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Brazil court blocks Whatsapp nationwide

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Finance
By Senabri SilvestreSANTO DOMINGO. Dom. Rep. Approximately 100 million Brazilians have been left without WhapsApp after a judge ordered mobile phone companies to block the popular messaging service nationwide for 72 hours.The measure was taken Monday against service providers for refusing to provide information…

Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway in Kosovo

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Finance
PRISTINA, KosovoA Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 carrying 150 passengers and crew has skidded off the runway at Pristina International Airport in Kosovo. No injuries were reported in Monday evening’s incident which happened when Flight TK1019 from Istanbul lost traction while landing in wet conditions.The incident has…

ELN rebels reject Colombia govt preconditions for talks

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Finance
By Richard McCollIn a strongly worded interview Monday, representatives of the ELN guerrilla group rejected President Juan Manuel Santos’ conditions for releasing all hostages and halting attacks on infrastructure before public peace talks can begin. "What if we placed the condition that in order to continue the…

EU warns Egypt over freedom of expression

Monday, May 02, 2016 Finance
ISTANBULThe European Union warned Egypt on Monday over the recent storming of a labor union building in Cairo and the arrest of journalists.The statement comes after the country’s security forces raided the Egyptian Press Syndicate's offices on Sunday.Undercover police officers detained two journalists who had been…

UNHCR appoints Cate Blanchett as 'Goodwill Ambassador'

Monday, May 02, 2016 Finance
GENEVAThe UN’s refugee agency on Monday appointed actor Cate Blanchett as one of its global ‘Goodwill Ambassadors’.The 46-year-old Australian award-winner takes on the role at a time when war, conflict and persecution have forced around 60 million people worldwide to flee their homes.The conflict in Syria remains the…

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May 03, 2016

Brazil court blocks Whatsapp nationwide

By Senabri SilvestreSANTO DOMINGO. Dom. Rep. Approximately 100 million Brazilians have been left without WhapsApp after a judge ordered mobile phone companies…
May 03, 2016

Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway in Kosovo

PRISTINA, KosovoA Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 carrying 150 passengers and crew has skidded off the runway at Pristina International Airport in Kosovo. No…
May 03, 2016

ELN rebels reject Colombia govt preconditions for talks

By Richard McCollIn a strongly worded interview Monday, representatives of the ELN guerrilla group rejected President Juan Manuel Santos’ conditions for…
May 02, 2016

EU warns Egypt over freedom of expression

ISTANBULThe European Union warned Egypt on Monday over the recent storming of a labor union building in Cairo and the arrest of journalists.The statement comes…
May 02, 2016

UNHCR appoints Cate Blanchett as 'Goodwill Ambassador'

GENEVAThe UN’s refugee agency on Monday appointed actor Cate Blanchett as one of its global ‘Goodwill Ambassadors’.The 46-year-old Australian award-winner…

Thai junta freezes talks with southern rebels: report

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Max ConstantBANGKOKThailand’s junta leader-cum-prime minister has effectively suspended peace talks with Muslim insurgents in the troubled south, in a move…

Kerry urges restored Syrian truce especially in Aleppo

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Fatih ErelGENEVAU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for Syria's floundering cessation of hostilities to be restored, particularly in Aleppo where…

Suicide bomb attack kills 11 in Baghdad

May 02, 2016 in Finance
BAGHDADA suicide bomb attack killed 11 people and wounded dozens of others in Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, local officials have said. "Eleven people were…

Death toll from collapsed building in Nairobi hits 21

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Andrew Ross NAIROBI, KenyaRescue teams in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi have been working around the clock searching for survivors since Friday evening when…

Pakistan Muslims accused of blasphemy after Sikh brawl

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Aamir LatifKARACHI, Pakistan Police in Pakistan’s northwestern Punjab province have charged six Muslims with "blasphemy" after they allegedly desecrated the…

Army disperses Sadrist protesters in Iraq’s Babil

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Zeynep TufekciBAGHDAD Security forces in Iraq's central Babil province on Monday dispersed supporters of firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who attempted…

Russian experts warn of long years of stagnation

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Najam AbbasValentina Matvienko, speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, has spoken about systemic reasons contributing to the "difficult…

Search ongoing for Australian abducted in Afghanistan

May 02, 2016 in Finance
Australian diplomats continued working with Afghan authorities Monday in search of an aid worker kidnapped in the eastern city of Jalalabad last week.The…

Aid group rejects US report on Afghan hospital attack

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Shadi Khan SaifKABUL, Afghanistan Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called for an independent investigation into the bombing of one of its hospitals in…

Nigerian army frees 400 Boko Haram hostages

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Rafiu Ajakaye LAGOS, Nigeria The Nigerian army said on Monday it had rescued another 400 hostages from Boko Haram hideouts in the country's northeast as…

Two Egyptian journalists arrested at Cairo sit-in

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Aydogan KalabalikCAIRO Two Egyptian journalists were arrested on Sunday after Egyptian security forces stormed the Egyptian Press Syndicate’s Cairo…

