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Asia-Pacific

North Korean nuclear arms capacity set for
rapid expansion

Kim Jong-un. Picture: REUTERS/KYODO
2 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
1 day(s) ago

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

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
2 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
3 day(s) ago

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

Americas

President’s veto heartens Keystone’s opponents

Barack Obama.  Picture:  EPA / KRISTOFFER TRIPPLAAR
2 day(s) ago

Both sides want review being led by the State Department wound up, writes Jim Snyder

Opinion

The thin line between Mbete and HSBC

Perhaps HSBC thinks the strong-arm approach, which is in direct contrast to the apologetic approach it took internationally, works better in the colonies

Picture: THINKSTOCK

South Korea court repeals controversial adultery law

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

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
3 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

Middle East

Kurdish militia cuts Islamic State’s main Syria-Iraq artery

A man pushes a bicycle past damaged buildings in the Douma suburb of Damascus on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMMED BADRA
2 day(s) ago

At least 90 Assyrian Christians kidnapped from villages in Hasaka province, a week after IS releases a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya

Europe

Merkel pushes for approval of Greek bail-out

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a press conference  in Berlin, Germany,  on Wednesday.  Picture: EPA/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI
2 day(s) ago

German chancellor is set to prevail in vote on Friday, despite pockets of resistance on the right and left of ruling coalition

Asia-Pacific

Foreigners to pay penalties on Australian real estate

A resident in Sydney's newly developed suburb of Green Hills walks her dog on February 2.  Foreigner investors will have to pay new fees to buy Australian real estate, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: REUTERS/JASON REED
2 day(s) ago

Wealthy foreigners, many from China, are blamed for driving up prices in Australian property markets

Middle East

Netanyahu set to go for broke against Obama over talks with Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes the emerging terms of a deal with Iran fail to take Israel’s security concerns into account. File picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Israeli prime minister will address Congress to plead against ‘dangerous’ nuclear deal with Iran, write Jonathan Ferziger and Terry Atlas


International companies


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
1 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

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
1 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
1 day(s) ago

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

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

Petrobras scandal becomes a risk to contracts

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

Asia-Pacific

Sony plans to separate more businesses

Kazuo Hirai. Picture: AFP PHOTO/YOSHIKAZU TSUNO
2 day(s) ago

CEO Kazuo Hirai targets Sony’s highest earnings in 20 years with an emphasis on games, image sensors and entertainment to underpin a turnaround

Europe

Ukraine truce seems to have taken hold

A Ukrainian national flag is seen at the road near Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

News of long-awaited truce in east Ukraine does nothing to halt currency collapse that has forced central bank to ban most trading

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
2 day(s) ago

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

Europe

Man Group delivers 62% surprise profit

Emmanuel Roman. File Picture: BLOOMBERG/RAMIN TALAIE
2 day(s) ago

CEO Emmanuel Roman has been expanding through acquisitions over the past year, adding more than $16bn in assets during 2014

Asia-Pacific

Hitachi targets Italy’s Finmeccanica

An employee works at AnsaldoBreda's rail-car plant in Pistoia, Italy, in this file picture. Hitachi has bought the struggling unit for €36m. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ALESSIA PIERDOMENICO
3 day(s) ago

Hitachi is looking to boost its global operations after its key Fukushima nuclear unit took a hit

Europe

Visa Europe’s security could boost Apple Pay

A Gazprombank sign for Visa, MasterCard and Union Card on the door of a shop in St Petersburg. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

London-based credit card giant latest offering is one of serveral in a bid to stay relevant

Asia-Pacific

BHP’s profit drops 31% as product prices fall

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

BHP Billiton flags further belt tightening to withstand tough conditions

Middle East

US and Iran make some progress in nuclear talks

The director of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, leaves after a meeting on Monday in Geneva. Washington and Tehran's top diplomats sat down again on Monday for talks on Iran's nuclear programme as they struggled to narrow gaps ahead of a key deadline. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

But US, Iran warn there is still long way to go to seal final deal after ‘serious, useful, constructive discussions’ about Tehran’s nuclear programme

Europe

Putin surveys the map as he ponders next move on Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Brisbane. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

What Russian President Vladimir Putin does next in Ukraine is key to the country’s future, as well as that of Europe and his own

Europe

Cameron’s glitzy ties to rich donors hurt him before election

David Cameron. Picture: REUTERS / KEVIN LAMARQUE
5 day(s) ago

David Cameron’s party has raised most funds as UK faces close national election on May 7, but donors’ status has reinforced image as party of rich

Americas

Apple emoji to go racially diverse

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Apple is preparing to release non-white faces in its line-up of cartoon faces used to liven up text and email messages, says a report

Mining

BHP Billiton chief to shed light on major spin-off plan

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

Investors expect CEO to shed more light on proposal to move away from diversification strategy as BHP completes plans for one of largest spin-offs in mining history

