Monthly Archives: June 2014

Isis rebels declare ‘caliphate’; Honda’s first business jet; Anger over Facebook secret study

1 Isis rebels declare ‘caliphate’ (BBC) Islamist militant group Isis has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. It also proclaimed the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as caliph … Continue reading

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Argentina nears second bankruptcy; Japan inflation at 32-year high; Wondering if US is losing faith in universal democracy; Soccer World Cup’s flopping rankings

1 Argentina nears second bankruptcy (Phillip Inman in The Guardian) A US judge has blocked a $500m (£290m) payment by Argentina to creditors due on Monday, pushing South America’s second largest economy closer to a second massive default in 13 … Continue reading

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US economy shrinks 2.9% in Q1; Well, there has never been less war than now; Google’s low-cost smartphone for emerging markets

1 US economy shrinks 2.9% in Q1 (BBC) The US economy suffered its worst performance for five years in the first quarter of 2014, latest figures show. The economy shrank at an annualised rate of 2.9% in the first three … Continue reading

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Japan launches ‘third arrow’ of reforms; US home sales at six-year high; An Arabic Vietnam; ‘Tweets, likes don’t translate into buys’

1 Japan launches ‘third arrow’ of reforms (Phillip Inman in The Guardian) Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has outlined his long-awaited growth strategy spearheaded by promises of expanded childcare to bring more women into the workforce and an investment boom. … Continue reading

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US manufacturing grows faster than thought; Breaking the cycle of violence in Iraq; Women’s helpline to fight sexual violence in India

1 US manufacturing grows faster than thought (Dominic Rushe in The Guardian) The US manufacturing sector grew faster than expected in June reaching levels unseen in four years, according to a key industry report. After shaking off the after effects … Continue reading

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Isis captures more Iraqi towns; China manufacturing picks up first time in six months; India’s delayed monsoon and the pressure on investors

1 Isis captures more Iraqi towns (Martin Chulov & Rory Carroll in The Guardian) Jihadist fighters in Iraq seized three border crossings into Syria and Jordan and four nearby towns over the weekend, giving the Islamic State in Iraq and … Continue reading

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YouTube tutorials turn global skills teacher; Lots of education without jobs means nothing; Learning from career mistakes

1 YouTube tutorials turn global skills teacher (Benson Ang in Straits Times) Do not know how to do something? Chances are, you would turn to YouTube these days. People worldwide have turned to the online video-sharing platform in droves to … Continue reading

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