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Saudi Arabia Oil Pipeline Attacked by Drones

Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it halted pumping on a major oil pipeline after it was hit by armed drones, the latest attack on its energy infrastructure after two of its oil tankers were damaged near the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend.

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China Retaliates Against the U.S. With Its Own Higher Tariffs

BEIJING — China moved to retaliate against the United States, announcing plans on Monday to raise tariffs on a wide range of American goods.

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America raises tariffs on China, and the stakes in a trade war

MEETING IN WASHINGTON, Chinese and American trade negotiators made it through dinner without hurling the plates at each other. But there was no truce on the menu.


Where now for the rules that rocked European finance?

Helping small and medium companies access capital markets was at the heart of Mifid II but more than 16 months on, bankers and regulators are worrying that Europe’s flagship securities-industry overhaul has become more of a problem than a solution.

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China says it’s still preparing for US trade talks — but won’t give details after new Trump threats

China said Monday its negotiators are still preparing to travel to the U.S. for trade talks this week despite President Donald Trump threatening Beijing with increased tariffs.


Facebook Building Cryptocurrency-Based Payments System

Facebook Inc is recruiting dozens of financial firms and online merchants to help launch a cryptocurrency-based payments system on the back of its gigantic social network.

Dalio Says Something Like MMT Is Coming, Whether We Like It Or Not

Central banking as we know it is on the way out, and it’s “inevitable” that something like modern monetary theory will replace it, billionaire investor Ray Dalio said.

Iran Oil Minister

Nations using oil as a weapon threatens OPEC: Iran oil minister

GENEVA (Reuters) - Any country using oil as a weapon could cause the collapse of oil producer group OPEC, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Wednesday, according to SHANA, the news outlet of the oil ministry.

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Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó calls for uprising against Nicolás Maduro

Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s opposition leader, called for an uprising against the government of Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday and indicated he had military support.


Spain’s Socialists win the election, but need to find allies

BACK LAST May when he filed the censure motion that brought him into office, Pedro Sánchez brushed off demands for an immediate election.