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Shooting near West Bank settlement kills at least 2 Israelis

Thursday 23:40 GMT

A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement on Thursday, shooting at soldiers and civilians and killing at least two Israelis before fleeing, the military and Israel's rescue service said.

The deaths extend a violent week that began with a shooting outside a West Bank settlement on Sunday, resulting in the death of a baby who was delivered prematurely following the weekend attack, and continued with the killing of two Palestinians wanted in that and another attack on Israelis in the West Bank.

Source: ABC News

Trump denies he 'directed' Cohen to break the law as prosecutors contend

Thursday 23:40 GMT

And now former-- attorney and fixer was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for him, President Donald Trump again attempted to distance himself, repeating legal arguments and saying he "never directed Michael Cohen to break the law," contrary to what federal prosecutors contend. "He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.

The campaign finance violations stemmed from hush money payments Cohen made to two women who alleged affairs with then-candidate Trump, which prosecutors alleged in court documents that Trump directed.

Source: Global News

Suspect in fatal France Christmas market attack still at large

Thursday 23:39 GMT

The death toll in an attack on Strasbourg’s Christmas market rose to three on Thursday as police searched through eastern France and manned checkpoints on the German border in a hunt for the suspect.

Manhunt continues after fatal Strasbourg Christmas market shooting; suspect identified. It took police four months to track down Salah Abdesalam, the prime surviving suspect from the November 2015 militant assault on Paris, in an apartment in Brussels.

Source: The Week

What to learn from Trump's accidental tariff success

Thursday 23:40 GMT

Trump's tariffs show they do pretty much exactly what they say on the tin: change the price structure to make domestic production more feasible.

Virtually all major countries that became rich after the U.K. blazed the initial trail of industrialization did so behind tariff barriers, America very much included. Many that could not, due to imperialism, like India and China in the 18th and 19th centuries, ended up economically ruined and set back hundreds of years.

Source: Common Domain

Volkswagen CFO: Cautious About Trade, Optimistic About China

Thursday 23:40 GMT

Germany’s Volkswagen AG , like many companies, is grappling with global uncertainties ranging from trade tensions to Britain’s exit from the European Union to slowing demand in China.

Mr. Witter said the U.S., European Union and China need to “stay in talking terms” as they seek to work out trade differences. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen, which sells cars in more than 150 countries, welcomed the 90-day window for talks between the U.S. and China, agreed to by President Trump and President Xi Jinping this month.

Source: Common Domain

Currencies struggle for direction despite Draghi and Trump comments

Thursday 23:40 GMT

The euro slipped earlier in the session, after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi sounded more downbeat than expected in the central bank’s last news conference of the year.

The ECB left interest rates unchanged, as expected, and confirmed it would wind down its quantitative easing efforts at the end of the month. The central bank has said it won’t raise its benchmark rates until next summer at the earliest and investors generally expect it to keep rates on hold beyond that date.

Source: Common Domain

Global Stocks Drift Higher on Trade Optimism

Thursday 23:40 GMT

Global stocks edged higher Thursday as signs of improving U.S.-China trade relations and British Prime Minister Theresa May’s survival of a no-confidence vote offset concerns about a creeping economic slowdown.

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported China was set to introduce an industrial policy that is friendlier to foreign businesses, and President Trump said on Twitter earlier in the week that “productive” trade talks were under way.

Source: Common Domain

Stocks mixed as U.S.-China trade tensions loom

Thursday 23:40 GMT

U.S. stocks traded mixed late Thursday morning, as investors continue to digest headlines surrounding the potential for a U.S.-China trade deal.

U.S.-China trade concerns remain at fore of investor minds Thursday, as they continue to digest headlines from earlier in the week that suggested the Chinese were ready to make significant concessions to their industrial policy and reduce tariffs on imported autos, while President Trump indicated he would intervene in the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou if it would help ensure a trade deal with China.

Source: Common Domain

Currencies struggle for direction as EBC ends QE

Thursday 23:39 GMT

Major currencies were struggling for directions on Thursday, when the European Central Bank formally ended its bond buying program.

The only exception was the British pound, which continued to inch higher, as market sentiment improved after Prime Minister Theresa May gathered support to fend off a leadership challenge. The ECB left interest rates unchanged, as expected, but confirmed it would wind down its quantitative easing efforts by the end of the month.

