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Americas

Obama to ‘run wild’ with Bear Grylls

US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
31 minute(s) ago

President Barack Obama will trek through Alaska’s wilderness and get a ‘crash course in survival techniques’ from insect-eating British adventurer Bear Grylls

Europe

UK pledges £500m to refurbish Scottish nuclear base

Submarines are seen alongside the jetty at the Royal Navy's submarine base at Faslane, Scotland. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Britain will spend more than £500m refurbishing nuclear submarine base in Scotland over next 10 years, Finance Minister George Osborne says

Europe

Europe’s plan for liquidity gets credit flowing

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, middle, and his deputy, Vitor Constancio. Picture:  EPA/ARNE DEDERT
12 hour(s) ago

Turmoil in emerging markets hits eurozone at a time when domestic fundamentals are better

Europe

UK approves giant North Sea gas project

Liquid natural gas offshore platform. Picture: THE HERALD
6 hour(s) ago

AP Moeller-Maersk says it has received approval to develop Culzean gas field, largest new find in UK North Sea for 10 years

Europe

Austria toughens border controls in trafficking clampdown

A truck in which 50 migrants were found dead is prepared to be towed on a highway near Parndorf, Austria, on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
6 hour(s) ago

Austria toughens controls at eastern borders in attempt to clamp down on trafficking of refugees, triggering queue of vehicles that stretches some 20km back into Hungary

Opinion

STRAIGHT TALK: Today algorithms rule the day

What are we ordinary individuals meant to do amid all of this turmoil? Stand still — don’t be moved by these gusts of wind blowing nowhere

Opinion

Jimmy Carter’s recipe for life sustains us all

Jimmy Carter. Picture: REUTERS/JOHN AMIS

Former US president Jimmy Carter has overcome great adversity during his remarkable life

This satellite photo from May 25 2015 shows a weather system stretching from northern Mexico to Oklahomain the US. The tornado came as ferocious weather battered swathes of Mexico and the southern United States, where rescuers hunted for 12 people missing in flash floods across Texas and Oklahoma that left three people dead. Picture: AFP PHOTO/HANDOUT/NASA

Climate ups odds of ‘grey swan’ superstorms

Climate change will boost odds for extremely rare, hard-to-predict tropical cyclones for parts of Australia, the United States and Dubai by 2100, researchers say

Americas

Bankers back growth to hike inflation

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney talks to a US official at the annual Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS/JONATHAN CROSBY
12 hour(s) ago

Price increases in the US and Europe run well below levels targeted by the central banks

Europe

Europe tackles safety risks in wake of train attack attempt

French Transport Minister Alain Vidalies welcomes Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz (left) at an emergency meeting on border co-operation and security, in Paris, France, on Saturday. Picture: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT
13 hour(s) ago

Thwarted attack underscores risks facing Europe’s trains that depart from open stations and few checks for ticket holders

Americas

Brazil's Lula steps back into political fray

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva participates in the 12th Congress of the Brazilian Workers Union in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Friday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/DOUGLAS MAGNO
13 hour(s) ago

Brazil’s first democratically elected leftist leader back in politics to defend embattled Dilma Rousseff and possible 2018 election bid

Asia-Pacific

Mahatir lends weight to Malaysian anticorruption protest

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the media during a rally organised by prodemocracy group Bersih (Clean) in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. He called for a movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Political crisis triggers protests after reports of a mysterious transfer worth more than $600m into account under Prime Minister Najib Razak’s name

Europe

Dutch lashed for move to cut help to failed asylum seekers

SAVIOUR OF THE SAVERS: Mark Rutte makes a point at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. Picture: BLOOMBERG
13 hour(s) ago

Failed asylum seekers limited to short-term shelter before deportation while those allowed in must agree to leave

World

GLOBAL ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: China fears linger as focus on Fed sharpens

A clerk counts Chinese 100 yuan banknotes at a branch of China Construction Bank in Hai'an, Jiangsu province in this June 10 2014 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Fears of China’s health remains under spotlight, along with question of whether the Fed will raise interest rates in September


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Americas

What to expect when you’re expecting an Apple Car

Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

No one knows what company’s internal logic is, but if you examine industry, it becomes apparent that transport is ripe for disruption in way that could give Apple an opening

Europe

Rebekah Brooks set to cap remarkable turnaround

Rebekah Brooks. Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
13 hour(s) ago

Rebekah Brooks shakes off phone-hacking scandal to return to Rupert Murdoch’s media empire

