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Middle East

Saudi capital goes quiet for day of mourning

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

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

Asia-Pacific

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

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

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

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
2 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

Middle East

Saudis swarm Twitter to mourn king

King Abdullah. Picture: AFP / HASSAN AMMAR
2 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

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

Middle East

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

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

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

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
2 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

Asia-Pacific

‘Save your daughters’ Modi tells India

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

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


International companies


Europe

Hutchison to buy Telefonica UK unit for £10.25bn

An O2 shop in Loughborough, central England. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison agrees to buy Telefonica’s British mobile unit O2, as Asia’s richest man makes boldest bet yet to revamp European telecoms business

Americas

American Express plans to cut 4,000 jobs

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

AmEx, the biggest US credit-card issuer by purchases, to cut more than 4,000 jobs as it seeks to curtail expenses

Americas

Mayer to decide on future of $40bn Yahoo stake in Alibaba

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to give an update next week about whether her company will sell its Alibaba shares and how it will avoid paying taxes on the move. File Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Yahoo owns about 384-million shares of Alibaba, which it cannot sell until September, the first anniversary of Alibaba’s US initial public offering

Europe

UK aims to pass law forcing cigarettes into plain packs by May

A man arranges cigarettes in a shop in central London, the UK, on Thursday. The UK government plans  to introduce legislation for plain cigarette packaging.  Picture: EPA / FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
2 day(s) ago

The move is likely to crimp tobacco firms’ profits, as the UK follows in the footsteps of Australia

A taxi driver is seen during a Europe-wide protest of licensed taxi drivers against taxi hailing apps that are feared to flush unregulated private drivers into the market, in front of the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany. Picture: REUTERS

Uber’s study stirs debate: just how good are these jobs?

Uber is fast becoming one of the largest employers of part-time drivers in the dozens of cities it operates, but just how good are those jobs?

Americas

EBay to slash jobs ahead of PayPal split

ACRIMONIOUS: John Donahoe, president and CEO of e-commerce company eBay. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

EBay also explores options for its enterprise unit, including a sale or initial public offering, and will add three new board members — one of whom will represent activist investor Carl Icahn

Americas

American Express plans to cut 4,000 jobs

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

AmEx, the biggest US credit-card issuer by purchases, to cut more than 4,000 jobs as it seeks to curtail expenses

Europe

ECB launches quantitative easing

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 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

Europe

France boosts fight against radicals

IN AGREEMENT:  French President François Hollande, left, talks to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls as he leaves the Élysée Palace after attending a Security Council on Terrorism, in Paris, France, on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/YOAN VALAT
3 day(s) ago

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

Middle East

Yemen thrown into turmoil as president resigns

Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  Picture: REUTERS
2 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

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

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 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

3 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
3 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

Picture: BUSINESS DAY
3 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

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

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

Europe

ECB considers €50bn monthly bond purchase

Mario Draghi. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND
3 day(s) ago

Board expected to propose that purchases begin in March, with sovereign bond-buying programme lasting for up to two years, says source

BusinessDay

IMF expects $300bn in 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
4 day(s) ago

Losses from lower oil exports should hit economies in the Middle East and Central Asia this year as countries in the region adjust to falling crude prices

Asia-Pacific

NEWS ANALYSIS: Key word is still growth even as pace of China’s economy adapts to new trends

China economy. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

What really matters is that 2014 provides template for what China’s economy will look like in next decade

Europe

How an impasse in Paris returned Greece to crisis

Antonis Samaras. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANGELOS TZORTZINIS
4 day(s) ago

Collapse of talks with lenders begins month-long sequence of events leading to Greek elections, proving country remains eurozone’s weak link

Americas

Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

President calls for his opponents to end their resistance to raising taxes on the wealthy and threatens to veto any legislation they approve that will challenge his key decisions

Middle East

Clashes in Yemen worry UN’s Ban

Ban Ki-moon. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR
4 day(s) ago

Past two days have seen a dramatic escalation in violence in the capital, Sanaa, raising fears that a key ally of the US in region will be overthrown

Asia-Pacific

‘Micro-outbreaks’ now characterise spread of Ebola

Ebola: Picture: REUTERS/THIERRY GOUEGNON
5 day(s) ago

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic has morphed into several micro-outbreaks of varying intensity, says UN official

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

Christine Lagarde. Picture: REUTERS / RUBEN SPRICH

Lagarde hails ECB plan, warns economic reforms needed

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
3 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

Americas

NEWS ANALYSIS: Amazon ventures into movie business

Roy Price.  Picture: REUTERS
3 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

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
4 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

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

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
3 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
3 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 day(s) ago

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

Middle East

Shiite gunmen seize Yemen presidential palace

5 day(s) ago

Houthi militia clash with troops outside the residence of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi

Middle East

First round-the-world solar flight to take off next month

The Solar Impulse 2 is seen at its presentation at the Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Solar Impulse 2 will set off from Abu Dhabi on 35,000km, five-day journey to prove flying is possible without using fossil fuel

Europe

Ukrainian troops recapture airport from rebels

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

Military spokesman says troops have retaken almost all territory of Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine they had lost to separatists in recent weeks

Europe

Deutsche Telekom to lift network spending

The logo of Deutsche Telekom is pictured on the 266m-high Colonia TV tower in the western German city of Cologne. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Germany’s former phone monopoly faces increased competition from Telefónica Deutschland Holding, which merged with Royal KPN’s E-Plus unit last year

Americas

Obama to push for tax increases on the wealthy

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS / LARRY DOWNING
6 day(s) ago

Plan to increase top rate on capital gains and dividends will draw Republican fire

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Opinion Poll

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
Voting closed
Total votes 426

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