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South Africa’s finance minister Nhlanhla Nene  is the first minister to appear at the commission of inquiry into corruption in the public sector. Photograph: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s finance minister has said he was fired from his cabinet post in 2015 by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to sanction government(...)

Whisky expert Charles MacLean with the  bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 60 year-old 1926 to be auctioned in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A bottle of Scotch whisky, thought to be the world’s most valuable, has been sold for just over €950,000. The bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami fe(...)

 Chinese actress Fan Bingbing pictured during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in  May. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

China’s most famous actor Fan Bingbing has made a public apology after she was fined hundreds of millions of yuan for tax evasion, her first public pr(...)

As with sister brand Peugeot, Citroen is introducing the first of its plugin hybrids at the Paris motor show. Citroen’s plugin is based on the incomin(...)

The USS Decatur in the South China Sea. The US and China traded angry accusations after the Decatur and a Chinese warship nearly collided on September 30th. File photograph:  Diana Quinlan/US Navy via the New York Times

A Chinese destroyer came within 40m of the bow of a US Navy warship performing manoeuvres in a disputed section of the South China Sea, the latest esc(...)

PepsiCo has boosted advertising behind its trademark colas – Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Zero – to claw back market share from Coca-Cola. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

PepsiCo posted stronger than expected profit on Tuesday, boosted by beverage sales in North America that rose after a year of declines and as investme(...)

Peugeot’s stunning concept car, the e-Legend coupe

The Paris motor show 2018 has been more low key than in previous years, due to some big name car companies ignoring the event. However, that seems to (...)

The European Commission has proposed ending the biannual clock changes across the EU. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has confirmed it will carry out a public consultation on whether the State should end the practice of changing the clocks in spring and(...)

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The euro dropped on mounting uncertainty about Italy’s fiscal position, and the dollar pushed higher as emerging-market currencies slid. Stocks in Asi(...)

Renault has actually managed to pull off something of a surprise at the Paris motor show by introducing us to the K-ZE, its new affordable electric cr(...)

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