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(Reuters) - It was a case of all their nightmares coming true at once for hapless Italian side Pro Piacenza as not only were they forced to play with seven players on Sunday but they were also thrashed 20-0 by Serie C rivals Cuneo. The club’s first team squad and coaching staff refused to travel for the game due to...
MANILA (Reuters) - The head of a Philippine news website that has locked horns with President Rodrigo Duterte was freed on bail on Thursday, a day after her widely condemned arrest on libel charges that critics say is a government effort to bully journalists. Maria Ressa, the award-winning head of news platform Rappler, was served a warrant live on television...
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will exempt 14 Brazilian firms including BRF and JBS Group from anti-dumping tariffs on imports of chicken products, provided sales are made above an undisclosed floor price, the commerce ministry said on Friday. The exemptions follow months of negotiations between Brazilian chicken producers and China, as Brazil sought to resolve an anti-dumping probe launched in August...
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s corporate regulator said on Friday it would pursue harsh civil penalties and criminal sanctions against banks and their executives for wrong-doing backed by new legislation poised to pass through parliament. Under the proposed new laws, prison terms for corporate executives will triple to up to 15 years, and financial penalties for white-collar crimes will be increased. Dan...
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s aluminium exports surged to a record high in January, according to customs data released on Thursday, as weak domestic demand led to another bumper month of shipments overseas. Exports of unwrought aluminium and aluminium products from China, the world’s top producer of the metal, rose to 552,000 tonnes last month, the General Administration of Customs said. That...
(Reuters) - Hundreds of California residents were ordered to evacuate their homes on Wednesday as rain from a powerful Pacific storm raised the risk of mudslides in areas hit by recent wildfires. Some areas around Los Angeles could see over 5 inches (13 cm) of rain from the storm, which is being channeled to the coast by a flow of...
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was looking forward to trade talks with China on Thursday, as discussions in Beijing moved to a higher level in a push to de-escalate a tariff war ahead of a March 1 deadline for a deal. The talks, scheduled to run through Friday, follow three days of deputy-level meetings to...
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai king’s sister, disqualified this week by the Election Commission from running for prime minister, apologised for causing “problems” for the Thai people ahead of next month’s election, the country’s first since a 2014 coup. Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi’s comments late on Tuesday came a day after the commission dropped her name from an official...
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged up to a more than four-month high on Wednesday, lifted by optimism that the United States and China might be able to hammer out a deal to resolve their nearly year-long trade dispute. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose as much as 0.5 percent to hit its highest level since early...
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. allies will use the opportunity of Patrick Shanahan’s first NATO ministers meeting this week to see whether the acting defense secretary will be as supportive of the military alliance as his predecessor was, defense officials and experts said. Shanahan, a former Boeing Co executive who has mostly focused on internal issues since he joined the Pentagon...

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