• Wednesday, September 17 2014
Scotland votes on whether to split from Britain. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDY BUCHANAN

Scotland’s vote worries chase investors out of UK

16 hour(s) ago

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

Asia-Pacific

China to ban imports of high ash, high sulphur coal from 2015

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22 hour(s) ago

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

Europe

European reinsurers forecast new markets and slower drop in prices

1 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

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
1 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

Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to give Dalai Lama a visa

Dalai Lama
1 day(s) ago

Fourteen Nobel Peace Laureates ask President Jacob Zuma to guarantee Dalai Lama a visa to SA, after Tibetan spiritual leader is forced to abandon trip to country

Americas

Automobiles drag US factory production lower

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1 day(s) ago

US manufacturing output falls for the first time in seven months in August as motor vehicle production declines

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
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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
1 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

Jobless Swedish youth flock to Norway

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1 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
1 day(s) ago

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde backs Japan’s efforts to power the economy by boosting its female workforce

Americas

Apple receives record pre-orders for new iPhones

Dummies of new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are displayed with a figure of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs at a mall selling smartphones in Hong Kong on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Apple says it received record 4-million first-day pre-orders of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for phones

Europe

Referendum likely to make Salmond a hero

First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond. Picture: REUTERS
2 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
2 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

Europe

Besieged Hollande to face confidence vote

French President Francois Hollande. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Experts say French government unlikely to lose confidence vote, but will almost certainly reveal splits in François Hollande’s ruling Socialist Party


International companies


Europe

Airbus to sell off business units

STRATEGY: A member of staff works on an aircraft on the Eurofighter Typhoon production line at BAE system’s Warton plant near Preston, northern in England on September 7, 2012. Europe’s defence industry is struggling as cash-strapped governments cut back on military spending. Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

Company plans to sell half a dozen businesses with combined annual revenues of about €2bn, simplifying its defence and space division to focus on warplanes, missiles, launchers and satellites

Americas

Tax credit for global Brazilian companies

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3 hour(s) ago

The tax credit would improve companies’ competitiveness abroad by relieving them of a burden that other firms operating in the same countries don’t face

Dummies of new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are displayed with a figure of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs at a mall selling smartphones in Hong Kong on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS

Apple receives record pre-orders for new iPhones

Apple says it received record 4-million first-day pre-orders of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for phones

Middle East

Veterans against Israeli reservists condemning ‘injustices’

Israeli soldiers and policemen take positions during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron. Picture: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD
2 day(s) ago

Commentators say that the refuseniks being members of one of Israel’s most prestigious military units makes their conscientious objection all the more remarkable

Europe

Kiev accuses Kremlin trying to eliminate Ukraine

Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Picture: AFP PHOTO
2 day(s) ago

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk calls on world leaders not to trust Russian President Vladimir Putin despite his decision to sign Moscow up to a truce to end the five-month war

Europe

Swiss banks rethink business models to survive

A Credit Suisse cash services sign placed at a cafe outside a Credit Suisse bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

Already reeling from the painful process of making amends for allowing foreign nationals to hide assets from the taxman back home, the secretive sector is now bracing for another seismic shift

Europe

Swiss banks rethink business models to survive

A Credit Suisse cash services sign placed at a cafe outside a Credit Suisse bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

Already reeling from the painful process of making amends for allowing foreign nationals to hide assets from the taxman back home, the secretive sector is now bracing for another seismic shift

Americas

Congress mulls call for action against IS

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

US legislators on the verge of taking a ‘war vote’ as they consider whether to back President Barack Obama’s campaign to destroy Islamic State

Europe

New wave of luxury Parisian hotels beckons

The Eiffel Tower, Paris. PICTURE: REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU
4 day(s) ago

A band of Asian-owned luxury hotels is challenging the city’s old guard by offering modern, high-end facilities to woo wealthy tourists, writes Adam Thomson

Americas

Fed faces tough calls at meeting

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Discomfort is growing internally over a pledge to keep rates near zero for a ‘considerable time’

Middle East

Israeli land grab draws criticism, even at home

SEIZED: A sign reading ‘State land, no trespassing’ is seen near the Palestinian village of Jab’a, west of Bethlehem, on Wednesday. Days after a ceasefire was reached in the war in Gaza last month, Israel announced that 400 hectares west of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, was now
5 day(s) ago

