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Pernod further expands in craft spirits with Smooth Ambler deal

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:55:15 GMT

Pernod Ricard , the world's second-largest spirits group, has agreed to buy a majority stake in Smooth Ambler Spirits, the U.S. maker of Old Scout bourbon and Greenbrier gin, further strengthening its portfolio of premium craft spirits.



South Korea parliament votes by wide margin to impeach president

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:45:29 GMT

South Korean lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace.



South Korea PM says to boost cooperation with allies on North Korea nuclear threat

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:40:30 GMT

South Korea will step up cooperation with allies to respond to North Korea's nuclear threat, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Friday in his first speech after parliament impeached President Park Geun-hye.



Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from conspiracy to conceal doping - McLaren report

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:40:12 GMT

More than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests, a WADA report said on Friday.



Dutch firebrand MP found guilty of discrimination

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:23:53 GMT

Anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders was Friday found guilty of discrimination by a Dutch court, but acquitted on a charge of hate speech for his 2014 comments about Moroccans.



Under Trump, Congress likely to pull plug on medical device tax

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:15:25 GMT

When Donald Trump takes over as president on Jan. 20, one of the first business tax breaks he delivers is likely to go to the U.S. medical device industry and companies like Mark Throdahl's.



In graft fight, China makes it harder to move capital, people overseas

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:06:27 GMT

China's difficulties in bringing home graft suspects who fled abroad have prompted tighter measures against illegal moves of capital and people beyond its borders, the government said on Friday.



Bangladesh unions join suit against FIFA over World Cup workers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:06:04 GMT

Bangladesh labour activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly.



Philippine President Duterte to visit Singapore, Cambodia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:22:01 GMT

Duterte will visit Cambodia on Dec 13 and 14 at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni, and then head to Singapore on Dec 15 and 16 at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.



Japan launching 'space junk' collector

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:27:35 GMT

Japan will launch a cargo ship on Friday (Dec 9) bound for the International Space Station, carrying a 'space junk' collector that was made with the help of a fishnet company.