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  • Portugal's property market continues to expand at double digit rates thanks to foreign buyers, including China's new wealthy

    Portugal's property market continues to expand at double digit rates thanks to foreign buyers, including China's new wealthy, despite a corruption scandal over visas used to lure in rich non-Europeans. More than one in five residences sold in Portugal last year was bought by a foreigner, according to provisional data by …

  • Tennis - Veterans Hingis-Paes win Australian mixed title

    - Martina Hingis won her first Grand Slam title since 2006 on Sunday by clinching the Australian Open mixed doubles crown with fellow veteran Leander Paes of India.

  • Customers enjoy their drinks at a coffee shop in downtown Yangon, one of around two dozen speciality coffee shops that have opened up in Myanmar's biggest city in recent years, January 27, 2015

    Behind a wooden counter in downtown Yangon's Coffee Club, the unmistakable hiss of a barista steaming milk briefly drowns out a funky soundtrack piped through a store filled with students glued to their smartphones. Long absent from the region's booming cafe culture, Myanmar's commercial capital is now witnessing a surge …

  • A worker walks past a lighted signage of the SAIC before the opening of the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai

    General Motors and Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp will soon announce a joint push into Indonesia, using their no-frills Wuling brand to establish a beachhead in Southeast Asia’s biggest market and from there tackle other markets in the region. They have already made moves to purchase a property in an industrial district …

  • Demonstrators distribute leaflets before a march for democracy in Hong Kong on February 1, 2015

    Thousands of pro-democracy protesters will rally on Hong Kong's streets Sunday for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months. The afternoon march through central Hong Kong is expected to draw 50,000 people with police warning that attempts to reoccupy key roads cleared …

  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a return during a training session on day 13 of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 31, 2015

    Novak Djokovic attempts Sunday to keep his formidable record intact in the Australian Open final, while Andy Murray is bidding to end a tormenting run of three losses in the Melbourne decider. The Serb top seed is four-from-four in Australian finals and into his fifth at Melbourne Park in eight years. The Serb has won …

  • A man walks in front of the gate of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., in Shanghai

    General Motors (GM.N) and Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp <600104.SS> will soon announce a joint push into Indonesia, using their no-frills Wuling brand to establish a beachhead in Southeast Asia’s biggest market and from there tackle other markets in the region. They have already made moves to purchase a property in an …

  • Born in its modern form during the 1970s, Islamic finance has boomed in the last few years on the back of strong economic growth in its core markets, the Gulf and southeast Asia.

  • A cycle rickshaw ferries schoolchildren past the office of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and of leader Khaleda Zia in Dhaka on January 19, 2015

    Bangladesh restored power to the office of opposition leader Khaleda Zia, an official said Sunday, nearly a day after it was cut in an apparent bid to force her to call off crippling protests. A spokesman for Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said power was restored some 20 hours after a technician of the state-run …

  • Nepal's success in turning tiger-fearing villagers into their protectors has seen none of the endangered cats killed for almost three years, offering key lessons for an anti-poaching summit opening shortly in Kathmandu

    Nepal's success in turning tiger-fearing villagers into their protectors has seen none of the endangered cats killed for almost three years, offering key lessons for an anti-poaching summit opening in Kathmandu on Monday. Experts from conservation group WWF, which is co-hosting the conference with Nepal's government, said …

  • Greece rejects new loans as money runs out AFP - 1 hour 53 minutes ago
    A woman walks past a shop in central Athens on the first day of the winter sales on January 12, 2015

    The decision by Greece's anti-austerity government in Athens to refuse fresh EU-IMF loans has set economists guessing how long Greece's meagre finances can last. "From what I hear, Greece can barely hold on until February," Alexandre Delaigue, economics professor at the French military academy Saint-Cyr, told AFP. The …

  • A man walks past closed businesses in central Athens on January 29, 2015

    Greece's anti-austerity government was to begin a European charm offensive Sunday aimed at building consensus on renegotiating its 240-billion-euro ($270 billion) bailout, even as Germany insisted it would not support any debt relief. Just hours before Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis headed to Paris to seek support for …

  • Members of an Indonesian rescue team point a finger at the location where they found a victim and debris of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 accident, in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on January 30, 2015

    Indonesian rescuers on Sunday resumed their search for 86 victims still missing from the AirAsia plane that crashed on December 28 with 162 people on board, an official said. National search and rescue agency chief Bambang Soelistyo last week said search and rescue teams were being given two days' break after weeks searching …

  • Defaulted Cuban loans appeal to frontier investors @ Financial Times - 2 hours 1 minute ago

    The unexpected strengthening of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US in December has increased the appeal of defaulted Cuban loans for frontier market investors. Kevin Daly, portfolio manager in the ...

  • Barclays boosts sukuk market @ Financial Times - 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    Barclays has given a boost to the fast-growing market for sharia-compliant bonds by including emerging market local currency sukuks in its indices for the first time. A total of 36 Malaysian ringgit-denominated ...

