Monday, 18. June 2012

Eurozone crisis live: Markets rally on Greece election results

7.52am: There is very little in terms of economic data scheduled for today, so the two-day G20 meeting in the resort of Los Cabos in Mexico will take centre stage. "European leaders are expected to come under increasing pressure to deal more decisively with the financial crisis as many nations outside Europe like China and the US are being negatively impacted ever more by the ongoing turmoil in financial markets," said Mark Huber at ETX Capital.

The first news is expected to come at lunchtime UK time when David Cameron lands in Mexico, having briefed journalists on the plane. Los Cabos is seven hours behind the UK.

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Drogen - nur illegal ein gutes Geschäft?

Beim G20-Gipfel wird er kein Thema sein, obwohl er sich direkt vor der Tür abspielt: Der in Mexiko tobende Drogenkrieg. Sogar der Einsatz der Armee konnte die Geschäfte der Kartelle nicht stoppen. Einige Politiker fordern deshalb ein Umdenken - eine begrenzte Legalisierung von Drogen.

Wenn es um die Sicherheit geht, ist Los Cabos wohl eine gute Wahl. An der Südspitze der Halbinsel Baja California gelegen, lässt sich die Gegend rund um den Badeort komplett abriegeln. An Land sollen Tausende Polizisten und Soldaten dafür sorgen, dass vom Norden her alles dicht ist. Vor der Südküste patrouilliert die mexikanische Marine. Alles bestens also.

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Sarkozy comes under the radar of French prosecutors

Nicolas Sarkozy loses his judicial immunity on Saturday. France's former president may soon face an embarrassing grilling by French prosecutors over a series of party funding allegations that had dogged his term in office.

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy would be forgiven for having a sleepless night on Friday.

After losing out to François Hollande in May’s presidential run-off vote, Sarkozy has kept a low profile.

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Niebel: Teppich war nicht zollpflichtig

Bundesentwicklungsminister macht auf Sonderregelung der Europäischen Union für Afghanistan aufmerksam

Die sogenannte Teppich-Affäre von Bundesentwicklungsminister Dirk Niebel (FDP) nimmt eine neue Wendung. Wie Niebel gegenüber Deutschlandradio Kultur sagte, war der Teppich, den er vor drei Monaten in Afghanistan gekauft hatte, "überhaupt nicht zollpflichtig".

Als eines der "am wenigsten entwickelten Länder" unterliege Afghanistan einer Sonderregelung der Europäischen Union, wonach auch Privatpersonen Gegenstände wie Teppiche zollfrei nach Deutschland einführen dürfen.

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Rodney King dead at 47

Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47.

Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy De Anda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.

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The highly productive habits of Alan Turing

On the week of his 100th birthday, we celebrate the mathematician's life

June 23 marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. If I had to name five people whose personal efforts led to the defeat of Nazi Germany, the English mathematician would surely be on my list. Turing's genius played a key role in helping the Allies win the Battle of the Atlantic—a naval blockade against the Third Reich that depended for success on the cracking and re-cracking of Germany's Enigma cipher. That single espionage victory gave the United States control of the Atlantic shipping lanes, eventually setting the stage for the 1944 invasion of Normandy.

 Alan Turing

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