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GAME CHANGER: Employees work on a pile of coal gangue in Huaibei, Anhui province in this file picture. China will ban coal imports above certain ash and sulphur contents from next year. Picture: REUTERS

NEWS ANALYSIS: China’s new coal quality rules not a fatal blow to exporters

22 hour(s) ago

If the aim of the new Chinese rules is to improve air quality, then limiting the domestic mining industry would be far more effective than restricting imports, writes Clyde Russell

Americas

US Federal Reserve renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path

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

Fed still waiting ‘considerable time' before first hike, but indicates it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected

Europe

Scotland to vote but still too close to call

A 'Yes' campaign supporter is seen near the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS
22 hour(s) ago

Pro-independence side says it has the momentum to win the ballot, while the ‘no’ camp urges voters not to use it as a protest

Europe

Bling-Bling Sarkozy back to ‘save’ France from economic crisis

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends the inauguration of the Institut Claude Pompidou, a new centre for care and research of Alzheimer disease, in Nice in this March 10 2014 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
22 hour(s) ago

Undeterred by a tangled web of interconnected legal difficulties, Nicolas Sarkozy has been agonising for months about a return to front-line politics

Europe

UK traders gear up for long night before Scottish independence vote

The London Stock Exchange.  Picture: REUTER
1 day(s) ago

Trading rooms are preparing for extra long shift to cover independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating surge in activity when result comes through

Middle East

Islamic State goes underground in Syria

MISSING: A relatives of one of the Lebanese soldiers kidnapped by fighters linked to the radical Sunni Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front (JAN), attaches positions a poster with pictures of those kidnapped on  a tent in Martyrs’ Square, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/NABIL MOUNZER
1 day(s) ago

Jihadist group disappears from streets, redeploys weapons, fighters, reduces media exposure since President Barack Obama authorised US air strikes

Middle East

World powers ‘must follow rules of war’

WAR TORN: Children carry pieces of the wreckage of a war aircraft that crashed on the outskirts of Raqqa in northeast Syria on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

UN war crimes investigators for Syria caution world powers preparing military action against Islamic State fighters that ‘laws of war’ will apply to them

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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Middle East

Air strikes kill 48 in Syria

WAR TORN: Children carry pieces of the wreckage of a war aircraft that crashed on the outskirts of Raqqa in northeast Syria on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
22 hour(s) ago

Two days of air strikes left women and children among the dead, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Europe

Turkey faces balancing act in fight against IS

DIVIDED: US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Friday September 12, 2014. Mr Kerry arrived in Ankara for talks aimed at  a coalition against Islamic State. Picture: AFP
22 hour(s) ago

Turkey has made clear that it is still unconvinced by US President Barack Obama’s plans to bomb IS fighters in two of its neighbours

Americas

Starwood turns focus to Africa’s growing travel market

GOOD LIFE: Pedestrians are seen passing in front of The Westin New York, a Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide property, in New York in this file picture. Starwood is boosting its African footprint. Picture: BLOOMBERG
22 hour(s) ago

The US hotel company is seeking to add mainly five-star properties to its existing set of 37 hotels

Asia-Pacific

Legislator wants Sydney property rule enforced

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

Australia needs to better enforce restrictions on foreign investment in housing, legislator says, amid concern that overseas buyers are stoking a bubble

Europe

Scottish independence could be a fillip for London property market

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

London’s property market could benefit if Scotland votes for independence and some financial institutions decide to relocate to the UK

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: Brown pulls out all the stops in trying to avoid a Scottish secession

ARDENT: Former British Labour prime minister Gordon Brown addresses pro-union supporters in Glasgow on September 9 ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum. Britain's three main political parties united on Tuesday to promise greater powers for Scotland if it rejects independence in next week's referendum, in a last-ditch attempt to head off growing separatist support. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

For many English, Scotsman and former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown is an unlikely hero, writes Alistair Smout

Asia-Pacific

China to ban imports of high ash, high sulphur coal from 2015

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

When regulation is implemented, Australian and South African coal with heating value of 5,500 kcal/kg will be worst hit


International companies


Europe

Airbus to sell off business units

STRATEGY: A member of staff works on an aircraft on the Eurofighter Typhoon production line at BAE system’s Warton plant near Preston, northern in England on September 7, 2012. Europe’s defence industry is struggling as cash-strapped governments cut back on military spending. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Company plans to sell half a dozen businesses with combined annual revenues of about €2bn, simplifying its defence and space division to focus on warplanes, missiles, launchers and satellites

