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German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, maker of Aspirin painkiller, said on Tuesday it will acquire the consumer care business of Merck and Co in the US for $14.2 billion. “Bayer has agreed to acquire the consumer care business of US pharmaceutical company Merck and Co., for a purchase price of $14.2 billion (10.4 billion… » read more

Vienna/Istanbul – An Austrian woman who says she was a rape victim was sentenced, in absentia, to four months in prison by a Dubai court Monday on charges of having sex and drinking alcohol, the Austrian Foreign Ministry reported. The 29-year-old Austrian student had reported to Dubai police in early December that she was raped… » read more

Washington – Hollywood actor Ben Affleck has been banned from a Las Vegas casino after being caught counting cards, news reports said Saturday. The star of the forthcoming Batman movie was banned for life from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock casino after gambling at the casino’s high-rollers’ blackjack table, a source close to Affleck… » read more

Visitors mass in Hua Hin to pay tribute to beloved monarch Thousands upon thousands of people, dressed in yellow, gathered at different locations to mark Coronation Day yesterday, with the biggest ceremony held in the resort town of Hua Hin, where His Majesty the King currently resides. Yesterday marked His Majesty’s 64th year on the… » read more

Six Senses Phuket Raceweek has become one of the region’s favourite yacht racing events, comprising four days of world-class yacht racing and five nights of beachside parties at a 5-star hotel – all captured for international TV broadcast to 140 million households. The regatta is run over six or seven classes, including cruising/bareboat/charter yachts. It… » read more

China and Germany held the first round of inter-governmental consultation on Tuesday, pledging to further boost bilateral ties and cooperation through this mechanism. The consultation, co-chaired by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and German Chancellor Ange…

Xinhua reported the interest news in last week. “China has again shown itself to be a rainy day friend to the European Union (EU) in the face of the sovereign debt crisis besetting some EU members”. During his ongoing visit to Europe, Chine…

A demonstrator dressed in a Rupert Murdoch mask controls puppets of British Prime Minister David Cameron (Foreground) and British Minister for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt, (R) during a protest against Murdoch’s proposed takeover of BSkyB, in London, on July 8, 2011. Police arrested David Cameron’s ex-media chief over Britain’s phone hacking scandal on… » read more

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