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Petrobras. Picture: REUTERS/SERGIO MORAES

Brazil’s Rousseff stands by Petrobras CEO, says pessimism overblown

8 hour(s) ago

President Rousseff says she does not plan to replace the CEO of the state-run oil firm, while there was also no evidence of senior management being involved in a graft scandal

Americas

Police shootings put pressure on city’s mayor

Police officers stand outside Woodhull Hospital as the bodies of two Police officers who were shot in Brooklyn are removed from a hospital in New York. Picture: JOHN TAGGART / EPA
15 hour(s) ago

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faces biggest crisis of his political career after gunman kills two police officers in revenge attack

Europe

ECB QE question marks cool three-day stocks rally

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1 day(s) ago

Global share market rally peters out as worries emerge that European Central Bank’s money printing plans could come with attached restrictions

Middle East

Tiny fraction of Gaza pledge delivered

Hamas. Picture: REUTERS/SUHAIB SALEM
3 day(s) ago

Barely 2% of $5.4bn pledged to help rebuild Gaza after seven-week Israel-Hamas war has been transferred, with funds for shelters set to run out in midwinter

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

US Federal Reserve says can be ‘patient’ on rate rise

Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS/GARY CAMERON

Instead of signalling an interest-rate hike earlier than the projected mid-2015, the FOMC suggests if needed, it could hold off even longer

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

John Kerry. Picture: REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU

China condemns cyberattacks, but does not mention North Korea

China says it opposes cyberattacks, but it stops short of directly condemning hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to US calls for action against North Korea

Americas

Sony aims to release The Interview film, but how?

Picture: REUTERS
16 hour(s) ago

Cyber attack on Sony Pictures, threats of violence appear to limit possibilities for safe distribution channels for screening

Americas

Gunman kills two NY police officers in Brooklyn

Police officers stand outside Woodhull Hospital as the bodies of two Police officers who were shot in Brooklyn are removed from a hospital in New York. Picture: JOHN TAGGART / EPA
1 day(s) ago

Two officers shot in head through window of their vehicle in broad daylight in Brooklyn

Americas

Freed of restraints, Obama takes action

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

No longer beholden to voters, the president makes some bold policy changes


International companies


Americas

American Apparel confirms takeover offer, sets new ‘poison pill’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 hour(s) ago

Struggling retailer and manufacturer, which fired controversial CE Dov Charney last week, is evaluating a proposed takeover and also appointed a new head of the board

Europe

Airbus will not scrap A380s despite order drought, says CEO

Airbus. Picture: TYRONE ARTHUR/BUSINESS DAY
8 hour(s) ago

The lack of orders this year does not mean aircraft manufacturer intends to stop making the super jumbo which still has a "bright future"

Picture: REUTERS

Sony ‘sets worrying precedent for corporate extortion’

Sony Pictures’ capitulation over The Interview sends companies scrambling to guard sensitive data amid fear that extortionists’ success will encourage others

Americas

NEWS ANALYSIS: Cuba gains a friend but loses a scapegoat

Picture: REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA
3 day(s) ago

‘Big bad wolf of Yankee imperialism is softening its teeth’, says a diplomat, as US rapprochement robs Cuba of a political and economic whipping boy

Europe

Putin attempts to allay Russians’ economic fears

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

President blames Russia's economic problems on external factors and says the crisis over Ukraine has been caused by the West

Americas

BlackBerry launches new phone

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

BlackBerry unveils the Classic, a new offering meant to lure back traditional customers with signature features such as a physical keyboard and trackpad

Europe

France fines cosmetic companies €950m for price collusion

The logo of French cosmetics group L'Oréal on the company's building in Clichy, near Paris. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Thirteen top manufacturers of cosmetics and cleaning products slapped with €950m in fines for price collusion between 2003 and 2006

Asia-Pacific

Pakistan court grants bail to alleged Mumbai attack mastermind

FORGING AHEAD: Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League: Nawaz, addresses an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Relations between nuclear-armed rivals worsened dramatically after 60-hour siege on India’s economic capital left 166 people dead

National

South Africa hails US move to normalise ties with Cuba

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

SA government welcome release of last of Cuban Five and lifting of decades-long trade embargo, says it used "fraternal" relationship with Cuba to facilitate talks

Europe

EU Parliament recognises Palestinian state

European Union Palestine vote. picture: EPA/PATRICK SEEGER
5 day(s) ago

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

Asia-Pacific

Pakistan mourns children slain by Taliban

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
5 day(s) ago

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

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5 day(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

Americas

US slaps hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

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

World

Brics grouping leads world in illicit outflows of capital

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5 day(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

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

Bangladeshi workers from the forestry department use water to clean oil-covered vegetation on the banks of the Shela River. Picture: AFP PHOTO

UN sends team to help clean up Bangladesh oil spill

UN sends team to support Bangladesh’s efforts to clean up world’s largest mangrove forest after it is hit by huge oil spill

Asia-Pacific

Instant noodles recalled as Taiwanese food scare widens

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Taiwanese authorities order leading food company to recall two flavours of instant noodles over fears they contain banned dye

Asia-Pacific

Disease spreads in war-torn Syria

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

Regular supplies of fresh medicine are not reaching ill and injured patients, with vaccination rates almost halving, says World Health Organisation

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

Americas

Cuban author Valdes sceptical about US rapprochement

Cuban students march in a street of Havana, on December 17, 2014, after Washington released three Cuban spies, heroes in Cuba, who had been in a US prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. Picture: AFP PHOTO/AIN/ROBERTO MOREJON
4 day(s) ago

Renown author Zoe Valdes says move not likely to improve lives of people in Cuba

Europe

Many Europeans have never used the internet

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4 day(s) ago

Nearly 20% of respondents in Eurostat survey say they have never used the internet — and 39% of Romanians — while almost all Icelanders are online every day

Europe

EU approves new Crimean sanctions

A man installs a Russian flag on the local administration building in the Crimean resort city of Alupka on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

EU bans all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home message bloc will not recognise Russia’s ‘illegal annexation’ of Ukrainian territory

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
5 day(s) ago

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

Europe

Top EU court rejects British visa rule

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

European Union’s top court finds Britain at fault for demanding that non-EU citizens with resident permits issued in other member states must obtain a visa

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
5 day(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
6 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
6 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

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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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Total votes 426

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