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Ethiopian protests draw attention to racism in Israel

Israelis take part in a demonstration in Tel Aviv called by members of the Ethiopian community against alleged police brutality and institutionalised discrimination on Sunday. Picture: AFP

Riot police battle thousands of Ethiopian Jews in centre of Tel Aviv after video showing two Israeli policemen beating Israeli soldier of Ethiopian descent sparks outrage

Americas

Former HP CEO enters White House race

Carly Fiorina. Picture: AFP

Former Hewlett-Packard CE Carly Fiorina announces she is running for president, becoming only woman in pack of Republican candidates

Americas

Bill Clinton says nothing ‘sinister’ in foreign donations to foundation

Former US President Bill Clinton addresses students on Saturday during an Equity Bank and Master Card sponsored Wings-to-Fly Secondary school scholarship programme in Nairobi, Kenya. Picture: AFP

Former US president defends foundation’s acceptance of donations, thrusting himself into controversy that is weighing on presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton

Americas

Two shot dead at Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest

A police officer stands near a vehicle after a shooting outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative in Garland, Texas on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Police shoot gunmen after they open fire at exhibit near Dallas of caricatures of Prophet Mohammed organised by anti-Islamic group

African News

Nearly 6,000 rescued off Libya in two days

This image taken from a video released by the Italian coast guard shows a coast guard vessel taking part in a rescue effort in the Mediterranean on Saturday. The coast guard said 3,690 people were rescued on the day, one of the highest numbers for a single day. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Lawlessness in Libya is giving free rein to smugglers trafficking mostly people from Africa and the Middle East fleeing conflict and poverty

Middle East

Former Iranian president could face charges

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Picture: REUTERS/HADI MIZBAN

Former Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a fierce critic of the West, is showing signs of preparing for a political comeback

Opinion

Writing clichés borne of faraway lands

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Where is the world's stereotype factory housed and who works there?

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Pace of change on gay marriage in US ‘a matter of perspective’

The happiness on the faces of newly weds at same-sex marriages may be influencing the pace of attitude changes, writes Jesse Wegman

Asia-Pacific

Nepali police find 100 bodies buried in avalanche

A man prays next to rubble of a temple, destroyed in Saturday's earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

Police, local volunteers find bodies of trekkers, villagers at Langtang village, continue to dig through snow, ice with shovels looking for more

Middle East

Gulf leaders’ summit likely to struggle to find solutions

Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, right, shakes hands with a Gulf Co-operation Council delegate ahead of talks at the Republican Palace in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden. REUTERS

Six Sunni-dominated Gulf Co-operation Council states will gather in the Saudi capital with a host of regional concerns, including Shiite Iran's nuclear intentions, the approaching collapse of Yemen and Islamic State's destruction in Syria and Iraq

Europe

British election will go down to the wire

British Prime Minister David Cameron watches the Tour de Yorkshire, outside Addingham Memorial Hall, Addingham, the UK, on Sunday. Picture: EPA

Britons go to the polls this week in a too-close-to-call general election that could trigger an unprecedented bout of political instability

Americas

Hollywood scrambles to plug the leaks

FireEye information analysts work at the company’s office in Milpitas, California. FireEye is the security firm hired by Sony to investigate the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. But cast and crew members are the biggest problem with cybersecurity. File picture: REUTERS

Security firms have it all to do to protect intellectual property from movie staffers, writes Nicole Perlroth

Europe

Europe wary but weary of ‘Brexit’ threat

 David Cameron. Picture: AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL

People and governments across Europe are watching Britain’s elections nervously, with the continent sending the message: we want you in the family but not at any price


International companies


Americas

Facebook opens Internet.org to developers

Picture: REUTERS

Facebook opens up platform to new websites, applications from developers, a move social media giant says will boost efforts to get people online in low-income markets

Europe

HSBC weighs its Hong Kong plan

The HSBC logo hangs outside a bank branch in London. Research appears to indicate that the bank will recover eventually after the money-laundering scandal at a subsidiary in Switzerland. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Political and tax concerns at home will influence the potential relocation for Europe’s biggest bank, writes Steve Slater

Asia-Pacific

S&P warns BHP rating vulnerable to weak iron ore, oil prices

S&P warns it may cut BHP Billiton’s credit rating in next 12 months, reflecting miner’s commitment never to cut dividend, even in face of weak prices for two biggest earners

Americas

McDonald’s to unveil revival plan

Picture: BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO

New CE Steve Easterbrook likely to outline more corporate cost cuts, sales of restaurants to franchisees and steps to simplify its menu

