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Sri Lanka's apparel industry on tenterhooks over EU trade scrutiny
Sri Lanka's preferential trade access to the European Union, which is the biggest market for its $5 billion apparel industry, is in doubt with an investigation into the island country's human rights and governance concerns set to start on Monday.
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China draws up list of 100 instances of U.S. "interference" in Hong Kong
China on Friday listed more than 100 instances of what it said was U.S. interference in Hong Kong affairs, including President Joe Biden's show of support for a pro-democracy newspaper.
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Malaysia's central bank to launch alternative reference rate
Malaysia's central bank will launch an alternative to its interbank benchmark rates that will offer market participants more flexibility and hedging options, it said on Friday.
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Australia hits vaccine milestone as Melbourne cases hover near record levels
SYDNEY (Reuters) -More than half of Australia's adult population were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday, authorities said, as they step up inoculations in hopes of easing restrictions while cases linger near daily record levels in Victoria.
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Afghan Taliban defence minister orders crackdown on abuses
The Taliban's new defence minister has issued a rebuke over misconduct by some commanders and fighters following the movement's victory over the Western-backed government in Afghanistan last month, saying abuses would not be tolerated.
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Taiwan export orders growth underwhelms on smartphones
Taiwan's export orders grew less than forecast in August on unexpectedly weaker demand for new smartphones, though the government said the demand outlook for the island's tech goods remains good. Taiwan's export orders, a bellwether of global technology demand, jumped 17.6% from a year earlier to $53.5 billion in August, data from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed on Friday.
4:54AM EDT
Japan's SBI to extend offer for Shinsei by a month on some conditions
TOKYO (Reuters) -Japanese financial conglomerate SBI Holdings said on Friday it would extend the deadline for its $1.1 billion unsolicited tender offer for Shinsei Bank to Nov. 24 from Oct. 25 if Shinsei agreed to meet certain conditions.
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Japan welcomes Taiwan bid to join trade pact, citing shared values
TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan on Friday welcomed Taiwan's application to join a trans-Pacific trade pact, citing shared democratic values with the island, which China claims as its own.
2:52AM EDT
Japan factory output seen down again in August on supply chain disruption: Reuters poll
Japan's factory output likely fell again in August as the country's manufacturing sector faced supply chain disruptions driven by a global chip shortage and the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant in Southeast Asia.
2:34AM EDT
Japan approaching end of COVID-19 emergency in most areas - health minister
Japan's COVID-19 infection situation is improving such that emergency conditions could soon be lifted in most parts of the country, the health minister said on Friday.
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Arizona Republicans to release findings of widely panned election audit
Arizona Republican senators who commissioned an audit of the 2020 presidential election will announce their findings on Friday, concluding a widely criticized effort spurred by Donald Trump's false claims of widespread electoral fraud.
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