* Head of Syrian opposition alliance quits

* Economic tailwinds lift China banks

* Support for Russia-Ukraine football tie-up

* India may see internet boom by 2015 – report

* Congo attack hits mineral transport

* Stanley Gibbons targets southeast Asia

* China’s foreign oil drive set to continue

* How ‘the comet’ Berezovsky faded

* Israel and Turkey eye ties on Syria

Markets: up

Head of Syrian opposition alliance quits
The Syrian opposition was in disarray on Sunday as the head of the main coalition group resigned and support for a new opposition prime minister appeared uncertain.
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Economic tailwinds lift China banks
A rebound in economic growth has allowed Chinese banks to outrun the approaching shadow of bad loans and given them more time to strengthen their balance sheets.
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Support for Russia-Ukraine football tie-up
Plans to merge the top divisions of the Russian and Ukrainian football leagues have won further support from club owners keen to replicate the commercial success of the English Premier League and Europe-wide Champions League.
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India may see internet boom by 2015 – report
Already the third-largest online user base in the world, India has the potential to double its economic contribution from the internet in the next three years.
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Congo attack hits mineral transport
The largest attack on Congo’s copper mining heartlands in more than a decade has brought provincial movements of minerals to a standstill and forced a night-time curfew in the provincial capital, Lubumbashi.
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Stanley Gibbons targets southeast Asia
Stanley Gibbons has put its stamp on the growing Asian market for philately investing with plans to open an office in Singapore, as the venerable British company targets affluent collectors in southeast Asia.
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China’s foreign oil drive set to continue
China’s state-owned oil companies reported falling net profits last year due to the economic slowdown and state-controlled fuel prices, even as they are set to continue their rapid expansion overseas.
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How ‘the comet’ Berezovsky faded
In his glory days they called him “the comet”, because he burnt so bright and talked so fast. Yet in his final months Boris Berezovsky was an insecure, self-doubting and anguished man. As his £6bn court case against his former protégé Roman Abramovich went against him, he lost the ebullient bombast that once defined him.
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Israel and Turkey eye ties on Syria
The prospect of a reconciliation between Turkey and Israel has paved the way for closer co-operation on Syria and removed a big obstacle to collaboration over the development of strategic energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean, officials on both sides say.
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Emerging Markets
MSCI Emerging Market Index up +0.87% at 1,024

Americas
DJIA up +0.63% at 14,512
S&P 500 up +0.72% at 1,557
Bovespa down -0.60% at 55,243

Asia
Nikkei 225 up +1.87% at 12,569
Topix up +1.16% at 1,051
Hang Seng up +0.63% at 22,255
Shanghai Composite down -0.11% at 2,326
MSCI Asia ex-Japan up +1.15% at 538.97
S&P CNX Nifty Index up +0.60% at 5,685

Currencies
€/$ 1.30 (1.30)
$/¥ 94.86 (94.49)

Commodities
Brent Crude (ICE) up +0.50 at 108.16
Light Crude (Nymex) up +0.48 at 94.19
100 Oz Gold (Comex) up +1.60 at 1,608

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