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Scrapping Ontario's cap-and-trade carbon market creates far more losers than winners space
There is so much wrong with Ford's decision that it's hard to know where to start
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Like a backwater version of Donald Trump, Doug Ford prefers destruction to building or repairing. His first act as Ontario's Premier was to rip up the province's cap-and-trade carbon program. There was no orderly wind-down; it just vanished into thin air like a plume of diesel smoke.  FULL STORY arrow
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Glencore's risky dealings could backfire space
U.S. Justice Department subpoena could lead to investigation of miner and its relationship with a blacklisted billionaire
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, July 6, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Glencore took a balanced approach on its way to becoming the world's biggest commodities trader and one of the top mining houses. It dealt with the sinners as well as the saints.  FULL STORY arrow
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VW offers a road map for skirting tariff wars space
Build-cars-everywhere strategy now looks prescient for working around Trumpian duties
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By ERIC REGULY
Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Most auto executives have zero interest in Rwanda and probably couldn't find it on a map. And why would they?One of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa, it has no car industry and almost no car sales. The few who can afford cars pick up imported, second-hand bangers and drive them into the ground.  FULL STORY arrow
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How strongman Salvini took Italy by storm space
Only a month into his new job, Deputy PM has quickly stolen the show with tough-on-migrants tack and anti-EU stand
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – Page A4
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ROME -- Ask Italians to identify Italy's new Prime Minister, and many have no idea or guess wrong: ''Salvini, right?'' Matteo Salvini is not the Prime Minister - that would be Giuseppe Conte, a little-known academic before he became Italy's little-known leader. But it's easy to see why Mr. Salvini's name comes immediately to mind: He has stolen the show - not just among Italians, but Europeans, too.  FULL STORY arrow
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Companies have been denying the economic impact of climate change for too long. Now big-name investors aren't giving them a choice
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, June 29, 2018 – Page P38
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-- CLIMATE SCIENTISTS warned decades ago that stuffing the atmosphere with carbon was putting humanity on a collision course with nature. Fossil fuel companies and other carbon emitters did nothing.In 1973, Munich Re rang the global-warming alarm bells.  FULL STORY arrow
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Gold is falling. Bitcoin may be responsible space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Gold hit a six-month low this week and is down about 7 per cent since its recent high, in April. Why the retreat?One obvious answer is that interest rates are rising, or are set to rise, pretty much everywhere.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy's sabotage of CETA would be an own goal space
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By ERIC REGULY
Thursday, June 21, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- On the trade front, Canada doesn't have a lot going for it right now. Now CETA, the new Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a deal that had looked as solid as a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, is in trouble thanks to a populist revolution in Italy that carries Trumpian overtones.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Germany, a different kind of migrant crisis space
Merkel's coalition teeters as key partner pushes for strict border controls
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Page A1
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ROME -- The new refugee crisis is stretching the frayed ties that bind the European Union and may ultimately cost German Chancellor Angela Merkel her government.Over the weekend and into Monday, Ms. Merkel scrambled to broker a short-term peace agreement with her coalition government's partner in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU), which triggered the biggest threat to her reign since the start of her premiership 13 years ago.  FULL STORY arrow
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In the oil game, play Trump's tweets, not the market space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Page B4
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-- EUROPEAN BUREAU CHIEF ROMENever underestimate the power of a Donald Trump tweet.In late April, when oil was rising fast, taking gasoline prices up with it, Mr. Trump slammed OPEC for prices he deemed ''artificially very high.'' This week, he took another whack at the cartel: ''Oil prices are too high. OPEC is at it again. Not good!''  FULL STORY arrow
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, June 15, 2018 – Page B6
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ROME -- The easy-money era in Europe is coming to an end.Germany is happy about that, for sure. Investors in the Italian debt market, Europe's largest, might not be.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy claims win after rejecting migrant ship space
Leader of country's populist League party tweets 'Victory!' as Spain offers to take in stranded passengers
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Page A3
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-- A rescue ship overflowing with more than 600 migrants and running short of food handed Italy's new populist government the first test of its resolve to prevent migrants from landing at home ports, even if doing so risked a humanitarian crisis and a confrontation with other European Union countries.  FULL STORY arrow
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The weird and wonderful Swiss proposal to blow up commercial banking has merit space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Switzerland' s thriving form of direct democracy sometimes takes the wealthy little country in peculiar directions. Don't want Swiss mosques studded with minarets? Hold a national referendum to try to get them banned, which is what happened in 2009 - no more minaret construction. A more recent vote on providing a universal guaranteed income did not pass.  FULL STORY arrow
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Under house arrest in Shanghai, abducted Chinese-Canadian tycoon shrinks his wobbling empire space
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Xiao Jianhua, the Chinese-Canadian tycoon abducted last year, is living under house arrest in Shanghai, where he is busy selling off vast chunks of his overextended Tomorrow Group Holdings empire, the onetime wealth machine that had vaulted him into the top tier of Chinese billionaires.  FULL STORY arrow
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The euro zone got too ambitious for its own good space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Page B1
