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  • *Won't work with online' influencers' who buy followers. LONDON, June 18- Consumer goods giant Unilever, the world's second-biggest advertiser, is cutting ties with digital media "influencers" that buy followers, saying it wants to help make advertising more transparent. Its chief marketing officer, Keith Weed, will pledge on Monday that the maker of Dove soap and...

  • *Q1 annual economic growth 3.1 pct, fastest in near 2 years. SYDNEY, June 18- After a record 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australian workers should be sitting pretty. But some labour experts have a better explanation: a plunge in trade union membership in Australia to less than 15 percent of the workforce now from more than 40 percent in 1991, much...

  • *Q1 annual economic growth 3.1 pct, fastest in near 2 years. SYDNEY, June 18- After a record 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australian workers should be sitting pretty. But some labor experts have a better explanation: a plunge in trade union membership in Australia to less than 15 percent of the workforce now from more than 40 percent in 1991, much...

  • BOGOTA, June 17- Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque was elected Colombia's president on Sunday beating leftist rival Gustavo Petro in a win that allays fears the country's economic model will be overhauled but raises the prospect a peace accord with Marxist rebels will be changed.

  • BOGOTA, June 17- Center-right candidate Ivan Duque, who has vowed to alter a fragile peace deal, took a commanding early lead in Colombia's presidential election on Sunday with nearly half of polling stations counted. With 68.7 percent of stations counted, Duque had 55.5 percent of votes, while his leftist rival Gustavo Petro, who has pledged to shake up...

  • Ivan Duque, the business-friendly protégé of hardline former President Alvaro Uribe, held a 20- point lead in opinion polls before Sunday's voting. He wants to change a peace deal he deems too lenient on Marxist FARC rebels, while keeping Colombia's largely orthodox economic model. His opponent, leftist former guerrilla Gustavo Petro, has pledged to take on...

  • MADURAI, India, June 18- A minor leak has been detected in the sulphuric acid storage plant in Vedanta's south Indian copper smelter, a government official said on Sunday, about a month after the state ordered its shutdown after protests in which 13 people died. It doesn't look problematic, but we have decided to evacuate the storage tomorrow as a safety precaution, "...

  • COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 17- A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys. Seth Murray, a top corn breeder at Texas A&M University, and Rob Arnold, working on a doctorate at the school while making whiskey for a Fort Worth distiller, are...

  • MESA, Ariz.— Police in a Phoenix suburb say a self-driving Waymo vehicle was among five cars involved in a collision, but no serious injuries were reported. The driver of the Waymo vehicle told Mesa police that the car was not in autonomous mode at the time of Saturday night's crash. A Waymo vehicle was struck by a red-light runner last month in the Phoenix suburb of...

  • WASHINGTON— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is questioning President Donald Trump's pick to head the government's consumer watchdog agency. The California Democrat says she believes Kathy Kraninger, currently an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, lacks the required experience to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,...

  • *Data breach linked to emails, attachments. JOHANNESBURG, June 17- South African insurer Liberty Holdings said on Sunday it had become the victim of a cyber attack after an external party claimed to have seized data from the firm and demanded payment. Liberty, in which Standard Bank has a 53 percent stake, was alerted of the illegal unauthorized access to its IT...

  • RAPID CITY, S.D.— Delta Air Lines recently created a special flight to help a group of Belgian tourists reach their South Dakota vacation after experiencing travel delays. Delta spokeswoman Adrian Gee said the two options were accommodating the passengers in hotels that night, followed by an eight-hour bus ride to Rapid City, or something quicker.

  • JOHANNESBURG, June 17- The Chief Executive of South African insurer Liberty Holdings said its customers did not appear to have suffered any financial losses after the company reported earlier on Sunday that it had become the victim of a cyber attack. The company had said an external party claimed to have seized data from it and demanded payment.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— When Revel, Atlantic City's $2.4 billion casino shut down in 2014, Meg Timson wondered what would happen to a building that was only about two years old, and already out of business. Timson is one of hundreds of workers who lost their jobs during a brutal two-year stretch in which five Atlantic City casinos shut down who are getting them back...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 17- The opening weekend of "Incredibles 2" was, well, incredible. The Disney-Pixar movie flew to a record-breaking launch of $180 million in 4,410 locations, easily landing the superhero sequel the best debut of all time for an animated film. Overseas, where it has opened in 26 percent of the international market, Pixar's 20th film collected $51.5...

  • SOUTH AFRICA'S LIBERTY CEO MUNRO SAYS HAVE ALERTED RELEVANT AUTHORITIES REGARDING CYBER ATTACK, CAN CONFIRM INSURER HAS FULL CONTROL OF ITS IT SYSTEM.

  • MILAN— Youthful designers injected energy into the third day Sunday of Milan Fashion Week menswear previews for next spring and summer. While the topics of generational and creative change at some of the most-established Milan fashion houses were running in the background, young brands carved out their own space to grow by their own rules.

  • LONDON, June 17- Cryptocurrencies are not scalable and are more likely to suffer a breakdown in trust and efficiency the greater the number of people using them, the Bank of International Settlements said on Sunday in its latest warning about the rise of virtual currencies. "Trust can evaporate at any time because of the fragility of the decentralised consensus...

  • LONDON, June 17- Cryptocurrencies are not scalable and are more likely to suffer a breakdown in trust and efficiency the greater the number of people using them, the Bank of International Settlements said on Sunday in its latest warning about the rise of virtual currencies. "Trust can evaporate at any time because of the fragility of the decentralised consensus...

  • LONDON, June 17- Cryptocurrencies are not scalable and are more likely to suffer a breakdown in trust and efficiency the greater the number of people using them, the Bank of International Settlements said on Sunday in its latest warning about the rise of virtual currencies. "Trust can evaporate at any time because of the fragility of the decentralized consensus...