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    Incomparable $50m pink diamond smashes record

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 12:00am on November 15, 2018

    An exceptionally rare pink diamond of nearly 19 carats fetched 50.3 million Swiss francs ($50 million, 44 million euros) at auction in Geneva Tuesday, Christie’s...

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    Labour woes force Japan to prise open door to migrant workers

    Agence France-Presse . Japan | Updated at 12:00am on November 15, 2018

    Ageing Japan is reluctantly attempting to prise open its doors to migrant workers as it battles serious labour shortages, raising the hackles of conservatives worried...

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    Suu Kyi beckons investors to Myanmar despite troubles

    Agence France-Presse . Singapore | Updated at 12:00am on November 13, 2018

    Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday implored foreign investors to take a punt on her country — Southeast Asia’s ‘final frontier’ — but warned...

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    Thousands rally to back Italy-France train project

    Agence France-Presse . Turin | Updated at 12:00am on November 12, 2018

    Tens of thousands of people rallied in the north Italian city of Turin on Saturday, to support a planned high-speed train line to Lyon that...

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    Labour welfare foundation’s deposit exceeds Tk 300cr

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 12:00am on November 12, 2018

    The deposit of Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation (BLWF) under the labour and employment ministry has exceeded Tk 300 crore, said an official release here on...

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    10yrs after recession, Americans wake up to rising prices

    Agence France-Presse . New York | Updated at 12:00am on November 12, 2018

    After years of low, low prices, fed by near-zero interest rates in a convalescing economy, Americans are waking up to costlier consumer living.Everyday household staples...

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    France grounds Ryanair plane to force subsidy repayment

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:00am on November 11, 2018

    French authorities said on Friday they seized a Ryanair plane, forcing 149 London-bound passengers off the aircraft, to get the Irish low-cost airline to repay...

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    Thai businessman to buy Fortune magazine

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:00am on November 11, 2018

    Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon agreed Friday to buy Fortune magazine for $150 million in the latest deal for titles from the former Time Inc family.Meredith...

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    Rare pink diamond aims to make $50m

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 12:00am on November 11, 2018

    The Pink Legacy, an exceptionally large pink diamond, is set to go under the hammer at Christie’s in Geneva next week, when it is expected...

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    Boris Johnson’s brother quits UK govt over ‘terrible mistake’ Brexit deal

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 12:00am on November 11, 2018

    Jo Johnson, the Remain-backing brother of Brexit figurehead Boris Johnson, resigned as Britain’s transport minister Friday, branding a proposed EU withdrawal deal a ‘terrible mistake’...

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