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Japan heads for polls as Abe dissolves parliament

Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, dissolved parliament, seeking a new mandate in a snap election, according to media…

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US, Vietnam take cautious steps towards defense ties

The State Department has said that the US will lift some restrictions on defense sales to Vietnam. The announcement came…

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Japanese economy shrinks 1.8% in April-June period

The Japanese economy shrank 1.8% from April to June, doing worse than expected and raising questions about Prime Minister Shinzo…

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Anti-shark fin soup campaign becomes popular in China

Most Chinese people weren't aware of the environmental concerns that come with eating shark fin soup but the public awareness…

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China Singles' Day: Shoppers spend $9.3bn in 12 hours

Shoppers in China splurged more than $9 billion in the first 12 hours of the Singles’ Day…

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Reintroduced 'chicken fries' boost Burger King sales

Burger King says the enthusiastic response to the reintroduced "chicken fries" on its menu has played a role in increased…

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Online retail giant Amazon posts profit, beating expectations

Beating expectations, online retailer Amazon has posted a $92 million profit in the second quarter compared to the loss of…

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Starbucks posts 'most remarkable' third quarter figures

The global quarterly sales of coffee chain Starbucks have risen by 18% to $4.9 billion in the three months to…

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Huawei's smartphone sales up 39% in first half of 2015

Chinese firm Huawei has said its global sales of smartphones have increased by 39% in the first six months of…

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Apple reports record third quarter figures as iPhone sales soar

Technology giant Apple has reported a record third quarter, with profits boosting from a surge in demand for iPhones. In…

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Sales of KFC owner Yum Brands in China continue to disappoint

Sales of American fast food firm Yum Brands have fallen for the fourth straight quarter as its business in China…

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Australia: CEO of supermarket chain Woolworths resigns

Australian supermarket chain Woolworths’s chief executive Grant O'Brien has announced his resignation after nearly four years at the helm, amid…

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Greek government 'misleading' voters, says European Commission president

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has alleged that the Greek government is misleading voters after prime minister Alexis Tsipras said…

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Amazon starts paying corporation tax on retail sales in UK

Amazon has become the first tech firm to discard practices that diverted profits and sales away from Britain. The online…

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Manchester United reports £2.9mn loss as broadcasting, matchday revenues fall

Manchester United has posted a loss of £2.9 million in the first quarter of this year compared to a profit…

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Samsung's net quarterly profit falls 38.9%

Samsung Electronics has recorded a 38.9% drop in quarterly net profits to $4.3 billion for the first three months of…

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Sales of new products 'disappointing'; Twitter's revenues hit

Twitter has posted revenues of $436 million for the first three months of 2015, an increase of 74% from the…

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Microsoft reports 12% fall in profits, but cloud computing, hardware sales surge

US technology giant Microsoft has posted a 12% drop in profit to $5 billion for the first three months of…

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Ad revenues boost Google's profit to $3.59bn

Google has posted a 4% rise in quarterly profits to $3.59 billion for the first three months of 2015 compared…

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US: Toymaker Mattel's sales continue to fall as interest in Barbie diminishes

Diminishing interest in the Barbie doll has led to another drop in sales for US toymaker Mattel.…

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