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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

Kiev targets separatists as Russia warns of civil war

15 hour(s) ago

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

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
2 hour(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
6 hour(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

World

Tech companies look to the skies to spread the internet

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 hour(s) ago

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

Asia-Pacific

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

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie.  Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(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

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

Opinion

GULF NEWS: Afghans defy threat to vote

Members of civil society organisations chant slogans to condemn the killing of over 20 Afghan National Army soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS

The people of Afghanistan have shown strength of character by defying the diktats of the Taliban, who threatened their participation in the elections with reprisals, by turning out to vote for a stable government

Picture: THINKSTOCK

China not the bad guy after all

Renminbi may be overvalued against the dollar, writes Ronald McKinnon

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 hour(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

15 hour(s) ago

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

Middle East

Saudi Arabia tightens grip on dissent

15 hour(s) ago

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

World

Zinc, lead producers ‘remain profitable’

15 hour(s) ago

Zinc and lead producers making enough money to invest in new output, according consultancy

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
15 hour(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


International companies


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
15 hour(s) ago

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

Europe

Nestlé sales growth touches five-year low

15 hour(s) ago

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

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

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

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

China’s demand for gold pushes India into second place

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

World

Shades of the Cold War at Nato HQ

Nato secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Ukraine crisis is turning clock back 30 years for Nato and Russia with return to propaganda methods and suspicions last seen during Cold War

Europe

Ukrainian president threatens military action as unrest grows

Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov visits a training base of Ukraine's National Guard near Kiev last month.  Picture: REUTER
2 day(s) ago

Acting president Oleksander Turchinov warns pro-Russian separatists occupying buildings that army will intervene after they ignore ultimatum to leave

Opinion

NEW YORK TIMES: Yes he can, on immigration

US President Barack Obama.  Picture: REUTERS

It has been frustrating to watch Barack Obama’s yes-we-can promises on immigration reform fade to protestations of impotence and blaming others

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

Asia-Pacific

Fish lose fear factor in acidic seas

Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Fish losing their survival instinct as world’s oceans become more acidic because of climate change, new research suggests

Europe

Separatists appeal for Russia’s help as Kiev deadline ignored

Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov visits a training base of Ukraine's National Guard near Kiev last month.  Picture: REUTER
1 day(s) ago

Separatists ignore ultimatum to leave occupied buildings in Ukraine, group of rebels attack police headquarters as threatened military offensive by government forces fails to materialise

Americas

Responders fight to control outbreaks in killer Chilean blaze

Firefighters work to put out a fire in Valparaiso, northwest of Santiago, on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Valparaiso fire, still burning amid strong winds, has killed 12 people and is being battled with the help 2,000 police and military troops

Europe

‘Free Scotland’ plan worries Scotch sellers

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Scotch whisky makers have expressed concern for the first time about the effects of Scottish independence

Asia-Pacific

Malaysia Airlines search heads deep underwater in new phase

Crew aboard the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth watch as they are refuelled by the HMAS Success as they continue to search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

US Navy underwater drone will be deployed to scour floor of Indian Ocean for missing aircraft, launching new phase of operation after nearly six weeks of searching

Americas

Chile declares disaster as deadly fire storms historic port city

Smoke from a forest fire is seen in Valparaiso, northwest of Santiago, on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Chile mobilises military to help evacuate thousands in port city of Valparaiso threatened by huge, out-of-control forest fire

Europe

French can clock off for real after work

3 day(s) ago

Some French workers can now be grateful for the right to ignore bosses’ e-mails after work

Americas

Concerns raised over US commitment to UN

2 day(s) ago

UN concern that Obama administration’s denial of visa to Iranian diplomat means US is less committed to its role as host to world organisation

World

Group of 20 looks to deadline for new economic growth strategies

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble departs after the G-20 finance ministers and central bankers family portrait  taken at the IMF/World Bank 2014 spring meeting in Washington. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

‘Our individual growth commitments must be ambitious’, says Australian treasurer Joe Hockey

Americas

BlackBerry considers troubled handset business

5 day(s) ago

BlackBerry would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable, says CEO

Americas

Bank of America and Intel to close operations in Costa Rica

Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Closures will lead to nearly 3,000 lay-offs, dealing a double blow to the Central American country’s economy

