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HSBC boss says EU banker bonus cap a ‘retrograde’ step

10 hour(s) ago

European rules to cap bankers’ bonuses at twice fixed pay are ‘retrograde step’ that could add to difficulty in recruiting staff to industry, head of Europe’s biggest bank says

Europe

US bombs own arms supply to Kurds after fearing it went astray

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from a hill near the Mursitpinar crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
23 hour(s) ago

US, French and British aircraft also carried out six more strikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State positions near Fallujah, on the Baiji oil refinery

Americas

Poll shows Rousseff has momentum in run-off

Dilma Rousseff. Picture: REUTERS/ RICARDO MORAES
23 hour(s) ago

Brazil’s currency and stock markets extended losses after the poll showed Aecio Neves, an investor favourite from the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party, losing momentum

Europe

Turkey to help Kurdish ‘peshmerga’ fighters reach besieged Syrian town

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from a hill near the Mursitpinar crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Turkey is facilitating passage of Kurdish ‘peshmerga’ fighters to besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, Turkish foreign minister says

Americas

Lengthy to-do list awaits US Ebola czar

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, right, talks to Ron Klain at the US Capitol in Washington in this December 8 2009 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

‘Problem solver’ Ron Klain will need to soothe jitters about virus, smooth over tension with legislators angry about missteps, mixed messages from government

Asia-Pacific

Japanese prime minister suffers setback as two ministers quit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacts as he speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Two Japanese cabinet ministers resign over dubious use of political funds, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since he took office in December 2012

Opinion

THE CHATTER: A Nobel for slaying — or at least containing — giants

French economist Jean Tirole speaks during a news conference at the Toulouse School of Economics in Toulouse, France, earlier this month.  Picture: REUTERS

Five aspects of the work of Nobel prize winner Jean Tirole, who bagged the economic sciences award for his research on curtailing the power of oligopolies

Opinion

Eurozone faces secular stagnation as Germany sags

A euro sign stands outside the European Central Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Picture: REUTERS

The German model relies on the presence of an unsustainable investment boom in other parts of the world

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Political worries grow for UK, forecasters say

Investors increasingly worried about political risks in Britain, including outcome of national election in May and a possible referendum on EU membership

Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong street clashes continue ahead of planned talks

Riot police line up in front of protesters in the Mongkok shopping district of Hong Kong on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Violent clashes erupt in Hong Kong for second night on Sunday, deepening sense of impasse between government with limited options and pro-democracy movement

Europe

Putin set to steal show at Asia-Europe summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the youth forum 'Seliger-2014' at Seliger lake, northern Russia, on Friday. Putin insisted that Kiev must enter substantial talks with pro-Russian rebels amid a dramatic escalation of the fighting in Ukraine. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

Much attention will be focused on the margins of the summit, especially Putin’s breakfast meeting on Friday with Mr Poroshenko to review a battered ceasefire that Kiev agreed to early last month

Asia-Pacific

India’s Modi starts overhaul of creaky labour rules

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleans a road as he launches the Clean India Mission in New Delhi earlier this month. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

India will simplify employment rules and ease way for people changing jobs to move social security funds, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says

Asia-Pacific

Taiwan may reinforce disputed islet

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4 day(s) ago

Taiwan considers stationing armed vessels permanently on a disputed South China Sea island, officials say, a move bound to renew friction in a region claimed almost wholly by China

Europe

Brussels Airlines to maintain flights to Ebola countries

BIG FIGHT: Volunteers train at a Doctors Without Borders replica of Ebola treatment centres in Brussels, before being sent to help fight the spread of the deadly virus in Africa. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will keep scheduled flights to Belgium that provide a vital link with the outside world, says head of Brussels Airlines

Americas

Yellen ‘greatly concerned’ by rise in economic inequality

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

Federal Reserve chairwoman says Americans must ask themselves whether growth in inequality is compatible with American values


International companies


Europe

Air France KLM, Delta, Alitalia offer concessions to settle EU probe

GETTING A LIFT: An Airbus A320 aircraft, operated by Alitalia, taxis on the tarmac at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, on Friday. The airline has secured a €500m rescue package. Picture: BLOOMBERG
12 hour(s) ago

Skyteam alliance partners offer to give up slots at three airports and make other concessions to try to settle European Union antitrust investigation

