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  • BEIJING, Jan 22- Growth in China's real estate and financial sector slowed in the fourth quarter of 2016, despite an uptick in the overall service sector that contributed to better-than-expected GDP growth in the quarter, National Bureau of Statistics data showed on Saturday. China's services sector contributed 58.2 percent to the country's economic...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai has new fire safety regulations following a series of skyscraper fires in recent years, but has offered few details about them. A spate of skyscraper fires in fast-growing Dubai have been fueled by paneling on the sides of many buildings here, known as cladding. Taher Hassan al-Taher later told journalists that existing...

  • VIENNA, Jan 22- A committee of OPEC and non- OPEC countries responsible for monitoring compliance with a global agreement to reduce oil output is set to meet for the first time in Vienna on Sunday. Kuwait chairs the five-member committee which also includes Algeria, Venezuela, Russia and Oman. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non- OPEC...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- British fashion retailers will switch their spending firepower to technology from the high street in 2017 after online shopping became the key driver of sales growth over the all-important festive period. "They will have to invest in infrastructure and it will weigh on margins, but if you get it right you have a profitable online business," said one...

  • BEIJING, Jan 22- Growth in China's real estate and financial sector slowed in the fourth quarter of 2016, despite an uptick in the overall service sector that contributed to better-than-expected GDP growth in the quarter, National Bureau of Statistics data showed on Saturday. A detailed breakdown in economic growth by industry issued by the NBS showed...

  • WASHINGTON— Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight in "a new inaugural tradition," its social media account promised. But while President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington did serve as a hub of Friday's inaugural activities, it also stands as ground zero for what top...

  • BEIJING, Jan 22- China has set up a 100 billion yuan fund to support investment in the internet sector, said official news agency Xinhua on Sunday. The fund, backed by China's cabinet, is designed to help turn China into a major player in internet technology, said the report. China said earlier this month it would invest 1.2 trillion yuan between 2016 and 2018 to...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 22- Relatives of victims onboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said on Sunday they plan to deliver personal letters to Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai while he visits Australia, urging him to resume the search for the missing jet. Malaysia, Australia and China agreed in July to suspend the $145 million search if the plane was not...

  • TOKYO, Jan 22- With mounting writedowns from its nuclear business, Japan's Toshiba Corp is looking to sell part of its core semiconductors business, a world No.2 in the flash memory chips used in smartphones. But its rush to plug a hole in its U.S. nuclear business that Japanese media now estimate at as much as $6 billion may complicate any asset sale.

  • PARK CITY, Utah— Representatives for the Sundance Film Festival say that they their network systems were subject to a cyberattack that caused its box offices to shut down briefly Saturday afternoon. Films set to premiere later in the day include the Jennifer Aniston, Jack Huston and Alden Ehrenreich film "The Yellow Birds," and Dee Rees' WWII-era drama "Mudbound"...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday spoke to U.S. "The Prime Minister and the President reiterated the importance of the Canada- United States bilateral relationship, and discussed various areas of mutual interest," a statement from the office read. "The Prime Minister noted the depth of the Canada U.S. economic relationship,...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure. But Trump still needs Congress to do away with the law for good. It's not spelled out whether the IRS could waive the fines for failing to secure coverage and the White House has not explained how it...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Jan 21- A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage months of sometimes violent protests against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling for the camps to be...

  • The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. In Florida, California and New York, lawyers are accusing smoke shops and mom-and-pop convenience stores of selling counterfeit Roor bongs in violation of U.S. "Counterfeiting is a huge problem for us," said Jay Farraj, the owner of Sream Inc., Roor's U.S. partner.

  • INDIANAPOLIS— When Fort Wayne needed expensive airport improvements, its mayor contacted an influential Indiana native— then-Vice President Dan Quayle— to help secure federal funding. Now that former Indiana Gov. And federal laws and regulations forbid many officials who oversee the awarding of contracts and grants from considering undue White House...

  • Odebrecht, the largest construction firm in Latin America, admitted to paying bribes in 12 countries, including $29 million in Peru over the course of three presidencies, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice last month. While it is under investigation in other countries, the case is more advanced in Peru than anywhere outside of Brazil.

  • SAO PAULO— Brazil's president said Saturday that he would wait to name a replacement for the Supreme Court justice who died in a plane crash until after the court reassigns a major corruption case he was handling. President Michel Temer nominates judges to the Supreme Court, and typically a new justice would take over the caseload of the one he replaces.

  • President Donald Trump, adding she would work on preserving the important relationship between Europe and the United States. Speaking at a news conference in the south-western town of Schoental, Merkel struck a more conciliatory tone toward Trump than Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who on Friday said Germany should prepare for a rough ride under the new U.S....

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed training that will be required for putting fertilizer on fields, but many more face a September deadline to finish the program aimed at combating the toxic algae fouling Lake Erie. The first of its kind requirement is one of several steps Ohio has taken to reduce the farm runoff...

  • LIMA, Peru— Police in Peru have arrested a former transport official as part of a massive graft scandal implicating Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and several regional governments. Edwn Luyo headed the committee that awarded Odebrecht a contract in 2009 to build Lima's elevated metro. In Peru it paid $29 million to officials in three...