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(MENAFN - AFP) French bank BNP Paribas is expected to pay a record $9 billion fine and admit its guilt for years of dealing with US-blacklisted Sudan and Iran, in a case that has strained ties between Paris and Washington.US justice authorities could announce the hefty penalty as early as Monday, capping months of haggling which saw French President Francois Hollande pressing ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Spanish firms seeking to escape a sluggish eurozone are heading in ever greater numbers to reap the financial benefits of doing business in the faster-paced economies of Latin America.But the corporate business traffic now runs in both directions: Latin American groups are building business links with Spain as a gateway to entering the rest of Europe.On ...


(MENAFN - AFP) A study detailing how Facebook secretly manipulated the news feed of some 700,000 users to study "emotional contagion" has prompted anger on social media.For one week in 2012 Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into user news feeds to study how this affected their mood.The study, conducted by researchers affiliated with Facebook, ...


(MENAFN - AFP) At Little Bohemia Creek Farm, the tractor pretty much drives itself, weaving through rows of corn using GPS technology as it injects carefully dosed amounts of fertilizer.Farm employee Andrew Isaacson sits in the cab - his main job is to monitor computer screens that control the vehicle and sprayer."I just turn it around at each end," he says.With ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Honda's first business jet has logged its maiden flight ahead of its expected certification and delivery next year, the Japanese company said in a weekend press release.The 84-minute flight of the first production HondaJet took place on Friday near the world headquarters of Honda Aircraft, the aviation subsidiary of the automobile giant, in Greensboro in ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Muslims in much of Asia began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday, but in Indonesia even threats by hardliners to raid "sinful" bars could not stop football fans heading to nightspots to watch the World Cup.Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious during the holy month, which ends with the Eid holiday.Ramadan ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced it was investigating Nissan sedans for problems decelerating, and Chrysler pickups for transmission chain problems.Nissan is being probed over 360,000 Nissan Versa and Versa Note vehicles manufactured between 2012-2014.There were four reports that floormats kept a driver's shoe from ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The European Central Bank is unlikely to make new policy moves at its monthly meeting next week, focusing instead on monitoring the impact of last month's unprecedented package of measures.After cutting rates last time round and pre-announcing new liquidity measures in its battle to prevent the single currency area from slipping into deflation, the ECB will ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's fragile recovery is stalling, a batch of economic data showed this week, with analysts warning that France, with the eurozone's second-biggest economy, could be slipping into another downturn.Even the eurozone's economic powerhouse Germany - whose performance is increasingly divergent from laggard France - is starting to show signs of slowing growth ...


(MENAFN - AFP) In the meadow, four white-haired Shorthorn heifers peel off from the others, raising their heads at the same time in the same direction. Unsettling, when you know they are clones. From their ears dangle yellow tags marked with the same number: 434P. Only the numbers that follow are different: 2, 3, 4 and 6.The tag also bears the name of the company that ...

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