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Americas

US ruling clears way for unions

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3 hour(s) ago

Contract workers, other temporary employees will be able to more easily unionise following landmark ruling by US federal labour regulator

Americas

One person injured in shooting at US university

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5 hour(s) ago

Reports of gunfire at Savannah State University in Georgia force campus lockdown for several hours, one injured man being treated at local hospital

World

Easy money talk a brake on euro, yen

US dollar, euro and Swiss franc banknotes are displayed in a bank in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

The possibility of further quantitative easing in Europe and Japan has returned to investors’ radar screens, reining in rallies in the euro and yen

Asia-Pacific

China stock market woes threaten growth of global car manufacturers

A BMW M235i on display during the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai in April. German car maker BMW has said weaker demand from China could weigh on its full-year earnings. Picture: AFP PHOTO/WANG ZHAO
10 hour(s) ago

Dealers report lost sales from the stock tumult and car makers brace for more pain as buyers’ cash dwindles

Americas

US economy grows 3.7% in second quarter

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23 hour(s) ago

Economy grows faster than initially thought in second quarter on solid domestic demand, showing fairly strong momentum that could still allow Fed to hike rates this year

Opinion

Jimmy Carter’s recipe for life sustains us all

Jimmy Carter. Picture: REUTERS/JOHN AMIS

Former US president Jimmy Carter has overcome great adversity during his remarkable life, writes John Stremlau

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Migrants a tough test for EU

Migrants arrive in the landing dock of the HMS Bulwark in the middle of the Mediterranean on May 13. The migrants are from North Africa, according to the  British Ministry of Defence, which made the picture available. Picture: EPA/CARL OSMOND

Beleaguered Greece bears the brunt of historic influx as Germany pushes for European Union asylum policy review and tensions rise

Greece's Supreme top Court judge Vassiliki Thanou after her swearing in ceremony as the country's caretaker prime minister, at the handover ceremony at the prime minister's office at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece. Picture: REUTERS/STOYAN NENOV

Greece names Vassiliki Thanou as first woman prime minister in caretaker role

Greece’s top supreme court judge Vassiliki Thanou, named caretaker prime minister to lead the country to elections in September, ends week of political deadlock after Alexis Tsipras resigned

Americas

Obama marks rebirth of New Orleans, 10 years after Katrina

Barack Obama. Picture: EPA / KRISTOFFER TRIPPLAAR
23 hour(s) ago

US President Barack Obama will tout New Orleans’ inspirational if incomplete resurgence on Thursday, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the ‘Big Easy’

Asia-Pacific

Winners and losers in China’s upheaval

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1 day(s) ago

Infrastructure, energy, steel companies suffer falls in revenue in China, while those that cater to consumers fare much better as retail demand remains strong

Asia-Pacific

China detains 12 over Tianjin blasts, accuses officials of dereliction

A worker walks as smokes rises near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin. Picture: REUTERS/JASON LEE
1 day(s) ago

China formally detains a dozen people over explosions that killed at least 145 people, and has accused 11 officials, port executives of dereliction of duty or abuse of power

Asia-Pacific

Uber driver robs and molests women passenger in China

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1 day(s) ago

Chinese police arrest Uber driver suspected of robbing, molesting passenger at knifepoint, sparking concern over safety of loosely regulated hire cars

Americas

US television journalists killed in on-air shooting

A handout image released by WBDJ7 showing reporter Alison Parker, left, and photographer Adam Ward who were shot and killed by a gunman while interviewing a woman on live television in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

The shooting, apparently by disgruntled current or former employee of television station, occurred during live broadcast in Bedford County

Middle East

Palestinians want their flag raised at UN

A Palestinian holds rosary beads during a canonisation ceremony for new saints led by Pope Francis in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, May 17 2015. Picture: EPA/ANGELO CARCONI
21 hour(s) ago

Move comes as Palestinians seek to bolster their bid for statehood despite fierce opposition from Israel


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Asia-Pacific

Uber China closes $1bn fundraising round, sources say

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5 hour(s) ago

Uber closes fundraising round early, according to two people with knowledge of matter, with investors still hopeful for ride service despite strong domestic competition

Americas

Coca-Cola set to meet goal for water replenishment

Coca-Cola.  Picture: REUTERS/JACKY NAEGELEN
2 day(s) ago

Coca-Cola uses mix of systems to restore water it uses such as waste treatment and reforestation projects

Europe

Tesco weighs bids for Korean unit

Tesco. Picture: REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE
2 day(s) ago

British retailer under pressure to push through sale of its South Korean unit as it battles to recover from accounting scandal and market share losses in UK

