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British economy slows down in third quarter

15 minute(s) ago

Despite slowdown, UK economy still looks more dynamic than eurozone, where growth is sluggish, deflation threatens

Americas

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola

Police officers guard the building where Dr Craig Spencer lives in New York on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

Doctor who treated patients in West Africa is first person to be diagnosed with virus in largest US city, mayor tells residents ‘there is no reason to be alarmed’

Europe

Cost sharing may stymie EU plans to cut carbon emissions

TOUGH TALKS: Outgoing European Council President Herman Van Rompuy arrives at the EU  headquarters  on Thursday in Brussels. Picture: AFP
5 hour(s) ago

European leaders aim to agree a new decade of energy policy to cut climate-warming gas emissions

Americas

US threatens sanctions against buyers of Islamic State oil

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18 hour(s) ago

The group is now ‘considered the world’s wealthiest and most financially sophisticated terrorist organisation’

Opinion

THE CHATTER: A Nobel for slaying — or at least containing — giants

French economist Jean Tirole speaks during a news conference at the Toulouse School of Economics in Toulouse, France, earlier this month.  Picture: REUTERS

Five aspects of the work of Nobel prize winner Jean Tirole, who bagged the economic sciences award for his research on curtailing the power of oligopolies

Opinion

Eurozone faces secular stagnation as Germany sags

A euro sign stands outside the European Central Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Picture: REUTERS

The German model relies on the presence of an unsustainable investment boom in other parts of the world

CAUTIOUS: US President Barack Obama   has assured his nation that steps are being taken to prevent the spread of Ebola. Picture: AFP PHOTO

US unveils plan for West Africa visitors

President Barack Obama says he is now ‘cautiously more optimistic’ the US can contain the virus

BusinessDay

Facebook’s Zuckerberg goes on China charm offensive — in Mandarin

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18 hour(s) ago

Facebook has been inaccessible in mainland China since 2009, one of several major global social media sites including Twitter, YouTube and Instagram blacklisted by the ruling Communist Party

Americas

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown

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1 day(s) ago

Man jumps White House fence and is attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, Secret Service spokesman says

Asia-Pacific

Students may shun talks with Hong Kong authorities

Protesters attend a pro-democracy rally next to the Hong Kong government complex. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

The negotiations are widely seen as the only way to end nearly a month of protests calling for full democracy in the southern Chinese city without a police crackdown or further violence

Americas

Democrats are all aboard for the Hillary Clinton Tour

Hillary Clinton. Picture: BLOOMBERG/NOAH BERGER
1 day(s) ago

The party’s most likely presidential candidate has been lending her support to other hopefuls in midterm elections


International companies


Europe

Mail.ru reports third quarter sales below analysts’ estimates

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5 hour(s) ago

Part owned by Naspers and Tencent, company says third quarter sales missed analysts’ estimates after internet advertising slowed amid a weakening economy

Asia-Pacific

UBS targets new clients in Hong Kong’s Kowloon

Kowloon. Picture: BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO
5 hour(s) ago

Switzerland’s largest bank is searching for clients in Kowloon and the New Territories, says UBS’s wealth unit chief

Americas

Caterpillar posts strong earnings, raises outlook

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18 hour(s) ago

Considered a bellwether of global economic activity, the company raises its 2014 profit outlook and says there is ‘a reasonable likelihood’ the world economy will improve next year

Europe

Russia bites back with widening crackdown on McDonald’s

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5 hour(s) ago

Russian authorities show no sign of halting a clampdown on US chain McDonald’s, launched after the West slapped sanctions on Moscow over its meddling in Ukraine

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AT&T misses analysts’ profit estimates

To help offset slower growth and increased competition in wireless, AT&T is pushing into new areas such as home security and mobile internet service for cars

Americas

Berkshire Hathaway stock portfolio takes knock

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett. Picture: BLOOMBERG
5 hour(s) ago

Loss on various holdings, including IBM and Coca-Cola, has hit the conglomerate, writes Luciana Lopez

Europe

Budget airlines put leasing to the test

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5 hour(s) ago

Between them, Indonesia’s Lion Air, Malaysia’s AirAsia and Norwegian Air Shuttle have ordered more than 1,400 Airbus and Boeing jets, worth about $140bn

Markets

Bond market braced for end to QE

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

A double whammy of an end to quantitative easing as well as a rising interest rate would be bad news for the bond market

Americas

Canada ‘will not be intimidated’ says Harper

1 day(s) ago

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says attack at parliament will ‘lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts’ to take all necessary steps to keep country safe

Americas

Cuba response to Ebola fight wins US praise

Fidel Castro. Picture: REUTERS/OSWALDO RIVAS
1 day(s) ago

Despite its small population and strapped economy, island state sends 165 medical professionals to Sierra Leone, a larger contingent than most western countries’

Europe

Juncker given the go-ahead for team of EU commissioners

Jean-Claude Juncker. Picture: REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN
1 day(s) ago

Italy’s Federica Mogherini will succeed the UK’s Catherine Ashton as the chief EU diplomat

