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Sony Will Sell Its Founding Headquarters After Posting Huge Loss

Sony will sell properties at a prestigious Tokyo site where it had its headquarters for six decades, as the once-world beating firm struggles to improve its bottom line, reports said on Friday. The company is looking for a buyer for buildings that once served as the control tower for its […]
Sony Will Sell Its Founding Headquarters After Posting Huge Loss
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Virgin Australia Posts Huge First-Half Loss

Australian carrier Virgin urged the government not to bail out rival Qantas Friday after slumping to a first-half loss of Aus$83.7 million (US$75 million), blaming intense competition and economic uncertainties. The results follow Qantas on Thursday announcing a Aus$235 million loss over the same six month period to December 31. […]
Virgin Australia Posts Huge First-Half Loss
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No Bags Allowed At The Boston Marathon This Year

A “no-bags” policy is among tightened security measures being introduced for this year’s Boston Marathon, organisers said, as the emotional first race since last year’s bombings looms in April. Two bombs hidden inside backpacks exploded near the finish line of last year’s marathon, killing three people and injuring more than […]
No Bags Allowed At The Boston Marathon This Year
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ECONOMIST: Ban Of High-Seas Fishing Saves $US2 Per Person On The Planet

Fishing the high seas is a losing investment, an economist told political leaders, corporate kings and environmental warriors Wednesday, backing calls for protecting the open seas. McKinsey & Company director Martin Stuchtey subtracted politics from the equation and laid out numbers showing that a ban on high seas fishing would […]
ECONOMIST: Ban Of High-Seas Fishing Saves $US2 Per Person On The Planet
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Arizona Anti-Gay Bill Vetoed After NFL, MLB, And NBA Put Pressure On State

A controversial anti-gay bill was vetoed by Arizona governor Jan Brewer only hours after pressure from American sports leagues that pump millions of dollars into the US state’s economy. The National Football League, which will stage Super Bowl 49 next February in Arizona, as well as Major League Baseball and […]
Arizona Anti-Gay Bill Vetoed After NFL, MLB, And NBA Put Pressure On State
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New Japanese Satellite Will Predict Extreme Weather Events

Japan will launch its latest rocket early Friday morning, carrying a hi-tech satellite to monitor global rainfall and help meteorologists forecast big storms. The H-IIA rocket will blast off from a southern Japanese island at 3:37 am on Friday, (1837 GMT Thursday) with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory […]
New Japanese Satellite Will Predict Extreme Weather Events
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Panasonic And Tesla In Talks To Build A $US1 Billion Car Battery Factory

Japan’s Panasonic and California-based electric-vehicle venture Tesla Motors are in talks to build a $US1 billion automotive battery plant in the United States, a report said Wednesday. The electronic giant is inviting several other Japanese materials makers to join the project, with the aim of lowering manufacturing costs of the […]
Panasonic And Tesla In Talks To Build A $US1 Billion Car Battery Factory
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Italy’s Youngest Ever Prime Minister Vows ‘Radical Change’ In Impassioned Speech

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a “radical and immediate change” in recession-hit Italy as he outlined his new government’s reform agenda before winning a crucial confidence vote in the Senate early Tuesday. In an energetic and impassioned speech to parliament, Italy’s youngest-ever premier reiterated plans for rapidly overhauling the […]
Italy’s Youngest Ever Prime Minister Vows ‘Radical Change’ In Impassioned Speech
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British Finance Minister: EU Is Ready To Provide Financial Aid To Ukraine

British finance minister George Osborne said Monday the EU stands ready to provide vital financial aid to Ukraine as the crisis-hit country moved to appoint a pro-Western interim leader after impeaching defiant president Viktor Yanukovych. “It is very, very early days, early hours, but the people of Ukraine seem to […]
British Finance Minister: EU Is Ready To Provide Financial Aid To Ukraine
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REPORT: RBS May Cut 30,000 Jobs

Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland gained on Friday as reports said the state-rescued bank will next week announce about 30,000 job cuts in a major cost-cutting exercise. RBS stock climbed 1.15 per cent to 359.8 pence on London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index, which was up 0.43 per cent in […]
REPORT: RBS May Cut 30,000 Jobs
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Google’s Advice To Glass Early Adopters: ‘Don’t Be Glassholes’

Google gave early adopters of its Internet-connected eyewear a bit of advice: don’t be “Glassholes.” It was the final suggestion in a recommended code of conduct posted online for software developers and others taking part in an Explorer program providing early access to Google Glass. The California-based Internet titan appeared […]
Google’s Advice To Glass Early Adopters: ‘Don’t Be Glassholes’
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Record Snow In Japan Has Killed 19 People And Wreaked Havoc On Transportation

A severe snowstorm sweeping across Japan has killed 19 people and left more than 1,600 injured, media and officials said Monday, as the extreme weather sparked widespread transport chaos. At least 19 people have died in snow-related incidents after the record-breaking storm, the top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun reported, with the blast […]
Record Snow In Japan Has Killed 19 People And Wreaked Havoc On Transportation
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Uganda President To Sign Law That Jails Gays For Life

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni will sign into law a controversial bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life despite international pressure, a government spokesman said Monday. “He will ascend the bill. This bill is very popular both within the parliament and Ugandan society. The president is under strong domestic pressure […]
Uganda President To Sign Law That Jails Gays For Life
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Warren Buffet In Talks To Exit $US1.1 Billion Investment In Graham Holdings

US business tycoon Warren Buffett is in talks to exit his investment in Graham Holdings, former owner of The Washington Post, after an association of 40 years. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Graham Holdings are negotiating a stock swap, according to documents submitted late on Wednesday to the US markets […]
Warren Buffet In Talks To Exit $US1.1 Billion Investment In Graham Holdings
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Iran Chief Of Staff: Any US Threat To Attack Us Is A ‘Political Bluff

Armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the Islamic republic’s arch-foes that Iran is prepared for a “decisive battle” if attacked, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. “We are ready for the decisive battle with America and the Zionist regime (Israel),” Fars quoted Firouzabadi as saying. He […]
Iran Chief Of Staff: Any US Threat To Attack Us Is A ‘Political Bluff
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Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Priuses Because Of Software Defect

Toyota on Wednesday announced a global recall of 1.9 million Prius hybrid cars because of a fault that could cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly, in the latest safety blow to the Japanese auto giant. The company said it decided on the call-back — the biggest for the eco-friendly […]
Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Priuses Because Of Software Defect
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Japan’s ‘Beethoven’ Says He Is Ashamed But He Used To Be Deaf

The fraudulent composer dubbed “Japan’s Beethoven” said on Wednesday he was “deeply ashamed” about his nearly two decades of deception, but insisted that he did used to be deaf. Mamoru Samuragochi said his impairment had improved in recent times, but when he first paid part-time music school teacher Takashi Niigaki […]
Japan’s ‘Beethoven’ Says He Is Ashamed But He Used To Be Deaf
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Australia Will Employ Shark ‘Kill’ Zones To Reduce Attacks On Swimmers

A controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches got the green light in Australia, in a move the Humane Society Tuesday termed a “complete disgrace”. The federal government granted an exemption from environmental laws to approve Western Australia’s shark mitigation plan, which is aimed at […]
Australia Will Employ Shark ‘Kill’ Zones To Reduce Attacks On Swimmers
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China Just Tested A Hypersonic Missile Vehicle

China for the first time has tested a hypersonic missile vehicle designed to travel several times the speed of sound, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The test makes China the second country after the United States to conduct experimental flights with hypersonic vehicles, a technology that could allow armies to rapidly […]
China Just Tested A Hypersonic Missile Vehicle
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Chinese Theme Park To Have A Full-Scale Replica Of The Titanic

