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Chinese experts to probe panda Chuang Chuang’s death in Thai zoo

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Animal experts from China are to arrive at a Thai zoo on Thursday to investigate the unexpected death of a giant panda in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thai officials said. Photos on Wednesday showed Thai mourners and zoo staff laying flowers near the empty enclosure of Chuang Chuang at age Read More

All options on the table against Iran, Saudi envoy to Germany warns

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Riyadh won’t rule out military action after blaming Iran for an attack on one of its oil facilities, Saudi Arabia’s envoy to Germany has hinted. The diplomat doubled down on the accusations against Iran, but offered no evidence. Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud told Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that his country is considering a range of Read More

Trump names new national security advisor to replace Bolton

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President Donald Trump has named Robert C. O’Brien – a hostage affairs envoy he sent to Sweden to try and negotiate the release of jailed rapper A$AP Rocky this summer – as his new National Security Advisor Trump announced O’Brien’s nomination on Wednesday, saying that he has “worked long and hard with Robert.” I am Read More

Oil shock unites China with Asia rivals worried about supply

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By Iain Marlow, Dandan Li and Archana Chaudhary on 9/17/2019 HONG KONG (Bloomberg) – If anything could distract Asia’s top powers from sparring over disputed territory and crimes committed during World War II, it’s the need for cheap oil. Asia accounts for more than 70% of Saudi Arabia’s crude exports, with the four biggest economies Read More

China condemns attacks on Saudi oil facilities

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Tuesday condemned an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, in a toughening of its language from the previous day, but again without saying who it believed was behind it. FILE PHOTO: Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China’s Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China, January 6, 2016. Read More

Trump faces tough choices after blaming Iran for Saudi oil attack

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By Jordan Fabian, Nick Wadhams, David Wainer and Glen Carey on 9/15/2019 WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) – The Trump administration sought to offer new evidence to back its claim that Iran conducted the attack on major Saudi Arabian oil facilities, saying the munitions used in the strikes were well beyond the capabilities of the Houthi rebels who Read More

Who is in the new European Commission?

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The European Commission’s incoming president Ursula von der Leyen has released the names of her new team, with a number of appointments in particular standing out. As the first female Commission president-elect, Mrs Von der Leyen has achieved an almost equal gender split in her 27-strong team, designating 14 roles to men and 13 to Read More

Beijing lashes out at Berlin after German foreign minister meets with Hong Kong protest activist

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Beijing has condemned a meeting between Germany’s foreign minister and a Hong Kong figurehead, and called on Berlin to stay out of its internal affairs. China claims ongoing protests have received foreign assistance. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met protest leader Joshua Wong in Berlin on Monday, at an event hosted by German newspaper BILD. Read More

Japan may have to dump radioactive water into the sea, minister says

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power (9501.T) will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it, the environment minister said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Storage tanks for radioactive water are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) Read More

Saudi Arabia’s new prince of oil is a lifelong energy insider

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By Javier Blas, Nayla Razzouk and Verity Ratcliffe on 9/9/2019 LONDON (Bloomberg) – In June last year, a crunch OPEC meeting was on the edge of collapse. Iran had threatened to storm out and sink a deal on production quotas, accusing the Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih of trying to steal market share. Enter Al-Falih’s Read More