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Stephen Harper wraps up China trip with hands on pandas and politics

CHONGQING, China – Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrapped up his trip to China with his hands on a national treasure but avoided a public handshake with a controversial politician.

Protesters show Syria solidarity

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in London in a show of solidarity with protesters across the Middle East and North Africa.

Libya expels Syrian diplomatic mission

Libya is expelling Syria’s top envoy and his staff from the country to protest Damascus’ crackdown on dissent.

World Trade Center cost rises to $14.8B

The agency that is building the new World Trade Center is “dysfunctional” and has let costs get out of control on the $14.8 billion project, auditors said Tuesday.

World beer market 2011 growth picks up to 2.7 percent: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Growth in the world beer market picked up to reach 2.7 percent in 2011 as growth continued to strengthen driven by emerging markets, and is predicted to…

Greek cabinet approves EU/IMF bailout bill

ATHENS (Reuters) – The Greek cabinet approved a draft bill spelling out reforms required by the EU and the IMF on Friday, taking Athens closer to getting a new 130 billion-euro bailout after the prime minister warned the alternative was “catastrophe….

EU pressures India over Iran nuclear programme

The EU on Friday pushed India to use its influence to get Iran to resume talks over its disputed nuclear drive, a day after New Delhi said it wanted to boost trade with the Islamic republic.

Africa to be 'next centre of growth' for Bank of Baroda

Kolkata, Feb 11 (IANS) Public sector lender Bank of Baroda (BoB) is planning to expand its network in Africa for its incremental business growth by opening ten new branches in the next four to five

Pakistan court throws out PM contempt appeal

Pakistan’s top court Friday threw out a last-ditch appeal from embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, ordering him to appear in court on Monday

Quake stadium may host women's U-20 games

A stadium hit by a massive earthquake last March is one of candidate venues for the under-20 women’s football World Cup to be hosted by Japan this summer, the country’s football chief said Thursday

Tax fears in Italy make a Fiat better than a Ferrari

Out with the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis! Italy’s crackdown on tax cheats has many well-heeled drivers spurning their hot wheels for more prosaic cars to avoid unwelcome attention.

EU asks India to pressure Iran over nuclear programme – report

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The European Union will ask for India’s help in convincing Iran to abandon its nuclear programme and return to the negotiating table, EU President Herman Van Rompuy said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday. “I plan to ask …

EU asks India to pressure Iran over nuclear program: report

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The European Union will ask for India’s help in convincing Iran to abandon its nuclear program and return to the negotiating table, EU President Herman Van Rompuy said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday. “I plan to ask Indian leaders to apply their …

Hong Kong asserts identity to Beijing's dismay

The argument began over the seemingly minor offense of eating on the subway, which is banned in Hong Kong. A local commuter was outraged that a girl in a tour

Boyle: Appointing alleged war-criminals to UN posts, a violation of …

While Ban Ki Moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky insisted that Ban is powerless to stop the proposed appointment of alleged war-criminal Shavendra Silva to an UN .

BA, Japan Airlines agree tie-up on flights

British Airways and Japan Airlines have agreed a tie-up on flights between Europe and the world’s third-biggest economy in a new cost-cutting initiative, BA parent group IAG said on Wednesday.

Egypt donors say they want IMF accord first: PM

CAIRO (Reuters) – International donors have made any financial support they provide to Egypt contingent on Cairo first reaching agreement on a financing package with the International Monetary…

Europe's top clubs defy economic gloom

LONDON (Reuters) – Revenue at Europe’s 20 leading clubs has increased again despite the economic crisis shaking many countries across the continent, business advisory firm Deloitte said in a…

Hungary blues hit business climate in Eastern Europe

VIENNA (Reuters) – The business climate in Hungary plunged in the quarter to January, dragging down the average for the European Union’s developing eastern economies, a Thomson Reuters survey showed on Tuesday…

China: Syria veto won't hurt cooperation with US

U.S. outrage over Beijing’s veto of a U.N. resolution aiming to end Syria’s bloodshed won’t affect cooperation on other international issues such as Iran and North Korea, a leading Chinese diplomat said Thursday.

