Archive | February 2015
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International Biggest Global Banks Shrink Under Pressure From Regulators (Bloomberg) — Global regulators have issued dozens of rules aimed at making the biggest banks safer. That’s leading to another result some wanted: making them shrink. HSBC Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest bank by market value, said this week it’s considering “extreme solutions” for some of its units. […]
International Russia‘s Insider Traders Know Putin’s Plans At first glance, President Vladimir Putin’s Russia may seem like a traditional rogue dictatorship whose actions are impossible to predict. In reality, it’s a crony capitalist state with relatively open markets. That means you can always know what’s going to happen slightly in advance by following the financial dealings of […]
International Putin’s Ukrainian Power Play Russia is unsheathing its energy weapon once again, threatening to cut off its natural gas shipments to Ukraine and warning of potentially dire impacts on Europeans reliant on energy deliveries that come through the war-torn state.The move marks the second time Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has thumbed his nose at […]
International Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 from Christian villages: monitor (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria said on Tuesday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants carried out dawn […]
International America’s Freelance ISIS Killers DAQUQ, Iraq — The so-called Islamic State has recruited copious cannon fodder from around the world, along with quite a few ferocious fighters. But its toughest opponents on the ground, the Kurds of Iraq and Syria, are attracting Western ex-soldiers for their ranks who are determined to see the self-proclaimed […]