Indonesia denies paying ransom to Philippine militants

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Ainur RohmahTUBAN, Indonesia Indonesia has sought to underline that it did not pay a ransom to secure the release of ten hostages held by a Daesh-linked…

Philippines ‘pleased’ with release of 10 Indonesians

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Hader GlangZAMBOANGA CITY, the PhilippinesThe Philippines’ government said Monday it was pleased with the release of 10 Indonesians held hostage by…

May Day in Cuba: union leader demands US lift embargo

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Neysi HernándezMillions of demonstrators marched at squares around the country Sunday to celebrate May Day and in support for the 1961 Cuban…

Europe marks May Day

May 02, 2016 in Finance
By Michael Sercan DaventryOne person reportedly died in clashes between two groups in a German town as millions of people in Europe marked May Day with…

Euro zone sets emergency summit on Greece as money flees

Euro zone sets emergency summit on Greece as money fleesEuro zone leaders will hold an emergency summit on June 22 to try to avert a Greek default after bank withdrawals accelerated and government revenue slumped as Athens and its international creditors remain deadlocked over a debt deal.

Finance ministers of the 19-nation currency bloc failed to make any breakthrough on a cash-for-reforms agreement at talks in Luxembourg on June 18, just 12... Add a comment

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Greece, Russia sign memorandum on gas pipe to Greece

Greece, Russia sign memorandum on gas pipe to GreeceRussia and Greece on June 19 signed a preliminary agreement to set up a joint venture to build a pipeline through Greece, Moscow said.

“This is the start of a large investment project in Greece that is beneficial to the country’s economy,” Russian energy minister Alexander Novak said at the signing ceremony on the sidelines of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, quoted... Add a comment

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Nearly 1M people became millionaires in 2014

Nearly 1M people became millionaires in 2014The number of people worth $1 million or more rose by 920,000 last year, hitting a record 14.6 million. It was the sixth straight year-on-year increase as rising stock prices lifted the value of personal wealth in a few key countries, according to a report from consultant Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.

The wealth held by millionaires globally also rose to a record $56 trillion... Add a comment

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Saudi Tadawul's inclusion in MSCI won't affect Turkey

Saudi Tadawul's inclusion in MSCI won't affect TurkeyExperts agree that the entry of Saudi stock market Tadawul to MSCI EM index would have little effect on Turkish stocks.

The Turkish stock market will not be hurt if Saudi Arabia's stock exchange is included in Morgan Stanley Capital International's (MSCI) Emerging Market (EM) index, experts said Thursday.

MSCI is a stock market index used by many funds and investment vehicles... Add a comment

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Russian bank to lend $570 million for new Turkish airport

Russian bank to lend $570 million for new Turkish airportSberbank agrees to lend funds for Istanbul's new international airport.

The Turkish company building Istanbul's new international airport said on Thursday that it had signed a Memorandum of intention with Russia's largest bank Sberbank for its financing.

A fund of 500 million euros ($570 million) will be available to construction company IGA Havalimani Isletmesi A.S., via Turkey’s... Add a comment

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Greek default would hurt emerging markets, analysts say

Greek default would hurt emerging markets, analysts sayFailure to reach a bailout agreement for Greece on Thursday could create headwinds for developing economies, experts say.

Should Greece default, emerging market economies are expected to face severe headwinds, experts told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

The Greek government and the Eurogroup meet on Thursday in what is expected to be a last chance to avoid Athens’ default on its loan... Add a comment

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Turkey spends $2 billion on R&D in 2014

Turkey spends $2 billion on R&D in 2014Total R&D spend, including private sector, increased 13.4 percent to 14.8 billion Turkish liras in 2013 year on year.

The Turkish government spent slightly less on research and development last year compared with the previous year, according to a report from the Turkish Statistical Institute on Thursday.

Allocation to R&D fell 3.73 percent to $2 billion, the report said.

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Turkey debuts pommegranate-themed pavilion in Expo Milano

Expo MilanoProject represents 'diversity within unity' and fertility as response to world's future needs for safe and sufficient nutrition.

Turkey is promoting a pavilion that marries traditional values with modern design elements as the country’s showcase in Expo Milano 2015, where participators seek environmentally respectful answers to the question of how to guarantee healthy food for everyone in... Add a comment

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Room rental service Airbnb valued at $24 billion

Room rental service Airbnb valued at $24 billionNew round of funding shows tech company worth more than Marriott, Expedia.

Home-rental platform Airbnb is raising $1 billion in funding off an exorbitant valuation of $24 billion, according to investors speaking to The Wall Street Journal in a report published Wednesday.

This valuation would hurtle the San Francisco-based service to the top of the hospitality industry. The hotel chain... Add a comment

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US: Fed holds rates, hints at end-of-year hike

US: Fed holds rates, hints at end-of-year hikeFed says it will assess progress toward maximum employment and 2 percent inflation.

The U.S. Federal Reserve said in a statement on Wednesday that it would not raise interest rates at this time.

"The current 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate," the central bank said.

"In determining how long to maintain this target range, the Committee will assess... Add a comment

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