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-- It's easy to dismiss George Soros, the Hungarian-American billionaire, philanthropist, onetime hedge fund manager and Europhile as an aging blowhard and doomsayer. For years he has moaned about the existential crisis facing the European Union and the euro zone, yet both remained intact.  FULL STORY arrow
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'Rational people' will avert full trade war: Fiat CEO space
Marchionne expects FCA to emerge largely unscathed from looming conflict
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Page B2
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-- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne does not expect an all-out tariff war to erupt even though the Donald Trump administration shocked Canada, Mexico and Europe this week by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italian debt crisis puts Merkel in the hot seat once again space
As the effective boss of the European Union, German Chancellor risks seeing Italy crash out of euro zone if she can't defuse situation
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Will she or won't she?That's the question that anyone who cares about the future of Europe is asking as the Italian debt crisis threatens to return with a vengeance, if it has not returned already. Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the protector-in-chief of the euro zone and the effective boss of Europe, find a way to defuse the Italian crisis?  FULL STORY arrow
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Political chaos in Italy may boost Euroskeptic parties space
President's decision to veto populists' choice for finance minister could soon haunt him
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Page A7
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ROME -- Rome is burning. Italy's new populist government went up in flames only days before it was to be sworn in. Pro-Europe politicians and technocrats were relieved, for the populist victors in the March election, the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League, certainly had no love for the European integration project or the common currency.  FULL STORY arrow
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Angela Merkel, Europe's saviour, is about to lose her magic touch space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Angela Merkel floats over the European Union like an angel of mercy. When the EU and the countries within it that use the euro find themselves gravely wounded, she applies the bandages that stem the bleeding.  FULL STORY arrow
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With new PM, Italy set to rattle investors, Brussels space
Despite market recovery, economists say rough going could be ahead as the country's new government implements expensive programs
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, May 25, 2018 – Page B6
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ROME -- After a week of falling prices triggered by investors' fears of a populist, Euroskeptic government taking shape in Italy, the Italian markets recovered somewhat.But several economists think that Italy, home of the world's fourth-largest bond market, might take another dive as the new government implements expensive programs that could blow the budget apart.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Amazon surcharge space
As online retailers drive more stores out of business, how will governments make up the lost property tax revenue?
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, May 25, 2018 – Page P17
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-- Manhattan's Broadway, one of the most famous avenues in the world, is a shopping mecca that bustles with energy. Or it used to. The stretch between 48th and 57th streets looks like it was hit by a neutron bomb. Along those nine blocks, only one store has been open recently (it sells drones). Excluding a few bank branches and fast-food outlets, the rest of the storefronts are boarded up.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hope blooms from the rubble of war space
One of the bloodiest clashes of the Second World War, the Battle of Monte Cassino is remembered on its 74th anniversary as veterans assemble to pay respect to victims of one of history's most 'barbaric' chapters
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – Page A10
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-- A few minutes before 11 in the morning, Waclaw Fieglar walked slowly into the heart of the ancient Benedictine abbey of Monte Cassino, pushing a walker to steady himself. His smart blue blazer was festooned with eight war medals; a pin on his right lapel depicted the Polish and Canadian flags.  FULL STORY arrow
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Could guaranteed income spur an Italian renaissance? space
The country's bold new coalition government is already rattling investors with an aggressive fiscal expansion program
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Who would have thought that Italy, of all countries, might be at the forefront of a revolution that could change the way industrial nations deal with economic growth and poverty eradication?  FULL STORY arrow
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Populist parties move to form Italy's government space
Some economists fear fiscal package unveiled by Five Star Movement and the League is too costly and unworkable
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – Page A6
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ROME -- Italy's two biggest anti-establishment parties moved close to forming a government that would put the euro area's third-largest economy in the hands of an untested populist movement that threatens to scare off investors and rattle the European project.  FULL STORY arrow
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The problem with putting a price on Saudi Aramco space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Almost two and a half years ago, Mohammed bin Salman, then-deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, now heir apparent to the throne, casually mentioned that Saudi Aramco was headed to the stock market. The news came as a shock. Outside investors would be given a chance to own shares in the world's biggest oil company and the greatest source of wealth for both Saudi Arabia and the yacht-loving royal family.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hezbollah's gains in Lebanon election also a win for Iran space
The vote's outcome will roil Tel Aviv and Washington, and comes at the expense of Hariri's Future Movement party
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – Page A3
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BEIRUT -- The geopolitical manoeuvrings in the Middle East took another small step in favour of Iran when the outcome of the Lebanese parliamentary election, the first in nine years, bolstered the support for an alliance led by Iranian-backed Hezbollah.  FULL STORY arrow
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Lebanon goes to polls as Hezbollah eyes gains space
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, May 7, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Lebanon went to the polls for the first time in nine years amid expectations that the powerful Iranianbacked, Hezbollah-led alliance would strengthen its position in the sectarian-riven parliament, highlighting Iran's regional rise at the expense of Saudi Arabia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Lebanon's future leader faces tall task in fixing economy space
