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U.S. warns investors over Venezuela's 'petro' cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury has warned U.S. investors to approach Venezuela's proposed "petro" cryptocurrency with caution, saying that it may contravene U.S. sanctions against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Fugitive Venezuelan Police Officer Is Killed in Shootout

Óscar Pérez, who rose to prominence last year during antigovernment street protests, was among seven dead.

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Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering

CARACAS (Reuters) - Advisers to the Venezuelan government are recommending it sell $2.3 billion of its new cryptocurrency, the petro, in a private offering at a discount of up to 60 percent, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

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World Bank urges Russia to spend more on healthcare, education

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's new government after its March presidential election should invest more in education and healthcare to help spur economic growth, the World Bank's chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

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NYT: Mueller subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon last week, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Ex-Trump adviser Bannon subpoenaed in special counsel Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury as part of a special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Venezuela rogue helicopter pilot Perez killed in Monday police raid: official

CARACAS (Reuters) - Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez was killed in a police operation on Monday along with six other members of a "terrorist cell", Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on Tuesday.

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Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

The move marks the first time the special counsel is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of President Trump’s inner circle.

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EU targets recycling as China bans plastic waste imports

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU regulators are searching for ways to increase recycling of plastic, as waste piles up in ports after China banned imports of "foreign garbage" from the start of 2018.

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Syrian opposition calls on Trump and EU to put pressure on Russia and Iran

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and European Union leaders should increase the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran to return to talks to end Syria's civil war, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Monday.

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Russia readies supercomputer to improve World Cup weather forecasts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is setting up a supercomputer meant to improve weather forecasts ahead of this year's soccer World Cup finals, the authorities said on Tuesday.

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Syrian opposition calls on Trump and EU to up pressure on Russia and Iran

LONDON (Reuters) - Syria's chief opposition negotiator called on U.S. President Donald Trump and European Union leaders to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, Russia and Iran to return to talks aimed at ending the six-year civil war.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon to meet with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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Russian pollster pulls pre-election research over closure fears

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's only major independent pollster, the Levada Center, said on Tuesday it had stopped publishing polls about the forthcoming presidential election because it feared the authorities might shut it down for perceived meddling.

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New bill targets Russia, others for future election interference

Lawmakers are set to introduce a bill that would punish any nation that tries to influence a US election, adding extra sanctions against Russia if it once again tries to interfere.

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Steve Bannon to face House Russia investigators

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist whose political fortunes have taken a roller-coaster fall in the wake of his comments in a scathing book on Trump, will be questioned on Tuesday by lawmakers about the Trump team and Russia.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon meets with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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U.S. report detailing new Russia sanctions to be issued on Jan. 29: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A U.S. report detailing new sanctions against Russia will be published on Jan. 29, the TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-China's CNPC forecasts 10 pct growth in gas consumption, bumper fuel exports

* Gas demand, import growth to drop, but remain in double digits * 2018 oil demand growth at 4.6 pct, down from 5.9 pct in 2017 * Net diesel exports to rise 47 pct, gasoline exports by 23 pct (Adds details on fuel surplus, comment, table, byline) By Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - China's natural gas consumption will rise by 10 percent and imports by 13.4 percent in 2018, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) forecast on Tuesday, boosted by a steady push t

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Huge Oil Spill Spreads in East China Sea, Stirring Environmental Fears

The disaster could be the worst oil spill in decades, and Greenpeace calls it a threat to “an important spawning ground” for fish and several whale species.

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BRIEF-China Lodging Group reports 87 pct occupancy rate for leased and owned hotels in Q4

* CHINA LODGING GROUP, LIMITED ANNOUNCES ITS PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR HOTEL OPERATION IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017

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UPDATE 1-China's natural gas consumption to rise 10 pct on yr in 2018 - CNPC research

* Gas demand, import growth to drop, but remain in double digits

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Experts: Massive oil spill off China's coast may affect marine life for decades

A massive oil tanker that sank off the coast of China could affect marine life for decades, environmentalists and experts say.

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PBOC official says China's centralized virtual currency trade needs to end: source

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese central banker says authorities should ban centralized trading of virtual currencies as well as individuals and businesses that provide related services, an internal memo from a government meeting seen by Reuters showed.

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China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

SYDNEY/TAIPEI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

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Google says "no changes" to mapping platform in China after report

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it has made "no changes" to its mapping platform in China, denying an earlier media report that claimed it was re-launching the function in China, where many of its services are blocked.

