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  • HONG KONG, July 23- Hong Kong lowered a typhoon alert on Sunday evening as Typhoon Roke weakened, with the local airport and transport authorities rushing to restore normal operations in the Asian financial hub. At 6 pm local time, Roke was estimated to be 180 kilometres west-northwest of Hong Kong and was forecast to move west or west-northwest at about 20...

  • TEL AVIV, July 23- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Sunday it would lay off some of its 7,000 employees in Israel in the coming months as it reorganises in a drive to improve competitiveness. Teva employs 4,000 workers in production in Israel. Teva's acting chief executive, Yitzhak Peterburg, said the company was committed to do all it can to guarantee that...

  • LONDON— Lucy Harris thinks Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Harris, founder of the pro-Brexit group Leavers of London, says she is hopeful, rather than confident, that Britain will really cut its ties with the EU. After an election last month clipped the wings of Britain's Conservative government, remainers are gaining in...

  • MADRID— The city of Madrid has asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether Uber's new airport transport service violates fair competition laws. Uber, the San Francisco- headquartered mobile ride-hailing service, offers rides from 15- 29 euros from Madrid's airport to the city center. In a statement Saturday evening, Madrid's city hall says "...

  • LONDON— Prominent women at the BBC want the broadcaster's gender pay gap to be resolved immediately rather than in several years. The salary disparity came to light after the publicly funded BBC was forced to publish the salary range of its best-paid actors and presenters. The open letter to BBC Director-General Tony Hall says the documents confirmed a...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— A top official in the Arab bloc isolating Qatar says the Gulf state needs to change its policies as part of any direct negotiations to resolve the crisis. United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Relations Anwar al-Gargash responded in a Twitter post late Saturday that dialogue is necessary, but that Qatar must review its...

  • BEIJING, July 23- China's exports of diesel rose in June on a year ago as refiners turn to foreign markets to offload their excess product, while liquefied natural gas imports also rose, customs data showed on Sunday. For the first six months of 2017, China's diesel exports were up 21 percent to 7.97 million tonnes, Sunday's data showed. China's imports of liquefied...

  • *China revised June dollar-denominated exports 11.3 percent y/y (prelim +11.3 percent y/y). *China revised June dollar-denominated imports 17.2 percent y/y (prelim +17.2 percent y/y). *China revised June trade balance $42.75 billion (prelim.

  • BEIJING, July 23- China's exports of diesel rose in June on a year ago as refiners turn to foreign markets to offload their excess product, while liquefied natural gas imports also rose, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Sunday. Diesel exports rose 19.3 percent in June to 1.31 million tonnes. That is up from 1.23 million tonnes in May but less...

  • CARACAS, July 22- Venezuela's opposition announced on Saturday it would hold a two-day strike next week among other protests designed to pressure President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial July 30 election for a new congress.

  • CARACAS, July 22- A young Venezuelan violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday in violent clashes in Caracas. Clashes ensued for several hours as hundreds of masked youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at National Guard troops firing tear gas from motorcycles.

  • FRANKFURT, July 23- Germany has warned Russia that breaches of sanctions including the relocation to Crimea of four gas turbines delivered to Russia by Siemens are straining political relations between the two countries, Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday. "The government has reminded Russia of these assurances again and pointed out that such a massive...

  • CHICAGO— A major Pokemon Go festival in Chicago Saturday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the virtual game went badly awry when technical glitches prevented many fans from logging on. The problems forced Niantic Inc., the developer of the wildly popular augmented reality game, to issue a statement saying everyone who registered for the event would...

  • CARACAS, July 22- A violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday in violent clashes in Caracas. Clashes ensued for several hours as hundreds of masked youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at National Guard troops firing tear gas from motorcycles.

  • CARACAS, July 22- A Venezuelan violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday in violent clashes in Caracas. The Democratic Unity coalition had called a march on the pro- Maduro Supreme Court in support of alternative magistrates appointed by the opposition on Friday.

  • The Transportation Department detailed the violations and the fines levied against American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines in documents released late Friday. The findings stem from separate investigations conducted by the Transportation Department. Transportation Department officials began investigating the company last...

  • CARACAS, July 22- Venezuelan soldiers on motorbikes fired teargas at hundreds of masked and stone-throwing youths in Caracas on Saturday during the latest protest against President Nicolas Maduro. The Democratic Unity coalition had called a march on the pro- Maduro Supreme Court in support of alternative magistrates appointed by the opposition on Friday.

  • MADRID, July 22- Authorities in Madrid asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog on Saturday to investigate whether Uber's new low-cost airport transfer service constitutes unfair competition. The firm's recently launched Uber Airport service offers a tariff of 15- 29 euros for a ride between Madrid's Barajas international airport and the city centre.

  • NEW DELHI, July 22- The state government in India's capital told Philip Morris International Inc and other tobacco companies on Saturday to remove all advertisements from tobacco shops in the city, warning them of legal action if they do not comply. The order, sent by Delhi state's chief tobacco control officer S. K. Arora, comes days after Reuters reported that...

  • LANSING, Mich.— Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn's plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize. The hunt for Foxconn is fluid and largely secretive, with Rust Belt governors and state officials declining to even confirm...