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Report on 'bruising' Amazon workplace sparks debate
Washington (AFP) Aug 17, 2015
Is online giant Amazon a bruising and uncaring workplace or a hub for innovation that pushes its employees to reach their potential? The question was hotly debated Monday after a New York Times report based on interviews with more than 100 current and former employees of the US online giant. Its conclusion: Amazon is conducting "an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers." The lengthy report described an environment which pitted employees against each other in an effort to boo ... read more

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British PM heads to Southeast Asia with trade, IS on agenda
British Prime Minister David Cameron begins a visit to Southeast Asia on Monday, looking to seal $1.2 billion in trade deals and push for greater cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group. ... more
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WTO strikes 'landmark' deal to cut tariffs on IT products
Major exporters of information technology on Friday agreed to cut global tariffs on more than 200 products, in the first such deal struck by the World Trade Organization in nearly two decades. ... more
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Wal-Mart buys remaining shares of Chinese firm Yihaodian
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced it has acquired the remaining shares in e-commerce business Yihaodian, taking full ownership of the fast-growing Chinese company. ... more
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Maldives to allow foreigners to own land
Lawmakers in the Maldives have voted to allow foreign ownership of land for the first time, triggering concern over a possible landgrab by China in the strategic Indian Ocean region. ... more
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New $100 bn BRICS bank opens in China to challenge US-led lenders
A new $100 billion international bank dedicated to the emerging BRICS countries opened in China's commercial hub Shanghai on Tuesday, officials said, as an alternative to other multilateral lenders. ... more
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Gold price sinks to 5-year low
Gold slumped Monday to the lowest point in nearly five and a half years, weighed down by the strong dollar and reports of massive selling in China, dealers said. ... more
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China launches service to back Xi's Silk Road plan
China's state news agency on Thursday launched an information service on more than 60 Asian, African and European countries to support a multibillion dollar geopolitical drive by President Xi Jinping. ... more
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Google adding 'buy' buttons to mobile search ads
Google is looking to make it easier for people to shop while using its website, launching a trial run of a feature allowing smartphone users make online purchases from their search results. ... more
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Retail startup Jet.com set for takeoff next week
Jet.com, a well-funded US startup which aims to shake up online retailing with new ways to cut prices, is set for launch next week, its chief executive said. ... more
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Iron ore plunges as China rout hurts commodity markets
Iron ore prices plunged to six-year lows Thursday as contagion from China's stocks rout hurt commodity markets, with resource-heavy economies like Australia and Brazil bearing the brunt. ... more
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Beijing names preferred chief for China-led bank
Beijing on Monday named a former vice minister of finance as its preferred candidate to head the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a potential rival to the Washington-based World Bank. ... more
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Steel firms warn of massive Mexico layoffs
ArcelorMittal and other steel firms said Thursday they have laid off 10,000 workers in Mexico and warned that thousands more are at risk if the government fails to curb "unfair imports." ... more
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France woos Chinese investors as PM wraps up fruitful trip
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised Chinese investors "the best welcome in all of Europe" as his Beijing counterpart wrapped up a visit in which he signed billions of euros in accords with France. ... more
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China and France say tie-up in emerging economies 'win-win'
China and France's plan to team up on projects in Africa and Asia is a win-win deal that will "serve the interests of all", Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said Wednesday. ... more
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Australia lowers iron ore price forecast as China outlook softens
Leading global producer Australia on Tuesday lowered its forecast for iron ore prices as Chinese steel production eases, but said export volumes were expected to grow as suppliers ramp up output. ... more
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Framework for China-led international bank signed
Countries from five continents formally signed up Monday to the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - a potential rival to the Washington-based World Bank - as Beijing steps up its global diplomatic and economic role. ... more
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China PM kicks off France visit with climate pledge, Airbus deal
China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang made a long-awaited pledge to curb carbon emissions during a trip to France Tuesday in which a Chinese company also inked an $18 billion (16.1 billion euros) deal with Airbus. ... more
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US, China bridge some economic differences in Washington talks
US and Chinese negotiators bridged some differences over economic policy in annual bilateral talks Wednesday, even as the two countries continue to wrestle with major strategic disagreements. ... more
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Striking French sailors block Calais port, Channel Tunnel
Hundreds of protesting French sailors on Tuesday forced the suspension of Eurotunnel services between France and Britain in both directions after torching tyres on the tracks, causing traffic and travel chaos. ... more
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Australia latest US ally to join China-backed infrastructure bank
Australia said Wednesday it will join the new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, contributing Aus$930 million (US$719 million) in paid-in capital over five years. ... more
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China gives new twist to world's second tallest building
The world's second tallest building, Shanghai Tower, will soon open in the Chinese financial capital with a twist - a 120-degree twist, to be exact. ... more
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China deports British investigator, wife in GSK case
Chinese authorities on Wednesday deported a British investigator and his wife linked to a corruption case involving pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), after releasing them from jail over a week ago, family sources told AFP. ... more
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Australia and China sign bumper free trade deal
Australia and China signed a landmark trade deal Wednesday after a decade of talks, providing a boon for growth and jobs by abolishing tariffs across a raft of sectors. ... more
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Japan banking giant to sell country's first yuan bond
One of Japan's biggest banks on Thursday said it would sell bonds denominated in China's yuan currency as frosty ties between the major trading partners show signs of thawing. ... more
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