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UPDATE 1-Google says "no changes" to mapping platform in China after report

BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it has made "no changes" to its mapping platform in China, denying an earlier media report that claimed it was re-launching the function in China, where many of its services are blocked.

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Source: Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot killed by police

Oscar Perez, a Venezuelan police pilot accused of stealing a helicopter and using it to attack the country's Supreme Court in June, was killed Monday in Caracas, a government official told CNN.

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Russia's hidden world of North Korean labor

In pre-fabricated buildings, down a muddy track on the outskirts of St. Petersburg lies a world of hidden North Korean labor in Russia.

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China rights lawyer says legal license revoked after criticizing President Xi Jinping

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his license to practice law.

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Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

SYDNEY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

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China consumer group seeks answers from Apple about slowing iPhones

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese consumer group has asked Apple for information about the slowing of older iPhones after operating system updates, demanding a reply before Friday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM

RIGA (Reuters) - The Danish government expects to win backing for a substantial increase in defense spending next month, to counter Russia's intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe, the NATO-member's prime minister said Monday.

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Deadly Siege of Venezuela Rebels Led by Former Action Hero Transfixes Country

The rebel leader, Óscar Pérez, chronicled the siege of his band’s hide-out in a series of videos uploaded onto social media.

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Google to relaunch map service in China: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Google to relaunch map service in China -Nikkei

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Lewandowski expects to testify this week in Russia probe

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski expects to voluntarily testify behind closed doors before Congress this week as part of the investigation into Russian election interference.

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ICE pledges immigration crackdown on businesses. Here's what it looks like

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Venezuelan rogue police pilot says he is wounded as authorities close in

CARACAS (Reuters) - - Self-identified rogue helicopter pilot Oscar Perez appeared with a bloody face in a series of Instagram videos on Monday, saying that he was surrounded by authorities who were shooting at him in a poor neighborhood outside Caracas.

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Russian foreign minister accuses US of 'destabilizing' world

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of destabilizing the world, airing a list of grievances over the Trump administration's foreign policy.

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Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.

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China to block cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading: Bloomberg

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities plan to block domestic access to Chinese and offshore cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading, Bloomberg reported Monday citing sources.

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Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain scrambled two Royal Air Force Typhoon jets on Monday from Scotland to intercept Russian planes near the United Kingdom's airspace, a defense ministry spokesman said.

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Stricken tanker leaves large oil slick in East China Sea

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem.

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Russia will not support U.S. bid to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal.

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Exclusive: China's JD.com targets $2 billion fundraising at logistics unit - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's second-biggest e-commerce firm JD.com has kicked off a fundraising round at its logistics unit with a target of at least $2 billion, and eventually plans to list the business overseas, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Russia will not support U.S. attempts to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to change the Iran nuclear deal.

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Russia will work to preserve Iran nuclear deal, FM Lavrov says

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow will work to preserve the existing Iran nuclear deal despite Washington threatening to withdraw from it.

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RPT-INSIGHT-China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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Stricken oil tanker leaves 10-mile oil slick in East China Sea: CCTV

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - The burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a 10-mile long oil slick as black smoke continued to billow from the site, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday.

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China sees 1,300 fugitives returned from overseas in 2017: China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A total of 1,300 fugitives were returned to China from overseas last year, including 347 corrupt officials, the China Daily reported on Monday, citing figures from the country's corruption watchdog.

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China punishes officials for tampering with smog monitoring

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has punished officials in the provinces of Jiangxi and Henan for tampering with pollution monitoring equipment in order to reduce smog readings, the environment ministry said in a notice on Sunday.

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China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Why China’s Good Environmental Policies Have Gone Wrong

Haste and zeal to please an increasingly authoritarian government have created unexpected problems.

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Oil tanker burning in the East China Sea sinks

An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea has sunk a week after it collided with another vessel, according to Chinese state media.

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Venezuela government, opposition conclude talks without agreement

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders concluded a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, failing to reach a deal to address the country's political and economic crisis.

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China to step up banking oversight in 'arduous' fight on financial risks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will step up oversight in the banking sector this year to reduce financial risks, the country's banking regulator said, stressing that long-term efforts would be needed to control banking sector chaos.

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U.N. willing to send more aid for Venezuelans in Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The United Nations is willing to send more resources to Colombia to help the Andean country care for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing food shortages and economic devastation in their homeland, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday.

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New U.S. sanctions attempt to influence Russia before election: Tass

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A new round of U.S. sanctions expected against Moscow is an attempt to influence Russia's domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Saturday.

