Company walks fine line to revive Colombia emerald mine
A tiny company is trying to breathe new life into a fabled, four-century-old Colombian emerald mine without triggering unrest among wary locals who fear being shut out of the tunnels where they hunt for gems and make a meager living.
China preparing plan to increase access for foreign companies: WSJ
China is planning to replace an industrial policy with a new program that promises greater access for foreign companies, the Wall Street Journal reported
Italy's Salvini changes tack on EU in bid for center ground
Right-wing firebrand Matteo Salvini is softening his eurosceptic policies in a bid to capture the middle ground of Italian politics and eventually take centre-stage in Europe, even if it means disappointing his more radical supporters.
Francis to say first Mass by a pope on Arabian peninsula in UAE
Pope Francis will say the first Mass by a pontiff on the Arabian peninsula in February and visit one of its largest mosques when he travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
New mother on migrant caravan hopes Trump's heart softens
Erly Marcial of Honduras joined the United States-bound migrant caravan with her family even though the 21-year-old was nearly eight months pregnant. She gave birth to a healthy baby on the grueling trail and is now hoping for another miracle.
US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs 1 pct on trade optimism
* Indexes gain: Dow 1.05 pct, S&P 1.09 pct, Nasdaq 1.36 pct (Updates to open)
Norway's golden boy Northug announces he is quitting
Norwegian former World and Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug has decided to quit the sport after struggling to recover from a series of injuries and setbacks that saw him miss the Pyeongchang Winter Games this year.
Germany seeks to assist potential bank merger: Bloomberg
Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank - Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
Wall Street climbs 1 percent on trade optimism
U.S. stocks rose 1 percent on Wednesday, boosted by technology stocks, as a report about China planning to increase access for foreign firms added to optimism fuelled by President Donald Trump's upbeat comments on trade.
Irish opposition offers to extend government deal until 2020
Ireland's main opposition party offered to extend an expiring cooperation deal with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's minority government until early 2020 to avoid holding a fresh election amid the threat of a disorderly Brexit.