TODAY’S TOP ARTICLES – 15 OCT 2014

Hong Kong: Will Hong Kong violence spark action from China?
Clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong escalated early Wednesday, but analysts say Beijing is unlikely to step in with harsher force. (Source: CNBC)

United Kingdom: UK Unemployment Falls to 6%
UK unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since 2008, when the fall of US investment bank Lehman Brothers brought the global economy to the brink of collapse. (Source: The Guardian)

Russia & Ukraine: Putin, Poroshenko Discuss Measures to Restore Peace to East Ukraine: Kremlin
A long-running dispute over natural gas supplies will be on the agenda when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko hold talks in Italy later this week, the Kremlin said. A Kremlin statement issued late on Tuesday said the Ukrainian and Russian presidents had spoken by telephone and discussed measures to restore peace in eastern Ukraine. (Source: Reuters)

South Korea: South Korea Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates to Boost Economy
South Korea’s central bank cut its policy interest rate for the second time in three months on Wednesday, in line with the market’s expectations, aiming at adding momentum to an economic recovery that is proving slow to take off. (Source: Reuters)

Switzerland: SNB Seen Keeping Franc Cap Until 2016 as ECB Eases Policy
The Swiss Central Bank will likely keep the cap on the local currency until at least 2016. The Bank set the cap three years ago to avoid deflation as the franc was nearly pushed to parity with the euro. (Source: Bloomberg)

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