TODAY’S TOP ARTICLES – 25 NOV 2014

Japan: BOJ’s Bazooka: It’s All About the Message
Latest minutes from the Bank of Japan (BOJ) released Tuesday reveal that the central bank’s surprise move in October to expand its already-massive stimulus program was about sending the message that it will do whatever it takes to “conquer deflation.” (Source: CNBC)

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Police Scuffle With Protesters as They Clear Mong Kok
Hong Kong police began removing protesters from a key road at a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok as hundreds continued to block Argyle Street hours after authorities began enforcing a court injunction to open the road. (Source: Bloomberg)

Ukraine: Ukraine Leader, under Pressure from West, Pledges new Government Soon
Ukraine will take the first steps this week towards forming a new government, President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday, seeking to assuage concern among his Western allies that the delay is holding up reform and imperiling Western assistance. (Source: Reuters)

Germany: Private Consumption Spike Helps Germany avoid Recession in Third Quarter
Germany avoid falling into recession in the third quarter as a sharp rise in private consumption more than compensated the weak investment figures. (Source: Reuters)

Russia: Russia Hit Hardest by Plunging Oil Prices as Producers Brace for Cut in Profits
Falling oil prices knocked £1bn off the value of North Sea services firm Petrofac on Monday and are on course to cripple the Russian economy without a rescue package from the oil producers’ cartel Opec later this week. (Source: Guardian)

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