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Gamers take aim at Trump's criticism of virtual violence

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Gamers at the industry's biggest fair in Europe have taken aim at US President Donald Trump's assertions that violence …

French winemakers jittery over Trump tariff threats ahead of G7

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French winegrowers are on tenterhooks as they wait to see whether Donald Trump will follow through with his repeated …

Cathay flight attendant says fired over Facebook posts on HK protests

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A flight attendant on Friday accused Cathay Pacific of summarily firing her over Facebook posts linked to Hong Kong's …

Asian mostly up ahead of much-anticipated Powell speech

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Asian markets mostly rose Friday ahead of a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell, while the pound held the …

Sri Lanka cuts rates as economy struggles after Easter attacks

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Sri Lanka's central bank cut its main lending rate Friday for the second time in three months hoping to lift the economy …

Asian investors bide time ahead of much-anticipated Powell speech

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Asian markets headed into the weekend on a cautious note Friday ahead of a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Jerome …

Five things to know about Japan-South Korea intel-sharing pact

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South Korea's decision to scrap a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan has far-reaching geopolitical implications …

Hasbro to buy 'Peppa Pig' owner for $4 billion

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US toymaker Hasbro announced Thursday that it is acquiring studio Entertainment One, which owns popular cartoon series …

Google says YouTube campaign targeted Hong Kong protests

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Google on Thursday said it disabled a series of YouTube channels that appeared to be part of a coordinated influence …

US charges 80 in internet fraud and money laundering scheme

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US authorities on Thursday announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and …

Macron backs more Brexit talks but insists no concessions

Aug 22 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday backed holding further talks to avoid Britain crashing out of the EU …

Stock markets play waiting game before Fed chief speech

Aug 22 2019

Global stock markets were pressured Thursday as investors avoided risk on the eve of a speech by Federal Reserve head …

Mozambique, Russia sign energy, security deals

Aug 22 2019

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi signed energy and security agreements with Russian's Vladimir Putin on Thursday in …

Trump attacks, economic fears focus spotlight on Fed's Powell speech

Aug 22 2019

When the leader of the Federal Reserve speaks, the world listens. But the relentless attacks by US President Donald …

Austria telecoms provider accepts cryptocurrency

Aug 22 2019

Austria's leading telecoms provider A1 sid Thursday that it was letting customers pay in cryptocurrency under a pilot …

Lithuania urges Amazon to drop Soviet-themed goods

Aug 22 2019

Lithuania on Thursday called on US e-commerce giant Amazon to stop selling Soviet-themed goods online, saying the hammer …

Macron backs further Brexit talks as Johnson visits

Aug 22 2019

French leader Emmanuel Macron backed the idea of further talks to find a solution to Brexit while ruling out major …

Eurozone bankers warn of 'more protracted' slowdown

Aug 22 2019

Eurozone central bankers had worried that an economic slowdown hitting the bloc would drag on, as they prepared the …

Macron backs month of Brexit talks as Johnson visits

Aug 22 2019

French leader Emmanuel Macron backed the idea of a month of further talks to find a solution to Brexit while ruling out …

Stock markets play waiting game before Powell

Aug 22 2019

European and Asian stock markets faltered Thursday on the eve of a speech from Federal Reserve head Jerome Powell for …

Ryanair planes take to skies despite European strikes

Aug 22 2019

Ryanair flew an almost full service on Thursday, the Irish no-frills airline said despite strikes by pilots and cabin …

Macron, Johnson set for bruising Brexit talks in Paris

Aug 22 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads to Paris on Thursday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron who is …

ThyssenKrupp files suit over EU veto of Tata tie-up

Aug 22 2019

German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp said Thursday it has filed a complaint at an EU court against the European …

MIT professor quits in protest over lab links to Epstein

Aug 22 2019

The head of a research center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has said he will quit in protest after the …

Macron expected to rebuff Johnson during Brexit talks in Paris

Aug 22 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads to Paris on Thursday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron who is …

Asian markets mixed after Fed minutes, eyes on Powell

Aug 22 2019

Asian markets stuttered Thursday but dealers remain wary following the release of Federal Reserve minutes that provided …

