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(MENAFN - AFP) Worldwide shipments of personal computers sank in the recently ended quarter with a strong US dollar weighing down sales, market tracker Gartner reported on Thursday.

A total of 73.7 million personal computers were shipped during the third quarter of this year, down 7.7 percent from the same period last year, according to Gartner figures.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Online retail colossus Amazon on Thursday opened a shop showcasing handmade goods sold directly by artisans.

Handmade at Amazon came as a challenge to New York City-based Etsy, an e-commerce website devoted to personally crafted and vintage items.

All items in the store, launched at amazon.com/handmade, must be "factory-free" and made by hand, according ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Sony sliced $50 off the price of PlayStation 4 video game consoles Thursday, matching that of rival Xbox One ahead of the frantic holiday shopping season.

The PS4 drop to $350 in the United States and to 430 Canadian dollars in Canada starting Friday, according to Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA).

"Our goal at PlayStation has always been to ...

(MENAFN - AFP) German police swooped on Volkswagen's headquarters, carrying away files and hard disks as the investigation into a massive pollution cheating scandal expanded on both sides of the Atlantic.

Private apartments were also raided in Volkswagen's hometown of Wolfsburg and other cities, prosecutors told AFP, as police sought to secure documents and digital data that ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Thirty-three people are still missing five days after a catastrophic US air strike on an Afghan hospital, medical charity MSF said Thursday, sparking fears that the death toll may significantly rise.

The bombing raid last Saturday killed 12 MSF staff and 10 patients, prompting the charity to close the trauma centre, seen as a lifeline in a war-battered region ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The search for the billions of dollars still needed to fight climate change topped the agenda Thursday as world economic leaders met seeking to kick-start growth while tackling global warming.

With two months to go to a key UN conference in Paris tasked with delivering a comprehensive climate deal, finance ministers and central bank chiefs from 188 countries ...

(MENAFN - AFP) French judges have charged a former top-level banker at UBS with tax evasion as part of a probe into the Swiss banking giant, judicial sources said Thursday.

Raoul Weil, the former head of the bank's global wealth management business, was charged with tax evasion and illegally canvassing French customers at the end of September, the sources said.

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(MENAFN - AFP) The Bank of England said Thursday it voted to keep its main interest rate at 0.5 percent against a backdrop of zero inflation in Britain.

The central bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained its key interest rate at the record-low it has been for 6.5 years, according to minutes of its latest monthly meeting, which was held on Tuesday.

The BoE ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's main stock markets pushed their way higher Thursday for a fifth straight session, even as cautious investors awaited direction on the outlook for US interest rates.

The US Federal Reserve is set to release the minutes of its last monetary policy meeting with analysts looking for signs on whether it would raise interest rates starting this year or next.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Rome's mayor appeared on the brink of being forced from office Thursday over an expenses row after months of attacks by opponents determined to make him a scapegoat for the sorry state of the Italian capital.

Ignazio Marino has been under intense pressure for months against a backdrop of mounting public anger over the litter-strewn and pot-holed state of the ...

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