The following is a rundown of the day’s news drawn from other media sources with topics curated just for Money and Markets readers: The Best of 2013 awards, personal security and freedom and world news.
The Best Films of 2013
We consider these movies so good that they should not be missed in this year or the next. Get your popcorn, get comfortable and get introduced to the best the cinema had to offer in the year 2013.
Best Books of 2013
Are you a book person? In that case, these bestsellers will be more up your alley. Please enjoy these winners from the Goodreads Choice Awards — one of few major book awards decided by readers.
The Best Deals of 2013
StreetInsider.com has compiled a top 10 list of best business deals, including company mergers, acquisitions and more. Find out which companies and investors were the most profitable in these top deals by clicking the link below:
Person of the Year
Pope Francis, who has grabbed headlines for befriending a rabbi, sneaking out to help the homeless, and hanging out with kids, is Time’s Person of the Year.
The Biggest Trends in Business for 2013
We love a good story and a quick cash infusion, but when it comes down to it, we’re far bigger fans of businesses built on a solid foundation. Our list of the trends that will help anchor your business, present or future, in reality.
India-U.S. Row Escalates Over Arrest of Diplomat in New York
India on Tuesday summoned the U.S. ambassador and announced that it was withdrawing a series of diplomatic privileges to U.S. officials. It also reopened a road that runs past the U.S. embassy in Delhi but which for several years has been blocked off for security reasons.
Brits Tell Cameron: Draw a Red Line on Immigration or Else
“On the eve of Cameron’s latest EU summit, a landmark poll for The Sun reveals how immigration is seen as the crucial issue when it comes to renegotiating our powers. If you can’t stop the flood, PM, there’s every chance the country will vote to get out altogether at your referendum.”
Russia Plans New Nuclear Missile to Replace Cold War ‘Satan’ Missile
Russia will begin deploying a new type of long-range missile in 2018 to replace a Cold War standby known in the West as “Satan,” a military commander said on Tuesday in a signal to the United States that Moscow is improving its nuclear arsenal.
Iran Reveals New Details of Shoulder-Fired Missiles
Iran this month unveiled details on two shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that are a major concern among U.S. and allied counterterrorism officials due to Tehran’s support for global terrorist groups.
Italy Denounced for Hosing Down Migrants in Cold
The video, which aired Monday on state-run RAI television, showed a dozen male migrants who lined up in a warehouse, then stripped to be hosed down with a solution to treat scabies. One of the migrants told RAI that men and women had been disinfected this way a few days ago.
Harvard Student Charged in Bomb Hoax
The threats drew authorities from the FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Secret Service; the Harvard University Police Department; the Cambridge Police Department; the Boston Police Department; and the Massachusetts State Police.
Pennsylvanians Coerced into Giving Cheek Swab at ‘Voluntary’ Checkpoint
The presence of city police and a police car with flashing lights was designed to “intimidate motorists” into submission and “gave the checkpoint an air of authority it would not otherwise have had.”
Protesters Charged With Bioterror Hoax for Glitter-Covered Banner
The charges are the result of TransCanada’s recent efforts to pressure law enforcement officers in the South and Midwest to charge nonviolent environmental protesters with terrorism-related offenses.
After Latest Shooting, Murder Manual Author Calls for Book to Be Taken Out of Print
When told of this latest school shooting, a publisher goes silent a moment on the phone. “I feel bad about that,” he says at last. “But there’s victims of almost anything and everything, and I just don’t think we need to start banning books in America.”
Saudi Arabia Using Arrests ‘to Scare Online Critics’
The Saudi authorities have “redoubled” a crackdown against online criticism, the report says. It found that those who post criticism online or try to encourage political participation face travel bans, termination of their employment, smear campaigns and arrest.
The Money and Markets Team