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Indonesia frees Christian politician jailed for blasphemy1/24/2019 4:09:56 AM Indonesia on Tuesday released the popular former governor of Jakarta from jail, after serving a reduced two-year sentence for blasphemy against Islam, a case that exposed deep religious divides in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.Australia and China to meet as Canberra seeks answers over detained writer1/24/2019 4:02:24 AM Australia will press China to address the detention of a dual-national writer "transparently and fairly", Foreign Minister Marise Payne said, with embassy staff to seek an explanation from Chinese officials at a meeting in Beijing on Thursday.Citadel's Griffin buys New York condo for record $238 million1/24/2019 3:58:39 AM Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder of hedge fund Citadel, has paid $238 million for a penthouse condominium overlooking Manhattan's Central Park, a spokesman for Griffin said on Wednesday, in a deal that sets a record for a U.S. home sale.China's Huawei books record sales in its smartphone business1/24/2019 3:52:05 AM China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said on Thursday its consumer business sales exceeded a record $52 billion in 2018, on strong demand for its premium smartphones, even as it continued to face heightened global scrutiny of its activities.China's Huawei unveils 5G modem Balong 5000, 'world's most powerful'1/24/2019 3:52:05 AM China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled its 5G modem Balong 5000, which it described as the most powerful 5G modem in the world.Maduro rival Guaido claims Venezuela presidency with U.S. backing1/24/2019 3:31:42 AM Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Nicolas Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.U.S. weighs oil sanctions on Venezuela as it steps up pressure1/24/2019 3:31:42 AM The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, signaling potential new sanctions against the country's vital oil sector as it recognized Venezuela's opposition leader as interim president.In a month, Venezuela's Guaido emerged from obscurity to challenge Maduro1/24/2019 3:31:42 AM In less than a month, Juan Guaido has gone from a virtual unknown in Venezuelan politics to the country's most-watched figure, assuming the presidency of the opposition-controlled congress and briefly being detained by the secret police.Gunman surrenders after killing five in central Florida bank: police1/24/2019 3:21:30 AM A gunman killed five people in a bank in central Florida on Wednesday and then called police to inform them of the shooting before he eventually surrendered, local authorities said.Microsoft says Bing search engine blocked in China1/24/2019 3:07:15 AM Microsoft Corp's Bing search engine has been blocked in China, the company said on Wednesday, making it the latest foreign technology service to be shut down behind the country's Great Firewall.Furloughed federal workers may lose some health benefits: U.S. senators1/24/2019 2:47:52 AM Four U.S. senators expressed concern on Wednesday that federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown could lose their dental and vision health insurance benefits if they are unable to pay their premiums.Asian shares subdued as U.S. political standoff, ECB decision eyed1/24/2019 2:46:47 AM Asian shares were subdued on Thursday as political uncertainty in the United States and worries about weakening global economic growth left investors wary of riskier assets.Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador over caravans1/24/2019 2:44:11 AM U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to cut off aid to three Central American countries on Wednesday in response to what he said was a new wave of immigrants headed toward the United States from those countries.CEOs sour on Trump policies, warn they hurt business, investment1/24/2019 2:37:55 AM From centre-stage in Davos last year, President Donald Trump told the world's corporate bosses that America is a great place to invest. It hasn't quite turned out that way.U.S. prosecutors press witnesses to testify against Assange: WikiLeaks1/24/2019 2:35:05 AM U.S. federal prosecutors have stepped up efforts to pressure witnesses to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks said on Wednesday, in connection with what it said were secret criminal charges filed by the Trump administration.PG&E sees cost of complying with judge's wildfire plan at $75 billion-$150 billion1/24/2019 2:22:04 AM California power company PG&E Corp, which expects to soon file for bankruptcy, said on Wednesday it would cost between $75 billion and $150 billion to fully comply with a judge's order to inspect its power grid and remove or trim trees that could fall into power lines and trigger wildfires.Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen postpones testimony to Congress, citing 'threats'1/24/2019 2:19:52 AM President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his Feb. 7 testimony to the U.S. Congress because of threats against his family from Trump, his adviser said on Wednesday.House Oversight chief Cummings vows to obtain Cohen testimony1/24/2019 2:19:52 AM Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the powerful U.S. House Oversight Committee, said on Wednesday that his panel would take steps to get testimony from Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to Republican President Donald Trump.Trump lawyer Cohen expected at oversight, intelligence panels1/24/2019 2:18:14 AM The leaders of the House oversight and intelligence committees said on Wednesday they expect President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen to testify before both panels, despite his decision to postpone his Feb. 7 appearance, citing threats against his family from Trump.Nurse charged with rape of disabled Arizona woman who gave birth1/24/2019 2:15:39 AM An Arizona male nurse has been charged with raping a severely disabled woman at the long-term care facility where he worked, a crime that came to light only after she gave birth, prosecutors said on Wednesday.