Nations agree on global climate pact rules

Nations agree on global climate pact rules

Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming.
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Merkel, Abe preach cooperation to Davos crowd

Merkel, Abe preach cooperation to Davos crowd

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended cooperation between governments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland amid rising rising criticism that the global approach is leaving too many behind. Conway
Momentum gathers for plan to take "no deal" Brexit off the table

Momentum gathers for plan to take "no deal" Brexit off the table

The British opposition Labour Party says it is "highly likely" it will throw its parliamentary weight behind a plan to prevent a no deal Brexit, the scenario business leaders warn could cause catastrophic job losses and chaos at UK ports.
ASML warns of weak first quarter as chipmakers delay orders

ASML warns of weak first quarter as chipmakers delay orders

ASML, a major supplier to the world's largest computer chipmakers, said sales would be weak in the first quarter as some of its customers had delayed orders into the second half of the year.
Iranians risk rough seas to seek life in UK

Iranians risk rough seas to seek life in UK

Hundreds of Iranians have risked their lives to cross the world's busiest shipping lane from France to England in search of a better life. British media say it's down to Brexit, but the migrants blame U.S. sanctions and Iran's mix of religion and pol
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Taco Bell eyes Asia to drive overseas expansion

Taco Bell eyes Asia to drive overseas expansion

Taco Bell plans to double its international footprint with Asian markets as the key driver, a senior executive told Reuters.
Metro Bank shares crash as risky mortgage bets raise cash call fears

Metro Bank shares crash as risky mortgage bets raise cash call fears

Metro Bank shares lost a third of their value on Wednesday after the British lender announced a sharp rise in exposure to higher-risk mortgages and said profits would be hit by slowing growth.
Tokyo Olympics prompt corner shops to drop porn

Tokyo Olympics prompt corner shops to drop porn

Two of Japan's largest convenience stores, 7-Eleven and Lawsons, will cease stocking porn magazines as they look to clean up their image ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and next year's Tokyo Olympics.
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Russia shows missile to disprove U.S. allegation

Russia shows missile to disprove U.S. allegation

Russia showed a cruise missile system to foreign military attaches and journalists on Wednesday (January 23) in an attempt to disprove Washington’s allegation that it violates an arms treaty.
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EU readies support for fishermen in case of no-deal Brexit

EU readies support for fishermen in case of no-deal Brexit

The EU’s executive proposed contingency plans on Wednesday for fishing in the event of a no-deal Brexit, suggesting EU fishermen could be compensated if barred from Britain, and British boats could fish in EU waters for the rest of this year.
Chris Brown denies rape after arrest and release

Chris Brown denies rape after arrest and release

U.S. Singer Chris Brown has denied rape allegations in a social media post, following his arrest and release in Paris. No charges have been brought against him.
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Deaths of Saudi sisters in NY ruled suicide

Deaths of Saudi sisters in NY ruled suicide

New York's medical examiner says the deaths of two Saudi sisters found bound together on the banks of the Hudson River last year were the result of suicide.
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Iowa's extreme abortion ban is struck down

Iowa's extreme abortion ban is struck down

Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” law, the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, was declared unconstitutional Tuesday, as it violates the Iowa state constitution, a state judge ruled.
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Subaru halts Japan car output on defective part, shares slide

Subaru halts Japan car output on defective part, shares slide

Subaru said its sole car factory in Japan, accounting for roughly 60 percent of global production, could be out of action for almost two weeks after it discovered a suspected defect in a power-steering component.
BOJ maintains stimulus, China to boost spending as tariff woes bites

BOJ maintains stimulus, China to boost spending as tariff woes bites

Asia's biggest economies stepped up their defences against slowing demand and the pressure of protectionism on Wednesday, with the Bank of Japan leaving its massive stimulus programme on hold and China pledging more fiscal spending to boost the econo
Plastic waste in Indonesian river 'never stops'

Plastic waste in Indonesian river 'never stops'

Under the baking West Java sun, Indonesian boys chit-chat on a river bridge -- an idyllic scene if not for the masses of plastic waste that fills the surface of the water below.
Indonesia battles plastic pollution in toxic river

Indonesia battles plastic pollution in toxic river

Clogged with hundreds of tons of rubbish, Pisang Batu is one of the world's most polluted rivers, despite efforts by authorities to encourage recycling and environmental awareness.
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Hong Kong may make disrespect of China's national anthem a crime

Hong Kong may make disrespect of China's national anthem a crime

Hong Kong is set to present a controversial bill to lawmakers that prescribes jail terms of up to three years for anyone disrespecting the Chinese national anthem, a move critics say raises fresh fears over freedom of expression in the city.
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Los Angeles teachers end week-long strike

Los Angeles teachers end week-long strike

The union for more than 30,000 striking Los Angeles teachers clinched a tentative contract deal with the second-largest U.S. school district on Tuesday, paving the way for classes to resume for nearly half a million students after a week-long walkout
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Alibaba's new hotel runs on robot hospitality

Alibaba's new hotel runs on robot hospitality

Featuring human-less check-ins, facial scans and voice-controlled rooms, e-commerce giant Alibaba has unveiled its first "future hotel" in China.
Four held for bomb plot against Muslim town in New York state

Four held for bomb plot against Muslim town in New York state

Three men and a teenager have been arrested after planning to bomb a Muslim community in upstate New York, and investigators say they've uncovered an arsenal of weapons.
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Wall Street snaps four-sesson rally

Wall Street snaps four-sesson rally

U.S. stocks ended lower on Tuesday, snapping a four-session rally, as a gloomy global economic growth outlook, trade concerns and disappointing company forecasts dampened sentiment.
U.S. home sales plunge in December

U.S. home sales plunge in December

Sales of existing homes dropped 6.4 percent in December. As Fred Katayama reports, that's the lowest level in three years and a sign the economy is slowing.
Supreme Court ruling undercuts Trump's shutdown plan

Supreme Court ruling undercuts Trump's shutdown plan

President Donald Trump's bid to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall and end a monthlong partial government shutdown suffered a blow on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court left in place for now a program protecting young illegal immigrants from deportatio
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Brazil's upbeat Bolsonaro faces sober Davos mood

Brazil's upbeat Bolsonaro faces sober Davos mood

Brazil's new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro had the unenviable task of trying to lift spirits at the World Economic Forum in Davos with attendees concerned about slower global economic growth and the effects of climate change. Conway G.