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Airline Group Says No Timetable For Airplane Tracking

June 3, 2014 3:21 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior official at an organization representing the majority of airlines worldwide said there is no specific timetable for implementing new tracking recommendations following the disappearance of a Malaysian aircraft with 239 people aboard.  

Museum Shows Live Replica Of Van Gogh's Ear

June 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using some of the Dutch artist's genetic material.                     

Little Public Action In China Cyberspying Case

June 3, 2014 12:32 pm | by Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

They have yet to be placed on Interpol's public listing of international fugitives, and there is no evidence that China would even entertain a formal request by the U.S. to extradite them.           


Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many companies in Vietnam there is little alternative but to trade with China, which supplies its factories with everything from the components to make smartphones to the fiber that its cheap labor force weaves into sweatshirts and t-shirts for international retailers.

Construction Work Begins For Ice Wall At Fukushima

June 3, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began construction of a huge underground ice wall around four reactor buildings, a key measure to tackle the toxic water buildup at the complex.       

U.S. Steel To Idle 2 Tubular Steel Plants

June 2, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Steel said Monday that it will stop work at two tubular steel manufacturing facilities, and said it filed a complaint about unfair competition from foreign companies.              

China Manufacturing Continues To Grow

June 2, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing grew for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, a state-sanctioned industry group said Sunday.           

Delta Orders 15 Planes From Airbus

June 2, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy 15 new Airbus A321 planes to replace older, less-efficient jets in its domestic fleet.                    


Unilever Banners Used Extremist Symbol In Myanmar

June 2, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

Consumer products giant Unilever was scrambling to remove advertising banners from shops in Myanmar that prominently displayed the symbol of the Buddhist extremist movement blamed for a wave of bloody attacks against minority Muslims.   

Airline Group Will Recommend Plane Tracking Options

June 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the group's director said Monday.             

Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

June 2, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.               

Malaysia: Cadbury Chocolate Free From Pork

June 2, 2014 7:56 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cadbury chocolates sold in Malaysia have been cleared of containing pork, the country's top Islamic body said in a statement that should lessen calls for a boycott of the company after earlier tests suggested two types of chocolate bar contained pig DNA.

U.S. Deploys Advanced Drones To Japan

June 2, 2014 7:50 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Northrop-Grumman-built Global Hawk drone is considered particularly valuable because it can conduct long-range missions without the limitations of pilot fatigue, is able to fly at a maximum 60,000 feet and can "loiter" around any particular site of interest for 24 hours or more.


Searcher 'Cautiously Optimistic' Flight 370 Will Be Found

May 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the origin of the underwater pings now in doubt and the search stalled, what do the officials heading up the hunt for Flight 370 have to say?                  

Cambodia Convicts Then Frees Labor Activists

May 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Cambodian court on Friday convicted almost two dozen factory workers and rights activists for instigating violence during protests that rocked the government earlier this year, but in a surprise move gave them suspended sentences.     

China Fines Eye-Care Companies For Price Fixing

May 30, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

China has fined Johnson & Johnson, Nikon Corp. and five other makers of eyeglasses and contact lenses on price-fixing charges in its latest effort to use anti-monopoly law to control consumer prices.          

Japan Oil Tanker Explodes

May 30, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.          

GE Chief Woos French Leader, Seeks Alstom Deal

May 29, 2014 3:37 pm | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of General Electric is promising to create jobs in France and trying to charm the French president into backing a $17 billion GE buyout of manufacturer Alstom's energy operations.            

Italy Wants $1.6B In Damages From Novartis And Roche

May 29, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

Italy's health ministry is seeking $1.63 billion in damages from Swiss pharmaceutical giants Novartis and Roche after an anti-trust court ruled the two companies colluded to prevent the distribution of an eye medication.       

Science Prizes Given Out For Findings In Brain, Cosmos

May 29, 2014 9:52 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Nine scientists won awards Thursday for theories about the first moments of the universe, discoveries about the brain and techniques to let researchers see ever-tinier things.             

Mexico Arrests 4 Pemex Employees For Fuel Theft

May 28, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

The Pemex oil company has had an increasing problem of thefts from illegally perforated pipelines, but the employees were stealing fuel by opening valves.                

Bridgestone To Become Top Tier IOC Sponsor

May 28, 2014 9:23 am | News | Comments

Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone Corp. is reportedly set to become a top-tier sponsor of the International Olympic Committee in a 10-year deal that will cover the 2020 Tokyo Games.             

Malaysia Releasing Satellite Data On Missing Jet

May 27, 2014 10:58 am | by Eileen Ng and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Malaysian government released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing jetliner crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, responding to demands for greater transparency by relatives of some of the 239 people on board.

Singapore Fines 3 Firms For Price-Fixing

May 27, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

Singapore's antitrust authority on Tuesday fined three Japanese companies a total of $7.2 million for price-fixing of ball and roller bearing products in the Singapore market.                 

India's Oldest Auto Factory Shelves Elite Sedan

May 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's oldest car factory has abruptly suspended production of the hulking Ambassador sedan that has a nearly seven-decade history as the car of the Indian elite.               

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