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Bank of Japan shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows

6 hour(s) ago

Bank expands stimulus spending in stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after sales tax hike in April

Americas

US consumer spending falters

Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Consumer spending falls for first time in eight months in September, suggesting economy lost some momentum heading into fourth quarter

Americas

Obama vows to keep sending health workers to West Africa

Obama Ebola. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DREW ANGERER
12 hour(s) ago

As long as Ebola exists in the world, no one can promise that there won’t be any more cases in America or anyplace else, says president

Americas

US economic growth spurs dollar gains

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

The greenback extends gains after reports shows US economy expanded more than forecast in the third quarter

Americas

Louisiana to close its doors to Ebola experts

Health workers don protective equipment at the Island Clinic in Monrovia. Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

State's ban affects all personnel from West African outbreak zones

Opinion

THE CHATTER: A Nobel for slaying — or at least containing — giants

French economist Jean Tirole speaks during a news conference at the Toulouse School of Economics in Toulouse, France, earlier this month.  Picture: REUTERS

Five aspects of the work of Nobel prize winner Jean Tirole, who bagged the economic sciences award for his research on curtailing the power of oligopolies

Opinion

Eurozone faces secular stagnation as Germany sags

A euro sign stands outside the European Central Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Picture: REUTERS

The German model relies on the presence of an unsustainable investment boom in other parts of the world

Picture: REUTERS

Efforts to mitigate natural disasters pay off

Southern Africa is particularly vulnerable to crises and natural disasters and the situation will probably worsen because of climate change, write Laurent Thomas and Tobias Takaravasha

Europe

Opec urges the market to stop panicking

Abdalla el-Badri. Picture:  BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
12 hour(s) ago

Crude collapsed into a bear market this month as Saudi Arabia and other producers deepened price discounts for their oil

Asia-Pacific

Chinese couple’s $10m gift to Yale sparks controversy

Picture: THINKSTOCK
12 hour(s) ago

In July, the billionaire couple gave Harvard University $15m in the first stage of a $100m programme they say will fund disadvantaged Chinese students at top institutions across the world

World

NEWS ANALYSIS: Little reason for surprise over oil

Abdalla el-Badri. Picture:  BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
12 hour(s) ago

Price war casts doubt on investments in new oil resources

Americas

Apple’s Tim Cook says he is ‘proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Apple CE Tim Cook says he wants to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation

Europe

Data-sharing deal helps governments track tax evaders

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Among the signatories are European Union countries and former staunch proponents of banking secrecy such as Liechtenstein and tax havens the Cayman Islands


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Asia-Pacific

Danone to invest $566m in Chinese milk formula maker

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7 hour(s) ago

Danone agrees to pay $566m for 25% stake in Yashili International Holdings under plan to improve technology and boost production at infant milk formula maker

Americas

Microsoft joins fitness bandwagon

Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

New fitness band has 10 smart sensors to monitor the heart rate all day, measure calories burned, track sleep and provided guided workouts

Europe

Sanofi CEO’s ouster hits shares

AXED: The board of French drug maker Sanofi has ousted CEO Chris Viehbacher, pictured, after his falling out with chairman Serge Weinberg. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Sanofi’s board ousts its CEO of six years, after it emerged he fell out with the drug maker’s chairman, wiping billions off its market value

ON THE SPOT: Traders work at the trading post that trades Citigroup stock on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in October 2012. Picture: REUTERS

Citigroup sets aside $600m more to cover legal costs

Barclays prepares £500m in the third quarter to cover potential fines

Asia-Pacific

Analysts bullish despite Samsung profit outlook

An employee assists a customer at a Samsung shop in the central district of Hong Kong, China. Picture: BLOOMBERG
1 day(s) ago

Loyalty to Samsung underscores growing disconnect between the stock’s rating and price, which is headed for its biggest annual drop in 14 years

