Hong Kong braces for mass anti-government rally

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HONG KONG, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Hong Kong braced for a major anti-government rally planned for Sunday after an unusually calm Saturday night in what has been a summer of violent protests in the Asian financial hub. Demonstrations have lost some intensity since the ugly scenes witnessed during the protesters’ occupation of the city’s airport… Read More

Rugby-Ledesma backs World Cup plans despite losing streak

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Pretoria, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Coach Mario Ledesma said Argentina’s plans for the Rugby World Cup are still on track even though they slipped to a ninth successive defeat in a 24-18 loss to an under-strength South Africa on Saturday. The Springboks rested 18 players following their Rugby Championship success last weekend, which was achieved… Read More

Russian Opposition Activists Picket for Free Elections

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Russian opposition activists staged a string of pickets in central Moscow on Saturday to call for free elections and for charges against protesters detained at recent rallies to be dropped. Moscow has been rocked by weekly protests for more than a month since the authorities barred opposition candidates from running in an election for the… Read More

UPDATE 1-South Africa's rand firms, stocks flat

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* Rand firms on China stimulus * Stocks tread water * Sasol results delayed on Lake Charles project (Updates prices, adds stocks) JOHANNESBURG, Aug 16 (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand firmed on Friday, adding to the previous session’s gains as hopes of further stimulus in China helped developing world currencies hold their ground against the… Read More

Truworths to close up to 15 loss-making UK Office shoe stores

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Truworths International Ltd will close up to 15 of its loss-making Office stores in the UK, its CEO said on Friday, with an overhaul of the remainder of the shoe retailer expected to boost sales and profits. Pedestrians walk past a branch of South African clothing retailer Truworths, in central… Read More

Mexican government will keep investing in Pemex – president

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MEXICO CITY, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that his government would keep investing in troubled state oil company Pemex, which is on the verge of losing its investment grade rating. Fitch Ratings downgraded roughly $80 billion of bonds to speculative grade – or “junk” status – with… Read More

Medical patient falls off the examination table, sues his physician. . .

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Welcome to our Friday roll up, where we highlight the most interesting, absurd, and concerning stories we are following this week. New Zealand officially legalizes paying employees with crypto-currency  New Zealand issued a tax bulletin this month officially recognizing that it is legal for employers to pay employees with crypto-currencies like Bitcoin. The crypto-currencies just… Read More

Rugby-Argentina lose experienced hooker Creevy for Boks test

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PRETORIA, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Argentina have made a late change to their match day squad for Saturday’s test with South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, after experienced hooker Agustin Creevy returned home for personal reasons. Former captain Creevy is likely to be the starting hooker at the World Cup in Japan next month, but was… Read More

South Africa's Sasol delays results due to U.S. project glitch

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A petrol station is seen in Soweto, file. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Sasol Ltd delayed the release of its annual financial results on Friday due to possible “control weaknesses” at its U.S. ethane cracker project, sending shares in the chemicals and energy company down by more than 15%. Sasol said its auditors… Read More

Roche's personalized cancer treatment wins FDA approval

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in Shanghai May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Roche Holding AG’s personalized cancer treatment, the agency said on Thursday. The treatment, Rozlytrek, is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that… Read More