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Zimbabwe: Blood diamonds ‘could be used for election violence’

Mining officials loyal to President Robert Mugabe are stashing profits from diamond fields amid fears the money could fund political violence ahead of proposed elections, it was claimed yesterday.

One Libyan in three wants return to authoritarian rule

Almost a year after the start of the Libyan uprising that led to the ousting and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, new research suggests more than a third of its citizens would rather return to being ruled by a strongman than embrace democracy.

Ahmadinejad says they will not yield to western threats

Millions of Iranians demonstrated on Saturday (11th) to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, amid growing external pressures and the Government’s assertion that it will not yield to…

Horror in Honduras Prison – hundreds dead

Hundreds of prisoners are reported dead after a fire broke out late Tuesday night in a prison in Comayagua, north of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, central America. Of the 853 inmates, 300 are confirmed

YPF Said to Lose Oil Partners as Government Cracks Down

YPF SA, Argentina’s largest energy company, lost eight potential investors in South America’s biggest shale deposits after government measures made oil investments less attractive, according to a person familiar with the talks.

Russia refuses from T-90 tanks and sells them to Africa

A large batch of Russian T-90 tanks that received appraisal from Vladimir Putin and criticism from the officials of the General Staff, will be delivered

Fukushima Town Offers First Site for Waste Storage, Nikkei Says

A town near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear station offered to build a site to store contaminated soil, the first municipality near the plant to accept radioactive waste from the atomic disaster, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

Centenary Bank Note Sale Sparks Hong Kong Buying Frenzy

Hundreds of Hong Kong people attracted by instant fourfold returns lined up overnight for banknotes commemorating the Bank of China Ltd.’s 100th anniversary.

Telkom South Africa Faces $454 Million Antitrust Fine, Business Day Says

South Africa’s Competition Commission asked the Competition Tribunal to impose a 3.5 billion rand ($454 million) penalty on Telkom South Africa Ltd. for abusing its dominant position by charging excessive prices, Business

Bangkok blasts wound Iranian attacker

An Iranian man was seriously wounded in Bangkok today when a bomb he was carrying exploded and blew one of his legs off.

Herge’s ‘racist’ adventures of Tintin? Not so, court decides

Armed with little more than the faithful support of his dog Snowy, Tintin’s journalistic exploits have seen him tackle ruthless drug smugglers, wild animals and even take a rocket to the moon.

Peter Moore: 'I feel guilty I'm the only one alive'

The funeral of Alan McMenemy took place in a bitterly cold, rainy day at a parish church near Glasgow last week. His body was the final one of four British hostages in Iraq to be returned. The murdered security guard’s distraught father, Dennis, has accused the British Government …

Greece Bailout Faces Finance Chiefs After Parliament Approval

European finance chiefs get the second chance in a week to pull Greece back from the brink of collapse after lawmakers in Athens approved the austerity measures demanded for a financial

Greece Rescue Faces Finance Chiefs After Parliament Approval

European finance chiefs get the second chance in a week to pull Greece back from the brink of collapse after lawmakers in Athens approved the austerity

UK & World News: Staff to protest over DVLA closures

Transport staff will hold protests across the UK this week over plans to close dozens of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices.

USA explodes Colombia with drug bombs

USA explodes Colombia with drug bombs

During the first two days of February four terrorist attacks were committed in Colombia. The government immediately blamed leftist rebels of FARC. The FARC group has fully recovered after being

We must fight, says Fidel Castro to world intellectuals

We must fight, says Fidel Castro to world intellectuals

The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, reiterated the need to keep fighting and keep the population informed, in a meeting with intellectuals of the Network in Defense of Humanity.

Private bus strike in Sri Lanka ends, fares raised

Feb 13, Colombo: Private bus operators in Sri Lanka called off their strike Monday after the government agreed to their demand for a fare hike following the increase in fuel prices.

Over 200 new recruits to Sri Lanka Customs

Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the contribution of the Sri Lanka Customs t to the development of the country is significant and it is the duty and a responsibility of the customs officials to see that the country receive the due revenue

Soccer Capsules: Tigres move into first place in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Defending champion Tigres moved into first place in the Mexican Clausura championship with a 2-0 victory over San Luis. Tigres’ victory coupled with a 3-1 loss over the weekend for Santos Laguna against Morelia leaves both clubs with 13 points after six rounds.

