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Internet game 'Fortnite' back with a new chapter
Fans of Internet gaming sensation Fortnite rejoiced as a new chapter began.
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US, France and OECD 'getting closer' to tech tax agreement
Washington is inching toward an agreement with Paris and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on taxing global tech giants
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Google’s new Pixel Buds will provide you with your own bubble to listen to music and take calls
NEW YORK, Oct 17 — The Mountain View titan took to its Made by Google 2019 conference to unveil the new generation of its wireless Pixel Buds with noise-cancellation technology.
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US, France and OECD ‘getting closer’ to tech tax agreement, says Mnuchin
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 — Washington is inching toward an agreement with Paris and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on taxing global tech giants, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnu...
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EU-US airliner war in nobody’s interests, says Airbus chief
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 — Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury urged the European Union and United States yestrday to reach a negotiated solution to a long-running dispute over airline subsidies and ta...
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UAE to launch new low-cost airline
SHARJAH, Oct 16 — Abu Dhabi’s giant Etihad Airways and Sharjah’s low-cost carrier Air Arabia announced today an agreement to launch a new low-cost airline based in the United Arab Emirates capit...
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US consumers hit the brakes in September
WASHINGTON, Oct 16 — American consumers tightened their purse strings unexpectedly last month, breaking a seven-month winning streak, government data showed today.
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AFP poll: China’s GDP growth slows to 6pc in third quarter
BEIJING, Oct 16 — China’s economy expanded at its slowest rate in nearly three decades during the third quarter, held back by cooling domestic demand and a protracted US trade war, according to an...
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EU orders emergency anti-trust measures against chipmaker Broadcom
BRUSSELS, Oct 16 — The EU’s powerful anti-trust authority today ordered US chipmaker Broadcom to immediately halt certain practices, in an unprecedented salvo against US big tech.
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Instant-noodle diet harms Asian kids
PETALING JAYA (AFP): A diet heavy on cheap, modern food like instant noodles that fills bellies but lacks key nutrients has left millions of children unhealthily thin or...
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GM and union inching closer to deal to end month-long UAW strike, say sources
A member of the United Auto Workers walking the picket line at the General Motors Romulus Powertrain plant in Romulus, Michigan on Oct 9.
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European stocks mixed at open
LONDON, Oct 16 — European equities diverged today at the start of trade, while the British pound dipped after surging the previous day on hopes of a Brexit deal.
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No law preventing employers from employing pregnant women – Mahfuz
There are no laws which prevent employers from employing pregnant women, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
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Tokyo stocks open higher helped by US rallies, cheap yen
TOKYO, Oct 16 ― Tokyo stocks opened higher today tracking rallies on Wall Street following a batch of strong corporate earnings, with a cheap yen against the dollar also supporting the Japanese mark...
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‘Don't accept less!’ IMF chief Georgieva tells women
WASHINGTON, Oct 16 ― Women around the world take on far more unpaid work than men but what they should never do is agree to a lower wage in the workplace, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said yesterd...
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Four-metre king cobra wrestled from sewer in Thailand
A member of the rescue foundation attempting to capture a four-metre long king cobra in a sewer in Krabi.
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High on ease, low on nutrition: instant-noodle diet harms Asian kids
MANILA: A diet heavy on cheap, modern food like instant noodles that fills bellies but lacks key nutrients has left millions of children unhealthily thin or overweight in southeast Asia, experts say.
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Morris Commercial teases return of the J-Type van
LONDON: After having secured the right to the Morris Commercial name, a British brand under which a series of vehicles were made from the mid-1920s to the late '60s, the resurrected company - now func...
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Syria Kurds defend key town as Turkey ignores US
Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, from the Turkish side of the border at Ceylanpinar district in Sanliurfa, on the sixth day of Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish forces.
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SoftBank bailout would give it control of WeWork, say sources
NEW YORK, Oct 15 — Japan’s SoftBank Group has prepared a financing plan that would give it control of WeWork as the office sharing startup seeks badly-needed financing, sources told AFP yesterday.
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Hong Kong stocks end lower
HONG KONG, Oct 15 — Hong Kong shares closed with slight losses today following three days of gains, while investors were fretting over the limited scope and lack of detail in last week’s mini Chin...
