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Dollar tumbles after Fed takes cautious line

Greenback slips and stocks creep to nine-month highs as cautious sounds from the Federal Reserve leave the focus firmly on Japan’s stimulus plans

Americas

In contrast to Trump, Obama lays out optimistic vision for US

US President Barack Obama speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  at Rancho Mirage, California, on Sunday. Picture:   REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE

In a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention Obama offers full-hearted support to Hillary Clinton

Europe

Tourists avoid Turkey after deadly bomb blasts

Forensic experts and firefighters stand beside a Turkish police bus which was targeted in a bomb attack in a central Istanbul district, Turkey on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

Number of foreign visitors to the country falls by the most in at least 22 years as tension between Ankara and Moscow and bombings keep tourists away

Asia-Pacific

Is this the end of the line for the Boeing 747?

LONG HAUL:  An Iran Air Boeing 747SP. Iran is eager to renew its fleet of ageing aircraft. Picture: REUTERS/MORTEZA MIKOUBAZI

Boeing has warned it might cease production of the ‘Queen of the Skies’, the wide-body plane that is a favourite among global leaders, as orders slow to a trickle

Asia-Pacific

Shinzo Abe may have made Haruhiko Kuroda’s job harder

The Bank of Japan. Picture: REUTERS

Emerging details of the Japanese prime minister’s stimulus package have disappointed, putting more pressure on the Bank of Japan, analysts say

Americas

WikiLeaks posts audio recordings from Democratic Party hack

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally. Picture: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER

Links to the 29 recordings are posted on Twitter, include a message from a Hillary Clinton supporter complaining about Bernie Sanders being given ‘too much influence’

Europe

WATCH: Rocky ride ahead for SA and EU after Brexit

Will Brexit bring down the EU? And how will it affect emerging markets? Investec Wealth & Investment expert Annelise Peers looks ahead

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Asia-Pacific

Mine faces uphill battle after fatal dam burst

DELUGE: The Bento Rodrigues district was covered in mud after a mine dam burst in Mariana, Brazil, in November 2015. Regulators are mulling Samarco Mineracao’s proposal to use an old shaft to dump waste. Picture: REUTERS

BHP and Vale are struggling to regain licences to mine iron ore in Brazil, writes RT Watson

Americas

Reagan attacker to gain freedom

John Hinckley Jr. arrives at the US District Court in Washington on November 19 2003. Picture:  REUTERS/BRENDON SMAILOWSKI

Judge rules after 35 years John Hinckley Jr, who tried to kill president Ronald Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster, no longer poses a threat to society

Americas

Trump not capitalising on Obama’s lost people

US President Barack Obama heads for the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, the US, on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Minorities carried president to office but have been the biggest losers, writes Toluse Olorunnipa

Americas

Can Trump win US election? ‘Anything is possible,’ says Obama

US President Barack Obama.  Picture: REUTERS

US leader Barack Obama says he has seen ‘all kinds of crazy stuff happen’, and thinks everybody who goes into campaigns not running scared can end up losing

Opinion

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Was Democratic hack a Russian Trump card?

Simon Barber wonders if the data drop grenade, courtesy of the Russians, will still explode in Donald Trump’s face

SLOWDOWN CONTINUES: A labourer walks past piles of steel coils at a steel wholesale market in China. The country’s economic growth slowed to 7.5% in the second quarter. Picture: REUTERS

NEWS ANALYSIS: Irony of China’s iron-ore miners seeking protection

Chinese iron-ore miners’ complaints underscores the multitude of challenges facing the world’s biggest steel industry, writes Clyde Russell

Europe

Lloyds to make deeper cost cuts to offset fallout from Brexit

Lloyds Bank. Picture: BLOOMBERG/JASON ALDEN

Lloyds Banking Group says it will accelerate its cost cutting plan in response to a likely drop in demand for credit after the UK voted to leave the EU

Americas

Fed leaves benchmark rates steady

Federal Reserve. Picture: AFP PHOTO/KAREN BLEIER

The Federal Reserve says near-term risks to the US’s economic outlook have diminished and job gains remain strong

Europe

British economy picks up in Brexit quarter

The Union Jack and the European Union flags.  EU ambassador to SA Marcus Cornaro says Brexit will not affect trade relations between the European Union and SA for at least two years. Picture:  REUTERS/JON NAZCA

But pace of growth may not last into the second half of the year due to the shock the UK’s decision to leave the EU has had on the economy

Europe

Geneva airport tightens security on French tip-off

TOLL: A sign at the Swiss-French border at the town of Ferney Voltaire in Le Grand-Saconnex near Geneva. Picture: REUTERS

Police launched a series of controls around Cointrin airport after receiving information about a possible threat, and warned passengers of delays

Europe

Eurozone lending recovers slowly but steadily

European Central Bank. Picture: EPA/BORIS ROESSLER

Years of stimulus are gradually having the desired effect of encouraging lending to households and businesses, but that has yet to be seen in price growth, the ultimate aim

Americas

NEWS ANALYSIS: Pointing fingers is risky for US after hack

CYBERCRIME:  Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the release of almost 20,000 Democratic Party e-mails. Picture: REUTERS

Obama has more to weigh and more to lose if he decides to point fingers directly at Russia, writes Angela Greiling Keane

Asia-Pacific

US behind China and Philippines sea talks

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China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5-trillion of trade moves annually

Americas

No rate hike expected just yet as Fed meets to eye inflation

Federal Reserve. Picture: AFP PHOTO/KAREN BLEIER

Fed will need to reconcile upbeat US economic data with global growth slowdown and other headwinds threatening inflation trajectory

