The Incredibles 2: Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini join the cast; full details inside

The Incredibles 2: Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini join the cast; full details inside

Disney recently revealed the full cast of The Incredibles 2, and it couldn’t have been better. While Holly Hunter and Craig T Nelson return as the lead couple, the Parrs; a whole new bunch of talented actors have also been cast. Read on to know who made the cut. One...

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Ben Stokes to delay New Zealand arrival to attend court hearing

Ben Stokes to delay New Zealand arrival to attend court hearing

Ben Stokes was charged last week after a lengthy investigation into an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September. Suspended England all-rounder Ben Stokes is to delay his arrival for the country’s tour of New Zealand in order to attend his first court hearing into a charge of affray. The...

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Australian Open: Britain’s Kyle Edmund beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach semis

Australian Open: Britain’s Kyle Edmund beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach semis

Britain’s Kyle Edmund bludgeoned his way past third seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. The unseeded 23-year-old, playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, showed no nerves as he blazed away with his fearsome forehand to subdue...

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Australian Open Live, Day 9: Grigor Dimitrov goes down to Kyle Edmund; Elise Mertens stuns Elina Svitolina

Australian Open Live, Day 9: Grigor Dimitrov goes down to Kyle Edmund; Elise Mertens stuns Elina Svitolina

Australian Open Live, Day 9: Stay tuned for live scores and updates from Melbourne Park at the Australian Open on Day 9. Australian Open has already seen its share of scintillating matches and it reached prime level on Monday. On the third quarter filled with Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka and...

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Australian Open 2018: Elise Mertens stuns Elina Svitolina to reach Melbourne semis

Australian Open 2018: Elise Mertens stuns Elina Svitolina to reach Melbourne semis

World number 37 Elise Mertens beat fourth seed Elina Svitolina and her first grand slam semi-final in 73 minutes. Elise Mertens produced another huge upset in a tournament littered with them when she thrashed fourth seed Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the...

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Russian athletes challenge doping ban at CAS

Russian athletes challenge doping ban at CAS

GENEVA: Dozens of Russian athletes banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for life over doping began an appeal against their suspension on Monday at the world’s top sports court. The week-long hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) includes appeals from 39 Russians who competed at the...

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Deal ends US government shutdown

Deal ends US government shutdown

WASHINGTON: The US Senate voted on Monday to reopen the government, ending a three-day standoff that left federal agencies shuttered and hundreds of thousands of workers in limbo. In a house of 100, 81 senators voted to approve a spending bill that would allow the federal government to resume its...

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After Kabul attack, Washington urges Pakistan to ‘take action’ against Taliban leaders

After Kabul attack, Washington urges Pakistan to ‘take action’ against Taliban leaders

In the wake of an attack on a landmark hotel in Kabul carried out by the Taliban, the White House on Monday called on Islamabad to take action against the militant group’s leaders. At least 22 people were killed when Taliban militants stormed the luxury Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital on...

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‘Taj Mahal is dying’

‘Taj Mahal is dying’

AGRA, India: Tourist Muskan Mahuwakar pictured the Taj Mahal as a dazzling vision of symmetry and beauty but upon reaching the monument, she – like thousands of other visitors – was disappointed to find it covered in scaffolding, its once white marble now yellowing due to pollution. Building restoration at...

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Icahn, Deason to jointly push Xerox to explore selling itself, other options: WSJ

Icahn, Deason to jointly push Xerox to explore selling itself, other options: WSJ

Investor Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, the biggest- and third-largest shareholders of Xerox Corp, jointly plan to push the printer and photocopier maker to explore options, including a sale of the firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Icahn and Deason, who together own 15.7 percent of the photocopier...

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Exclusive: Philadelphia Energy Solutions to file for bankruptcy – memo

Exclusive: Philadelphia Energy Solutions to file for bankruptcy – memo

Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the owner of the largest U.S. East Coast oil refining complex, announced to its employees on Sunday that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to an internal memo reviewed. The bankruptcy would come six years after private equity firm Carlyle Group LP (CG.O)...