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‘Frost Boy’ in China Warms Up the Internet, and Stirs Poverty Debate

A widely shared photograph of an 8-year-old who had icicles in his hair after a 2.8-mile trek to school has become a symbol of the plight of poor rural children.

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Russia deploys more surface-to-air missiles in Crimean build-up

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula.

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China urges hotels to review websites as 'country' crackdown grows

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's tourism authority has urged accommodation companies to review their websites and apps to fix what Beijing deems to be inaccurate labeling of Taiwan or other Chinese-claimed territories as countries.

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Tennis: Tired of the 'roller-coaster', Kyrgios seeks a steady ride

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An upbeat but calm Nick Kyrgios heads into the Australian Open feeling confident about his mental game and keen to keep a level head through the season after a "roller-coaster" ride in 2017.

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Tennis: Brand-less, slam-less Halep looks for more in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Simona Halep enters the Australian Open with the world number one ranking and a familiar set of doubts over her ability to win a grand slam.

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U.S. charges Maryland businessman with bribing Russian official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged a Maryland businessman with bribing a Russian official in an effort to win contracts to ship uranium to the United States.

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Venezuela government, opposition resume talks in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders resumed talks in the Dominican Republic on Friday, seeking to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the OPEC country.

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What the Aftermath of a Deadly Mudslide Looks Like

At least 17 people have been killed, and search and rescue workers are hunting for the more than 40 still missing.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. trade panel allows China aluminum sheet dumping probe to proceed

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday said in an initial finding that imports of aluminum alloy sheet metal from China harm U.S. producers, allowing a U.S. probe to proceed into whether the product was being dumped or unfairly subsidized.

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UPDATE 1-Russia's Novak says to discuss possible exit from OPEC+ deal in Oman

MOSCOW, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Ministers from leading OPEC and non-OPEC producers will discuss the possibility of a smooth exit from a global deal to cut oil output next week, Russia's energy minister said on Friday.

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White House praises China reduction in North Korea trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House praised China's moves to reduce its trade with North Korea on Friday, saying it will help the U.S.-led effort to apply maximum pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.

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Russia kills militants behind Syria air base attack: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry said on Friday it had found and killed the group of militants which attacked its air base in Syria in December, Russian news agencies reported.

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BRIEF-Chinanet Online Holdings Announces Entry Into Agreements For Registered Direct Placement Of $11 Mln Of Common Stock, Warrants

* CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC. ANNOUNCES ENTRY INTO AGREEMENTS FOR REGISTERED DIRECT PLACEMENT OF $11 MILLION OF COMMON STOCK AND WARRANTS

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In rut, Russian communists register surprise candidate to challenge Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Communist Party moved to overhaul its geriatric image on Friday, registering a wealthy 57-year-old farm boss to challenge incumbent Vladimir Putin for the presidency in a gamble it hopes will revive its electoral fortunes.

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China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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INSIGHT-China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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China cracks down on foreign companies calling Taiwan, other regions countries

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's aviation authority on Friday demanded an apology from Delta Air Lines for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website, while another government agency took aim at Inditex-owned fashion brand Zara and medical device maker Medtronic Plc for similar issues.

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UPDATE 2-China cracks down on foreign companies calling Taiwan, other regions countries

* Highlights Chinese sensitivities over territorial sovereignty (Changes headline)

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Russian and Turkish foreign ministers discuss Syria by phone: Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday that minister Sergei Lavrov had spoken over the phone with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu about preparations for the Syrian Congress of National Dialogue.

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Japan protests to China over submarine near disputed islands

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan protested to China on Friday after a foreign submarine in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea was confirmed to be Chinese, calling it a unilateral action and a "serious escalation" that raised bilateral tensions.

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China scolds Delta and demands apology

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Russian, Iranian foreign ministers discuss Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif about preparations for a Russian-hosted Syrian People's Congress, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday in a statement.

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Mitsubishi recalls 16,515 cars in Russia: Rosstandart

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's standards agency Rosstandart said on Friday it had been informed about the recall of 16,515 Mitsubishi cars sold in Russia between April 2013 and February 2016.

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China demands public apology from Delta for listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's aviation authority on Friday said it had asked Delta Air Lines to investigate why Taiwan and Tibet were listed as countries on its website, and demanded an "immediate and public" apology.

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China's blockchain fever gets hotter even as regulator queries price surge

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's blockchain-related companies extended their bullish run on Friday, as punters brushed aside concerns raised by regulators about the rationality of stock price surges this week.

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Obama explains 'what the Russians exploited' in new interview with Letterman

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the potential consequences of Russian meddling in social media platforms during the 2016 election in a new interview with David Letterman.