May 6 election, the first parliamentary vote since 2009, aims to form a government that can repair the country
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, May 7, 2018 – Page B6
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BEIRUT -- In Lebanon, households can pay for electricity three times.One payment goes to Electricite du Liban, the national electricity company. But since its system is so laughably unreliable - getting stuck in elevators when the juice goes off is part of everyday life - diesel generators are ubiquitous. So the second payment goes to the owner of the generator that is connected to the apartment building. Since the backup system doesn't always work, some individual apartments have their own generators.  FULL STORY arrow
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The enduring legacy of Syria's refugee crisis space
Lebanese government and citizens losing patience as massive influx of people puts severe strain on struggling economy
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Page A14
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-- If there is one election issue that unites most Lebanese in this fractious, stressed-out country ahead of Sunday's election, it is their desire to see Lebanon's one-million-plus Syrian refugees go home.  FULL STORY arrow
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Israel-Iran war unlikely: Hezbollah official space
Politician says recent aggressions between the countries are designed to 'create headlines'
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, May 4, 2018 – Page A6
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-- Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed political and military powerhouse in Lebanon, does not believe a war between Iran and Israel is imminent or even likely, a senior Hezbollah politician in Beirut says.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Lebanon's election, women campaign for change space
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, May 4, 2018 – Page A1
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-- There are only four women in Lebanon's female-unfriendly parliament, where even the women's affairs minister is a man. A record number of female candidates - 84 to be precise - are trying to correct that jarring imbalance in Sunday's election.  FULL STORY arrow
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Israel-Iran war unlikely: Hezbollah official space
Politician says recent aggressions between the countries are designed to 'create headlines'
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By ERIC REGULY
Thursday, May 3, 2018 – Page A6
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-- Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed political and military powerhouse in Lebanon, does not believe a war between Iran and Israel is imminent or even likely, a senior Hezbollah politician in Beirut says.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Lebanon's election, women campaign for change space
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By ERIC REGULY
Thursday, May 3, 2018 – Page A1
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-- There are only four women in Lebanon's female-unfriendly parliament, where even the women's affairs minister is a man. A record number of female candidates - 84 to be precise - are trying to correct that jarring imbalance in Sunday's election.  FULL STORY arrow
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A tourist's dream, a whale shark's nightmare space
With the species in rapid decline, various ideas are being floated to protect the sharks from mass-tourism harassment and propeller injuries, including regulations for boat captains
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – Page A14
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SOUTH ARI ATOLL, MALDIVES -- The Maldives, a sandy necklace of islands that stretches 750 kilometres across the Indian Ocean, just north of the Equator, is a paradise for snorkellers and scuba divers.The star attractions are manta rays, sundry sharks and whale sharks, fish so big they are sometimes mistaken for whales and so rare that spotting one is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most submerged tourists.  FULL STORY arrow
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What to expect in the Lebanese election and why it matters space
The success of the vote in the only Arab democracy in the Middle East is essential to the region's stability, Eric Reguly writes from Beirut
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – Page A10
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-- Lebanon goes to the polls for the first time in nine years on May 6, and the election has put the entire region on tenterhooks. Will the outcome change the geopolitical calculus between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the two archrivals who are trying to turn Lebanon into a proxy state?  FULL STORY arrow
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Don't let Facebook fool you - all's not well in tech land space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Facebook was under pressure early this month as the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted. Amid calls to feed the social-media giant to the wolves, CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a grilling from a U.S. Senate committee. Facebook shares plunged.  FULL STORY arrow
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Electric dreamland space
Gas-guzzling cars got a free ride from governments for decades. Electric car drivers will have to pay the full tab for new infrastructure themselves
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, April 27, 2018 – Page P21
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-- Imagine this line from an updated version of The Blues Brothers: ''It's 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full battery charge, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Storm clouds gather despite rosy projections space
There are indications that global growth has peaked and that a few big economies are about to go in reverse
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Buying the dip in the market has often made bundles for investors. The strategy worked beautifully in early 2016.If you bought then, you've probably made out like a bandit. The markets are off the highs seen in late 2017 and early this year.  FULL STORY arrow
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The end of advertising's biggest one-man show marks end of Mad Men era space
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, April 16, 2018 – Page A1
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-- The global advertising agency oft described as a one-man show - WPP - has just lost that one man.Over the weekend, Martin Sorrell, WPP's founder, chief executive, driving force for 33 years, Britain's highest-paid executive and ultimate corporate schmoozer, resigned from the company.  FULL STORY arrow
