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Rio Tinto ships more iron ore as prices surge

0SHARESShare Tweet SYDNEY (AFP) –  Mining giant Rio Tinto reported Tuesday a ramp up in iron ore shipments on surging prices, but copper output disappointed amid production issues at its global mines. Prices in key commodities such as iron ore have soared in recent months, supporting producers, with shares in Rio Tinto jumping more than 60 percent from a year ago. ...

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Asian traders on edge ahead of May, Trump events

0SHARESShare Tweet HONG KONG (AFP) –  Asian investors moved warily Tuesday as they look ahead to a crucial week for two of the world’s top economies as Britain outlines its plans for leaving the EU and Donald Trump is sworn in as US president. Britain’s pound remains stuck at three-decade lows against the dollar after weekend reports Prime Minister Theresa May ...

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Sundance to 'engage and provoke' with focus on climate

0SHARESShare Tweet LOS ANGELES (AFP) –  The Sundance Film Festival opens in Utah Thursday, promising to set the agenda for independent cinema and starting the 2018 Oscars buzz a month before this year’s statuettes are awarded. The annual gathering, founded in 1985 by iconic screen outlaw Robert Redford, turns the lens on 118 independent features, as Hollywood descends on the ski ...

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Serena blitzes Bencic to reach Australian Open second round

0SHARESShare Tweet MELBOURNE (AFP) –  Serena Williams began her quest for a 23rd Grand Slam title in style Tuesday, overcoming the threat from Swiss star Belinda Bencic to power into the Australian Open second round. The American great, who lost the top ranking to Angelique Kerber last year, blitzed the unseeded 19-year-old 6-4, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena in scorching temperatures ...

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HSBC funding Indonesian forest destruction: Greenpeace

0SHARESShare Tweet JAKARTA (AFP) –  Greenpeace on Tuesday accused banking giant HSBC of helping to arrange billions of dollars in financing for companies whose palm oil operations have been blamed for destroying vast swathes of Indonesian rainforest. The environmental group said the British bank had broken its own guidelines which ban supporting palm oil companies involved in unsustainable practices as it ...

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Trump meets King's eldest son on civil rights holiday

0SHARESShare Tweet NEW YORK (AFP) –  President-elect Donald Trump praised Martin Luther King Jr as a “great man” and met with his eldest son on the US holiday honoring the slain civil rights icon, amid a brewing spat with one of King’s close collaborators, John Lewis. The meeting — just days before Trump takes office swearing — appeared to be an ...

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Quickfire Pliskova fires Australian Open warning shot

0SHARESShare Tweet MELBOURNE (AFP) –  Fast-rising Czech star Karolina Pliskova breezed into the Australian Open second round Tuesday with a straight-sets rout as she fired a warning shot to her Grand Slam rivals. Ranked at a career-high five in the world, the tall and tattooed 24-year-old proved too hot to handle for Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in blistering heat on Rod ...

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Embiid shines late as NBA 76ers down Bucks

0SHARESShare Tweet LOS ANGELES (AFP) –  Philadelphia center Joel Embiid came on strong in the fourth quarter on Monday to power the suddenly surging 76ers to a 113-104 NBA victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee. Embiid, playing his injury delayed rookie season, scored 22 points with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in 29 minutes as the 76ers notched their fourth ...

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EU parliament in tense election for new president

0SHARESShare Tweet STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP) –  The European Parliament elects a new president on Tuesday in a vote that promises to be stormy after a coalition aimed at keeping eurosceptics out of power broke down. The winner will replace Germany’s Martin Schulz, who during five years in office made the role far more powerful and prominent than it had ever been ...

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Poor Mexico workers fear Trump trade effect

0SHARESShare Tweet VILLA DE REYES (MEXICO) (AFP) –  In a rocky desert of northern Mexico, impoverished villagers fear they may be the first people in the world to suffer the impact of US President-elect Donald Trump’s trade crackdown. In the town of Villa de Reyes stand the square white skeletons of two huge buildings: an unfinished Ford car factory. The $1.6-billion ...

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