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China’s Stocks Drop on Wuhu’s Property Reversal, Slumping Bank Loan Growth

China’s stock-index futures fell, signaling declines for the benchmark index, after new lending grew less than estimated in January and an eastern Chinese city suspended a decision to ease property curbs.

Maldives must resolve own conflict: UN

Maldives must resolve own conflict: UN

The United Nations told the people of the Maldives on Monday it was up to them to resolve violent divisions that saw their first freely elected president upended last week. Supporters of Mohamed Nasheed, …

Thai Government Insists Bangkok Blasts Not Terrorism-Related

Thai Government Insists Bangkok Blasts Not Terrorism-Related

Authorities in Thailand say an Iranian man detonated explosives in Bangkok, damaging a rented house and severely injuring himself and a few bystanders.  But the government insists there is no evidence…

Sean Penn accuses Britain of ‘colonialism’ over Falklands

SEAN Penn has accused Britain of colonialism and urged the government to open negotiations with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

Venezuela opposition picks Chavez challenger

Venezuela opposition picks Chavez challenger

State governor Henrique Capriles (pictured) won Venezuela’s first-ever opposition primary on Sunday and will challenge President Hugo Chavez in October elections. Opposition groups have joined forces, hoping to

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…

Middle East's Reaction to John Bolton's Commentary

This week, Iran will officially have a fully functional nuclear power plant (with the help of Russia) in Bushehr (a city on the southwestern coast of Iran) that will connect to the country’s grid by November at the

Strong yen, Thai floods hit Japan's economy

TOKYO- Japan economy has shrank 2.3 per cent more than what was feared in the last three months of 2011 as a strong yen and severe Thailand floods hurt the manufacturing

Iran chokes Internet at politically sensitive time

Access to the Internet’s most-used sites and tools is being choked in Iran at a politically charged period, blocking communication channels for local businesses, bank clients, scientists and foreign media.

Gillard Faces Eroding Popularity as Australia Report Revives Rudd Tensions

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. program aired yesterday cited unidentified sources in the Labor Party as saying Gillard’s staff prepared a victory speech two weeks before she ousted Rudd in June 2010. Gillard…

Chile Denies Rumours Of Argentine Sea & Air Blockade To Falklands

SANTIAGO DE CHILE, Feb 13 (BERNAMA-NNN-MERCOPRESS) — Chilean Foreign Affairs minister Alfredo Moreno denied rumours that Argentina had requested Chile to join a blockade of the Falklands Islands.

Greece calls snap elections for April

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Greece will hold general elections in April, the government said on Monday, hours after parliament voted through tough new austerity measures aimed at saving the country from bankruptcy.

Israel says Iran, Hizballah behind attacks on embassies in India and Georgia

Iran’s jihad against Israel escalates in an age of weak and supine Western leadership and rising antisemitism in Europe and the U.S. — a consequence of the increasing Muslim presence. “Israel says Iran behind India, Georgia attacks,” from by Dan Williams for Reuters, February 13 (thanks to

Can President Waheed field an independent investigation acceptable to MDP?

Last night, ex-President Nasheed again called upon his party, the Maldivian Democratic Party, to assist him to immediately remove President Mohamed Waheed and reinstate him. …

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.

Concern at UNHCR Pullout From North Uganda

As refugee agency winds up work, concerns persist over future of elderly people still unable to return to homes. Programme:  International Justice – ICC read more

Russia ‘to consider’ Syria peacekeeping plan

FM Sergei Lavrov calls for dialogue and says violence must end before any Arab League peacekeeping mission takes place. Russia’s foreign minister says he is examining an Arab League proposal to send a peacekeeping mission to

The New U.N. Socialist Wish List | Franklin County Va. Patriots …

The New U.N. Socialist Wish List. February 12, 2012. By Rretta. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal signed by 16 prominent scientists takes issue with calls for drastic action against global warming . “Candidates should understand that the …

Vietnam wants UN help with climate change – VietNam Today's blog

Vietnam wants UN help with climate change at State President Nguyen Minh Triet has proposed the United Nations provide information and financial assistance to assist Vietnam in coping with climate change

What Is “Agenda 21″? | YOU DECIDE

The UN’s Agenda 21 is definitely comprehensive and global — breathtakingly so. Agenda 21 proposes a global regime that will monitor, oversee, and strictly regulate our planet’s oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, aquifers, sea …

World News – Arab League wants UN peacekeepers in Syria

CAIRO — The Arab League called Sunday for the U.N. Security Council to create a joint peacekeeping force for Syria, the latest effort by the regional group to end the 11-month old crisis that has killed more than 5000 people.

