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Dr Kent Brantly, right, at work at the case management centre on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.  Picture: REUTERS

US doctor who treated Ebola victims recovers

18 hour(s) ago

Dr Kent Brantly contracted deadly virus in Liberia, will be discharged from Atlanta hospital where he was treated with experimental drug ZMapp

Middle East

Hamas says Israel killed three top Gaza commanders

The mother of a Palestinian Hamas militant whom medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns as she looks at his body during his funeral in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
21 hour(s) ago

Air strike kills three senior Hamas commanders in Gaza Strip, Islamist group says, the clearest sign yet Israel is focusing assault on those leading attacks from Palestinian enclave

Asia-Pacific

Chinese, Japanese August factory surveys signal economic softness

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22 hour(s) ago

China’s manufacturing activity hits three-month low, raising case for fresh policy steps to keep growth on track, while poll shows Japan’s economic recovery is likely to be modest

Middle East

US military failed in rescue attempt for Foley

A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be US journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

US official says the military carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other hostages held in Syria in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives

Europe

Airlines go on Iceland volcano watch

A file photo shows the Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull as it continued to erupt in 2010. Picture: EPA
1 day(s) ago

Airlines on alert as one of Iceland’s biggest volcanoes rumbles to life, threatening ash clouds that could force flight cancellations across North Atlantic

Americas

US attorney-general to visit Ferguson

A MATTER OF SECURITY: US Attorney-General Eric Holder at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington DC on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Attorney-general Eric Holder due in St Louis suburb after arrest of almost 50 protesters in 11th night of racially charged demonstrations over killing of black teen

Opinion

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: Stiglitz’s sympathy for Argentina is ill founded

Even if Stiglitz is justified in condemning ‘vulture’ funds, it is not for the judge to make value judgments based on emotion, writes Dave Marrs

Opinion

LETTER FROM LONDON: British army’s adverts sell dreams of adventure

Recruitment adverts make military life in the UK look like a scene from a video game

The Big Picture

Customers enter and exit a McDonald's restaurant in Times Square in New York. McDonald's is scheduled to release quarterly earnings on October 21. Picture: BLOOMBERG
There is much more to competition than lower prices, writes Tim Harford   Read More

Americas

St Louis suburb braces for more racial unrest amid appeals for calm

Demonstrators protest against the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Ten days after the shooting of Michael Brown, St Louis metropolitan police shoot and kill a 23-year-old black man brandishing a knife

Europe

France urges Israel, Palestinians to talk after ceasefire ends

French President Francois Hollande answers a question during a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

French President Francois Hollande calls on Israel and Palestinians to resume truce talks after Gaza ceasefire collapses

Asia-Pacific

Sri Lanka prevents UN from probing conflict

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2 day(s) ago

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators investigating war crimes allegedly committed during the island’s decades-long separatist conflict, says president

Middle East

Israel says Gaza militants fired rockets, breached truce

Smoke is seen after what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Chief Palestinian delegate to the indirect negotiations with Israel cautions in Cairo that violence may erupt anew if talks fail

Europe

Britain’s top bosses earn ‘131 times more’ than staff

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2 day(s) ago

Wage divide has more than doubled since 1998, when average CE of firms in FTSE 100 earned 47 times as much as staff, report finds

Asia-Pacific

Japan vehicle makers slow down on US jobs

3 day(s) ago

Japanese vehicle makers add jobs in the US at a slower pace last year than in 2012 as they expand in Mexico and elsewhere


International companies


World

Action to end banks being ‘too big to fail’

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4 hour(s) ago

Government leaders expected to agree that the world’s top banks must issue special bonds to increase the amount of capital that can be tapped in a crisis

Europe

Russia takes aim at McDonald’s

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4 hour(s) ago

Russian authorities launch nationwide inspections of McDonald’s restaurants

Europe

Watchdog finds bans against Standard Chartered more effective than a fine

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4 hour(s) ago

Authorities are finding that banning banks from certain businesses is a more effective punishment than just fining them for wrongdoing

Americas

Regulators crack down on errant US banks

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4 hour(s) ago

Regulators give some of the biggest global banks verbal warnings as they crack down on the firms’ poor grasp of their own weaknesses

Workers carry out routine checks at a gas refinery in Suining, Sichuan province. Picture: REUTERS

NEWS ANALYSIS: China seems to be getting the pricing balance right for natural gas

Developments show the tightrope Beijing is walking by increasing natural gas prices, writes Clyde Russel

Americas

Seabridge upbeat on selling stake in Canadian mine

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4 hour(s) ago

The prospect of finding a partner for its project in British Columbia improves as mining dealmaking activity revives, says Seabridge

Europe

Glencore keeps promise to return cash to shareholders

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1 day(s) ago

Commodities group announces share buyback programme of up to $1bn as it report forecast-beating first-half profit

