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China propaganda kicks into overdrive as 'helmsman' Xi re-anointed president
BEIJING (Reuters) - With pictures of ecstatic citizens standing in applause, happily tearful legislators and even a social media game, China's propaganda drive has kicked into high gear following Xi Jinping's unanimous reappointment as president.
Jamaica's Blake sees Commonwealth Games as step to build on Bolt's legacy
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Next month's Commonwealth Games will be Yohan Blake's chance to build on Usain Bolt's "legacy" and step out of the track great's shadow, the former 100 meters world champion said on Sunday.
Thousands of Australian homes without power after cyclone hits
SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 25,000 homes were without power on Sunday in Australia's northern city of Darwin after a tropical cyclone felled trees, canceled flights, closed schools and delayed shipping.
Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Sunday he had lifted a nationwide state of emergency imposed on March 6 after Buddhist-Muslim clashes.
China to offer commercial recoverable satellites in next two years: Xinhua
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China plans to begin offering recoverable satellites to commercial users between 2019 and 2020, the official state news agency Xinhua reported.
U.S. government to accept metals tariffs exclusion requests from Monday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said it will begin accepting requests on Monday for product exclusions from President Donald Trump's new steel and aluminum import tariffs, but it could take up to 90 days for the agency to make determinations.
U.S. probes air bag failures in deadly Hyundai, Kia car crashes
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday it is opening a probe into why some air bags failed to deploy in Hyundai and Kia vehicles after crashes in which four people were reportedly killed and another six injured.
Merkel, Xi agree to work on steel overcapacity within G20
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed overcapacity in world steel markets and agreed on Saturday to work on solutions within the framework of the G20 group of industrialized nations, Merkel's spokesman said.
Quick fix? Struggling Singapore retailers turn to vending machines
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - With sales stagnating and high rent and manpower costs eating away at his profits, Azan Tengku, the director of Singaporean gift company Kalms, decided to close down his stores and move all his products into vending machines.
Xi's trusted 'firefighter' lieutenant becomes China's vice president
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament chose former top graft-buster Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, as vice president on Saturday, a widely expected move that nonetheless breaks with convention and underlines Xi's dominant authority.
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