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Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as US ‘sham’

5 hour(s) ago

Taliban militants decry pact by rival election candidates to form government of national unity as ‘sham’ orchestrated by US and unacceptable to Afghan people

Middle East

Islamic State tells followers to attack US, French citizens

A screengrab of Islamic State video message to the US.  Picture: YOUTUBE
2 hour(s) ago

Militants taunt US president with promises of war on the ground, telling him he is repeating the mistakes of his predecessor

Opinion & Analysis

World has to aim for long-term climate goals now

Picture: THINKSTOCK
10 hour(s) ago

With global emissions climbing, climate neutrality may seem like a tall order, write Christiana Figueres, Mario Molina and Joseph Alcamo

Europe

Khodorkovsky is ‘ready to lead Russia’

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky embraces his mother Marina,  as his father Boris (obscured) watches, in BerliN on Saturday in a handout picture. Picture: REUTERS
14 hour(s) ago

Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly states his political ambitions

World

G-20 vows to be more prompt with alerts

Protesters march to the centre where G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors are meeting in Cairns, Australia. Crowds gathered in several parts of Australia to demand immediate action on climate change, as part of a global rally ahead of a special United Nations summit. Picture: EPA/DAVE HUNT
12 hour(s) ago

Group of 20 finance chiefs promise to ‘clearly communicate’ monetary policy actions ‘in a timely way’

Europe

Families of German MH17 victims to sue Ukraine

A local resident walks past debris at the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near Petropavlivka village in the Donetsk region on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Relatives of German victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plan to sue Ukraine and its president for criminal negligence for not closing the country’s airspace, says lawyer

Opinion

Piketty underscores global concern over inequality

Book lends further weight to the already overwhelming body of evidence concerning the soaring share of income and wealth at the very top

Opinion

US allies must come to the party over security

The biggest weakness in the global security system is not a lack of resolve in the US but the learned helplessness of its regional allies

The Big Picture

US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stand for a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday, marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Picture: AFP
GALLERY: US remembers 9/11 victims   Read More

Middle East

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret

Afghan women wait for their turn to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif on Saturday. Voting was largely peaceful in Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday, with only isolated attacks on polling stations as a country racked by decades of chaos embarked on its first ever democratic transfer of power. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Two presidential candidates sign power-sharing deal that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling

Europe

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond leaves after speaking at the ‘Yes’ Campaign headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday. Salmond conceded defeat over his bid to win independence and demanded the British government rapidly meet its promise of more powers for Edinburgh. Picture: REUTERS/RUSSELL CHEYNE
3 day(s) ago

Referendum leaves UK intact but opens door to wider autonomy following a huge turnout

Europe

A federal UK? Scotland vote shakes up the union

Scotland votes on whether to split from Britain. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDY BUCHANAN
3 day(s) ago

Scotland enticed to reject independence with a promise of new powers but pledge has pushed David Cameron into offering the same package to England

World

G-20 grapples with how to end era of austerity

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

Strengthening global growth and creating jobs are the G-20’s top priorities under Australia’s rotating presidency

Asia-Pacific

India and China mark ‘milestone’ with trade deals

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi at Hyderabad house in New Delhi, India on Thursday. Picture: EPA
3 day(s) ago

Leaders announce five-year plan in which China will invest $20bn to help reduce India’s largest trade deficit with any single country

Middle East

No nuclear deal for Iran unless it co-operates with UN probe

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures to the media during a news conference in Tehran in June 2013. He has promised to work on Iran’s venomous relationship with Saudi Arabia. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Western powers tell Iran that it must step up co-operation with a United Nations watchdog’s investigation of suspected atomic bomb research


International companies


Europe

Tesco cuts profit outlook, suspends staff after accounting error

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

Tesco cuts its profit forecast for third time this year and suspends four members of staff after finding fault in accounts, another blow to reputation of Britain’s biggest grocer

Asia-Pacific

Alibaba IPO ranks as world’s biggest after additional shares sold

Alibaba.com's head office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Picture: BLOOMBERG
5 hour(s) ago

Overwhelming demand sees IPO initially raise $21.8bn and then send Alibaba’s stock surging 38% in its debut

Energy

Total to sell off more assets, cuts oil output target

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 hour(s) ago

Total steps up plans to sell off assets, cut investments and reduce operating costs to deliver on a promise to generate $15bn in free cash flow in 2017

Americas

Ellison steps aside to make space for co-CEOs of Oracle

VICTORY: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison lifts the America’s Cup with members of Oracle Team USA. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Larry Ellison to stay at tech company as executive chairman, but analysts question wisdom of Safra Catz, Mark Hurd entering job-sharing arrangement

A street sign is pictured in front of a factory with the logo of Siemens AG company in Berlin in this October 9, 2012 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS

Siemens to buy Dresser-Rand to tap US shale gas boom

Germany’s Siemens agrees to buy US oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6bn in cash, aiming to catch up with arch-rival General Electric

Americas

Microsoft judgment has far-reaching effects

Picture: MARTIN RHODES
2 day(s) ago

Many companies have reacted cancelling contracts with US service providers where they feel security of their data may be compromised, writes Brigit Rubinstein

Europe

UBS waits to hear outcome of appeal

Pedestrians wait to cross a road outside a branch of UBS bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland, in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

World’s biggest manager of money for the rich, has become the test case for French President François Hollande’s tax-evasion crackdown

Asia-Pacific

Investors snap up shares in China’s Alibaba

SEEKING FUNDS: Alibaba chairman Jack Ma arrives at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong for a meeting with prospective investors on Monday, as the company began its road show for its imminent listing. Picture: BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

