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Sep 25, 2012

NYT Global Uptdate -September 25, 2012-: Obama Warns Iran and Pleads for Tolerance in Arab Spring

The New York Times International Herald Tribune
September 25, 2012

Global Update


Obama Warns Iran and Pleads for Tolerance in Arab Spring

The president took on a number of issues at play between America and the Muslim world, and he spoke about anti-Western demonstrations throughout the Middle East.

Protesters Encircle the Spanish Parliament

As thousands besieged Parliament, Spain's two largest regions took steps that underscored their deepening economic troubles and displeasure with the government's austerity plans.

BBC Reporter Shocks by Reporting Queen's Opinion

Frank Gardner, the security correspondent, declared in an interview on Tuesday that Queen Elizabeth had once told him she was "pretty upset" about the presence of Abu Hamza, a radical Islamist cleric in North London.

The Stories Behind Your Souvenirs

You sent us dozens of pictures of your souvenirs, from beach sand to bathroom supplies, small charms to a giant elephant. Here are 20 highlights.


Turkey's Military Politics

A Turkish court's conviction of 325 senior officers for plotting to overthrow the state offers no catharsis.

U.N. Leader Opens General Assembly on Somber Note

The secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said conflicts roiling the Middle East were a major concern.

Spain Recoils as Its Hungry Forage Trash Bins for a Next Meal

As the economy worsens, some residents of Spain are turning to garbage bins in search of discarded food.

Iran Reveals More About What It Calls Foreign Sabotage Acts

An announcement by the Intelligence Ministry did not specify the intended targets, but said they included nuclear, defense, industrial and telecommunications installations.

British Bankers Group Seen Losing Control Over Libor

The British Bankers' Association is expected to give up its responsibility for the global interest rate at the center of a recent manipulation scandal.

Germany Wants Rules on Superfast Stock Trading

The rules would require passage by both houses of Parliament, and have been written with an eye toward similar legislation that could eventually apply across the European Union.

EADS and BAE Deny They May Change Terms of Merger

The companies face continued resistance from Germany and France to key terms of their proposed $49 billion merger.

Riot at Foxconn Factory Underscores Rift in China

Analysts say the nation's workers have become more aware of their rights but have few outlets to challenge or negotiate with employers.

Google Says No Map App for iPhone Yet

Google's executive chairman said the company has made no move to provide Google Maps for the iPhone 5 after Apple dropped the application in favor of a home-grown but controversial alternative.

Apple Maps Errors Send Japanese to Homegrown App

Buyers of the iPhone 5 have turned to Mapion, a map application for smartphones produced by a Japanese company.

Spurs' New Goalkeeper Faces a Huge Roadblock

Hugo Lloris is the starter for France's national team, but he has been unable to grab any playing time with his new club, Tottenham, where Brad Friedel remains entrenched in goal.
Ryder Cup

Tracing the Root of the Ryder Cup Back to Its Seed

The Ryder Cup golf tournament has become one of the most keenly anticipated team events in sports, but its origins are somewhat muddled.

For Suzuki, Respect for Bats Is Key to Hitting

Ichiro Suzuki treats his bats like fine instruments, delicately caring for them in a moisture-free, shock-proof case for every Yankees game.

What Do Sharks Do in the Deep? Device May Tell

A team of scientists is tagging great white sharks off Cape Cod in an effort to understand their migratory patterns and breeding habits and better protect them.

Seeking Allies, Teachers' Unions Court G.O.P., Too

As traditional political alliances have shifted, teachers' unions are navigating a delicate political landscape where they increasingly pursue friends in unlikely places.

Mayor of an Ailing Indiana Mill Town Turns to a Chicago Veteran for Advice

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, struggling to revive Gary, Ind., has sought advice from many quarters, including from former Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago and his graduate students.
Op-Ed Contributors

A Climate Success Story to Build On

Twenty-five years ago, joint global action under the Montreal Protocol showed what can be done to halt atmospheric pollution. It's time to act again.
Op-Ed Columnist

The Conservative Mind

Conservatism has lost half of its intellectual firepower. Republicans need to recover traditional conservatism or risk becoming irrelevant.
Op-Ed Contributor

Dead Men Share No Secrets

Trying to wipe out Al Qaeda with drone strikes alone is a losing strategy.

NYT Politics -September 25, 2012-.: In Arab Spring, Obama Finds a Sharp Test

The New York Times

September 25, 2012


A Measure of Change

In Arab Spring, Obama Finds a Sharp Test

In the almost two years of political turmoil in the Arab world, President Obama has learned that bold words and support for democratic aspirations are not enough to engender good will in the region.
The Caucus

Romney Urges Attaching Certain Strings to Foreign Aid

Referring to a hypothetical program he called "Prosperity Pacts," Mitt Romney talked about his desire to use aid initiatives to encourage lasting change in certain areas.

More Politics

President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Obama Warns Iran and Pleads for Tolerance in Arab Spring

The president took on a number of issues at play between America and the Muslim world, and he spoke about anti-Western demonstrations throughout the Middle East.

Conservative 'Super PACs' Synchronize Their Messages

In this year's tight race, the independent groups working to defeat President Obama have reached a consensus: Going off message is simply too risky.

