Drug firm AstraZeneca reports slide in earningsLONDON (AP) ? Anglo-Swedish drug firm AstraZeneca says second-quarter net income fell 12 percent to $697 million as competition from generic drug companies reduced sales.
Golf-Johnson, Rose to light up Hong Kong OpenDustin Johnson will make his Hong Kong Open debut in October, joining a field that will also include former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, the organisers said on Thursday. American Johnson, whose three-putt on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open last month handed victory to Jordan Spieth, said he was drawn by the history of a tournament won in the past by Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy. "You look at some of the names who have won the tournament... you realise there's a great history there," the 31-year-old said in a statement issued by Asian Tour, who will co-sanction the Oct. 22-26 event with the European Tour.
US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370SYDNEY (AP) ? A sea-crusted wing part found on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 found since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.
China artist Ai Weiwei says Britain restricted his visa
Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa and restricted him to a three-week trip because he did not declare a "criminal conviction" in his application, he cited an embassy official as saying Thursday. China's best known contemporary artist abroad, Ai was detained for 81 days in 2011 amid a crackdown on government critics, but not formally charged with a crime. A company run by his wife and listing him as an employee was fined $2.4 million the following year after losing a civil legal battle against tax authorities, proceedings widely seen as a reprisal for Ai's outspoken criticism of the ruling Communist party.
Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe lion draws threats, protests
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Police in Minnesota are investigating reports of a threat against a dentist who killed Zimbabwe's most famous lion just outside a national wildlife preserve, sparking a global firestorm of hate messages on social media. Demonstrators were gathering on Wednesday afternoon outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, an avid big game hunter, who said in a statement he regrets killing the huge cat known as Cecil on July 1. As of Tuesday, Palmer had temporarily closed his office, River Bluff Dental, in Bloomington, Minnesota, amid wishes for his death and widespread criticism of his hunting on social media and under business reviews on Google and Yelp.
Refugees live in fear of German anti-foreigner protests
It's an astonishing statement for a refugee from war-torn Syria, but Taher has had enough of the xenophobia he has experienced in Germany. "I want to return to Syria -- very afraid here," he said this week, speaking outside a refugee centre in the small eastern town of Freital, which has gained national notoriety for ugly protests against asylum seekers. "I come from Syria because I was afraid -- but here big afraid," said Taher, who did not want to give his full name, speaking in halting English.
Beijing favorite in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics
Lower oil prices push Italian oil company Eni to 2Q lossMILAN (AP) ? Italian oil and gas company Eni says it lost 113 million euros ($124 million) in the second quarter due to a sharp decline in oil prices.
Chinese loggers among thousands freed from Myanmar jails
Myanmar announced the release of thousands of prisoners including scores of Chinese loggers on Thursday in a mass amnesty aimed at promoting "goodwill", officials said, after a series of spats between Yangon and Beijing. Authorities acting on the instructions of President Thein Sein ordered some 6,966 detainees -- 210 of them foreigners -- to be freed across the country after they had been "well disciplined", according to a statement on the Ministry of Information website. The release included all of the 155 Chinese nationals handed long jail sentences for illegal logging in northern Myanmar near their shared border earlier this month, according to a home affairs ministry official who asked to remain anonymous because he was unauthorised to speak to the press.
Centrica to shed assets, staff, to focus on supply, services
Britain's largest utility Centrica will sell up to 1 billion pounds worth of upstream and wind assets by 2017 and reduce net headcount by around 4,000 staff as it looks to put more emphasis on energy supply and services. The owner of energy supplier British Gas reported a three percent fall in first-half adjusted operating profit to 1 billion pounds, meeting expectations. Centrica said cost cuts including the job losses would save around 750 million pounds a year by 2020.