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    "China's factory activity likely expanded again in December on stronger external demand and an infrastructure push at home, but the pace of growth is set to ease as markets await more certainty on a U.S.-China trade truce, a Reuters poll showed."

    "Thailand's current account surplus was $3.38 billion in November, up from $2.91 billion in October, the central bank said on Monday."

    "A top Iraqi militia leader warned of a strong response against U.S. forces in Iraq following air strikes in Iraq and Syria overnight that hit several bases of his Iranian-backed group and killed at least 25 people."

    "Around 180 flights in Germany were canceled on Monday due to cabin crew strikes at Lufthansa's budget airline Germanwings, in a bid to put pressure on management in wage talks."

    "Whatever nickname ultimately gets attached to the now-ending Twenty-tens, on Wall Street and across Corporate America it arguably should be tagged as the “Decade of Debt.” https://reut.rs/35a7Qgb"

    "Sudan sentences 27 members of the national intelligence service to death over the killing of a teacher during protests in February. https://reut.rs/2SDxY05"

    "AstraZeneca and Merck's ovarian cancer drug Lynparza has received U.S. regulatory approval for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer, cementing its lead in a niche category of cancer treatments."

    "Democratic Representative John Lewis, a hero of the U.S. civil rights movement, said on Sunday he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. https://reut.rs/2SENLMu"

    "A Cyprus court found a British woman guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Israeli youths six months ago. https://reut.rs/2SOgSNt"

    "The European Union's new trade commissioner, Irishman Phil Hogan, was quoted on Monday as saying he would seek a reset of EU/US trade relations on a number of contentious issues when he meets his U.S. counterpart for the first time next month."

    "Tesla has started delivering Model 3 electric cars built at its Shanghai factory in just under a year since it began work on the $2 billion plant. https://reut.rs/353PT2I"

    "Uganda said it plans to borrow 6.9 trillion shillings ($1.89 billion) from external lenders in the 2020/2021 (July-June) fiscal year to partly finance its budget, which could come under pressure as veteran leader Yoweri Museveni seeks re-election."

    "A volunteer firefighter was killed battling Australian bushfires as “columns” of flames generating their own dangerous weather systems bore down on a tourist region, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. https://reut.rs/2Q8xlKx"

    "The banking unit of Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (MUFG) <8306.t> on Monday said it would book a one-off charge of about 207.4 billion yen ($1.9 billion) for the quarter ended Dec. 31 due to a drop in the share price of an Indonesian subsidiary."

    "A top Iraqi militia leader warned of a strong response against U.S. forces in Iraq following air strikes in Iraq and Syria overnight that hit several bases of his Iranian-backed group and killed at least 25 people. https://reut.rs/2F7BGax"

    "China's move to change the way banks price loans could help ease funding costs, especially for struggling small firms, although lenders are expected to try to limit the hit to their earnings by not fully passing the cut along."

    "An Australian volunteer firefighter died on Monday and two others suffered burns after their truck rolled over when it was hit by extreme winds amid raging bushfires."

    "The U.S. military carried out the strikes against the Kataib Hezbollah militia group in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said. https://reut.rs/39rsFag"

    "AS Roma said on Monday its holding company was in talks with a group led by U.S. billionaire Daniel Friedkin about a sale of the Serie A football club though no formal deal had yet been agreed."

    "Alberta's police watchdog is investigating an RCMP-related shooting near Hardisty, a Leduc couple is fundraising to help their nine-month-old baby boy fight a deadly disease and more: These are your morning headlines with Stacey and Rob."

    "Hong Kong will end 2019 with multiple protests planned for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day aimed at disrupting festivities and shopping in the Asian financial hub, which has seen a rise in clashes between police and protesters since Christmas. https://reut.rs/2QxBztX"

    "The number of mortgages approved by British banks rose in November to the highest in nearly three years, industry data showed on Monday, adding to signs of stabilization in the housing market."

    "U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add "Do Not Sell My Info" links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the retailers collect, sources said."

    "A possum severely burnt by bushfires in Australia’s Blue Mountains laps water from a bowl as her rescuer holds her gently in a towel, while at a nearby home a kangaroo with bandaged feet is rocked like a baby by another carer. https://reut.rs/2sxgMPo"

    "South African telecoms firm MTN on Monday said it was reviewing allegations raised in a U.S. complaint which accuses several firms of paying protection money to extremist groups in Afghanistan."

    "U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev on Friday, just weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump was impeached over abuse of power involving his handling of Ukraine."

    "Any companies that rush to finish building a Russian natural gas export pipeline to Germany that came under U.S. sanctions this month risk being penalized, senior U.S. officials said on Sunday."

    "Tesla-rival Nio Inc on Monday beat quarterly revenue estimates on higher demand for its electric vehicles, sending the company's U.S.-listed shares up more than 13% in trading before the bell."

    "An assailant who stabbed five people attending a party at an Hasidic rabbi’s home in what New York’s governor called an act of domestic terrorism appears to have been acting alone, police said. https://reut.rs/2F4K4HJ"

    "Muslim women in the Palestinian Gaza Strip have been hand-crafting gifts for the approaching Orthodox Christmas as part of a project to empower a traditional community."

    "Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will visit Washington this week to sign a Phase 1 trade deal with the United States, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday."

    "U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add “Do Not Sell My Info” links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the retailers collect, sources said. https://reut.rs/2SFp56g"

    "U.S. stock index futures remained near record highs on Monday, as traders took a breather on the penultimate day of the decade after improving global sentiment fueled a Wall Street rally and set the S&P 500 on course for its best year since 2013."

    "U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group have brought a threat of reprisal."

    "Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fired team president Bruce Allen and the overhaul in Washington officially began Monday morning."

    "Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg said that talking to President Donald Trump at a United Nations summit on global warming would have been a waste of time since he would not have paid any attention. https://reut.rs/37qJeRT"

    "Brazil's Ministry of Justice said on Monday it has fined U.S. tech giant Facebook Inc 6.6 million reais ($1.6 million) for improperly sharing user data."

    "Australia’s bushland is home to a range of indigenous fauna such as kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and possums. Authorities have no exact figure on how many native animals have been killed in the bushfires but experts say it is likely to be in the millions. https://reut.rs/2rEJcGF"

    "The European Central Bank should not favor so-called "green" assets in its multi-trillion-euro bond-buying program or its work as bank supervisor, incoming ECB board member Isabel Schnabel said in an interview published on Monday."

    "Wall Street’s major indexes slipped as investors booked profits on the penultimate day of the decade after improving global sentiment fueled a U.S. market rally this month https://reut.rs/36c8ISC"

    "Whether it's for New Year's Eve, a wedding or a Tuesday, breaking out the bubbles feels special. But not all sparkling wine is created equal. Alyssa Wiebe shared the bubbly basics."

    "Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned air strikes by the United States on several bases belonging to an Iranian-backed militia group in Iraq and said the attack would have consequences."

    "The Indian government has allowed Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies Co to participate in trials for 5G networks, a company spokesman said on Monday."

    "Netflix Inc's original film "Murder Mystery," starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, topped a list of the streaming service's most popular releases of 2019 in the United States, Netflix said in a statement on Monday."

    "Turkey is considering sending allied Syrian fighters to Libya as part of planned military support for the besieged government in Tripoli, four senior Turkish sources said on Monday, potentially bringing more foreign influence into the complex conflict."

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