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Mali says arrests two suspects linked to Bamako hotel attack | Reuters

BAMAKO Mali's security ministry arrested two people suspected of links to an attack on a luxury hotel in the country's capital that killed 20 people, the ministry said on Thursday. At least two armed men attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Friday in a dawn raid, killing six Russians, three Chinese and an American among others, in the worst jihadist strike on the West African country in years. #Africa #Entertainment #Europe #markets #Middle East #United Kingdom #United States

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Report on whether Iran sought nuclear bomb will not be clear cut-U.N | Reuters

VIENNA A U.N. report on whether Iran has in the past carried out work related to nuclear weapons will not reach a definitive conclusion on the subject, the chief of the U.N. nuclear agency said on Thursday #Business #France #India #Iran #United Kingdom

15 mins ago

Euro on shaky ground, stocks up on talk of aggressive ECB easing | Reuters

LONDON The euro slipped back towards seven-month lows, bond yields fell and European shares rallied on Thursday as talk of aggressive stimulus from the European Central Bank next week gained ground. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.8 percent, adding to Wednesday's 1.4 percent gain, while the Euro STOXX 50 index was up 1.2 percent. The firm gains came as Wall Street shares closed flat overnight in a pre-Thanksgiving holiday lull and Asian stocks closed modestly higher #Business #Economy #Gold #Middle East #United States

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Exclusive: Lebanon army chief sees growing risk from Syrian camps | Reuters

BEIRUT The Lebanese army commander says camps that are home to refugees from neighbouring Syria represent a growing security risk as potential hideouts for militants who have been prevented from using other areas to launch attacks and rig car bombs. General Jean Kahwaji told Reuters the security situation was otherwise broadly under control two weeks after Islamic State suicide bombers killed 44 people in the southern suburbs of Beirut in the bloodiest example yet of spillover from the Syria war. More than one million refugees from Syria are in Lebanon living in camps in the eastern Bekaa Valley, in Beirut, in northern Lebanon and in the south. #Africa #author #Crime #Middle East #United Kingdom

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Belgian police mount search linked to Paris attacks | Reuters

BRUSSELS Belgian federal police searched a house in a small town south of Brussels on Thursday in what prosecutors told local media was part of investigations into the Islamic State attacks in Paris, adding that no one was detained. The mayor of Sambreville, Jean-Charles Luperto, also told local media after the operation was over that police had been looking for material evidence rather than suspects. Federal prosecutors could not be reached for comment. #Africa #Crime #France #Middle East #United Kingdom

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India’s sales tax should be below 20 percent – Congress party | Reuters

NEW DELHI India's proposed sales tax should be set at less than 20 percent, the opposition Congress party said on Thursday, signalling a willingness to compromise as long as the government takes into account its concerns. The comments by senior Congress leader Anand Sharma came as parliament opened its winter session, with a proposed goods and services tax (GST) topping the priorities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. "The government should come up with structured proposals on GST," Sharma, chief tax negotiator for Congress and its deputy leader in the upper house, told Reuters. #India #markets #Mexico #opinion #United States

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Belgian PM lowers Brussels alert level, says threat still serious | Reuters

BRUSSELS Lowering the maximum security alert level in Brussels, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Thursday that the threat of an attack in the city remained serious but was not as imminent as it had been. He told a news conference that police and soldiers would remain on the capital's streets but that the metro, partially reopened on Wednesday after a four-day lockdown, would open in full from Friday morning. "The situation is serious, but according to the indications of the security services, it is not as imminent as previously assessed," Michel said. #Entertainment #Foreign policy #France #markets #Syria #United States

44 mins ago

English cricket to ditch pre-match coin toss tradition

English cricket will feature a major change to the tradition of the pre-match coin toss to decide which team bats first in 2016, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Thursday. #Cricket #England #NewsTracker #Toss

45 mins ago

UK’s Serious Fraud Office set for first plea deal, with ICBC Standard Bank | Reuters

LONDON London-headquartered ICBC Standard Bank Plc is the first company to enter a new type of plea deal with Britain's Serious Fraud Office, a move which one lawyer called a "defining moment" in English criminal law. The SFO said on Thursday its first proposed deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) has already been approved in principle by senior judge Brian Leveson and final approval would be sought at a London court hearing on Nov. #Copyright #LinkedIn #markets #Personal finance #Videos

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Indian gold demand seen falling to eight-year low in festive quarter | Reuters

MUMBAI India's gold buying in the key December quarter is likely to fall to the lowest level in eight years, hurt by poor investment demand and back-to-back droughts that have slashed earnings for the country's millions of farmers. The sluggish demand could halve imports by the world's second-biggest gold consumer in U.S. dollar terms in the final quarter, a retailer and two bank dealers said, putting further pressure on global prices that hit a five-year low earlier this month. #Business #LinkedIn #markets #opinion #Technology