April 9, 2010 No. 892 - Vol. 8

"Loss gives way to a kind of relief, the realization that all the paraphernalia of our lives ensnares us."

Roger Cohen

In today's Law Firm Marketing, Crossing the line from educator to seller destroys your credibility

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  • Top News

Board ties trip up companies

More companies are running up against the Clayton Act, a law passed in 1914 that prohibits directors of companies from sitting on boards of their rivals. On Tuesday, Sears Holdings Corp. announced that one board member would vacate his seat and that Chairman Edward S. Lampert will abstain from some discussions after a shareholder lawsuit alleged violations of the law. In a proxy filing this week, Sears said that while it still disputed claims that its board members were conflicted, it was taking action in order to avoid a protracted legal battle. The federal law, called the Clayton Act, is also being used strategically by some companies to try to thwart efforts by activists to gain board seats. The act, passed in 1914, bars "interlocking directorships" in order to preserve competition, and to avoid possible collusion or exchange of sensitive pricing information between rivals. These days, potential conflicts are popping up as hedge funds, private-equity firms and venture capitalists take significant positions in multiple, and often, related companies. As scrutiny increases, companies will have to think twice about prospective directors with seats on rivals' boards, corporate-governance experts said. The Sears situation "is going to be another wake-up call for boards to pay more attention to the interlock provisions of the Clayton Act not only when they recruit directors but on a continuing basis," said John Olson. Potential conflicts posed by the Clayton Act flared last year at Google Inc. and Apple Inc. Arthur Levinson, chairman of Roche Holding AG's Genentech, resigned from Google's board last October amid a Federal Trade Commission probe into his membership on both the boards of Google and Apple, which are competing in a growing number of areas. That move occurred two months after Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt dropped his Apple board seat after facing the same scrutiny.

Banks winning when investors sue

Banks are on a winning streak in their battle against investor lawsuits stemming from the financial crisis, a trend that is good news for firms accused of understating the risks of securities that tanked during the financial crisis. The banks, including major Wall Street players, have won dismissals of lawsuits with variations of a "global financial catastrophe defense," arguing that the blame should be placed on collapsing markets rather than any actions on their part. The bulk of these lawsuits accused financial firms of misrepresenting the risks of a variety of financial products, including mortgage-backed securities and auction-rate securities. Judges across the country who dismissed the suits generally concluded the investors fell short in making specific allegations of fraud.

Can you get married over the phone?

Marriages are made in heaven. But in this age of information technology they are taking place over the net and telephone too. Many people have been left "wondering whether telephonic marriage is legitimate at all." The Times of India has reported that Muslim clerics are divided over the legitimacy of "phone marriage", with one arguing that it is not valid because the witnesses need to be present, alongside the bride and groom, to sign the marriage contract. "Telephone nikah (matrimonial contract) is no longer valid, simply because all four parties cannot be at the same place to sign the nikahnama (wedding registration certificate) if the nikah is taking place over the telephone, with the bride and groom in different cities or countries," Mohammed Khader Ali, Sadar Qazi said. But international lawyer Gabriel Sawma, an authority on Sharia law - including Islamic marriage contracts - argues that telephone marriages, and even internet marriages, could be perfectly legal. "There are so many cases of marriages being conducted in so many different ways - everything is possible within reason." Sawma explained that in his view, a marriage contract agreed upon by a telephone conversation is valid as long as it satisfies the main Hanafi requirements, including:

  • a proposal to marry and acceptance by the other party
  • providing witnesses: two male witnesses or one male and two females attesting that they heard the telephone conversation
  • a financial or "mahr" provision

The mahr, he explains, is an amount of money, or any object that has value, that will be given by the groom to the future bride. "Mahr is an obligation on the husband and is a necessary component of any Islamic marriage contract," said Mr Sawma. In the Hanafi tradition, the mahr is divided into a "muqaddam" (upfront), to be paid at the time of signing of the contract and a muakhar (deferred) to be paid at the time of divorce or death, he explained.

