BRIEF-Tencent Holdings Announces Repurchases Of Shares On Oct 10

Oct 10 (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd:

* TENCENT HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES REPURCHASES OF 120,000 SHARES ON OCT 10 FOR HK$38.3 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

  • Rain pounds central Japan as 61 feared dead in south
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    Rain pounds central Japan as 61 feared dead in south

    Torrential rain pounded central Japan Wednesday as authorities said 61 people were feared dead in days of heavy downpours that have triggered devastating landslides and terrifying floods. Rains that began early Saturday on the island of Kyushu have already inflicted widespread damage across a swathe of the southwestern portion of the country, causing rivers to burst their banks and hillsides to collapse. As the weather front moved north, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned of heavy rain in central Gifu and Nagano prefectures, but downgraded its advisories from their top level.

  • Dozens hurt in Serbia clashes over virus curfew
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    Dozens hurt in Serbia clashes over virus curfew

    Dozens of people were injured and roughly 20 arrested after protests against a new coronavirus curfew in the Serbian capital Belgrade deteriorated into violence before dawn on Wednesday, with running battles between demonstrators and police. Thousands streamed into the city centre late on Tuesday to protest at the return of a round-the-clock weekend curfew to combat a surge in virus infections. The initially peaceful gathering turned to clashes as police used tear gas on protesters, some of whom had stormed into the parliament building while others threw stones and other projectiles at the officers.

  • Afghanistan says will not release 600 'too dangerous' Taliban
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    Afghanistan says will not release 600 'too dangerous' Taliban

    Afghan authorities said Wednesday they will not release hundreds of Taliban captives deemed "too dangerous" despite planned peace talks that hinge on the prisoner exchange. Under the terms of a US-Taliban deal, Kabul pledged to free some 5,000 Taliban prisoners in a swap that would see the insurgents release around 1,000 Afghan security force captives.

  • UN expert urges global ban on gay 'conversion therapy'
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    UN expert urges global ban on gay 'conversion therapy'

    A United Nations rights expert called Wednesday for a global ban on "conversion therapy" aimed at changing the sexuality of LGBT people, calling such practices "degrading and discriminatory". Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, made the call as he presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In a statement, he said such practices "inflict severe pain and suffering on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender-diverse (LGBT) persons, often resulting in long-lasting psychological and physical damage".

  • Brain problems linked to even mild virus infections: study
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    Brain problems linked to even mild virus infections: study

    Potentially fatal COVID-19 complications in the brain including delirium, nerve damage and stroke may be more common than initially thought, a team of British-based doctors warned Wednesday. Severe COVID-19 infections are known to put patients at risk of neurological complications, but research led by University College London suggests serious problems can occur even in individuals with mild cases of the virus. The team looked at the neurological symptoms of 43 patients hospitalised with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

  • Increasing levels of the mineral manganese in early pregnancy could lower a woman's risk of preeclampsia
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    Increasing levels of the mineral manganese in early pregnancy could lower a woman's risk of preeclampsia

    New US research has found that women who have lower levels of the essential mineral manganese during early pregnancy may have a higher risk of developing preeclampsia. Led by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the new study looked at 1,312 women who had their blood taken in the first trimester of pregnancy to measure their levels of manganese, before being followed to see who developed preeclampsia, a serious high blood pressure syndrome. The findings, published online in the journal Epidemiology, showed that higher manganese levels in the first trimester of pregnancy were associated with a lower risk of preeclampsia later in the pregnancy.

  • E-tailers in India begin work to list 'country of origin' labels on products
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    E-tailers in India begin work to list 'country of origin' labels on products

    E-commerce companies in India like Amazon.com's local unit and Walmart's Flipkart have begun to update their back-end systems to allow sellers to identify the country of origin on all new product listings on their platforms, two sources aware of the matter said on Wednesday. The Indian trade ministry's Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), which hosted an online meeting of e-commerce players on Wednesday, wanted the changes to be implemented by the end of July. The changes would first be made for new product listings as it was difficult to do this for the tens of millions of products already selling on their platforms, they added.

  • Special Report: Hong Kong's top cop overshadows embattled leader Lam as China cracks down
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    Special Report: Hong Kong's top cop overshadows embattled leader Lam as China cracks down

    As Hong Kong fretted over tough new national security legislation Beijing was fashioning earlier this year, Chris Tang enthusiastically supported the move. It was needed, Hong Kong's combative police chief said, to extinguish calls for the city's independence and restore order. Just an hour before the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China on July 1, the ruling Communist Party imposed the law, in the process arming Tang with a range of powerful tools to quell popular dissent.

