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What's holding up Brexit talks? The Irish issue explained

The main sticking point in Brexit negotiations is how to keep Britain's land border with the Republic of Ireland open after it leaves the European Union.

China woos Bhutan, to India's displeasure

A peep into a Thimphu toy shop shows stacks of Pokemons, all made in China, a testimony to the quiet overtures Beijing is making in Bhutan at rival India's expense.

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US sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

US officials announced Tuesday negotiations for separate trade agreements with Britain, the European Union and Japan as part of efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to rebalance global commerce.

Quebec offers a sneak peek inside new cannabis stores

No self-service, no glossy advertising, and proof of age is require to enter: Quebec's cannabis stores, which will open to the public on Wednesday, provide a minimalist experience to pot buyers.

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Jeff Bezos is upping his investment in his rocket venture Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos to invest more than $1 bn in Blue Origin in 2019

The world's richest man, billionaire entrepreneur and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, said Monday that he is planning to boost his annual investment in Blue Origin, the aerospace company he launched in 2000.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer: family

Billionaire Paul Allen, who founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, died Monday after his latest battle with cancer. He was 65.

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The Mobius aircraft system seen here, which can be piloted by a pilot or remotely, was designed by defense technology firm L3, which on Sunday announced a merger with another big defense firm, Harris Corporation

US's Harris, L3 merging to form a defense-technology giant

Harris and L3 Technologies, two American companies specializing in military communications and technology, announced their merger on Sunday, giving birth to a giant in the sector.

Kudlow: Trump respects Fed's autonomy despite 'crazy' remark

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow defended his boss Sunday, saying that Donald Trump respects the Federal Reserve Bank's autonomy despite last week's remark that the Fed had "gone crazy" raising interest rates.

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The Angry Birds video game has become a multi-million dollar franchise taking in cinema, television and merchandising

New Angry Birds television series being hatched

Producers are laying plans for a new "Angry Birds" television series based on the cult video game, its distributors said Saturday.

China's Belt and Road tempts states, but comes with risks

China's massive "Belt and Road Initiative" building push may create debt risks but is also responding to major infrastructure gaps in Asia and could boost global trade, World Bank officials say.

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The Macallan, in Craigellachie, northern Scotland only ever produced 40 bottles from its 1926 vintage that had matured for 60 years

Scotch tipped to break booze record at $1mn plus

A bottle of Scotch dating back to 1926 is tipped to set a new record in New York on Saturday for most expensive bottle of alcohol sold at auction, valued at up to $1.2 million by Sotheby's.

Moody's downgrades Danske bank ratings over money-laundering probe

US ratings agency Moody's on Friday downgraded its long-term ratings for Denmark's biggest bank, Danske Bank, which is at the centre of a scandal over alleged money-laundering.

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Chile lithium miner shareholder sue to block sale to China's Tianqi

The controlling shareholder in Chile's lithium producer SQM has mounted a legal challenge to halt the sale of nearly a quarter of the company to Chinese group Tianqi.

US to restrict nuclear technology exports to China

The United States said Thursday that it will increasingly restrict exports of civilian nuclear technology to China for fear it will be stolen for economic benefit or diverted to military use.

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NY fines UAE's largest bank over lax money-laundering safeguards

New York state financial regulators on Wednesday fined the Dubai-based Mashreqbank $40 million, saying it cleared millions of high-risk transactions with scant safeguards against money laundering and terrorism finance.

US arrests alleged Chinese spy after extradition from Belgium

US authorities said Wednesday they have arrested a Chinese intelligence agent after he was extradited from Belgium, accusing him of a state-sponsored effort to steal American trade secrets.

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Instagram ramps up battle against bullying

Instagram on Tuesday added more weapons to battle cyber bullying, using artificial intelligence to scan photos for abusive content at the Facebook-owned service.

Barbie deployed to close 'Dream Gap' for young girls

Over the years, Barbie has taken on many roles: beach beauty, scientist, even president of the United States. And now, she will work to help young girls close the so-called "Dream Gap."

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The neoliberal putting credibility into Brazil far-righter's rise

Part of the appeal lifting a controversial far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, toward Brazil's presidency is a US-educated neoliberal economist who will likely be put in charge of the Latin American giant's finances in case of election victory.

Google says social network bug exposed private data

Google announced Monday it is shutting down the consumer version of its online social network after fixing a bug exposing private data in as many as 500,000 accounts.

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'Whiplash' producer Blum unrattled by China trade war backlash

Hotshot Hollywood producer Jason Blum predicts his plans to tap into the lucrative Chinese movie market won't be derailed by the tit-for-tat trade war that has erupted between Beijing and Washington.

China's Central Bank to cut reserve requirement ratio for fourth time

China's central bank announced Sunday it would reduce the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for most banks by one percentage point, the fourth time this year the country has sought to free up credit for businesses as they face down $250 billion in US tariffs.

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Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear

Sporting a trendy brown bob, a humanoid robot named Erica chats to a man in front of stunned audience members in Madrid.

New theatre comedy dramatises Brexit break-ups

Friends shunned, lovers torn apart and emotions exploding: a new play running in London this month tackles the very personal divisions in British society caused by Brexit.

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Russian lawmakers say  registration of US media groups is retaliation for a similar demand by Washington for the state-controlled Russia Today television

Russia to make US media register as «foreign agents»

Russian lawmakers raced Friday to draft measures requiring US media outlets to register as foreign agents, saying they could be adopted as early as next week.

Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, immediately declared the allegations 'disqualifying' for Moore

Republicans run from Senate hopeful accused of sexual contact with minor

Several Republicans on Thursday urged their party's candidate for a vacant US Senate seat to quit the race if an explosive report that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl is true.

Pandas have a notoriously low reproductive rate and are under pressure from factors such as habitat loss

Melania Trump meets China's furry diplomats: pandas

US First Lady Melania Trump spent some time with a couple of China's most prominent diplomats on her last day in Beijing on Friday: the pandas Meng'er and Gu Gu.