BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mixed today after China and the U.S. moved to ease trade tensions. In early trading, Germany’s DAX edged 0.1% higher and the FTSE 100 in London gained 0.1%. The CAC 40 in Paris lost 0.3%. In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei closed up 0.8%. The Shanghai Composite index also added 0.8%. The S&P ASX 200 climbed 0.3% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.3%.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s government says its importers are inquiring about prices for American soybeans and pork in a possible goodwill gesture ahead of talks aimed at ending a tariff war with Washington. Today’s statement came after President Donald Trump announced he would postpone a planned Oct. 1 tariff hike on Chinese imports. The gestures appear to be aimed at reducing tensions ahead of the planned October negotiations. But there’s no sign of progress toward resolving their dispute.
LONDON (AP) — The British government insists that its assessment that there could be food and medicine shortages, gridlock at ports and riots in the streets if there is a no-deal Brexit is a worst-case scenario, and is not likely to happen. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the bleak scenario is “not where we intend to end up.” But opposition politicians say the government’s Brexit preparations prove that Johnson is reckless to consider leaving the EU without a deal.
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service this fall as it races to gain an advantage in the competitive fresh food business. The service will charge an annual membership fee of $98 for subscribers to access unlimited same-day delivery, which will be offered in 1,400 stores in 200 markets. By year-end, it will extend to a total of 1,600 stores — or more than 50% of the country.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The government may be required to pay billions of dollars in emergency care claims to veterans after a federal court ruled this week that the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly denied reimbursements for such care received at non-VA facilities. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Monday said federal law mandated the VA to pay the emergency medical expenses if they are not covered by private insurance.