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Europe

France feels pain of Middle East tensions

Police block the entrance of a street in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb on Sunday after clashes erupted between pro-Palestinian protesters and police at the end of a demonstration against violence in the Gaza strip. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls slams ‘intolerable’ acts of anti-Semitism during riots

Americas

Obama says Putin must use influence in Ukraine

US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

His administration is pushing European governments to expand sanctions against Russia, even at some peril to their own economies

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: Netherlands key to EU increasing sanctions over airliner

A pair of clogs with a message for Dutch citizens killed on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is seen in front of the Netherlands Embassy on July 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Dutch public prosecutor's office said Monday it had opened a preliminary criminal probe into the downing of flight MH17 over rebel-held Ukraine, which left 298 people dead, most of them Dutch. Picture: AFP
4 hour(s) ago

For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week’s downing of an airliner over Ukraine, writes Barbara Lewis

Middle East

Israeli, Palestinian death toll tops 500

The aunt (middle) of Palestinian boy Mohammed Ayad, who medics said was killed during heavy Israeli shelling, mourns during his funeral in Gaza City on Monday. Israeli forces killed at least 10 Palestinian militants on Monday after they crossed the border from Gaza through two tunnels, the military said, as the death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM
21 hour(s) ago

As UN calls for a ceasefire, latest raids lift the Palestinian death toll to 484, mostly civilians, and Israel says 18 of its soldiers died along with two civilians

Europe

Tesco CEO dropped for Unilever turnaround specialist

Philip Clarke.  Picture: REUTERS
19 hour(s) ago

Analysts say appointment of the first outside CEO in Tesco’s 95-year history may herald a strategy rethink, which may see price cuts to win back customers

Europe

Bundesbank sees second-quarter stagnation, IMF upbeat on full year

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18 hour(s) ago

IMF says Germany should give further impetus to its economy, as well as supporting the broader eurozone, by increasing public investment

Opinion

UNEMBARGOED: Palestinians must have a state for lasting peace

If we want a better world, we must all be prepared to demonstrate some moral courage and consistently condemn terrorist atrocities from whichever side they come

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Why global executives give SA a miss

No potential CEO wants to deal with the considerable challenges of the SA environment and take an effective pay cut when other emerging markets offer more stability in faster-growth environments

Asia-Pacific

AIDS event attacks homophobia

President of the IAS, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi from France speaks alongside UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe from Mali at a press conference during the 20th International AIDS Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne on Sunday. Picture: AFP
3 hour(s) ago

Campaigners at world AIDS conference take aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that let HIV spread like poison

Asia-Pacific

China’s president cements ‘financial co-operation’ with Latin America

China's President Xi Jinping waves during a visit to a housing development in Caracas on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

Chinese president meets head of Venezuela’s National Assembly and signs agreements that will tie his energy-hungry country to the oil-rich state

Middle East

US calls for Gaza ceasefire as death toll rises

WAR-TORN: Smoke rises after Israeli tanks shelled the Shejaiya neighbourhood during a military operation in the eastern part of Gaza City on Monday. The Palestinian death toll has grown to 548 while 13 Israeli soldiers were killed inside Gaza on Sunday. UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo for top-level talks on Monday, which US Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to attend. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

Washington and the United Nations demand ‘immediate ceasefire’ in the Palestinian enclave

Asia-Pacific

International Aids forum pays tribute to activists killed on flight MH17

1 day(s) ago

World forum on AIDS gets under way with tributes to six campaigners killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Middle East

Call to end destructive incursions into Gaza

A medic helps a Palestinian in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighbourhood, which was heavily shelled by Israel on Sunday, leaving at least 62 dead. Militants kept up their rocket fire on Israel, with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough. Picture: REUTERS/FINBARR O'REILLY
1 day(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma calls for immediate withdrawal of the Israeli Defence Force from the Gaza Strip and also decries Hamas rockets

Europe

Rebels hampering access to plane crash site, says Ukraine

Wreckage from the nose section of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 plane, which was downed on Thursday, is seen near the village of Rozsypne, in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Ukraine, pro-Moscow rebels argue over wreckage, with Ukraine accusing rebels of destroying evidence of 'international crimes'


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Asia-Pacific

China’s brokerages eye IPOs to fund expansion

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5 hour(s) ago

Six Chinese securities companies are awaiting approval to sell shares for the first time, writes Aipeng Soo

