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Separately, China's state planner said it and the foreign exchange regulator met with companies in "key sectors", which a source said included property firms, over their foreign debt holdings, asking them to "optimise" offshore debt structures and prepare to repay interest and principal on foreign bonds. read moreShares of property developers extended losses, hurt also by concern over China's plans to introduce a real estate tax. China's CSI 300 Real Estate Index (.CSI000952) fell 2.8%, and the Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index (.HSMPI) dropped 4.3%. The broader Hang Seng index (.HSI) edged down 0.4% while China's CSI300 index (.CSI300) slipped 0.3%. Chinese Estates Holdings Ltd (0127.HK) said it would book a loss of HK$288.37 million ($2.24 billion) this fiscal year from its latest sale of bonds issued by Chinese property developer Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd (1638.HK).
Persons: Thomas Peter, Land's, Fitch, Tuesday's, who's, China Evergrande, Donny Kwok, Andrew Galbraith, Tony Munroe, Anne Marie Roantree, Himani Sarkar, Robert Birsel Organizations: REUTERS, Hang, HK, China Evergrande, Co, Moody's, National, Reform Commission, State Administration, Foreign Exchange, Fantasia Holdings, Evergrande, CSI, Mainland Properties, Chinese Estates Holdings, Kaisa Group Holdings, Finance, China, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, HONG KONG, SHANGHAI, Hong Kong, Shanghai
UK annual pay data shows biggest rise since 2008
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( David Milliken | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
The Office for National Statistics' annual earnings survey is normally the gold standard of British labour market data, covering many more workers than its monthly figures. Pay for 'elementary occupations' such as cleaning and labouring jobs rose by 7.7%, while pay for managers and directors showed no change. The gender pay gap does not measure the difference in pay between men and women doing the same job, and nor does it adjust for differences in average qualifications, experience or the sectors men and women work in. The gender pay gap stayed close to zero for full-time workers aged under 40, but older women were paid around 12% less than men of the same age. Previous analysis had linked this to fewer women than men moving into high-paid managerial roles, the ONS said.
Persons: Hannah McKay, David Milliken, William Schomberg, Andy Bruce Organizations: REUTERS, National Statistics, Bank of, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Bank of England
Pay for ‘elementary occupations’ such as cleaning and labouring jobs rose by 7.7%, while pay for managers and directors showed no change. The government announced on Monday a 6.6% rise in the minimum wage to 9.50 pounds an hour from April 2022. The gender pay gap does not measure the difference in pay between men and women doing the same job, and nor does it adjust for differences in average qualifications, experience or the sectors men and women work in. The gender pay gap stayed close to zero for full-time workers aged under 40, but older women were paid around 12% less than men of the same age. Previous analysis had linked this to fewer women than men moving into high-paid managerial roles, the ONS said.
Persons: David Milliken, William Schomberg, Andy Bruce Organizations: National Statistics, Bank of Locations: Britain, Bank of England
A man wearing a protective mask walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, March 13, 2020. The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index (.NSEI) ended up 0.8% at 18,268.40, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex (.BSESN) rose 0.63% to 61,350.26. The metals index (.NIFTYMET) rose 2.9%, lifted by higher steel prices, while the auto index (.NIFTYAUTO) gained 2%. Shares of Kotak Mahindra Bank (KTKM.NS) rose as much as 4% to a record high after a better-than-expected quarterly profit. Shares of housing finance company Home First Finance (HOME.NS), Orient Cement Ltd (ORCE.NS) and consumer products maker Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals (CROP.NS) surged 4%, 6% and 3% respectively, on strong quarterly earnings.
Persons: Francis Mascarenhas BENGALURU, Siddhartha Khemka, Khemka, Maruti Suzuki, Larsen, Crompton Greaves, Electricals, Nallur, Shailesh Organizations: Bombay Stock Exchange, REUTERS, BSE, Motilal Oswal Securities, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Investors, Maruti, ITC, Home First Finance, Orient Cement Ltd, National Stock Exchange, Thomson Locations: Mumbai, India, Bengaluru
BEIJING, Oct 26 (Reuters) - China’s state planner and foreign exchange regulator met with companies in key sectors on Tuesday over their foreign debt holdings, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said amid ongoing investor concerns over the debt of property developers including China Evergrande Group. The regulators asked the unnamed companies to optimise their foreign debt structures and proactively prepare for repayment of both principal and interest on their foreign bonds, the NDRC said in a statement on its website.
