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Death toll from Yemeni suicide bomb rises

Soldiers loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi ride at the back of a pick-up truck during a parade in Yemen's northern province of Marib on Monday. Picture: REUTERS

Médicins Sans Frontieres says the wounded were brought into a hospital it runs in Aden after an attacker drove his vehicle into new recruits at a militia compound

Middle East

Iranian nuclear ‘spy’ out on bail

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Iranian media outlets report that dual national, Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani, senior accountant involved in banking-related aspects of nuclear talks has been arrested for espionage


Rousseff defence calls witnesses in showdown

Dilma Rousseff. Picture: REUTERS

Rousseff’s accusers lay out their case, arguing that she’s criminally irresponsible and helped run once-booming Brazil into the ground

African News

Japan premier leads conference bid to woo Africa

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday. Picture: EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Shinzo Abe hopes Japanese corporates will shake up Africa’s trade dynamics after years of aggressive Chinese encroachment


Flags at half mast as Italy mourns earthquake dead

A relative of a victim cries in front of the coffin before the mass funeral for some of the victims of the earthquake that devastated central Italy, in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, on Saturday.  Picture: EPA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI

Italy observes a day of mourning for the victims of an earthquake that killed nearly 300 people


Burkini ban in one French Riveira town overturned, but other resorts dig in

A woman wears a burkini in a protest outside the French embassy in London on August 25 2016, against bans on women wearing the full-body swimsuit to the beach in about 30 French coastal towns. Picture: EPA

A ruling from France’s highest court applies only to Villeneuve-Loubet, and other towns continue to fine women wearing the full-body swimsuit


WATCH: How Brexit is changing the global investment landscape

Now that the shock has worn off, will Brexit benefit the global investment arena? Investec Wealth & Investment expert Ryan Friedman takes a look



Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot

IN FORCE:  People wave national flags in Istanbul during the Democracy and Martyrs Rally organised by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by the ruling AK Party, opposition Republican People’s Party and Nationalist Movement Party. Picture: REUTERS/UMIT BEKTAS

Three former top diplomats, including an advisor to ex-president Abdullah Gul, arrested over links to failed July 15 coup


Dilma Rousseff’s trial begins

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech in Brasilia, Brazil, on Wednesday. She said: 'Impeachment is a putschist process'. Picture: AFP PHOTO/EVARISTO SA

Supreme Court hears witnesses for and against suspended Brazilian president, trial is expected to end with her removal from office


Deadly car bomb hits southeastern Turkish town

Smoke rises from buildings at the site of a car bomb explosion at a police headquarters in Cizre, located in Turkey's Sirnak province bordering both Syria and Iraq, in this still image from video August 26, 2016.   Picture: REUTERS

The explosion at police headquarters in Cizre is the latest in a spate of attacks in the turbulent region near the borders with Syria and Iraq


UN close to securing Aleppo aid ceasefire

A Free Syrian Army tank fires southwest of Aleppo, Syria, on August 2. Picture: REUTERS/ABDULRHMAN ISLAIL

Russia has agreed to the 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire but the UN is still waiting for the other parties

A Free Syrian Army tank fires southwest of Aleppo, Syria, on August 2. Picture: REUTERS/ABDULRHMAN ISLAIL

Who is fighting whom in Syria, and why?

Peaceful protests evolved into a complex war involving jihadists and global powers: here is a rundown of battle lines in a conflict that has claimed nearly 300,000 lives


Fed may get more recession-fighting tools, says Janet Yellen

Federal Reserve. Picture: AFP PHOTO/KAREN BLEIER

The Fed chief flags that current tools at its disposal are insufficient to deal with future deep and prolonged economic downturns


Xi appoints new blood to lead key provinces

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Picture: REUTERS/MARK SCHIEFELBEIN

Xinhua says new party bosses have been appointed to serve in strategic province of Yunnan and populous Hunan


Japan pledges $30bn for Africa over the next three years

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, greets the chairperson of the AU Idriss Deby at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS

Investment is for ‘Japan and Africa to grow together’, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe tells Ticad conference


What Africa can learn from Sheffield’s investment deal with China

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Sheffield case shows what is possible if the negotiating partner is firm about insisting on certain conditions for any deal


EU denies anti-US bias in firms’ tax probes

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Picture: REUTERS/ALVIN BAEZ

European Commission rebuffs attack by US Treasury on its investigations into alleged sweetheart tax deals


Soybeans trip up top traders, prompt rare offer to US farmers


Two major agricultural trading houses bungled crop sales they made on behalf of US farmers because of what one described as ‘unique’ price moves for soybeans


Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens

Policemen check the identity documents of a man outside the HDI soccer arena after the friendly football match Germany and  the Netherlands was called off for security reasons in Hanover, Germany, on Tuesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel was to attend. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PATRIK STOLLARZ

Civil defence plan is Germany’s first since end of Cold War in 1995 when security policies were eased in wake of German reunification


African samurai Yasuke caused a stampede

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, greets the chairperson of the AU Idriss Deby at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS

The 16-century African samurai from northern Mozambique was held in awe for his height and dark skin in Japan


