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Miners killed in blast in rebel east Ukraine

Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Mine blast in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk kills more than 30 people and injures 14

Europe

EU denies talk of third Greek bail-out plan

Frayed European Union and Greek flags flutter atop the Greek Ministry of Finance in central Athens.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Eurozone countries are discussing third bail-out for Greece worth €30bn to €50bn, Spain’s economy minister says, but EU officials say there are no such talks

World

Finance watchdogs thin out the field

1 day(s) ago

More than one in 10 people picked for the top jobs in British finance pull out during a regulatory vetting process

World

Standards for bankers ‘are the highest’

Stuart Gulliver.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

HSBC CE Stuart Gulliver complains that bankers being held to a higher standard than bishops as the government promises legal crackdown on banks that facilitate tax evasion

Opinion

Monetary policy takes paths less travelled

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Monetary policy has become increasingly unconventional in the past six years but now we have the most unconventional policy tool of them all: negative nominal interest rates

Alexis Tsipras. Picture: REUTERS/YANNIS BEHRAKIS

EU pushing for unity to end row over Greek prime minister comments

EU tries to mediate in simmering row between Greece and eurozone partners Spain and Portugal after Alexis Tsipras accuses them of undermining debt talks with Brussels

Americas

Deal near in $415m wage-fixing case

IRISH PRESENCE: A sign at the offices of Apple Operations International, a subsidiary of Apple, Hollyhill, Cork, in the south of Ireland. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

For the companies, which include Apple, Google, Adobe Systems and Intel, approval will remove the threat of a jury trial and possible damages worth $9bn

Europe

Kerry and Lavrov in high-stakes talks as Ukraine death toll reaches 6,000

US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference at United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday.  Picture:  AFP PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI
1 day(s) ago

US and Russian foreign ministers’ meeting coincides with Brussels forum to resolve a bitter gas dispute between Kiev and Moscow

Americas

Bill Gates still world’s richest man, Forbes says

Bill Gates. Picture: BLOOMBERG
1 day(s) ago

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates keeps his spot as world’s richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of past 21 years, Forbes magazine says


International companies


Europe

BAT eyes rest of Brazil’s Souza Cruz

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 hour(s) ago

The bid highlights the paucity of acquisition targets in the $783bn tobacco industry, says analyst

Asia-Pacific

Graft crackdown knocks Macau casino revenue

Picture:  AFP PHOTO/ FILES/PHILIPPE LOPEZ
5 hour(s) ago

Gaming revenue almost halves as crackdown on corruption in China keeps high-stakes gamblers away

Europe

Barclays increases war chest for legal battle

Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
5 hour(s) ago

Barclays sets aside extra £750m to cover cost of settling investigation into alleged currency rigging

Barack Obama. Picture: AFP PHOTO/POOL/SAUL LOEB

Obama hits at China’s new rules on US tech

US president sharply criticises China’s plans for new rules on US technology companies

African Business

Bindura Nickel eyes smelter restart

SPARKING GROWTH: An employee works in a ferronickel smelter owned by state miner Aneka Tambang  in the Pomala district in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province. The country accounts for roughly 7%  of the world's total nickel mine output. Picture:REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Bindura Nickel Corporation will restart smelter by December after raising $20m from five-year bond, says official

Europe

Barclays boss targets investment unit

Antony Jenkins.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

CEO has pledged to dismantle the fixed income-dominated investment bank created by predecessor Robert Diamond

Middle East

Major offensive under way to retake Iraq’s Tikrit

Iraqi soldiers. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Combined forces launch the biggest counterattack to date to retake one of the Islamic State group’s main strongholds

Europe

ECB to unveil eurozone QE programme details

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Since ECB chief Mario Draghi announced its QE policy, the euro continues its decline against the dollar and yields on most eurozone government bonds fall

Americas

GSK and Novartis seal swaps

A Novartis logo on its headquarters in Mumbai, India. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Companies complete a series of asset swaps worth more than $20bn that will ’reshape both drug makers’

Europe

Memorial rally for slain Russian opposition leader

People hold posters during a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday night. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Boris Nemtsov supporters preparing to march through Moscow in outpouring of anger and grief at brutal murder of opposition leader and fervent critic of Vladimir Putin

Europe

Some Holcim investors irked by Lafarge deal

A man walks past the logos of Swiss cement maker Holcim in front of the company's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, on February 23. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Gap between the two companies is fuelling concern about the deal’s structure among Holcim investors

Asia-Pacific

India’s budget shuns big-bang reforms, say experts

An Indian office-worker walks past a digital screen showing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivering his Budget speech at Parliament in New Delhi on Saturday. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

Analysts concerned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not use the budget to radically reshape economic policies

Middle East

US envoy to Yemen says Hadi ‘legitimate’ president

President Abd Rabbu Mansou Hadi  (left) stands with US ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller (right) during a press conference in Aden on Monday. AFP PHOTO/YEMENI PRESIDENCY
1 day(s) ago

Yemen is a key front-line state in the fight against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which aims to topple Saudi Arabia

Europe

Greece seeks negotiations on ECB bond repayment

Frayed European Union and Greek flags flutter atop the Greek Ministry of Finance in central Athens.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Greece calls into question a major debt repayment it must make to the European Central Bank

Telecoms & Technology

Mobile phone firms already looking beyond 4G technology

The Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion autonomous concept car is shown on stage during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show .  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Post-2020 attention shifts to mobile’s fifth generation: a development being targeted less at humans and more at machines to 'smart cities'

