CLOSE SCRUTINY: US postal workers sort packages at the sort centre in San Francisco as the postal service says employees will process over one billion cards, letters and packages during the holiday season. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images, AFP)
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Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products are poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, the BBC has found.
Asian markets have rallied for a second straight session, boosted by another strong performance on Wall Street.
Shares in Cheil Industries, the de facto holding company of Samsung Group, have doubled in the latest in a series of steps toward generational succession for South Korea's largest conglomerate.
Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first Airbus A400M military transport ordered by Germany.
The Christmas rush is exposing the limitations of internet-only retailers, allowing Europe's shops to fight back with "click and collect" services.
Senior Rand Paul says starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked."
The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has kicked off its annual festive season marine protection awareness campaign.