TODAY’S TOP ARTICLES – 12 DEC 2014

United States: House narrowly passes spending bill, averts government shutdown
The House of Representatives averted a government shutdown on Thursday, narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill despite strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions. (Source: Reuters)

Greece: PM says snap polls and SYRIZA win would put Greece’s future at risk
With the government still not in a position to elect a president, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras launched an all-out attack on SYRIZA on Thursday that was aimed to make independent and opposition MPs think twice about how they will vote when the ballot for head of state comes around. (Source: ekathimerini).

Japan: Japan elections: 5 things you need to know
The world’s third-largest economy will hold a general election this Sunday as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks a fresh vote of confidence amid a sputtering economy. Here are a few important factors to keep in mind before the big day. (Source: CNBC)

Russia: Rise in Russian interest rate fails to halt plunge in rouble as oil price slips again
Russia’s central bank failed to stem a further dramatic fall in the rouble on Thursday despite raising the headline interest rate to 10.5%. (Source: Guardian)

United Kingdom: Carney Prepping Super Thursday Deluge to End BOE Policy Whiplash
Mark Carney is going to turn the Bank of England’s drip-feed of information into a fire hose. (Source: Bloomberg)

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