  • 'Steelrising' is the robo-historical game from 'Greedfall' developer Spiders
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    'Steelrising' is the robo-historical game from 'Greedfall' developer Spiders

    You'd have been forgiven for thinking that a "GreedFall 2" was on its way, but instead Parisian studio Spiders is sending us back into the sci-fi 17th century for an android revolution in "Steelrising." From 17th-century monster-hunting in "GreedFall" to a 17th-century revolution stuffed with robots, French studio Spiders is on a run of fantastical alt-history action adventures. Announced during the July 7 Nacon Connect event hosted by the game's French publisher, "Steelrising" has France's last king, Louis XVI, as the commander of an army of hulking, armor-plated automatons.

  • Coronavirus: a worldwide platform for real-time travel restriction information
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    Coronavirus: a worldwide platform for real-time travel restriction information

    It's difficult to commit to foreign travel when health conditions in individual countries evolve on a daily basis. Travel agents worldwide have been invited to share local information in real time via a free platform from Amex GBT called Travel Vitals. What is the contamination risk for Covid-19 in Rio de Janeiro?

  • Russia tells US to 'mind own business' over media freedom
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    Russia tells US to 'mind own business' over media freedom

    Moscow has told the US embassy to "mind your own business" after Washington's diplomatic mission raised concern about curbs on media freedom in Russia. Rebecca Ross, the spokeswoman for the US embassy, on Tuesday expressed concern about a clampdown on journalists in Russia. "Watching arrest after arrest of Russian journalists – it's starting to look like a concerted campaign against #MediaFreedom," she tweeted.

  • Loon launches first non-emergency balloon-based internet service in Kenya
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    Loon launches first non-emergency balloon-based internet service in Kenya

    Alphabet's Loon has published a blog post announcing its first official commercial launch of its 4G internet balloons in Kenya. Back in April, Alphabet's Loon, the company behind the development of balloons that can provide 4G to residents in areas where internet access is limited or non-existent, sent their high-flying balloons (approximately 20,000 meters into the stratosphere)  to Kenya for testing with the intention of eventually launching a commercial service in the region.

  • Ruling in EU Apple tax case due next Wednesday: Ireland
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    Ruling in EU Apple tax case due next Wednesday: Ireland

    The European Union's second highest court will next week rule in an appeal by Apple <AAPL.O> and Ireland against an EU ruling for the U.S. company to pay 13 billion euros ($16 billion) in back taxes, the Irish government said on Wednesday. The European Commission ordered Apple in 2016 to pay the taxes it said were owed to Ireland. "The State has been formally notified that the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) will deliver its judgment in the Apple State Aid case on 15th July," the Department of Finance said in a statement.

  • Stocks falter as safe haven gold climbs above $1,800
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    Stocks falter as safe haven gold climbs above $1,800

    Stock markets mostly extended losses Wednesday, with concerns about fresh spikes in coronavirus infections helping haven investment gold to reach above $1,800 an ounce for the first time since 2011. In early afternoon eurozone deals, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index lost 0.5 percent and the Paris CAC 40 shed 0.8 percent. - Gold shines - A string of positive indicators from China to the US in recent weeks -- as well hopes for a vaccine and the easing of lockdowns around the world -- added fuel to a global stock markets rally that has lifted equities out of their March depths.

  • Russian region near Mongolia testing rodents for plague
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    Russian region near Mongolia testing rodents for plague

    Russia said Wednesday that a remote Far Eastern region near Mongolia had begun testing rodents for bubonic plague after cases of the disease were confirmed in Mongolia and China. Rospotrebnadzor, the state consumer safety watchdog, said tests had begun on rodents such as marmots in the eastern Siberian region of Burytia, which borders Mongolia. The results of serologic and other tests to "detect plague antigen conducted in 2020 have been negative," the watchdog's regional branch said in a statement.

  • Huawei says U.S. sanctions have no immediate impact on UK 5G supplies
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    Huawei says U.S. sanctions have no immediate impact on UK 5G supplies

    U.S. sanctions targeting China's Huawei have had no immediate impact on its ability to supply 5G equipment to Britain, a senior company executive said on Wednesday, calling for more time to understand the full repercussions of the restrictions. Huawei Vice President Victor Zhang said it would take months to establish the impact of the U.S. measures announced in May, which aim to cripple the firm's ability to source the advanced microchips needed to make its telecoms equipment.

  • AirAsia's future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles
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    AirAsia's future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles

    The future of top regional budget carrier AirAsia is in "significant doubt" after the collapse in travel demand caused by coronavirus, its auditor warned, sending the airline's share price tumbling nearly 18 percent on Wednesday. AirAsia, led by colourful chief executive Tony Fernandes, pioneered low-cost air travel across Asia in the early 2000s at a time of growing demand from a fast-emerging middle class. Auditor Ernst & Young said Tuesday that global travel restrictions had dented AirAsia's financial performance, with liabilities exceeding assets by 1.84 billion ringgit.

