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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group announced it will invest 100 billion yuan ($15.12 billion) over five years to build a global logistics network and also take control of a $20 billion unit, underpinning an aggressive overseas expansion.

Alibaba is investing 5.3 billion yuan in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to boost its stake to 51 percent from 47 percent. The investment would value Cainiao, a joint venture of top Chinese logistics firms, at around $20 billion.”Our commitment to Cainiao and additional investment in logistics demonstrate Alibaba’s commitment to building the most-efficient logistic network in China and around the world,” Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said in a statement on Tuesday.

The announcement comes as Alibaba is rapidly expanding its e-commerce and logistics network abroad, including newly announced direct sales channels in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, facilitated by a $2 billion investment in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group.

Alibaba’s latest investment in Cainiao also signals its intention to boost control over the domestic warehousing and delivery market, which has become increasingly competitive as firms seek to capitalize on logistics data assets.

In June top logistics firm SF Holding Co cut ties with the Cainiao coalition, which provides logistics support directly to Alibaba’s top e-commerce platform Taobao, claiming Alibaba had requested data unrelated to the existing partnership agreement. Alibaba denied the claims.

Alibaba said on Tuesday the $15 billion investment will be used to develop its data technology and improve its warehousing and delivery development.

Alibaba subscribed to new shares of Cainiao to boost its stake to a majority, according to a person close to the e-commerce firm. Alibaba will gain a new board seat in Cainiao, and will represent four out of a total seven seats.

Despite attracting billions of dollars from equity investors, Chinese logistic firms haven’t fared well in recent public listings.

Shares of ZTO Express Inc, which raised $1.4 billion from its New York IPO last October in the largest U.S. offering by any Chinese company since Alibaba in 2014, are down 22 percent from the listing price.

And Best Inc, a Chinese delivery firm backed by Alibaba, raised $450 million in a U.S. IPO last week, nearly half of what it had initially intended to raise.

Cainiao is not currently considering any IPO, the person said.

Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alibaba co-founded Cainiao in 2013, with partners including department store owner Intime Group, conglomerate Fosun Group and a few logistics companies. It oversees roughly 57 million deliveries a day.

(Reporting by Kane Wu and Cate Cadell; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An erupting volcano has forced 6,000 people to flee their homes on an island in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

The Manaro volcano on Ambae island has been active since 2005, but a recent increase in activity has raised fears of a major eruption.

Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office, said Tuesday that Vanuatu would declare an emergency on the island after the volcano’s activity measure was raised to Level 4 for the first time over the weekend.

“There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano,” Welegtabit said. “There’s a lot of activity going on.”

He said that it’s difficult to say whether there will be a major eruption, and that those who have been evacuated will just have to sit and wait.

“With the seismic machine, we can measure what’s happening but we can’t really predict what the volcano will do next,” he said.

About 10,000 people live on the island, Welegtabit said, and those in the north and south are most vulnerable. He said those villagers have been moved into schools and community halls in the island’s eastern and western regions.

He said authorities planned to send to the island a ship filled with water, food and other supplies that would arrive Wednesday to help those people who had been displaced.

Vanuatu’s Meteorology and Geohazards Department said in an alert that villagers within 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) of the volcano face the biggest risk from airborne rocks and volcanic gas. The department warned that acid rain could damage crops across a broader area.

Vanuatu is located about one-quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii. It’s made up of 80 islands, about 65 of which are inhabited, and is home to around 280,000 people.

The nation is considered one of the world’s most prone to natural disasters, with a half-dozen active volcanoes as well as regular cyclones and earthquakes. It sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.

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A look at what’s happening all around the majors Tuesday:

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PARTY TIME?

The Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) goes for Chicago, making his second start since missing nearly three weeks with a hamstring injury. The Cardinals counter with righty Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63), who gave up seven runs to the Cubs in a start against them Sept. 15.

WAITING ON YOU

Perhaps slugger Bryce Harper will feel well enough to return to the Nationals’ lineup in Philadelphia. Any plans the NL East champions had of Harper coming back from his knee injury Monday night were dashed due to flu-like symptoms. Washington manager Dusty Baker said Sunday the team was still trying to decide whether to reinstate Harper from the disabled list Monday, but he spent much of the day receiving treatment. The 2015 NL MVP has been sidelined with a bone bruise in his hyperextended left knee since slipping on a wet base Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

BOSTON BANGED UP

The Red Sox are hoping for good news on a pair of injured hitters — Mookie Betts and Eduardo Nunez. Betts exited Monday’s game with pain in his left wrist a few innings after going over 100 RBIs for the second straight season. Nunez, meanwhile, aggravated a right knee injury that had kept him out of Boston’s previous 13 games. Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) tries to push the Red Sox closer to an AL East title when he takes his major league-leading 300 strikeouts to the mound against Toronto. Boston’s magic number is three to clinch its second consecutive division crown.

LEFTY SHOWDOWN

Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels, a pair of left-handed aces who have both missed more than 50 games this season, pitch the middle game of a series between the Astros and Rangers. AL West champion Houston is still playing for a chance at the AL’s top record, but two-time defending division champion Texas could be mathematically eliminated from wild-card contention Tuesday. Keuchel (13-5) is making his 12th start since missing 53 games during two DL stints, for a pinched nerve in his back and then neck discomfort. Hamels (11-4) missed 51 games because of a right oblique strain, and is making his 18th start since coming back.

WILD AT HOME

With slugger Aaron Judge looking to add to his rookie-record total of 50 home runs, the Yankees are one step from assuring themselves home-field advantage if they wind up in the AL wild-card game. To do it, New York needs just one win or a Minnesota loss. Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-7) starts against visiting Tampa Bay, while the Twins play at AL Central champion Cleveland. Of course, the Yankees would still love to catch Boston for the AL East title. They trail the first-place Red Sox by four games with six to play.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Taylor homered, A.J. Cole allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Monday night.

Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Jayson Werth drove in the other run for the NL East champion Nationals, who extended their franchise record with 50 road wins.

Any plans the Nationals had of returning former MVP Bryce Harper to the lineup on Monday were derailed by his flulike symptoms. The five-time All-Star has been out since he slipped on a wet base and hyperextended his left knee on Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

The Nationals rested Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon.

Odubel Herrera homered for the Phillies, who have been playing better of late but entered one game ahead of the Giants for the worst record in baseball.

Cole (3-5) struck out five and walked two while giving up six hits.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances with the Nationals since being acquired from Oakland on July 16.

Aaron Nola (12-11) allowed Taylor’s two-run drive in the second but otherwise pitched well for Philadelphia. He struck out nine, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings.

Taylor’s 17th homer this season, a 398-foot blast to left-center, gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

Cole kept the Phillies off the board until Herrera snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a solo shot, his 14th, on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth.

Werth’s eighth-inning groundout plated Zimmerman to put Washington on top 3-1.

The Nationals struck out 13 times.

