Economy

Asian stocks struggle to track Wall St higher, earnings in focus
Asian stocks struggle to track Wall St higher, earnings in focus

Asian markets mostly fell Friday as traders struggled to build on Wall Street's positive lead, with hopes for a June interest rate cut fading, while earnings season gets underway in the United States amid optimism for companies' profit outlooks. Analysts said that while reducing interest rates would be a major boost for equities, investor optimism about company profits was crucial.

Educated and unemployed: India's angry young voters
Educated and unemployed: India's angry young voters

At a run-down job centre in the suburbs of India's financial capital Mumbai, 27-year-old Mahesh Bhopale dreams of a well-paid government post -- just like millions of other young, unemployed graduates. The International Labour Organization estimates 29 percent of India's young university graduates were unemployed in 2022.

French PM, Trudeau defend Canada-EU trade pact
French PM, Trudeau defend Canada-EU trade pact

Prime Ministers Gabriel Attal of France and Canada's Justin Trudeau on Thursday defended a trade pact between Canada and the European Union whose ratification has been stymied in France's legislature. Attal also "welcomed Canada's support for Ukraine."

Aston Martin to make petrol cars 'for as long as allowed'
Aston Martin to make petrol cars 'for as long as allowed'

British luxury carmaker Aston Martin Lagonda will continue to produce traditional combustion-engine vehicles for as long as legally possible, its boss told UK media this week. "For as long as we're allowed to make ICE (internal combustion engine) cars, we'll make them.

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