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Malaysia farms face $3 billion hit from palm oil worker shortage

Asia Pacific Jun 5, 2020

Malaysia farms face $3 billion hit from palm oil worker shortage

The coronavirus pandemic has left Malaysia’s palm oil industry without enough workers, a shortage that could cost farmers as much as 25 percent of their annual production — a loss worth about $2.8 billion. Malaysia’s economy relies on palm oil, its most important agricultural commodity, ...

‘Get your knee off our necks’: George Floyd mourned in Minneapolis

World Jun 5, 2020

‘Get your knee off our necks’: George Floyd mourned in Minneapolis

Prominent U.S. civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton told mourners on Thursday that George Floyd's fatal encounter with police and the nationwide protests his death ignited marked a reckoning for America over race and justice, demanding, "Get your knee off our necks." Memorial tributes ...

Pompeo warns U.S. investors against fraud at China companies

Business Jun 5, 2020

Pompeo warns U.S. investors against fraud at China companies

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned American investors against fraudulent accounting practices at China-based companies and said the Nasdaq's recent decision to tighten listing rules for such players should be "a model" for all other exchanges around the world. His remarks on ...

U.S. urges China to respect human rights on Tiananmen anniversary

Asia Pacific Jun 5, 2020

U.S. urges China to respect human rights on Tiananmen anniversary

The White House, in a statement on the 31st anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown, urged Beijing on Thursday to respect human rights, fulfill its commitments on Hong Kong and end persecution of ethnic and religious minorities. "The Chinese Communist Party's slaughter of unarmed Chinese ...

Green Tasmania could help wean Australian cities off coal

Asia Pacific Jun 5, 2020

Green Tasmania could help wean Australian cities off coal

Tasmania wants to turn itself into a battery. The island state off the Australian mainland’s southern tip is pursuing what its leaders say is the world’s most ambitious renewable energy target, boosting hydro and wind generation to twice its own needs by 2040 and exporting ...

Japan to temporarily ease rules on regional banks' investments

Business Jun 5, 2020

Japan to temporarily ease rules on regional banks' investments

The Financial Services Agency will consider temporarily easing restrictions on regional banks' investments in nonfinancial businesses as a measure to support small firms vital to local economies amid the coronavirus crisis, FSA chief Toshihide Endo told Jiji Press on Thursday. The Financial System Council, which ...

W Series cancels 2020 season due to pandemic

Auto Racing Jun 5, 2020

W Series cancels 2020 season due to pandemic

Motor racing's all-female W Series cancelled its 2020 season on Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic but promised to return next year with at least two support races on the Formula One calendar. The series, which started last year, had been due to award points ...