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  • TOKYO— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation's leader. Thursday's decisive victory may embolden him to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan's U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution, although the hurdles remain high and...

  • Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina. But conditions remain so bad on the ground that inspectors have been prevented from visiting some of the hardest hit areas to collect samples of the floodwater for lab testing. Photographs have revealed tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen...

  • TOKYO, Sept 20- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution. Abe, who surged back to power in 2012 promising to reboot the economy and strengthen defence, defeated former defence minister...

  • CHINA PLANNING TO CUT AVERAGE TARIFF RATE THAT IT CHARGES ON IMPORTS FROM MAJORITY OF ITS TRADING PARTNERS AS SOON AS NEXT MONTH- BLOOMBERG.

  • CHINA PLANS BROAD IMPORT TAX CUT AS SOON AS OCTOBER - BLOOMBERG.

  • TOKYO, Sept 20- Japan's automakers' association said on Thursday it hoped that the North American Free Trade Agreement would maintain its current framework as the United States, Canada and Mexico update the trade pact amid growing trade tensions between the United States and its trading partners. Both issues could raise the cost of selling cars, one of Japan's...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 20- China's yuan was little changed against the dollar on Thursday as market participants squared positions ahead of a long holiday weekend and remained cautious about developments in the Sino-U.S. trade war. The dollar hovered near a seven-week low against a basket of major currencies as trade concerns took a backseat to discussions between...

  • TOKYO— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to be re-elected by his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to a third term as its leader on Thursday, paving the way for him to serve as prime minister for up to three more years. Abe, 63, a hawkish conservative from the long-dominant pro-U.S., pro-business Liberal Democratic Party, is one of Japan's...

  • Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said the shooting happened Wednesday morning at WTS Paradigm. The man fired at officers before he was shot, and he later died at a Madison hospital. Foulke released few details about the suspect: that he was an employee of WTS Paradigm and lived in nearby Madison.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 20- Asian stocks followed global indexes higher on Thursday, as investors took a less bearish view on the impact of the U.S.- China trade war on markets, a sharp contrast to dim expectations economists had on U.S. growth amid the worsening tensions. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan took its lead from gains on Wall Street...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia's detained former Prime Minister Najib Razak will face at least two dozen fresh charges of abuse of power and money laundering over the multimillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund, police and the anti-graft agency said Thursday. Najib was detained by the anti-graft agency Wednesday over the transfer of $681...

  • SPANGLE, Wash.— In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he's no fan of President Donald Trump's trade policy. Dube says China is buying less wheat from eastern Washington farmers and Trump's policies have opened the door for Australia and Canada to wrestle away business. McMorris Rodgers has made it clear she opposes the...

  • SILVER SPRINGS, N.Y.— The Office of the New York State Comptroller says farms in the Empire State produced 15 agricultural products that ranked in the top five nationwide last year. A report released Thursday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state's more than 35,000 farms generated $4.8 billion in revenue in 2017.. The New York crops that landed in the top...

  • SALZBURG, Austria, Sept 20- The United States has supplanted Brazil as the European Union's top supplier of soybeans since a deal in July with President Donald Trump to avert a trade war, according to EU data seen by Reuters on Thursday. The United States had just 25 percent of the market in the same period of 2017.. European Commission President Jean-Claude...

  • *Trade war raises doubts over U.S. bean exports to China. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board of Trade slipped 0.4 percent at $8.26-1/ 2 a bushel by 0329 GMT. "We have a record crop in the United States and the trade war has reduced China's demand for soybeans, the market is unlikely to rise or sustain gains in this situation," said Phin Ziebell, an...

  • TOKYO, Sept 20- Japan's automakers association said on Thursday it hoped that the North American Free Trade Agreement would maintain its current framework as the United States, Canada and Mexico update the trade pact amid growing trade tensions between the United States and its trading partners. "Japanese automakers' businesses in North America are based on...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 20- London copper hovered near a three-week peak on Thursday amid relief that the latest tariffs in the Sino-U.S. trade conflict were set at lower levels than some had feared. *LONDON COPPER: London Metal Exchange copper was trading flat at $6,118 a tonne by 0226 GMT, holding a half-percent gain from the previous session when prices tipped their...

  • *U.S. sanctions on Iran oil exports start from Nov. 4. *OPEC to meet on Sunday in Algeria. TOKYO, Sept 20- Oil rose for a third day on Thursday amid another drawdown in U.S. inventories and strong U.S. gasoline demand, while signs OPEC may not raise output to address shrinking supplies from Iran also supported prices.

  • HAIER SUSPENDS PLAN TO SELL US-MADE, GE-BRANDED GOODS IN CHINA- FT.

  • *China should focus on' Silk Road' trade nations-Ma. Sept 20- Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said the company can no longer meet its promise to create 1 million jobs in the United States due to U.S.- China trade tensions, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Ma has already warned that the trade war between the world's two largest economies could last decades...