Americas

Tax credit for global Brazilian companies

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

The tax credit would improve companies’ competitiveness abroad by relieving them of a burden that other firms operating in the same countries don’t face

Dummies of new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are displayed with a figure of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs at a mall selling smartphones in Hong Kong on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS

Apple receives record pre-orders for new iPhones

Apple says it received record 4-million first-day pre-orders of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for phones

Asia-Pacific

China’s central bank injects $81bn into major banks to support economy

People walk past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, as two paramilitary police officials patrol around it in Beijing on November 20. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Central bank is injecting a combined 500-billion yuan of liquidity into country’s top banks, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up faltering economy

Americas

Ebola crisis spiralling out of control, says Obama

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

US President Barack Obama issues global call to action, warning deadly outbreak is unprecedented, threatening hundreds of thousands of people

Europe

Ukraine ceasefire under threat

Petro Poroshenko. Picture: AFP PHOTO
1 day(s) ago

Ukrainian legislators approve law giving special status to country’s two easternmost regions as ceasefire comes under threat

Europe

Spain’s house prices ‘will fall for another year’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

High unemployment and a dwindling population mean demand will remain weak for the next few years, Moody’s says

Asia-Pacific

Alibaba may boost IPO share price on strong demand

SEEKING FUNDS: Alibaba chairman Jack Ma arrives at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong for a meeting with prospective investors on Monday, as the company began its road show for its imminent listing. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

At $70, Alibaba’s sale would raise $22.4bn, surpassing Agricultural Bank of China’s $22.1bn offering in 2010 as the biggest yet

Europe

European reinsurers forecast new markets and slower drop in prices

2 day(s) ago

World’s top reinsurers are sitting on large cash piles but face risks from falling demand from insurance firms and new entrants such as hedge funds

Europe

Referendum likely to make Salmond a hero

First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Scottish National Party leader will benefit from either a yes or no vote on independence on Thursday

Europe

David Cameron vows action on IS

David Cameron. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JOHN STILLWELL
3 day(s) ago

Condemning an act of ‘pure evil’, Prime Minister David Cameron vows Britain will do all it can to catch killers of a British aid worker beheaded by the Islamic State

Europe

Besieged Hollande to face confidence vote

French President Francois Hollande. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Experts say French government unlikely to lose confidence vote, but will almost certainly reveal splits in François Hollande’s ruling Socialist Party

Asia-Pacific

Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to give Dalai Lama a visa

Dalai Lama
3 day(s) ago

Fourteen Nobel Peace Laureates ask President Jacob Zuma to guarantee Dalai Lama a visa to SA, after Tibetan spiritual leader is forced to abandon trip to country

Americas

Automobiles drag US factory production lower

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

US manufacturing output falls for the first time in seven months in August as motor vehicle production declines

Middle East

Veterans against Israeli reservists condemning ‘injustices’

Israeli soldiers and policemen take positions during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron. Picture: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD
3 day(s) ago

Commentators say that the refuseniks being members of one of Israel’s most prestigious military units makes their conscientious objection all the more remarkable

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?

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Jobless Swedish youth flock to Norway

Norway, close to full employment, is seeking foreign workers to meet labour shortages

Asia-Pacific

Lagarde urges Japan to increase efforts to empower women

GENDER EQUALITY: IMF MD Christine Lagarde delivers a keynote speech at the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Japan last Friday. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde backs Japan’s efforts to power the economy by boosting its female workforce

Europe

Scotland’s vote worries chase investors out of UK

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

Uncertainty surrounding outcome of Scottish independence referendum sends investors in British assets heading for exits, according to survey

Americas

Congress mulls call for action against IS

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
6 day(s) ago

US legislators on the verge of taking a ‘war vote’ as they consider whether to back President Barack Obama’s campaign to destroy Islamic State

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
6 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

Asia-Pacific

China-controlled oil firm Sinopec to sell stake to outsiders

An employee walks on top of an oil tank at a Sinopec refinery in Wuhan, Hubei province. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Chinese oil group will sell a 30% stake in its marketing arm to outside investors for more than $17bn, as government pushes key economic reforms

Europe

Santander post makes Botin top female executive

6 day(s) ago

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

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

Asia-Pacific

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
6 day(s) ago

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

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
6 day(s) ago

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

Europe

EU nations struggle to agree on dealing with Russia

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 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

Americas

Bitcoin gets boost as US watchdog approves first swap

Picture: BLOOMBERG/YURIKO NAKAO
6 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

 
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