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New Italian government has little chance of staying the course

ROME (Reuters) - A new government is expected to take office in Italy next week after one of the longest periods of post-election flux in its history, but the fraught gestation might prove child's play by comparison with what comes next.


Fancy a job as a seafood peeler in China? You could earn US$1,500 a month

Shanghai restaurant pays student peelers to do dirty work for diners so they can stay glued to their phones


U.N. chief sets out disarmament vision, from hand grenades to H-bombs

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres set out a vision for global disarmament on Thursday, billed as the first ever push for comprehensive arms control by a leader of the world body.


U.N. chief Guterres calls for dialogue after Trump cancels North Korea summit

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced deep disappointment on Thursday at the cancellation of the planned meeting next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, announced earlier by the White House.

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US jury awards Apple US$539mil in Samsung patent retrial

After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay US$539 million to Apple Inc for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.


Colombia's presidential frontrunner Duque fights to ward off left

BOGOTA (Reuters) - When Ivan Duque was a boy, his grandmother made him memorize the speeches of assassinated Colombian presidential candidate Eliecer Gaitan. By the age of seven he could recite them all.


Philippine president asks exiled Maoist leader to return home for talks

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he had invited a self-exiled Communist rebel leader home for "make or break" peace talks, and would let him leave the country afterwards, despite moves to declare him a terrorist.


Premier League hopefuls Villa could crown season of Asian investment success

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Chinese-owned Aston Villa hope to join Malaysian-controlled Cardiff City and Chinese-backed Wolverhampton Wanderers in winning promotion to the Premier League as Asian investors reap the rewards of investments in English second-tier clubs.


Thai court frees leaders of coup anniversary protest on bail

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court on Thursday freed on bail a group of activists who led a protest in Bangkok on the anniversary of a 2014 coup, forbidding them from holding another illegal protest, the group's lawyer said.


Japan women see turning point on sexual harassment after scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese women, long accustomed to enduring sexual harassment in silence, are speaking out after a high-profile scandal involving a top bureaucrat stirred debate and protests.