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No loudhailers, umbrellas allowed at talks with Hong Kong leader

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September 19, 2019 04:31 pm

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Hong Kong government on Thursday set the rules for an open dialogue between leader Carrie Lam and the public next week, telling those taking part to be...


Trump sees many options short of war with Iran after attacks on Saudis

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September 19, 2019 01:56 pm

LOS ANGELES/JEDDAH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday there were many options short of war with Iran after U.S. ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of dr...


Saudi oil attacks came from southwest Iran, U.S. official says, raising tensions

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September 18, 2019 06:19 pm

The United States believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran, a U.S. official told Reuters, an assessment that ...


Apple taps recycled rare earth elements for iPhone parts

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September 18, 2019 06:16 pm

Apple Inc’s new iPhones will used recycled rare earth elements in a key component, the company said on Wednesday. Apple said it will used recycled rare earths in i...


Suicide bomber, gunmen attack government building in eastern Afghanistan - officials

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September 18, 2019 06:14 pm

Gunmen and at least one suicide bomber attacked a government building in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, wounding nine people including a child and a woman, officials said. ...


Indonesia to publish final report on Lion Air crash in November

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September 18, 2019 06:12 pm

The final report on the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet that killed 189 people last year will be published in the first half of November, Indonesia’s civil aviation...


Malaysia's Malindo Air confirms passenger data breach

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September 18, 2019 06:11 pm

 Malaysia’s Malindo Air, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s Lion Group, said on Wednesday it was investigating a data breach involving the personal details of its pass...


PM aims Sri Lanka to be South Asia’s first advanced nation 

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September 17, 2019 03:05 pm

Sri Lanka has the potential to become South Asia's first advanced nation as the government attempts to leap frog from its current status. By Sunimalee Dias ...


US hints at military response to Saudi attacks as oil prices surge

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September 16, 2019 08:31 pm

Oil prices made their biggest jump since the Gulf War on Monday after President Donald Trump warned that the US was "locked and loaded" to respond to attacks on Saudi ...


Houthi drones hit two Aramco plants, Saudis say fires contained

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September 14, 2019 05:26 pm

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Saturday attacked two Saudi Aramco plants, including the world’s biggest oil processing facility, sparking fires in the latest f...


Exiting atomic power unrealistic for Japan, minister says, disputing colleague

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September 12, 2019 03:24 pm

The conflicting comments by cabinet members appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday highlight the abiding sensitivities of nuclear power in Japan, more than eight ye...


Mugabe's family say burial 'sometime next week', ceremony private

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September 12, 2019 03:19 pm

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe will be buried “sometime next week”, a family spokesman said on Thursday, but it remained unclear where he would be i...


Thousands pray for rain in Indonesia as forests go up in smoke

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September 11, 2019 02:20 pm

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of Indonesians prayed for rain in haze-hit towns on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo on Wednesday, as forest fires raged at the height of the dry ...


Tearful Ma bids Alibaba farewell with rock star show

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September 11, 2019 11:17 am

A tearful Jack Ma formally left Alibaba (BABA.N) on Tuesday, donning a guitar and a rock star wig at an event for thousands of employees of the e-commerce giant he founded 20 ye...


Malaysia sends half a million face masks to haze-hit state, shuts schools

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September 10, 2019 02:46 pm

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia sent half a million face masks to the eastern state of Sarawak and closed more than 400 schools there on Tuesday as a haze spread from forest f...


Japan may have to dump radioactive water into the sea, minister says

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September 10, 2019 02:39 pm

  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power (9501.T) will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacifi...


World must adapt to 'inevitable' climate change, warns report

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September 10, 2019 02:23 pm

Nations rich and poor must invest now to protect against the effects of climate change or pay an even heavier price later, a global commission warned Tuesday. Spending $...


UPDATE: British Airways cancels 1,700 flights as pilots strike

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September 09, 2019 11:22 am

  LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways (BA) pilots began a two-day strike on Monday, grounding nearly all of its flights and disrupting thousands of passengers in a d...


India loses contact with spacecraft on mission to the moon

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September 07, 2019 08:44 am

India lost contact with a spacecraft it was attempting to land on the moon on Saturday, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said, in a setback to the n...


Monkey business: Vietnam macaque island draws tourists -- and criticism

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September 06, 2019 03:32 pm

Menacing macaques snatch bags of crisps, water bottles, cookies and crackers from uneasy tourists on Vietnam's Monkey Island, a popular attraction decried as cruel by activi...


Afghanistan's women pioneers fearful as US-Taliban deal looms

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September 06, 2019 02:55 pm

The historic deal between the US and the Taliban leaves unresolved the fate of Afghan women, whose fragile gains could come under threat as the brutally repressive insurgents se...


US woman accused of trafficking 'baby in bag' at Manila airport

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September 06, 2019 02:52 pm

Philippine authorities have charged an American woman with trying to smuggle a six-day-old infant out of the country in a bag she wore around her waist as she tried to board a f...


Zimbabwe ex-President Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

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September 06, 2019 10:54 am

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's first post-independence leader, has died at the age of 95, the BBC reported. He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the...


Google's YouTube to pay $170 million penalty for collecting data on kids

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September 05, 2019 09:50 am

Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, and its YouTube video service will pay $170 million to settle allegations that it broke federal law by collecting personal information ab...


First official death in Indian Kashmir protests; Pakistan warns of seeds of war

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September 04, 2019 06:34 pm

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - A man has died in Indian Kashmir nearly a month after he was injured in a protest, the first such death that authorities have confirmed since India r...


Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar steps down

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September 04, 2019 06:32 pm

Cathay Pacific announced Wednesday its chairman John Slosar is stepping down to retire, the latest high-profile executive to leave the troubled airline after it drew Beijing'...


UK's Johnson faces new Brexit battle after stinging defeat

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September 04, 2019 06:30 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson headed into a fresh Brexit showdown in parliament on Wednesday after being dealt a stinging defeat over his promise to get Britain out of the EU at ...


Hong Kong leader formally withdraws controversial extradition bill

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September 04, 2019 04:59 pm

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the formal withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political cri...


As fires ravage the Amazon, indigenous tribes pray for protection

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September 02, 2019 06:15 pm

FEIJO, Brazil (Reuters) - As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt the destru...


S. Korea lawmaker grills official nominee for not giving birth

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September 02, 2019 05:45 pm

A South Korean lawmaker provoked outrage Monday when he berated a female economics professor nominated as the country's antitrust chief for not "fulfilling her duty to ...




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Colombo Book Fair gets underway today at the BMICH

The annual Colombo International Book Fair got underway at the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference ...

Shakespeare Drama Competition 2019 - Boys' Semi Finals

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