US judge blocks restrictive Missouri abortion law

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A Missouri court Tuesday temporarily suspended a restrictive abortion law that was set to come into effect the following day in the conservative central US state. Kansas City Judge Howard Sachs said the law, which bans abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy, violates the Supreme Court’s ruling that guarantees […]

Hollywood French film fest links with Amazon, Netflix

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Hollywood’s French film festival will showcase movies from streaming giants Amazon and Netflix next month in a bid to boost Gallic cinema in the United States. The 23rd COLCOA — the world’s largest festival dedicated to French film — will open with “Les Miserables,” a debut feature that was bought […]

Mexico strikes deal with gas companies in pipeline row

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Mexico’s president said Tuesday his government has reached a deal with gas pipeline operators to settle a dispute over contracts signed under his predecessor, defusing a row that had spooked investors. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the deal, reached with four companies based in the US, Canada and Mexico, […]

Rooney gets extra ban after red card

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Wayne Rooney was handed an additional one-game ban on Tuesday following his sending off for D.C. United against the New York Red Bulls on August 21, Major League Soccer confirmed. Rooney was given a red card for violent conduct after striking Red Bulls midfielder Cristian Casseres with a forearm during […]

Tokyo stocks open modestly higher

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Tokyo stocks opened slightly higher on Wednesday, as positive sentiment from China’s announcement of stimulus and bargain-hunting purchases offset the negative impact of losses on Wall Street. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.20 percent or 41.11 points at 20,497.19 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was […]

China’s Social Credit Tool to Monitor Companies Sparks Alarm

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China’s new tool to monitor companies will be the most comprehensive system created by any government and could put some companies out of business, according to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. The so-called corporate social credit system for companies will use real-time monitoring and processing to collect […]