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Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds: sources

Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds: sources

SAO PAULO – Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks with buyout firm Advent International Corp and other funds to sell a major stake in its Brazilian operations, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday. Wal-Mart is being advised by Goldman Sachs & Co, according to one...

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Sanofi confirms deal to buy Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

Sanofi confirms deal to buy Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

PARIS – French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. peer Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, in a deal which Sanofi said would boost its earnings and strengthen its presence in the field of treatment for rare diseases. Sanofi has agreed to buy all of the outstanding shares of Bioverativ...

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L’Oréal Paris features a hijab-wearing model for its new hair campaign

L’Oréal Paris features a hijab-wearing model for its new hair campaign

“Whether or not your hair is on display,” Amena Khan says in the ad, “doesn’t affect how much you care about it.” Here’s to L’Oreal Paris starting off 2018 by making history and a hijab-wearing woman in a hair campaign. The video for L’Oreal’s new haircare line, Elvive features a...

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Rare sighting: Malala Yousufzai shows support for Akshay Kumar’s ‘PadMan’

Rare sighting: Malala Yousufzai shows support for Akshay Kumar’s ‘PadMan’

Askshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor’s upcoming venture, Padman, is all set to come out on January 25 and taboos surrounding the topic of menstruation. The producer of the movie and Akshay’s wife Twinkle Khanna was recently invited to Oxford University to discuss PadMan and all the taboos attached to the subject, reported The Indian Express. .@mrsfunnybones: I...

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Toshiba reaches deal to help resolve Westinghouse bankruptcy, rebuild finances

Toshiba reaches deal to help resolve Westinghouse bankruptcy, rebuild finances

Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it had clinched an agreement to sell its claims in bankrupt U.S. nuclear plant maker Westinghouse Electric Co LLC in a deal that would add $3.7 billion to the Japanese owner’s depleted capital base. The Japanese conglomerate has also agreed to transfer its Westinghouse-related shares...

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Regulatory fears hammer bitcoin below $10,000, half its peak

Regulatory fears hammer bitcoin below $10,000, half its peak

LONDON/TOKYO – Bitcoin fell as much as 20 percent on Wednesday, piercing below $10,000, while other cryptocurrencies took similar spills due to investor fears that regulators could clamp down on them in an effort to curb speculation. The world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency at one point lost 30 percent of...

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Google, Temasek coming in as new investors in Indonesia’s Go-Jek: sources

Google, Temasek coming in as new investors in Indonesia’s Go-Jek: sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O), Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings and Chinese online platform Meituan-Dianping are investing in a fundraising round of Indonesian ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek, sources familiar with the matter said. Go-Jek’s existing investors such as global private equity firms KKR & Co LP (KKR.N) and Warburg...

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Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then. Reversing decades of U.S. policy, Trump in early December...

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Shari Redstone explores adding new CBS directors: WSJ

Shari Redstone explores adding new CBS directors: WSJ

 Shari Redstone, a controlling shareholder of CBS Corp, has discussed adding new directors to the CBS board as she renews her push to merge the company with Viacom Inc, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Shari Redstone and Sumner Redstone, her ailing 94-year-old father, together control both CBS and...

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Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea: China

Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea: China

BEIJING – An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said late on Tuesday, as maritime police scour for damage and prepare to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a...

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U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

WASHINGTON  – The United States on Tuesday said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians, two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such funding. In announcing that it would provide $60 million to the U.N....

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Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

BANGKOK  – Thailand’s military court on Wednesday dropped the prosecution of an 85-year-old academic who had been accused of royal insult for questioning the truth of a 17th century elephant-back battle, he and his lawyer said. Under Thailand’s strict lese majeste law against defaming, insulting or threatening the monarchy, Sualak...

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Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

VANCOUVER  – Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations. A U.S.-hosted meeting of countries that backed South...

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Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

WASHINGTON  – The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday. Filing charges against the officers marks the Navy’s latest effort to address...

