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U.S. court orders Facebook to release anti-Rohingya content records for genocide case

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has ordered Facebook (FB.O) to release records of accounts connected to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had shut down, rejecting its argument about protecting privacy as “rich with irony”. The judge in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday criticized Facebook......

Indonesia finmin warns of ripple effect from China’s Evergrande debt woes

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Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani wearing a protective mask reacts during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan JAKARTA, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities are monitoring the financial market situation in China, finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Thursday,......

Under pressure, U.S. donates half billion more COVID-19 vaccine doses to world

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WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday promised to buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries as it comes under increasing pressure to share its supply with the rest of the world. President Joe Biden made the announcement during a virtual summit......

U.S. solar companies warn that proposed tariffs would devastate new projects

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Solar panels are seen at the Desert Stateline project near Nipton, California, U.S. August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Bridget Bennett Sept 22 (Reuters) – A U.S. solar industry group warned on Wednesday that tariffs on imported panels from three Asian countries would jeopardize nearly 30% of the solar capacity the nation is......

Scientists in Singapore transform fruit leftovers into antibacterial bandages

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Sept 20 (Reuters) – Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore are tackling food waste by turning discarded durian husks into antibacterial gel bandages. The process extracts cellulose powder from the fruit’s husks after they are sliced and freeze-dried, then mixes it with glycerol. This mixture becomes soft hydrogel,......

Boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president in 2022

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Philippine Senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao reads his briefing materials as he prepares for the Senate session in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines September 20, 2016. Picture taken September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File Photo Pacquiao accepts nomination of party allies Boxer vows to end government corruption MANILA, Sept......

Exclusive: Former Malaysia PM Najib may seek re-election to parliament despite conviction

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has not ruled out seeking re-election to parliament within the next two years, he told Reuters in an interview, undetered by a corruption conviction that would block him from running. Najib’s graft-tainted party, the United Malays National Organisation......

Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race

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A Malaysian flag flies outside Prime Minister’s office, in Putrajaya, Malaysia September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Malaysia on Saturday expressed concerns that Australia’s plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under a new pact with Britain and the United States could catalyze a nuclear arms......

Biden asks world leaders to cut methane in climate fight

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U.S. and EU plan pledge to cut methane Biden asks other world leaders to join Britain says it will sign up to the pledge WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden urged world leaders on Friday to join the United States and European Union in a pledge to......

West African bloc resorts to sanctions over Guinea and Mali coups

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ACCRA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – West Africa’s main regional bloc on Thursday imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition – its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers. The move was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West......

China applies to join Pacific trade pact to boost economic clout

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BEIJING, Sept 16 (Reuters) – China has filed an application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the commerce ministry said, as the world’s second-biggest economy looks to bolster its clout in trade. Commerce Minister Wang Wentao submitted China’s application to join the free trade agreement......

Indonesia court finds president negligent in air pollution lawsuit

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Plants are seen on a rooftop as smog covers Jakarta, Indonesia, June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan JAKARTA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – An Indonesian court ordered on Thursday President Joko Widodo and other senior government officials to improve the hazardous air quality of the capital Jakarta after finding themguilty of environmental......

Asian shares fall again, dollar drifts

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A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a screen displaying a graph showing recent Nikkei share average outside a brokerage, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato HONG KONG, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Asian shares gave up early gains to fall......

Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

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Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Japan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the......

U.S. CDC warns against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Brunei

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A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica and Brunei because of the rising......

World shares at record high as investors count on Fed largesse

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People are reflected on an electric board showing Nikkei index and its graph outside a brokerage at a business district in Tokyo, Japan, June 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Global shares firm after marking record highs for 7 days Nikkei outperforms on hope of economic stimulus Major currencies flat, Aussie eyes......

Binance removes Singapore products on main platform after regulator’s warning

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Binance logo and stock graph are displayed in this illustration taken, June 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo HONG KONG, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, said it will restrict its services in Singapore days after the city state’s central bank said it should stop......

Rats, drought and labour shortages eat into global edible oil recovery

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Rodents relish palm fruits in Malaysia amid labour shortage Palm oil prices seen remaining near all-time high Dry weather in Canada’s canola areas seen curbing output High prices to encourage soybean planting in Brazil PERAK, Malaysia/SINGAPORE, Sept 5 (Reuters) – In a sprawling oil palm plantation in the Malaysian state......

ASEAN envoy to Myanmar in talks with junta over terms of visit, seeks access to Suu Kyi

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Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Erywan Pehin Yusof addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The Brunei diplomat appointed by a Southeast Asian regional......

Tech giants seek meeting with new Malaysian PM on foreign ship cable waiver

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are seeking to meet Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to ask that foreign vessels be allowed to repair undersea cables in the country’s waters, a Google spokesperson said on Saturday. The tech giants sent a letter on Wednesday......

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