HSBC reports 'record profit' of $30.3 bn in 2023

HSBC reports 'record profit' of $30.3 bn in 2023

HSBC said Wednesday it achieved "record profit" in 2023 as pre-tax gains soared by nearly 80 percent, with the banking giant also announcing further share buybacks.
EU launches probe into TikTok over child protection

EU launches probe into TikTok over child protection

The EU on Monday announced a formal investigation into TikTok over alleged breaches of its obligations to protect minors online, under a landmark new law on policing digital content.
Eiffel Tower closes as staff go on strike

Eiffel Tower closes as staff go on strike

The Eiffel Tower, one of the world's top tourist attractions, was closed Monday after staff went on strike, unions told AFP.
Australia's ANZ, Suncorp overcome objection to major merger

Australia's ANZ, Suncorp overcome objection to major merger

Australia's ANZ and Suncorp banks jumped a big hurdle in their proposed US$3.2 billion merger Tuesday, as a tribunal overrode a consumer watchdog's concerns.
Made-in-China airliner seeks buyers at Singapore Airshow

Made-in-China airliner seeks buyers at Singapore Airshow

China's first domestically produced passenger jet was presented at Asia's biggest airshow, which opened in Singapore on Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to woo international buyers.
OpenAI in deal valuing it at $80 billion: media

OpenAI in deal valuing it at $80 billion: media

OpenAI has concluded a deal with investors that reportedly values the California start-up at $80 billion or more, after a roller-coaster year for the inventor of ChatGPT.
US dollar dominance not under threat, despite risks: Fed official

US dollar dominance not under threat, despite risks: Fed official

The status of the US dollar as the world's reserve currency is likely to continue, despite threats posed by China's rise and the growth of cryptocurrencies, a US Federal Reserve official said Thursday.
Mbappe tells PSG he plans to leave as saga draws to close

Mbappe tells PSG he plans to leave as saga draws to close

France captain Kylian Mbappe has told officials at Paris Saint-Germain that he intends to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season, a source close to the Ligue 1 champions said on Thursday.
Microsoft says to invest 3.2 bn euros in AI in Germany

Microsoft says to invest 3.2 bn euros in AI in Germany

Microsoft said Thursday it would invest 3.2 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in Germany through 2025, with the bulk going to expand the tech giant's efforts in artificial intelligence.
Bitcoin's renewed euphoria as price keeps rising

Bitcoin's renewed euphoria as price keeps rising

Bitcoin is forecast to keep on rising after hitting fresh two-year highs above $50,000 on Thursday, leaving analysts to wonder whether investors have moved on from recent cryptocurrency setbacks, including scandals.
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