Republican Team Attacks Obama on Foreign Policy

Seeking to retake the offensive in the campaign, Mitt Romney and Representative Paul D. Ryan criticized President Obama's handling of recent events in the Middle East and North Africa.
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, joined Barbara Walters, left, and the other hosts of ABC's

While U.N. Beckons Clinton, Obama Takes In 'The View'

President Obama was in campaign mode as he arrived in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, leaving the diplomatic duties to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Eric Swalwell, outside a campaign house party in Castro Valley, is challenging a fellow Democrat, Representative Pete Stark, under a new system that sends the top two primary vote drawers to the general election, regardless of party.

New Rules Upend House Re-Election Races in California

It's Democrat against Democrat and Republican against Republican in some California Congressional races. It's not primary time. It's a general election under the state's new rules.

The Caucus

After Waters Inquiry, House Panel Recommends New Ethics Rules

In the course of an investigation into Representative Maxine Waters, the special committee determined that the House rules were not sufficient to prevent certain conflicts of interest.

On Stump in Ohio, Ryan Criticizes Obama's Military and Foreign Policies

It was clear on Monday that the Romney-Ryan campaign believes that with six weeks to go before the election it can still score points off Mr. Obama's handling of turmoil across the Middle East.

New York Attorney General Rebuffs Congressional Republicans

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York on Monday rebuffed demands from Congressional Republicans to refrain from requesting tax returns and other information from tax-exempt groups that have spent heavily on campaign ads.

Election 2012 iPhone App

A one-stop destination for the latest political news, from The Times and other top sources around the Web. Plus opinion, polls, campaign data and video.
As Election Nears, Polls Are Better Predictors
How predictive are late September polls to the actual outcome of a presidential race? A close look at poll numbers going back to 1936 reveals some strong themes.
Sept. 24: Deep Red Polling Mystery
The totality of the evidence from states that are almost certain to go for Mitt Romney seems to be most consistent with a 5- or 6-point national lead for President Obama.


Video: TimesCast Politics | Sept. 25, 2012
Obama and Romney visit New York. | A new generation of Democratic donors. | A deadline in the Missouri Senate race. | Has the Romney campaign misused Paul Ryan?
Photographs: The 2012 Presidential Campaign, Week by Week
Every week during the 2012 presidential campaign, The Times will be posting a new slide show recapping the events of the past seven days.
Graphic: State of the Race for the Senate
Updated analysis by The New York Times and details on the six races considered tossups.
Interactive Map: House Race Ratings

NYT DealBook Afternoon Edition -September 25, 2012-.: British Bankers Group Seen Losing Control Over Libor

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Banks at Canary Wharf in London.
British Bankers Group Seen Losing Control Over Libor The British Bankers' Association is expected to give up its responsibility for the global interest rate at the center of a recent manipulation scandal, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
    Standard Deduction: A Tax Shelter Mitt Romney Could Love Victor Fleischer says that Gov. Mitt Romney's 2011 tax return highlights the use of a tax planning technique that may have allowed him to avoid Medicare tax liability on up to $2 million of income derived from his past employment at Bain Capital.
    Hedge Fund's Complex Scheme May Backfire, Costing It Millions
    Deal Professor: Hedge Fund's Complex Scheme May Backfire, Costing It Millions Steven M. Davidoff says that after the Telus Corporation proposed converting its nonvoting shares into voting shares, Mason Capital Management made a bet against the proposal in a gamble that could now fail.
    White Collar Watch: Adding Up the Government's Legal Bills for Fannie and Freddie Peter J. Henning says that the government faces years of legal bills to defend Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives accused of misleading investors about subprime mortgages.
    Diageo in Talks to Buy Stake in United Spirits The world's largest spirits company is in discussions to buy a stake in United Spirits, which has around a 40 percent market share in India.
    Overseas On Wednesday, Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, will enter a plea in London to charges that she illegally obtained telephone voice messages. Other defendants may also enter pleas. 

    DealBook Video
    Business Day Live: Ex-Regulator Has Harsh Words for Bankers and Geithner
    Business Day Live: Ex-Regulator Has Harsh Words for Bankers and Geithner Sheila C. Bair on her harsh history of the financial crisis. | Ericsson's chief, Hans Vestberg, on surviving disruption. | The Times's James B. Stewart and Peter Lattman look at the future of big law.


Business in Vancouver | BIV Today's Business News -September 25, 2012-.: Vancouver loses first place in international tax ranking: KPMG



Real Estate and Development

B.C. house prices dropping, will drop further: conference board

Out of 28 Canadian residential real-estate markets, the only areas where prices fell year-over-year were in B.C.: Victoria (-9.9%); Vancouver (-8.8%) and the Fraser Valley (-5%), according to a Conference Board of Canada report released yesterday.

Politics and Policy


BCGEU and government return to bargaining table

The BCGEU is heading back to the bargaining table this week in an effort to conclude a collective agreement for its roughly 25,000 members who work directly for the B.C. government.

Clark replaces chief of staff

Premier Christy Clark has appointed former BC Hydro chair Dan Doyle chief of staff “effective immediately,” following the sudden resignation of his predecessor, Ken Boessenkool.

Vancouver council to consider ways to better engage public

Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer plans to introduce a motion to create what she calls an Engaged City Mayor’s Task Force, which would identify ways to increase neighbourhood engagement and improve the ways in which the city interacts and connects with its residents.

Small Business


Canadian entrepreneur boom ahead: CIBC

Canadians will increasingly become their own bosses, according to a CIBC report issued this morning.

Economy and Finance

Vancouver loses first place in international tax ranking: KPMG

Chennai, India, has displaced Vancouver as the world’s most competitive tax jurisdiction for a large international city, in a ranking released by KPMG this morning.

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