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Tensions sink German sentiment for ninth straight month

Tensions sink German sentiment for ninth straight month

Investor sentiment in Germany fell for the ninth month in a row in September amid jitters about the economic fallout from global crises, a survey indicated on Tuesday. The widely watched investor confidence index for Europe's top economy calculated by the ZEW economic institute fell by 1.7 points to 6.9 points in September, it...

Scores of migrants 'drown off Libya'

Scores of migrants 'drown off Libya'

Many migrants have drowned while trying to reach Europe after their boat sank off Libya, the Libyan navy says. Navy spokesman Ayub Qassem said 36 people had been rescued after the vessel - which carried 250 - went down near Tajoura, east of Tripoli. "There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea," Qassem...

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

A convoy of more than 200 trucks that Russia says is carrying humanitarian aid has crossed the border into Ukraine without permission, a senior Ukrainian Border Service official said yesterday. Col Serhiy Astahov, assistant to the Ukrainian Border Service chief, told CNN that 217 trucks have crossed the Ukrainian border. Ukrainian border guards and customs...

Russia 'to alter military doctrine towards Nato'

Russia 'to alter military doctrine towards Nato'

Russia is to alter its military doctrine as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says. Mikhail Popov, a Kremlin adviser, said that deteriorating relations with the US and Nato would be reflected in the updated military strategy. Nato said on Monday it would boost its...

The silence of the BRICS

The world, it seems, is in the grip of geopolitical anomie. No leader, group of leaders, or institution commands sufficient authority to restore any semblance of international order and peace. For many, this global rudderlessness recalls Europe's sleepwalk into catastrophe 100 years ago. There are certainly some uncanny similarities between current events and that fateful time. The downing in eastern Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 echoed the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in its recklessness, not to mention...

Emirates reduces fares for travellers from Bangladesh

Emirates has announced special return fares for both business and economy class travellers from Bangladesh to select destinations in the USA, Europe, Africa and Middle East, the airline said in a statement yesterday. Passengers travelling from Dhaka can book their return journey to North America starting at $1,278 for economy class and $3,392 for business class, as well as other destinations across the carrier's global network for travel between September 11 and December this year, it said. For Europe, the return...

Tragedy struck them twice

An Australian family has been struck by both Malaysia Airlines tragedies, losing two members of their extended family in the MH17 crash four months after another couple went missing on MH370. Maree and Albert Rizk, who were returning to Melbourne after a month-long holiday in Europe, died Thursday when MH17 came down in eastern Ukraine, Australian media reported. Maree's father is married to a member of a Queensland family which lost husband and wife Rodney and Mary Burrows on MH370 when...

Pilots warned about Ukraine airspace dangers

Pilots warned about Ukraine airspace dangers

Aviation safety authorities in the United States and Europe warned pilots in April about potential risks flying in or near Ukraine airspace, where a Malaysian Airlines passenger airliner went down on Thursday. The US Federal Aviation Administration on April 23 issued a "special notice" regarding Ukrainian airspace to US aviators and air carriers advising...

Africa fails to grow yet again

Africa fails to grow yet again

The whole point about a World Cup is that it is supposed to be a global event, not just a private rivalry between the continents of Europe and South America, so it was gratifying to see one of the goals of the tournament scored by Tim Cahill of Australia. Cahill's volley against Holland, coupled...

Russia cuts Ukraine's gas after talks fail

Europe risked gas supply disruptions yesterday after Russia rejected an 11th-hour compromise deal and cut supplies to Ukraine in a feud that has further fractured East-West relations. Ukraine hosted the last-gasp talks hoping to keep an energy shortage from compounding the problems of the new pro-Western leaders as they confront a two-month separatist insurgency threatening the very survival of the ex-Soviet state. But Russia's state gas giant Gazprom said it had switched Ukraine to a pre-payment system at 0600 GMT --...

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