Europe

Court rejects Lufthansa bid to block strike

Airplane of German air carrier Lufthansa lands at the airline's main hub in Frankfurt. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

German labour court finds no grounds to declare walkout by pilots over retirement benefits illegal, strike began at short-haul fleet, later extended to long-haul services

Europe

Total CEO dies in plane accident

Christophe de Margerie. BLOOMBERG/FABRICE DIMIER
20 hour(s) ago

Christophe de Margerie is killed when business jet collides with snow plough during takeoff at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

DRIVE-BY SHOT: A ban on liquor advertising could force smaller agencies to close. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Ebola hits Heineken sales in Sierra Leone

Company’s Sierra Leone unit sends staff home and halts expansion plans as it joins growing number of firms cutting operations in West African nations hit hardest by Ebola outbreak

Europe

Adidas stock jumps as ‘imminent’ bid for Reebok is noted

INVESTOR CONFIDENCE: An official 2014 World Cup football printed with an Adidas logo, in Sion May 31 2014, Switzerland. Picture: REUTERS
23 hour(s) ago

Group of investors plans to bid about €1.7bn for the company’s Reebok unit

World

Global week ahead — getting used to the ‘new mediocre’

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2 day(s) ago

Evaporating inflation, slowing growth have put financial markets into such a spin that they could inflict further damage on the world economy

Americas

Obama names Ebola ‘czar’

Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden listens via video conference as President Barack Obama (second right) holds a meeting with cabinet agencies co-ordinating the government's Ebola response at the White House earlier this week.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

US president appoints former White House adviser as US Ebola ‘czar’ and names senior officials to help step up response in Texas, where the disease first appeared on US soil

Americas

US jobless claims fall to lowest level in 14 years

A woman walks to enter a line for the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits falls in what is considered positive signal for labour market

Americas

Factories, utilities help drive big gain in US industrial output

Packages are seen for delivery at the Shapeways 3D printing office in the borough of Queens in New York.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Output at US mines, factories and utilities increased 1% after slipping 0.2% in August — the biggest rise since November 2012

Middle East

Iran says progress made in ‘very difficult’ nuclear talks in Vienna

NUCLEAR POWER:  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waits to begin talks over his country’s nuclear programme in Vienna on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Meeting between Iran’s foreign minister, US secretary of state and EU foreign policy chief lasts about six hours, and possible solutions were discussed

Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong leader promises new talks with pro-democracy protesters

Hong Kong protest. Picture: AFP/ ALEX OGLE
5 day(s) ago

Protesters, mostly students, demand free elections for a new leader in 2017 but Beijing insists on screening all candidates first

African News

China sends Ebola drug to Africa, eyes clinical trials

People walk outside the Ebola Island Clinic in Monrovia on October 11 2014.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/ZOOM DOSSO
5 day(s) ago

Chinese drug maker with military ties sends experimental Ebola drug to Africa for use by Chinese aid workers and is planning clinical trials there to combat disease

Europe

Ukraine president to meet Putin in Milan

Petro Poroshenko. Picture: AFP PHOTO
5 day(s) ago

Ukraine, the US and EU say Russia is encouraging the rebels’ separatist aims

Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong blocks BBC site after video of police beating is aired

Hong Kong protest. Picture: AFP/ ALEX OGLE
5 day(s) ago

New York Times and Bloomberg websites blocked in China since they published investigations into the family wealth of former premier Wen Jiabao and President Xi Jinping

Asia-Pacific

North and South Korea militaries hold talks after border firing

North Korean soldiers are seen on a boat on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite to the Chinese border city of Dandong.  Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

High-ranking military officials from both countries meet to discuss recent border altercations, including exchanges of fire, but have not resolved differences

Americas

US retail sales, producer prices give cautionary signs on economy

6 day(s) ago

Retail sales decline in September and prices paid by businesses also fall, worrisome signs consumer demand may be faltering while inflation fails to gain traction

Americas

Bolivia’s Morales pledges no major nationalisations in new term

Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in La Paz on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

President Evo Morales rules out any major new nationalisations following re-election victory and says he will be ‘realistic’ as he pursues socialist policies

Opinion

Hong Kong protests are about the future

Pro-democracy protesters flash lights outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during a mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong in Admiralty, Hong Kong. Picture: EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