Americas

Berkshire backs oil with $4.5bn stake in refiner

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett. Picture: BLOOMBERG
13 hour(s) ago

Latest wager by Warren Buffett and his team — renowned for unorthodox bets — comes amid a slump in crude prices, driven by concerns a supply glut will persist

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Google, Sanofi team up to improve diabetes care

Google’s life sciences team, French drugmaker Sanofi say they will partner to develop tools to improve management and treatment of diabetes

Europe

Suzuki and VW finally clear their throats

An employee holds an emblem for a Volkswagen Golf car in a production line at the Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, in this November 14 2008 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

VW to dispose of Suzuki Motor Corporation stake worth $3.8bn at close of four-year dispute

Asia-Pacific

Macau takes dangerous gamble against Chinese

Picture: REUTERS/BOBBY YIP
13 hour(s) ago

Cash ruse continues despite raids, new antimoney-laundering pact and crackdown on underground banking, writes Farah Master

Asia-Pacific

China is growing at ‘reasonable’ pace despite pressures, says Premier Li

Picture:  REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Chinese economy faces new pressure as international market instability increases uncertainty around global recovery

Asia-Pacific

China’s Commerce Ministry defends yuan's devaluation, sees ‘limited’ impact

Yuan Renminbi. Picture: EPA/WOO HE
2 day(s) ago

Which was meant to correct a "relatively large deviation" between the yuan’s spot rate in the market and the daily midpoint fixing by the central bank

Europe

Britain’s GDP accelerates in second quarter

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Growth was boosted by a jump in exports and business investment in the latest sign that the recovery is broadening out

Americas

Brazil sinks into worse-than-expected recession

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Data hammers popularity of President Dilma Rousseff as she struggles to save country’s investment-grade credit rating amid a vast corruption scandal

Europe

Greece sets vote for September 20 as Syriza leads polls

A protester waves a Greek national flag during an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on Monday. Picture:  REUTERS/YANNIS BEHRAKIS
3 day(s) ago

Greece gears up for a snap election next month, with an opinion poll showing leftist party Syriza ahead despite a wave of defections

Americas

US ruling clears way for unions

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Contract workers, other temporary employees will be able to more easily unionise following landmark ruling by US federal labour regulator

Europe

Greece names Vassiliki Thanou as first woman prime minister in caretaker role

Greece's Supreme top Court judge Vassiliki Thanou after her swearing in ceremony as the country's caretaker prime minister, at the handover ceremony at the prime minister's office at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece. Picture: REUTERS/STOYAN NENOV
3 day(s) ago

Greece’s top supreme court judge Vassiliki Thanou, named caretaker prime minister to lead the country to elections in September, ends week of political deadlock after Alexis Tsipras resigned

Americas

One person injured in shooting at US university

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Reports of gunfire at Savannah State University in Georgia force campus lockdown for several hours, one injured man being treated at local hospital

Asia-Pacific

Vietnam to free 18,200 prisoners in amnesty but no activists

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Vietnam says it will free more than 18,200 prisoners to mark independence day celebrations, but political activists will be excluded from amnesty

Americas

Obama marks rebirth of New Orleans, 10 years after Katrina

Barack Obama. Picture: EPA / KRISTOFFER TRIPPLAAR
4 day(s) ago

US President Barack Obama will tout New Orleans’ inspirational if incomplete resurgence on Thursday, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the ‘Big Easy’

Europe

Bodies found in truck on Austria highway

A truck in which 50 migrants were found dead is prepared to be towed on a highway near Parndorf, Austria, on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
3 day(s) ago

European leaders meet at Balkans security conference amid largest migrant crisis since Second World War

Americas

Publishers brace for Apple’s ad-blocking

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3 day(s) ago

Sites already struggling to monetise growing mobile audience concerned about prospect of iPhone, iPad users being able to activate ad-blocking

African News

US says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa

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4 day(s) ago

Measures to counter trafficking of wildlife in proposed Pacific trade pact should help to discourage animal poaching in Africa, senior US official says

Asia-Pacific

China detains 12 over Tianjin blasts, accuses officials of dereliction

A worker walks as smokes rises near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin. Picture: REUTERS/JASON LEE
4 day(s) ago

China formally detains a dozen people over explosions that killed at least 145 people, and has accused 11 officials, port executives of dereliction of duty or abuse of power

Education

Japan opens doors of higher learning to SA

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Japanese embassy in SA calls on prospective master’s students to apply for ABE scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in Japan

