm is unlikely before the first half of next year and could be later, as it wants more time to refine and sell the business's strategy to potential investors, people close to the matter said.

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Exclusive: U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials to pressure Maduro - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior officials of Venezuela's government, military and state oil company PDVSA on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, seeking to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

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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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Russian held over bitcoin laundering linked to BTC-e exchange: sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian national arrested in Greece on Wednesday on suspicion of laundering criminal funds by switching them into bitcoins is a key person behind the BTC-e crypto-currency exchange, two sources close to the exchange told Reuters.

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US: N. Korea could launch reliable nuclear-capable missile by 2018

The US believes that North Korea will be able to launch a reliable nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by early 2018, a US official familiar with the latest intelligence assessment confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

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Exclusive: Venezuela police and army chiefs, PDVSA executive face U.S. sanctions - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Venezuela’s army, the national police chief, the country’s director of elections and a vice president for the state oil company PDVSA are among the 13 Venezuelan officials being sanctioned by the United States on Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters.

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Berlusconi aide meets Telecom Italia deputy chairman: source

ROME (Reuters) - The righthand man of media mogul Silvio Berlusconi visited the headquarters of Telecom Italia on Wednesday and met the company's deputy chairman Giuseppe Recchi, a source said.

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BRIEF-Colibri Resource announces appointment of president, CEO

* Appointed current director, Ron Goguen Sr., as president and chief executive officer​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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Foxconn to announce new U.S. manufacturing plant: source

(Reuters) - Apple Inc supplier Foxconn Technology Co will announce plans to build a multi-billion dollar electronics manufacturing plant in Wisconsin at a White House event later on Wednesday, a source briefed on the matter said.

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Milan prosecutors launch investigation into UniCredit's cyber breach: sources

MILAN (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Milan have launched a probe into a data breach at UniCredit affecting around 400,000 customers of the Italian bank, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

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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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Exclusive: U.S. sanctions 13 senior Venezuelan officials - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 13 senior officials of Venezuela's government, military and state oil company PDVSA on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, seeking to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

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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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Algeria busts Islamic State cell led by veteran militant: security source

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian police have broken up an Islamic State militant cell led by a former al Qaeda commander convicted in France more than a decade ago for planning an attempted bombing in Strasbourg, a security source said on Wednesday.

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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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BRIEF-Microsoft India announces launch of Microsoft Kaizala

Source text - Microsoft India today announced the launch of Microsoft Kaizala, a mobile-only product designed for large group communications and work management. Microsoft Kaizala makes it simple for organizations to seamlessly communicate, collaborate and complete tasks, bringing together desktop users and mobile-only users who may be within or outside their organizations. Microsoft India also announced the launch of its enterprise version, Kaizala Pro that allows organizations to have full adm

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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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UPDATE 1-India e-tailer Snapdeal's board accepts Flipkart's up to $950 mln buyout -sources

* Axis Bank offering $60 million for FreeCharge – sources (Adds details on Infibeam offer, FreeCharge)

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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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India's Snapdeal board approves Flipkart's $900-$950 million takeover offer: sources

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The board of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal accepted bigger rival Flipkart's revised takeover offer of $900 million-$950 million last week, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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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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Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap oil survey team in northeast Nigeria: NNPC

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, the state oil company, which contracted the work, said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-UAE buys first U.S. oil cargo to replace Qatar condensate -sources

SINGAPORE, July 26 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will import the country's first oil cargo from the United States, two sources familiar with the matter said, as the OPEC producer sought substitutes to replace Qatari condensate supplies after a diplomatic row.

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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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Survey: US Muslims growing more liberal

American Muslims are growing more religiously and socially liberal, with the number who say society should accept homosexuality nearly doubling during the past decade, according to a major new survey.

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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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Australian watchdog takes Ford local unit to court over transmission complaints

(Reuters) - Australia's consumer watchdog said on Wednesday it has started court proceedings against Ford Motor Co's local unit, accusing the company of engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct when responding to customer complaints.

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UPDATE 1-Australian watchdog takes Ford local unit to court over transmission complaints

* Ford accused of misleading conduct after transmission complaints

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Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus remind the President of attorney general's past loyalty, sources say

President Donald Trump has publicly rebuked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing regret for appointing him to the post and disparaging him as "beleaguered" and "very weak."

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Exclusive: Viacom willing to make an all-cash deal to buy Scripps Networks - sources

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc has informed Scripps Networks Interactive it is willing to pay all cash to acquire the U.S. TV network operator, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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Russia’s Kaspersky Lab launches free antivirus software globally

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab on Tuesday announced it was rolling out a free version of its antivirus software across the globe, a product launch that comes amid mounting suspicion in the United States that the cyber firm is vulnerable to Russian government influence.