Source: BBC

What does Ireland do if there’s no deal?

Thursday 23:40 GMT

"The rest of the EU would unlikely want to set such a precedent, that one of its members could have its membership rights diminished because of the action of a third country (as the UK would be at that stage)."

Back in May 2017 the head of Ireland's customs authorities raised the prospect of what he called "trade facilitation posts". Revenue Commissioner Liam Irwin said these could be facilities which were not at the border but "10 or 15 kilometres back".

Source: Common Domain

No recession as long as Fed doesn’t screw up, award-winning economist says

Thursday 23:39 GMT

The U.S. economy can probably avoid a recession in the next few years as long as Jerome Powell’s Federal Reserve doesn’t make a mistake, says Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC Capital Markets and the leader of the team that won MarketWatch’s Forecaster of the Month contest in November.

“There could be a recession if the Fed hiked until the economy rolled over and died,” which was a real worry after Powell said a few months ago that the fed funds rate was a long way from neutral.

Source: Common Domain

Mortgage rates slide to 3-month low, as housing market green shoots appear

Thursday 23:39 GMT

Read: House prices have surged, and so will the government’s mortgage obligations. Still, as the KBW analysts also noted, housing finance reform hasn’t been a Congressional priority in the ten years that Fannie and Freddie have languished in conservatorship, and that’s not likely to suddenly change.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.63% in the Dec. 13 week, down 12 basis points and touching its lowest since September, mortgage liquidity provider Freddie Mac said Thursday.

Source: Common Domain

U.S. Stocks Mixed on Trade Optimism, Economic Concerns

Thursday 23:40 GMT

U.S. stocks flipped between gains and losses Thursday as investors weighed signs of improving trade relations between the U.S. and China, along with concerns about a creeping economic slowdown.

Thursday’s mixed trading session came after U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday as The Wall Street Journal reported that China was set to introduce an industrial policy that is friendlier to foreign businesses.

Source: Reuters

A higher Social Security retirement age comes with risks for many...

Thursday 23:40 GMT

According to an economist at the Urban Institute who specializes in employment and retirement decisions made by older Americans, raising the retirement age would inflict serious harm on roughly one-quarter of Social Security beneficiaries.

The retirement age debate usually focuses on the FRA, but Johnson focuses mainly on whether the early retirement age should be increased. “Is there a certain number of years of life we want to finance in retirement that we maintain by shifting that period later?”

Source: Common Domain

Italy stocks stand out in Europe, where ECB grabs the spotlight

Thursday 23:39 GMT

Europe markets traded mixed on Thursday, as investors turned their attention to a European Central Bank meeting and Brexit issues, with optimism over global trade taking a back seat..

One of the biggest losers in Europe was the German retailers METRO AG B4B, -9.15% which lost 11% after it reported a slight drop in overall sales. Away from the Stoxx Europe 600, Swiss-based GAM Holding AG GAM, -22.72%  slumped 22% after the asset manager announced a restructuring program and suspended its 2018 dividend.

Source: DW

Illegal gold mines destroying Amazon rainforest: study

Tuesday 02:24 GMT
Source: The Guradian

From freecycling to Fairphones: 24 ways to lead an anti-capitalist life in a capitalist world

Tuesday 15:26 GMT
Source: BBC

The divorced entrepreneur who needed a spare room

Monday 02:25 GMT
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Bundesliga: Prodigious Jadon Sancho shows up strikerless Schalke

Saturday 20:00 GMT
Source: BBC

Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

Tuesday 02:24 GMT
Source: Common Domain

How to use mental tricks to save more for retirement

Monday 10:51 GMT
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Illinois county gains $10M for detaining undocumented immigrants

Monday 10:51 GMT
Source: Reuters

China's Tencent Music raises nearly $1.1 billion in U.S. IPO

Thursday 02:25 GMT
Source: Common Domain

The China 2025 Bugaboo

Thursday 23:39 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Tencent Music battles back to record one of the largest IPOs of 2018

Thursday 20:56 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Tencent Music Rises in Trading Debut

Thursday 23:40 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Don’t Get Lulled by Tencent Music’s Tunes

Thursday 03:20 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Accenture Interactive to Acquire Ad-Tech Firm Adaptly

Thursday 16:20 GMT
Source: The Guradian

SAG nominees 2019: A Star is Born, Mrs Maisel and Ozark lead the race

Thursday 15:25 GMT

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