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Syrians within a group of refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border after fleeing Syria, near Sanliurfa, Turkey. Picture: EPA/ULAS YUNUS TOSUN

IS jihadists approach Syrian border town

1 day(s) ago

Despite air strikes, Islamic State fighters close in to within a few kilometres of key Kurdish town on Syria’s border with Turkey

Europe

Surging violence claims thirteen lives in Ukraine

IN MEMORIAM: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lays roses at a monument yesterday marking the 73rd anniversary of the Nazi massacre of Jews in Babi Yar, Kiev. Picture:
18 hour(s) ago

This is the deadliest surge of violence since the government and pro-Russian insurgents struck a shaky truce in their five-month conflict

Americas

Security probe after US flights grounded

Passenger wait in line to reschedule flights at O'Hare International Airport on Friday in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. Picture: SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES/AFP
18 hour(s) ago

One man armed with petrol and knives to blame for crippling the country’s air-traffic system

Asia-Pacific

India police arrest 140 after religious clashes

Narendra Modi.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

An image posted on Facebook has triggered the violence

Asia-Pacific

US and UK back Hong Kong demonstrators

Pro-democracy protesters flash lights outside the Hong Kong government headquarters, on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on Monday. Picture: EPA/ALEX HOFFORD
18 hour(s) ago

The US government says it is closely watching democracy protests in Hong Kong, and supports the ‘aspirations of the Hong Kong people’

Middle East

No Syrian peace talks while Islamists rampage, UN told

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover in Ashrafieh, Aleppo. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Syria will not begin talks to end three-and-a-half-year war while ‘terrorism is still rampant’ in the country

Asia-Pacific

Dozens feared dead on Japanese volcano, search called off

A handout picture released on Sunday by Japan's Defence Ministry Joint Staff shows Japanese self-defence force members and firefighters during a rescue operation on Mount Ontake. Picture: EPA/JAPANESE DEFENSE MINISTRY JOINT STAFF / HANDOUT
1 day(s) ago

At least 36 people are feared dead after Japanese volcano erupts without warning at weekend, but search for victims is abandoned because of fears of toxic gases

Opinion

Branson’s big holiday offer will benefit Virgin more than staff

New unlimited leave policy Richard Branson offers is not as rosy as it sounds

Opinion

THE CHATTER: Nation of shopkeepers is at the end of a long road

ONLINE SHOPPING:  Tesco says it is building its online business to attract more big-spenders. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

What Britons have not registered is that fate of their cherished supermarkets matters very little

An Apple store in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district. Picture: REUTERS

Black market springs up for new Apple phones

China has warned people against becoming ‘slaves of iPhone 6’, write Tim Higgins and Edmond Lococo

Europe

EU allays concern on US trade deal

US dollar, euro and Swiss franc banknotes are displayed in a bank in Budapest, Hungary, in this August 8 2011 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

The woman likely to become the EU’s new trade chief seeks to reassure legislators that US companies will not be able to challenge Europe’s safety and environmental rules

Americas

Jobs gain in US lifts consumer spending

Janet Yellen. Picture: REUTERS/GARY CAMERON
18 hour(s) ago

The 0.5% increase in purchases in August is more than forecast and follows little change in July

Europe

Swiss central bank ‘does not rule out negative interest rates’

The headquarters of the  Swiss National Bank (SNB) in Zurich. The SNB and the South African Reserve Bank are among the few central banks worldwide with private shareholders. Picture: RENÉ VOLLGRAAFF
1 day(s) ago

Swiss National Bank does not rule out use of negative interest rates to defend its cap on Swiss franc and ward off deflation, chairman Thomas Jordan says

Americas

US second-quarter growth revised up to a brisk 4.6% pace

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

The stronger growth profile provides a firmer base for the third quarter

Americas

US has not seen evidence of Abadi-reported subway plot, says White House

US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stand for a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi informs French and US governments about newly obtained information that points to possible attacks against subways


International companies


Europe

Allianz not reeling in subsidiary Pimco

Bill Gross, co-founder and co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). Picture: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG
1 day(s) ago

German insurer says it has no plans to increase oversight of Pimco after shock departure of co-founder sent shares in the parent tumbling

