Trade war: China record surplus with the US in September, Beijing says

A worker transporting steel cables at a steel factory in Nantong, China. 
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A worker transporting steel cables at a steel factory in Nantong, China.

China recorded a record trade surplus of $34.13 billion with the U.S. in September amid intense trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

The world’s two largest economies are locked in a bitter trade dispute, with U.S. President Donald Trump taking issue with his country’s massive trade deficit against China.

For January-September, China’s trade surplus with the United States was $225.79 billion, compared with about $196.01 billion in the same period last year, Reuters calculations showed.

 

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FBI director says bureau is investigating 5,000 terrorism cases across the world – ABC News

“Right now, as I sit here, we’re currently investigating about 5,000 terrorism cases across America and around the world and about a thousand of those cases are homegrown violent extremists and they are in all 50 states,” Wray said in his prepared testimony.

He said the threat of a large scale, big city attack still exists from groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS but homegrown violence is as prevalent as ever.

“National security remains the FBI’s top priority and counterterrorism is still a paramount concern but that threat has changed significantly since 9/11,” Wray said.

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How an Indonesian teenager who survived 49 days adrift at sea was rescued – YouTube

A teenager has been rescued after surviving for 49 days adrift at sea in a fishing hut. Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, from Sulawesi in Indonesia, works as a lamp keeper on a floating fish trap, known locally as rompong, 125km out at sea. In mid-July, heavy winds snapped its moorings and it drifted to the ocean. The teenager had a few days’ worth of supplies and survived by catching fish and cooking them by burning wood from his hut; he sipped seawater through his clothing to minimise his salt intake. The Indonesian consulate in Osaka said a Panamanian-flagged vessel, MV Arpeggio, picked him up in waters off Guam on 31 August – more than a month and a half later.

Three new ghost-like species found in world’s deepest marine trenches

Freaky sightings from the alien-like world at the bottom of the oceans.

Thousands of meters below the ocean’s surface in the deep trenches, everything is in pitch black and the pressure can be up to a thousand times greater than at the sea level. This unexplored environment looks and feels like it’s from an alien planet — and the creatures that inhabit it are no different. Three new such species — translucent, scaleless, ghost-like creatures — were recently fished out of the bottoms of the ocean, off the coasts of Peru and Chile.

Atacama snailfish. Credit: Newcastle University.

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Buildings are evacuated as powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Venezuela | Daily Mail Online

A powerful earthquake has rocked the Carribean and South America, as the first images of the devastation begin to emerge.

A tremor has shaken eastern Venezuela through to Colombia and Trinidad, causing buildings to be evacuated in Caracas and Bogata.

Cars have been flattened by collapsing walls, supermarket shelves have been completely wiped out and gaping holes in the ground have begun to emerge in Trinidad.

The quake has been placed at a 7.3 magnitude with its epicentre being 13 miles southwest of Irapa, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

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