Organizations: National Development, Reform Commission, China Evergrande Group Locations: BEIJING, China
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters before departing for Newark, New Jersey, from the Delaware Air National Guard Base, New Castle, Delaware, U.S., October 25, 2021. The United States has not met with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the presidential level since Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, attended an ASEAN-U.S. meeting in Manila in 2017. A day after the ASEAN summit, Biden will participate in the broader East Asia Summit, which brings together ASEAN and other nations in the Indo-Pacific region, a senior U.S. administration official said. U.S. officials have, however, avoided specific mention of China in the run-up to the meetings as they work to set up a virtual summit between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this year. While planning to provide a modest sum to promote trade with ASEAN, Biden has given no sign of any plan to return to a regional trade framework Trump withdrew from in 2017.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst, BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Donald Trump, Biden, Xi Jinping, Edgard Kagan, Washington, Kagan, Min Aung Hlaing, David Brunnstrom, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: Delaware Air National Guard Base, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Southeast, United, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, East Asia Summit, U.S, China, East Asia, White House National Security Council, Trump, Myanmar, Thomson Locations: Newark , New Jersey, New Castle , Delaware, U.S, BANDAR, Washington, China, United States, Manila, China . U.S, Brunei, India, Japan, Australia, ASEAN's, NATO, Asian, Southeast Asia, Myanmar
Some members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are also exploring carbon capture storage (CCS) technology to reduce emissions, officials said at this week's Singapore International Energy Week conference. ASEAN has proposed that 23% of primary energy come from renewable sources by 2025. "We've heard some very positive announcements in terms of investments going into renewables," Gauri Singh, Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said. read moreThe ASEAN grid, an idea first proposed in 1999 to enhance regional energy security, will now facilitate renewable power transmission. read moreSingapore plans to also launch standards and guidelines for renewable energy certificates that will allow companies to buy credits that verify their power is from renewable sources.
Persons: Romeo Ranoco, We've, Gauri Singh, IRENA, Gan Kim Yong, Trisurya Mitra Bersama, Arifin Tasrif, Tasrif, General Lim Jock Hoi, Lim, Koustav Samanta, Fathin, Florence Tan Organizations: REUTERS, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Singapore International Energy, ASEAN, International Renewable Energy Agency, Singapore Minister, Trade, Industry, Sunseap, Sembcorp Industries, Trisurya, Exxon Mobil Corp, Thomson Locations: Quezon city, Manila, Romeo Ranoco SINGAPORE, Singapore, Glasgow, Malaysia, ASEAN, Laos, Thailand, Australia, Asia
AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) - Dutch pension fund ABP will divest 15 billion euros ($17.5 billion) of investments in fossil fuel producers by 2023, it said on Tuesday, as many of the world’s biggest investors set out new climate policies ahead of next week’s COP26 summit. ABP’s move marks a major turnaround for one of the world’s biggest pension funds, which said as recently as June that exiting fossil fuel investments was “not the solution” to global warming. The United Nations highlighted the need for faster change in energy production when it issued a ‘code red for humanity’ and warned climate change was close to spiralling out of control in August. RENEWABLE PUSHABP, which is one of the world’s biggest pension funds, plans to increase investment in renewable energy where possible after the fossil fuel asset sale, Chairman Corien Wortmann said in a statement. Asked about the turnaround, Wortmann told national broadcaster NOS it had been prompted by rising concerns about climate change and the most recent UN climate report.
