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Can man-of-the-people Widodo micromanage 240 million Indonesians?

Nov 28, 2014

Can man-of-the-people Widodo micromanage 240 million Indonesians?

JAKARTA (Reuters) - From flying economy class to making surprise visits to street markets and poor neighbourhoods, the leadership style of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo is proving very different to his predecessors, who were often seen as stiff and aloof. On a recent visit to cocoa plantations in eastern Sulawesi, Widodo squatted on the ground to chat with farmers about boosting their output. Excited onlookers scrambled up trees to get a better look at the president in his casual clothes and sneakers. #Business #facebook #India #Pakistan #Technology #France #Arabic #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom
Thankful to arrive on snowy U.S. holiday with power out, travel delays

Nov 28, 2014

Thankful to arrive on snowy U.S. holiday with power out, travel delays

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions of Americans were thankful just to arrive at their Thanksgiving feasts on Thursday after a snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of snow on Eastern states, causing flight delays and power outages. Snow flurries drifted over Thomas the Tank Engine, Snoopy and other giant helium balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, where police reported the disorderly conduct arrests of at least seven protesters who had vowed over social media to throw the event into disarray to show outrage over the racially charged Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri. The demonstrators were arrested on Sixth Avenue and 37th Street #Business #India #Japan #Technology #France #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #Argentina #Mexico #author
UK edges towards federalism with Scotland powers deal

Nov 28, 2014

UK edges towards federalism with Scotland powers deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain agreed to further dismantle its highly centralised system of government on Thursday, striking a political deal to grant Scotland new tax-raising powers in a move critics fear could trigger the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom. The deal, unveiled on Thursday after an agreement between all the Scottish chapters of Britain's main political parties, will trigger the biggest transfer of powers to Scotland from the United Kingdom since 1999 when a Scots parliament was set up and will be implemented after a UK-wide election next year. #India #Pakistan #France #Arabic #Russia #Argentina #United Kingdom #Mexico #opinion
Majority of Russians believe their troops are not fighting in Ukraine - poll

Nov 28, 2014

Majority of Russians believe their troops are not fighting in Ukraine - poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A majority of Russians believe their country's troops are not fighting in eastern Ukraine but nearly half would be glad if it turned out they were, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. The poll by the independent Levada research group suggested 25 percent of respondents did not believe the Kremlin's denials that Russia has sent soldiers to back separatists fighting Ukrainian government forces in the eastern regions. #Arabic #Russia #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico #Ukraine #opinion
Islamic State lacks funds to keep control of Iraqi, Syrian territory - experts

Nov 28, 2014

Islamic State lacks funds to keep control of Iraqi, Syrian territory - experts

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State (IS) militants may ultimately lose the war in Iraq and Syria because they do not have enough money to run the territory under their control, despite holding assets worth more than $2 trillion, international terrorism experts said. The cost of running an entire administration paying civil servants and the military, maintaining roads, schools, hospitals, electricity and water networks is far beyond the reach of Islamic State, said Charles Brisard, an expert on terrorist financing and a consultant on business intelligence. #Business #United States #Pakistan #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #markets #author