Qantas to test 'ultra long-haul' Sydney to NY, London flights

Aug 22 2019

Qantas on Thursday said it will run "ultra long-haul" test flights in the coming months from New York and London to …

Asian markets mostly up after Fed minutes, eyes on Powell

Aug 22 2019

Asian markets mostly rose Thursday but dealers remain wary following the release of Federal Reserve minutes that …

Banned at home but thriving abroad: China's social media campaign

Aug 22 2019

More than 78 million Facebook users follow the page of the state-run China Daily, where they are served a diet of …

UK's Johnson to hold Brexit talks with Macron after Merkel offers glimmer of hope

Aug 22 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Paris on Thursday, a day after Berlin offered a glimmer of hope that an …

Trump takes aim at automakers that ignored his emissions proposal

Aug 22 2019

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked automakers who ignored his advances and instead reached an agreement …

What does Facebook's plan to hire journalists mean for media industry?

Aug 22 2019

Facebook's plan to hire professional journalists instead of relying solely on algorithms to deliver news is a positive …

Qantas Airways profits lower after oil prices rise

Aug 22 2019

Qantas Airways posted a 6.5-percent fall in annual net profit Thursday, attributing the slide in earnings to higher oil …

Amazon, Microsoft, 'putting world at risk of killer AI': study

Aug 22 2019

Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, …

Pentagon axes troubled $1 bn contract for missile defense

Aug 22 2019

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it is terminating a troubled billion-dollar program to develop a ballistic missile …

Greenland row is Trump positioning for Arctic battle: expert

Aug 22 2019

The diplomatic row that has erupted between Washington and Copenhagen over Greenland is just one part of a broader …

Amazon, Microsoft, may be putting world at risk of killer AI, says report

Aug 21 2019

Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies that could spearhead a global AI arms race, according to a …

Air New Zealand profits take a dive

Aug 21 2019

Air New Zealand announced a 31 percent fall in annual net profit Thursday due to higher fuel prices and waning domestic …

US stocks rise despite more bond yield turmoil, Europe also higher

Aug 21 2019

Wall Street stocks resumed their upward climb Wednesday, shrugging off a key warning sign in the Treasury bond market …

Macron says tech giants enjoy 'permanent tax haven status'

Aug 21 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron, who will defend a global tax on tech giants at this weekend's G7 meeting, on Wednesday …

Fed will remain flexible, rates not on 'preset course': minutes

Aug 21 2019

The US Federal Reserve will remain flexible and interest rates will not be on a "preset course" despite persistent risks …

Dwayne Johnson returns to top of Forbes best-paid actor list

Aug 21 2019

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has reclaimed his position as the world's highest-paid actor, according to a Forbes rich list …

'I am the Chosen One': Trump defends China trade war

Aug 21 2019

US President Donald Trump proclaimed himself "the Chosen One" Wednesday as he defended his trade war against China, …

IMF board recommends rule change that would clear way for Georgieva

Aug 21 2019

The International Monetary Fund's board on Wednesday recommended a rule change that would scrap the age limit for its …

During Johnson visit, Merkel voices hope on avoiding Brexit chaos

Aug 21 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday offered a glimmer of hope to visiting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson …

Italy's president launches talks to solve political crisis

Aug 21 2019

Italy's president concluded a first day of crisis talks on Wednesday in a bid to form a new coalition government as a …

Israel, South Korea announce free trade deal

Aug 21 2019

Israel and South Korea announced Wednesday they have concluded a free trade agreement to eliminate tariffs on goods …

US, Mexico reach deal to end tomato tariffs

Aug 21 2019

The United States and Mexico said Wednesday they have reached a deal to end US tariffs on Mexican tomatoes, imposed amid …

US takes aim at deadly Chinese fentanyl networks

Aug 21 2019

The US Treasury took action Wednesday to crack down on Chinese traffickers of deadly fentanyl, sanctioning …

'Otterly adorable'?: Demand for cute selfies puts animals at risk

Aug 21 2019

Social media users are fuelling a burgeoning appetite for acquiring wild otters and other endangered animals as pets, …