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China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for four years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to their lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by U.N. sanctions aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

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METALS-Shanghai copper dips as China imports slow in Dec

SYDNEY, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Chinese copper futures eased on Friday after data showed a sharp decline in the country's imports of the red metal in December.

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BRIEF-UMC Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Micron Technology's Affiliates in China

* SAYS IT FILES THREE PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUITS AGAINST FIRMS INCLUDING XIAN AND SHANGHAI AFFILIATES OF MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC

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Explainer: Investors to scour outlooks for U.S. companies' tax cut plans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Corporate results for 2017's final quarter will start pouring in next week and are expected to be laden with one-time charges as U.S. companies begin to cope with tax code changes, including a one-time tax on trillions of dollars in profits held overseas.

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EXPLAINER-Investors to scour outlooks for U.S. companies' tax cut plans

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Corporate results for 2017's final quarter will start pouring in next week and are expected to be laden with one-time charges as U.S. companies begin to cope with tax code changes, including a one-time tax on trillions of dollars in profits held overseas.

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China chides tech firms over privacy safeguards

BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China reprimanded three top tech firms on Friday over poor privacy protections, as tech companies face an increasing backlash from consumers and authorities over excessive data collection practices.

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China to ease investment access to aviation industry

SHANGHAI, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China will make it easier for state and private enterprises to invest in its fast growing civil aviation industry from Jan. 19, but retain the state's grip over key airlines and airports in sensitive regions.

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Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field

SAN CRISTOBAL/BARINAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Hungry mobs ransacked a food collection center, and a supermarket in Venezuela's western Andean state of Merida on Thursday and reportedly even slaughtered cattle grazing in a field as unrest over food shortages spread through the country.

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China's capital issues first major smog alert of winter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing issued its first major smog alert of the winter for the capital, triggering stringent measures to curb output of heavy industry as plunging temperatures spurred heating demand.

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Schiff: GOP is blocking key witnesses in effort to scuttle House Russia inquiry

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that Republicans are blocking dozens of witnesses from being interviewed in the Russia probe, including some who were aware of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Donald Trump Jr. was promised dirt on the Clinton campaign.

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Motorcycle gunmen kill pro-government legislator in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - A pro-government member of Venezuela's controversial legislative superbody was shot and killed in the west of the country by two assailants riding a motorcycle, authorities said on Thursday.

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WH accuses lawmaker of Russia leaks

Rep. Adam Schiff responds to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' comments about him during a press briefing.

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Russians may be planning hack to cast shadow on Olympics: researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Virginia-based cybersecurity firm said on Thursday it had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping agencies in retaliation for Russia's exclusion from next month's Winter Olympic Games.

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Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed next week by a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-General Dynamics Awarded U.S. Army Medical Command Regional Training Contract

* GENERAL DYNAMICS AWARDED U.S. ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND REGIONAL TRAINING CONTRACT

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Gulag Historian Ordered to Undergo Psychiatric Testing in Russia

Yuri A. Dmitriev was charged with possessing child pornography, but his real crime seems to have been documenting Stalin’s crimes.

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Venezuela's crude sales to the U.S. fell below 600,000 bpd in 2017

HOUSTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil sales to the United States fell for a second month in a row in December, knocking the year's average to 593,047 barrels per day (bpd), the lowest annual level since 1991, according to Thomson Reuters trade flows data. A severe production drop in the South American country has hurt its oil exports and domestic refining, and worsened an economic recession now entering into its fifth year. Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA is mired in

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Top House Democrat wants to call 'dozens' more witnesses in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said on Thursday there are dozens of witnesses he would like called before the panel as it investigates whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

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Macron in China: notes on limits of influence

BEIJING (Reuters) - On a state visit to China this week, French President Emmanuel Macron got plaudits for giving his host a horse -- but also experienced the limits faced by Western leaders in dealing with the new superpower on the block.

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Putin says Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that opposition leader Alexei Navalny was Washington's pick for the Russian presidency, which was why the United States had complained about Navalny not being allowed to run for office.

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Putin: Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared to be Washington's pick for the Russian presidency, which was why the United States had complained about Navalny not being allowed to run for office.

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Non-Russian airlines to operate internal charter flights for World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign airlines will be allowed to carry out a limited number of charter flights between Russian cities during the World Cup in June and July, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Thursday.

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DC to rename street in front of Russian embassy after murdered anti-Putin dissident

Washington's city council has unanimously passed a measure to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a pro-democracy activist and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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CES 2018: What the Gadget Fest Looks Like in ‘the Year of A.I.’

