Business and Tech

NAFTA talks likely to continue on sidelines of UN meeting: Trudeau

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday it was "very likely" that informal talks aimed at renewing the North …

EU calls for probe into Danske Bank money laundering scandal

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The European Commission has called for an EU investigation into the regulatory failures that led to a multi-billion euro …

Haitian anti-graft protesters demand probe into oil fund scandal

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Hundreds of Haitians protested in the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince on Sunday, demanding an investigation into …

Saudi says door open to future oil output hike

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A meeting between oil producing countries on Sunday decided not to alter supply to the global market, after calls by US …

Microsoft, Amazon, Google join fight to prevent famine

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Tech giants Microsoft, Amazon and Google are joining forces with international organizations to help identify and head …

A social media network mobilizing blacks ahead of Brazil elections

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As Brazil's general elections approach, a new social network is gaining traction aimed at giving greater visibility to …

'House with a Clock' chimes in atop North America box office

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A horror comedy about a clock counting down to doomsday chimed in at the top of the North American box office this …

BIS warns global economy risks crisis 'relapse'

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The Bank of International Settlements said Sunday the global economy risked a "relapse" of the crisis that rocked it a …

Italy spokesman threatens treasury staff over cash for election promises

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A recording has emerged of the Italian government's chief spokesman threatening to "eliminate a tide" of treasury …

Pompeo on China trade war: 'We are going to win'

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the United States would emerge victorious in an intensifying trade war with …

Sky urges shareholders to accept Comcast takeover

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European TV operator Sky has urged its shareholders to accept a takeover offer from US cable giant Comcast that could …

Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel engines

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Sports car maker Porsche said Sunday it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting …

Comcast eclipses Murdoch's Fox with £30 billion Sky bid

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US cable giant Comcast outbid Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in a blind auction for the European TV operator Sky on …

Ashes of war to S. Korea holiday gift: Spam Spam Spam

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From the front lines of war to a staple of institutional catering, Spam is rarely seen as a gourmet ingredient -- but …

Late to the party, German carmakers join race against Tesla

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After years watching Tesla's electric cars speed ahead while they have been on the defensive over an industry-wide …

Nigeria's Buhari under fire over 'astronomic' fuel subsidy bill

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It's only September but Nigerians are already dreading Christmas. For years, the holiday season has been marred by …

'Say no to China': Anger mounts in Zambia over Beijing's presence

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"China equals Hitler" said the sign held up in the Zambian capital Lusaka by a protester opposed to Beijing's tightening …

Ivory Coast looks to solar vehicles to replace bush taxis

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Hi-tech, cheap -- and quiet. The Ivorian resort of Jacqueville just outside Abidjan is betting on solar-powered …

Ether cryptocurrency, a victim of blockchain success

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For all the attention afforded bitcoin, it is its rival ether that is hitting the headlines, with the popularity of its …

US ports fear they will be big losers in trade war

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America's ports are fearful that they will be big losers as the escalating trade fight between Washington and Beijing …

Hackers target real estate deals, with devastating impact

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James and Candace Butcher were ready to finalize the purchase of their dream retirement home, and at closing time wired …

As US raises interest rates, Fed may turn more hawkish

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Under the cloud of an escalating trade war, the US Federal Reserve this week will raise the benchmark lending rate for …

Trump weighs draft order targeting Google, Facebook: reports

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President Donald Trump is weighing an executive order that would open federal antitrust and criminal probes into Google, …

Comcast outbids Murdoch's Fox in Sky blind auction

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US cable giant Comcast outbid Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in a blind auction for the European TV operator Sky on …

France fountains protest against Total's Brazil oil project

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Fountains were tinted black in several French towns Saturday during protests against plans by oil giant Total to drill …

Titanic battle for Sky culminates in auction

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A titanic takeover battle for European TV operator Sky between Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and US cable giant …