HARPER’S RETURN

The Nationals hoped to activate Harper for Monday’s game, but he instead spent much of the day receiving treatment. Washington has clinched the NL East and the goal is to get Harper some at-bats in the final week of the regular season to help him prepare for the playoffs.

Philadelphia would be an ideal place for Harper to return. In 38 games at Citizens Bank Park, Harper is batting .296 with 12 homers.

PHILLY SLUMPING I

The Phillies have lost 23 of their last 30 to Washington.

PHILLY SLUMPING II

Rookie Philadelphia slugger Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 4 and has one hit in his past 15 at-bats.

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Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (15-7, 2.68) looks to extend his success in Philadelphia, where he is 6-3 with a 2.44 ERA in 12 starts. Gonzalez, a former Phillies farmhand, has never allowed more than three earned runs at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies: RHP Jake Thompson (2-2, 4.14) is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last two outings.

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TORONTO (Reuters) – A Toronto artificial intelligence institute set up in March with more than $150 million of public and private funding has named Carnegie Mellon professor Garth Gibson as its first chief executive.

The Vector Institute, which the Canadian government set up this year in a bid to help establish Toronto as a global hub for work in artificial intelligence, said on Monday that Gibson would head the institute from Jan. 2.

Gibson, 58, is a Toronto-area native who moved to the United States in the 1980s to pursue graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He took a teaching job at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has also held several research and administrative posts.

Vector’s members include Canada’s largest banks as well as Silicon Valley technology firms Alphabet Inc’s Google and Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

The institute’s offices and laboratories are under construction at the University of Toronto, where artificial-intelligence pioneer Geoffrey Hinton conducted breakthrough research in a field known as deep learning and trained some of the most accomplished researchers in the field.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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By Lisa Twaronite

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slumped on Tuesday while the dollar remained off recent highs against the yen against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that a weekend tweet by President Donald Trump counted as a declaration of war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares were 0.3 percent down.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index sagged 0.2 percent, pressured by a stronger yen.

“In addition to North Korea, the stronger yen is affecting shares today, and there’s also Apple’s poor performance, after the report that it told suppliers to reduce parts shipments,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

Apple Inc shed 0.9 percent on Monday after it was reported the company had told suppliers to scale back shipments of parts for its upcoming iPhone X.

The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

The yen tends to benefit during times of risk aversion due to Japan’s net creditor status and the expectation that Japanese investors would repatriate assets when facing a crisis.

The euro edged up after tumbling on Monday following a severely diminished election victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel that was accompanied by a surge in support for the far right. Support for Merkel’s conservatives unexpectedly slumped to its lowest since 1949 and the Social Democrats, partners in the outgoing coalition, said they would go into opposition.

The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

On Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. central bank is on track to gradually raise rates given factors depressing inflation are “fading” and the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are sound.

But Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the Fed should wait until there are clear signs of faster wage and price growth before hiking rates again.

Crude oil prices gave back some of their gains after soaring more than 3 percent on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest in more than two years. Major producers said the global market was on its way to rebalancing, while Turkey threatened to cut oil flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to its ports.

U.S. crude eased 0.2 percent to $52.12 a barrel, after touching its highest levels since April on Monday.

Brent crude edged up 0.1 percent to $59.10, after scaling its highest peak overnight since July, 2015.

(Reporting by Lisa Twaronite; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares <.AXJO> were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares <.KS11> were 0.3 percent down.

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The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 <JPY=> and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

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The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856 <EUR=>, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601 <.DXY>.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group announced it will invest 100 billion yuan ($15.12 billion) over five years to build a global logistics network and also take control of a $20 billion unit, underpinning an aggressive overseas expansion.

Alibaba is investing 5.3 billion yuan in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to boost its stake to 51 percent from 47 percent. The investment would value Cainiao, a joint venture of top Chinese logistics firms, at around $20 billion.”Our commitment to Cainiao and additional investment in logistics demonstrate Alibaba’s commitment to building the most-efficient logistic network in China and around the world,” Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said in a statement on Tuesday.

The announcement comes as Alibaba is rapidly expanding its e-commerce and logistics network abroad, including newly announced direct sales channels in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, facilitated by a $2 billion investment in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group.

Alibaba’s latest investment in Cainiao also signals its intention to boost control over the domestic warehousing and delivery market, which has become increasingly competitive as firms seek to capitalize on logistics data assets.

In June top logistics firm SF Holding Co cut ties with the Cainiao coalition, which provides logistics support directly to Alibaba’s top e-commerce platform Taobao, claiming Alibaba had requested data unrelated to the existing partnership agreement. Alibaba denied the claims.

Alibaba said on Tuesday the $15 billion investment will be used to develop its data technology and improve its warehousing and delivery development.

Alibaba subscribed to new shares of Cainiao to boost its stake to a majority, according to a person close to the e-commerce firm. Alibaba will gain a new board seat in Cainiao, and will represent four out of a total seven seats.

Despite attracting billions of dollars from equity investors, Chinese logistic firms haven’t fared well in recent public listings.

Shares of ZTO Express Inc, which raised $1.4 billion from its New York IPO last October in the largest U.S. offering by any Chinese company since Alibaba in 2014, are down 22 percent from the listing price.

And Best Inc, a Chinese delivery firm backed by Alibaba, raised $450 million in a U.S. IPO last week, nearly half of what it had initially intended to raise.

Cainiao is not currently considering any IPO, the person said.

Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alibaba co-founded Cainiao in 2013, with partners including department store owner Intime Group, conglomerate Fosun Group and a few logistics companies. It oversees roughly 57 million deliveries a day.

(Reporting by Kane Wu and Cate Cadell; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An erupting volcano has forced 6,000 people to flee their homes on an island in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

The Manaro volcano on Ambae island has been active since 2005, but a recent increase in activity has raised fears of a major eruption.

Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office, said Tuesday that Vanuatu would declare an emergency on the island after the volcano’s activity measure was raised to Level 4 for the first time over the weekend.

“There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano,” Welegtabit said. “There’s a lot of activity going on.”

He said that it’s difficult to say whether there will be a major eruption, and that those who have been evacuated will just have to sit and wait.

“With the seismic machine, we can measure what’s happening but we can’t really predict what the volcano will do next,” he said.

About 10,000 people live on the island, Welegtabit said, and those in the north and south are most vulnerable. He said those villagers have been moved into schools and community halls in the island’s eastern and western regions.

He said authorities planned to send to the island a ship filled with water, food and other supplies that would arrive Wednesday to help those people who had been displaced.

Vanuatu’s Meteorology and Geohazards Department said in an alert that villagers within 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) of the volcano face the biggest risk from airborne rocks and volcanic gas. The department warned that acid rain could damage crops across a broader area.

Vanuatu is located about one-quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii. It’s made up of 80 islands, about 65 of which are inhabited, and is home to around 280,000 people.

