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Trump is a ‘master brander’, says Bill Clinton

US property tycoon Donald Trump. Picture: REUTERS

Former US president attributes Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s current success in surveys to his skills as ‘master brander’, but says his appeal could be short-lived

Middle East

Russia denies hit on historic Syrian city, flying over Turkey

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg attends a Nato ambassadors meeting on Turkey at the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. Picture: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Russian defence ministry angrily dismisses reports that it launched air strikes against the Syrian city of Palmyra as false


Neutrino research nets Nobel for physics

Takaaki Kajita.  Picture: REUTERS

Japanese and Canadian scientist win the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass

Middle East

IS claims suicide attacks that killed 15 in Yemen

Flames and smoke rise from Sheikh bin Farid palace, used as a base by the Saudi-led coalition forces, after it was hit by a rocket attack on the outskirts of the southern city of Aden, Yemen, on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SALEH AL-OBEIDI

Islamic State group claims responsibility for attacks on government headquarters and positions of the Saudi-led coalition in Aden


Copyright should last 30 years

COMMERCIAL VALUE: The copyright for Happy Birthday to You has been struck down, but Mickey Mouse will enjoy protection until 2024, or longer if terms are extended yet again. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE

Copyright for Happy Birthday to You has been struck down, but Mickey Mouse will enjoy protection until 2024. Why don't we see a more sensible system?


State agencies ‘nudge’ good citizenry

Oxford-educated scientist Maya Shankar leads a White House team dedicated to applying academic research on human behaviour to the business of running a government.  Picture: SUPPLIED

Oxford-educated scientist approaches public policy execution using significant new research on human nature, such as people are predictably irrational

International Monetary Fund MD Christine Lagarde. Picture: REUTERS

Power is the ‘ability to tell people the truth’, says Lagarde

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde shares her thoughts on Greek restructuring talks, governance reforms, her inner sense of justice


North Korea prepares to pay tribute to Workers’ Party

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

Diplomatically elusive North set to put on goose-stepping, tank-rumbling, missile-bristling show to honour party that has served Kim family for generations


European bloc agrees to swap tax deal information

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk address a joint news conference after an eurozone leaders summit in Brussels on Monday. Picture: REUTERS

EU ministers agree that national authorities will exchange information on tax deals with multinationals


Pacific Rim nations reach landmark trade accord

Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership member states participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the US, on Monday. The TPP countries include the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.  Picture: EPA/ERIK LESSER

Trans-Pacific pact creates world’s largest free-trade area and delivers US President Barack Obama a major policy triumph


Turkey warns Moscow of action if its military jets cross border again

A picture released by the Russian Defence Ministry on Monday shows bombing carried out by Russian fighter jets against alleged Islamic State facilities in Idlib province, Syria, the day before. Picture:  EPA/RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY

Most Syrian insurgent groups call on regional states to forge an alliance against Russia and Iran in Syria


Woman in China puts herbal on Nobel map

Prof Tu Youyou,  lead professor at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, conducted research in the 1970s, at the height of the Cultural Revolution, that led to the discovery of artemisinin, which has slashed the number of malaria deaths. Picture: REUTERS

First Chinese woman to win Nobel science prize Tu Youyou honoured for revolutionary treatment against malaria using Chinese herbal medicine

International companies


The quiet man who controls Cuba’s big money

Cuban and other nations’ flags hang next to each other in a hair stylist’s salon in Havana. The loosening of restrictions on travel and business with the US has Cubans hopeful for an improved economy. Picture: BLOOMBERG/NOAH FRIEDMAN-RUDOVSKY

Castro has kept the big-money industries in the hands of the state, and much of it is managed by his son-in-law, writes Michael Smith


Scandal-hit VW moves to reel in all spending

A measuring hose for emissions inspections in diesel engines sticks in the exhaust tube of a Volkswagen Golf 2,0 TDI diesel car at a garage in Frankfurt an der Oder, eastern Germany. Picture: AFP

New Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller says company will delay or cancel nonessential projects as pressure mounts to slash spending in wake of the diesel-emissions scandal