Hollande fuels Rafale fighter jet controversy in India

AFP - Sep 22 2018

Former French president Francois Hollande has fuelled controversy over India's multi-billion-dollar 2016 purchase of 36 …

Mexico's 'AMLO' wants two-way deal with Canada if NAFTA fails

AFP - Sep 22 2018

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that his country will seek a bilateral trade deal with …

Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users' lives

AFP - Sep 22 2018

From the kitchen to the car, Amazon on Thursday sought to make its Alexa digital assistant and online services a bigger …

British PM hits back at EU over Brexit plan

AFP - Sep 22 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May hit back Friday at the European Union after it roundly rejected her Brexit plan, saying its …

Global equities mostly gain; weak pound lifts British stocks

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Global stock markets mostly rose Friday, with London's equity market benefiting from a weaker pound, as optimism on the …

At high-tech Tokyo Game Show, old skool ones are the best

AFP - Sep 21 2018

At the Tokyo Game Show, the world's top firms compete to show off their very latest in high-tech gaming gadgetry: from …

Italy's fashion industry says tackling low pay problem

AFP - Sep 21 2018

Italy's fashion industry responded Friday to accusations of widespread underpaid and undeclared subcontracted work in a …

Anger mounts in Benin as new data tax drives up internet costs

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A planned protest against a sharp hike in internet costs in Benin was blocked on Friday in Cotonou, the country's …

Google staff discussed ways to fight Trump travel ban: WSJ

AFP - Sep 21 2018

Google employees discussed how to counter President Donald Trump's 2017 travel ban by modifying search functions to help …

Global markets breeze higher on growth outlook

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Global stock markets rose Friday as optimism on the US economic outlook outweighed lingering trade war worries, dealers …

S.Africa unveils raft of reforms to revive moribund economy

AFP - Sep 21 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday unveiled a raft of measures as part of an economic stimulus plan to boost investor …

Defiant British PM hits back at EU over Brexit plan

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Prime Minister Theresa May hit back Friday at the European Union after it roundly rejected her Brexit plan, saying its …

British PM given weeks to find Brexit deal after EU 'humiliation'

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British Prime Minister Theresa May faced headlines Friday detailing her "humiliation" at an EU summit in Salzburg, where …

Britain's trade options after Brexit

AFP - Sep 21 2018

European Union leaders used a summit in Salzburg this week to reject British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for the …

Global markets breeze higher on record-breaking Wall Street

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Asian and European stock markets rose Friday after Wall Street bristled to fresh record peaks on mounting US economic …

WTO eyes China bid to slap stiff trade sanctions on US

AFP - Sep 21 2018

A World Trade Organization arbitrator will review Friday a Chinese request to impose more than $7 billion (nearly 6 …

Crime in the vines: Alsace fights grape theft on horseback

AFP - Sep 21 2018

Few places are more peaceful than the gentle slopes of France's Alsace wine region -- but should any heinous crimes like …

UK crime agency probes Danske Bank money laundering

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Britain's National Crime Agency is probing the activities of UK-based companies with alleged links to a money laundering …

Brexit is a prickly affair, says EU's Juncker

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Relations between the EU and Britain have always been a bit prickly, but EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said …

Asian markets pick up Wall St baton to end week on a high

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Asian markets enjoyed another day of strong buying on Friday, helping them to end the week with a flourish as investors …

Bug in cake gives Ikea India fresh embarrassment

AFP - Sep 21 2018

Ikea's first store in India faced a fresh sticky problem on Friday after a customer said he found an insect emerging …

Hot tech sector prompts shakeup in S&P 500 stock indexes

AFP - Sep 21 2018

The hot and rapidly changing tech sector has prompted the S&P 500 stock index to reshuffle its components, opening up …

China anti-graft agency probes head of energy administration

AFP - Sep 21 2018

The head of China's energy administration has been placed under investigation by the country's anti-corruption watchdog, …

In Cameroon, social media plays key role in vote campaign

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Footage of abuses published on Facebook, politicians tweeting their every move: for the first time, the West African …

