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(MENAFN - AFP) A new engineering executive at Uber has left after the ride-sharing titan learned he ended his career at Google after a sexual harassment complaint, according to US media reports.

Amit Singhal has denied acting in any such improper manner while head of search at Google but did not disclose that there had been an internal investigation that ended with the complaining ...

(MENAFN - AFP) When traveling floats parade through the streets of New Orleans at Mardi Gras, the tradition is for the crowd to shout "Throw me something, Mister" -- and for the riders to toss them brightly-colored beads in return.

But these days, carnival societies in the southern US city are also hurling something sharper: political satire aimed at the governing elite in ...

(MENAFN - AFP) South Korean retail giant Lotte on Tuesday signed a deal to provide a golf course to host a controversial US missile defence system loathed by Beijing, Seoul's defence ministry said.

Food- and retail-focussed Lotte Group, South Korea's fifth-biggest company, has come under growing pressure from China, a crucial market, over the proposal.

The plan by Washington ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Hao Rui only took up skiing this winter, but the 17-year-oldlooked like a veteran as he perched casually atop a slope outside Beijing before schussing downhill.

"I started my training on November 28. I'd never been skiing before," said Hao, standing with other young Chinese in brightly coloured ski jackets at a resort in Zhangjiakou, outside Beijing.

For ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's factory output unexpectedly slipped 0.8 percent in January, the first fall in six months and the latest red flag for the world's number-three economy, official data showed Tuesday.

The on-month figure, which missed market expectations for a 0.4 percent expansion, comes a week after Japan logged its first trade deficit in almost half a year.

A ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Tokyo-based Takata formally pleaded guilty to fraud and will pay a billion-dollar fine to settle suits over its defective airbags, the Justice Department said.

A Michigan court gave a green light to the agreement reached last month on the scandal at the heart of the biggest car recall in history (about 100 million vehicles worldwide).

The defect has ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Tokyo led a rebound in Asian markets Tuesday as the dollar held on to the previous day's gains while investors keenly await Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress.

Ahead of the much-anticipated address later Tuesday the new US president hinted he would make a "big" announcement on infrastructure policy, raising hopes he will deliver on a key campaign ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Mexico will walk away from talks on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement if US President Donald Trump slaps tariffs on Mexican-made goods, the economy minister says.

"The moment that they say, 'We're going to put a 20 percent tariff on cars,' I get up from the table," said Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo.

"Bye-bye," he added in an interview ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Mexico's state-run energy giant Pemex reported losses of $14.3 billion for 2016 on Monday, halving its losses from the previous year and saying "austerity" measures were starting to pay off.

Pemex, which has not posted a profit since 2012, has struggled through a period of low oil prices and sweeping energy reforms launched by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Uncertainty surrounding the sanctions on Iran and its relations with the United States pose a risk to the oil-producing nation's economy, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

The comments were a reference to the new sanctions the Trump administration imposed early this month on individuals and companies supporting Iran's ballistic missile program and ...

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