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More than 80 percent of American companies feel China is less welcoming to foreign businesses than in the past, a US business lobby group reported Wednesday, as trade tensions surge between the world's top two economies. Slowing growth, rising protectionism, and unfair policy treatment for non-Chinese firms have led a vast majority -- 81 percent -- of respondents to the American Chamber of Commerce in China's annual business climate survey to say they felt "less welcome" in the country last year. The report came as China's President Xi Jinping won acclaim from the global elite at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos for a speech Tuesday in which he defended globalisation and said that protectionism "is like locking oneself in a dark room".
NEW DELHI (AP) — Top Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted by a court on Wednesday on a charge of using unlicensed weapons while hunting for rare blackbucks in a western India wildlife preserve 18 years ago.
Britain's Supreme Court said it will deliver its ruling next Tuesday on whether Prime Minister Theresa May can begin the process of leaving the European Union without parliament's assent. May has said she would trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the formal means of exiting the bloc, by the end of March and that the government could act without needing lawmakers' approval. The government appealed against that ruling to the Supreme Court, Britain's highest judicial body, which held four days of hearings last month.