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China to fight back US trade tariffs ‘at any cost’

BEIJING: China warned it would fight back “at any cost” with fresh trade measures if the United States continues on its path of protectionism, hours after President Donald Trump threatened to slap an additional US$100bil in tariffs on Chinese goods.

Business

China’s import tariff on US soybean can support CPO prices

MUCH talked about in the palm oil’s sphere this week is China’s plan to impose a 25% tariff on the US soybean imports.

Business

When 2 elephantine economies fight...

The trade war between the world’s two largest economies is not showing any sign of stopping just yet.

Tennis

Record-setter Nadal roars back, Italy hold France

(Reuters) - Spain's Rafael Nadal returned to action with a 6-2 6-2 6-3 Davis Cup win over Germany's Philip Kohlschreiber on Friday to set a record for the longest winning streak in the competition's history.

World

U.S. slaps sanctions on Putin cronies for Russia's 'malign activity'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed major sanctions on Friday against 24 Russians, striking at allies of President Vladimir Putin in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other "malign activity."

Swimming

Le Clos bid for medal record falls short, this time

GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Chad le Clos's bid to become the most successful athlete in Commonwealth Games history will have to wait another four years after he picked up just one medal on the second day in the pool on Friday.

World

Southeast Asia's idyllic islands buckle under tourism strain

SINGAPORE/BANGKOK (Reuters) - The six-month closure of the Philippine tourism island of Boracay for a revamp after the country's president branded it a "cesspool" reflects the growing pressures on beach resorts across Southeast Asia as visitor numbers surge.

Tennis

Cornet upsets Garcia to advance in Charleston

(Reuters) - France's Alize Cornet upset her top-seeded compatriot Caroline Garcia 5-7 6-1 6-4 at the Charleston Open on Thursday to set up a quarter-final with Kiki Bertens, who defeated qualifier Fanny Stollar in straight sets earlier in the day.

Golf

Courageuos Finau turns into Masters feel-good story

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Tony Finau could barely walk when he woke up on Thursday after dislocating his ankle celebrating a hole-in-one at the Masters Par 3 contest but there was no way the gutsy American was ever going to miss his Augusta National debut and carded a four-under 68 in the feel-good story of the first round.

World

Fear, solidarity drive migrants to stick with Mexico 'caravan'

MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico (Reuters) - Impoverished Central American migrants travelling in a "caravan" through Mexico that angered U.S. President Donald Trump said they would stick together for safety even though the group will end its journey in Mexico City rather than at the U.S. border.