Asian markets build on gains after Wall St record

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Asian markets enjoyed more gains on Friday, putting them on course to end the week with a flourish as investors looked …

Big life insurer shifts to activity tracking in health push

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Financial giant John Hancock is converting all its life insurance policies to an incentive-based system using activity …

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

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Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's …

Italy's Antitrust contests Ryanair's hand baggage charge

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Italy's competition authority Antitrust has opened an inquiry into low-cost airline Ryanair's decision to charge …

In Milan, Fendi and Prada dress strong women, Armani invades airport

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Fendi presented a jungle-themed collection aimed at the inner Lara Croft, Prada shone with its own impression of strong …

In Milan, jungle theme for Fendi as Prada breaks cliches

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Fendi presented a jungle-themed collection aimed at the inner Lara Croft while Prada shone with its own impression of …

No new progress reported in US-Canada trade talks

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Two days of high-level talks ended Thursday and the United States and Canada did not appear to be close to a deal to …

US takes off the gloves in global cyber wars: top officials

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The United States is taking off the gloves in the growing, shadowy cyber war waged with China, Russia and other rivals, …

Stocks shrug off trade war fears; Wall Street at records

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Stock markets advanced Thursday, with major US indices jumping to new records as investors again shrugged off trade war …

US takes off the gloves in global cyber wars: top official

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The United States is taking off the gloves in the growing, shadowy cyber war waged with China, Russia and other rivals, …

Wells Fargo to cut up to 26,500 jobs within three years

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Wells Fargo announced plans Thursday to cut five to 10 percent of its workforce, a move that would affect up to 26,500 …

IMF warns tariffs could come at 'significant economic cost'

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Worsening trade tensions and exchange of tariffs could cause "significant economic cost" to the global economy, an …

Belgian probe implicates Britain in phone spying

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A confidential report by Belgian investigators confirms that British intelligence services hacked state-owned Belgian …

Italian court convicts two in Nigeria oil corruption case

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A Milan judge on Thursday sentenced two men to four years in prison in the first ruling of a corruption case involving …

Turkey fines Google over competition infringements

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Turkey's Competition Authority has fined US tech giant Google around $15 million for violating competition rules in …

Emirates denies plans to take over Etihad

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Dubai's Emirates Airline on Thursday denied reports it is in talks to acquire struggling Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad.

German league launches eSports tournament for Bundesliga clubs

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Bundesliga teams will battle it out on-line this season with the German Football League (DFL) announcing plans for an …

Argentina budget key element in new crisis loan deal: IMF

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Argentina's budget proposal submitted this week is a key element in the reforms needed for a new loan package for the …

World stocks rise, shrugging off trade fears

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Stock markets advanced Thursday as investors, getting a grip on lingering fears of a deepening trade war between the US …

Spotify to let artists post music without labels

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In a move with the power to shake up the music industry, Spotify said Thursday that it will allow select artists to …

US existing home sales flat in August

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Sales of existing homes in the United States held steady in August, pausing after four straight months of declines, …

Ryanair chairman gets shareholder slapdown amid strikes

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Ryanair shareholders delivered a blow to the no-frills airline's chairman on Thursday amid widespread strike action by …

French 'rogue trader' Kerviel loses bid for retrial

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Jerome Kerviel, the former French investment banker whose trades cost his employer Societe Generale 4.9 billion euros, …

Turkey slashes growth goals, warns of high inflation

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Turkey slashed its growth projections and ramped up inflation predictions on Thursday, winning praise for a more …

Pot 'enthusiasts' wanted to sample cannabis in Canada, hundreds apply

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A Toronto marketing company is looking to recruit six "cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of pot and report back on …

'High uncertainty' hurting global growth, OECD says

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Global expansion is likely to slow as tensions kickstarted by US President Donald Trump's protectionist policies hit …

Danske Bank hit with new money laundering probe

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Denmark's financial watchdog on Thursday said it would relaunch a money laundering probe into Danske Bank after the …

