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Iran calls for EU help as shipping giant pulls out for fear of U.S. sanctions

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France/LONDON (Reuters) - One of the world's biggest cargo shippers announced on Saturday it was pulling out of Iran for fear of becoming entangled in U.S. sanctions, and President Hassan Rouhani demanded that European countries to do more to offset the U.S. measures.


Iranian oil minister calls Trump's order to OPEC insulting

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's oil minister on Saturday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of insulting OPEC by ordering it to increase production and reduce prices, adding that Iranian output and exports had not changed as a result of U.S. pressure.


China eyes expanded business ties with Eastern Europe amid EU concerns

SOFIA (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will offer the leaders of central and eastern Europe on Saturday expanded business ties at a summit in Sofia while seeking to reassure the EU that Beijing is not trying to divide the continent.


China reported to have tried to recruit conservative German lawmaker as spy - media

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chinese individuals contacted a conservative lawmaker in the German parliament several times in the summer of 2016, offering him money in exchange for his expertise and insider knowledge, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Friday.


Exclusive - China presses Europe for anti-U.S. alliance on trade

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - China is putting pressure on the European Union to issue a strong joint statement against President Donald Trump's trade policies at a summit later this month but is facing resistance, European officials said.


Mexico leftist vows no tolerance on corruption after historic win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's new president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would pursue friend and foe alike in a crackdown on corruption after voters handed him a powerful mandate for government with a landslide election victory on Sunday.


Weary of graft and violence, Mexican voters lean toward outsider

NEZAHUALCOYOTL, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexicans lined up to vote for a new president on Sunday, with many hoping for a shake-up of the status quo by choosing an anti-establishment leftist whose pledge to clean up politics has resonated widely after years of violence and corruption.

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Property prices, land supply and young people – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam reflects on pressing issues affecting city as she marks first year in office

Chief executive held a 100-minute interview with journalists after attending a reception celebrating 21st anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule


Pompeo tells China continued North Korea sanctions enforcement needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stressed to China the importance of continued enforcement of sanctions on North Korea to press it to give up its nuclear weapons, after warning of signs of backsliding by Beijing.


Ambassador says U.S. unconvinced China willing to make fast progress on trade

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States is not convinced China is willing to make sufficient progress on trade, the U.S. ambassador to China said on Friday, as the world's two biggest economies remain locked in spiralling disputes.