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G-20 warns of risk of financial volatility

Group of 20 leading economies say there is heightened risk of financial volatility as monetary policies of major central banks begin to go separate ways

Europe

Greek leader Tsipras suffers his first protest

Miners, workers and supporters of an important gold mine project in northern Greece demonstrate outside the Ministry of Development in Athens this week to put pressure on the government. Picture: AFP PHOTO/LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Thousands of miners and their families protest in Athens in sign of domestic discontent under new regime

Middle East

Yemen’s new vice-president ‘hopes to avert Saudi invasion’

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Newly appointed vice-president, Khaled Bahah, a widely respected figure named this week to shore up the legitimacy of the exiled Saudi-backed government, said on Thursday he hoped to avert a Saudi-led invasion to restore unity to the country.

Europe

Pressure builds as Greek yields rise

Protesters clash with riot police in Athens, Greece, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS

Ten-year yields rise to the highest in more than two years after a media report says IMF has rejected a Greek request to delay repayment

Europe

Defiant Putin sees return to growth in Russia in two years

Vladimir Putin. Picture: Picture: REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV

President Vladimir Putin says economy could return to growth in less than two years, despite Western sanctions, which he says are intended to ‘contain’ country

Opinion

Mindful and orderly — let’s learn from this

Sydney, Australia. Picture: BLOOMBERG/BRENDON THORNE

From its origami-styled Sydney Opera House to its gorgeous beaches, rolling vineyards and exquisite public gardens, the city allows you a free sample of its beauty every day

Afghan women wait for their turn to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif on Saturday. Voting was largely peaceful in Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday, with only isolated attacks on polling stations as a country racked by decades of chaos embarked on its first ever democratic transfer of power. Picture: REUTERS

Invest in educating girls rather than in weapons

After 9/11, the US systematically overused military tools and underemployed two other kinds of tools — education and women’s empowerment

Europe

Draghi upbeat on ECB policy ‘successes’

A woman disrupts a press conference by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi  (seated) in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/DANIEL ROLAND

European Central Bank chief cites clear evidence that the QE monetary policy measures are effective

Asia-Pacific

China’s yuan as rival to US dollar? It’s closer than you think

Chinese 100-yuan notes. Picture: REUTERS

Yuan could challenge dollar sooner than consensus believes, and new report from Louis-Vincent Gave of Gavekal Dragonomics helps make the case

Europe

Rise in new car sales in Europe bodes well for SA exports

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West European new car market sees registrations rise by 10.6% year on year in March to 1.6-million units, which bodes well for platinum price, exports

Asia-Pacific

Slowing Chinese growth may prompt stimulus move

Pedestrians walk past cranes and residential buildings standing under construction in Beijing, China. Picture: BLOOMBERG/TOMOHIRO OHSUMI

Measures to support the property sector, and cuts in interest rates and bank reserve requirements have had little effect


International companies


World

Recovery in global trade growth ‘will remain slow’

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World Trade Organisation says early estimates show trade expanded just 2.8% last year, missing 3.1% forecast

Americas

Bernanke to advise billionaire Ken Griffin’s hedge fund

Ben Bernanke.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER

Former Federal Reserve chairman to become a senior adviser to the Citadel Investment Group

Emirates CEO Tim Clark says the airline is offering to double its planned purchase of 140 A380s if Airbus carries out a revamp. File Picture: BLOOMBERG

Future of the iconic jumbo jet is up in the air

Aircraft sales slump casts doubt on how long production can be sustained, write Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher

Europe

ECB news conference interrupted after protester charges at Draghi

A woman disrupts a press conference by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi  (seated) in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/DANIEL ROLAND

In the first incident of its kind a woman demonstrator infiltrates the building and disrupts an ECB news conference

Americas

Obama plans to remove Cuba from terrorism list

US President Barack Obama (right) shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas on Saturday in Panama City. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN

President Barack Obama tells Congress he intends to take Caribbean island off US list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing main obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations

Europe

Ericsson may ring in expansion by acquisition

An Ericsson employee holds a display model of a M7450 modem, developed for smartphones, at the company's laboratory in Lund, Sweden. Picture: BLOOMBERG / LINUS HOOK

Leading mobile telecoms equipment maker Ericsson may buy optical networking operator Ciena or fellow US group Juniper

Asia-Pacific

Chinese growth slides to six-year low in first quarter

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Weakness in key sectors suggests second-largest economy is still losing momentum, intensifying struggle to find right policy mix to shore up activity

Americas

Barriers to SA markets a concern for US

Joe Biden. Picture:AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

US Vice-President Joseph Biden highlights the urgency of Agoa trade talks while trade office report details an array of complaints against SA’s policies

