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Weapons accused Christopher Tappin to enter guilty plea
A retired businessman extradited to the US on charges of selling weapons parts to Iran is to change his plea to guilty after reaching a deal with prosecutors.
Christopher Tappin, 65, had always denied trying to sell batteries for surface-to-air missiles, claiming he was the victim of an FBI sting.
The BBC's Alastair Leithead said Mr Tappin would enter a guilty plea when he appears in court next week.
Mr Tappin, from London, was due to go on trial in Texas on 5 November.
BBC:Malala's father says she will 'rise again'
Malala's father says she will 'rise again'
The father of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot by the Taliban, has said his daughter is recovering well in the UK.
Ziauddin Yousafzai said his daughter would "rise again" to pursue her dreams.
He said he had cried when he saw for the first time Malala standing at the hospital in Birmingham.
Malala was attacked after she wrote about the need to improve the education of girls in Pakistan.
BBC:Damascus car bombing wrecks Syria Eid al-Adha truce
Damascus car bombing wrecks Syria Eid al-Adha truce
The Syrian capital Damascus has been hit by a car-bomb attack, shattering a four-day ceasefire that had begun hours earlier to mark an Islamic holiday.
Activists said the device exploded near a playground in Daf al-Shouk, a residential area in southern Damascus.
State TV reported five people had been killed and more than 30 wounded, with children among the casualties.
The UN-brokered ceasefire began at 06:00 (04:00 GMT), but fighting has continued across the country.
BBC:Foreign Minister S M Krishna quits before India reshuffle
Foreign Minister S M Krishna quits before India reshuffle
The Indian Foreign Minister, SM Krishna, has resigned with immediate effect.
The move comes ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this weekend.
Mr Krishna, 80, said he was "making way for younger people". He has been foreign minister for three years.
Analysts say his influence on foreign policy has been limited, with key decisions having been taken by the prime minister.
BBC:Russian leftist Sergei Udaltsov charged with conspiracy
Russian leftist Sergei Udaltsov charged with conspiracy
Russian leftwing opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov has been charged with plotting mass disorder, and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Speaking before he was charged at the Investigative Committee (SK), a federal police agency modelled on the FBI, he said he had committed no crime.
"Putin regime on trial here," he wrote on Twitter. "Come to SK to back me & other political prisoners!"
Two other activists are already in custody over the same allegations.
BBC:China morning round-up: Military reshuffle confirmed
China morning round-up: Military reshuffle confirmed
Newspapers report the military's confirmation of a major personnel reshuffle ahead of the Communist Party congress.
China Daily, the Global Times and Guangzhou's Southern Metropolis Daily lead with the nominations, which see Gen Fang Fenghui becoming the new chief of general staff, Gen Zhang Yang becoming director of the General Political Department, Gen Zhao Keshi the new director of the General Logistics Department and Gen Zhang Youxia heading the General Armaments Department.
The announcement confirms reports from earlier this week saying the reshuffle had taken place.
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post says the reshuffle "shows a fine balance of power" between President Hu Jintao, Vice-President Xi Jinping and former President Jiang Zemin - China's "three most powerful men".
Reuters:Citi fined $2 million over Facebook IPO, fires two analysts
Citi fined $2 million over Facebook IPO, fires two analysts
(Reuters) - Citigroup fired its top Internet analyst, Mark Mahaney, and paid a $2 million fine to a Massachusetts regulator to settle charges that the bank improperly disclosed research on Facebook IPO and information on other tech companies.
It was the first formal charge involving an underwriter's disclosure of sensitive financial information ahead of the social media company's $16 billion initial public offering in May. Lead underwriter Morgan Stanley has come under criticism for revealing revised Facebook Inc earnings and revenue forecasts to select clients on conference calls ahead of the IPO, leaving the rest of the investing public in the dark.
In the Citi case, a junior analyst working for Mahaney emailed some research to journalists at the Techcrunch news website, who published some of the information in a blog post, according to the Massachusetts complaint released on Friday.
The state's top securities regulator, William Galvin, charged Citigroup Global Markets Inc with breaking Massachusetts securities laws that prohibit analysts at underwriting firms from sending "written research or other written content" until 40 days after Facebook's IPO
Reuters:Hurricane Sandy slogs toward U.S., 41 killed in Caribbean
Hurricane Sandy slogs toward U.S., 41 killed in Caribbean
(Reuters) - Hurricane Sandy, a late-season Atlantic cyclone that threatens to be one of the worst storms to hit the Northeast in decades, slogged slowly northward on Friday after killing at least 41 people in the Caribbean.
