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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
Prince William to make first UK royal visit to China in 30 years

Nov 28, 2014

Prince William to make first UK royal visit to China in 30 years

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William will go to China early next year in the first visit to the mainland by a member of the British royal family in almost three decades, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday. William, Queen Elizabeth's grandson and second-in-line to the throne, will leave for a three-day trip to Japan in late February before heading to China. However, he will not be accompanied by his pregnant wife Kate who is due to give birth to the couple's second child in April. #Business #facebook #Brazil #France #Russia #markets #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico #author
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
Iran Supreme Leader says not opposed to extension of nuclear talks

Nov 28, 2014

Iran Supreme Leader says not opposed to extension of nuclear talks

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader made clear on Thursday he backed extended nuclear talks with world powers, shoring up Tehran's negotiating team against attacks by his hardline acolytes for failing to secure a deal that could have meant major relief from sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said that if the talks, extended on Monday for seven months beyond the Nov. #Business #India #Technology #France #Arabic #Russia #markets #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico #author
Ebola vaccine from Glaxo passes early safety test

Nov 27, 2014

Ebola vaccine from Glaxo passes early safety test

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused no serious side effects and produced an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in an early-stage clinical trial, scientists reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial, which began on Sept. #Business #facebook #United States #India #China #Japan #Brazil #Middle East #Russia #markets #Argentina #author
Russia throws rights accusations back at U.S. with Ferguson unrest

Nov 27, 2014

Russia throws rights accusations back at U.S. with Ferguson unrest

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia pointed on Wednesday to rioting in Ferguson and protests across the United States as evidence that its detractors in Washington were hypocrites and in no position to lecture Moscow on human rights. Issuing two statements on the unrest in just one day, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the United States should "focus on large-scale domestic problems with safeguarding human rights" rather than preach to others. #Business #facebook #United States #China #Japan #Technology #France #Middle East #Italy #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico
Icelandic hacker says guilty of stealing money from Wikileaks

Nov 27, 2014

Icelandic hacker says guilty of stealing money from Wikileaks

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - An Icelandic computer hacker and former associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange unexpectedly pleaded guilty on Wednesday to embezzling 30 million Icelandic crowns ($240,000) from the organisation. Sigurdur Thordarsson's courtroom plea is the latest twist in the saga of Wikileaks, which released thousands of secret U.S. embassy cables in 2010 and 2011, deeply embarrassing Washington #Business #facebook #France #markets #Italy #Argentina #Latin America #author #opinion
Cameroon army says frees 16 hostages, including Polish priest

Nov 27, 2014

Cameroon army says frees 16 hostages, including Polish priest

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The Cameroonian army has freed 16 hostages, including Polish Catholic priest Mateusz Dziedzic, who were abducted by rebels from Central African Republic last month, Cameroon's government said on Wednesday. However, the rebel force, the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC), said in a statement it had voluntarily handed over the group following the intervention of former Central African minister Karim Meckassoua. The FDPC abducted Dziedzic on Oct. #Business #facebook #India #China #Technology #France #Middle East #markets #Mexico #author #opinion
Sierra Leone seeks U.S. military help to fight Ebola

Nov 27, 2014

Sierra Leone seeks U.S. military help to fight Ebola

DAKAR (Reuters) - Sierra Leone appealed to the United States on Wednesday to send military aid to help it battle Ebola as it falls behind its West African neighbours Guinea and Liberia in the fight against the virus. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak has killed at least 5,689 people, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, as the virus has overwhelmed African countries with weak infrastructure and healthcare systems #Business #facebook #Brazil #France #markets #Argentina #Mexico #opinion