Singapore committee proposes new govt powers to tackle 'fake news'

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A Singapore parliamentary committee Thursday proposed broad government powers to combat "fake news" online, calling it a …

US pressuring German firms 'daily' over Iran sanctions

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Washington's ambassador in Berlin has been pressuring German firms "daily" to comply with American sanctions on Iran, a …

Anger over national carrier launch suspension in Nigeria

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Leading figures in Nigeria's aviation industry voiced shock and anger Thursday after plans to relaunch a national …

James Bond carmaker Aston Martin targets £5.1 bn IPO

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Aston Martin, the luxury British sports car brand favoured by fictional spy James Bond 007, said Thursday that its …

Stocks aim higher in 'hesitant' tone

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Stock markets mostly advanced Thursday but with investors cautious amid the global trade war, dealers said.

Liberian leader Weah signs land-reform law

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Liberian President George Weah has signed a long-sought land reform law that gives local communities greater rights over …

Malaysia ex-PM hit with 25 new charges over 1MDB scandal

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Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak was hit with 25 new charges of money laundering and abuse of power linked to the 1MDB …

UK watchdog calls auction to end Sky takeover deadlock

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A battle to buy pan-European television broadcaster Sky is set for a rare auction to determine final rival bids by …

Australia supermarket bans needles amid strawberry crisis

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Sewing needles were taken off the shelves at a major Australian supermarket chain Thursday amid a national panic over …

Turkey sees lower growth, double-digit inflation in next years

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Turkey, which was last month buffeted by its worst currency crisis in recent years, on Thursday forecast sharply lower …

Tensions rise as EU prepares for final Brexit stretch

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EU leaders met Thursday to prepare for the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, after public clashes with Britain over …

Norway hikes rate for first time in seven years

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Norway raised its key interest rate for the first time in seven years on Thursday, as its economy recovers from years of …

Volkswagen won't confirm claim it will quit Iran

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Car giant Volkswagen declined Thursday to confirm a claim by American ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell that it …

Malaysia ex-PM hit with new charges over 1MDB scandal

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Malaysia's former leader Najib Razak was hit with 25 new charges of corruption and money laundering linked to the 1MDB …

EU tells Facebook 'patience at limit' on consumer rules

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The EU warned social network Facebook on Thursday to bring "misleading" consumer terms in line with the bloc's rules by …

China shrugs off trade war 'obstacles'

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Chinese officials are shrugging off warnings that the trade spat with the United States could slash the country's …

Asian markets edge up but rally wobbles

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Most Asian markets rose Thursday but their recent rally lost its legs, though emerging market currencies held their own …

Asian markets rally runs out of steam

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The latest rally in most Asian markets stumbled Thursday, though emerging market currencies held gains after Beijing's …

007 carmaker targets £5.1-billion IPO

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Aston Martin, the luxury sports car brand driven by fictional spy James Bond, said Thursday that its London float will …

Amazon considering opening 3,000 cashierless stores: Bloomberg

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Amazon is considering opening up to 3,000 new cashier-less stores by 2021 to vie for shoppers at convenience stores and …

Malaysia ex-PM faces barrage of charges over $681 mn bank balance

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Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak arrived in court Thursday to face a barrage of charges relating to $681 million of …

$60 million in virtual currency hacked in Japan

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Bitcoin and other digital currency worth around 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) has been stolen in Japan following a …

VW to stop doing business in Iran: Bloomberg

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Volkswagen has bowed to American pressure stemming from the US rejection of the multi-party nuclear deal and will end …

Ghost properties: cruel legacy of Venezuela's migration crisis

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Three years ago, asphyxiated by Venezuela's economic meltdown, Francisco Rojas and his wife Elena packed up four …

Alibaba's Ma says 1m US jobs pledge thwarted by trade row

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma said his ambitious pledge to create one million jobs in the US had been scuppered by the trade …