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SCEPTIC: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran

14 hour(s) ago

Obama and Netanyahu face differences over Iranian diplomacy and Middle Eastern peace efforts, as well as complications from US-led fight against Islamic State

Asia-Pacific

Tutu backs Hong Kong protesters

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
13 hour(s) ago

South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu backs pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and calls on Bejing not to ‘fear will of its people’

Middle East

New Afghan leader renews probe into bank scandal

Ashraf Ghani. Picture: EPA/OMAR SOBHANI
14 hour(s) ago

President Ashraf Ghani orders new investigation into $900m fraud that derailed Kabul Bank, underlining his determination to crack down on rampant corruption

Asia-Pacific

Turkey considers military action against Islamic State

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
15 hour(s) ago

Turkey indicates it may send troops into Syria or Iraq, allow allies to use its military bases to fight Islamic State as coalition jets launch air strikes on insurgents

Americas

Traveller from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in US

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Dr Thomas Frieden, speaks at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
22 hour(s) ago

Health authorities say they are taking every step possible to ensure the virus does not spread widely

Asia-Pacific

India warns of asset price fallout from low rates

1 day(s) ago

Near-zero interest rates in developed markets may be distorting asset prices with no real gain in economic activity, says India’s central bank governor

Europe

Fighting flares in Ukraine impasse

1 day(s) ago

Fighting continued a day after military suffers worst casualties since signing truce early last month

Opinion

Branson’s big holiday offer will benefit Virgin more than staff

New unlimited leave policy Richard Branson offers is not as rosy as it sounds

Opinion

THE CHATTER: Nation of shopkeepers is at the end of a long road

ONLINE SHOPPING:  Tesco says it is building its online business to attract more big-spenders. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

What Britons have not registered is that fate of their cherished supermarkets matters very little

Protesters gather around the Golden Bauhinia Square before an official flag raising ceremony to commemorate the Chinese National Day in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS

Hong Kong democracy protesters and officials mark uneasy National Day

Demonstrations spread to a new area of the city, ratcheting up pressure on its pro-Beijing government

Middle East

IS fighters lose key border post

FLEEING TYRANNY: Syrian refugees wait at the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, on Tuesday. Picture: EPA
1 day(s) ago

Iraqi Kurdish forces score gains as militants pounded by US-led air strikes, Iraqi army advances from south

World

Report paints worrying picture of human population growth

INEVITABLE? Stephen Emmott and Danny Dorling differ in their outlooks on the growth of the world’s population. Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

WWF head calls for bold global action to build more sustainable future

Asia-Pacific

Taiwan says China risks hurting ties if it mishandles Hong Kong protests

Pro-democracy protesters flash lights outside the Hong Kong government headquarters, on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on Monday. Picture: EPA/ALEX HOFFORD
1 day(s) ago

Taiwan’s leader says confrontation between China police and demonstrators was very worrying

Europe

EU allays concern on US trade deal

US dollar, euro and Swiss franc banknotes are displayed in a bank in Budapest, Hungary, in this August 8 2011 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

The woman likely to become the EU’s new trade chief seeks to reassure legislators that US companies will not be able to challenge Europe’s safety and environmental rules

Americas

Jobs gain in US lifts consumer spending

Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS/GARY CAMERON
1 day(s) ago

The 0.5% increase in purchases in August is more than forecast and follows little change in July

Asia-Pacific

US and UK back Hong Kong demonstrators

Pro-democracy protesters flash lights outside the Hong Kong government headquarters, on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on Monday. Picture: EPA/ALEX HOFFORD
1 day(s) ago

The US government says it is closely watching democracy protests in Hong Kong, and supports the ‘aspirations of the Hong Kong people’

Middle East

No Syrian peace talks while Islamists rampage, UN told

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover in Ashrafieh, Aleppo. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Syria will not begin talks to end three-and-a-half-year war while ‘terrorism is still rampant’ in the country


