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EU countries want UN peacekeepers in Syria – EU Observer

Libya-type military strikes in Syria are still “out of the question,” but France, Italy and the UK have backed a call to send in UN peacekeepers .

General Mills cuts ’12 outlook on weak sales

(Reuters) – General Mills Inc cut its 2012 outlook on Friday, citing weak sales volume, and its shares fell more than 4 percent.

New Maldives leader agrees to poll

The country’s new leader has reportedly softened his stance and agreed to hold early elections to break a political impasse after his predecessor resigned.

Research claims less than a third of Libyans want democracy

Almost a year after the start of the uprising in Libya, which eventually led to the ouster and killing of Colonel Gaddafi, new research suggests that more than a third of Libyans would rather return to being ruled by a strongman, rather than embrace democracy

Panel reinforces Ecuador award halt in Chevron case

(Reuters) – An arbitration panel reinforced an order that Ecuador’s government seek to suspend an $18 billion court award against U.S. oil company Chevron Corp over pollution in the South American country’s rainforest.

Poachers kill 200 elephants in Cameroon killing spree

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Poachers have killed more than 200 elephants in Cameroon in just six weeks, in a “massacre” fuelled by Asian demand for ivory.

House Republicans seek more documents in Solyndra probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers alleged on Friday that the Energy Department used a loan guarantee to a massive rooftop solar project as part of a last-ditch effort to bail out Solyndra, a solar panel maker that later failed.

Australia to assess development pressure on Barrier Reef

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will carry out a comprehensive assessment of development pressure on the Great Barrier Reef to help preserve the world’s largest coral reef system, ministers said Saturday.

Delhi court to try US terrorist Headley, 8 others

A New Delhi court agreed Saturday to try admitted American terrorist David Headley and eight others for allegedly carrying out the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, local media reported.

Amanda Knox nets $4m book deal

Amanda Knox, who was acquitted last year of murdering her British roommate while studying in Italy, has sold the rights to her memoir for $4 million (NZ $4.8m), The New York Times reported on Thursday.The newspaper, citing people…

HK bankruptcy petitions fall 13.4 pct in Jan vs Dec

HONG KONG, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Hong Kong bankruptcy petitions in January fell 13.4 percent from the month before to 518, and were down 17.8 percent from a year earlier, government data showed on…

International: UN WARNS OF UNEQUAL EXPOSURE TO …

One out of every five Europeans dies from environmentally-related diseases, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today, noting that poorer citizens are more exposed to such risks than their

Worsening air pollution costs China dearly: study

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s worsening air pollution, after decades of unbridled economic growth, cost the country $112 billion in 2005 in lost economic productivity, a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has

EU politicians agree compromise text on CO2 allowances

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European parliamentarians have agreed to compromise wording ahead of a vote this month that is expected to increase pressure on the Commission to remove carbon allowances to prop up

Newspaper readership falls by 2.4%

NEWSPAPER READERSHIP in Ireland has declined by 2.4 per cent year-on-year, according to the Joint National Readership Survey published yesterday.

Iran to Cut Oil Export to Six European Member States

In response to the latest sanctions imposed by the EU against Iran’s energy and banking sectors, the Islamic Republic says it is cutting oil exports to six European countries.

UPDATE 1-Italy cuts spending on F-35 fighter plane

* Italian newspaper said Italy to reduce F-35 order by 40 * Defence min to address parliament about cuts on Wednesday * Min says Italy still committed to Joint Strike Fighter (Adds details) ROME, Feb 14 …

FIFA chief to visit India next month

AFP/Zurich FIFA president Sepp Blatter is to visit India in March as the football federation looks to develop one of the world’s most untapped markets, officials said yesterday.

Meet the Man Behind Europe's Debt Downgrades

This man and his team of little-known economists  have downgraded euro zone countries 36 times.

UPDATE 1-Infineon faces 1.7 bln eur in claims for Qimonda

* Qimonda administrator quantifies claims against Infineon

Gunfights in Saudi Oil-Rich Province Show Spread of Iran Political Tension

Armored anti-riot vehicles cluster outside the police station in Awwamiya in Saudi Arabia’s oil- producing eastern region, where unrest is turning violent.

The man behind Europe's debt downgrades

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – On January 13, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services cut the credit ratings of nine euro zone countries, stripping France and Austria of their triple-A status and ringing alarm bells in global financial markets about the region’s financial health. …

S&P's Moritz Kraemer: Europe's AAA-rated Mr Scissorhands

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – On January 13, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services cut the credit ratings of nine euro zone countries, stripping France and Austria of their triple-A status and triggering new concerns about the region’s …

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…

Italy coach Prandelli says something more behind Capello's England exit

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was sorry to see Fabio Capello resign from the England job. read more

GE holds dividend steady, analysts see December hike

(Reuters) – General Electric Co said on Friday that its board voted to hold its quarterly dividend steady at 17 cents.

True Religion slumps after weak forecast; analysts cut ratings

(Reuters) – Shares of denim maker True Religion Apparel Inc lost as much as a quarter of their value on Friday after the company forecast weak 2012 results, prompting at least two brokerages to…

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

Obama praises Italian leader's economic efforts

Eager for Europe to contain its economic troubles, President Barack Obama praised Italian Premier Mario Monti on Thursday for his efforts to lead Italy out

Exiled Iranian cartoonist vows to fight regime

ANGOULEME, France (AFP) – Iranian dissident cartoonist Mana Neyestani says drawing has been his salvation and a weapon to combat his own personal demons as well as Tehran’s hardline Islamist

Pakistan's Youth Drawn to Ex-Cricketer Politician

Pakistan is embroiled in yet another round of political controversies, but a glamorous cricket star with an anti-corruption and anti-American message is attracting attention and some support among the country’s youth, who have been turned off by…

Research and Markets: Future UK Blood Banking Market: Growth Opportunities and Business Expansion Strategies

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8cc8f4/future_uk_blood_ba) has announced the addition of the “Future UK Blood Banking Market: Growth Opportunities and Business Expansion Strategies ” report…

Judge leaves abuse claims against Milwaukee Church in limbo

MILWAUKEE, Feb 9 (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday denied a bid by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Milwaukee to dismiss two fraud claims by sexual abuse victims, ruling it remains to be determined…

UPDATE 1-Q-Cells calls creditor meeting to postpone bond

FRANKFURT, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Stricken solar company Q-Cells invited holders of its 2012 convertible bond to a creditors’ meeting on Feb. 27, aiming to postpone the maturity date of the bond which…

List of World Press Photo winners

A list of winners of the 2010 World Press Photo contest:

BP wins spill trial ruling, old accidents kept out

(Reuters) – BP Plc won a court order to keep references to some previous accidents out of this month’s trial to assess blame for the 2010 Gulf

Inspector: no improper influence on Keystone line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department Inspector General issued a review on Thursday that found “no evidence” the company that wants to build the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL crude oil pipeline had improperly influenced on a contractor that performed the environmental review of

Bungled conservation effort kills South African rhino

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A group of animal conservationists in South Africa accidentally killed a rhinoceros they were attempting to make safe from poachers in a botched public relations

Top Soccer Teams in Europe by Revenue

Europe’s 20 richest football teams defied the continent’s financial woes to generate total revenue of $5.8 billion last season, according to a new report by business advisory firm Deloitte.

France steps up efforts to plug muni funding gap

PARIS, Feb 8 (Reuters) – French authorities are stepping up efforts to bridge a yawning gap in municipal funding needs caused by the collapse of lender Dexia.

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