The threat of another painful US government shutdown is fading away, as Democrats and Republicans have agreed a $1.01 trillion spending limit by 2015. The news is putting global markets at ease, and investors are waiting for an end to easy Fed money.
Pro-EU protests in Kiev have been marked by western politicians’ regular visits to the protesters’ camp, and their emotional condemnations of Ukraine’s authorities. This is seen by some analysts as unprecedented meddling in a country’s internal affairs.
Following a recent scandal over a giant Louis Vuitton suitcase appearing right next to the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin has reportedly limited the number of events allowed on Moscow’s Red Square to just seven.
Ukraine should be able to have its cake and eat it too; it can have a partnership with Europeans and at the same time continue to have strong ties with Russia, political researcher Charles Kupchan told RT.
Lloyds Banking group has been hit with a record £28 million retail fine for pressurizing staff between 2010 and 2012 to meet sales targets regardless of customer needs. Some employees even bought the products themselves to avoid dismissal.
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