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Vladimir Putin claims there will be early Syrian parliamentary elections.

  The Russian president told reporters that the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is open to a power-sharing agreement with “healthy opposition.” Assad agreed that fighting rebels and ISIL in Syria must go hand-in-hand with political process, Putin said.  
2 hours ago

Asia-Pacific markets get no respite.

  Japan’s Nikkei led a fall among most Asia-Pacific indexes, dropping 2.2%; the MSCI Asia-Pacific index, a regional gauge, rose by 0.2% but was still down over the week. Mainland China markets were closed for a second day, which no doubt removed some volatility, but nervousness over US employment numbers reduced overall confidence.  
3 hours ago

US authorities give AstraZeneca’s “blockbuster” heart drug the nod.

  The Food and Drug Administration gave Brilinta, a blood thinner produced by the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker, the all-clear for continued use after the first 12 monthsfollowing a patient’s heart attack. The company had already predicted the drug would earn $3 billion in annual revenue; extending its use is expected to increase that figure.  
2 hours ago

BASF completes a long-delayed asset swap with Gazprom.

  The German chemicals giant will hand over a stake in a North Sea oil and gas exploration unit as well as its stake in the two companies’ joint venture; Gazprom will deliver shares in a Siberian gas field to a BASF subsidiary. The deal was first agreed in 2013 but political difficulties had hindered its execution.
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Chart of the Moment

Asia has more confidence in China’s foreign policy than in India or Japan’s.

8 hours ago

An extensive network of 200-year-old tunnels runs under the city of Liverpool.

  No one knows why.  
2 hours ago

An Egyptian billionaire wants to develop an island for refugees.

  Naguib Sawiris offered to buy an outpost from Italy or Greece.  

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