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China defends aid role in Africa

15 hour(s) ago

China offers spirited defence of its aid to Africa, rejecting charges of ‘concrete diplomacy’ following a major infrastructure deal with the continent

Americas

Creating an old-girls network in Silicon Valley

Lisa Lambert.  Picture: REUTERS
15 hour(s) ago

Lisa Lambert is another executive who believes she is taking gender-disparity debate one step further with her own organisation, Upward

Europe

Greek cabinet set for first meeting since poll upset

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras smiles during the first meeting of new cabinet post elections in the parliament building in Athens on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
19 hour(s) ago

New radical left-led government to meet to hammer out strategy for renegotiating bailout after storming to power on promise to reject years of harsh austerity policies

Europe

US provides Ukraine with $2bn in loan guarantees

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew shake hands during a joint news conference in Kiev on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
19 hour(s) ago

US says it is prepared to step up sanctions against Russia if necessary, will continue to work with allies to increase the pressure on Moscow

Americas

Blizzard hits Boston, but spares New York

Commuters make their way in New York's Times Square during a snow storm on January 26 2015. Picture: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
21 hour(s) ago

Powerful blizzard strikes New England, leaving about 4.5-million people grappling with almost 1m of snow, coastal flooding, but New York City escapes

Russia sanctions. Picture:  REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV

EU threatens to tighten Russia action on renewed Ukraine unrest

EU will likely tighten sanctions linked to the conflict in Ukraine following a renewed assault by pro-Moscow rebels

BusinessDay

Mexico says murdered students were mistaken for rival gang

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  Picture: REUTERS
21 hour(s) ago

Forty-three Mexican students who disappeared four months ago were murdered on orders of drug cartel who mistook them for members of rival gang

Europe

Eurozone willing to parley with Greece

Yanis Varoufakis, centre, is seen outside the Syriza party headquarters in Athens, Greece, on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Finance chiefs from the 19-nation eurozone signalled their willingness to do a deal with new leader


International companies


Asia-Pacific

China raps Alibaba over fake goods

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

E-commerce giant’s Taobao platform says it will ‘assume the responsibility of fighting fakes’

Industrials

Sasol to delay Louisiana gas-to-liquids plant to conserve cash

Sasol's headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
17 hour(s) ago

South African petrochemicals group puts off US investment amid volatility in oil market

World

Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche recall vehicles

An Audi logo is seen on a car displayed on media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche to recall more than 93,500 cars and SUVs world-wide to fix fuel-leak problems

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Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

Quarterly results smash expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones and 70% rise in Chinese sales powering company to largest profit in corporate history

Europe

Miners at Poland’s JSW strike over cost cuts

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19 hour(s) ago

Trade unions at European Union’s biggest coking coal producer, JSW, start strikes over company’s plans to cut costs, union representatives say

Europe

Former KGB spy Litvinenko told UK police Putin ordered his death

Alexander Litvinenkos widow, Marina Litvinenko, right, and her solicitor Elena Tsirlina arrive outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the UK,  on Tuesday.  Picture: EPA / FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
1 day(s) ago

Former spy who fled Russia exactly six years before he was fatally poisoned was a strident critic of Vladimir Putin and Russia’s security agencies

Europe

Britain’s Black Friday genie out of the bottle

A shopper checks her bags on Oxford Street in central London.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Retailers look to learn lessons after high level of demand sees overnight queues, in-store scuffles, website crashes and overloaded delivery operations

Europe

Greece names hardline anti-austerity finance minister

Yanis Varoufakis, centre, is seen outside the Syriza party headquarters in Athens, Greece, on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Appointment seen as a signal that the new anti-austerity government will take a hard line in haggling over EU-IMF package

Europe

British economy grows at best annual rate since 2007

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1 day(s) ago

In 2014 Britain’s economy grew at fastest annual pace since before global financial crisis, despite fourth-quarter slowdown, official data show

Americas

WikiLeaks wants answers from Google on giving staff data to US

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
1 day(s) ago

Whistle-blower website is demanding answers from Google about why it appears to have handed WikiLeaks staff members’ personal data to US law enforcement

Middle East

Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

Dubai International Airport. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

Dubai International overtakes London’s Heathrow Airport to become world’s top hub in international travel after handling 70.47-million passengers in 2014

Asia-Pacific

Obama weighs in on freedom of religion in India

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Picture: ADNAN ABIDI / REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Hindu nationalist groups are asserting themselves following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise to power

Europe

Syriza will need to toe the line as EU ‘will not forgive loans’

Alexis Tsipras, right, head of the Syriza party, shakes hands with Greek President Karolos Papoulias during his swearing-in ceremony as Greece's first leftist prime minister, in Athens on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Europe shows willingness to give Athens more time to pay debts but little sign it will yield to new Greek government’s demands for debt forgiveness

Middle East

Islamic State ‘driven out Syria’s Kobane’

An airstike on the Syrian town Kobane. Picture: REUTERS/ OSMAN ORSAL
2 day(s) ago

Rights monitor and Kurdish fighter say IS pushed out of flashpoint Kobane after coalition forces’ coup de grâce in symbolic and strategic blow

Europe

Female bishop ready for challenges

The Reverend Libby Lane is consecrated as the first female Bishop in the Church of England during a service at York Minster in York, northern England, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Church of England ends centuries of male-only leadership as Libby Lane becomes its first female bishop

World

Axis Capital and PartnerRe to merge

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2 day(s) ago

Axis Capital CE Albert A Benchimol will serve as CEO, with seven Axis Capital directors and seven PartnerRe directors

