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8 hours ago

The Bank of Japan moves to save Abenomics.

  The central bank will expand its bond purchases to 80 trillion yen a year ($726 billion), from 60-70 trillion currently, in a surprise attempt to kickstart the sluggish economy. By a 5-4 split decision, the bank’s board of governors said the move was necessary to reverse “a deflationary mindset,” (paywall) especially after a sales tax increase earlier this year crimped consumer prices. The Nikkei 225 surged nearly 3% on the news.
6 hours ago

Sony losses aren’t as bad as expected.

  The struggling Japanese technology company reported an operating loss of 85.6 billion yen ($780 million) in its fiscal second quarter, about half the expected loss. Sales of its PlayStation 4 console helped the company—it sold 3.3 million in the quarter, outpacing Xbox sales.  
3 hours ago

BNP Paribas and RBS are back in the black.

  BNP posted a third-quarter profit of €1.5 billion ($1.9 billion), after a loss in the second quarter due to a US fine for violating sanctions. RBS swung to a third-quarter pre-tax profit of £1.27 billion ($2 billion), from a loss of £634 million (paywall) the same period last year.
October 30, 2014

Russia signs a gas deal with Ukraine.

  Russia will supply Ukraine with 4 billion cubic meters of gas until March next year, at a cost of $4.6 billion, some of which is for previous gas deliveries. Ukraine must pay the sum up front but the EU, which also signed the agreement, will provide “unprecedented levels” of aid to help cover the cost.
3 hours ago

Hungary backs down on its internet tax.

  Prime minister Viktor Orban said mass protests and industry opposition convinced him to drop a proposal to levy a tax based on bandwidth consumption. “We aren’t governing against the people but for them,” he said.  
October 31, 2014

Burkina Faso’s president clings to power.

  Blaise Compaore refused calls to resign amid violent protests and looting in the capital of Ouagadougou. The gold-producing country’s parliament was dissolved by the military, which said Compoare would head an interim government for a year until fresh elections could be held.  
October 30, 2014
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The US economy keeps on truckin’.

October 31, 2014

North Korea quarantines all arriving foreigners over Ebola fears.

  All non-North Koreans entering Pyongyang will be required to spend three weeks under observation. North Korea has had no reported cases of Ebola.  
3 hours ago

Halloween costumes are banned on the Beijing subway.

  Authorities say they could cause “panic” or “stampedes” (paywall).

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