• Merger for new media era or a bad remake?

    An AT&T-Time Warner mega-deal could create a new kind of media-tech firm in an age where consumers get content Netflix-style, when they want it on any device. The deal unveiled Saturday aims to make AT&T a powerhouse positioned for a sector facing major technology changes. The stock-and-cash deal worth

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  • Japan swings back to September trade surplus

    Japan swung to a bigger-than-expected trade surplus in September, as tumbling imports offset lacklustre shipments overseas, official data showed Monday. The value of Japan's exports fell again, with vehicles and steel among the worst hit sectors, as a stronger yen clouds the country's trade

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  • D-Day for Calais 'Jungle' camp clearance

    French authorities will on Monday begin moving thousands of people out of the notorious Calais Jungle before demolishing the camp that has served as a launchpad for attempts to sneak into Britain. A major three-day operation is planned to clear the sprawling shanty town near Calais port -- a symbol

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  • Chile's embattled Bachelet put to test in local polls

    Chile's opposition is leading with a razor-thin margin in local elections that could deal a disappointment to embattled President Michelle Bachelet by returning conservatives to power. Seen as a litmus test for her ruling center-left coalition one year before her term ends, with 95.79 percent of

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  • EM ASIA FX-Yuan, Taiwan dollar, won dip

    Oct 24 (Reuters) - The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against the dollar at 0131 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move Japan yen 103.91 103.85 -0.06 ...

  • Venezuelan assembly declares 'coup' by Maduro govt

    Venezuela's opposition-majority legislature declared that President Nicolas Maduro's government had committed a coup d'etat by blocking a referendum on removing him from power, vowing mass protests and international pressure. Furious over the electoral authorities' decision to suspend

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  • VEGOILS-Market factors to watch Oct 24

    The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and other vegetable oil markets. FUNDAMENTALS * Malaysian palm oil closed higher on Friday, reversing earlier losses, as traders ...

  • Clinton looks to consolidate lead over Trump

    With just over two weeks to go before Americans vote for a new president, Hillary Clinton -- who has widened her lead over Donald Trump -- is stepping up her efforts in key battleground states to consolidate her lead. The Democratic former secretary of state, who is vying to be America's first female

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  • Britsh PM seeks to unite first ministers over Brexit plans

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday meet the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in London, where she will face calls for each region to vote on the government's Brexit plans. The meeting will see Britain's decision to leave the EU take centre stage, ahead of

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  • Shark attacks surfer in Australia

    A man escaped with cuts to his leg Monday after a shark crashed into his board while he was surfing near popular tourist spot Byron Bay in eastern Australia. The attack came just weeks after a surfer also suffered cuts after being "bumped" by a shark south of Byron Bay in Ballina -- the scene

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  • Fighting shakes Aleppo as ceasefire expires

    Clashes and air strikes shook the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, leaving three civilians dead as heavy fighting resumed after the end of a three-day ceasefire declared by government ally Russia. The unilateral ceasefire ended without any evacuations by the UN, which had hoped to bring wounded civilians

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  • Fitch: High Capex, Competition to Weigh on Malaysian Telcos


  • Lithuanians vote for change handing farmers' party surprise win

    Lithuanians fed up with low wages and a labour exodus voted for major changes in Sunday's general election, handing victory to a farmers' party that previously held just one seat in parliament. The centrist Lithuanian Peasants and Green Union party (LGPU) won 54 seats in the 141-member parliament

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  • Tears, relief as Somali pirate hostages land in Kenya

    A group of 26 hostages freed from nearly five years in the hands of Somali pirates touched down in Kenya on Sunday, with both tears and smiles marking the end of their ordeal. Thanks to you all," said one of the hostages, Sudi Ahman. John Steed, coordinator of the Hostage Support Partners (HSP

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  • Belgian region rejects EU 'ultimatum' over Canada trade pact

    Belgium's Wallonia region on Sunday dealt a fresh blow to a proposed EU-Canada trade deal, rejecting a 24-hour ultimatum from the bloc to end its objection to the agreement. In an embarrassment for the 28-nation EU, Belgium has so far been the only member not to sign up to the CETA trade deal, blocked

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  • Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers

    Iraqi forces battled Sunday through booby-traps, sniper fire and suicide car bombs to tighten the noose around Mosul, while also hunting Islamic State group jihadists behind attacks elsewhere in the country. Kurdish forces announced a new push at dawn on Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul, where some 10,000

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  • Scuffles disrupt Hungary 1956 revolt anniversary

    Scuffles between supporters and opponents of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban disrupted a state commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising in Budapest Sunday. Orban's address to a crowd estimated by an AFP photographer at around 15,000 in front of parliament was

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  • Rescue crew's tough call: sail away to keep other migrants safe

    Pal Erik Teigen had to make a tough call Saturday: sail a rescue ship away from desperate migrants in waters off the Libyan coast in order to safeguard the lives of others. The drama began at around 8 pm, 20 nautical miles off Libya, as rescuers were transferring migrants onto the Siem Pilot, a vessel

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  • 'Boo! A Madea Halloween' tops N. America box office

    The latest installment in Tyler Perry's Madea comedy franchise -- "Boo! A Madea Halloween" -- topped the North American box office in its debut weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

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  • Clock ticking as Spain races to avoid third elections

    Spain's Socialists voted Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely averting a third election for Spaniards tired of going to the polls. It paves the way for Spain to finally get a government after ten months of political paralysis following two inconclusive elections. As a deadline

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  • Lithuania opposition eyes power in tight run-off election

    Lithuania's left-wing government was fighting for survival Sunday in a run-off election clouded by an exodus of workers that has fuelled a demographic crisis in the Baltic eurozone state. Official results expected later on Sunday were forecast to hand victory to either the conservative Homeland

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  • Shoddy leaders contribute to rising Afghan military deaths: US general

    Basic leadership failures in many Afghan police and military units are helping drive casualty rates to ever-higher levels, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Sunday. Afghan forces are nearing the end of their second year providing security across their war-torn country, after NATO moved

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  • Belgium to keep record as Spain nears government

    As the political crisis in Spain dragged on, there had been speculation it might overtake Belgium's record for the longest spell without a government. - Belgian world record - Belgium's spectacular political crisis in 2010-2011 left the kingdom without a government for 541 days (18 months).

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  • More than 100 inmates escape Haiti prison, one guard dead: official

    At least 100 inmates, some of them armed, escaped a Haitian prison near the capital Port-au-Prince during a mutiny, killing at least one guard, a source close to the investigation said Sunday. Local media, citing police, said 172 prisoners had fled the Arcahaie facility, located on the coast northwest

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  • Two suspected 'terrorists' killed in Russian city: reports

    Russian security forces shot dead two suspected "terrorists" during a security operation in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday, citing law enforcement sources. "Law enforcement officers stopped a car, two suspects resisted arrest and were liquidated

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