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AI as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist
Can artificial intelligence turn out symphonies to match one of the greats of classical music?
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Global anti-graft body sets up fund named after Mahathir
PETALING JAYA: The International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) has set up a fund called the “Mahathir International Anti-Corruption Champion Fund” for the welfare of anti-corr...
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No more burgers and coke? Climate fears hit meat, drink sales
BERLIN, Sept 10 — Consumers worried about the environment are cutting their spending on meat and bottled drinks and trying to reduce plastic waste, and this trend is set to accelerate as climate con...
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Indigenous rights activist murdered in remote Amazon town
Indigenist Maxciel Pereira dos Santos was murdered execution-style before members of his family in the Amazon town of Tabatinga, according to INA, a union group representing workers at Brazil’s indi...
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Sapura and partners to supply gas to Petronas
KUALA LUMPUR: Sapura Energy Bhd’s unit and its two partners Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Shell Bhd will supply gas produced from three fields to Petroliam...
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EasyJet ready to respond to any demand impact from Brexit, says CEO
LONDON, Sept 5 — British budget airline easyJet will adjust its fleet and switch volumes to react to any changes in demand if the British economy is impacted by a possible no-deal Brexit, Chief Exec...
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Natural gas glut grows in Europe
FRANKFURT:Natural gas prices in Europe are poised to fall further below their lowest in a decade as suppliers show few signs of scaling back abundant deliveries.
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More ECB officials pile into stimulus debate as economy wilts
VIENNA: Two more European Central Bank policy makers weighed into the debate over whether the economy needs another strong blast of monetary stimulus, adding to...
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Macron's quest for an international tax on digital services explained
French president Emmanuel Macron is pressing ahead with a digital tax in France, a move US president Donald Trump described as 'foolishness'.
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Missing hiker in Italy spotlights need for new phone geolocation tech
Badly injured on a cliffside in southern Italy, a French hiker called emergency services this month, but he could not tell them exactly where he was after a fall that broke his legs.
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Malaysia's Sikh pipe band emerged champion in Scotland
Malaysia's Sri Dasmesh Sikh pipe band emerged champion at the World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland on Saturday.
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Big win for Malaysia’s Sri Dasmesh Sikh pipe band at world meet
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Sri Dasmesh Sikh pipe band emerged champion at the World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland on Saturday.
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Malaysia's Sri Dasmesh Sikh pipe band emerges champion at world championship in Scotland
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Malaysia's Sri Dasmesh Sikh pipe band emerged champion at the World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland on Saturday (Aug 17).
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Infiniti Project Black S: Could this power the next-generation Nissan GT-R?
Despite the gloomy headlines surrounding parent Nissan, premium division Infiniti is pushing on with the development of the Project Black S – an ambitious plan between Infiniti and the Renault F1 te...
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Did you spot the new BMW M8 Competition Safety Car at last weekend’s MotoGP?
Perhaps overshadowed by the dramatic race at last weekend’s MotoGP in Austria, the BMW M8 Competition MotoGP Safety Car made its debut, replacing the M5 equivalent that made an appearance in Malaysi...
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LA Opera to investigate sexual misconduct accusations against Placido Domingo
The Los Angeles Opera said on Tuesday it will investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, as two organisations cancelled planned appearances by him.
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Musical young brothers hitting the right keys
KOTA KINABALU: Brothers Mar­cus and Jacob Tan may not even be in their teens yet, but they are already conquering the world of classical piano with their award-winning performances.
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Third national car project: DreamEdge Sdn Bhd to be driver with Daihatsu aid
CYBERJAYA: DreamEdge Sdn Bhd has been appointed to drive the third national car project, said International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking.
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Bumi-owned R&D firm to spearhead 3rd national car
PETALING JAYA: A Bumiputera-owned company based in Cyberjaya is set to take charge in the development of Malaysia’s third national car, which will be unveiled today more than a year after the idea m...
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Six youths arrested for robbing foreigners
KUANTAN: Police have solved 13 robbery cases against the Rohingya community here, with the arrest of six young men who are believed to have been involved in the crimes since March.
