G20

Russian firms face huge insurance costs as foreign providers flee

LONDON/MOSCOW - Russian companies face billions of dollars in extra insurance costs as Western sanctions prompt foreign insurance firms to start pulling out, worried that any business they undertake is at risk from future measures and an increasingly sick economy.

Putin greets new U.S. envoy with demand not to interfere

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin greeted the new U.S. ambassador to Russia on Wednesday with a demand for Washington to treat Moscow as an equal partner and stay out of its internal affairs.

World, 19 Nov 2014

Saudi oil policy uncertainty unleashes the conspiracy theorists

LONDON - If Saudi Oil Minister Ali al Naimi wants to stop conspiracy theories spreading before a crucial OPEC meeting next week, it's too late.

Business, Middle East, 19 Nov 2014

Australia tightens asylum seekers access, leaves refugees in Indonesia

SYDNEY/JAKARTA - Australia's conservative government on Wednesday defended its decision to stop asylum seekers passing through Indonesia from settling in Australia, a move that could leave Indonesia with thousands of refugees from the Middle East.

World, Australia 19 Nov 2014

Saudi oil policy uncertainty unleashes the conspiracy theorists

LONDON - If Saudi Oil Minister Ali al Naimi wants to stop conspiracy theories spreading before a crucial OPEC meeting next week, it's too late.

Business, Middle East 18 Nov 2014

German sees no optimism on Ukraine after talks in Moscow, Kiev

MOSCOW/KIEV - Germany's foreign minister saw "no reason for optimism" after talks on Tuesday in Moscow and Kiev on the Ukraine conflict that has claimed more than 4,000 lives and caused a deep rift between Russia and the West.

World, 18 Nov 2014

Germany's Steinmeier to meet Putin in Moscow after Kiev talks - TV

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will meet President Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday, according to German television, after he held talks this morning in Kiev then went on to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

World, 18 Nov 2014

Australian, Indian leaders target free trade pact, economic boost

CANBERRA - Australia and India will push for a free trade pact, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday during a rare state visit to Canberra by an Indian leader.

Business, Australia 18 Nov 2014

G20's new growth plans suspiciously long in the tooth

SYDNEY - As leaders of the world's 20 most powerful nations congratulate themselves on plans to boost economic growth, a closer look at their 800-plus policy proposals reveals a catalogue of measures that are either old, vague or unlikely to be implemented.

Business, Spain 18 Nov 2014

Australian, Indian leaders target free trade pact, economic boost

CANBERRA - Australia and India will push for a free trade pact, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday during a rare state visit to Canberra by an Indian leader.

World, Australia 18 Nov 2014