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    Govt rejects Facebook’s Express-Wifi project

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:00am on February 16, 2019

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has rejected a Facebook’s proposal to launch its Express-Wifi project in the country on grounds of security and licence-related issues....

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    Drought, pests could force India to grant duty-free corn imports

    Reuters . Mumbai | Updated at 12:00am on February 16, 2019

    Below-normal monsoon rains and an infestation of the fall armyworm, which devastated African crops in 2017, have slashed India’s corn output and boosted prices, increasing the chances the government will grant duty-free corn imports for the first time since 2016....

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    Qatar’s real estate market faces reality check ahead of World Cup

    Reuters . Doha/Dubai | Updated at 12:00am on February 16, 2019

    Qatar’s Doha Tower, a spike-tipped cylinder that glows orange at night, won an award when finished in 2012 amid a Gulf-wide real estate boom, but today about half of its 46 floors are empty....

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    Vietnamese airlines granted access to US market for first time

    Reuters . Washington/Hanoi | Updated at 12:00am on February 16, 2019

    Vietnamese airlines will be able to fly to the United States and codeshare with American carriers after the US Federal Aviation Administration declared the Southeast Asian country complies with international safety standards....

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    Xi says trade talks progress, more meetings next week in US

    Reuters . Beijing | Updated at 12:00am on February 16, 2019

    Talks between China and the United States this week made important progress, president Xi Jinping told top US trade negotiators on Friday, adding that efforts would continue in Washington next week to resolve their bruising trade war....

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    Seizing on Huawei’s troubles, Samsung bets big on network gear

    Reuters . Seoul | Updated at 12:00am on February 16, 2019

    Samsung Electronics is pouring resources into its telecom network equipment business, aiming to capitalise on the security fears hobbling China’s Huawei, according to company officials and other industry executives....

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    India’s Jet knocks on govt doors in fight for survival

    Reuters . Bengaluru | Updated at 12:00am on February 16, 2019

    Beleaguered Indian carrier Jet Airways is seeking an $840 million bailout from shareholders and a state-backed fund, Business Television India said, after earlier approving a deal with its lenders to help plug a billion-dollar funding hole....

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    PepsiCo forecasts surprise drop in profit

    Reuters | Updated at 12:00am on February 16, 2019

    PepsiCo Inc forecast a surprise drop in full-year profit on Friday, as the snack and beverage company spent heavily on marketing and developing new products in a bid to claw back market share from Coca-Cola Co Inc....