  • Trump says considering TikTok ban as China row deepens
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    Trump says considering TikTok ban as China row deepens

    US President Donald Trump said he is considering banning the wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok as a way to punish China over the coronavirus pandemic, remarks China described Wednesday as "a malicious smear". TikTok has been caught up in the escalating disputes between the United States and China, with the Chinese-owned firm accused of acting as a spying tool for Beijing -- an allegation it denies. Trump did not provide any details, and told Gray Television that it was "one of many" options he was considering against China, Bloomberg added.

  • UN warns Yemen on brink of famine again
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    UN warns Yemen on brink of famine again

    War-torn Yemen is once again on the brink of famine as donor funds that averted catastrophe just 18 months ago have dried up, the country's UN humanitarian coordinator told AFP. With much of the country dependent on aid, a coronavirus pandemic raging unchecked, and countless children already facing starvation, Lise Grande said that millions of vulnerable families could quickly move from "being able to hold on to being in free fall." The United Nations raised only around half the required $2.41 billion in aid for Yemen at a June donor conference co-hosted by Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition backing the internationally recognised government against Huthi rebels who control much of the north.

  • Exclusive: EU reaches deals with Roche, Merck for supply of COVID-19 drugs - source
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    Exclusive: EU reaches deals with Roche, Merck for supply of COVID-19 drugs - source

    The European Commission has reached agreements with pharmaceutical companies Roche <ROG.S> and Merck KGaA <MRCG.DE> to supply experimental drugs that can be used to treat COVID-19 patients, a commission source told Reuters on Wednesday. The EU executive agreed to the deal to source Roche's RoActemra and Merck's Rebif for supply to any 27 EU members states willing to buy them, the source who is familiar with the issue told Reuters. Roche and Merck were not immediately available for comment.

  • Italy considering whether to exclude Huawei from 5G: report
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    Italy considering whether to exclude Huawei from 5G: report

    Italy is considering whether to exclude Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies from building its 5G network, La Repubblica reported, without citing sources. Despite pressure from Washington, which says Huawei's equipment could be used to spy on the West, Italy has so far not ruled the Chinese company out its network plans. No comment was immediately available from the Italian government.

  • Sri Lanka rangers spot possible rare baby elephant twins
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    Sri Lanka rangers spot possible rare baby elephant twins

    A pair of baby elephants feeding from the same mother have been spotted in a Sri Lankan national park, with officials speculating Wednesday the two could be a rare set of twins. After observing the pair from a distance, officials are confident enough to "say they are twins," Department of Wildlife Conservation Director-General Tharaka Prasad told AFP. The two were also photographed feeding from the same cow on Monday by renowned conservationist Sumith Pilapitiy, who also told AFP he believed the two were twins.

  • Infineon fine cut by 7%, EU court faults antitrust regulators' ruling
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    Infineon fine cut by 7%, EU court faults antitrust regulators' ruling

    Europe's second top court on Wednesday cut Infineon Technologies' cartel fine by 7% to 76.87 million euros ($86.7 million), saying that the German chipmaker had fewer anti-competitive contacts with other cartel members than EU antitrust regulators had said. The European Commission had in 2014 imposed a total fine of 138 million euros on Infineon, Philips and Samsung Electronics for taking part in a cartel between 2003 and 2005. Infineon's penalty at 82.78 million euro ($93.3 million was the biggest.

  • Singapore scientists seek power from darkness through shadow energy
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    Singapore scientists seek power from darkness through shadow energy

    Scientists in Singapore are hoping to perfect a new method of power generation driven largely by shadows, with the hope that it could one day help highly urbanised cities power themselves. The shadow-effect energy generator (SEG) being developed by the National University of Singapore has the potential to harness power like solar cells, but without needing open spaces with uninterrupted light. To work effectively, the SEG requires both light and dark and, like solar panels, relies on light to shine on silicon to energise electrons.

  • Brazil's president contracts virus as US starts WHO withdrawal
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    Brazil's president contracts virus as US starts WHO withdrawal

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus after months of downplaying the dangers of the disease, as the United States begins its withdrawal from the World Health Organization despite logging a record number of new infections. The American pull-out from the WHO comes as the UN agency conceded there was "emerging evidence" coronavirus is transmitted through particles in the air, heightening fears over an illness that has already infected nearly 11.8 million people worldwide and caused more than 540,000 deaths. Countries are struggling to keep a lid on new cases as they attempt to restart economies, with Australia's second-biggest city becoming the latest victim of a second surge after recently lifting virus restrictions.