Persons: Shannon Stapleton, ABP’s, , Hui Tan, , Corien Wortmann, Wortmann, ” Wortmann, , ABP Organizations: REUTERS, Fidelity International, Fidelity, BlackRock, United Nations, NOS Locations: AMSTERDAM, LONDON, Youngstown , Ohio, U.S, Paris
Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsMorrison has been in a political bind over climate change. On Tuesday, Morrison sought to downplay any threat to domestic industries and jobs as a result of reducing emissions. They’re taking action on climate change, but they also want to protect their jobs and their livelihoods. But he added that it appears the country is on course to exceed that target anyway, reducing emissions by 30 to 35 percent. However, the party said on Sunday that it would support a net zero target.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Morrison, , , ” Morrison, Critics, Kelly O’Shanassy Organizations: Australia —, United, NBC, Labor Party, Australian Conservation Foundation, government's, National Party, Australian Financial Locations: CANBERRA, Australia, Australia — Australia, United Nations, Glasgow, Scotland, Canberra
REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasBENGALURU, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Indian shares inched higher on Tuesday as metal and information technology stocks countered losses in private banks, while investors awaited commentaries from companies over the impact of higher input costs on margins in an earnings-heavy week. The Nifty IT index (.NIFTYIT) gained 0.6%, with Tech Mahindra (TEML.NS) leading the rally with a 5% surge on strong quarterly earnings. The Nifty public sector bank index (.NIFTYPSU) rose 2.74% on expectations of an improvement in asset quality and strong quarterly results, analysts said. The Nifty bank index (.NSEBANK) was the top drag, falling 0.6% after gaining more than 2% on Monday. Shares of housing finance company Home First Finance , Orient Cement Ltd (ORCE.NS) and consumer products maker Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals (CROP.NS) surged 8.9%, 6% and 4% respectively, on strong quarterly earnings.
Persons: Francis Mascarenhas BENGALURU, Vinod Nair, Maruti Suzuki, Larsen, Crompton Greaves, Electricals, Nallur, Subhranshu Sahu Organizations: Bombay Stock Exchange, REUTERS, BSE, Tech Mahindra, CEAT, Geojit Financial Services, Maruti, ITC, Home First Finance, Orient Cement Ltd, National Stock Exchange, Thomson Locations: Mumbai, India, Tyre, Bengaluru
"Australians want action on climate change. They’re taking action on climate change, but they also want to protect their jobs and their livelihoods. “I also want to protect the Australian way of life, especially in rural and regional areas. Morrison struggled to gain backing for the net zero target from his coalition government's junior partner, the National Party, which has a regional power base reliant on agriculture and mining. However, the party said on Sunday it would support a net zero target.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Joe Biden, Evelyn Hockstein CANBERRA, Morrison, , , ” Morrison, Critics, Kelly O’Shanassy, Colin Packham, Renju Jose, Jane Wardell, Michael Perry, Edwina Gibbs Organizations: Australia's, Leaders, U.S, White, REUTERS, United, Labor, Australian Conservation Foundation, government's, National Party, Australian Financial, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Australia, United Nations, Glasgow, Canberra
HONG KONG — A Hong Kong activist dubbed "Captain America 2.0" for wielding the superhero's shield during protests was found guilty of incitement to secession on Monday, the second person convicted under a national security law imposed by China in a crackdown on dissent. Critics say authorities have used the security law as a tool of repression, and that the right to free speech, enshrined in the city's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, has been severely undermined. Hong Kong's first national security conviction involved a man, Tong Ying-kit, who rode a motorcycle into a group of police officers. "The environment of repression and perpetual uncertainty created by the national security law makes it impossible to know what activities might lead to criminal sanctions," she added. A Hong Kong Security Bureau spokesman said in response to a Reuters request for comment that "every person or organization must abide by the laws of Hong Kong," and that the security legislation "upholds human rights."