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Publishers brace for Apple’s ad-blocking

Sites already struggling to monetise growing mobile audience concerned about prospect of iPhone, iPad users being able to activate ad-blocking

Asia-Pacific

Luxury cars park in new markets

Two Wraith cars, centre, at the end of the production line at the Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, UK. Luxury car makers are increasingly targeting emerging markets such as Kazakhstan. File picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
2 day(s) ago

Demand for upmarket vehicles in frontier markets — such as Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan — is forecast to grow

African News

US says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa

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22 hour(s) ago

Measures to counter trafficking of wildlife in proposed Pacific trade pact should help to discourage animal poaching in Africa, senior US official says

Education

Japan opens doors of higher learning to SA

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2 day(s) ago

Japanese embassy in SA calls on prospective master’s students to apply for ABE scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in Japan

Asia-Pacific

Production cuts may do little to lift gold price

Vehicles and machinery operate in the open pit mine at Norton Gold Fields’ operations in Australia. If history is any guide, global gold producers’ cutbacks will have little effect on the market.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/CARLA GOTTGENS
2 day(s) ago

When mines last pared operations, bullion still slid as much as 29%, writes Thomas Biesheuvel

Americas

To hike, or not to hike, that is the question the Fed has to ask itself

Janet Yellen.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Investors query whether the US can withstand continued turbulence in emerging markets, write Rich Miller and Steve Matthews

Europe

The bongs are wrong on London’s Big Ben

Technicians clean one of the faces of the Great Clock on the Elizabeth Tower (also known as Big Ben). Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

The Houses of Parliament’s three dedicated clocksmiths have tried to rectify the problem, but are somewhat mystified as to why it has swung so far out of step

Asia-Pacific

NEWS ANALYSIS: Isolated Kim resorts to North Korean playbook of wrath

A man holds up a defaced North Korean flag during an anti-North Korea rally at a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge in Paju. Picture: REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI
3 day(s) ago

Events show North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s efforts to control how ties between countries in North Asia are evolving, write David Tweed and Sam Kim

Asia-Pacific

China cuts rates to aid stumbling economy

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3 day(s) ago

People’s Bank of China cuts interest rates, relaxes reserve requirements for second time in two months in attempt to support stuttering economy, plunging stock market

Europe

Unlikely coalition sets scene for Greek polls

Panagiotis Lafazanis leader of the new leftist Popular Unity party. Picture: AFP/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
3 day(s) ago

A radical leftist opposed to Greece’s new bail-out deal wins a presidential mandate to try to form a new government but admits he will fail

Trade & Industry

Ambassador upbeat over Agoa review

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3 day(s) ago

SA has made progress in addressing red flags raised by the US, says envoy Mninwa Mahlangu

Asia-Pacific

BHP reports worst underlying profit in a decade

BHP Billiton. Picture: BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

Miner says it will cut spending more deeply to shore up dividends after plunging iron ore, copper, coal, oil prices take large bite out of profits

Middle East

Lifting of sanctions on Iran could start by March

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gestures as he talks to journalist from a balcony of the Palais Coburg hotel on July 10 2015 during the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna. Picture: AFP
3 day(s) ago

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says he expects Iran and the US could endorse the deal with Iran by October

Innovation

Scotland’s super crop ban sows outrage

The issue of genetically modified (GM) foods is often highly emotive, with protests such as this one in Missouri taking place across the world, but a recent move by Scotland to ban GM foods evoked similar outrage. Picture: REUTERS/KATE MUNSCH
3 day(s) ago

Edinburgh’s populist move reflects hybrid fear of genetically modified ‘frankenfoods’ that smacks of anti-science, writes Anjana Ahuja

Europe

Water wars are ‘a myth’, says expert

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4 day(s) ago

Stockholm International Water Institute says only handful of disagreements over shared waters have led to armed conflict

Asia-Pacific

Fortescue profits slashed by glut

Andrew Forrest. Picture: BLOOMBERG/JASON ALDEN
3 day(s) ago

Full-year profit tumbles greater-than-expected 88% amid iron-ore price drubbing

Innovation

Google eyes a medical coup

Shunned by consumers on its launch, Google Glass is turning out to be a boon for the medical profession. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Google Glass that so famously flopped with consumers looks to medical profession for business, writes Olga Kharif

Asia-Pacific

Uber faces a competition pile-up in Asia

The Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, California. Picture: REUTERS/ROBERT GALBRAITH
4 day(s) ago

Taxi-hailing app may be Silicon Valley darling but is underdog in China, India — its two most important overseas markets

Asia-Pacific

What’s up with the Chinese economy? Not growth

Shanghai, China.Picture: ISTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Concern mounts over health of second largest economy, global markets tumble due to fear growth will decelerate faster than expected

