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Ripple effect of Scotland's independence vote on Mideast markets

In this week’s edition of Business Middle East, we examine <br>the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland.<p>To be, or not to be in the UK, that is the question to which Scotland will answer either “yes or no” on Thursday. Much of the concern has been focused on the potential impact on the …

London promises Scotland more power if it stays with United Kingdom

The Scottish independence debate was been dominated on Tuesday by a pledge from the leaders of the three main parties for more devolution.<p>Writing in Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper, they accept Scotland will change even if it rejects independence and have promised Scots greater control over state …

MEPs express support and surprise over landmark EU-Ukraine deal

MEPs have backed Ukraine’s agreement with the European Union – but expressed surprise parts of it will not be implemented until 2016.<p>Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, is among those who think the “association agreement” will bring Ukraine closer to Europe.<p>He said: “I think this …

Ukraine critics denounce Russian influence over EU trade deal

Despite the euphoria emanating from Ukraine’s parliament following the ratification of the EU trade accord, some MPs expressed dissatisfaction that promised reforms will not be enacted until the end of next year.<p>“Now unfortunately not only have we created a precedent, with Russia obtaining de facto …

French PM Valls narrowly wins confidence vote

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has survived a vote of confidence in his Socialist government in the French National Assembly.<p>The vote was called by Valls himself after many in his own party rebelled against plans to cut spending and offer tax breaks for business.<p>Speaking before the vote Valls …

Files reveal WW2 secret 'Agent Fifi' test for spies

<b>Wartime records have revealed the existence of a female secret agent whose job was to see if other agents could keep their mouths shut.</b><p>The files show that all too often Agent Fifi, as she was known, was able to get them to "spill the beans".<p>The agent, real name Marie Chilver, was employed to test …

Remembrance Day

This is a very bad time to break up Britain

Until recently, I thought I did not much care if Scotland voted for independence. But, now, as the prospect becomes very real, I am surprised by how …

Brent weakness is now a thing

2014-09-16T14:10:11.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>This little chart is becoming a major headache for the world’s biggest oil producers:<p>So much so, in …

The Fed’s “considerable” problem

Print this page<p>As the market awaits the Federal Reserve’s statements on Wednesday, the focus is on whether the FOMC will choose to signal a …

A worried unionist’s postcard from Scotland

A friend of mine in Scotland who supports the UK has just sent me an e-mail about his impressions of the campaign ahead of the vote on Scottish …

Turkey facing winter gas shortage

Poor forward planning and political manipulation of energy prices look likely to leave Turkey facing gas shortages this winter, even before the …

Jean Paul Gaultier waves adieu to ready-to-wear

Changes in the US regional income distribution

2014-09-16T18:20:28.000Z<p>By: Matthew C Klein<p>The US Census Bureau has just released its latest data on median incomes by state, which can be found here …

Boris Johnson tells Rupert Murdoch his newspapers are “Better Together”

Print this page<p>Boris Johnson has teased Rupert Murdoch for his flirtation with Scottish independence, saying the media baron need look no further …

Brand disloyalty to shake up China’s auto market

A huge bonfire of the brands awaits auto manufacturers in China as some 90m car owners prepare to disregard loyalty when they chose their next …

S&P: Venezuela has 50:50 odds of default

Print this page<p><i>By Eric Platt and Andres Schipani</i><p>Another lurch lower for Venezuela: the country’s sovereign credit rating was cut deeper into junk …