Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has renewed his call for a political solution to the war in Syria, during a rare visit by the Syrian leader. Mr Putin told Bashar al-Assad the military campaign was “wrapping up”, but there was still “a long way to go”. A two-year Russian air campaign has given Syria a clear upper hand in the civil war, which began in 2011. The meeting comes ahead of talks between Syria’s allies Russia and Iran, and Turkey, which backs the rebels. The three powers have increasingly co-operated in…

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Snapdeal SVP Business Finance quits ahead of Flipkart deal

At a time when as the merger of e-commerce firm Snapdeal with rival Flipkart remains uncertain, another senior executive Vivek Patankar has quit the firm, according to people privy to the development. Patankar was the senior vice president, business finance at Snapdeal and had been with the company for the last over two years. He was brought in at a crucial time when the company’s then chief financial officer Akash Moondhra had left. Snapdeal is in talks with larger rival Flipkart for a stake sale. The company has been undergoing…

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How to Deal with a Lapsed Car Insurance Policy?

You just realised your car insurance policy lapsed a few days ago. I understand you were not well, you had a breakup or your dog was not well, youwere engrossed in your work or you were just lazy, the reasons could be plenty but the reality is that now you’re in trouble.  Your car insurance is an annual contract that you need to renew to keep it active. Your policy document clearly states the time and date from which your cover becomes effective and the date and time when it…

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Energy shares drag FTSE lower after Doha deal disintegrates

Britain’s top share index came under pressure on Monday after major oil producers failed to reach an agreement to freeze output over the weekend, sending shares in energy stocks lower. Oil & gas companies were the top sectoral fallers after a deal to freeze oil output by OPEC and non-OPEC producers broke down on Sunday, sending oil prices tumbling. OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia demanded that Iran, which was absent from the talks, join the global deal despite calls on Riyadh to save the agreement and help prop up…

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Single-sex schools ‘not equipped to deal with transgender issues’

One school said it had made certain allowances, such as allowing a trans girl to change for sport separately from boys Ted Eytan/Flickr Teachers are calling for more training to deal with transgender issues in schools as evidence emerges that more pupils are coming out. Delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool were told that the issue could be more difficult in single-sex schools. Graham Easterlow, who teaches in an all boys’ school, told how one pupil had confided in teachers that she wanted to identify…

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Migrant arrivals to Greece rise sharply despite EU-Turkey deal

Arrivals of refugees and migrants to Greece from Turkey rose sharply on Wednesday, just over a week since the European Union and Turkey struck a deal intended to cut off the flow. Greek authorities recorded 766 new arrivals between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning, up from 192 the previous day. Most arrived on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos. The EU Commission said on Tuesday that the flows in the last week had reduced, with only 1,000 people arriving from Turkey on Greek islands, compared to an average of 2,000…

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Starwood reject Marriott deal in favour of Anbang merger

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has rejected a proposed takeover by Marriott International, preferring to explore what it views as a “superior offer” from a consortium led by Anbang. The Chinese insurance giant tabled a bid of $78 per share for the American hotel giant earlier, valuing the company at $13.2 billion. Marriott now has until March 28th to respond with a higher bid. If the American company decides to do so, a highly likely scenario, a bidding war will begin. Following the latest offer, Starwood’s share price climbed above the…

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