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Scotland votes on whether to split from Britain. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDY BUCHANAN

A federal UK? Scotland vote shakes up the union

11 hour(s) ago

Scotland enticed to reject independence with a promise of new powers but pledge has pushed David Cameron into offering the same package to England

Asia-Pacific

Australian parliament steps up security after terrorist ‘chatter’

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Extra armed police patrols to guard parliament amid threat by Islamic State to target government, authorities continue to investigate alleged beheading plot

Europe

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond leaves after speaking at the ‘Yes’ Campaign headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday. Salmond conceded defeat over his bid to win independence and demanded the British government rapidly meet its promise of more powers for Edinburgh. Picture: REUTERS/RUSSELL CHEYNE
18 hour(s) ago

Referendum leaves UK intact but opens door to wider autonomy following a huge turnout

World

G-20 grapples with how to end era of austerity

Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS/GARY CAMERON
18 hour(s) ago

Strengthening global growth and creating jobs are the G-20’s top priorities under Australia’s rotating presidency

Middle East

No nuclear deal for Iran unless it co-operates with UN probe

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures to the media during a news conference in Tehran in June 2013. He has promised to work on Iran’s venomous relationship with Saudi Arabia. Picture: REUTERS
20 hour(s) ago

Western powers tell Iran that it must step up co-operation with a United Nations watchdog’s investigation of suspected atomic bomb research

Asia-Pacific

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

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
1 day(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

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
GALLERY: US remembers 9/11 victims   Read More

Asia-Pacific

India and China mark ‘milestone’ with trade deals

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi at Hyderabad house in New Delhi, India on Thursday. Picture: EPA
20 hour(s) ago

Leaders announce five-year plan in which China will invest $20bn to help reduce India’s largest trade deficit with any single country

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
1 day(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
1 day(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

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
1 day(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
1 day(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
1 day(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
2 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


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Americas

Ellison steps aside to make space for co-CEOs of Oracle

VICTORY: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison lifts the America’s Cup with members of Oracle Team USA. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Larry Ellison to stay at tech company as executive chairman, but analysts question wisdom of Safra Catz, Mark Hurd entering job-sharing arrangement

Asia-Pacific

Investors snap up shares in China’s Alibaba

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
14 hour(s) ago

Initial public offering of Chinese e-commerce giant is one of biggest ever, gives company market value that surpasses Walt Disney, Boeing, Amazon, eBay

Asia-Pacific

Hitachi Construction sees no mining recovery

Yuichi Tsujimoto, president and chief executive officer of Hitachi Construction Machinery. Picture: BLOOMBERG
20 hour(s) ago

With demand uncertain, Hitachi Construction is choosing to spend more on energy conservation rather than expansion

Americas

Dollar General’s hostile offer hits bondholders

A Family Dollar store is seen in Chicago, in this June 25 2012 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
20 hour(s) ago

Retailer’s hostile bid to buy Family Dollar Stores threatens to tip its credit rating to speculative-grade levels

Europe

Vodafone and Liberty should consider merger

A customer waits outside the shuttered entrance of a Vodafone store ahead of opening in London. Picture: BLOOMBERG
20 hour(s) ago

Cable and phone groups find benefits in working together, write Amy Thomson and Kristen Schweizer

Pedestrians wait to cross a road outside a branch of UBS bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland, in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG

UBS waits to hear outcome of appeal

World’s biggest manager of money for the rich, has become the test case for French President François Hollande’s tax-evasion crackdown

Asia-Pacific

Sony declines as mobile unit adds to woes

LOW SALES: An attendee pauses to checks his mobile device in front of an advert for Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG
20 hour(s) ago

Company projects a loss of ¥230bn for the year, writes Sonali Basak

Asia-Pacific

SpiceJet shrinking size of fleet

RETURN TO SENDER: A SpiceJet aircraft prepares to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG
20 hour(s) ago

Indian budget airline seeks to lower costs by flying fewer and newer aircraft in a bid to return to profit amid intensifying competition from AirAsia

Europe

Holcim and Lafarge enter talks with EU to expedite merger

Picture: THINKSTOCK
20 hour(s) ago

Companies in a bid to obtain speedier approval of their plan to create the world’s biggest cement maker

Europe

UK traders gear up for long night before Scottish independence vote

The London Stock Exchange.  Picture: REUTER
2 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
2 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
2 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

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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
3 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

3 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
4 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
4 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

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?

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

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

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

Europe

Scottish independence could be a fillip for London property market

The City of London.  Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 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
2 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
3 day(s) ago

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

Europe

Jobless Swedish youth flock to Norway

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

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
3 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
3 day(s) ago

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

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

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
3 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

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
7 day(s) ago

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

Europe

Santander post makes Botin top female executive

7 day(s) ago

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

 
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