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Cuban students march in a street of Havana, on December 17, 2014, after Washington released three Cuban spies, heroes in Cuba, who had been in a US prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. Picture: AFP PHOTO/AIN/ROBERTO MOREJON

Cuban author Valdes sceptical about US rapprochement

6 hour(s) ago

Renown author Zoe Valdes says move not likely to improve lives of people in Cuba

Europe

Many Europeans have never used the internet

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10 hour(s) ago

Nearly 20% of respondents in Eurostat survey say they have never used the internet — and 39% of Romanians — while almost all Icelanders are online every day

Europe

EU approves new Crimean sanctions

A man installs a Russian flag on the local administration building in the Crimean resort city of Alupka on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
7 hour(s) ago

EU bans all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home message bloc will not recognise Russia’s ‘illegal annexation’ of Ukrainian territory

Europe

Top EU court rejects British visa rule

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8 hour(s) ago

European Union’s top court finds Britain at fault for demanding that non-EU citizens with resident permits issued in other member states must obtain a visa

Opinion

Immigration fear is no cause for UK to leave EU

David Cameron.  Picture:  REUTERS/LUKE MACGREGOR

British Prime Minister David Cameron is boxing himself into a corner; this is largely a result of Tory hysteria over the electoral success of the UK Independence party, writes Martin Wolf

Opinion

US Federal Reserve says can be ‘patient’ on rate rise

Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS/GARY CAMERON

Instead of signalling an interest-rate hike earlier than the projected mid-2015, the FOMC suggests if needed, it could hold off even longer

Opinion

No pattern behind the patterns

CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSALITY: The ‘jelly bean problem’ illustrates the trouble with analysing statistical patterns where no genuine causal relationship exists. Picture: BLOOMBERG

New research casts a poor light on financial research. Most of those financial strategies that claim to beat the market don’t

Bangladeshi workers from the forestry department use water to clean oil-covered vegetation on the banks of the Shela River. Picture: AFP PHOTO

UN sends team to help clean up Bangladesh oil spill

UN sends team to support Bangladesh’s efforts to clean up world’s largest mangrove forest after it is hit by huge oil spill

Asia-Pacific

Instant noodles recalled as Taiwanese food scare widens

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8 hour(s) ago

Taiwanese authorities order leading food company to recall two flavours of instant noodles over fears they contain banned dye

National

South Africa hails US move to normalise ties with Cuba

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

SA government welcome release of last of Cuban Five and lifting of decades-long trade embargo, says it used "fraternal" relationship with Cuba to facilitate talks

Asia-Pacific

Pakistan court grants bail to alleged Mumbai attack mastermind

FORGING AHEAD: Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League: Nawaz, addresses an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi. Picture: REUTERS
7 hour(s) ago

Relations between nuclear-armed rivals worsened dramatically after 60-hour siege on India’s economic capital left 166 people dead


International companies


Europe

France fines cosmetic companies €950m for price collusion

The logo of French cosmetics group L'Oréal on the company's building in Clichy, near Paris. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

Thirteen top manufacturers of cosmetics and cleaning products slapped with €950m in fines for price collusion between 2003 and 2006

Americas

BlackBerry launches new phone

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

BlackBerry unveils the Classic, a new offering meant to lure back traditional customers with signature features such as a physical keyboard and trackpad

COMPROMISED: EBay said cyber criminals raided its network three months ago, stealing some 145-million user records, including passwords, from a database. Picture: BLOOMBERG

PayPal follows startups into alternative loan market

Programme seen as crucial for payments-processing group before it spins off from eBay next year

Europe

EU Parliament recognises Palestinian state

European Union Palestine vote. picture: EPA/PATRICK SEEGER
1 day(s) ago

Nonbinding vote held as EU court rules that Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union’s terrorist list

Asia-Pacific

Pakistan mourns children slain by Taliban

Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Pakistanis start asking tough questions of a government accused of going easy on Islamist militants, as parents bury the 132 children killed in grisly school attack

Europe

Greek government faces first test in crucial presidential vote

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1 day(s) ago

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faces first of three rounds of presidential vote that will determine whether country is forced into snap national elections

Americas

US slaps hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan

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1 day(s) ago

US confirms steep import duties on solar products from China, Taiwan in decision that may inflame trade tensions between two countries

World

Brics grouping leads world in illicit outflows of capital

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1 day(s) ago

Think-tank Global Financial Integrity says a record $991bn was siphoned in 2012 from the world’s developing economies, an increase of about 5% from 2011

Asia-Pacific

Australian hostage taker identified

LOCKDOWN: Police talk to the public near a cafe in the central business district of Sydney where a gunman was holding terrified hostages inside with an Islamic flag displayed at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters. Picture: AFP
3 day(s) ago

