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The Guardian | World | Middle East | Turkey: Erdoğan Vows Kurdish Rebels 'Will Be Buried in Trenches They Have Dug'.

theguardian.com Erdoğan vows Kurdish rebels 'will be buried in trenches they have dug' Turkish military operations in the south-east have killed 115 Kurdish rebels since 15 December, a state-run news agency has reported. Most of the casualties were centred in the Şırnak Province towns of Cizre and Silopi , both under 24-hour curfew, with 98 rebels killed, the Anadolu Agency reported. Other casualties occurred in the provinces of Mardin and Diyarbakır.

The Guardian | World | Asia | Afghanistan: Six American Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Attack, US Confirms.

theguardian.com Six American soldiers killed in Afghanistan suicide attack, US confirms Sune Engel Rasmussen Six Americans have been killed and three other people injured in a Taliban suicide attack near Bagram airbase in Afghanistan that coincided with a fierce militant offensive to capture a key district in the country’s south. US secretary of defense Ash Carter confirmed Monday that all of the dead were members of US armed services. “We are still learning all of the details, but two other service members and a US contractor were also injured,” Carter said.

The Guardian | World | Australia | Australia News: Stepping Out From The Shadows: How Domestic Violence Caught The Nation’s Attention in 2015.

theguardian.com Stepping out from the shadows: how domestic violence caught the nation’s attention in 2015 Shalailah Medhora Michaelia Cash has spent much of 2015 examining the issue of domestic violence, and as the parliamentary break stretches into summer, the issue remains firmly on her mind. In between productivity commission reports and royal commission findings, Cash – the employment minister and minister for women – plans to read Rosie Batty’s memoir, A Mother’s Story.

WSJ | Major Indexes Closing on December 21, 2015

The Wall Street Journal Major Indexes Closing Major Indexes 5:45 p.m. EST 12/21/15

WSJ | Biggest Decliners Closing on December 21, 2015.

NYSE Biggest Percentage Decliners | Nasdaq | Arca | Composite Find Historical Data | WHAT'S THIS? Monday, December 21, 2015 - 5:01 pm ET

DealBook P.M. Edition - December 21, 2015: Top Story: White Collar Watch: In Shkreli Case, a Company Lawyer May Have Crossed the Line.

  Monday, December 21, 2015 TOP STORY White Collar Watch: In Shkreli Case, a Company Lawyer May Have Crossed the Line The case against Retrophin's lawyer, Evan Greebel, raises questions about when legal advice may aid and abet fraud.

Wall Street at Close Report by CNBC on December 21, 2015: Stocks Close Higher as Street Attempts Rally Amid Low Oil.

cnbc.com Stocks close higher as Street attempts rally amid low oil Evelyn Cheng U.S. stocks closed higher, recovering slightly from a sharp sell-off last week, as investors eyed oil prices in the shortened holiday week.  "This time of the year is notorious for rallying. You might get some squaring of positions here that has little to do with oil prices," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott. "With slippage again in oil prices, investors are looking through that a little bit and not taking it as a sign of global economic (weakness). ... It may be a one-day wonder."

FRB Press Release - December 21, 2015: Federal Reserve Board Releases Guidance to Its Examiners and Banking InstitutionsThat Consolidates Capital Planning Expectations For All Large Financial Institutions.

Release Date: December 21, 2015 The Federal Reserve Board on Monday released guidance to its examiners and banking institutions that consolidates the capital planning expectations for all large financial institutions and clarifies differences in those expectations based on firm size and complexity. The guidance is designed to tailor the Federal Reserve's expectations for large financial institutions.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - December 21, 2015: TF Metals Report: Gold and Silver Now Higher Than Before Rate Hike.

