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Feb 24, 2013

NYT | Global Update February 24, 2012,: Afghanistan Bars Elite U.S. Troops From a Key Province

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February 24, 2013
Compiled 22:07 GMT

Global Update

TOP NEWS

Afghanistan Bars Elite U.S. Troops From a Key Province

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Officials cited complaints that Afghans working for American Special Forces had killed and tortured villagers in Maidan Wardak province, a crucial link in the defense of the capital.

Conservative Candidate Elected President in Cyprus

By NICHOLAS KULISH
The victor, Nicos Anastasiades, now faces crucial negotiations with international lenders over a bailout for his financially ailing nation.

African Nations and U.N. Offer Plan to Stabilize Congo

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
The "framework" calls for greater cooperation between Congo's neighbors - some of which are accused of supporting rebel groups - and political changes by its government.
World

Graphic: Refugee Influx Threatens Balance in Lebanon

Many in Lebanon worry that the influx of up to 400,000 Syrian refugees, who are mostly Sunni, may disrupt the delicate balance in the country. Lebanon fought its own sectarian civil war from 1975 to 1990.
Opinion

Opinion

In Italy, Illusion Is the Only Reality

By TIM PARKS
Whether Silvio Berlusconi wins or loses, the country is determined to ignore uncomfortable truths.
WORLD

In Last Sunday Address, Pope Says He Will Continue to Serve God

By RACHEL DONADIO
Pope Benedict XVI says he will continue to serve and love the church by praying and meditating after his abdication on Thursday.

Church Helps Fill a Void in Africa

By ADAM NOSSITER
With 16 percent of the world's Catholics now living in Africa, the church's future, many say, lies in the continent.

Buddhists, Reconstructing Sacred Tibetan Murals, Wield Their Brushes in Nepal

By EDWARD WONG
A project aimed at restoring the artwork of two sites in Lo Manthang, Nepal, has trained a team of local residents to revise historic works.
BUSINESS

High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets

By DAVID SEGAL
The cost of veterinarian school has far outpaced the rate of inflation. Meanwhile, there is a boom in supply (that is, vets), and a decline in demand for services.

Don't Call Him Mom, or an Imbecile

By HANNAH SELIGSON
The hapless, bumbling father is a stock character in product marketing. The so-called daddy bloggers who attended the recent Dad 2.0 Summit are pushing to change that.
TECHNOLOGY
Digital Domain

There Is an Algorithm for Everything, Even Bras

By RANDALL STROSS
After a frustrating two-and-a-half-hour fitting room ordeal, Michelle Lam helped launch a company to match women with bras online.
The Boss

An Average Traveler

By STEPHEN KAUFER
Stephen Kaufer, the chief executive of TripAdvisor, developed his company after a frustrating search for hotel advice online.
Unboxed

SimCity, for Real: Measuring an Untidy Metropolis

By STEVE LOHR
An initiative at New York University is joining a global drive to apply modern sensor, computing and data-sifting technologies to urban environments.
SPORTS

Dream Becomes Reality for Swansea

By ROB HUGHES
Swansea City defeated Bradford, 5-0, to win the English League Cup on Sunday, the first major trophy in the team's 100-year history.

England Looks Strong in Bid to Win Six Nations Rugby Title

By HUW RICHARDS
The English squad took a significant step toward the 2013 title with a 23-13 victory over France that was a model demonstration of doing what it takes to be a champion.

The Key to Winning? Get Plenty of Rest

By ROB HUGHES
With several big matcheups on the horizon, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Barcelona are doing what they do best -- manage their resources.
U.S. NEWS

Emory University's Leader Reopens Its Racial Wounds

By KIM SEVERSON and ROBBIE BROWN
An article by James W. Wagner praising the 1787 three-fifths compromise has been seized upon as another example of insensitivity from the school.

Seen as Nature Lovers' Paradise, Utah Struggles With Air Quality

By DAN FROSCH
Topographic and meteorological factors combine to trap auto emissions and other air pollutants in the region, a problem with no easy solution.