Europe

EU renews conflict-free mineral call

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Much of the gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten used in electronics and lighting is mined in areas of civil conflict in Africa

Americas

Interest grows in General Electric asset sale plan

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt waves as he leaves after a meeting with France's President Francois Hollande to discuss the future of French engineering group Alstom at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, in this April 28 2014 file photo. Picture: REUTERS

Corporate giant is divesting the bulk of GE Capital, representing a $200bn chunk of lending, leasing and related financial operations once untouchable

Asia-Pacific

Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to economy

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo.   File picture: REUTERS

Resuming nuclear power — which supplied nearly one-third of Japan’s electricity pre-Fukushima disaster — is key to lifting the economy out of two decades of anaemic growth

Europe

BNY Mellon fined £126m by UK regulator

Picture: REUTERS/SEBASTIEN PIRLET

Financial Conduct Authority says breaches of clients’ asset confidentiality took place at a time when there was considerable stress in the market

Markets

NEWS ANALYSIS: Demand will keep fuelling dollar rally

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Former IMF economist says pent-up demand will underpin years of appreciation because world is ‘structurally short’ of the dollar, writes Anchalee Worrachate

Europe

Geneva bans Uber in latest setback for US firm

Chere Molahlehi, a driver for Uber in Johannesburg.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Beleaguered US-based company denies any wrongdoing and appeals against the canton’s order

Europe

IMF hikes eurozone growth forecasts but remains cautious

Pedestrians walk by the International Monetary Fund headquarters during the 2015 IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, the US,  on Tuesday. The meetings end on Sunday. Picture: EPA/SHAWN THEW

Outlook is fragile, but lower oil prices, record low interest rates and the ECB’s massive stimulus programme provide boost

Europe

Russia pulls cash from international fund

The Vnesheconombank logo graces the bank’s pavilion at the Open Innovations expo in Moscow.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREY RUDAKOV

Russia pulling $245m out of IFC-run fund as sanctions imposed over Ukraine halt investment by the member of the World Bank Group

Europe

Fallout puts search for new VW leader into overdrive

Volkswagen CE Martin Winterkorn gestures during an interview in Berlin, Germany, ahead of the company's results on Thursday. Picture: EPA/KAY NIETFELD

Smooth transfer would have given new additions such as former BMW executive Herbert Diess and new trucks chief Andreas Renschler time to prove themselves

Europe

Nokia agrees €15.6bn deal to buy Alcatel-Lucent

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Finnish group acquiring smaller French rival to build up telecom equipment business to compete with market leader Ericsson

Asia-Pacific

Slower growth predicted for East Asia

Singapore’s central business district skyscrapers in this file picture. Grade-A office rents may rise 11% this year as a lack of  supply until mid-2016 helps boost leases. Picture: REUTERS

Higher US interest rates and an appreciating dollar posing further risks to the region, says World Bank

Asia-Pacific

Alibaba hits back at fake goods allegations

Alibaba.com's head office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Alibaba Group defends itself against accusations by US clothing trade group that it tolerates fake goods on its Taobao e-commerce platform

Asia-Pacific

Major iron-ore mines are ‘sending out the wrong message’

Cranes unload iron ore from a ship at a port in Rizhao, Shandong province, China.  Picture: REUTERS

Iron-ore miners pursuing flawed strategy of boosting output into oversupplied market, says premier of Western Australia

Middle East

Investors eye companies with Iranian ties in anticipation of sanctions lifting

Picture: CHARLES GALLO/GALLO IMAGES

Primary focus for keen stock investors is not Iranian companies themselves, but multinationals in nearby states

Opinion

SA must blend down its uranium stockpile

Uranium concentrate, commonly known as yellowcake. Picture: BLOOMBERG

An easing of sanctions, a key Iranian demand, would not only benefit their economy but major SA investors in Iran, notably MTN

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Eurozone pinch threat to exports

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

That so large a trading partner faces low average growth rates over the next few years must be a concern

Hui Ka Yan, billionaire and chairman of Evergrande Real Estate Group, attends a news conference in Hong Kong last year. The group is battling to repay foreign investors as  the Chinese currency weakens. Picture: BLOOMBERG

China real estate group cuts debt by reclassifying

Evergrande, the most indebted developer among China’s top-10 property firms, is seeking additional funding to expand

Europe

VW employees call for end to bitter leadership dispute

VW’s supervisory board chief Ferdinand Piech (right) sparked a media debate at the weekend by declaring in an interview  he is 'distancing himself' from VW’s CE Martin Winterkorn  (left). Picture: AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE

