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Chinese factories stalling as euro zone business picks up

Employees work on the production line of a wine bottle cap factory in Ganyu countyBy Jonathan Cable and Kevin Yao LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese factory activity shrank for the fourth straight month in April but private businesses across the euro zone enjoyed their best month in nearly three years, surveys showed on Wednesday. Within the euro zone, Germany - Europe's largest economy - saw activity accelerate whereas in France, the bloc's second biggest, momentum waned. "Given the problems the euro zone faces, to get even a modest rate of positive growth this year is a good sign. But there is an increasing concern that two of the larger economies - Italy and France - are struggling to gain any traction," said Peter Dixon at Commerzbank.


BOJ says 90 percent of banks taking on more risk post-QE

A security guard salutes at the entrance of the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo January 22, 2014.REUTERS/Yuya ShinoBy Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - Over 90 percent of Japanese banks have increased loans and investment in riskier assets in the past year, the Bank of Japan said on Wednesday, suggesting that the wall of money it is pumping out is spilling over into the broader economy. "Financial institutions have reduced investment in domestic bonds, especially Japanese government bonds (JGBs), while increasing investment in relatively high-risk assets such as loans," the central bank said in a semi-annual report analyzing Japan's financial system. Banks are lending to a wider range of industries and are more keen to lend to small- and medium-sized companies whose appetite for loans is on the rise, the report said. Bank lending rose 2.1 percent in March from a year earlier, marking the 29th straight month of increase, with lending by regional banks up 3.2 percent, a monthly BOJ data showed.


Justin Bieber apologizes for visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine, says he was misled

TOKYO - Justin Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honours 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea in particular see Yasukuni as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and see visits to it as a lack of understanding or remorse over wartime history. Two photos removed from Instagram showed Bieber praying outdoors at the shrine and standing beside a Shinto priest.

Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine hold American journalist captive

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been seen since early Tuesday. Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in one eastern Ukrainian city after another. Pro-Russia insurgents who have been occupying police stations and other public buildings in eastern Ukraine for more than a week are defying the accords that Russia and Ukraine signed last week, urging all parties in Ukraine to lay down the arms and vacate the public offices.


Global share rally peters out, euro lifted by PMI boost

Man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock indices outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as signs of a still stuttering Chinese economy and rising worries about Ukraine offset a reassuring set of European economic numbers. U.S. stock futures pointed to a flat start for Wall Street on what will be another heavy day of company earnings as well as U.S. PMI readings.. Data compiler Markit's equivalent readings for Europe, seen as good indicators of future growth, showed that while France's economy was still lagging, Germany continued to power the euro zone's recovery.


Business

Global share rally peters out, euro lifted by PMI boost

Man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock indices outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as signs of a still stuttering Chinese economy and rising worries about Ukraine offset a reassuring set of European economic numbers. U.S. stock futures pointed to a flat start for Wall Street on what will be another heavy day of company earnings as well as U.S. PMI readings.. Data compiler Markit's equivalent readings for Europe, seen as good indicators of future growth, showed that while France's economy was still lagging, Germany continued to power the euro zone's recovery.


Chinese factories stalling as euro zone business picks up

Employees work on the production line of a wine bottle cap factory in Ganyu countyBy Jonathan Cable and Kevin Yao LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese factory activity shrank for the fourth straight month in April but private businesses across the euro zone enjoyed their best month in nearly three years, surveys showed on Wednesday. Within the euro zone, Germany - Europe's largest economy - saw activity accelerate whereas in France, the bloc's second biggest, momentum waned. "Given the problems the euro zone faces, to get even a modest rate of positive growth this year is a good sign. But there is an increasing concern that two of the larger economies - Italy and France - are struggling to gain any traction," said Peter Dixon at Commerzbank.


Euro zone private sector on strong footing but still slashing prices: PMIs

A cashier holds euro banknotes in RigaWe are looking at 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter GDP growth if we continue to see this level," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit. Inflation fell to just 0.5 percent in March, its sixth straight month in what European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has called a "danger zone" below 1 percent and keeping pressure on the ECB to intervene. However, Markit's flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, which is widely regarded as a good gauge of growth, suggested the economic support, at least, may not be necessary.


Goldman loses four Asia prime brokerage execs to rivals- sources

A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 16, 2013.REUTERS/Brendan McDermidBy Nishant Kumar HONG KONG (Reuters) - At least four mid-level executives are leaving Goldman Sachs Group's Asia prime brokerage unit to join rival banks, people familiar with the matter said, just as the regional hedge fund industry is starting to pick up. The Goldman unit was biggest firm serving Asia's $159 billion hedge funds industry last year, according to tracker AsiaHedge. The sources said that Jason Berry, who had moved to Goldman in Hong Kong in 2007 and was part of the hedge fund consulting group, is moving to London to join Bank of America Corp .


Netflix set to 'grow like crazy' despite price increase

Netflix : rebondit après les résultatsNetflix's decision to bump up its subscription rate has been met with disdain in some quarters, but analysts say it will only strengthen the company's reputation for high-quality video content.