Sit out the dance, Gross tells investors

Job seekers attend a Job Fair Giant career fair in Sterling Heights, Michigan, US. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Bill Gross says US equities have another 10% to fall and investors should sit out current volatility in cash


China’s yuan surpasses yen in global payment rankings

Yuan Renminbi. Picture: EPA/WOO HE

Chinese currency shrugs off surprise devaluation to rise to its highest ranking to date and boosts its claim for reserve status

A worker walks at a construction site of Samsung Engineering in Seoul.   Picture: REUTERS

Samsung flags nearly 80% jump in operating profit

Samsung Electronics indicates jump in quarterly profit, as sales of chips, displays offset stiff competition in smartphones from Apple, cheaper Chinese rivals


Germany shrugs off surprise decline in factory orders

Chemical company BASF's factory in Ludwigshafen, Germany, is shown in this February 24 2012 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS

Factory orders in Germany fell unexpectedly in August in a sign that Europe’s largest economy is vulnerable to weaker growth in China and other emerging markets


Facebook to launch satellite to expand Internet access in Africa

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CE. Picture: REUTERS

Part of Internet.org platform, it will offer free access to pared-down web services, as well as Facebook’s own social network and messaging services


AB InBev seen reining in SABMiller’s decentralised culture


A culture clash is common in any merger but with AB InBev much more profitable than SAB, investors are unlikely to mind


Glasenberg skips Glencore talk to focus on copper

Ivan Glasenberg, billionaire and CEO of Glencore, arrives at the Africa Summit in London on Monday.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/LUKE MACGREGOR

Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg speaks about outlook for copper and how prices have fallen excessively


Russian operation vital for Middle East, says Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addresses the media and members of public organisations and professional associations in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS/SANA

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says alliance between Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran must succeed or else region will be destroyed

Middle East

MSF leaves Afghan city, calls hospital air strike ‘war crime’

Afghan staff react inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital after an air strike in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS/MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders demands probe by independent international body into US bombing raid on Afghan hospital, which it says killed 22 people


Angry Obama blasts US gun politics

NO SUCCESS: US President Barack Obama during a speech alongside family members of Newtown shooting victims on commonsense measures to reduce gun violence, at the White House in Washington DC on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS

President Barack Obama says US has made ‘political choice’ to allow mass shootings like one in Oregon to occur, criticises gun lobby group for blocking reforms


The ABC of Google’s restructuring

An attendee looks at a display of new Google devices during a Google media event in San Francisco, California. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/JUSTIN SULLIVAN

Google’s class A and C shares will automatically convert as Alphabet replaces Google as the publicly traded company and

Middle East

Iranian troops join Syria war as Russia hits rebels

A military vehicle burns at a base controlled by rebel fighters that was targeted by what activists said were Russian air strikes on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS

Iran’s move latest step in rapid internationalisation of a civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake


Glencore jumps most on record in Hong Kong

Picture: REUTERS

Shares surge in trading and mining company after reports it is talking to potential buyers for its agriculture business


No lasting harm from VW, says Merkel

As German car giant Volkswagen manages the fallout from its diesel emissions scandal, incoming chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch has reportedly said he believed the company would overcome the crisis. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PATRIK STOLLARZ.

Reputation of German industry and confidence in Europe’s strongest economy remains intact, says chancellor, as scandal wipes more than 40% off Volkswagen’s market capitalisation


For squeezed global steel sector, no quick fix in sight

Steel coils.  Picture: BLOOMBERG

Global steel industry faces escalating crisis and any mill closures already in prospect look unlikely to be enough to restore profitability in sector


Potash drops offer for K+S over global slump

Picture: REUTERS

Potash Corporation withdraws €7.9bn offer for German potash producer, citing a decline in global commodity and equity markets


EDITORIAL: UN veto reform long overdue

French President Francois Hollande delivers a statement after holding a council meeting on Greece at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS

Developing nations in particular are no longer the colonial backwaters and economic lightweights they were when the UN Charter was drawn up