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Six youths arrested for robbing Rohingyas in Kuantan
KUANTAN, Aug 2 — Police have solved 13 cases of robbery against the Rohingya community here, with the arrest of six young men believed to have been involved in the crime since March.
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Teach our students to manage cultural differences wisely
COMMENT | Over the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to teach a course on cross-cultural management with a professor from a university in Mexico.
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Sea of waste found on banks of Sungai Muda in Kedah
SUNGAI PETANI: A dumping ground of mostly electronic waste (e-waste) close to the size of six football fields has been uncovered on the banks of Sungai Muda – the primary source of water for close t...
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Europe’s privacy rules hurt small firms, not tech giants
THE European Commission is largely happy with the first year of its sweeping digital privacy rules. Evidence mounts, however, that the General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) hurts smaller firms and has no effect on tech giants, which are the least interested in preserving user privacy.
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Europe’s privacy rules hurt small firms, not tech giants: opinion
The European Commission is largely happy with the first year of its sweeping digital privacy rules. Evidence mounts, however, that the General Data Protection Directive, or GDPR, as applied today hurts smaller firms and has no effect on tech giants, which are the least interested in preserving user privacy.
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Bastille Day and the global populist uprising
Think Asian by Andrew Sheng July 14 is celebrated in France as Bastille Day, on which day 230 years ago, French peasants stormed the Bastille prison in Paris and sparked off the French Revolution. T
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Italy seizes air-to-air missile in raids on neo-Nazis
Italian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathizers, they said on Monday.
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Federal Constitution amended to lower voting age to 18
KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Constitution has been amended to lower the voting age to 18.
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Malaysia unlikely to be hit by haze this year
KUCHING: Malaysia is very unlikely to be hit by haze this year, according to forecasts made using a technique developed by scientists, said Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) fellow Datuk Dr Abu Bakar...
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Investing in the Ice Age
THE Ice Age is defined as a period when the Earth experiences long period of sub-zero temperatures mainly due to climate change and rising sea levels as well as other factors.
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Kit Siang says ‘Undi 18’ both a boon and bane for Pakatan
KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 — Lowering the voting age to 18 is both a risk and an opportunity for Malaysia that Pakatan Harapan (PH) will have to take, DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang said today.
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KL tables motion to amend law to lower voting age to 18
The Malaysian government has tabled a motion in Parliament to amend the Federal Constitution and lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
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Malaysia supports deal to reduce oil production until March 31, 2020 – Azmin
Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali – File photo KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia supports the proposal for the Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) to be extended by nine months to March 31, 2020, at the current agree...
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Malaysia supports deal to reduce oil production until March 31, 2020: Azmin
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia supports the proposal for the Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) to be extended by nine months to March 31, 2020, at the current agreed production levels to ensure the smooth cont...
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Malaysia supports deal to reduce oil production
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia supports a proposal to extend a deal to limit oil production to March 31, 2020, said Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.
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Azmin: Malaysia supports deal to reduce oil production until March 31, 2020
KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 — Malaysia supports the proposal for the Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) to be extended by nine months to March 31, 2020, at the current agreed production levels to ensure the ...
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Ministry prioritises development of groundwater resources for water supply
SHAH ALAM: Development of groundwater resources for water supply must be high on the national agenda, says Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar.
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Malaysia among few countries with voting age of 19 and above
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is among the fewer than 20 countries in the world to have a minimum voting age of 19 and above.
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UN draft text on digital rights ducks call for spyware moratorium
UN member states are set to sidestep a call for a moratorium on commercial spyware, deciding instead to commission a study of how digital technology affects human rights, according to a draft UN human rights resolution seen by Reuters.
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Formula 1 drivers: Hair today, gone tomorrow
F1 drivers should always let their driving do the talking, but for Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo Racing, it led to him losing part of his locks.
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Unesco geoparks may become one
LANGKAWI: Malaysia and Thailand may soon share the honour of caring for two 550-million-year-old assets joined as one.
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So what if Malaysians vote at 18? 16-year-olds vote elsewhere
COMMENTARY, July 2 — While Malaysia debates lowering the voting age from 21 to 18, other countries allow even 16-year-olds to choose their representatives.
