Qantas picks Airbus over Boeing for longest flights

Qantas picks Airbus over Boeing for longest flights »

13 Dec, 2019

Qantas has picked Airbus jets to fly its ultra long haul routes, dealing a blow to rival plane maker Boeing. The airline selected the A350-1000 for its planned non-stop Sydney to London service, which would be the world's longest commercial flight.

Thai massage to be added to UNESCO heritage list

Thai massage to be added to UNESCO heritage list »

13 Dec, 2019

The back-cracking traditional Thai massage has been added to a prestigious Unesco heritage list. Nuad Thai is now part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which features traditions and practices passed across the generations.

Great day for losers: Wimpy Kid author gets French medal

Great day for losers: Wimpy Kid author gets French medal »

10 Dec, 2019

The Wimpy Kid has finally done good -- and his creator Jeff Kinney has even got a medal from France to prove it. The American creator of the bestseller "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books was made an officer of France's Order of Arts and Letters on Monday, an honour also conferred on Nobel laureates T. S. Eliot and Seamus Heaney as well as music megastars such as Bono and David Bowie.

Finland elects Sanna Marin world’s youngest serving prime minister

Finland elects Sanna Marin world’s youngest serving prime minister »

10 Dec, 2019

International News from World: Finland will have the world’s youngest serving prime minister later this week when Social Democrat Sanna Marin,

British power plant promises to go carbon negative

British power plant promises to go carbon negative »

10 Dec, 2019

Drax, which generates 5% of the UK's power, has said it plans to capture more carbon than it produces by 2030. The firm's power plant in North Yorkshire is already largely powered by renewable fuel such as wood pellets.

India central bank keeps rates on hold despite economy fears

India central bank keeps rates on hold despite economy fears »

6 Dec, 2019

The Reserve Bank of India kept its key lending rate on hold in a surprise decision on Thursday, despite a worrying slowdown in the country that prompted the central bank to sharply reduce its economic growth forecast to 5% for the year through March.

A Pew Study Finds Just A Few Channels Supply Most Videos

A Pew Study Finds Just A Few Channels Supply Most Videos »

6 Dec, 2019

The Pew Research Center concluded Wednesday a small number of YouTube channels produce 70% of the platform’s content and the most popular channels have no English content.

‘Frozen 2’ holds top spot at N.American box office

‘Frozen 2’ holds top spot at N.American box office »

4 Dec, 2019

Disney blockbuster "Frozen 2" held top spot at the North American box office over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, taking in an estimated $85.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

Rare Gauguin fetches 9.5 mn euros at Paris auction

Rare Gauguin fetches 9.5 mn euros at Paris auction »

4 Dec, 2019

A rare canvas by French artist Paul Gauguin from his time in Tahiti fetched 9.5 million euros ($10.5 million) in Paris on Tuesday, nearly twice its estimated value, the auction house said.

A thousand memes, it launched: Baby Yoda breaks internet

A thousand memes, it launched: Baby Yoda breaks internet »

4 Dec, 2019

Baby Yoda may stand only a few inches tall, communicating with high-pitched squeaks and mischievous gestures, but the adorable green creature has loomed large online, causing a global social media meltdown.

1-Day Shipping Is Driving New Amazon Prime Sign-Ups

1-Day Shipping Is Driving New Amazon Prime Sign-Ups »

4 Dec, 2019

Amazon has found it increasingly difficult to keep adding new Prime members in the United States over the last couple years. There have been several signs that membership is near a saturation point, as more and more trial members opt not to renew the service.

Sky to build huge new Elstree film studio

Sky to build huge new Elstree film studio »

4 Dec, 2019

Media giant Sky is building huge new movie studios outside London near the current Elstree production site, creating 2,000 jobs. Sky, other Comcast-owned companies along with NBC Universal, will use the 32-acre property and be open to third parties.

Yahoo Japan and Line set to merge

Yahoo Japan and Line set to merge »

19 Nov, 2019

The largest search engine and messaging app in Japan is expected to merge under an agreement between their parent companies.

Airbus grab $30bn of orders for 170 aircraft

Airbus grab $30bn of orders for 170 aircraft »

19 Nov, 2019

In another indication of the continued expansion of Middle East airlines, Airbus has received orders worth $30bn (£ 23bn). Emirates revealed on the second day of the Dubai Air Show the acquisition of 50 Airbus A350-900 XWBs-Extra Wide Body-aircraft at a list price of $16bn.

