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31 October 2017 5:32 AM NZ dollar falls with business confidence, soft China data

Oct. 31 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar extended its decline after business confidence fell, Chinese data was softer than expected and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that foreign speculators will no longer be able to buy houses in New Zealand from early next year. The kiwi fell to 68.45 US cents as at 5pm in Wellington from 68.72 US cents 75

27 October 2017 12:48 PM Hong Kong Bitcoin Community Strongly Rejects SegWit2x

The Hong Kong bitcoin community, which includes individuals, meetups, events, and organizations, has strongly rejected the SegWit2x hard fork expected to occur on November 16 later this year. Already, apart from four companies, most of the major bitcoin service providers in Hong Kong such as Bitfinex, BitMEX, Bitspark, Gatecoin, OKCoin, and Tidebit have clarified 54

26 October 2017 7:12 PM The Kennedy assassination is a rarity these days: A bipartisan conspiracy theory

Donald Trump picked up a bizarre theory from the front cover of the National Enquirer last year. It speculated that the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) had been palling around with Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans before the Kennedy assassination, distributing anti-Castro literature. There was no evidence that this was true, except that Rafael Cruz was generally 39

26 October 2017 1:41 AM AIA 2017 annual meeting shareholder poll results

The annual meeting of shareholders of Auckland International Airport Limited was held this morning at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland. The five resolutions proposed by the company were passed by shareholders. The three resolutions proposed by a shareholder were not passed. Full details of the polls conducted are set out below 56

25 October 2017 1:43 PM In poll, people say Trump tax plan benefits rich, companies

Ken Thomas and Emily Swanson, Associated Press The survey could serve as a warning sign for Trump as he pushes Republicans to support his proposal. The president and GOP lawmakers are seeking a major legislative victory before the 2018 elections. For all the differences of opinion over the details of tax changes, the poll shows a large and bipartisan 49

23 October 2017 7:56 PM Kea named New Zealand's Bird of the Year

The kea has overcome vote-rigging and online trolling to be named New Zealand's Bird of the Year after two weeks of heated campaigning. While last month's New Zealand election means Jacinda Arden is set to become prime minister, the country's citizens have been involved in this other hotly-contested vote with - admittedly - not quite such far-reaching 34

23 October 2017 5:04 PM Winning big Japan’s ruling coalition retains a supermajority in snap election

LIKE him or, as some Japanese do after five years in office, loathe him, Shinzo Abe has proved a savvy political operator. Having already led his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to four successive electoral victories, the Japanese prime minister risked bringing an end to his long winning streak when he decided last month to dissolve the lower house of the Diet (parliament) 4

23 October 2017 1:33 AM Abe to push reform of Japan’s pacifist constitution after election win

The victory also means his “Abenomics” growth strategy centred on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc scored a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest-serving premier and re-energising his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Mr. Abe's 13

19 October 2017 9:13 PM Racial populism and the 2017 New Zealand General Election

The celebrations among many New Zealand leftists are understandable. After 9 years of Tory brutality, a change of government can feel like a breath of fresh air. However, the morning after the celebrations, we must take stock and critically evaluate the makeup of the next government, so we know what battles await us in the coming years. It’s an unfortunate 22

19 October 2017 3:09 PM Macri-nomics on the ballotAt mid-term elections, Argentina chooses between sobriety and Peronism

Mauricio Macri faces an electoral test. If he does well, Argentina’s odds of prosperity will improve IF THE polls are right, Mauricio Macri, who narrowly won Argentina’s presidency against the odds two years ago, will strengthen his hand in mid-term elections on October 22nd. A good result in the ballot, in which a third of senate seats and half of those 22