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12MP formulated based on three dimensions: Azmin
PUTRAJAYA: The policies and strategies of 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) will be formulated based on three dimensions, namely economic empowerment, environmental sustainability and social re-engineering.
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12MP formulated based on three dimensions – Mohamed Azmin
Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali – File photo PUTRAJAYA: The policies and strategies of 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) will be formulated based on three dimensions, namely economic empowerment, environmenta...
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F1: It's sweet victory as Honda hails new beginning after first win since 2006
Verstappen rejoicing after winning the race on the podium.
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Azmin: Upcoming Malaysia Plan to emphasise economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, social revamp
PUTRAJAYA, July 1 — Economics Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said the upcoming 12th Malaysia Plan will revolve around three main dimensions: economic empowerment, environmental sustainability...
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Azmin: Govt can save up to RM739m by cutting red tape
PUTRAJAYA, July 1 — The government may save up to RM739 million by reviewing 668 non-tariff measures (NTM) at six ministries, said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
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Sapura Energy’s 1Q net loss narrows on cost savings, higher revenue
KUALA LUMPUR (June 27): Sapura Energy Bhd has narrowed its net loss in the first quarter ended April 30, 2019 (1QFY20) to RM109.1 million from RM135.73 million a year ago, as it benefited from savings...
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Foreign groups begin to arrive for Sifma
Chan (sixth left) along with IMH representatives Charlotte Sim (fifth right) and Daisy Chung (on Sim’s right) welcome the two groups of performers to Kuching.
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No major disruptions seen from US-China tech war
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian semiconductor companies are unlikely to suffer major disruptions to their operations in a worst-case scenario where the whole semi supply chain is divided between the US and China, according to AllianceDBS Research.
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Will playing video games make you fat? The answer may surprise you
It's common knowledge that TV-loving coach potatoes are more likely to pack on the pounds, so it makes sense that video gamers would also see the same effects, right? What researchers found may surprise you.
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French 10-year government bond yield turns negative after Draghi remarks
PARIS, June 18 — The yield on the French government’s benchmark 10-year bond turned negative today for the first time after ECB chief Mario Draghi hinted at rate cuts.
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Lufthansa profit warning spooks European airline sector
FRANKFURT: Germany’s Lufthansa sent shockwaves through the European airline sector yesterday as it cut its full-year profit forecast, with lower prices and higher fuel costs compounding the effect of losses at its budget subsidiary Eurowings.
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Lufthansa lowers 2019 targets over ‘low-cost’ competition
BERLIN, June 17 — German airline group Lufthansa said yesterday it has revised lower its 2019 outlook due to intense competition from low-cost carriers in Europe.
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France's Le Pen unveils new far-right European Parliament group
France’s Marine Le Pen unveiled a new far-right group in the European Parliament on Thursday, uniting eurosceptics from across the continent who aim to devolve power from Brussels back to capitals.
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Alipay partners European e-wallets for a common QR code for mobile payments
Six mobile wallets in Europe, together with Alipay, will collaborate and adopt a unified QR code for mobile payments, allowing users of each wallet to pay for their purchases across 10 countries in th...
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Alipay and six European digital wallets join hands to increase adoption of mobile payments with QR code
The collaboration is expected to bring together over 5 million users in Europe and over 190,000 merchants.
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Kazakhstan heads towards a new chapter as Tokayev elected president
NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan: A new beginning awaits this nation of 18 million people as they voted in a new president.
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FCA-Renault deal hopes aid European shares
JUNE 10 — Strong Chinese export data and the US-Mexico deal to avoid new import tariffs bolstered the mood on European stock markets today, while car company shares also got a lift from signs of mov...
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Facebook may be ordered to block users’ offensive posts globally
Facebook Inc may be ordered to remove offensive content posted by users in the European Union and then also hunt for similar posts anywhere in the world, an adviser to the bloc’s top court said.
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VW premieres sound system controlled by holographic panel on Golf GTI Aurora
GRAZ: Volkswagen's Golf GTI Aurora showcar that made its world premiere in Austria last week features a completely operational, hologram-controlled sound system in what the brand claims is a world fir...
