Mar 15, 2013 06:15 EDT
German insurance giant Allianz expects its net profit to be stable or slightly higher this year as well as in 2014, according to its annual report published Friday.
Mar 14, 2013 11:26 EDT
London and Paris are seeking to lift an EU embargo to enable them to arm Syrian rebels, the French foreign minister said on Thursday, angering Damascus but drawing a guarded welcome from the opposition.
Mar 14, 2013 10:27 EDT
The balance of power in Syria will eventually shift to rebel forces but a protracted civil war risks destabilising the whole region, a leading think-tank warned Thursday in its annual report on world military strengths.
Mar 05, 2013 06:44 EST
Designer drugs are multiplying at a worrying rate and increasingly sending users to hospital, a UN-affiliated report said Tuesday, calling for international efforts to stem the spread of these substances.
Feb 19, 2013 04:18 EST
Insurgent attacks on Afghan government employees soared by 700 percent last year even as the overall 2012 civilian death toll from the war fell for the first time in six years, the UN said Tuesday.
Feb 07, 2013 13:54 EST
India's government said the economy will likely register its slowest annual growth in a decade and expand just 5.0 percent in the fiscal year ending in March, citing official estimates released Thursday.
Jan 31, 2013 10:48 EST
The euphoria of the Arab Spring has given way to abuses as new governments fail to respect freedom of expression and other basic rights, Human Rights Watch warned in its annual report Thursday.
Jan 21, 2013 22:09 EST
Five years after the global financial crisis hit, unemployment numbers continue to soar, with a record 202 million people worldwide expected to be officially jobless this year, the International Labour Organization said Tuesday.
Jan 04, 2013 07:48 EST
Luxury German carmaker Mercedes-Benz said on Friday it had achieved record sales in 2012, driven by accelerating growth in China and the United States.
Jan 03, 2013 09:08 EST
New car registrations in Germany, a key gauge of demand in one of the most important sectors of Europe's biggest economy, fell nearly three percent last year, official data showed Thursday.
Jan 01, 2013 10:24 EST
Violence in Iraq dropped in 2012, data released Tuesday showed, but insurgents proved they were still capable of mounting waves of attacks and a watchdog warned the country was still in a "low-level war".
Dec 28, 2012 15:39 EST
US authorities are probing allegations by Hewlett-Packard that a British software firm it bought out had fraudulent accounts, the US tech giant said in its annual report released Thursday.
Dec 27, 2012 19:22 EST
Venezuela, already the most violent country in South America, recorded a new high of almost 21,000 murders in 2012, a non-governmental organization that monitors crime here said Thursday.
Nov 20, 2012 21:40 EST
Twenty-five countries, many in hard-hit Africa, have at least halved new HIV infections in the past decade, with particular progress made toward protecting children from the deadly virus, the United Nations said.
Nov 20, 2012 18:45 EST
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan increased by 18 percent this year, sending a "serious alarm signal" from the world's biggest opium producer, the United Nations said Tuesday.
Nov 20, 2012 08:54 EST
The number of AIDS-related deaths worldwide fell for the fifth year in a row last year, dropping 5.6 percent from 2010 and a full 24 percent compared to 2005, to 1.7 million people, the UN said Tuesday.
Nov 05, 2012 13:39 EST
President Francois Hollande pledged "tough decisions" after his government was Monday urged to cut labour costs by 30 billion euros ($38 billion) and the IMF warned that poor competitiveness was the French economy's biggest problem.
Oct 25, 2012 13:48 EDT
Arsene Wenger launched a vigorous defence of his Arsenal reign at the club's annual general meeting on Thursday as the Frenchman insisted it was more important to qualify for the Champions League than win trophies.
Oct 05, 2012 11:06 EDT
There is a record percentage of gay characters on US television this season, reflecting Americans' growing acceptance of the LGBT community, media advocacy group GLAAD said Friday.
Sep 20, 2012 12:49 EDT
The International Monetary Fund lowered its growth outlook for South Korea to 3.0 percent Thursday from a previous estimate of 3.25 percent, citing the eurozone crisis and household debt.
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