Apple threw open the doors to its first store in Hong Kong Saturday, its latest push to tap the booming China market, as protesters accused the technology giant of supporting sweatshop labor.
The minimalist store spread over two floors in one of Hong Kong's most upmarket shopping malls is Apple's sixth outlet in China, launching just a day after the doors opened on another new branch in Shanghai.Full Story
The Group of 20 major economies have vowed to mount a powerful response to the rising challenges facing the world economy as it reels from a debt crisis in the Eurozone.
The pledge, made in an unexpected statement late Thursday, came after world leaders ramped up pressure on Europe to take decisive action to contain its debt crisis as markets spun out of control.Full Story
The U.S. dollar rose against the euro Thursday, as investors fled from the single European currency amid a widespread global market sell-off.
The euro fell to levels not seen against the dollar since January, fetching $1.3470 by 2200 GMT versus $1.3564 the day before, as fears grew of a global slowdown.Full Story
Asian markets fell for a second straight day Friday and the dollar rose amid growing fears that the global economy is on the verge of slipping back into recession.
However, most markets were off their earlier lows after G20 finance chiefs meeting in Washington promised to take collective action to stabilize the financial system.Full Story
Switzerland said Friday that it has lifted sanctions against two Libyan oil firms -- National Oil Corporation and its affiliated Zueitina Oil Corporation, as well as Afriqiyah Airways.
The authorities announced the changes in a decree which entered into force Friday.Full Story
The booming Chinese mainland is now the largest importer of Bordeaux by volume, driving a jump in exports of the French wine, an industry body said.
Exports from the French winegrowing region rose 34 percent in value and 23 percent in volume between July 2010 and June 2011, the CIVB Bordeaux Wine Council told a press conference late on Wednesday.Full Story
The Italian government lowered its growth forecast sharply on Thursday, while insisting that the austerity plan adopted last week is sufficient to balance the country's budget by 2013 as planned.
Italy now forecasts a 0.7 percent growth in 2011, 0.6 percent in 2012 and 0.9 percent in 2013, compared to previous forecasts in April of 1.1 percent, 1.3 percent and 1.5 percent, the finance ministry said.Full Story
Asian stock markets slumped on Thursday as the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest multi-billion-dollar move to shore up the American economy was met with worldwide disappointment.
The dollar strengthened against regional currencies as investors sought its safe-haven status after the U.S. central bank warned of serious downside risks for the global outlook.Full Story
South Korean builder Samsung C&T said on Thursday it has secured a $2.1 billion deal to build a thermal power plant in Saudi Arabia.
Samsung said it would build the 4,000 megawatt plant in Qurayyah by 2014. The deal was part of a Saudi project to build six power plants by 2018.Full Story
World oil prices diverged on Wednesday as the market was torn between growing expectations of more stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve and gloomy IMF growth revisions, analysts said.
Brent North Sea oil for delivery in November rose 11 cents to $110.65 a barrel in early afternoon London deals.Full Story