from Ross Finley:

Not much pay worry in these Bank of England forecasts

May 13, 2015

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from FaithWorld:

Exclusive: Widow of slain U.S.-Bangladeshi blogger lashes out at Dhaka

By Reuters Staff
May 13, 2015

(Rafida Ahmed, who is recovering from injuries including the loss of her thumb suffered during a hacking attack by jihadi assailants, speaks during an interview with Reuters near Washington April 23, 2015. Ahmed's husband, Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, was killed in the February attack in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. Picture taken April 23, 2015. To match Exclusive USA-BANGLADESH/ASSASSINATION REUTERS/Stringer )

(Rafida Ahmed, who is recovering from injuries including the loss of her thumb suffered during a hacking attack by jihadi assailants, speaks during an interview with Reuters near Washington April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer )

from Breakingviews:

U.S. trade setback more diplomatic than economic

May 13, 2015

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

from MacroScope:

French growth leapfrogs Germany’s in Q1

By Mike Peacock
May 13, 2015

The French Pole Emploi stand is seen during the 20th Forum de l'Alternance in Paris

It’s euro zone GDP day. German and French data are already out with Europe’s largest economy growing by 0.3 percent, below both the 0.5 percent forecast and the 0.7 percent achieved in the last three months of 2014.

from Matt Spetalnick:

Obama bets that U.S.-Gulf alliance can survive tensions over Iran

May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama may fail to pacify Gulf Arab fears over his Iran nuclear diplomacy at a summit this week, following a pointed Saudi snub of the event. But a bigger question looms for Washington: how much does it matter?

from The Great Debate:

‘Yemen has a lot of bad actors’: Iran and Saudi Arabia face lesson on limits of power

By Joseph Trevithick
May 13, 2015

Anti-Houthi fighters of the Southern Popular Resistance stand on a tank in Yemen's southern port city of Aden

Anti-Houthi fighters of the Southern Popular Resistance stand on a tank in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

How durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

By William Courtney, David Sedney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Stephen Young
May 13, 2015

Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China's President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Parsing the short life of Dave Goldberg

May 12, 2015

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

from Data Dive:

Low oil prices have cost tens of thousands of American jobs

May 12, 2015

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As this Reuters graphic shows, planned layoffs in the energy sector have grown precipitously this calendar year, reflecting badly bruised oil prices. According to the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, employers announced workforce reductions totaling 61,582 in April--53 percent higher than the same month a year ago. So far this year, employers have announced 201,796 planned job cuts, which marks a 25 percent increase from the 161,639 layoffs tracked in the first four months of 2014. This is the largest four-month total since 2010.

from American Insights:

Twitter’s luffing sales also reflected in user doldrums

May 12, 2015

Twitter's stock took a pounding last week because of weaker-than-expected earnings and a warning from the company about the next quarter. But it should not be a great surprise, given the recent Reuters/Ipsos poll on social media use.