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SpaceX Launches 10 Satellites

SpaceX Launches 10 Satellites

A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched...

Debt, Protectionism Could Drag Down Improving Global Economy

Debt, Protectionism Could Drag Down Improving Global Economy

The global economy has picked up and prospects for the next few months are the best in a long time....

Spyware to Tap Into Smartphones Puts Users’ Rights at Risk

Spyware to Tap Into Smartphones Puts Users’ Rights at Risk

Governments around the world are using surveillance software that taps into individual smartphones, taking screenshots, reading email and tracking users’...

Ford’s China Move Casts New Cloud on Mexican Automaking

Ford’s China Move Casts New Cloud on Mexican Automaking

A second U-turn this year by Ford Motor Co. in Mexico has raised the specter of Chinese competition for local...

One of China’s Richest Women Hopes to Keep Driving Culture of Philanthropy

One of China’s Richest Women Hopes to Keep Driving Culture of Philanthropy

After starting work in a hotel kitchen, Zhai Meiqin began selling furniture and built a billion-dollar conglomerate, but she took...

Women on the Frontlines of Cambodia Land Fight

Women on the Frontlines of Cambodia Land Fight

Cambodian activists fighting plans to transform Phnom Penh’s largest lake into a luxury development made a tactical decision when they...

‘Digital Democracy’ Turns Average Citizens into Influencers in Africa

‘Digital Democracy’ Turns Average Citizens into Influencers in Africa

From cashless payments to smartphone apps offering everything from taxis to take-out food – Africa’s digital revolution is gathering pace...

China Probe of Big Companies Could Redefine Their Role Overseas

China Probe of Big Companies Could Redefine Their Role Overseas

China is probing the loan practices of a group of big private sector conglomerates who have been on a high-profile...

China Takes Delivery of First Shipments of American Beef in 14 Years

China Takes Delivery of First Shipments of American Beef in 14 Years

China let through the first shipments of beef from the United States in 14 years on Friday, after the two...

UN to Advertisers: Go Beyond the Female Stereotypes

UN to Advertisers: Go Beyond the Female Stereotypes

Demeaning images in advertising of women doing domestic chores or scantily clad act as stubborn obstacles to gender equality, the...

Minnesota to Still Engage With Cuba Despite Trump Setback

Minnesota to Still Engage With Cuba Despite Trump Setback

Minnesota’s government and businesses will continue to engage with Cuba in the areas they can, like agricultural trade, despite U.S....

Chile’s New Low-cost Airline JetSmart Plans to Sell $1.50 Tickets

Chile’s New Low-cost Airline JetSmart Plans to Sell $1.50 Tickets

JetSmart, a low-cost airline set to launch this year in Chile, said on Thursday it will offer one-way tickets for...

Drones, 5G Internet Dominate Talks as Tech Execs Visit White House

Drones, 5G Internet Dominate Talks as Tech Execs Visit White House

Ubiquitous drones and a faster Internet are coming sooner than you might think, and governments are staring into the unknown...

Asia’s Booming Plastics Industry Prompts Ocean Pollution Fears

Asia’s Booming Plastics Industry Prompts Ocean Pollution Fears

A booming plastics and packaging industry in Asia – including China – is being driven by rising incomes and consumption,...

US Official: Russians Targeted 21 State Election Systems

US Official: Russians Targeted 21 State Election Systems

Federal officials say Russian cyber-operatives targeted voting systems in 21 U.S. states last year and had varying degrees of success...