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In Mali, love for Italy's vintage scooter is timeless
Seck Seydou riding his Vespa through the streets of Bamako.
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High on ease, low on nutrition: the instant noodles diet harming Asian kids
JAKARTA: A diet heavy on cheap, modern food like instant noodles that fills bellies but lacks key nutrients has left millions of children unhealthily thin or overweight in Southeast Asia, experts say.
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High on ease, low on nutrition: Instant noodle diet harms Asian kids
MANILA: A diet heavy on cheap, modern food like instant noodles that fills bellies but lacks key nutrients has left millions of children unhealthily thin or overweight in Southeast Asia, experts say.
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Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but US farmers want details
NEW YORK, Oct 15 — Saying China has promised to buy up to US$50 billion (RM209.2 billion) in US agricultural products, President Donald Trump is encouraging American farmers to prepare for a major i...
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Microsoft has released keyboards featuring keys dedicated to Office and emojis
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 15 — Microsoft has created two new keyboards with keys dedicated to Office and emojis, merging work and play.
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US regulators block Telegram from raising funds through cryptocurrency
US securities regulators won an emergency court order to block Telegram Group from raising funds by selling unregistered cryptocurrency to investors.
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WTO gives final approval to US retaliation in Airbus case
GENEVA, Oct 14 — The World Trade Organisation today gave the United States final authorisation to impose tariffs on EU products in retaliation for illegal subsidies given to Airbus, in a widely expe...
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Enforcement on vaping ban still under study, Dewan Rakyat told
Enforcement on the ban on sale of electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes) or vape that use liquid solutions (e-liquid) without nicotine is still under discussion, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
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The high-tech start-up tackling online extremism
LONDON, Oct 14 — Vidhya Ramalingam believes it’s always possible to change, even for people deeply involved in the murky online world of jihadist and far-right extremism.
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The Week That Was: Breaking the habit
Are parents or game developers to blame for gaming addiction? And are Malaysians guilty of keeping too many photos on their phone?
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US auto workers go on strike against Mack
DETROIT, Oct 14 — More than 3,600 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike yesterday against Mack Truck, a subsidiary of AB Volvo, as the union’s strike against General Motors Co continue...
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Iran discovers gas field near Gulf, says state media
TEHRAN, Oct 13 — Iran has discovered a gas field near the Gulf with enough reserves to supply the capital for 16 years, state media reported today.
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50 years after internet conception, dark side stirs fear
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 13 — On October 29, 1969, professor Leonard Kleinrock and a team at the University of California at Los Angeles got a computer to “talk” to a machine in what is now known as S...
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More HK property investors turning to Malaysia, Singapore amid unrest
KUALA LUMPUR: From luxury Singapore apartments to Malaysian seafront condos, Hong Kong investors are shifting cash into Southeast Asian property, demoralised by increasingly violent protests as well a...
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Property investors turn to Malaysia, SE Asia amid Hong Kong unrest
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — From luxury Singapore apartments to Malaysian seafront condos, Hong Kong investors are shifting cash into South-east Asian property, demoralised by increasingly violent protes...
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Trump again touts partial trade deal with China
WASHINGTON, Oct 12 — President Donald Trump today touted his partial, unsigned trade deal with China as a major achievement and the best deal US farmers have ever secured.
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US Fed unveils new steps to boost liquidity, manage rates
WASHINGTON, Oct 11 — The Federal Reserve today announced a new programme to boost liquidity in the US financial plumbing and allow the central bank to better manage interest rates, but without chang...
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BP says taking US$2-3b hit on asset disposals
LONDON, Oct 11 — British energy major BP said today that it will take a charge of US$2-3 billion (RM8.4-12.6 billion) on the back of major asset sales including its Alaska division.
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Total loses bid for palm oil tax break
PARIS, Oct 11 — France’s constitutional court rejected today a bid by oil firm Total to secure a tax break for using controversial palm oil to create biofuel.
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China sets timetable to end finance ownership caps
BEIJING, Oct 11 — China’s securities regulator has set a timetable to remove foreign ownership limits in finance companies next year, as Beijing seeks to attract overseas investment to boost a slo...