Opinion

Black Americans’ lot shows it is not about creating wealth

What is happening in the US is not only the outcome of a justice system that makes a mockery of its name, it is the result of an economic system that has perpetuated and often glorified social inequalities, says the writer. Picture: REUTERS/ERIC THAYER

There is a need for a more inclusive economy, where blacks have more opportunities to live a decent life


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Americas

Brazil fines Facebook over WhatsApp standoff

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Brazilian authorities recently made arrests after intercepting WhatsApp and Telegram messages suggesting plot of terror strike on Olympics

Europe

Emissions cheating scandal halves Volkswagen’s profit in second quarter

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‘Enormous feats of strength’ will be needed to manage the fall-out from the diesel emissions misconduct, Volkswagen’s finance director Frank Witter says

Europe

Shell profit down 70%, but still better than analysts’ estimates

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden. Picture: REUTERS/BENOIT TESSIER

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says lower oil prices are still a huge problem for the business, as well as poor refining profits

Europe

Thomas Cook cuts profit target

A worker changes the window display of Thomas Cook in Loughborough, the UK. Picture:  REUTERS/DARREN STAPLES

British travel company cuts its full-year profit target as Brexit-induced collapse in pound, attacks in Europe and failed coup in Turkey force holiday cancellations

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Platinum and palladium catch the kings of the precious metals castle

The two lesser-known precious metals are benefiting from better car sales in China, concern over South African wage talks and loose monetary policy

Asia-Pacific

BHP Billiton adds to red ink for 2016 with $1bn-plus Brazil charge

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Mining company’s provision of up to $1.3bn to cover the costs of the Brazilian dam disaster in 2015 will put it on course to report its worst annual loss

Europe

AccorHotels cautious about France as attacks scare tourists

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First-half operating profit falls 4% as weak trading in France following several attacks and slumping profit in recession-hit Brazil weigh

Asia-Pacific

Japan’s stimulus plan puts pressure on bank

Japan's prime minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe addresses a news conference in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: REUTERS/TORU HANAI

Shinzo Abe’s surprisingly large $265bn stimulus package lacks crucial details on how much will be direct government spending

Asia-Pacific

Shinzo Abe gives a peek at Japan’s new stimulus programme

Japan's prime minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe addresses a news conference in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: REUTERS/TORU HANAI

The prime minister did not give many details on the plan he promised in response to the yen’s post-Brexit rally — but it is at the upper end of estimates

Asia-Pacific

Kerry cautions North Korea over nuclear tests

 US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses representatives of 23 countries fighting Islamic State during a ministerial meeting on in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS/MAX ROSSI

North Korea says ‘denuclearisation’ of Korean Peninsula failed because of US

Opinion

Bowing to pressure on South China Sea may be hard to swallow for China

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China’s dilemma: continue expansion into and militarisation of South China Sea, or succumb to international pressure

Opinion

Lira falls after university purge in Turkey

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gather in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday. Turkey has ordered faculty heads at all the country’s universities to resign. Picture: REUTERS/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS

Turkey’s Council of Higher Education orders the resignation of 1,577 deans at state and private universities, sparking fear of increased state control over education

Europe

Banco Santander’s profit halves, hit by one-off charges

LATE:  People walk past a Rio de Janeiro branch of Banco Santander, the US car-financing company that has missed a deadline. Picture: REUTERS/PILAR OLIVARES

The bank’s bottom line was hit by one-off charges for restructuring and a contribution to the euro zone’s resolution fund, set up to help wind down failed banks

Europe

Swiss to give Washington information on tax evasion

A taxi drives past a branch of the HSBC bank in central London. Picture: REUTERS

US Department of Justice is also investigating Britain-based HSBC over its Swiss unit’s role in helping wealthy US citizens to evade taxes

A British flag flutters in front of a window in London, the UK, after the vote to leave the European Union. Picture: REUTERS/REINHARD KRAUSE

Brexit fear bargains to be had for private investors

Opportunities must be approached with caution as fund managers may have good reason to shun an under-priced blue chip share, writes Katherine Barber

Europe

UK cool on Michel Barnier as head of EU's Brexit talks

Michel Barnier.  Picture: REUTERS/FRANCOIS LENOIR

The Frenchman who frequently traded blows with the UK during his time as head of banking legislation has been named to head Brexit talks

Americas

No rate hike expected just yet as Fed meets to eye inflation

Federal Reserve. Picture: AFP PHOTO/KAREN BLEIER

Fed will need to reconcile upbeat US economic data with global growth slowdown and other headwinds threatening inflation trajectory

Americas

Fed expected to hold rates steady and defer increase to September or December

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen addresses the Economic Club of New York in New York, the US, on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON

US monetary policy makers will need to consider how to reconcile upbeat data with a global growth slowdown and other challenges threatening the inflation trajectory

Americas

Qualcomm to pay up for discriminating against women

A view of one of Qualcomm's many buildings in San Diego, California. Picture: REUTERS

Under a yet to be confirmed agreement, female staff will receive about $4000 each and the chip maker will try to level the playing field

Americas

Bernie Sanders finding it hard to stem the tide of support

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally at the Alliant Energy Center on Saturday Madison, Wisconsin. Picture: AFP

So insistent are his backers that they will not support Hillary Clinton, that they booed him when he said she should be president rather than Donald Trump

Opinion

Trump camp’s flaying of Ted Cruz is political malpractice

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs after a rally with supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

Endorsing Donald Trump was never a condition for the senator’s address to the party’s convention, and his stance should have been foreseen

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