International companies


Europe

Financial watchdog to investigate Tesco

ONLINE SHOPPING:  Tesco says it is building its online business to attract more big-spenders. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON
15 hour(s) ago

Financial Conduct Authority to launch investigation into accounting scandal that wiped £3bn from market value of troubled UK grocer

Europe

Adidas seeks to placate investors with share buyback

Shareholders of Adidas, the world's second-largest sports apparel firm, arrive for the company annual general meeting in the northern Bavarian town of Fuerth near Nuremberg in this May 8 2014 file photo.   Picture: REUTERS
15 hour(s) ago

German sportswear maker, facing investor discontent after series of profit warnings, plans to return as much as €1.5bn to shareholders over next three years

Europe

Allianz not reeling in subsidiary Pimco

Bill Gross, co-founder and co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). Picture: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG
2 day(s) ago

German insurer says it has no plans to increase oversight of Pimco after shock departure of co-founder sent shares in the parent tumbling

Picture: REUTERS

Greenberg’s battle over AIG bail-out begins

Investor says rescue of insurer trampled rights, write Andrew Zajac, Patrick G Lee and David Voreacos

Europe

Lloyds sacks staff over Libor scandal

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

Banking group dismisses eight employees and reclaims bonuses after fine of £226m for rigging benchmark interest rates

Europe

Surging violence claims thirteen lives in Ukraine

IN MEMORIAM: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lays roses at a monument yesterday marking the 73rd anniversary of the Nazi massacre of Jews in Babi Yar, Kiev. Picture:
1 day(s) ago

This is the deadliest surge of violence since the government and pro-Russian insurgents struck a shaky truce in their five-month conflict

Americas

Security probe after US flights grounded

Passenger wait in line to reschedule flights at O'Hare International Airport on Friday in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. Picture: SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES/AFP
1 day(s) ago

One man armed with petrol and knives to blame for crippling the country’s air-traffic system

Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong’s student protesters ignite campaign against Beijing

Protesters block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters, in Hong Kong on Monday. Picture: CARLOS BARRIA/ REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Teenage students storm streets of Hong Kong in their tens of thousands and electrify long-running protest against Beijing’s attempts to control financial hub

Asia-Pacific

India police arrest 140 after religious clashes

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

An image posted on Facebook has triggered the violence

Middle East

IS jihadists approach Syrian border town

Syrians within a group of refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border after fleeing Syria, near Sanliurfa, Turkey. Picture: EPA/ULAS YUNUS TOSUN
2 day(s) ago

Despite air strikes, Islamic State fighters close in to within a few kilometres of key Kurdish town on Syria’s border with Turkey

Asia-Pacific

Dozens feared dead on Japanese volcano, search called off

A handout picture released on Sunday by Japan's Defence Ministry Joint Staff shows Japanese self-defence force members and firefighters during a rescue operation on Mount Ontake. Picture: EPA/JAPANESE DEFENSE MINISTRY JOINT STAFF / HANDOUT
2 day(s) ago

At least 36 people are feared dead after Japanese volcano erupts without warning at weekend, but search for victims is abandoned because of fears of toxic gases

Americas

Obama says US intelligence underestimated Islamic State

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

Head of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch says militants will attack West in retaliation for air strikes, and US president acknowledges intelligence underestimated rise of IS

Asia-Pacific

More than 30 feared dead on Japan volcano, say police

A handout picture released on Sunday by Japan's Defence Ministry Joint Staff shows Japanese self-defence force members and firefighters during a rescue operation on Mount Ontake. Picture: EPA/JAPANESE DEFENSE MINISTRY JOINT STAFF / HANDOUT
3 day(s) ago

First deaths confirmed among more than 30 hikers feared killed near the peak of Japanese volcano that erupted without warning

Europe

Swiss central bank ‘does not rule out negative interest rates’

The headquarters of the  Swiss National Bank (SNB) in Zurich. The SNB and the South African Reserve Bank are among the few central banks worldwide with private shareholders. Picture: RENÉ VOLLGRAAFF
2 day(s) ago