Berthold Huber.  Picture: REUTERS

VW board will discuss recruitment of new chairman, sources say

Volkswagen’s supervisory board will discuss finding new chairman to fill void left by Ferdinand Piech’s shock departure last month

Americas

Berkshire will thrive, say Warren Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett.  Picture: REUTERS

‘We will be very willing to act if economic turbulence of any kind occurs, and will be prepared — and most people won’t be,’ says Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett

Europe

Siemens investigated by Chinese regulator over hospitals bribery

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State agency accuses Siemens of violating competition law by donating medical devices in return for exclusive follow-up agreements

World

GLOBAL ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Payrolls to test second quarter climate for Fed

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After a harsh winter brought US growth almost to a halt in first quarter of 2015, April’s non-farm payrolls report will signal whether US is faring any better in second quarter

Europe

William and Kate welcome Britain’s new princess

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they show their newly-born daughter, their second child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London. Picture: AFP

Prince William and his wife Kate are to spend their first day back home with their new baby daughter as Britain celebrates birth of a new princess

African News

Kerry in Kenya to end years of frosty relations

US Secretary of State John Kerry.  Picture: REUTERS

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kenya for talks on security cooperation and ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to his late father’s home country

Americas

Thousands rally in Baltimore over Freddie Gray death

Demonstrators chant as they close the intersection of Pennsylvania and W. North streets in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday. Picture: AFP

Thousands of people called for justice in Baltimore in new demonstrations a day after six police were charged over the death of an African-American man in their custody

Asia-Pacific

Nepal quake toll to climb ‘much higher’

A policeman stands guard at a site of collapsed buildings as rescue workers clear debris after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Picture: REUTERS

Relief teams race to reach survivors of the disaster that has already claimed more than 7,000 lives

Europe

Come forward, France urges ‘child abuse’ soldiers

KEEPING PEACE: A French soldier stands guard as people protest against the disarmament operation of anti-balakas militias within the area on Monday in Bimbo near Bangui, Central African Republic. Picture: AFP/PACOME PABANDJI

France’s defence minister urges soldiers ‘to give themselves up’ if they are guilty of sexually assaulting hungry Central African Republic kids

Middle East

Shadow of Saddam lives on in Iraq

A woman from the Ghajar community sits with children in the Diwaniya village, south of Iraq. The Ghajar people, who have their own language, used to be known as entertainers, making their living from singing and dancing. But in the years after now-executed dictator Saddam Hussein came to power, their opportunities for work dwindled. Following Saddam's ouster in 2003, the Ghajar people have been given IDs, making them eligible to vote in Iraqi elections. Picture: AFP

Saddam Hussein and his Baath party still haunt Iraqi politics, where links to the former regime can wreck careers

Asia-Pacific

Bodies of Australians executed in Indonesia arrive home

Raji Sukumaran (L), Sam Sukumaran (R) and Brintha Sukumaran (2nd R), the respective mother, father and sister of executed Australian drug convict Myuran Sukumaran, leave following the arrival of Myuran's remains at the Sydney International Airport on Saturday. Picture: AFP

Relatives of two men executed in Indonesia arrive back in Australia on a flight believed to have been carrying the bodies of the pair, whose deaths Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised as ‘cruel and unnecessary’

Asia-Pacific

Nepal’s rich cultural heritage devastated by quake

A family huddles together beneath an umbrella during a rain shower as the watch the burning of earthquake victims' bodies during an early morning funeral ceremony in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday. Picture: EPA/SEDAT SUNA

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit on April 25 has devastated the Himalayan nation’s rich cultural heritage and left the Kathmandu Valley’s three former royal squares in ruins

Americas

Baltimore protesters defy curfew

Police line up shortly before the deadline for a city-wide curfew passed in Baltimore, Maryland April 28 2015, as crowds protest the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. Picture: REUTERS/ERIC THAYER

Protesters strike defiant chord with police, even after six officers were charged over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray

Americas

Berkshire Hathaway profit up 10% as railroad rebounds

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett.  Picture: REUTERS

Operating results easily beat forecasts, boosted by company’s railroad and insurance businesses and gains from derivatives

Americas

Tesla unveils battery to ‘transform energy infrastructure’

Elon Musk.  Picture: REUTERS

Electric car pioneer Tesla unveils ’home battery’ which founder Elon Musk says will help change the ’entire energy infrastructure of the world’

