At BNP Paribas SA’s New York trading desk, Julia Coronado, the bank’s chief North America economist, watched as three words helped undermine the Federal Reserve’s latest attempt to aid the U.S. economy: “significant downside risks.”
Princess Diana gave a journalist at News Corp.’s News of the World the royal telephone directory that triggered a scandal that has hung over the company for nearly eight years, the reporter told a London court.
Queen Elizabeth II set up traps to make sure palace guards weren’t taking her cashews. Prince William once left voice mails for his future wife Kate Middleton, calling her “babykins” and telling her he’d stumbled into a military exercise where he was almost hit by plastic bullets.
There are certain writers whose deaths leave us intellectually impoverished. Imagine if Tocqueville were here to explain the Tea Party, or if we could read Solzhenitsyn today on a revenant Russia, or Naguib Mahfouz on Tahrir Square.
The royal phone directories prosecutors say News Corp. journalists paid bribes to obtain were frequently sold by members of the U.K. monarchy’s staff, the ex-private secretary to the Prince of Wales said.
President Ronald Reagan called Muammar Qaddafi a “mad dog” in 1986 when he ordered air strikes on Tripoli. A quarter century later, it might be the Libyan leader’s fellow Arabs who ultimately broker his downfall.
Ahmed Algallal, an importer of Kone OYJ lifts in Libya, spent 14 years in the U.K. because his father preferred exile to life under Muammar Qaddafi . “There won’t be another exile for me,” he said. “We win or die.”