Baboons wreak havoc at Zimbabwe border

Troops of bag-snatching, truck-looting baboons are causing chaos at a border post between Zimbabwe and Zambia in daily raids for food, NewsDay reported yesterday.

Five arrested at Murdoch's Sun newspaper

British police have arrested five senior staffers at News Corp’s The Sun.

Netanyahu Says Only Military Strength Guarantees Security in Middle East

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who yesterday announced plans to visit the U.S. in March, said turmoil in neighboring Arab states and threats from Iran show that Israel must build up its military.

Malaysia Defends Deportation of Saudi Journalist

Malaysia defends deportation of Saudi accused of prophet insult, says it is not a safe haven

Pressure grows on FIA to cancel Bahrain race

FORMULA ONE: Seven members of the UK House of Lords and a leading MP called on Formula One’s governing body today to cancel this year’s Bahrain grand prix.

Bird-Watching CEO Gupta Seeks Returns as DBS Expands in Asia

Piyush Gupta, chief executive officer of DBS Group Holdings Ltd., Southeast Asia’s largest bank, picked banking over a passion for bird-watching three decades ago. Now his plans for regional expansion are taking

Depression is a national ailment that demands open recognition in Japan

The greatest public health issue facing the people of Japan today is not cancer. It is not vascular diseases than can cause heart attacks and strokes. It is not the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the ever-…

Japan Earnings Gloom Fades as Panasonic Paces Tokyo Rally in Share Prices

Panasonic Corp. (6752) had its best week in more than two years of Tokyo trading, following its forecast for a record $10 billion loss, showing some investors are betting

Japan Earnings Gloom Fades as Panasonic Paces Tokyo Rally

Panasonic Corp. had its best week in more than two years of Tokyo trading, following its forecast for a record $10 billion loss, showing some investors are

China’s Xi Seeks to Open Second Front for Ties With U.S. in Return to Iowa

Chinese heir-apparent Xi Jinping’s trip to the U.S. this week will focus on building relations with local officials clamoring for investment and export markets, expanding a second front for bilateral ties as anti-China rhetoric rises in Washington and on

Cutting up rough: Trump and Salmond’s love-in blown off course by wind farm plan

Donald Trump has more reason than most to fear the Scottish wind.

Drought alerts remain despite rain and snow

Much of eastern England remains in a state of drought, despite winter rain and snow, the Environment Agency warned yesterday.

Ecuador Newspaper Columnist Requests US Asylum

Ex-columnist from Ecuador facing prison, fines over presidential libel case requests US asylum

Rajoy Tackles Spain 23% Jobless in ‘Litmus Test’ of Resolve

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will announce changes to Spain’s labor laws today in a test of his two month-old government’s resolve to revamp the shrinking economy and tackle

Top Pakistan Court Rejects Prime Minister Gilani Appeal on Contempt Order

The Pakistan Supreme Court rejected Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s appeal against a contempt of court order in a case that may force him from office

Australia denies link to secret Iraqi prison

AFP/Sydney Australia has denied as “nonsense” claims in a British newspaper that it played an “integral” part in illegally detaining prisoners of war at a secret Iraqi desert jail in 2003.

Researchers discover why zebras have stripes

Researchers discover why zebras have stripes

From an unusual method, the study concluded that stripes serve as the best insect repellent…The stripe pattern of three species of zebra was copied to categorically study the reflection of light

Fuel prices increased in Sri Lanka

Feb 11, Colombo: Fuel suppliers in Sri Lanka have raised fuel prices in line with the rising global fuel prices.

Government concessions for essential transport services, private buses to strike against fuel price hike

Feb 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has announced that concessions will be given to essential transport services in the country to maintain the services without any interruption due to the fuel price hike that goes into effect from midnight Saturday.

Japan to Reject More Easing as Quake Rebuilding Aids Economy

The Bank of Japan is set to refrain from additional monetary easing next week because of signs of strength in the global economy and the boost from reconstruction work after last March’s earthquake.

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