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Greeks Rally Ahead of Bailout Vote

Thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets of Athens to protest severe austerity measures as eurozone ministers prepare to vote on a new $171 billion bailout for the debt-crippled nation. As …

Report: U.S. officials believe Iran sanctions will fail, leaving military option

The world has seen at least five years of kicking the can down the road on the Iranian nuclear program, in a long cycle of imposing incrementally tougher sanctions, waiting, getting a report, noting noncompliance, and imposing more sanctions. There virtually appeared to be an official policy of procrastination and…

Economist: Tax and Build

The Economist comments on Obama’s recently released federal budget: as a fiscal document, it is optimistic though not unreasonable; as a political move, it is an early campaign promise towards reelection.

Vietnam arrests four more dissidents

HANOI, February 13, 2012 (AFP) – Vietnam has arrested four more men linked to an organisation accused of plotting to overthrow the communist government, state media said Monday.

Taiwan: Linsanity persists despite the end of the Knicks' winning streak

TAIPEI — Twenty-three-year-old Jeremy Lin resonates deeply on this diplomatically isolated island that has always struggled to find a place on the world stage. read more

India Ink: India Allows Request to Charge U.S. Citizen in 2008 Attacks

The decision is the first step in seeking an extradition for David Coleman Headley in connection with the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Germany versus the rest of Europe

The German economy has been one of the wonders of the world over the last couple of years. While the rest of Europe staggered, German unemployment fell to the lowest level in decades.

Australia's 'darkest day' remembered

The bombing of Darwin by Japanese aircraft 70 years ago was Australia’s darkest day, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.

Latvian vote could make Russian an EU official language

Brussels (dpa) – The European Union could start speaking in Russian, if a referendum in Latvia on Saturday succeeds in making it the second official language of the country, the European Commission acknowledged on the eve of the vote….

I Scream , I Am Hetero and Normal

Does the “Lesbian Continuum” Exist?: Choices, Single Women and Social Sexuality. For women who justify patriarchy on the grounds of heterosexuality it is time they realised that being “normal” should ideally mean something more than just being sexual. It is time that they …

Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft, burned alive

A 40-year-old mother of two was burned alive in central Nepal after she was accused of being a witch, police said Saturday.

Emperor’s bypass surgery ‘a success’

Japan’s 78-year-old emperor is recovering from successful cardiac bypass surgery at the University of Tokyo Hospital, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Fire chief: 382 died as flames tore through Honduran prison

The death toll from a prison fire in central Honduras rose to 382 Thursday, as new details emerged about what happened when flames tore through the overcrowded facility.

ZIMBABWE: Mugabe still listed after EU sanctions review

The EU on Friday lifted sanctions on 51 individuals and 20 entities in Zimbabwe “to encourage further progress” in a power-sharing agreement, though extending sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and other senior officials.

Beach life gives taste of Senegal

Errol Barnett travels to the beaches of Dakar to discover the secrets of Senegal’s national dish.

Thousands Turn Out for Pro-Putin Rallies

Thousands of people across Russia rallied Saturday behind Prime Minister Valdimir Putin in his bid to become president. The largest of the rallies took place in St. Petersburg, where police said as many…

“Swiss umma” project takes shape

An initiative to create a democratically elected body representing Switzerland’s 400,000 Muslims, a so-called “Swiss umma”, is steadily gaining ground.

Spanish 'ghost' airport's unused runway to be dug up

A “ghost” airport in Spain that has yet to be used is to have its runway dug up because it does not meet regulations.

