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  • SINGAPORE— Asian shares were mostly lower Monday amid worries about trade tensions as the U.S. and China both started putting tariffs in motion. Markets in China and Hong Kong were closed for a national holiday. Markets in China and Hong Kong were closed for the Duanwu Festival commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, an ancient Chinese poet and minister.

  • In an escalating spat over the United States' trade deficit with most of its major trading partners, including China, U.S. Following a year and a half of voluntary supply cuts led by the Middle East- dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, as well as the non- OPEC producer Russia, oil markets have tightened, pushing up prices.

  • *E-Minis off 0.5 pct, FTSE futures down 0.1 pct. *China, HK markets on holiday. Spreadbetters suggested a subdued start for European shares, with FTSE futures off about 0.1 percent.

  • reason for low wages growth@. *Q1 annual economic growth 3.1 pct, fastest in near 2 years. SYDNEY, June 18- After a record 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australian workers should be sitting pretty.

  • *Q1 annual economic growth 3.1 pct, fastest in near 2 years. SYDNEY, June 18- After a record 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australian workers should be sitting pretty. But some labor experts have a better explanation: a plunge in trade union membership in Australia to less than 15 percent of the workforce now from more than 40 percent in 1991, much...

  • MADURAI, India, June 18- A minor leak has been detected in the sulphuric acid storage plant in Vedanta's south Indian copper smelter, a government official said on Sunday, about a month after the state ordered its shutdown after protests in which 13 people died. It doesn't look problematic, but we have decided to evacuate the storage tomorrow as a safety precaution, "...

  • CANBERRA, Australia— Trade liberalization continues to have global momentum despite recent U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the European trade commissioner said Monday as she launched free trade negotiations between the European Union and Australia. Australia and China have had a bilateral free trade deal since 2015.. Prime Minister Malcolm...

  • In an escalating spat over the United States' trade deficit with most of its major trading partners, including China, U.S. Following a year and a half of voluntary supply cuts led by the Middle East- dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, as well as the non- OPEC producer Russia, oil markets have tightened, pushing up prices.

  • Incumbent Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to glide through to the nomination with no significant opposition, and the majority of incumbents on the D.C. Council are predicted to secure the Democratic nomination. The same goes for Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's long-serving non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives. The actual election in...

  • North Korea has revealed no action on eliminating launch sites, and it announced the suspension of nuclear weapons testing and certain missiles well before the summit, although as part of the diplomatic opening with the U.S. THE FACTS: This much is true: North Korea announced the suspension of nuclear-weapons testing and testing of intercontinental...

  • Silicon Valley software giant Oracle will report its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday. Oracle makes database-intensive software platforms for large companies, and is the second-largest software developer in the world behind Microsoft. Investors will get a peek at the state of the housing market with the release of May's existing-home sales from the...

  • But a victory by Lopez Obrador, who holds a double-digit lead in most polls before the July 1 vote, could provide upside for Slim's fortunes, particularly with regard to his America Movil telecommunications empire, Reuters interviews with a dozen close friends, partners and other people familiar with their dealings show. Lopez Obrador's pick for telecoms...

  • *China threatens U.S. oil import duties as trade spat escalates. SINGAPORE, June 18- U.S. oil prices slumped on Monday after China threatened duties on American crude imports in an escalating trade dispute with Washington. "Crude oil prices crashed as U.S.- China trade tensions escalated last Friday," wrote Benjamin Lu of Singapore- based futures brokerage...

  • *Decision comes as Australia- China relations sour. Huawei is likely to be banned by Australia from participating in a 5 G mobile telecommunications roll-out in the nation as it fears Huawei is de facto controlled by China and sensitive infrastructure will fall into the hands of Beijing, according to Australian media reports. "Recent public commentary around...

  • SINGAPORE, June 18- Google will invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the U.S. internet giant's efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals including Amazon.com. This could help JD.com expand beyond its base in China and Southeast Asia and establish a meaningful presence in U.S. and European...

  • *US tariffs and China's response seen in line with expectations. TOKYO, June 18- The dollar edged up towards a seven-month high on Monday as investors bet the United States and China would avoid a full-blown trade war, although tensions between the two slowed its gains. The greenback navigated through those events, last of which was a decision by the United States...

  • SINGAPORE— Asian shares were mostly lower Monday amid worries about trade tensions as the U.S. and China both started putting tariffs in motion. China and Hong Kong markets were closed for a national holiday. China and Hong Kong markets were closed for the Duanwu Festival commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, an ancient Chinese poet and minister.

  • TOKYO, June 18- Longer-dated Japanese government bond prices dipped on Monday as the market braced for an upcoming auction of 30- year debt, although a drop in Tokyo shares helped curb losses. The Nikkei was down 0.9 percent as an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China stoked concerns about the impact on global demand.

  • *Still near Friday's 1- yr low on U.S.- China trade war. SINGAPORE, June 18- Chicago soybean futures ticked higher on Monday as the market took a breather following last session's deep losses that dragged the market to a one-year low on escalating U.S.- China trade tensions. The Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybean contract gained 0.3 percent to $9.08-1/ 4 a...

  • *Gold specs raise net long position in week to June 12. Spot gold edged up 0.1 percent to $1,279.70 per ounce. "The U.S. dollar strength is weighing on investor sentiment at the moment rather than any concerns about weaker economic growth due to the trade tensions," said ANZ analyst Daniel Hynes.