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Dozens held after shopping protest at Hong Kong border town

Petrol bombs were hurled at a Hong Kong police station and dozens of people were arrested Sunday following a march against so-called parallel trading near the Chinese border. The Democratic Party said about 10,000 people marched peacefully in Sheung Shui district, but violence erupted after police ordered protesters to disperse. Several petrol bombs were thrown…

Aramco sinks as Gulf bourses rocked by Iran-US tensions

Saudi Aramco shares hit the lowest level since their market debut on Sunday, as Gulf bourses were hit by a panicky sell-off amid Iranian vows of retaliation over the US killing of a top general. All seven bourses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states closed in the red, on the first trading day since…

E-car sales in Norway reach new record high

Sales of new electric cars in Norway hit a record high last year, sector experts said Friday, reaching 42.4 percent of all nearly-registered cars in 2019, mostly thanks to strong demand for Tesla’s Model 3. Norway, a major oil producer that has pioneered electric mobility, offers a very advantageous tax regime for clean vehicles, making…

Carlos Ghosn to speak publicly on escape from Japan

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will give a hotly awaited press conference in Lebanon on wednesday, his spokesman said, offering clarity on his recent flight from Japan. Since arriving in his native Lebanon after skipping bail in Japan almost a week ago, the 65-year-old businessman has given few media statements. The circumstances of his flight…

Japan ‘Tuna King’ buys new year catch for $1.8 million

A celebrated Japanese sushi businessman, nicknamed “Tuna King”, paid $1.8 million for a giant tuna at New Year’s auction at Tokyo’s main fish market on Sunday. Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs a successful sushi restaurant chain, paid 193 million yen ($1.8 million) to purchase a 276-kilogramme (608-pound) bluefin tuna, caught off the Aomori region in northern…

China starts lifting restrictions on foreign investment

China has started lifting major restrictions on foreign investment in its financial sector, a move long demanded by the United States as the world’s two biggest economies are locked in a fierce trade battle. From the start of 2020, foreign banks can now set up wholly-owned branches in China without a local partner holding the…

Stock markets usher in New Year with big gains

Global stock markets powered ahead on Thursday as investors welcomed 2020 with a raft of gains after China’s central bank announced fresh stimulus. Asian stocks kicked off the New Year on the front foot, with most rallying out of the blocks on lingering trade optimism and the stimulus news. Europe also shone as investors remain…

Canadian CEOs make 200 times more than average worker: study

The 100 highest-paid CEOs in Canada made 227 times more than the average worker in 2018, an unprecedented high, according to a report published Thursday. “Put another way, by 10:09am on January 2, the average top CEOs will have made as much money as the average Canadian worker will make all year,” according to the…

Ex-Googler seeking office urges tech firm regulation

A former Google executive running for US Senate called Thursday for tough regulation of tech titans, accusing the internet giant of straying from its “don’t be evil” path. Ross LaJeunesse took aim at Google and other big US tech companies in a Medium post, contending that profits are taking precedence over human rights. “The company’s…

US unveils partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes

The US government on Thursday announced it would soon ban most flavored e-cigarettes as it tries to curb a rising tide of youth vaping, but stopped short of the full ban promised in September by President Donald Trump. The Food and Drug Administration said cartridge-based e-cigarettes in flavors “other than tobacco or menthol” would be…