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Friday, March 09, 2018

Panda park

SHANGHAI - China's Sichuan province government has secured 10 billion yuan ($F3.23b) in funding over the next five years for a planned Giant Panda National Park, three times the size of the US Yellowstone National Park, China Daily reported.

Nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON - North Korea could buy time to build up and refine its nuclear arsenal, including a warhead able to survive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, if it manages to drag out any talks with Washington, US officials and experts say.

US trade row

OTTAWA - Canada is sticking to its keep-calm strategy as US President Donald Trump ramps up trade war rhetoric, convinced that no move is the best move for the country with the most to lose, but critics say it risks being a soft target if its strategy fails.

Cancer drug

Merck & Co Inc and Japan's Eisai Co Ltd announced a potential multibillion-dollar collaboration to develop and sell Eisai's cancer drug Lenvima, which is already approved in dozens of countries for two uses. The deal, under which Lenvima will be developed for several types of cancer alone and in combination with Merck's immunotherapy Keytruda.

Nigeria deaths

BAUCHI, Nigeria - More than 20 people have died in clashes between herders and farmers in central Nigeria, police said, part of an outbreak of violence that has piled pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari less than a year before elections. Two herders went missing in the central state of Benue on Monday and one was later found dead, a state police spokesperson said.

Blind trusts

SANTIAGO - Conservative Chilean President-elect Sebastian Pinera said on Wednesday he placed $1.2 billion of his family's wealth in blind trusts as he prepares to take office on Sunday, replacing socialist President Michelle Bachelet. Mr Pinera, a former president and business mogul, said he charged four fund managers with administrating some $665 million in wealth as required by Chilean law.

Four missing

(Reuters) - A crew member died and four others went missing after fire broke out on a new Maersk Line container vessel in the Arabian Sea, the company said. The vessel caught fire about 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman, the world's biggest container shipping company said.

Life sentence

ABUJA - A Nigerian court on Wednesday sentenced the brother of a suspected militant leader to life imprisonment for treason for his involvement in twin car bombings in the capital, Abuja, in 2010. The blasts, which killed at least 10 people near an independence day parade, were claimed by the Movement of the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).

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