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LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will see its crude exports severely curtailed for a third month in January as it is struggling to find new buyers amid fresh U.S. sanctions even though its traditional customers secured waivers, according to tanker data and industry sources. Iran’s crude exports in November plummeted to below 1 million barrels per day, from regular sales of...
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday Japan’s political leaders should not undermine bilateral ties by “politicising” the issue of South Koreans forced to work by Japanese companies during World War Two. Relations between the two East Asian neighbours have been frosty since South Korea’s top court ruled in October that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday dismissed actress Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against movie producer Harvey Weinstein but said she could proceed with a defamation claim against him. Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier. In her lawsuit, filed...
BEIJING/TORONTO (Reuters) - China’s ambassador to Ottawa has accused Canada of “double standards” and disregarding his country’s judicial sovereignty, in a diplomatic row sparked by the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States. Beijing denounced Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co on Dec. 1 on a U.S....
COLFAX, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed spending $305 million to improve California’s planning and response to wildfires, mudslides and earthquakes, focusing the state’s efforts on evacuating elderly and disabled residents who became trapped in recent disasters. Newsom’s plan would also involve efforts to speed up California’s ability to buy firefighting equipment and other emergency response...
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Super Bowl fans may have to go without guacamole this year if avocado farmers in Mexico cannot send their fruit to the United States because of a prolonged fuel shortage. Like clockwork, Mexican producers ship thousands of tonnes of avocado to the United States in early February every year, where guacamole is a staple living room...
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government suffered a defeat in parliament on Tuesday when lawmakers who oppose leaving the European Union without an accord won a vote that created a new obstacle to a no-deal Brexit. The 303 to 296 defeat means that the government needs explicit parliamentary approval to leave the EU without a deal before...
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has approved the import of five genetically modified crops, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday, amid growing pressure from the United States to open up its market to more farm goods. The crops are RF3 canola, originally developed by Bayer and now owned by BASF, Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant MON 88302...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police arrested a 47-year-old man on Monday for allegedly shooting dead three people and wounding four others in a brawl at a Los Angeles area bowling alley and said he had served a 17-year prison sentence for assault with a firearm. The shooting shortly before midnight on Friday in the suburban community of Torrance triggered a...
(Reuters) - Sika AG (SIKA.S) said on Tuesday it made an offer to buy French chemical company Parex from a fund owned by CVC Capital Partners for an enterprise value of 2.5 billion Swiss francs ($2.55 billion). The acquisition is expected to generate annual synergies of CHF 80 million-100 million, the Swiss construction chemicals maker said. Sika said the deal is...

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