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Greece exports teachers to SA

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

Seeking Kremlin return, Putin pledges spending increases

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin set out plans to increase spending on healthcare, education and social services Monday, trying to woo protesting middle-class voters before a presidential election he is expected to win…

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…

2 convicted in Norway of plotting terror attack

Two men accused of plotting to attack a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad were found guilty Monday of terror charges in Norway, the first convictions under the country’s anti-terror laws.

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

Libya: U.S. Still Needs Europe

Political collateral damage inflicted by the West’s military action against Libya includes the destruction of two serious misconceptions long cherished by numerous experts in Washington. The first is the idea that in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century Europe is no longer strategically important to the United States

Deals of the day — mergers and acquisitions

Feb 13 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers,acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asiancompanies were reported by 2100 GMT on Monday. ** Vodafone Group, the world’s largest mobileoperator …

Microsoft India retail site hit by 'cyber attack'

Microsoft said on Monday it was investigating an attack by hackers on its Indian retail website, reportedly carried out by a Chinese group called the “Evil Shadow

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 …

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.

"The Colony" – A short documentary on China in Africa, and African Thoughts On Their Situation

Something I ran across on the ‘net that I wanted to share with readers. The video below was originally posted by Aljazeera in September of 2010: The past decade

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.

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…

Iraq opens new oil export terminal in Persian Gulf

Iraq inaugurated a new offshore oil export terminal in the Persian Gulf on Sunday in a vital step to ease infrastructure constraints and to bring sorely needed cash for reconstruction after decades of war and international sanctions.

A year on, only brief home visits for Japan nuclear evacuees

OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) – Back home for just three hours, a tearful Miyoko Takeda sorted through her belongings. She left behind the kimonos she once wore as

Soil erosion increasing global warming threat: UNEP

LONDON (Reuters) – Global warming will get worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to store, a United Nations’ Environment Programme report said on Monday.

Keystone may be revived after U.S. election: Canada official

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The finance minister for Canada’s top oil producing province of Alberta said he expects the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone XL pipeline project to be “revived” following presidential

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 …

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.

Nigeria ruling party wins in president’s home state (Reuters)

Reuters – Nigeria’s ruling party candidate has been elected governor of President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state, election officials said on Sunday, ending months of political uncertainty over who is in charge of the oil-producing state.

Canada's ethnic media to request cash for training from PMO, premiers

MONTREAL – Canada’s increasingly influential ethnic-press industry will seek a financial boost from the upper levels of government to better its business and journalistic know-how.

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.

Insight: Poland’s shale gas play takes on Russian power

LESNIOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – When Wieslaw Radzieciak took office as the mayor of Lesniowice in the gently-rolling farmland of southeastern Poland 26 years ago, the Soviet garrisons that dotted the county were a stark reminder of which superpower was in control.

China detains Korean ship over Yangtze chemical leak-Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese maritime court on Saturday ordered the detention of a South Korean cargo ship over a chemical leak that polluted the Yangtze River, contaminating drinking water

When cooking can be deadly

Cooking over an open fire causes an estimated 2 million premature deaths each year. Producers of “clean cookstoves” hope to change that.

Wegelin boss gives up NZZ role after US tax probe

ZURICH (Reuters) – The head of Wegelin — Switzerland’s oldest private bank and which the United States has indicted for helping clients dodge taxes — is standing back from his role as chairman of the country’s influential Neue Zuercher Zeitung daily. Konrad…

Americans take lessons from France on raising bébé

At 10 weeks, babies in France sleep through the night.

Analysis: China wrestles with role in Syria and beyond

BEIJING (Reuters) – After bowing to Western pressure over Libya a year ago, China blocked a move pressing Syria’s leader to step down, exposing the difficulties Beijing faces in deciding when to go along with and when to rebuff demands piling up at its door. China will …

Forget Europe, its time for the Commonwealth

The appointment of a new head of the Commonwealth Business Council never made the headlines, but with Britain’s need for growth as the eurozone struggles it should have.

Greek austerity bill submitted to parliament

Draft legislation in Greece for new austerity measures needed for a euro130 billion ($170 billion) bailout deal has been submitted to parliament.

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.

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…

IMF, Greece continue talks to finalize bailout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund and Greek authorities continue talks to finalize details of a new rescue package following an agreement among the country’s …

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.

South Africa unloved at its own mining party

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The industry executives who pile into Cape Town every year for the annual African mining conference love the sun, wine and stunning mountain backdrop the venue provides. But South Africa’s…

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…

Rothschild loses "puppet master" libel case

LONDON (Reuters) – Financier Nathaniel Rothschild lost a libel case on Friday against a newspaper that depicted him as a “puppet master” who used his friendship with a European trade chief to impress a Russian oligarch and help close a business deal. Rothschild sued the Daily Mail over a…

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

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 …

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