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(MENAFN - AFP) Wall Street stocks finished little changed Friday, with the Dow retreating slightly from a record, after US unemployment hit a nine-year low.

The jobless rate fell three-tenths to 4.6 percent in November, with a solid 178,000 net new positions created, the Department of Labor reported. Analysts said the figures were likely strong enough to keep the Federal ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The United States blacklisted 23 North Korean companies and officials Friday, notably flag carrier Air Koryo, in response to the country's September 9 nuclear test.

It follows the UN Security Council's newest and toughest sanctions resolution against Pyongyang yet, aimed at increasingly isolating the Asian country politically and economically after its nuclear ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ford on Friday announced the recall of nearly 650,000 cars in North America over defective seat belts that can fail in a crash.

The automaker said two accidents and two injuries have been blamed on the defect, which involves overheating of the cables in the pre-tensioning system of the seat belts, which can prevent them from functioning correctly in an accident.

Of ...

(MENAFN - AFP) He changed technology and how the world communicates. Now, five years after he died, Apple founder Steve Jobs may be remembered in another way -- on a Paris street.

"Rue Steve Jobs" is among names shortlisted for one of the new roads in the French capital's southeastern 13th arrondissement that will lead to a new incubator for hi-tech start-ups.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European stocks fell Friday in nervy trading before Italy's crunch referendum and Austria's elections, amid fears both could send shockwaves reverberating across markets.

Four weeks since US President-elect Donald Trump's stunning victory and five months after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, this weekend's eye-catching events are squarely in the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) With this week's deal to cut output, OPEC is creating incentives for American shale producers to boost output just as the incoming Trump administration vows measures to promote US oil development.

The deal, announced Wednesday by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, will cut the cartel's output by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd).

Oil ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The parent company of United Airlines will pay a $2.4 million fine after reviving a money-losing air route to please a now-disgraced New Jersey politician, US market regulators announced Friday.

The penalty by the Securities and Exchange Commission follows a $2.25 million fine imposed earlier this year by federal prosecutors in the bribery case.

United's ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A British-Dutch project aiming to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2018 announced Friday that the shareholders of a Swiss financial services company have agreed a takeover bid.

"The acquisition is now only pending approval by the board of Mars One Ventures," the company said in a joint statement with InFin Innovative Finance AG, adding approval from the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Maurel & Prom, a French oil operator that pumps mostly in Africa, recommended Friday that shareholders accept a planned buyout offer from Indonesia's state oil company Pertamina.

"The board of directors of Maurel & Prom ... considered that the offer is in the interests of the company, its shareholders and its holders (of convertible bonds) and its employees" ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Swiss authorities said Friday they had seized cultural relics looted from Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, as well as from Libya and Yemen, which were being stored in Geneva's free ports.

The free ports provide highly secured warehouses where basically anything can be stashed tax-free with few questions asked.

The confiscated objects, from the third and ...

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