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Greece speeds up 'Golden Visa' scheme for Chinese investors

Athens - Chinese investor Jiang Rungong, who moved to Greece three years ago, says he and his family could not be happier in their new home on the Athens coast."We chose Greece because of its cultural heritage, its history, the democracy, the freedom.

SoftBank confirms multibillion-dollar bailout for WeWork

Apo - Japan-based SoftBank Group confirmed Wednesday it will pump billions of dollars into struggling start-up WeWork, in a deal that ups its stake in the office-sharing firm to around 80 percent.

British inventor Dyson pays $54 mln for Singapore's priciest penthouse

Fpo - British billionaire inventor James Dyson has paid a reported $54 million for Singapore's biggest, most expensive penthouse: a three-floor residence with a rooftop terrace, private pool, and jacuzzi.

Hong Kong tycoon, 22, drops $117 million on luxury home

Fpo - The 22-year-old son of a business tycoon has dropped US$117 million on a luxury home in Hong Kong, the latest purchase to highlight the huge wealth gap in a city currently rocked by political protests.

Germans protest against 'rent insanity', seek expropriation

Berlin - Thousands of people Saturday joined marches across major German cities against "rental insanity" or Mietwahnsinn, which has sparked a popular backlash.

Hikers clash with John Kerry's family on French Emerald Coast

Saint-briac-sur-mer - Hikers demanding right of way along a pristine stretch of coastal France are locked in a legal war with villa owners in a posh Brittany resort town, not least the family of US statesman and former presidential candidate John Kerry.

No place like home: Dublin boom fuels housing spiral

Dublin - Sharing a studio flat in Dublin with two other people, Greek security guard Aris complains about the housing crisis that forces him to live in cramped conditions.

Greek PM claims breakthrough in tangled church-state relations

Atenas - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a tentative breakthrough in talks to soften ties between Greece and its powerful Orthodox Church, a decades-old debate affecting valuable church lands and clerical salaries.

Brazilian real closes at record 4.197 to the dollar amid election jitters

S - Brazil's currency closed at a record low of 4.197 to the dollar on Thursday amid uncertainty and unpredictability surrounding next month's presidential elections.The previous record of 4.

Paris official seeks to outlaw Airbnb rentals in city centre

Paris - The Paris city council member in charge of housing said Thursday that he would propose outlawing home rentals via Airbnb and other websites in the city centre, accusing the service of forcing residents out of the French capital.

Malaysian island city in trouble as PM targets China-linked projects

Kuala Lumpur - An ambitious $100 billion island city being built off Malaysia has found itself in troubled waters as the new government takes aim at the development, the latest in a series of China-linked megaprojects started under the scandal-plagued ex-premier to c...

New Zealand curbs foreign property ownership to cool market

Wellington - New Zealand has passed legislation curbing foreigners' ability to buy residential property in a bid to rein in the South Pacific nation's booming housing prices.

Liverpool and Real fans in for Kiev hotel price shock

Kiev - Fancy shelling out 3,500 euros ($4,200) for a night in a budget hotel?Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who do not may end up sleeping rough for the night when they come to Kiev for the Champions League final.

Dubai property slump to continue: S&P

Dibai - A three-year downturn in Dubai's property market will likely continue until at least 2020, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday, citing low oil prices, the introduction of VAT and a Gulf diplomatic crisis.

Churches condemn attempts to 'weaken' Christians in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - The leading churches in Jerusalem issued a rare joint statement Tuesday condemning what they called "systematic" Israeli attempts to "weaken the Christian presence" in the city.

Thousands rally in Moscow against plan to raze Soviet-era flats

Moscow - Thousands of people protested in central Moscow on Sunday against the city's plan to tear down Soviet-era apartment blocks as part of a controversial urban redevelopment programme.

Outcry at Moscow plan to raze thousands of communist-era flats

Moscow - Valeriya Yevseyeva and her husband Alexei bought a flat last year in a five-storey brick building near a Moscow park where they love to cycle.

Filings show Ivanka Trump, husband Jared benefiting from business empire

Washington - Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have held onto investments potentially worth $740 million while working government jobs, one of the revelations from newly released ethics filings raising questions about possible conflicts o...

Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company

Washington - A company owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is set to receive more than $400 million from a Chinese firm that is investing in its Manhattan office tower, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Opening of Trump tower in Vancouver met with protests

Ottawa - US President Donald Trump's two sons inaugurated a Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, Canada as protesters outside chanted "Not in my city.

Belgrade demolitions deepen fears over waterfront plans

Belgrade - For 26 years, Vladimir Markovic ran his family transportation business in the heart of Belgrade's Savamala district.Then, two months ago, it was demolished without warning overnight.

As Florida Keys flood, property worries seep in

Key Largo - Extreme high tides have turned streets into canal-like swamps in the Florida Keys, with armies of mosquitoes and the stench of stagnating water filling the air, and residents worried rising sea levels will put a damper on property values in the island ...

Russia indicts extradited tycoon for theft

Moscow - Russian authorities on Monday issued an indictment for fraud against tycoon Sergei Polonsky, less than a day after flying him in from Cambodia, the interior ministry said Monday.

The fear of losing your phone is a real phobia

Some researchers say that the fear of not having a cellphone that works should be added to psychiatry's diagnostic manual.

Ronaldo doubtful, Dortmund pray for Real miracle

Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund insist they have not given up hope of a Champions League miracle in Tuesday's quarter-final, second-leg against Real Madrid, even with the Spaniards holding a 3-0 lead.

Real's Ronaldo breaks off training in Dortmund

Dortmund - Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful for Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final, second-leg against Borussia Dortmund after breaking off Monday's final training session with a knee injury.

Loss-saddled Sony to sell its Tokyo 'birthplace'

Tokyo - Sony said Friday it would sell properties at a prestigious Tokyo site where it had its headquarters for six decades, as the once-world beating firm struggles to repair its bottom line.The company's 16.1 billion yen ($157 million) deal to sell the real ...

Ancelotti hails Real Madrid 's 'perfect' performance

Gelsenkirchen - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed his team's performance as "perfect" after their 6-1 romp at Schalke 04 in the Champions League's last 16, first-leg clash.Real are now all but guaranteed a quarter-final place, even with the return leg in Madrid...

Real rout Schalke to earn rare win in Germany

Gelsenkirchen - Real Madrid cruised to a rare victory on German soil as they romped to a 6-1 win at Schalke 04 in Wednesday's Champions League's last 16, first-leg clash.Real are now all but guaranteed a quarter-final place regardless of the return leg in Madrid on Ma...

Ronaldo returns for Real, Draxler in for Schalke

Gelsenkirchen - Real Madrid welcomed back Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo from a three-match suspension for their Champions League last 16, first-leg tie at Schalke 04 on Wednesday.The 29-year-old has been suspended for the last three Spanish league matches and h...
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