Dial-up law in a broadband world

The Internet has given the government powerful 21st-century tools for invading people's privacy and monitoring their activities, but the main federal law governing online privacy is a 20th-century relic. Adopted in 1986, it has had trouble keeping up with technological advances and is now badly out of date. Congress has not moved to fix this problem, but a surprising coalition of major technology companies and civil liberties advocates have produced a blueprint for updating the law and both houses of Congress are poised to hold hearings. Having lawmakers proclaim their concern and ask learned questions will not be enough. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act is long past due for an upgrade. Privacy is central to American law. And in 1986, Congress applied that principle to electronic communications by setting limits on law enforcement access to Internet and wireless technologies. It was a laudable law at the time, but cellphones were still oddities, the Internet was mostly a way for academics and researchers to exchange data and the World Wide Web that is an everyday part of most Americans' lives did not exist. The law is no longer comprehensive enough to cover the many kinds of intrusions made possible by the advances of the past 24 years. In the absence of strong federal law, the courts have been adrift on many important Internet privacy issues. The law is not clear on when search warrants are required for the government to read stored e-mail, what legal standards apply to GPS technology that tracks people's whereabouts in real time and other critical questions. Digital Due Process - a coalition that includes Google, Microsoft, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the American Civil Liberties Union - recently proposed a good set of principles for addressing those issues. The coalition recommends that all private data not voluntarily made public, such as stored e-mail or private financial data, should be as protected as data in a person's home. To get it, the government should need a search warrant.

Major U.S. banks mask risk levels

Major banks masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public, according to data from the New York Fed.

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China executes three more Japanese drug smugglers

Three Japanese citizens have been executed in China for trying to smuggle the drug methamphetamine. This follows the execution of another Japanese drug smuggler on Tuesday. Following the latest executions, Japan's Justice Minister Keiko Chiba said she was concerned about the effect on relations between the two countries.

Big Chinese bank takes a step closer to a major I.P.O.

More than 20 banks this week submitted their proposals to advise Agricultural Bank of China on its long-expected stock market listing - bringing the Chinese bank closer to launching what analysts believe could be the largest initial public offering ever. The so-called beauty parade of investment banks is a key step in the preparations for any I.P.O., and the fact the bank has invited presentations is a concrete sign that it is pushing ahead with a listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong, possibly before the end of this year. Representatives from domestic and leading international banks have been pitching their advisory services Agricultural Bank in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. They declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue. The bank's "request for proposal" - the invitation to banks to submit their pitches - did not detail the magnitude or the expected timing of the I.P.O., these people said.

Hu won't appeal China verdict

A lawyer for former Rio Tinto employee Stern Hu said his client decided against appealing a Shanghai court's verdict last week that he accepted bribes and commercial secrets.

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  • Law Firm Marketing

Crossing the line from educator to seller destroys your credibility

Put "Calls to Action" Everywhere to Attract Prospects

by Trey Ryder

One major benefit of education-based marketing is that your marketing program attracts inquiries from prospects. In this way, you don't pursue prospective clients. They come to you.

The problem is: If you don't get inquiries from the prospects you want -- and if they're prospects you can identify by name -- you could easily decide to call them on the phone to introduce yourself.

Sounds reasonable. Right?

No. If phoning new prospects has crossed your mind, here's a suggestion: Don't!

If you follow the education-based model, every step increases your credibility. Every step increases the perception that you're the authority. Every step offers more and more reasons for prospects to contact you. And as long as you stay in the education mode, you maintain a dignified, professional image.

But the moment you cross the line -- the moment you go from educator to salesperson -- the moment you pick up the phone and cold-call a prospect -- you shatter your credibility and send your reputation into a nose dive.

To stay true to the education-based model, you must let your prospects take the first step. You encourage that first step by making your offers and calls to action so attractive that your prospects can't help but respond.

To start, here are key places where you should invite prospects to act:

1.Invite prospects to contact you in every marketing document that leaves your office.

2. Invite prospects to contact you on every page of your web site.

3.Invite prospects to contact you several places in your seminar materials.

4.Invite prospects to contact you all through your newsletter.

5.Invite prospects to contact you throughout your firm brochure.

6.Invite prospects to contact you in your print ads and broadcast commercials.

7. Invite prospects to contact you any time you send a letter.

8.Invite prospects to contact you near the end of every news release.

Here are persuasive offers that often cause prospects to respond:

1.Invite prospects to call for your free educational handout (by title), which you'll mail on request.

