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(MENAFN - AFP) US stocks resumed their upwards push Friday, while the British pound retreated after weak economic data revived talk of monetary stimulus.

The S&P 500 climbed to yet another record in New York, as a four-week rally was revived after a brief decline Thursday.

US stocks have repeatedly broken records since the surprise June 23 vote by Britain to exit ...

(MENAFN - AFP) From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.

Anyone in need of company can sign up to his online service to rent an "ossan" -- a man aged between 45 and 55 -- for 1,000 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Pikachu was welcomed home by thousands of enthusiastic Japanese gamers Friday as the global phenomenon that is Pokemon Go finally launched in its native market.

The smartphone app has now been launched in more than 40 countries, including the US and much of Europe, but Japan -- where Nintendo started the mythical creature franchise 20 years ago -- was kept ...

(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Friday it had filed a patent infringement suit in China against Huawei, adding fuel to a growing legal battle between the rival smartphone makers.

In the suit filed in a Beijing court, the electronics giant demanded millions of dollars in compensation from the Chinese firm for allegedly stealing its mobile imaging and ...

(MENAFN - AFP) IMF chief Christine Lagarde is to find out Friday whether she will stand trial in France over a massive state payout to tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was French economy minister nearly a decade ago.

France's top appeals court will rule on Lagarde's challenge to a December court ruling that she be tried for negligence in the affair, which ended with Tapie walking ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The European Union's securities watchdog fined Fitch Rating agency 1.38 million euros ($1.52 million) Thursday for breaking the bloc's credit ratings regulations.

The European Securities and Markets Authority said that senior analysts at Fitch had passed on information to senior figures at a parent company before the information was public.

The ratings ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Large US banks got a lift from the June "Brexit" vote in the second quarter, but could face long-term pain from a British retreat from the European Union.

Earnings released by JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and others over the last week showed a pickup in some key trading businesses in the days after the surprise June 23 vote by Britain to leave the EU.

Banks ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Oliver Stone warned that Pokemon Go was part of a march toward "totalitarianism" as the start of San Diego Comic-Con saw filmmakers expound on their political viewpoints.

The convention, America's largest and most spectacular pop culture event, is expected to welcome 135,000 visitors to feast on all manner of panels, screenings and other fan events and attractions.

During ...

(MENAFN - AFP) They may look garish for some but Queen Elizabeth II's brightly-coloured outfits are a power dressing tool that allow her to make an impression, according to a new exhibition opening on Saturday.

Exhibits at the Buckingham Palace show range from her christening gown to the eye-catching bright green wool-crepe and silk dress she wore at one of her 90th birthday ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Thousands of revellers attended Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade under heavy police protection on Thursday, a year after an ultra-Orthodox Jew killed a teenager at the march.

Marchers carried rainbow flags emblazoned with the Star of David and a group banged drums as they walked. Many laid flowers under a picture of Shira Banki, 16, who was killed at the march ...

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