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Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Employees of the Competence Call Center work for the Facebook Community Operations Team in Essen, Germany, on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (Associated Press)
Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand better wages from the American online giant.

S African company pulling out of natural gas to liquid fuels

Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

A South African energy and chemical company says it’s dropping plans for a $14 billion U.S. plant to convert natural gas to liquid fuels because of low oil prices and a volatile market. For the same reasons, it says it’s also pulling out of Canadian shale.

Eurozone economy heading for strongest quarter since 2011

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 10:52 a.m.

The bottom part of the European Central Bank is reflected in the Main river in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (Michael Probst / Associated Press)
The 19-country eurozone is set for its best quarterly performance since early 2011, according to a closely watched survey Thursday, the latest sign that a robust economy has gained further momentum heading into the year’s end.

What happens once ‘net neutrality’ rules bite the dust?

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

This June 19, 2015 photo shows the Federal Communications Commission building in Washington. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally. Pai distributed his alternative plan to the net neutrality rules to other FCC commissioners Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in preparation for a Dec. 14 vote on the proposal. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
The Federal Communications Commission formally released a draft of its plan to kill net-neutrality rules, which equalized access to the internet and prevented broadband providers from favoring their own apps and services.

Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 12:59 p.m.

In this Aug. 24, 2011 file photo, developer Larry Silverstein speaks at a news conference in New York where he discussed the progress at the World Trade Center. Insurers for defendants including American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to pay $95 million to Silverstein and World Trade Center Properties to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks. (Mark Lennihan / AP)
Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Iraq, GE sign $400 million deal for power infrastructure

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 9:52 a.m.

BAGHDAD – Iraq and General Electric have signed a deal to develop Iraq’s power infrastructure, which would help bring much-needed electricity to areas facing significant shortages across the country. GE said in a statement released on Wednesday that the more than $400-million contract will help building 14 electric substations and supply critical equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers and other outdoor equipment to revamp existing substations.

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits drop 13,000

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 9:50 a.m.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell for the first time in three weeks, pushing total applications down to a low 239,000, further evidence of the strength of the labor market.

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