The nation is considered one of the world’s most prone to natural disasters, with a half-dozen active volcanoes as well as regular cyclones and earthquakes. It sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.

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A look at what’s happening all around the majors Tuesday:

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The Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) goes for Chicago, making his second start since missing nearly three weeks with a hamstring injury. The Cardinals counter with righty Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63), who gave up seven runs to the Cubs in a start against them Sept. 15.

WAITING ON YOU

Perhaps slugger Bryce Harper will feel well enough to return to the Nationals’ lineup in Philadelphia. Any plans the NL East champions had of Harper coming back from his knee injury Monday night were dashed due to flu-like symptoms. Washington manager Dusty Baker said Sunday the team was still trying to decide whether to reinstate Harper from the disabled list Monday, but he spent much of the day receiving treatment. The 2015 NL MVP has been sidelined with a bone bruise in his hyperextended left knee since slipping on a wet base Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

BOSTON BANGED UP

The Red Sox are hoping for good news on a pair of injured hitters — Mookie Betts and Eduardo Nunez. Betts exited Monday’s game with pain in his left wrist a few innings after going over 100 RBIs for the second straight season. Nunez, meanwhile, aggravated a right knee injury that had kept him out of Boston’s previous 13 games. Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) tries to push the Red Sox closer to an AL East title when he takes his major league-leading 300 strikeouts to the mound against Toronto. Boston’s magic number is three to clinch its second consecutive division crown.

LEFTY SHOWDOWN

Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels, a pair of left-handed aces who have both missed more than 50 games this season, pitch the middle game of a series between the Astros and Rangers. AL West champion Houston is still playing for a chance at the AL’s top record, but two-time defending division champion Texas could be mathematically eliminated from wild-card contention Tuesday. Keuchel (13-5) is making his 12th start since missing 53 games during two DL stints, for a pinched nerve in his back and then neck discomfort. Hamels (11-4) missed 51 games because of a right oblique strain, and is making his 18th start since coming back.

WILD AT HOME

With slugger Aaron Judge looking to add to his rookie-record total of 50 home runs, the Yankees are one step from assuring themselves home-field advantage if they wind up in the AL wild-card game. To do it, New York needs just one win or a Minnesota loss. Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-7) starts against visiting Tampa Bay, while the Twins play at AL Central champion Cleveland. Of course, the Yankees would still love to catch Boston for the AL East title. They trail the first-place Red Sox by four games with six to play.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Taylor homered, A.J. Cole allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Monday night.

Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Jayson Werth drove in the other run for the NL East champion Nationals, who extended their franchise record with 50 road wins.

Any plans the Nationals had of returning former MVP Bryce Harper to the lineup on Monday were derailed by his flulike symptoms. The five-time All-Star has been out since he slipped on a wet base and hyperextended his left knee on Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

The Nationals rested Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon.

Odubel Herrera homered for the Phillies, who have been playing better of late but entered one game ahead of the Giants for the worst record in baseball.

Cole (3-5) struck out five and walked two while giving up six hits.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances with the Nationals since being acquired from Oakland on July 16.

Aaron Nola (12-11) allowed Taylor’s two-run drive in the second but otherwise pitched well for Philadelphia. He struck out nine, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings.

Taylor’s 17th homer this season, a 398-foot blast to left-center, gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

Cole kept the Phillies off the board until Herrera snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a solo shot, his 14th, on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth.

Werth’s eighth-inning groundout plated Zimmerman to put Washington on top 3-1.

The Nationals struck out 13 times.

HARPER’S RETURN

The Nationals hoped to activate Harper for Monday’s game, but he instead spent much of the day receiving treatment. Washington has clinched the NL East and the goal is to get Harper some at-bats in the final week of the regular season to help him prepare for the playoffs.

Philadelphia would be an ideal place for Harper to return. In 38 games at Citizens Bank Park, Harper is batting .296 with 12 homers.

PHILLY SLUMPING I

The Phillies have lost 23 of their last 30 to Washington.

PHILLY SLUMPING II

Rookie Philadelphia slugger Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 4 and has one hit in his past 15 at-bats.

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (15-7, 2.68) looks to extend his success in Philadelphia, where he is 6-3 with a 2.44 ERA in 12 starts. Gonzalez, a former Phillies farmhand, has never allowed more than three earned runs at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies: RHP Jake Thompson (2-2, 4.14) is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last two outings.

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TORONTO (Reuters) – A Toronto artificial intelligence institute set up in March with more than $150 million of public and private funding has named Carnegie Mellon professor Garth Gibson as its first chief executive.

The Vector Institute, which the Canadian government set up this year in a bid to help establish Toronto as a global hub for work in artificial intelligence, said on Monday that Gibson would head the institute from Jan. 2.

Gibson, 58, is a Toronto-area native who moved to the United States in the 1980s to pursue graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He took a teaching job at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has also held several research and administrative posts.

Vector’s members include Canada’s largest banks as well as Silicon Valley technology firms Alphabet Inc’s Google and Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

The institute’s offices and laboratories are under construction at the University of Toronto, where artificial-intelligence pioneer Geoffrey Hinton conducted breakthrough research in a field known as deep learning and trained some of the most accomplished researchers in the field.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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By Lisa Twaronite

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slumped on Tuesday while the dollar remained off recent highs against the yen against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that a weekend tweet by President Donald Trump counted as a declaration of war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares were 0.3 percent down.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index sagged 0.2 percent, pressured by a stronger yen.

“In addition to North Korea, the stronger yen is affecting shares today, and there’s also Apple’s poor performance, after the report that it told suppliers to reduce parts shipments,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

Apple Inc shed 0.9 percent on Monday after it was reported the company had told suppliers to scale back shipments of parts for its upcoming iPhone X.

The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

The yen tends to benefit during times of risk aversion due to Japan’s net creditor status and the expectation that Japanese investors would repatriate assets when facing a crisis.

The euro edged up after tumbling on Monday following a severely diminished election victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel that was accompanied by a surge in support for the far right. Support for Merkel’s conservatives unexpectedly slumped to its lowest since 1949 and the Social Democrats, partners in the outgoing coalition, said they would go into opposition.

The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

On Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. central bank is on track to gradually raise rates given factors depressing inflation are “fading” and the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are sound.

But Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the Fed should wait until there are clear signs of faster wage and price growth before hiking rates again.

Crude oil prices gave back some of their gains after soaring more than 3 percent on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest in more than two years. Major producers said the global market was on its way to rebalancing, while Turkey threatened to cut oil flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to its ports.

U.S. crude eased 0.2 percent to $52.12 a barrel, after touching its highest levels since April on Monday.

Brent crude edged up 0.1 percent to $59.10, after scaling its highest peak overnight since July, 2015.

(Reporting by Lisa Twaronite; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares <.AXJO> were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares <.KS11> were 0.3 percent down.

