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Yellen says US job market still hampered, calls for ‘pragmatic’ policy

11 hour(s) ago

Labour markets remain hampered by effects of Great Recession, and US Fed should move cautiously in determining when interest rates will rise, Fed chairwoman says

Europe

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘invasion’ as aid trucks move in

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine is parked at a camp near Donetsk on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS
15 hour(s) ago

Ukraine accuses Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sends first part of mammoth aid convoy into eastern Ukraine, warning against any attacks on trucks

Markets Blog

Smuggling thrives in India due to high import duty

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1 day(s) ago

Increasing customs duty has had little effect on import of gold, but has widened black money base, blogs Dave Levenstein

Editorials

EDITORIAL: IS brutality tests the West

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

Deliberate brutality intentionally distributed as widely as possible is by definition an act of terrorism

Americas

Regulators crack down on errant US banks

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1 day(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

Asia-Pacific

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

Workers carry out routine checks at a gas refinery in Suining, Sichuan province. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

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

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

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International humanitarian law has always lacked mechanisms for encouraging effective compliance, write Didier Burkhalter and Peter Maurer   Read More

World

Global economy ‘may need stimulus’

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1 day(s) ago

Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys show

Middle East

Israeli air strikes kill three Hamas leaders

SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE: Palestinian Hamas supporters attend the funeral of three top senior Hamas commanders, Raed Al-Attar, Mohammed Abu-Shammalla and Mohammed Barhoum, in Rafah, a town in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday. Picture: EPA/MOHAMMED SABER
1 day(s) ago

It is the clearest signal yet that Israel is intent on eliminating the group’s military leadership after a failed attempt on the life of its top commander this week

World

Action to end banks being ‘too big to fail’

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1 day(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

Watchdog finds bans against Standard Chartered more effective than a fine

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1 day(s) ago

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

Europe

Russia takes aim at McDonald’s

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1 day(s) ago

Russian authorities launch nationwide inspections of McDonald’s restaurants

Americas

US reveals failed bid to save hostages

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

Special forces sent to Syria to try to rescue people held hostage by the IS militants, reportedly including James Foley

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
2 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


International companies


Americas

Seabridge upbeat on selling stake in Canadian mine

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1 day(s) ago

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

World

Action to end banks being ‘too big to fail’

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1 day(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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1 day(s) ago

Russian authorities launch nationwide inspections of McDonald’s restaurants

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

Opinion

Monopolies’ ills underestimated

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

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
1 day(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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1 day(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
2 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

Americas

Argentina says proposed debt swap aims to protect investors

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2 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
3 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
3 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

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

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
3 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

Asia-Pacific

Rio Tinto reviews stake in Papua New Guinea mine

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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

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
4 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
5 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
5 day(s) ago

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

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

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

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

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
2 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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3 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
3 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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3 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

Europe

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

Cows graze at a field near the Doel nuclear plant in northern Belgium in this August 22 2012 file photo.   Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

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
2 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
3 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
3 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

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?

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

 
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