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De Tijd, Oct. 14, 2015

"Belgians remain in control of big beer," and "The biggest pint in the world is Belgian," Flemish-language business daily De Tijd proudly writes on the front page of its Wednesday edition, a day after the world's second-largest brewer SABMiller accepted a takeover proposal from Belgium-based No.1 beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev.

After several rebuttals, the British-South African multinational company — headquartered in London and owner of brands like Fosters, Grolsch, Miller, Peroni and Pilsner Urquell — agreed Tuesday to a staggering $105-billion takeover by AB InBev, of Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois fame.

According to Brussels-based De Tijd, most analysts remain cautiously optimistic about the merger, stating that "AB InBev can bring about positive impulse," adding that 46% of brokerage agencies recommend buying shares.

European food and beverage stocks rallied at the news of the merger, with the STOXX Europe 600 Food & Beverage Index rising 1.5% in Tuesday trading, Reuters reports.

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REvil Bust: Is Russian Cybercrime Crackdown Just A Decoy From Ukraine?

This weekend’s unprecedented operation to dismantle the cybercriminal REvil network in Russia was carried out on a request and information from Washington. Occurring just as the two countries face off over the Russian threat to invade Ukraine raises more questions than it answers.

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Cameron Manley

The world’s attention was gripped last week by the rising risk of war at the Russia-Ukraine border, and what some have called the worst breakdown in relations between Moscow and Washington since the end of the Cold War. Yet by the end of the week, another major story was unfolding more quietly across Russia that may shed light on the high-stakes geopolitical maneuvering.

By Friday night, Russian security forces had raided 25 addresses in St. Petersburg, Moscow and several other regions south of the capital in an operation to dismantle the notorious REvil group, accused of some of the worst cyberattacks in recent years to hit targets in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West.

And by Saturday, Russian online media Interfax was reporting that the FSB Russian intelligence services revealed that it had in fact been the U.S. authorities who had informed Russia "about the leaders of the criminal community and their involvement in attacks on the information resources of foreign high-tech companies.”

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