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WHERE THERE’S SMOKE: A protester throws a  flare during a rally against the unpopular Jobs Act in Rome last week. Picture: REUTERS

As a national strike looms, Italy is also beset by citizen protests

3 day(s) ago

For dispirited Italians who have undergone three recessions, every new setback seems like the last straw, writes Gavin Jones

Europe

Assange loses appeal against Swedish prosecutors

Julian Assange. REUTERS/JOHN STILLWELL
3 day(s) ago

The Australian has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London for two years to avoid extradition

Europe

France shocked to be a jihadist source

Manuel Valls. Picture: REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU
3 day(s) ago

As a proportion of their populations, Belgium and Denmark are the biggest contributors to the jihad in Iraq and Syria

Europe

EU rejects Britain’s bonus cap challenge

David Cameron. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

EU court adviser rejects a barrage of British challenges against a cap on banking bonuses, dealing a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron’s government

Opinion

No pattern behind the patterns

CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSALITY: The ‘jelly bean problem’ illustrates the trouble with analysing statistical patterns where no genuine causal relationship exists. Picture: BLOOMBERG

New research casts a poor light on financial research. Most of those financial strategies that claim to beat the market don’t

Opinion

No new Cold War with Russia; only a test of will

Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Brisbane. Picture: REUTERS

Sanctions can change the thinking in Moscow only if it is convinced the West will not flinch

John Kerry. Picture: REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU

Extension of Iran nuclear talks likely, say officials

Tehran’s representatives have shown no sign of softening their position on several key issues

Americas

Mexico’s first lady to sell controversial mansion

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers a speech at the National Palace, in Mexico City on Monday. Nieto vowed that authorities would go after those behind the disappearance of 43 students amid fears several of them were among bodies in a mass grave. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

First lady announces she is putting multimillion-dollar private mansion on sale to end controversy over purchase of property from government contractor

Asia-Pacific

Google looks to get back into China

PRIVACY ISSUES: Pedestrians walk in front of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The US company has started to comply with the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DAVID PAUL MORRIS
2 day(s) ago

Google is considering bringing version of Play mobile-app store to China, a tentative but important step back into a country that Google mostly exited in 2010

Americas

Bribery probes in Brazil fuel concern

Paulo Roberto Costa. Picture: REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINO
4 day(s) ago

The widening investigation comes a month after video released in which former Petrobras head of refining discusses a building cartel to overcharge for projects and pay off politicians

Europe

Weather plays havoc with fashion chains’ ranges

Zara. Picture: BLOOMBERG
4 day(s) ago

Clothing retailers forced to offer new stock due to milder weather in Europe


International companies


Americas

Mega-merger fever returns to Wall Street

Wall Street. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Low-cost financing, strong equity markets, more confidence in corporate boardrooms, increasingly competitive deal landscape is driving activity

World

Uber under fire after series of missteps

Travis Kalanick. Picture: BLOOMBERG/BRENT LEWIN
3 day(s) ago

CEO Kalanick took to Twitter to distance firm from the strife

World

Bargains in iron ore ripe for the picking

ASSET: A clump of iron ore from a mine. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Mines face production costs that are too high for the market

Asia-Pacific

Heap leaching technology test shows promise

A cyanide solution percolates through a pile of gold bearing ore during 'heap leaching' at Newmont Mining's operations in Nevada, the US. Picture: BLOOMBERG/STEPHEN HILGER
2 day(s) ago

If promising tests in Chile pan out the technology will be used at the Olympic Dam mine

BHP Billiton’s signboard outside Richards Bay. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Biggest miner defends its plan to split the company

New entity — provisionally named NewCo — will be dual-listed in Sydney and London, with an additional listing in Johannesburg

Asia-Pacific

‘Massive expansions of iron ore are over,’ says BHP chief

Andrew Mackenzie. Picture: BLOOMBERG/IAN WALDIE
2 day(s) ago

In top metals consumer China, growth in its vast factory sector stalled in November

Europe

RBS’s penalty highlights banks’ need to upgrade

A pedestrian passes a Royal Bank of Scotland branch in the City of London. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Built on decades of consolidation, the banks are trying to simplify incremental technology upgrades

Europe

Second man on Islamic State beheading video ‘seems to be a Frenchman’

MISSING: A relatives of one of the Lebanese soldiers kidnapped by fighters linked to the radical Sunni Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front (JAN), attaches positions a poster with pictures of those kidnapped on  a tent in Martyrs’ Square, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/NABIL MOUNZER
4 day(s) ago

France’s government spokesman says it seems second man who appeared on beheading video at weekend is a French citizen

