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Head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh and Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (L) attend a news conference as they announce a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS

Hamas, Abbas’s PLO announce reconciliation agreement

13 hour(s) ago

The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile after seven years of internal bickering, envisions a unity government within five weeks

Asia-Pacific

Australia, Malaysia vow to keep searching to solve plane mystery

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein reads a statement during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

But Australian authorities say unidentified material washed up on the coast of Western Australia is being investigated for possible links to the missing flight

Asia-Pacific

Chinese factory activity shrinks for fourth month, but pace of decline slows

Picture: THINKSTOCK
21 hour(s) ago

China’s factory activity shrinks in April, signalling economic weakness into second quarter, a preliminary survey shows, although pace of decline has eased

Europe

Ukraine’s leaders say they have US backing to take on ‘aggressors’

Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov (front) delivers a speech during the Caspian Sea littoral states conference in Moscow on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
15 hour(s) ago

Government says US has promised to stand by it in face of aggression, and announces it will press ahead with security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups

Asia-Pacific

Nepal government meets sherpas’ demands after deadly avalanche

A family member a Sherpa climber, centre, is comforted by her relatives during a funeral rally of Nepali Sherpa climbers in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

The government says the minimum insurance cover for sherpas on Everest will be raised by 50% to about $15,000 and it will establish a relief fund for the welfare of bereaved families

Opinion

Obama’s Asia policy is distracted and ambiguous

For long-term economic and strategic reasons, it makes sense for the US to spend more time strengthening its position in Asia

Opinion

Grand convergence in global health is realisable

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Scaled-up investments can save 10-million lives annually, write Gavin Yamey and Helen Saxenian

US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS

Ins and outs of guest list to determine success of Obama’s party

Barack Obama has everything in place to publicly acknowledge, as president, that his Kenyan father’s continent really did help to shape him and inspire him

Middle East

Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad’s opponents

IN PRAYER: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attends Eid Al Fitr prayers at al-Hamad mosque in Damascus. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Western and Gulf Arab countries that back Bashar al-Assad’s opponents have called plans for an election on June 3 a ‘parody of democracy’

Europe

Biden lands in Kiev as Russia accuses Ukraine of breaching deal

US Vice President Joe Biden waves upon his arrival at Boryspil International airport outside Kiev on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

US Vice President Joe Biden’s two-day visit comes with the clock ticking on a White House warning of further sanctions against Moscow

Europe

Barclays to pull out of major commodities trading areas

Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Barclays to withdraw from large parts of metals, agricultural and energy markets as part of restructuring of investment bank, says source

Europe

No sign of rebels’ surrender as Ukraine peace deal folds

A pro-Russian protester stands at barricades at the police headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Agreement to avert wider conflict faltering, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering seized government buildings

Asia-Pacific

Bitcoin ATM skirts bank crackdown

The first bitcoin ATM in the US in the House Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

BTC China installs China’s first bitcoin ATM, launches an online app enabling individuals to buy and sell bitcoins using cellphones


International companies


Americas

Netflix price hikes seen boosting global expansion

Netflix DVD return mailers in a mail box in Encinitas, California. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Planned price hikes will allow company to up spending on original content and attract more customers globally, say analysts

Europe

Pfizer may launch new offer for AstraZeneca

2 day(s) ago

A deal could make sense for the US pharmaceuticals giant as it seeks to build up its cancer franchise

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Holcim-Lafarge remnants to tempt buyers

Assets up for grabs represent about $1bn of profits the firms may sell, writes Tara Lachapelle
Armed men are seen wearing black and orange ribbons of St George — a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine. Picture: REUTERS

EDITORIAL: Time to read the riot act to Russia

If a line is not drawn in the sand soon, Russia’s territorial ambitions will spark more serious military confrontations

Americas

‘We will pay you to resign’

3 day(s) ago

Amazon has taken the unusual step of offering people who have worked in its warehouse for less than a year $2,000 to walk out the door

Europe

Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal

Armed men are seen wearing black and orange ribbons of St George — a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence while on the ground, pro-Russian gunmen holding their positions

Opinion

Food security eludes almost
1-billion people

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Building democracy into food systems would put an end to the logic of constantly putting out fires

Opinion

New spectre in Ukraine: nuclear plants as targets

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear spectre of a different kind

Americas

Halliburton sees profit growth on improved margins in North America

2 day(s) ago

Halliburton helped by a recovery in margins in North America and growth in overseas markets