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Hong Kong stocks rally more than 2pc on trade hopes
HONG KONG, Oct 11 — Hong Kong stocks surged more than two per cent today on optimism over China-US trade talks, while energy firms were boosted by a spike in oil prices after an Iranian tanker was h...
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Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing app
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 11 ― Google yesterday removed from its online marketplace a mobile game that let people play as a Hong Kong protester, saying it violated a policy against cashing in on conflicts.
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Swap out the standard Google Assistant voice for Issa Rae's (VIDEO)
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 11 ― Yesterday, Google officially announced that actress Issa Rae's voice is now available for the Google Assistant.
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These Tigers are far from extinct
PETALING JAYA: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers, was a militant organisation that tried to create an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka.
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Weak fuel prices keep US consumer inflation steady September
WASHINGTON, Oct 10 ― Tumbling energy costs kept US consumer inflation in check last month, blunting upward pressures in prices for housing and medical care, according to government data released tod...
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Falling exports deal blow to German trade surplus
FRANKFURT, Oct 10 ― Germany's trade surplus fell sharply in August, official data released today showed, undermined by a plunge in exports as trade conflicts and business uncertainty persisted.
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German shooter video stays online despite crackdown
Video of a deadly shooting in Germany was easily accessible on 4chan, BitChute and other sites Oct 10, attracting tens of thousands of views, despite efforts by...
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Malaysia finds hornbill 'ivory' in massive wildlife seizure
KUALA LUMPUR: Almost 800 animal parts including a huge stash of hornbill "ivory", pangolin scales and deer's antlers, have been seized in a raid on Borneo island, officials in Malaysia said on Thursda...
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Michelin to close tyre factory in France
PARIS, Oct 10 ― Tyre maker Michelin said today it would close a French-based factory with 619 employees next year as competition from cheaper Asian manufacturers knocks its profit margin.
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Minimal water tariff increase next year
Tengku Zulpuri Shah says the proposed tariff increase will be minimal, between 0.06 sen and 0.71 sen per 1,000 litres, which is lower compared to other utility charges such as electricity, gas and tel...
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Sarawak forestry discovers hornbill ‘ivory’ in massive wildlife seizure
KUCHING: Almost 800 animal parts including a huge stash of hornbill “ivory”, pangolin scales and deer’s antlers, have been seized in a raid in Sarawak, officials said.
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Malaysia finds hornbill 'ivory' in massive wildlife seizure
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Almost 800 animal parts, including a huge stash of hornbill "ivory", pangolin scales and deer's antlers, have been seized in a raid on Borneo island, officials in Malaysia said on...
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Malaysia finds hornbill ‘ivory’ in massive wildlife seizure
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Almost 800 animal parts including a huge stash of hornbill “ivory”, pangolin scales and deer’s antlers, have been seized in a raid on Borneo island, officials in Malaysi...
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Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters after China warning
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10 ― Apple today removed a Hong Kong map application used by pro-democracy protesters, saying it endangered police, after China warned the US tech giant to drop the app.
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Auto suppliers hit as GM strike in US grinds on
NEW YORK, Oct 10 — As the General Motors (GM) strike grinds on, more auto suppliers and contractors are sending workers home, adding to the economic drag on Michigan and other US midwestern car manu...
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Tokyo stocks drop after US-China trade hopes recede
TOKYO, Oct 10 — Tokyo stocks dropped in early trade today after opening higher, as hopes for a US-China trade deal receded ahead of talks in Washington.
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'One small nibble for man': 3D printer makes meat in space
MOSCOW, Oct 10 — The prospect of astronauts tucking into a roast dinner has grown slightly closer after a successful experiment used a 3D printer to create meat on the International Space Station.
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Li-ion batteries: Science 'directly into your hand'
STOCKHOLM, Oct 10 — They are omnipresent and essential to navigating modern life.
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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview that brings Android phone calls to PCs
NEW YORK, Oct 9 — To prepare for the launch of the latest version of Windows 10, Microsoft released yesterday a test version (Build 18999) of the updated operating system to Insiders, bringing the c...
