A salesman arranges jewellery at a shop at the gold souk in Deira, April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh/Files

Gold poised for weekly loss on strong U.S. data, dollar

Gold dipped for a third session in a row on Friday and was set to snap a two-week winning streak as a firmer U.S. dollar and robust economic data dented the metal's appeal as a hedge.  Full Article 

Three major nations absent as China launches W.Bank rival in Asia 10:13am IST

SHANGHAI - Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.

Pro-democracy protesters brave heavy rains under a make-shift tent while blocking a main road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip
Asia

HK protesters to vote on government proposals

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they will hold a straw poll on government proposals they had rejected earlier in the week as the campaign in city entered the fifth week on Friday.  Full Article 

A woman leaves a message at a makeshift memorial in honour of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo outside of The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote Armoury in Hamilton, October 23, 2014.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Canada Shooting

Gunman had troubled, transient past

The gunman who killed a soldier in Ottawa and then raced through parliament before being shot dead was a misfit and perhaps mentally ill, according to police, friends and family, while his troubled and transient past included robbery and drug offences.  Full Article 

Shi'ite volunteers from Tal Afar take part in a military training to fight against militants of the Islamic State in Kerbala September 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed

Ground offensive against IS months away: U.S.

Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the U.S. military's Central Command said on Thursday.  Full Article | Related Story 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during a Microsoft cloud briefing event in San Francisco, California October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Microsoft sales beat hopes, cloud profits up

Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins largely intact.  Full Article 

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference during an EU summit in Brussels early October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Environment

EU strikes compromise to set climate target

European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. An overall target was agreed for the 28-nation bloc to cut its emissions of carbon in 2030 by at least 40 percent from levels in the benchmark year of 1990.  Full Article 

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts after he was sentenced at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool
Pistorius Verdict

Race, crime and punishment in South Africa

As Oscar Pistorius spent his first day behind bars this week, a suspected child rapist and murderer went on trial at the same Pretoria court in a case that has also provoked fierce debate about crime and punishment in post-apartheid S. Africa. Although the two defendants are from opposite ends of a still-divided society, both cases have revealed an alarming lack of faith in the justice system.   Full Article 

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Peace Laureate's Call

Children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi laughs at his office in New Delhi October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Spend less on arms, more on schools, says Nobel laureate Satyarthi

Countries around the world should cut their defence budgets and invest in education if child labour is to be eradicated, said Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Satyarthi founded the charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has helped rescue over 80,000 children - many of whom were trafficked from poor rural villages.  Full Article 

John Lloyd

Lessons of Ebola: Unequal in life, unequal in death

Dr. Margaret Chan, who leads the WHO, sent her chief of staff to a WHO regional conference in Manila to spotlight something we rarely keep in our conscious mind and don’t, collectively, do much about: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death: Inequalities can be a matter of ever-longer life, or a most miserable death.   Commentary 

Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

Being the ‘indispensable nation’ is killing American democracy

America — proudly dubbed the “indispensable nation” by its national-security managers — is now the entangled nation enmeshed in conflicts across the globe. The indispensable nation is permanently engaged across the globe. But endless war undermines the Constitution.   Commentary 

Oil pumping machine.

Cheap oil is no tonic for Asian economies

Cheaper oil won’t be much of a tonic for Asian economies. While painful for exporters, sliding prices should benefit consumers of crude. For most in the region, though, less expensive oil is mainly a sign that growth is stalling. The big exceptions are India and Indonesia. For them, the price slide over the past 4 months translates into significant budgetary savings.  Full Article 

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