Saturday News and Notes

Middle East
Iran to begin nuclear talks with six nations, reports the New York Times.

Haaretz says a German ship carrying Iranian weapons to Syria was stopped at sea, while the Syrian government bombed Homs on day three of truce, reports the Financial Times.

China
John Foley writes in his Reuters column that political instability and structural issues with China’s financial system may be larger concerns that lower-than-expected growth numbers.

The Markets
China’s lower-than-anticipated growth reveberated on Wall Street resulting in the worst week in the markets this year.

Spain’s Financial Crisis
Spanish bonds decline as worries grow that Spain (and Italy) may be following Greece down a perilous path.

Occupy Movement
The Occupy movement is thawing out with preparations to relaunch in the spring.

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