Asia-Pacific

Japan condemns ‘outrageous’ hostage murder

A man passes a screen showing an image of Kenji Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, in  Tokyo on Sunday.  One of the hostages, Haruna Yukawa,  was killed at the weekend. Picture:  REUTERS / YUYA SHINO
3 day(s) ago

New demand for life of second hostage focuses on woman jihadi held in Jordan, but authenticity of tape in question

Americas

Sundance film tackles white-on-black deaths in US

British director Marc Silver (C) in Park City, Utah with Ron Davis (L) and Lucy McBath (R) after the Sundance premiere of “3½ Minutes,” a film about the notorious November 2012 shooting death of the couple's 17-year-old son Jordan Davis. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

Documentary — Three and a Half Minutes — shows recent spate of white-on-black killings is only tip of iceberg all-too familiar to African American community

Europe

Greek leftist leader Tsipras claims victory over austerity

Alexis Tsipras. Picture: BLOOMBERG / KOSTAS TSIRONIS
3 day(s) ago

Alexis Tsipras promises that five years of austerity, ‘humiliation and suffering’ imposed by international creditors are over after Syriza party sweeps to victory

Middle East

New Saudi leadership aims to diversify economy

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

New monarch, King Salman, is ‘strong supporter’ of promoting oil-dependent kingdom as ‘investment destination’

Opinion

Economic sanctions are a blunt policy tool

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's address in this Thursday photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. Picture: REUTERS / KCNA

If economic sanctions are to play an increasingly important role in 21st-century statecraft, it might be worth reflecting on how they have worked in the past, writes Kenneth Rogoff

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

A woman walks along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on Monday in New York City. Picture: GETTY IMAGES / SPENCER PLATT

New York travel ban lifted after snowstorm

New England takes full brunt of Juno with heavy snow, whiteout conditions and coastal flooding

Europe

S&P downgrades Russia’s sovereign credit rating to ‘junk’

Vladimir Putin. Picture: Picture: REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV
2 day(s) ago

Other rating agencies could follow suit ... and there could eventually be a political impact on President Vladimir Putin if the economic crisis keeps worsening

Middle East

Obama in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king

Saudi palace guards stand at the entrance to Erga Palace as US President Barack Obama arrives to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

US president cuts short visit to India to offer condolences on King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s death and shore up ties with the ultra-conservative oil kingdom

Industrials

Stimulus plan puts bonds in the limelight

FUTURE: Workers stand beside storage towers at Sappi’s Ngodwana wood mill in Mpumalanga on  Wednesday. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

Quantitative easing in Europe will make Sappi’s debt more enticing, ways analyst

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

Americas

Caterpillar warns low oil price means a tough 2015 for sales

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1 day(s) ago

Energy and heavy duty machinery business expects construction equipment sales in China to be lower in 2015 due to a weaker market

Asia-Pacific

US sees role for India in battle against Islamic State

US President Barack Obama laughs as he talks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a home reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi, India, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

India could play role in battling Islamic State, White House says, underlining confidence India is increasingly prepared to engage on global security issues

Asia-Pacific

IMF set for lively debate on adding yuan to SDR basket

REFORMS: An employee counts Chinese 100 yuan notes at a branch of Bank of Communications in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

China pushing for greater recognition of yuan and inclusion of currency in the International Monetary Fund’s in-house currency basket

Europe

Greek leftists unite with right against bailout after huge election win

Alexis Tsipras, right, head of the Syriza party, shakes hands with Greek President Karolos Papoulias during his swearing-in ceremony as Greece's first leftist prime minister, in Athens on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras agrees to team up with right-wing party to form new anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders

Europe

EU open to Greek debt extension but not forgiveness

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2 day(s) ago

Europe shows willingness to give Athens more time to pay back debts, but little sign that it will yield to new Greek government’s demands of debt forgiveness

Europe

Eyeing May re-election, UK’s Cameron says voters ‘deserve’ tax cuts

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech at a community centre in Bursledon, southern England, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

British prime minister says voters deserve to be rewarded with tax cuts ‘after years of sacrifice,’ pledging to reduce taxes if he wins election

Europe

Banks expected to continue cutting jobs across the world

STRESS TESTS: A euro sign sculpture is seen in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. It is unclear whether the ECB exercise, involving a rigorous review of 131 banks’ assets and liabilities, will be sufficient to get more credit flowing into the ‘real economy’. Picture: MARTIN LEISSL/BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

Most European lenders started cutting after 2010, when euro area’s existence came into question as failing lenders and states rescuing them got caught in dangerous spiral

Companies

US car sales drive demand for palladium

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2 day(s) ago

Supply shortage expected on rising vehicle sales and Russia and SA output declines, writes Laura Clarke

Gadgets & Gear

Inroads made by Apple pay propel ‘mobile wallet’ idea

Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Apple’s payments service is making progress toward a goal that has eluded other mobile wallets: persuading people to use it

Asia-Pacific

Warm ocean melting East Antarctica’s largest glacier

Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica.   Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Researchers find that waters around 120km-long Totten Glacier are warmer than expected, probably melting ice from below

Europe

How Greece’s election works

SEIZING THE MOMENT: The leader of main opposition left-wing Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, speaks to supporters during a pre-election rally in Athens, Greece. Picture: EPA
3 day(s) ago

Five facts about election being closely followed by Greece’s creditors and international markets

Americas

Starbucks names technology fundi as operations chief

Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Starbucks named former Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson as its next chief operating officer

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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
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