Middle East

Deadline looms for Iran nuclear deal

Mohammad Javad Zarif. Picture: REUTERS/HEINZ-PETER BADER
4 day(s) ago

After a 12-year standoff over the country’s programme, an extension is most likely

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: Putin unshaken by isolation at G-20 Brisbane summit

Vladimir Putin. Picture: REUTERS/JASON REED
4 day(s) ago

No resolution will leave an unresolved, or ‘frozen’, conflict that makes the east ungovernable for Kiev and hampers Ukraine’s leaders’ drive towards mainstream Europe

Health

Global AIDS fight at pivotal point

HIV AIDS. Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

World has ‘small window’ to break epidemic for good, but failure to accelerate current momentum could see it worsen, UNAIDS says

Europe

Nato warns on ‘serious’ Russian troop build-up inside Ukraine

Donetsk. Picture: REUTERS/ANTONIO BRONIC
5 day(s) ago

Defence alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg issues stark warning to Moscow over the seven-month conflict

Asia-Pacific

Japan’s Abe tells party to delay tax hike, call snap poll

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday.   Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells ruling party leaders he will delay unpopular sales tax rise and call a snap election, a day after data show economy has slipped back into recession

Property

Germany ‘attractive to South African property investors’

Skyline of Frankfurt, Germany.  Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

Kagiso Asset Management believes ‘extremely strong fundamentals’ provide compelling case for investing in German residential property

Europe

Hollande ‘won’t take pressure’

Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok constructed for Russia at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in the port of Montoir-de-Bretagne near Saint Nazaire, western France, September 22, 2014. Picture: STEPHANE MAHE / REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

Russia reportedly warns of "serious" consequences unless France delivers helicopter carriers

World

Calls grow for G-20 to push anticorruption policies

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Groups, including Business 20 and Transparency International, want governments to enforce the commitments and laws already in place to combat global corruption

Europe

Russians wary of rouble’s rebound

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Factors that led the rouble to plummet — the Ukraine crisis and low oil prices — ‘still in place’

Opinion

Ebola panic frames narrative of the fear driving US politics

The virulent spread of Ebola proves that once remote problems in Africa can no longer be ring-fenced from the affluent world

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Republicans’ hollow victory

US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS

Whether through gridlock or impotence, US policy paralysis seems likely to be with us for some time to come

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Spanish vote on Palestinian state unhelpful, says Israel

MPs adopt a motion urging the conservative government in Madrid to recognise Palestine

Asia-Pacific

South Korean court jails ferry operator CEO for 10 years

South Korean school girl Cho A-reum, far right, whose brother is one of the missing passengers onboard the ferry, looks at the sea as a Buddhist monk prays for missing passengers in Jindo on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Head of company that operated ill-fated Sewol ferry is sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter over disaster that killed more than 300

African News

Ebola reopens debate about effects of IMF’s policies on Africa

Alpha Conde. Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
4 day(s) ago

Structural adjustment programmes of the past have weakened capacity of developing world states to fight epidemics, say critics

Asia-Pacific

UN officially condemns North Korean abuses

4 day(s) ago

A resolution asking the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court passed by a resounding vote

Opinion

SIGN POST: Is Huawei a sequel to Samsung’s rise?

Samsung might have seen a recent dip in profits and sales, but it remains the brand everyone else is chasing

Europe

Russian agency looks to meet Twitter, Facebook on new laws

Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Russian government agency looking to enforce new internet restrictions asks Twitter, Facebook to send representatives to Russia to discuss laws

Middle East

Four Israelis killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Hamas welcomes deadly attack, saying it is response to death earlier this week of Palestinian bus driver from east Jerusalem

Asia-Pacific

News of Japan recession drives stocks down

FEARS OF RECESSION: British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that the world could face fresh economic chaos, amid mounting concern that the eurozone remains worryingly close to recession. File picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Grim news that Japan fell back into recession combined with UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s warning of fresh global economic turmoil, sends stocks sliding

Americas

Colombia peace talks in limbo over kidnapped army general

A night view of Bogota, Colombia.   Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Troops scoured a Pacific coast region for an army general kidnapped over the weekend in a brash move by guerrillas

Asia-Pacific

Australia and China agree on free-trade deal

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Deal significantly expands ties between world’s second-largest economy and one of Washington’s closest allies in Asia

Americas

US manufacturing expands, but may be losing speed

Vehicles enter and exit the downtown on the freeway, in front of General Motors World Headquarters in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Manufacturing output rises in October, but third straight month of declines in motor vehicle production hints at some slowing in pace of factory activity

Asia-Pacific

Japan slips into unexpected recession

Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Third-quarter gross domestic product data show second consecutive contraction, setting stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay unpopular sales tax hike

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