Asia-Pacific

Moscow visit 'too' risky for Kim Jong-Un

Kim Jong-un. Picture: REUTERS/KCNA

Kim Jong-Un’s decision to cancel his first overseas visit probably prompted more by concerns about image control than any threat of domestic instability, say analysts

Europe

Turkish police fire tear gas, water cannon at May Day protesters

Turkish protesters clash with riot police during a rally for May Day in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday. Police in Istanbul were using a water cannon and firing tear gas at protesters attempting to reach the city's Taksim Square, where the May Day rallies have been banned.  Picture: EPA/ULAS YUNUS TOSUN

Police fire tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of stone-throwing May Day protesters, after they defy a ban and try to march on Istanbul’s Taksim Square

Asia-Pacific

Nepal quake toll passes 6,200, $2bn needed for reconstruction

A view of Everest Base Camp on Sunday, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT

Disposal of the hundreds of bodies still being found six days after the quake devastated the Himalayan nation becoming a problem for officials, who have ordered immediate cremations

Americas

Baltimore police enforce third night of curfew

Police line up shortly before the deadline for a city-wide curfew passed in Baltimore, Maryland April 28 2015, as crowds protest the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. Picture: REUTERS/ERIC THAYER

As a 10.00pm curfew begins in Baltimore, officers form a cordon and engage in brief but mostly non-violent confrontation with a handful of protesters

Americas

Thousands march in US, demanding equal police treatment

A woman screams ‘Kill me’ at the police during protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday. Picture: AFP/GETTY IMAGES/CHIP SOMODEVILLA

Demonstrators paralyse city blocks in major rally through downtown Baltimore to protest against death of young African American in custody

Americas

GALLERY: Baltimore in protest

A demonstrator confronts police near Camden Yards during a protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore April 25, 2015. At least 2,000 people protesting the unexplained death of Gray, 25, while in police custody marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday, pausing at one point to confront officers in front of Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team. Picture: REUTERS/SAIT SERKAN GURBUZ

Demonstrators paralyse city blocks in major rally through downtown Baltimore in the United States of America to protest against death of 25-year-old African American in custody

Asia-Pacific

Uber office in China raided by government, reports news agency

Picture: AFP PHOTO/NICOLAS TUCAT

Authorities in Guangzhou raid office of online ride-hailing service Uber on suspicion of ’ unlicensed operation’, says the official Xinhua news agency

World

Refining cushions Shell profits after oil price slide

Ben van Beurden. Picture: AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL

Refining, trading cushion drop in Royal Dutch Shell’s first-quarter profits, which fell less than expected after collapse in oil prices decimate earnings from oil, gas output

African News

French soldiers accused of sexual assault in Africa

KEEPING PEACE: A French soldier stands guard as people protest against the disarmament operation of anti-balakas militias within the area on Monday in Bimbo near Bangui, Central African Republic. Picture: AFP/PACOME PABANDJI

French prosecutors probing allegations that French soldiers abused several children during a peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic last year

Asia-Pacific

How yuan could win reserve currency status even if US objects

Picture: REUTERS

Washington’s veto-power at IMF may not apply when board decides whether to include yuan in basket of currencies that comprise its emergency lending reserves

Asia-Pacific

Tensions rise in Nepal after ‘weak’ response to deadly quake

Residents look for their belongings among the rubbles of their destroyed homes in Sankhu on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Wednesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/NICOLAS ASFOURI

Nepali officials concede they made mistakes in their initial response to a massive earthquake that has killed more than 4,700 people

Opinion

Zwelithini could teach Miliband a trick or two

Simon Lincoln Reader advises Labour supporters who acknowledge the party’s folly, yet still wish to support Miliband, to ‘do a Zwelithini’

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett.  Picture: REUTERS

Berkshire will thrive, say Warren Buffett

‘We will be very willing to act if economic turbulence of any kind occurs, and will be prepared — and most people won’t be,’ says Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett

Asia-Pacific

Australia toughens property ownership laws for foreigners

A resident in Sydney's newly developed suburb of Green Hills walks her dog on February 2.  Foreigner investors will have to pay new fees to buy Australian real estate, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: REUTERS/JASON REED

Foreigners who break rules on buying Australian real estate will face up to three years in jail or fines of $100,050 for individuals and $500,501 for companies

Americas

Fed rate hike in June ‘on the table,’ say policymakers

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS

Federal Reserve could raise interest rates as soon as June, two top US central bankers say, so long as economic data strengthens as expected from a dismal first quarter

