Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Xinhua

Japan’s service sector sentiment improves in February

TOKYO: Sentiment in Japan’s service sector improved in February from a month earlier, owing to warmer weather encouraging spending, a Cabinet Office survey showed Friday. The monthly Economy Watchers survey’s diffusion index, in which a score of more than 50 means people view current economic conditions in a positive light, ...

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Over 30 wildfires still active in northern Spain

MADRID: Emergency Services in Spain’s northern region of Asturias confirmed that they are still fighting 37 wildfires centered on 20 different localities Tuesday morning. The reports came after firemen and members of the Spanish Military’s Emergency Response Unit (UME) spent Monday working to extinguish what remained from the 139 fires ...

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Bernie Sanders starts 2020 presidential bid

NEW YORK: US Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign as a second-time runner on Saturday in his hometown borough of Brooklyn, New York, reiterating his Democratic socialist views that have been reshaping the Democratic Party. On the snow-covered campus of Brooklyn College, Sanders, 77, expressed his determination ...

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China’s Xinhua unveils worlds first AI female news anchor

Beijing: China continues to make remarkable strides in making human journalists obsolete. On Tuesday, state news Xinhua announced that in collaboration with Sogou (search engine) has created the world’s first female AI news anchor, known as Xin Xiaomeng. The anchor will be making “her” debut during the upcoming Two Sessions ...

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Billionaire Ambani risks jail over missed Ericsson payments

NEW DELHI: India’s top court said Indian industrialist and chairman of Reliance Communications (RCom) Anil Ambani wilfully did not pay 77.3 million U.S. dollars to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson, thereby holding him guilty of contempt in a case, officials said. “RCom had no intention to abide with the undertakings. ...

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Sri Lankan traditional dancers perform during Buddhist procession

Sri Lankan traditional Kandyan dancers perform in front of the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2019. Thousands of people with dozens of elephants gathered at the Gangaramaya Temple to take part in the annual Buddhist Navam procession scheduled for Feb. 18 to 19. (Xinhua/Gayan Sameera)   ...

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U.S. dollar falls amid rising sterling

FILE PHOTO: Bundles of banknotes of U.S. Dollar are pictured at a currency exchange shop in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo

NEW YORK: U.S. dollar fell on Monday, as investors’ growing optimism on US-China trade relations cut back on the greenback’s safe-haven demand. In late New York trading, the euro was up to 1.1312 U.S. dollars from 1.1295 dollars in the previous session. The Australian dollar fell to 0.7130 dollar from ...

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Huawei ranks world’s third biggest chip buyer

BEIJING – Huawei Technologies Co. ranked the world’s third-largest buyer of semiconductors in 2018, following Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc, the China Daily reported, citing a recent report by U.S.-based research firm Gartner Inc. The Chinese tech company spent over 21 billion U.S. dollars on semiconductor chips last year, ...

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German drone market to grow to 3b euros by 2030

BERLIN: The German drone market is expected to grow from 574 million euros (649.28 million US dollars) to 3 billion euros by 2030, which corresponds to an annual average growth rate of 14 percent, according to a report by the German Unmanned Aviation Association (VUL) published on Monday. VUL will ...

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Bill Gates says China major contributor to global progress

NEW YORK: Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Tuesday said that exciting progress against poverty and disease around the world has been made in 2018, and China has been a major contributor to this progress. In a video speech exclusively broadcast via Xinhua, Gates said over ...

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