U.S. Democrats battle over climate change plans in $3.5 trillion bill

By Richard Cowan and David Morgan WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Negotiators of a U.S. bill to invest up to $3.5 trillion to expand social...

U.S. bill would stop Big Tech favoring its own products

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - About a dozen U.S. senators from both parties on Monday formally introduced a bill that would bar...

Richest families in Southeast Asia scout for the next unicorn

SOME of Southeast Asia’s old-money tycoons are boosting investment in technology startups, looking to ride a wave of surging valuations as they seek to counter the fallout of the pandemic on businesses ranging from retail to hospitality and manufacturing.

Myanmar junta leader blames opponents for prolonging unrest  

Myanmar’s junta chief on Monday said that the ruling military was committed to peace and democracy, and that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should consider the provocations and violence being carried out by its opponents.  

China’s economy stumbles on power crunch, property woes 

BEIJING — China’s economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages, supply chain bottlenecks and major wobbles in the property market and raising pressure on policymakers to do more to prop up the faltering recovery.  

Spain’s ‘Crying Room’ seeks to banish mental health taboo

MADRID — “Enter and cry,” one sign tells visitors. “I too have anxiety,” glows another notice in pink. There are phones in one corner with the names of people you can call when you are feeling down, including a psychologist.  

China condemns US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

BEIJING/TAIPEI — The Chinese military on Sunday condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week,...

Netflix estimates Squid Game will be worth nearly $900M

NETFLIX estimates that its latest megahit, Squid Game, will create almost $900 million in value for the company, according to figures seen by Bloomberg, underscoring the windfall that one megahit can generate in the streaming era.

Melbourne to ease world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown

MELBOURNE — Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday.

Pope pledges to continue being a ‘pest’ in defense of the poor

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said on Saturday he realizes some people, including within the Church, consider him to be “a pest” for defending the poor and most vulnerable, but that it won’t stop him as it is part of Christianity.