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French President Macron says Europe needs significantly higher carbon price

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Europe needed a significant minimum carbon price to boost investment in its energy transition, and a European carbon tax at the bloc's borders to guarantee fair competition for its companies.

Venezuela opposition won't attend scheduled talks with government

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition said on Tuesday it will not send representatives to the Dominican Republic for talks with President Nicolas Maduro's government due to lack of progress on issues from human rights to elections.

Rights group accuses Myanmar of crimes against humanity

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar is committing crimes against humanity in its campaign against Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, calling for the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions and an arms embargo.

Malaysia to have largest MICE venue in South-East Asia

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will house South-East Asia’s largest meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) venue following the combination of the Malaysia Exposition and Convention Centre (MyExpo) and existing Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) by 2021.

A model of MyExpo, which will open its doors in 2021.

Thailand reinstates chief of national Buddhism office

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has reinstated as the head of a state body charged with administering the Buddhist religion an official who was sacked last month, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Iran vows to stand with Baghdad, Ankara against Iraqi Kurds' independence push

LONDON (Reuters) - Tehran vowed on Tuesday to stand alongside Baghdad and Ankara against the outcome of an independence referendum staged by Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, a day after thousands of Iranian Kurds marched in support of the vote.

China's fuel exports to North Korea slow again, but coal imports return - customs

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's fuel exports to North Korea fell in August, along with iron ore imports from the isolated nation, as trade slowed after the United Nations' latest sanctions, but coal shipments resumed after a five-month hiatus, customs data showed on Tuesday.

'Most hated German in Thailand' on the move after yet another country bans him

BANGKOK: Benjamin Holst - known as the most hated German in Thailand - has been booted out of South Korea.

Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif appears before anti-corruption court, set to be indicted

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before an anti-corruption court on Tuesday, kicking off trial proceedings that he says are biased and which threaten to dent his party's chances at the next general election due in mid-2018.

Tourism sector to remain third largest contributor to economy

KUALA LUMPUR: Aggressive measures taken to boost Malaysia’s tourism and hospitality industry, which include hotels, foods, restaurants, chefs, as well as food services equipment and suppliers doing their part, will help maintain the industry as the third largest contributor to the country’s economy.