Monthly Archives: August 2013

Eurozone unemployment remains steady

Eurozone unemployment remains steady

The eurozone’s unemployment rate remained steady at its record 12.1% during July, official figures show. However, the total number of people out of work in the 17-nation area fell slightly, by 15,000…

South Africa gold miners call strike

South Africa gold miners call strike

Gold miners in South Africa have called a strike over their wage demands, to start on Tuesday, mine-owners say. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has demanded rises of up…

Japan consumer price rises speed up

Japan consumer price rises speed up

Consumer prices in Japan rose at the fastest pace in nearly five years in July, as policymakers’ attempts to end deflation appeared to pay off. Consumer prices, excluding food, rose…

US consumers spend less in July

US consumers spend less in July

US consumers barely increased their spending in July, as workers saw their salaries shrink because of government spending cuts. Spending increased by 0.1%, according to the US Commerce Department. Big-ticket…

Brazil GDP stronger than expected

Brazil GDP stronger than expected

Brazil’s economy grew by 3.3% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to official new state figures. The Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica (IBGE) also said that the economy grew…

India's economy continues slowdown

India’s economy continues slowdown

India’s economy continues to slowdown according to the latest government figures. For the April-to-June quarter, it grew at a rate of 4.4%, compared with the same period in the previous…

China chemical leak 'kills 15'

China chemical leak ‘kills 15’

A chemical leak of liquid ammonia from a cold storage unit in Shanghai has killed 15 people, according to China’s official news agency. There were also 26 people injured in…

Pillay attacks S Lanka rights record

Pillay attacks S Lanka rights record

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has sharply criticised the government of Sri Lanka, at the end of a week-long visit. In a statement, Ms Pillay said she feared the…

Delhi gang rape

Delhi gang rape teenager convicted

A teenager has been found guilty of taking part in the fatal gang rape of a woman on a Delhi bus last year. He was convicted on charges of rape…

Obama

Obama to seek Congress vote on Syria

President Barack Obama says the US should take military action against Syria and he will seek congressional authorisation for intervention. The US says the Syrian government carried out chemical weapons…