Europe

Airdrops for Kurds wrong, says Erdogan

Syria war. Picture: EPA/SEDAT SUNA
1 day(s) ago

Ankara sees the PYD as the Syrian arm of the Kurdistan Workers Party whose battle for self-rule in Turkey’s southeast has left 40,000 people dead over three decades

Europe

British doctors to get bonus for dementia diagnoses

A technique to make brains transparent, a breakthrough should give researchers an accurate picture of the pathways underlying both normal mental function and neurological illnesses from autism to Alzheimer’s. Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

National Health Service under fire for offering temporary rewards for GPs who refer patients

Middle East

Syria says it shot down two of three ‘Islamic State warplanes’

Turkish Kurdish women mourn during the funeral of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in Syrian town of Kobani, at a cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Syria’s air force destroys two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of Islamic State group in north of country

Asia-Pacific

India to end decades-long ban on commercial coal mining

A worker sits on a truck being loaded with coal at a railway yard on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad this week. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to open commercial coal mining to private players is a key step towards bringing order to the country’s chaotic power industry

Americas

US consumer prices rise, but inflation muted

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1 day(s) ago

US consumer prices rise marginally in September, painting weak inflation picture that should give Federal Reserve ample room to keep rates low for a while

Europe

EU’s Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs

Jean-Claude Juncker. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Incoming head of European Union executive Jean-Claude tells European Parliament he will present his €300bn plan for investment to bolster growth, jobs by end of year

Americas

Poll shows Rousseff has momentum in run-off

Dilma Rousseff. Picture: REUTERS/ RICARDO MORAES
3 day(s) ago

Brazil’s currency and stock markets extended losses after the poll showed Aecio Neves, an investor favourite from the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party, losing momentum

Asia-Pacific

Japanese prime minister suffers setback as two ministers quit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacts as he speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Two Japanese cabinet ministers resign over dubious use of political funds, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since he took office in December 2012

Opinion

Hong Kong protests are about the future

Pro-democracy protesters flash lights outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during a mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong in Admiralty, Hong Kong. Picture: EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

The demonstrators in Hong Kong represent the city’s future and the hopes of its citizens for a prosperous life in which they can enjoy the freedoms that they were promised

Opinion

SIGN POST: Microsoft aims for a perfect 10

This week, it was Microsoft’s turn to redefine the world of work and communication

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EU has work cut out agreeing on climate and energy policy

Some business leaders and some member states have objected to the idea of multiple targets

Europe

Political worries grow for UK, forecasters say

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4 day(s) ago

Investors increasingly worried about political risks in Britain, including outcome of national election in May and a possible referendum on EU membership

Americas

Soldier shot near Canada’s parliament, shooter at large

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1 day(s) ago

Buildings put on lockdown as police and tactical teams converge on the area around Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa

Americas

Poll shows Rousseff has pulled ahead of rival

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. Picture:  BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff appears to be favourite to win presidential election, although vote still too close to call

Opinion

STREET DOGS: How Pimco’s ‘new normal’ has morphed into the ‘New Neutral’

Pimco’s picture of world of relatively feeble growth has changed to one that shows a central bank policy rate that is just right

Americas

Ebola outbreak: new restrictions for West African travellers to US

Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden listens via video conference as President Barack Obama (second right) holds a meeting with cabinet agencies co-ordinating the government's Ebola response at the White House earlier this week.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

US will require travellers from three countries at centre of epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for virus

Europe

Ukraine to probe bomb allegations

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2 day(s) ago

Ukraine’s Western-backed leadership vows to conduct full enquiry into allegations that army used banned ‘cluster bombs’ against pro-Russian insurgents

Europe

HSBC boss says EU banker bonus cap a ‘retrograde’ step

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2 day(s) ago

European rules to cap bankers’ bonuses at twice fixed pay are ‘retrograde step’ that could add to difficulty in recruiting staff to industry, head of Europe’s biggest bank says

Europe

US bombs own arms supply to Kurds after fearing it went astray

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from a hill near the Mursitpinar crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

US, French and British aircraft also carried out six more strikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State positions near Fallujah, on the Baiji oil refinery

Europe

Germany reaps reward of renewable revolution

LEADING THE WAY: Farmers, householders and commercial operators are supplying 93% of  renewable energy coming into the grid.  Picture: BOGDAN TUDORACHE
11 day(s) ago

Nuclear power is to be phased out completely by 2022 as the public and political parties support a renewable energy plan, writes Carol Paton

Europe

Turkey to help Kurdish ‘peshmerga’ fighters reach besieged Syrian town

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from a hill near the Mursitpinar crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Turkey is facilitating passage of Kurdish ‘peshmerga’ fighters to besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, Turkish foreign minister says

Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong street clashes continue ahead of planned talks

Riot police line up in front of protesters in the Mongkok shopping district of Hong Kong on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Violent clashes erupt in Hong Kong for second night on Sunday, deepening sense of impasse between government with limited options and pro-democracy movement

Americas

Obama names Ebola ‘czar’

Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden listens via video conference as President Barack Obama (second right) holds a meeting with cabinet agencies co-ordinating the government's Ebola response at the White House earlier this week.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

US president appoints former White House adviser as US Ebola ‘czar’ and names senior officials to help step up response in Texas, where the disease first appeared on US soil

 
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