Europe

Aldi co-founder Karl Albrecht dies at 94

ONLINE SHOPPING:  Tesco says it is building its online business to attract more big-spenders. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON
5 hour(s) ago

The reclusive businessman who became one of the world’s wealthiest people after co-founding the Aldi discount supermarket chain after the Second World War has died

Europe

Credit Suisse expects record high quarterly loss

Credit Suisse Group CEO Brady Dougan. Picture: BLOOMBERG
5 hour(s) ago

Credit Suisse is expected to report its biggest quarterly loss since Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008 when it publishes results

Americas

Allergan cuts jobs to avoid hostile takeover by Valeant pharmaceuticals

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5 hour(s) ago

The maker of the Botox wrinkle remover will cut 1,500 jobs and eliminate another 250 vacant posts as it tries to fend off a hostile takeover from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

Europe

UK to probe alleged rigging of global currency market

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5 hour(s) ago

UK prosecutors prepare to open a criminal investigation into alleged manipulation of foreign-exchange benchmarks

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Number of US shares in dark pool falls further

Barclays sees the number of US shares traded in its dark pool decline for a second week after being sued by New York for allegedly lying to customers

Europe

Britain’s fraud office launches probe into forex rigging

US dollar, euro and Swiss franc banknotes are displayed in a bank in Budapest, Hungary, in this August 8 2011 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

About 15 authorities around the world are investigating allegations of collusion and price manipulation in the largely unregulated foreign exchange market

Opinion

Long-haul still a mountain to climb for ever-improving no-frills airlines

There is no longer much difference between a budget carrier’s service and an old-style airline’s

Asia-Pacific

Malaysia Airlines offers refund

Malaysia Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Malaysia Airlines offers full refunds to customers who want to cancel their tickets in the wake of the MH17 disaster

World

NEWS ANALYSIS: Brics banks unlikely to unseat IMF, World Bank

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1 day(s) ago

By creating their own multilateral financial institutions, the Brics emerging-market powers are shaking up global economic governance

Europe

US believes surface-to-air missile brought down Malaysian airliner

An Emergencies Ministry member walks at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

One US official says Washington strongly suspects the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow

Americas

IBM shares becoming ever more scarce

Ginni Rometty, senior vice president and group executive for sales at IBM, speaks at a company event. Picture: GRAHAM CARLOW/IBM
1 day(s) ago

Fewer shares in circulation means more profit for each piece of stock, helping earnings per share rise even as the company’s revenue declines

Mining

Auditors doubt ZCI’s going concern status

4 day(s) ago

ZCI’s auditors and directors raise worries about the ability of the copper mining company to remain as a going concern, with a host of risk attendant in its near future

Europe

Imperial Tobacco acquires world’s largest e-cigarette brand

5 day(s) ago

Imperial Tobacco Group takes a step into the future as e-cigarette brand is included in the $7.1bn purchase of assets from Reynolds American’s takeover of Lorillard

Americas

Yahoo retains bigger stake in Alibaba

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5 day(s) ago

Yahoo will return at least half of the cash it reaps from Alibaba’s initial public offering (IPO) to shareholders

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: ‘Ideas and ability’ are low on list of criteria for EU leaders

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1 day(s) ago

Winners are chosen not so much for their experience, management skill or expertise but because no one feels strongly enough to veto them, writes Paul Taylor

Europe

Britain pushes for further sanctions on Russia after plane disaster

Members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council observe a moment of silence for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Britain will seek to persuade EU nations to ratchet up sanctions after information points strongly to the conclusion that the plane had been shot down from pro-Russian separatist territory

Europe

Bodies moved from crash site as global anger mounts

Members of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry gather the remains of victims at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV
1 day(s) ago

Ukraine accuses separatist rebels of hiding evidence that a Russian missile was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner

Europe

Dutch investigators gain access to remains of crash victims

Members of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry work at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

Fighting flared in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk as investigators began to inspect the bodies of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Americas

Yahoo retains bigger stake in Alibaba

Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Yahoo will return at least half of the cash it reaps from Alibaba’s initial public offering (IPO) to shareholders

Americas

Ebay struggles to attract users

ACRIMONIOUS: John Donahoe, president and CEO of e-commerce company eBay. Picture: BLOOMBERG
4 day(s) ago

The biggest online marketplace struggles to attract more users after a data breach and changes to Google’s search engine

