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NEW YORK (AP) — High-end hotel chain Mandarin Oriental said Thursday that the credit card systems at some of its hotels in the U.S. and Europe were hacked.
The 2022 Qatar World Cup will be "a game-changer," tournament chief Hassan Al-Thawadi declared Thursday, facing down the many skeptics voicing serious reservations about the gas-rich Gulf state hosting the showpiece. Al-Thawadi, appearing at a sports business conference in New York, was grilled on everything from corruption allegations dogging FIFA's pick of Qatar to worries that fans will not be able to get enough alcohol at the first World Cup in the Middle East. Other questions focused on criticism of working conditions for migrant construction workers and a likely move in the calendar of the World Cup from the summer to the winter, a shift that has drawn howls from football leagues across the globe. Al-Thawadi, who helped lead Qatar's bid committee and now oversees a massive building program in a country with little footballing infrastructure or history, sent a message of steely determination.
EU ministers must agree by March 20 a European Union goal to cut the bloc's emissions by at least 40 percent as its official contribution to U.N. climate change talks, French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Thursday. France will host a Paris conference at the end of the year to try to agree a new global deal on curbing planet-warming emissions and the European Commission, the EU executive, has called on all the big polluters to make early promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Environment ministers will debate the official EU contribution, known as an intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), at talks in Brussels on Friday, but diplomats said formal endorsement might be delayed until a summit of EU heads of state and government on March 20. "We have to be the first in the world to put forward our contribution to Paris.
By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The proportion of women MPs in parliaments around the world has doubled in the past 20 years, but a "significant brake" in progress in 2014 means new ways of increasing their number must be found, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) said. Women's average representation in parliament increased to 22.1 percent last year from 11.3 percent in 1995, when the Beijing Platform for Action on women's empowerment was adopted. After a record 2013, which saw the average number of women MPs rise by 1.5
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employment likely rose strongly in February with the jobless rate slipping, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. A Reuters survey of economists forecast a 240,000 increase in nonfarm payrolls after a 257,000 gain in January. "The jobs picture remains extraordinary healthy," said Jacob Oubina, an economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York. The jobless rate was forecast to fall one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.6 percent, while average hourly earnings were seen rising 0.2 percent after jumping 0.5 percent in January.