Thousands of electronics enthusiasts flooded the trade show to see the latest devices, but the darling of the event was the artificial intelligence software that helps these products run.

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BRIEF-China Gold International says Ore Processing Capacity At Jiama Mine Has Been Increased To 28,000 Tonnes Per Day From Previous Capacity Of 6,000 TPD​

Jan 11 (Reuters) - China Gold International Resources Corp Ltd:

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BRIEF-Chinanet Online Holdings Appoints Zhongyi Liu As Chief Strategy Officer For Blockchain, Business Development

* CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS APPOINTS ZHONGYI LIU AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER FOR BLOCKCHAIN AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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So close yet so far: China deal elusive for France's Areva

SHANGHAI/PARIS (Reuters) - A deal long sought by French company Areva to build a $12-billion nuclear waste reprocessing plant in China looks increasingly unlikely to go ahead despite a visit to Beijing by President Emmanuel Macron meant to drum up business.

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In mass address, China's Xi calls for total party loyalty

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Thursday for out-and-out implementation of central party policy and the total loyalty of officials, the state broadcaster reported, in speech on discipline and corruption broadcast across the country.

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Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in...

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Kremlin: U.S. report accusing Russia of election meddling harms relations

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday described a report published by Democratic U.S. lawmakers accusing Russia of election meddling as damaging for bilateral relations, as well as for the United States itself.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker in East China Sea at risk of exploding, sinking: ministry

BEIJING (Reuters) - The stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea is at risk of exploding and sinking because of fire from spilled oil, the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) said in a statement on Thursday.

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China's Xi supports progress in inter-Korean talks: South Korea's Blue House

SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday welcomed recent progress in inter-Korean talks during a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Moon's office said.

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China opposes U.S. pro-Taiwan bills welcomed by Taipei

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday expressed firm opposition to a decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass two pieces of pro-Taiwan legislation, but Taipei welcomed them as helping to strengthen ties with Washington.

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China to enforce new standards for foreign waste imports from March

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will enforce new standards governing imports of 11 types of foreign solid waste from Mar. 1, the ministry of environmental protection said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 3-China says diversifying FX reserves, warns report on US bonds may be 'fake'

* China has been diversifying forex reserves investments - SAFE

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Taiwan plans to invest in advanced arms as China flexes its muscles

TAIPEI/HONG KONG, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Taiwan's ruling party plans to use a long-term increase in defence spending to pursue advanced weapons systems, government officials say, in what is widely seen as growing determination to forge a stronger deterrent against a Chinese attack.

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UPDATE 1-China's cyber watchdog scolds Ant Financial over user privacy breach

SHANGHAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's cyber watchdog has scolded Ant Financial, Alibaba's payment affiliate, for compromising user privacy after many users of its Alipay service were automatically enrolled in its credit scoring system.

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T: Reviving Old Lies to Unite a New Russia

Why would an Orthodox bishop with close ties to Putin hint at an old anti-Semitic canard to explain the murder of the last czar’s family?

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China signs new aid agreements with Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia and China signed 19 aid and investment pacts on Thursday in the latest sign of their strengthening relationship as Cambodia turns further away from Western donors.

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Asian shares weaken on trade worries, bonds recover as China rebuts report, Bitcoin slumps

TOKYO (Reuters) - The New Year rally in Asian shares petered out on Thursday due to concerns about rising U.S. protectionism, while bonds rebounded after China's regulator called a report about Beijing slowing or halting of its U.S. bond buying possibly wrong.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares weaken on trade worries, bonds recover as China rebuts report, Bitcoin slumps

* Bitcoin skids as S Korea prepares bill to ban cryptocurrency trade

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UPDATE 2-China says protectionist sentiment rising in US as deals fall apart

* Protectionist voices in the U.S. rising - commerce ministry

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UPDATE 1-China ministry says protectionist sentiment rising in US

BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said on Thursday protectionist sentiment is rising in the United States after Chinese company Ant Financial's plan to buy U.S. money transfer firm MoneyGram International Inc collapsed.

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Four Venezuelans die on boat trip made despite travel ban to Curacao

WILLEMSTAD (Reuters) - Four Venezuelans attempting to reach the Dutch Antilles island of Curacao despite a travel ban by Caracas, died when their boat broke apart, authorities and family members of the passengers said on Wednesday.

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China commerce ministry says protectionist sentiment rising in US

BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said on Thursday protectionist sentiment is rising in the U.S. after Chinese company Ant Financial's plan to buy U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram International Inc collapsed.

