• Wal-Mart eyes customers to deliver packages

     
    SAN FRANCISCO — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Amazon.com …

  • World economy picking up but Europe lagging

    PARIS — The global economy is beginning to rebound, but Europe is lagging behind and unemployment rates, even in countries starting to see growth, are still too high, a leading international economic body said Thursday.

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation …

  • US curbs buying of China IT goods

     
     
    BEIJING — Beijing branded a new US spending bill barring government purchases of Chinese-made technology "biased" on Thursday, after the two powers clashed over accusations of cyber-hacking.

    The bill, signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama, blocked government buying …

  • Abu Dhabi airport passengers up 13.1% in Feb

    ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger traffic grows by 13.1 percent in February, the AMEinfo. com said on Thursday, citing a report by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).

    It said that more than 1.2 million passengers passed …

  • 787 ‘very close’ to flying, says Boeing

     
     
    WASHINGTON — Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said on Thursday his company is “very close” to getting its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet back flying again.

    Two incidents involving batteries on 787s led the Federal Aviation Administration and regulators in …

  • German labor market feels winter chill in March

     
     
    FRANKFURT — Unemployment in Germany edged higher in March as the labor market felt the chill of the unseasonably long and cold winter weather, official data showed on Thursday.

    In seasonally-adjusted terms, the jobless total rose unexpectedly by …

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