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Commuters make their way in New York's Times Square during a snow storm on January 26 2015. Picture: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

‘Life-threatening’ blizzard shuts down much of US Northeast

1 hour(s) ago

Blizzard barrels into US Northeast, affecting up to 20% of Americans by making workers, students housebound, halting thousands of flights and prompting ban on cars

Asia-Pacific

Obama weighs in on freedom of religion in India

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Picture: ADNAN ABIDI / REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Hindu nationalist groups are asserting themselves following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise to power

Europe

Syriza will need to toe the line as EU ‘will not forgive loans’

Alexis Tsipras, right, head of the Syriza party, shakes hands with Greek President Karolos Papoulias during his swearing-in ceremony as Greece's first leftist prime minister, in Athens on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Europe shows willingness to give Athens more time to pay debts but little sign it will yield to new Greek government’s demands for debt forgiveness

Europe

Female bishop ready for challenges

The Reverend Libby Lane is consecrated as the first female Bishop in the Church of England during a service at York Minster in York, northern England, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Church of England ends centuries of male-only leadership as Libby Lane becomes its first female bishop

Russia sanctions. Picture:  REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV

EU threatens to tighten Russia action on renewed Ukraine unrest

EU will likely tighten sanctions linked to the conflict in Ukraine following a renewed assault by pro-Moscow rebels

Middle East

Islamic State ‘driven out Syria’s Kobane’

An airstike on the Syrian town Kobane. Picture: REUTERS/ OSMAN ORSAL
5 hour(s) ago

Rights monitor and Kurdish fighter say IS pushed out of flashpoint Kobane after coalition forces’ coup de grâce in symbolic and strategic blow


International companies


Europe

Aer Lingus mulls new €1.36bn takeover offer from BA owner

An Aer Lingus cabin crew boards a flight. The Irish government, which holds 25.1% of the airline, is facing mounting political pressure not to sell. Picture: AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY
4 hour(s) ago

Successful takeover will give airline more of highly valuable but scarce take-off and landing slots at London Heathrow

Industrials

Stimulus plan puts bonds in the limelight

FUTURE: Workers stand beside storage towers at Sappi’s Ngodwana wood mill in Mpumalanga on  Wednesday. Picture: BLOOMBERG
5 hour(s) ago

Quantitative easing in Europe will make Sappi’s debt more enticing, ways analyst

Picture: REUTERS

Facebook denies hacker group was responsible for outage

Users unable to log on to Facebook and Instagram for about an hour on Tuesday morning

World

Axis Capital and PartnerRe to merge

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 hour(s) ago

Axis Capital CE Albert A Benchimol will serve as CEO, with seven Axis Capital directors and seven PartnerRe directors

Asia-Pacific

Japan condemns ‘outrageous’ hostage murder

A man passes a screen showing an image of Kenji Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, in  Tokyo on Sunday.  One of the hostages, Haruna Yukawa,  was killed at the weekend. Picture:  REUTERS / YUYA SHINO
1 day(s) ago

New demand for life of second hostage focuses on woman jihadi held in Jordan, but authenticity of tape in question

Americas

Sundance film tackles white-on-black deaths in US

British director Marc Silver (C) in Park City, Utah with Ron Davis (L) and Lucy McBath (R) after the Sundance premiere of “3½ Minutes,” a film about the notorious November 2012 shooting death of the couple's 17-year-old son Jordan Davis. Picture: AFP
23 hour(s) ago

Documentary — Three and a Half Minutes — shows recent spate of white-on-black killings is only tip of iceberg all-too familiar to African American community

Europe

Greek leftist leader Tsipras claims victory over austerity

Alexis Tsipras. Picture: BLOOMBERG / KOSTAS TSIRONIS
1 day(s) ago

Alexis Tsipras promises that five years of austerity, ‘humiliation and suffering’ imposed by international creditors are over after Syriza party sweeps to victory

Middle East

New Saudi leadership aims to diversify economy

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Picture: AFP
22 hour(s) ago

New monarch, King Salman, is ‘strong supporter’ of promoting oil-dependent kingdom as ‘investment destination’

