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Strikes strand tourists, travellers at Italy's airports
ROME - Tourists and travellers at airports across Italy are facing delays and cancelled flights thanks to strikes by air traffic controllers and air transport workers.
Italy's flagship carrier, Alitalia, said it was cancelling some 40 per cent of its domestic and international flights Monday. Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and other carriers also were cancelling flights due to the four-hour work action from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1200GMT-1600GMT) by air traffic controllers and the 24-hour strike by
2 reports, 1 conclusion: energy shift must start soon
BERLIN - The world must swiftly shift energy production away from fossil fuels if it is to prevent a dangerous increase in global temperatures, according to separate reports released Monday by two international agencies.
Both reports concluded that fundamentally changing the way power is produced would require considerable investment — though there were would also be savings due to improvements in energy efficiency.
|China's trading partners alarmed by food import controls|
BEIJING, China - China's trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports — including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate — that Washington and Europe say could disrupt billions of dollars in commerce.
The rule could inflame tensions with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has promised to raise tariffs on imports from China, and the E
Asian stocks lower after G20 drops anti-protectionism pledge
BEIJING, China - Asian markets were mostly lower Monday after global finance ministers dropped a pledge to oppose trade protectionism from a weekend statement in the face of resistance from the Trump administration.
KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.1 per cent to 3,232.84 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.6 per cent to 24,452.51. Seoul's Kospi lost 0.5 per cent to 2,153.81 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 lost 0.4 per cent to 5,778.90. India's Sensex retreated 0.5 per cent to 29,512.36 and be
Vodafone's Indian telecom unit merges with local company
NEW DELHI - British telecom company Vodafone's Indian unit on Monday announced a merger with Idea Cellular, a local company, creating India's largest telecom operator, with around 400 million customers.
Vodafone will own 45.1 per cent of the combined company and Idea will have a 26 per cent stake, while the rest will be owned by public shareholders after the merger, which is expected to be completed next year, the companies said in a joint statement.
Sydney airline grounds 5 planes after propeller drops off
CANBERRA, Australia - Five Regional Express Airlines passenger planes had been grounded as a precaution after a near disaster in which a propeller fell off an airliner as it approached Sydney Airport, the Australian airline said on Monday.
A Saab 340 carrying 19 passengers and crew landed safely in Sydney on Friday after one its two propellers fell off over Sydney's southwest fringe.
|Brazil reassures foreign countries after meat scandal|
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's president met Sunday with dozens of ambassadors from countries that import Brazilian meat, seeking to minimize damage from a corruption probe that alleges meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market.
Speaking at the presidential palace, President Michel Temer told the diplomats that Brazil's "government wants to reiterate its confidence in the quality of our national product."
President of embattled Uber leaves after 6 months on job
SAN FRANCISCO - Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday.
In a brief statement, Uber didn't say why Jones left. "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best," it said.
|'Beauty and the Beast' roars with monstrous $170M debut|
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Disney's live-action "Beauty" was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies.
"Beauty and the Beast" blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last year, Disney's "Finding Dory" debuted with a then-PG-best $135 million.
|Machines replacing workers: fed budget to look at historic economic challenge|
WASHINGTON - Next week's Canadian federal budget will raise concern about workers being displaced en masse by new technologies. It's arguably an under-told story of the last U.S. election — people often talked about Ohio and Pennsylvania's coal miners and steel workers, less so about technologies pushing them aside: automated steel production, and the 3D underground imaging finding cheaper natural gas.
It's a concern as old as policy-making itself.
|The coming disruption: How robots might upend different professions|
WASHINGTON, United States of America - A wrecking ball is coming for the labour market, analysts warn. As computer-processing power doubles each year and machines learn from their mistakes, sources say the upcoming federal budget will examine the potential of artificial intelligence to disrupt — industries, politics, and entire societies.
It's been mostly blue-collar workers hit so far, but white-collar jobs are next, a research project at Oxford University concluded in 2013. It said 47 per cent of job
|Five things feminists would like to see in Wednesday's federal budget|
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made gender equality a priority for his Liberal government, arguing it makes good economic sense.
"We know that when women are included and given the same opportunities as men ... it's a critical way that we can actually add tremendous growth to our economy," Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said in a recent interview.
|Trudeau government set to table modest budget amid U.S. uncertainty|
OTTAWA - The Trudeau government will chart the next segment of its mandate this week in what's expected to be a modest budget — but the omnipresent economic unknowns in the U.S. could eventually force Ottawa from a steady-as-she-goes course.
For now, the stronger U.S. economy is benefiting Canada. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will present the country's budget Wednesday amid a brightening outlook, thanks in large part to the United States.
Finance Canada says there are 'limits' to transparency on gender-based analysis
OTTAWA - A newly released memo from Finance Canada says departmental officials regularly examine how proposals from across the government affect women and men in different ways, but suggests they want to keep their conclusions secret.
The document discusses how the federal government would respond to a June 2016 report on gender-based analysis from the House of Commons committee on status of women, which recommended such analysis be mandatory across all departments and agencies.
|Lobster-crazy China sets record for US crustacean imports|
ROCKPORT, Maine - The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States.
American lobster was almost unheard of in most of China until 2010, when the value of imports grew 250 per cent to about $7.4 million. Last year, China imported more than $108 million in lobsters from America, surpassing the previous high of about $90.2 million in 2014.
|Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance|
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance.
The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labour group — under the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide — to co-ordinate protests among more than 120,000 activists already involved with anti-Trump Meetup groups.
Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities
MADISON, Wis. - A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature.
Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to close the so-called dark store loophole and increase how much the mega-retailers pay local communities in property taxes.
Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week
TORONTO - Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:
St. Lawrence Seaway opening: The St. Lawrence Seaway is scheduled to open Monday for the commercial shipping season. There is some optimism in the shipping industry as economic growth, particularly in the U.S., could mean more traffic on the waterways of the Great Lakes.
|While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force|
WASHINGTON - The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump's argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower.
The reduction to 400 missiles from 450 is the first for the intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, force in a decade — when the arsenal came down from 50
Spanish unionists rally against Catalonia's separatist push
BARCELONA, Spain - A few thousand people have rallied in Barcelona to protest the regional Catalan government's push to break away from the rest of Spain.
Several protesters carried Spanish flags and signs saying "Stop the Coup" — a reference to the regional government's plan to hold a referendum on independence, which Spain says is unconstitutional.