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BBC:European Parliament condemns Argentina's YPF nationalisation

European Parliament condemns Argentina's YPF nationalisation

Members of the European Parliament have condemned Argentina's decision to nationalise the Spanish-controlled oil company YPF.

They said the move was "an attack on the exercise of free enterprise".

They also demanded that the European Commission take action against Buenos Aires at the World Trade Organization.

Spain meanwhile announced its first retaliatory step, saying it would promote Spanish biodiesel fuel production to reduce Argentine imports.

BBC:UN plan vote on draft resolution for Syria monitors

UN plan vote on draft resolution for Syria monitors

The UN Security Council has drawn up a draft resolution on sending 300 international monitors to Syria after considering two versions.

A Russian draft would see observers sent immediately, but Britain, France and Germany want to wait until Syria has withdrawn troops and weaponry from population centres.

A handful of observers are already in Syria monitoring the fragile ceasefire.

The Security Council will meet to vote on a resolution later on Saturday.

Although overall violence has fallen, countless ceasefire violations have already been reported by activists and reporters on the ground.  

BBC:US charges British twins over $1.2m 'stock robot' fraud

US charges British twins over $1.2m 'stock robot' fraud

Twin brothers from England face US civil charges for allegedly defrauding investors out of $1.2m (£745,000) through a bogus stock-picking robot.

Alexander and Thomas Hunter, of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, were aged 16 when, in 2007, they devised the scheme of the robot, dubbed Marl, say US officials.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said the stocks "picked" were actually firms that paid the twins hefty fees.

The Hunters allegedly snared about 75,000 investors, mostly in the US

BBC:Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews burning rock

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews burning rock

The Popocatepetl volcano outside of Mexico City has been spewing glowing rock fragments as far as 1km (0.6 miles) down its slopes.

Columns of ash have been shooting from more than 60 openings in the crust of the 5,450m (17,900-foot) volcano.

Residents of surrounding villages said they were awoken by a low-pitched roar coming from the mountain.

Popocatepetl's last major eruption was in 2000, when thousands of people had to flee their homes.  

BBC:France election: Hollande and Sarkozy in final drive

France election: Hollande and Sarkozy in final drive

The leading contenders for the French presidency have made their final appeals to voters on the last day of campaigning before Sunday's election.

Incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy - in office since 2007 - urged supporters to "speak up" and choose "a strong France".

Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, who also held a rally, said it was "the left's turn to govern the country".

There are 10 candidates in all and if no candidate wins 50% of the votes, there will be a second run-off round.

BBC:Studios lose landmark anti-piracy suit in Australia

Studios lose landmark anti-piracy suit in Australia

Major film and television studios have lost a landmark case over illegal video downloads in Australia.

The High Court upheld a previous ruling that internet service provider (ISP) iiNet did not authorise copyright infringement among its customers.

US and Australian studios had wanted iiNet to stop its customers from downloading pirated material.

In 2010, a federal court had ruled in favour of iiNet, saying it did not authorise the downloads.

Reuters:Chesapeake discloses loans after Reuters report

Chesapeake discloses loans after Reuters report

(Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N), in response to a Reuters report earlier this week, will disclose to shareholders the existence of loans its CEO Aubrey McClendon took out against his interest in thousands of wells granted to him as a corporate perk, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that McClendon has borrowed as much as $1.1 billion against his 2.5 percent interest in wells received as part of his compensation.

The loans, taken out over the past three years, were previously undisclosed to shareholders, analysts and academics said, raising concerns that McClendon's personal financial deals could compromise his fiduciary duty to Chesapeake.

The company did not detail the amounts and terms of the loans, nor specific lenders, according to a preliminary proxy filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Reuters:G20 doubles IMF's war chest amid fears on Europe

G20 doubles IMF's war chest amid fears on Europe

(Reuters) - Leading world economies on Friday pledged $430 billion in new funding for the International Monetary Fund, more than doubling its lending power in a bid to protect the global economy from the euro-zone debt crisis.

The promised funds from the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies aim to ensure the IMF can respond decisively should the debt problems that have engulfed three euro zone countries spread and threaten a fragile global recovery.

"This is extremely important, necessary, an expression of collective resolve," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. "Given the increase that has just taken place, we are north of a trillion dollars actually. So I was a bit mesmerized by the amount."

The $1 trillion figure includes both the IMF's existing and newly won resources, as well as loans already committed.

Reuters:Strong quake hits eastern Indonesia

Strong quake hits eastern Indonesia

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 struck eastern Indonesia on Saturday off Irian Jaya, the United States Geological Survey said.

The USGS said the quake was recorded offshore, 74 miles south-southeast of the town of Manokwari, at a depth of 20.5 miles. It initially estimated the magnitude of the tremor at 7.0.

Reuters:Some claims against Toyota tentatively dismissed

Some claims against Toyota tentatively dismissed

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) has won the tentative dismissal of some claims in the class-action lawsuit brought by owners of its vehicles over problems with sudden acceleration.

In what would be a victory for Toyota if the ruling becomes definitive, U.S. District Judge James Selna in Santa Ana, California, said New York and Florida class representatives cannot bring claims under their states' laws for lost value in their vehicles due to Toyota's recalls for sudden, unintended acceleration.

Toyota, which had filed a motion to dismiss the claims, said it does not comment on tentative rulings.

Selna is expected to rule definitively sometime after hearing oral arguments on Monday.

Reuters:South Sudan withdraws from oil area, easing border crisis

South Sudan withdraws from oil area, easing border crisis

(Reuters) - South Sudan said on Friday it would withdraw its troops from the disputed Heglig oil region more than a week after seizing it from Sudan, pulling the countries back from the brink of a full-blown war.

Sudan quickly declared victory, saying its armed forces had "liberated" the area by force as thousands of people poured onto the streets of Khartoum cheering, dancing, honking car horns and waving flags.

South Sudan's seizure of the territory had raised the prospect of two sovereign African states waging war against each other openly for the first time since Ethiopia fought newly independent Eritrea in 1998-2000.

Tensions have been rising since South Sudan split away from Sudan as an independent country in July, under the terms of a 2005 settlement, taking with it most of the country's known oil reserves.

Reuters:Iraq calls Turkey "hostile state" as relations dim

Iraq calls Turkey "hostile state" as relations dim

(Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday branded Turkey a "hostile state" with a sectarian agenda, the latest in a series of bitter exchanges between the neighbors.

Maliki was responding to comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in which Erdogan accused the Iraqi leader of fanning tensions between the country's Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds with his "self-centered" ways.

"The recent announcements by Mr. Erdogan represent another return to flagrant interference in Iraqi internal affairs," Maliki said in a statement on his website.

"His announcements have a sectarian dimension. To insist on continuing these internal and regional policies will harm Turkish interests and make it a hostile state for all."

LA Times:San Francisco restaurant known for 'rudest waiter' closing

San Francisco restaurant known for 'rudest waiter' closing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A 100-year-old Chinese restaurant in San Francisco once known for having "the world's rudest waiter" is slinging its last insults and barbequed pork noodle rolls.

Sam Wo, a Chinatown hole-in-the-wall that typified the kind of ethnic eateries for which the city's culinary scene was lauded before it became a trendy haven for foodies, planned to serve its last customers early Saturday.

David Ho, a descendent of one of the restaurant's original owners, decided to shut down after officials demanded extensive health and safety upgrades.

Heartbroken customers lined up down the block Friday to get a seat at one of the eight lunch tables and to mourn the loss of another San Francisco institution over bowls of won ton soup.

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