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Invite prospects to schedule a free phone consultation.

3.Invite prospects to schedule an in-person appointment

4. Invite prospects to your free educational seminar.

5.
Invite prospects to add their name to your newsletter mailing list.

6.
Invite prospects to read your latest newsletter, and offer their comments and suggestions.

7. Invite prospects to send questions for your newsletter's Q&A column.

8. Invite prospects to suggest topics that you can write about in your newsletter.

9.
Invite prospects to add their friends and colleagues to your mailing list.

10.
Invite prospects to send you referrals.

11. Invite prospects to take part in your internet discussion group or listserv.

12. Invite prospects to a briefing at your office, such as a brown-bag update or an executive roundtable.

13.Invite prospects to attend a free or paid seminar that you conduct by phone or over the internet.

14.Invite prospects to a meeting over breakfast, lunch or dinner.

15.Invite prospects to an upcoming reception or party.

16.
Invite prospects to play golf or join you in other sports.

17. Invite prospects to ask questions about your area of law.

18.
Invite prospects to offer comments or suggestions on (any topic you choose).

19. Invite prospects to respond to surveys.

20. Invite prospects to a wine and cheese party or another social event at your home or office.

21. Invite prospects to review a case history of a transaction you recently completed for a client.

22. Invite prospects to read a published article you wrote -- or in which you were quoted.

23. Invite prospects to a free peace-of-mind meeting after a major life event, such as a birth, divorce or death.

24.
Invite prospects to contact you so you can review and update legal documents that are time-sensitive.

25. Invite prospects to contact you for an introduction to a lawyer in another practice area in your firm.

26.Invite prospects to request biographies of new lawyers in your firm.

27. Invite prospects to request an article you wrote about pending legislation that could affect their interests.

28. Invite prospects to request case histories about a client who acted in time to protect his interests -- and another client who did not, explaining the consequences he endured.

29. Invite prospects to express their opinion and suggestions about a new service you plan to offer.

30.Invite prospects to comment on a new office location you're considering.

31. Invite prospects to support or take part in a non-profit activity in which you're involved.

What should your call to action say?

In consumer documents, calls to action often read like this: "Call for a free copy of 5 Steps to Reducing Your Alimony Payments." Or, "If you have questions -- or to schedule a free consultation -- call John Jones at ###-###-####."

In business letters, you might say something like, "Please call me after you have reviewed these documents." On your seminar flier, you might include, "Mark Your Calendar Now to Attend." In a radio commercial, you might say, "To receive your free Executive's Guide to Age Discrimination Claims, call ###-###-####."

It doesn't matter how you communicate your offer or call to action. The bottom line's the same: if you want a response, make sure you tell your prospect precisely what you want him to do.

But -- what if you want to get in touch with prospects who haven't contacted you?

If can identify prospects by name and address, then send a first class letter. First class letters from lawyers are effective for many reasons:

1. Since many people use e-mail for quick communication, when you take time to write and mail a letter, you make a powerful, personal impression.

2.
An envelope with a lawyer or law firm as its return address always commands attention.

3. Upscale law firm stationery reflects positively on you, instills confidence, and conveys integrity and success.

4.First class letters don't interrupt what your prospect is doing.

You can easily adapt first class letters to any of the offers described above. And, most important, first class letters don't make you look like a telephone solicitor, where cold calls do

Note: Check your ethics rules to make sure you're permitted to send letters to prospective clients. I have often heard bar counsel explain that letters are permitted when sent to persons who might at some future time need legal services, where letters to accident victims and others "known to need legal services" may be prohibited or restricted

SUMMARY: The more often you communicate with prospects -- and the more often you interact with prospects -- the sooner you'll increase your flow of new clients and referrals. Whenever possible, generate interactions with prospects. They're the key to your success!

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  • Historia Verdadeira

Puertos

Panamá es el segundo país de América Latina (AL) y el Caribe, después de Brasil, donde los puertos registraron el mayor movimiento de carga en 2009, pese a que hubo una caída en comparación con el año anterior.

Embargo - euros

La decisión del juez de Nueva York Thomas Griesa de ratificar el embargo sobre fondos depositados en una cuenta del Banco Central tuvo un impacto concreto en Argentina. Obligó a la presidenta del BC, Mercedes Marcó del Pont, a realizar algunas operaciones en el mercado cambiario con euros, un síntoma de que se acentuaron las precauciones para evitar nuevos embargos.

