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From a hobby to big business

The recently concluded India Art Fair has brought into focus the growing number of young women who are tapping the business potential of the Indian art market.

France probes Nazi-themed party that cost UK MP his job

LYON, France (Reuters) – A French public prosecutor opened an inquiry Wednesday into a Nazi-themed party at a ski-resort restaurant which cost conservative MP Aidan Burley his job as a parliamentary aide. The 11 participants in the December party in the resort of…

Rights group: Ethiopia forcibly resettled 70,000 and threatened, assaulted those who resisted

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has forcibly moved tens of thousands of semi-nomadic people in the country’s west to barren villages and threatened, assaulted and arrested those who resisted, an international rights group said in a report Tuesday.

Taunton Gazette captures 3 New England Newspaper & Press Association awards

The Taunton Daily Gazette took home three awards Saturday at the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual Better Newspapers contest.

New Take on "Why this Kolaveri Di" by Rock Star, Ankit Love & Amit Bhojwani Is Tweeted by Film Star Preity Zinta

International recording artist Ankit Love and Lagos/London based rapper Amit Bhojwani’s rap/dance transformation of “Why this Kolaveri Di” guest starring Baltic actress Egija Zviedre is tweeted and shared by film stars, journalists, DJs and pro athletes around the world. http://youtu.be/ConiyhtSScQHollywood, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2012 Celebrity tweets: …

FIA and Ecclestone keen for Bahrain GP to go ahead

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One is showing no signs of slamming the brakes on plans to race in Bahrain in April despite continuing violence in the Gulf kingdom a year on from a forcibly-suppressed …

Amnesty: Libyan militias commit war crimes (AP)

AP – Armed militias now rule much of Libya, Amnesty International said Wednesday, accusing them of torturing detainees deemed loyal to the ousted regime of Moammar Gadhafi and driving entire neighborhoods and towns into exile.

South Africa’s wine region

You can’t help but be stunned by the visual splendor when walking around the Western Cape region of South Africa, in towns like Stellenbosch. Immediately you see why this part of the African…

Pollaveri Di: Goa politicians find party song

Kolaveri Di is now a party song, the poll way. Goan imitations of the hit Tamil-English number are propping up party messages.

Abu Dhabi sets new timetable for delayed Louvre, Guggenheim museums

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The developer of an ambitious cultural district in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday outlined a new timetable for the stalled project, with its first attraction — a branch of the Louvre

South African teams want Super 15 expansion

South Africa’s Super 15 rugby sides are insisting on expanding the league to 16 teams after officials here mooted the idea of sending another team, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) said on Sunday.

Israel fears Iranian terror wave

ISRAEL has blamed Iran for a series of blasts in Bangkok, a day after its embassies in India and Georgia were targetted.

Campus Connection: UW-Madison, Adidas entering mediation to resolve sweatshop allegations

In a move that caught some key players on campus off guard, UW-Madison interim Chancellor David Ward announced Tuesday night he’s not prepared to

Europe crisis tops agenda as China, EU leaders meet

Chinese and EU leaders will meet Tuesday for a major summit set to be dominated by Europe’s debt crisis, as an increasingly worried Beijing considers coming to the rescue of the embattled continent.

Egypt state media accuses US of spreading anarchy

CAIRO (Reuters) – State-run newspapers splashed accusations of a U.S. plan to spread “anarchy” in Egypt across their front pages on Tuesday, escalating a dispute Washington says must be resolved to…

China mulls extending local govt loans: report

China is considering allowing banks to roll over loans to local governments, giving them more time to repay massive debts from stimulus spending for the 2008 financial crisis, state media said

Sun staff arrested in UK police inquiry

Authorities arrested eight people Saturday — including five employees of Britain’s bestselling Sun newspaper — as part of an inquiry into illegal payments to police and officials.

New Take on "Why this Kolaveri Di" by Rock Star, Ankit Love, Featuring Amit Bhojwani is Tweeted by Film Star Preity …

International recording artist Ankit Love and Lagos/London based rapper Amit Bhojwani’s rap/dance transformation of “Why this Kolaveri Di” guest starring Baltic actress Egija Zviedre is tweeted and shared by film stars, journalists, DJs and pro athletes around the world. http://youtu.be/ConiyhtSScQHollywood, CA…

BIC: 'Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead'

Bahrain’s Formula One organizers insist that the Gulf state’s grand prix race will go ahead as planned in April, despite recent fears that its political situation has not improved.

