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The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS

Fed likely to signal rate hike on track despite global woes

10 hour(s) ago

Sturdy US recovery is expected to trump global economic worries as US Fed concludes last policy meeting

Europe

EU Parliament recognises Palestinian state

European Union Palestine vote. picture: EPA/PATRICK SEEGER
10 hour(s) ago

Nonbinding vote held as EU court rules that Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union’s terrorist list

Europe

Russian rouble suffers new fall but collapse slows

Picture: THINKSTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

Dramatic fall in Russia’s rouble slows, with government selling foreign currency to prop it up after 50% fall against dollar this year

Americas

US slaps hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan

Picture: THINKSTOCK
16 hour(s) ago

US confirms steep import duties on solar products from China, Taiwan in decision that may inflame trade tensions between two countries

Opinion

Immigration fear is no cause for UK to leave EU

David Cameron.  Picture:  REUTERS/LUKE MACGREGOR

British Prime Minister David Cameron is boxing himself into a corner; this is largely a result of Tory hysteria over the electoral success of the UK Independence party, writes Martin Wolf

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

Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. Picture: REUTERS

Pakistan mourns children slain by Taliban

Pakistanis start asking tough questions of a government accused of going easy on Islamist militants, as parents bury the 132 children killed in grisly school attack

Europe

Greek government faces first test in crucial presidential vote

Picture: THINKSTOCK
16 hour(s) ago

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faces first of three rounds of presidential vote that will determine whether country is forced into snap national elections

Asia-Pacific

Sydney siege ‘no doubt’ a failure of the system, says Abbot

A file image shows Iranian muslim cleric Man Haron Monis bound in chains and holding an Australian flag outside Downing Centre Local Court. Picture: EPA/SERGIO DIONISO
19 hour(s) ago

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says new security laws failed, while police say they were concerned when Man Haron Monis was granted bail

Europe

Germany, Italy order culls after dangerous strain of bird flu confirmed

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

More than 60,000 animals to be culled after outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 strain in Lower Saxony and near Venice

Europe

Rouble crisis could shake Putin’s grip on power

Vladimir Putin. Picture: EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY
1 day(s) ago

Rouble plunges further against the dollar in its steepest intraday fall since the Russian financial crisis in 1998 as confidence in the central bank evaporates after ineffectual rate hike


International companies


Americas

PayPal follows startups into alternative loan market

COMPROMISED: EBay said cyber criminals raided its network three months ago, stealing some 145-million user records, including passwords, from a database. Picture: BLOOMBERG
22 hour(s) ago

Programme seen as crucial for payments-processing group before it spins off from eBay next year

World

Facebook ditches Bing, plans to introduce own search tool

Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

New search engine is said to give users ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends, allowing for more accurate experience

EE shop. Picture: REUTERS/ SUZANNE PLUNKETT

BT’s mobile plans raise rivals’ fears

Planned acquisition of EE will give the former phone monopoly an incentive to favour its own traffic, which could result in unfair speed advantages

World

Brics grouping leads world in illicit outflows of capital

Picture: THINKSTOCK
22 hour(s) ago

Think-tank Global Financial Integrity says a record $991bn was siphoned in 2012 from the world’s developing economies, an increase of about 5% from 2011

Asia-Pacific

Australian hostage taker identified

LOCKDOWN: Police talk to the public near a cafe in the central business district of Sydney where a gunman was holding terrified hostages inside with an Islamic flag displayed at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

Iranian refugee charged with sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is holding hostages in Sydney café

Asia-Pacific

Taliban assault on Pakistani school ends with 146 dead, mostly children

Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Taliban say attack is revenge for major army operation in tribal region

Asia-Pacific

Twitter #illridewithyou campaign shows support for Muslims after Sydney siege

LOCKDOWN: Police talk to the public near a cafe in the central business district of Sydney where a gunman was holding terrified hostages inside with an Islamic flag displayed at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

Non-muslim Australians come out in solidarity with Muslim community as tens of thousands tweet hashtag #illridewithyou to counter concern about anti-Islam backlash

Americas

CIA ‘torture’ agents are heroes, says Cheney

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON/FILES
2 day(s) ago

Clash over US Senate report heats up as former vice-president Dick Cheney says he would ‘do it again in a minute’, and denies methods used were torture

