• Trump hosting `SNL' commits TV's cardinal sin: boredom
  • Volkswagen employees blew whistle on latest emissions issues

Here are highlights of the top breaking stories from around the world on Sunday:

Some pretty awful trade data seemed to leave China with little choice but continue stimulus measures, as the consumer economy isn’t expanding enough to offset industrial decline.

Weyerhaeuser Co. agreed to a stock-swap merger valued at $8.4 billion with Plum Creek Timber Co. to form the largest U.S. timber owner.

Oil producer Apache Corp. rejected an unsolicited takeover bid from an unidentified buyer and is said to be working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on a defense plan.

National Grid Plc, the U.K. utility, is said to have put its gas distribution assets on the sales block.

Officials are increasingly sure, even in the absence of hard evidence, that the Russian airliner was brought down over the Sinai by a bomb.

So much for Donald Trump never being boring. But then, the “Saturday Night Live” cast around the real estate mogul/Republican presidential candidate/guest host didn’t look too inspired, either.

The latest revelations about more emissions inconsistencies in Volkswagen AG vehicles were made by employee whistle-blowers.

Dubai stocks are now in a bear market.

BHP Billiton Ltd.’s CEO is on his way to Brazil, where prosecutors are pushing to suspend the licenses for its iron-ore mining venture and seek compensation for victims after two dams burst causing deadly mudslides.

The surprise victory by Indian Prime Minister Modi’s opponents in a crucial state election may force him to change strategy to get his economic reforms accomplished.

The new James Bond film “Spectre” led the weekly North American box office revenues -- though the returns weren’t exactly stirring.

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