Asia-Pacific

Chinese court hears ‘first gay workplace discrimination suit’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Case in which plaintiff was fired after he was revealed as gay in viral online video likely to have repercussions in country that decriminalised homosexuality only in 1997

Asia-Pacific

Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse, hail new ‘friendship’

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Picture: ADNAN ABIDI / REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

US president, India prime minister break deadlock on stalled nuclear pact

Middle East

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

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

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

Americas

Starbucks names technology fundi as operations chief

Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Starbucks named former Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson as its next chief operating officer

Middle East

Saudi capital goes quiet for day of mourning

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

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

Middle East

Yemen thrown into turmoil as president resigns

Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  Picture: REUTERS
4 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

ECB launches quantitative easing

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
4 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

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
4 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

Asia-Pacific

‘Save your daughters’ Modi tells India

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

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

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

Vladimir Putin. Picture: Picture: REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV

S&P downgrades Russia’s sovereign credit rating to ‘junk’

Other rating agencies could follow suit ... and there could eventually be a political impact on President Vladimir Putin if the economic crisis keeps worsening

Americas

Millions brace for ‘Katrina-level storm’ in US Northeast

A woman walks along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on Monday in New York City. Picture: GETTY IMAGES / SPENCER PLATT
13 hour(s) ago

New York’s mayor warns the storm may be one of the worst in history, forces the cancellation of more than 6,000 flights

Asia-Pacific

US sees role for India in battle against Islamic State

US President Barack Obama laughs as he talks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a home reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi, India, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

India could play role in battling Islamic State, White House says, underlining confidence India is increasingly prepared to engage on global security issues

Asia-Pacific

IMF set for lively debate on adding yuan to SDR basket

REFORMS: An employee counts Chinese 100 yuan notes at a branch of Bank of Communications in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

China pushing for greater recognition of yuan and inclusion of currency in the International Monetary Fund’s in-house currency basket

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

Europe

Greek leftists unite with right against bailout after huge election win

Alexis Tsipras, right, head of the Syriza party, shakes hands with Greek President Karolos Papoulias during his swearing-in ceremony as Greece's first leftist prime minister, in Athens on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

Left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras agrees to team up with right-wing party to form new anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders

Europe

EU open to Greek debt extension but not forgiveness

Picture: THINKSTOCK
19 hour(s) ago

Europe shows willingness to give Athens more time to pay back debts, but little sign that it will yield to new Greek government’s demands of debt forgiveness

Europe

Eyeing May re-election, UK’s Cameron says voters ‘deserve’ tax cuts

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech at a community centre in Bursledon, southern England, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
21 hour(s) ago

British prime minister says voters deserve to be rewarded with tax cuts ‘after years of sacrifice,’ pledging to reduce taxes if he wins election

Europe

Banks expected to continue cutting jobs across the world

STRESS TESTS: A euro sign sculpture is seen in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. It is unclear whether the ECB exercise, involving a rigorous review of 131 banks’ assets and liabilities, will be sufficient to get more credit flowing into the ‘real economy’. Picture: MARTIN LEISSL/BLOOMBERG
1 day(s) ago

Most European lenders started cutting after 2010, when euro area’s existence came into question as failing lenders and states rescuing them got caught in dangerous spiral

Companies

US car sales drive demand for palladium

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Supply shortage expected on rising vehicle sales and Russia and SA output declines, writes Laura Clarke

Gadgets & Gear

Inroads made by Apple pay propel ‘mobile wallet’ idea

Picture: REUTERS
22 hour(s) ago

Apple’s payments service is making progress toward a goal that has eluded other mobile wallets: persuading people to use it

Asia-Pacific

Warm ocean melting East Antarctica’s largest glacier

Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica.   Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Researchers find that waters around 120km-long Totten Glacier are warmer than expected, probably melting ice from below

Europe

How Greece’s election works

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
1 day(s) ago

Five facts about election being closely followed by Greece’s creditors and international markets

Asia-Pacific

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

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

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

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
3 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

Middle East

Saudis swarm Twitter to mourn king

King Abdullah. Picture: AFP / HASSAN AMMAR
4 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

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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
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