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The yen tends to benefit during times of risk aversion due to Japan’s net creditor status and the expectation that Japanese investors would repatriate assets when facing a crisis.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group announced it will invest 100 billion yuan ($15.12 billion) over five years to build a global logistics network and also take control of a $20 billion unit, underpinning an aggressive overseas expansion.

Alibaba is investing 5.3 billion yuan in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to boost its stake to 51 percent from 47 percent. The investment would value Cainiao, a joint venture of top Chinese logistics firms, at around $20 billion.”Our commitment to Cainiao and additional investment in logistics demonstrate Alibaba’s commitment to building the most-efficient logistic network in China and around the world,” Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said in a statement on Tuesday.

The announcement comes as Alibaba is rapidly expanding its e-commerce and logistics network abroad, including newly announced direct sales channels in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, facilitated by a $2 billion investment in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group.

Alibaba’s latest investment in Cainiao also signals its intention to boost control over the domestic warehousing and delivery market, which has become increasingly competitive as firms seek to capitalize on logistics data assets.

In June top logistics firm SF Holding Co cut ties with the Cainiao coalition, which provides logistics support directly to Alibaba’s top e-commerce platform Taobao, claiming Alibaba had requested data unrelated to the existing partnership agreement. Alibaba denied the claims.

Alibaba said on Tuesday the $15 billion investment will be used to develop its data technology and improve its warehousing and delivery development.

Alibaba subscribed to new shares of Cainiao to boost its stake to a majority, according to a person close to the e-commerce firm. Alibaba will gain a new board seat in Cainiao, and will represent four out of a total seven seats.

Despite attracting billions of dollars from equity investors, Chinese logistic firms haven’t fared well in recent public listings.

Shares of ZTO Express Inc, which raised $1.4 billion from its New York IPO last October in the largest U.S. offering by any Chinese company since Alibaba in 2014, are down 22 percent from the listing price.

And Best Inc, a Chinese delivery firm backed by Alibaba, raised $450 million in a U.S. IPO last week, nearly half of what it had initially intended to raise.

Cainiao is not currently considering any IPO, the person said.

Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alibaba co-founded Cainiao in 2013, with partners including department store owner Intime Group, conglomerate Fosun Group and a few logistics companies. It oversees roughly 57 million deliveries a day.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An erupting volcano has forced 6,000 people to flee their homes on an island in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

The Manaro volcano on Ambae island has been active since 2005, but a recent increase in activity has raised fears of a major eruption.

Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office, said Tuesday that Vanuatu would declare an emergency on the island after the volcano’s activity measure was raised to Level 4 for the first time over the weekend.

“There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano,” Welegtabit said. “There’s a lot of activity going on.”

He said that it’s difficult to say whether there will be a major eruption, and that those who have been evacuated will just have to sit and wait.

“With the seismic machine, we can measure what’s happening but we can’t really predict what the volcano will do next,” he said.

About 10,000 people live on the island, Welegtabit said, and those in the north and south are most vulnerable. He said those villagers have been moved into schools and community halls in the island’s eastern and western regions.

He said authorities planned to send to the island a ship filled with water, food and other supplies that would arrive Wednesday to help those people who had been displaced.

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A look at what’s happening all around the majors Tuesday:

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PARTY TIME?

The Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) goes for Chicago, making his second start since missing nearly three weeks with a hamstring injury. The Cardinals counter with righty Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63), who gave up seven runs to the Cubs in a start against them Sept. 15.

WAITING ON YOU

Perhaps slugger Bryce Harper will feel well enough to return to the Nationals’ lineup in Philadelphia. Any plans the NL East champions had of Harper coming back from his knee injury Monday night were dashed due to flu-like symptoms. Washington manager Dusty Baker said Sunday the team was still trying to decide whether to reinstate Harper from the disabled list Monday, but he spent much of the day receiving treatment. The 2015 NL MVP has been sidelined with a bone bruise in his hyperextended left knee since slipping on a wet base Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

BOSTON BANGED UP

The Red Sox are hoping for good news on a pair of injured hitters — Mookie Betts and Eduardo Nunez. Betts exited Monday’s game with pain in his left wrist a few innings after going over 100 RBIs for the second straight season. Nunez, meanwhile, aggravated a right knee injury that had kept him out of Boston’s previous 13 games. Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) tries to push the Red Sox closer to an AL East title when he takes his major league-leading 300 strikeouts to the mound against Toronto. Boston’s magic number is three to clinch its second consecutive division crown.

LEFTY SHOWDOWN

Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels, a pair of left-handed aces who have both missed more than 50 games this season, pitch the middle game of a series between the Astros and Rangers. AL West champion Houston is still playing for a chance at the AL’s top record, but two-time defending division champion Texas could be mathematically eliminated from wild-card contention Tuesday. Keuchel (13-5) is making his 12th start since missing 53 games during two DL stints, for a pinched nerve in his back and then neck discomfort. Hamels (11-4) missed 51 games because of a right oblique strain, and is making his 18th start since coming back.

WILD AT HOME

With slugger Aaron Judge looking to add to his rookie-record total of 50 home runs, the Yankees are one step from assuring themselves home-field advantage if they wind up in the AL wild-card game. To do it, New York needs just one win or a Minnesota loss. Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-7) starts against visiting Tampa Bay, while the Twins play at AL Central champion Cleveland. Of course, the Yankees would still love to catch Boston for the AL East title. They trail the first-place Red Sox by four games with six to play.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Taylor homered, A.J. Cole allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Monday night.

Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Jayson Werth drove in the other run for the NL East champion Nationals, who extended their franchise record with 50 road wins.

Any plans the Nationals had of returning former MVP Bryce Harper to the lineup on Monday were derailed by his flulike symptoms. The five-time All-Star has been out since he slipped on a wet base and hyperextended his left knee on Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

The Nationals rested Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon.

Odubel Herrera homered for the Phillies, who have been playing better of late but entered one game ahead of the Giants for the worst record in baseball.

Cole (3-5) struck out five and walked two while giving up six hits.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances with the Nationals since being acquired from Oakland on July 16.

Aaron Nola (12-11) allowed Taylor’s two-run drive in the second but otherwise pitched well for Philadelphia. He struck out nine, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings.

Taylor’s 17th homer this season, a 398-foot blast to left-center, gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

Cole kept the Phillies off the board until Herrera snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a solo shot, his 14th, on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth.

Werth’s eighth-inning groundout plated Zimmerman to put Washington on top 3-1.

The Nationals struck out 13 times.

HARPER’S RETURN

The Nationals hoped to activate Harper for Monday’s game, but he instead spent much of the day receiving treatment. Washington has clinched the NL East and the goal is to get Harper some at-bats in the final week of the regular season to help him prepare for the playoffs.

Philadelphia would be an ideal place for Harper to return. In 38 games at Citizens Bank Park, Harper is batting .296 with 12 homers.

PHILLY SLUMPING I

The Phillies have lost 23 of their last 30 to Washington.

PHILLY SLUMPING II

Rookie Philadelphia slugger Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 4 and has one hit in his past 15 at-bats.

