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It’s time for markets to end their illusions about a US-China trade deal

What markets have misunderstood since the negotiations resumed last December is that the talks had become just one of many events of a new era of geopolitical and systemic competition that will define our times, writes Fred Kempe.

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Landmark UN plastic waste pact gets approved but not by US

Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say.

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ANC keeps power in South Africa but scandals cost it votes

The African National Congress retained control of South Africa’s parliament but its share of the vote fell, a rebuke from voters fed up with corruption scandals and racial inequalities that remain entrenched a generation after the party took power.

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Qualcomm’s CEO got a $3.5 million bonus for settling its legal war with Apple

The bonuses further reinforce that Qualcomm believes the terms of the settlement were very favorable to it.

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The US is sending another warship and more missiles to the Middle East amid Iran tensions

The USS Arlington and a Patriot battery will join the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a U.S. Air Force bomber task force.

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Trade war: Trump says US-China relations remain ‘very strong’

The president’s comments come after the US raised tariffs on $200bn of China’s products.

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Uber shares sink on stock market debut

The ride-hailing app enters a new era as a publicly listed firm, but loses ground in first day’s trading.

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Leicester: A city fighting fast-fashion sweatshops

Fast-fashion has caused a resurgence in Leicester’s textiles industry – but it’s come at the expense of some workers’ rights.

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The hairdressing salon that got rid of mirrors

A hairdressing salon in London has got rid of mirrors, so customers can contemplate art.

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Bitcoin tops $6,400, up 12% this week

The world’s largest cryptocurrency outperformed major U.S. markets this week.