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Investigators confirm co-pilot was flying before AirAsia crash

An AirAsia logo is pictured at the ticketing counter at Changi Airport in Singapore. Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Indonesian officials say French first officer of passenger jet that crashed into sea in December was at controls just before accident

Asia-Pacific

China may slash growth target

Li Keqiang. Picture:  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
11 hour(s) ago

Almost $7-trillion has been wasted on ineffective investment since 2009, according to a government official and economist

Middle East

Three killed in Israel after Hezbollah missile

Burning vehicles near the village of Ghajar on Israel’s border with Lebanon on Wednesday. A Hezbollah missile strike wounded four Israeli soldiers, the biggest attack on Israeli forces by the Lebanese guerrilla group since a 34-day war in 2006. Picture: REUTERS
11 hour(s) ago

Attack comes hours after Israeli jets bomb positions near the Golan Heights

Europe

Tsipras starts anti-austerity agenda

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left centre, chairs the first cabinet meeting of Greece’s new coalition government in parliament, in Athens, on Wednesday. Picture: EPA / PANTELIS SAITAS
11 hour(s) ago

A swift series of announcements signals the new government will not back down from anti-austerity pledges

Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed al-Momani speaks to the media in Amman on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS / MAJED JABER

Jordan to free jihadist after proof its pilot is alive

Jordan says it is co-ordinating with Japanese authorities in an effort to secure the release of Japanese veteran war reporter

African Business

China defends aid role in Africa

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

China offers spirited defence of its aid to Africa, rejecting charges of ‘concrete diplomacy’ following a major infrastructure deal with the continent

BusinessDay

Mexico says murdered students were mistaken for rival gang

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Forty-three Mexican students who disappeared four months ago were murdered on orders of drug cartel who mistook them for members of rival gang


International companies


Europe

VW persists with loss-making model

A technician cleans a Phaeton at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013. The €76,000 Phaeton, a pet project of chairman Ferdinand Piech, has failed to take off. Picture: BLOOMBERG
11 hour(s) ago

The Phaeton, a pet project of chairman Ferdinand Piech, has never met VW’s original sales target

Europe

Swiss eye data storage as ‘new El Dorado’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
11 hour(s) ago

Erosion of banking secrecy protections forces Switzerland to tout its reputation as a safe and stable haven as an international data vault

Picture: REUTERS

Samsung’s smartphone primacy under threat from Apple after weak quarter

Samsung Electronics is closer to losing its crown as global smartphone leader after posting plunge in quarterly mobile earnings

Europe

US provides Ukraine with $2bn in loan guarantees

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew shake hands during a joint news conference in Kiev on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

US says it is prepared to step up sanctions against Russia if necessary, will continue to work with allies to increase the pressure on Moscow

Americas

Blizzard hits Boston, but spares New York

Commuters make their way in New York's Times Square during a snow storm on January 26 2015. Picture: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
1 day(s) ago

Powerful blizzard strikes New England, leaving about 4.5-million people grappling with almost 1m of snow, coastal flooding, but New York City escapes

Europe

Greek cabinet set for first meeting since poll upset

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras smiles during the first meeting of new cabinet post elections in the parliament building in Athens on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

New radical left-led government to meet to hammer out strategy for renegotiating bailout after storming to power on promise to reject years of harsh austerity policies

Americas

Creating an old-girls network in Silicon Valley

Lisa Lambert.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Lisa Lambert is another executive who believes she is taking gender-disparity debate one step further with her own organisation, Upward

Europe

Miners at Poland’s JSW strike over cost cuts

Picture: THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Trade unions at European Union’s biggest coking coal producer, JSW, start strikes over company’s plans to cut costs, union representatives say

World

Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche recall vehicles

An Audi logo is seen on a car displayed on media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche to recall more than 93,500 cars and SUVs world-wide to fix fuel-leak problems

Industrials

Sasol to delay Louisiana gas-to-liquids plant to conserve cash

Sasol's headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

South African petrochemicals group puts off US investment amid volatility in oil market

Asia-Pacific

China raps Alibaba over fake goods

Alibaba.com's head office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Picture: BLOOMBERG
1 day(s) ago

E-commerce giant’s Taobao platform says it will ‘assume the responsibility of fighting fakes’

Europe

Former KGB spy Litvinenko told UK police Putin ordered his death

Alexander Litvinenkos widow, Marina Litvinenko, right, and her solicitor Elena Tsirlina arrive outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the UK,  on Tuesday.  Picture: EPA / FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
1 day(s) ago

Former spy who fled Russia exactly six years before he was fatally poisoned was a strident critic of Vladimir Putin and Russia’s security agencies

Europe

Britain’s Black Friday genie out of the bottle

A shopper checks her bags on Oxford Street in central London.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Retailers look to learn lessons after high level of demand sees overnight queues, in-store scuffles, website crashes and overloaded delivery operations

Europe

Greece names hardline anti-austerity finance minister

Yanis Varoufakis, centre, is seen outside the Syriza party headquarters in Athens, Greece, on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Appointment seen as a signal that the new anti-austerity government will take a hard line in haggling over EU-IMF package

Europe

British economy grows at best annual rate since 2007

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

In 2014 Britain’s economy grew at fastest annual pace since before global financial crisis, despite fourth-quarter slowdown, official data show

Americas

WikiLeaks wants answers from Google on giving staff data to US

PRIVACY ISSUES: Pedestrians walk in front of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The US company has started to comply with the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DAVID PAUL MORRIS
2 day(s) ago

