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Sep 3, 2015

As stocks tumble, Indian pharma, Taiwan tech lure smart money | Reuters

SINGAPORE Asia’s tumbling stocks have triggered an exodus of funds from the region, but some investors say the sell-off has been indiscriminate and that certain stocks offer compelling buying opportunities. The downturn in equities has been exacerbated by steep falls in Asian currencies, which have taken multiple blows from a sputtering Chinese economy, the unexpected 2 percent devaluation of its yuan currency on Aug. 11, and expectations the U.S #Business #India #Latin America #markets #Middle East #Taiwan #United States

Sep 3, 2015

Palestinians urge U.N. members to support flag-flying initiative | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The Palestinian observer mission to the United Nations on Wednesday appealed to the world body's 193 member states to support its call to be allowed to fly its flag at U.N. headquarters as a "non-member observer state." The statement from the Palestinians also responded to allegations by Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor, who on Tuesday called the Palestinian push to fly their flag alongside full member states' "another cynical misuse of the U.N. #Argentina #Europe #Israel #Latin America #markets #science

Sep 3, 2015

Syria’s ailing water network could spark epidemics – Red Cross | Reuters

GENEVA Syria's water network, heavily damaged by bombs and shelling, is at risk of collapse as its civil war drags on, increasing the threat of deadly typhoid or cholera outbreaks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. Millions of people in Aleppo and Damascus are cut off from water supplies for days at a time, a tactic used by all warring sides to exert control in divided cities, the ICRC said. #Business #India #Middle East #opinion #Syria

Sep 3, 2015

Sierra Leone to vaccinate 200 people connected to Ebola victim | Reuters

FREETOWN Sierra Leone is to vaccinate around 200 people who came into direct or indirect contact with a woman who died of Ebola on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the U.N. World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.  The death of the woman, a trader from Kambia District near the border with Guinea, sets back efforts to end an 18-month epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and killed more than a third of them. The 67-year-old woman died five days after Sierra Leone started a 42-day countdown to being declared free of Ebola #Argentina #Business #Entertainment #Latin America #Middle East #Nigeria #Technology

Sep 3, 2015

China to put on huge show of force for World War Two anniversary | Reuters

BEIJING China will put on a huge show of force on Thursday with goose-stepping troops and nuclear-capable missiles parading through Beijing, marking 70 years since the end of World War Two and the country's growing military might and confidence. More than 12,000 soldiers, most Chinese but with contingents from Russia and elsewhere, will march past Tiananmen Square overseen by President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of several other friendly nations, including Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. Many Western leaders will be conspicuous by their absence, nervous about appearing on the same stage as people like Putin and about the message China is sending to a region already worried by Beijing's growing military assertiveness, especially in the South China Sea. #Africa #Business #France #India #opinion #Russia #Taiwan

Sep 3, 2015

Volatility won’t impact China A shares decision – MSCI | Reuters

NEW YORK U.S. index provider MSCI said recent violent market gyrations in China, and a barrage of interventions by the authorities to stop the rout, will not be a factor in deciding whether to include China-listed shares in its emerging markets index #Business #Hong Kong #Latin America #Middle East #science

Sep 3, 2015

Merkel’s conservatives want to limit incentives for refugees – paper | Reuters

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives want to limit the financial incentives for refugees coming to the country as their numbers soar, a paper showed on Wednesday, underlining the strain the crisis is putting on Europe's largest economy. With relatively liberal asylum laws and generous benefits, Germany is the EU's biggest recipient of people fleeing war in the Middle East and economic migrants from southeastern Europe. #Austria #Latin America #markets #Middle East #Ukraine

Sep 3, 2015

Russia delays start of U.N. probe of Syria gas attacks – envoys | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS Russia is delaying the launch of an international investigation aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapon attacks in Syria, U.N. Security Council diplomats said on Wednesday, though Moscow's U.N. #function-shr #var-local #var-paragraph #var-symbol #var-web #webtrends-multi

Sep 3, 2015

Wall Street surges as turbulence becomes the norm | Reuters

Wall Street stocks jumped almost 2 percent on Wednesday in the latest volatile session as investors weighed the impact of a stumbling Chinese economy and global market turmoil on the Federal Reserve's impending decision about when to raise interest rates. U.S. #China #Europe #India #Latin America #markets #opinion #United States

Sep 3, 2015

White House: No threat detected from China navy ships in Bering Sea | Reuters

WASHINGTON The Pentagon has not detected any threatening activity from the Chinese navy vessels in the Bering Sea, the White House said on Wednesday. "Based on their analysis they have not detected any sort of threat or threatening activities," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. #function-check #var-local #var-paragraph #var-symbol #var-web #webtrends-multi