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'Violent' ducks? Hong Kong clothing brand cartoons rile China

Fpo - Cute cartoon animals have been at the heart of Hong Kong clothing brand Chickeeduck since 1990, displayed on everything from t-shirts and tote bags to baby rompers and pillows.

London woman turns lockdown loaves into bakery success

London - When Britain first entered lockdown in March last year, Sophia Sutton-Jones decided to try making sourdough bread. A year later, she is running her own popular bakery."I'd always thought about it, but I never had the courage to do it," she told AFP.

Uber grants UK drivers worker status in world first

London - Uber on Tuesday said it is granting its UK drivers worker status, with benefits including a minimum wage -- a world first for the US ride-hailing giant.Weeks after a top court ruling that could shake up Britain's wider "gig economy" of 5.

CEO of China's Ant Group steps down

Bejing - The chief executive of Chinese fintech giant Ant Group has stepped down for "personal reasons", a spokesperson from the Alibaba-affiliated online payment provider said Friday, amid growing regulatory scrutiny.

CEO of China's Ant Group steps down

Bejing - The chief executive of Chinese fintech giant Ant Group has stepped down for "personal reasons", a spokesperson from the Alibaba-affiliated online payment provider said Friday, amid growing regulatory scrutiny.

Austria ex-minister who danced with Putin gets Rosneft nomination

Moscow - Austria's former foreign minister who danced with President Vladimir Putin at her wedding has been nominated for a seat on oil giant Rosneft's board of directors, a government decree said Wednesday.

Kosovo drama captures the rebellious work of war widows

S - After being driven out of her village in the midst of Kosovo's war two decades ago, Fahrije Hoti returned several months later to find her home destroyed and her husband gone.

Scents of time: Belgrade's last craft perfumery

Belgrade - From a cobblestoned street in downtown Belgrade, the Sava perfumery has seen more than half a century sweep past without ceasing in its mission to keep the city's citizens smelling flowery and fresh.

From conflict to co-working, Libyan youths share space

Tripoli - For those needing space to do business in Libya, a country beset by frequent blackouts and internet cuts after a decade of war, co-working has become increasingly popular.

As businesses digitize, data breach protection remains key Special

Reported by the Kaspersky Fraud Prevention, it appears that from January to December 2020 fraudulent transaction in the finance industry was on the rise. The share of such incidents increased from 34 percent in 2019 to 54 percent in 2020.

Japan's Kirin cuts ties with Myanmar military-owned firm

Apo - Japanese beer giant Kirin said Friday it is ending its joint venture with a military-owned conglomerate in Myanmar after a coup in the country.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim hospitalized with Covid

Mexico - Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim, one of the world's richest men, has been hospitalized with Covid-19 but is doing well, a family spokesman said Wednesday.

Spotty report card on climate for top asset managers

Paris - The world's top 30 fund managers, collectively holding $50 trillion in assets, get mixed marks on steering the global economy into alignment with Paris climate targets, according to a report released Thursday.

Security concerns block Chinese bid for Australian builder

Sydney - A Chinese company's bid for an Australia-based building contractor has been abandoned after the Australian government signalled it would block the purchase over national security concerns.

Afghan dairy entrepreneur walks political tightrope to stay afloat

Kandahar - Brightly coloured milk bottles whizz off the production line at the Milko factory in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, the result of entrepreneur Ghami Mia treading a careful line with both the Taliban and government officials.

How many restaurants are remaining resilient during COVID-19? Special

Globally, 2020 was an incredibly challenging time for restaurants with all of the shutdowns. In the U.S., however, there are some signs of hope. Across the nation, levels have only marginally declined, although individual states vary considerably.

Doubling down on user experience in healthcare

Just as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted healthcare, so has healthcare responded in kind. This is through an expansion in telehealth services, although there is further innovation to come.

5G will help to foster in improved AI technology for firms Special

Businesses have not made the most of 5G deployment in 2020, not least due to the considerable disruption from the coronavirus. In 2021, there will be more opportunities to use 5G to foster in improved forms of AI.

'Rain checks': Germany's F&B sector in virus curbs survival mode

Berlin - From distilling alcohol for pharmacies to printing takeaway bags and delivering order-in cocktails, Germany's food and beverage sector has been forced to get creative to keep their companies going through coronavirus shutdowns.

Amazon is set to become the world's biggest private employer

Amazon has hired more than 400,000 people globally since January, amounting to more than 1,000 new hires per day, and this does not include the 100,000 seasonal workers added before the start of the holidays, bringing hires to nearly 1,400 per day.

Chatting with Harry Korines: A lifetime in the NY diner business Special

Huntington - Diner owner Harry Korines has a major reason to be proud. This month, he celebrates 40 years with Golden Coach Diner in Huntington on Long Island, New York.

From hummus to high-tech: Israel CEOs seek 'friends', deals in UAE

Dubai - If you had asked Israeli businessman Yehonatan Ben Hamozeg earlier this year where he'd be pitching his palm tree saving technology in October, there was no chance he would have said the United Arab Emirates.

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78

Seoul - Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean firm into a global tech titan, died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said.

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78: company

Seoul - Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said.Lee, who turned the South Korean firm into a global tech giant, was left bedridden by a heart attack in 2014.

China's super rich got $1.5 trillion richer during pandemic: report

Bejing - China's super wealthy have earned a record $1.5 trillion in 2020, more than the past five years combined, as e-commerce and gaming boomed during pandemic lockdowns, an annual rich list said Tuesday.

SK Hynix in $9 bn deal for Intel's flash memory chip business

Seoul - The world's second-largest chipmaker, South Korea's SK Hynix, announced a record $9 billion deal Tuesday to buy Intel's flash memory chip operation as it seeks to bolster its position against rival behemoth Samsung Electronics.

SK Hynix to buy Intel's NAND memory chip business in $9bn deal

Seoul - The world's second-largest chipmaker, South Korea's SK Hynix, is to buy Intel's flash memory chip operation in a deal worth $9 billion, it said Tuesday, as it seeks to bolster its position against Samsung.

U.S. new jobless claims hit highest level since mid-August

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession.

Ruby Tuesday files for bankruptcy — the latest casualty of virus

Ruby Tuesday Inc., the struggling casual restaurant chain, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, partly blaming the "unprecedented impact" of the coronavirus pandemic.

Q&A: Consumer and business outlooks since COVID-19 Special

Many businesses are facing uncertainty and across many sectors the outlook is bleak. One reason for this is due to low levels of consumer confidence. But is this so for all sectors, and how will things unfold? An expert from Experian weighs in.
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