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Europe stocks sharply lower after US and Asia sell-off

Europe stocks sharply lower after US and Asia sell-off

Business
European stocks were sharply down in morning trade after concerns about a trade war and higher US bond yields stoked global investor concerns.In London, the FTSE 100 index of leading UK shares was down more than 1.7% at 7,020.Markets in Asia had plunged to a 19-month low after US shares suffered their worst losses in eight months.The global sell-off came as IMF head Christine Lagarde said stock market valuations have been "extremely high". In Paris, the Cac 40 share index was down 1.6% at 5,122 points, while in Frankfurt the Dax index fell nearly 1.5%.The FTSE 100 and the Cac 40 have fallen to their lowest levels since April, while the Dax is at its lowest since early 2017. ...
Asia Argento 'accused of sexual assault'

Asia Argento 'accused of sexual assault'

Entertainment
One of the leading figures in the #MeToo movement has reportedly been accused of sexual assault herself.Italian actress Asia Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.The New York Times reports that legal documents, which the BBC has not seen, show she paid a former co-star $ 380,000 after he alleged she had assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013.A lawyer for Ms Argento declined to comment on the allegations.Her accuser, Jimmy Bennett was just 17 at the time. The age of consent in California is 18.Ms Argento would have been 37 at the time of the encounter. What has #MeToo actually changed? Has #MeToo divided women? Mr Bennett says in the documents that the encounter traumatised h...
Ancient DNA reveals prehistoric population of Southeast Asia

Ancient DNA reveals prehistoric population of Southeast Asia

Science
July 6 (UPI) -- After analyzing ancient DNA samples, scientists now have a bit more clarity on how early humans first arrived in Southeast Asia. For decades, scientists have disagreed on how Southeast Asia was first populated. Some researchers believed an indigenous group of hunter-gatherers, called the Hòabìnhian, developed agricultural practices on their own, some 44,000 years ago. Others argued the hunter gatherers were replaced by rice growers who migrated from what's now China. Now, an analysis of 26 ancient DNA samples, collected from human remains in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and Japan, suggests both groups are mistaken. Some of tested DNA fragments were dated to 8,000 years ago. Until now, the oldest tested samples were 4,000 year...
Alberta to take investment message to Asia

Alberta to take investment message to Asia

Business
May 2 (UPI) -- A trade mission to Asia that includes meetings with a Chinese oil company gives Alberta the chance to showcase its assets, its trade minister said.Deron Bilous, the minister for economic trade and development in Alberta, leads a delegation to the United States and Asia to drum up business for the oil-rich province."Two years ago, we led the largest trade mission in Alberta's history - and since then, our missions have generated more than $ 1 billion (CAD) of investment leads and sales for our province," Bilous said in a statement. "This mission will build on that momentum."A summit between Canadian oil and gas company Nexen and the China National Offshore Oil Corp., a summit that includes 17 other Alberta companies, is on his schedule. Six years ago, the Canadian government ...
Donald Trump embarks on marathon tour of Asia

Donald Trump embarks on marathon tour of Asia

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceUS President Donald Trump has embarked on an 11-day trip to Asia during which he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.It will be the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years.The trip comes at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea over its nuclear programme and missile tests.Mr Trump is expected to show a united front with South Korea and Japan while pressing China to take a stronger line with Pyongyang.President Trump flew first to the US state of Hawaii where he visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor - the scene of the 1941 Japanese attack that drew the US into World War Two.He also took part in a briefing at the US Pacific Command.From Hawaii, he and First Lady Melania Trump will head to...