Court allows Ryanair British pilots to strike

Aug 21 2019

Ryanair's British-based pilots will be allowed to strike as planned this week, the High Court in London ruled on …

World stocks rise as recession fears fade

Aug 21 2019

Stock markets mostly rose on Wednesday as investors appeared willing to set aside fears of recession, instead focusing …

Italy's president begins talks aiming to solve political crisis

Aug 21 2019

Italy's president began talks with political leaders on Wednesday in a bid to form a new coalition, as a proposed …

US existing home sales bounce as mortgage rates fall

Aug 21 2019

US sales of existing homes bounced in July, recovering from weakness in the prior month, boosted by lower mortgage …

IMF to Trump: It's not working

Aug 21 2019

US tariffs on China won't fix the trade deficit, and neither will weakening the US dollar through interest rate cuts, …

Trump renews attacks on Fed's Powell

Aug 21 2019

President Donald Trump resumed his attacks on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday, blaming him for keeping …

Merkel warns of Brexit economic pain before Johnson visit

Aug 21 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday of the economic impact of a chaotic no-deal Brexit, hours before she …

Italy's kingmaker president holds talks after PM Conte resigns

Aug 21 2019

Italian President Sergio Mattarella begins talks with key political leaders on Wednesday to see if a new coalition can …

Court blocks Ryanair pilots' strike in Ireland

Aug 21 2019

Ireland's High Court on Wednesday blocked a planned strike by Ryanair pilots in the country due this week that had been …

European equities rally despite Italy woes

Aug 21 2019

European stock markets rebounded Wednesday as dealers shrugged off tense political turmoil in Italy.

Italy's kingmaker Mattarella holds talks after PM Conte resigns

Aug 21 2019

President Sergio Mattarella begins talks with key political leaders on Wednesday to see if a new coalition can be …

World's top sovereign fund grows despite volatile markets

Aug 21 2019

The managers of Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's biggest, said Wednesday that the fund had grown in value in …

Asian markets drop as traders await Powell speech

Aug 21 2019

Equities stuttered in Asia Wednesday as investors took a step back after recent gains, with focus now turning to a key …

Spider-Man's Marvel future in peril as Sony deal breaks down

Aug 21 2019

Marvel's superhero films could lose their most famous character after Sony confirmed Tuesday that talks over its deal to …

US ports brace for surge of imports ahead of new tariffs on China

Aug 21 2019

The latest lurches in President Donald Trump's trade war with China set the stage for a potential repeat of late 2018 …

Going 'nude': UK supermarkets test plastic-free zones

Aug 21 2019

British supermarkets are starting to go "nude".

US State Dept approves sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan

Aug 21 2019

The US State Department on Tuesday approved the sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan, in a move expected to anger Beijing.

In high-tech Japan, cash is still king

Aug 21 2019

Once a pioneer in cashless transactions, Japan is now lagging behind as the world's biggest economies increasingly …

Marvel films to lose Spider-Man as Sony deal breaks down: reports

Aug 21 2019

Marvel's superhero films could be left without their most famous character after talks to "share" Spider-Man broke down …

Peso stability a priority says new Argentine finance minister

Aug 21 2019

Argentina's new finance minister made stabilizing the country's battered currency his top priority Tuesday, while still …

Spooked Trump insists US economy not in trouble

Aug 21 2019

President Donald Trump is so convinced that his reelection depends on the economy staying strong that the merest hint of …

Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab

Aug 20 2019

Facebook on Tuesday confirmed plans for a News Tab that will be edited by seasoned journalists, in a departure from its …

Spooked Trump insists US recession not in the cards

Aug 20 2019

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted that recession -- a potentially dangerous blow to his reelection next year …

Ryanair cabin crew in Spain warn of September strike

Aug 20 2019

Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in Spain warned on Tuesday of a 10-day strike in September to protest against the …

Stock markets gloomy on Italian crisis, Fed uncertainty

Aug 20 2019

European stock markets turned lower on Tuesday as political crisis in Italy weighed on sentiment, while US stocks …

Trump unsettles G7 with support for Russia return

Aug 20 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave a foretaste of his convention-wrecking diplomacy at next weekend's G7 by calling …