A Chinese firm plans to spend $US165 million building a full-scale replica of the Titanic — the doomed luxury liner which sank more than a century ago — as the main attraction for a theme park, reports said Tuesday. The original and supposedly unsinkable luxury passenger liner struck an iceberg […]
Chinese Theme Park To Have A Full-Scale Replica Of The Titanic
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Workers Riot At Samsung Factory In Vietnam

Vietnamese police said Friday they had launched an investigation into a riot at a multi-billion dollar Samsung factory that left 13 people injured, four critically. Violence broke out between security guards and local construction workers early Thursday in northern Thai Nguyen province where the South Korean electronics giant is building […]
Workers Riot At Samsung Factory In Vietnam
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Chinese Investment In The US Doubled In 2013

China’s investment in the United States doubled to $US14 billion last year despite sometimes rocky political ties, with private firms leading the way, said a study out Tuesday. About half of the value consisted of Shuanghui International’s takeover of prominent pork producer Smithfield Foods, a $US7.1 billion deal that marked […]
Chinese Investment In The US Doubled In 2013
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US Aircraft Shot At In South Sudan

Three US military helicopters were shot at in South Sudan on Saturday, an incident which left three Americans wounded, diplomatic and Ugandan military sources told AFP. The helicopters were trying to land at Bor, the rebel-held capital of Jonglei state, and were forced to return to neighbouring Uganda with one […]
US Aircraft Shot At In South Sudan
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The President Of Uruguay Plans To Adopt ’30 To 40 Poor Children’

Uruguay President Jose Mujica, a former guerilla known for his low-key style, has admitted he hopes to adopt “30 or 40 poor children” after his term ends in 2014, local media reported Sunday. The 78-year-old leader said he envisions putting his plan into place when he steps down as president, […]
The President Of Uruguay Plans To Adopt ’30 To 40 Poor Children’
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An Indian Developer Paid $US530 Million For Canada’s Embassy In London, And Plans To Turn It Into Apartments For The Super-Rich

India’s largest real estate developer Lodha Group said Friday it has bought Canada’s embassy building in London’s prime Mayfair district for around $US530 million. The seven-storey Canadian High Commission in Grosvenor Square, known as Macdonald House, will be converted into luxury residences for the super-rich, Indian media said. “We will […]
An Indian Developer Paid $US530 Million For Canada’s Embassy In London, And Plans To Turn It Into Apartments For The Super-Rich
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Typhoons Keep Spreading Radioactive Material From Fukushima Around Japan

Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country’s waterways, researchers say. Contaminated soil gets washed away by the high winds and rain and deposited in streams and rivers, a joint study by France’s Climate and Environmental Science laboratory (LSCE) […]
Typhoons Keep Spreading Radioactive Material From Fukushima Around Japan
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Hundreds March In Netherlands To Support ‘Racist Black Pete’

Hundreds of people marched in the Netherlands on Saturday to show their support for “Black Pete”, the traditional Christmas sidekick of Saint Nicholas, who has been labelled as racist by critics. “Up to 500 people protested for two-and-a-half hours in Malieveld,” a park in the centre of The Hague, police […]
Hundreds March In Netherlands To Support ‘Racist Black Pete’
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Malala Yousafzai Reunited With Pakistan Attack School Friends

Campaigning Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was reunited on Saturday with two friends who were injured in the Taliban attempt to kill her. Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan met Malala during an event at Edinburgh University in Scotland, the first time they have seen her since the attack. A Taliban gunman […]
Malala Yousafzai Reunited With Pakistan Attack School Friends
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Nissan Says It Will Have A Self-Driving Car On The Market By 2020

Motorists could go hands-free, leaving their cars’ computer brains fully in charge, as early as 2020, when Nissan says it plans to have a self-driving vehicle ready for the market. The Japanese automaker said Tuesday that its “revolutionary” self-drive technology could be ready by then, and that it is already […]
Nissan Says It Will Have A Self-Driving Car On The Market By 2020