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  • NEW YORK— "Black Panther" has scored one of the best second weekends ever with an estimated $108 million in ticket sales. This weekend's result makes Ryan Coogler's Marvel sensation only the fourth film to earn $100 million in its second weekend, along with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens,"'' Jurassic World "and" The Avengers. Of new releases, faring the best is the Warner...

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens "set the second weekend record with $149 million in 2015, and" Black Panther "topped the second weekends of 2015' s" Jurassic World "at $106.6 million, and 2012' s" The Avengers "with $103 million. "Black Panther," directed by Ryan Coogler, has caught on with moviegoers this month in a way that few other titles have in Hollywood's recent history--...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 25- Boeing Co will have a 51 percent stake in a joint company currently being negotiating with Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer, O Globo newspaper columnist Lauro Jardim reported on Sunday. With the proposed tie-up Boeing would be the market leader in the smaller passenger jet market, creating stiffer competition for the CSeries aircraft...

  • BERLIN, Feb 25- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will promote her most prominent critic from within her conservative party, Jens Spahn, to her coalition cabinet, a party source said on Sunday, in a sign she is heeding calls for renewal. Although she has agreed a deal with the leaders of the Social Democrats for a new "grand coalition", Merkel needs the blessing of both...

  • BARCELONA/ HELSINKI, Feb 25- Telecom operators are accelerating their timelines for the roll-out of next-generation 5 G networks, lifting Nokia's confidence of an uplift for its business this year, Chief Executive Rajeev Suri said on Sunday. The telecom network industry, dominated by China's Huawei, Finland's Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson, is weathering the...

  • *Launched as app in Argentina, Brazil, Britain, Spain. *Available via Facebook Messenger in Chile, Germany. Telefonica, present in 17 markets across Europe and Latin America, is offering its assistant in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Spain and Britain.

  • *Inflation boosted by austerity steps to rein in budget deficit. *Food and beverage, transport prices soar. DUBAI, Feb 25- Saudi Arabia's annual consumer price inflation jumped to 3.0 percent in January after the government introduced a 5 percent value-added tax and hiked domestic gasoline prices at the start of the year, official data showed on Sunday.

  • WASHINGTON— Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the company, as part of an international drug trafficking investigation, must comply with an American warrant for emails stored...

  • *Brent oil's rebound to $67 level boosts Saudi petchems. DUBAI, Feb 25- Saudi Arabian shares fell on Sunday as weakness in banks more than offset a rise in petrochemicals after Brent crude oil rebounded to around $67 a barrel at the end of last week. The loss was larger than 90 million riyals forecast by SICO Bahrain but much smaller than 417 million riyals predicted...

  • The announcement, on the eve of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, comes a year after Telefonica promised a makeover in response to U.S. tech giants like Amazon, whose interactive aide Alexa has become a big seller.

  • DUBAI, Feb 25- Saudi Arabia's annual consumer price inflation jumped to 3.0 percent in January after the government introduced a 5 percent value-added tax and hiked domestic gasoline prices at the start of the year, official data showed on Sunday. The figures suggested the new tax and more expensive fuel, part of a government drive to cut a big budget deficit...

  • BERLIN, Feb 25- Daimler and its Chinese partner BAIC plan to invest almost $2 billion in a state-of-the-art factory in China, underlining their relationship as rival Geely makes a surprise swoop on the German carmaker. The two will invest more than 11.9 billion yuan in modernising a plant to build premium Mercedes-Benz cars including electric vehicles, BAIC...

  • BARCELONA, Feb 25- Europe does not have the catalysts for rapid, large-scale rollouts for next-generation 5 G networks, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said on Sunday. "Far and away, the U.S. and China activity will dwarf Europe... He noted that existing 4 G capacity in Europe needs to get soaked up before operators are prepared to invest in new networks.

  • Those actions may become illegal if a Georgia bill gets voted into law, civil liberty advocates say. The legislation came in response to a recent data breach at a Georgia university in which unauthorized cybersecurity experts noticed the vulnerability of Georgia's voting records. Carr said only three states— Georgia, Virginia and Alaska— have no law against...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- A surge in bond yields that sent stock markets skidding from record highs this month may have ripple effects outside Wall Street, as home ownership costs rise and nest eggs shrink. There is a risk if this continues, "said Gregory Daco, chief economist at Oxford Economics in New York. Investors await Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's remarks before...

  • *Microsoft balked at handing over data stored in Ireland. WASHINGTON, Feb 25- A major privacy rights fight between Microsoft Corp and the Justice Department reaches the Supreme Court this week, with the justices considering whether U.S. law allows prosecutors to compel technology companies to hand over data stored overseas. The Justice Department said...

  • BARCELONA, Feb 25- Major corporations are learning to defend against start-ups that threaten their business models, hitting back by adopting the disruptors' playbook, according to a survey of top executives by computer services firm IBM. The proportion of executives who thought competitors were set to flood into their industry has halved from 54 percent to 26...

  • *Berlin sees no need to act on Geely's Daimler stake acquisition. *Daimler, Berlin decline comment on meetings. BERLIN, Feb 25- The purchase by Chinese carmaker Geely of an almost 10 percent stake in Germany's Daimler is a company decision and there is no need for Berlin to take action, a German government spokesman said on Sunday.

  • HONG KONG, Feb 25- Baic Motor Corporation and Daimler AG are planning to co-invest more than 11.9 billion yuan to build a new local production base for their joint venture, Beijing Benz Automative, Baic said on Sunday. In a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange dated Feb. 23, Baic said the new factory would manufacture various Mercedes-Benz products in China...

  • SEOUL, Feb 25- Members of a high-level North Korean delegation visiting South Korea for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, the South's presidential office said.