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El Salvador eyes work scheme with Qatar for migrants facing exit from U.S.

El Salvador eyes work scheme with Qatar for migrants facing exit from U.S.

SAN SALVADOR  – El Salvador is discussing a deal with Qatar under which Salvadoran migrants facing the loss of their right to stay in the United States could live and work temporarily in the Middle Eastern country, the government of the Central American nation said on Tuesday. Last week, U.S....

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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

HONG KONG – Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, 21, was sentenced to a second jail term of three months on Wednesday for what a judge described as his “leading” role during some of the 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” street demonstrations. Wong and 19 other demonstrators were found guilty of...

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‘The Fakeys’: Comedians turn tables on Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards

‘The Fakeys’: Comedians turn tables on Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards

LOS ANGELES – Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for “Shrillest Reporting,” late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York’s Times Square in a bid to win votes, and rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them “The Stupid People’s Choice Awards.”  Far from silencing these critics, U.S. President...

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Israel’s Netanyahu pushes for India free trade deal during rare visit

Israel’s Netanyahu pushes for India free trade deal during rare visit

NEW DELHI: India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact that Israel has been pushing for, officials said on Monday, as Benjamin Netanyahu began a first visit by an Israeli prime minister in 15 years. India and Israel have built close ties over the years, largely centered on...

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Rocket lands inside premises of Indian embassy in Kabul

Rocket lands inside premises of Indian embassy in Kabul

A rocket landed inside the premises of Indian embassy in Kabul but caused no casualties on Monday.The rocket blast caused minor damage to the building, but all the mission staff were safe, reported the Times of India. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the rocket clipped the top of a barracks located...

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US general says ‘not giving up’ on Pakistan ties

US general says ‘not giving up’ on Pakistan ties

BRUSSELS: The top US military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure to crack down on militants. “Do we agree on everything right now? No we don‘t. But are we committed to...

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Trump denies he’s a racist as Americans honour King

Trump denies he’s a racist as Americans honour King

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has vehemently denied he is a racist, as Americans remembered civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr Monday amid an uproar over a reported presidential slur. The denial late Sunday came three days after Trump was quoted as calling African nations and Haiti “shithole countries,” setting off...

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Toronto police say hijab attack on girl never happened

Toronto police say hijab attack on girl never happened

MONTREAL: An 11-year-old Toronto girl’s claim that she was assaulted by a man who tried to cut off her hijab never happened, Toronto police said Monday. The police statement gave no indication as to what motivated Kwawlah Noman’s claim on Friday, which drew national attention, including from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau....

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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films this weekend in a makeshift theatre, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom. The first permanent theatres could open as early as March, part of a liberalising reform drive that has already opened the door to...

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Kohli stands defiant after India’s top order fails

Kohli stands defiant after India’s top order fails

CENTURION: Indian captain Virat Kohli stood firm against a relentless South African bowling attack on an attritional second day of the second Test at SuperSport Park on Sunday. Kohli made 85 not out as India reached 183 for five at the close in reply to South Africa’s first-innings total of...

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Qatari sheikh says he’s under ‘detention’ in UAE

Qatari sheikh says he’s under ‘detention’ in UAE

DUBAI: An exiled Qatari royal family member once promoted by Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing dispute with Doha appeared in an online video on Sunday claiming he’s being held against his will in the United Arab Emirates, an allegation denied by an Abu Dhabi official. The video of Sheikh Abdullah...

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Former top judges join criticism of India’s chief justice

Former top judges join criticism of India’s chief justice

NEW DELHI: Four former senior Indian judges on Sunday released a letter in support of a group of Supreme Court judges who on Friday openly criticised the way the top court was functioning. The retired judges including a former Supreme Court judge and a chief justice of the Delhi High...

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Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday a deal to resolve the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children is “probably dead,” blaming it on Democrats. Trump came back on the issue in a pair of early morning tweets three days...

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Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?

Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?

