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Dec 22, 2011

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Noble backs Gloucester merger
Sam Holmes NOBLE Group will vote in favour of the planned merger between Gloucester Coal and the Australian unit of China's Yanzhou.
Shares up, US boosts sentiment
THE stockmarket pushed higher in the last day of pre-Christmas trade after positive data from the US fuelled investor optimism.
Santos locks in $1.2bn for GLNG
Ross Kelly SANTOS has sourced $US1.2 billion of financing from export credit agencies for its $US16bn gas-export joint venture at Gladstone.
US heads into 2012 healthier
Jeff Bater and Luca Di Leo CLAIMS for jobless benefits fell and third quarter GDP grew less than expected, but the signs suggest the US economy is picking up.
Big risk in eurozone cash flood
Javier E. David EUROPEAN banks diving into a near-€500 billion loan program must now learn to resist state pressure to buy sovereign debt.
Facebook chief's time to grow up
Shayndi Raice AS the company readies for a stock listing in 2012, founder Mark Zuckerberg swaps flip-flops for real shoes.
Strine shows as Bupa grows
Nic Fildes AN Australian tone to Bupa's healthcare branding has helped it outgrow its British parent to become the empire's key profit driver.
Barclays' metals bets turn sour
Andrea Hotter BARCLAYS Capital has run up an estimated $500 million in losses trading base metals this year after a series of bets turned sour.
Financial Markets
Shares up, US boosts sentiment
THE stockmarket pushed higher in the last day of pre-Christmas trade after positive data from the US fuelled investor optimism.
Stocks open strong on US jobs
Big risk in eurozone cash flood
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Noble backs Gloucester merger
Sam Holmes NOBLE Group will vote in favour of the planned merger between Gloucester Coal and the Australian unit of China's Yanzhou.
Santos locks in $1.2bn for GLNG
Gloucester to back Yanzhou deal
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Smartcompany news and Analysis: Harvey Norman launches Irish site to beat GST, Fair Work reinstates worker despite “distasteful” Facebook posts, 10 entrepreneurial issues solved

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What a year. We’ve seen natural disasters, economic conditions both good and bad, political ructions, collapses, a global tech bubble inflate and then deflate, as well as the emergence of a new group of vibrant, flexible, fast growth companies.

The SmartCompany team has absolutely loved riding the ups and downs with you. We’ve loved meeting the entrepreneurs and experts behind the stories. Most of all, we’ve loved extracting the lessons that you can use in your business.

We hope you have a restful break and return ready for a big 2012. We’ll start publishing again from January 3, with news and some of our best features from the last year.

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Aunty B
What about me, the boss? Where’s my big thank you?
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Here are nine reasons that things will really start to pick up in 2012, the Year of the Dragon.
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James Thomson


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NYT Global Update: U.S. Concedes Error, but Says Pakistan Fired First at Border

Global Update



TOP NEWS

U.S. Concedes Error, but Says Pakistan Fired First at Border

By ERIC SCHMITT and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Mistakes by both American and Pakistani forces led to airstrikes against Pakistani border posts that killed 26 Pakistani Army soldiers last month, according to the findings of a United States military investigation.

Explosions Rock Baghdad Amid Iraqi Political Crisis

By JACK HEALY
A series of explosions shook Baghdad early Thursday, killing at least 63 a day after Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq threatened to abandon a power-sharing government created a year ago.

North Korea's Succession Unfolds in Cloud of Mystery

By CHOE SANG-HUN
South Korean researchers are seeking clues about whether Kim Jong-un can assert control over the monolithic dictatorship that was led by his father, Kim Jong-il.
Multimedia

Video: TimesCast

Explosions rock Baghdad; and more.
Opinion

Op-Ed Contributor

Not the Same Kim Shock

By LEE BYONG-CHUL
Kim Jong-il's death brings back memories of the death of his father, Kim Il-sung, in 1994.
WORLD

Turkey Lashes Out at France Over Armenian Bill

By SEBNEM ARSU
Turkey recalled its ambassador for consultations and halted military dealings after France moved forward legislation criminalizing the denial of the Armenian genocide.

European Bank in Strong Move to Loosen Credit

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ and DAVID JOLLY
After long resisting the kind of force Washington used at the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Europe's central bankers pumped nearly $640 billion into its banking system.
High & Low Finance

A Central Bank Doing What It Should

By FLOYD NORRIS
The European Central Bank has loaned $639 billion to 523 banks to keep credit flowing. It turns out that may be enough to stem the European crisis for at least a few years.
BUSINESS

Banks Retrench in Europe While Keeping Up Appearances

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
Santander and other European banking giants are trying to preserve their brands while dealing with government austerity and tighter rules that threaten to plunge the Continent back into recession.

New Jobless Claims Are Lowest Since '08

By REUTERS
A weekly unemployment figure suggested that the American labor market recovery was gaining speed, but economic growth in the third quarter was revised downward.

Signs Point to Economy's Rise, but Experts See a False Dawn

By ANNIE LOWREY
In recent weeks, a broad range of data have beaten analysts' expectations, but forecasters say the uptick is likely temporary and that growth will slow in the first half of 2012.
TECHNOLOGY

Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals

By JULIE SCELFO
Far-flung families are increasingly using Skype, Apple's FaceTime and Google chat to do things together that would otherwise require a plane ticket.
DealBook

Yahoo to Consider Sale of Asian Assets

By EVELYN M. RUSLI and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
Yahoo's board will consider selling its holdings in Alibaba Group and its Japanese affiliate back to their majority holders in a complicated tax-free deal valued at about $17 billion.

Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Lab, Dies at 90

By JOHN MARKOFF
Mr. Goldman, a physicist, persuaded Xerox to build a research center in Palo Alto, Calif., where significant computing technologies were invented.
SPORTS

What Chelsea Player Said May Be a Crime

By ROB HUGHES
John Terry's case would be the first trial of one professional athlete allegedly verbally abusing another in Britain since the government made racially aggravated abuse illegal in 1998.

From One Word, a Whole Lot of Controversy

By ROB HUGHES
Liverpool is backing Luis Suárez after he was banned for eight games for allegedly having used a racist term during a match, and the club said it would fight to clear his name.

Racism Charges Put a Sport on Edge

By JERÉ LONGMAN
Criminal charges, suspensions and heavy fines against players represent an escalation in the attempt to stem the persistent and widespread problem of racism in European soccer.
U.S. NEWS

For Democrats in Hawaii, Unease in an Oasis

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Democrats, who usually have it easy in Hawaii, are in a rough patch - and Republicans may win a Senate seat that has long been out of their reach.

New Newt's Biggest Rival May Be Old Newt

By TRIP GABRIEL
Those closest to him say Newt Gingrich's late-life maturity and mellowness help explain how he has avoided the self-destructiveness that undermined him in the past.

Hearing in Soldier's WikiLeaks Case Ends

By GINGER THOMPSON
The military hearing against Pfc. Bradley Manning closed with military lawyers portraying him as a premeditated traitor, and the defense calling him an emotionally troubled whistle-blower.
OPINION
Patrick Chappatte

Christmas 2011

A look at the wish list for the year's holiday.
Op-Ed Contributor

Seize the Moment in North Korea

By PAUL B. STARES
The United States should use the immediate period of mourning in North Korea to signal interest in developing a more productive relationship.
Op-Ed Contributor

No, You're Getting a Book

By KYLE JARRARD
No more computers, cameras or consoles for Christmas: This year we're going to give books.