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Trump cancels Nancy Pelosi foreign trip citing shutdown

Image copyright Reuters/AFP Image caption Mr Trump has postponed Ms Pelosi’s trip a day after she called on him to postpone his address to Congress US President Donald Trump has postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s upcoming trip to Brussels, Afghanistan and Egypt, citing the government shutdown. “I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Mr Trump said in a letter. Mrs Pelosi urged Mr Trump on Wednesday to postpone his State of the Union address, citing the political deadlock. Mr Trump’s move came…

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Nash retires from NHL, citing concussion symptoms

Former No. 1 overall NHL draft pick and six-time All-Star Rick Nash has retired because of concussion-related symptoms, his agent said Friday. FILE PHOTO: Apr 28, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Until his retirement, Nash trailed only Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Marleau with career goals scored among active…

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Apple cuts forecast, citing weak China sales amid trade tensions

(Reuters) – Apple Inc on Wednesday cut its sales forecast for its latest quarter, with Chief Executive Tim Cook blaming slowing iPhone sales in China, whose economy has been dragged down by uncertainty around U.S.-China trade relations. People walk outside an Apple store in Beijing, China December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee The news sent Apple shares tumbling in after-hours trade and triggered a broader selloff in the stock market. The revenue cut raises questions about whether Apple, the face of American business in many parts of the world, is being…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside pulled by radio station, citing #MeToo

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The song was recorded for the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter and won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1950 It’s a Christmas classic probably being played in shops and radio stations all over the world. But a radio station in Cleveland, Ohio has decided to remove Baby It’s Cold Outside from its playlist following complaints from listeners. Local media report that listeners said the song was inappropriate and at odds with the #MeToo movement. But a poll conducted on the station’s Facebook page…

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New Zealand rejects Huawei’s first 5G bid citing national security risk

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s intelligence agency has rejected the telecom industry’s first request in the country to use 5G equipment provided by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, citing concerns about national security. FILE PHOTO: A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer Telecommunications services provider Spark New Zealand Ltd (SPK.NZ), which made the request, said on Wednesday it would review the reasoning before considering any further steps. The decision comes as Western nations become increasingly…

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Osaka withdraws from Wuhan Open citing viral illness

(Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Wuhan Open in China on Sunday, hours after losing to former world number one Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Tennis – Pan Pacific Open Women’s Singles Final match – Arena Tachikawa Tachihi, Tokyo, Japan – September 23, 2018. Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a ball to Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic. REUTERS/Toru Hanai Wuhan Open organizers said on Twitter that Osaka had withdrawn due to a viral illness. The Japanese world number seven…

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SEC halts trading in two cryptocurrency products, citing market confusion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Sunday it was immediately suspending trading in two investment products that track cryptocurrencies, citing confusion in the markets over whether the products are exchange-traded funds (ETFs). FILE PHOTO – High-end graphic cards are installed in a cryptocurrency mining computer at a computer mall in Hong Kong, China January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo The SEC said in a statement that trading in Bitcoin Tracker One CXBTF.PQ CXBTF.PK and Ether Tracker One CETHF.PQ CETHF.PK would be halted in the…

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Jack Ma to remain Alibaba executive chairman, reveal succession plan next week: SCMP citing spokesman

BEIJING (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s (BABA.N) co-founder Jack Ma will remain as executive chairman, and will unveil a succession strategy on Monday on his 54th birthday, South China Morning Post reported on Saturday, citing a company spokesman. FILE PHOTO: Alibaba Group co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo Ma will provide transition plans over a significant period of time, the spokesman was quoted as saying, adding that the succession strategy is part of a…

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