ISTANBUL: After an over half century accession bid, Turkey and the European Union are moving into a new period of relations where tighter cooperation in specific areas will be prioritised over Ankara’s drive for full membership, analysts say. Ties between Turkey and the EU reached a low point in 2017...

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King Salman reaffirms Saudi support for independent Palestinian state

King Salman reaffirms Saudi support for independent Palestinian state

During a telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for an independent Palestinian state, Arab Newsreported on Wednesday. In his conversation with the Palestinian head of state, King Salman emphasised Saudi Arabia’s support for the rights of the Palestinian people...

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In China, Macron urges openness, pitches France Inc.

In China, Macron urges openness, pitches France Inc.

BEIJING: President Emmanuel Macron offered on Tuesday to open up the French economy to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to China’s booming markets, warning in talks in Beijing that existing trade imbalances would lead to protectionism. On the first state visit of his eight-month-old presidency, Macron is hoping...

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Saudi Arabia to ease bourse rules for foreigners

Saudi Arabia to ease bourse rules for foreigners

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will ease requirements for foreign institutional investors in its stock market from Jan 23, the securities regulator said on Tuesday, as the kingdom seeks more foreign capital to help diversify the economy beyond oil exports. Among the reforms, the minimum value of assets under management needed for...

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Thai PM’s ‘cut-out’ stunt bemuses public

Thai PM’s ‘cut-out’ stunt bemuses public

BANGKOK: Thais were left bemused by the latest antics of Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha after he told reporters to direct any serious questions to a cardboard cut-out of himself. Talking to reporters outside Government House on Monday, Prayut turned the media’s attention to the life-size likeness after an aide...

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Egyptian court jails 262 for Cairo sit-in

Egyptian court jails 262 for Cairo sit-in

CAIRO: An Egyptian court jailed 262 people from three years to life on Tuesday for security-related offences during a 2013 sit-in protest against the ousting of former president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, judicial sources said. They were charged with causing the deaths of two policemen during clashes at...

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SAEED INCITED UK MUSLIMS TO MILITANCY, SAYS BBC REPORT

SAEED INCITED UK MUSLIMS TO MILITANCY, SAYS BBC REPORT

HAFIZ Muhammad Saeed, the head of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), toured Britain during the 1990s, stirring up Muslim youths to become jihadis years before 9/11, a BBC investigation has found. Hafiz Saeed, who has a $10 million bounty on his head for allegedly masterminding the Nov 2008 attacks in Mumbai,...

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Iran has foiled plot to overthrow system, says Khamenei

Iran has foiled plot to overthrow system, says Khamenei

BEIRUT: Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. Comments on his Twitter feed and in Iranian media underscored the establishment’s confidence that it has extinguished the unrest that spread...

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100 Frenchwomen denounce #MeToo for ‘puritanism’

100 Frenchwomen denounce #MeToo for ‘puritanism’

PARIS: Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women on Tuesday denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to “puritanism” and was fuelled by a “hatred of men”. In the aftermath of accusations against the US movie producer, millions...

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Happy birthday, Kate Middleton! 5 things you didn’t know about the Duchess

Happy birthday, Kate Middleton! 5 things you didn’t know about the Duchess

Every day is an opportunity to celebrate Kate Middleton, be it for her otherworldly charm, gorgeous hair or the ability to make brooches look fierce. January 9, however, was an official occasion to fete Kate: her 36th birthday. To mark the occasion, here are five things – as compiled from...

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Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea’s Kim ‘on his toes’: Haley

Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea’s Kim ‘on his toes’: Haley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong Un’s has kept the North Korean leader “on his toes” and made clear the risks of a nuclear standoff, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday. After Kim asserted...

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Asia stocks saunter toward historic high, U.S. earnings hurdle

Asia stocks saunter toward historic high, U.S. earnings hurdle

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares crept toward all-time peaks on Monday after Wall Street boasted its best start to a year in over a decade, with brisk economic growth and benign inflation proving a potent cocktail for risk appetites. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS added 0.2...

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