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New Law Offers Hope for UK Pubs, Hit by Fall in Bingeing

Britain's traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanize the country's budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of premises to close every week.

Cut-price competition from supermarkets, the smoking ban and healthier drinking habits have all fueled the decline of an institution as traditionally British as football and fish-and-chips.

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Cashing Out: Millions 'Disappear from China Bank Accounts'

A businesswoman deposited the equivalent of almost US$2 million at a branch of China's largest bank but only US$20 remained after most of it was transferred without her authorization, state media reported.

Wang Li was one of several victims of a scam, involving millions of dollars, at a branch of the state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in Shijiazhuang, highlighting increasingly sophisticated financial crime.

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ILO Says Only One-fourth of the World's Workers Have Solid Jobs

Only a fourth of the world's workforce have stable contracts, leading to growing job insecurity, a U.N. report said Tuesday.

The International Labor Organization report revealed a clear shift away from reliable full-time jobs, as short-term contracts and irregular hours become more widespread.

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Syria Power Output Down 56% in War

Electricity generation in Syria has dropped by 56 percent since the civil war began in March 2011, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on Monday.

"The production of electricity was at 22 billion kilowatts in 2014, compared to nearly 50 billion kilowatts in 2011 -- which is a 56 percent decrease in the last four years of war," electricity ministry official Nassuh Semsmieh told the paper. 

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CEO: Nissan Will Be Ready with Autonomous Driving by 2020

Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Monday.

Many of the world's automakers, and companies outside the auto industry such as Google, are working on technologies that allow cars to navigate without human intervention.

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Luxury Fashion Brands Accuse Alibaba of Profiting from Fakes

The owner of fashion brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent has accused Alibaba Group in a lawsuit of profiting from sales of counterfeit goods despite the Chinese e-commerce giant's pledge to combat the trade in fakes.

The lawsuit filed by France's Kering SA and a group of its brands in a New York court is a setback for Alibaba's effort to reassure companies and regulators it is taking effective action to keep counterfeit goods off its online sales platforms.

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Online Dating Scams Top Australian Financial Fraud

Australians were tricked out of Aus$82 million (US$66 million) last year, with online dating scams accounting for the biggest losses, the competition regulator revealed Monday.

More than 91,000 scam complaints were received in 2014, figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) showed.

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Inquiry Threat into Australian Iron Ore Industry

The huge iron ore industry in Australia faces the threat of a parliamentary inquiry amid claims the world's biggest miners, including BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, are flooding the market to wipe out smaller competitors.

The steel-making commodity is the nation's largest export with Australia accounting for 60 percent of the world's sea-borne supply, and the slumping price has hit government revenues hard.

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Minister: China Infrastructure Bank will Uphold Standards

China's foreign minister worked on Saturday to allay concerns that Beijing's new regional infrastructure bank would not meet international standards as he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The U.S. declined to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) amid doubts over how it would be managed, but several of Washington's closest allies signed up, including Britain, France and Germany.

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India's Modi Brings Home $22 Billion in China Deals

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got down to business on the final day of his trip to China on Saturday, saying his country was open for investment as firms signed deals worth more than $22 billion.

"Let us work together in mutual interest and for progress and prosperity of our great countries," Modi told executives from 200 Chinese and Indian companies at a business forum in the Chinese commercial hub Shanghai. "Now India is ready for business."

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