Nov. 10, 2017


American and other securities firms scored what looks like a big win Friday when China announced new rules allowing them to own 51 percent stakes in joint ventures. It's just the sort of market-opening move President Donald Trump was seeking on his first trip as president to Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a robust defense of globalization in a speech to Asian business leaders on Friday, calling on nations to keep their economies open for shared prosperity. Speaking moments after U.S. President Donald Trump told the same audience the U.S. would not seek multilateral trade deals and wanted to make the system fairer for Americans, Xi painted a picture of a global order that would bring collective benefits.

The government's registration system for owners of civilian drones would be restored in a defense policy bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators. The measure boosting aviation regulators' ability to regulate the burgeoning world of small unmanned vehicles was contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, a bipartisan compromise that is likely to be passed by both chambers.

The National Archives on Thursday released more than 13,200 records - some hundreds of pages long - related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It's the fourth release so far this year.

Walt Disney Co. is making another trilogy of "Star Wars" movies, its second since it bought Lucasfilm and the fourth since the space drama debuted in 1977.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is prepping for Singles' Day, an annual Nov. 11 online shopping fiesta that Citigroup Inc. estimates could generate a record 158 billion yuan ($24 billion) of sales this year. The bargains bonanza, which began in 2009 as an excuse to get lonely Chinese consumers to shop, now far outstrips sales during Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the U.S. This year, Alibaba is trying to connect real and virtual worlds by enlisting 600,000 convenience stores in China to hawk goods and get billions of parcels shipped to customers nationwide.

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San Juan and at least six other cities in Puerto Rico were plunged into darkness again Thursday morning when a major transmission line failed, authorities reported. Puerto Rico's federal emergency command center went dark when the power cut out.

By 2030, Russia's three Delta IIIs, six Delta IV-class boomers and its one Typhoon class will all be at least 40 years old if they remain in service. Nevertheless, even if Russia scrapped these boats and only relied on its newer Boreys, no country can likely match them in numbers except for the United States, China and possibly India.

President Donald Trump broke with tradition during his Asia trip on Thursday as he refused to take reporter questions during or after his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The decision makes him the first president since George H.W. Bush to not take questions during a visit to China in more than two decades.

Authorities have reviewed video from inside the small-town Texas church where a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including footage that shows the assailant shooting victims in the head during Sunday services, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The official's account of the video is consistent with statements made by survivors of the attack.

Police say a Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was shot several times during a traffic stop likely saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his leg before help arrived. Cpl. Seth Kelly, a 13-year veteran, remains hospitalized in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his neck and shoulder area and to his leg in the close-quarters gunfight. He's set to undergo another surgery to remove a bullet.

The Texas church where 26 people were killed in a mass shooting will not reopen its doors, its pastor has said. Pastor Frank Pomeroy of the First Baptist of Sutherland Springs told the Wall Street Journal that services would continue as usual in a community center down the road.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warmly thanked Russian leader Vladimir Putin for shipping weapons to his struggling military, adding that he will buy more Russian arms in the future.

Iran has provided the capability for ballistic missile attacks launched from Yemen, a senior U.S. Air Force official said on Friday.

A real-life Iron Man has just set a world record for fastest speed in a jet suit. Richard Browning managed to whiz around a park in the English city of Reading in a jet suit he built himself. His maximum speed during the record-setting flight was 32 mph.

Boeing made it official. The company has booked an order for two 747 jumbo jets that will become the aircraft for the President of the United States.


A low cost and non-invasive device that can detect skin cancer has won this year's international James Dyson Award.

Twitter users in the smog-choked Indian capital Delhi have criticized the re-introduction of car rationing as a "tokenistic" effort to curb pollution. Under the "odd-even" scheme, private cars with even and odd number plates will only be allowed on the roads on alternate days from 13 to 17 November.

More than 100 UK millionaires have been identified as tax dodgers after hiding their wealth using offshore schemes.


The Polish government is encouraging citizens to go forth and multiply like rabbits. The health ministry of Poland, which has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, has put out a short video praising rabbits for producing many offspring.

It's no longer up for debate. In the wake of the horrific massacre at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, it is clear Christianity is under attack in the United States of America. Believers are under threat even - maybe especially - in their places of worship. And one pastor argues it is time for congregations to start taking their security very seriously.

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