‘Men in Black’ and ‘Shaft’ sequels flop in ‘rough weekend’ for movie franchises

LOS ANGELES — Brand familiarity isn’t everything when it comes to attracting audiences to the multiplex, and Hollywood is learning that lesson the hard way this summer with a slew of underperforming sequels and reboots. That so-called franchise fatigue came to a head this weekend with the releases of “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft.” The writing may have been […]

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Deutsche Bank to set up 50 billion euro bad bank: FT

(Reuters) – Deutsche Bank is planning to overhaul its trading operations by creating a “bad bank” to hold tens of billions of euros of assets and shrinking or shutting its U.S. equity and trading businesses, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The bad bank would house or sell assets valued at up to 50 billion euros ($56.06 billion)- after adjusting […]

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Alan O'Neill: 'Shops must fight back and join online revolution'

The town of Westport in Co Mayo calls itself ‘the Riviera of the Wild Atlantic Way’. It’s a clever description that conjures up images of a beautiful location and great personality. It’s such an icon of Irish culture, that it’s even signposted from Palmerstown in Dublin. The town lives up to its great reputation with a diverse mix of leisure […]

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Hong Kong has been devoured by a 'sea of black' amid protests over extradition plans with China: How the intense blowback inspired a historic apology

Hong Kong has been engulfed in protests the past week over a proposed law that would allow extradition of residents to mainland China. The bill prompted widespread anger and stoked fears that the new rules could be exploited to quash dissidents and political dissent. Demonstrations have at times blanketed the Asian financial center in a “sea of black,” and protesters […]

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Climate Envoys Divide Over Reviving UN’s ‘Zombie’ Carbon Market

The role of markets in slashing fossil fuel pollution is returning to the center of the political debate about how to fight global warming. Envoys from almost 200 nations agreed in 2015 to work toward some kind of global system for exchanging allowances covering greenhouse gases through the Paris Agreement on climate change. A deal on how to do that […]

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Property values in my neighborhood are skyrocketing and friends tell me to 'just buy already,' but here's why I won't

Megan DeMatteo lives in an up-and-coming Baltimore neighborhood where rising property values make buying a home seem like a no-brainer. However, she writes, renting in the neighborhood is accessible and exactly what she needs in this phase of life. Also, her future plans are up in the air — between her own grad school and her partner’s grad school, it’s […]

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China’s Exports Rise Unexpectedly; Imports Fall More-Than-Forecast

China’s exports grew unexpectedly in May as companies front-loaded ahead of US tariff hike, while imports declined more-than-expected signaling weak domestic activity. Data from the General Administration of Customs on Monday showed that exports advanced 1.1 percent year-on-year in May confounding expectations for a decline of 3.9 percent. On the other hand, imports decreased 8.5 percent annually compared to the […]

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