Europe

Watchdog to clarify Apple and Fiat tax probes

Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

European Union regulators will provide more details on the launch of in-depth inquiries into Ireland and Luxembourg’s respective tax arrangements with Apple and Fiat

Europe

LVMH’s Tag Heuer unit faces job cuts

Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Swiss watch market growing at a slower pace than expected, leading to output and job cuts at Tag Heuer

Americas

CEO says Pimco ready for new leadership model

Douglas Hodge, CEO of Pimco, speaks at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) annual meeting in New York, in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG
1 day(s) ago

Pimco moving away from founder-led model and $2-trillion asset manager’s flagship fund ‘does not define Pimco’

Picture: REUTERS

Greenberg’s battle over AIG bail-out begins

Investor says rescue of insurer trampled rights, write Andrew Zajac, Patrick G Lee and David Voreacos

Europe

Lloyds sacks staff over Libor scandal

DISPUTE: Pedestrians pass the entrance to a Lloyds TSB bank branch, part of the Lloyds Banking Group, in London. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Banking group dismisses eight employees and reclaims bonuses after fine of £226m for rigging benchmark interest rates

Europe

UBS braces for fines

Pedestrians wait to cross a road outside a branch of UBS bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland, in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG
1 day(s) ago

Swiss bank faces new fines after confirming it was holding talks to settle allegations it was involved in rigging foreign exchange rates

Americas

US attorney-general to step down

A MATTER OF SECURITY: US Attorney-General Eric Holder at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington DC on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Eric Holder says he will step down, setting up potentially bruising Senate fight to confirm successor who can tackle long list of pending challenges at Justice Department

Americas

Hackers exploit ‘Shellshock’ bug with worms in early attacks

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Hackers exploiting the newly identified computer bug using fast-moving worm viruses to scan for vulnerable systems and then infect them

Americas

Apple sorry for software glitch, but defends new iPhones

A man holds an iPhone 6 in a mobile phone shop in Moscow. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Company seeks to minimise reports that its new handsets are susceptible to bending — one analyst described the damaging claims as ‘a black eye’ for Apple

Americas

Global conflict boosts US defence stocks

MILITARY TARGET: An abandoned Iraqi security forces vehicle is pictured on a road in Tikrit, 140km northwest of Baghdad, which was overran by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday (ISIL), June 11, 2014. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Investors see rising sales for makers of missiles, drones and other weapons

Asia-Pacific

More than 30 feared dead on Japan volcano, say police

A handout picture released on Sunday by Japan's Defence Ministry Joint Staff shows Japanese self-defence force members and firefighters during a rescue operation on Mount Ontake. Picture: EPA/JAPANESE DEFENSE MINISTRY JOINT STAFF / HANDOUT
2 day(s) ago

First deaths confirmed among more than 30 hikers feared killed near the peak of Japanese volcano that erupted without warning

Europe

Schism over Europe mars Tories’ last big pre-election conference

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron sits with Ffion Hague, wife of the Leader of the House, William Hague, as he speaks on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, central England, in September. Picture: LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Conservative party’s schism over Europe overshadows party’s bid to pitch a growing economy and lower welfare spending to voters

Asia-Pacific

Islamic State tightens grip on Syrian border town

MISSING: A relatives of one of the Lebanese soldiers kidnapped by fighters linked to the radical Sunni Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front (JAN), attaches positions a poster with pictures of those kidnapped on  a tent in Martyrs’ Square, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/NABIL MOUNZER
4 day(s) ago

Kurdish forces say they have pushed back the advance on Kobani, but appealed for US-led air strikes on the insurgents’ tanks and heavy weapons

Europe

IS ‘plans to attack US, France’

Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Information comes from militants captured in Iraq, says Prime Minister Haide al-Abadi

Americas

Obama calls for more action to tackle Ebola

Passengers arriving at Incheon airport are screened by a heat detector in South Korea as fear of the Ebola virus spreads in Asia. Picture: EPA
5 day(s) ago

Health systems in affected countries have been overwhelmed and UN has made repeated urgent appeals for more doctors, nurses, equipment and supplies

Europe

Cooking of Libor sees tighter rules

Picture: BLOOMBERG/DANIEL ACKER
5 day(s) ago

The UK government plans to criminalise the manipulation of seven more benchmarks in markets from foreign exchange to gold and oil