TF Metals Report: Gold and silver now higher than before rate hike Submitted by cpowell on December 21, 2015 .  December 21, 2015 Gold and silver today are above their prices when the Federal Reserve raised interest rates this month, the TF Metals Report's Turd Ferguson writes, noting that the investment banks that function as agents of central banks have unloaded their short position in gold futures. Ferguson estimates that the central bank agents have made about a billion dollars in their latest round of manipulating the monetary metals markets. Ferguson's commentary is headlined "Gradual Rally into Year-End" and it's posted at the TF Metals Report here: http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/ blog/7347/gradual-rally-year- end CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc. CPowell@GATA.org

FTC Consumer Updates - December 21, 2015: What's Worse Than Stale Coffee? Stale Java.

by Nicole Fleming Consumer Education Specialist, FTC If you own a computer, you’ve probably seen this message before : Java Update Available . You know that leaving outdated software on your computer can make it more vulnerable to viruses and malware, so you’ve always agreed to the updates. Unfortunately, the FTC says keeping Java updated didn’t necessarily keep it secure. What’s worse than stale coffee? Stale Java. Read more >

European Bank For Reconstruction and Development - December 21, 2015: Baltics Integrated Approach - Capacity Building for Fund Managers and Fund Investors.

  ebrd.com Baltics Integrated Approach - Capacity Building for Fund Managers and Fund Investors Project Description: A fully functioning venture capital ('VC') and private equity ('PE') sector remains highly important to effective transition in the Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as in other regions. However, following the 2008 financial crisis and the deep recession that affected these three Baltic States, the availability of organised VC and PE and related investment expertise is significantly lower in those countries compared to more developed markets.

Bits | The Business of Technology - December 21, 2015: The Video Game Industry Reaches a Digital Tipping Point.

Monday, December 21, 2015 Daily Report   The Video Game Industry Reaches a Digital Tipping Point | The video game industry has been in flux for years, evolving from people buying shrink-wrapped boxes of games that are played mainly on personal computers and consoles like the PlayStation and Xbox, to using digital downloads and online and mobile games.

FDIC Weekly National Rates and Rate Caps Update - December 21, 2015:

Weekly National Rates and Rate Caps. On May 29, 2009, the FDIC Board of Directors approved a final rule making certain revisions to the interest rate restrictions applicable to less than well capitalized institutions under Part 337.6 of the FDIC Rules and Regulations. The final rule redefined the "national rate" as a simple average of rates paid by U.S. depository institutions as calculated by the FDIC. The national rates and rate caps for various deposit maturities and sizes are provided below. For more information. see Financial Institution Letter FIL-25-2009 Rates updated December 21, 2015 Non-Jumbo Deposits (< $100,000)

Bloomberg Business - December 21, 2015: China Tells U.S. to Stop Flexing Military Muscle in Asia.

bloomberg.com China Tells U.S. to Stop Flexing Military Muscle in Asia David Tweed December 21, 2015    The U.S. should cease sending ships and planes to China’s South China Sea islands, stop showing off its military might and respect China’s core interests, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Secretary of State John Kerry.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - December 21, 2015: Randgold Resources Pulls Out of Ghana Gold Mine Project.

Randgold Resources pulls out of Ghana gold mine project Submitted by cpowell on December 21, 2015 .  By Jon Yeomans The Telegraph, London Monday, December 21, 2015 Randgold Resources has abandoned plans to redevelop a gold mine in Ghana, just three months after announcing its interest in the "world-class resource."

BEA News Release | State Quarterly Personal Income, 1st quarter 2015 - 3rd quarter 2015 Inbox - December 21, 2015: State Personal Income Grew 1.3% on Average in The Third Quarter of 2015.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has issued the following news release today:    State personal income grew 1.3 percent on average in the third quarter of 2015, the same pace as in the second quarter, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income grew in every state with third-quarter personal income growth rates ranging from 0.6 percent in Alaska to 2.2 percent in Nebraska and South Dakota. The full text of the release on BEA's Web site can be found at www.bea.gov/newsreleases/ regional/spi/sqpi_newsrelease. htm

The Guardian | Business | Economics - December 21, 2015: Markets Shrug Off Spanish Poll and Oil Sliding to 11 Year Low.

theguardian.com Markets shrug off Spanish poll uncertainty and oil sliding to 11 year low Sean Farrell Aprox. 33m ago 12:27 Spain’s election result means the most market friendly coalition cannot happen, says economist Edoardo Campanella at UniCredit Research: Spain has inaugurated its new multi-party era in the most troubling way. As expected the PP led by the incumbent Mariano Rajoy won a Pyrrhic victory at yesterday’s general elections. However, the anticipated lack of an absolute majority came with the unexpected poor performance of the PP potential coalition partner, Ciudadanos, that was relegated to the fourth place by a large margin.

