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Trump blasts proposed restrictions on China trade, wants China to buy U.S. jet engines

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted proposed restrictions on trade with China and said national security cannot be used as an "excuse" to make it difficult for foreign countries to buy U.S. products.


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Posted 2020/02/18 16:17:30

A nervous wait at Louisiana abortion clinic at center of U.S. Supreme Court fight

A 27-year-old woman from southern Arkansas waited nervously at the Hope Medical Group for Women after traveling two hours for a medical procedure that is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in certain parts of the United States: an abortion.


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Posted 2020/02/18 16:07:13

Judge warns Weinstein defense lawyer not to talk to media after op-ed on trial

The judge in the Harvey Weinstein rape case on Tuesday warned his lead defense lawyer that she must not talk to the press until the jury has reached a verdict, two days after the attorney wrote an opinion piece in Newsweek magazine about the case.


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Posted 2020/02/18 16:05:54

Chanel and Prada postpone shows in Asia owing to coronavirus

Chanel and Prada said on Tuesday they have postponed fashion shows due to be held in Asia in May over concerns linked to the coronavirus outbreak.


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Posted 2020/02/18 15:06:33

Countries evacuating nationals from coronavirus-hit areas

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating or planning to evacuate diplomatic staff and citizens from parts of China and a cruise ship in Japan hit by the new coronavirus.


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Posted 2020/02/18 14:58:18

China sees fall in coronavirus deaths but WHO urges caution

China reported on Tuesday its fewest new coronavirus infections since January and its lowest daily death toll for a week, but the World Health Organization said data suggesting the epidemic had slowed should still be viewed with caution.


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Posted 2020/02/18 14:58:18

China takes major steps to prop up coronavirus-hit economy

Chinese policymakers have implemented a raft of measures to support an economy jolted by a coronavirus outbreak that is expected to have a devastating impact on first-quarter growth.


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Posted 2020/02/18 14:42:50

Israel hopes Germany, other ICC members will help stave off Palestinian investigation

(This February 16 story changes "thousands of killings" to "reports of more than 200 killings and thousands of injuries" and changes December to January in paragraph 2)


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Posted 2020/02/18 14:35:36

Democratic presidential hopeful Bloomberg calls for tighter financial industry regulations

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday proposed a raft of new regulations aimed at Wall Street, including the phasing in of a financial transaction tax of 0.1% and stronger consumer protections.


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Posted 2020/02/18 14:19:34

Prada says puts off fashion show in Japan due to coronavirus

Italian fashion house Prada has put off a show in Japan in May due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, it said on Tuesday.


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Posted 2020/02/18 14:11:43

One Russian on cruise ship confirmed to have coronavirus: embassy

Russia's embassy in Japan said on Tuesday that a Russian woman earlier said to have been diagnosed with coronavirus on a cruise ship docked in Japan does not have the virus, but that her husband, who is also on board, had tested positive.


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Posted 2020/02/18 13:54:35

Apple virus warning shakes stocks, euro near three-year low

World stocks markets were knocked off record highs on Tuesday as two of the world’s mega companies and Europe's largest economy, Germany, reported damage from the coronavirus outbreak.


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Posted 2020/02/18 13:53:16

Philippine workers allowed to travel to Hong Kong, Macau amid virus fear

The Philippines on Tuesday allowed Filipino workers to travel to Hong Kong and Macau, relaxing the travel ban it imposed on China and its special administrative regions to control the spread of the coronavirus.


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Posted 2020/02/18 13:41:21

Bloomberg has barbs at the ready for his first 2020 debate

When Michael Bloomberg steps onto the Democratic debate stage for the first time on Wednesday, he will be ready to dismiss rivals like Joe Biden, who as vice president made "speeches that somebody writes for him," and Pete Buttigieg, "mayor of a town."


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Posted 2020/02/18 13:40:54

Euro zone ministers discuss fiscal boost options as virus worries weigh

Euro zone finance ministers discussed ways to pursue a more growth-friendly fiscal policy mix on Monday, in a potential nudge to Germany and the Netherlands to spend more as fears of a downturn grow in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.


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Posted 2020/02/17 20:04:45

U.N. envoy condemns use of birdshot against Iraqi protesters

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq condemned on Monday the use of hunting rifles loaded with birdshot against peaceful protesters in Baghdad and urged the government to ensure those demonstrating are not harmed.


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Posted 2020/02/17 19:45:51

U.S. State Dept tracks 60 U.S. citizens in Japan following coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. State Department said on Monday it is tracking the condition of 60 U.S. citizens in Japan after more than 300 Americans were repatriated from a cruise ship that had the largest cluster of coronavirus cases outside China.


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Posted 2020/02/17 19:42:59

Beach volleyball event in China postponed due to coronavirus

A beach volleyball tournament due to be held in Yangzhou, China has been postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) said on Monday.


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Posted 2020/02/17 19:18:04

EU industry chief tells Facebook to adapt to EU, not other way round

EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said on Monday it was for Facebook to adapt to Europe's standards, not the other way round, as he criticized the U.S. social media giant's proposed internet rules as insufficient.


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Posted 2020/02/17 18:26:23

Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, air strikes under way

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo's northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out militant groups "wherever they are found".


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Posted 2020/02/17 18:17:47