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Weak industry, stubborn inflation hinder Indian recovery

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, centre, walks to speak with the media as he arrives to attend his first Parliament session in New Delhi, India, last week. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

High inflation makes it tougher for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage Indian consumers to loosen their purse strings

Americas

Bitcoin gets boost as US watchdog approves first swap

Picture: BLOOMBERG/YURIKO NAKAO
2 day(s) ago

TeraExchange launches swap based on bitcoin virtual currency, becoming first to receive approval from regulator for financial product based on new technology

Asia-Pacific

Google taps Japan in attempt to narrow mobile revenue gap

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2 day(s) ago

World’s biggest app market could help Google trim Apple’s lead because Japan’s developers have figured out how to get people to pay for games and extras

Europe

New wave of luxury Parisian hotels beckons

The Eiffel Tower, Paris. PICTURE: REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU
2 day(s) ago

A band of Asian-owned luxury hotels is challenging the city’s old guard by offering modern, high-end facilities to woo wealthy tourists, writes Adam Thomson

Americas

Fed faces tough calls at meeting

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Discomfort is growing internally over a pledge to keep rates near zero for a ‘considerable time’

Opinion

Piketty underscores global concern over inequality

Book lends further weight to the already overwhelming body of evidence concerning the soaring share of income and wealth at the very top

Opinion

US allies must come to the party over security

The biggest weakness in the global security system is not a lack of resolve in the US but the learned helplessness of its regional allies

The Big Picture

US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stand for a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday, marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Picture: AFP
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Europe

Santander post makes Botin top female executive

2 day(s) ago

Ana Patricia Botin becomes the most powerful woman in European banking, succeeding her father as chairman of Banco Santander

World

NEWS ANALYSIS: Wall of copper supply may be imminent

POINT OF ORIGIN: Raw ore moves along a conveyor at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine, jointly owned by Rio Tinto Group’s Turquoise Hill Resources unit and state-owned Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi, in Khanbogd, the South Gobi desert, Mongolia. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

This was supposed to be a year of supply surplus for the copper market. Yet here we are in September and visible inventory is still extremely low, writes Andy Home

Europe

EU nations struggle to agree on dealing with Russia

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2 day(s) ago

European Union nations puts a second package of economic penalties on hold to assess the viability of the truce without risking further trade retaliation by Russia

Europe

Russia hopes to fulfil its 2014 domestic borrowing plan

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3 day(s) ago

Russian finance ministry hopes plans for sovereign domestic borrowing will remain unchanged for rest of year, ministry head says

African News

More US aid workers join Ebola fight

Samaritan's Purse medical personnel transport a person who died from the Ebola virus in the Case Management Center in Foya, Liberia. Picture: REUTERS/SAMARITAN'S PURSE
2 day(s) ago

About 1,400 US government employees are in the region now and more are on the way, State Department says

Asia-Pacific

India scraps plans for anti-dumping duty on solar panels

Narendra Modi. Picture: EPA
3 day(s) ago

Move likely to help mend ties with US before Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Barack Obama this month


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Americas

Twitter may raise $1.5bn in first debt market foray

The Twitter logo is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Twitter Inc shares jumped 73% in a frenzied trading debut that drove the seven-year-old company's market value to around $25bn.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

The microblogging company is selling convertible bonds in two $650m pieces, one maturing in five years and one in seven years

Europe

Scotland banks consider new place to call home

DISPUTE: Pedestrians pass the entrance to a Lloyds TSB bank branch, part of the Lloyds Banking Group, in London. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

To avoid uncertainty, Lloyds and RBS may decide to relocate, writes Stephen Morris in London

Europe

MasterCard loses EU court battle over fees

Visa Europe’s offer from last month would bring its cross-border credit-card fees into line with those of its main rival MasterCard.   Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Europe’s highest court supports broader regulatory drive to cut cost of using payment cards

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Picture: REUTERS

Germany can’t close its eyes to threat IS poses

Germany’s scepticism about military intervention is deeply ingrained in Germans’ collective consciousness, writes Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Europe

