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Coronavirus live updates: Italy-wide lockdown comes into force

UK and US had worst days trading since 2008 GFC; Global cases near 110,000; Grand Princess passengers disembark. Follow the latest news. Cruise ship carrying at least 21 with coronavirus docks in California US pledges more testing as Trump hints at aid for workers Quarantined US congressman flew with Trump on Air Force One Global […]

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Millions of Chinese ordered back to work but infection risk remains high | World news

The Chinese authorities are trying to usher the country back to work, a month after announcing the unprecedented quarantine of millions of people. But they face a difficult balancing act between containing the virus and supporting a faltering economy. Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak, have been the focus of disease […]

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Indigenous leaders divided over proposed oil sands mine in northern Alberta

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA. — As the deadlock between a group of Indigenous chiefs and a northern B.C. pipeline brings rail traffic to a standstill, the future of another energy project in northern Alberta is hanging in the balance. The proposed Teck Frontier oil sands mine project, estimated at $20 billion, would be about twice the […]

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IRS, Facebook Square Off In Court Over $9 Billion In Unpaid Taxes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is slated to begin a tax trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, as the Internal Revenue Service tries to convince a judge the world’s largest social media company owes more than $9 billion linked to its decision to shift profits to Ireland. The trial, which Facebook expects […]

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Mall owners among group bidding $81 million for Forever 21

A consortium of buyers, including mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners, is bidding $81 million for Forever 21, the ubiquitous mall staple that filed for bankruptcy protection in September By MICHELLE CHAPMAN AP Business Writer February 3, 2020, 2:33 PM 2 min read A consortium of buyers, including mall owners Simon Property […]

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Scuffles, Tear Gas and Doused Lights: Venezuela’s National Assembly Opens for Business

CARACAS — Venezuela’s National Assembly erupted into chaos on Tuesday as opposition lawmakers took their seats to begin the new year’s session, but only after forcing their way through a phalanx of government soldiers. National Guardsmen in body armor initially prevented Juan Guaidó, the leader of the country’s opposition, from entering the building along with […]

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New NAFTA deal lifts cloud of uncertainty hanging over Canadian business: Poloz

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz suggested Thursday that the ratification of a new North American free-trade deal is key to finally eliminating uncertainty that has hovered over businesses trying to make investment decisions since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. Following a lunchtime speech to a business crowd in Toronto, Poloz told reporters […]

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Why the Pussycat Dolls had ‘unfinished business’

Image copyright Live Nation Image caption L-R: Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar The Pussycat Dolls’ reunion was supposed to be top secret. Rumours had been swirling for several months, but journalists were under instruction not to confirm anything ahead of the group’s surprise reunion performance on X Factor: Celebrity this […]

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Kazakhstan and Switzerland start new level of business cooperation

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Six memorandums to launch new joint projects in tourism, banking, transport and agriculture were signed following the Kazakh-Swiss business forum as part of the official visit of Swiss President Ueli Maurer to Nur-Sultan on 22 November. Maurer, who was accompanied to Kazakhstan by a delegation of Swiss business representatives and participated in […]

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All joking aside, Trudeau isn’t doing much to convince the business community he’s serious

Poor Mona Fortier. She was so close to a title that would look great on any resume: associate minister of finance. But whoever runs Team Trudeau decided that moniker wasn’t descriptive enough. So Fortier, a member of Parliament from Ottawa, will spend the next phase of her career being introduced as the Minister of Middle […]

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