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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: REUTERS

Putin calls for Balkanisation of Ukraine

21 hour(s) ago

Vladimir Putin says Russia cannot stand aside and calls for talks on east Ukraine ‘statehood’, while rebels shell Ukrainian naval ship in first sea attack

Europe

Telefónica to exit Telecom Italia after Brazil deal

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11 hour(s) ago

Tense relations between Spanish and Italian firms came to head last week when Telefónica beat Telecom Italia to buy GVT

Asia-Pacific

Chinese democracy advocates stage sit-in

Protesters attend a pro-democracy rally next to the Hong Kong government complex on Sunday. Picture: AFP
22 hour(s) ago

China on Sunday announced rules giving it control over who can stand in Hong Kong’s next leadership election, triggering tears and fury

Europe

New sanctions threat for Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the youth forum 'Seliger-2014' at Seliger lake, northern Russia, on Friday. Putin insisted that Kiev must enter substantial talks with pro-Russian rebels amid a dramatic escalation of the fighting in Ukraine. Picture: AFP
22 hour(s) ago

European Union threatens Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine

Americas

Microsoft resists turning over client’s e-mails

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22 hour(s) ago

Judge lifts a suspension on her order directing Microsoft to turn over a customer’s e-mails stored overseas to US prosecutors

Opinion

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: Stiglitz’s sympathy for Argentina is ill founded

Even if Stiglitz is justified in condemning ‘vulture’ funds, it is not for the judge to make value judgments based on emotion, writes Dave Marrs

Opinion

LETTER FROM LONDON: British army’s adverts sell dreams of adventure

Recruitment adverts make military life in the UK look like a scene from a video game

The Big Picture

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International humanitarian law has always lacked mechanisms for encouraging effective compliance, write Didier Burkhalter and Peter Maurer   Read More

Europe

Iceland issues red alert after new eruption near volcano

Steam and smoke rise over a 1km-long fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga volcano system on Friday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

It is the third time in a week that Iceland issues a red alert for aviation due to seismic activity near Bardarbunga

Americas

Aluminium antitrust suit thrown out

PILING UP: Forklift truck drivers move Stacks of aluminium ingots are moved at a Public Procurement Service warehouse in Gunsan, South Korea, in June this year. Allegations of collusion among some US  aluminium merchants were dismissed on Friday. Picture: BLOOMBERG
22 hour(s) ago

Judge dismisses antitrust litigation accusing Wall Street banks and commodity merchants of conspiring to drive up aluminium prices by reducing supply

Asia-Pacific

Tragedy-hit Malaysia Airlines to lose 6,000 jobs in bold restructuring

Kazanah Nasional MD Berhad Tan Sri Dato' Azman Mokhtar announces Malaysia Airlines' restructuring plans at Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

The 42-year-old company will be delisted by the end of the year under a broad revival plan announced by state fund Khazanah Nasional on Friday

Middle East

Netanyahu claims Gaza Strip victory

BOYS IN A WAR: Palestinian boys peek from behind a Hamas militant during a parade in Shejaiya on Wednesday. Picture: AFP
3 day(s) ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his decision to end Gaza Strip fighting scored a political and military victory

Markets

Supply glut hits iron-ore prices

ASSET: A clump of iron ore from a mine. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Iron-ore prices will fall further because there is too much supply of the main ingredient for steel


International companies


Asia-Pacific

Samsung’s engineering and shipbuilding firms to merge

A worker walks at a construction site of Samsung Engineering in Seoul.   Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

Latest step in restructuring at South Korea’s largest conglomerate will see Samsung Heavy Industries absorbing Samsung Engineering for over $2bn

Asia-Pacific

Qantas is upbeat for a return to profit

FLYOVER: A Qantas Airways and an Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 fly in formation during a flyover at an altitude of around 450m above Sydney on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

The group says it will be profitable in the six months to December as an oversupply of seats subsides and a A$2bn cost-cutting programme starts to pay off

Telefónica. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Vivendi warms to Telefónica’s raised GVT offer

