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January 17, 2018 6:36 AM Fast Retailing to launch Uniqlo brand in Sweden this year

A woman checks her phone in front of a panel outside the flagship store of Japanese fashion house Uniqlo at Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay shopping district May 9, 2013. — Reuters picTOKYO, Jan 17 — Japan's Fast Retailing Co said today it planned to launch its Uniqlo clothing brand in Sweden with a first store opening in Stockholm this fall, in a move that would 10

January 15, 2018 9:59 AM Nadal charges into second round at Australian Open

Nadal hits a shot back at Burgos at the Australian Open in Melbourne January 15, 2018. — Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 15 — A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open today. Playing his first competitive 11

January 14, 2018 11:46 AM Iraq PM to head new coalition in May vote

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced plans Sunday to run for re-election in May at the head of a new coalition separate from key rival and Dawa party co-member Nuri al-Maliki. Abadi said in a statement he set up the "Victory Alliance" coalition as a "cross-sectarian" list aimed at overcoming divisions and battling inequalities in the country 9

January 12, 2018 1:34 AM EU unveils supercomputer plan to rival China

China overtook the United States in numbers and performance for supercomputers in a ranking last November, followed by Switzerland and Japan in third and fourth place. — pic via AFPBRUSSELS, Jan 12 — The EU unveiled plans yesterday to raise €1 billion (RM4.79 billion) to build superfast computers that catch up with China and others to boost 14

January 8, 2018 2:55 AM Allison Janney wins best supporting actress Globe for ‘I, Tonya’

Allison Janney poses with the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for ‘I, Tonya’ at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 8, 2018. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Jan 8 — Allison Janney today won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for playing the mother of disgraced figure 10

January 5, 2018 10:04 AM Halep powers past Begu to reach Shenzhen Open final

Halep relied on precision and counter-punching in a tight second set to seal a second career final at Shenzhen. — Reuters picSHENZHEN, Jan 5 — World number one Simona Halep of Romania tamed compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets to reach the final of the Shenzhen Open in China today. Halep, who hit 15 winners to win 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 29 minutes 7

January 4, 2018 11:23 AM Qatar allows full ownership for foreign investors

Overseas investors will be able to fully own businesses in almost all economic sectors but they are not allowed to purchase real estate or own franchises. — AFP picDOHA, Jan 4 — Qatar has approved legislation allowing 100-per cent ownership for foreign investors in most sectors of the economy in a bid to boost non-energy revenues, the government said today 9

January 3, 2018 11:30 AM Halep rallies past Duan, ensures top billing for Australian Open

REUTERS: World number one Simona Halep assured herself of top billing for the Australian Open after powering past local hope Duan Yingying and into the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China on Wednesday. Halep hit 21 winners and won five out of eight break points to prevail 3-6 6-1 6-2 and secure her number one ranking going into next week and top seeding 8

January 2, 2018 1:59 AM At least nine dead in Brazil prison riot: Report

SAO PAULO: At least nine people were killed and 14 others wounded Monday in a prison riot in the central Brazilian state of Goias that ended in a blaze – and the escape of more than 100 inmates, local media reported. Authorities said that a group of prisoners invaded a wing of the facility populated by members of a rival gang shortly after midday, sparking 9

December 26, 2017 7:17 AM Keppel bribery fine puts spotlight on peer Sembcorp, shares slide‍​

A Keppel Corporation logo in the central business district of Singapore February 22, 2016. — Reuters picSINGAPORE, Dec 26 — Singapore oil rig builder Keppel Corp’s deal to pay a US$422 million (RM1.72 billion) fine to resolve Brazilian bribery charges has brought smaller rival Sembcorp Marine into focus, with some analysts saying a similar fine would 9