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Students storm Goldman Sachs building in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) – A group of students stormed Goldman Sachs’s central Milan offices on Friday ahead of worldwide protests against financial inequality planned for the weekend. The Italian demonstrations are the latest bout of anger at banks and financiers as outcry spreads throughout the world following the occupation of Wall Street inNew…

Berlusconi wins confidence vote, but still weak

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a vote of confidence on Friday, giving his struggling center-right government a new, but probably short, lease of life. Berlusconi, who said before the vote that the country would be thrown into economic and social catastrophe if his government collapsed now, won the vote…

Israeli soldier Shalit to be returned home by Thursday

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit is to return to Israel on Tuesday at the same time as 450 Palestinian prisoners are freed if the terms of a swap deal are respected, a senior Israeli official said on Friday. “We hope that the timetable laid out in the agreement will be respected…

Philippines designer turns into ‘surgical Superman’

Superman lives in the Philippines, if you ask Herbert Chavez, a fashion designer who has had plastic surgeons turn him into a near-replica of his comic book hero. During work hours, the bespectacled Chavez wakes up late and designs dresses, but in his free time the 35-year-old dons his self-made cape and…

Obama says Iran to face toughest possible sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Iran on Thursday it would face the toughest possible sanctions for an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, as Treasury officials eyed action against the Iranian central bank. Saudi Arabia on Thursday accused Iran of fomenting instability but pledged a…

28 die in Papua New Guinea’s worst plane crash

Papua New Guinean officials were Friday trying to piece together how a passenger plane crashed in dense forest, killing 28 people — but leaving four survivors — in the nation’s worst air disaster. The survivors were the Australian and New Zealand pilots, a flight attendant, and a passenger believed to…

Investor group to vote against Murdochs at NewsCorp AGM

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s campaign to keep control of News Corporation suffered a fresh blow on Friday after another key shareholder group called for his eviction from the board of the embattled media company. Hermes Equity Ownership Services (HEOS) the shareholder advisory service affiliated to Britain’s largest pension fund,…

Italy’s Berulsconi faces confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces a crucial confidence vote amid infighting in his ruling coalition as well as growing criticism over his handling of the economy and mounting legal scandals. Barring any major upsets, Berlusconi’s majority is expected to pass the vote but the margin is likely to be…

Toyota extends halt in production due to Thai floods

Toyota on Friday said it would extend a production halt in Thailand through October 22 due to parts supply constraints as a result of the country’s worst flooding in decades. Production at Toyota’s three Thailand plants has been suspended since October 10, with the operations of many Japanese firms in…

‘Indignant’ protests to sweep across world

MADRID — “Indignant” activists, angered by a biting economic crisis they blame on politicians and bankers, vow to take to the streets worldwide on Saturday in a protest spanning 71 nations. It is the first global show of power by the movement, born May 15 when a rally in Madrid’s…

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