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Monkey Business in Indonesia

Security forces are fanning out across Jakarta conducting raids to rescue macaques used in popular street masked monkey performances in a move aimed at improving public order and preventing diseases carried by the monkeys. A volunteer removes cages containing monkeys confiscated from street performers upon arrival at an animal quarantine …

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Saudi Arabia women to defy government ban

A mass protest is due to be held in ‪Saudi Arabia against the ban on women from driving. Authorities have warned that anyone breaking the law is likely to face an unspecified punishment. About 17,000 people signed a petition calling either for women to be allowed to drive or for …

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European Council Meeting

Over the past two days, the European Council discussed how to improve the competitiveness and resilience of our economies, focusing on the digital market and on the banking union. We also discussed migration flows in the light of the recent tragedy in #Lampedusa. Read my final remarks: http://ow.ly/qbjf9  r have a look at the …

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Not business as usual with Washington – Germany’s defense Minister

European leaders united in anger as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies — allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship. The latest revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency swept …

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Too much credit, not enough savings: Indonesian bankers

Indonesia needs to hit the brakes on its too-fast lending expansion trend as growth for loans has outpaced that of deposits for too long, according to a foreign bank representative . “Over the last three years, we have seen 20 to 22 per cent credit growth for the whole banking …

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The world has lost a gentle giant.

Giant George, verified as the world’s tallest dog by Guinness World Records, died last Thursday, one month before his eighth birthday. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died on Thursday, October 17, 2013,” his owners, David and Christine Nasser, posted on GiantGeorge.com. “George passed away …

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Iran oil at a discounted price to get old customers back

The Iranian government is considering giving crude price discounts to its former customers as long as Western sanctions against it can be eased in the future, said a senior oil official on Tuesday, in the hopes of seeing a return to their old market share, which had been lost to …

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Over 10 mn BBM downloads on rival phones in 24 hrs of launch

Canadian handset maker BlackBerry said its popular chat application BBM for rival Android-based handsets and iPhones has witnessed over 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours of its re-launch. The struggling smartphone maker had yesterday resumed the rollout of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). “It’s been 24 hours since we resumed the launch of BBM …

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was highest paid CEO in 2012

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg tops the list of highest paid CEOs in 2012 with total compensation of $2.28 billion, according to a new report on executive pay. Zuckerberg’s compensation was mostly related to income tied to Facebook’s FB -0.17%  IPO and comprised almost entirely of stock option profits, according to the …

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Germany’s Chancellor Merkel: I AM WORRIED!!!

She may not take it likely if…..but Obama assures Germany’s Merkel, the the U.S. isn’t tapping her phone Is that Chancellor Merkel on the line? Don’t worry, the U.S. isn’t listening in. That’s the upshot of what President Barack Obama told the German leader in a phone call on Wednesday, …

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Nepalese Working Abroad Remittances Not Enough

Nepal has not been able to benefit from the remittance sent home by Nepalis working abroad as most of this money is being spent on basic needs, particularly food, and fast moving consumer goods. Speakers at the sixth global convention of non-resident Nepalis (NRNs) said that there has been massive …

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Reasons Why Mr. President Jonathan Travels to Israel

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Wednesday (today) embark on a Christian pilgrimage to Israel. President will be meeting with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, according to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati He …

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