Air France-KLM to spend €1bn growing budget unit Transavia

Air France-KLM chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac speaks during its annual results presentation in Paris last month. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

The plan would create up to 250 new pilot jobs by 2019 and grow Transavia’s fleet to more than 100 aircraft from about 50 at present

Middle East

Israeli land grab draws criticism, even at home

SEIZED: A sign reading ‘State land, no trespassing’ is seen near the Palestinian village of Jab’a, west of Bethlehem, on Wednesday. Days after a ceasefire was reached in the war in Gaza last month, Israel announced that 400 hectares west of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, was now
2 day(s) ago

Netanyahu may have miscalculated in bid to appease the right, writes Luke Baker in Jab’a

Americas

US jobless claims rise unexpectedly but still at pre-recession levels

People attend a job training and resource fair at Coney Island in New York, us, in this December 11 2013 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Claims for unemployment benefits increased 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000 for the week ended September 6, the highest level since late June

Middle East

Yemen govt, Houthis reach agreement to end crisis

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3 day(s) ago

Government and Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels sign agreement to end crisis that has seen weeks of protests

Europe

Autonomy-for-peace offer to east Ukraine

CEASEFIRE:  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during his visit to the Ilich Iron and Steel Works in the coastal town of Mariupol on Monday. Mr Poroshenko says 70% of Russian forces sneaked across the border have now been withdrawn from his country’s territory. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Ukrainian president vows greater autonomy for separatist east in order to sustain fragile new truce

World

Major changes needed in management of world economy, says Unctad

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3 day(s) ago

UN report says global development can only be achieved by ensuring that domestic and regional consumer and infrastructure needs are met

Americas

Obama, families pause to remember September 11 victims

Sam Pulia, former police officer and mayor of Westerchester, Illinois, salutes the name of his cousin, firefighter Thomas Anthony Casoria, who was killed in the September 11 on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Politicians, dignitaries, victims’ relatives gather in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania to commemorate nearly 3,000 people killed in attack on US 13 years ago

Americas

Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

Barack Obama. Picture: AFP PHOTO/POOL/SAUL LOEB
3 day(s) ago

President Barack Obama authorises US airstrikes for first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in broad escalation of campaign against Islamic State militant group

Europe

UK desperate for Scots to reject independence

Scotland votes on whether to split from Britain. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDY BUCHANAN
3 day(s) ago

Britain’s three most senior politicians in Scotland to beg voters to come back from the brink and reject independence

Americas

Microsoft in discussions to acquire Mojang

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

An accord to acquire Mojang, the software firm behind the Minecraft game, would be the biggest deal struck since Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO

Europe

Vivendi targets Italy return in Mediaset deal

ON THE MOVE: Light trails made by passing traffic are seen in front on the headquarters of French conglomerate Vivendi the that owns phone company SFR in Paris, France in this file picture. Vivendi is said to be in talks with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s group. Picture: BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

French media giant plans to return to Italy’s pay-TV market after a decade-long hiatus

Europe

Russia suspected of pumping less gas to Poland

BUILDING UP:  A worker turns a valve at the Nesvizhskaya gas compressor station about 130km from Minsk in this file picture.
3 day(s) ago

Poland says it is receiving 20% less gas than normal from Russia

Asia-Pacific

Fat bonus for Nishikori despite loss

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4 day(s) ago

Billionaire Tadashi Yanai and his Fast Retailing will pay Kei Nishikori a ¥100m bonus after he made history as first man from Asia to play in Grand Slam tennis final

Asia-Pacific

Australia charges two for terrorism, might raise threat level

Sydney, Australia. Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Police arrest men suspected of helping Australian citizens fight alongside militants in Syria on terrorism-related charges, after intelligence chief warns of mounting threats

Europe

Alstom bribery case starts

Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

Alstom paid about €6.6m in bribes over a six-year period to win transport contracts, according to filings from UK prosecutors

Europe

EU delays new Russia action

A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk on Friday. The European Union said on Friday it would consider any unilateral military actions by Russia in Ukraine as
4 day(s) ago

European Union governments abruptly put on hold new sanctions against Russia to allow more time to assess the viability of a ceasefire in Ukraine

Opinion

From Japan’s Abenomics to Europe’s Draghinomics

Mario Draghi. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER

It appears the ECB has a plan in store that is similar to Japan’s three-part plan to rescue the economy from stagnation and deflation

Opinion

LETTER FROM LONDON: Whose side is Zuma on in Lesotho crisis talks?

