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  • Taliban negotiator under house arrest in UAE, says Afghanistan

    Reuters - 6 minutes ago

    By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - A leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates, officials said on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai's efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving office. Agha Jan Mutassim, a finance minister during Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, has been missing for over a week, according to the Afghan government, disappearing after arranging a meeting in Dubai between Afghan and Taliban officials in February. "Mutassim ... one of the key Taliban leaders and who supported Afghan peace initiative, was put under house arrest in the UAE where he lived," the Afghan High Peace Council, a body formed by Karzai to engage in peace talks with the Taliban, said on Thursday. "The Afghan government has made requests to the UAE authorities to lift all the restrictions," it said in a statement. More »Taliban negotiator under house arrest in UAE, says Afghanistan

  • Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'

    Reuters - 31 minutes ago

    By Aleksandar Vasovic MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency talks in Geneva, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine, while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier. President Vladimir Putin, who overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy last month by declaring Russia's right to intervene in neighboring countries and annexing Ukraine's Crimea region, accused the authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an "abyss". More »Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'

  • Google misses revenue target, ad prices slide

    Reuters - 41 minutes ago

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's first-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street targets and margins narrowed as the price of its ads continued to decline, underscoring the challenges Internet companies face as the world shifts toward mobile devices. Shares of Google were down 3 percent to $539.80 in afterhours trading on Wednesday, after initially sliding roughly 6 percent on the news. The number of "paid clicks" by consumers on Google's ads increased by 26 percent in the first quarter, disappointing some analysts who had hoped for stronger volume growth. And the average "cost per click" declined 9 percent, extending a downward trend as mobile advertising, typically cheaper than traditional online ads, make up a bigger slice of its business. More »Google misses revenue target, ad prices slide

  • GE industrial profits rise 12 percent, shares up

    Reuters - 42 minutes ago

    General Electric Co posted a 12 percent rise in overall industrial profits on Thursday, as strength in its businesses selling gas turbines, jet engines and oil industry equipment offset weakness in healthcare and transportation. "The big story is the organic revenue growth," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Asset Management, which owns GE shares. "It really shows the return to an industrial emphasis is paying off, and where the company is focusing." GE Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt wants to focus the company even more on manufacturing of large industrial products as he reduces the company's dependence on its GE Capital finance unit. More »GE industrial profits rise 12 percent, shares up

  • Germany's SAP braced for continued currency crunch

    Reuters - 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    By Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP warned on Thursday that it expects the negative impact of the strong euro to worsen after reporting lower than expected first-quarter results. The warning comes as SAP grapples with a short-term squeeze from its shift to web-based cloud computing, prompting it to push back its profit target as it waits for subscription income to gather pace and increases investment to keep up with the fast-growing market. SAP said its software and software-related service revenues would fall 6 percentage points in the second quarter if exchange rates remain at March levels, while the hit for operating profit excluding special items would be 8 percentage points. That compares with a first-quarter impact of 5 percentage points on both software and software-related service revenues and operating profit. More »Germany's SAP braced for continued currency crunch

  • Instant View: GE industrial earnings rise, shares tick higher

    Reuters - 1 hour 33 minutes ago

    GE, which is increasingly focusing on its traditional manufacturing businesses over its finance unit, posted an 8 percent increase in industrial revenue, even as overall company revenue fell slightly short of Wall Street's target. They have still three quarters to get above zero in terms of what they guided for the year." PERRY ADAMS, NORTHWESTERN BANK, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, MANAGES GE SHARES "They beat expectations by a penny, but it definitely was a mixed bag. More »Instant View: GE industrial earnings rise, shares tick higher

  • A star abroad, India central bank boss riles bond traders at home

    Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Neha Dasgupta MUMBAI (Reuters) - Since taking the helm of India's central bank, Raghuram Rajan's agenda to reform markets has put the noses of Mumbai bond traders firmly out of joint by upending practices that provided them with a relatively secure rate of return. Benchmark 10-year bond yields have risen more than half a percentage point since Rajan took office on September 4, as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has sharply restricted bond purchases and announced an unexpected shift in the focus of monetary policy to consumer inflation from wholesale prices. While the dealing community in India's financial capital concedes that Rajan's reforms are necessary for the longer term, many traders complain that he has gone too far too quickly, and without consulting the markets. Their gripes stand in contrast with the high-profile central bank chief's glowing global reputation as a capable technocrat who has been instrumental in guiding the rupee through its worst turmoil since India's balance of payments crisis in 1991. More »A star abroad, India central bank boss riles bond traders at home

  • Argentina's fight with bondholders reaches U.S. top court

    Reuters - 7 hours ago

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday wades into Argentina's multi-billion dollar legal fight with bond investors who turned down two debt restructuring offers after the country's 2002 default. The relatively narrow case that the nine justices are due to hear concerns whether the investors can force banks in New York with which Argentina does business to disclose information about the country's non-U.S. assets as the investors seek repayment. A bigger case, in which Argentina is challenging a court judgment ordering it to pay $1.33 billion to the so-called "holdout" bond investors or face a potential default if it refuses to do so, waits in the wings. Argentina has been battling for a decade with the bondholders led by hedge funds NML Capital Ltd, a unit of billionaire Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp, and Aurelius Capital Management. More »Argentina's fight with bondholders reaches U.S. top court

