JOHANNESBURG –  Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name. King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday. It appears to be as easy as that, as the king is an absolute monarch. Many African countries upon independence “reverted to their
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Russia says Trump invited Putin to U.S. during phone call

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the United States during a phone call, and said he would be glad to see Putin in the White House, RIA Novosti reported on Friday, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin
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Russia – U.S. strikes remove moral hurdles for S-300 missiles for Assad: RIA

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei
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Cathay Pacific joins Skyscanner direct booking platform | News

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Hong Kong’s home airlines, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, continue to grow their distribution capabilities by embracing Skyscanner’s direct booking platform. The new integration means that Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon become the first Hong Kong-based carriers to be able to sell tickets directly within Skyscanner, across both web and mobile channels. The first phase
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May rate bets shrink to 40 percent after BoE’s Carney comments

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LONDON (Reuters) – Expectations of a UK interest rate increase in May has shrunk to around 40 percent from 70 percent earlier this week after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney dampened widespread expectations of a hike next month. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, speaks to the Scottish Economics Forum, via
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Le Grand Bellevue to launch luxurious wellness programme this summer | News

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Gstaad’s chicest boutique bolthole, Le Grand Bellevue, will introduce an exclusive new wild wellness experience this summer. Set to launch in June 2018, the four-night programme will see guests further their fitness as they swim, cycle and run through a series of mountain pursuits, before indulging in balancing wellness experiences, including mountainside massages and a
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Royal Mail CEO Moya Greene to retire, replacement named

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(Reuters) – Royal Mail plc said its Chief Executive Officer Moya Greene, who led the privatisation of the more than 500 year-old company, would retire in September after eight years at the helm. FILE PHOTO: Moya Greene, Chief Executive of Royal Mail Group, speaks at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference in London,
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Goodbye to Allo, double down on RCS – TechCrunch

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Google’s long-and-winding road to figuring out messaging is taking yet another change of direction after the company called time on Allo, its newest chat app launch, in order to double down on its vision to enable an enhanced version of SMS. The company told The Verge that it is “pausing” work on Allo, which was only launched
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