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DAVID Cameron told the UK Parliament that yesterday’s military action by coalition forces had destroyed almost all of Libya’s air defences, paving the way for an effective no-fly zone. Russia and China criticised the bombings in Libya yesterday, but the head of the 22-nation Arab League, Amr Moussa, insisted that the group respects the UN resolution despite reports of dissent. ELSEWHERE in the Arab world, EGYPT’S stock market will reopen following a 7-week closure tomorrow, after a vote saw 77% of Egyptians back pro-democracy amendments to its constitution. In SAUDI ARABIA demonstrators gathered in support of King Abdullah, diffusing the threat of violence. In YEMEN seven ambassadors and 18 senior military staff defected to the opposition yesterday as the government vowed to use the army to prevent a coup. In BAHRAIN, 95 people have gone missing since a government crackdown, and King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa said a foreign plot to end his reign has failed. ISRAEL has been hit by more than 50 rockets…

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Toyota abolish UK marketing director role following a review of its management structure.Jon Williams, managing director of Toyota GB, has announced that marketing director John Thomson will take on a "new assignment" within the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.Marketing will be carried out by the positions of general manager vehicle marketing and general manager marketing communications, both of whom will report to commercial director Matt Harrison. CITIGROUP INC The bank appointed Brian McCullough as a managing director in its financial institutions group in Asia-Pacific. McCullough joins Citi from PacBridge Capital Partners in Hong Kong where he was a partner and head of corporate advisory and financing since January 2009. MASTERCARD The credit card giant said Ron Hynes has been appointed as group executive, Global Prepaid Solutions, effective immediately. Hynes has been with MasterCard since 2006. TULLETT PREBON PLC The British inter-dealer brokerage named John Abularrage as chief executive of the Americas and Martin Lynch as chief operating officer of the Americas. Both Abularrage and Lynch…

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International forces launch second wave of air strikes on Libya early on Monday after halting the advance of Muammar Qaddafi's forces on Benghazi and targeting air defences to let their planes patrol the skies. ENGINEERS restored electricity to three reactors at a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant and hope to test water pumps at the quake-damaged facility soon, the first clear signs of progress in tackling the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. BAHRAIN’S King bin Isa Al Khalifa said a foreign plot against his kingdom had been foiled, but opposition groups said on Sunday that they stood by earlier demands for political reform. CROWDS set fire to a headquarters of the ruling Baath Party in the Syrian city of Deraa on Sunday, as the wave of unrest in the Arab world shook even one of its most authoritarian states. US sales of previously owned homes were forecast to have dropped in February to a three-month low, according to 60 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.…

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Citigroup has appointed Brian McCullough as MD in its financial institutions group (FIG) in Asia-Pacific. McCullough joins Citi from PacBridge Capital Partners in Hong Kong where he was a partner and head of corporate advisory and financing since January 2009. Interbrand chairman Rita Clifton has been appointed as the new chairman of social enterprise charity group BTCV, formerly the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. She will take up her new role on 1 April. Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R's deputy chairman Tony Harris is leaving the agency to join BBDO Guerrero/Proximity Philippines, as its new chief executive. Harris, who has worked at RKCR/Y&R for the past 12 years, will move to the Philippines later this year. Gary Sharpen, the executive creative director of WDMP, is leaving the agency after three years to pursue other interests. Sharpen joined WDMP in January 2008 as its first executive creative director. Subway is set to appoint Burger King's Manaaz Akhtar as its UK marketing director. Akhtar, who will take up…

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THE UN Security Council has passed a resolution to intervene in the Libyan crisis, allowing international and Arab League forces to take direct military action to protect Libyan civilians under threat.  Qaddafi called the ruling “craziness, madness, arrogance” but pro-democracy protesters sounded horns and set off fireworks on hearing the news. FOLLOWING an emergency meeting of the G7 nations, major central banks agreed to take action to drive the yen lower after it surged to a new record against the dollar, fuelling fears that Japan’s economy would suffer further as its goods became less competitive. The dollar spiked immediately on the news, and the Nikkei jumped 3% in the first hour of trading. ENGINEERS raced to restore a power cable to an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant on Friday, in the hope of restarting equipment to pump cold water on overheating fuel rods and avert a catastrophic release of radiation. US MANUFACTURING output increased by 0.4% in February, the sixth monthly rise in a row, reinforcing…