Swiss National Bank does not rule out use of negative interest rates to defend its cap on Swiss franc and ward off deflation, chairman Thomas Jordan says

Europe

Schism over Europe mars Tories’ last big pre-election conference

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron sits with Ffion Hague, wife of the Leader of the House, William Hague, as he speaks on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, central England, in September. Picture: LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Conservative party’s schism over Europe overshadows party’s bid to pitch a growing economy and lower welfare spending to voters

Business Times

JPMorgan tops banking table

Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

JPMorgan is top performing investment bank in first half of year, making about R128.5-billion in revenue

Opinion

New Development Bank could change global financial landscape

Picture: THINKSTOCK

If Brics countries are able to achieve unity of purpose, this group and its bank could become very powerful in changing financial landscape, writes Mark Mobius

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Use democracy to fight IS

US President Barack Obama delivers his state of the union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

While US president’s sense of broader responsibility for responding to IS continues to resonate, it was British Prime Minister David Cameron who struck a more realistic and measured tone

MILITARY TARGET: An abandoned Iraqi security forces vehicle is pictured on a road in Tikrit, 140km northwest of Baghdad, which was overran by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday (ISIL), June 11, 2014. Picture: REUTERS

France strikes Islamic State in Iraq after US-led Syrian raids

French fighter jets strike targets in Iraq and US and allies step up air raids in Syria against Islamic State militants who have taken over large areas of both countries

Middle East

US-led strikes destroy IS-held refineries in Syria

Syrian Kurds wait behind  border fences to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc, in Sanliurfa province, on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Pentagon says US-led warplanes hit IS targets in Iraq and Syria

Middle East

Afghanistan swears in new leader amid dispute

Ashraf Ghani. Picture: EPA/OMAR SOBHANI
2 day(s) ago

Deal for unity government cobbled together after months of deadlock over vote in which Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah both claimed victory

Business Times

Robotic cheerleading squad showcases sensor technology

Japan's electronic parts maker Murata Manufacturing unveils 10 small robots for cheerleading, known as the Murata Cheerleaders,  at a media preview in Tokyo on Thursday. Picture: AFP
3 day(s) ago

Murata, a major electronics manufacturer, says technology has big potential, such as helping cars stabilise on slippery or damaged roads

Americas

US second-quarter growth revised up to a brisk 4.6% pace

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

The stronger growth profile provides a firmer base for the third quarter

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

Asia-Pacific

Islamic State tightens grip on Syrian border town

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
5 day(s) ago

Kurdish forces say they have pushed back the advance on Kobani, but appealed for US-led air strikes on the insurgents’ tanks and heavy weapons

Americas

US attorney-general to step down

A MATTER OF SECURITY: US Attorney-General Eric Holder at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington DC on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Eric Holder says he will step down, setting up potentially bruising Senate fight to confirm successor who can tackle long list of pending challenges at Justice Department

Americas

Hackers exploit ‘Shellshock’ bug with worms in early attacks

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Hackers exploiting the newly identified computer bug using fast-moving worm viruses to scan for vulnerable systems and then infect them

Americas

Apple sorry for software glitch, but defends new iPhones

A man holds an iPhone 6 in a mobile phone shop in Moscow. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Company seeks to minimise reports that its new handsets are susceptible to bending — one analyst described the damaging claims as ‘a black eye’ for Apple

Europe

IS ‘plans to attack US, France’

Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Information comes from militants captured in Iraq, says Prime Minister Haide al-Abadi

Americas

US has not seen evidence of Abadi-reported subway plot, says White House

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
5 day(s) ago

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi informs French and US governments about newly obtained information that points to possible attacks against subways

Americas

Global conflict boosts US defence stocks

MILITARY TARGET: An abandoned Iraqi security forces vehicle is pictured on a road in Tikrit, 140km northwest of Baghdad, which was overran by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday (ISIL), June 11, 2014. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Investors see rising sales for makers of missiles, drones and other weapons

 
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