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US stocks gain on better sentiment over trade talks
NEW YORK, Oct 9 — Wall Street stocks jumped early today following reports that a limited US-China trade deal is possible ahead of this week’s negotiations.
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Indonesia slapped with FIFA fine over match crowd trouble
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s national football association has been fined by FIFA over crowd trouble during a World Cup qualifier against Malaysia, the organisation said Wednesday.
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Belgium outrage over woman punched in viral burger ad
Belgium's advertising regulator said on Oct 9 it has clocked up hundreds of complaints over a viral hamburger ad showing a comic-book version of a man punching a...
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Malaysian MPs vote to repeal 'fake news' law
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian lawmakers on Wednesday (Oct 9) once again voted to repeal a controversial law that punished spreading "fake news" with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was a...
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Malaysian MPs vote to repeal 'fake news' law
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian lawmakers voted to repeal a controversial law on Wednesday (Oct 9) that punished spreading "fake news" with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at sti...
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Thomas Cook rival Hays Travel buys all its UK shops
LONDON, Oct 9 — British travel agent Hays Travel today said it had agreed to buy all 555 UK stores from Thomas Cook after the holiday company’s collapse.
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Indonesia slapped with Fifa fine over match crowd trouble
Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia's national football association has been fined by FIFA over crowd trouble during a World Cup qualifier against Malaysia, the organisation said Wednesday.
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Hong Kong stocks close down on trade worries
HONG KONG, Oct 9 — Hong Kong stocks ended with fresh losses today as dealers fret over rising tensions between China and the United States ahead of key trade talks this week.
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Sony’s PlayStation 5 launch set for late 2020
ony said Oct 8 its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, with new immersive features giving players the tactile experience of virtual worlds, would launch for the 2020...
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European stock markets rise at open
LONDON, Oct 9 — European stock markets rose at the start of trading today, with London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index up 0.2 per cent at 7,158.32 points.
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Greece in second straight record-low yield bond sale
ATHENS, Oct 9 — Greece, which has needed three international bailouts this decade, yesterday made its second bond sale at record-low yields since July, the prime minister said, raising €1.5 billio...
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Twitter admits phone numbers meant for security used for ads
Twitter on Oct 8 apologised after "inadvertently" using phone numbers and email addresses for advertising even though the personal data was provided for account...
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Instagram removes Following tab in move toward app simplicity
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 9 ­— Instagram has confirmed the removal of the Following tab, thus taking away users’ ability to view the activity of other accounts.
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Amazon announces first heavy-duty kid-friendly Kindle
NEW YORK, Oct 9 — In just a few weeks, Amazon will be releasing a kid-friendly Kindle e-reader complete with vocabulary building tools and a durable cover.
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Catalina: The biggest changes coming to Macs with the operating system update
NEW YORK, Oct 8 — On Sunday, macOS Catalina officially became available for download after being first previewed back in June.
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US stocks fall on market gloom over China trade talks
NEW YORK, Oct 8 — Wall Street stocks tumbled early today after fresh US sanctions on Chinese companies dimmed expectations for a breakthrough in this week’s trade talks.
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Hong Kong stocks end with gains
HONG KONG, Oct 8 — Hong Kong stocks returned from a long weekend break with gains today as investors look ahead to the resumption of China-US trade talks.
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Microsoft patents vibrating VR activity mat
NEW YORK, Oct 8 ― To keep virtual reality users within a designated space and heighten their digital experience, Microsoft has patented an activity mat that modifies their virtual experience to keep...
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Instagram testing group story feature despite Facebook ditching it
NEW YORK, Oct 8 ― Over the weekend, reverse software engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered by looking through Instagram’s code that a group stories feature could soon be coming to the stable versi...
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Porn, politics are key targets in ‘deepfakes’, study shows
NEW YORK, Oct 8 ― So-called “deepfake” videos are proliferating online, with most of them pornographic but with some politically motivated ones as well, security researchers said yesterday.
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Scandal-plagued Aussie banks boost funds to repay customers
SYDNEY, Oct 8 ― Australia's ANZ Bank said today its half-year cash profit would take a A$559 million (RM1.57 billion) hit as a result of reimbursing customers for unfair fees and dodgy financial adv...