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VW apprentices show off 400hp Golf showcar at Wörthersee
WOLFSBURG: You may not have heard of the VW Golf GTI Aurora or the Golf Estate FighteR. That's because they are not production cars at all but are showcars created by VW apprentices to stretch their i...
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Asian shares slip, bonds rally on global growth fears
SYDNEY, May 29 ― Asian shares stumbled today and global bonds rallied as investors fretted over the outlook for world growth with trade tensions between Washington and Beijing showing no signs of ab...
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In brief: German flying taxi startup to begin trials in Singapore
Volocopter GmbH of Germany said Thursday it will open a landing facility in Singapore later this year for trial flights, while Austria’s FACC AG is working to produce hundreds of passenger drones fo...
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Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2 - UN arms research chief
The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior UN security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an “urgent” issue that the world should take more seriously.
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Toyota Launches A90 Supra In Japan
After months of fervour surrounding the all-new A90 Toyota Supra, the model is finally seeing launch in its home country of Japan.
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Former F1 champion Niki Lauda dead at 70
Lauda has been battling declining health.— Reuters VIENNA: Three-times Formula One champion Niki Lauda, regarded as one of the finest racers of all time and who later became a successful airline ent...
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Mitsui share purchase shows investors’ confidence in Malaysia, says Tony Pua
PETALING JAYA: Damansara MP Tony Pua has described the purchase of IHH Healthcare Bhd by Mitsui of Japan from Khazanah Nasional Bhd as a significant move demonstrating confidence and trust placed by f...
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Tony Pua tells Najib to accept reality that FDI booming under Pakatan’s watch
KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 — Damansara MP Tony Pua today took Datuk Seri Najib Razak to task, after the latter ridiculed Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s recent announcement, that there is greater foreig...
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Asset sales not FDI – Najib scoffs at Guan Eng’s claim
PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak has ridiculed finance minister Lim Guan Eng’s claim that Malaysia had achieved RM21.7 billion in realised foreign direct investments for one quarter.
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Emulate foreign investors’ confidence in Malaysia, Guan Eng tells local private sector
KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — The government hopes the domestic private sector will emulate the confidence shown by foreign investors in Malaysia by helping to further strengthen the nation’s growth, say...
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Good news on 3 fronts as Malaysia celebrates Wesak, says Guan Eng
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians can celebrate Wesak Day with good news on three economic fronts, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
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Guan Eng tells private sector to take its cue from foreign investors' confidence
The government hopes the domestic private sector will emulate the confidence shown by foreign investors in Malaysia by helping to further strengthen the nation's growth, says Finance Minister Lim Guan...
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Seetroën S19 limited edition anti-travel sickness glasses
PARIS: The launch of the Seetroën glasses in July 2018 attracted plenty of attention, with over 20 million web views and sales of 15,000 units in the space of a few months.
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Facebook removes more pages tied to Russian operators
Facebook on May 6 said it removed more pages, groups and accounts that originated in Russia and were being deceptive about who was behind them and what they were up to.
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Who to sue when a robot loses your fortune
Robots are getting more humanoid every day, but they still can’t be sued.
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Austria's OMV upbeat on oil output, cautious on downstream
VIENNA (May 3): Austria's OMV expects Libyan oil production to remain stable in coming months and is sticking to its output target of 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) this year, the chief executive said ...
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Singapore industry association to launch incubator program for fashion startups
The Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF), Singapore’s official association for the industry, is set to launch The Bridge Fashion Incubator (TBFI) for local fashion, fashion-tech, and retail-tech st...
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European alliance to invest up to €6b in electric car batteries
PARIS, May 2 — European governments and companies will form an alliance for developing next-generation batteries for electric vehicles, investing five to €6 billion (RM27.75 billion) in the projec...
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EU launches billion-euro loan plan for young farmers
BRUSSELS, April 29 — The European Union today launched a plan to give up to €1 billion (RM4.6 billion) in cheaper loans to young farmers, who are often turned away by banks.
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Austria NGO fights hate online, one conversation at a time
When it comes to the problem of online hate speech, the culprits behind the keyboards and smartphones can take some surprising forms – just take 74-year-old Viennese retiree Ms H.
