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U.S. Treasury chief Mnuchin says optimistic about U.S.-UK trade deal - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:20pm - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that he was optimistic the United States and Britain, soon to be out of the European Union, would strike a trade deal this year and that he had discussed it with Britain's finance minister on Saturday.

Defence at Senate trial says ousting Trump would be 'massive interference' in... - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:19pm - Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump told his Senate impeachment trial on Saturday that Democrats' efforts to remove the president from office would set a "very, very dangerous" precedent in an election year.

Israel's Gantz, Netanyahu rival, says will meet Trump on peace plan - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:16pm - Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said on Saturday he had accepted an invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East.

Trump's peace plan may polarize the Middle East it seeks to calm - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:16pm - As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to host Israeli leaders in Washington to reveal details of his long-delayed Middle East peace plan, Palestinians warned on Friday that no deal could work without them on board.

Pompeo accuses radio reporter of lying about his behavior after interview - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:07pm - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday accused a National Public Radio reporter of lying to him and violating "the basic rules of journalism and decency" after she said Pompeo repeatedly cursed at her following a testy interview.

Coronavirus contagion rate makes it hard to control - studies - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:06pm - Each person infected with coronavirus is passing the disease on to between two and three other people on average at current transmission rates, according to two separate scientific analyses of the epidemic.

Virus anxieties cast shadow over Year of the Rat festivities - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:06pm - Chinese communities around the world greeted the Year of the Rat on Saturday with dances and parades, although celebrations were marred by worries about the coronavirus outbreak that has upended Lunar New Year festivities in China.

Xi says China faces 'grave situation' as virus death toll hits 42 - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:06pm - President Xi Jinping said China was facing a "grave situation" as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 42, overshadowing celebrations of the Lunar New Year that began on Saturday.

HK leader declares virus emergency, halts official visits to mainland China - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:01pm - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam declared a virus emergency on Saturday, announcing measures to limit links with mainland China and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Factbox: Latest on the coronavirus spreading in China and beyond - 25 Jan 2020 at 3:01pm - The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 42 people in China and infected more than 1,300 globally, most of them in China.

Iraqi security forces raid protest camps after Sadr supporters withdraw - 25 Jan 2020 at 2:52pm - Iraqi security forces fired bullets and tear gas on Saturday in raids on protest camps in Baghdad and southern cities, killing four people and wounding dozens more, police and medical sources said.

Iranian airplane makes emergency landing at Tehran airport - 25 Jan 2020 at 2:42pm - An Iranian airplane made an emergency landing at a Tehran airport, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Saturday.

Defense at Senate trial says ousting Trump would be 'massive interference' in... - 25 Jan 2020 at 2:22pm - Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump told his Senate impeachment trial on Saturday that Democrats' efforts to remove the president from office would set a "very, very dangerous" precedent in an election year.

Boeing's 777X jetliner takes off on maiden flight - 25 Jan 2020 at 2:21pm - Boeing Co began the maiden flight on Saturday of the world's largest twin-engined jetliner as the embattled planemaker steps up competition with European rival Airbus in a respite from a crisis over its smaller 737 MAX.

Thai airport says still limiting virus scans as 7th patient reported - 25 Jan 2020 at 2:20pm - Thailand's busiest airport said on Saturday it was awaiting more information from Chinese authorities before deciding whether to expand screening of passengers arriving from China to try to detect the new coronavirus.

Factbox - 'Absolutely nothing wrong': Quotes from the fifth day of Trump's im... - 25 Jan 2020 at 2:00pm - The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate entered a new phase on Saturday as Trump's legal team began to lay out its defense on the fifth day of the proceedings.

'Absolutely nothing wrong': Quotes from the fifth day of Trump's impeachment ... - 25 Jan 2020 at 1:57pm - The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate entered a new phase on Saturday as Trump's legal team began to lay out its defence on the fifth day of the proceedings.

Lebanese security fire water cannons at protesters - 25 Jan 2020 at 1:56pm - Lebanese security forces on Saturday fired water cannons and tear gas at anti-government protesters trying to breach a security barricade outside government headquarters in central Beirut.