Ahead of Trial, Talk of a BP Settlement in 2010 Oil Spill

By BARRY MEIER and CLIFFORD KRAUSS
With a major civil trial scheduled to start Monday against BP, federal officials and the five affected Gulf Coast states are trying to pull together to strike an 11th-hour settlement.
OPINION
Op-Ed Columnist

How Mexico Got Back in the Game

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Who knew our North American neighbor might one day become an economic rival to India and China?
Op-Ed Columnist

Pompom Girl for Feminism

By MAUREEN DOWD
Feminism 4.0? Sheryl Sandberg launches a book tour designed to make her the Betty Friedan of the digital age.
Opinion

The Price of Public Violence

By ALEX KOTLOWITZ
What is the effect on individuals - especially kids - who have been privy to the violence in our cities' streets?

Dec 11, 2012

NYT | FGC BOLSA - FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS (December 11, 2012): Study Predicts Future for U.S. as No. 2 Economy, but Energy Independent




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December 11, 2012 Compiled: 12:32 AM

A new intelligence assessment says China will outstrip the United States economically by 2030, and sees a rising global middle class.

House Republicans, whose constituents do not want their taxes raised, are faced with the pitch that increasing taxes for the affluent will help the nation over all.

The trade numbers for China suggested the nation’s economy was continuing to regain momentum, but its foreign trade remained vulnerable to economic turmoil elsewhere.

The McDonald’s report provided some positive news to balance concern over the announcement that Italy’s prime minister would resign.

In a speech in New York, Mervyn A. King said he is optimistic both that his successor would do well and that the United States will avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

Dec 7, 2012

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MarketWatch | European Markets at Close Report (December 7, 2012): Europe stocks rebound after U.S. jobs data

By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch 

LONDON (MarketWatch) A stronger-than-expected nonfarm payrolls report from the U.S. sent European stock markets higher in afternoon action on Friday, erasing earlier losses fueled by a downbeat assessment on the German economy. 

The Stoxx Europe 600 index XX:SXXP +0.13% rose 0.1% to close at 279.17, after trading as low as 278.26 earlier in the day. On the week, the index closed 1.2% higher

Europe's top stories in 2012 If the euro zone was a patient, it would have been in intensive care for most of the year. But despite debt woes and a series of banking scandals, Europe had much to cheer about. Take a look back at Europe's top stories of 2012. Photo: AP 

Stocks rebounded in the afternoon after nonfarm-payroll data from the U.S. showed 146,000 jobs were added to the economy in November, far exceeding the 80,000 expected by economists polled by MarketWatch.
The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% versus expectations for an unchanged reading of 7.9%. See: U.S. creates 146,000 jobs in November
U.S. stock traded mixed on Wall Street, as consumer-sentiment data missed expectations. Read more about U.S. markets
“I think you have to be careful to read too much into these numbers [nonfarm-payrolls]. There are in so many ways a lot of noise in this, with Superstorm Sandy, Thanksgiving and the U.S. election distorting the data,” said Henrik Drusebjerg, senior strategist at Nordea in Copenhagen.
“More and more people are focusing on the fiscal cliff negotiations and what I’m mostly worried about is that we’ll see the same turbulence as we saw in August last year during the debt-ceiling discussions. Back then, markets didn’t react before the uncertainty showed up in the macro data and I’m worried about the macro data now,” he said. 

The fiscal cliff refers to automatic spending cuts and tax hikes slated to take effect in the new year, unless Democrats and Republicans agree on a deal to avert it.

Among notable movers in Europe, shares of Deutsche Telekom AG DE:DTE -1.29% dropped 1.9%, after the firm late Thursday said it would cut dividends for next year to 0.5 euro ($0.65).
Shares of Norsk Hydro ASA NO:NHY -2.38% slumped 2.4%, after Nomura cut the aluminum producer to reduce from neutral. 

