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EU leaders round on Trump over trade at G7

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EU leaders rounded on US President Donald Trump over his trade threats on Saturday as they arrived in the chic French …

China hits out at 'bullying' US over new tariffs

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China on Saturday angrily hit out at the latest US tariff hikes on its goods, saying a "bullying" Washington would …

Trump, EU clash over trade at G7 opening

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US President Donald Trump and EU leaders exchanged trade war threats Saturday as they arrived in France for a G7 summit …

Isolated Trump descends on G7, talking trade war

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An isolated President Donald Trump arrived Saturday for the G7 summit in Biarritz bearing threats of tariffs against …

Protests to greet G7 leaders as they talk Amazon fires, trade

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The leaders of the G7 club of rich countries meet in southwest France on Saturday, a gathering clouded by the burning …

Protests to greet G7 leaders as they discuss Amazon fires, trade

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The leaders of the G7 club of rich countries meet in southwestern France on Saturday, with the burning Amazon, diving …

Cloud gaming faces challenges as Google prepares launch

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Urging fans to plunge into a virtual high-res surround sound universe of extraordinary games, Google hopes its …

In praise of the big pixel: Gaming is having a retro moment

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Clunky games consoles with blobby pixels might not be the latest thing -- but they're still cool even if you're no …

UK fishing town warns Johnson over Brexit

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Welsh fishmonger Lenny Walters has a warning for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he celebrates his one-month anniversary …

Conservationists urge Mexico trade sanctions over near-extinct porpoise

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Conservationists are urging countries to slap trade sanctions on Mexico over its failure to rein in illegal fishing that …

Cuba's intranet creators, thriving despite regulatory clampdown

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What, no internet? That is no problem for Juan, who used to play the e-sports game Dota 2 on a giant local intranet …

Google tells workers to avoid arguing politics in house

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Google on Friday told employees to focus on work instead of heated debates about politics with colleagues at the …

Fed's Powell vows to act to sustain US expansion, Trump lashes out

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell vowed Friday to act to ensure the American economic expansion continues, but warned …

US stocks slammed as trade war escalates

Aug 23 2019

Wall Street stocks finished a bruising session sharply lower Friday, as fresh volleys between Washington and Beijing …

US-China trade war deteriorates, as Trump lashes out at Beijing

Aug 23 2019

The United States and China exchanged blows Friday as each side increased punitive tariffs on the other, intensifying a …

Trump lashes out at China, vows quick response

Aug 23 2019

US President Donald Trump lashed out at Beijing on Friday, vowing a quick response to China's announcement of new …

Transat shareholders accept Air Canada takeover

Aug 23 2019

Tour operator Transat's shareholders on Friday voted overwhelmingly in support of a takeover bid by Canada's flagship …

Ryanair closing four Spanish bases, threatening 512 jobs: union emi/mg/cw/jh

Aug 23 2019

Ryanair said Friday it is closing four of its bases in Spain, a move a union said would result in more than 500 job …

Mexican economy stagnates in second quarter

Aug 23 2019

Mexico registered zero economic growth in the second quarter, according to revised data released Friday, meaning that …

BA pilots to strike for three days in September

Aug 23 2019

British Airways pilots on Friday said they will strike for three days in September in a dispute over pay, in a move that …

Stock markets reverse gains as China targets US imports

Aug 23 2019

Global stock markets fell on Friday as trade war worries returned with a vengeance when China said it would target US …

US new homes sales fall in July

Aug 23 2019

Sales of new US homes declined in July, while home prices rose and the inventory of available homes climbed slightly, …

Fed's Powell vow to act to sustain US expansion, Trump lashes out

Aug 23 2019

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell vowed Friday to act to ensure that the US economic expansion continues, but admitted …

India seeks to kickstart sagging economy

Aug 23 2019

India said Friday it would pump in nearly 10 billion dollars into government banks to ease a liquidity crunch in Asia's …

China to impose new tariffs on $75 bn of US imports

Aug 23 2019

China announced Friday it will hit US soybeans, lobsters, peanut butter and other imports worth $75 billion with new …

David Koch, billionaire donor to Republican causes, dies age 79

Aug 23 2019

David Koch, a billionaire American libertarian and influential donor to conservative causes, has died at age 79 after a …

Fed will act 'as appropriate' to sustain US expansion: Powell

Aug 23 2019

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell stressed Friday that the central bank will act to ensure the US economic expansion …

Cathay flight attendant says fired over Facebook posts on HK protests

Aug 23 2019

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

Fuel supplies halted to debt-ridden Air India

Aug 23 2019

Air India called Friday for government help after oil companies stopped supplying the debt-ridden national flag carrier …

Fed's Powell addresses US economy's direction in key speech

Aug 23 2019

Fed Chair Jerome Powell was poised to deliver a highly anticipated speech on the direction of the US economy Friday amid …

Mexican economy registers zero growth in Q2

Aug 23 2019

Mexico registered zero economic growth in the second quarter, according to revised data released Friday, meaning that …

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

Aug 23 2019

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

Industry guidance touts untested tech as climate fix

Aug 23 2019

Draft guidelines for how industry fights climate change promote the widespread use of untested technologies that experts …

Missing WikiLeaks associate had kayak accident in Norway: police

Aug 23 2019

A Dutch WikiLeaks associate who went missing under mysterious circumstances a year ago probably had a kayaking accident, …

Stocks climb before much-anticipated Powell speech

Aug 23 2019

Stock markets and the dollar rose Friday before a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell.

Indian government dampens hopes of economic stimulus

Aug 23 2019

Indian markets fell on Friday after a top official dampened hopes of a stimulus package to support a misfiring economy …

Gamers take aim at Trump's criticism of virtual violence

Aug 23 2019

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

Aug 23 2019

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

Asian mostly up ahead of much-anticipated Powell speech

Aug 23 2019

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

Aug 23 2019

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

Aug 23 2019

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

Aug 23 2019

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

Google says YouTube campaign targeted Hong Kong protests

Aug 23 2019

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

Aug 23 2019

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 …