World

Distributions, management fees and maintenance costs collide

7 day(s) ago

Energy infrastructure partnerships are incentivised to reward investors — but there’s a catch, write Isaac Arnsdorf and Alex Nussbaum

Europe

Tesco aims to improve profits by cutting prices

A customer looks at a meat display at a Tesco store in Bishop's Stortford, southern England, in this November 26 2012 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

UK retailer’s boss vows to win back shoppers with millions of pounds of price cuts, after second year of falling profits

Americas

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers, has died

Europe

Kiev’s effort against pro-Russian separatists fails

LOYALTY: A woman poses with a Ukrainian, left, and a Russian passport outside a government, where she received a Russian passport, in the Crimean city of Simferopol last Monday. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

Ukraine government’s operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans fails

Americas

US data ‘to sway Fed rate decision’

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

Federal Reserve aims for maximum sustainable employment and a rise in inflation from just above 1% now to 2%

Asia-Pacific

Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

South Korean rescue workers are seen on a boat injecting oxygen into the capsized passenger ship Sewol, which sank in the sea off Jindo. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Investigations centre on possible crew negligence, problems with cargo stowage and structural defects of the vessel, as hopes fade of finding any of 268 missing passengers alive

World

Astronomers uncover Earth-like planet that could support life

This artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. Picture: AFP PHOTO/NASA/JPL-CALTECH/ T PYLE
5 day(s) ago

Distant planet appears to have an atmosphere similar to Earth, the possibility of water at its surface and the theoretical potential to support life

Americas

US jobless claims hover near 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
6 day(s) ago

Data offers proof of economy’s underlying strength, with US Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen saying it is "plausible" economy could be back to near full employment by end 2016

Asia-Pacific

China’s iron-ore hopes may be dashed

WARES: A labourer smokes as he works at a steel market in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, in this January 11 2013 file picture. China’s steel and iron-ore futures extended losses on Monday driven by a weak outlook for China demand. Picture: REUTERS/ALY SONG/FILES
7 day(s) ago

Low quality ore, costs have hit mine projects, write Ruby Lian and David Stanway

Asia-Pacific

BHP and Australian rivals raise iron-ore targets as competition grows

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie.  Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

Australian miners are racing ahead with plans to expand iron-ore production to capture more of the Chinese market for the steelmaking ingredient

Asia-Pacific

Chinese economic growth slows to 18-month low in first quarter

SKY’S THE LIMIT: A construction worker walks past residential compounds in Wuhan, in this file picture. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

Economy grows at slowest pace in 18 months, but does touch better than expected and shows some improvement in March, suggesting Beijing will not rush to support activity

Americas

Food and rent lift US consumer price inflation

8 day(s) ago

Americans paid more for food and rent last month, a signal of improving demand in world’s largest economy

Asia-Pacific

China’s demand for gold pushes India into second place

Picture: BLOOMBERG
9 day(s) ago

China’s gold demand has quadrupled in a decade, taking it into the top consumer spot ahead of India, according to the World Gold Council

Asia-Pacific

Unilever targets Indian villagers with mobile ads

YOUR CALL: Companies from Unilever to PepsiCo have turned to mobile campaigns to reach consumers. Picture: BLOOMBERG
8 day(s) ago

Growing rural mobile phone ownership is attracting the attention of advertisers, writes Adi Narayan

Europe

Nestlé sales growth touches five-year low

8 day(s) ago

World’s largest food company reports worst first-quarter sales growth since 2009 on pricing pressure in Europe

Middle East

Saudi Arabia tightens grip on dissent

8 day(s) ago

Dynasty fears spread of regional chaos, write Sami Aboudi and Angus McDowall

Europe

Russia puts Ukraine under debt pressure

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Russia, the world’s biggest natural gas exporter, will make Ukraine prepay for gas unless it starts paying the debt it had accumulated up to March

Asia-Pacific

Japan has not narrowed trade differences with US, negotiator says

US President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the Justice Department in Washington on Friday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Japanese officials say there is still a significant way to go before reaching broad agreement on trade with US, a day before President Barack Obama visits for summit

Europe

US backs Ukraine, warns Russia with Biden visit

US Vice-President Joe Biden. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

US delivers a $50m aid package of which a part of is earmarked to support the ‘integrity’ of the May 25 election

