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Commuters stand on a platform as they wait to board a train at a station in Tokyo, Japan. Japan’s economy grew just 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, compared with the previous quarter, confounding forecasts of a 0.7 per cent gain. The disappointing result will keep pressure on the Bank of Japan to support the economy once an increase in the sales tax goes through in April. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Asian shares built on their recent rally overnighty as worries about emerging markets continued to ebb, sucking the safe-haven support out of t(...)

Among Group of 20 economies, Germany, where Angela Merkel won a third term as chancellor, ranked highest at 14th in the Global Gender Gap Report from the Global Economic Forum. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/reuters

The world’s gender gaps narrowed slightly this year, with Iceland showing the least inequality among men and women, a report by the World Economic For(...)

Former prime minister Paul Keating: lost the argument back in the 1990s.

Australia’s Asia did not figure much in its federal election campaign, but the issue is squarely there in the preoccupation with the economy and jobs (...)

Secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon arrives in Russia ahead of the G20 summit. Photograph:  Alexey Kudenko/RIA Novosti via Getty Images

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon will attend the Group of 20 summit in Russia to keep alive an initiative for a peace conference on Syria.(...)

Action required on refugee crisis

“Syria has become the greatest tragedy of this century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent hi(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while speaking about Syria during a joint news conference with Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt  in Stockholm today. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama said today he hoped Russian president Vladimir Putin would change his position of opposing military action against military tar(...)

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin in 2012. Mr Obama’s decision marks the first time any US president has cancelled a publicly announced presidential visit in Russia since the end of the cold war. Photograph: New York Times

President Barack Obama has cancelled a summit meeting with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, officials said yesterday, a response to frustrati(...)

Committee member Richard Boyd Barrett contested Mr Saint-Amans’s view that Ireland was not a tax haven

Ireland is emphatically not a tax haven, according to the head of the tax division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The c(...)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (attends a news conference as part of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors’ meeting. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The Group of 20 nations put growth ahead of austerity as it seeks to rebalance a multi-speed global economy, pledging to shift policy carefully so tha(...)

Protesters in Athen. Since the Greeks want to remain inside the eurozone, they have to bear the resultant pain.

Two and a half thousand years ago, Greece shaped the western mind. More recently, it shaped the response to the financial crisis. Greece suffered a ca(...)

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