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Tokyo stocks open higher helped by cheaper yen
TOKYO, Oct 8 ― Tokyo stocks opened higher today helped by a cheaper yen but trade was cautious ahead of the resumption of US-China trade talks this week.
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Tinder launches 'Swipe Night', an interactive, apocalyptic adventure match game
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8 ― In September, Tinder revealed its plans to launch an apocalyptic, choose-your-own-adventure game where users' selections will dictate who they'll be matched with at the end of...
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PlayStation 4 update turns Android devices into controller, display
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8 ― Sony Interactive Entertainment is due to update the PlayStation 4's system software to version 7.00, allowing devices running Android 5.0 and up to double up as displays and d...
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US-China trade talks to resume Thursday, says White House
WASHINGTON, Oct 7 — High-level US-China trade negotiations will resume this week in Washington, the White House announced today, a hopeful sign after a summer of deteriorating relations.
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UK completes Thomas Cook repatriation of passengers
LONDON, Oct 7 — Britain’s government today completed the country’s biggest peacetime repatriation that returned 140,000 UK-based Thomas Cook customers stranded abroad after the collapse of the h...
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US stocks fall as market eyes trade talks
NEW YORK, Oct 7 — Wall Street stocks dropped early today ahead of closely-watched US-China trade talks, while investors began to look ahead to the third-quarter corporate earnings season.
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US: Nord Stream 2 to boost Russian influence on EU
VILNIUS, Oct 7 — US Energy Secretary Rick Perry warned today that the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline would increase Russia’s political influence on European Union foreign policy.
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Pope thanks Johor ruler for pardoning Mexican brothers
PETALING JAYA: Pope Francis has thanked Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar for pardoning three Mexican citizens last year who were sentenced to death for drug trafficking crimes.
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Smash hit videogame ‘Fortnite’ designed to be addictive: lawsuit
The makers of online videogaming sensation Fortnite were accused Oct 5 of designing it to be addictive, in a Canadian class action lawsuit likening playing to taking cocaine.
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German industrial orders contract in August
FRANKFURT, Oct 7 — Industrial orders in Europe’s largest economy Germany fell back in August, official data showed today, adding to a picture of declining activity at vital manufacturing firms.
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Survey: US economists more pessimistic, citing trade as major risk
WASHINGTON, Oct 7 — Economists have become more concerned about US growth prospects, citing trade friction as the major worry, but recession risks have receded slightly, according to a survey releas...
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Google can’t escape copyright laws: France’s Macron
CLERMONT-FERRAND, France: Google cannot escape French law obliging the US online giant to pay royalties to media outlets for displaying their articles, pictures and videos in search results, French Pr...
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Paris attacker had ‘radical vision of Islam’
PARIS: A staffer at Paris police headquarters who stabbed four colleagues to death in a frenzied attack adhered to “a radical vision of Islam”, an anti-terror prosecutor said Saturday, amid a gat...
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Paris climate activists kick off global protests
Protesters block the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion environmental activist movement.
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Tens of thousands march for independence in Scottish capital
Pro-independence activists gather as they prepare to march from Holyrood to the Meadows in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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As US factories falter, White House insists economy like 'a rock'
WASHINGTON, Oct 6 — After a brief surge during his first years in office, and despite his lofty promises, the American manufacturing rebound has begun to crumble under President Donald Trump.
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‘Fortnite’ details how AI opponents will fit in
LOS ANGELES, Oct 4 — Epic Games is preparing to introduce AI-controlled players into its last-person-standing hit Fortnite, with the stated aim of helping human players, especially newcomers, improv...
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Report: Apple’s second-gen SE will resemble iPhone 8
TAIPEI, Oct 4 — Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE — donning the same 4.7-inch screen as the iPhone 8 — will launch during the first quarter of 2020.
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Microsoft gets serious with latest wireless headphones, the Surface Buds
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4 — At last year's Surface event, Microsoft announced the over-ear noise-cancelling Surface Headphones; this year, the company more directly entered the competition against Apple'...
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