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Global stocks were back on the front foot on Thursday, as upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook helped shake off some of the jitters that have hit the sector in recent weeks.

AstraZeneca highlighted progress with new cancer drugs that may revive its fortunes as it posted a 17 percent fall in core earnings per share on Thursday, reflecting patent losses on profitable older medicines.

A report by Transparency International, calling for a more open approach to policy making, might provide fuel for the union’s critics.

The federal government is also proposing to include cigars and tobacco pipes under its regulatory control.

The employees worked at a Chinese unit of Marubeni’s Columbia Grain, and their detention may signal further strain in relations between Japan and China.

The company increased its profit outlook for the year as its first-quarter revenue rose. Net income, however, fell 13 percent after a shift in the company’s pension plan.

Canada will require that older rail cars used for carrying crude oil be phased out by May 2017, the government said on Wednesday, moving ahead of the United States.

Planned new rules would allow an Internet provider to negotiate separately with content companies and charge them for priority service.

The company reported 1.28 billion monthly users, most on mobile devices, and easily exceeded analysts’ expectations for revenue and profit.

Connoisseurs driving up the prices of rare and collectible wines have spurred a wave of counterfeiters who target collectors eager to flaunt their trophies.

The increase was small compared with huge growth the company had even just a few years ago. Apple also announced a stock split and expanded its buybacks.

The fresh capital, in a loan from the private equity firm TPG Capital, is intended to help Chobani add new products and expand overseas.

Asian markets could get a lift on Thursday after tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook beat Wall Street expectations, sending their stock up sharply and boosting Nasdaq futures.

Mr. Salmon, a prominent writer on finance who is leaving Reuters, will take up a web-based role at Fusion that runs across multiple media.

The junk bond offering by Numericable, the French cable unit of Altice, is the largest in history and will help finance the acquisition of Vivendi’s mobile unit, SFR.

While the data was a bright spot, the euro zone’s total debt rose to 92.6 percent of gross domestic product — well above the 60 percent target.

UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo have signed a memorandum of understanding “to optimize the performance and maximize the value” of a portfolio of corporate loans facing restructuring.

A panel signaled it might overturn the convictions of two former traders, which would represent a crack in a campaign by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, against insider trading at hedge funds.

Two recent articles show the differences — and the similarities — of how favors and connections are used by the powerful.

The country will buy 58 more F-35 fighter jets for $11.6 billion, in a deal the prime minister called one of Australia’s largest military purchases.

SunGlacier, a leaf-shaped sculpture by the Dutch artist Ap Verhaggen, has a built-in solar-powered refrigerator that produces water by freezing moisture from hot desert air.

Around the world, there is increasing awareness of the resources squandered to produce food that is never eaten.

The deals, which come amid recent eye-popping transactions in the drug industry, include buying the cancer drug business of its British rival GlaxoSmithKline for up to $16 billion.

Business activity in the 18 nations that use the common currency expanded in April at its fastest rate in nearly three years, according to a private sector survey.

McDonald’s said Tuesday that its profit slipped in the first quarter as global sales remained weak for the world’s biggest hamburger chain.