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Turkey's economy continues to boom

Turkish GDP has risen more than forecast. Gross domestic product grew in the third quarter by 4.4 percent from the same period last year.<p>Strong domestic demand offset a weaker export performance. Exports held back growth in the third quarter, falling 2.2 percent from a year earlier, despite a …

US taxpayers no longer own part of General Motors

Washington’s bailout of General Motors is over. The US Treasury has sold its last shares in America’s largest carmaker, taking a $10 billion loss (7.25 billion euros).<p>It stepped in to stop the collapse of GM and Chrysler during the 2007-2009 financial crisis.<p>“This important chapter in our nation’s …

GM joins Ford in quiting carmaking in Australia

Australia is losing another carmaker. General Motors says it will stop making vehicles down under by 2017.<p>This comes just months after Ford said it will close its plants there in two years time.<p>GM’s reasoning is the same as Ford’s – the Australian currency is too strong, production costs there are …

India reinstates law banning gay sex

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality which was abolished in 2009 will be reinstated.<p>Supporters of gay rights in the country said they were angry and sad but would continue the fight for equal rights.<p>The Supreme Court said that the 2009 High Court …

US considers sanctions against Ukraine as Yanukovych's offer of talks with the opposition is rejected

The barriers have gone up again in Independence Square in Kyiv with the protesters defiant in the teeth of a bitter chill. Diplomatic relations too are plummeting towards a deep freeze.<p>The US State department has warned it is considering economic action against Ukraine. “All policy options are on …

Catherine Ashton in talks with Ukraine about a trade agreement with Europe

EU Foreign Relations Chief, Catherine Ashton, is urging Ukraine to sign a trade agreement with Europe.<p>President Yanukovych previously rejected a deal, which has led to weeks of unrest.<p>Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister is to travel to Brussels on Wednesday for more talks.<p>Ashton says Yanukovych has …

US and UK officials suspend aid to Syrian rebels

US and UK officials have suspended non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels in the north of the country following reports that Islamist insurgents had seized several Free Syrian Army bases.<p>‘Non-lethal aid’ includes medicine, vehicles and communications equipment.<p>The Western-backed FSA is apparently under …

Ukraine's deputy prime minister in talks with EU commissioner

Talks about a trade agreement between Ukraine and the EU resumed today in Brussels.<p>Europe’s Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle sat down with Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov.<p>That’s despite Ukraine refusing to sign the deal last month.<p>But Füle says the EU is ready to move ahead.<p>“The …

Italian interior minister warns of "spiral of rebellion" after fourth day of social unrest

Ventimiglia on the Italian-French border is the latest place to be hit by the so called “pitchfork “ anti-government protests which have spread across Italy. Police fired tear gas and clashed with demonstrators on what was the fourth day of rallies.<p>The Interior Minister Angelino Alfano warned …

European Parliament calls for EU intervention in Ukraine crisis

The European Parliament has called on the EU to do more to support eastern partners seeking closer European ties.<p>The session in Strasbourg passed a resolution condemning the “brutal use of force against peaceful demonstrations,” demanding the immediate release of detained protesters, and calling …

North Korea: leader Kim Jong-un's uncle 'executed for treason'

Previously considered the second most powerful man in North Korea, Jang Song-taek, uncle of leader Kim Jong-un, has been executed.<p>North Korea’s news agency KCNA said he was executed immediately after a military tribunal found him guilty of treason for seeking to overthrow the state.<p>“The accused …

EU-Ukraine trade deal could go ahead

The EU has held out a promise of more financial aid for Ukraine, if it signs a trade pact.<p>Serhiy Arbuzov, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, has been to Brussels to seek assistance for the troubled nation.<p>Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fuele, told a press conference he had offered a road map …

Spanish government condemns 'illegality' of Catalonia's plans for a vote on independence

The Spanish government has vowed not to authorise a referendum to decide if Catalonia will become an independent state.<p>Spain’s Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, made the declaration just moments after Catalan officials announced a deal to hold a vote on the issue.<p>The referendum is …

Thousands shelter in Bangui airport as unrest plagues Central African Republic

Despite the arrival of 1,600 French troops, and patrols by the FOMAC African peacekeepers, the situation in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) has yet to be fully stabilised.<p>Many people are taking refuge in Bangui airport where Doctors Without Borders, the only humanitarian aid …

North Korea outrage over behaviour of Kim Jong-un's uncle

North Koreans have expressed outrage at the behaviour of leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle and advisor, Jang Song-taek, who has been executed.<p>Jang had been considered the second most powerful man in the North. State media said he was immediately executed after a military tribunal found him guilty of …

Iran nuclear talks halted amid row over US sanctions

<b>Iran's delegation has left talks on the implementation of a deal over its nuclear programme after the expansion of a US sanctions blacklist.</b><p>US Secretary of State John Kerry said he expected the talks to resume in the next few days.<p>Iran said the US actions went against the spirit of an agreement …

The liberator Pyne to cut uni red tape

As Rousseau nearly said, universities are born free but are everywhere in chains. Education Minister Christopher Pyne promised earlier this week to …

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Tony Abbott flags changes to make adoption system easier and faster

The Abbott Government is considering capping the length of time agencies have to process adoption applications to make it easier and faster for …

Electricity prices will fall with or without carbon price

The forecast also found that households can make significant savings if they opt to move off the regulated price tariffs.<p>They could cut their power …

PM - Aid workers say legislation failing to protect Afghan women from increasing violence 13/12/2013

DAVID MARK: The United Nations says violence against women in Afghanistan is on the rise, but authorities there have acted on only a small number of …