Americas

Airlines steer clear of Ebola hysteria amid talk of a travel ban

Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden listens via video conference as President Barack Obama (second right) holds a meeting with cabinet agencies co-ordinating the government's Ebola response at the White House earlier this week.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Several dozen US legislators have called for a ban on visitors from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia

Europe

Deutsche Bank slumps to quarterly net loss as legal costs weigh

Deutsche Bank. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
2 day(s) ago

Bank falls to net loss in third quarter after falling victim to legal costs that have already prompted management reshuffle

Americas

Curtain set to draw on stimulus after mixed reviews

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Federal Reserve expected to end bond-buying programme, closing controversial chapter in crisis response as it tries to return to normal monetary policy

Americas

Molten lava from Hawaiian volcano crosses onto residential property

The lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano is seen nearing residential areas in a US Geological Survey image taken near the village of Pahoa, Hawaii, on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Slow-moving lava from erupting Kilauea volcano crosses onto residential property and threatens to consume its first home, officials say

World

Female financial equality a lifetime away

Klaus Schwab. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

While no country has closed the overall gender gap entirely, Nordic countries have fared best

Asia-Pacific

Japanese nuclear plant gets approval to restart

Rubber gloves are left outside a house in the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

A town in southwest Japan becomes first to approve restart of nuclear plant, a step forward in fraught process of reviving industry left idled by Fukushima disaster

World

Performance chasm befalls gold miner stocks

Gold is seen stacked in one-kilogram bars at a Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo KK store in Tokyo, Japan.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/KIYOSHI OTA
2 day(s) ago

A chasm is opening up between the best-and worst-performing gold mining stocks as the price of the metal languishes near a four-year low

Asia-Pacific

Australia issues blanket ban on Ebola-hit West African countries

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

Government defends decision to refuse entry to anyone from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, but critics say move is politically motivated, shortsighted

Asia-Pacific

Alibaba open to working with Apple on payments

Jack Ma.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Apple Pay sees more than 1-million credit cards registered in the first 72 hours, says CEO Tim Cook

Americas

Warning on ‘hysterical’ Ebola quarantines

ISOLATION: Nurse Kaci Hickox, who arrived in New Jersey on October 24 after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, speaks to her lawyer, Norman Siegel, from a hospital quarantine tent in Newark in New Jersey on Sunday in a photo provided by attorney Steve Hyman. Picture: HANDOUT via REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Governments must avoid doing anything to deter desperately needed health workers from coming to West Africa to fight Ebola, head of UN Ebola mission says

Americas

‘Breakthrough’ awarded to Merck oncology drug

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Drug maker says it has won a ‘breakthrough’ designation from regulators that will bring its most promising oncology drug to lung-cancer patients faster

Middle East

Israel to build homes on annexed land

A general view of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement of Ramat Shlomo near the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat in east Jerusalem on Monday. Israel has given the go-ahead for plans to build over 1,000 new Jewish settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, an official said today, sparking a Palestinian warning of an
3 day(s) ago

Israel gives the go-ahead for plans to build more than 1,000 new Jewish settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem

Europe

Climate rescue mission ‘not hopeless’ says IPCC chief

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Head of UN climate science panel urges national policy makers not to lose heart in face of mighty challenge to tackle global warming

Opinion

THE CHATTER: A Nobel for slaying — or at least containing — giants

French economist Jean Tirole speaks during a news conference at the Toulouse School of Economics in Toulouse, France, earlier this month.  Picture: REUTERS

Five aspects of the work of Nobel prize winner Jean Tirole, who bagged the economic sciences award for his research on curtailing the power of oligopolies

Opinion

Eurozone faces secular stagnation as Germany sags

A euro sign stands outside the European Central Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Picture: REUTERS

The German model relies on the presence of an unsustainable investment boom in other parts of the world

David Cameron. Picture: REUTERS

MPs’ report deplores Britain’s ‘messy immigration system’