A History of the American Military

A few hours’ drive south of Franklin County is a place not many Americans know exists – yet few would want to miss.

Driver of van in Ontario crash that killed 11 ran stop sign, police say

LONDON, Ont. – A van carrying 13 poultry farm workers from South America drove right through a stop sign and into the path of a freightliner truck, police

Candidacy tests Mexico's culture of machismo

Mexico’s conservative ruling party is gambling that this country known for machismo is ready for a female president and have chosen a devout Roman Catholic and popular former congresswoman who says she sympathizes with the causes of the poor.

Japan says no reactor restarts yet, report suggests April

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s trade minister said on Tuesday he had not set deadlines to resume operations at nuclear reactors after a media report said the government aimed to restart two reactors around April, the first since…

Italy's Berlusconi to face yet another trial

MILAN (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi is to stand trial next month on charges of revealing confidential information in a case related to a 2005 banking scandal, adding to a string of legal woes, the former prime minister’s lawyer said on Tuesday. Berlusconi, who resigned in November beset by scandals and financial market …

New Maldives leader stresses "no coup" in paradise isles

MALE (Reuters) – The new president of the Maldives stressed on Wednesday that he did not take power in the Indian Ocean resort islands in a coup and…

Cancer-hit cricketer Yuvraj vows to return stronger

India’s cancer-stricken World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh has vowed to return “stronger than ever” to competitive cricket, saying he was responding well to treatment in the United States.

Tour de France champ Alberto Contador vows to challenge doping verdict (+video)

Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador signaled today his intention to appeal the doping conviction handed down yesterday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after a grueling 18-month legal battle.

Bombardier shares rise on report of China deal

(Reuters) – Shares of Bombardier rose more than 3 percent on Tuesday boosted by a newspaper report that it was poised to sign a deal that could give the Canadian planemaker deeper access to China’s fast-growing aviation market. Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper said on Tuesday that …

Times editor apologises for email hacking

The editor of The Times has apologised to a blog-writing detective who was unmasked by a former reporter of the newspaper who allegedly hacked his email.

Argentina to complain to UN over Falklands

Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner on Tuesday slammed Britain for its “militarization” of their conflict over the Falklands, saying she would lodge a formal complaint with the United Nations.

South Africa rules out nationalising key mining industry

South Africa on Tuesday ruled out nationalising its key mining industry in a reassurance to jittery investors and a blow to those in the ruling ANC calling for a

Iran's parliament summons Ahmadinejad on economic policy

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will appear in parliament next month to be grilled on his handling of the economy, state radio reported on Tuesday, after lawmakers took the …

Iran's parliament summons Ahmadinejad

Iran’s parliament on Tuesday decided to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation’s economy.

Politics › Japan, Russia to boost economic, security ties

The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia agreed Saturday to strengthen economic and security cooperation but made no progress on resolving a long-standing territorial dispute over islands …

Mozilla, WordPress, 73 others urge Congress to kill SOPA and PIPA for good

A mass online blackout protest in January successfully convinced Congress to pull the contentious anti-piracy bills, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA), from…

FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday. These extremists, sometimes known as “sovereign citizens,” believe…

US Urges Iranian Dissidents in Iraq to Move to Transit Center …

The Obama administration is urging a group of Iranian dissidents living in northeastern Iraq to make a decision about moving to a new transit center near Baghdad as part of a U.N. -backed process of resettling them in third countries. U.S. State …

The Scratching Post: UN Peacekeepers Would Be Deadly To Deerflies

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Algeria sees problems with pipeline to Italy: paper

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Economic and technical problems are blocking the construction of a new gas pipeline that would link Algeria to Italy, Algeria’s energy minister was quoted by a newspaper as saying, raising doubts the project will come on stream on schedule. Italy, struggling to diversify its gas …

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