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Mar 21, 2012

The Economist | Selected New Articles: Britain's budget, an African award and Pluto the (ex) planet




Democracy in America: The end draws nigh
Mitt Romney's convincing win in Illinois moves him closer to being the Republican nominee
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Blighty: Open for business
George Osborne's aims to lure creators of wealth to Britain
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Babbage: Plutonic love
Defending Pluto's planetary rights is a great way to teach children about astronomy
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Banyan: Dangerous delusion
How poor countries misread Singapore's success
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Eastern approaches: Degrees of control
Lots of elections, legitimate or otherwise. Do they matter?
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Baobab: Prize fools
A sorry saga involving the UN and Equatorial Guinea drags on
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Graphic detail: The big smoke
Male and female cigarette use across the world
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Online debate: Airport security
Has the TSA improved the security of airports?
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NYT: Global Upfate: Cornered Suspect Admits Killing 7 in France, Officials Say

Global Update


TOP NEWS

Cornered Suspect Admits Killing 7 in France, Officials Say

By SCOTT SAYARE
A 23-year-old Frenchman asserting ties to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the methodical killings of four men and three children in the region of Toulouse over 10 days.

In Moment of Unity, Security Council Endorses Plan to Halt Syria Conflict

By RICK GLADSTONE
The United Nations unanimously embraced efforts by Kofi Annan to negotiate a cease-fire in the year-old Syria conflict, funnel aid to victims and begin a political transition in the country.
News Analysis

For Syrians, No Easy Exit From Conflict

By ANNE BARNARD
Impervious to a sustained popular uprising and beyond the reach of outside intervention, Syria stands out among the countries swept up in the regional Arab revolts.
Multimedia

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The Syrian conflict enters a period of prolonged instability, and more.
Opinion

Op-Ed Contributor

The Bomb and the Bomber

By ARI SHAVIT
An Israeli reporter argues that the summer of 2012 is the last chance to stop the Iranian bomb.
WORLD

Toulouse Victims Buried in Israel

By ISABEL KERSHNER
The bodies of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, a religious instructor at the school; his two sons, Arye, 6, and Gabriel, 3; and Miriam Monsonego, 8, the daughter of the school's principal, were flown overnight from France.

Afghan Officials Deny French Suspect Escaped Their Prison

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG and SANGAR RAHIMI
Officials in Kandahar Province say it was a different Mohammad Merah who was convicted of planting bombs.
BUSINESS

U.S. Finance Leaders See Much Reduced Risk From Europe

By ANNIE LOWREY
Top economic policy makers said Europe's sovereign debt crisis continued to suppress growth, but its threat to the American economy has declined significantly.

A Measured Rebuttal to China Over Solar Panels

By KEITH BRADSHER and MATTHEW L. WALD
The Commerce Department decided to impose the tariffs after concluding that the Chinese government provided illegal export subsidies to manufacturers in China.

European Union Plans Retaliation in Public Contract Bidding

By STEPHEN CASTLE
Chinese, United States or Japanese companies could be blocked from bidding for public contracts in Europe if their countries are thought to be excluding bids from European firms.
TECHNOLOGY

Comics Are Now Selling Laughs by the Download

By DAVE ITZKOFF
Louis C. K. has shown other comedians that Internet performances might be a way to avoid middlemen and censors.
Bits Blog

Is the New iPad Screen Too Good for the Web?

By BRIAN X. CHEN
Apps and games may look great on the new iPad's high-resolution "retina" display, but it's uncertain whether Web sites will get the same treatment.
Bits Blog

DealBook: Zynga Buys Mobile Game Maker OMGPOP

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Zynga has acquired OMGPOP, the mobile game maker behind Draw Something, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition comes as Zynga tries to expand its mobile offerings and become less dependent on Facebook. Read more »
SPORTS

Wales Coach Stakes Claim to Lead Rugby Tour of Australia

By EMMA STONEY
Even before the Six Nations championship began,Warren Gatland topped the list of candidates for the British and Irish Lions coaching job.
On Soccer

A Time for Rivalries to Fade and for Soccer to Unite

By ROB HUGHES
Players and fans have come together to offer support for Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton player who collapsed during a game Saturday.

At 24, Messi Becomes Barcelona's Top Scorer

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lionel Messi broke Barcelona's career scoring record with a hat trick in a home game against Granada on Tuesday.
U.S. NEWS

A Florida Law Gets Scrutiny After a Teenager's Killing

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ
Seven years after Florida adopted the "Stand Your Ground" law, the shooting of Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed, has put that law at the center of an increasingly angry debate.

Romney Is Victor by Wide Margin in Illinois Vote

By JIM RUTENBERG and JEFF ZELENY
Mitt Romney used the full force of his campaign and an argument that he had the best chance of defeating President Obama to overcome doubts among the more conservative voters.

'Super PACs' Supply Millions as G.O.P. Race Drains Field

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
With a series of expensive races ahead, the candidates are increasingly reliant on a small group funneling millions to the organizations.
OPINION
Op-Ed Contributor

Hostile Place, Neighborly Ties

By CATHERINE LENGYEL
The Falkland Islands are as forbidding as ever, which is why the folks there have no choice but to get along.
Op-Ed Contributors

The Only Option on Iran

By CARL BILDT and ERKKI TUOMIOJA
Diplomacy is the way to a lasting and sustainable solution to the Iran nuclear issue.
Op-Ed Contributor

Kony Is Not the Problem

By ANGELO IZAMA
Long before Joseph Kony, people in northern Uganda were preyed upon.


Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Capital Circle: Labor splashes cash on Holden




Labor splashes cash on Holden
The government will today announce a package worth at least $200 million to keep Holden manufacturing cars in Australia.

First off: Julia Gillard will hold talks with Industry Minister Greg Combet and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill this morning. Holden chairman Mike Devereux and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union boss Ian Jones are also expected to attend the final talks.
The PM will then announce a $200 million assistance package for Holden in a move designed to shore up the car maker's future in this country. In exchange, Holden is expected to promise it will stay in Australia until at least 2022 (Oz) (SMH ) (Advertiser). In question time, Labor will talk up the benefits of the MRRT, the Holden deal and it will highlight Liberal finance spokesman Andrew Robb's opposition to a superannuation increase, despite the Coalition's commitment to keep them.
Tony Abbott is in Canberra for the final sitting day of the parliamentary fortnight. Look for the Opposition Leader to make an appearance off campus this morning and visit a local business. The Coalition will hone in on Labor's management of the federal budget today and look to highlight waste and mismanagement. Mr Abbott's office says he will not appear at an anti-carbon tax rally later today. But that's news to rally organisers the Consumers and Taxpayers Association , who say they expect the Opposition Leader will attend (more below).
Queensland election - Sean Parnell reports: Anna Bligh and Campbell Newman have both started the day in south-east Queensland, the Premier spending last night on the Gold Coast while the Liberal National Party leader was in Brisbane. The state capital is where most Labor seats are tipped to fall, delivering power to the LNP, however it remains unclear whether Mr Newman will see out the week in Brisbane. Ms Bligh is still commi
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Peter Brent
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In praise of forests
There’s a landslide election coming. A Labor government will suffer a huge swing and receive, give or take several points, around 40 per cent of…
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MarketWatch | Personal Finance Daily: Get every job benefit you can


MarketWatch

Personal Finance Daily
MARCH 21, 2012

Wednesday's Personal Finance Stories

By MarketWatch


Don't miss these top stories:

Employers are beginning to offer more tools and benefits to help their workers save money for retirement, save money on health-care costs and build their wealth. Jennifer Openshaw writes today about some of the offerings found in most workplaces, as well as some new ones.

Also on MarketWatch today, data show sales of existing homes fell 0.9% in February from January's upwardly revised figure, but improving job prospects, cheaper homes and warm weather are making it the best start to the year since the housing crisis began.

Anne Stanley , Managing Editor, Personal Finance

How to squeeze more money perks out of your job

Employers are offering more workplace tools for employees to protect their health and their wealth — and workers should take advantage of them.
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Wal-Mart lets online shoppers pay cash

Next month, WalMart.com reportedly will start "Pay With Cash," which lets customers reserve items online for in-store pickup. Although the target audience may be the estimated 20% of Wal-Mart customers without a bank account or credit card, but experts say the service could also benefit consumers trying to stick to budget or wary that keying in their credit card numbers online exposes them to fraud.
Read more: Wal-Mart lets online shoppers pay with cash.


A taxi trip around the globe

Three friends came up with a crazy idea in the back of a taxi — to break the record for the longest cab ride. After a year in a cab, they've handily surpassed the previous record.
 Video: A taxi trip around the globe.


United not so friendly for calling customers

Have you tried calling United Airlines recently? Travel expert Joe Brancatelli says the merger of United and Continental is still creating major headaches for customers, especially those who need help over the phone.
Radio: United not so friendly for calling customers.


INVESTING

What if profit margins don't keep rising?

While you'd think that skyrocketing profit margins would be good news for equity investors, they aren't necessarily.
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ECONOMY & POLITICS

Home sales dip but best February in five years

Sales of existing homes fell 0.9% in February after an upward revision to the prior month, as improving job prospects, cheaper homes and warm weather led to the best start to the year since the bursting of the housing bubble.
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Romney builds on lead with Illinois win

Mitt Romney wins the Illinois Republican primary, racking up a win in a big Midwestern state and adding momentum to his campaign to clinch the presidential nomination.
Read more: Romney builds on lead with Illinois win.


The failed ‘dream ticket' plan

While every presidential run has similar discussion of a "dream ticket" scenario, it is relatively rare that a presidential contender chooses the runner-up as a vice presidential selection. And for good reason: It would probably hurt more than help.
Read more: The failed ‘dream ticket' plan.

DealBooK | DealB%K Afternoon Edition: MF Global Executive Subpoenaed by House Panel

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NYT Afternoon Business News: U.S. Finance Leaders See Much Reduced Risk From Europe

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Reuters - Daily Invetors Update: Wall Street mostly slips, but S&P still near 4-year highs

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Top Stories:FreedomWorks: "We're not in the tank for Romney": Corrected: CBS NEWS | Political Hotsheet Top Stories


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Tea Party group denies support for Mitt Romney, says it was merely acknowledging his frontrunner status - but not "applauding" it
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Lawmakers call for action after Fla. shooting Federal and state lawmakers are calling for more action in response to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin

Santorum pounces on Romney over Romney aide's vow of "reset" in general election prompts Santorum to say Romney would be "completely new candidate" in fall

How Jeb Bush's endorsement helps Romney John Dickerson: Jeb Bush's endorsement comes at just the right time for the GOP front-runner

GOP rule could sink Gingrich, Paul's last hope Rule mandates that candidate need plurality of delegates in five states to get on first ballot at Republican convention; Gingrich has won two states and Paul none