Vivendi says Telefónica’s offer is ‘particularly attractive’ because it will generate a capital gain of more than €3bn

Europe

Ukraine rebels prepare attack as EU warns Russia of new sanctions

Ukrainian loyalist fighters from the Azov Battalion stand guard on a hill on the outskirts of Mariupol on Saturday. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

Pro-Russian separatists preparing a fresh offensive on a key coastal location in eastern Ukraine

Asia-Pacific

China graft watchdog probes another exec at Chinese car maker

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2 day(s) ago

China’s anti-graft watchdog is investigating a former senior executive at FAW Group for corruption, the latest target in a widening probe against the company

Europe

Ukraine leader to push EU for Moscow sanctions

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

Petro Poroshenko pushes EU leaders for tougher sanctions against Russia as they gather in Brussels to discuss the crisis

Europe

EU seeks to secure winter gas supply in Ukraine crisis, says Oettinger

A gas pipeline in Sevastopol, Ukraine. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

Three-way gas consultations will take place in Moscow on Friday between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union

Europe

Lagarde career threatened in fraud case

International Monetary Fund MD Christine Lagarde.   Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

French court charges former minister with ‘negligence’ over state payment to tycoon

Europe

Talks optimism fades as Ukraine says Russia makes new incursion

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures, while answering journalists' questions after his talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Ukraine accuses Russian forces of launching new military incursion across border, a day after leaders of both countries agree to work towards ending separatist war

Middle East

Gaza truce holding but Israel’s Netanyahu under fire at home

Palestinians sit on a couch as they return to the remains of their house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli offensive, after a ceasefire was declared, in the east of Gaza City on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

An open-ended ceasefire in Gaza war holds as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces strong criticism in Israel over costly conflict with Palestinian militants

Europe

Call for French ‘government of clarity’

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5 day(s) ago

President François Hollande is using the cabinet reshuffle to reassert his authority over his feuding Socialist Party

African News

US voices surprise as UAE hits militia in Libya

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5 day(s) ago

UAE’s aircraft have launch two attacks in seven days on the Islamists in Tripoli, using bases in Egypt

Middle East

Israeli air strikes kill eight Palestinians

Palestinians surround a wreckage of a car which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City on Monday. Picture: REUTERS, AHMED ZAKOT
7 day(s) ago

Egypt presses on with efforts to broker durable truce as Israel warns it will target any house used to launch ‘terror attacks’, militants launch rockets at southern Israel

Europe

Earthquake hits Icelandic volcano

A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano, some 20 kilometres away, in the northwest region of the Iceland's Vatnajokull glacier last week.  Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Meteorological Office confirms that magnitude 5.7 tremor hit Bardarbunga, largest in current series, but still no sign of eruption

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: New Turkish premier seems to fit in with Erdogan’s agenda

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Appointment of Ahmet Davutoglu is a further sign that modern Turkey’s most powerful leader has little intention of loosening grip on day-to-day running of country

Asia-Pacific

Court rules against Tokyo Electric in suicide suit

A cask of nuclear fuel is lifted by workers during operations to remove fuel rods from a spent fuel pool at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Tepco ordered to pay $472,000 compensation after Japanese district court rules the nuclear operator responsible for woman’s suicide

Asia-Pacific

Sony says PlayStation users’ info safe after hackers target game sites

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7 day(s) ago

Sony says hackers have taken down network without compromising users’ personal data, while FBI is investigating bomb scare on flight carrying Sony executive

Asia-Pacific

Metals industry realises potential of 3-D printers

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7 day(s) ago

Suppliers backing research into 3-D printing technology, which can produce components faster and cheaper than traditional manufacturing

Americas

Women under-represented in Silicon Valley venture capitalists

ROLE MODEL: Bindi Karia, a vice-president at Silicon Valley Bank, right, is one of the few women managers in Silicon Valley. Picture: BLOOMBERG
7 day(s) ago

While other sectors have improved their gender diversity, the industry’s gender balance hasn’t budged, writes Sarah McBride

Europe

Strong earthquakes shake Icelandic volcano on red alert

Picture taken on May 21 2011 shows a cloud of smoke and ash over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