Initial public offering of Chinese e-commerce giant is one of biggest ever, gives company market value that surpasses Walt Disney, Boeing, Amazon, eBay

Asia-Pacific

Australian parliament steps up security after terrorist ‘chatter’

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

Extra armed police patrols to guard parliament amid threat by Islamic State to target government, authorities continue to investigate alleged beheading plot

Europe

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond leaves after speaking at the ‘Yes’ Campaign headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday. Salmond conceded defeat over his bid to win independence and demanded the British government rapidly meet its promise of more powers for Edinburgh. Picture: REUTERS/RUSSELL CHEYNE
3 day(s) ago

Referendum leaves UK intact but opens door to wider autonomy following a huge turnout

Americas

US Federal Reserve renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path

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

Fed still waiting ‘considerable time' before first hike, but indicates it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected

Asia-Pacific

Legislator wants Sydney property rule enforced

Sydney, Australia. Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Australia needs to better enforce restrictions on foreign investment in housing, legislator says, amid concern that overseas buyers are stoking a bubble

Middle East

Islamic State goes underground in Syria

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
5 day(s) ago

Jihadist group disappears from streets, redeploys weapons, fighters, reduces media exposure since President Barack Obama authorised US air strikes

Middle East

World powers ‘must follow rules of war’

WAR TORN: Children carry pieces of the wreckage of a war aircraft that crashed on the outskirts of Raqqa in northeast Syria on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

UN war crimes investigators for Syria caution world powers preparing military action against Islamic State fighters that ‘laws of war’ will apply to them

Asia-Pacific

China’s central bank injects $81bn into major banks to support economy

People walk past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, as two paramilitary police officials patrol around it in Beijing on November 20. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Central bank is injecting a combined 500-billion yuan of liquidity into country’s top banks, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up faltering economy

Americas

Ebola crisis spiralling out of control, says Obama

Barack Obama. Picture: AFP PHOTO/POOL/SAUL LOEB
5 day(s) ago

US President Barack Obama issues global call to action, warning deadly outbreak is unprecedented, threatening hundreds of thousands of people

Europe

Ukraine ceasefire under threat

Petro Poroshenko. Picture: AFP PHOTO
5 day(s) ago

Ukrainian legislators approve law giving special status to country’s two easternmost regions as ceasefire comes under threat

Opinion

From Japan’s Abenomics to Europe’s Draghinomics

Mario Draghi. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER

It appears the ECB has a plan in store that is similar to Japan’s three-part plan to rescue the economy from stagnation and deflation

Opinion

LETTER FROM LONDON: Whose side is Zuma on in Lesotho crisis talks?

Whose interests will Zuma be serving as he attempts to negotiate a solution in Lesotho?

LOW SALES: An attendee pauses to checks his mobile device in front of an advert for Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Sony declines as mobile unit adds to woes

Company projects a loss of ¥230bn for the year, writes Sonali Basak

Europe

Bling-Bling Sarkozy back to ‘save’ France from economic crisis

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends the inauguration of the Institut Claude Pompidou, a new centre for care and research of Alzheimer disease, in Nice in this March 10 2014 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Undeterred by a tangled web of interconnected legal difficulties, Nicolas Sarkozy has been agonising for months about a return to front-line politics

Asia-Pacific

NEWS ANALYSIS: China’s new coal quality rules not a fatal blow to exporters

GAME CHANGER: Employees work on a pile of coal gangue in Huaibei, Anhui province in this file picture. China will ban coal imports above certain ash and sulphur contents from next year. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

If the aim of the new Chinese rules is to improve air quality, then limiting the domestic mining industry would be far more effective than restricting imports, writes Clyde Russell

Europe

Scottish independence could be a fillip for London property market

The City of London.  Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

London’s property market could benefit if Scotland votes for independence and some financial institutions decide to relocate to the UK

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: Brown pulls out all the stops in trying to avoid a Scottish secession

ARDENT: Former British Labour prime minister Gordon Brown addresses pro-union supporters in Glasgow on September 9 ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum. Britain's three main political parties united on Tuesday to promise greater powers for Scotland if it rejects independence in next week's referendum, in a last-ditch attempt to head off growing separatist support. Picture: AFP
5 day(s) ago

For many English, Scotsman and former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown is an unlikely hero, writes Alistair Smout

Asia-Pacific

China to ban imports of high ash, high sulphur coal from 2015

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

When regulation is implemented, Australian and South African coal with heating value of 5,500 kcal/kg will be worst hit

Europe

Jobless Swedish youth flock to Norway

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

Norway, close to full employment, is seeking foreign workers to meet labour shortages

Opinion

Mao Zedong a bizarre choice of icon for ANC to honour

A portrait of Mao Zedong is displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.  Picture: THINKSTOCK

History and all its messiness is not a guide to best democratic practice, moral virtue or principled action

Opinion

Now who is the clown?

After the defection of a prominent Conservative backbencher to the United Kingdom Independence Party, rumours of more defections to the party are rife

Asia-Pacific

Lagarde urges Japan to increase efforts to empower women

GENDER EQUALITY: IMF MD Christine Lagarde delivers a keynote speech at the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Japan last Friday. Picture: BLOOMBERG
6 day(s) ago

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde backs Japan’s efforts to power the economy by boosting its female workforce

Asia-Pacific

China-controlled oil firm Sinopec to sell stake to outsiders

An employee walks on top of an oil tank at a Sinopec refinery in Wuhan, Hubei province. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Chinese oil group will sell a 30% stake in its marketing arm to outside investors for more than $17bn, as government pushes key economic reforms

 
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