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China’s Li Tells Japanese Business Group That Ties Are Improving

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Japan’s biggest ever business delegation to Beijing that ties between Asia’s two biggest economies has been gradually improving. Li, who was re-elected last month as the Communist Party of China’s No. 2, addressed 250 delegates from the Japan-China Economic Association on Tuesday afternoon. He said that business people in both countries should continue to strengthen communication and increase exchanges. “I hope there are good results, the ones that you expect,” Li said. “We should value this and consolidate the base for improving relations.” The meeting points to a warming in relations after they fell in 2012 to their lowest point since the nations established diplomatic ties in the early 1970s. Five years ago, anti-Japanese demonstra...

Czech Police Seek Prosecution of Billionaire Election Winner

Czech police are seeking to reopen the prosecution against billionaire Andrej Babis in a fraud case tied to European Union subsidies, potentially complicating his efforts to create a government after his ANO party dominated October elections. Police filed a request to parliament to strip Babis of his immunity on Tuesday. Prosecutor spokeswoman Stepanka Zenklova declined to name the billionaire, but said the request was linked to the case in which Babis and one of his closest allies were charged before the elections renewed their protection from trial. Babis lashed out at his political rivals, repeating that he has done nothing wrong and saying the case was fabricated to stop him from taking power. The request, filed a day after parliament opened its inaugural session, shows the peculiar po...

Brazil’s Wall Street Is Starting to Dabble in Politics More

Frustrated with years of graft and economic malaise, big names from Brazil’s corporate and financial world are increasingly dabbling in politics as the watershed 2018 election draws nearer. Take Gustavo Franco, one of the architects of the country’s historic economic stabilization program known as the Plano Real, who recently joined the Partido Novo — a champion of free markets founded by a prominent banker. Or Arminio Fraga, Franco’s successor at the central bank, who is backing Renova — or “Renewal” — a kind of finishing school for would-be politicians. Arminio Fraga Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg With 26 parties in Congress — from the Free Country Party to the Humanistic Solidarity Party — Brazilian voters suffer no shortage of choice. Bu...

EU Agency Pushes to Keep Staff as It Moves from London to Amsterdam

Follow @Brexit for all the latest news, and sign up to our daily Brexit Bulletin newsletter. The European Medicines Agency’s almost 900 employees shouldn’t be too disoriented when they move to Amsterdam from London: most people speak English and drink beer. And it rains a lot. London’s Brexit loss turned into Amsterdam’s gain late Monday when the European Union picked the Dutch capital over 18 other contenders as the medicines regulator’s new home. It was the EMA staff’s top choice and the option viewed as least likely to disrupt operations. “Amsterdam ticks many of our boxes,” the EMA’s executive director, Guido Rasi, said Tuesday in a telephone call with reporters. “I am very grateful that the member states took into account our requirements for business continuity and gave priority to t...

Mugabe Era Draws to a Close in Zimbabwe as Impeachment Looms

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is facing the last days of his 37 years in power as lawmakers started proceedings to impeach him. The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front says it will work with the opposition to ensure it has the votes in parliament to oust Mugabe, 93, after he missed Monday’s ruling-party deadline to resign. Lawmakers are expected to approve an impeachment motion on Tuesday and then appoint a nine-member committee to determine whether he violated the constitution. If it finds he did, a two-thirds majority will be needed to dismiss him. Mugabe was widely expected to use a televised address on Sunday to announce his retirement so that Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom he fired as vice president this month, could take over. Instead, he delivered a rambling speech...

Palestinians Halt Contacts With U.S. Over PLO Office Threat

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered a halt to all contacts with the U.S. after it threatened to close his authority’s mission in Washington, and won’t allow the issue to be used as leverage in any Middle East peace talks, a senior Palestinian official said. Abbas’s office sent a note to government departments and embassies stating that “any meeting with an American official is banned regardless of the reason until they back down and treat us fairly,” Azzam Al-Ahmad, a member of the Palestinian Authority administration, said late on Monday. The suspension of contacts doesn’t amount to severing diplomatic relations, he said. The Trump government put the Palestinians on notice on Friday that it will close the office unless they enter serious peace talks with Israel. The move came ...

CBS suspends Charlie Rose amid sexual misconduct allegations

CBS News has suspended veteran journalist Charlie Rose after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct in interviews with The Washington Post. Three additional unnamed women came forward in a story published by Business Insider later on Monday. “Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously,” CBS News said in a statement. Five women told The Washington Post that Rose, an anchor for “CBS This Morning,” groped them; two said that he walked naked in front of them; and one accused Rose of firing her after he allegedly touched her inappropriately and made sexually charged remarks to her. The newspaper reported that Rose’s accusers either worked with or aspired to w...