Whistle-blower website is demanding answers from Google about why it appears to have handed WikiLeaks staff members’ personal data to US law enforcement

Middle East

Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

Dubai International Airport. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

Dubai International overtakes London’s Heathrow Airport to become world’s top hub in international travel after handling 70.47-million passengers in 2014

Asia-Pacific

Obama weighs in on freedom of religion in India

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Picture: ADNAN ABIDI / REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Hindu nationalist groups are asserting themselves following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise to power

Opinion

Economic sanctions are a blunt policy tool

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's address in this Thursday photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. Picture: REUTERS / KCNA

If economic sanctions are to play an increasingly important role in 21st-century statecraft, it might be worth reflecting on how they have worked in the past, writes Kenneth Rogoff

Opinion

No new Cold War with Russia; only a test of will

Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Brisbane. Picture: REUTERS

Sanctions can change the thinking in Moscow only if it is convinced the West will not flinch

Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica.   Picture: REUTERS

Warm ocean melting East Antarctica’s largest glacier

Researchers find that waters around 120km-long Totten Glacier are warmer than expected, probably melting ice from below

Americas

Apple bites into mobile payments market

Picture: BLOOMBERG/JEROME FAVRE
11 hour(s) ago

Contactless cellphone payments in the US alone are projected to jump to $142bn in 2019 from $52bn last year, research shows

Europe

Eurozone willing to parley with Greece

Yanis Varoufakis, centre, is seen outside the Syriza party headquarters in Athens, Greece, on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Finance chiefs from the 19-nation eurozone signalled their willingness to do a deal with new leader

Europe

S&P downgrades Russia’s sovereign credit rating to ‘junk’

Vladimir Putin. Picture: Picture: REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV
2 day(s) ago

Other rating agencies could follow suit ... and there could eventually be a political impact on President Vladimir Putin if the economic crisis keeps worsening

Opinion

Ebola panic frames narrative of the fear driving US politics

The virulent spread of Ebola proves that once remote problems in Africa can no longer be ring-fenced from the affluent world

Middle East

Obama in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king

Saudi palace guards stand at the entrance to Erga Palace as US President Barack Obama arrives to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

US president cuts short visit to India to offer condolences on King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s death and shore up ties with the ultra-conservative oil kingdom

Industrials

Stimulus plan puts bonds in the limelight

FUTURE: Workers stand beside storage towers at Sappi’s Ngodwana wood mill in Mpumalanga on  Wednesday. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

Quantitative easing in Europe will make Sappi’s debt more enticing, ways analyst

Americas

Caterpillar warns low oil price means a tough 2015 for sales

Picture: SUSANA GONZALEZ/BLOOMBERG
1 day(s) ago

Energy and heavy duty machinery business expects construction equipment sales in China to be lower in 2015 due to a weaker market

Asia-Pacific

US sees role for India in battle against Islamic State

US President Barack Obama laughs as he talks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a home reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi, India, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

India could play role in battling Islamic State, White House says, underlining confidence India is increasingly prepared to engage on global security issues

Asia-Pacific

IMF set for lively debate on adding yuan to SDR basket

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

China pushing for greater recognition of yuan and inclusion of currency in the International Monetary Fund’s in-house currency basket

Europe

Greek leftists unite with right against bailout after huge election win

Alexis Tsipras, right, head of the Syriza party, shakes hands with Greek President Karolos Papoulias during his swearing-in ceremony as Greece's first leftist prime minister, in Athens on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras agrees to team up with right-wing party to form new anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders

Europe

EU open to Greek debt extension but not forgiveness

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Europe shows willingness to give Athens more time to pay back debts, but little sign that it will yield to new Greek government’s demands of debt forgiveness

Europe

Eyeing May re-election, UK’s Cameron says voters ‘deserve’ tax cuts

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech at a community centre in Bursledon, southern England, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

British prime minister says voters deserve to be rewarded with tax cuts ‘after years of sacrifice,’ pledging to reduce taxes if he wins election

Gadgets & Gear

Inroads made by Apple pay propel ‘mobile wallet’ idea

Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Apple’s payments service is making progress toward a goal that has eluded other mobile wallets: persuading people to use it

Europe

EU threatens to tighten Russia action on renewed Ukraine unrest

Russia sanctions. Picture:  REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV
2 day(s) ago

EU will likely tighten sanctions linked to the conflict in Ukraine following a renewed assault by pro-Moscow rebels

Companies

US car sales drive demand for palladium

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Supply shortage expected on rising vehicle sales and Russia and SA output declines, writes Laura Clarke

Europe

Banks expected to continue cutting jobs across the world

STRESS TESTS: A euro sign sculpture is seen in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. It is unclear whether the ECB exercise, involving a rigorous review of 131 banks’ assets and liabilities, will be sufficient to get more credit flowing into the ‘real economy’. Picture: MARTIN LEISSL/BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

Most European lenders started cutting after 2010, when euro area’s existence came into question as failing lenders and states rescuing them got caught in dangerous spiral

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Opinion Poll

Governors of some US states are sticking to plans to quarantine healthworkers returning from countries with Ebola, despite pressure from the White House. What you think of these measures?


55%
 
It’s fair, countries should be able to protect their people by whatever means necessary
12%
 
This is not fair to healthworkers volunteering to assist, and will badly affect Ebola-hit countries without sufficient help
33%
 
They are allowed to stay in their homes, and this is fair enough to minimise risk for all
Voting closed
Total votes 426

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