Kabila aide dies, minister hurt in DRC plane crash (Reuters)

Reuters – Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila’s chief adviser was killed and his finance minister injured in an airplane crash near the eastern town of Bukavu on Sunday, government officials said.

Antony wants row closed on Army chief Gen V K Singh’s age

Defence minister A K Antony on Monday expressed happiness that the controversy over Indian Army chief General V K Singh’s age had been resolved and hoped that everyone would “work together to strengthen national security”.

UK gov't: Press must face tougher penalties

Britain’s press must face tougher penalties for breaches of standards in the wake of the tabloid phone-hacking scandal, the government minister responsible for the media said Sunday.Culture Secretary Jeremy …

Peru captures wounded Shining Path rebel leader

LIMA (Reuters) – The leader of Peru’s leftist Shining Path insurgency was captured on Sunday after being shot in a remote jungle rife with drug trafficking, giving President Ollanta Humala his first major victory against what remains of the rebel group. Artemio, the nom de guerre of Florindo Eleuterio Flores…

Sunday newspaper round-up: Glencore, C&W, RBS

LONDON (SHARECAST) – Greece is a “a breath away from ground zero”, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos warned as he urged politicians to back an unpopular international bailout on Sunday that may

German Leaders Maintain Pressure on Greece

German leaders kept up pressure on Greece as the struggling euro member moved closer to approving an austerity package designed to stave off economic collapse.

Saudi Columnist Will Be Repatriated – Hishammuddin

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 (Bernama) — A Saudi Arabian newspaper columnist, detained last Thursday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at the request of his government, will be repatriated.

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.

Chinese 'birth agent' charged in Hong Kong: reports

HONG KONG, February 11, 2012 (AFP) – A woman has admitted arranging for mainland Chinese women to give birth in Hong Kong, reports said Saturday, the first prosecution of its

Web app lets enterprise set security, sharing for Google Apps users

Network World – A new security tool lets enterprise IT groups set access and share policies for employees, including mobile users, who are working with the online Google Apps suite.

IMF's Blanchard sees "very large" Greek haircut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The IMF’s chief economist, Olivier Blanchard, said on Monday it looks like the ‘haircut’ on Greek private debt will be “very large” as negotiations between bondholders and the government drag on to cut Greece’s debt burden. “With …

Petting the panda: Harper's China trip showcases a gentler approach

CHONGQING, China – A beaming Stephen Harper petting a panda may be the signature photo of the prime minister’s four-day trip to China and also the signature symbol.

In search of new behaviour

For the first few weeks after the January Revolution, a new civic spirit spread throughout Egypt’s towns and cities. One year on, it seems to have vanished, says Nada Barakat

Chavez has opponent in Venezuela election

Once jailed governor hopes to give Hugo Chávez a run for the presidency Henrique Capriles, the energetic governor of Venezuelas Miranda state, is leading the polls for Sundays opposition primary…

Malaysia’s image tarnished in BBC’s apology — A. Kadir Jasin

FEB 11 — Under the headline “BBC to issue global apology for documentaries that broke rules”, UK’s The Independent newspaper reported that “The BBC will today apologise …

Government Goes Mobile – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews –

The BYOD movement is reaching the halls of government.

"Russia Must Learn From The Past", Institute Says

MOSCOW, February 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Putin’s generation has brought about stability and job security, leading Russia expert claimsOleg Bondarenko, director of the Russian-Ukrainian Information Center, …

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.

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