Opinion

Obama risks far more than his reputation on Iran deal

Barack Obama. Picture: AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS

America, with its overwhelming power, needs to have the self-confidence to take some calculated risks

Asia-Pacific

South Korea spy agency says Kim Jong-un executed 15 top officials

Kim Jong-un. Picture: REUTERS/KCNA

Deputy ministers and four members of North Korea’s Unhasu Orchestra said to be among those executed by firing squad on charges of spying this year

Americas

Baltimore erupts in riots after funeral of man who died in police custody

A rioter screams from atop a burning car during clashes in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday. Picture: REUTERS

Rioters looting stores and burning buildings with 15 police officers reported injured

Asia-Pacific

Death toll from Nepal’s quake ‘could reach 10,000’

A family huddles together beneath an umbrella during a rain shower as the watch the burning of earthquake victims' bodies during an early morning funeral ceremony in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday. Picture: EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala says government is doing all it can after earthquake as frustrated residents use their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones

Asia-Pacific

Gulf states must allow Nepali workers to return after quake, group says

People sit atop buses as they leave Kathmandu on Tuesday following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.  Picture: REUTERS

Nepali migrants working in Gulf States must be allowed to return home after massive earthquake devastated their impoverished nation, says trade union group

National

SA police team to join rescue efforts in Nepal

A man prays next to rubble of a temple, destroyed in Saturday's earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

SAPS search and rescue team will join Gift of the Givers crew who are helping in quake-hit Nepal, with team members due to leave on Tuesday afternoon

National

Groups step up pressure on Israel over denial of visa

Solly Mapaila. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Targets include expulsion of the Israeli ambassador in Pretoria after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande denied entry to the Palestinian territories

Asia-Pacific

South Korean prime minister opts to resign

South Korea’s Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo, centre, with cabinet members at his departure ceremony in Seoul on Monday. Picture: REUTERS

President Park Geun Hye’s approval ratings recover as premier exits following graft accusations found on dead man

Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong tycoon Li finalises purchase of UK train firm for $3.8bn

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Cheung Kong Infrastructure, owned by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, finalises acquisition of British rail group Eversholt for $3.8bn

Europe

Tsipras presses for early Greek debt deal but flags referendum

 Alexis Tsipras. Picture: REUTERS/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras confident of early deal with international creditors, after shaking up negotiating team, sidelining outspoken finance minister

Middle East

Saudis pound arms depots in Yemen as bread and medicine run short

A boy waits for his father in front of a damaged factory after an air strike by a Saudi-led coalition struck a nearby missile base, in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Monday. Picture: REUTERS

A humanitarian crisis is worsening as both sides block aid

Middle East

Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemeni capital, ships shell Aden, say residents

A man rides a motorcycle past a headquarters of the Houthi group, which was destroyed after an air strike by a Saudi-led coalition, in Yemen's northwestern city of Saada. Picture: REUTERS

At least five air strikes hit military sites and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

Europe

Deutsche Bank pledges overhaul, shares slide

Deutsche Bank. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Deutsche Bank will cut €200bn in investment bank assets and exit a tenth of the countries in which it operates

Americas

Chilean volcano erupts for first time in decades

This view from Puerto Varas, southern Chile, shows a high column of ash and lava spewing from the Calbuco volcano, on April 23 2015. Picture: AFP PHOTO/DAVID CORTES SEREY/AGENCIA UNO

Calbuco erupts twice in space of hours, blasting huge clouds of ash into air, forcing authorities to evacuate about 5,000 people

Americas

Top US court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

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The US Supreme Court’s arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes

Americas

Is Tim Cook sufficiently excited by Apple Watch?

Tim Cook. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Company is, characteristically, keeping tight lid on how smartwatch is going, it is first all-new hardware product from tech giant in five years

Europe

Airbus A380s not flying off the shelves

GROUNDED: A visitor stands in the rain near an Airbus SAS A380 airliner. The doubledecker aircraft has failed to win a single order from any new airline customer for two years. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Airbus A380 touted as solution to mass air transport is missing targets, writes Andrea Rothman

Europe

Refugee crisis puts EU under pressure

Migrants hold their numbers after disembarking from the Italian Navy ship Chimera in the southern harbour of Salerno on Wednesday. The EU meets over the refugee crisis on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS

European governments under mounting pressure to act decisively on migrant crisis as details emerge of fate of those who died in worst tragedy yet

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