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China's cyber watchdog scolds Ant Financial over user privacy breach

SHANGHAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's cyber watchdog has scolded Ant Financial, Alibaba's payment affiliate, for compromising user privacy after many users of its Alipay service were automatically enrolled in its credit scoring system.

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Editorial: Who Will Listen to Democrats’ Warning on Russia?

In the face of Republican complacency, Senate Democrats issue the most comprehensive public analysis thus far of Moscow’s war on the West.

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Cillizza: Trump used the phrase 'no collusion' 7 times in a single Russia answer

This is a real exchange that happened between President Donald Trump and Fox News' chief White House correspondent John Roberts in a press conference with the Norwegian prime minister on Wednesday afternoon.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. yields at 10-month high on China report; S&P 500 snaps rally

* Dollar falls on China report (Updates with U.S. markets' closing levels)

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Businesswoman’s Fate a Test of China’s Resolve on North Korea

The fate of Ma Xiaohong, and the business empire she built on trade with North Korea, has become a measure of China’s willingness to confront its neighbor.

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Some of the times Trump has called Russia probe a 'witch hunt'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning again labeled the probe into potential coordination between his associates and Russia the "single greatest witch hunt" in US history.

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Trump: Collusion was between Democrats and Russia

President Donald Trump told reporters there is "collusion" between the Democrats and the Russians and said, "the witch hunt continues."

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Trump repeats 'no collusion' on Russia probe

Trump repeats to reporters that there was no collusion between his Presidential campaign and Russia, despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller's not determining that information.

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China's U.S. bond rebalancing would hold few fears for Fed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers reacted coolly to a report on Wednesday that China could curb its massive U.S. debt purchases, pointing out that such rebalancing by countries can be healthy and would not likely disrupt the U.S. central bank's plan to trim its own bond portfolio.

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Wall Street falls on China, NAFTA concerns

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's major stock indexes pared earlier losses on Wednesday while U.S. Treasury yields fell from their peak as investor skepticism grew about a report that China would slow purchases of U.S. government bonds.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street falls on China, NAFTA concerns

* Bond yields pull back from peaks reached after China report

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Canada takes U.S. to WTO, U.S. says case helps China

GENEVA (Reuters) - Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade complaint against the United States, the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday, in a dispute that Washington said would damage Canada's own interests and play into China's hands.

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UPDATE 3-Canada takes U.S. to WTO, U.S. says case helps China

* United States has 60 days to respond (Adds comment from Canadian foreign minister)

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Democrats target Russia, Trump on election meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers accused Russia on Wednesday of a "relentless assault" on democratic institutions worldwide, and called on President Donald Trump to treat election interference as a national crisis.

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Wall Street lower after report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

(Reuters) - Wall Street's major indexes fell on Wednesday, stalling the rally that marked the start of 2018, after a report that China is considering slowing its purchases of U.S. government debt.

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US STOCKS-Wall St lower after report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

* Indexes down: Dow 0.15 pct, S&P 0.19 pct, Nasdaq 0.41 pct (Changes comment, updates prices, adds details)

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Russian man rams armored personnel carrier into shop, steals wine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A man rammed an armored personnel carrier into a shop window before climbing through the rubble to steal a bottle of wine in a town in northern Russia on Wednesday morning, according to local media and video posted on social media.

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Russia’s Election Meddling Fits a Global Pattern, Senate Report Says

The report tracks Russian efforts in 19 countries, chronicling misinformation campaigns and the funding of far-right political causes long before the presidential election.

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U.S. yields at 10-month high on report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major government bond yields hit multi-month highs and world stock indexes fell on Wednesday following a report that Chinese officials have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government bonds.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-US yields at 10-month high on report China may slow US bond purchases

* Dollar suffers big drop after report China may halt bond buys (Updates with U.S. markets' opening levels)

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Wall Street slips after report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

(Reuters) - Wall Street's major indexes slipped on Wednesday, stalling the rally that marked the start of 2018, after a report that China is considering slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government debt.

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US STOCKS-Wall St slips after report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

* Indexes down: Dow 0.26 pct, S&P 0.27 pct, Nasdaq 0.36 pct (Updates to open)

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Wall Street opens lower after report China may slow U.S. bond buys

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened lower on Wednesday, spooked by a report that China is considering slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government debt.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens lower after report China may slow U.S. bond buys

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened lower on Wednesday, spooked by a report that China is considering slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government debt.