The Guardian | World | Asia | Afghanistan - December 21, 2015: Suicide Bomber Attacks US-Afghan Patrol Near Bagram Airbase.

theguardian.com Suicide bomber attacks US-Afghan patrol near Bagram airbase Sune Engel Rasmussen   A suicide bomber on a motorbike has attacked a joint US-Afghan patrol near Bagram airbase in Afghanistan , killing five soldiers and wounding six, according to local officials. The district governor said the group were attacked at about 1pm on Monday as they were patrolling on foot through Bajawryan village, and that at least three soldiers and three police were also wounded in the attack.

The Guardian | World | Europe | Spain - December 21, 2015: Spain Needs Broad Consensus to Go Forward After Messy Election Result.

theguardian.com Spain needs broad consensus to go forward after messy election result Giles Tremlett   Spaniards wanted change, and at Sunday’s elections they got it. The two discredited parties that have run the country for three decades sank to historic lows while bright newcomers stormed their way into parliament. The upturned two-party system was tired and prone to cronyism, but it had one major advantage: much like Britain, it almost alwaysproduced stable governments. Sunday’s vote created an unprecedented mess, with the next government needing the support of up to five different parties.

Reuters | Deals - December 21, 2015: Panasonic Buys U.S. Refrigeration Firm Hussmann for 1.5 Billion.

reuters.com Panasonic buys U.S. refrigeration firm Hussmann for $1.5 billion By Emi Emoto and Taiga Uranaka   TOKYO Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp is set to buy U.S. refrigeration firm Hussmann for over 186.6 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in a deal it says will leverage its technology and help it break into the U.S. food distribution industry.

NYT First Draft on Politics - December 21, 2015: A Tale of Two Primary Campaigns.

Monday, December 21, 2015 Monday, December 21, 2015 Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley participated in the Democratic presidential debate Saturday night hosted by ABC News at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Richard Perry/The New York Times A Tale of Two Primary Campaigns By MAGGIE HABERMAN Good Monday morn

DealBook Today's Top Headlines - December 21, 2015: Regulations Create Obstacles for Railway Mergers | Hospitality and Gambling Interests Delay Closing of Tax Loophole | Frank Quattrone's Comeback.

  Monday, December 21, 2015 TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES By AMIE TSANG REGULATIONS CREATE OBSTACLES FOR RAILWAY MERGERS In the mid-1990s, a wave of mergers was blamed for lost cargo, crashes, derailments, death and billions of lost dollars . The move to consolidate had shrunk the number of major railroad operators in North America to seven from 56 and new rules came in 2001 making potential acquisitions harder. Now, those rules are being tested, Leslie Picker reports in DealBook.

U.S. Stock Market Future Indications by MarketWatch - December 21, 2015: U.S. Stocks Poised to Rebound Shake Off Oil Drop.

marketwatch.com U.S. stocks poised to rebound, shake off oil drop Barbara Kollmeyer   U.S. stocks looked set to rebound from a losing week on Monday, as investors shook off further weakness for oil prices and appeared ready to hunt bargains in the run-up to the Christmas holiday. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH6, +0.75%  surged 162 points, or 0.9%, to 17,178, while those for the S&P 500 index

Asian Markets at Close Report by MarketWatch on December 21, 2015: China Stocks Close Higher, Boosted by Surge in Property Shares.

marketwatch.com China stocks close higher, boosted by surge in property shares Chao Deng Shares in China finished at their highest levels in nearly a month on Monday, amid expectations Beijing would introduce measures to help boost the country’s flagging property sector. The Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, +1.77% rose 1.8% to 3642.47, its highest closing level since Nov. 25.