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Beyond Zuckerberg, it's time to hold Bezos to account, too space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was in the dock this week, facing a grilling from members of Congress. Next up, Jeff Bezos?While no one has accused Mr. Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, the world's richest man and the owner of The Washington Post, of mishandling the data of tens of millions of customers (although Amazon has been the victim of hackers) or making his platform vulnerable for Russian infiltration, the man is becoming the embodiment of Big Tech, for better or for worse.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. sanctions on Russia threaten empire of Putin's favourite oligarch space
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- Only six months ago, Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, said to be President Vladimir Putin's favourite oligarch, was on top of the world. He had just pulled off a remarkable feat: the listing of his hydropower and aluminum holdings company EN+ Group on the London Stock Exchange, the first Russian company to do so since Russia's invasion of Crimea in 2014.  FULL STORY arrow
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Elon Musk's easy ride at Tesla is over space
A bond yield as high as 7.5 per cent suggests the premier maker of electric vehicles is losing its magic touch
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Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- The good times are no longer rolling at Elon Musk's Tesla, the premier maker of electric vehicles. The price of Tesla's bonds suggests the company's shares are turning into a lottery ticket.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ghosts of war: My journalist father's Vietnam odyssey, revisited space
Eric Reguly's father was one of Canada's most famous reporters when, in the 1960s, he went to Vietnam to get a fearless, firsthand look at a conflict that would force him to confront the brutality of war - and inspire his son to embark on a life in journalism
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Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Page A14
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-- CHEVY CHASE, MD., SUMMER 1967It's early one morning in late July or early August. I am a nine-year-old excited to see my father, who has just returned from almost three months in Vietnam. I creep into the bedroom and leap onto his chest, expecting him to hug me, laughing.  FULL STORY arrow
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Peter Munk: The extraordinary life of a business legend, philanthropist and champion of Canada space
Mining magnate dies at the age of 90 surrounded by family in Toronto. He was an immigrant and a business mogul who gave back to his adopted country and left an unparalleled legacy, Eric Reguly writes
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Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Page A10
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-- Peter Munk, a powerful man in a small frame, would claim he wasn't afraid of death. It was frailty that terrified him; it meant that he could not play the game he had been playing all his life - building businesses, taking enormous risks, thundering like Lear when it all went wrong, then picking himself up, tilting his trademark Borsalino hat on his head and starting all over again, brimming with optimism.  FULL STORY arrow
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It's crunch time for the robot-car industry space
The dream of cities filled with self-driving cars will remain a fantasy for a while
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Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- The makers of robot cars are hitting the brakes. Uber has suspended autonomouscar tests in the United States and Canada after one of its robot Volvos plowed into a pedestrian last weekend, with tragic results. After the fatality, Toyota also suspended tests.  FULL STORY arrow
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EU proposes revenue tax on Facebook, Big Tech companies space
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Thursday, March 22, 2018 – Page B5
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ROME -- In the same week that Facebook Inc. took a beating on the stock market over its alleged role in a data-harvesting scandal, the social-media giant and other digital economy companies learned that the European Union plans to hit them with a revenue tax.  FULL STORY arrow
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Facebook's stock slide could signal start of Big Tech's reckoning space
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Page B1
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-- The Big Tech companies, from Facebook to Uber, have valuations equivalent to the economies of small countries not just because antiquated antitrust rules allow them to dominate their industrial sectors, but because they are lightly regulated and find clever ways to avoid taxes.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.K.'s Unilever loss is social capitalism's gain space
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Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- The British government was always deluding itself. The chances of Unilever, one of the world's three biggest consumer-products companies, staying put in London were about as high as Boris Johnson auditioning for the National Ballet. Unilever this week said cheers to London and is moving its unified headquarters to Rotterdam.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italian election marks the end of an era space
Ahead of the vote, Silvio Berlusconi was brimming with confidence. So what went wrong for the one they call Il Cavaliere?
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Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Page A3
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ROME -- Silvio Berlusconi, the man who virtually invented postwar Italian populism, is sulking in his villa outside of Milan, ignored by the media. In Italy's election, he was defeated by a purer set of populists who seem to have finally buried the tragicomic Berlusconi era.  FULL STORY arrow
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Investors beware: Italy's euro days may be numbered space
With Draghi soon to depart, the Mr. Nice Guy era likely coming to an end at the ECB
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Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has been awfully kind to the clappedout members of the euro zone, all in the name of sparing the common currency from destruction.But his time is coming up. The next ECB boss might take a NoMore-Mister-Nice-Guy approach and, if so, the euro zone and debt investors are in for a shock.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy's populist parties make big gains in election, but stability will not be easily won space
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Page A3
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-- In France and Germany, the populists put up a strong fight but their touted revolutions ultimately failed. Not so in Italy, where more than 50 per cent of the vote in Sunday's election went to populist parties, such as the Five Star Movement, that have been trying to crack the walls of the mainstream parties for years.  FULL STORY arrow
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No clear winner in Italian vote as exit polls show gains for populists space
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Monday, March 5, 2018 – Page A4
