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Beirut protesters occupy ministry and call anti-government rally | Reuters

BEIRUT Dozens of protesters occupied the environment ministry in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday calling on minister Mohamad Al Machnouk to resign over a rubbish disposal crisis, the latest in a wave of protests against the paralysed political system. Hundreds of other protesters gathered outside the building as riot police took up positions in surrounding streets and the "You Stink" anti-government campaign called for a new rally in a nearby square in the afternoon. Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said protesters had 30 minutes to leave the building, al-Jadeed and al-Manar television stations said, without saying what would happen if they did not #function-shr #var-local #var-paragraph #var-symbol #var-web #webtrends-multi

5 mins ago

China stock probes send shivers through investment community | Reuters

SHANGHAI Investigations by Chinese authorities into wild stock market swings are spreading fear among China-based investors, with some unsure if they are simply helping with inquiries or actually under suspicion, executives in the financial community said. Chinese fund managers say they have come under increasing pressure from Beijing as authorities' attempts to revive the country's stock markets hit headwinds, with some investors now being called in to explain trading strategies to regulators every two weeks #Business #China #Europe #India #opinion

19 mins ago

Icelanders tell government to take in more Syrian refugees | Reuters

REYKJAVIK Four percent of Iceland's population has joined a Facebook page seeking to have the country take in more people escaping the Syrian conflict, prompting the government to consider it. Around 12,000 people from a population of little over 300,000 joined the Facebook page #India #Latin America #Middle East #Sweden #Turkey #United Kingdom

20 mins ago

Weak China Aug factory, services point to further economic slowdown | Reuters

BEIJING/SHANGHAI Activity in China's factory sector shrank at its fastest rate in at least three years in August as domestic and export orders tumbled, hitting global markets and increasing fears that the world's second-largest economy may be heading for a hard landing. Even more worrying, China's services sector, which has been one of the lone bright spots in the sputtering economy, also showed signs of cooling. News of deteriorating business conditions set off fresh selling in Chinese shares on Tuesday, with the main indexes tumbling 5 percent at one point before recovering some of the day's losses by the close #Argentina #Business #Economy #India #science

34 mins ago

Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year | Reuters

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication, which can only be lifted by designated church officials. However, from Dec. #function-check #table #var-local #var-symbol #var-web #WebTrends #webtrends-multi

35 mins ago

Oil prices to recover into 2016 – Reuters poll | Reuters

REUTERS - Oil prices have fallen too far, too fast and should recover gradually over the next year as supply growth slows and demand recovers, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday. Benchmark North Sea Brent crude is likely to average $62.30 a barrel in 2016, up from an average so far this year of around $57.60, the monthly survey of 30 analysts said. #Economy #India #markets #opinion #United Kingdom #United States

35 mins ago

Oil prices to recover into 2016 – Reuters poll | Reuters

REUTERS - Oil prices have fallen too far, too fast and should recover gradually over the next year as supply growth slows and demand recovers, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday. Benchmark North Sea Brent crude is likely to average $62.30 a barrel in 2016, up from an average so far this year of around $57.60, the monthly survey of 30 analysts said. U.S #Business #Latin America #opinion #polls #Technology

49 mins ago

Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria’s Palmyra – U.N. | Reuters

BEIRUT Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. A comparison of before and after images shows the damage to the temple at the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Geneva-based United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said. "We can confirm the destruction of the main building of the Temple of Bel as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity," the agency said in an email #crisis #Entertainment #markets #Middle East #science #Technology

50 mins ago

Wall Street slumps as weak China data stokes growth fears | Reuters

REUTERS - Wall Street slumped on Tuesday, pushing all three major indexes into negative territory for the year, after weak factory data from China heightened fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy and its effect on global growth. Energy stocks led the fall, with the S&P energy index declining 3.6 percent. The weak China data pushed down oil prices more than 4 percent, snapping three days of gains #Entertainment #Mexico #opinion #science #Technology #United States

50 mins ago

Wall Street slumps as weak China data stokes growth fears | Reuters

REUTERS - Wall Street slumped on Tuesday, pushing all three major indexes into negative territory for the year, after weak factory data from China heightened fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy and its effect on global growth. Energy stocks led the fall, with the S&P energy index declining 3.6 percent. #China #Economy #Entertainment #India #Latin America #Mexico #United States