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Foreign Isis fighters’ western tastes transform Syrian economy

ft.com — What do jihadi militants crave on break at the battlefront? Pringles are one frontline favourite. Another is non-alcoholic beer. Though the thousands of foreign fighters who flocked to Syria want to create an austere Islamic state harking back to
Nov 28, 2014

Junk food jihad: how foreign #ISIS fighters changing #Syria w cravings for (alc free) beer & Pringles ft.com/cms/s/0/5298d7… #CBC

Nov 28, 2014

Shopkeeper in Syria: "Pringles and Snickers? Isis guys buy those by the box". Also Red Bull and non-alcoholic beer. ft.com/cms/s/0/5298d7…

Nov 28, 2014

"Many shopkeepers in Syria’s rural east had never heard of ... Red Bull before foreign Isis fighters arrived." ft.com/cms/s/0/5298d7… #FT

Nov 28, 2014

The Islamic Consumerist State RT @AntonLaGuardia: Jihad of Pringles, Snickers and Samsung Galaxy: on.ft.com/1299Hku #ISIS #Syria

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Shares in energy companies fall after Opec decision

ft.com — Shares in some of the world's biggest energy groups have fallen sharply amid warnings that the plunge in oil prices in the wake of Opec's decision could lead up to up to $100bn cuts in capital spending worldwide. The sharp drop in Brent crude, the
Nov 28, 2014

LATEST: Lukoil's Leonid Fedun tells FT Opec is trying to turn US shale oil “boom” into a “bust” for smaller producers on.ft.com/15Gl5qs

Nov 28, 2014

Great photo here of Naimi literally swatting away the press corps at #OPEC on.ft.com/1HKsYtB

Nov 28, 2014

RT @JavierBlas2: #Oil -- "What we will now see is a knife taken to non-Opec industry capital expenditure” ft.com/cms/s/0/8b33af… by @chrisadamsmkts #OPEC

Nov 28, 2014

RT @JavierBlas2: #Oil -- "What we will now see is a knife taken to non-Opec industry capital expenditure” ft.com/cms/s/0/8b33af… by @chrisadamsmkts #OPEC

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Fear of immigration is no reason for Britain to leave Europe

ft.com — Can it make sense for the UK to leave the EU over its principle of free movement of people? The answer is: no. Immigration is indeed a big issue, as is UK membership of the EU. But the former must not drive the latter. Both are too important for
Nov 28, 2014

View that immgiration from EU poses huge net economic costs on UK is entirely unfounded.Politicians need to be braver on.ft.com/1rzvvfK

Nov 28, 2014

Fear of immigration is no reason for Britain to leave Europe - Martin Wolf in @FT: on.ft.com/1Fx6uZ6

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Cheap oil brings mixed blessings to Asia

ft.com — The sharp fall in oil prices provides an immediate and welcome fillip to Asian economies heavily dependent on energy imports, although the inflation-sapping effect is a mixed blessing for Japan and China. Opec's decision on Thursday to hold output

Old school broker Finegold soaks it up

ft.com — Nick Finegold: Soaking it up Old school broker Nick Finegold has a new mission: tidying people's bedrooms. The founder of brokerage Execution, which he sold to now-bust Portuguese bank Espirito Santo, hasn't gone into the cleaning business. Rather,
Nov 28, 2014

Family of Deutsche Bank exec Colin Fan unimpressed by video of him barking at staff. Wife: 'Don't give up day job' on.ft.com/1yk2ZUm

Nov 28, 2014

RT @HarrietAgnew: City Insider: Deutsche Bank Colin Fan's Orwellian declarations: on.ft.com/1rBR8MA via @FT

Nov 28, 2014

City Insider: Deutsche Bank Colin Fan's Orwellian declarations: on.ft.com/1rBR8MA via @FT

The End of Opec?

Nov 28, 2014

RT @GuyChazan: Wittner on Opec - "We cannot overstate what a dramatic and fundamental change this is for the oil market." ft.com/fastft/243182

Nov 28, 2014

Wittner on Opec - "We cannot overstate what a dramatic and fundamental change this is for the oil market." ft.com/fastft/243182

Rio Tinto to keep progressive dividend

ft.com — Rio Tinto, one of the world's largest producers of iron ore, has opted to keep lifting dividends in a bid to keep investors sweet after it rebuffed a takeover approach earlier this year from commodities trading house Glencore. The London and Sydney-l
Nov 28, 2014

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest producers of iron ore, has opted to keep lifting dividends in a bid to keep ... on.ft.com/1zZNWzw

Nov 28, 2014

Walsh might have mentioned something once or twice #brokenrecord RT "Rio Tinto to keep progressive dividend on.ft.com/1rB9b5E via @FT"

China has ‘wasted’ $6.8tn in investment, warn Beijing researchers

ft.com — "Ghost cities" lined with empty apartment blocks, abandoned highways and mothballed steel mills sprawl across China's landscape - the outcome of government stimulus measures and hyperactive construction that have generated $6.8tn in wasted
Nov 27, 2014

Gov't researchers: China wasted $6.8tn on investments in areas like real estate, steel and auto production since 2009 on.ft.com/127WBE0

Nov 27, 2014

Careless! RT @williamnee China has ‘wasted’ $6.8tn in investment, warn Beijing researchers - FT.com on.ft.com/1vSXOfT