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ROME -- Italy piled political deadlock on top of economic stagnation to its list of problems after exit polls in Sunday's election indicated that no party or coalition was on course to win enough votes to declare a parliamentary majority.  FULL STORY arrow
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Mario Draghi learns that no good deed goes unpunished space
The European Central Bank head has tried to put the country on sound fiscal footing - then along came all those election promises
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Did European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi save Italy or merely set up the world's third biggest debtor for permanent zombie status?As Italians head to the polls on Sunday, the parties, big and small, are showering voters with promises of goodies galore. The Five Star Movement, the single most popular party, is plumping for a basic income for the poor.  FULL STORY arrow
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Migration emerges as top issue in Italian vote space
Country's struggling economy takes back seat amid continuing influx of asylum seekers
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By ERIC REGULY
Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Page A7
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ROME -- From a distance, the sevenstorey modernist block with blue-tinted windows looks like any other office building in suburban Rome. Get close, and its personality changes. Laundry hangs outside, next to the foyer.  FULL STORY arrow
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For German auto makers, diesel ruling a costly shift space
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- Diesel is dying, fast. It's good news for anyone who lives in cities choking on the soot and nitrogen dioxide spewed out by cars with diesel engines. It's bad news for the German car industry, whose rise was built on the back of the diesel engine.  FULL STORY arrow
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Investors are mistaken to be relaxed about the possible revival of Silvio Berlusconi space
Italy is finally on the rebound after nearly a decade of stagnation, but that good news may be jeopardized if a government with a bad economic history makes its return
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Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Two ailing European entities have come back to life.One is the Italian economy; that's the good news. The other is Silvio Berlusconi; that''s the bad news. His centre-right coalition could form the next government after the March 4 election, and its economic track record is dreadful.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Type ''bitcoin bubble'' into a search engine and you will come up with 15 million hits. No wonder. The trading chart of the electronic currency - backed by nothing, not gold, not a central bank, absolutely nothing - looked like the Eiffel Tower viewed from ground level before Christmas. The rises were steep, though jagged, before going nearly vertical and soaring into the clouds: a truly awesome sight.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Page B8
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-- Volkswagen, the world's largest car maker, faced an existential crisis in the autumn of 2015, when the Dieselgate scandal erupted. The company became a German national embarrassment and international pariah when it admitted to having rigged its diesel engines to pump out false readings in environmental tests. The engines were much worse polluters than advertised.  FULL STORY arrow
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How Amazon challenges anti-trust orthodoxy space
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Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Big Tech lost its halo last year when it came under attack for everything from excessive market control to unwitting roles in Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. If the start of 2018 is any indication, the criticism isn't about to give up, nor should it, as the FANG companies - Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google - form the greatest concentration of corporate wealth and power the world has ever seen.  FULL STORY arrow
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Uncertainty over revival of Germany's 'GroKo' a sign of Merkel's dwindling power space
Potential resumption of grand coalition between Chancellor's CDU and SPD seen as benefiting far-right AfD
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Saturday, January 20, 2018 – Page A6
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-- A coalition that smacks of desperation and political fatigue is on the verge of ruling Germany again. Only the populist parties are happy about it.On Sunday, four months after Germany's inconclusive federal election, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) faces a crunch party vote in Bonn on whether to endorse formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).  FULL STORY arrow
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'I want to say one word to you': Bioplastics space
The push-back against popular yet polluting consumer materials has begun
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, January 20, 2018 – Page B3
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-- In Mike Nichols's 1967 film, The Graduate, a disillusioned college grad, Ben, played by Dustin Hoffman, is taken aside at a party by a family friend, Mr. McGuire.''I want to say one word to you, just one word,'' Mr. McGuire tells him.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Page B4
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-- To be a Canadian is to live in a dream world, my Mediterranean friends tell me.They are awestruck by Canada's growth, sinking unemployment rates, non-punitive taxes, rising house values and seemingly endless job opportunities for university grads.  FULL STORY arrow
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As Italy goes, so goes Europe space
A wide-open electoral race in the EU's third-largest economy bears continental consequences
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Page A22
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ROME -- Fans of wild and nasty election campaigns will enjoy the spectacle of Italians going to the polls on March 4.The wide-open election could see the comeback of Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister whose outlandish mix of politics and ''bunga bunga'' partying almost landed him in prison. The other outcome is the election of the populist, anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), led by firebrand comedian Beppe Grillo. This week, with voters in mind, each party has been fine-tuning its position on Italy's place in the European Union and whether to use the euro. Mr. Grillo is dialling down his euro skepticism and Mr. Berlusconi is embracing the EU, the opposite of their previous stances. Entertainment value aside, all European eyes are on the Italian election, the continent's biggie for 2018.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS, ERIC REGULY, CHRISTINE DOBBY, JEFFREY JONES, JEFF LEWIS, ERIC ATKINS, BRENT JANG, DAVID EBNER, ANDREW WILLIS, SEAN SILCOFF, JACQUELINE NELSON, ALEXANDRA POSADZKI, CHRISTINA PELLEGRINI, JAMES BRADSHAW
