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(MENAFN - AFP) Singapore-based aircraft leasing firm BOC Aviation said Tuesday it has ordered 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes worth a total of $1.4 billion at list prices.

"Airlines are attracted by the 737 MAX 8's lower operating costs and fuel efficiency," BOC Aviation managing director and chief executive Robert Martin said in a statement.

"We are delighted to announce ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Negotiations for a mega US-EU trade deal are still alive after they were suspended over elections and public opposition on both sides of the Atlantic, a senior US diplomat said Tuesday.

EU officials had feared US President Donald Trump would abandon the four-year talks for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) after he withdrew from the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British annual inflation jumped in February to the highest level in almost three and a half years, driven by increasing fuel costs, data showed Tuesday.

The 12-month inflation rate hit 2.3 percent last month compared with 1.8 percent in January, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

Analysts' consensus forecast had been for a pick-up ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Google, which has seen a slew of companies withdraw ads after they appeared alongside extremist content, said Tuesday it was introducing new tools to give firms greater control.

"We know advertisers don't want their ads next to content that doesn't align with their values," Google's chief business officer Philipp Schindler said in a post on the internet giant's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Mexico has identified a potential weapon in its trade wrangle with US President Donald Trump: lucrative yellow cobs of American corn.

The Latin American nation imports billions of dollars' worth of the yellow grain from the United States to feed its livestock.

But with Trump pushing to shake up the countries' trade ties, Mexico is now threatening to buy ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A protein in the venom of potentially deadly funnel web spiders could minimise the effects of brain damage after a stroke, researchers in Australia said on Tuesday.

Strokes claim six million lives worldwide each year, and five million survivors are left with a permanent disability.

Scientists from the University of Queensland and Monash University said ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Ko Oi-sum's simple village home on the northwestern edge of Hong Kong is surrounded by trees planted by her mother -- she dries the leaves to make tea, espousing their health benefits.

But this ramshackle rural community of narrow alleyways, humble houses and freely roaming cats and dogs, is now under threat.

Residents have been served an eviction notice ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine.

The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hong Kong will see a creative surge as Art Basel comes to town, but there's a push for a more permanent change to the visual landscape of the city better known for its business hustle than its art scene.

Asia's largest art fair unveils its first preview Tuesday and has boosted Hong Kong's artistic credentials since it first launched in the city four years ago.

A ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) As some three thousand demonstrators marched through the centre of the Belarusian capital Minsk their anger turned to the man who has dominated their lives for 23 years: strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.

"Leave!" they began chanting. "Leave!"

The rally last week was part of the biggest wave of protests to rock isolated Belarus in years as crowds ...

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