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Taiwan stages live-fire military exercises after China threats

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Noting that China is now building its first domestically-designed and -produced aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said the primary goal of this vessel will be to serve a regional defense mission. "Reportedly, the PLA owns and operates about half of these systems, most of which could support monitoring, tracking, and targeting of U.S. forces", states the Air Force report. Read More »

China's Foreign Trade Tops Record $4.6Trln in 2018 - Customs

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Sources told Reuters last week that Beijing is planning to lower its economic growth target to 6-6.5 percent this year after an expected 6.6 percent in 2018, the slowest pace in 28 years. Rapidly falling exports could point to rising unemployment, said Nomura economist Lu Ting. China's economy has more to worry about than the trade war. Read More »

Huawei could face United States indictment for trade theft

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The action is the latest in a long list taken to fight what some in the Trump administration call China's cheating through intellectual property theft, illegal corporate subsidies and rules hampering US corporations that want to sell their goods in China. Read More »

PM promises cross-party talks after her Brexit plans suffer historic defeat

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On Tuesday night Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, put forward a "motion of no confidence" in Theresa May's government following parliament's heavy rejection of her Brexit withdrawal agreement. VOTING has begun in the House of Commons on Theresa May's Brexit plan as the prime minister made a last-ditch attempt to persuade MPs to back her. Read More »

Windsor 9th worst city in Canada for bed bugs

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Sudbury is number 8 and the Soo is 25. The company says it releases the list each year as a reminder to travellers to take precautions and not bring bed bugs home with them. Keep the rack away from the walls and any wooden furniture. You can also find 100 facts about bed bugs in Orkin's bed bug e-book: "100 Reasons Why Bed Bugs Are Freaky - and Fascinating" and additional detection tips in Orkin's video on "How to Check for Bed Bugs in Hotel Rooms". Read More »

Teenager falls to his death while attempting to climb cruise ship balcony

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A 16-year-old boy fell to his death while attempting to climb into his room from the balcony of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship last Friday, according to multiple outlets. The body was turned over to the Broward Medical Examiner's Office when the ship returned Sunday to Port Everglades. Royal Caribbean did not offer details about the death, but its corporate communications manager, Owen Torres, confirmed that there'd been a tragedy on board. Read More »

Cathay Pacific Screws Up First-Class Ticket Prices Again

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And because Cathay Pacific doesn't fly direct from Lisbon to Hong Kong, the deep discount also included one-way legs on partner carriers from Lisbon to London, Frankfurt, or Zurich. " For the very small number of customers who have purchased these tickets, we look forward to welcoming you on board to enjoy our premium services ", the spokesperson confirmed. Read More »

Marks and Spencer in Weston-super-Mare to close

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Simon Layton, head of region for Marks and Spencer Northern Ireland, said: "Our commitment to ongoing food expansion in Northern Ireland will continue with the opening of a new store in Carrickfergus this summer". M&S will now close over 100 stores in total by 2022. M&S has today announced that it is consulting with 57 colleagues on the proposed closure of its Barrow store. Read More »

Brexit deal: Find out whether your MP voted as you wanted

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The prime minister said she will start cross-party talks this week to try to reach a consensus, but in such a febrile atmosphere they may already be doomed. Led by European Council president Donald Tusk, EU officials sensed an opportunity in the chaotic aftermath of Theresa May's humiliating Commons defeat, to suggest reversing the results of the 2016 Brexit referendum. Read More »

Saudi Arabia goes beyond commitment to lowering oil product, export: minister

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Saudi Arabia's energy minister is confident OPEC and allied suppliers have made the correct oil-output curbs to remove a glut and that the coalition will stick together in case further adjustments are needed. The 1.2 million bpd cut should be enough to balance the market, Mazrouei said, expecting the correction to start this month and to be achieved in the first half of the year. Read More »

GBP/USD trimming into 1.2900 as markets brace for Brexit vote

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Michel Barnier has responded to the crushing defeat of the Brexit deal he brokered with the United Kingdom government by offering to reopen negotiations - but only if the United Kingdom "shifts" its red lines. Mrs May would have to return to Parliament with a new proposal in the hopes of winning the extra votes she needs to get the deal across the line. Theresa May does not have an outright majority in parliament but the DUP, whose ten MPs prop up the Tories in the Commons, has said it ... Read More »

Hyundai Genesis G70 wins vehicle of the year at Detroit Auto Show

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The Hyundai Genesis G70 and Hyundai Kona took the vehicle and utility awards, respectively, surprising officials with the South Korean automaker. The Shelby , regarded as the ultimate high-performance modification of the Ford Mustang , was the instant hit of the eight-day exhibition, formally known as the North American International Auto Show , which began on Sunday. Read More »

