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India's marathon vote ends, Modi on tenterhooks over second term

Kolkata - Voting ended Sunday in India's most acrimonious election in decades, one that will decide whether Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a second term in power.

Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks plunge on trade war fears

Shanghai - Shanghai and Hong Kong stocks plunge on Tuesday on investors' fears that the US and China could be heading for a full-blown trade war following tit-for-tat tariff threats.

Paralympic chief closes Pyeongchang Winter Games

Pyeongchang - International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons on Sunday declared the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics closed, and paid tribute to late British physicist Stephen Hawking as an "inspiration".

Polls close in New Zealand's cliffhanger election

Wellington - Voting has closed in New Zealand's general election Saturday where pre-election polls indicated it was too close to call between the centre-right National Party of Prime Minister Bill English and the centre-left Labour Party of Jacinda Ardern.

U.S. primary polls close in Ohio, N. Carolina

Cleveland - Polls closed in the US states of Ohio and North Carolina on Tuesday -- a key date in the race for the White House, with frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton looking to consolidate their leads.

Historic Myanmar polls close, 80 percent turnout: Election official

Yangon - Voting in Myanmar's landmark general election closed on Sunday afternoon after a massive turnout, an election official told AFP.

VW stocks close 4.32% down on widening pollution scandal

Berlin - Stocks in Volkswagen ends the week 4.32 percent down, as a scandal that erupted a week ago over devices fitted by the carmaker to cheat emissions tests widened with probes worldwide.The share closed at 107.

European stocks finish higher for third straight day

London - Europe's main stock markets extended their rally on Wednesday, finishing higher for a third straight day, with the FTSE 100 index climbing 1.35 percent to close at 6,229.01 points.In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 gained 0.

Nikkei soars 7.71% in biggest one-day jump since 2008 financial crisis

Toukyo - Tokyo's benchmark index rocketed 7.71 percent on Wednesday, leading an Asian equities rally in its biggest one-day jump since late 2008 during the global financial crisis when markets were hit by wild volatility.

Shanghai shares end down 1.27% despite rate cut

Shanghai - Shanghai stocks closed down 1.27 percent in volatile trading on Wednesday, extending days of falls despite a central bank interest rate cut aimed at boosting the flagging economy and slumping shares, dealers said.

The Pirate Bay returns a month after forced closure

Notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay has returned to life just a month after being taken offline by Swedish police last December. The site is blamed for copyright fraud amounting to billions of dollars by the music, film and software industries.

Left wins Sweden vote, far-right party makes gains: exit poll

Stockholm - Voting for Sweden's parliament ended Sunday at 1800 GMT with an exit poll suggesting a win for a Social Democrat-led left-green trio of parties and a major gain for the far-right Sweden Democrats.The Social Democrat-led group was tipped to get 44.

Putin hopes for deal to resolve Ukraine crisis on Friday

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow and Kiev held positions on resolving the crisis in Ukraine that were "very close", and that he hoped a final deal could be struck during talks scheduled for Friday.

U.S. stocks sink again; Nasdaq down 1.3%

New York - The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index led Wall Street sharply lower again Friday, closing out a dreary week at its lowest level in more than two months.The Nasdaq sank 54.37 points (1.34 percent) to 3,999.

Dovish Fed minutes send US stocks up more than 1%

New York - Wall Street stocks Wednesday bolted higher with tech equities leading the way after US Federal Reserve minutes showed no support for an early rise in interest rates.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 181.04 (1.11 percent) to 16,437.18.

Nasdaq snaps losing streak, leads market higher

New York - The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rallied Tuesday, leading the market to its first day of gains after three straight losses.The Nasdaq jumped 33.23 (0.81 percent) to 4,112.99.The Dow Jones industrial Average advanced 10.40 (0.06 percent) to 16,256....

US stocks fall more than 1% as tech slump continues

New York - US stocks Monday slumped for a third day in a row as investors worried about whether high-flying technology stocks are overvalued and cautiously anticipated earnings season. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 166.84 points (1.

US stocks rally, S&P 500 hits record close

New York - The S&P 500 Tuesday closed at a new record as US stocks rallied following solid economic data and Federal Reserve reassurance of support for the recovering economy.The S&P 500 jumped 13.18 (0.70 percent) to 1,885.

S&P 500 jumps 0.7% to record close

New York - The S&P 500 Tuesday closed at a new record as US stocks rallied following solid economic data and investor relief over US Federal Reserve policy.The S&P 500 jumped 13.18 (0.70 percent) to 1,885.52, its first record close since March 7.

Tech selloff highlights cautious Wall Street sentiment

New York - A second week of tech stock selloffs and the flop of the "Candy Crush" IPO showed Wall Street now wants more concrete reasons to bid up stocks after a five-year bull run.

US stocks finish higher; biotech sector steadies

New York - US stocks Tuesday finished higher as biotechnology companies and other high-tech equities steadied following a two-day skid.

Tech share sell-off drags US stocks lower

New York - A second straight sell-off of popular technology shares dragged US stocks lower Monday, as tensions with Russia over Ukraine kept investors on edge.At the closing bell the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 25.88 points (0.16 percent) at 16,276.89.T...

US stocks pull back amid caution ahead of weekend

New York - The S&P 500 hit a new intraday record Friday but stocks then pulled back ahead of the weekend amid profit taking and caution over the Ukraine crisis.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 28.28 points (0.17 percent) at 16,302.77.The broad-b...

Stocks rebound from Fed-sparked losses

New York - US stocks rebounded on Thursday from the previous Federal Reserve-sparked losses, as markets turned to favorable US economic data for inspiration.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 108.88 points (0.67 percent) at 16,331.05.The broad-based S&a...

US stocks fall as Fed hints at higher rates

New York - US stocks dropped after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offered a rough time-table for when the central bank could raise benchmark interest rates.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 113.12 points (0.69 percent) to 16,223.07.Th...

China's yuan slides to near one-year low as economic risks mount

China's yuan fell beyond 6.20 to the dollar on Wednesday for the first time since April last year amid market speculation the central bank will keep the currency weak as economic growth slows.

US stocks fall more than 1%; weak China data cited

New York - US stocks Thursday fell sharply as weak Chinese economic data and rising tensions in Ukraine offset solid US retail sales and labor-market data.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 230.71 (1.41 percent) to 16,109.37.The broad-b...

US stocks dip on weak data from China, Japan

New York - US stocks slipped on Monday as weak economic data from China and Japan pushed most equity international markets lower.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 33.43 (0.20 percent) to 16,419.29.The broad-based S&P 500 shed 0.86 (0....

US stocks mixed on solid jobs report, Ukraine fears

New York - Wall Street stocks finished mixed Friday as a better-than-expected US jobs report helped offset anxiety over Ukraine that sent European equities lower.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27.33 (0.17 percent) to 16,449.22.The br...

S&P 500 reaches new peak on mixed day for stocks

New York - The S&P 500 Thursday jumped to a new record high on a mixed day for stocks as investors looked ahead to Friday's monthly jobs report.At the closing bell, the S&P 500 added 3.35 (0.18 percent) at 1,877.16, besting a record for the second time in...
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