Britain urgently seeking facts on reports of tankers hit in Gulf of Oman: PM's spokesman

Taiwan says Hong Kong's planned extradition law triggers human rights concerns

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Thursday Hong Kong’s planned extradition law has triggered concern about human rights.

Hong Kong has this week been rocked by protests against the proposed law, which is backed by Beijing but which many Hong Kong residents feel will curtail freedoms.

Tsai told reporters in Taipei that Taiwan supported Hong Kong’s fight for freedom, and that the self-ruled island would not accept a “one country two systems” model proposed by China, which considers Taiwan its own.

Salesforce Unveils Low-Code Blockchain Platform For CRM

Salesforce, a major provider of customer relationship management or CRM software, introduced low-code Blockchain platform, helping organizations to create trusted partner networks.

With the platform that extends the power of CRM, organizations will be able to share verified, distributed data sets across a trusted network of partners and third parties. They can now deploy and manage blockchain networks, workflows, contracts and apps with clicks, not code.

The Blockchain is powered by Salesforce Lightning and open source blockchain technology from Hyperledger Sawtooth. The platform was launched at TrailheaDX, Salesforce’s fourth annual developer conference.

At present, Arizona State University is using Salesforce Blockchain to design and create an educational network that enables universities to verify and securely share information.

Major rating agency S&P Global Ratings is also using Salesforce Blockchain to reduce the time it takes to review and approve new business bank accounts.

Last year, Salesforce Co-Founder Marc Benioff had announced that the company was working on blockchain products. He had noted that the then environment around blockchain was similar to the early days of mobile communication and social media development.

Earlier, Insurance broker Marsh joined with IBM to provide commercial proof of insurance blockchain solution through the Salesforce.com CRM platform.

SNB's Jordan says central bank has room for more expansionary policy

BERN, June 13 (Reuters) – The Swiss National Bank has scope to further relax its already ultra loose monetary policy of negative interest rates and foreign currency purchases, chairman Thomas Jordan said on Thursday.

“We still have room to maneuver, we can go to an even more expansionary monetary policy,” Jordan told a press conference.

“We have sufficient room to change monetary policy to react to shocks,” he said. (Reporting by John Revill; editing by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi)

French state: we didn't veto Renault-Fiat Chrysler deal

A sign of French automaker Renault Group shows the way for the Renault shareholders general meeting in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

France's finance minister says the government didn't oppose a merger deal between carmaker Renault and Italian-American rival Fiat Chrysler.

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Speaking on FranceInfo news broadcaster, Bruno le Maire said the government's key priority is to strengthen the alliance of Renault with its longtime Japanese partner Nissan.

He said a merger with Fiat Chrysler "remains an interesting opportunity."

He added: "We have never vetoed it. We simply asked five additional days to study the operation." He noted that Nissan was hesitant about it.

Fiat Chrysler had proposed a 50-50 merger that would have created the world's third-largest carmaker worth almost $40 billion. Earlier this month, the group pulled the proposal, citing political conditions in France.

The French state is Renault's biggest shareholder with a 15% stake.

Russian lawmaker says Poland could be targeted if Russia is attacked: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov said on Thursday that Washington’s plans to deploy spy drones and send troops to Poland are a concern to Moscow, and that Poland could be hit with a retaliatory strike if Russia were attacked, Interfax reported.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump promised Polish President Andrzej Duda that he would deploy 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland, a step sought by Warsaw to deter potential aggression from Russia.

Trump says he is 'in no rush' to make a nuclear deal with North Korea

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (June 12) he was “in no rush” to make a deal with North Korea to get it to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme, and touted what he called his positive relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“I think we’re going to do very well with North Korea over a period of time. I’m in no rush. The sanctions are on,” Mr Trump said during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Russia says concerned about U.S. deployment of spy drones in Poland: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – MOSCOW, June 13 (Reuters) – Russia is concerned about a U.S. plan to deploy spy drones in Poland, RIA news agency cited a Russian deputy foreign minister as saying on Thursday.

Sergei Ryabkov also said Washington’s move demonstrated what he called its “aggressive intentions”.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump promised Polish President Andrzej Duda that he would deploy 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland, a step sought by Warsaw to deter potential aggression from Russia.

Britain urgently seeking facts on reports of tankers hit in Gulf of Oman: PM's spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is aware of the reports of two tankers being hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and is seeking urgently to establish the facts of what happened, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Thursday.