from FaithWorld:

End of communism was not all good for Christianity: top Vatican official

November 18, 2014

(Pope Francis (L) poses with Metropolitan Hilarion, the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, during a private meeting at the Vatican March 20, 2013. Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those belonging to no church on Wednesday to unite to defend justice, peace and the environment and not allow the value of a person to be reduced to "what he produces and what he consumes". REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

(Pope Francis (L) poses with Metropolitan Hilarion, the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, during a private meeting at the Vatican March 20, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

from FaithWorld:

Turkish media linked to exiled cleric Gülen say they shut out by government

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2014

(slamic preacher Fethullah Gülen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania September 24, 2013. Born in Erzurum, eastern Turkey, Gulen built up his reputation as a Muslim preacher with intense sermons that often moved him to tears. From his base in Izmir, he toured Turkey stressing the need to embrace scientific progress, shun radicalism and build bridges to the West and other faiths. The first Gulen school opened in 1982. In the following decades, the movement became a spectacular success, setting up hundreds of schools that turned out generations of capable graduates, who gravitated to influential jobs in the judiciary, police, media, state bureaucracy and private business. Picture taken September 24, 2013. To match Insight TURKEY-ERDOGAN/GULEN REUTERS/Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily)

(Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily)

from Breakingviews:

AstraZeneca struggles to advance value defence

November 18, 2014

By Neil Unmack

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from FaithWorld:

Timeline: Rising violence in Jerusalem ahead of synagogue attack

November 18, 2014

(Pools of blood are seen near a religious Jewish text at the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue in this handout picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) November 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city amid a surge in religious conflict. REUTERS/Kobi Gideon/GPO/Handout via Reuters)

(Pools of blood are seen near a religious Jewish text at the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue in this handout picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kobi Gideon)

from Breakingviews:

Valeant’s activist deal too clever by half

November 18, 2014

By Richard Beales and Robert Cyran

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own. 

from Global Markets Forum Dashboard:

Economic recovery – wanted, dead or alive

November 18, 2014

 macro cowboy Yee haaaaaa! That was the cry this morning as the Macro Cowboy donned his spurs, saddled his horse and blazed a trail through the Global Markets Forum. And while markets may be bemoaning the sorry state of the euro zone economy and pricing in European Central Bank sovereign bond purchases as an almost done deal, the Cowboy is feeling altogether more optimistic.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Building a Safe

November 18, 2014

The housing-market recovery, the improvement in the unemployment rate and the relatively strong consumer sentiment figures seen out of the United States in recent months bodes well for Home Depot and other big-ticket retailers (like Lowe’s, for instance) as they report this quarter’s earnings.

from MacroScope:

German financial sentiment surprises itself

November 18, 2014

Financial analysts, usually pretty good at forecasting what financial analysts think, all of a sudden are looking in a cracked mirror, at least in Germany.

from Mark Jones:

German financial sentiment surprises itself http://t.co/iwst6HKoQo

November 18, 2014

German financial sentiment surprises itself http://t.co/iwst6HKoQo