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Senate panel rescinds subpoena for Trump's ex-campaign head: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel has rescinded a subpoena that would have forced Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager of President Donald Trump, to appear at a hearing on Wednesday as part of its probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

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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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BRIEF-Tesoro to launch Arco brand in Mexico

* Tesoro -reached agreement that will enable company to supply transportation fuels and launch arco brand in states of Sonora And Baja California, Mexico

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BRIEF-‍First Financial Bancorp, Mainsource Financial Group to merge

* Press release - top-performing Midwest community banking organizations announce agreement to merge

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Two more German women identified among group held in Iraq: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - A total of four German citizens are among a group of women who were captured by Iraqi forces in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, a foreign ministry source said 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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Macquarie taps advisers for up to $4.5 bln Puget Energy stake sale -sources

July 25 (Reuters) - Macquarie Group has chosen Moelis & Co and its own investment banking arm to advise on the sale of its 42 percent stake in Washington utility Puget Energy, people familiar with the matter 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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Sale talks for Brazil's Belo Monte dam chill over price -sources

SAO PAULO, July 25 (Reuters) - Negotiations for the sale of Brazil's huge Belo Monte hydropower dam have cooled due to disagreements on price and regulatory issues, three sources close to the process told Reuters.

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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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UPDATE 2-9mobile asks Citi, Standard Bank to find new investors - source

LAGOS, July 25 (Reuters) - 9mobile, the mobile operator formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria, has appointed Citigroup and Standard Bank to find an investor to buy into the firm and three companies have shown interest, a banking source close to the deal said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-Daimler board to discuss alleged German auto cartel -sources

* Daimler and VW decline comment (Adds material from a source close to the U.S. Department of Justice)

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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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Senate judiciary panel calls on Paul Manafort to appear, while source says he'll privately meet with intel panel

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to meet behind closed doors with the Senate intelligence committee within the next two days, a source close to Manafort told CNN on Tuesday, as a separate Senate committee announced it has subpoenaed the former Trump aide.

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Pro-Kurdish party launches protests against Turkish crackdown

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's pro-Kurdish parliamentary opposition launched three months of protests on Tuesday against a state crackdown which has seen dozens of lawmakers and mayors jailed over suspected links to militant separatists.

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Toshiba board to meet Wednesday, weigh offers for chip unit: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp's board will meet on Wednesday to consider offers for its chip unit from Western Digital and Taiwan's Foxconn in addition to a bid from a consortium that was previously favorite, a source familiar with the matter said. Toshiba is scrambling to sell its flash memory unit to cover losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear business Westinghouse.

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UPDATE 1-Toshiba board to meet Wednesday, weigh offers for chip unit - source

* Toshiba also weighing offers from Western Digital, Foxconn -source (Adds details on auction, bidders)

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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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Egypt court sentences 43 anti-government protesters to life: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian criminal court sentenced 43 activists to life in prison on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a retrial of anti-government protesters who clashed with authorities in late 2011.

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BRIEF-Mandalay Resources Corporation announces new US$40 million revolving credit facility and change to dividend policy

* Mandalay Resources corporation announces new us$40 million revolving credit facility and change to dividend policy

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Daimler board to discuss alleged German auto cartel: sources

FRANKFURT/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Daimler's supervisory board will meet on Wednesday to discuss allegations that German carmakers were involved in anti-competitive behavior, sources familiar with the matter 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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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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Daimler directors to meet over alleged German auto cartel - sources

FRANKFURT/HAMBURG, July 25 (Reuters) - Daimler's supervisory board will meet on Wednesday and seek answers about whether German carmakers were part of a club that was allegedly involved in anti-competitive behaviour, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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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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US missile launch expected in Alaska

A missile launch from a Kodiak, Alaska, facility is expected this weekend, according to the US Coast Guard.

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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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Exclusive: Australia to accept first Central American refugees under U.S. deal - sources

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will accept several dozen Central American refugees within the next few months, two sources familiar with the process told Reuters, the first transfers under a controversial refugee swap arrangement agreed with the United States.

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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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BRIEF-Softbank seeks multibillion-dollar stake in Uber- WSJ, citing sources

* Softbank seeks multibillion-dollar stake in Uber- WSJ, citing sources Source text : http://on.wsj.com/2gYLzhr Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Activist investor Sandell Asset Management wants Barnes & Noble to try again to sell itself- WSJ, citing sources

* Activist investor Sandell Asset Management recently started buying stake in Barnes & Noble, already among its 10 biggest investors- WSJ, citing sources

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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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Unrest bubbles among Trump's key foreign policy aides: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Frustration is mounting among leading foreign policy officials in President Donald Trump's administration as they chafe at some policy and bureaucratic defeats and complain they lack independence to do their jobs, officials say.

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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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BRIEF-New Resource Bank reports Q2 earnings per share $0.07

* New Resource Bank reports profits increase in Q2 2017; earnings grow 28% quarter-over-quarter and 49% year-over-year

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BRIEF-Claim Post Resources announces board appointments, establishes special committee

* Claim Post Resources announces board appointments and establishes special committee

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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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BRIEF-Teva announces launch of generic vagifem in U.S.

* Teva announces the launch of generic vagifem in the United States

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BRIEF-J.P. Morgan launches new MBS agency index

* J.P. Morgan launches new MBS agency index Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Homeless man set sleeping West Virginia woman on fire: local media

(Reuters) - A homeless man was accused of setting on fire a woman who was also homeless while she slept on a front porch in West Virginia, leaving the victim in critical condition, local media reported on Monday.