Trump absurdities reason for Clinton vices to be overlooked

A protester holds an anti-Clinton poster in Reno, Nevada, the US. Picture: BLOOMBERG/PATRICK FALLON

The Donald’s antics obscure legitimate criticisms of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton

International companies


Apple issues fix after security flaw found in iPhones and iPads

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Citizen Lab worked with security company Lookout and found a link would have installed a program taking advantage of a three flaws that Apple was unaware of


VW to pay over $1bn to car dealers in the US for losses from cheating scandal

VW Golf. Picture: SUPPLIED

While the vehicle maker has already settled with car owners and regulators, VW still faces investor claims and possible criminal charges


South32 operations set to stay mothballed

Graham Kerr. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

South32 does not anticipate it will be bringing back mothballed capacity at its aluminium and manganese operations in Southern Africa over the next two years


Cook’s Apple reaped $373m


Tim Cook marks five-year anniversary as Apple’s CEO

Peter Steenkamp. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Harmony in Golpu mining lease bid

Harmony and its Australian partner submit application for special mining lease for copper and gold project in Papua New Guinea


Geneva tipped to slash corporate tax rate

KEEPING COMPANY:  Multinationals from Procter & Gamble to commodity trader Mercuria Energy Group account for 76,000 jobs and 40% of the economy. Picture: REUTERS

Canton that is home to almost 1,000 multinationals set to use tax to burnish its appeal


Mylan moves to drop drug price after Clinton attack

EpiPen epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan pharmaceutical company.  Picture: REUTERS/JIM BOURG

Mylan takes action to address pricing criticism by Hillary Clinton after shares plummeting


That Egyptian cotton bedsheet of yours might be more Indian than African

Walmart. Picture: SUPPLIED

US retailers have pulled thousands of items from shelves and cut ties with Welspun India after a probe showed Welspun had used nonEgyptian cotton for two years


French knifeman’s links to Islamic State probed after Australian killing

Three police officers stand guard at the Meiser neighbourhood in Schaarbeek - Schaerbeek in Brussels on Friday during an anti-terrorist operation. picture: AFP

But Australian police are not ruling out any motive for the tourists’ attack at a backpackers’ hotel in northern Queensland


Singapore first to launch self-driving taxi service

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Trial launch of world’s first self-driving taxi service, although small, illustrates how intense global race to develop autonomous driving vehicles has become


The positively charged politics of negative interest rates

Yanis Varoufakis. Picture: REUTERS

Central bankers responding creatively to the Great Deflation have jettisoned the myth of independent monetary policy, writes Yanis Varoufakis


UN/OPCW inquiry blames Syrian government for gas attacks

A man carries an injured person during an airstrike on Aleppo's rebel held al-Fardous district, in Syria in Saturday. Picture: REUTERS/ABDALRHMAN ISMAIL

Inquiry results set stage for Security Council showdown between five veto-wielding powers over whether sanctions should be imposed against Syria


Voting starts in divisive UK Labour contest

A newspaper shows an image of new Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn in Brighton, the UK. Picture: AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL

Veteran leftist Jeremy Corbyn is favourite to win and retains the backing of most trade unions and many grassroots supporters

Shoppers cross the road in Oxford Street, London, Britain.  Picture: REUTERS

British economy bearing up under Brexit strain, but is it a boom?

The high streets are heaving and there are few signs of the distress expected after the UK’s shock vote to leave the EU

Opinion & Analysis

Nixon’s ghost visible in Trump’s fear mongering campaign

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks following victory in the New York state primary on Tuesday in New York City. Picture: AFP

Nixon’s cultural message, the stoking of white middle-class anger, feeds Trump and will increasingly dominate his campaign, writes Edward Luce


North Korea fires submarine-launched missile towards Japan

An undated official handout file photograph shows the test-firing of new-type large-caliber multiple launch rocket system by the North Korean military. The image was released in March 2016. Picture: EPA/KCNA

The launch came days after South Korea and the US began military exercises that North Korea views as a preparation for invasion


Rousseff’s impeachment trial begins

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Picture: REUTERS

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski reminds Senators that they must act as judges and put aside their political views


Damage to Myanmar’s architectural heritage is heartbreaking

A general view shows the damage at the Sulamani temple in Bagan, southwest of Mandalay, Myanmar, on Thursday. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar, two people died and several pagodas were damaged in the ancient city Bagan and some parts of central Myanmar.  Picture: EPA/HEIN HTET

Myanmar takes stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in ancient capital Bagan, after powerful earthquake hit country, killing three


India moves to ban booming commercial surrogacy business

PROBING: Pregnant women’s data are valuable to advertisers as they make big purchases.   Picture: THINKSTOCK

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj says the new rule bars foreign and gay couples from surrogacy services in India if parliament passed the bill


Turkey sends tanks into Syria

Turkish army tanks on a hill overlooking the Syrian border town of Jarablus on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/UMIT BEKTAS

In Ankara US Vice-President Joe Biden urges Kurdish rebels to pull back east of the Euphrates River or face reprisals

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