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* Kiev sends troops to dislodge separatists | Ukraine’s acting president said special forces had retaken control of an airport at Kramatorsk, with operations there and in nearby town of Slavyansk

* China GDP growth slows in first quarter | Slowing growth is raising pressure on Beijing to provide a fresh round of government stimulus to head off a potential growth collapse in the world’s second-largest economy Continue reading »

China invented printing several centuries before Gutenberg’s mechanical press in Germany. Now a Chinese company in Shanghai appears to have stolen a march over Europe in the race to build the world’s first 3D printed house.

A Shanghai company, Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co, says it made 10 3D printed houses (see photos) each costing $4,800 each in less than 24 hours, according to 3ders, a 3D printing industry website. Continue reading »

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* Ukraine raises rates to defend economy | US President Barack Obama warns Vladimir Putin of his ‘grave concern’ about Russian support for the actions of armed pro-Russian separatists

* Risk seekers turn to Latin American bonds | Some countries in South America are now seen as opportunities by yield-hungry investors but some observers fear complacency about risk Continue reading »

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* Ukraine raises rates to defend economy | Ukraine’s acting president appeals to UN secretary-general, to deploy peacekeepers to region a day after Kievpromised to take military action

* Fragile Middle: China’s urban dilemma | Nearly a fifth of China’s population could be only a week’s or a month’s wage away from losing their status as aspiring middle-class urbanites Continue reading »

By William R. Rhodes, William R Rhodes Global Advisors

Political and economic conditions are evolving in ways that could promote the onset of a new era of global protectionism. A revival of beggar-thy-neighbor policies cannot be discounted. The main cause is the continuing sluggishness of global economic growth, plus scant prospects for significant improvement.

The leading industrial economies today, five years after the financial crisis, continue to underperform. This year, GDP growth is likely to be around 1.3% in the Euro-zone, 1% in Japan, and 2.6% in the United States. Continue reading »

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* Pro-Russia separatists defy Ukraine deadline | Pro-Russia separatists occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine defied a deadline from Kiev to surrender as Moscow promised to “protect” people in the region from violence

* China buys Glencore mine for $6bn | Sale to a consortium led by MMG underscores the country’s continued demand for commodities to feed industrial growth

* Emerging market funds bounce back | Net inflows into emerging market equity and bond funds reached $4.7bn in the seven days to April 9, amid a sharp rebound in sentiment Continue reading »

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* Russia calls on UN as Kiev cracks down | Moscow warns that use of force by Kiev against separatists could foil plans to hold four-way talks this week aimed at defusing the escalating crisis

* China buys Glencore mine for $6bn | Sale to a consortium led by MMG underscores the country’s continued demand for commodities to feed industrial growth Continue reading »

The week in emerging markets, including our most read, five things we have learned and some long reads for the weekend. Plus the week in a chart: China’s property sector Continue reading »

In spite of the 6.8 per cent slump in the share price of Adani Enterprises on Friday, the shares of the group led by billionaire industrialist Gautam Adani are up 163 per cent over the past six months – a performance that far outstrips the 11 per cent rise in the benchmark Nifty index over the same period.

The question is: what has turbo-charged the share price over the past six months and in particular on Thursday this week, when shares jumped 22.9 per cent before the partial correction on Friday? Continue reading »

** FT News **

* Putin threatens to cut off Ukraine gas | In a letter to 18 leaders, Putin warns Russia is poised to halt gas supplies unless Kiev pays its bills, and shifts focus of blame for Ukraine crisis to Europe

* Falling prices reinforce China slowdown fears | Falling prices have added to evidence of the economy’s slowdown, highlighting sluggish consumer demand and the struggles of over-extended factories Continue reading »

** FT News **

* Putin threatens to cut off Ukraine gas | In a letter to 18 leaders, Putin warns Russia is poised to halt gas supplies unless Kiev pays its bills, and shifts focus of blame for Ukraine crisis to Europe

* Asia feels the pain after US tech rout | Technology shares across the region slide after Nasdaq sheds 3.1 per cent, its worst fall since late 2011 Continue reading »

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* China rattles nerves with weak trade data | China bought fewer foreign goods and sold less globally in March, with trade data falling short of forecasts and raising concerns over the economy

* Opposition set to win Indonesia election | ‘Quick counts’ based on votes cast in more than 550,000 polling stations show party of favourite Joko Widodo is set to win country’s election – though by a much narrower margin than expected

* Hong Kong and Shanghai to link bourses | Plan to permit investors in Hong Kong and Shanghai to trade shares in each other’s equity markets is a significant step in China’s efforts to open up its financial system Continue reading »

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* China rattles nerves with weak trade data | China bought fewer foreign goods and sold less to the rest of the world in March, with trade data falling short of forecasts and raising concerns over the state the economy

* China bank regulators caught in turf war | Banking watchdog and central bank have always been rivals, but now rising tensions are obstructing reforms and efforts to tackle risks in the financial sector Continue reading »

Jim O’Neill believes, not for the first time, that economists and policy makers have got it wrong. They underestimate how much the growth of China and other emerging markets has transformed the world economy, and the implications for Europe.

“If we carry on with global trade patterns as they are, the legitimacy of European monetary union is increasingly in doubt,” he said during the Ambrosetti forum in Cernobbio, Italy, held last weekend. Continue reading »

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* US blames Moscow for Ukraine unrest | Kerry called Russian special forces ‘the catalyst’ for uprisings over the last 24 hours that saw armed pro-Russian separatists seize government buildings

* Greece prepares sale of five-year bond | Greece is preparing a return to borrowing money on the international markets for the first time since the eurozone crisis began

* US set to bar Iran’s new UN ambassador | Obama administration says the nomination of an Iranian ambassador to the UN who was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis is ‘not viable’ Continue reading »