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-- As we say farewell to 2017, we're taking the Wayne Gretzky approach to business: We're writing about where the puck is going in the coming year. These are 18 corporate and political leaders expected to make headlines in 2018.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ferrari's Canadian CEO takes a huge brand risk space
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Saturday, December 23, 2017 – Page B4
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-- A few years ago, when I toured the dazzling Ferrari site in Maranello, Italy, my photographer was put under strict instructions to avoid shooting the assembly line in a way that showed the car bodies all lined up as they snaked through the factory.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, December 16, 2017 – Page B4
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ROME -- Donald Trump is promising a ''big, beautiful Christmas present'' for Americans in the form of the deepest tax cuts in three decades. The U.S.President seems likely to keep his promise. The Republicans are anxious to ram through the bill before Democrat Doug Jones, the surprise victor in this week's Alabama Senate race, arrives in Washington. Once he lands, the Republicans' already slim Senate majority would fall to 51 of 100 seats.  FULL STORY arrow
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Israeli minister eyes PM's job - and an 'anti-Iran axis' space
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Friday, December 15, 2017 – Page A1
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JERUSALEM -- Yisrael Katz, Israel's Intelligence and Transportation Minister, wants Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's job. And if he ever gets it, he would try to launch his country into a novel - and perhaps revolutionary - direction, one that would see a new ''anti-Iran axis'' formed along with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni powers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Palestinians search for allies on Jerusalem issue space
Protests continue against Trump's decision, but Arab nations in Mideast have their own crises
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, December 11, 2017 – Page A1
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RAMALLAH, WEST BANK -- Visit any government or business office in Ramallah, the Palestinians' commercial and political centre in the West Bank, and you'll see a huge panoramic photo of Jerusalem showing the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's holiest sights. They consider Jerusalem the capital of their future state.  FULL STORY arrow
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Palestinians protest to mark 'day of rage' space
Fears of a new intifada dissipate as dissent simmers over Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Page A3
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JERUSALEM -- Violent protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital have erupted in the Palestinian territories, with reports of hundreds of injuries and at least one fatality, but there was little sign Friday of a sustained Palestinian uprising in the making.  FULL STORY arrow
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Palestinians protest to mark 'day of rage' space
Fears of a new intifada dissipate as dissent simmers over Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Page A3
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JERUSALEM -- Violent protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital have erupted in the Palestinian territories, with reports of hundreds of injuries and at least one fatality, but there was little sign Friday of a sustained Palestinian uprising in the making.  FULL STORY arrow
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Protests, violence over Jerusalem decision raise spectre of new intifada space
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Friday, December 8, 2017 – Page A1
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JERUSALEM -- Mention the second intifada to Israelis and Palestinians and they wince. That intifada - one of the Palestinian uprisings against Israel - started in 2000, lasted almost five years and killed about 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Page A13
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JERUSALEM -- On a cool, rainy Wednesday night in central Jerusalem, the streets were oddly quiet. Even the area in front of the U.S. consulate was largely devoid of protesters. But that was before President Donald Trump announced formally that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.  FULL STORY arrow
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Yemen's crisis deepens after Saleh's killing space
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – Page A3
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-- The war in Yemen has moved into the realm of unresolvable as Iran and Saudi Arabia, the two great rival powers of the Middle East, resort to brute force to try to carve up the region.  FULL STORY arrow
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A fight on the farm exposes EU dysfunction space
Herbicide boondoggle threatened Europe's farmers, as politics - not science - dominated the agenda
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Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Page B4
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-- After the spring election of the pro-Europe French President, Emmanuel Macron, the euro zone's return to steady, if not robust, growth and the end of fears that bailed-out Greece would sink under the Aegean waves, the European project seemed to spring back to life this year, in spite of Brexit.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, November 25, 2017 – Page F1
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BEIRUT -- Lebanon's newest political crisis began during a routine lunch in Beirut on Nov. 3, when prime minister Saad Hariri was playing host to a visiting French dignitary. Partway through the meal he received a phone call. He vanished shortly thereafter, only to resurface hours later in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. He had apparently told no one he was leaving the country.  FULL STORY arrow
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Lost in the razzle-dazzle of driverless cars: They still pollute and cause congestion space
Politicians, urban planners buy into a new utopia. As for public transit, just visit Beirut to witness transportation dystopia
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Saturday, November 25, 2017 – Page B4
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BEIRUT -- In my 10 days in Beirut this month, I never once spotted a bus, as least not one that you and I would consider a city-run bus with a set route. Beirut, cosmopolitan and delightful in many ways, is a transportation nightmare. There is no subway, no trams, no bike lanes - just cars, cars, cars.  FULL STORY arrow
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Meet our bargain-hunting, globe-trotting, skyline-dominating, ruthlessly smart CEOs of the Year. How the five Brookfield bosses have quietly transformed their company into Canada's most successful international player
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, November 24, 2017 – Page P27
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-- Flatt is the CEO of Brookfield Asset Management, and the Brookfield companies clustered beneath it are London's top office landlords, as well as some of the world's top investors in the burgeoning market for high-return hard assets such as pipelines, hydro dams and toll roads.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, November 23, 2017 – Page A1