Asia-Pacific

Japanese economy key after Abe landslide

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

Analysts warn Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to make good on his promise to fix Japan’s economy

Europe

Russia central bank raises key rate but fails to halt rouble slide

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

Many economists now predict the economy, facing unrelenting Western sanctions and a plummeting oil prices, will slide into recession next year

Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong dismantles pro-democracy protest camp near finance district

Police use batons against pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 1 2014. DALE DE LA REY/AFP
6 day(s) ago

Little resistance from activists, though defiance lingers, as more than two-month long street demonstrations wind down

Europe

Sanctions-hit Putin seals energy deals in India

Russian President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepare to light a traditional Indian oil lamp during the inauguration of World Diamond Conference in New Delhi  on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Russia will build 10 more nuclear reactors in energy-starved India, after talks with President Vladimir Putin aimed at shoring up ties between long-time allies

Motoring

Aston Martin looks to raise funds for new models

An employee prepares Aston Martin’s Rapide S car ahead of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Aston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including crossover SUVs, sources say

Americas

McDonald’s to pare menu, review ingredients

Fast Food. Picture: BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO
6 day(s) ago

Fast-food giant outlines plans for major changes to its food offerings — from items it sells to how they are made

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

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

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Solid US retail sales point to brisk consumer spending

Consumer spending advances at brisk clip in November as lower petrol prices give holiday shopping season a boost, offering latest sign of underlying momentum in economy

Asia-Pacific

China planning agency official jailed for life over bribes

Liu Tienan, the former deputy head of China's top planning agency, stands during his verdict at a court in Langfang, Hebei province on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Bribery scandal exposed graft at the highest levels of the government and ensnared several companies including Toyota

Americas

Have publishers shot themselves in the foot with Google News shutdown?

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
6 day(s) ago

Google shuts down news offering in Spain after court ruling that will compel search engine to pay licence revenue to Spanish publishers

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

Asia-Pacific

India to decriminalise attempted suicide

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

India to amend legislation that criminalises attempted suicide, raising hopes for release of rights activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years

Europe

Outcry over Investec ‘I can’t breathe’ note

Demonstrators gather in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/MARK MAKELA
6 day(s) ago

Intention was to highlight abuses of power or authoritarian control gone wrong, says analyst of emotive reference

Europe

UK targets tax-dodging multinational firms

George Osborne. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON
6 day(s) ago

Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne's aims at companies that shift profits out of country and into tax havens

Americas

Brazil’s truth commission seeks end to amnesty for torturers

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

Commission investigating 1964-85 military dictatorship urges end to amnesty for torturers, and lists number of those killed or who disappeared

Middle East

Saudi Arabia builds start-up culture with state oil money

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

Kingdom struggles to create jobs and diversify its economy as the private sector’s share grows slowly

Europe

Glencore may continue with buyback plan

Glencore Xstrata CEO Ivan Glasenberg
6 day(s) ago

Miner says it is retaining its focus on returning excess cash to investors amid declining prices for two of its key sources of profit, coal and copper

Europe

French plan to expand Sunday trading sparks anger

MOVES: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron leave the Elysee Palace after a press conference presenting reforms to boost the economy on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

France unveils controversial package of reforms to energise its crisis-hit economy, including a plan to expand Sunday trading for shops

Europe

HSBC axes head of foreign exchange

The retreat by international banks such as HSBC from the Middle East has pushed Arab lenders to step up to the plate. Picture: BLOOMBERG/MATTHEW LLOYD
6 day(s) ago

Move is broadly in the context of a global investigation into manipulation of currency markets which saw HSBC and five other banks fined a total of $4.3bn last month

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Opinion Poll

Governors of some US states are sticking to plans to quarantine healthworkers returning from countries with Ebola, despite pressure from the White House. What you think of these measures?


55%
 
It’s fair, countries should be able to protect their people by whatever means necessary
12%
 
This is not fair to healthworkers volunteering to assist, and will badly affect Ebola-hit countries without sufficient help
33%
 
They are allowed to stay in their homes, and this is fair enough to minimise risk for all
Voting closed
Total votes 426

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