Drug makers were among best performing sectors, with Sanofi SA FR:SAN +0.66% SNY -0.01% and Novo Nordisk AS DK:NOVOB +0.70% NVO +0.62% both rising 0.7%. Shares of Roche Holding AG CH:ROG +0.87% climbed 0.9% after Morgan Stanley lifted the firm to overweight from equal weight.

German concerns

Most stocks had earlier in the day traded in negative territory, as hopes that the European economy will soon recover were dashed, after Germany’s central bank downgraded its forecast for Europe’s largest economy.
The Bundesbank said it now expects gross domestic product to grow 0.7% this year, but growth will ease to 0.4% next year, down from its previous estimate of 1.6%. It also said that unemployment could edge up to 7.2% in 2013 from an expected 6.8% this year, before falling back to 7% in 2014. See: Some bad news about that German engine of growth 

In addition, data showed industrial production for October fell 2.6%, a steeper decline than expected by analysts.  

“Germany has been the stronger economy in Europe and signs that they are struggling are bad for markets,” said Richard Perry, chief market strategist at Central Markets.
“The euro EURUSD -0.2245% has been hit hard again and is back below $1.30, which is a psychological level that has been broken,” he said.
The downbeat forecasts come just a day after the DAX 30 index DX:DAX -0.22% surged to its highest closing level in almost five years on the back of surprisingly strong factory-order data.
The index closed 0.2% lower at 7,517.80 on Friday, with shares of Deutsche Bank AG DE:DBK -1.49% DB -1.60% down 1.1% and Commerzbank AG DE:CBK -1.06% off 0.8%. The DAX, however, closed out the week with a 1.5% gain.

Italian stocks underperform

Italy’s FTSE MIB index XX:FTSEMIB -0.86% underperformed its European peers, as questions about how long Prime Minister Mario Monti can last as the country’s front figure started to arise.
Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Liberty Party on Thursday withdrew its support for Monti’s unelected technocratic government. See: Political risk rises as Italy’s Monti feels the heat
The index sank 0.9% to 15,699.22 and was down 0.7% on the week, with shares of UniCredit SpA IT:UCG -1.30% off 1.3%.

Greece’s Athens General Index GR:GD +1.09% , on the contrary, rallied 1.1% to 840.73 with a 3.9% weekly gain. The Wall Street Journal reported that Greek banks are prepared to sell back their entire stock of Greek government bonds as part of the country’s debt-buyback program. Deadline to participate in the plan is at 5 p.m. London time, or noon eastern. See: Greek banks ready to sell 100% of bonds in buyback 
 
And in the U.K. shares of mining firms were on the rise, as most metals prices moved higher after the U.S. labor data. Shares of Rio Tinto PLC UK:RIO +0.59% RIO +0.71% AU:RIO +0.30% rose 0.6% and Antofagasta PLC UK:ANTO +0.75% picked up 0.8%. 

The FTSE 100 index UK:UKX +0.22% gained 0.2% to 5,914.40, sending it 0.8% higher on the week
France’s CAC 40 index FR:PX1 +0.11% gained 0.1% to 3,605.61. It closed out the week 1.4% higher. 

Shares of Publicis Groupe SA FR:PUB +0.92% rose 0.9%, after the advertising group said it bought two different agencies in India as part of its strategy to develop in emerging markets. See: Publicis acquires two agencies in India 
 
Sara Sjolin is a MarketWatch reporter based in London. Follow her on Twitter @sarasjolin.


Dec 6, 2012

NYT | Global Update (December 6, 2012): U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis' Hands.


TOP NEWS

U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis' Hands

By JAMES RISEN, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar, but American officials grew alarmed at evidence that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to militants.

Britons Are Warned Of Lingering Austerity

By JULIA WERDIGIER and STEPHEN CASTLE
George Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer, said in Parliament on Wednesday that it would take four years instead of three for Britain to start reducing its debt as a share of national income.

For Greece, Oligarchs Are Obstacle to Recovery

By RACHEL DONADIO and LIZ ALDERMAN
A handful of wealthy families, politicians and the news media - often owned by magnates - are partly to blame for the country's economic woes.
World

Slide Show: Hundreds Dead After Typhoon in Philippines

Rescuers sought to reach isolated villages Wednesday after a typhoon struck the region, killing at least 270 people.
Opinion

Op-Docs

'Forgotten in Iraq'

By BETH MURPHY
Kirk Johnson, a former U.S.A.I.D. employee, struggles to help resettle Iraqis whose lives are in danger because of their loyalty to the United States. Is President Obama to blame?
WORLD

Blood Is Shed as Egyptian President's Backers and Rivals Battle in Cairo

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Three senior advisers to President Mohamed Morsi resigned during the battles, blaming him for the violence.

Philippines Struggles to Reach Typhoon's Victims

By FLOYD WHALEY
Rescuers sought to reach isolated villages Wednesday after a typhoon struck the region, killing at least 270 people and leaving thousands homeless.

Pressure Builds on Syrian Opposition Coalition; Fears of Chemical Weapons Rise

By ANNE BARNARD, MICHAEL R. GORDON and CHRISTINE HAUSER
The coalition is being urged to choose leaders and form a political structure; American intelligence says Syrian troops have mixed together small amounts of precursor chemicals for a deadly nerve gas.
BUSINESS

For PC Virus Victims, Pay or Else

By NICOLE PERLROTH
Ransomware - when a virus freezes a user's computer and criminals demand money to unlock it - has become a lucrative online scheme.
DealBook

Brazil Steps Up Investments in Overlooked Tech Start-Ups

By VINOD SREEHARSHA
Because segments considered critical to transforming Brazil's economy have fallen by the wayside, the country has doubled down on its goal of promoting technology growth.
DealBook

Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs and Take $1 Billion Charge

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG
The cuts will reduce Citigroup's work force by roughly 4 percent and come after the chairman, Michael E. O'Neill, engineered the ouster of the bank's former chief executive.
TECHNOLOGY

Europe Fines Electronics Makers $1.92 Billion

By JAMES KANTER
Seven companies were accused of fixing the price of picture tubes for television and computer screens.
Bits Blog

Twitter Loses Ability to Properly Display Instagram Photos

By NICK BILTON
Instagram cut off the integration of its photos with Twitter, escalating tensions between the two companies, which were once friends in the battle against Facebook.
SPORTS

'04 Drug Retest May Give U.S. Olympic Gold

By MARY PILON
Four medalists from the Athens Games will lose their medals because officials found evidence of doping in retested urine samples.

2 Financial Giants Take 2 Different Approaches to Season

By ROB HUGHES
Manchester City is now focusing all its effort on the English Premier League, while Paris Saint-Germain, which is struggling in Ligue 1, dreams of Champions League glory.

Lost Opportunity for Manchester City

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Julian Schieber scored in the second half to lift host Borussia Dortmund over Manchester City in the Champions League, ending City's chances of reaching the Europa League.
U.S. NEWS

Boehner Gains Strong Backing of House G.O.P.

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
The strong embrace from a broad spectrum of the rank-and-file may empower Speaker John A. Boehner as he tries to strike a deal on spending cuts and tax increases.

Interest Groups Push to Fill Margins of Health Coverage

By ABBY GOODNOUGH
As states finalize what benefits they want guaranteed under the new health care law, it is becoming increasingly clear that what services are received will vary in part by location.

Federal Plan Calls for Overhauling Secrecy Policies

By SCOTT SHANE
An advisory panel report reflects a view, widely held by current and former national security officials, that far too much information is classified.
OPINION
Op-Ed Contributor

If Not Two States, Then One

By SAREE MAKDISI
By sealing off East Jerusalem, Israel compels the Palestinians to now seek a single state.
Op-Ed Contributor

France and NATO

By LAURENT FABIUS
France will shoulder its responsibilities in NATO while preserving its autonomy.
Op-Ed Contributor

Raise the Economy's Speed Limit

By JARED BERNSTEIN
We've got to stop setting fiscal traps for ourselves and start taking the steps that can get this economy back up to speed.

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