Public accounts committee says the government can not track people through the system or check whether those refused the right to stay had actually left

Europe

Italy objects to US soldiers quarantined there for Ebola

LATEST VICTIM: Dr Kent Brantly, left, (L) of Samaritan's Purse relief organisation is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Samaritan's Purse, wearing personal protective equipment as he cares for Ebola patients at the case management centre on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.  Brantly, a 33-year-old American doctor working for a relief organisation in Liberia's capital, has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

The commander of the US military mission in Liberia along with 11 staff quarantined for 21 days

Europe

Ukrainian premier wants to lead talks

Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Picture: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON
1 day(s) ago

Prime Minister Yatsenyuk says his party will draw up its own coalition framework and invite more parties to seal a pact within 20 days

Americas

NEWS ANALYSIS: Real falls as investors voice concern over Rousseff’s leadership

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

The sell-off underscores the urgency for Dilma Rousseff to restore investor confidence by signalling a change in economic policy and naming a new finance minister

Asia-Pacific

Japan shields troubled minister

Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Yoichi Miyazawa speaks to reporters at his office in Tokyo on Monday. The government defended its under-fire industry minister as he faced fresh questions over political funding, which followed a bondage-bar scandal and criticism over his investment in the operator of the crippled Fukushima atomic plant. Picture: AFP
3 day(s) ago

Country’s usually staid political scene left reeling from S&M club scandal and resignations of two other newly appointed cabinet ministers

Middle East

UN decries Iran’s human rights record

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures to the media during a news conference in Tehran in June 2013. He has promised to work on Iran’s venomous relationship with Saudi Arabia. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has not lived up to his campaign pledge to improve human rights, United Nations investigator says

Opinion

Hong Kong protests are about the future

Pro-democracy protesters flash lights outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during a mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong in Admiralty, Hong Kong. Picture: EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

The demonstrators in Hong Kong represent the city’s future and the hopes of its citizens for a prosperous life in which they can enjoy the freedoms that they were promised

Europe

Russia pledges to recognise Ukraine separatists’ elections

BACKING REBELS: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the rebel elections planned for on Sunday should go ahead. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

Moscow fuelling tensions with the country’s newly elected pro-Western leaders as they negotiate on forming a coalition government

Europe

Deutsche Bank to bring in Goldman Sachs banker as new finance chief, say reports

Deutsche Bank. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Reshuffle comes as the lender defends its position as Europe’s top investment bank

Asia-Pacific

India prosecutes ‘black money’

Narendra Modi. Picture: EPA
3 day(s) ago

Washington-based think-tank Global Financial Integrity estimates India suffered $344bn in illicit outflows between 2002 and 2011

Americas

Rousseff win rattles Brazil markets as focus turns to economy

3 day(s) ago

Major state-run companies whose profits have suffered under Dilma Rousseff plunge — including a more than 12% drop for scandal-plagued oil giant Petrobras

Europe

Peshmerga fighters to help Kurds fight IS in Kobani

Kobani. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Border town’s fate has become a key test of the US-led coalition’s ability to combat the Sunni insurgents

Europe

UK minister backpedals on tough EU immigration rhetoric

Michael Fallon. Picture: REUTERS/JEFF OVERS
4 day(s) ago

British Defence Minister Michael Fallon says he was careless to talk of towns being ‘swamped’ by immigrants

Europe

Vodafone begins internal probe over possible tax fraud

A customer waits outside the shuttered entrance of a Vodafone store ahead of opening in London. Picture: BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

Mobile phone carrier probing possible tax fraud at Grupo Corporativo Ono, the Spanish cable operator it bought this year for €7.2bn

Europe

Banks woo former female employees to help close gender gaps

The Goldman Sachs logo is displayed on a post above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this September 11 2013 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Banks have greatly improved their male-female ratio at the lowest and highest ranks but face a challenge retaining women in the middle of their career, when many have children

 
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