Farming is more polluting than driving

German car maker Volkswagen's logo adorns the wall at a northern Virginia dealership in the US on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PAUL J RICHARDS

Volkswagen’s Dieselgate deception raises questions about how realistic US regulator’s definition of pollutant and restrictions really are

A shirtless Xavier Broseta, executive vice-president for human resources and labour relations at Air France, is evacuated by security after employees interrupted a meeting and tore clothes off executives in Roissy, France, on Monday. Picture:  REUTERS/JACKY NAEGELEN

Airline staff storm meeting on job cuts

Angry workers mob Air France managers at meeting called to discuss job cuts union sources say could reach 2,900 by 2017


Greenpeace seeks funding for lignite mines

Vapor escapes from cooling towers at the lignite coal-fired power plant operated by Vattenfall AB, in Janschwalde, Germany. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Environmental group exploring funding options to buy Vattenfall’s lignite operations in Germany as it seeks to shut power plants and prevent others from starting new coal mines


Toyota aims to commercialise semi-autonomous cars

Toyota demonstrates autonomous driving with a Lexus GS450h. Picture: AFP/YOSHIKAZU TSUNO

Toyota to bring to market cars that can autonomously change lanes, merge with traffic, and overtake other vehicles on highways by about 2020


Renault board to meet on Nissan alliance

The interior has received plenty of enhancements.  Picture: QUICKPIC

French car maker plans to hold board meeting to discuss alliance with Japanese partner Nissan later on Tuesday, source close to matter says


VW says 8-million cars in EU fitted with emission cheat devices

German car maker Volkswagen's logo adorns the wall at a northern Virginia dealership in the US on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PAUL J RICHARDS

Scandal-hit Volkswagen confirms 8-million of 11-million diesel vehicles fitted with software that cheats in emissions tests were sold in European Union


Old boys’ club still rules in German boardrooms

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn arrives at a company shareholders' meeting in Hamburg, Germany. Picture: BLOOMBERG/MICHELE TANUSSIS

Martin Winterkorn’s business doppelgänger at Volkswagen shows clannishness of Germany’s corporate governance structure


No-frills Ryanair grows up as change of strategy gets results

Michael O’Leary says he became a cartoon pantomime villain by dressing up as Batman’s sidekick Robin and other characters for photo opportunities. Picture: BLOOMBERG/MATTHEW LLOYD

Europe’s biggest budget carrier reaps rewards of treating passengers as customers rather than adversaries, writes Tanya Powley


China eyes market shakeup with crude futures contract

A visitor takes a picture of a scale model of a Chinese oil rig at the China Beijing International High-Tech Expo in May last year. China is targeting more control of international oil markets. File picture: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON

Analysts warn second-largest oil consumer after US will struggle to compete with more established benchmarks in London and New York

Middle East

Suspected US air strike kills at least 19 people at Doctors Without Borders hospital

Afghan MSF surgeons work in an undamaged part of the MSF hospital in Kunduz after the operating theatres were destroyed in an air strike. Picture: AFP/MSF

Medecins Sans Frontieres denies Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital before a suspected US air strike killed at least 19 people in a battle to oust the Islamist insurgents from an Afghan city


Calls for action from central banks may rise as global economy looks gloomier


Latest business surveys across Asia, Europe and the Americas paint a gloomier picture that may spur more stimulus


Twitter names Dorsey permanent CEO

JOINT FOUNDERS: Former Twitter executive Jack Dorsey was also present at the company’s listing. Pictures: ALEXANDER HASSENSTEIN, GETTY IMAGES and JOHANNES SIMON, GETTY IMAGES.

Twitter names Jack Dorsey as CEO, betting co-founder, former leader can revive fortunes at company that has failed to impress investors since 2013 initial public offering


Apple, Google take top spots on best global brands list

Apple is able to tie different products and activities into comprehensive packages of services. Instead of just producing a personal computer or its operating software, Apple pioneered a vision of delivering the whole package of hardware such as one sees with the iPhone. Picture: REUTERS/CARLO ALLEGRI

For third year, Apple, Google top annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report, with technology industry representing more than one-third of report’s overall value

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