Petrobras

La brasileña Petrobras junto a sus socios el británico BG Group y la portuguesa Galp, confirmó que los recursos recuperables estimados en el campo petrolífero offshore Tupi ascienden a entre 5.000 y 8.000 millones de barriles de crudo liviano y gas natural.

Aduana


El presidente de Chile, Sebastián Piñera, pidió a su colega Cristina Fernández mejoras en la conectividad de su país con Argentina y dijo que es necesario trabajar para integrar las aduanas de ambos países a lo largo de una extensa frontera de más de 5.000 kilómetros, la solicitud fue realizada en su visita a la casa rosada.

Coca-cola

Coca-Cola prevé crecer en Colombia, Perú y Brasil, en un promedio crece 5,4 % al año, confirmó el presidente de Coca-Cola para América Latina, José Octavio Reyes.

  • Brief News

World powers hold UN meeting on Iran nuclear sanctions

The UN ambassadors of six world powers have met in New York to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. The envoys described the talks as worthwhile, and said meetings would continue in the coming weeks. China and Russia have so far refused to back the new measures, mainly aimed at Iran's Revolutionary Guards, proposed by the US and some European states. The proposed fourth round of sanctions does not target the country's oil and gas sector.

Trichet thwarted as Greek credit crisis creates instability in ECB markets

Mounting speculation that Greece will default on 304.2 billion euros ($405.2 billion) of debt is depriving European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet of the stable markets needed to bring Europe out of its worst post- war recession.

Iberia, BA reach merger accord

Spanish airline Iberia and the U.K.'s British Airways said they have signed a definite merger agreement, as both companies look to bulk up operations and better compete with the world's largest air carriers.

US Airways, United in talks

UAL and US Airways have resumed talks of a potential merger that would create a global airline behemoth.

Bernanke highlights US housing and job market weakness

Bernanke has given a somber assessment of the US recovery, stressing problems with the housing market and unemployment. While acknowledging the worst of the crisis is over, Bernanke said: "We are not out of the woods yet." "Many Americans are still grappling with unemployment or foreclosure, or both," he said, adding that bank lending remains "very weak". In a rare foray into the realm of fiscal policy, Bernanke said the United States "must begin now to prepare for this coming demographic transition." "The arithmetic is, unfortunately, quite clear. To avoid large and unsustainable budget deficits, the nation will ultimately have to choose among higher taxes, modifications to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, less spending on everything else from education to defense, or some combination of the above. These choices are difficult, and it always seems easier to put them off - until the day they cannot be put off any more."

Spanish judge Garzon faces trial over Franco probe

Spain's most high-profile judge, Baltasar Garzon, faces trial on charges of overreaching his powers by launching an inquiry into the Franco regime. In 2008 Garzon opened the probe - later shelved - into atrocities committed during the four-decade rule of General Francisco Franco. A magistrate ruled on Wednesday that he had acted without jurisdiction. Garzon is famous for targeting international figures including Augusto Pinochet and Osama Bin Laden.

SEC charges star manager

The SEC charged broker-dealer Morgan Keegan, former mutual-fund star James Kelsoe and another employee with fraud, saying they manipulated the prices of bond funds that were suffering steep losses.

Greenspan grilled over role in crisis

Former Fed chief Alan Greenspan faced some of the toughest questioning yet about his role in the financial crisis at a hearing Wednesday marked by tense exchanges with a longtime foe. Panel members repeatedly questioned why Greenspan didn't do more to stem the flow of risky subprime loans, pop the resulting real-estate bubble or prevent use of exotic derivatives to expand the market. Commissioner Brooksley Born, a former federal regulator, said the Fed "utterly failed to prevent the financial crisis." She used the word "fail" nine times in a lengthy series of questions. Greenspan has defended his record at a congressional hearing into the financial crisis. Low interest rates have been blamed for the expansion in the sub-prime mortgage market which led to the credit crunch. However, he said that the repackaging of those loans by banks was a contributing factor.

