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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Donald Trump in Washington DCCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak on February 16 before the European Parliament in Strasbourg to urge members to ratify a sweeping trade deal between the two sides. Trudeau, who will be the first sitting Canadian leader to address the European Parliament, will be vaunting a long-in-the-making deal known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The deal also requires ratification by EU member states, which could take years.
US President Donald Trump praised Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's President Donald Trump welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a brotherly hug and warm words of admiration, as he ditched previously hard-charging rhetoric toward Tokyo during a White House summit. Trump praised his guest's "strong hands," the pair's "very, very good chemistry" and rolled out a White House military honor guard in a remarkable public display of diplomatic affection. The odd political couple had lunch at the White House before heading to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for further talks and a round of golf on Saturday.
In this Jan. 12, 2017, photo, traders work on the Mizuho Americas trading floor in New York. Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, a day after the Nasdaq composite notched another record high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly advanced Thursday after further gains on Wall Street that pushed the Nasdaq composite to a new record for the second day in a row. Japan's benchmark recovered lost ground after reports of strong machinery orders in December.
A Malaysian Hindu devotee walks in a trance towards the Batu caves temple during the Thaipusam festival celebrations in Kuala LumpurHindus gathered in temples across Malaysia on Thursday to celebrate the annual Thaipusam festival, with many piercing their bodies with hooks and skewers to showcase devotion to the deity Lord Murugan. Massive crowds descended on the stunning Batu Caves temple complex on the outskirts of capital Kuala Lumpur to participate in the festival, which commemorates the day when the goddess Parvathi gave her son Lord Murugan a powerful lance to fight evil demons. Armed with gifts including milk pots and coconuts which are eventually smashed as offerings, worshippers walked barefoot up 272 steps to reach the temple -- an important religious site for Tamil Hindus.
Philippines' Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez (DENR) answers questions during a Reuters interview at the DENR headquarters in Quezon city, metro ManilaBy Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine environment minister Regina Lopez said on Thursday her order to shut mines operating in watersheds is non-negotiable and has the backing of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has the final say on the fate of the affected mines. Fifteen of the 23 mines are within watershed areas. "It would take a miracle to convince me to allow mining in watersheds.
Visitors walk around a gallery of the Nissan Motor Co. at its global headquarters in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Nissan reported Thursday fiscal third quarter profit of 131.7 billion yen ($1.2 billion), up from 127.2 billion yen the same period a year ago. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Nissan reported Thursday that its October-December profit rose 3.5 percent from last year as vehicle sales climbed in all major markets.
By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday that there was a need for a "holistic review" of the relationship with Pakistan, potentially opening the door for a new approach to one of America's most vexing alliances. Experts said the remarks by Army General John Nicholson, who leads U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, could signal a harsher policy toward Pakistan under President Donald Trump's administration.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain says it will seek to overturn a U.N. committee's decision to deny accreditation to the organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide which promotes religious freedom in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
Agnes Callamard, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions, speaks with reporters in BangkokBy Andrew R.C. Marshall BANGKOK (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights investigator says there are signs of mounting opposition within the Philippines to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, with police operations on hold and the Church getting critical of the campaign. Agnes Callamard, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, however said the thousands of killings in the campaign had given rise to a sense of impunity, which could lead to increased lawlessness and violence. More than 7,600 people, mostly drug users and small-time dealers, have been killed since Duterte took office on June 30, about a third of them in police operations.
By Jonathan Barrett and Sonali Paul SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Major energy users in Australia shut down on Friday, and the public were asked not to go home and cook or watch television, averting big blackouts amid strained supplies as an extreme heat wave moved from the desert interior to the east coast. The temperature climbed to 47 Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) in parts of New South Wales (NSW) state and the Australian Capital Territory on Friday, while Saturday is expected to see a record for the hottest February day on record. Authorities had been preparing to temporarily suspend power to selected areas of New South Wales late on Friday to prevent overload just days after 40,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in the state of South Australia.
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, people walk by a car on display at Toyota's Tokyo, Japan, headquarters. President Donald Trump has criticized Toyota Motor Corp. for planning to build an assembly plant in Mexico, complained Japanese don't buy enough U.S.-made cars, and accused Japan of engineering its monetary policies to keep the yen cheap and help Japanese exporters.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump's salvos on trade and currency are rattling Japan Inc., but many here hope Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can sell him a "win-win" package of job creation and investment when they meet this week, averting a return of the Japan-bashing of the 1980s.
A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Asian stocks advanced Friday led by big gains in Japan after U.S. President Donald Trump promised that he would soon cut taxes for businesses. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index surged 2.4 percent as the yen weakened against the dollar, lifting shares of exporters. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets mostly kept rising on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump promised he would soon cut taxes for businesses.
FILE PHOTO - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a policy speech at the start of the ordinary session of parliament in TokyoBy Yoshifumi Takemoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose new cabinet level U.S.-Japan talks on trade, security and macroeconomic issues, including currencies, when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, a Japanese government official involved in planning the summit said. Abe heads to Washington later on Thursday hoping promises to help create U.S. jobs and bolster Japan's military will persuade Trump to turn down the heat on trade and currency and stand by the decades-old alliance. Trump has lumped Japan with China and Mexico as big contributors to the U.S. trade deficit, targeted its auto trade as "unfair" and accused Tokyo of using monetary policy to devalue its currency to boost exports.