Facebook changes product branding to FACEBOOK

Facebook changes product branding to FACEBOOK »

6 Nov, 2019

Facebook is introducing new branding for its products and services in an attempt to distinguish the company from its familiar app and website. Instagram and WhatsApp are among the services that will carry the new FACEBOOK brand in the next few weeks.

Democrats claim victory in key Virginia and Kentucky elections

Democrats claim victory in key Virginia and Kentucky elections »

6 Nov, 2019

In key state polls, US Democrats have made gains in what is seen as a blow to President Donald Trump. After a tight race in the conservative-leaning city, Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory in Kentucky's governor election.

Uber shares skid as losses widen

Uber shares skid as losses widen »

5 Nov, 2019

Uber shares skidded Monday after the ride-hailing giant reported widening losses in the just-ended quarter as it boosted investment in new services and features. San Francisco-based Uber reported a loss of $1.2 billion, up from a loss of $986 million a year ago.

Shorter hours boost sales in overworked Japan: Microsoft

Shorter hours boost sales in overworked Japan: Microsoft »

5 Nov, 2019

Microsoft Japan trialed a radical idea in a country known for overwork: to work less. And it found that four-day days, along with other changes, boosted sales and reduced costs.

President Xi Jinping pledges wider market access, free-trade deals

President Xi Jinping pledges wider market access, free-trade deals »

5 Nov, 2019

President Xi Jinping pledged on Tuesday to open up China's economy further, declaring that the world must "knock down walls" as he opened an annual trade fair against the backdrop of the war on US tariffs.

Nobel economics prize winner hopes to inspire ‘many, many other women’

Nobel economics prize winner hopes to inspire ‘many, many other women’ »

15 Oct, 2019

Esther Duflo, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Economics, said she hopes her win will "inspire many, many other women to continue to work." Speaking at a press conference following Monday's announcement, Duflo also said she hoped that her win would encourage "many other men to give [ women ] the respect they deserve."

Facebook puts on brave face with Libra

Facebook puts on brave face with Libra »

15 Oct, 2019

Facebook's Libra currency plan appeared to be on the rocks after five big payment providers dropped out last week. But the remaining members insisted that ahead it's full steam.

E-cigarettes cause lung cancer in mice in first study tying vaping to cancer

E-cigarettes cause lung cancer in mice in first study tying vaping to cancer »

8 Oct, 2019

E-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, damaging their DNA and leading researchers at New York University to conclude that vaping is likely “very harmful” to humans as well.

Thomas Cook refund form launched online

Thomas Cook refund form launched online »

7 Oct, 2019

Thomas Cook customers who had booked holidays with the collapsed travel firm can now claim for a refund online. About 800,000 people had been due to take trips with the firm in the coming months, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is handling the refund process.

Bike riding courses offer Finland’s immigrants new freedom

Bike riding courses offer Finland’s immigrants new freedom »

2 Oct, 2019

It's a skill you never forget once learned, as the saying goes: Now immigrants to Finland can receive free cycling lessons to help them better integrate into life in the bike-loving nation.

Japan delivers long-delayed consumption tax hike

Japan delivers long-delayed consumption tax hike »

1 Oct, 2019

Japan has increased its consumption tax for the first time in five years, bringing the long-delayed policy into effect despite concerns it may knock the economy. On Tuesday, the country raised its sales tax rate from 8% to 10%.

More than 150,000 individuals return home after Thomas Cook stopped trading

More than 150,000 individuals return home after Thomas Cook stopped trading »

25 Sep, 2019

After the UK tour operator and airline Thomas Cook stopped trading, the UK Civil Aviation Authority initiated the biggest peacetime repatriation to take over 150,000 people back to the UK.

Thomas Cook has set up rescue talks for last-ditch

Thomas Cook has set up rescue talks for last-ditch »

22 Sep, 2019

In a final bid to secure a rescue agreement, Thomas Cook will hold crisis talks. It is understood that the meeting with its largest shareholder and creditors is scheduled for Sunday morning at City law firm Slaughter & May. Within days, the tour operator could be administered unless he finds £ 200 m in additional resources.