Americas

Apple and IBM unveil mobile device deal

An Apple store in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

The deal gives Apple access to an IBM sales force that will recommend Apple’s devices to customers in industries such as healthcare and banking

Americas

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs globally as part of restructuring bid

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4 day(s) ago

Microsoft says it will slash jobs from global workforce over next year, the majority from integration of the Nokia unit acquired this year

Asia-Pacific

Malaysian jet disaster hits Australian family — again

A man (in blue), whose family was on board Malaysia Airlines MH17, consoles another man who had just arrived with his wife to receive confirmation that their daughter's family was on board the plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Couple who lost son and daughter-in-law on Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared in March are again mourning after more relatives are killed in Ukrainian tragedy

Middle East

Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza Strip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Israel signals the invasion will be limited in scope — targeting tunnels dug by gunmen — and says it is not intended to topple Hamas

Opinion

The world is at war, only with rules as the weapons

It has become a war zone out there as governments seek to create and defend advantage of their citizens

A Malaysian family arrives to confirm the news that their relatives were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS

GALLERY: Passenger plane downed over Ukraine

The world watches in horror as a Malaysian passenger jet with 298 people on board is shot down over eastern Ukraine in possibly the worst ever attack on a commercial airliner

Business Times

French watchdog could slash fees

2 day(s) ago

People in a wide range of occupations in France, from notaries and lawyers to chemists and taxi drivers, may have to cut their fees 20% under leaked proposals by the country's financial watchdog

Europe

Ukraine says Malaysian airliner shot down, 295 dead

A Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines flies over Poland in this February 5 2014 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Malaysia Airlines says on its Twitter feed it has lost contact with its flight MH-17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

Opinion

India might buck the Brics’ downward trend

In contrast to other members of the Brics club, India has promised to revive business and investor confidence through less reliance on the state and more liberalisation of labour laws

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Brazil — wiser if not richer

A street vendor sells Brazilian paraphernalia for the Soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ YASUYOSHI CHIBA

World Cup’s legacy is mainly intangible, on one estimate, the tournament will have contributed no more than 0.2 of a percentage point to economic activity

National

No South Africans on downed Malaysian airliner

An Emergencies Ministry member walks at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Department of International Relations and Co-Operation says none of the passengers on the Malaysian airliner was travelling with a South African passport

Business Times

Typewriter nostalgia is no cure for espionage

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1 day(s) ago

Typewriters are no more spy proof than toasting forks or cut-throat razors or spats but they’re packed with nostalgia

Europe

World demands answers after Malaysian airliner is shot down over Ukraine

Wreckage from the nose section of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 plane, which was downed on Thursday, is seen near the village of Rozsypne, in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

World leaders demand international probe into shooting down of airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine, as Kiev and Moscow blame each other for tragedy

Business Times

When football and economics collide

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9 day(s) ago

South Africa can learn from Argentina, an emerging market that failed to live up to expectations

Americas

Intel rises on strong sales and personal-computer outlook

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5 day(s) ago

Company says revenue in the third quarter will be $14.4bn, plus or minus $500m

Europe

Russian jets shoot down Ukrainian warplane, says Kiev military

4 day(s) ago

Russian jets shoot down Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane over east of Ukraine, where government forces are fighting to quell pro-Russian separatist rebellion, military says

National

Israeli ambassador must explain Gaza bombardment, says Nkoana-Mashabane

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
5 day(s) ago

Department of International Relations and Co-operation says no decision taken as yet on recall of South African ambassador to Israel

Americas

Murdoch has Time Warner bid rejected

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Time Warner’s stock jumps 22.5% to $87 premarket as the New York Times reports that Rupert Murdoch is determined to buy Time Warner and is unlikely to walk away despite the rejection

Asia-Pacific

Qantas to remain Australian as state backs down

5 day(s) ago

Qantas Airways will remain majority Australian-owned after the government backed down on its proposal to allow increased overall foreign investment in the airline

Europe

Clegg chides ‘disproportionate’ air strikes

REPRIEVE: Palestinians rushed to markets and banks during the temporary truce. Pictures: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Israel’s retaliatory air strikes on Gaza amount to ‘collective punishment’, Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says

Americas

US economy still needs stimulus, says Yellen

Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS/GARY CAMERON
6 day(s) ago

Federal Reserve chairwoman says US recovery is not yet complete and signs of pickup in inflation are not enough for the Fed to accelerate plans for raising interest rates

 
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