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Libyans queue for first vote in battle-hit Misrata (Reuters)

Reuters – People from Libya’s battle-scarred city of Misrata queued up to vote in their first free election Monday, hoping to set a standard for the rest of the country as it prepares for national polls in June after the war that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi.

Egypt expects to sign deal for $3.2B IMF loan soon (AP)

AP – Egypt’s finance minister says Cairo expects to sign a loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund for $3.2 billion next month.

Pakistan cautions Kabul on Taliban peace hopes (AP)

AP – Pakistan told Afghanistan on Friday it was “preposterous” to think Islamabad could deliver the Taliban’s leader to the negotiating table and warned the neighboring nation against “ridiculous” expectations about peace talks.

Iranian naval ships enter Mediterranean via Suez (Reuters)

Reuters – Two Iranian naval ships have sailed through Egypt’s Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, in a move likely to be keenly watched by Israel.

Sports minister: Spain has doping problem

Spain’s sports minister acknowledged Tuesday the country has a doping problem that needs fixing after its record in the fight against drugs came under scrutiny with Alberto Contador’s ban from cycling.

South African teams want Super 15 expansion

South Africa’s Super 15 rugby sides are insisting on expanding the league to 16 teams after officials here mooted the idea of sending another team, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) said on Sunday.

China mulls extending local govt loans: report

China is considering allowing banks to roll over loans to local governments, giving them more time to repay massive debts from stimulus spending for the 2008 financial crisis, state media said

S.Africa's Zuma wants to review constitutional court's power

South African President Jacob Zuma, who has repeatedly butted heads with the judiciary, said in an interview published Monday he wants to review the powers of the country’s highest court.

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…

Hungarian government lawmaker sees IMF deal by May: report

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary can realistically start formal talks with the European Union and the IMF about a vital funding deal in early March and an agreement can be reached by the middle of the second quarter, a ruling Fidesz party lawmaker said on Saturday. Hungary, at odds with…

Avaya wins Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific award

PHOTO – Avaya Malaysia country director Mohd Rasidan Mohd Taher. Business communications provider Avaya has received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contact Centre Applications Inbound Systems Vendor of the year award from analyst Frost &

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…

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.

Obama urges Congress to extend payroll tax cut

US President Barack Obama urged Congress Saturday to quickly pass an extension of the payroll tax cut to prevent a tax increase on 160 million Americans.

World Trade Center cost rises by $4B over 4 years

The agency building the new World Trade Center has let costs get out of control, with the estimated price tag soaring nearly $4 billion over the last four years, auditors said Tuesday.

Agency rebuilding World Trade Center vows reforms

Top officials at the government agency rebuilding the World Trade Center promised Thursday to make reforms after an audit called the organization “dysfunctional” and wasteful.

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…

Mali bombs rebels, France wants ceasefire, talks

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Malian helicopter gunships bombed rebel positions near the key northern town of Kidal on Friday, a military official said, hours after former colonial power France called for a ceasefire and immediate talks to end a three-week rebel offensive. France, which remains an ally of…

It's Not a Good Idea to Call Argentina's President 'Perra'

Penguin News, a Falkland Island newspaper, slyly called Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a “bitch” and yes people noticed. In a story about Fernández’s accusations that Britain was militarizing the islands and the raising tensions between Britain and Argentina, Penguin News posted …

New Book Clearly Bares the Commercialisation of Proteas and Cape Greens

Author Maryke Middelmann gathers all the factual and relevant information relating to this interesting industrySOUTH AFRICA (PRWEB) February 10, 2012 Within the realm of South Africa lies over 21,000 species of plants. The…

'Announcement' spooks S.Africa rand, bond markets

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The rand tumbled over 2 percent against the dollar on Friday after the central bank signaled there would be an important weekend announcement, sparking panic selling…

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.

S.Africa's Jan business confidence index down at 97.1: SACCI

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s business confidence index decreased to a 20-month low 97.1 in January from 99.1 in December, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Wednesday. The business grouping the outlook in 2012 was clouded by lower economic growth, unemployment, higher inflation and weak municipal service delivery. SACCI said…

Spanish artist Tapies dies at 88: foundation

Avant-garde Spanish painter and sculptor Antoni Tapies, one of the biggest names in European contemporary art, died in Barcelona on Monday aged 88, his art foundation said.

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

Jolie, Streep join Arab Spring at Berlin film fest

The Arab Spring uprisings and political turmoil in the West will dominate the 62nd Berlin film festival starting Thursday, as Hollywood royalty sprinkles stardust in the frigid German capital.

Too soon for Iraq war veterans' parade: US military

The US military’s top general believes it is too soon to hold a parade in New York City honoring troops who fought in the Iraq war while fellow soldiers are still on the battlefield in Afghanistan, his spokesman said Tuesday.

White House Plans Formal Dinner for Iraq War Vets

President Obama will host a black-tie, state-dinner-style event at the White House to honor Iraq War veterans, administration officials announced today. “It’s really focused on the men and women who served in Iraq, in all stations within the armed

French trade deficit hit a record high in 2011: minister

France suffered a record 69.6 billion euro ($91.3 billion) trade deficit last year, junior minister for trade Pierre Lellouche said in a newspaper interview, published on Tuesday.

Egypt telecom tycoon Sawiris eyes new horizons

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian telecoms magnate Naguib Sawiris wants to get back on the acquisition trail, eyeing businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa after selling a chunk of assets to Russia’s Vimpelcom. Sawiris said he plans to divest non-core operations left out of the sale to Vimpelcom …

Britain marks Charles Dickens bicentenary

Britain on Tuesday marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, acclaimed as one of the finest writers of the English language and one whose novels have become enduring classics.

China says 29 workers remain captive in Sudan

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Sudan said all 29 Chinese workers kidnapped by rebels in the border state of South Kordofan remained in rebel hands, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday, despite a Sudanese report that 14 of them had been freed. …

Hong Kong govt 2012-13 IT spend to hit HK$626.5 million

The Hong Kong SAR government expects to spend HK$626.5 million on IT in 2012-2013, down 4.4% from last year, according to the Budget delivered by Financial Secretary John Tsang on Wednesday–his fifth

Japan's Hitachi to reorganize business structure

TOKYO (Reuters) – Hitachi Ltd said on Friday it would reorganize its operational structure in April by setting up five new groups as the Japanese conglomerate continues to overhaul its sprawling operations to boost profitability. The nation’s biggest …

Europe says aims to double e-commerce by 2015

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – European Union competition ministers supported plans on Friday to remove barriers to electronic trade in a bid to spur economic growth and jobs by …

Analysis: Middle East turmoil draws Turkey and Iraqi Kurds

ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Upheaval in the Middle East and mutual economic interests are drawing together two unlikely partners; rising powerhouse Turkey and an entity whose name Turkish leaders hardly dare mention – Kurdistan, the semi-autonomous region of northern …

More cities consider parades for Iraq War vets

A St. Louis parade welcoming home Iraq War and other post-Sept. 11 veterans was such a hit that at least 10 other cities around the country are considering similar celebrations.

Tunisia's economy still awaits post-revolt bounce

TUNIS (Reuters) – Last May, a public relations agency hired by Tunisia’s government placed an advertisement in some of the world’s leading newspapers and business magazines. “Invest in Democracy,” read the tagline. The thinking behind the ads was to attract foreign investment and revive the economy by harnessing the …

US and Spain discuss cleanup of nuclear radiation

The United States is offering technical assistance to Spain to clean up land contaminated by radiation from undetonated nuclear bombs that accidentally fell on the area in 1966, the US State Department announced Saturday.

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