Large explosion at Bardarbunga volcano could signal a replay of global travel chaos caused by eruption of another Icelandic peak four years ago

Middle East

Gaza operation to last as long as it takes, says Netanyahu

A Palestinian looks at the remains of a commercial center, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike on Saturday, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

After a 12-story apartment building in Gaza was brought down and 10 Palestinians were killed, Israel’s Prime Minister says offensive will last ’until its aims are achieved’

Middle East

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

Palestinian men look on as a bomb from an Israeli air strike hits a house in Gaza City on Saturday.  Israel kept up the pressure on Hamas in Gaza, carrying out multiple air strikes that killed six Palestinians, five of them from the same family, as Egypt prepared to convene new truce talks. Picture: AFP/ ROBERTO SCHMIDT
9 day(s) ago

A senior Egyptian diplomat says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has informed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that Hamas is prepared to come to Cairo for further talks

Americas

Yellen says US job market still hampered, calls for ‘pragmatic’ policy

Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS
10 day(s) ago

Labour markets remain hampered by effects of Great Recession, and US Fed should move cautiously in determining when interest rates will rise, Fed chairwoman says

Europe

Russia takes aim at McDonald’s

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10 day(s) ago

Russian authorities launch nationwide inspections of McDonald’s restaurants

Europe

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘invasion’ as aid trucks move in

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine is parked at a camp near Donetsk on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS
10 day(s) ago

Ukraine accuses Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sends first part of mammoth aid convoy into eastern Ukraine, warning against any attacks on trucks

Opinion

LETTER FROM LONDON: Commonwealth is as appealing as Glasgow’s skies

With SA focused on boosting ties with its Brics partners, relations with the Commonwealth are a bit looser now

Opinion

Peace hinges on accepting a common humanity

Peace in the Middle East will be achieved only once the world succeeds in convincing both Jew and Palestinian to acknowledge the humanity of the other

Muhyettin Aksak, a lawmaker from the ruling AK Party, punches Nationalist Movement Party's Sinan Ogan (center) during a debate at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, on August 4 2014. Picture: REUTERS

Physical fights not foreign to parliaments

System is inherently adversarial but dust-ups and disorder need to be dealt with, writes Wyndham Hartley

Europe

Ukraine accuses Russia of launching invasion

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

Ukraine accuses Russia of mounting an invasion in southeast of country in support of pro-Moscow separatist rebels

Europe

Lagarde placed under investigation in French fraud case

Christine Lagarde.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Source close to International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says French magistrates are investigating her for alleged role in political fraud case

World

Steel profits hurt in hunt for sales

DEMAND: Steel production takes place at the Baosteel GroupCorp. facilities in Shanghai, China.  Baosteel says iron-ore prices have further to fall. Picture: BLOOMBERG
4 day(s) ago

World’s biggest steel makers hurting profits by chasing at any cost

Europe

EU body urges France to reform

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4 day(s) ago

EU Commission says it is crucial that France’s new government ‘maintain its reform commitments, which are essential for France to sustainably relaunch growth and employment’

Europe

Montebourg’s sacking could stir austerity backlash

EXTENSIVE TOUR: French President François Hollande at Sanofi’s pharmaceuticals plant in Waltloo yesterday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
5 day(s) ago

French President François Hollande’s firing of malcontent minister Arnaud Montebourg risks unleashing the ruling Socialist Party’s chief critic of budget cuts

Middle East

Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at air base: social media

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Militants execute Syrian soldiers and are holding group of them hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria, pictures posted on internet and Twitter show

Europe

Putin urges talks as Poroshenko lays out demands at Minsk meeting

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin urges his Ukrainian counterpart not to escalate an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels

Americas

Half of California earthquake damage covered

Bottles of olive oil and vinegar sit on the floor of a business damaged by a reported 6 earthquake on Sunday in Napa, California. Picture: JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES/AFP
5 day(s) ago

The earthquake that hit northern California on Sunday will lead to losses of as much as $4bn

