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Nov 11, 2012

NYT Global Update -November 11, 2012-: Syrian Factions Sign Tentative Deal to Unite Opposition

The New York Times International Herald Tribune
November 11, 2012
Compiled 21:45 GMT

Global Update



TOP NEWS

Syrian Factions Sign Tentative Deal to Unite Opposition

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
Opponents of the Syrian government reached an agreement in Qatar to create an umbrella group that could pave the way for long-elusive international diplomatic recognition.

Greece Takes Aim at Tax Evasion Among Wealthy

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
The government is scrutinizing the finances of 15,000 Greeks to see if they have stashed money abroad - about $5 billion in all over the last three years - to avoid paying taxes.

BBC Chairman Says Network Needs Radical Overhaul

By JOHN F. BURNS
The BBC is in a "ghastly mess" after its bungled coverage of a decades-old sexual abuse scandal and requires a fundamental shake-up, said the chairman of the BBC Trust.
World

Video: The Burdens of Progress

As Mozambique receives huge international investments in mining and natural gas, some find jobs and new opportunities while others find displacement and despair.
Opinion

Op-Ed Columnist

Hillary's Next Move

By GAIL COLLINS
When she's no longer secretary of state, Hillary has an intense desire to not do anything - for a year.
WORLD

Amid Calls to Open China's Politics, Party Digs In

By EDWARD WONG
A rising chorus of critics say the Communist Party's agenda is not visionary enough to handle China's looming crises and set the nation on the path to stability.

China, at Party Congress, Lauds Its Cultural Advances

By IAN JOHNSON
China's government said Sunday it had privatized thousands of publishers, newspapers and cultural groups while promoting industries that can spread soft power abroad.

Chinese Official Reaffirms 'Rebalancing' of Economy

By KEITH BRADSHER
The chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission reaffirmed a greater emphasis on domestic consumption, even as China announced that its trade surplus soared in October.
BUSINESS

Hurricane Sandy and the Disaster-Preparedness Economy

By ANDREW MARTIN
Disaster-preparedness capitalism may have begun in the cold war. But it grows with every hurricane, as consumers clamor for generators, kerosene heaters, industrial fans and other products.

BBC Director Quits in Furor Over Coverage of Sexual Abuse

By JOHN F. BURNS and RAVI SOMAIYA
George Entwistle stepped down Saturday amid a deepening controversy over BBC news reports on prominent public figures accused of pedophilia.

A-Listers, Meet Your Online Megaphone

By BROOKS BARNES
Oliver Luckett and his social media start-up, theAudience, offer celebrities a chance to build armies of fans across the likes of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.
TECHNOLOGY
Bits Blog

Apple Settles Patent Suit With HTC

By NICK WINGFIELD
Apple and HTC have brought an end to their lawsuits against each other, in the first settlement between Apple and a maker of Android smartphones.
FiveThirtyEight

Which Polls Fared Best (and Worst) in the 2012 Presidential Race

By NATE SILVER
A number of firms that conduct their polls online had strong results. Some telephone polls also did well. But others, especially those that took methodological shortcuts, performed poorly.
Political Memo

With Digital Trail, an End to the Hushed Affair

By MICHAEL WINES
Affairs are nothing new among Washington's powerful, but in the digital age, it is nearly impossible to keep them from becoming splashy political scandals.
SPORTS

Argentina Makes Statement in Victory Over Wales

By HUW RICHARDS
In Argentina's first match after its debut season in the Southern Hemisphere's Rugby Championship, Los Pumas beat Wales, 26-12, in their best performance ever on British soil.

Manchester United Identifes the Problem and Fixes It

By ROB HUGHES
The club knew it needed to score more goals this year, and it now has four strikers who could start on almost any other club.
Data Points

The Building Blocks of Re-Election

By MARJORIE CONNELLY and BILL MARSH
How voter groups have swung in presidential elections as far back as 1972, based on exit polls.
U.S. NEWS

Lawmakers Question F.B.I. Handling of Petraeus Affair

By BRIAN KNOWLTON
Lawmakers expressed concern Sunday that the F.B.I. investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus was conducted without the knowledge of the White House or Congress.

Beyond Petraeus Biographer's TV Interviews, a Family-Focused Life

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Paula Broadwell, whose affair with David H. Petraeus led to his resignation, appears assertive and confident in interviews, but her home life provides a more nuanced picture.

At Soldier's Hearing, Grisly Descriptions of Chaos and Horror

By KIRK JOHNSON
Witnesses testified by video at a hearing in Washington State in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians.
OPINION
Editorial

A Landslide Loss for Big Money

Voters ignored most of the outside ads, but the danger of unlimited campaign spending remains.
Op-Ed Columnist

My President Is Busy

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Israelis should understand that the United States isn't their grandfather's America anymore.
Op-Ed Columnist

When War Comes Home

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Did war turn a decorated soldier into a murderer?

NYT: ALERT FGC BOLSA - FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS -November 11, 2012-: Fiscal Impasse Now Takes Center Stage for Investors

Alert Name: FGC BOLSA- FGC FIN
November 11, 2012 Compiled: 12:31 AM

As the fiscal impasse in Washington takes center stage, investors should brace for various possible outcomes — including the chance that the effects won’t be as dire as some people predict.

To make gains, the party will have to shift on economics, not just on immigration reform.

The battle for 29th Street might portend the future of the global economy. (Seriously.)

A reader responds to “A Capitalist’s Dilemma, Whoever Wins on Tuesday” (Nov. 4).

The threat of automatic spending cuts and tax increases on Jan. 1 could force a genuinely bipartisan solution to the country’s budget problems.