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Slack opens high on the stock exchange, but will the boom last?

Workplace messaging platform Slack has made its debuted as a public company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Slack opened at $38.50 from a reference price of $26. Will Slack continue to prosper or will it go the same way as other tech firms?

US Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales, UK suspends licenses

Washington - Saudi Arabia's controversial military campaign in Yemen suffered a double blow Thursday as US lawmakers voted to block President Donald Trump's arms sales to Riyadh hours after Britain temporarily suspended similar sales.

Trump, Trudeau mend fences at White House meeting

Washington - President Donald Trump hosted his Canadian counterpart Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday to mend fences after last year's diplomatic meltdown and to push the still un-ratified North American free trade deal.

Around the world, people likelier to return wallets with more cash

Washington - Does the amount of cash in a lost wallet impact how likely a person is to return it?

Defying Trump, US Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales

Washington - The Republican-led Senate voted Thursday to block $8.1 billion in US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, as legislators outraged with the kingdom delivered a symbolic rebuke to President Donald Trump.

Trump advisor Bolton to hold 'regional security' talks in Israel

Washington - US National Security Advisor John Bolton will travel to Israel at the weekend for "regional security talks" with top Russian and Israeli officials, the White House said Thursday amid spiking tensions with Iran.

UN Khashoggi report piles pressure on Saudi crown prince

Apo - Saudi Arabia has sought to move on from the scandal triggered by journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, but a UN expert's report implicating its crown prince has heaped pressure back on the kingdom, analysts say.

UN Security Council calls for protection of disabled in war zones

New York - The UN Security Council approved Thursday its first resolution calling for protection of disabled people during armed conflicts.

Dutch PM says Mahathir MH17 comment 'sows confusion'

Apo - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday slammed his Malaysian counterpart for creating "confusion" by criticising a decision to charge four people over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Biden says Trump strategy makes Iran conflict 'more likely'

Washington - President Donald Trump's strategy on Iran, including abandoning a nuclear pact, is a "self-inflicted disaster" that could push the United States towards war with a major adversary, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden warned Thursday.

US adds Saudi Arabia, Cuba to blacklist on human trafficking

Washington - The United States on Thursday added Saudi Arabia and Cuba to its blacklist of countries that it says are not doing enough to fight human trafficking, a designation that could bring sanctions.

Yemen rebels target Saudi desalination plant: coalition

Apo - A Yemeni rebel strike targeted a desalination plant in the southwestern Saudi province of Jizan, a Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the rebels said Thursday.

EU leaders to add to pressure on Russia over MH17

Apo - EU leaders will heap fresh international pressure on Russia on Thursday over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by demanding Moscow cooperate with a Dutch probe that led to charges against four men.

Hong Kong protesters call for new demo after demands are snubbed

Fpo - Hong Kong opposition groups called Thursday for another major demonstration after the pro-Beijing government did not respond to demands of protesters who have shaken the city with massive rallies.

EU under pressure over 2050 net zero emissions target

Apo - European Union leaders will push Thursday "to advance work" towards setting a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to a draft resolution.

Q&A: How technology is revolutionizing shipment tracking Special

Chicago - Tracking technology improves the security of the shipping of goods, giving more accurate data for customers. An example of this digital transformation is provided by Hub Group for end-to-end visibility, and the company's CIO explains more.

Hong Kong protesters threaten more demos if demands not met

Fpo - Hong Kong student groups were mobilising support for another major demonstration, a union leader said, as a Thursday deadline approached for the pro-Beijing government to respond to demands of protesters who have shaken the city with massive rallies.

NY Times publisher says Trump 'escalated attacks' with treason claim

Washington - The publisher of the New York Times hit back Thursday at accusations of treason by Donald Trump, saying it "crosses a dangerous line in the president’s campaign against a free and independent press.

Trump reelection launch heralds political scorched earth campaign

Washington - With a 2020 campaign launch painting opponents in almost apocalyptic terms, President Donald Trump showed Democrats the scorched earth treatment they can expect in his fight for reelection.

Tale of two cities: Hong Kong turmoil may boost Singapore

Fpo - Hong Kong's reputation as a stable financial hub has been shaken by a controversial extradition bill that prompted massive protests, and its loss might just be Singapore's gain, experts say.
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