Bacardi wins trademark ruling

A U.S. federal judge handed distiller Bacardi Ltd. a victory in a long-running trademark dispute with Pernod Ricard SA of France, rejecting the French company's effort to block Bacardi from selling Havana Club brand rum in the U.S. U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson of Delaware denied Pernod's request for an injunction to bar Bacardi's U.S. arm from using the brand name. Pernod, which sells rum under the Havana Club name outside the U.S., had argued in a 2006 lawsuit that Bacardi's use of the name would mislead consumers. Pernod, the world's second-largest distiller by sales after Diageo PLC, said Wednesday that it was disappointed by the ruling and planned to file an appeal. The two companies have been embroiled in a legal battle over the Havana Club trademark since 1996, when a joint venture between Pernod and the Cuban government sued Bacardi over its sale of a Bahamas-made rum it marketed in the U.S. under the Havana Club name. Bacardi subsequently pulled that rum from the U.S. market.

US and Russian leaders hail nuclear arms treaty

Obama and Medvedev, have signed a landmark nuclear arms treaty in the Czech capital, Prague. The treaty commits the former Cold War enemies to each reduce the number of deployed strategic warheads to 1,550 - 30% lower than the previous ceiling. Obama said it was an important milestone, but "just one step on a longer journey" of nuclear disarmament. Medvedev said the deal would create safer conditions throughout the world.

EU plan not halting Greek crisis

Greece's borrowing costs spiked to a record high Thursday, intensifying the country's debt crisis. The crisis suggests a euro-zone and International Monetary Fund rescue plan is providing little support for Athens' struggle to avoid default. To avoid bankruptcy, analysts said, Greece need a bailout from Europe, and fast. This is no longer about liquidity - it's a solvency issue. The question is no longer whether Athens has the political will to cut spending and raise tax to curb its gaping budget deficit, but whether Greece will run out of money before its gets a chance tom do it.

Mexico may cut off 30 million cellphones under new registration law

Cell phone mexicoAn estimated 30 million cellphone users in Mexico may see their service cut Saturday if the government goes through with a new law that requires cellphones to be registered with the user's identity. Unlike most cellphone services, where contracts are usually signed between provider and customer, getting a cellphone line in Mexico requires nothing more than the cash. The Senate passed the cellphone registration law a year ago to combat organized crime, the idea being that if every cellphone is registered with the identity of its owner, it would help cut down extortion and kidnappings carried out from anonymous lines. Providers, including behemoth America Movil, which operates as Telcel in Mexico and is owned by the "world's richest man," Carlos Slim, have been zapping out text messages to their customers: "Don't get disconnected!" it says. "Remember that by law you must register your cell line before April 10, 2010." Customers are directed to a government website (currently not loading properly) or to send the required information in a text reply. Blame procrastination and, for some Mexicans, privacy concerns for the high number of phone still to be registered. Crime bosses may also be reluctant to register. Providers and some lawmakers have appealed to the Senate to extend the deadline on implementing the law. But officials say they're not budging.

Brazil to see high growth on spending

Swiss Reinsurance Co., the world's second-biggest reinsurer, said Brazil's infrastructure spending as it prepares for the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics means the country will be a "high-growth market" for the company. Most revenue gains for the Zurich-based company will be in emerging markets such as Latin America, while those in the U.S. and other developed countries remain "flat to low." "Our commitment to the region is long term. Brazil is at the top of the list. Mexico -- we're very bullish on Mexico."

Dershowitz joins Stanford's defense team

Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard University law professor who was part of former pro football player O.J. Simpson's defense team, will aid indicted financier R. Allen Stanford in his fight for pretrial bail. Stanford requested Dershowitz's participation through his newly retained defense lawyers Michael Essmyer and Robert Bennett. "He's presumed innocent, yet he's being treated worse than a convicted defendant," Dershowitz said. The lawyer declined to say if he was being paid for his engagement, which will entail only appellate work relating to the bail issue. Stanford, who is to be tried in January 2011 on charges of leading a $7 billion investment fraud, has lost requests for release from jail to review documents with his lawyers and for access to the Internet. The financier has been jailed since his arrest in June after a federal grand jury in Houston returned a 21-count criminal indictment. U.S. District Judge David Hittner in Houston has repeatedly rejected Stanford's bids for bail, in rulings upheld on appeal.

