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  • President Trump to visit Japan Nov. 5-7. TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest serving premier and reenergising his push to revise the pacifist constitution. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012,...

  • Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was willing to bring a healthcare bill up for a vote in the Senate but was waiting to see what President Donald Trump wants, after a week in which Trump sent mixed signals about a bipartisan bill to shore up insurance markets created under Obamacare. "What I'm waiting for is to hear from President Trump...

  • Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan and moving northeast at 50 kph on Sunday night, speeding up slightly, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Lan appeared to have weakened slightly from its peak, but it was still a powerful storm that could pound parts of Japan with more than 80 mm of...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he has not abandoned his longtime goal of making sure any tax cuts are revenue neutral, saying the growth estimates in the Republican tax reform plan will offset the cuts. The Trump administration's tax plan promises up to $6 trillion in tax cuts but will increase the federal deficit by...

  • GENEVA, Oct 22- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said on Sunday following an outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. "I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have...

  • JAKARTA, Oct 22- Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the U.S. secretary of state and summon Washington's deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, Indonesian officials said on Sunday. Nurmantyo was going to the United States at the invitation of General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Tens of thousands of people across Japan were advised to evacuate, hundreds of flights were cancelled and train services disrupted on election day on Sunday as a typhoon roared towards the coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan...

  • PARIS, Oct 22- Airbus's coup in buying a $6 billion Canadian jetliner project for a dollar stunned investors and took the spotlight off a growing ethics row last week, but internal disarray has raised questions over how smoothly it can implement the deal. Chief Executive Tom Enders has urged staff to keep calm in the face of French reports describing payments to...

  • President Trump to visit Japan Nov. 5-7. TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday's election, exit polls showed, bolstering his clout and potentially reenergising a push towards his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in...

  • President Trump to visit Japan Nov. 5-7. TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track for a big win in Sunday's election, media exit polls showed, potentially reenergising a push towards his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party- led coalition was set to win 311 seats,...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track for a big win in Sunday's election, media exit polls showed, potentially reenergising a push towards his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party- led coalition was set to win 311 seats, keeping its two-thirds "super majority" in...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Toyota Motor Corp will suspend operations at all of its assembly plants in Japan, including those of its subsidiaries, from Monday morning as a precautionary measure as a powerful typhoon approaches Japan's mainland, a spokesman said.

  • BEIJING, Oct 22- China's property sales will slow in the fourth quarter but prices will remain stable, the housing minister said on Sunday, as more signs emerge that the country's nearly two-year housing boom has peaked. Real estate, which directly effects many other business sectors, is a crucial driver for China's economy but also poses significant policy...

  • KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Authorities in Tennessee say a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Knoxville, sending rail cars carrying shipping containers off the tracks, with some of them plowing into buildings. The News-Sentinel in Knoxville reported police tweeted that 50 cars derailed, and at least two buildings were damaged. A spokeswoman for Norfolk Southern told...

  • *10.97 mln new jobs created in China from Jan-Sept- ministry. BEIJING, Oct 22- China's unemployment rate has hit its lowest point in multiple years at 3.95 percent by the end of September, but employment still face challenges as the economy pushes ahead with structural reforms, China's labour ministry said on Sunday. "We need to create 15 million jobs per year," Yin...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 22- New Zealand's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership has encountered an obstacle with incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern insisting she will push for changes to the agreement due to be finalised next month. After President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from TPP early this year, the group has 11 members.

  • *10.97 mln new jobs created in China from Jan-Sept- ministry. The ministry of human resources and social security said in a statement on Sunday that 10.97 million new jobs had been created in China from January to September this year, a growth of 300,000 compared with the previous year. Despite being ahead of schedule, Yin Weimin, head of the ministry, told reporters...

  • BEIJING, Oct 22- China needs to create jobs for 15 million people every year and will maintain support for entrepreneurship to help achieve this, the country's labour minister said on Sunday. The overall pressure on employment is still very large, head of China's ministry of human resources and social security, Yin Weimin, told reporters, singling out recent...

  • BEIJING, Oct 22- China's unemployment rate has hit its lowest rate in multiple years at 3.95 percent by the end of September, the ministry of human resources and social security said in a statement on Sunday. From January to September this year, 10.97 million new jobs have been created in China, a growth of 300,000 compared with the previous year, the ministry said in...

  • *Female participation in workforce at record high. SYDNEY, Oct 22- Women coming into Australia's workforce provide the answer to an economic puzzle that analysts and policymakers alike have been struggling to solve this year. New jobs rose 2.7 percent in the year to August, the latest quarterly figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show, much faster...