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    Microsoft discusses buying Nuance Communications: report

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 10:28am on April 12, 2021

    Technology giant Microsoft is in advanced discussions to buy the US group Nuance Communications, which specialises in artificial intelligence, for $16 billion, according to media...

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    Post-COVID era of hybrid work beckons in UK

    Agence France-Presse . Nunhead, United Kingdom | Updated at 10:41pm on April 11, 2021

    Consultant Rachel Watson enjoys being based at her home that looks onto the London skyline but misses the office vibe. She will soon get the...

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    Maybank Islamic provides relief to COVID-19 affected people in 11 countries

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 07:23pm on April 11, 2021

    Maybank Islamic on Sunday contributed food packs to over 5,000 families who are affected by COVID-19 pandemic in 11 countries where the bank operates. The...

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    Biden aims $1.5t budget at health, edn, social services

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 10:28pm on April 10, 2021

    US president Joe Biden’s administration on Friday unveiled a more than $1.5 trillion budget proposal that would see funding for health, education and social services...

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    Brazil eyes record grain harvest as China demand booms

    Agence France-Presse . Salto do Jacui | Updated at 10:27pm on April 10, 2021

    Brazil is on track to harvest record amounts of soya, corn and other grains this year, fuelled by newly booming demand for commodities, particularly from...

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    Khokon re-elected BTMA president

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:24pm on April 10, 2021

    Maksons Group chairman Mohammad Ali Khokon has been re-elected the president of the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association uncontested for the next two-year term. Khokon has...

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    Experts want guidelines on economic recovery

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:20pm on April 10, 2021

    Experts and businesses on Saturday said that the national budget for the next fiscal year 2021-22 should have clear guidelines on the recovery of economy...

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    Chinese authorities fine e-commerce giant Alibaba $2.78b

    Agence France-Presse . Shanghai, China | Updated at 09:54am on April 10, 2021

    Chinese regulators have hit e-commerce giant Alibaba with a massive 18.2 billion yuan, $2.78 billion, fine over practices deemed to be an abuse of the...

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    China factory gate price jump raises global inflation concern

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 10:04pm on April 09, 2021

    Chinese factory prices hit a more than two-year high in March, data showed on Friday, highlighting the country’s strong recovery but feeding concerns it could...

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    Spain trims 2021 GDP forecast

    | Updated at 09:50pm on April 09, 2021

    The Spanish government lowered its growth forecast for 2021 on Friday after fresh pandemic restrictions led to a weakerthan-expected first quarter. It now expects the...

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