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22 June 2011 Last updated at 13:00 ET By Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent Some observers fear that Yemen's revolt is creating opportunities for terrorists In foreign ministries and intelligence agencies on either side of the Atlantic, counter-terrorism officials are asking themselves the same question over and over: is the so-called Arab Spring good or bad for terrorism?
Continue reading the main story EU rules say that countries using the euro are not allowed to have an annual deficit of more than 3% of GDP, but several countries have failed to keep to that rule in recent years. Note that Germany, Italy and France were all among the first countries to break the Maastricht rule during the last decade, while Spain and the Republic of Ireland ran surpluses before the 2008 crisis. Since 2008, peripheral economies such as Spain, Greece and Portugal have run big deficits, because their economies have slumped, generating less tax revenues and requiring more unemployment benefit payments. Ireland experienced an exceptionally enormous deficit of 31% of its GDP in 2010, largely due to the cost of rescuing its banks.
There's a new gold rush. The financial crisis is prompting people to look for safer forms of investment than stocks and shares. The interest in gold coins is so great that many of the world's major mints are struggling to keep up with demand, including the Austrian Mint, which produces the Vienna Philharmonic - one of the best-selling bullion coins worldwide. Sales of Vienna Philharmonic gold coins have gone up by more than 230% since last year.
The last two major investment banks in the US have changed their status to become bank holding companies, allowing them to take deposits from investors. The changes should enable Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to raise more funds by opening commercial banks. The move - part of a huge restructuring effort on Wall Street - will also give them access to Federal Reserve support.
Explore the facts and figures behind the fluctuating price of food across the globe. Rising prices will improve the trade balance of major food exporters, but major importers stand to see a greater deficit Figures from the Commodity Research Bureau and the FAO show a take off in energy prices, before food prices start to rise There will be billions more mouths to feed by 2050, making an increased demand for food a long-term trend <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
8 February 2007: HSBC WARNS OF SUBPRIME LOSSES HSBC reveals huge losses at its US mortgage arm Household Finance due to subprime losses, in one of the first signs that the US housing market is turning sour, and that it could have a knock-on effect on the global financial sector. Full story