Forecasters said wind damage, widespread and extended power outages and coastal and inland flooding were anticipated across a broad swath of the densely populated U.S. East Coast when Sandy comes ashore early next week.
"We're expecting a large, large storm. The circulation of this storm as it approaches the coast could cover about the eastern third of the United States," said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Centers for Environmental Prediction.
He stopped short of calling Sandy possibly the worst storm to hit the U.S. Northeast in 100 years, as some weather watchers were doing, but said Sandy was shaping up to go down as a storm of "historic" proportions.
Reuters:UBS to cut up to 10,000 jobs: source
UBS to cut up to 10,000 jobs: source
(Reuters) - Swiss bank UBS AG (UBSN.VX) is expected to cut up to 10,000 jobs, or 16 percent of its workforce, as it contends with shrinking revenue and rising capital requirements, a source familiar with the matter said, in what would be one of the largest layoffs by a bank since the financial crisis.
Switzerland's biggest bank is expected to make the cuts across the firm globally, but the bulk of the losses are likely to occur in its hard-hit trading and investment banking areas.
The cuts will accompany a restructuring that will lop off much of UBS' massive fixed-income operations into a separate unit to be wound down over time, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the news.
That unit is expected to be led by Carsten Kengeter, a co-head of the investment bank, the paper said.
Reuters:Britain says opposed to strike on Iran "at this moment"
Britain says opposed to strike on Iran "at this moment"
(Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it was opposed to a military strike on Iran "at this moment" over its disputed nuclear program, arguing sanctions were having an effect and diplomacy should be given time.
The comments followed a report by Britain's Guardian newspaper which said Britain had rebuffed U.S. plans to use its bases to support the build-up of troops in the Gulf, due to legal advice warning that a pre-emptive strike would be illegal.
The legal advice says Iran currently does not represent a "clear and present threat", according to the Guardian, which cited unnamed sources.
"The government does not believe military action against Iran is the right course of action at this moment, though no option is off the table," Prime Minister David Cameron's spokeswoman told reporters, declining to comment on the legal advice.
Reuters:Myanmar revises down death toll in sectarian violence
Myanmar revises down death toll in sectarian violence
(Reuters) - Myanmar authorities on Friday revised down to 64 the number of people killed in six days of unrest in the west of the country, after security forces opened fire to break up violence between Buddhists and Muslims.
A spokesman for Rakhine State, where the fighting took place, had earlier put the death toll at 112, but later scaled that back, blaming "clerical errors".
Still, the United Nations warned that Myanmar's fledgling democracy could be "irreparably damaged" by the clashes, which come just five months after communal unrest killed more than 80 people and displaced at least 75,000 in the same region.
Buddhist ethnic Rakhines told Reuters they were shot by security forces struggling to impose order on Rakhine State, where violence with Rohingya Muslims has engulfed several districts, including Kyaukpyu where a multibillion-dollar China-Myanmar pipeline starts.
Reuters:China warns of strong steps in Japan island spat
China warns of strong steps in Japan island spat
(Reuters) - China reserves the right to take strong countermeasures if Japan "creates incidents" in the waters around a group of disputed uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, a Chinese vice foreign minister said on Friday.
"We are watching very closely what action Japan might take regarding the Diaoyu islands and their adjacent waters," Zhang Zhijun said at an unusual late night news briefing. "The action that Japan might take will shape China's countermeasures."
Sino-Japanese relations took a dive after the Japanese government bought the islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from a private Japanese owner in September, triggering violent protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese products across China.
"If Japan continues down its current wrong path and takes more erroneous actions and creates incidents regarding the Diaoyu Islands and challenges China, China will definitely take strong measures to respond to that," Zhang said.
LA Times:Tech geeks, curious surface at Microsoft pop-up store to eye tablet
Tech geeks, curious surface at Microsoft pop-up store to eye tablet
Curious shoppers and tech geeks flocked to the Friday opening of Microsoft’s pop-up store to try out the software giant’s debut of a hardware device — the Surface tablet computer.
The Surface is designed with many Apple iPad features such as sharp screen resolution, swipe motions to turn pages and updates accessible from a Windows app store.
The holiday-season setup — an open-air tabletop display just inside the Shops at North Bridge/Nordstrom’s entrance at 520 N. Michigan Ave. — lets shoppers play with the Surface tablets with Windows RT operating system and Sony Vaio PCs loaded with Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system.
Allison Stroot, a native of downstate Quincy who works at United Talent Agency in Los Angeles, said the Surface would be an easy-to-carry device that would help her stay connected with the actors and actresses she represents.