Articles for author: Bianca Echa

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Disney, Reliance Sign .5 Billion Deal to Merge India Media Operations

Disney, Reliance Sign $8.5 Billion Deal to Merge India Media Operations

Walt Disney Co. and billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s conglomerate have signed a binding pact to merge their media operations in India, creating a sector behemoth valued at $8.5 billion in one of the world’s fastest-growing entertainment markets. The US media company will control 36.84%, while Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd. will own 16.34% in the joint venture, ...

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How a Willy Wonka Event in the U.K. Ended in Calls to Police and Demands For Refunds

How a Willy Wonka Event in the U.K. Ended in Calls to Police and Demands For Refunds

Children dressed up in Willy Wonka costumes and excited to enter what was advertised as a “full immersive experience… promising a day of pure imagination and wonder” were instead disappointed by a seemingly unprofessional event where they received no chocolate, leading outraged parents to demand refunds for their £35 ($44) tickets. “Willy’s Chocolate Experience,” which ...

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France Becomes Latest Government to Regulate ‘Meat’ Labels for Plant-Based Food

France Becomes Latest Government to Regulate ‘Meat’ Labels for Plant-Based Food

What do you call a chunk of beef-like protein that “bleeds” beet-juice? Not a steak, says the French government, which just issued a decree on Tuesday restricting how plant-based products can be marketed to consumers. In recent years, plant-based mock meats—from burger patties to sausages and “chicken” nuggets—have become a mainstay on supermarket shelves, with ...

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South Korea’s World’s-Lowest Fertility Rate Drops to New Record, Again

South Korea’s World’s-Lowest Fertility Rate Drops to New Record, Again

South Korea set a new record for the world’s lowest fertility rate as the impact of the nation’s aging demographics looms large for its medical system, social welfare provision and economic growth. The number of babies expected per woman fell to 0.72 last year from 0.78 in 2022, according to data released Wednesday by South ...

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