Copper and zinc jump as U.S.-China trade tariffs undershoot expectations

By Zandi Shabalala LONDON, Sept 19 : Copper jumped to its highest in three weeks on Wednesday, boosted by a weaker dollar after a new round of U.S.-China trade tariffs proved not as costly as expected. China will levy tariffs on about $60 billion worth of U.S. goods in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on $200 […]

Doping-“The process stinks”: doping body facing outrage as Russia vote nears

By Steve Keating Sept 19 : The World Anti-Doping Agency will vote on Thursday on whether to lift its ban on Russia, in the face of outrage and revolt from athletes and the anti-doping establishment after its advisory committee recommended Moscow be let back in. WADA, which is the main global body tasked with preventing […]

Russian official calls for rare vote re-run over fraud in Far East

By Polina Nikolskaya VLADIVOSTOK, Sept 19 : Russia’s top election official recommended on Wednesday that a regional election be re-run following allegations that it had been rigged to secure victory for the Kremlin’s candidate. Communist Party supporters took to the streets of Vladivostok to protest after the incumbent governor of the far eastern Primorsky region […]

Needs more work: EU criticises May’s Brexit plan

By Elizabeth Piper and Gabriela Baczynska SALZBURG, Austria, Sept 19 : Other European leaders pushed back against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan on Wednesday, hours before she was due to try to sell it to them at a summit in Austria. EU summit chairman Donald Tusk repeated criticism of her proposals for future customs […]

Divisive Brazil election careens into ‘dangerous’ polarization

By Brad Brooks and Anthony Boadle SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Sept 19 : Brazil’s presidential campaign, already the most divisive since the end of military rule three decades ago, has become even more polarized, raising concerns about the future of the country’s democracy. Less than three weeks before the vote, polling shows that the middle has collapsed, […]

Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas

By Jeff Mason and Ernest Scheyder HAVELOCK/WILMINGTON, N.C., Sept 19 : US President Donald Trump on Wednesday promised that North and South Carolina would have strong federal support as they recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Florence, whose floodwaters continue to threaten the region. “We’re going to be there 100 percent,” Trump told officials at […]