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World 31 Jul 2018 | 7:45 PM

Two Koreas discuss reducing military tension amid reports of North Korea missile activity

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea discussed reducing tension but didn't announce any detailed agreements after military talks on Tuesday, while the United States detected renewed activity at a North Korean missile factory, casting more suspicion over the North's intentions.

World 31 Jul 2018 | 7:25 PM

China urges U.S. not to allow stopover by Taiwan president

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Tuesday not to allow Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to transit its territory when she visits Belize and Paraguay next month, adding to tension between Beijing and Washington that has worsened amid a trade war.

World 31 Jul 2018 | 6:23 PM

Israeli court jails Arab poet for online incitement to terrorism

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli court jailed an Israeli Arab poet for five months on Tuesday after convicting her of incitement to terrorism for a poem and remarks she posted on social media during a wave of Palestinian street attacks.

World 31 Jul 2018 | 5:43 PM

Opponents of Congo's Kabila lead presidential race - poll

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Two opponents of Congolese President Joseph Kabila jointly lead a race to replace him in an election due in December, according to a public opinion poll released on Tuesday.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2018 | 12:49 PM

Olympics - 'We are alive': Tokyo 2020 ceremonies to focus on rebirth

TOKYO (Reuters) - The opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will reflect themes of 'reconstruction' and 're-birth' that have run through preparations for the Games, newly-appointed creative director Mansai Nomura said on Tuesday.

Economy 31 Jul 2018 | 12:42 PM

Indonesia pushes biodiesel plan to stop currency tanking

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s president called on Tuesday for the immediate implementation of a plan to widen the use of biodiesel that his economic ministers hope will cut the country’s fuel import bill by billions of dollars and halt a decline in the rupiah currency.

World 31 Jul 2018 | 12:16 PM

U.S. detects new activity at North Korea factory that built ICBMs - source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. spy satellites have detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, in the midst of talks to compel Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arms.

World 31 Jul 2018 | 6:43 AM

Trump says he is willing to talk to Iran's leader without preconditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet Iran's leader without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying, "If they want to meet, we'll meet."

Economy 31 Jul 2018 | 6:27 AM

Indonesia needs 'dollars now', president says, urging greater biodiesel use

JAKARTA: Indonesia's president on Tuesday urged his ministers to make "serious" efforts to strengthen foreign exchange reserves by widening biodiesel use to combat pressures caused by a global trade war.

Corporate News 31 Jul 2018 | 5:38 AM

Lotte Chemical Q2 net profit jumps to RM315m

KUALA LUMPUR: Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Bhd's earnings jumped to RM315.02mil in the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 from a year ago, boosted by higher sales volume, lower production costs and foreign exchange gain.