The Mideast countries hardest hit by oil prices – CNBC

Of the individual players in the region, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait are more resilient to oil shocks than Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain. Their high per capita hydrocarbon production has ensured they can break even fiscally even if oil prices are low and has enabled them to accumulate ample foreign exchange assets. Their policy […]

NATO says it’s adding a significant number of troops in Eastern Europe – Washington Post

People gather around an U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment “Stryker” armored fighting vehicle in Bialystok March 24, 2015, which is a part of the U.S. military “Dragoon Ride” operation. (REUTERS/Marcin Onufryjuk Agencja Gazeta) BRUSSELS–In a move sure to anger Russia, NATO announced on Wednesday firm plans to deploy a significant number of troops into Eastern Europe. After a day […]

Europe not taking off, no bright 2016: Publicis CEO – CNBC

“We are concerned about the situation in Europe,” he told CNBC. “If you look at the macroeconomics, they are expecting GDP (gross domestic product) growth of 1.6 per cent – which is rather low.” “Germany is doing well. The U.K., from a macro standpoint is doing extremely well. Less so in our own situation and […]

US and Europe Reach Agreement on Derivatives Regulation – New York Times

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Staples-Office Depot Merger Approved in Europe, With Concessions – New York Times

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Europe banking meltdown: Why it’s gone ‘overboard’ – CNBC

“Misses were typically driven by year-end kitchen sinking rather than any material deterioration in asset quality where forward guidance remains benign on the assumption that a recession is to be avoided,” research analysts at Nomura said in a note published Wednesday. They see asset quality, liquidity and capital levels “far above previous crises, even as […]

Facebook withdraws Free Basics from India after regulatory debacle – PCWorld

Facebook has withdrawn Free Basics from India, days after the country’s telecommunications regulator prohibited the differential pricing of data depending on the content or application that is being accessed. “Free Basics is no longer available to people in India,” a Facebook spokesman wrote Thursday in an email. The Free Basics service, earlier known as Internet.org, […]

Bill could block attempts to enforce encryption backdoors – SlashGear

The fight for security and privacy, now embodied in the encryption of devices and services, has long taken a political flavor when the US government publicly advocated installing backdoors on such systems for the sake of criminal investigation. Now the story takes an interesting turn when two lawmakers cross the political divide to propose a […]

Google will stop serving Flash ads in 2017 – Mashable

Adobe Flash’s death march continues. Google announced Tuesday that beginning June 30, display ads built in Flash can no longer be uploaded to AdWords or DoubleClick Digital Marketing — it’s two biggest ad products. In a Google+ post announcing the news, Google added that it will stop running Flash ads on Jan. 2, 2017. See […]