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Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (15-7, 2.68) looks to extend his success in Philadelphia, where he is 6-3 with a 2.44 ERA in 12 starts. Gonzalez, a former Phillies farmhand, has never allowed more than three earned runs at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies: RHP Jake Thompson (2-2, 4.14) is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last two outings.

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TORONTO (Reuters) – A Toronto artificial intelligence institute set up in March with more than $150 million of public and private funding has named Carnegie Mellon professor Garth Gibson as its first chief executive.

The Vector Institute, which the Canadian government set up this year in a bid to help establish Toronto as a global hub for work in artificial intelligence, said on Monday that Gibson would head the institute from Jan. 2.

Gibson, 58, is a Toronto-area native who moved to the United States in the 1980s to pursue graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He took a teaching job at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has also held several research and administrative posts.

Vector’s members include Canada’s largest banks as well as Silicon Valley technology firms Alphabet Inc’s Google and Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

The institute’s offices and laboratories are under construction at the University of Toronto, where artificial-intelligence pioneer Geoffrey Hinton conducted breakthrough research in a field known as deep learning and trained some of the most accomplished researchers in the field.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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By Lisa Twaronite

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slumped on Tuesday while the dollar remained off recent highs against the yen against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that a weekend tweet by President Donald Trump counted as a declaration of war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares were 0.3 percent down.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index sagged 0.2 percent, pressured by a stronger yen.

“In addition to North Korea, the stronger yen is affecting shares today, and there’s also Apple’s poor performance, after the report that it told suppliers to reduce parts shipments,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

Apple Inc shed 0.9 percent on Monday after it was reported the company had told suppliers to scale back shipments of parts for its upcoming iPhone X.

The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

The yen tends to benefit during times of risk aversion due to Japan’s net creditor status and the expectation that Japanese investors would repatriate assets when facing a crisis.

The euro edged up after tumbling on Monday following a severely diminished election victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel that was accompanied by a surge in support for the far right. Support for Merkel’s conservatives unexpectedly slumped to its lowest since 1949 and the Social Democrats, partners in the outgoing coalition, said they would go into opposition.

The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

On Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. central bank is on track to gradually raise rates given factors depressing inflation are “fading” and the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are sound.

But Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the Fed should wait until there are clear signs of faster wage and price growth before hiking rates again.

Crude oil prices gave back some of their gains after soaring more than 3 percent on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest in more than two years. Major producers said the global market was on its way to rebalancing, while Turkey threatened to cut oil flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to its ports.

U.S. crude eased 0.2 percent to $52.12 a barrel, after touching its highest levels since April on Monday.

Brent crude edged up 0.1 percent to $59.10, after scaling its highest peak overnight since July, 2015.

(Reporting by Lisa Twaronite; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slumped on Tuesday while the dollar remained off recent highs against the yen against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that a weekend tweet by President Donald Trump counted as a declaration of war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares <.AXJO> were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares <.KS11> were 0.3 percent down.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index <.N225> sagged 0.2 percent, pressured by a stronger yen.

“In addition to North Korea, the stronger yen is affecting shares today, and there’s also Apple’s poor performance, after the report that it told suppliers to reduce parts shipments,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

Apple Inc <AAPL.O> shed 0.9 percent on Monday after it was reported the company had told suppliers to scale back shipments of parts for its upcoming iPhone X.

The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 <JPY=> and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

The yen tends to benefit during times of risk aversion due to Japan’s net creditor status and the expectation that Japanese investors would repatriate assets when facing a crisis.

The euro edged up after tumbling on Monday following a severely diminished election victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel that was accompanied by a surge in support for the far right. Support for Merkel’s conservatives unexpectedly slumped to its lowest since 1949 and the Social Democrats, partners in the outgoing coalition, said they would go into opposition.

The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856 <EUR=>, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601 <.DXY>.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

On Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. central bank is on track to gradually raise rates given factors depressing inflation are “fading” and the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are sound.

But Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the Fed should wait until there are clear signs of faster wage and price growth before hiking rates again.

Crude oil prices gave back some of their gains after soaring more than 3 percent on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest in more than two years. Major producers said the global market was on its way to rebalancing, while Turkey threatened to cut oil flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to its ports.

U.S. crude <CLc1> eased 0.2 percent to $52.12 a barrel, after touching its highest levels since April on Monday.

Brent crude <LCOc1> edged up 0.1 percent to $59.10, after scaling its highest peak overnight since July, 2015.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group announced it will invest 100 billion yuan ($15.12 billion) over five years to build a global logistics network and also take control of a $20 billion unit, underpinning an aggressive overseas expansion.

Alibaba is investing 5.3 billion yuan in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to boost its stake to 51 percent from 47 percent. The investment would value Cainiao, a joint venture of top Chinese logistics firms, at around $20 billion.”Our commitment to Cainiao and additional investment in logistics demonstrate Alibaba’s commitment to building the most-efficient logistic network in China and around the world,” Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said in a statement on Tuesday.

The announcement comes as Alibaba is rapidly expanding its e-commerce and logistics network abroad, including newly announced direct sales channels in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, facilitated by a $2 billion investment in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group.

Alibaba’s latest investment in Cainiao also signals its intention to boost control over the domestic warehousing and delivery market, which has become increasingly competitive as firms seek to capitalize on logistics data assets.

In June top logistics firm SF Holding Co cut ties with the Cainiao coalition, which provides logistics support directly to Alibaba’s top e-commerce platform Taobao, claiming Alibaba had requested data unrelated to the existing partnership agreement. Alibaba denied the claims.

Alibaba said on Tuesday the $15 billion investment will be used to develop its data technology and improve its warehousing and delivery development.

Alibaba subscribed to new shares of Cainiao to boost its stake to a majority, according to a person close to the e-commerce firm. Alibaba will gain a new board seat in Cainiao, and will represent four out of a total seven seats.

Despite attracting billions of dollars from equity investors, Chinese logistic firms haven’t fared well in recent public listings.

Shares of ZTO Express Inc, which raised $1.4 billion from its New York IPO last October in the largest U.S. offering by any Chinese company since Alibaba in 2014, are down 22 percent from the listing price.

And Best Inc, a Chinese delivery firm backed by Alibaba, raised $450 million in a U.S. IPO last week, nearly half of what it had initially intended to raise.

Cainiao is not currently considering any IPO, the person said.

Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alibaba co-founded Cainiao in 2013, with partners including department store owner Intime Group, conglomerate Fosun Group and a few logistics companies. It oversees roughly 57 million deliveries a day.

(Reporting by Kane Wu and Cate Cadell; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An erupting volcano has forced 6,000 people to flee their homes on an island in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

The Manaro volcano on Ambae island has been active since 2005, but a recent increase in activity has raised fears of a major eruption.

Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office, said Tuesday that Vanuatu would declare an emergency on the island after the volcano’s activity measure was raised to Level 4 for the first time over the weekend.

