Terry Bell looks back over perhaps the most turbulent and taxing year in the past 20.
Russia is not the West and Putin may well survive unscathed, says Leopold Scholtz.
Our best economists seem to be lost - why so, asks Edward Ingram.
Europe's main stock markets have surged following rallies in Tokyo and on Wall Street as dealers welcomed the outcome of the US Federal Reserve policy meeting.
Gold has climbed more than 2% after the Federal Reserve announced it would take a patient approach towards raising interest rates.
Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the Opec oil cartel, cannot reduce its output despite plunging prices, a report says.
Brent crude has jumped 2% to above $62 a barrel, as some traders bet a six-month price rout could be ending as more energy firms cut investment budgets.
World oil prices have rallied somewhat after the rouble stabilised and the US reported lower crude inventories.
Brent crude oil has fallen below $59 a barrel, near 5-1/2-year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they will maintain output despite a supply glut.
A Singapore government-sponsored alternative to Uber has been panned as "stunningly pointless" by online commentators.
Unwise as they may get priced out of the market.
I don't employ a domestic worker.
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