  • Guinea-Bissau run-off vote pits ex-finance minister Vaz against Nabiam

    Reuters - 8 hours ago

    By Bate Felix and Alberto Dabo BISSAU (Reuters) - Jose Mario Vaz, Guinea-Bissau's former finance minister, will face Nuno Gomes Nabiam, a candidate seen closest to the army, in a May 18 presidential run-off due to complete the country's return to civilian rule. The presidential and parliamentary vote is meant to offer the nation a fresh start after decades of instability since independence from Portugal. Its last vote in 2012 was abandoned after the military seized power between rounds of voting. ... More »Guinea-Bissau run-off vote pits ex-finance minister Vaz against Nabiam

  • U.S. calls for more investment-friendly Indian government

    Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday urged the Indian government that emerges from ongoing elections to follow economic policies that encourage investment, saying Washington would like to see bilateral trade grow to $500 billion a year. Nisha Biswal, U.S. assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, said future economic growth in South Asia hinged on India as the region's growth engine. However, Biswal said that while Indian leaders had targeted $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over five years to close gaps preventing growth in manufacturing, policies still inhibited foreign investment. She said India ranked a poor 134 out of 189 countries as a place to invest and start a business. More »U.S. calls for more investment-friendly Indian government

  • Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis

    Reuters - 13 hours ago

    By Stephanie Nebehay and Christian Lowe GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine, prospects of significant progress at the four-way talks appear slim. By contrast, what Putin says during his annual "hotline" session with the Russian people may have far greater influence on events in Ukraine's rebellious east. Thursday's talks will bring the ministers of Russia, Ukraine and the United States together with the European Union's foreign policy chief to discuss a crisis in which Kiev is struggling to reassert its authority in eastern towns largely controlled by armed pro-Russian separatists. More »Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis

  • Bank of America's financial crisis costs become a recurring nightmare

    Reuters - 13 hours ago

    Bank of America Corp's financial crisis hangover is lasting longer than expected, leading some investors to wonder if the massive litigation expenses being incurred have become a recurring cost of doing business instead of being dismissed as one-time items. The bank on Wednesday posted $6 billion of litigation costs for its first quarter, far exceeding the $3.7 billion of settlement costs that investors had previously known about. Since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Bank of America has announced some $50 billion of settlements, before taxes. Litigation expenses in four of the five quarters since the start of 2013 have exceeded $1 billion. More »Bank of America's financial crisis costs become a recurring nightmare

  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    Reuters - 14 hours ago

    By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. They are the latest touchstones in a longstanding fight over background checks on gun buyers. The debate hinges on whether their expansion constitutes a common-sense approach to keeping guns away from criminals and the mentally unstable or a first step in broader restrictions on gun ownership. Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer. More »Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

  • Ex-finance minister Vaz to face Nabiam in Guinea-Bissau presidential run-off

    Reuters - 15 hours ago

    Guinea-Bissau's former finance minister, Jose Mario Vaz, will face Nuno Gomes Nabiam, an independent candidate, in a May 18 presidential run-off after no candidate secured a majority in the first round, the election commission said. Vaz, candidate of the dominant party African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), secured 40.99 percent of the votes in the first round, according to election commission figures released on Wednesday. Nabiam, the former chair of Bissau's civil aviation agency, came second with 25.14 percent, the figures showed. More »Ex-finance minister Vaz to face Nabiam in Guinea-Bissau presidential run-off

  • Ukraine says investigating Russia's Sberbank for financing separatists

    Reuters - 17 hours ago

    Ukraine has launched a criminal investigation against Russia's biggest lender Sberbank for facilitating financing of pro-Russian separatists, acting Attorney General Oleh Makhnitsky said on Wednesday. Makhnitsky said the Attorney General's office was investigating 14 banks for helping to finance separatists who have taken over a number of buildings in eastern Ukraine, but he did not say whether all the investigations were criminal. "A criminal investigation has been launched against, for example, Sberbank Russia, and work is underway in that direction ... for financing terrorism," Makhnitsky said in an interview on Fifth Channel television. More »Ukraine says investigating Russia's Sberbank for financing separatists

  • The 4 Gutsy Trade Secrets to Increase App Downloads

    Entrepreneur - 18 hours ago

    In the crowded mobile-app market, getting noticed is becoming harder by the day. Here are four growth hacks to Increase to help increase downloads for your mobile app. More »The 4 Gutsy Trade Secrets to Increase App Downloads

  • HUD's Donovan says U.S. Senate housing bill is best chance of reform

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    President Barack Obama's top housing official on Wednesday said a proposed Senate bill provides the best chance to overhaul the mortgage finance system this decade, but more debate over down payment requirements for government-backed loans is needed. "Despite its imperfections, this bill represents real progress and that's why we have got to pursue it," U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said at a conference hosted by the National Council of La Raza and other civil rights and housing groups. "We must take action." Donovan gave the speech in hopes of reassuring housing advocacy and civil rights groups, which oppose the proposed Senate plan over worries that it would create a system that will prevent less affluent Americans from accessing credit even if a government role is retained. His push comes as Senate Banking Committee leaders are negotiating with other senators and aiming to reach a compromise on their bill to wind down government-run mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. More »HUD's Donovan says U.S. Senate housing bill is best chance of reform

  • Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up

    Reuters - 20 hours ago

    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing taxpayers' details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday. Anger over poor public services fuels the Taliban insurgency and other militant groups destabilizing the nuclear-armed nation. "People will be living these luxurious life styles and others will be saying to them - where is your name on that list?" Cracking down on tax evasion is a key condition of a $6.7 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund intended to prop up Pakistan's dwindling foreign reserves. The cash is being doled out in increments and could stop if Pakistan fails to institute reforms. More »Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up


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