Opinion

Why people jump lives, and confuse politicians

Jump syndrome has become a diaspora hard-wired into a global culture driven by economic necessity

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US retailers prod China for lower prices after devaluation

US retailers are starting to negotiate with Chinese suppliers to take advantage of lower manufacturing costs after China devalues yuan

Asia-Pacific

Uber China closes $1bn fundraising round, sources say

Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER
3 day(s) ago

Uber closes fundraising round early, according to two people with knowledge of matter, with investors still hopeful for ride service despite strong domestic competition

World

Easy money talk a brake on euro, yen

US dollar, euro and Swiss franc banknotes are displayed in a bank in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

The possibility of further quantitative easing in Europe and Japan has returned to investors’ radar screens, reining in rallies in the euro and yen

Asia-Pacific

China stock market woes threaten growth of global car manufacturers

A BMW M235i on display during the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai in April. German car maker BMW has said weaker demand from China could weigh on its full-year earnings. Picture: AFP PHOTO/WANG ZHAO
3 day(s) ago

Dealers report lost sales from the stock tumult and car makers brace for more pain as buyers’ cash dwindles

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Migrants a tough test for EU

Migrants arrive in the landing dock of the HMS Bulwark in the middle of the Mediterranean on May 13. The migrants are from North Africa, according to the  British Ministry of Defence, which made the picture available. Picture: EPA/CARL OSMOND

Beleaguered Greece bears the brunt of historic influx as Germany pushes for European Union asylum policy review and tensions rise

Opinion

Summertime, and living is uneasy

Europeans on summer vacation descend on Mediterranean beaches against a backdrop of arriving African and Syrian refugees. European Union governments are squabbling in the face of the refugee crisis. Picture: REUTERS

Bickering over refugees shows up cracks in EU

Americas

US economy grows 3.7% in second quarter

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Economy grows faster than initially thought in second quarter on solid domestic demand, showing fairly strong momentum that could still allow Fed to hike rates this year

Europe

Migrant wave hits Hungarian border as Europe faces record surge

Migrants arrive in the landing dock of the HMS Bulwark in the middle of the Mediterranean on May 13. The migrants are from North Africa, according to the  British Ministry of Defence, which made the picture available. Picture: EPA/CARL OSMOND
5 day(s) ago

More than 100,000 migrants entered Hungary this year en route to more affluent countries of western and northern Europe

Asia-Pacific

Uber driver robs and molests women passenger in China

Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER
4 day(s) ago

Chinese police arrest Uber driver suspected of robbing, molesting passenger at knifepoint, sparking concern over safety of loosely regulated hire cars

Americas

US television journalists killed in on-air shooting

A handout image released by WBDJ7 showing reporter Alison Parker, left, and photographer Adam Ward who were shot and killed by a gunman while interviewing a woman on live television in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

The shooting, apparently by disgruntled current or former employee of television station, occurred during live broadcast in Bedford County

Middle East

Palestinians want their flag raised at UN

A Palestinian holds rosary beads during a canonisation ceremony for new saints led by Pope Francis in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, May 17 2015. Picture: EPA/ANGELO CARCONI
4 day(s) ago

Move comes as Palestinians seek to bolster their bid for statehood despite fierce opposition from Israel

Americas

As Biden considers entering 2016 bid, donors stick with Clinton

Joe Biden. Picture:AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI
5 day(s) ago

US Vice-President Joe Biden mulls entering 2016 White House race, even as donors say ‘his ship has passed’, while frontrunner Hillary Clinton ‘has by far the best resume’

Americas

Coca-Cola set to meet goal for water replenishment

Coca-Cola.  Picture: REUTERS/JACKY NAEGELEN
5 day(s) ago

Coca-Cola uses mix of systems to restore water it uses such as waste treatment and reforestation projects

Europe

Tesco weighs bids for Korean unit

Tesco. Picture: REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE
5 day(s) ago

British retailer under pressure to push through sale of its South Korean unit as it battles to recover from accounting scandal and market share losses in UK

Asia-Pacific

Production cuts may do little to lift gold price

Vehicles and machinery operate in the open pit mine at Norton Gold Fields’ operations in Australia. If history is any guide, global gold producers’ cutbacks will have little effect on the market.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/CARLA GOTTGENS
5 day(s) ago

When mines last pared operations, bullion still slid as much as 29%, writes Thomas Biesheuvel

Americas

To hike, or not to hike, that is the question the Fed has to ask itself

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

Investors query whether the US can withstand continued turbulence in emerging markets, write Rich Miller and Steve Matthews

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