Coronavirus contagion rate makes it hard to control: studies - 25 Jan 2020 at 1:54pm - Each person infected with coronavirus is passing the disease on to between two and three other people on average at current transmission rates, according to two separate scientific analyses of the epidemic.

Rescuers dig for survivors after Turkey quake kills at least 29 - 25 Jan 2020 at 1:33pm - Rescuers searched on Saturday for survivors trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings after a powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey late on Friday, killing 29 people and injuring more than 1,400.

French car maker Peugeot to repatriate staff from China's Wuhan area - 25 Jan 2020 at 1:32pm - French automotive group PSA, maker of the Peugeot and Citroen brands, said in a statement it will repatriate expat staff and their families from the Wuhan area in China, which is at the centre of an outbreak of coronavirus.

Malaysia confirms fourth case of coronavirus infection - 25 Jan 2020 at 1:32pm - Malaysia reported a fourth case of coronavirus infection late Saturday, just hours after it announced its first confirmed cases.

Coronavirus patients arrived in France without symptoms - 25 Jan 2020 at 1:29pm - Two of the three Chinese nationals in France who have been diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus arrived without showing symptoms, doctors at a Paris hospital said on Saturday.

Explainer: What do we know about Trump's Mideast peace plan? - 25 Jan 2020 at 1:15pm - More than two years after he first proposed a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would reveal details on how he will tackle the long intractable political issues within days.

Walmart testing higher minimum wage for some employees - 25 Jan 2020 at 12:49pm - Walmart Inc is testing a higher starting wage for certain newly created jobs in about 500 U.S. stores, as it looks to improve in-store experience for customers amid intense competition.

Rescuer opens home to baby flying foxes orphaned by Australian bushfires - 25 Jan 2020 at 12:39pm - Janine Davies lifts out a three-week-old baby flying fox from its makeshift home of a towel draped over a rack in her bathroom and gently feeds it milk using a tiny bottle.

One year after Vale dam break, pain runs deep in Brazil mine disaster town - 25 Jan 2020 at 12:37pm - Exactly one year ago a tailings dam in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho collapsed, killing more than 250 people in one of the world's worst mining disasters.

Radio reporter says Pompeo cursed at her after testy interview - 25 Jan 2020 at 12:01pm - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cursed at a National Public Radio reporter and repeatedly "used the F-word" in a shouted diatribe after she questioned him about Ukraine and the ousted American ambassador to Kiev in an interview on Friday, the reporter said.

Iran has capacity to enrich uranium at any percentage: nuclear agency - 25 Jan 2020 at 11:46am - Iran has the capacity to enrich uranium at any percentage if Iranian authorities decide to do so, the deputy head of the country's nuclear agency said in a report posted on its website on Saturday.

U.S. charges former Mexico police commander in El Chapo-linked cocaine probe - 25 Jan 2020 at 11:21am - U.S. prosecutors on Friday charged a former Mexican federal police commander with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from Mexican drug cartels to help them send cocaine into the United States, in a case linked to imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Indonesia's 'minority within a minority' celebrate Lunar New Year - 25 Jan 2020 at 11:19am - As he does every year, ethnic Chinese Indonesian Purnama celebrated Lunar New Year on Saturday at a dinner with his extended family of more than 50 in Jakarta where they exchanged traditional red envelopes containing money.

Fashion retailer H&M says data protection breaches unacceptable - 25 Jan 2020 at 11:06am - Fashion retailer H&M said on Saturday that data security breaches found at its German unit were unacceptable and it was cooperating with the local data protection supervisory authority in its investigation into the matter.

EU plans more protectionist antitrust rules, data sharing in policy shake-up - 25 Jan 2020 at 11:01am - The EU plans to adopt more protectionist antitrust rules and encourage businesses to share data as part of an industrial policy overhaul aimed at giving European companies a sharper edge in global markets, a strategy document seen by Reuters shows.

China's Wu takes slender lead into final round in Dubai - 25 Jan 2020 at 10:54am - China's Wu Ashun eagled his opening hole and rode the momentum as he took a one-shot lead after the third round at the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

Sanders grabs lead in Iowa race as support for Warren drops: New York Times - 25 Jan 2020 at 10:47am - Senator Bernie Sanders is leading other Democratic presidential candidates with 25% of the likely vote in Iowa, just over a week before statewide caucuses in the state, a New York Times/Siena College poll released Saturday showed.