Persons: Ma Chun, Stanley Chan, unreservedly, ” Ma, Critics, Hong Kong's, Tong Ying, Tong, America’s, Edwin Choy, Ma, Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, Hong, ” Singh Bais Organizations: NBC, China, British, Defense, Amnesty, Hong, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, AP, Hong Kong Security Locations: HONG KONG, Hong Kong, China, Beijing, Kong, Asia's, Taiwan
WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday rejected another executive privilege request by former President Donald Trump over documents sought by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. She added, "Accordingly, President Biden does not uphold the former President's assertion of privilege." Trump sued last week to block the Jan. 6 committee — seven Democrats and two Republican — from obtaining the first batch of documents from the archives. After those requests, Trump notified the archives that he was formally asserting executive privilege. Biden administration officials have said they plan to consider the requests from the committee case by case.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Donald Trump, Dana Remus, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump, Remus Organizations: U.S . Capitol, NBC News, White, National Archives, CNN, Federal Locations: United States
The Senate voted Monday to confirm voting rights advocate Myrna Pérez as a judge on the 2nd U.S. Pérez was confirmed on a 48-43 vote as the country is gripped in a struggle over voting rights. "With the national focus on voting rights now, it's a significant step to elevate Ms. Perez," Schumer said. When she was nominated, Schumer, D-N.Y., praised Pérez as one of the country’s foremost experts on elections and voting rights. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of Eastern Pennsylvania and for appeals Judge Julio Fuentes of the 3rd Circuit.
Persons: Myrna Pérez, Sonia Sotomayor, Pérez, Carlos Bollar, Chuck Schumer, Perez, Schumer, University’s, Joe Biden, Brennan, John Lewis, Myrna Pérez’s, Brian Fallon, , ” Fallon, Anita Brody, Julio Fuentes, Biden, , Nil Sanchez, Thomas Saenz Organizations: U.S, Circuit, Supreme, Hispanic National Bar Association, Center for Justice, Judiciary, Brennan Center for Justice, John Lewis Voting, Republicans, Demand, Yale University, Harvard University, Columbia University, U.S . Postal, New York Times, Alliance, Justice, Senate, American Latino Defense, Educational Fund, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: New, New York , Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, San Antonio, Eastern Pennsylvania, Mexico
Comedian Dave Chappelle said Monday he'd be willing to meet with transgender employees of Netflix who have called for the streaming platform to remove his October comedy special, "The Closer." "The Closer," featuring Chappelle's views on transgender rights and identity, has outraged many in the LGBTQ community. Trans employees and allies at Netflix walk out Wednesday in Los Angeles to protest Dave Chappelle's special. Rodin Eckenroth / Getty ImagesDozens of Netflix employees walked out of the company's headquarters in Los Angeles on Wednesday to protest its continued streaming of the special. Chappelle said the backlash wasn't the product of the transgender community.
Persons: Dave Chappelle, he'd, Chappelle, Hannah Gadsby, Gadsby, Dave Chappelle's, Rodin Eckenroth, Ted Sarandos, Rodrigo Heng, Lehtinen, Sarandos, Chappelle's, he's, George Floyd Organizations: Netflix, Variety, National Center for Transgender Equality Locations: Los Angeles, Ohio
DeSantis has been rounding up out-of-state law enforcement officers to join Florida departments. It has nothing to do with their vaccination status," DeSantis said in response to a reporter who asked about his recruitment of unvaccinated law enforcement officers. DeSantis also said that he will be working to offer $5,000 bonuses to law enforcement officers who move from out of state to join law enforcement agencies in Florida, Insider previously reported. His call for out-of-state law enforcement officers was announced in August. According to National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death for officers in 2020, The Washington Post reported.