Netanyahu may have miscalculated in bid to appease the right, writes Luke Baker in Jab’a

World

Major changes needed in management of world economy, says Unctad

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5 day(s) ago

UN report says global development can only be achieved by ensuring that domestic and regional consumer and infrastructure needs are met

Americas

US jobless claims rise unexpectedly but still at pre-recession levels

People attend a job training and resource fair at Coney Island in New York, us, in this December 11 2013 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Claims for unemployment benefits increased 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000 for the week ended September 6, the highest level since late June

Middle East

Yemen govt, Houthis reach agreement to end crisis

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5 day(s) ago

Government and Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels sign agreement to end crisis that has seen weeks of protests

Europe

Autonomy-for-peace offer to east Ukraine

CEASEFIRE:  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during his visit to the Ilich Iron and Steel Works in the coastal town of Mariupol on Monday. Mr Poroshenko says 70% of Russian forces sneaked across the border have now been withdrawn from his country’s territory. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Ukrainian president vows greater autonomy for separatist east in order to sustain fragile new truce

Americas

Obama, families pause to remember September 11 victims

Sam Pulia, former police officer and mayor of Westerchester, Illinois, salutes the name of his cousin, firefighter Thomas Anthony Casoria, who was killed in the September 11 on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Politicians, dignitaries, victims’ relatives gather in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania to commemorate nearly 3,000 people killed in attack on US 13 years ago

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?

Santander post makes Botin top female executive

Ana Patricia Botin becomes the most powerful woman in European banking, succeeding her father as chairman of Banco Santander
POINT OF ORIGIN: Raw ore moves along a conveyor at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine, jointly owned by Rio Tinto Group’s Turquoise Hill Resources unit and state-owned Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi, in Khanbogd, the South Gobi desert, Mongolia. Picture: BLOOMBERG

NEWS ANALYSIS: Wall of copper supply may be imminent

This was supposed to be a year of supply surplus for the copper market. Yet here we are in September and visible inventory is still extremely low, writes Andy Home

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
4 day(s) ago

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

Europe

EU nations struggle to agree on dealing with Russia

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5 day(s) ago

European Union nations puts a second package of economic penalties on hold to assess the viability of the truce without risking further trade retaliation by Russia

Americas

Bitcoin gets boost as US watchdog approves first swap

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4 day(s) ago

TeraExchange launches swap based on bitcoin virtual currency, becoming first to receive approval from regulator for financial product based on new technology

Europe

Vivendi targets Italy return in Mediaset deal

ON THE MOVE: Light trails made by passing traffic are seen in front on the headquarters of French conglomerate Vivendi the that owns phone company SFR in Paris, France in this file picture. Vivendi is said to be in talks with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s group. Picture: BLOOMBERG
6 day(s) ago

French media giant plans to return to Italy’s pay-TV market after a decade-long hiatus

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

Google taps Japan in attempt to narrow mobile revenue gap

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4 day(s) ago

World’s biggest app market could help Google trim Apple’s lead because Japan’s developers have figured out how to get people to pay for games and extras

Europe

‘EU unity vital’ on Russian sanctions

6 day(s) ago

Incoming EU foreign affairs chief says EU should be united on new sanctions against Russia to avoid strengthening Moscow

Europe

Russia tests missile, plans two more launches

ANTI-WAR PROTEST:  People wearing masks of French President François Hollande, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold up models of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier warship during a demonstration against a contract to deliver the warship to Russia, at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire earlier this week. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Russia carries out successful test of new Bulava intercontinental nuclear missile

Europe

ABB gains after $4bn buyback announcement

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7 day(s) ago

ABB CEO unexpectedly announces $4bn share buyback after stock underperformed rivals including Siemens over past year

Europe

British prime minister’s job at risk if Scotland breaks away

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

While David Cameron has repeatedly insisted he will not quit, secession might well mark the beginning of the end for his leadership

Asia-Pacific

Obama China visit ‘a milepost’

US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

One-on-one summit between is being planned to coincide with the US leader’s visit to the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Beijing in November

 
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