  • The long-term wisdom of the wily investor @ Financial Times - 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    Last week National Grid, the UK electricity distributor, became the largest FTSE company to drop quarterly reporting of results after regulators in November removed the requirement for listed groups to ...

  • Famed for his sharp business acumen and knack for perfectly timed investments, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing is shifting away from a slowing Chinese economy and bargain hunting in Europe

    Famed for his sharp business acumen and knack for perfectly timed investments, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing is shifting away from a slowing Chinese economy and bargain hunting in Europe. Li's holdings are embodied in a striking 63-storey glass skyscraper in the heart of Hong Kong and his business decisions have the …

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  • An employee looks on next to an assembly production line of Buick cars at a General Motors factory in Wuhan

    China's factory sector unexpectedly shrank for the first time in nearly 2-1/2 years in January and firms see more gloom ahead, an official survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will take more action to forestall a sharper slowdown. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 49.8 in January, the …

  • Growth in China's services sector cooled to a one-year low in January, an official survey showed on Sunday, reinforcing expectations about the Chinese economy losing more steam in coming months. The official ...

  • After Oil's Friday Surge, Is The Bottom Finally In? @ Forbes - 2 hours 36 minutes ago

    Oil spiked on Friday, but it may be too early to call the bottom.

  • Ivory Coast's national football team players take part in a training session in Malabo on January 30, 2015

    The Ivory Coast and pre-tournament favourites Algeria go head to head in Malabo on Sunday in what has the makings of a classic quarter-final at the Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana and Guinea meet in the first of a double-header of last-eight ties in Equatorial Guinea's capital earlier in the day before Herve Renard's Elephants …

  • Celtic's Scott Brown controls the ball during an UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park in Glasgow, on October 23, 2014

    One of world football's most intense rivalries will resume for the first time in nearly three years on Sunday as Celtic take on Rangers at Hampden for a place in the League Cup final. The match at Hampden will be the first meeting of the Old Firm since April 2012 with Rangers subsequently forced to start life again in …

  • Greece's largest port in Piraeus, near Athens, on January 31, 2015

    The shipping containers emblazoned with the COSCO logo on the quayside at Greece's biggest port Piraeus are a sign that China has invested heavily here. China will still be a "privileged partner for Greece", they say. COSCO, through its Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) arm, manages the two main container terminals at …

  • Workers assemble LED lights at a factory in Zouping, in eastern China's Shandong province on December 31, 2014

    China's manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in more than two years in January, an official survey showed Sunday, signalling further downward pressure on the world's second-largest economy. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) came in at 49.8 …

  • Crane carries a container from a ship at the PNC container terminal at the Busan New Port in Busan

    South Korea's exports in January fell less than expected, but effects from a plunge in oil prices, a sustained slump in Europe and slowdown in China all clouded prospects for a turnaround in global demand. A sharp drop in demand from the European Union and weaker prices of oil and related products were mainly to blame …

  • Opening goal scorer Massimo Luongo (right, front) takes a selfie as the Australian squad celebrate winning the Asian Cup

    Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak believes winning the Asian Cup will wake up a "sleeping giant" in Australia as football fights for popularity in the country. More than 76,000 fans packed Stadium Australia to watch the hosts beat South Korea 2-1 in extra time to provide a massive shot in the arm for the sport's growth Down …

  • About a year ago, Google said it would pay $3.2 billion for Nest, a company that had sold fewer than a million connected thermostats and fewer than 440,000 connected smoke detectors — which it would later ...

  • The government’s Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 49.8 in January from 50.1 in December, according to data released Sunday by the statistics bureau and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing in Beijing. China’s fiscal revenue increased the least since 1991 last year due to a property slump and declining factory …

  • Activity in China's factory sector contracted in January for the first time in more than two years, an official survey showed on Sunday, which will increase gloom about the outlook for the world's second-biggest economy this year. A housing slump, erratic growth in exports and a state-led slowdown in investment to …

  • Auto Makers Recall 2.12 Million Cars, SUVs for Air Bag Fix @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    An array of auto makers are recalling more than 2 million older-model vehicles to address air bags that can deploy inadvertently because of a component supplied by TRW Automotive.

  • VIDEO: Preventing drowning with playpens

    Playpens are being used to save thousands of children from drowning in Bangladesh.

  • The shadow of Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem is cast on a wall as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras waits to greets him during their meeting in Athens, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Dijsselbloem is in Athens for talks with Greece’s new left wing government after it promised to renege on key bailout commitments required for repayment of a 240 billion euro ($270 billion) rescue package. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, Pool)

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.