Weight Loss

7 Diseases that Strike Younger Than You Think

"When we're young, we think we're invincible," says Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "But we're not." And increasingly, diseases we commonly associate with people in their 60s and 70s are hitting two, three, or even four decades earlier. Why? Better screening and early detection are part of the picture, but lifestyle factors such as poor diet and the fact that we're living more sedentary lives are to blame as well. Here, 7 diseases you can do something about today--to make sure you feel better, longer.

Rosie O'Donnell Drops 50 Pounds! (Roll Call)

Rosie O'Donnell attends Rosie's Theater Kids 10th Anniversary Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on September 25, 2013 in New York City -- Getty ImagesYour Daily Roundup of Celebrity Gossip & Star Shenanigans!


Jacques Servier, founder of famed French lab ensnared in drug scandal, dies at 92

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Jacques Servier, founder of Servier Laboratories, is pictured during the opening of the trial of the so-called Mediator case, a drug allegedly linked to hundreds of deaths, at Nanterre's court house, outside Paris. Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died. He was 92. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)PARIS - Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died. Servier Research Group announced the death of 92-year-old Servier late Wednesday. Servier and his lab were at the centre of one of France's biggest health scandals, in which the drug Mediator was alleged to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. The European Medicines Agency pulled Mediator from shelves when it found that its active ingredient, benfluorex, could lead to a dangerous thickening of heart valves.


A new way to put creeps in their place

A new way to put creeps in their placeSexual harassment on the street is an offence with no real consequence - but this app may help to give offenders something to think about.


Rob Ford recruits Ben Johnson, Trailer Park Boys actor to join his campaign

Canada's former sprinter Ben Johnson poses as he stands in the track where he once competed in the Seoul Olympics on Sept. 24, 1988, at Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson and a member of the mockumentary series ``Trailer Park Boys'' have joined Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's re-election team. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Lee Jin-manThroughout the course of any election campaign, it's important for a candidate to bring-in endorsers -- individuals who will lend some credibility to the campaign while, at the same time, showing a sense of momentum. But even what's left of … Continue reading →


Lifestyle

Canadian 'Lion King' director filled with pride to bring show home again

Jelani Remy is seen as "Simba" from the musical The Lion King in this undated handout photo. Toronto-raised theatre guru John Stefaniuk says "The Lion King" has given him a ticket around the world. "It's been an exciting journey," said Stefaniuk, who will bring the smash show back to his hometown next week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Disney, Joan MarcusTORONTO - Toronto-raised theatre guru John Stefaniuk says "The Lion King" has given him a ticket around the world. "It's been an exciting journey," said Stefaniuk, who will bring the smash show back to his hometown next week. 'Lion King' has been able to be my guide in all of that." Stefaniuk's job is to ensure that the various "Lion King" incarnations playing around the world meet the standards of the original Julie Taymor production, which is based on the Disney film and drew raves for its groundbreaking use of puppetry when it debuted on Broadway in 1997.


With daredevil's jump out, Discovery to make documentary on Everest avalanche

FILE - In this May 18, 2003 file photo, mountaineers pass through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on their way to Mount Everest near Everest Base camp, Nepal. The Khumbu Icefall is a river of ice, a kilometer or so of constantly shifting glacier punctuated by deep crevasses and overhanging immensities of ice that can be as large as 10-story buildings and can move six feet in just one day. Crossing it can take 12 hours. On Friday, April 18, 2014, a piece of glacier sheared away from the mountain, setting off an avalanche of ice that killed 16 Sherpa guides as they ferried clients’ equipment up the mountain. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)NEW YORK, N.Y. - With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides. Discovery President Eileen O'Neill said the network hopes to air the film within the next few weeks. Discovery will encourage viewers to donate to a relief fund for families of the Sherpa guides killed in Everest's most deadly disaster. Several of the Sherpas killed were helping prepare for American Joby Ogwyn's planned jump from the summit in a wingsuit.


Chris Brown trial in Washington on assault charge could start Wednesday after being delayed

WASHINGTON - Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge is scheduled to begin in Washington. Brown's trial had been set for Monday but was postponed while lawyers tried to work out whether his bodyguard will testify. It's unclear if the trial will start Wednesday, as Brown's lawyers seem to want, or if further legal manoeuvring will delay it. Both Brown and his bodyguard were arrested in October.

Neil Patrick Harris channels 'Hedwig' on stage when fans call out his name during performance

This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," at the Belasco Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)NEW YORK, N.Y. - Neil Patrick Harris knows that his character Hedwig speaks directly to the audience throughout his Broadway show, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." So he understands how things can sometimes get unruly. It draws heavily from Mitchell's personal life growing up as the son a U.S. Army General.


Stephen Colbert pays visit to show he'll take over from David Letterman, says he's 'thrilled'

In this photo provided by CBS, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, left, shakes hands with host David Letterman on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in New York. This was Colbert’s first visit to the show since CBS announced that he will succeed Letterman as host when he retires in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeffrey R. Staab) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLYNEW YORK, N.Y. - Stephen Colbert, who will take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year, revealed Tuesday that he almost worked for Letterman — twice. Colbert, the Comedy Central host, visited the "Late Show" for the first time since it was announced earlier this month that he will replace Letterman sometime next year. He was greeted warmly, with Letterman introducing him as "very talented" and "always entertaining," and the two men posed for the obligatory selfie. Letterman was working at NBC then, and Colbert said he accompanied his girlfriend to New York, where she was interviewing for an internship at Letterman's show.