“There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano,” Welegtabit said. “There’s a lot of activity going on.”

He said that it’s difficult to say whether there will be a major eruption, and that those who have been evacuated will just have to sit and wait.

“With the seismic machine, we can measure what’s happening but we can’t really predict what the volcano will do next,” he said.

About 10,000 people live on the island, Welegtabit said, and those in the north and south are most vulnerable. He said those villagers have been moved into schools and community halls in the island’s eastern and western regions.

He said authorities planned to send to the island a ship filled with water, food and other supplies that would arrive Wednesday to help those people who had been displaced.

Vanuatu’s Meteorology and Geohazards Department said in an alert that villagers within 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) of the volcano face the biggest risk from airborne rocks and volcanic gas. The department warned that acid rain could damage crops across a broader area.

Vanuatu is located about one-quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii. It’s made up of 80 islands, about 65 of which are inhabited, and is home to around 280,000 people.

The nation is considered one of the world’s most prone to natural disasters, with a half-dozen active volcanoes as well as regular cyclones and earthquakes. It sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.

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A look at what’s happening all around the majors Tuesday:

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The Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) goes for Chicago, making his second start since missing nearly three weeks with a hamstring injury. The Cardinals counter with righty Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63), who gave up seven runs to the Cubs in a start against them Sept. 15.

WAITING ON YOU

Perhaps slugger Bryce Harper will feel well enough to return to the Nationals’ lineup in Philadelphia. Any plans the NL East champions had of Harper coming back from his knee injury Monday night were dashed due to flu-like symptoms. Washington manager Dusty Baker said Sunday the team was still trying to decide whether to reinstate Harper from the disabled list Monday, but he spent much of the day receiving treatment. The 2015 NL MVP has been sidelined with a bone bruise in his hyperextended left knee since slipping on a wet base Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

BOSTON BANGED UP

The Red Sox are hoping for good news on a pair of injured hitters — Mookie Betts and Eduardo Nunez. Betts exited Monday’s game with pain in his left wrist a few innings after going over 100 RBIs for the second straight season. Nunez, meanwhile, aggravated a right knee injury that had kept him out of Boston’s previous 13 games. Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) tries to push the Red Sox closer to an AL East title when he takes his major league-leading 300 strikeouts to the mound against Toronto. Boston’s magic number is three to clinch its second consecutive division crown.

LEFTY SHOWDOWN

Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels, a pair of left-handed aces who have both missed more than 50 games this season, pitch the middle game of a series between the Astros and Rangers. AL West champion Houston is still playing for a chance at the AL’s top record, but two-time defending division champion Texas could be mathematically eliminated from wild-card contention Tuesday. Keuchel (13-5) is making his 12th start since missing 53 games during two DL stints, for a pinched nerve in his back and then neck discomfort. Hamels (11-4) missed 51 games because of a right oblique strain, and is making his 18th start since coming back.

WILD AT HOME

With slugger Aaron Judge looking to add to his rookie-record total of 50 home runs, the Yankees are one step from assuring themselves home-field advantage if they wind up in the AL wild-card game. To do it, New York needs just one win or a Minnesota loss. Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-7) starts against visiting Tampa Bay, while the Twins play at AL Central champion Cleveland. Of course, the Yankees would still love to catch Boston for the AL East title. They trail the first-place Red Sox by four games with six to play.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Taylor homered, A.J. Cole allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Monday night.

Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Jayson Werth drove in the other run for the NL East champion Nationals, who extended their franchise record with 50 road wins.

Any plans the Nationals had of returning former MVP Bryce Harper to the lineup on Monday were derailed by his flulike symptoms. The five-time All-Star has been out since he slipped on a wet base and hyperextended his left knee on Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

The Nationals rested Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon.

Odubel Herrera homered for the Phillies, who have been playing better of late but entered one game ahead of the Giants for the worst record in baseball.

Cole (3-5) struck out five and walked two while giving up six hits.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances with the Nationals since being acquired from Oakland on July 16.

Aaron Nola (12-11) allowed Taylor’s two-run drive in the second but otherwise pitched well for Philadelphia. He struck out nine, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings.

Taylor’s 17th homer this season, a 398-foot blast to left-center, gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

Cole kept the Phillies off the board until Herrera snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a solo shot, his 14th, on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth.

Werth’s eighth-inning groundout plated Zimmerman to put Washington on top 3-1.

The Nationals struck out 13 times.

HARPER’S RETURN

The Nationals hoped to activate Harper for Monday’s game, but he instead spent much of the day receiving treatment. Washington has clinched the NL East and the goal is to get Harper some at-bats in the final week of the regular season to help him prepare for the playoffs.

Philadelphia would be an ideal place for Harper to return. In 38 games at Citizens Bank Park, Harper is batting .296 with 12 homers.

PHILLY SLUMPING I

The Phillies have lost 23 of their last 30 to Washington.

PHILLY SLUMPING II

Rookie Philadelphia slugger Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 4 and has one hit in his past 15 at-bats.

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (15-7, 2.68) looks to extend his success in Philadelphia, where he is 6-3 with a 2.44 ERA in 12 starts. Gonzalez, a former Phillies farmhand, has never allowed more than three earned runs at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies: RHP Jake Thompson (2-2, 4.14) is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last two outings.

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TORONTO (Reuters) – A Toronto artificial intelligence institute set up in March with more than $150 million of public and private funding has named Carnegie Mellon professor Garth Gibson as its first chief executive.

The Vector Institute, which the Canadian government set up this year in a bid to help establish Toronto as a global hub for work in artificial intelligence, said on Monday that Gibson would head the institute from Jan. 2.

Gibson, 58, is a Toronto-area native who moved to the United States in the 1980s to pursue graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He took a teaching job at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has also held several research and administrative posts.

Vector’s members include Canada’s largest banks as well as Silicon Valley technology firms Alphabet Inc’s Google and Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

The institute’s offices and laboratories are under construction at the University of Toronto, where artificial-intelligence pioneer Geoffrey Hinton conducted breakthrough research in a field known as deep learning and trained some of the most accomplished researchers in the field.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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By Lisa Twaronite

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slumped on Tuesday while the dollar remained off recent highs against the yen against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that a weekend tweet by President Donald Trump counted as a declaration of war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares were 0.3 percent down.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index sagged 0.2 percent, pressured by a stronger yen.

“In addition to North Korea, the stronger yen is affecting shares today, and there’s also Apple’s poor performance, after the report that it told suppliers to reduce parts shipments,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

Apple Inc shed 0.9 percent on Monday after it was reported the company had told suppliers to scale back shipments of parts for its upcoming iPhone X.

The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

The yen tends to benefit during times of risk aversion due to Japan’s net creditor status and the expectation that Japanese investors would repatriate assets when facing a crisis.