Europe

Talking turkey to Russians

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Americans have the Easter bunny. Now Vadim Vaneev wants to introduce Russia to the Easter turkey

Asia-Pacific

STRANGE BUT TRUE: Cheating civil servants told to pray

3 day(s) ago

Indonesian governor orders all civil servants in a central province to attend mass prayer sessions and religious sermons in a bid to stop adultery

Asia-Pacific

Deutsche Bank top in South Korea after breweries deal

Deutsche Bank. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
2 day(s) ago

Deal puts the firm on course for a record advisory year in the country

Asia-Pacific

Ferry crew’s actions ‘tantamount to murder’, says South Korean president

South Korean school girl Cho A-reum, far right, whose brother is one of the missing passengers onboard the ferry, looks at the sea as a Buddhist monk prays for missing passengers in Jindo on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

President denounced captain and crew after four more crew members arrested for capsizing of ferry with hundreds of children on board

Europe

Biden lands in Kiev as Russia accuses Ukraine of breaching deal

US Vice President Joe Biden waves upon his arrival at Boryspil International airport outside Kiev on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

US Vice President Joe Biden’s two-day visit comes with the clock ticking on a White House warning of further sanctions against Moscow

Asia-Pacific

Chinese curbs harm Remy

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

China clampdown on extravagant entertaining in drive against corruption cutting deeply into sales of brandy, says French drinks group Remy Cointreau

Europe

Daimler sells stake to Rolls-Royce in engine joint venture

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

World’s third-biggest maker of luxury cars will receive €2.43bn for 50% stake in engine joint venture it is selling to Rolls-Royce Holdings

Asia-Pacific

Japan rules on Mt Gox bitcoin exchange failure

7 day(s) ago

Failed Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox placed in administration by Japanese court

Asia-Pacific

Expeditions could be halted after Everest tragedy

A family member a Sherpa climber, centre, is comforted by her relatives during a funeral rally of Nepali Sherpa climbers in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Expedition leaders, guides threaten to cancel all climbing on Mount Everest after deadliest avalanche in Everest’s history kills at least 13 people

Asia-Pacific

Trade deficit blow for Japan as exports slump

Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Exports growth in world’s third-biggest economy slows to weakest in a year in March, suggesting rapid loss of economic momentum that may prompt Japan’s policy makers into early action

Americas

How to get a car to the top of the Empire State Building

The new 2015 Ford Mustang GT is seen on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

Ford celebrates 50th birthday of Mustang by displaying new model of convertible on top of Empire State Building in New York

Middle East

Iran funds confirms compliance with deal

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Iran expects a fifth instalment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, says a senior official

Europe

Ex-DA man Ryan Coetzee in political firing line in the UK

Ryan Coetzee, former chief strategist for the Democratic Alliance. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
7 day(s) ago

Storm erupts around former Democratic Alliance strategist Ryan Coetzee, who faces allegations of abuse of public funds in the UK

Asia-Pacific

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

South Korean ferry
7 day(s) ago

Nearly 100 ships and 18 helicopters involved in frantic efforts, but manage to save only 164 in what could be the country’s biggest maritime disaster in 20 years

Europe

Kiev targets separatists as Russia warns of civil war

TAKING BACK CONTROL:  A Ukrainian soldier is seen near armoured personnel carriers at a checkpoint near the town of Izium in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

Russia declares Ukraine on the brink of civil war as said ‘antiterrorist operation’ against pro-Moscow separatists gets under way in Kiev

World

Tech companies look to the skies to spread the internet

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Shortest path to internet for remote corners of the world may be through the skies, US tech companies believe

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: Basel committee draws up tighter rules for too-big-to-fail banks

MORE NEEDED: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said ‘further intense work’ is needed on rules for too-big-to-fail banks. Picture: BLOOMBERG
8 day(s) ago

Banks identified as systemically important to the global economy face tighter rules on how much business they can do with each other, writes Jim Brunsden

Opinion

Crimea shows us how the world is becoming a more peaceful place

People carry a giant Russian flag during a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol, Crimea.  Picture: REUTERS

The decline of violence may be the most significant development in history

Opinion

THE WASHINGTON POST: US diplomacy breaks down

BOTTOM LINE: US President Barack Obama says he will support legislation to take the federal minimum wage level to $10.10 an hour. Picture: REUTERS

Obama administration’s Middle East diplomacy has degenerated to desperate race to prevent talks collapsing

 
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