Swiss defense minister defends Swedish jet deal

Put on the hot seat by a secret air force report, Switzerland’s defense minister on Tuesday strongly defended the government’s decision to buy Swedish fighter jets.

Taleban to retake Afghanistan – report

A secret United States military report says that the Taleban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control over Afghanistan after Nato-led forces withdraw from the country, Britain’s Times of London reports.

THE BIG READ: Slippery slope to ruin

Lucas Papademos was suitably apocalyptic. If the terms of the second Greek bailout were not approved, the Greek prime minister warned over the weekend, there would be

China’s heir apparent meets with Obama

Vice President Xi Jinping of China, the man set become the country’s next paramount leader, is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama and other officials on Tuesday

Rats being put to work in Colombia, training to detect explosives

At a Colombian National Police base in the outskirts of Bogota, the nation’s capital, a new recruit is being trained.

Police: 1 killed in blast in central Nigeria city (AP)

AP – A bomb disposal officer was killed trying to defuse a bomb just minutes after another blast in a flashpoint central Nigeria city previously hit by a feared Islamist sect, police said Tuesday.

Greece exports teachers to SA

For a woman whose country is on the brink of financial collapse, Greek teacher Julie Koukliati is surprisingly cheerful.

Kamal Chauhan, former RSS worker, planted bombs on Samjhauta Express: NIA

Kamal Chauhan was taken to court which today granted NIA his custody for questioning him on his role in 2007 blast in the Delhi-Lahore train that left 68 dead.

Putin vows to boost Russian population

MOSCOW (AFP) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to reverse Russia’s demographic decline and boost its population to 154 million, as he ramped up his re-election campaign in the face of protests

Pakistan PM charged with contempt in case that could drag on

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court charged the embattled prime minister with contempt of court on Monday for his refusal to re-open old corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, complicating the country’s political crisis. Prime Minister Yusuf…

The Monday After: Stark couple's circus love story

The late William and Eva Loos of Alliance found love to be like a circus act. Actually, it was a circus act — performed in tents throughout North America,

Najib pressures Anwar over Israel remarks

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak declared his backing for Palestine today, piling pressure on his rival Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim whose coalition partner PAS has demanded he retract his support for “all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel.” The prime minister told …

The Enterprise wins top honors in annual newspaper contest

The Enterprise received seven awards – including six for first place – in the 2011 New England Newspaper and Press Association’s “Better Newspaper Contest.”

Wicked Local staffer named ‘Photographer of the Year’

Wicked Local Newburyport photographer Nicole Goodhue Boyd was named New England’s weekly newspaper Photographer of the Year at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s annual awards banquet Saturday night, Feb. 11.

Egypt police negligence led to stadium deaths: inquiry

An Egyptian parliamentary inquiry blamed police negligence for a football riot that killed more than 70 fans earlier this month, official media said on Monday.

Five News Corp. employees arrested in Britain

London (CNN) — Authorities arrested eight people Saturday — including five employees of Britain’s bestselling Sun newspaper — as part of an inquiry into alleged illegal payments to police and officials.

Iran to confront pre-election opposition protest

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian authorities will crack down this week on any public protest against the year-long house arrest of opposition leaders, Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, an official was…

John Tirman: Was There a War in Iraq?

Common to all the commentators is a failure to mention that there was a war, started by the United States, pursued in violation of international law, and resulting in the deaths and displacement of more people than virtually anyone cares to acknowledge.

EU Carbon Trade Deal Urged By Airlines

* Airlines body says impasse over EU scheme intolerable * Urges global emissions deal at UN’s aviation agency * EU official says open to multilateral ICAO discussion * Emissions row overshadows key China-EU summit By Tim Hepher and Harry Suhartono SINGAPORE, Feb

UN bodies launch guide to measure child poverty in region

The Economic Com-mission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNICEF-TACRO) on Thursday launched the “Guide for …

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