Opinion

Missing billions a taxing matter

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Lawyers are on a mission to unravel profit shifting as countries miss out on billions in lost revenue

Migrants arrive in the landing dock of the HMS Bulwark in the middle of the Mediterranean on May 13. The migrants are from North Africa, according to the  British Ministry of Defence, which made the picture available. Picture: EPA/CARL OSMOND

Migrant wave hits Hungarian border as Europe faces record surge

More than 100,000 migrants entered Hungary this year en route to more affluent countries of western and northern Europe

Americas

As Biden considers entering 2016 bid, donors stick with Clinton

Joe Biden. Picture:AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI
2 day(s) ago

US Vice-President Joe Biden mulls entering 2016 White House race, even as donors say ‘his ship has passed’, while frontrunner Hillary Clinton ‘has by far the best resume’

Europe

Zurich bid buoys RSA Insurance shares

Zurich Financial Services CEO Martin Senn addresses a World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFF
2 day(s) ago

Zurich Insurance Group's conditional £5.6bn offer for British firm offers gateway to UK and Latin America

Asia-Pacific

Production cuts may do little to lift gold price

Vehicles and machinery operate in the open pit mine at Norton Gold Fields’ operations in Australia. If history is any guide, global gold producers’ cutbacks will have little effect on the market.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/CARLA GOTTGENS
2 day(s) ago

When mines last pared operations, bullion still slid as much as 29%, writes Thomas Biesheuvel

Opinion

Summertime, and living is uneasy

Europeans on summer vacation descend on Mediterranean beaches against a backdrop of arriving African and Syrian refugees. European Union governments are squabbling in the face of the refugee crisis. Picture: REUTERS

Bickering over refugees shows up cracks in EU

Opinion

Why people jump lives, and confuse politicians

Jump syndrome has become a diaspora hard-wired into a global culture driven by economic necessity

Europe

Germany stands rock solid despite stormy global seas

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3 day(s) ago

While slowing Chinese economy triggers panic in markets, conjures up spectre of a new financial crisis, German exports increase, consumer spending rises

Americas

Guatemalan president says he won’t stand down amid graft scandal

Demonstrators shout while holding Guatemalan national flags during a protest against Guatemala's President Otto Perez in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Saturday.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Otto Perez dismisses corruption allegations levelled against him by prosecutors, says he will not stand down, despite pressure on state, calls for impeachment

Americas

Metal prices force junior miners to shift gears

People talk over jars of marijuana at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles. Some miners are buying into the Canadian medical marijuana industry to restore value to shareholders. Picture: REUTERS/DAVID MCNEW
3 day(s) ago

Firms move away from exploration to new ventures, write Euan Rocha, Nicole Mordant and Jim Regan

Innovation

Finland helps retrenched Nokia employees discover there is life after layoff

A Nokia official displays a new $99 phone in its mid-range Asha line at a launch in New Delhi on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

State grants, entrepreneurship programmes and other training provide workers’ with relatively soft landing that has fueled booming start-up sector, writes Mark Scott

World

GLOBAL ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: China fears and global growth doubts grip markets

REFORMS: An employee counts Chinese 100 yuan notes at a branch of Bank of Communications in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Markets will be watching for China’s next move as signs of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy stack up

Americas

Senior Democrats voice support for Biden presidential run

US Vice-President Joe Biden. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

More Democrats crack open door for Vice-President Joe Biden to enter race for presidential nomination as Hillary Clinton battles questions over e-mail server

World

Buffett leads fall of world’s richest

Warren Buffett. Picture: BLOOMBERG/JEFF KOWALSKY
4 day(s) ago

World’s 400 richest people lose $182bn in a week in market rout with Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett worst hit

Middle East

Abbas and 10 others to quit top PLO posts

Mahmoud Abbas. Picture: REUTERS/SERGEI ILNITSKY
4 day(s) ago

Regression in Palestine Liberation Organisation blamed for threatened exodus of top officials to trigger election

Asia-Pacific

South Korea refuses to end broadcasts without apology

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4 day(s) ago

Seoul says it will not switch off propaganda broadcasts unless Pyongyang offers ‘clear apology’ over series of alleged provocative actions

Europe

Greek leaders tussle over caretaker government

A street vendor sells clothes in central Athens on Sunday. Greek opposition parties tried at the weekend to form a coalition government after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned ahead of snap elections. Picture: AFP PHOTO/LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
4 day(s) ago

An unprecedented war of words has broken out between Greece’s outgoing government, the parliamentary chief and the president over early elections expected on September 20

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