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India's top winemaker bets on changing tastes with market debut

India’s top winemaker bets on changing tastes with market debut

India’s biggest winemaker, Sula Vineyards, is heading to the stock market, betting on diversifying the taste buds of a burgeoning urban middle class in a country that has long favored hard liquor. Wine accounts for less than one percent of India’s massive alcohol market, with spirits being the drink of choice in the country of …

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China announces withdrawal of strict anti-COVID-19 measures

China announces withdrawal of strict anti-COVID-19 measures

BEIJING (AP) — In a sharp turnaround, China announced a series of measures rolling back some of its most draconian anti-COVID-19 restrictions, including limiting tough lockdowns and ordering schools with no known infections to resume classes. regular. The National Health Commission, in a 10-point announcement on Wednesday, stipulated that COVID-19 tests and a healthy health …

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New Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar pledges to heal divided nation and economy

New Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar pledges to heal divided nation and economy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Longtime reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister on Thursday and pledged to heal a racially divided nation, fight corruption and revive an economy struggling with the rising cost of living. His rise to the top was a victory for political reformers who have been locked …

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Workers protest and are beaten at virus-hit Chinese iPhone factory

Workers protest and are beaten at virus-hit Chinese iPhone factory

BEIJING (AP) — Workers at Apple’s world’s largest iPhone factory were beaten and detained during protests over pay amid virus checks, according to witnesses and social media videos on Wednesday, as tensions mount over Chinese efforts to tackle a further rise in infections. Videos that said they had been filmed at the factory in the …

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Asia-Pacific leaders condemn war, renew calls for open trade

Asia-Pacific leaders condemn war, renew calls for open trade

BANGKOK (AP) — Leaders across Asia-Pacific have called for an end to Russia’s war on Ukraine and pledged to steer the region’s economies towards sustainable growth as they wrapped up summit meetings on Saturday. Host Thailand won a diplomatic coup by successfully bridging the rifts among the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum …

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Chinese firms secure top spot at World Cup after team flops

Chinese firms secure top spot at World Cup after team flops

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – China may not send a team to Qatar, but Chinese companies will be the main sponsors of the 2022 World Cup. Chinese brands are the biggest sponsors of this month’s tournament – even surpassing the list of American companies which includes iconic names such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Budweiser. Chinese sponsors …

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China eases some quarantines for travelers even as cases rise

China eases some quarantines for travelers even as cases rise

BEIJING (AP) — Travelers arriving in China will spend less time in quarantine thanks to changes to sweeping virus checks announced Friday to reduce disruption to the economy and society. The announcement came as a surge in COVID-19 cases prompted Beijing to close parks and impose other restrictions. The country has reported 10,729 new cases …

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