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Talk to Hamas? Talk to Taliban? Thank the Arab Spring for those possibilities.

The Arab Spring’s main message – that young people seek self-governance and dignity through peaceful means – continues to bestow surprising gifts in the region. One is

Analysis-Middle East turmoil draws Turkey and Iraqi Kurds closer

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 …

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.

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 …

Video: The business week ahead in Asia

An expected spike in new loans in China to cushion slower growth, yuan monitored as Vice President visits U.S. while Bank of Japan meets on back of bad Q4 news for economy.

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

Stronger US economy sparks robust trade flows – Globe and Mail

Bloomberg Stronger US economy sparks robust trade flows Globe and Mail While Greece plunged deeper into chaos, the US Commerce Department released data showing US imports surged at the…

Garzon trial forces Spain to confront painful past

MADRID (Reuters) – Sitting at a wooden table before the judges of Spain’s Supreme Court, Maria Martin Lopez recalls the day a lifetime ago when fascists loyal to General Francisco Franco shot her mother. White-haired and dressed in black, Martin, 81, …

Zuma hailed for $40 billion railway, port scheme

President Jacob Zuma won plaudits Friday for his proposals to shore up South Africa’s economy and create jobs with a $40 billion building spree to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure.

United Russia to Undergo Rebranding

United Russia is searching for a way to reinvent itself, considering options ranging from a name change to dissolving the party and creating new factions, several

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

Hollywood Headlines: A crazy week in review

Robert Downey Jr. has a baby, Beyoncé and Jay-Z look to trademark Blue Ivy, Demi Moore goes to rehab and more…

Australia's richest person Rinehart shakes up media

A shock move by Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart into quality newspaper group Fairfax is likely designed to build her influence and reflects the rise of the nation’s mineral wealth, analysts say.

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…

Long live the king! AU’s lavish new home hit by statue row (Reuters)

Reuters – Perched under the shadow of a 100-metre tall marble monolith, a short-sleeved Kwame Nkrumah stands with his right hand raised in triumphant pose, his eyes gazing at the heavens.

UN Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People in Cairo …

UN Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People in Cairo.

Scientists prove how to make your bubbles last longer

Researchers from the University of Reims in France, have…

First ‘moving’ images of Northern Lights from space

New images of the Northern lights, or Aurora Borealis, have been…

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…

JPMorgan replaces Asia fixed income sales head: sources

(Reuters) – JP Morgan has replaced Asia ex-Japan fixed income investor sales head Simon Derrick with Sharad Desai and Sudhir Goel as part of a reorganization of its business in the region, according to sources familiar with the matter. Desai will…

Bharti profit disappoints; Africa provides silver lining

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Bharti Airtel Ltd disappointed investors by posting its eighth straight quarter of falling profits as the world’s No. 5 mobile carrier by subscribers was hit …

I stayed back to save the land of my birth: Fr Dias

Hailing from the island of St Estevam, Dias is contesting the forthcoming election as an independent candidate from Cumbharjua constituency.

Pakistan Whale Shark's Death a Mystery

Video of a dead whale shark being pulled from the sea off of Pakistan raises more questions about the school-bus-size fish’s demise than it answers, scientists say.

Lebanon graduate is new Marion Circuit Court judge

SALEM — When Lindsay Partridge was a Lebanon High School student, he thought about becoming a teacher and basketball coach.

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.

2 dangerous inmates try to escape in Serbia

Police have detained five prison guards who were on duty when two convicted murderers escaped from their cells at a high-security lockup in Belgrade, including one who had taken

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.

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…

Factbox – Key political risks to watch in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court is set to charge Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani with contempt for his failure to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani is due in court on February 13, but has filed an appeal. If convicted he is likely to face jail, …

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.

Syria 'very different' from Libya: US Senator Kerry

US Senator John Kerry said Tuesday that the crisis in Syria was “very different” from events that led to NATO-led strikes in Libya and called for a new push to get Russia and China to back UN action.

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.

Graft, politics, militant Islam shake Indian Ocean island

MALE, Maldives (Reuters) – Few of the million or so tourists who visit the Maldives each year would catch even a whiff of the troubled politics or growing militant threat roiling the islands of one of the world’s most renowned get-away-from-…

China environmental crises, costs rising

Chinese officials report that environmental accidents are on the rise, mainly due to chemicals industry-related traffic and industrial mishaps.

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