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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.

Beijing (China) nytimes.com

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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Britain launches fund to boost electric battery technology

BIRMINGHAM/ LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched a 246 million-pound ($320 million) fund on Monday to boost the development and manufacturing of electric batteries, a major growth area for the car and energy sectors.

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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.

Communist Party of China nytimes.com

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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Samsung Bioepis launches U.S. sales of Remicade biosmiliar

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Bioepis Co Ltd said it started U.S sales of its copy of Johnson & Johnson's rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade on Monday - a move set to further undermine sales of the U.S. firm's top-selling drug.

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Exclusive: Spotify, Warner hope to clinch royalty deal by September - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify is close to agreeing a new licensing pact with Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation said.

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KKR to pay $66.50 per share for WebMD: source

(Reuters) - Private equity company KKR & Co LLP will announce on Monday that it has agreed to pay $66.50 per share in cash to acquire U.S. online health publisher WebMD Health Corp , a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

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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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Exclusive: Germany wants more EU sanctions on Russia over Siemens Crimea turbines - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany is urging the European Union to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc's sanctions blacklist over Siemens gas turbines delivered to Moscow-annexed Crimea, two sources in Brussels said.

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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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RPT-BRIEF-Apple supplier Foxconn looks at producing display panels in Wisconsin- WSJ,citing sources

* Apple supplier Foxconn looks at producing display panels in Wisconsin- WSJ,citing sources Source http://on.wsj.com/2uOIaax

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BRIEF-Apple supplier Foxconn looks at producing display panels in Wisconsin- WSJ,citing sources

* Apple supplier Foxconn looks at producing display panels in Wisconsin- WSJ,citing sources Source http://on.wsj.com/2uOIaax

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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.

China nytimes.com

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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Exclusive: KKR nears deal to acquire WebMD - sources

(Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR & Co LLP is nearing an all-cash deal to acquire WebMD Health Corp , a U.S. online health publisher with a market capitalization of $2.1 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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One dead in shooting incident at Israeli embassy in Jordan: security source

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least one person was killed on Sunday in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital Amman, a Jordanian security source said.

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Libya eastern commander Haftar, U.N.-backed premier Serraj to meet in Paris on Tuesday: source

CAIRO (Reuters) - Libya's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar and the head of the U.N.-backed government Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj plan to meet on Tuesday for French-organised talks on a deal to resolve the country's crisis, a diplomatic source said on Sunday.

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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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Local golf hero Fleetwood eyes storybook finish at Birkdale

(Reuters) - Tommy Fleetwood's romantic adventure at the Open championship took another "lovely" upward turn on Saturday as the local hero shot a four-under-par 66 to leave him still dreaming of a storybook finish to his remarkable week.

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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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U.S. investigators seek to turn Manafort in Russia probe: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said.

Xi Jinping nytimes.com

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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Exclusive: U.S. weighs financial sanctions to hit Venezuela's oil revenue - sources

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering financial sanctions on Venezuela that would halt dollar payments for the country's oil, according to a senior White House official and an adviser with direct knowledge of the discussions.

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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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Lemonheads owner Ferrara eyes Nestle's candy business: sources

(Reuters) - Ferrara Candy Co, the owner of candies such as Lemonheads and Now & Later chews, is preparing to participate in the auction for Swiss food group Nestle SA's U.S. candy business, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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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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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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Saudi source gives more detail on crown prince's dismissal

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - A source close to Saudi Arabia's rulers has given further details of how Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince, was summarily removed from his post last month.

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Alitalia gets some 10 non-binding offers for the airline: source

ROME (Reuters) - Struggling Italian airline has received about ten non-binding offers for the company, a source close to the matter said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-UK's Hammond told Goldman Sachs he wants long Brexit transition -source

LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond told the board of U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs that he was pushing for a lengthy transition period after Britain leaves the European Union, a source familiar with the talks said.

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UPDATE 2-Siemens, Bombardier near deal on transportation tie-up, sources say

FRANKFURT/MONTREAL, July 21 (Reuters) - Canada's Bombardier and Germany's Siemens are in the final stages of talks to combine their rail operations, several sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, in a deal that would give the two added heft to compete against Chinese rail giant CRRC.

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Iran skips opportunity to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions: sources

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran decided on Friday for the second time since January not to upset its nuclear pact with six world powers, two informed sources said, despite public statements by Tehran accusing the United States of violating the deal.

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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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BRIEF-Prism Resources says deal to sell certain Ontario properties to AuRico Metals terminated

* Prism Resources Inc. agreement in respect of the sale of a 7.5% net profits interest not proceeding

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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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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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Turkey has over 680 German firms on terrorism black list- security source

BERLIN, July 21 (Reuters) - Turkey has provided German authorities with a list of over 680 German firms it suspects of supporting terrorism, a German security source said on Friday, ten times the number initially reported by German media.

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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.

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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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German politicians, industry agree on diesel rescue plan -sources

BERLIN, July 21 (Reuters) - Auto industry officials and politicians in Germany have agreed to clean up diesel vehicles through software updates as part of a rescue plan for avoiding diesel bans in cities, industry and government sources said on Friday.

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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.