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Jan 10, 2012

NYT Global Update: Syrian Leader Vows 'Iron Fist' to Crush 'Conspiracy'

Global Update


TOP NEWS

Syrian Leader Vows 'Iron Fist' to Crush 'Conspiracy'

By ANTHONY SHADID
President Bashar al-Assad lashed out at the Arab League for isolating Syria, and vowed to subdue what he cast as a foreign-backed plot against the country.

N.H. Margin Seen as Gauge as Rivals Try to Slow Romney

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Fresh evidence on Tuesday suggested Mitt Romney was still the heavy favorite to win New Hampshire's primary, even as Jon M. Huntsman Jr. enjoyed a late surge in the polls.
At War Blog

In One Girl's Story, a Test of Women's Rights in Afghanistan

By GRAHAM BOWLEY
Arrests in the case of Sahar Gul, a teenager confined by her husband's family, may be a sign that Afghanistan is beginning to take women's rights seriously.
World

India Ink

From India, the $1 Doctor's 'Visit'

By HEATHER TIMMONS
Bringing doctors to millions in urban slums, by video conferencing.
Opinion

Latitude

From Rebels to Rulers

By EUSEBIUS MCKAISER
The African National Congress's achievements as a liberation movement are extraordinary, but its record as a party-in-government is a mixed bag.
WORLD

Family of Condemned American in Iran Hires Prominent Lawyer

By RICK GLADSTONE and HARVEY MORRIS
The punishment shocked the man's family and was imposed against a backdrop of increasingly bellicose relations with the United States over the disputed Iranian nuclear program.

Fifth Fleet Reports Second Rescue of Iranian Mariners

By RICK GLADSTONE
In the second diplomacy-tinged sea rescue in less than a week, a vessel on patrol near the Persian Gulf pulled a group of distressed Iranians to safety from a foundering cargo dhow.

Hiding in Iran, Raising Suspicions in Europe

By SOUAD MEKHENNET
Several European citizens who spent time in the Pakistani region of Waziristan are now waiting in Iran, trying to return to Europe.
BUSINESS

A Long Shot for Geithner as He Begins Beijing Talks

By MICHAEL WINES
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner hopes to enlist China in a campaign to use sanctions to pressure Iran and convince Beijing to change its economic policies to American liking.

Hedge Funds the Winners if Greek Bailout Arrives

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
A growing number of investors are loading up on Greek government securities that mature in March, betting on a rescue that would provide them with a huge profit.

Fed Gives $77 Billion in Profits to Treasury Department

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
The Federal Reserve said it transferred $76.9 billion in profits to the Treasury Department last year, slightly less than its 2010 transfer but much more than in any other previous year.
TECHNOLOGY
Advertising

Need a Mattress to Go With That TV? You're in the Right Place

By ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN
Attendees at C.E.S. will find some low-tech products alongside the smartphones.

A Tech Show Loses Clout as Industry Shifts

By NICK WINGFIELD
Even though the Consumer Electronics Show is the world's biggest technology convention, companies are seeking ways to introduce their products on their own.

Olympus Sues Executives Over Cover-Up

By HIROKO TABUCHI
The Japanese camera maker said that it was seeking almost $50 million from 19 current and former executives, including its current president.
SPORTS
On Soccer

Given Room, Tottenham Runs Toward the Top

By ROB HUGHES
If Tottenham beats Everton on Wednesday, they will be tied with Manchester United for second in the Premier League, with a match against Manchester City coming up soon.

Just Like Old Times for Thierry Henry

By ROB HUGHES
Henry, on loan from the New York Red Bulls, scored within 10 minutes of his return to Arsenal as it beat Leeds United, 1-0, in an F.A. Cup match Monday.

A Rising Tide of South Korean Golfers

By KAREN CROUSE
K. J. Choi, once the only South Korean playing full time on the PGA Tour, will have plenty of company from his homeland this season.
U.S. NEWS

Restrictions Loom for Exotic Animals Business

By SARAH MASLIN NIR
Since the killing of 49 exotic animals set loose in Ohio last year, officials are moving to better regulate the business, raising concerns among traders and owners.

A New Race of Mercy to Nome, This Time Without Sled Dogs

By WILLIAM YARDLEY
A Russian tanker is slogging through sea ice behind a Coast Guard icebreaker, trying to bring 1.3 million gallons of emergency gasoline and diesel to remote Alaska.

Justices Grapple With Voting Rights Case That Could Help Tip the House

By ADAM LIPTAK
A dispute over redrawn voting maps appeared to frustrate some members of the Supreme Court against the backdrop of looming deadlines.
OPINION
Patrick Chappatte

Mitt Romney

On the Republican and the race for the presidency of the United States.
Op-Ed Contributor

The Failure of Governance in a Hyperconnected World

By LEE HOWELL
The Global Risks 2012 report explores dystopian threats, system safeguards and the Internet.
Op-Ed Contributor

Ah, l'Éloquence

By CHRISTINE OCKRENT
Language in France is a major issue, and nowhere does it show better than in politics.

NYT Afternoon Business News: Google Adds Posts From Its Social Network to Search Results



BUSINESS
Bits Blog

Google Adds Posts From Its Social Network to Search Results

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
In what it says is one of the biggest changes to its search results, Google will begin showing posts, photos, profiles and conversations from Google+, its social network, in search results.