Water pollution can reduce economic growth by a third: World Bank

Aug 20 2019

Heavily polluted water is reducing economic growth by up to a third in some countries, a World Bank report said Tuesday, …

Apple debuts credit card as it readies TV+ launch

Aug 20 2019

Apple on Tuesday launched a smartphone-generation credit card in the US and moved closer to hitting the hot streaming …

Italy in limbo after PM Conte attacks Salvini and resigns

Aug 20 2019

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday after lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo …

Stock markets gloomy on Italian crisis

Aug 20 2019

European stock markets turned lower on Tuesday as political crisis in Italy weighed on sentiment, while US stocks …

Italy PM says to resign as political crisis comes to a head

Aug 20 2019

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday he would resign, lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo …

Facebook launches tool to let users control data flow

Aug 20 2019

Facebook, under pressure to ramp up privacy rules across its platform, said on Tuesday it was rolling out a tool …

Singapore to trial driverless buses booked with an app

Aug 20 2019

Singapore will next week begin a public trial of driverless buses that can be booked with an app, part of ambitions to …

Will Trump take a club to the G7 club again?

Aug 20 2019

Biarritz is known for big Atlantic waves, but the loudest crashing at next weekend's G7 meeting in the French resort …

Italy PM says to resign as crisis comes to a head

Aug 20 2019

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday he would resign, lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo …

IMF says sending team to Argentina 'soon'

Aug 20 2019

The International Monetary Fund is continuing discussions with Argentina and will send a mission to Buenos Aires in the …

Italy's political crisis comes to a head as PM tipped to quit

Aug 20 2019

Italy's political crisis was set to come to a head on Tuesday with speculation Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will resign …

Huawei dismisses new suspension of 'unjust' US ban

Aug 20 2019

Huawei on Tuesday dismissed Washington's three-month delay to a ban on US firms selling to the Chinese tech giant and …

Russia and China blast US missile test

Aug 20 2019

Russia and China warned Tuesday that a new US missile test had heightened military tensions and risked sparking an arms …

Germany's Bayer sells Animal Health unit for $7.6 bn

Aug 20 2019

German chemical and pharmaceutical group Bayer said Tuesday it was selling its Animal Health business unit to US-based …

Stock markets mostly rise on optimism for trade, stimulus

Aug 20 2019

Stock markets mostly rose Tuesday on hopes for central bank and government stimulus measures around the world, while …

Twitter, Facebook accuse China of HK discord campaign

Aug 20 2019

Twitter and Facebook have accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong's …

Foreign trash 'like treasure' in Indonesia's plastics village

Aug 20 2019

His weathered face breaks out in a big grin as Keman explains how sifting through rubbish paid for his children's …

Russia says US missile test 'escalation of military tensions'

Aug 20 2019

Moscow on Tuesday accused the United States of ramping up military tensions with a new missile test, weeks after the …

Asian markets mostly rise on optimism for trade, stimulus

Aug 20 2019

Most Asian markets rose Tuesday on the back of hopes for central bank and government stimulus measures around the world, …

Robust baht, travel trends rattle Thai tourism market

Aug 20 2019

A strong Thai baht and a slowdown in arrivals from China are battering the kingdom's moneymaking tourism machine even as …

Baidu Q2 revenue beats expectations but profit drops

Aug 20 2019

Chinese internet giant Baidu regained momentum during the second quarter, posting better-than-expected revenue on …

Boris Johnson makes his big-time debut at Biarritz

Aug 20 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes his debut on the global stage at the G7 summit this weekend, where all eyes will be …

White House mulling tax cut to avoid recession: report

Aug 20 2019

The White House is considering cutting taxes or reversing tariffs to head off a recession, US media reported on Monday, …

Energy firms set deadline for Papua New Guinea gas project

Aug 20 2019

Australian firm Oil Search on Tuesday accused Papua New Guinea of backtracking on a deal to build a new liquefied …

D-day for Italian government as PM Conte resignation mooted

Aug 20 2019

The fate of Italy's government is to be decided on Tuesday with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte expected to resign after …

Epstein put assets in trust two days before suicide: report

Aug 20 2019

Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein wrote a will two days before he died, putting his $578 million in assets into a …