Europe

WHO employee to be flown to Hamburg for Ebola treatment

LATEST VICTIM: Dr Kent Brantly, left, (L) of Samaritan's Purse relief organisation is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Samaritan's Purse, wearing personal protective equipment as he cares for Ebola patients at the case management centre on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.  Brantly, a 33-year-old American doctor working for a relief organisation in Liberia's capital, has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Senegalese epidemiologist, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, will be flown to tropical medicine institute in Germany

Europe

Swiss private banks review secrecy

5 day(s) ago

The elite of Swiss private banks begin lifting the veil on their books after a radical shift in their business model, amid tougher international regulations

Middle East

Gaza ceasefire deal reached, Palestinian groups say

Palestinians surround a wreckage of a car which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City on Monday. Picture: REUTERS, AHMED ZAKOT
6 day(s) ago

Cairo’s initiative, Palestinians officials say, calls for an indefinite halt to seven weeks of hostilities and the immediate opening of Gaza’s blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt

Middle East

UN rights boss condemns ‘widespread’ Islamic State crimes in Iraq

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7 day(s) ago

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemns ‘appalling, widespread’ crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners

World

WildLeaks to blow the whistle on wildlife crime

CRIMINAL LOOT: A picture taken on June 5 2014 shows Kenyan police officers looking at 302 pieces of ivory, including 228 elephant tusks, found and seized in a warehouse during a raid in the port city of Mombassa. Poachers slaughtering Africa's elephants and rhinos with impunity are often shielded from police by the most powerful of connections, leading some conservationists to turn to tip-offs to stem the killing. It's called
6 day(s) ago

Founder Andrea Crosta, a longtime conservationist, says he went undercover to meet traffickers

Americas

Popularity of discount retailers is growing among America’s poor

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7 day(s) ago

Big stores have been struggling as consumers have been slow to return to pre-recession spending, write Jilian Mincer and Lisa Baertlein

Americas

‘Son, be a mechanic — you will be a success’

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6 day(s) ago

This year, for the first time in a decade, the US government boosted funding for high school and college vocational education

Arts & Entertainment

British actor and film director Richard Attenborough dies

Richard Attenborough. Picture: EPA/ANDREU DALMAU
7 day(s) ago

Oscar-winning British film director and actor Richard Attenborough has died at age 90

Opinion

Propaganda war is now in the hands of the people

The power to shape the public agenda has shifted from top-down conventional media to the more democratic social media

Opinion

Israel the occupying power instead of the victim

An Israeli soldier holds ammunition at a staging area near the border with Gaza on Sunday.   Picture: REUTERS

Is Israel’s portrayal of itself as the victim in the Gaza conflict accurate?

Middle East

Kidnappers free US writer missing in Syria since 2012

US journalist Peter Theo Curtis is shown in this undated still frame taken from video courtesy of Al Jazeera on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Peter Theo Curtis was held by Nusra Front, official al-Qaeda wing in Syria, officials say Qatar helped to win his release

Americas

California earthquake biggest in region in 25 years

A Napa County firefighter sprays foam on hot spots from a fire at a mobile home park following a reported 6.0 earthquake on Sunday. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/AFP/ JUSTIN SULLIVAN
7 day(s) ago

Quake injures more than 100 people, damages historic buildings, sets some homes on fire and causes power and water outages around picturesque Napa

Asia-Pacific

China aims for operating system

Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

China could have an operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple

Europe

Ukraine marks defiant national day, rebels parade captives

Children holding a Russian flag pose for photos on a destroyed Ukrainian army Grad multiple rocket launcher system that was seized and put on public display at the central square in Donetsk on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

Military march in Kiev intends to send a message of defiance to Russia, but pro-Moscow rebels counter by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets in their stronghold

Americas

Quake rocks California wine country

Bottles of olive oil and vinegar sit on the floor of a business damaged by a reported 6 earthquake on Sunday in Napa, California. Picture: JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES/AFP
8 day(s) ago

Quake injures dozens of people, two of them seriously, damages historic buildings, sets some homes on fire and causes power outages around Napa

 
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