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Bank of America Corp named its first non-American board member on Wednesday, appointing Mukesh Ambani, an Indian national, as a director of the largest U.S. bank by assets. Ambani, 53, has headed Reliance Industries a petrochemical company that is India's largest private business with $44.6 billion in annual revenue, since 2002. JEFFERIES The investment banking firm appointed Peter Bacchus as joint head of European investment banking and global head of metals and mining investment banking. Separately, it also appointed Richard Allan as the European head of metals and mining investment banking. Both Bacchus and Allan joined Jefferies from Morgan Stanley . MERRILL LYNCH The company appointed Alberto Cejudo Podio as a financial advisor, based in Madrid, Spain. Podio joins from Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild where he was a senior manager responsible for Spanish U/HNWIs. SANDLER O'NEILL The company, which focuses on the financial services sector, said it hired Aaron Dorr from Jefferies to head its asset management investment banking practice. FIRST STATE INVESTMENTS INTERNATIONAL…

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WATER continues to be dumped onto overheating nuclear reactors in Japan, with engineers working tirelessly to divert power from the main grid to start water pumps needed to cool reactors and spent fuel rods. The US has offered to send nuclear experts, but is also making plans to evacuate any of its citizens that wish to leave. The prices paid at US farm and factory gates rose by 1.6% in February, the largest increase since June 2009, and double economists’ forecasts. Producers blame soaring food and energy costs, and urged the Fed to be vigilant on commodity prices. THE ORGANISATION for Economic Co-operation lowered the UK’s growth forecast for this year from 1.7% to 1.5%, but said that the Chancellor must persevere with the spending cuts, as they "will bring long-term gain". MARKETS: FEARS over the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan, escalating violence in the Middle East and the prospect of an EU bailout for Portugal, sent global markets plunging for the third day in…

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Investment banking firm, Jefferies, appointed Peter Bacchus as joint head of European investment banking and global head of metals and mining investment banking. Separately, it also appointed Richard Allan as the European head of metals and mining investment banking. Both Bacchus and Allan joined Jefferies from Morgan Stanley. Zain Group, the leading network operator in the Middle East, has announced two senior appointments as part of the ongoing restructuring and consolidation process focusing on the growth of its cash generative regional operations. This is pursuant to the sale of its African assets in 2010 and the recent retirement of several executives. BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH The firm said it appointed Bob Elfring as head of investment banking for Benelux and Northern Europe. Elfring will join the bank in July 2011 and will be based in Amsterdam. Earlier, Elfring was at Credit Suisse where he was head of Investment Banking for Northern Europe, including Benelux and Scandinavia. The wealth management unit of Merrill Lynch appointed…

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GLOBAL equities have fallen by more than $1.6tn over the past two days, but analysts believe that this may have been excessive as there is little evidence of any liquidity or solvency problems. Many economists argue that shares were long overdue a correction, and that investors took the opportunity to come out of their more risky positions as Japan’s crisis unfolded. A growing number if investors now appear to be taking advantage of the low prices, and this trend is likely to gain momentum if the nuclear-reactor risks in Japan subside. EUROPEAN ministers made a dramatic turnaround yesterday as they debated a nuclear-free Europe and agreed that the continent’s 143 nuclear power plants must be put through stress tests. EU member states have been at the forefront of a nuclear energy revival, but the fear of a nuclear disaster as seen in Japan, has called into question reliance on this form of energy provision. PORTUGAL’S sovereign debt rating was cut from A1 to A3 and…

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How to survive a job interview

It is always good to be invited to a job interview; it means your CV is doing its work and getting you noticed. Doesn't it? Rod Bailey, ExecutiveSurf's CEO, says it might not; "Often interviews are set up straight on the basis of a social media profile."  Bailey says: "I have an idea that the world is going keyword crazy. As such, interviewers will probably have found you in the first place via a keyword search and they will probably be interviewing you through keyword criteria; they might, for example, want to know if you have US GAAP experience, or knowledge of an SaaS implementation – they’ll want to tick the boxes. So you need to be quite specific and study what employers want and tailor your presentation around what you know they’re looking for. But be careful; they will Google you – you can’t make stuff up."  So, however the employer found you, you now face the daunting prospect of at least one interview.…

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