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Czech presidential vote sets up round two clash

Czech presidential vote sets up round two clash

Russia-friendly Czech President Milos Zeman won the first round of voting to retain his job yesterday, but pro-Western runner-up Jiri Drahos will be a formidable opponent in the second round vote in two weeks, nearly complete results showed.

Cheaper services weigh on US wholesale prices; initial jobless claims up

Cheaper services weigh on US wholesale prices; initial jobless claims up

Producer price index dips 0.1% in December; rises 2.6% on year-on-year basis; core PPI edges up 0.1%; up 2.3% year-on-year; weekly jobless claims increase 11,000

New Zealand expecting tougher examination from Pakistan

New Zealand expecting tougher examination from Pakistan

Having walloped the West Indies without raising a sweat, New Zealand are expecting a more rigorous workout when the one-day series against Pakistan begins in Wellington today.

Opec oil cut adherence up as Venezuela output slides

Opec oil cut adherence up as Venezuela output slides

Opec deepened compliance with an oil supply-cutting deal in December due to a further decline in Venezuelan output and extra cuts by Gulf exporters, a Reuters survey found, showing strong commitment to the deal despite higher prices.

Oil retreats after hitting 2015 highs

Oil retreats after hitting 2015 highs

Oil prices fell on Friday, dropping from highs last seen in 2015, as soaring US production undermined a 10 percent rally from December lows that were driven by tightening supply and political tensions in Opec member Iran.

‘Happy’ Costa scores on Atletico return in Cup rout

‘Happy’ Costa scores on Atletico return in Cup rout

Diego Costa scored for Atletico Madrid just five minutes into his return as the club cruised to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey on Wednesday night.

Air pollution tied to birth defects

Air pollution tied to birth defects

Women who breathe polluted air during the month right before or after they get pregnant may be more likely to have babies with birth defects, a US recent study suggests.

Bayern Munich’s training session in Doha attracts hundreds of fans

Bayern Munich’s training session in Doha attracts hundreds of fans

Aspire Zone’s outdoor football pitches witnessed an influx of local, regional and international football fans as hundreds of keen spectators showed up to watch Bayern Munich’s first open training session yesterday.

Child playing with stove may have started deadly NY fire, mayor says

Child playing with stove may have started deadly NY fire, mayor says

A child playing with a stove may have caused the fire in a New York City apartment building that killed 12 people, including four children, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

SC partners with Silatech to provide job opportunities

SC partners with Silatech to provide job opportunities

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) (represented by Josoor Institute) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Silatech, the international social development organisation that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for youth in the Arab world.

US tax reform is not all good for small companies, say strategists

US tax reform is not all good for small companies, say strategists

Of all the investing themes that were supposed to go smoothly in the year of a landmark tax cut, owning US small caps looked like the closest thing to a slam dunk.

UBL celebrates QND

UBL celebrates QND

Shahid Amin Sheikh, general manager of United Bank Ltd (UBL), cutting a cake in the presence of staff members at a ceremony held to celebrate Qatar National Day.