A Long Shot for Geithner as He Begins Beijing Talks

By MICHAEL WINES
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner hopes to enlist China in a campaign to use sanctions to pressure Iran and convince Beijing to change its economic policies to American liking.

Hedge Funds the Winners if Greek Bailout Arrives

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
A growing number of investors are loading up on Greek government securities that mature in March, betting on a rescue that would provide them with a huge profit.

Justices Weigh Relevance of Decades-Old Broadcast Decency Rules

By ADAM LIPTAK
The Supreme Court justices heard arguments on whether the government still has good reason to regulate cursing and nudity on broadcast television.

Fed Returns $77 Billion in Profits to Treasury

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
The Federal Reserve said it transferred $76.9 billion in profits to the Treasury Department last year, slightly less than its 2010 transfer but much more than in any other previous year.

Stocks and Markets in the News | Wall Street at Close: U.S. stocks gain, led by banks, resource stocks

By Laura Mandaro

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday, boosted by financial stocks and natural-resource firms after a hiatus in negative headlines from Europe supported the euro EURUSD +0.0708% , a bullish industry forecast from aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. AA +0.16% , and China trade data that pointed to more easing ahead. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA +0.56% gained 69.78 points, or 0.6%, to 12,462.47, led by a 5.7% gain in Bank of America Corp. BAC +5.74% shares. The S&P 500 SPX +0.89% rose 11.38 points, or 0.9%, to 1,292.08. The Nasdaq Composite COMP +0.97% added 25.94 points, or 1%, to 2,702.5.

Financial and Forex info News | The Australian Business Briefing: Private equity hunts for bargains







Private equity hunts for bargains
Blair Speedy PRIVATE equity funds are expected to raid the Australian stockmarket for underpriced companies.
 
Italy greatest risk to euro: Fitch
ART PATNAUDE And EMESE BARTHA FITCH says Italy poses the greatest threat to the eurozone's future and will likely downgrade the country  by the end of this month.
 
Small is beautiful for predators
Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs correspondent THE private equity bids for companies such as Pacific Brands and Spotless make it look as if private equity is back in a big way.
 
Spotless investors growing restless
James Frost SPOTLESS is drawing closer to an extraordinary general meeting and a potential board spill.
 
Banks pay high price for new funding
John Durie THE rush by banks to shore up finances through covered bond issues provides the perfect backdrop to ANZ's interest rate decision.
 
Magnates attracted to mines comeback
Sarah-Jane Tasker MINING veterans Steve Mallyon and Michael O'Keeffe are moving into North American coal.
 
Rudd urges firms to wake up
Peter Alford, Jakarta correspondent FOREIGN Minister Kevin Rudd has issued an urgent "wake-up-to-Indonesia" call to Australia's corporate leaders.
 
Financial Markets
Gold up as euro worries recede
Matt Day GOLD rose to a four-week high today on upbeat sentiment in other markets and hopes for strong demand.
 
Dollar firms on strong data
Wall St rises in global rally
 
Financial Markets Coverage
 
Mining & Energy
Gold up as euro worries recede
Matt Day GOLD rose to a four-week high today on upbeat sentiment in other markets and hopes for strong demand.
 
Copper rises on China demand
Magnates attracted to mines comeback
 
More Mining & Energy

CMI | New York Spot Prices at Close.


CMI - Gold & Silver


Spot Prices as of the close of trading in New York
As of: Tuesday January 10, 2012

  Today Change Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago
Gold $1,631.30 +$22.40 $1,603.10 $1,715.10 $1,374.30
Silver $29.88 +$1.07 $29.67 $32.31 $28.90
Platinum $1,466.50 +$33.80 $1,427.70 $1,519.10 $1,746.20
Palladium $640.10 +$20.20 $666.30 $686.80 $748.80

BIV Business Today: DFO investing nearly $1M in Vancouver Island fish farms

Business in Vancouver Today

DFO investing nearly $1M in Vancouver Island fish farms

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:38
fish farm tanksThe Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans is investing $925,000 in four Vancouver Island aquaculture projects.
   

Silvercorp expands lawsuit against alleged short sellers

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:34
judge's gavelVancouver-based Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSX:SVM; NYSE:SVM) expanded its lawsuit against alleged shorter sellers that the company claims spread “false, defamatory and fraudulent” information about the company to push share prices down.
   

B.C. urban housing starts stable in 2011: CMHC

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:17
house under constructionAccording to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC), B.C.’s urban housing starts totalled 24,346 homes in 2011, compared with 23,600 in 2010.
   

Dix blames Liberals for high court costs

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:24
gavel and dollar signNew Democratic Party (NDP) leader Adrian Dix wants the B.C. government to fill court vacancies, use community courts more frequently and investigate whether more legal aid should be given to low income people who seek justice, he told Business in Vancouver January 9.
   

YVR lags Toronto for duty free selection: poll

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:30
duty free shopping bagApproximately 76% more travellers believe the Toronto Pearson International Airport (TPIA) has the best selection of duty free products in Canada, compared with Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
   

Lululemon’s Q3 profits up

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:22
Third-quarter financials for Vancouver’s Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) show a 31% revenue increase.