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  • SINGAPORE— Asian markets were mostly lower on Tuesday following a mixed day on Wall Street, as tensions over U.S. tariffs overshadowed data suggesting global growth is still on track. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.2 percent to 2,296.36 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.3 percent to 28,166.16. Shares fell in Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand but rose in Singapore.

  • Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6 a.m. GMT/ 2 a.m. ET. HELSINKI- Standing side by side with Vladimir Putin, U.S. AMMAN- The Syrian army and its allies have taken control of a strategic hill overlooking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as it pushes forward with an offensive to seize the remaining parts of the...

  • July 17- Retail giant Walmart Inc said on Tuesday it entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence technology, in a sign of major rivals of Amazon.com Inc coming together. The five-year agreement will leverage the full range of Microsoft's cloud solutions, including Microsoft Azure and Microsoft...

  • PARIS, July 17- French supermarket retailer Casino said on Tuesday that sales growth accelerated in the second quarter, reflecting further improvement in its core French market and better trends in Brazil. The company, whose credit rating was cut to junk by Standard& Poor's in March 2016, is under pressure to show it can revive profits in France while conditions...

  • PARIS, July 17- French supermarket retailer Casino said on Tuesday that sales growth accelerated in the second quarter, reflecting further improvement in its core French market and better trends in Brazil. Casino, whose credit rating was cut to junk by Standard& Poor's in March 2016, is under pressure to show it can revive profits in France while conditions in...

  • BEIJING, July 17- China is still confident of hitting its economic growth target of around 6.5 percent this year despite views that it faces a bumpy second half as a trade row with the United States intensifies, the state planning agency said on Tuesday. Even after Monday's weaker data and the latest U.S. tariffs, most economists predict Beijing is still likely to...

  • SEOUL, July 17- President Moon Jae- in wants South Koreans to work less and earn more and to achieve that his government has hiked the minimum wage and slashed the maximum length of the working week. But Heo Jeong, who serves barley tea samples at a Lotte Mart store in Seoul, says she lost a third of her income as a result. The 48- year-old now makes 1.2 million won a month...

  • BEIJING, July 17- China is still confident of hitting its economic growth target of around 6.5 percent this year despite views that it faces a bumpy second half as a trade row with the United States intensifies, the state planning agency said on Tuesday. Even after Monday's weaker data and the latest U.S. tariffs, most economists predict Beijing is still likely to...

  • TOKYO, July 17- Asian stocks were mostly lower on Tuesday, with a sharp decline in crude oil prices weighing on energy shares, while the dollar dipped ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's first U.S. congressional testimony. Spreadbetters expected European stocks to open slightly higher, with Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC each...

  • July 17- Chinese online group discounter Pinduoduo plans to raise up to $1.63 billion from a U.S. listing, its latest filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange showed, in what would be the second-biggest U.S. float by a Chinese firm this year. That values the three-year-old startup- which has yet to make a profit- at $20 billion to $24 billion, higher than its $15...

  • SHANGHAI, July 17- China's yuan firmed against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday in brisk dollar selling as investors held back from testing the psychologically important 6.7 per dollar level, albeit after a much-weakened official fixing, traders said. Prior to market opening, the People's Bank of China lowered the midpoint rate to 6.6821 per dollar, the weakest level...

  • Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. "The web attention span is short," said Betabrand CEO Chris Lindland. "Retailers and brands who are embracing this are going to be winners of the future," said David Bassuk, managing director of consulting group AlixPartners. "

  • SINGAPORE, July 17- London copper prices bounced back on Tuesday, with the market rising more than one percent as low stockpiles and technicals underpinned the market, although lean growth in top consumer China limited gains. GROWTH: China's economy expanded at a slower pace in the second quarter as Beijing's efforts to contain debt hurt activity, while June...

  • *Spot gold expected to break support at $1,237/ oz- technicals. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's first congressional testimony. The dollar index was steady against major peers on Tuesday, as investors awaited Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's first congressional testimony for any clues on the pace of U.S. interest rate rises.

  • HONG KONG, July 17- Hong Kong's banking regulator and seven banks, including HSBC Holdings PLC and Standard Chartered PLC, on Tuesday said they will jointly launch a trade finance platform in September using blockchain technology. The blockchain project is aimed at digitizing documents and automating processes to reduce risk and increase the financing...

  • July 16- Shares of Tesla Inc fell over 3.5 percent on Monday after Chief Executive Elon Musk directed abuse on Twitter at one of the British cavers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai children last week. Tesla shares were at $307.20 in after-hours trading on Monday from Friday's close of $318.87. James Anderson, a partner at Tesla's fourth-largest shareholder,...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has blasted local officials over a delayed construction project, state media reported Tuesday, his second such rebuke over the economy in recent weeks. The latest fury, as Kim negotiates with the United States over abandoning his nuclear weapons programs, came during a visit to the power plant's construction...

  • *Shanghai-> HK daily quota used -0.2 pct. SHANGHAI, July 17- China and Hong Kong stocks fell on Tuesday, led by energy firms following a sharp decline in crude oil prices. **Energy sector dropped 2.3 percent on the mainland, while slid 1.5 percent in Hong Kong.

  • BEIJING, July 17- China's new home prices accelerated to their fastest pace in almost two years in June, with buyer demand in bigger cities resilient in the face of fresh curbs against speculation, a sign more restrictions may be needed. Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities rose 1 percent in June from a month earlier, higher than the previous month's...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is hoping customers don't see any more dogs, after early problems on Prime Day meant people trying to shop got only images of the cute canines delivering an apologetic message. In an email to The Associated Press, it said "many are shopping successfully" and that in the first hour of the 36- hour Prime Day in the U.S., customers ordered more items than in...