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Martinod looks to crown unconventional career with gold

LONDON (Reuters) - Marie Martinod ended her prolific freestyle skiing career 11 years ago to start a family at the age of 22, before the Frenchwoman was lured back after a five year hiatus when the event was included in the Olympics for the first time in 2014.

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Bond yields hit multi-month highs on report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

LONDON (Reuters) - Major government bond yields hit multi-month highs on Wednesday, extending earlier gains on a report that Chinese officials have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government bonds.

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Turkey urges Russia, Iran to stop Syrian army offensive in Idlib

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, which Damascus launched despite an international deal to reduce hostilities there.

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Futures sink on report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

(Reuters) - U.S. stock market futures pointed to a 100 point fall for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday, spooked by a report that China is considering slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government debt.

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Report: US must act now to ward off more Russian election meddling

The US will not be prepared to defend against possible Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections or the 2020 presidential contest unless it takes action now, according to a new report detailing the extent to which Moscow has tried to shape elections across Europe.

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Ford Sollers to hire 600 to meet growing Russian car demand

MOSCOW, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Ford's Russian joint venture Ford Sollers plans to create 600 new jobs at its Elabuga plant and institute a six-day week to meet growing demand, it said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Barna Capital Group Reports 19.5 Percent Stake In China Auto Logistics

* BARNA CAPITAL GROUP SAYS CONSIDERS ACTIVIST POSITION, POSSIBLY A SEAT ON BOARD OF CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC - SEC FILING

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Iranian oil tanker in East China Sea could burn for a month: South Korea official

SEOUL (Reuters) - A stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea could burn for as long as one month, South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told Reuters on Wednesday, as the blaze raged for a fourth day following a collision with a freight ship.

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Democrats target Russia, Trump in report on election interference

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers called on President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday to treat foreign election interference as a national crisis, setting up a single agency to coordinate the response and establishing a new class of sanctions to quickly punish those responsible.

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Pro-independence parties to back former Catalan leader as regional head

MADRID (Reuters) - The two main pro-independence parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia have agreed to back former leader Carles Puigdemont as candidate for regional head, raising the likelihood of a renewed push for a split from Spain this year.

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Airbus names new CEO and chairman for Airbus China unit

PARIS (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus on Wednesday named new top executives for its Chinese division, which has been a key focus during French President Emmanuel Macron's trip to China, with Airbus hoping to finalize a major Chinese contract soon.

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UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.

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Airbus-China contract for 184 A320 jets to be finalized soon: France's Macron

BEIJING (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said a contract with China for 184 Airbus A320 narrow-body jets would be finalized soon and that his country also had ambitions to sell A350 and A380 planes to China in coming weeks or months.

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UPDATE 2-Airbus-China contract for 184 A320 jets to be finalised soon -France's Macron

* No jet order placed during Macron's visit to China (Adds deal value, comments from French official)

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Turkey says Russia, Iran must stop Syrian government violations

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday Russia and Iran need to fulfill their duties and prevent strikes by Syrian government forces in the country's Idlib province, saying the violations could not happen without their support.

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French President Macron says contract with China for 184 A320s to be finalized soon

BEIJING (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said a contract with China for 184 Airbus A320s would be finalized soon and that his country also had ambitions to sell A350 and A380 planes to China in coming weeks or months.

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UPDATE 1-French President Macron says contract with China for 184 A320s to be finalised soon

* No jet order placed during Macron's visit to China (Adds Airbus response, details of market-share parity with Boeing)

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PetroChina eyes extension of Indonesian contracts

* Indonesian unit of China National Petroleum Corp (PetroChina) hopes to continue operations of several blocks in which contracts are about to expire, said unit's chief executive Gong Bencai

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Hyundai Motor considering plant in Southeast Asia after China setback

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Motor said it is considering building a car plant in Southeast Asia with Indonesia and Vietnam possible locations - part of efforts to diversify after a sales slump in China.

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French President Macron says contract with China for 184 A320s to be finalised soon

BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said a contract with China for 184 Airbus A320s would be finalised soon and that his country also had ambitions to sell A350 and A380 planes in coming weeks or months.

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Tennis: Rublev leading the Russian advance into Melbourne

(Reuters) - "Sound the alarm! The Russians are coming" sounds like Cold War paranoia but when applied to the world of men's tennis it might be worth sitting up and taking notice.

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French President Macron downplays lack of big deals during China visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron sought to downplay the lack of business mega-deals during his state visit to China, saying other countries had trumpeted big figures in the past that masked more modest realities.

