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Chinese Paper Maker Opening Plant In Virginia

June 18, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese paper maker is planning to invest $2 billion over five years to open a facility in Chesterfield County, creating 2,000 jobs, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday.             

Va. Resumes Chicken Exports To China

June 18, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

China blocked Virginia chicken exports in 2007 after a case of pathogenic avian influenza was reported on a single farm in Virginia.                     

Texas Has Beef With Chipotle Buying Australian Meat

June 18, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The Texas agriculture commissioner aired a beef with Chipotle Mexican Grill and wants to talk with its founder after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia.              

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Russia: New Pipeline Will Go Ahead Despite Setback

June 17, 2014 3:53 pm | News | Comments

Russia's foreign minister insists the EU's order to halt construction work on the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria is only a brief delay in the project planned to bypass Ukraine as a transit country and consolidate Russia's energy grip in Europe. 

China Blocks Alliance Of World's Biggest Shippers

June 17, 2014 3:24 pm | by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A plan by the world's three biggest container shipping operators to create an alliance has been scrapped after Chinese authorities blocked it.                     

Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                 

China, UK Sign Business Deals

June 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese premier Li Keqiang oversaw Tuesday the signing of trade deals with Britain worth billions during an official visit that kicked off with a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.            

Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping By U.S.

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.             

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Oilfield Company Leaves Switzerland Over Pay Rules

June 16, 2014 3:44 pm | News | Comments

Weatherford's move comes after Swiss voters approved a proposal last year to give shareholders the right to hold a binding vote on all payments for company executives and directors.            

Energy Giant Starts Work On $12M Morocco Factory

June 16, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Multinational energy company Eaton has broken ground on a new $12 million electronics plant in Morocco that could signal increased foreign investment for this North African country.             

Dutch Gov't Encourages Self-Driving Car Tests

June 16, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019.             

Siemens, Mitsubishi Make Offer For Alstom

June 16, 2014 12:52 pm | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Engineering giants Siemens of Germany and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan on Monday jointly offered to buy parts of France's Alstom and start a long-term partnership, a move that could derail a competing bid by General Electric.   

Regulators OK New Version Of Boeing 787

June 16, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said Monday that U.S. and European regulators have approved its newest and larger version of the 787 passenger jet for commercial flying.                 

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Korean Tire Maker To Invest In Czech Plant

June 16, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

The Czech government says South Korean tire maker Nexen Tire will invest $1.1 billion in a new plant in the country.                       

Police: Indian Factory Workers Kill CEO

June 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Prasanta Paul, Associated Press | News | Comments

An angry mob of Indian workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.           

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 8:01 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying to develop tougher types of fuel that might reduce the damage during extreme events like the one at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.                  

Medtronic Buying Irish Medical Device Maker

June 16, 2014 7:46 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic announced Sunday night that it has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.                 

Australia Tight-Lipped On Funding For MH370 Search

June 13, 2014 2:20 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss declined to say Friday whether the country was even considering an even split of the bill for a search that will take months, if not years, and cost tens of millions of dollars at a minimum.     

China Plans To Help Baby Formula Producers

June 13, 2014 8:11 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government announced plans Friday to build up a handful of large producers of infant formula in its latest effort to revive an industry that is reeling from a scandal over tainted milk.            

Police: 6 Killed At India Steel Plant

June 13, 2014 8:05 am | by Indrajit Singh, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant in central India, a plant spokesman said.                

EU Court Upholds $1.4B Intel Fine

June 12, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

A European Union court on Thursday upheld a $1.4 billion fine against the American microchip manufacturer for abusing its dominant position in the market for computer central processing units.              

Japan, Australia To Jointly Develop Stealth Technology

June 12, 2014 8:09 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The research aims to develop faster submarines with reduced water resistance and quieter propellers, Japanese defense officials said earlier this week. But the joint research will not necessarily lead to the sale of Japanese submarines to Australia.   

Boeing Inks 777X Deal With Japanese Suppliers

June 12, 2014 7:59 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing inked a deal Thursday for five Japanese companies to manufacture key components for its twin aisle 777X jets but the contract doesn't include making the wings, which were a source of delays for the 787 Dreamliner.       

Africa's Female Entrepreneurs Take The Lead

June 11, 2014 11:48 am | by Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 63 percent of women in the non-agricultural labor force are self-employed in the informal sector in Africa, more than twice the worldwide rate, according to World Bank data, which also shows that necessity is the main driving force behind female entrepreneurship in poor countries.

Google Helps Open New Home For Startups In Germany

June 11, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

Internet entrepreneurs have received a new home in Berlin with the opening of the "Factory" — a workspace developed in partnership with Google Inc. that allows startups to innovate and collaborate under one roof.          

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