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India's economic growth seen picking up, RBI may hold rates steady

*Would outpace China, but other data less healthy. NEW DELHI, Nov 30- India's economic growth likely picked up in the July-September quarter, outpacing China on improving domestic demand and manufacturing activity that could persuade the Reserve Bank of India to keep interest rates unchanged on Tuesday. Stronger growth would be a boost for Prime Minister...
Source: Reuters | By: Manoj Kumar
Obama: US leadership helping global fight on climate change

WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said Sunday that American leadership was helping make gains in the global fight against climate change as he tried to reassure world leaders assembling for a historic conference in Paris that the U.S. can deliver on its own commitments. The goal in Paris, he said, was a long-term framework for more reductions, with each nation...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press
US struggles to avoid another government holiday shutdown

These are just some of the policy battles that must be hashed out by Dec. 11 as Congress races to close out a $1.1 trillion spending bill and avoid a holiday season government shutdown. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies promise to fight off what they consider the most glaring examples of GOP overreach. For powerful interest groups such as banks,...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press
Hamstrung by Congress, Obama tries to clinch climate pact

WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can't even agree whether global warming is real. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and other GOP leaders have warned other countries not to trust any deal Obama may strike; other GOP...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By JOSH LEDERMAN and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press
DIARY-Top Economic Events to Dec 11

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 EAST LANSING, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and monetary policy before the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Club Luncheon- 1745 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England announces the results of this year's bank stress tests and publishes Financial Stability...
Source: Reuters
NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday

WASHINGTON, Nov 27- The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday. As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday and expects...
Source: Reuters | By: Dustin Volz
Not the Black Friday retailers were hoping for

Shoppers turned out in droves to capitalize on retailers' doorbuster deals for Black Friday, but will deals be enough to boost 2015 earnings?
Source: CNBC.com | By: Krystina Gustafson
After Paris, US political shift on privacy vs. security

WASHINGTON— The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government's post- Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue in Congress. Rubio and Cruz were on opposite sides earlier this year when Congress eliminated the National Security Agency's bulk phone-records collection program and replaced it with a more restrictive...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent
These apps use emojis to make you less depressed

Sharing emotions in a structured way via social media is on the cutting edge of online psychotherapy research, including emojis.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Anita Balakrishnan
EU turns to Turkey to help manage its migration woes

Despite Libyan rights abuses, Europe listened, and Italy signed a deal with the Gadhafi regime. At a high-profile summit in Brussels Sunday, Europe's leaders will offer Turkey 3 billion euros, an easing of visa restrictions and the fast-tracking of its EU membership process. More than 600,000 have entered through Greece, many after making the short sea crossing...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By LORNE COOK, Associated Press