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China says 28 northern cities met late 2017 anti-smog targets

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - All 28 Chinese cities in a demanding winter anti-smog campaign met their air quality targets from October to December, but weather conditions could pose challenges in early 2018, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.

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Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed and the Firm Behind Russia Dossier

Saying “enough is enough,” Michael D. Cohen filed the defamation suit after denying for the past year that he played any part in a conspiracy to help elect President Trump.

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Iranian oil tanker in East China Sea could burn for a month: South Korean official

SEOUL (Reuters) - The stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea could burn for as long as one month, South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told Reuters on Wednesday, as the blaze raged for a fourth day following a collision with a freight ship.

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Ancient village moved across China

According to Confucius: "The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

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Fusion GPS founder testified Trump associate went to FBI over Russia concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An associate of Donald Trump expressed concerns to the FBI about contacts between Russia and Trump's presidential election campaign team, helping to trigger the probe into possible collusion, according to closed-door testimony made public on Tuesday by a senior Democrat.

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Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier

The president called the Steele report ‘fake news.’ A year later, it’s clear that’s not the case.

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Venezuela's Congress declares 'petro' cryptocurrency illegal

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-run parliament on Tuesday outlawed a "petro" cryptocurrency promoted by socialist President Nicolas Maduro, calling it an effort to illegally mortgage the cash-strapped country's oil reserves.

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Lootings, scattered protests hit Venezuelan industrial city

CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - A second day of lootings and scattered street protests hit the Ciudad Guayana in southeastern Venezuela on Tuesday, as unrest grows in the once-booming industrial city plagued with food shortages and a malaria outbreak.

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Democratic senator releases Fusion GPS testimony in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday released testimony from the founder of the Fusion GPS firm that researched President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and produced a dossier denounced by the White House.

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In China, Macron Offers a Horse, and a Vision to Counter Trump

During a three-day visit, the French president worked to reinvigorate ties between the two countries and to promote an internationalist approach.

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Forty-two Russians appeal against Olympic bans: CAS

ZURICH (Reuters) - Forty-two Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday.

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Sport court says 42 Russians appeal IOC doping decisions

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday it has registered 42 appeals by Russian athletes seeking to overturn International Olympic Committee (IOC) penalties against them linked to doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Russia's discontent with Putin bubbles up

Though Vladimir Putin's presidential re-election in March will make international headlines, the greatest achievement of the election cycle will be the giant strides that Russian society has taken despite the government's attempts to squash any form of dissent.

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In China, Macron urges openness, pitches France Inc

BEIJING (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron offered on Tuesday to open up the French economy to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to China's booming markets, warning in talks in Beijing that existing trade imbalances would lead to protectionism.

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BRIEF-China Telecom Americas Announces Partnership With Intelisys

* CHINA TELECOM AMERICAS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH INTELISYS TO EXTEND TRANSPACIFIC NETWORK SERVICES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Russian historian who exposed Stalin's crimes faces enforced psychiatric testing

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian historian whose exposure of Soviet leader Josef Stalin's crimes angered state officials is due to begin enforced psychiatric testing this week amid fears he will be falsely declared insane, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

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Airbus says to boost China assembly, but wins no new jet order

PARIS (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus said it planned to boost the number of planes it assembles in China under a deal signed in Beijing on Tuesday to expand co-operation at its Tianjin assembly plant.

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East China Sea oil tanker burns for third day as winds, high waves lash rescuers

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to locate missing sailors from a stricken oil tanker in the East China Sea and to extinguish a fire that has burned for the past three days on the ship.

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Airbus, Areva sign agreements in China as Macron visits Beijing

BEIJING, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Airbus on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with China's state planner on expanding cooperation in the aeronautical industry in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, as part of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China.

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Talks with rebels in no-man's land as Russia eyes post-war role in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels under siege near Damascus have resorted to talks with the government's ally Russia, sometimes meeting in no-man's land, as they seek to hang on to their enclave.

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UPDATE 1-Tax cut rollback to sap China sales growth for automakers in 2018

* China has not seen flat auto sales since at least 2000 -IHS (Releads with 2018 outlook for China; adds analyst comments)

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China's Huawei hit by last minute collapse of AT&T phone distribution deal

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A deal under which U.S. carrier AT&T Inc was to have sold smartphones made by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] has collapsed at the eleventh hour, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a major setback for the Chinese firm's global ambitions.

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UPDATE 3-China's Huawei hit by last minute collapse of AT&T phone distribution deal

* Huawei was close to announcing a partnership with AT&T - sources