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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce an official, government bond on Tuesday that's approved under Islamic finance rules. What's called "Sharia-Compliant Finance" is rich in the vein of capitalism and involves certain filters, such as not investing in companies that gamble or sell alcohol. But it's also about not charging interest, prohibited under Islamic law. Connecting the continents of Asia and Europe across the Bosporus River via rail has been a dream of Turkish leaders for a 150 years. Today the fantasy becomes reality.  Turkey is opening an underground rail line that will connect the two sides of Istanbul. And, have you seen signs for "dental spas" cropping up in your area and wondered, "What the heck is that?" It's what it sounds like -- think cucumber-scented eye pillows and a massaging dental chair. But can you make a dreaded appointment with a dentist into a treat?

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The new Silk Road: A trans-continental tunnel in Turkey

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Oct 29, 2013
Today, Turkey opens the world's first trans-continental tunnel, linking Istanbul's European side to its Asian side by cutting across the Bosporus Strait.

The new dentist's office: aromatherapy, puppies, and Botox

Oct 29, 2013
Dental spas find there’s money to be made offering a less stressful experience while you get work done on your teeth.

In the South, one airline bets big on small

Oct 29, 2013
Southern Airways Express flies small planes out of small airports, a no-hassle alternative to driving a few hundred miles.

Chocolate lovers beware: Cocoa prices near record highs

Oct 29, 2013
Cocoa prices are near record highs, as farmers who have switched to more lucrative crops have driven down supply.

Britain goes after Middle East cash with new Sharia bonds

Oct 29, 2013
The new bonds, backed by the British government, are compliant with Islamic law.

PODCAST: The high price of cocoa

Oct 29, 2013
Outsourcing giant Infosys faces a record immigration fine over worker visas. Southern Airways Express flies small planes out of small airports, a no-hassle alternative to driving a few hundred miles. And, cocoa prices are near record highs, as farmers who have switched to more lucrative crops have driven down supply.

Outsourcing giant Infosys faces record immigration fine

Oct 29, 2013
Infosys allegedly used the wrong type of visa to bring thousands workers into the country.

British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce an official, government bond on Tuesday that’s approved under Islamic finance rules. What’s called “Sharia-Compliant Finance” is rich in the vein of capitalism and involves certain filters, such as not investing in companies that gamble or sell alcohol. But it’s also about not charging interest, prohibited under Islamic law. Connecting the continents of Asia and Europe across the Bosporus River via rail has been a dream of Turkish leaders for a 150 years. Today the fantasy becomes reality.  Turkey is opening an underground rail line that will connect the two sides of Istanbul. And, have you seen signs for “dental spas” cropping up in your area and wondered, “What the heck is that?” It’s what it sounds like — think cucumber-scented eye pillows and a massaging dental chair. But can you make a dreaded appointment with a dentist into a treat?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC