Monthly Archives: March 2014

Global growth faces risks; China’s political gamble of the century; Climate change impacts ‘overwhelming’

1 Global growth faces risks (Khaleej Times) Known unknowns are multiplying in a new threat to global economic expansion. While economists Mohamed El Erian of Allianz, Allen Sinai of Decision Economics and Morgan Stanley’s Joachim Fels see growth speeding up … Continue reading

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Blackberry posts $5.9bn loss; Facebook buys UK drone firm; India’s C curse

1 Blackberry posts $5.9bn loss (BBC) Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry has reported a net loss of $5.9bn for its latest financial year. However, in the three months to 1 March it recorded a smaller-than-expected loss of $423m, compared with a … Continue reading

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Is IMF Mr Nice or Nasty in Ukraine issue?; China at the crossroads; PCs to lose more ground to tablets; The rise and rise of selfies

1 Is IMF Mr Nice or Nasty in Ukraine issue? (Robert Peston on BBC) Is tough love from the West the right economic prescription for Ukraine, as the Russian bear consumes the Crimea and appears to be salivating over the … Continue reading

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US and EU mull new Russia sanctions; Why employers may stop offering health insurance; Global death sentences rise; Resurgence of Jihad Inc.

1 US and EU mull new Russia sanctions (BBC) The US and EU are discussing “deeper sanctions” against Russia if there are “further incursions into Ukraine”. US President Barack Obama said “energy is obviously a central focus of our efforts”, … Continue reading

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How America loses a job every 43 seconds; US sees Russia as regional power; Is the world more depressed?; Air pollution linked to seven million deaths

1 How America loses a job every 43 seconds (Matthew J Slaughter in The Wall Street Journal) April 1 is when the US Citizenship and Immigration Services begins accepting new H-1B visa petitions for 2015. An H-1B visa allows a … Continue reading

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Russia warns of investor flight; UK inflation at four-year low; India media gains in election spending

1 Russia warns of investor flight (BBC) Russia expects investors to move up to $70bn of assets out of the country in the first three months of this year. The sign that investors are becoming nervous about Russia comes amid … Continue reading

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More signs of China slowdown; India vote and irrational exuberance; A nanny for drivers

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