Nov 27, 2014

From Japan's bridges-to-nowhere to China's steel mills: #China stimulus = $7tn wasted @FT ow.ly/F0KdA

Nov 27, 2014

China has ‘wasted’ $6.8tn in investment, warn Beijing researchers on.ft.com/1vSXOfT including half total investment in 2009, 2013

Nov 27, 2014

China has ‘wasted’ $6.8tn in investment, warn Beijing researchers ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0…

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David Cameron faces hard grind to persuade voters on immigration

ft.com — David Cameron's long-awaited speech on Europe and immigration finally arrived on Friday, heralded by approbatory headlines and a sense of relief in the Tory press. The Daily Mail's splash was typical: "Migrants: at last PM acts." But this initial
Nov 28, 2014

RT @PickardJE: Cameron's hard grind ahead on immigration policy. Analysis by @GeorgeWParker on Cameron's speech. ft.com/cms/s/0/b74d20…

Nov 28, 2014

Cameron's hard grind ahead on immigration policy. Analysis by @GeorgeWParker on Cameron's speech. ft.com/cms/s/0/b74d20…

Keystone project fails carbon pollution test

ft.com — Sir, As your editorial notes ("Barack Obama should unblock the Keystone pipeline", November 25), if built, Keystone XL will improve the economics of oil sands projects compared with transport alternatives. In doing so, our analysis has shown it will

Grading the Federal Reserve’s readability

ft.com — To paraphrase Mark Twain, the Federal Reserve didn't have time to write a short statement, so it wrote a long one. A recent research paper has highlighted what confused analysts have long-suspected: that since the financial crisis the post-meeting

Police called to Tesco stores amid Black Friday chaos

ft.com — The pre-Christmas sale known as Black Friday was dubbed Black Eye Friday after fights broke out at predominantly Tesco stores that opened as early as midnight offering steep discounts. Police in Greater Manchester were called to at least seven Tesco
Nov 28, 2014

Forget #Mongkok It's all kicking off at #Tesco & #Asda in UK ow.ly/F1i4o Bargains mean black eyes

ThyssenKrupp unveils concept for multiple lifts in same shaft

ft.com — The design of skyscrapers could be transformed by a cable-free elevator which is powered by magnets and moves horizontally as well as vertically. Hailing its design as the "holy grail of the elevator industry", ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and
Nov 28, 2014

Most read on FT.com: ThyssenKrupp unveils new directions for lifts – to the left and right - on.ft.com/1zzRDuP via @FT

Nov 28, 2014

ThyssenKrupp unveils new directions for lifts – to the left and right: on.ft.com/1tnInX8 #FT

Nov 28, 2014

Amazing elevator technology: ThyssenKrupp unveils new directions for lifts – to the left and right @chrismbryant on.ft.com/1zzRDuP @FT

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Q&A: What migration reforms does David Cameron want from Europe

ft.com — Possible EU treaty change, inbuilt discrimination against some migrants, the creation of a second tier of EU workers with lesser status in the welfare system - David Cameron's demands are a tall order, especially by Brussels' standards. Yet the
Nov 28, 2014

Q&A: What migration reforms does David Cameron want from Europe on.ft.com/15FVTR0 via @FT

Nov 28, 2014

#Cameron's proposals would likely save only a few hundred million on an overall UK tax credit bill of about £30bn ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6…

David Cameron plans benefits block to stem flow of EU migrants

ft.com — David Cameron will announce plans on Friday to exclude EU migrant workers from much of Britain's welfare state. But he will step back from any move to impose a cap on numbers or quotas to contain a surge in immigration. However, Mr Cameron will
Nov 28, 2014

RT @faisalislam: Significant: EC president Jean Claude Juncker telling FT that Europe should listen to the PM's plan "without drama": ft.com/cms/s/0/adaf93…

Nov 28, 2014

Significant: EC president Jean Claude Juncker telling FT that Europe should listen to the PM's plan "without drama": ft.com/cms/s/0/adaf93…

Investing in Poland

ft.com — Investing in Poland report, including stories on economy, politics, property investment, demographics, migration, foreign investment, entrepreneurs, finance, power generation from FT.com
Nov 28, 2014

"Poland is still the place to be" - A @FinancialTimes Special Report on #Poland, CEE's most attractive market ft.com/intl/reports/i… @FT

China set to launch deposit insurance

ft.com — China is poised to launch a nationwide deposit insurance scheme, a crucial step towards removing an implicit guarantee that the government will not allow banks to fail. The long-awaited plan will insure deposits up to a maximum limit of Rmb500,000 ($

Checks on Erdogan’s power hold key to Turkey’s growth

ft.com — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, may look back on 2014 as a pivotal year. In the past 12 months, he has prevailed over Islamic allies-turned-enemies, won two national votes - the second of which made him the country's first directly elected
Nov 28, 2014

RT @Hugh_Pope Good overview of risks to #Turkey's growing economy as rules weaken & investment falters: @danieldombey bit.ly/1uPQUl3

Nov 28, 2014

Erdogan's triumphs tarnish Turkey's int'l image, may now undermine economy | fine piece @danieldombey ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f…

Robert Mugabe tightens his grip on power in Zimbabwe

ft.com — Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's veteran president, is tightening his viselike grip on the country's politics as his ruling Zanu-PF party gears up for a critical conference after months of bitter infighting. Zanu-PF has amended its constitution to enable