Americas

Petrobras scandal becomes a risk to contracts

A file picture of Petrobras oil platforms at Campos basin in Rio de Janeiro. The state oil company is embroiled in a growing corruption scandal. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Rolls-Royce, GE and EAS shipyard may be latest casualties of the corruption scandal at Petrobras as Brazil's oil major cancels contracts

Americas

Yellen defends Fed after reform calls

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen holds up a copy of the central bank’s 100th annual report as she testifies at a US Senate banking, housing and urban affairs committee hearing this week. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB
5 day(s) ago

Fed chief forcefully rejects Republican accusations she is unaccountable to Capitol Hill and too close to the White House

Asia-Pacific

South Korea court repeals controversial adultery law

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Controversial legislation made South Korea one of the few non-Muslim countries to treat marital infidelity as a crime

Asia-Pacific

North Korean nuclear arms capacity set for
rapid expansion

Kim Jong-un. Picture: REUTERS/KYODO
6 day(s) ago

Moderate projection for North Korea’s nuclear stockpile is for reach 50 bombs by 2020, says Johns Hopkins University researcher

Asia-Pacific

Glencore to cut Australian coal output

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Mining and commodities giant says it will reduce coal production in Australia amid weak global demand, oversupply

Opinion

Bounce of the global cricket pitch still goes in favour of big teams

Picture: THINKSTOCK

There are some do-or-die games imminent, even before we get to the knockout quarterfinals

The new coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on a £2 coin. Picture: AFP

New coin portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth unveiled

The portrait is the fifth of the 88-year-old queen to appear on coins since she came to the throne in 1952, and the first since 1998

Americas

Hewlett-Packard aims to boost networking unit with acquisition

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman could be hoping to grow revenue in China with the acquisition of Wi-Fi networking gear maker Aruba which already has a foothold there. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Shares see slight dip after HP agrees to pay $3bn, with debt and cash, for Aruba Networks in largest acquisition in several years

Middle East

Netanyahu brings his Iranian nuclear fight to Washington

An anti-Israel demonstrators wearing masks bearing the likeness of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and holding up ‘bloody’ hands protest on Sunday outside the Washington Convention Center, host to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference, where Mr Netanyahu is due to speak during his controversial 48-hour visit to the US. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

John Kerry warns Benjamin Netanyahu not to endanger US nuclear talks with Iran by revealing details of discussions, as Israeli premier lobbies to thwart deal

Europe

Standard Chartered appoints new CEO

Standard Chartered.  Picture: REUTERS/BOBBY YIP
1 day(s) ago

Standard Chartered hires veteran investment banker Bill Winters as its new CEO, drawing praise from investors

Opinion

Human rights are central to alleviating poverty

Picture: THINKSTOCK

It is no coincidence that what is denied by poverty is guaranteed by international and national human rights law

Americas

Forget Big Brother, it’s Big Mom watching you

Teenagers’ love of electronic devices, especially smartphones, makes it easy for their parents to snoop on them. Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

A booming array of gadgets are being marketed to those who want to keep tabs on their children

Americas

Buffett looks to succession, signals future growth problem

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

In letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett says future pace of gains ‘will not come close’ to those of the past

Europe

EU voices ‘indignation’ over Nemtsov murder

Russian police investigators check the body of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge, near Saint-Basil's Cathedral, in the center of Moscow. Picture: AFP
3 day(s) ago

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov assassinated, EU calls for ‘full, rapid and transparent’ probe

Asia-Pacific

Glencore to cut Australian coal output

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Mining and commodities giant says it will reduce coal production in Australia amid weak global demand, oversupply

Americas

Mexican moguls turn focus to oil as global majors back off

Carlos Slim, the world’s third-richest man, is among the Mexican tycoons making space in their business empires for oil investments as Mexican energy laws change. File picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Country’s energy laws are opening up, writes Adam Williams

Europe

Royal Bank of Scotland to pull out of 25 countries

Royal Bank of Scotland. Picture: REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE
5 day(s) ago

State-controlled lender to drastically shrink investment banking operations to allow it to refocus on local lending in Britain

Americas

Google tries harder to push Android phones at work

Mock-ups of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone are displayed at the company's flagship store in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: BLOOMBERG
5 day(s) ago

Google introduces technology to encourage companies and their employees to use Android smartphones for work

Europe

Ukrainian currency in limbo after central bank bans most trade

CURRENCY: A Crimean resident holds Ukrainian Hryvnia money next to a money exchange office as she prepares to buy western currency and Russian roubles, in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/VIKTOR DRACHEV
6 day(s) ago

The value of Ukraine’s free-falling hryvnia is in limbo after central bank bans nearly all commercial currency trading until end of week

Asia-Pacific

India pledges $137bn to modernise railways

Labourers work at the installation site of a new railway track on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura, on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

India to spend $137bn to modernise crumbling railways, pledging to end vicious cycle of underinvestment

Europe

Former Greek minister stands trial over tampering with list of suspected tax-dodgers

Former Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou, centre, sits with his lawyers at a special court on charges related to a scandal over a list of potential tax evaders, known as the 'Lagarde List', at Greece's Supreme Court in Athens on Wednesday.  Picture:  REUTERS/PANAYIOTIS TZAMAROS
6 day(s) ago

George Papaconstantinou denies deleting three of his relatives from the ‘Lagarde List’ of elite suspected tax dodgers

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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
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