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LONDON (Reuters) - Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that sanctions against Russia over Ukraine remain unavoidable as long as Moscow does not respect Ukrainian sovereignty and help ensure what she called "European security with Russia, not against Russia".
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Western sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last "for a very long time", possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall reunited Europe, the European Union hailed a "historic turning point" in the Caribbean with the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund and Germany winger Marco Reus has been fined more than half a million euros for repeatedly driving without a licence, Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday.
(Reuters) - Josh Hazlewood's five for 68 on debut helped Australia battle back into the second test against India on Thursday but the contest remained in the balance when the hosts finished the second day in Brisbane on 221 for four.
KUALA LUMPUR: Texchem Resources Bhd expects its restaurant division to bring in RM300mil to the group’s overall revenue as it plans to bring in three new brands as well as to grow its existing businesses.
PETALING JAYA: A cosmetic company founder was charged with committing criminal breach of trust of over RM2.9mil.
Google will try to persuade a US judge to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from European authorities.
KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will increase its investment in alternative sources of energy to ameliorate the effects of a fossil fuel shortage going forward, says chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie.
KOTA KINABALU: Three workers were killed when a boiler at a noodle factory in the east coast Sandakan district exploded near here on Thursday.
TANGKAK: The priest of a Catholic church in Ledang here has been told by police that the hymm books that were seized recently will be returned.
Getting a 64GB or 128GB iPhone 6 or 6 Plus has been as elusive as that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, since telecommunication companies announced its availability on Nov 7.
Uber, the taxi app company under fire around the world, has filed an EU complaint against a French ban on amateur drivers doubling as chauffeurs, the European Union said.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Support for Sweden's Social Democrat-Green ruling coalition has grown after the government earlier in December said it planned to call a snap election, a poll published in daily Dagens Nyheter showed on Thursday.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Human rights groups and some politicians on Thursday urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott not to use a deadly siege in Sydney as a pretext to crack down on refugees after he repeatedly questioned why the attacker had received political asylum and welfare benefits in Australia.
KUCHING: A body of a woman has been found wrapped in a blanket next to a restaurant in Kota Sentosa here at about 6.30am Thursday.
Apple said it had halted online sales of iPhones, iPads and computers in Russia as the ruble’s plunge made it difficult for sellers of imported goods to fix local prices.
SINGAPORE: Gold climbed 1% to trade above US$1,200 an ounce on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve said it would take a "patient" approach in deciding when to raise interest rates even as the US economy strengthens.
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