Iranian refugee charged with sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is holding hostages in Sydney café

Asia-Pacific

Taliban assault on Pakistani school ends with 146 dead, mostly children

Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Taliban say attack is revenge for major army operation in tribal region

Asia-Pacific

Twitter #illridewithyou campaign shows support for Muslims after Sydney siege

LOCKDOWN: Police talk to the public near a cafe in the central business district of Sydney where a gunman was holding terrified hostages inside with an Islamic flag displayed at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters. Picture: AFP
3 day(s) ago

Non-muslim Australians come out in solidarity with Muslim community as tens of thousands tweet hashtag #illridewithyou to counter concern about anti-Islam backlash

Americas

CIA ‘torture’ agents are heroes, says Cheney

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON/FILES
3 day(s) ago

Clash over US Senate report heats up as former vice-president Dick Cheney says he would ‘do it again in a minute’, and denies methods used were torture

Asia-Pacific

Japanese economy key after Abe landslide

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday.   Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Analysts warn Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to make good on his promise to fix Japan’s economy

Europe

Russia central bank raises key rate but fails to halt rouble slide

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7 day(s) ago

Many economists now predict the economy, facing unrelenting Western sanctions and a plummeting oil prices, will slide into recession next year

Opinion

No new Cold War with Russia; only a test of will

Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Brisbane. Picture: REUTERS

Sanctions can change the thinking in Moscow only if it is convinced the West will not flinch

Opinion

Ebola panic frames narrative of the fear driving US politics

The virulent spread of Ebola proves that once remote problems in Africa can no longer be ring-fenced from the affluent world

A file image shows Iranian muslim cleric Man Haron Monis bound in chains and holding an Australian flag outside Downing Centre Local Court. Picture: EPA/SERGIO DIONISO

Sydney siege ‘no doubt’ a failure of the system, says Abbot

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says new security laws failed, while police say they were concerned when Man Haron Monis was granted bail

Europe

Germany, Italy order culls after dangerous strain of bird flu confirmed

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2 day(s) ago

More than 60,000 animals to be culled after outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 strain in Lower Saxony and near Venice

Europe

Rouble crisis could shake Putin’s grip on power

Vladimir Putin. Picture: EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY
2 day(s) ago

Rouble plunges further against the dollar in its steepest intraday fall since the Russian financial crisis in 1998 as confidence in the central bank evaporates after ineffectual rate hike

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Republicans’ hollow victory

US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS

Whether through gridlock or impotence, US policy paralysis seems likely to be with us for some time to come

Americas

Solid US retail sales point to brisk consumer spending

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7 day(s) ago

Consumer spending advances at brisk clip in November as lower petrol prices give holiday shopping season a boost, offering latest sign of underlying momentum in economy

Asia-Pacific

China planning agency official jailed for life over bribes

Liu Tienan, the former deputy head of China's top planning agency, stands during his verdict at a court in Langfang, Hebei province on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

Bribery scandal exposed graft at the highest levels of the government and ensnared several companies including Toyota

Americas

Have publishers shot themselves in the foot with Google News shutdown?

PRIVACY ISSUES: Pedestrians walk in front of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The US company has started to comply with the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DAVID PAUL MORRIS
7 day(s) ago

Google shuts down news offering in Spain after court ruling that will compel search engine to pay licence revenue to Spanish publishers

Asia-Pacific

India to decriminalise attempted suicide

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7 day(s) ago

India to amend legislation that criminalises attempted suicide, raising hopes for release of rights activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years

Europe

Outcry over Investec ‘I can’t breathe’ note

Demonstrators gather in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/MARK MAKELA
7 day(s) ago

Intention was to highlight abuses of power or authoritarian control gone wrong, says analyst of emotive reference

Europe

UK targets tax-dodging multinational firms

George Osborne. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON
7 day(s) ago

Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne's aims at companies that shift profits out of country and into tax havens

Americas

Brazil’s truth commission seeks end to amnesty for torturers

Dilma Rousseff. Picture: REUTERS/ RICARDO MORAES
7 day(s) ago

Commission investigating 1964-85 military dictatorship urges end to amnesty for torturers, and lists number of those killed or who disappeared

Middle East

Saudi Arabia builds start-up culture with state oil money

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7 day(s) ago

Kingdom struggles to create jobs and diversify its economy as the private sector’s share grows slowly

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Governors of some US states are sticking to plans to quarantine healthworkers returning from countries with Ebola, despite pressure from the White House. What you think of these measures?


55%
 
It’s fair, countries should be able to protect their people by whatever means necessary
12%
 
This is not fair to healthworkers volunteering to assist, and will badly affect Ebola-hit countries without sufficient help
33%
 
They are allowed to stay in their homes, and this is fair enough to minimise risk for all
Voting closed
Total votes 426

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