VW’s supervisory board chief Ferdinand Piech causes furore after ‘distancing himself’ from CE Martin Winterkorn

Americas

Clinton’s social network drive off to great start

HillaryClinton's new logo is pictured in this April 12, 2015 screen capture from her Twitter page.  Picture: REUTERS

Four hours after joining Facebook, Hillary Clinton boasts 555,000 likes and video she posts gets more than 1-million views

Americas

Past scandals may still be dug up to compromise Hillary Clinton’s campaign

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, is joined by her husband former president Bill Clinton and daughter, Chelsea, as she is sworn in at the state department in Washington in this 2009 file photo. Picture: REUTERS

Republicans say that Hillary Clinton’s past is full of secrets

Asia-Pacific

Alibaba hits back at fake goods allegations

Alibaba.com's head office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Alibaba Group defends itself against accusations by US clothing trade group that it tolerates fake goods on its Taobao e-commerce platform

Americas

Blackstone bets boldly on property

Jonathan Gray  Picture: BLOOMBERG/VICTOR J. BLUE

Private equity company was eager to snap up General Electric’s global real estate assets

Opinion

LETTER FROM LONDON: UK cringes over Farage as SA cringes over king

The problem with politics in SA is that it is, largely, about one thing: protecting privilege

Asia-Pacific

High ‘comprehensive costs’ harm falling Chinese exports

Shipping containers sit stacked among gantry cranes at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals in Hong Kong, China.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/BRENT LEWIN

Gross domestic product data expected to show another slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy

Americas

Clinton casts herself as champion of everyday Americans

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is silhouetted by a stage light as she speaks at the University of the Western Cape about the US-South Africa partnership, in Cape Town in this August 8, 2012 file photo. Picture: REUTERS

In second run for White House, Hillary Clinton portrays herself as warmer, more empathetic figure, campaign lays groundwork for more populist economic agenda

Europe

Pope’s use of ‘genocide’ infuriates Turkey

Pope Francis speaks during a mass held on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Armenians say up to 1.5-million of their kin were killed between 1915 and 1917 as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart

Trade & Industry

Davies decries SA fruit growers’ decision over Spain

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs the media on the amended black economic empowerment act on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS

Citrus growing industry to end exports through Spain because of objections to fruit with the black spot fungus

Europe

VW in full-blown crisis as CEO vows to fight

Volkswagen CE Martin Winterkorn gestures during an interview in Berlin, Germany, ahead of the company's results on Thursday. Picture: EPA/KAY NIETFELD

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn lets it be known he will fight for his job even though the carmaker’s chairman has reportedly withdrawn confidence in the CEO

Americas

Republican hopeful Paul fires first salvo ahead of Clinton announcement

Rand Paul.  Picture: REUTERS

Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul says Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state cast doubt on her qualifications to be president

Business Times

Euro’s viability eroded by easing

Picture: REUTERS

Quantitative easing may be helping Europe achieve its economic targets, but it is also undermining the long-term viability of the euro by tarnishing its allure as a global reserve currency

Business Times

Marriage made in fast-food heaven

Burger King has paid all expenses for the wedding of American couple Joel Burger, 24, and Ashley King, 23

Middle East

Saudi Arabia dismisses Iran calls for Yemen ceasefire

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Saud al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz (left), and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius arrive to hold a press conference on Sunday in Riyadh. Picture: AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE

Saudi Arabia is concerned its war on the Houthis could spill over the border, but Iran has denied Saudi allegations that it has provided military support to the group

Americas

TNT purchase ‘a match made in heaven’, says FedEx

FedEx Express CEO David Bronczek, left, and TNT Express CEO Tex Gunning, second from right, address a press conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands on Tuesday. Picture: EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL

US shipper sure it will clear antitrust hurdle, write Mary Schlangenstein, Richard Weiss and Elco van Groningen

Asia-Pacific

Australia surprises by standing pat on rates

A sign on the Reserve Bank of Australia building in central Sydney. Picture: REUTERS

Reserve Bank of Australia surprises financial markets for third month in row when it leaves interest rates unchanged at 2.25%

Asia-Pacific

China real estate group cuts debt by reclassifying

Hui Ka Yan, billionaire and chairman of Evergrande Real Estate Group, attends a news conference in Hong Kong last year. The group is battling to repay foreign investors as  the Chinese currency weakens. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Evergrande, the most indebted developer among China’s top-10 property firms, is seeking additional funding to expand

Americas

FBI foils Islamic State backer’s Kansas bomb plot

A Federal Bureau of Investigation building.  Picture: THINKSTOCK

Twenty-year-old Kansas man charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State fighters

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