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Business 24 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Bank Negara defends rules

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara has defended its move to impose responsible lending guidelines among financial institutions amid continued unhappiness from some automotive players that the new loan rules are affecting their sales.

Letters 23 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Uncertainty as UN meet starts

The 13th UNCTAD conference began last weekend with an impressive turnout of political leaders but there are tense undercurrents below the surface calm.

World 23 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Euro-style austerity at home? No thanks Germans say

GUETERSLOH, Germany (Reuters) - Two years ago voters in this industrial city on the eastern edge of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) narrowly backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a regional election.

World 23 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Former Iceland PM to learn if guilty in 2008 crisis

REYKJAVIK, April 23 (Reuters) - The only politician in the world to stand trial for their role in the 2008 financial crisis will learn their fate on Monday when a court in tiny Iceland rules on whether the island's former prime minister was grossly negligent or not.

World 23 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Euro-style austerity at home? No thanks Germans say

GUETERSLOH, Germany (Reuters) - Two years ago voters in this industrial city on the eastern edge of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) narrowly backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a regional election.

Global Trends 23 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Uncertainty as UN meet starts

The 13th UNCTAD conference began last weekend with an impressive turnout of political leaders but there are tense undercurrents below the surface calm.

World 22 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

China's geologist premier meets unease in Iceland

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Few suspicions are raised by the sight of another geologist pottering around Iceland's natural wonders of rock, fire and ice - unless that geologist is also the Chinese premier.

World 22 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Dazzle fades as Sarkozy depends on far right

PARIS (Reuters) - Five years after his passionate promises to shake up France and put more money in workers' pockets swept him to power, Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting for his political life.

World 22 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Former Iceland PM to learn if guilty in 2008 crisis

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - The only politician in the world to stand trial for their role in the 2008 financial crisis will learn their fate on Monday when a court in tiny Iceland rules on whether the island's former prime minister was grossly negligent or not.

World 21 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

Factbox - France's stuttering economy ahead of vote

PARIS (Reuters) - France votes on Sunday in the first round of an election which could make Socialist Francois Hollande the country's first left-wing president in 17 years just as new worries about the euro zone is putting a renewed focus on the bloc's No. 2 economy.