Americas

Argentina says proposed debt swap aims to protect investors

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1 day(s) ago

Argentina’s plan for making payments on sovereign bonds via local bank aims to protect vast majority of creditors who participated in two debt restructurings

Middle East

Israel withdraws from talks as rockets fired from Gaza

DIRE STRAITS: Palestinians wait to receive food supplies from a United Nations food distribution centre in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday (August 19, 2014).  REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA
2 day(s) ago

Israel hauls negotiators back from talks in Cairo and warplanes hit Gaza after Palestinian rockets smashed into the south

Middle East

Islamic State video warns Americans: ‘We will drown all of you in blood’

A screengrab of Islamic State video message to the US.  Picture: YOUTUBE
2 day(s) ago

Iraqi army units backed by Shiite militias fight their way towards the centre of Tikrit to drive Islamic State fighters out of the city

Americas

Discount retail battle heats up

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Dollar General has offered to buy Family Dollar Stores for $8.95bn, trumping an offer by Dollar Tree

Asia-Pacific

BHP unveils spin-off as profit just misses forecasts

People walk through the foyer of the BHP Billiton headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

Top global miner will spin off a roughly $14bn company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets acquired in 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on strongest businesses

Middle East

Iran ups stakes as deadline on nuclear agreement looms

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3 day(s) ago

Iran is committed to securing a nuclear agreement with world powers but will not sign one ’at any price’, said its negotiators

Middle East

Military forces take back Iraq’s biggest dam

UPRISING: Personnel from the Kurdish security forces detain a man suspected of being a militant belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on the outskirts of Kirkuk. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Kurdish and Iraqi forces seize control of Iraq’s largest dam as US deploys air power, helping reverse gains made by Sunni-Muslim insurgents

Middle East

UN investigator for Gaza vilified before his work starts

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3 day(s) ago

Before starting work as chairman of a UN human rights commission investigating the Gaza war, William Schabas is been vilified as an apologist for Iran incapable of setting aside his perceived anti-Israel bias

Europe

Skirmishes in Ukraine but no sign of conflict widening

A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk on Friday. The European Union said on Friday it would consider any unilateral military actions by Russia in Ukraine as
5 day(s) ago

No sign of the conflict widening after Kiev said it partially destroyed an armoured column that crossed the border from Russia

Asia-Pacific

China finds Mercedes-Benz guilty of price-fixing

A Mercedes-Benz sign is seen at a dealership in downtown Shanghai, China, in this August 5 2014 file photo.   Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

German car maker guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, foreign manufacturers have cut prices in effort to appease regulators

Americas

One shot, seven arrested in clashes after curfew in Ferguson

A protester reaches down to throw back a smoke canister as police clear a street after the passing of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Curfew imposed follows days of unrest over a black teenager being shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri

Europe

Kiev says separatists shoot down Ukrainian warplane

A Ukrainian soldier stands on an armoured personnel carrier bearing a flag of Ukraine at a checkpoint near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region on Saturday. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

The renewed fighting casts a shadow over a high-level international meeting in Berlin involving Russia and Ukraine

Middle East

Israel warns on security as Gaza truce talks resume

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday. He said any deal on Gaza's future at truce talks in Cairo must be contingent on Israel's security needs, cautioning Hamas against carrying out its threat of a long war if Palestinian demands are not met. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says they will not agree to any proposal which does not offer a clear answer to Israel’s security needs

Europe

Scotland’s selfie generation cool on independence

A pro-independence supporter flashes the victory sign as people gather in Edinburgh for a rally in support of a yes vote in the Scottish Referendum. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

Young Scots aged 16 and 17 look set to defy expectations by mostly rejecting separation

African Business

Exxon ends South Sudan oil plans with Total

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6 day(s) ago

In sign of faltering investor confidence as civil war enters eighth month in South Sudan, US’s largest oil company pulls out of exploration plans

Americas

Regulators push banks to rid casinos of money-laundering

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6 day(s) ago

Global banks are facing pressure from US regulators to clamp down on casino money-laundering as state pushes industry to police not only its transactions but customers’ too

Telecoms & Technology

Lenovo working with US agencies on lucrative deals

Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Chinese company still believes it can close purchases this year of IBM’s low-end server unit and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit

Europe

Artillery shells hit Donetsk as Russian aid convoy nears

GROWING FEARS: A member of the Ukrainian radical group Right Sector looks on during a protest at Independence Square in Kiev on Friday. Militant activists gathered in the capital on Sunday to demand an end to the ceasefire against rebels in eastern Ukraine, local media reported. Picture: REUTERS/KONSTANTIN GRISHIN
7 day(s) ago

Artillery shells hit close to the centre of Ukraine’s separatist-held city of Donetsk for the first time, killing at least one person

Opinion

LETTER FROM LONDON: Commonwealth is as appealing as Glasgow’s skies

With SA focused on boosting ties with its Brics partners, relations with the Commonwealth are a bit looser now

