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Austria's Kurz seeks to oust far-right interior minister before snap vote

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's two ruling parties faced off on Monday over whether their lame-duck government could even limp along until a snap election, with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's conservatives demanding the far-right interior minister's head.

China urges U.S. to stop provocative actions in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it "strongly urges U.S. to stop such provocative actions" after the U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea.

Retract remarks linking bumiputra employment to matriculation quota, Penang MCA tells Dr Maszlee

GEORGE TOWN: Penang MCA wants Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik to retract his remarks connecting bumiputra employment in the private sector to the matriculation quota.

Rugby league - 'Third wheel' great Cronk to call it quits

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian halfback Cooper Cronk, who formed a three-man spine at the most dominant club, state and international rugby league teams of his era, announced on Monday that he would be retiring at the end of this season.

Winning during economic slowdown, Australia's Morrison must halt rot

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Surprisingly retained by Australians in a national election over the weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's centre-right government now needs to find a fast way out of a worrying slowdown in an economy that has been recession-free since 1991.

Google confirms that its app store will continue to function for existing Huawei device users

Google’s statement follows a Reuters report that the US internet giant had halted business that involves transfer of hardware, software and tech services to Huawei.

Uber, Lyft act to reduce ‘dooring’ injuries to bicyclists in the US

A ride-hailing car swoops into the right lane, double parks and a passenger thrusts open the door as he prepares to jump out. The door strikes a passing bicyclist, throwing her onto the pavement.

Dooring incidents have increased in recent years, along with the surge of Uber and Lyft usage, said Weiss. — TNS

Trump says tariffs making companies leave China, a deal can't be '50-50'

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump said his tariffs on Chinese goods are causing companies to move production out of China to Vietnam and other countries in Asia, and added that any agreement with China cannot be a "50-50" deal.

Trump said that the United States and China "had a very strong deal, we had a good deal, and they changed it. And I said that's OK, we're going to tariff their products."  No further trade talks between top Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators have been scheduled since the last round ended on May 10 - the same day Trump raised the tariff rate on $200 billion worth of Chinese products from 10 percent.

Japan's Motegi - No change to government plan to raise sales tax in Oct

TOKYO: Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Monday there was no change to the government's plan to raise the sales tax to 10 percent from 8 percent in October, after the release of first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data.

"There's no change to our view that the fundamentals supporting domestic demand remain solid," Motegi told a news conference

Oil surges after OPEC indicates it will maintain output cuts(Update)

TOKYO - Oil rose to multi-week highs on Monday after OPEC indicated it will likely maintain production cuts that have helped support prices this year, while tensions continued to escalate in the Middle East.

Brent crude was up by 96 cents, or 1.3%, at $73.17 a barrel by 0227 GMT, having earlier touched $73.40, the highest since April 26.  U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was 82 cents, 1.3%, higher at $63.58 a barrel. The U.S. benchmark reached $63.81 earlier, the highest since May 1.