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January 13, 2019 10:36 PM Australian premier plans Fiji, Vanuatu visit to offset China influence

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday he will visit Fiji and Vanuatu this week as part of a push to offset China’s growing influence in the South Pacific. Morrison heads to Vanuatu on Wednesday, in the first visit by an Australian prime minister to the Pacific island nation in three decades. He then will go to Fiji, returning 115

January 4, 2019 10:48 AM Trump's Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria Will Boost Iran's Fortunes

President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that the U.S. would withdraw troops from Syria came at a time when Washington seemed to finally be developing a strategy to tackle the Syrian conflict that went beyond prioritizing fighting ISIS. It was not Syria that was the focus of this new strategy; it was Iran. While former President Barack 96

December 20, 2018 10:00 PM Cuba's tourism inched up in 2018 on cruise ship arrivals

HAVANA (Reuters) - Tourism to Cuba inched up to a new record this year, government officials said on Thursday, although the gain was largely due to greater arrivals on cruise ships, which analysts say contribute less than regular travelers to the island nation’s economy. A boom in tourism to the Caribbean’s largest island over the last few years has helped 82

December 16, 2018 5:18 PM Offset begs Cardi B to take him back

Cardi B shared the first photo of her daughter Kulture hours after revealing she and husband Offset have split. (David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) On Saturday, the rapper crashed estranged wife Cardi B's performance at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles, where he pulled out all of the stops with a sign made of roses that read, "Take 109

December 14, 2018 2:23 PM US retail sales rose 0.2% in Nov., helped by holiday boost

FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo a shopper walks through Dolphin Mall while shopping on Black Friday in Miami. On Friday, Dec. 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for November. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset 75

December 11, 2018 10:03 PM Boeing needs a surge to hit year-end delivery goal

(Reuters) - Shares in Boeing Co (BA.N) slipped 2 percent on Tuesday after November deliveries suggested the world’s largest planemaker will need a surge in deliveries in December to hit its year-end targets, though it surpassed some analyst expectations. Boeing said it delivered 61 of its top-selling 737 single-aisle jetliners in November, above its monthly 83

December 6, 2018 7:45 PM Ray J Hopes Cardi B and Offset Reconcile Because 'They're Good for Each Other'

Cardi B might not be showing signs of heartbreak from her breakup with Offset, but Ray J seems pretty bummed about it. Really bummed. We got Ray J at Craig's in WeHo Wednesday night and wanted to get his take on hip-hop's huge news earlier this week after Cardi broke things off with Offset amid allegations he cheated and tried setting up a threesome 95

December 3, 2018 4:49 PM Iran says OPEC members who increased output should take lead on cuts

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar’s decision to quit OPEC shows the frustration of small producers at the dominant role of a Saudi and Russia-led panel, a top Iranian official said, adding that any supply cuts should come only from countries that had increased output. The comments underline tensions within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries 81

November 13, 2018 7:39 PM Factbox: Amazon to get billions in breaks for HQ2 development

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said on Tuesday it had split its $5 billion second headquarters into two projects that would be located in the Long Island City neighborhood of New York City’s Queens borough and a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC. Each would have up to 25,000 jobs and Amazon will create a new facility in Nashville with 5,000 jobs. The retailer 104

October 30, 2018 6:38 AM Sony hikes annual profit outlook to record after robust second-quarter profits

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp lifted its annual operating profit outlook by 30 percent to a record level after a strong second-quarter, bolstered by popular game titles as well as growing demand for its online gaming services. Sony raised its annual profit forecast to 870 billion yen ($7.7 billion) from an earlier estimate of 670 billion yen. That compares 126