The euro edged up after tumbling on Monday following a severely diminished election victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel that was accompanied by a surge in support for the far right. Support for Merkel’s conservatives unexpectedly slumped to its lowest since 1949 and the Social Democrats, partners in the outgoing coalition, said they would go into opposition.

The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

On Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. central bank is on track to gradually raise rates given factors depressing inflation are “fading” and the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are sound.

But Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the Fed should wait until there are clear signs of faster wage and price growth before hiking rates again.

Crude oil prices gave back some of their gains after soaring more than 3 percent on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest in more than two years. Major producers said the global market was on its way to rebalancing, while Turkey threatened to cut oil flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to its ports.

U.S. crude eased 0.2 percent to $52.12 a barrel, after touching its highest levels since April on Monday.

Brent crude edged up 0.1 percent to $59.10, after scaling its highest peak overnight since July, 2015.

(Reporting by Lisa Twaronite; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slumped on Tuesday while the dollar remained off recent highs against the yen against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that a weekend tweet by President Donald Trump counted as a declaration of war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares <.AXJO> were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares <.KS11> were 0.3 percent down.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index <.N225> sagged 0.2 percent, pressured by a stronger yen.

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The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 <JPY=> and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

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The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856 <EUR=>, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601 <.DXY>.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

On Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. central bank is on track to gradually raise rates given factors depressing inflation are “fading” and the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are sound.

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U.S. crude <CLc1> eased 0.2 percent to $52.12 a barrel, after touching its highest levels since April on Monday.

Brent crude <LCOc1> edged up 0.1 percent to $59.10, after scaling its highest peak overnight since July, 2015.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group announced it will invest 100 billion yuan ($15.12 billion) over five years to build a global logistics network and also take control of a $20 billion unit, underpinning an aggressive overseas expansion.

Alibaba is investing 5.3 billion yuan in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to boost its stake to 51 percent from 47 percent. The investment would value Cainiao, a joint venture of top Chinese logistics firms, at around $20 billion.”Our commitment to Cainiao and additional investment in logistics demonstrate Alibaba’s commitment to building the most-efficient logistic network in China and around the world,” Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said in a statement on Tuesday.

The announcement comes as Alibaba is rapidly expanding its e-commerce and logistics network abroad, including newly announced direct sales channels in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, facilitated by a $2 billion investment in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group.

Alibaba’s latest investment in Cainiao also signals its intention to boost control over the domestic warehousing and delivery market, which has become increasingly competitive as firms seek to capitalize on logistics data assets.

In June top logistics firm SF Holding Co cut ties with the Cainiao coalition, which provides logistics support directly to Alibaba’s top e-commerce platform Taobao, claiming Alibaba had requested data unrelated to the existing partnership agreement. Alibaba denied the claims.

Alibaba said on Tuesday the $15 billion investment will be used to develop its data technology and improve its warehousing and delivery development.

Alibaba subscribed to new shares of Cainiao to boost its stake to a majority, according to a person close to the e-commerce firm. Alibaba will gain a new board seat in Cainiao, and will represent four out of a total seven seats.

Despite attracting billions of dollars from equity investors, Chinese logistic firms haven’t fared well in recent public listings.

Shares of ZTO Express Inc, which raised $1.4 billion from its New York IPO last October in the largest U.S. offering by any Chinese company since Alibaba in 2014, are down 22 percent from the listing price.

And Best Inc, a Chinese delivery firm backed by Alibaba, raised $450 million in a U.S. IPO last week, nearly half of what it had initially intended to raise.

Cainiao is not currently considering any IPO, the person said.

Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alibaba co-founded Cainiao in 2013, with partners including department store owner Intime Group, conglomerate Fosun Group and a few logistics companies. It oversees roughly 57 million deliveries a day.

(Reporting by Kane Wu and Cate Cadell; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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“War is bad, it is not good. It affects implementation of developmental projects. Schools cannot be built, roads cannot be constructed. Like now the road to Terekeka up to Yirol and Rumbek has remained impassible”, he told the state-owned television (SSBC).
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An erupting volcano has forced 6,000 people to flee their homes on an island in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

The Manaro volcano on Ambae island has been active since 2005, but a recent increase in activity has raised fears of a major eruption.

Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office, said Tuesday that Vanuatu would declare an emergency on the island after the volcano’s activity measure was raised to Level 4 for the first time over the weekend.

“There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano,” Welegtabit said. “There’s a lot of activity going on.”

He said that it’s difficult to say whether there will be a major eruption, and that those who have been evacuated will just have to sit and wait.

“With the seismic machine, we can measure what’s happening but we can’t really predict what the volcano will do next,” he said.

About 10,000 people live on the island, Welegtabit said, and those in the north and south are most vulnerable. He said those villagers have been moved into schools and community halls in the island’s eastern and western regions.

He said authorities planned to send to the island a ship filled with water, food and other supplies that would arrive Wednesday to help those people who had been displaced.

Vanuatu’s Meteorology and Geohazards Department said in an alert that villagers within 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) of the volcano face the biggest risk from airborne rocks and volcanic gas. The department warned that acid rain could damage crops across a broader area.

Vanuatu is located about one-quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii. It’s made up of 80 islands, about 65 of which are inhabited, and is home to around 280,000 people.

The nation is considered one of the world’s most prone to natural disasters, with a half-dozen active volcanoes as well as regular cyclones and earthquakes. It sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.

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A look at what’s happening all around the majors Tuesday:

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PARTY TIME?

The Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) goes for Chicago, making his second start since missing nearly three weeks with a hamstring injury. The Cardinals counter with righty Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63), who gave up seven runs to the Cubs in a start against them Sept. 15.

WAITING ON YOU

Perhaps slugger Bryce Harper will feel well enough to return to the Nationals’ lineup in Philadelphia. Any plans the NL East champions had of Harper coming back from his knee injury Monday night were dashed due to flu-like symptoms. Washington manager Dusty Baker said Sunday the team was still trying to decide whether to reinstate Harper from the disabled list Monday, but he spent much of the day receiving treatment. The 2015 NL MVP has been sidelined with a bone bruise in his hyperextended left knee since slipping on a wet base Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

BOSTON BANGED UP

The Red Sox are hoping for good news on a pair of injured hitters — Mookie Betts and Eduardo Nunez. Betts exited Monday’s game with pain in his left wrist a few innings after going over 100 RBIs for the second straight season. Nunez, meanwhile, aggravated a right knee injury that had kept him out of Boston’s previous 13 games. Chris Sale (17-7, 2.75 ERA) tries to push the Red Sox closer to an AL East title when he takes his major league-leading 300 strikeouts to the mound against Toronto. Boston’s magic number is three to clinch its second consecutive division crown.

LEFTY SHOWDOWN

Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels, a pair of left-handed aces who have both missed more than 50 games this season, pitch the middle game of a series between the Astros and Rangers. AL West champion Houston is still playing for a chance at the AL’s top record, but two-time defending division champion Texas could be mathematically eliminated from wild-card contention Tuesday. Keuchel (13-5) is making his 12th start since missing 53 games during two DL stints, for a pinched nerve in his back and then neck discomfort. Hamels (11-4) missed 51 games because of a right oblique strain, and is making his 18th start since coming back.

