Rio Tinto’s first-half profit falls nearly 65 percent on falling commodity prices

Rio Tinto’s profit slumps 65 percent

MELBOURNE, Australia — Mining giant Rio Tinto said sharp falls in metals and mineral prices were behind first-half profit dropping by nearly two thirds.

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Energy giant PetroChina agrees to buy $41 billion worth of Australian liquefied natural gas

Australia, China ink $41 billion natural gas deal

SYDNEY — A 50 billion Australian dollar ($41 billion) deal for China to buy Australian natural gas shows current diplomatic tensions between the two countries will not trump their commercial interests, officials said Wednesday.

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Australia says China canceled minister’s visit over Uighur activist row

Australia says China canceled minister’s visit

CANBERRA, Australia — China canceled a senior minister’s trip in anger at Australia’s granting of a visa to an exiled Uighur activist in the latest sign that ties between the two countries are strained.

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Taiwanese tycoon left no will; now 9 heirs, all born out of wedlock, duke it out in NJ court

Taiwanese tycoon’s 9 heirs duke it out in NJ court

NEWARK, N.J. — Nine half-siblings fathered by one of the world’s richest people are vying in a New Jersey court to inherit his billions because he left no will.

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China arrests Rio employees on trade secrets, bribery charges; drops more serious accusations

China formally arrests 4 Rio Tinto employees

SHANGHAI — China formally arrested four employees of Anglo-American mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. for infringing trade secrets and bribery, but stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia.

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China’s Xinhua says Rio Tinto employees face trade secrets infringement, bribery charges

Rio employees face trade secrets, bribery charges

SHANGHAI — China stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges against four employees of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd., accusing them of infringing trade secrets and bribery in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia.

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China state secrets watchdog says Rio Tinto committed economic espionage for 6 years

Chinese secrets agency says Rio spied for 6 years

BEIJING —A state secrets watchdog has accused mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. of committing economic espionage for six years, saying in a report the spying caused “tremendous harm” to China’s economic security.

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China executes 2 business people for defrauding investors out of more than $127 million

China executes 2 for defrauding investors

BEIJING — China executed two business people for defrauding hundreds of investors out of more than $127 million, calling the scam a serious blow to social stability, state media said Thursday.

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China executes 2 businessmen for defrauding investors out of more than $127 million

China executes 2 men for defrauding investors

BEIJING — China executed two businessmen for defrauding hundreds of investors out of more than $127 million, calling the scam a serious blow to social stability, state media said Thursday.

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3 Beijing men in LA sentenced to prison for shipping restricted technology to China

3 sentenced in LA for sending technology to China

LOS ANGELES — Three Beijing men have been sentenced to federal prison for shipping or trying to ship restricted technology from Los Angeles to China.

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