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Violent protests in Basra have dented Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's chances of winning a second term, alongside U.S. ambitions to shape Iraq's next government. Lucy Fielder reports.

The man behind the first season of U.S. Drama ‘True Detective’ has been announced on Thursday (September 20) as the director of the next James Bond movie, replacing Britain’s Danny Boyle who pulled out of the as yet untitled film last month. Holta Celmeta reports.

Jack Ma, co-founder of Chinese e-tech giant Alibaba Group Holding, said on Thursday that people should make preparations for 20 years of China-U.S. trade frictions. As David Pollard reports, his comments were followed by a warning from the OECD about the impact of the trade war on the global economy.

Meituan Dianping's IPO got off to a strong start in Hong Kong on Thursday, valuing the Chinese online food delivery-to-ticketing services firm at about $55 billion and sending a positive signal to companies lining up to list in the financial hub. Ed Giles reports.

The U2 frontman called the Holy Father an 'extraordinary man' who deeply regrets the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a ruling party leadership vote, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier. As Grace Lee reports, his first immediate challenge is an expected summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next week, when he will face pressure to cut Japan's $69 billion surplus with its key ally, nearly two-thirds from auto exports.

Aston Martin is seeking a valuation of up to 5.07 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) from its stock market flotation and has taken steps to prepare for any eventuality over Brexit, it said on Thursday. As Francis Maguire reports, the British luxury carmaker, famed for making the sports car driven by James Bond, is the first British carmaker to pursue an ipo for decades.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wins a ruling party leadership vote, setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution. Grace Lee reports.

Fifteen Liberians including the son of former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are banned from leaving Liberia while the government investigates the whereabouts of $104 million in missing cash intended for the central bank. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

The government run Moria camp in Lesbos has reached three times its capacity, forcing migrants to set up tents in the neighboring forest sparking concerns on safety and mental health.

Cody Wilson, the creator of 3-D printed plastic guns, has fled to Taiwan after learning police in Austin were investigating an accusation he had sex with an underage girl. Ryan Brooks reports.

30-year-old Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped and raped at the age of 14 and one of her captors, Wanda Barzee, was released from prison on Wednesday. Colette Luke has more.

The S&P 500 and the Dow rose as rising Treasury yields boosted financial stocks and trade worries subsided. Technology stocks pulled the Nasdaq down. Julia Sun reports.

The curtain went up on Milan's fashion week on Wednesday (September 19) with a soft-toned and very feminine collection designed by Italy's Alberta Ferretti with urban safari-inspired looks. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said his Chinese e-commerce giant no longer plans to create one million jobs in the United States due to the U.S.-China trade conflict started by U.S. President Donald Trump, China's news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Conway G. Gittens reports.

On the day her kidnapper was released, Elizabeth Smart spoke to Lock Haven University about her experience as a kidnapping victim and her work since as an activist for sexual assault victims. No reporter narration.

U.S. industrial gas maker Praxair rose after a Reuters report that its German counterpart Linde will sell assets to secure U.S. antitrust approval for the pair's merger. Julia Sun reports.

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma told the Wolrd Economic Forum that people should "mentally prepare" for 20 years of U.S.-China trade wars. No reporter narration.

Keira Knightley talks about her latest role as the ground-breaking French author Colette and how gender and sexual politics haven't changed much in 100 years. Rough Cut - no reporter narration

President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed the demand of the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault that the FBI investigate the matter before she testifies in front of the Senate. Ashraf Fahim reports.

A new debate about the relationship status of Sesame Street's Ernie and Bert has taken off on social media following a statement by Mark Saltzman, the writer behind both characters, saying that he based them on his own gay relationship. Others involved in the show however say the pair are just good friends and ask, "Does it really matter?". Gavino Garay reports.

A clumsy compromise over the fate of Germany's spy chief has exposed a cruel fact: The parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition are loveless partners in a dysfunctional relationship that none of them can afford to quit. Anna Bevan and Paul Carrel report.

Wanda Barzee, one of Elizabeth Smart's captors, was released from prison on Wednesday. Her attorney Scott Williams says she's been ordered to have absolutely no contact with any member of the Smart family. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

The race to dominate the car dashboard is heating up with Google's Android operating system clinching a victory this week. As Jane Lanhee Lee reports, an alliance of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi - which together sold over 10 million vehicles last year - are saying future models will integrate Maps and the voice operated butler Google Assistant.

The historic Collinwood House, built around 1861, found itself stuck in the middle of the road Wednesday, as it was being relocated for preservation in Plano, Texas. It took a tractor to get things moving again. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


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