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EU open to Greek debt extension but not forgiveness

1 hour(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
3 hour(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

Middle East

New Saudi leadership aims to diversify economy

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Picture: AFP
4 hour(s) ago

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

Asia-Pacific

Chinese court hears ‘first gay workplace discrimination suit’

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6 hour(s) ago

Case in which plaintiff was fired after he was revealed as gay in viral online video likely to have repercussions in country that decriminalised homosexuality only in 1997

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
6 hour(s) ago

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

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

Japan condemns ‘outrageous’ hostage murder

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
5 hour(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
11 hour(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


International companies


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
9 hour(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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9 hour(s) ago

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

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Inroads made by Apple pay propel ‘mobile wallet’ idea

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

Asia-Pacific

Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse, hail new ‘friendship’

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

US president, India prime minister break deadlock on stalled nuclear pact

Middle East

Thousands of Yemenis stage biggest anti-Houthi protest in Sana’a

Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Witnesses say up to 10,000 people began marching to president’s home repeating chants denouncing Houthi group and al-Qaeda.

Americas

Starbucks names technology fundi as operations chief

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9 hour(s) ago

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

Middle East

Saudi capital goes quiet for day of mourning

King Abdullah. Picture: AFP / HASSAN AMMAR
1 day(s) ago

Normally gridlocked streets of Riyadh quiet after King Salman declares day of mourning for predecessor Abdullah

Middle East

Obama defends US counterterrorism strategy in Yemen

US President Barack Obama speaks at an event for the Senior Executive Service at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC on Tuesday. The Senior Executive Service (SES) is composed of the senior leadership of the Federal workforce. Picture: EPA
1 day(s) ago

Alternative to drone-based counterterrorism strategy against al-Qaeda militants in Yemen would be to deploy US troops, says US president

Middle East

Yemen thrown into turmoil as president resigns

Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Yemeni leader Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi offers to resign following standoff with powerful Shiite militia in control of capital, throwing country deeper into turmoil

Europe

ECB launches quantitative easing

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

By September next year, more than €1-trillion will have been created with new ECB bond-buying programme aimed at boosting ailing eurozone

Asia-Pacific

Ousted Thai PM banned from politics

Ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra prepares to deliver her statement at the National Legislative Assembly meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Thai authorities go ahead with criminal charges against ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for negligence, ban her from politics for five years

Asia-Pacific

‘Save your daughters’ Modi tells India

Narendra Modi.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Indian prime minister implores country to stop killing unborn girls, warning that growing gender imbalance will have serious consequences

Europe

France boosts fight against radicals

Francois Hollande. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

France unveils a raft of measures to curb radicalisation, with the EU also expected to reveal new counterterrorism measures

Europe

Scotland set to get ‘one of the world’s most powerful devolved parliaments’

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4 day(s) ago

British government publishes draft law on handing more powers to Scotland, including greater control on tax, welfare

Middle East

Yemen shuts Aden airport as global fears grow

4 day(s) ago

Aden shuts its airport in support of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi amid growing international concern over attacks by Shiite militia on the authorities

Asia-Pacific

Honda warns on longer-term car loans in US

Honda Motor. Picture: BLOOMBERG / DANIEL ACKER
4 day(s) ago

Car makers in the US are increasingly selling vehicles with 84-month loans but the value of the car drops faster than repayments, says Honda

Europe

Air France ‘hinting’ at more job cuts

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4 day(s) ago

Leaders of Europe’s second-largest airline have for months seemed to be preparing the ground for the inevitability off further staff cuts

Europe

Europe-US contrast shows

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4 day(s) ago

Europe’s politicians were relying too much on monetary policy, say WEF delegates

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

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

How Greece’s election works

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

Asia-Pacific

Indian police re-arrest hunger strike activist Iron Lady of Manipur

Irom Sharmila. Picture: AFP FILE PHOTO
2 day(s) ago

India police re-arrest human rights campaigner staging 14-year hunger strike hours after release on court orders

Europe

How ECB’s bond-buying could lift eurozone economy

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, right, and vice president Vitor Constancio leave after addressing a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.   Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

European Central Bank hopes plan to buy bonds, using freshly created money, will help revive eurozone’s stagnant economy and push inflation back toward target

Middle East

Saudis swarm Twitter to mourn king

King Abdullah. Picture: AFP / HASSAN AMMAR
3 day(s) ago

Many Saudis take to internet to praise King Abdullah, but some, including campaigners for free speech, women’s right to drive, are less flattering

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

Europe

Lagarde hails ECB plan, warns economic reforms needed

Christine Lagarde. Picture: REUTERS / RUBEN SPRICH
3 day(s) ago

IMF has urged the ECB to do more to boost lagging growth in the 19-nation eurozone

Americas

US jobless claims fall from seven-month high

A woman walks to enter a line for the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Rise, however, dismissed by economists as 'noise' given that claims data is difficult to adjust for seasonal variations around Christmas and New Year holidays

BusinessDay

IMF expects $300bn oil export losses in Middle East

An employee of the state-run South Oil Company walks near a new oil storage tank near the southern city of Basra, Iraq.   Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Economies dependent on oil exports, including Qatar, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia, will be hit hardest by the more than 50% decline in crude prices

Americas

NEWS ANALYSIS: Amazon ventures into movie business

Roy Price.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Internet retail giant sends a ripple through Hollywood’s pool of independent film by announcing its plans to move into the movie business, writes Mary Milliken

Asia-Pacific

Toyota tops in car sales for third year

A couple looks inside  a Toyota Corolla at its showroom in Beijing.  Picture: REUTERS/KIM  KYUNG-HOON
4 day(s) ago

Record SUV deliveries in US help Toyota ward off Volkswagen to remain the world’s top-selling vehicle maker

Europe

Move on Swiss franc raises stakes for Draghi

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Government bond yields across the eurozone tumble to record lows in anticipation of ECB president Mario Draghi announcing a debt-buying programme

Europe

British unemployment hits new six-year low

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

Britain’s unemployment rate hits another six-year low of 5.8% and wages are climbing in real terms, official data show

Europe

France needs to monitor 3,000 with jihadist links, says prime minister

Manuel Valls. Picture: REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU
5 day(s) ago

Manuel Valls says authorities have to monitor nearly 3,000 people involved in ‘terrorist networks’, as he unveils measures to combat jihadism after Paris attacks

African News

Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army commander transferred to ICC

Dominic Ongwen (center). Picture: AFP
5 day(s) ago

One-time child soldier wanted for war crimes is transferred to International Criminal Court in The Hague, a move welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Asia-Pacific

Abe rushes home to lead response to Japanese hostage crisis

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

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returns home from Middle East to take charge of response to Islamic militants threatening to kill two nationals

Europe

Ukraine accuses separatists of abusing Minsk deal with land grab

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces drive armored vehicles in the town of Volnovakha, eastern Ukraine on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Kiev also says Russia has sent two more battalions the front, as former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warns of nuclear threat

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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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