Asia-Pacific

IMF expects 2015 growth in China to be ‘well above’ 7%

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

International Monetary Fund downplays risks of cooling property market in world’s second-largest economy

World

US attack on Islamic State in Syria sign of shifting Middle Eastern alliances

LONG GAME: US President Barack Obama has tried to debunk the critique that being a reluctant  warrior is a weakness. Picture: AFP PHOTO
7 day(s) ago

Attacks take place with no objection — and even signs of tacit approval — from Syrian government, and are backed by Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE

Opinion

New Development Bank could change global financial landscape

Picture: THINKSTOCK

If Brics countries are able to achieve unity of purpose, this group and its bank could become very powerful in changing financial landscape, writes Mark Mobius

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Use democracy to fight IS

US President Barack Obama delivers his state of the union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

While US president’s sense of broader responsibility for responding to IS continues to resonate, it was British Prime Minister David Cameron who struck a more realistic and measured tone

MILITARY TARGET: An abandoned Iraqi security forces vehicle is pictured on a road in Tikrit, 140km northwest of Baghdad, which was overran by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday (ISIL), June 11, 2014. Picture: REUTERS

France strikes Islamic State in Iraq after US-led Syrian raids

French fighter jets strike targets in Iraq and US and allies step up air raids in Syria against Islamic State militants who have taken over large areas of both countries

Middle East

US-led strikes destroy IS-held refineries in Syria

Syrian Kurds wait behind  border fences to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc, in Sanliurfa province, on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Pentagon says US-led warplanes hit IS targets in Iraq and Syria

Middle East

Afghanistan swears in new leader amid dispute

Ashraf Ghani. Picture: EPA/OMAR SOBHANI
1 day(s) ago

Deal for unity government cobbled together after months of deadlock over vote in which Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah both claimed victory

Americas

Obama says US intelligence underestimated Islamic State

Barack Obama. Picture: AFP PHOTO/POOL/SAUL LOEB
1 day(s) ago

Head of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch says militants will attack West in retaliation for air strikes, and US president acknowledges intelligence underestimated rise of IS

Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong’s student protesters ignite campaign against Beijing

Protesters block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters, in Hong Kong on Monday. Picture: CARLOS BARRIA/ REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Teenage students storm streets of Hong Kong in their tens of thousands and electrify long-running protest against Beijing’s attempts to control financial hub

Opinion

Mao Zedong a bizarre choice of icon for ANC to honour

A portrait of Mao Zedong is displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.  Picture: THINKSTOCK

History and all its messiness is not a guide to best democratic practice, moral virtue or principled action

Business Times

JPMorgan tops banking table

Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

JPMorgan is top performing investment bank in first half of year, making about R128.5-billion in revenue

Business Times

Robotic cheerleading squad showcases sensor technology

Japan's electronic parts maker Murata Manufacturing unveils 10 small robots for cheerleading, known as the Murata Cheerleaders,  at a media preview in Tokyo on Thursday. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

Murata, a major electronics manufacturer, says technology has big potential, such as helping cars stabilise on slippery or damaged roads

Mining

BHP opts for a London listing after all

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

The decision marks the latest management U-turn in an industry that is having to respond to rising shareholder activism

Business Times

Workers hack firms in revenge

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Employees with an axe to grind are increasingly using internet cloud services and other computer tools to hack their current or former companies' systems

Middle East

Air strikes in Syria hit Islamic State-held areas near Turkey

Syrians within a group of refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border after fleeing Syria, near Sanliurfa, Turkey. Picture: EPA/ULAS YUNUS TOSUN
6 day(s) ago

Overnight air strikes hit near area that tens of thousands of Kurds have fled as militant group advances, says organisation that tracks Syrian war

Americas

Obama embraces US’s ‘indispensability’ in world affairs

Barack Obama. Picture: AFP PHOTO/POOL/SAUL LOEB
5 day(s) ago

President has always made it plain that he would take out threats to America’s national security, writes Margaret Talev

Asia-Pacific

China finds fake trade deals worth $10bn

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

A large number of Chinese companies found to have forged, altered and reused documents to create fake trade deals, says regulator

Asia-Pacific

India triumphs in maiden Mars mission, sets record in space race

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

First country from Asia to reach Mars, while mission costs fraction of similar Nasa probe

 
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