Sports

Spurs coach Popovich named Coach of the Year

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs(Reuters) - Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was voted NBA Coach of the Year, becoming the third three-time winner of the award, the National Basketball Association announced on Tuesday. Popovich's Spurs posted the NBA's best record at 62-20 to secure homecourt advantage through the postseason as he claimed the coaching honor for the second time in three seasons and joined Don Nelson and Pat Riley as a three-time recipient. After steering the Spurs to a 15th successive season with 50 or more wins, Popovich totaled 380 points, including 59 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 sportswriters from the United States and Canada.


Phelps facing toughest challenge yet

U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps poses with his Special Laureus Award during the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, at Municipal Theater in Rio de JaneiroMichael Phelps has been swimming against the tide all his life. Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong, setting the standard for Olympic achievement with his 18 gold medals. If all goes well, Phelps could be back on the winner's podium at Rio, although he insists he is still undecided about whether he wants to go to the 2016 Olympics. Nothing he does in the future will take away from what he did in the past but as Muhammad Ali, Mark Spitz, Michael Jordan, Bjorn Borg and Michael Schumacher all discovered, it can still become a permanent footnote.


Djokovic plays down injury fears, back for Madrid

Djokovic reacts after missing a point during his match against Federer during their semi-final match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco(Reuters) - Novak Djokovic has played down fears he will miss this year's French Open, saying the wrist injury he sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters last week is not as serious as first feared. The Serb, second in the world rankings behind Rafael Nadal, said on his website (www.novakdjokovic.com) that he hoped to be fit to play in the Madrid Masters which starts on May 4. "Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed," Djokovic, who was beaten by Roger Federer in Monte Carlo, said on Tuesday. "Doctors assured me that I will be ready for Madrid, then Rome and Roland Garros, just as it has been planned.


Patrick Marleau scores OT winner, and Sharks beat LA Kings 4-3 to take 3-0 series lead

San Jose Sharks left wing James Sheppard, left, is tripped by Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series , Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After Patrick Marleau's fourth career playoff overtime goal silenced Staples Center for maybe the next-to-last time this season, the veteran San Jose Sharks forward attributed his knack for post-season heroics to one simple trait. "Well, you just try to shoot it on net," Marleau said. That's how good things happen for Marleau and the Sharks, who weathered the Los Angeles Kings' best game of the series and emerged on the brink of advancement. Marleau scored 6:20 into overtime, and the Sharks beat the Kings 4-3 on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 first-round series lead.


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Celebrity

'Game Of Thrones' Q&A: Sophie Turner On Sansa's Escape

Sophie Turner on a red carpet and as Sansa Stark in 'Game of Thrones' -- HBO/Getty ImagesThanks to a scheming Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, the last Stark in King's Landing - Sophie Turner's Sansa - has left the capitol. She's "sailing home," as Littlefinger put it in last Sunday's episode, as they began to travel far away from the chaos that erupted following King Joffrey Baratheon's wedding day murder. But nothing is that simple or that easy in "Game of Thrones." With her flame haired character heading off on a new journey, Sophie shared with Access Hollywood her thoughts on recent events -- like finding out Ser Dontos was (going to be) paid to help Sansa flee the city.


Drew Barrymore Gives Birth; Reveals Baby Name!

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman attend the release of 'Find It In Everything' at Chanel Boutique on January 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills -- FilmMagicDrew Barrymore's bundle of joy has arrived!


'Dancing' Recap: Stiff Competition Shakes Up Leaderboard

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18 cast -- ABCA beloved member of the "Dancing with the Stars" cast was sent home on Monday night's show. "The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey and professional dance partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated from the stiff competition on Monday's "DWTS," and the cast was disappointed to see the pair, who brought a lot of fun to the ballroom, go home.


A look at the homegrown highlights at the upcoming Hot Docs film festival

Security certificate detainee Mahmoud Jaballah, who has been under house arrest for 7 years, waits at home in this undated handout image from the film "The Secret Trial." THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Hot Docs Festival, Noah G. BinghamTORONTO - Alice Cooper, George Takei, The Iron Sheik and the man behind Big Bird are among the high-profile guests headed to this year's Hot Docs festival. Here's a look at some of the homegrown films hoping to make a splash at the annual showcase, more formally known as the Canadian International Documentary Festival: Director Dennis Mohr: "I think they're just a strange untapped aspect of photography — call it portrait photography, just call it a terrible photograph.... It's a great leveller of society. Featuring: "I think we did get the Justin Bieber (shot) in, that was the last edit we made, but it really deals with non-celebrity," says Mohr.


Emma Stone Embraces 'Bland Basic Bitch' Label

Emma Stone on April 15, 2014 in Berlin -- Getty ImagesYour Daily Roundup of Celebrity Gossip & Star Shenanigans!









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