U.K. approves crackdown on internet pirates

The British Parliament on Thursday approved plans to crack down on digital media piracy by authorizing the suspension of repeat offenders' Internet connections. Following the House of Commons late Wednesday, the House of Lords on Thursday approved the bill after heavy lobbying from the music and movie industries, which say they suffer huge losses from unauthorized copying over the Internet. The law makes Britain the second large European country, after France, to approve a so-called graduated response system, under which online copyright violators face temporary suspensions of their Internet accounts if they ignore warning letters to stop.

  • Daily Press Review

Red shirts plan biggest protest yet
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

First Talks on New Iran Sanctions Resolution
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Authorities launch detours along Al Salam Street
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

UN envoys open talks on Iran nuclear sanctions
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

MIDEAST: Obama Said to Mull Israel-Palestinian Peace Plan
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Meet Salwa, Lebanon's anti-sexual harassment mascot
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

Roads in Mamzar lagoon area closed from today
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sixth-grader assaulted by teacher loses eye
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

Obama, Medvedev Sign Treaty to Cut Nuclear Arms
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Toppled Kyrgyz president refuses to step down
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Egypt releases anti-Mubarak protesters
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Tories outline GBP 12bn saving plans
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Benhaffaf twins in intensive care, but stable
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Taiwan's Little Fatty the new Su-Bo
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Police swoop on gang of modern-day Fagins who 'sent kidnapped Romanian children to steal on streets of Britain'
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Apple brings ads, ebooks, multi-tasking to iPhone OS 4
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

DIPLOMACY: Netanyahu drops plans to attend nuclear summit in Washington
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Last call for Sakin concert at Ghetto in Istanbul
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Tinsley Mortimer Does Techno Tribal
Look Magazine, London, England

New west Cumbrian road bridge to open on April 21
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

The Rundown - April 9
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

Tories Told To Cut Public Sector Pay By GBP 2bn
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

Picture This: A Sticky Situation
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Cameron: public sector chiefs must take pay cut
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Israeli PM calls off trip to nuclear conference
The Independent, London, England

Muldoon back to lead Connacht charge
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

With Treaty Signed, 'Reset' May Stall
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

General Election 2010: Tories' public sector savings 'could cost 40,000 jobs'
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Malcolm McLaren, the 'original punk rocker', dies age 64
The Telegraph, London, England

Australia blocks Afghan and Sri Lankan refugees
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Indonesia to host world movement for democracy forum
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ruling coalition leads Sri Lankan elections
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Two suicide bombers killed in Lakki Marwat gun battle
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Government of Kazakhstan to provide humanitarian support to Kyrgyzstan citizens
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

PC accepts full responsibility for Dantewada attack
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

Radiation leak sparks scare in Delhi
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Hubris haunts this (mis)take on a classic
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Businesswoman sues actress Sheila Rusly and Berita Harian for defamation
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Typo costs prisoner three years behind bars
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Brazil allocates 113 million U.S. dollars to drainage projects in Rio
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Pakistan Zardari on cusp of losing major powers
Sify News, Chennai, India

Work's too much to beer ...
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

China 'deeply concerned' over violent uprising in Kyrgyzstan
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

ROC backs Copenhagen climate deal
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

Aishwarya urges mom-in-law to join Twitter (Film Snippets)
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

Low turnout in Sri Lanka election
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Police Protection amidst claims of threats to minister
Antigua Sun Online, Independent daily, St. John's, Antigua

Toyota hid safety information: lawyer
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Medical tourism deal sealed
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Feisty senator wants probe of Spanish drug trafficking suspect's Police buddies
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

PERU: Miners Call Off Protests for Talks; Six Killed in Clashes
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Full 13 by 2013
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Peru: Loreto region to launch a new gastronomic route
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

Long-awaited makeover
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Dr Williams was prophetic but...
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

SA set for Terreblanche funeral
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

DR Congo army regains control of Mbandaka
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

30 Million Euros Vanishes Into Thin Air
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

'We have won the election'
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

AWB supporters want declaration of war
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

ETV and Pastor visit Birtukan Mideksa in prison (VIDEO)
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

MTN, Standard Bank face $136m claim
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Anambra to recruit more medical personnel
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria

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