South Caucasus nations fear Iran-Israel war

TBILISI — All three South Caucasus countries — Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia — maintain important relationships with both the West and Iran. Conflict between these two sides could

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed agrees to work towards early elections

“The conditions have to be right to ensure there will be free and fair elections,” Maldives president, Mohamed Waheed said read more

India pushes for $300 Bn South Asian power grid

Jason Overdorf India is angling to build a $300-billion transnational power grid to exploit the huge hydroelectric power generation of its neighbors. But if it’s past record in making friends (or dams) comes into play, it may

Quebec students must take religion and ethics class, Supreme Court of Canada rules

The Court rendered its decision in the controversial case on Friday, with some observers arguing that it is a matter of religious freedom versus an attempt to increase tolerance by the province. read more

U.S.-South Korea Alliance Critical, Stress Experts in New Book

The United States will “increasingly seek partnerships with other like-minded countries [in the region] to ensure global stability, security, and prosperity.” In a new volume of collected essays, CFR Senior Fellow Scott Snyder writes that one of the strongest partners for the

China likely to overtake India as biggest market

China is set to overtake India as the world’s biggest gold market this year, as rising incomes in the country fuel demand for the precious

‘Underwear bomber’ sentenced to life in prison

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 25-year-old Nigerian national who tried to blow up a US-bound airliner with explosives hidden in his pants on Christmas Day in 2009, was sentenced to life in prison by a Detroit court on Thursday.

Jewish group: Chavez foe a target of anti-Semitism

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A prominent Jewish group is urging President Hugo Chavez to prevent anti-Semitic attacks on the opposition’s presidential candidate by state news media. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is condemning…

Mexico’s president to U.S.: ‘No more weapons’

Mexico’s president called on U.S. officials to stop gun trafficking across the border Thursday, saying the move would be the best thing Americans could do to stop brutal drug violence.

Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab begins life term

A Nigerian who tried to blow up an international flight near Detroit on behalf of al-Qa’ida started a life sentence without parole today.

How ’99p’ stores made millions

Nadir Lalani, arrived in the United Kingdom in the recession-hit 1970s from Tanzania and started a small corner shop. Since then, he has expanded his successful budget retail business ’99p Stores’, throughout the country.

German President Announces Resignation

German President Christian Wulff has resigned amid allegations he accepted favors during his time in a previous political post. The announcement comes a day after prosecutors requested Mr. Wulff’s immunity be lifted so they could investigate whether he abused his position as …

Western newspapers varnish Tymoshenko's reputation

The health condition of Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine and currently a prisoner of Kachanovsky Colony in Kharkov, receives a lot of attention in Ukraine and other countries.

Times correspondent Anthony Shadid dies in Syria

New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid had been shot in the West Bank in 2002 and kidnapped for six days in Libya last year, but it was an apparent asthma attack that killed the two-time

Common enemy West brings Iran, Al Qaida closer: Report

LONDON – Iran is planning a major strike in Europe with the help of Al Qaida militants, possibly during the London Olympics, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday citing intelligence officials.

Egypt-U.S. Rift May Imperil IMF Funding as Reserves Threaten Currency Run

Egypt’s politicians and media are issuing ever-louder accusations of American meddling just as the country seeks loans from the International Monetary Fund, where the

Staff at The Sun tabloid arrested in bribe inquiry

Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper was fighting to contain the damage after five employees at The Sun tabloid were arrested Saturday in an inquiry into the alleged payment of bribes to police and other …

HSBC Names McLean to Head Japan as Bank Scales Back

(Corrects sixth paragraph of story published on Jan. 27 to say McLean worked as business manager for global banking and markets in Asia-Pacific.) HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) named Kaber McLean as its chief executive officer for Japan, where Europe ’s biggest bank is reducing its presence as part…

Ireland is easiest state in Europe to pay business taxes

IRELAND REMAINS the easiest country in Europe in which to pay business taxes, according to a new survey which also reveals that Ireland’s effective corporation tax rate is only marginally less than the EU average.

Hacked: How China is stealing America's business secrets

Sen. John Kerry is fed up with China’s penchant for looting technology from U.S. businesses — up to $400 billion worth of data each year. When will it stop?

DealBook: Moody’s Weighs Rating Cuts for Major Banks

Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS and more than 100 other financial institutions might have their credit ratings cut by Moody’s Investors Service because of increasingly challenging market conditions.

Russian general: strike against Iran planned for summer

When referring to the tensions created around the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, Makarov noted that the West, especially the military in Washington and Tel Aviv, are preparing an act of war against the Persian country in April or no later than June this year.

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