Persons: DeSantis, Ron DeSantis, It's, Fox News's Maria Bartiromo Organizations: Service, National Law Enforcement, Fund, Washington Post Locations: Florida
Biden to attend ASEAN summit Trump skipped after 2017
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +2 min
The U.S. embassy in Brunei told Reuters Biden will lead the U.S. delegation for the ASEAN-United States summit, part of a series of ASEAN leaders' meetings this week. The United States has not joined the meetings at the presidential level since Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, attended an ASEAN-U.S. meeting in Manila in 2017. Analysts say Biden's meeting with the 10-nation bloc reflects his administration's efforts to engage allies and partners in a collective effort to push back against China. U.S. officials, however, have not made specific mention of China in the run-up to the meeting as they work to set up a virtual summit between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this year. They expect Biden to focus on collaboration on Covid-19 vaccine distribution, climate, supply chains and infrastructure.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Retno Marsudi, Kena Betancur, Joe Biden, Reuters Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Edgard Kagan, Washington Organizations: Indonesian Foreign, Foreign, ASEAN Nations, UN, Assembly, AFP, Getty, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Reuters, U.S, ASEAN, East Asia, White House National Security Council Locations: New York, Washington, The U.S, Brunei, United States, Manila, China . U.S, China, U.S, India, Japan, Australia, ASEAN's, NATO
The office entrance to Amnesty International is seen in Hong Kong on October, 2021, as the Human Rights organization announces it will be closing its offices by the end of 2021.International rights group Amnesty International said on Monday it would close its Hong Kong offices because a China-imposed security law had now made it "effectively impossible" for rights groups to work freely without the risk of reprisals. Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, the chair of Amnesty's international board, said in a statement that the two offices would close by year-end, noting an intensification of a crackdown that has forced at least 35 groups to disband under the law this year. "This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong's national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals," said Singh Bais. "The environment of repression and perpetual uncertainty created by the national security law makes it impossible to know what activities might lead to criminal sanctions," she added. A Hong Kong Security Bureau spokesman said in response to a Reuters request for comment that "every person or organization must abide by the laws of Hong Kong," and that the security legislation "upholds human rights."
Persons: Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, Hong, Singh Bais Organizations: Amnesty, Human, International, Hong, Hong Kong Security Locations: Hong Kong, China
A bird flies near the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat building, ahead of the ASEAN leaders' meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanBANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A summit of Southeast Asian leaders got underway on Tuesday without a Myanmar representative, after its junta leader was excluded for failure to follow a regional peace deal and the ruling military refused to send junior representation. Neither Brunei, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chair, nor the bloc's secretary-general made a mention of the no-show in opening remarks at the virtual meeting. Brunei had said the bloc would invite a non-political representative from Myanmar, but there was no confirmation of this by the opening of the summit. In deciding to sideline the Myanmar junta boss, ASEAN cited his failure to make steps to end hostilities, initiate dialogue, allow humanitarian support and grant a special envoy full access in the country.
Persons: Willy Kurniawan BANDAR, BEGAWAN, Min Aung Hlaing, Joe Biden, Suu Kyi's, Michael Vatikiotis, Bandar Seri Begawan, Tom Allart, Kay Johnson, Michael Perry Organizations: Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, REUTERS, Assistance Association for Political, National Unity Government, EU, Ain, Thomson Locations: Jakarta, Indonesia, Myanmar, Brunei, U.S, United States, China, South Korea, ASEAN, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Asia, Geneva, Bandar Seri
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan waits for the start of a meeting of national security advisors at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 7, 2021. Virginia Mayo/Pool via REUTERSOct 25 (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met on Monday with representatives of Myanmar's National Unity Government (NUG), set up by opponents of army rule, the White House said late on Monday. Sullivan expressed concern over the military's violence and said "the U.S. will continue to promote accountability for the coup", according to the White House. Protests and unrest have paralyzed Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup, with the military accused of atrocities and excessive force against civilians. read moreRecognizing Myanmar's junta as the country's government would not stop growing violence, the outgoing United Nations special envoy on Myanmar said earlier on Monday.
Persons: Jake Sullivan, Virginia, Sullivan, Duwa Lashi, Zin Mar, Ko Jimmy, Kanishka Singh, Lincoln Organizations: National, NATO, REUTERS, . National, Myanmar's National Unity Government, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Virginia Mayo, Myanmar, U.S, United States, Bengaluru
Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonOct 25 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed into law a bill banning transgender girls from participating in female sports at public schools, joining a wave of similar measures emerging from Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. Enforcement of the Idaho ban has been blocked by a federal court pending the outcome of a legal challenge against the measure. Other states whose legislatures have followed Idaho's lead include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee and West Virginia, while South Dakota's governor acted by executive order. read moreReporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter CooneyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Greg Abbott, Lucas Jackson, Monday, Steve Gorman, Kanishka Singh, Peter Cooney Organizations: Texas, National Rifle Association, NRA, REUTERS, Republican, National Conference of State Legislatures, Thomson Locations: Dallas , Texas, U.S, Texas, Idaho, Alabama , Arkansas, Florida , Mississippi , Montana , Tennessee, West Virginia, South, Los Angeles, Bengaluru
Exxon Texas refinery workers to vote on removing union
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( Erwin Seba | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Loren ElliottHOUSTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Locked-out workers at Exxon Mobil Corp's (XOM.N) Beaumont, Texas, refinery will vote between Nov. 12 and Dec. 22 in a mail-in ballot on whether to remove the United Steelworkers union (USW) from representing them, according to the company and union. The U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will send out the ballots on Nov. 12 to workers represented by USWLocal 13-243 at the refinery and adjoining lubricants blending and packaging plant, according to Exxon and the union. All who are represented by the USW will be eligible to cast ballots in the decertification vote. The decertification vote follows the rejection of an Exxon contract proposal on Oct. 19, in which 400 union members cast ballots. The NLRB has yet to rule on USW complaints alleging Exxon supported the decertification campaign, in violation of federal law.