Qatar has approved a draft law which would provide legal protection for tens of thousands of female domestic workers for the first timeQatar has approved a draft law which would provide legal protection for tens of thousands of female domestic workers for the first time, according to state media. The law is expected to specify how many hours staff such as nannies, drivers and gardeners should work per week, how many days holiday they receive annually and how they are paid, reported the Qatar News Agency (QNA). "The law applies to sponsors and domestic helpers, specifies their rights and duties and regulates the relationship between them," it added.
CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) — Communist guerrillas abducted three villagers, including a policeman, and burned construction equipment in new attacks in the Philippines on Thursday and condemned President Rodrigo Duterte as a "double-speaking thug" for terminating peace talks.
Philippines' Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez gestures during a news conference at the DENR headquarters in Quezon city, Metro ManilaBy Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' environment minister vowed not to buckle to mounting pressure on Thursday from a mining sector reeling from her shutting more than half of the country's mines on environmental protection grounds. Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez has ordered the closure of 23 of the country's 41 mines, most of which produce nickel ore, and the suspension of five more due to violations uncovered during a lengthy environmental audit. Mines ordered for closure include those run by Hinatuan Mining Corp, a unit of top Philippine nickel ore producer Nickel Asia Corp, and BenguetCorp Nickel Mines Inc. The decision has rocked the global nickel market as the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands, is the world's biggest exporter of nickel ore.
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2017, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. U.S. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed America's long-standing “one China” policy in a telephone conversation with Xi that could alleviate concerns about a major shift in Washington's approach to relations with Beijing. The long-awaited call came Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, Washington time, the White House and China's state broadcaster CCTV said. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump reaffirmed Washington's long-standing "one China" policy in a call with Beijing's leader, a move that could ease anger in China over his earlier suggestions that he might use Taiwan as leverage in negotiations over trade, security and other sensitive issues.
Severe winter weather has slowed rail deliveries of crops to shippers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear. Blizzards, avalanches and heavy rain in recent weeks have hit transport of corn, soy and wheat to ports where they head for the lucrative Asian market, adding to the struggles that have plagued U.S. exporters since harvest. The setbacks come at a critical time for U.S. exporters, who are trying to move as much grain as possible before buyers turn their attention to South America when corn and soybean harvests in Argentina and Brazil accelerate in the coming weeks.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe arrives to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National CemeteryBy Steve Holland and Kiyoshi Takenaka WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a hug and a handshake, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened a new chapter in U.S.-Japan relations on Friday with Trump abruptly setting aside campaign pledges to force Tokyo to pay more for U.S. defense aid. The two leaders appeared to have established a quick friendship during a day of talks at the White House and a flight together aboard Air Force One to Florida for a weekend of golf. At a joint news conference with Abe, Trump avoided repeating harsh campaign rhetoric that accused Japan of taking advantage of U.S. security aid and stealing American jobs.
Severe winter weather has slowed rail deliveries of crops to shippers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear. Blizzards, avalanches and heavy rain in recent weeks have hit transport of corn, soy and wheat to ports where they head for the lucrative Asian market, adding to the struggles that have plagued U.S. exporters since harvest. The setbacks come at a critical time for U.S. exporters, who are trying to move as much grain as possible before buyers turn their attention to South America when corn and soybean harvests in Argentina and Brazil accelerate in the coming weeks.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government says it made progress in fighting human trafficking in 2016, aiming for a favorable review from the U.S. State Department in its annual report on modern-day slavery.
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's interim President Temer talks with his Agriculture Minister Maggi during a Global Agribusiness Forum in Sao PauloBy Stephen Eisenhammer and Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil should push through a bill in the first of half of this year to ease limits on foreign purchases of agricultural land in a bid to rekindle economic growth, the agriculture minister said in an interview, adding it would be accompanied by measures to prevent speculation and ensure farms are not left idle. The bill, which is with the president's chief of staff and must go before Congress, is part of a broad series of reforms from oil to airlines as the new government seeks to unwind 13 years of protectionist leftist policy and reverse Brazil's worst recession on record. Reversing that move has been eagerly anticipated by international investors who are keen to move into one of the world's largest agricultural markets that has continued to grow while the rest of Brazil's economy languished.
FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2001, file photo, men shave, brush their teeth and prepare for the day at a refugee camp on the Island of Nauru. Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull insisted Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, that a deal struck with the Obama administration that would allow mostly Muslim refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the United States was still on, despite President Donald Trump dubbing the agreement WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats rushed to assure Australia that the United States remains a staunch ally following a tense discussion between President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
In this Jan. 21, 2017 photo, Syrians walk amid the destruction, in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo, Syria's largest city, was widely brought to ruin by years of war, and now with Russia and Turkey leading peace efforts, international officials say it is time to start talking about rebuilding Aleppo and other cities. But there are few answers on how to do it, with the world reluctant to donate the billions needed and a political settlement in the war still uncertain and far off. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Fighting has ended in Aleppo, and now talk is beginning to turn to the question of how to rebuild Syria's largest city, where entire blocks have been smashed to rubble in scenes reminiscent of World War II devastation. The task will take tens of billions of dollars.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — After a dismal 0-0 tie against an inexperienced group of Serbians in his first game as U.S. coach in more than a decade, Bruce Arena gets one more look at the domestic part of his player pool when the Americans play Jamaica in an exhibition on Friday night ahead of the resumption of World Cup qualifying.