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Daim tipped for advisory role

PETALING JAYA: As the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) wraps up its work, speculation is rife that the chairman, Tun Daim Zainuddin, could be appointed as adviser to the government.


Nigeria's Senate president urges parliamentary blockade probe

ABUJA (Reuters) - The leader of Nigeria's Senate on Wednesday called for an investigation into a blockade of parliament by security forces and said it was an attempt to secure his impeachment but stopped short of saying he would run for president next February.


China to slap additional tariffs on $16 billion of U.S. goods

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion (£12.4 billion) worth of U.S. imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the Chinese commerce ministry said, as the world's largest economies escalated their trade dispute.

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Chinese woman pregnant with twins at age of 67 defies doctors’ advice to have an abortion

Beijing couple sought IVF treatment after their only son died in a road crash but medical staff fear pregnancy will be too risky


Chinese exports accelerate even as Trump escalates trade war

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's exports surged more than expected in July despite U.S. duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as the world's two major economic powers ramp up a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth.


In peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea, UAE lends a helping hand

ADDIS ABABA/DUBAI (Reuters) - When the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced in Asmara last month, promising to end the two-decade-old state of war between their two countries, it looked like a sudden breakthrough.


Two die in stampede at funeral of Indian Tamil leader

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A stampede on Wednesday among thousands of mourners at the funeral of a powerful southern Indian politician killed two people and injured 47, a doctor at a government hospital said.


China offers further evidence secretive annual leadership meet is happening

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Wednesday offered further evidence that a secretive annual conclave of senior leaders is being held at the seaside resort of Beidaihe, saying that Premier Li Keqiang had met a United Nations official there.


No easy answers as Japan, U.S. head for new round of trade talks

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will try to avert steep tariffs on its car exports and fend off U.S. demands for a bilateral free trade agreement at talks on Thursday in Washington, but a quick fix for the trade imbalance between the two countries appears elusive.


Zimbabwe police arrest opposition politician Biti at Zambian border - lawyer

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe police on Wednesday arrested former finance minister and opposition politician Tendai Biti as he tried to cross the border and seek asylum in neighbouring Zambia, his lawyer said.