Persons: Loren Elliott HOUSTON, Erwin Seba, Christopher Cushing, Leslie Adler Organizations: Exxon, REUTERS, Exxon Mobil Corp's, United Steelworkers, U.S . National Labor Relations Board, USWLocal, Beaumont, NLRB, Thomson Locations: Houston , Texas, U.S, Beaumont , Texas, Texas
Thieves are targeting catalytic converters in cars as prices of some rare metals used in them have hit records this year. The thefts have also been reported in other parts of the world including the UK and Japan. Through Oct. 10 this year, 2,170 catalytic converters have been stolen statewide, up from 501 last year, the newspaper reported, citing the NYPD. Even though there are just a few grams of expensive metals like rhodium, palladium, and platinum in catalytic converters, they command high prices even on the scrap market. Rhodium hit a record price of around $30,000 an ounce in March, and palladium hit record prices of around $3,000 an ounce in May.
Persons: Thomas Kelly, Ageas Organizations: Service, New York, NYPD, Unit, BBC . Motoring, RAC, Nikkei, National Police Agency Locations: New York, Japan, California , Maine, Illinois
Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) toasts with South Korea's President Roh Tae-woo during an imperial banquet hosted by the emperor at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, May 24, 1990, in this photo released by Kyodo. In response and to distance himself from Chun, Roh issued the "June 29 Declaration", announcing significant political reforms including the direct election of the president. As the original driving force behind the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Roh helped South Korea forge a new international identity. Local media dubbed it the "trial of the century" as it dug up many of the dirtiest secrets from South Korea's era of strongman rule. Son Roh Jae-heon is a certified lawyer in New York state and the president of the East Asia Culture Center in Seoul.
Persons: Akihito, Roh Tae, Roh, South Korea's, Chung, hee, Chun Doo, Chun, Roh's, Jae, Kim Young, Kim, Son Roh Jae, Chey Tae, Sangmi Cha, Josh Smith, Jane Wardell, Clarence Fernandez Organizations: South, Kyodo, National University Hospital, Korean Military Academy, House, United Nations, Blue, East Asia Culture Center, SK Group, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, SEOUL, Korean, Seoul, South, ignominy, Talsong County, Taegu, Fort Bragg , North Carolina, Vietnam, Russia, China, South Korea, Gwangju, New York
China urges faster COVID-19 testing amid latest outbreak
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Frequent testing, and sometimes mass testing, is standard practice in China's containment of domestically transmitted outbreaks in the past year, but health authorities say testing services remain unsatisfactory in parts of China amid flare-ups. China is facing a new wave of infections involving nearly 200 locally transmitted symptomatic cases in 12 provincial areas since Oct. 17. Many of the infected were from remote parts of northwest China without as much health resources as major cities. While China is yet to approve self-testing kits for diagnosing COVID-19, swab tests that require professional labs to process samples are widely available. Local governments have recently cut prices of swab tests, with certain tests charging as little as 13 yuan ($2.00) in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
Persons: Roxanne Liu, Ryan Woo, Gabriel Crossley, Christopher Cushing, Michael Perry Organizations: cnsphoto, REUTERS, National Health Commission, NHC, Thomson Locations: Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, REUTERS BEIJING, Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Zhangjiajie, Yangzhou
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