The retail data on both Black Friday in the US and the 11-11 "Valentine's Day" shopping spree in China show that a sizable number of the transactions were completed through handheld devices and the Internet, a trend that retailers and e-commerce enterprises might want to keep an eye on.
US lawmakers dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's five-year-long effort to close the prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba by omitting a plan to shut the facility from an annual defense authorization bill.
The white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in August got no severance deal when he resigned from the force, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday.
With a record 278 million orders totaling $9.34 billion in sales, China's Singles' Day shopping spree on Nov 11 set the table for its US counterpart, Black Friday, which this year joined the e-commerce market in China for the first time.
The Chinese have been buying premium real estate in the United States for some time. Witness the recent $1.95 billion purchase of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York by a Chinese insurance company in October, or the regular purchases of high-end properties in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.