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BEIRUT -- Saad Hariri, Lebanon's Prime Minister, returned to home soil after a baffling absence of nearly three weeks only to create more confusion by withholding, at least temporarily, his decision to resign.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Lebanon, an economy built on chaos and crisis space
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – Page B1
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-- It's not easy running a business in Lebanon, and it's about to get even less easy.Since the mysterious resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad alHariri on Nov. 4, in Saudi Arabia, the Lebanese don't even know if they will have a government much longer. He is due back in Beirut by Wednesday, where he will reveal his intentions. Most Lebanese think he will not rescind his resignation, leaving the government without its popular unity leader.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Lebanon, everyone has a favourite Hariri conspiracy theory space
What is certain is the Saudis want the PM out of the political picture, Eric Reguly writes. But if their plan is to ensure the government's destruction, they may have miscalculated
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, November 20, 2017 – Page A1
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BEIRUT -- At a late Saturday dinner in a smoky bar in central Beirut, where patrons were drinking gin from sleek copper martini glasses, the topic was, of course, Lebanon's ongoing political thriller. Two weeks after the mysterious disappearance of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad alHariri, his fate, and the fate of the suddenly fragile government, were still unknown.  FULL STORY arrow
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Rivalry leaves Lebanon on tenterhooks space
PM's shock resignation brings stark reminder to people in diverse country that they're stuck in the middle of regional power struggle
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Page A4
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BEIRUT -- Enormous posters of Saad al-Hariri, the popular Lebanese Prime Minister who mysteriously vanished two weeks ago, only to surface in Saudi Arabia, hang almost everywhere in central Beirut. Mr. al-Hariri abruptly resigned while in the Saudi capital, but the Lebanese want him back and, by Friday, their man had still not made it home.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Saudi Prince, the Iranian threat - and the drumbeats of war space
The era of Mohammed bin Salman has arrived and all of the Middle East is on edge, trying to guess how he will curtail Iran's expanding influence and what might get damaged along the way
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Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Page A12
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-- Inside Saudi Arabia, the agenda set out by Mohammed bin Salman, the young Crown Prince, is in motion. After last weekend's sensational purge of princes and government officials, his power seems unchallenged, bolstering his credentials as the man who would modernize a patriarchal society and a sclerotic economy overly dependent on oil.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sicilian vote marks return of Berlusconi space
Alliance formed by four-time Italian PM wins big in contest seen as last test ahead of federal election
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Thursday, November 9, 2017 – Page A5
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-- The perma-grin, the perma-tan, the swagger and the cheesy charm - Silvio Berlusconi is back and, once again, he's winning votes.The four-time Italian prime minister isn't letting old age - he's 81 - an endless string of sex scandals and a conviction for tax fraud slow him down. Sunday's regional election in Sicily, the last big test before Italy's general election, expected some time between February and April, has thrust Mr. Berlusconi back into the political limelight.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saudi elite swept up in corruption purge space
Crackdown not just a princely power play, but a populist ploy
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, November 6, 2017 – Page A1
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-- Late on Saturday, the King of Saudi Arabia conferred yet another title on his already powerful son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - head of a new anti-corruption committee. Hours later, MBS, as he is known in the West, drove a battering ram through the ranks of Saudi royalty, arresting princes major and minor, one of them the country's richest businessmen.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Page B4
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LONDON -- The Saudi Aramco initial public offering, potentially the biggest equity sale in stock-market history, has been buffeted by rumours that it will be delayed, shelved, confined to a Saudi listing only or converted into a private placement.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Page B1
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LONDON -- In 2008, when Hezbollah fighters seized control of much of western Beirut, the employees of Spinneys supermarket feared street fighting would wreck their outlets.Phone calls were placed to the owner of the supermarkets, the AbrAj Group of Dubai. ''The employees asked, ''What should we do?' '' says Arif Masood Naqvi, AbrAj's founder and chief executive.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Page B7
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LONDON -- Watch for it. Any day now, Donald Trump will take to Twitter to announce the ''great'' news that he has created manufacturing jobs in Alabama, where Airbus is to build the American version of Bombardier's C Series jet.  FULL STORY arrow
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How Airbus landed the C Series space
Bombardier resumed talks with the European plane maker after examining three other options
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Page B1
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-- Bombardier Inc. was pushed into the hands of Airbus SE after holding talks with Chinese investors that went nowhere and being sued by Boeing Co., which the company had earlier approached to partner on the C Series airliner.  FULL STORY arrow
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For Airbus, the Bombardier deal is money for nothing - and it gets the C Series for free space
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Page B4
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LONDON -- You've got to hand it to the brilliant, Machiavellian minds at Airbus.In one fell swoop, like an eagle descending on a dove, Airbus Group SE has seized the world's most technologically advanced small passenger jet, the Bombardier C Series, for nothing - as in zero, zilch, nada - even though Bombardier Inc., with a little help from its government friends, had sunk about $6-billion (U.S.) into developing the product. In doing so, Airbus has neutered a potentially strong competitor and dealt a blow to arch-rival Boeing Co., which does not have a plane that can compete with the C Series.  FULL STORY arrow