Opinion

Peace hinges on accepting a common humanity

Peace in the Middle East will be achieved only once the world succeeds in convincing both Jew and Palestinian to acknowledge the humanity of the other

Cows graze at a field near the Doel nuclear plant in northern Belgium in this August 22 2012 file photo.   Picture: REUTERS

NEWS ANALYSIS: EU in a fix over ageing nuclear power plants

Nuclear power provides about a third of the European Union’s electricity generation but 28-nation bloc’s 131 reactors are well past their prime, write Nina Chestney and Susanna Twidale

Americas

US attorney-general to visit Ferguson

A MATTER OF SECURITY: US Attorney-General Eric Holder at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington DC on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Attorney-general Eric Holder due in St Louis suburb after arrest of almost 50 protesters in 11th night of racially charged demonstrations over killing of black teen

Middle East

Resistance repels Iraqi Tikrit offensive

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride on a truck as they make their way towards the Syrian border on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Iraqi forces halt short-lived offensive to recapture Tikrit due to fierce resistance from Islamic State fighters who threaten to attack Americans ’in any place’

Europe

Assange planning to leave embassy

CRAMPED QUARTERS: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, waves from a window with Ecuador’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patino at Ecuador’s embassy in central London on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

WikiLeaks founder, who has spent over two years in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid a sex crimes inquiry in Sweden, says he plans to leave the building ‘soon’

Europe

EU to feel the pinch from Russian fruit sanctions

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3 day(s) ago

Deutsche Bank analysts lower EU inflation forecast due to embargo, write Michel Rose and Wiktor Szary

Asia-Pacific

NEWS ANALYSIS: Demerger brings deal between BHP and Billiton full circle

People walk through the foyer of the BHP Billiton headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

Shareholders stand to reap benefits of having high-margin resource company with top-quality assets that should be able to deliver stronger profits, writes Clyde Russell

Europe

Telecom Italia targets Vivendi Brazilian unit

3 day(s) ago

Telecom Italia is reportedly preparing an offer valued at as much as €7bn to outbid Telefónica in the race to buy Vivendi’s Brazilian broadband unit GVT

Asia-Pacific

Samsung buys Quietside to enhance its smart home business

A man tours a showroom of Samsung Electronics in Seoul. Picture REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

This is the South Korean firm’s second such acquisition within a week after saying on Friday it purchased SmartThings, a US-based platform developer

Americas

Ferguson police did not learn from history

Protesters throw rocks and attempt to block the street after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Aggressive tactics fans flames, write Chris Christoff, Del Quentin Wilber and James Nash

Asia-Pacific

Japan’s only top female earner is American

Nicole Seligman. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Only one female executive made it to the top-earner list of Japan’s Nikkei 225 companies last year

Europe

Turkey angry after reports of spying by German intelligence

3 day(s) ago

Germany faces angry reaction from Turkey and accusations of hypocrisy from its own opposition after reports that its intelligence agency spied on its Nato ally

Cricket

Give Zimbabwe real support, or cut them loose

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3 day(s) ago

It is time to decide about Zimbabwe’s future as an international cricketing nation, writes Neil Manthorp

Asia-Pacific

Rio Tinto reviews stake in Papua New Guinea mine

Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

An abandoned mine with a potential copper and gold resource worth more than $60bn is in play after Rio Tinto Group said it is reviewing its controlling stake

Americas

More protests likely after teen killed

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9 day(s) ago

More than 50 people have been arrested in protests following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police

Opinion

Propaganda war is now in the hands of the people

The power to shape the public agenda has shifted from top-down conventional media to the more democratic social media

Opinion

Israel the occupying power instead of the victim

An Israeli soldier holds ammunition at a staging area near the border with Gaza on Sunday.   Picture: REUTERS

Is Israel’s portrayal of itself as the victim in the Gaza conflict accurate?

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: No guarantee Bank of England can pull off plan for gradual rate rises

Tthe Bank of England in London. Picture: BLOOMBERG
4 day(s) ago

Financial markets agree with governor Mark Carney’s reassurances that a return to more normal-looking monetary policy will probably not be a painful one

World

GLOBAL ECONOMY WEEKAHEAD: Plenty of clues expected at Jackson Hole

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4 day(s) ago

Flashes of illumination expected at this week’s annual meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Europe

Ukraine troops take control of police station in Luhansk

A Ukrainian soldier stands on an armoured personnel carrier bearing a flag of Ukraine at a checkpoint near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region on Saturday. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

Ukrainian officials allege though that the rebels are fighting a desperate rearguard action to hold on to Luhansk, which is their supply route into Russia

Middle East

Iraqi Kurds press anti-jihadist drive as US, UK widen role

Kurdistan Workers Party fighters participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in the town of Makhmur, southwest of the Kurdish city of Arbil on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes press a counter-offensive against jihadists after retaking Iraq’s largest dam alongside federal forces

 
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