Europe

BAT mulls takeover of Brazil unit

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

British American Tobacco considering buying out minority in Brazilian unit Souza Cruz, a transaction that would cost more than $3bn

Europe

HSBC confirms boss holds Swiss bank account

Group CE of HSBC Holdings PLC Stuart Gulliver reacts during the Asia-Global Dialogue forum in Hong Kong last week.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Global bank HSBC, embroiled in tax-dodging scandal at Swiss division, says CE Stuart Gulliver holds Swiss bank account as it reports 15% drop in net annual profits

Asia-Pacific

Honda CEO to step down, with low-profile engineer poised to take his place

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Takanobu Ito will step down in late June and be succeeded by managing officer Takahiro Hachigo, a low-profile engineer with global experience, company announces

Mining

BHP Billiton chief to shed light on major spin-off plan

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

Investors expect CEO to shed more light on proposal to move away from diversification strategy as BHP completes plans for one of largest spin-offs in mining history

Opinion

How Greek eurotragedy may turn into a drachma

A protester waves a Greek national flag during an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on Monday. Picture:  REUTERS/YANNIS BEHRAKIS

The Germans, prodded by the Dutch and the Finns, appear loath to let Athens have its moussaka and eat it

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom of Sweden attends a hearing of the European parliament's Committee on International Trade in Brussels. File picture: REUTERS/FRANCOIS LENOIR

EU ‘needs to seal free-trade deal with US to retain influence’

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic look to draft a deal before US President Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017

Asia-Pacific

Malaysian first lady draws flak

Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, poses as she casts her vote during the general elections in Pekan. File picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Wife of Prime Minister Najib Razak widely mocked over reports she complained about pricey house calls from hairdressers and tailors

Europe

British American Tobacco sales fall less than expected

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Slightly smaller-than-expected full-year sales decline as smokers cut back on habit and strong pound reduces value of international sales

Europe

Drones spotted flying over Paris landmarks

Snow along the Seine in Paris, where the winter’s edge enhances its many classic sites. Pictures: IVAN BASTIEN, TOMASZ WIEJA
4 day(s) ago

The fresh sightings come at a time of heightened security following last month’s jihadist attacks that left 17 people dead

Asia-Pacific

Australia’s Abbott accused of inciting ill-feeling

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott accused of ‘scapegoating’ an entire community after telling Muslim leaders to do more to combat extremism

Americas

Emboldened Obama embraces presidential power

US President Barack Obama offers a toast as he addresses the annual Governors' Dinner at the White House in Washington, DC on Sunday. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

US President Barack Obama, who adopted defiant tone after Republicans seized control of both houses, is expected to issue only third veto of his presidency

National

SA spies ‘monitored Iranian agents’

4 day(s) ago

Al Jazeera says it is in possession of documents — mainly exchanges between State Security Agency, global its counterparts — that show SA allegedly spied on Iran

Opinion

THE INSIDER: New Spice takes hi-tech approach to deodorising

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

Google has obtained a patent for a device that will counteract body odour with a pleasant fragrance to cover up your smelly one

Americas

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

US Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, listens as US President Barack Obama hosts a bipartisan meeting of congressional leaders in the White House in Washington, the US, on Tuesday.  Picture:     REUTERS / LARRY DOWNING
4 day(s) ago

US leader has played down oil pipeline project’s ability to create jobs and raises questions about its effects on climate change

Americas

Fed’s Yellen paves way to raise rates this year

Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS/GARY CAMERON
4 day(s) ago

The timing of the first increase in the post-recession era has kept the financial world on edge

National

Leaked cables reveal SA security agency exploits

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, left,  and State Security Minister David Mahlobo at the justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing last week. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Other cables showed that Iranian intelligence had exploited, ‘with proven success‘, a lack of information sharing between SA’s intelligence branches

Europe

Former Greek finance 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
3 day(s) ago

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

Europe

Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech

French gendarmes guard a shopping centre near Paris on Monday. Picture: REUTERS/GONZALO FUENTES
4 day(s) ago

French President Francois Hollande vows to introduce tougher penalties for ‘racist, anti-semitic or homophobic’ remarks in wake of last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris

Asia-Pacific

North Korea leader urges ‘combat readiness’

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

Kim Jong-Un urges army to ensure combat readiness ahead of US-South Korea military exercises that see an annual spike in tensions on divided peninsula

Europe

Pro-Moscow rebels attack Ukrainian troops despite truce

The wife of  a National Guard of Ukraine soldier killed in fighting with pro-Russian rebels cries during his funeral in the city of Artemivsk, near Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday. Picture: EPA/ANASTASIA VLASOVA
4 day(s) ago

Kiev says Russia has sent 20 tanks and other vehicles and heavy weapons towards Mariupol, a port city of half a million residents on the Azov Sea

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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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