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The wave of Big Agriculture mergers needs to be monitored space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Page B4
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ROME -- Who will feed us?That was the question asked on Friday in Rome at a United Nations panel on Big Agriculture as mega-mergers reshape the industry. Even as the panelists were speaking about the potential threats of massive consolidation, Germany's BASF, the world's top chemicals company, announced a deal to pay $7-billion (U.S.) for big chunks of rival Bayer's seeds and herbicide business.  FULL STORY arrow
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Is Europe's airline industry in crisis? space
Investors will cheer as the continent's carriers consolidate, but it could spell the end of cheap air travel
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By ERIC REGULY
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Page B12
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-- The world's most competitive airline market - Europe - just got a little less competitive.That's good news for airline investors, bad news for airline customers.The collapse last week of Britain's Monarch Airlines followed the bankruptcy filings of two other big-name carriers - Alitalia and Air Berlin.  FULL STORY arrow
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Another victory for Boeing but the real loser is the taxpayer space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, October 7, 2017 – Page B4
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-- Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier - the top three aerospace companies - are failures. They cannot survive on their own, never have, never will. Taxpayers are always on the hook, often lavishly so, and they can't ever win. Capitalism at its finest, they are not.  FULL STORY arrow
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Dyson faces an uphill battle in taking on Tesla space
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – Page B2
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-- James Dyson's tilt at Tesla Inc. might not be as far-fetched as it seems, at least to the casual eye.The British inventor became a billionaire by taking household products - the vacuum cleaner, the hand dryer, the fan - and reinventing them to make them easier to use, quieter, more efficient and stylish, if not cheaper.  FULL STORY arrow
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Women driving is only the start for Saudi Arabia space
Lifting the ban isn't just about righting an old wrong - it's a big step in the reinvention of the economy
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Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Page B3
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ROME -- Three years ago, I travelled from western Saudi Arabia to Al-Khobar, in the country's wealthy Eastern Province, to interview some oilmen. Al-Khobar and the sprawling city next to it, Dhahran, lie next to the Persian Gulf and are home to Saudi Aramco, the world's biggest oil company and the country's biggest employer. In effect, they are company towns on a grand scale.  FULL STORY arrow
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Death by Amazon space
Value investors say the battered retail sector has bottomed out, but they're missing the big picture. Powerful forces have changed the way we shop, and there's no going back
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Friday, September 29, 2017 – Page P20
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-- A friend of mine who runs a private equity shop in Toronto has a problem. His fund owns a medium-sized retail footwear chain that is making profits. He and his partners want to unload it but can't find any buyers willing to offer a non-giveaway price (he did not want the store's name publicized for fear of looking like a desperate seller). That's because traditional retailing is dying, he says, and the sell-off might just be getting started.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bombardier's rail loss boils down to geopolitics space
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Page B4
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ROME -- Bombardier's PR whizzes pulled the oldest trick in the book on Tuesday night, when they realized they had to say something, however bland, on the blockbuster merger of Alstom SA of France and the rail division of Germany's Siemens AG, creating the world's secondlargest train maker. They made a virtue of a necessity.  FULL STORY arrow
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European rail deal presses Bombardier space
Merger of Siemens, Alstom train units narrows strategic options of Canadian aerospace firm's transportation wing
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By ERIC REGULY, NICOLAS VAN PRAET
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Page B1
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ROME, MONTREAL -- A rail version of Europe's Airbus has been born and will put enormous pressure on Bombardier Inc.'s train division.Directors at Siemens AG of Germany signed off on a deal Tuesday to merge its train unit with that of France's Alstom SA, creating what will be Europe's dominant rail business, with combined annual sales of about 15.3-billion ($22.3-billion).  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, September 25, 2017 – Page A1
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BERLIN -- Angela Merkel secured her fourth term as German chancellor but her victory was marred by a huge fall in her party's vote and the astounding rise of an extreme right-wing party whose nationalistic members have vowed to ''hunt'' Ms. Merkel in parliament.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why Merkel's CDU is winning the youth vote space
Despite traditionally leaning toward the centre-left SPD, young voters are increasingly looking to their Mutti in the next election
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Saturday, September 23, 2017 – Page A13
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BERLIN -- The youth office in the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party in central Berlin - known as Willy Brandt Haus, after the late SPD chancellor and Nobel Peace Prize winner - was not a happy place in the week before Germany's federal election.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, September 23, 2017 – Page B3
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BERLIN -- Most Germans are genuinely perplexed by Brexit. They think the Brits are victims of collective insanity.Didn't they have the best of all worlds? They had their own currency and were not in Schengen, the passport-free zone that covers 26 European countries. They had various opt-outs from European Union treaties, such as the Charter of Fundamental Rights.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Page A1
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BERLIN -- Christian Von Hoffmeister rarely voted in German elections because he felt no party was sympathetic to his views that Muslims were incapable of integrating into society. That changed a couple of years ago when the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party quickly evolved from a Euroskeptic party of minor appeal to the voice of the anti-immigrant right.  FULL STORY arrow
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