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(MENAFN - AFP) Shares in energy firms tumbled Friday after oil prices hit four-year lows in reaction to OPEC's decision to ignore calls for an output cut, although the prospect of cheaper fuel sent airlines surging.

Sydney's ASX/S&P 200, the home of commodity giants such as BHP Billiton, Woodside and Santos, was the stand-out loser, although Asian stock markets were mixed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India pledged a slew of regional investments at a South Asian summit this week, seeking to counter China's growing economic inroads into its backyard as it remains embroiled in bitter rivalry with Pakistan.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said South Asia's largest economy would fund regional infrastructure, health facilities and even a communications satellite, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The traditionalists don't like it, but the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy is as much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States as turkey and pumpkin pie.

And it's only Thursday.

Americans will spend tens of billions of dollars over the four-day holiday and there was certainly no messing about at Leesburg Corner, a Virginia outlet center ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japan released a string of lacklustre economic data Friday with inflation hitting its lowest level for more than a year, dealing another blow to Tokyo's attempts to conquer years of falling prices and tepid growth.

The figures come after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election and delayed a sales tax hike set for next year after a previous levy increase ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets mostly fell Friday, with energy firms taking a dive as oil sat at four-year lows after the OPEC cartel ignored calls to cut production in response to plunging prices and a supply glut.

Sydney's ASX/S&P 200, the home of energy giants such as BHP Billiton, Woodside and Santos, took a huge hit as investors fled to the sidelines, although regional ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australian energy firms were hit hard Friday by the OPEC cartel's decision against cutting production, with stocks tumbling across the board as oil prices hit four-year lows.

Oil and gas stocks were among the biggest losers on Australia benchmark S&P/ASX200 index as the energy sector shed 6.76 percent by early afternoon.

Santos, one of the country's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Italy suspended the use of a flu vaccine made by Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis on Thursday amid fears it may have caused three deaths.

The Italian Pharmaceutical Agency (AIFA) banned the use of two batches of the Fluad vaccine after three people who had received it died and a fourth was taken seriously ill.

The victims were two women aged 87 and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) HIV infections have doubled in ten years in Russia and former Soviet states, due mainly to unprotected sex and injecting drugs, a report said Thursday.

More than 105,000 new infections were recorded in Russia and former Soviet countries in eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013, up from just under 50,000 in 2004, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Malaysians have a passionate love affair with their lip-smacking cuisine -- rich curries, succulent fried chicken, buttery breads and creamy drinks -- but it is increasingly an unhealthy relationship.

Malaysia is Southeast Asia's fattest country, where a nationwide foodie culture is feeding mounting concern over what its health minister calls "an obesity epidemic."

"We ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina's tax agency has charged British bank HSBC with helping more than 4,000 Argentines to commit tax evasion by stashing money in secret Swiss accounts, officials said.

The Argentine tax authority (AFIP) said on Thursday it had searched HSBC offices in Buenos Aires before moving ahead with the charges.

"We have filed a charge for tax evasion and ...

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