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Eighty percent of Chinese government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most of the assaults launched from the United States, a top Chinese Internet regulator said on Thursday. Lu Wei, head of the State Internet Information Office, condemned the use of "superior technology to attack or steal secrets". Chinese state councillor Yang Jiechi told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this month that resuming cybersecurity cooperation between China and the United State would be difficult because of "mistaken U.S.
By Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - Events at Sanofi this week cost a high-flying German-Canadian boss his job and global investors billions. They are also a reminder that corporate France carries the national interest in its DNA, and neglects its family duties at its peril. Chris Viehbacher, sacked by a unanimous vote of his board on Wednesday, made the group into a multinational, a top five global drugmaker with a footprint in over 100 countries. Although Paris-listed, the firm has less than a quarter of its employees in France, while a majority of its shareholders are to be found outside the country.
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Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay, saying in a magazine article that he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek published on Thursday. Cook's statement makes public a fact long known but rarely discussed openly in California's close-knit Silicon Valley technology community. A popular gay and lesbian magazine, Out, placed Cook at the top of its annual top 50 list of gay people in 2013.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.
West Ham United's in-form striker Diafra Sakho is "touch and go" to face Stoke City at the weekend, but the flying Hammers will be boosted by Andy Carroll's return to training, manager Sam Allardyce said on Thursday. Senegal striker Sakho, who has scored six goals in his last six Premier League starts, injured a shoulder during West Ham's surprise 2-1 victory over Manchester City last weekend. "It's touch and go, we'll make a decision on Friday to see how his (Sakho's) shoulder is," Allardyce told a news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Stoke.
North Korea had told Japan it intends to deepen its probe into the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, but there was no indication of any imminent breakthrough. Abe's administration is under fire for fund-related scandals in his cabinet that have forced two ministers to resign and put others under scrutiny, and any progress in the talks with North Korea would provide a welcome relief. "North Korea indicated its stance to thoroughly deepen its investigation from a new angle, without sticking to the results of past probes," Abe told journalists outside his official residence after receiving a report from diplomats back from two days of talks in Pyongyang, the first such visit in a decade. He added that Japan had told North Korea's highest-level officials that resolving the issue was Tokyo's top priority, but gave no further details.
By Jamie McGeever and Francesco Canepa LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar surged to a three-week high and global shares fell on Thursday as the Federal Reserve struck a confident note on the U.S. The Fed's announcement late on Wednesday that it was ending bond-buying after six years was widely expected, but its decision to drop a characterisation of U.S. "This is a key step for the Fed, and despite market jitters in the short-term, it's a necessary move as the U.S. "The global economy doesn't need more liquidity at this point, it needs economic growth." In a statement on Wednesday after a two-day meeting, the Fed retained its basic guidance that overnight borrowing costs would remain near zero for a "considerable time".
Britain's finance ministry launched a consultation on Thursday about new powers requested by the Bank of England to regulate residential mortgages, but said discussion of similar curbs on buy-to-let mortgages would have to wait until 2015. "The government is proposing that the Bank is granted powers of direction for loan to value limits and debt to income limits for owner-occupied mortgages," the ministry said. The BoE requested these powers on Oct. 2, along with the ability to limit the size of buy-to-let mortgages relative to rental payments.
Succession is not an imminent topic at Daimler or Volkswagen , the chief executives of both carmakers said on Thursday, adding that any potential candidates would most likely come from within their respective companies. Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche and Martin Winterkorn, who heads up Volkswagen, were both asked during a panel discussion in Munich whether succession was imminent and whether a suitable candidate had emerged. Zetsche said it was generally unwise to speculate in public about who would become the next chief executive, because premature exposure may prove disruptive to a smooth succession process. Daimler has a number of internal candidates who have the opportunity to prove themselves as being worthy, Zetsche added somewhat cryptically.
By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON (Reuters) - A fall in the share prices of commodity companies, and in telecoms group BT halted a rebound in Britain's top equity index on Thursday. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index , which had continued over the last two days to rise off 15-month lows reached earlier in October, was down by 0.5 percent, or 29.11 points, at 6,424.76 points going into the close of the trading session. Miners, commodity and oil related stocks, which have a heavy weighting in the FTSE, combined to take more than 20 points off the index. The Fed ended its QE programme on Wednesday and in a statement noted the improving U.S.
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile cuenta con un sólido marco macroeconómico y está en condiciones de poder iniciar un proceso de recuperación tras haber alcanzado probablemente en el tercer trimestre su punto más bajo de dinamismo, dijo el jueves el presidente del Banco Central, Rodrigo Vergara. Chile atraviesa por una fuerte desaceleración económica en medio de un retroceso de la demanda, principalmente del consumo. "La economía ha perdido fuerza en los últimos trimestres, reduciendo los cálculos para este año (... ...