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Walmart Canada, Visa reach deal after fee dispute
TORONTO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Visa Inc reached an agreement to continue offering Visa as a payment option for customers in Canada, the two companies said on Thursday.
Last summer, Walmart Canada said it would stop accepting Visa cards after a public dispute with the credit card provider over what the retail giant called "unacceptably high" merchant fees.
Three stores in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and 16 stores in the province of Manitoba were impacted by the initial roll-out of the decision last year. These stores will resume accepting Visa on Friday.
A Walmart Canada spokesman said details of the agreement were confidential.
The original decision would have eventually impacted more than 370 outlets across Canada. No U.S. locations were affected.
Retailers have long complained about merchant fees charged by credit card companies. But Walmart and Visa's negotiations were unusually public, with Visa taking up ads in Canadian newspapers, saying Walmart was using its customers as pawns in its bid to get lower fees.
(Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Snap! Selfie-seeking tourist bitten by Thai croc
Bangkok (AFP) - A French tourist was bitten by a crocodile inside a Thai national park as she tried to get close to the fearsome animal to take a selfie, an official said on Monday.The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in Khao Yai, a popular national park filled with dense jungle hiking trails and waterfalls three hours north of Bangkok."She wanted to take selfie with the crocodile who was lying down near a stream," a park official told AFP, asking not to be named because he did not have… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
In UK's rust belt, Brexit rebellion here to stay
Rotherham (United Kingdom) (AFP) - As a driving force behind Brexit, the rust belt of northern England helped trigger an anti-establishment earthquake whose aftershocks travelled across the Atlantic, and its people are in no mood to back down.The town of Rotherham voted 68 percent in favour of Brexit, and six months on its residents believe they, and other areas hit by industrial decline, are now at the epicentre of a generational shift in politics."It's all a protest vote, you can see that in… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Belgian attacks response raises rights concerns: HRW
Brussels (AFP) - Belgium risks alienating Muslim communities through its "sometimes abusive" response to the Brussels and Paris terror attacks, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Friday.The rights group said that overly harsh Belgian counterterrorism laws and "heavy-handed" police operations in the past year were undermining efforts to prevent further attacks.Islamic State-linked suicide bombers killed 32 people at Brussels' airport and metro on March 22, while the same cell was responsible… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Uber And Google Want To Help You Get To The Polls
On Tuesday, Uber will remind riders when they open the app that it is Election Day, and through a partnership with Google, it will tell people where to find their polling locations.The special feature will ask people to enter the address where they are registered to vote so it can locate their polling sites. Then riders can hit a button to request a ride. (Uber will not be offering free or discounted rides.)“Given the important decision people around the country will make on November 8th, we… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
You're Hired? Inside the interviews as Trump picks Cabinet
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, arrived to a recent meeting with Donald Trump, the president-elect greeted him with a blunt question."Did you think I was going to win?" Trump asked.The entertainment mogul, who has known Trump socially for years, offered an honest and candid response: "No," he said, drawing a smile from Trump.Johnson is one of dozens of people who have paraded into Trump's properties in New York and New Jersey in recent weeks… chat_bubble_outline Read More...