Whose interests will Zuma be serving as he attempts to negotiate a solution in Lesotho?

‘EU unity vital’ on Russian sanctions

Incoming EU foreign affairs chief says EU should be united on new sanctions against Russia to avoid strengthening Moscow

Europe

Russia tests missile, plans two more launches

ANTI-WAR PROTEST:  People wearing masks of French President François Hollande, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold up models of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier warship during a demonstration against a contract to deliver the warship to Russia, at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire earlier this week. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Russia carries out successful test of new Bulava intercontinental nuclear missile

Europe

British prime minister’s job at risk if Scotland breaks away

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

While David Cameron has repeatedly insisted he will not quit, secession might well mark the beginning of the end for his leadership

Asia-Pacific

Asian trading shifts make Suez, Panama canals less important

A ship navigates the Suez Canal. Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Projects to expand the Suez and Panama canals are being talked up as the biggest upheaval for decades in global maritime traffic

Europe

ABB gains after $4bn buyback announcement

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4 day(s) ago

ABB CEO unexpectedly announces $4bn share buyback after stock underperformed rivals including Siemens over past year

Asia-Pacific

Obama China visit ‘a milepost’

US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

One-on-one summit between is being planned to coincide with the US leader’s visit to the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Beijing in November

Americas

Bond market ‘waking up’ to Venezuela defaulting

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Venezuelan debt traders are beginning to consider the possibility the country may run out of money

Europe

UK taxpayers face prospect of losing bank bail-out money

PRESSURED START: Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland, of which Natwest bank is part, of, have erased most of the gains made this year amid a surge in support for Scottish nationalists wanting to quit the UK. Picture: BLOOMBERG
4 day(s) ago

Investors are becoming increasingly concerned about the outcome of the referendum as the Royal Bank of Scotland is the second-largest lender in Scotland

Opinion

Mao Zedong a bizarre choice of icon for ANC to honour

A portrait of Mao Zedong is displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.  Picture: THINKSTOCK

History and all its messiness is not a guide to best democratic practice, moral virtue or principled action

Opinion

Now who is the clown?

After the defection of a prominent Conservative backbencher to the United Kingdom Independence Party, rumours of more defections to the party are rife

Europe

Sanctions start to hurt Rosneft

Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Kremlin’s prized oil firm cutting staff and production and selling stakes in Siberian fields

Europe

Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate expecting second baby

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.  Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Baby will be fourth in line to British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder brother George, couple’s first child

Europe

UK could lose portion of its gold reserves in ‘Yes’ vote

Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

An Independent Scotland could lay claim to a part of the UK’s 310-tonne gold reserves if votes go in favour of the ‘Yes’ campaign this month

Europe

New Russia action splits EU members

A woman walks holding a communist flag during a ceremony to honour the World War Two defenders of Donetsk from Nazi forces in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday.   Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

European Union officials call fresh meeting to discuss new sanctions against Moscow after failing to reach unanimous agreement on the measures

World

Global jobs crisis ‘is looming’

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4 day(s) ago

The world is facing a global jobs crisis that is hurting the chances of reigniting economic growth, the World Bank warns

Europe

Poll shows rival Scottish independence camps neck-and-neck

Scotland votes on whether to split from Britain. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDY BUCHANAN
5 day(s) ago

Rival campaigns in Scotland’s fight over independence running neck-and-neck nine days before referendum

Americas

Apple to unveil bigger iPhones, smartwatch

A man waits outside the Apple Store in advance of an Apple special event in the Manhattan borough of New York on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Analysts say larger screens on new iPhones ikely to help Apple gain market share against mobiles running Google Inc’s Android platform

 
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