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China seeks $2.4 billion in sanctions against U.S. in Obama-era case: WTO

FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly SongGENEVA (Reuters) - China is seeking $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United States for non-compliance with a WTO ruling in a tariffs case dating to the Obama era, a document published on Monday showed. WTO appeals judges said in July that the United States did not fully comply with a WTO ruling and could face Chinese sanctions if it does not remove tariffs on solar panels, wind towers, steel cylinders and aluminium extrusions. China, in a request posted…

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Chile’s deadly weekend of fire as youth anger ignites

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile’s capital Santiago has been singed by fire. In riots sparked by anger over fare hikes, masked and hooded protesters have torched buses, metro stations, supermarkets, banks and the high-rise headquarters of a major energy firm. Demonstrators stand next to a burning barricade as increase in public transport prompted Chile's President Sebastian Pinera to declare a state of emergency, in Concepcion, Chile October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis SaavedraAround the city, flames and smoke mixed with tear gas and water cannon spray as armed forces mobilized on the streets for the first time in almost 30 years in a country that still shudders at the…

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Lebanon set to cut ministers’ pay as protests engulf country

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s cabinet is expected to approve reforms including halving ministers’ wages on Monday in a bid to ease an economic crisis and defuse protests that have been the biggest show of dissent against the ruling elite in decades. Protesters blocked roads for a fifth day of demonstrations fueled by the crippling economic conditions and anger at perceived corruption of the political elite that has led Lebanon into the crisis. Officials told Reuters on Sunday that Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri had agreed a package of reforms with his government partners to tackle the crisis that has driven hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets.…

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Lebanon’s Aoun: protests show ‘people’s pain’, corruption charges not all fair

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrives to attend a cabinet session at the Baabda palace, Lebanon October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed AzakirBEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said on Monday that protests gripping the country showed “people’s pain” but that accusing all politicians of corruption equally was not fair. Aoun added that the government must at least start by lifting banking secrecy from current and future ministers, his office said in a tweet. “What is happening in the streets expresses people’s pain, but generalizing corruption (charges) against everyone carries big injustice,” he said during a cabinet session. Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Toby ChopraOur Standards:The Thomson…

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Asian shares edge higher, pound stumbles on Brexit drama

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Monday as Chinese shares reversed early losses due to hopes for progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade war and expectations for greater investment inflows into Hong Kong. FILE PHOTO: A visitor wearing a mask is seen behind a logo of Japan Stock Exchange (JPX) at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/File PhotoMSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.19%. Chinese shares .CSI300 rose 0.13%, while Japan's Nikkei .N225 rose 0.28%. The pound slipped from a five-month high against the dollar and the euro after the British parliament forced Prime Minister Boris…

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U.S. House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said. FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addresses the audience during the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) 2019 Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, U.S. October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos JassoPelosi, who travelled to Afghanistan after a stop in Jordan on Saturday, met President Ashraf Ghani and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper as well as top U.S. military commanders and some of their troops, according to a statement released after the conclusion of the visit by the bipartisan delegation. The lawmakers’…

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Chile’s Pinera extends state of emergency, says ‘we are at war’

By Aislinn Laing and Natalia A. Ramos Miranda SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile’s government will extend a state of emergency to cities in its north and south, President Sebastian Pinera said late on Sunday, after at least seven people were killed amid violent clashes and arson attacks over the weekend. “We are at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use violence without any limits,” Pinera said in a late-night televised statement at army headquarters in Santiago. He confirmed the state of emergency he declared for Santiago on Saturday night, which brought the military onto the streets, would be extended to the north and south of…

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Chile´s mining industry operating normally despite violent protests: minister

FILE PHOTO: Chilean Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica, speaks during the CRU's World Copper Conference in Santiago, Chile April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File PhotoSANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile´s mining industry was running as normal despite the violent protests that have rocked the capital, Santiago, and other cities across the world´s top copper producer, Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica said on Sunday. The protests over an increase in public transport costs prompted President Sebastian Pinera to reverse the fare hikes and declare a state of emergency. Prokurica told Reuters in an email that all of the country´s mines, including those owned by the world´s top copper producer, Codelco, were operating normally.…

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Hong Kong leader to visit Japan after huge rally, night of violence

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, leaves for a visit to Japan on Monday as the Chinese-ruled city struggles to recover from a night of violence in which tens of thousands took to the streets, with further protests planned later in the day. An anti-government demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister during a protest march in Hong Kong, China, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Lam is to attend Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony in Tokyo’s imperial palace on Tuesday and return home that evening. Early on Monday, Hong Kong embarked on a massive clean-up after a largely peaceful protest degenerated into violence across…

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Exclusive: Northern Ireland’s Orange Order discourages protests over Brexit deal

BELFAST (Reuters) - The head of Northern Ireland’s influential Orange Order said on Sunday unionists in the province should avoid staging violent protests over British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal despite feeling that they had been let down. FILE PHOTO: Participants in an Orange Order march past Drumcree Parish Church in Portadown, Northern Ireland July 9, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File PhotoThe deal struck with EU leaders last week has been met by fierce opposition from pro-British politicians in the region, including Johnson’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) allies, who say it weakens Northern Ireland’s place in the United Kingdom. “There is a feeling people need to do something…

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