Trump says he had to 'take China on,' regardless of short-term impact on U.S. economy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had to confront China over trade even if it caused short-term harm to the U.S. economy because Beijing had been cheating Washington for decades.
UPDATE 3-Australia joins U.S.-led maritime security mission in Gulf
SYDNEY/DUBAI, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Australia will join the United States in a security mission to protect merchant vessels traveling through key Middle East waterways after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.
British PM Johnson urges Merkel to budge on Brexit
BERLIN (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that unless she agrees to change the Brexit deal, Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal.
UPDATE 3-Trump says he had to 'take China on,' regardless of short-term impact on U.S. economy
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had to confront China over trade even if it caused short-term harm to the U.S. economy because Beijing had been cheating Washington for decades.
UPDATE 3-State Dept approves possible $8 bln fighter jet sale to Taiwan -Pentagon
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress.
Fresh protests in Indonesia's Papua as extra police arrive
TIMIKA, Indonesia, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Rallies erupted in more towns in Indonesia's Papua on Wednesday, with protesters setting fire to a market and throwing stones at buildings following a spate of demonstrations in the easternmost area over perceived discrimination.
Greece says will not help Iranian tanker to reach Syria
ATHENS, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Greece will not facilitate an Iranian tanker sailing in the Mediterranean to deliver oil to Syria, the country's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Italy president begins talks to seek way out of government crisis
ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella begins two days of talks with parties on Wednesday to seek a way out of a political crisis that will lead to the formation of the country's 67th government since World War Two or to early elections.
China says detains employee of British consulate in Hong Kong
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese national working at Britain's Hong Kong consulate has been detained in China's border city of Shenzhen for violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday, likely worsening already strained ties between Beijing and London.
UPDATE 1-Oil majors, exporters lead FTSE bounce
Aug 21 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 rose on Wednesday as oil majors tracked gains in crude prices and a weaker pound led exporter stocks higher, while cautious investors awaited minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's July meeting for signs of further policy easing.
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