Tokyo court denies request for Nissan Ghosn's release on bail

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Ghosn's lawyers have conceded that he is likely to remain in detention until his trial begins, mainly because he maintains his innocence and is considered a flight risk. The prospect of a lengthy detention could increase pressure on the Renault board and shareholders including France's government to appoint permanent new leadership for the carmaker. Read More »

Cadillac shocks Detroit Auto Show with electric SUV preview

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What we do know is that the auto will be based on GM's "BEV3" electric vehicle platform, which means flexibility for use in any type of vehicle, along with front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. The company plans to release a new model every six months through 2021. "The most advanced components within this platform are the drive units and battery cells, both of which are being designed for maximum usability throughout GM vehicle lineups in different countries", Cadillac said in ... Read More »

British PM faces confidence vote after Brexit humiliation

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But these aren't normal times. When it comes to Brexit , no faction within parliament is big enough to get its deal through, and with a country deeply polarised on the issue, any move seen as too soft or too hard on the issue risks losing potential voters. Read More »

Volkswagen, Ford to announce automotive alliance

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Ford and the Volkswagen Group are joining forces and will begin to build trucks and commercial vans together. Ford has said it plans to build a hybrid version of each of its SUVs, plus the F-150 pickup , by 2020, and plans to build six battery-electric vehicles by 2022. Read More »

McDonald's loses Big Mac EU trademark battle

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On Tuesday, half a century later, McDonagh prevailed in a different arena when his fast-food chain, Supermac's, won a landmark legal battle against McDonald's over the use of trademarks. "This is a victory for all small businesses". The lawsuit was a result of building tensions between McDonald's and Supermac's, after McDonald's attempted to stop Supermac's from expanding their chain throughout the EU. Read More »

Oil prices rise 1% amid supply cuts

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EDT. "This data drives home just how negative of an impact trade war is having on the Chinese and perhaps global economy". China's December overall exports fell by 4.4% from a year earlier, the biggest monthly drop in two years, official data showed on Monday, pointing to further weakening in the world's second-largest economy. Read More »

Air traffic controllers plan more job walk-offs

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According to Peter Duffey, president of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, one unit in Alberta even chose to send pizzas to a unit in El Paso, Texas, because both places happen to be oil towns. In fact, on Friday, NATCA announced it is suing the federal government for its members working without pay thanks to Trump's shutdown over funding for his border wall. Read More »

Newmont's $10B offer would create world's biggest gold miner

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USA gold giant Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM ) took a page out of Barrick's book by announcing that is buying Canada's Goldcorp (TSX:G) (NYSE:GG) in a $10 billion-deal that would create the world's largest producer by output, challenging Barrick's recently cemented supremacy . Read More »

China '18 trade surplus with U.S. at record $323B

Imports of American goods rose just 0.7 percent over 2017. The figures come after a U.S. delegation held three days of talks in Beijing last week in the first face-to-face meeting since Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in December pledged a 90-day truce to resolve the crisis. Read More »

Airport Security Lanes Crimped in Atlanta and D.C. Amid Shutdown

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An estimated 51,000 TSA agents are among them. Democrats say Trump shut the government in a "temper tantrum" by refusing to sign bipartisan funding legislation a year ago that did not include money for his wall. They were also warned to allow extra time for the security process. "Lines are long this morning, but they usually are on Mondays", Elise Durham, the airport's communications director, told NBC News. Read More »

Cadillac reveals its first electric vehicle

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The look at the brand's first battery-electric vehicle came as part of the 2019 Detroit auto-show debut for the 2020 Cadillac XT6 , a three-row crossover utility vehicle powered by a very conventional 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine. GM said the batteries and drive units will be the most advanced in this platform. We've just seen the reveal of the XT6 and also in the pipeline are a redesigned Escalade plus new CT4 and CT5 sedans. Read More »

Woman learns how you get banned from Walmart

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A Texas woman is banned from a local Walmart after allegedly driving around the parking lot while drinking wine from a Pringles can. Officer Jeff Hughes, a WFPD spokesperson, said police were told by dispatchers that they were looking for a woman wearing a blue jacket and black trousers. Read More »

Donald Trump's trade war hits Chinese exports

China's politically-sensitive surplus with the US rose 17.2 per cent to $323.32-billion previous year, the highest on record going back to 2006, according to Reuters calculations based on customs data. "China effectively tackled changes of the external environment a year ago, and the foreign trade maintained stable and positive growth, reaching a historic high in import and export volume", the customs spokesperson, Li Kuiwen, said on Monday. Read More »