Hong Kong moves to make disrespecting Chinese national anthem a crime
Hong Kong on Wednesday presented a controversial bill to lawmakers that prescribes jail terms of up to three years for disrespecting the Chinese national anthem, a move critics say raises fresh fears over freedom of expression in the city.

Momentum gathers behind British lawmakers' bid to stop no-deal Brexit
An attempt by British lawmakers to prevent a no-deal Brexit was gaining momentum on Wednesday after the opposition Labour Party said it was highly likely to throw its parliamentary weight behind the bid.

Factbox: UK PM May's Brexit 'plan B' - What happens next in parliament?
British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit by proposing to seek further concessions from the European Union on a plan to prevent customs checks on the Irish border.

Shutdown enters 33rd day with no breakthrough in sight as Senate sets votes
There was no sign of quick relief for 800,000 federal workers going without pay because of the partial government shutdown as the U.S. Senate scheduled votes on competing proposals to end the month-long impasse that both faced long odds.

UK says trade partners underestimate no-deal Brexit risk
Britain won't have some free-trade deals with other countries in place by March if it leaves the European Union with no deal because current trade partners are underestimating the chance of a no-deal Brexit, Trade Secretary Liam Fox said on Wednesday.

A time-limited Brexit backstop would be useless: EU's Barnier
A temporary safeguard to avoid erecting a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit would serve no purpose, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday.

Brexit drives up financial license applications in Luxembourg
Forty-seven banks, insurers and asset managers have plans to relocate some activities from Britain to Luxembourg due to Brexit, Luxembourg for Finance said on Wednesday.

UK's Labour is backing bid to avoid no deal Brexit: The Sun
Britain's opposition Labour party is backing an attempt to block a no-deal Brexit by lawmakers, the Sun reported on Wednesday.

Oil up nearly 1 percent as stimulus hopes ease growth concerns
Oil prices rose almost 1 percent on Wednesday on hopes that Japan and China would take fiscal stimulus measures to stem an economic slowdown which has weighed on financial markets.

Investors shun stocks, seek safety in bonds as economic gloom spreads
Renewed concerns about a global economic slowdown continued to sap investor appetite for assets considered risky, dragging global stocks and bond yields lower on Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar held near three-week highs.

Los Angeles teachers to resume classes Wednesday after vote on contract deal
The union for more than 30,000 striking Los Angeles teachers clinched a tentative contract deal with the second-largest U.S. school district on Tuesday, paving the way for classes to resume for nearly half a million students after a weeklong walkout.

At Alibaba's futuristic hotel, robots deliver towels and mix cocktails
Gliding silently through Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's futuristic "FlyZoo" hotel, black disc-shaped robots about a meter in height deliver food and drop off fresh towels.

Groundhog day? UK Brexiteers demand Irish backstop changes from PM
Prime Minister Theresa May must convince the European Union to curtail or even remove a key provision in Britain's Brexit agreement if her last-ditch bid to win parliamentary support for her deal is to succeed.

Deutsche faces questions from authorities investigating Danske
Deutsche Bank said on Wednesday it had received requests for information from regulators and law enforcement agencies around the world that are investigating a money laundering scheme involving Danske Bank .

Highlights: Australian Open day 10
Highlights of Wednesday's 10th day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT):

Plucky Pliskova stuns Serena with epic Australian Open fightback
Serena Williams squandered four match points and blew a 5-1 lead in the deciding set as seventh seed Karolina Pliskova produced a fightback for the ages to claim a 6-4 4-6 7-5 quarter-final win over the American great at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Search for missing Cardiff City's Sala resumes in English Channel
The search for Cardiff City's new soccer star, Emiliano Sala, resumed on Wednesday 36 hours after the light aircraft he was flying on disappeared in the English Channel.

UK police searching for soccer star Sala focus on life raft scenario
Police searching the English Channel for missing Cardiff City soccer star Emiliano Sala are prioritizing their efforts on the possibility that the plane landed on water and he made it onto a life raft that was on board, British police said on Wednesday.

BOJ maintains massive stimulus as Kuroda warns of growing risks
The Bank of Japan cut its inflation forecasts on Wednesday but maintained its massive stimulus program, with Governor Haruhiko Kuroda warning of growing risks to the economy from trade protectionism and faltering global demand.

Volvo recalls over 200,000 cars to fix fuel leak issue
Volvo Cars, which is owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group [GEELY.UL], is voluntarily recalling about 200,000 cars after it found an engineering issue that could potentially cause fuel leakage in the engine compartment over time.