  • Equatorial Guinea's coach Esteban Becker reacts during the 2015 African Cup of Nations quarter-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia in Bata on January 31, 2015

    Esteban Becker refused to get into a debate about the referee after his Equatorial Guinea side beat Tunisia 2-1 after extra time in a contoversial Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final on Saturday. The tournament hosts trailed heading into injury time in Bata, only to win a soft penalty for a foul on Ivan Bolado by Hamza …

  • Cement companies Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd are nearing a deal to sell at least $7 billion (4.65 billion pounds) worth of assets to Ireland's CRH PLC, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal noted that the sale of the assets in Europe, Canada and elsewhere was a …

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 7, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron Saturday condemned as "appalling" the purported killing of a Japanese hostage after the Islamic State (IS) group released a video. "I utterly condemn what appears to be the despicable and appalling murder of Kenji Goto," Cameron said in a statement. A masked man with a British accent …

  • Cement companies Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd are nearing a deal to sell at least $7 billion worth of assets to Ireland's CRH PLC, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal noted that the sale of the assets in Europe, Canada and elsewhere was a precondition of winning …

  • Lafarge, Holcim Near Deal to Sell Assets to CRH @ The Wall Street Journal - 8 hours ago

    Cement giants Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd. are nearing a deal to sell at least $7 billion worth of assets to Ireland’s CRH PLC, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • (Bloomberg) -- Irish building-materials company CRH is in final negotiations to buy assets that cement makers Holcim and Lafarge need to sell ahead of their planned merger, according to people familiar ...

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo on February 1, 2015

    A visibly upset Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday vowed to "never forgive terrorists" after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing the beheading of hostage Kenji Goto. "We will cooperate with the international community to make them atone for their crimes." The claim was made in a video …

  • Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa plays during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on January 27, 2015

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa accepted he was "no angel" but insisted he had not done anything wrong in the incident that led to him receiving a three-match ban. The 26-year-old was suspended for three games by the Football Association, after being found guilty of violent conduct when it was ruled he had deliberately stamped …

  • Equatorial Guinea's midfielder Javier Balboa celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2015 African Cup of Nations quarter-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia in Bata on January 31, 2015

    Former Real Madrid winger Javier Balboa scored twice as hosts Equatorial Guinea reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a stunning 2-1 extra-time victory over Tunisia on Saturday. The quarter-final winner came 12 minutes into extra time in port city Bata when Balboa superbly curled a free-kick into the top corner …

  • Pole Vault - Lavillenie sees off Holzdeppe in Karlsruhe

    - World record-holder Renaud Lavillenie of France saw off Germany's world champion Raphael Holzdeppe as their anticipated pole-vault duel fizzled out at the IAAF Indoor meet in Karlsruhe. Lavillenie, fresh from going over 6.00m in Rouen last Saturday, took the competition by clearing 5.86 metres ahead of Russian pair Aleksandr …

  • French Justice minister Christiane Taubira leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris after a weekly cabinet meeting, on January 28, 2015

    France and Morocco are to resume judicial cooperation after a year-long row, according to a joint statement Saturday, in a move that will help French investigators gather intelligence on terror suspects. The agreement will allow the two countries -- each of which has an unknown number of nationals believed to be fighting …

  • The Islamic State group claims it beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, pictured here leading a seminar for journalists in the Syrian city of Aleppo on April 30, 2014

    Japan on Sunday said it was "outraged" after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. "We can't help but feel extremely outraged at the repeat of another heinous and despicable terrorist act," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a press conference in …

  • It’s no mystery why leasing is popular again, and why leasing isn’t just for luxury cars any more: it’s because the average monthly payment for many ordinary cars is about $100 per month cheaper. According to Experian Automotive, the average monthly lease payment for a Honda Accord recently was $312, vs.

  • Huge crowds of demonstrators gather at Plaza de Sol for the "March for Change" organised by left-wing party Podemos in Madrid on January 31, 2015

    A sea of demonstrators chanted "Yes we can!" and carried signs reading "The change is now" as they made their way from Madrid city hall to the central Puerta del Sol square in the first major march called by Podemos, which has surged ahead in opinion polls in a crucial election year. Syriza beat mainstream Greek parties …

  • Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva (R) tackles Chelsea's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic during their English Premier League football match in London on January 31, 2015

    Premier League leaders Chelsea remained five points clear of second-placed Manchester City after drawing 1-1 with the defending champions on Saturday. Loic Remy gave Chelsea a 41st-minute lead at Stamford Bridge only for David Silva to equalise four minutes later.

  • Tennis - US Open champion Cilic out of Zagreb

    - US Open champion Marin Cilic will be unable to defend his Zagreb ATP title next week after failing to recover from a right shoulder injury, organisers said. "Defending champion @Cilic_Marin has been forced to withdraw from the @ATP_Zagreb due to a shoulder injury. World number nine Cilic, who won the Zagreb tite in …

  • Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers his state of the nation speech at the State House in Nairobi on December 2, 2014

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has told fellow African leaders that the International Criminal Court's crimes against humanity trial of his deputy will collapse, and again levelled fierce criticism against the tribunal. Both Kenyatta and Ruto were charged by the ICC over the the country's 2007-08 post-election violence, …

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