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Asia stock markets uneven after China's 2Q growth data

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shanghai stocks lost ground on Wednesday despite China's better-than-expected economic growth in the second quarter, with …

Why the Apple Watch is flopping

<i>By Mark Wilson</i><p>The Apple Watch, despite years of hype before it was even announced, appears to be flopping after all.<p>It wasn't a good sign when Apple announced shortly before the Watch release that they weren't going to be breaking out sales numbers. Now, a new report from third-party analysts Slice …

Smartwatches

The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital

It’s a fascinating time to take stock of startup innovation in the Netherlands, a rare turning point where you can watch the hard work of the past give way to the immense promise of the future.<p>Behind London and Berlin, the Dutch startup scene is already considered to be one of the most prominent in …

Grids for Instagram desktop app arrives on Windows

People use Instagram in different ways, and it’s become obvious that many more than the company ever expected actually like viewing (and — gasp — uploading) their Instagram collection on the desktop.<p>Instagram does facilitate a utilitarian sort of desktop interaction, but a very handsome app called …

Younger generation of British Muslims showing shift in attitude to gender roles

Most young British-born Muslims reject the view that married women should stay at home while their husbands go to work, marking a shift of attitudes from older generations of Muslims in the UK, according to a report by a thinktank.<p>The difference of views between younger and older British Muslims …

Religion

France is the sick man of Europe, says former French prime minister François Fillon

“Sick” France needs urgent reform, says former centre-Right prime minister, calling for major reforms to stop the “pauperisation” of the country<p>France is “the sick man of Europe”, François Fillon, the former centre-Right prime minister, has said in an open letter to French president Francois …

Queen Elizabeth could get millions to soundproof Windsor Castle from jet noise

The Queen is in line for a £700m compensation scheme to noise-proof Windsor Castle from a third runway.<p>Heathrow has promised to invest £700m in noise …

Iran nuclear talks: comprehensive deal ‘to be announced as early as Monday’

European and Chinese officials are pushing for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme to be signed on Monday, but Washington and Tehran – the two main protagonists at the negotiations in Vienna – will not be rushed.<p>The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, told reporters that his team “believes that no …

South Asia

The Shrinking Digital Divide

Thanks to the growth of the mobile Internet, there are now three percentages that are relevant to the digital divide globally: 94, 48, and 28. All three are amazing.<p>Mobile telephony grew faster than almost anyone would have predicted 15 years ago, to the point where at least 94% of the world’s …

In a Paraguay slum, Pope Francis speaks of equality and solidarity

Concluding a three-country trip to South America,<p>Pope Francisvisited a slum Sunday, driving home the message of social inclusion and solidarity with the poor that has been central to his papacy.<p>"A faith that does not draw us into solidarity is a faith that is dead," he said, addressing a crowd of …