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YouTube Music subscriptions are now free for Google Home speaker owners
Google has announced that it is now possible to listen to music from its YouTube Music streaming service on the entirety of its Home range of smart speakers (and, theoretically, any Google Assistant-compatible smart speaker).
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YouTube Music subscriptions are now free for Google Home speaker owners
SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 — Google has announced that it is now possible to listen to music from its YouTube Music streaming service on the entirety of its Home range of smart speakers (and, theoretic...
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Italy targets Amazon in market dominance probe
MILAN, April 16 — Italy’s competition authority said today it had opened an investigation into Amazon for possible abuse of its dominant position in online commerce and logistics.
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UniCredit in US$1.3b US settlement on sanctions violations
WASHINGTON, April 16 — UniCredit agreed to pay USUS$1.3 billion (RM5.35 billion) to settle allegations it processed payments that violated US sanctions on Iran and other countries, officials in Wash...
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France sticks to digital tax despite US anger
BUCHAREST, April 5 — Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said today that France would stick to plans for a tax on digital giants such as Facebook and Apple, despite displeasure in Washington.
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Austria proposes taxing internet giants 5pc of ad revenue
VIENNA, April 3 — Austria today proposed taxing internet giants such as Google and Facebook five per cent of their digital advertising revenue, a higher rate than France and other EU countries are s...
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The 11 M’sians On The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List And Why They’re So Outstanding
Just around a month after Forbes released the top billionaires of the world, they’ve now released their list of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia where they’ve highlighted 300 outstanding individuals, young...
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Austria increasing size of planned digital tax, finance minister says
Austria has increased the size of its planned tax targeting tech companies, to 5% of their advertising revenue in the country, from 3% previously, Finance Minister Hartwig Loeger said in an interview with ORF radio on April 3.
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EasyJet says Brexit, economic uncertainty hits demand
LONDON, April 1 — British no-frills airline EasyJet today said that uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the economic outlook is hitting demand for air travel.
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Man charged with NZ mosque attacks gave cash to Austrian far-right
Austria’s far-right Identitarian Movement received cash from the man charged with killing 50 people in mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said...
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Money trail ties New Zealand gunman to Austrian far-right group
VIENNA (March 27): Austria's government confirmed that there was a financial link between the shooter who gunned down 50 people in New Zealand and a white nationalist fringe group with a strong follow...
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MotoE set to get rolling by mid-2019
ROME: The inaugural season of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is set to begin in Germany by mid-2019 following a revision to its schedule.
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The First A90 Toyota Supra Begins To Leave The Magna Plant
Production of the highly-anticipated A90 Toyota GR Supra has finally started at the Magna Steyr facility in Graz, Austria.
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Sapura Energy returns to the black in 2019 with RM207m net profit
KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Sapura Energy Bhd has returned to the black with a net profit of RM207.55 million for the financial year ended January 31, 2019 (FY19) compared with a net loss of RM2.5 bill...
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Malaysia makes it loud and clear on zero tolerance on illicit drug trafficking
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has made it loud and clear on its non-compromising stance in combating illicit drug trafficking and doing all it can to disrupt the drug supply chain.
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AmInvestment upgrades Sapura Energy, raises target price to 50 sen
KUALA LUMPUR (March 15): AmInvestment Bank Research has upgraded Sapura Energy Bhd to “Buy” at 35 sen with a higher target price of 50 sen (from 30 sen) based on a 30% discount to an estimated dil...
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Abu Dhabi's Mubadala halts business with Goldman Sachs amid 1MDB lawsuit
Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala has suspended new business dealings with Goldman Sachs since its subsidiary filed a lawsuit in November against the US bank and others to recover losses suffered thro...
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US warns of WTO action over 'discriminatory' new digital taxes
PARIS, March 12 —The US is weighing a complaint at the World Trade Organization against "discriminatory" new taxes on digital giants such as a Facebook and Google which are being planned by France a...
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France unveils new tax for global internet giants
PARIS, March 7 — France yesterday introduced a bill to tax internet and technology giants such as Google and Facebook on their digital sales, putting it among a vanguard of countries seeking to forc...
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