Beijing to halt all inter-province shuttle buses from January 26 - local media - 25 Jan 2020 at 10:17am - China's capital city Beijing will stop all inter-province shuttle buses from Jan. 26 in order to curb coronavirus outbreak, local media reported on Saturday.

U.S. to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, China - WSJ - 25 Jan 2020 at 10:17am - The United States is arranging a charter flight on Sunday to bring its citizens and diplomats back from the Chinese city of Wuhan, epicentre of the outbreak of a new coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

China's President Xi holds politburo meeting on curbing virus outbreak - 25 Jan 2020 at 10:17am - Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying the country is facing a grave situation, held a politburo meeting on measures to fight a coronavirus outbreak concentrated in the central city of Wuhan, state television reported on Saturday.

China's Hubei to ensure medium-to-long term materials reserves - local paper - 25 Jan 2020 at 10:17am - China's central province Hubei, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, will ensure supplies of emergency materials and medium-to-long term reserves, the government-backed newspaper reported on Saturday, citing a provincial party leader.

China says confirms total of 1,372 cases from coronavirus outbreak: state media - 25 Jan 2020 at 10:12am - China says it has a total of 1,372 cases of the coronavirus nationally with 41 people having died, as of 6 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) on Saturday, according to state-owned CCTV.

India, Brazil sign 15 accords to deepen ties across range of sectors - 25 Jan 2020 at 9:48am - India and Brazil have signed 15 accords aimed at forging closer ties between the two emerging market giants across a range of sectors, especially defense, both countries' leaders tweeted on Saturday.

Kyrgios prevails in stormy epic to reach fourth round - 25 Jan 2020 at 9:16am - Nick Kyrgios lost his temper and blew a two-set lead but still managed to win a five-set thriller to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 10-8 victory over Karen Khachanov in the super tiebreaker on Saturday.

Clinical Medvedev sets up Wawrinka clash in fourth round - 25 Jan 2020 at 8:50am - Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia put on a clinical performance to beat a suffering Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-3 6-2 on Saturday and ease into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Thai airport says still limiting virus scans as seventh patient reported - 25 Jan 2020 at 8:38am - Thailand's busiest airport said on Saturday it was awaiting more information from Chinese authorities before deciding whether to expand screening of passengers arriving from China to try to detect the new coronavirus.

Biden picks up another high profile endorsement in Iowa as voting nears - 25 Jan 2020 at 8:15am - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked up another high profile endorsement on Saturday in Iowa, where the party?s nominating contest kicks off in nine days, after U.S. congresswoman Cindy Axne said she was backing the former vice president.

Stress-free Zverev cruises past Verdasco into fourth round - 25 Jan 2020 at 7:19am - Seventh seed Alexander Zverev credited a stress-free life off court for his strong run at the Australian Open after marching into the fourth round with a 6-2 6-2 6-4 win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco on Saturday.

FAA tells U.S. airlines it could approve MAX return to service before mid-yea... - 25 Jan 2020 at 7:15am - Federal Aviation Administrator Steve Dickson called senior U.S. airline officials on Friday and told them the agency could approve the grounded Boeing 737 MAX's return to service before mid-year - a faster time frame than the planemaker suggested this week, people briefed on the calls said.

Financier doubts add to Boeing's MAX headaches - 25 Jan 2020 at 7:15am - To restore faith in the 737 MAX, Boeing needs to prove its flagship jet is not just airworthy but also a safe investment.

French central banker says digital currency cannot be private - 25 Jan 2020 at 7:15am - Digital currency could be useful as cash transactions dwindle in some countries but central banks should be in charge of issuing it, not private companies, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Saturday.

U.S. senator slams Tesla's 'misleading' name for Autopilot driver assistance ... - 25 Jan 2020 at 7:14am - A U.S. senator on Friday urged Tesla Inc to rebrand its driver assistance system Autopilot, saying it has "an inherently misleading name" and is subject to potentially dangerous misuse.