Americas

Bank robber dots i’s and crosses t’s

3 day(s) ago

In Colorado, the hunt is on for a culprit known as the ‘Good Grammar Bandit'

Americas

Conflict mineral rule ‘violates free-speech right’

15 hour(s) ago

US Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring companies to disclose whether any ‘conflict minerals’ are used in their products violates free-speech rights of manufacturers, court rules

Asia-Pacific

Sydney to get second airport after 50-year wait

Skyscrapers line the waterfront at Darling Harbor in Sydney, Australia.  Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Australia approves $2.4bn project to build long-awaited second airport for Sydney that is likely to boost near-term investment and jobs

Middle East

Israeli gas deal with Egypt will stymie Cypriot plans

PIPING HOT: A file picture shows a turbine room at OPC Rotem, Israel's biggest private power plant. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Deal will grow Asia exports but deprive Europe of natural gas, write Oleg Vukmanovic and Ron Bousso

World

NEWS ANALYSIS: Faster Wi-Fi on flights leads to battle in the sky

HIGH FLYER: A passenger uses a wireless tablet on an American Airlines airplane equipped with Gogo Inflight internet service. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Wi-Fi in the sky is taking off, promising much better connections for travellers and a bonanza for the companies that sell the systems

World

WTO raises outlook for global trade in good sign for economy

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Global commerce set to grow 4.7% this year, says World Trade Organisation, with recovery in rich economies seen to mitigate risks in developing nations

World

Disease threatens world’s bananas, warns UN

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

United Nations warns of potential ‘massive destruction’ of world’s banana crop due to disease affecting the most popular variety

Europe

Eastern Ukraine braces for antirebel operation

Pro-Russian protesters stand at a checkpoint, with black smoke rising from burning tyres, in Slaviansk on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Towns in eastern Ukraine prepare for military action from government forces as deadline passes for pro-Russian separatists to disarm, end occupation of state buildings or face a major ‘antiterrorist’ operation

Europe

Ukraine forces in battle with pro-Russian gunmen

Pro-Russian men gather around a fire at a barricade near the police headquarters in Slaviansk on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Kiev says several people left ‘dead and wounded’ in fighting to oust pro-Russian gunmen holed up in police station in Ukraine’s restive east

World

Iron-ore miners braced as demand growth falters

Workers at an iron-ore smelter. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Global exports of the raw material are set to exceed steel makers’ requirements, writes Phoebe Sedgman

Americas

France seeks to improve ties with Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro addresses the audience during the opening session of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit in Havana on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, meets Cuban president during first visit to island by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years

Asia-Pacific

Power, water shortages as Cyclone Ita stalks Australia

A fallen tree lies across a road in Port Douglas, Australia, on Saturday after the passage of Cyclone Ita. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/IAN HITCHCOCK
3 day(s) ago

Thousands of homes without power and residents of worst-hit Cooktown are warned clean water is about to run out in wake of cyclone

Asia-Pacific

Magnitude-7.5 quake strikes off Solomon Islands after days of large tremors

3 day(s) ago

Powerful earthquake with magnitude of 7.5 strikes off Solomon Islands on Sunday night, hours after 7.6 tremor

Europe

Ukraine sends forces to eastern city to confront armed pro-Russian rebels

Pro-Russian protesters stand at a checkpoint, with black smoke rising from burning tyres, in Slaviansk on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Pro-Russian militants have seized control of Slaviansk in what Kiev describes as an act of aggression by the Kremlin

World

Fact-checking journalism gains momentum

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

The facts are the focus as part of a trend in journalism spreading from the US to many places around the world

Europe

Profit-taking prods Greek yields higher

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Greel bond yields rise as investors book profits on rally that preceded Greece’s return to debt markets

World

Survey paints gloomy picture of auditing

3 day(s) ago

Public company and bank audits are persistently flawed, a group of international regulators has found

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

Opinion

LETTER FROM CHINA: Chinese plan to develop new reactors may benefit the world

Letter from China

With China already building over 28 nuclear reactors, thorium-fuelled ones will further reduce its dependence on imported oil fuels and polluting coal

 
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