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World 27 Dec 2008 | 12:00 AM

Guinea coup leader gets Senegal's backing

CONAKRY - Guinea's military junta was boosted by the endorsement of neighbouring Senegal as it attempted to garner international backing, and, after meeting political parties on Saturday, promised to stamp out the burgeoning drugs trade.

World 16 Dec 2008 | 12:00 AM

Fraying coalition adds to Japanese PM's woes

TOKYO (Reuters) - Cracks in the coalition between Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's long-ruling party and its junior partner are adding to the unpopular leader's headaches as he battles a deepening recession.

Business 11 Dec 2008 | 12:00 AM

East Asia growth to slow heavily next year

Economies in East Asia will slow substantially in 2009 as the credit crisis depresses capital flows, exports and investment despite government attempts to boost domestic demand, the World Bank said Wednesday.

Letters 30 Nov 2008 | 12:00 AM

Round one to taskmaster Rudd and his team

Nottwithstanding the official report of One Year Progress, published last week to mark its first anniversary, the Rudd government has made remarkable achievements - more than one could expect in a new administration's first 12 months in office.

Business 27 Nov 2008 | 12:00 AM

EU considers 200 billion euro boost and China slashes interest rates

Massive stimulus plans to drive the world out of recession took centre stage yesterday with Europe considering a more than 200 billion euro boost and China announcing its biggest interest rate cut in a decade.

World 10 Sep 2008 | 12:00 AM

Five line up to be Japan PM; aim fire at opposition

TOKYO (Reuters) - Five ruling party candidates vying to become Japan's next prime minister differed on Wednesday over how to boost a faltering economy, but they united in an unusually harsh attack on the opposition as they eyed a likely election.

Letters 13 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

KL finds a new mate Down Under

Kevin Rudd is Australia's new, fair dinkum (common Aussie term meaning real or honest) leader who is described 'as the best thing that has ever happened Down Under'.

Business 10 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM

BP chief: Era of cheap oil over

The era of cheap oil is over and fuel subsidies in a high price environment is not sustainable, according to BP Plc group chief executive Dr Tony Hayward.

World 22 May 2008 | 12:00 AM

French unions take on Sarkozy over pensions

PARIS (Reuters) - French unions staged nationwide protests on Thursday against plans by President Nicolas Sarkozy to make people work longer to qualify for a full pension.

World 22 May 2008 | 12:00 AM

French unions take on Sarkozy over pensions

PARIS (Reuters) - French unions staged nationwide protests on Thursday against plans by President Nicolas Sarkozy to make people work longer to qualify for a full pension.