The demonstrators in Hong Kong represent the city’s future and the hopes of its citizens for a prosperous life in which they can enjoy the freedoms that they were promised

Opinion

SIGN POST: Microsoft aims for a perfect 10

This week, it was Microsoft’s turn to redefine the world of work and communication

LEADING THE WAY: Farmers, householders and commercial operators are supplying 93% of  renewable energy coming into the grid.  Picture: BOGDAN TUDORACHE

Germany reaps reward of renewable revolution

Nuclear power is to be phased out completely by 2022 as the public and political parties support a renewable energy plan, writes Carol Paton

World

WHO chided for not doing enough to tackle Ebola

DISEASE CONTROL: World Health Organisation assistant director-general Bruce Aylward said at a news conference on Ebola in Geneva on Tuesday that the virus had killed 2,461 people so far. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

Médécins Sans Frontières South Africa humanitarian adviser Jens Pedersen says the World Health Organisation and other big international agencies are largely absent from the front line

Europe

US-led air strikes intensify as Syrian conflict destabilises Turkey

6 day(s) ago

US sharply intensifies air strikes against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria’s Turkish border after jihadists’ advance begins to destabilise Turkey

Americas

Gonzalo becomes major hurricane over open Atlantic waters

Streets are flooded following hurricane Gonzola in Marigot on the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin on Tuesday. LE PELICAN/AFP
6 day(s) ago

Hurricane Gonzalo strengthens to become major Category 3 hurricane as it moves away from northern Caribbean and heads toward Bermuda

Americas

US national shot dead in Saudi capital Riyadh

The Riyadh petrol station where a disgruntled former employee of defence contractor Vinnell Arabia shot and killed an American and wounded another. A US diplomat said the shooter was a US-Saudi citizen. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP
6 day(s) ago

Gunman kills US national and wounds another in Riyadh, officials say, heightening Western concerns over security in world’s top oil exporter

Opinion

STREET DOGS: How Pimco’s ‘new normal’ has morphed into the ‘New Neutral’

Pimco’s picture of world of relatively feeble growth has changed to one that shows a central bank policy rate that is just right

Middle East

Mideast violence spreads as Turkey bombs Kurdish militants

The coffin of a Kurdish fighter killed during clashes against Islamic State fighters in Kobani, is carried to the cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc on Tuesday.   Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

War against IS militants in Syria and Iraq threatens to spill over into Turkey

Middle East

Iraq Anbar province police chief killed as bomb hits convoy

Men wounded by a car bomb in Qara Qubah are transported to a hospital in Kifri on Sunday. Three car bombs killed 25 people at a government compound near Baquba city in Iraq on Sunday and the Anbar province police chief died on patrol when suspected Islamic State militants blew up his convoy, hospital and security sources said. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

Three car bombs kill 25 people at a government compound and Ahmad Sadak al-Dulaymi dies on patrol after suspected Islamic State militants blow up his convoy

Americas

New case of Ebola in Dallas

Health workers don protective equipment at the Island Clinic in Monrovia. Picture: REUTERS
9 day(s) ago

The diagnosis marks the first time someone has contracted Ebola inside the US

Europe

FTSE 100 companies’ pay gulf widens

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Executive pay soars amid longest squeeze on staff pay

Americas

Second US healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

Picture: EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN
6 day(s) ago

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan is diagnosed with haemorrhagic fever, was placed in isolation after reporting fever

Americas

US banks change tune on credit cards

Marianne Lake, chief financial officer of JPMorgan Chase, listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York in this file picture. Ms Lake said the $27bn profit outlook the bank laid out at an investor conference last month wasn't a target and the firm can earn more than that. Picture: BLOOMBERG
7 day(s) ago

Lenders hope that in an era when consumers are conducting more of their banking online and less in branches, an increased emphasis on credit cards will help them sell more products

Asia-Pacific

Uber shakes up Southeast Asia’s inefficient and pricey taxi cartels

HANDY GADGET: An Uber Japan employee user holds an Apple iPhone 5s showing a map on the Uber application for a photograph during a demonstration of the innovation in transport in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
7 day(s) ago

Uber is expanding rapidly in the region while fending off legal and regulatory challenges in various markets across the world

Americas

Hundreds of alleged Dropbox passwords leaked

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Alleged usernames and passwords for online document-sharing site Dropbox are published on Pastebin, an anonymous information-sharing website

 
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