By Anne D’Innocenzio The Associated Press NEW YORK The mobile payment wars are heating up. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said it’s testing its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through […]

Germany’s largest trade union IG Metall opening joint US office with United Auto Workers NASHVILLE Germany’s largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labour issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States. Frankfurt-based IG Metall estimates that […]

By Ross Marowits The Canadian Press MONTREAL Resolute Forest Products is stepping up efforts to counter dwindling demand for paper by accelerating its entry into the North American tissue business. The Montreal-based company expects to become the continent’s 10th largest tissue maker ‚Äî joining Canadian rivals Cascades and KP Tissue […]

By Karin Laub The Associated Press AMMAN, Jordan Bold new ideas for helping Syrian refugees and their overburdened Middle Eastern host countries are gaining traction among international donors, shocked into action by this year’s migration of hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrians to Europe. Rather than struggling to gather humanitarian […]

By Verena Dobnik The Associated Press NEW YORK Sotheby’s is offering what experts consider the world’s most important private library of Hebrew books and manuscripts, collected by a London diamond dealer. The 11,000 items document life in the Jewish diaspora from Europe and Africa to Asia, spanning a millennium, Sotheby’s […]

By Mae Anderson The Associated Press NEW YORK Wal-Mart Stores says it is offering most of the same Black Friday “doorbuster” deals online and in stores for the first time and giving online shoppers an early jump on the sales. The world’s largest retailer is heading into the holiday season […]

By Ula Ilnytzky THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK A painting by Amedeo Modigliani fetched $170.4 million at an auction Monday, setting a world record for the artist and achieving the second highest price ever garnered for a work of art at auction. “Reclining Nude” was sold at Christie’s in Manhattan […]