White House optimistic on China trade dispute despite no date for more talks

A White House official said the US president wants to engage China to find a way forward

Google defends Gmail data sharing, confirms suspension of certain apps to US lawmakers

GOOGLE-CONGRESS/ (UPDATE 2):UPDATE 2-Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

More than just going green, two Dutch cities are aiming for a circular economy

Amsterdam's Zero Waste Lab highlights the scourge of urban waste by turning trash into something useful or artistic

Theresa May ‘won’t change tack on Brexit’

She has ruled out extending negotiations and says the UK is preparing for a no-deal outcome

The US sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles

A furious China demands that the sanctions against its military be withdrawn

In the land of the Swazis, the king is still king, and that's not going to change soon

In the former Swaziland, where political parties are banned, so-called voters says there is 'only one boss'

Most nations will miss UN target on chronic diseases, says study

Across all age groups, NCDs kill more than 40-million people a year worldwide, accounting for seven in 10 deaths

Despite some progress, the Alzheimer's fight is falling flat

Big pharma is backing away from Alzheimer's, with few breakthroughs made since the early 2000s

More than 100 dead in Tanzanian ferry disaster

Authorities are unsure how many people were on the ferry when it went down in Lake Victoria — but it may have been carrying double its capacity

US oil majors in U-turn on industry climate initiative

After refusing to do so for years, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum will become members of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative  soon 

Floodwaters still rising across US storm-hit areas

Twenty flood gauges show some level of flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia

Kenyan MPs back bid to halve VAT on petrol

But some MPs warn that lower tax on fuel will create a big funding gap

Anwar Ibrahim a step closer on the road from jail to power

Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will seek to return to frontline politics

Singapore MPs call for online regulation to curb fake news

Law minister says the government must intervene to force tech companies to take responsibility for their product

UK calls for Rohingya justice

World won’t let the crisis rest, Hunt tells Suu Kyi

Police escort for Museveni’s rival

Prominent challenger to the president received treatment in the US for injuries he says were sustained during torture by security forces

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