WILD AT HOME

With slugger Aaron Judge looking to add to his rookie-record total of 50 home runs, the Yankees are one step from assuring themselves home-field advantage if they wind up in the AL wild-card game. To do it, New York needs just one win or a Minnesota loss. Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-7) starts against visiting Tampa Bay, while the Twins play at AL Central champion Cleveland. Of course, the Yankees would still love to catch Boston for the AL East title. They trail the first-place Red Sox by four games with six to play.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Taylor homered, A.J. Cole allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Monday night.

Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Jayson Werth drove in the other run for the NL East champion Nationals, who extended their franchise record with 50 road wins.

Any plans the Nationals had of returning former MVP Bryce Harper to the lineup on Monday were derailed by his flulike symptoms. The five-time All-Star has been out since he slipped on a wet base and hyperextended his left knee on Aug. 12. He has missed 42 games.

The Nationals rested Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon.

Odubel Herrera homered for the Phillies, who have been playing better of late but entered one game ahead of the Giants for the worst record in baseball.

Cole (3-5) struck out five and walked two while giving up six hits.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances with the Nationals since being acquired from Oakland on July 16.

Aaron Nola (12-11) allowed Taylor’s two-run drive in the second but otherwise pitched well for Philadelphia. He struck out nine, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings.

Taylor’s 17th homer this season, a 398-foot blast to left-center, gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

Cole kept the Phillies off the board until Herrera snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a solo shot, his 14th, on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth.

Werth’s eighth-inning groundout plated Zimmerman to put Washington on top 3-1.

The Nationals struck out 13 times.

HARPER’S RETURN

The Nationals hoped to activate Harper for Monday’s game, but he instead spent much of the day receiving treatment. Washington has clinched the NL East and the goal is to get Harper some at-bats in the final week of the regular season to help him prepare for the playoffs.

Philadelphia would be an ideal place for Harper to return. In 38 games at Citizens Bank Park, Harper is batting .296 with 12 homers.

PHILLY SLUMPING I

The Phillies have lost 23 of their last 30 to Washington.

PHILLY SLUMPING II

Rookie Philadelphia slugger Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 4 and has one hit in his past 15 at-bats.

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (15-7, 2.68) looks to extend his success in Philadelphia, where he is 6-3 with a 2.44 ERA in 12 starts. Gonzalez, a former Phillies farmhand, has never allowed more than three earned runs at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies: RHP Jake Thompson (2-2, 4.14) is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last two outings.

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TORONTO (Reuters) – A Toronto artificial intelligence institute set up in March with more than $150 million of public and private funding has named Carnegie Mellon professor Garth Gibson as its first chief executive.

The Vector Institute, which the Canadian government set up this year in a bid to help establish Toronto as a global hub for work in artificial intelligence, said on Monday that Gibson would head the institute from Jan. 2.

Gibson, 58, is a Toronto-area native who moved to the United States in the 1980s to pursue graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He took a teaching job at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has also held several research and administrative posts.

Vector’s members include Canada’s largest banks as well as Silicon Valley technology firms Alphabet Inc’s Google and Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

The institute’s offices and laboratories are under construction at the University of Toronto, where artificial-intelligence pioneer Geoffrey Hinton conducted breakthrough research in a field known as deep learning and trained some of the most accomplished researchers in the field.

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slumped on Tuesday while the dollar remained off recent highs against the yen against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that a weekend tweet by President Donald Trump counted as a declaration of war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares were 0.3 percent down.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index sagged 0.2 percent, pressured by a stronger yen.

“In addition to North Korea, the stronger yen is affecting shares today, and there’s also Apple’s poor performance, after the report that it told suppliers to reduce parts shipments,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

Apple Inc shed 0.9 percent on Monday after it was reported the company had told suppliers to scale back shipments of parts for its upcoming iPhone X.

The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

The yen tends to benefit during times of risk aversion due to Japan’s net creditor status and the expectation that Japanese investors would repatriate assets when facing a crisis.

The euro edged up after tumbling on Monday following a severely diminished election victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel that was accompanied by a surge in support for the far right. Support for Merkel’s conservatives unexpectedly slumped to its lowest since 1949 and the Social Democrats, partners in the outgoing coalition, said they would go into opposition.

The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

On Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. central bank is on track to gradually raise rates given factors depressing inflation are “fading” and the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are sound.

But Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the Fed should wait until there are clear signs of faster wage and price growth before hiking rates again.

Crude oil prices gave back some of their gains after soaring more than 3 percent on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest in more than two years. Major producers said the global market was on its way to rebalancing, while Turkey threatened to cut oil flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to its ports.

U.S. crude eased 0.2 percent to $52.12 a barrel, after touching its highest levels since April on Monday.

Brent crude edged up 0.1 percent to $59.10, after scaling its highest peak overnight since July, 2015.

(Reporting by Lisa Twaronite; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slumped on Tuesday while the dollar remained off recent highs against the yen against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that a weekend tweet by President Donald Trump counted as a declaration of war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was down 0.2 percent in early trade, following losses on Wall Street.

Australian shares <.AXJO> were up 0.1 percent, while South Korean shares <.KS11> were 0.3 percent down.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index <.N225> sagged 0.2 percent, pressured by a stronger yen.

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Apple Inc <AAPL.O> shed 0.9 percent on Monday after it was reported the company had told suppliers to scale back shipments of parts for its upcoming iPhone X.

The dollar was slightly down against the yen at 111.70 <JPY=> and well shy of last week’s two-month high of 112.725.

The yen tends to benefit during times of risk aversion due to Japan’s net creditor status and the expectation that Japanese investors would repatriate assets when facing a crisis.

The euro edged up after tumbling on Monday following a severely diminished election victory for German Chancellor Angela Merkel that was accompanied by a surge in support for the far right. Support for Merkel’s conservatives unexpectedly slumped to its lowest since 1949 and the Social Democrats, partners in the outgoing coalition, said they would go into opposition.

The single currency was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1856 <EUR=>, while the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was down 0.1 percent at 92.601 <.DXY>.

Later on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak on “Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals” at 1645 GMT.

On Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. central bank is on track to gradually raise rates given factors depressing inflation are “fading” and the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are sound.

But Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the Fed should wait until there are clear signs of faster wage and price growth before hiking rates again.

Crude oil prices gave back some of their gains after soaring more than 3 percent on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest in more than two years. Major producers said the global market was on its way to rebalancing, while Turkey threatened to cut oil flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to its ports.

U.S. crude <CLc1> eased 0.2 percent to $52.12 a barrel, after touching its highest levels since April on Monday.

Brent crude <LCOc1> edged up 0.1 percent to $59.10, after scaling its highest peak overnight since July, 2015.

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