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Rinehart Doubles Fortune as Asia Pacific’s Richest, Forbes Says

Gina Rinehart, the Australian mining heiress and media investor, doubled her fortune to $18 billion from last year to become the richest woman in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Forbes magazine.

Somalia: Signs of Hope in a Shattered State

[African Arguments] It’s always been hard to find a framework for analyzing Somalia. It has one of the most ethnically homogenous populations in Africa – Somalis share the same language, culture, religion and clan structure – yet the country seems constantly riven by conflict.

ANC Study Rejects Nationalization of South Africa Mines, Business Day Says

A report by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress found that the nationalization of mines, as proposed by Julius Malema, head of the party’s youth wing, would be unconstitutional and too expensive, Business Day reported, without saying where it got the information.

ANC mine study rejects S.Africa mine grab: report

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A study commissioned by South Africa’s ruling ANC has rejected calls for mine nationalisation and come out in favour of higher taxes and royalties, the Business Day newspaper reported on Thursday. The report is expected to be adopted …

Taliban 'poised to retake Afghanistan'

The US military said in a secret report that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw.

Taliban to 'retake Afghanistan' after pullout

A secret U.S. military report says that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control over Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country, Britain’s Times of London newspaper reported on

David Cameron: I will battle all the way for £26,000 benefit cap #WorldPolitics http://t.co/e0rtCEVX

David Cameron: I will battle all the way for £26,000 benefit cap #WorldPolitics http://t.co/e0rtCEVX

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Charles Taylor’s last bid to fight war crimes charges #AfricaNews http://t.co/FLnDAnJL

Charles Taylor’s last bid to fight war crimes charges #AfricaNews http://t.co/FLnDAnJL

U.S. jobless claims fall

The number of people seeking unemployment aid in the U.S. fell by 12,000 last week, a sign that companies are cutting fewer jobs and likely stepping

Glencore and Xstrata in $80B merger talks

Mining company Xstrata confirmed Thursday that it is in merger discussions with commodities trader Glencore International, a deal that would create an industry behemoth with around US$175 billion worth of revenues.

Worst yet to come for China growth: economist – Reuters

Portfolio.com Worst yet to come for China growth: economist Reuters “I believe the slowing trend in China’s economy has not changed,” Zhu, who helped prepare …

UPDATE 1-Q-Cells bondholders agree to debt restructuring

* Q-Cells expects implementation in second half of the year

Over 40 interested in Petroplus UK refinery -PwC

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – UK refinery Coryton has attracted more than 40 interested parties following the insolvency of its owner, Swiss refining group Petroplus , and some of them are “very…

More than 150 dead as cold snap grips Europe

A cold snap kept Europe in its icy grip on Thursday, pushing the death toll past 150 as countries from Italy to Ukraine struggled to cope with temperatures that reached record lows in some places. Nine more people died in Poland…

Misbah saddened by Aamer spot-fixing case

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said Thursday he was saddened by the case of former paceman Mohammad Aamer who was released from a jail in Britain this week after pleading guilty to corruption and spot-fixing. The 19-year-old was freed from Portland Prison in England on …

AP Interview: Kidnapped Filipino’s daring escape (AP)

AP – As his kidnappers took him in a speeding boat toward a notorious militant stronghold in the southern Philippines, Ivan Sarenas decided that he would die if he didn’t try to escape. When he saw some…

US diplomat urges Vietnam to improve human rights (AP)

AP – A senior U.S. diplomat says Vietnam should improve its human rights record in order to make progress in its relationship with the United States.

Chavez Hopes for Better Relationship With US

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says that he hopes for a better relationship with the United States if U.S. President Barack Obama is reelected. During …

Death Toll Rises to 17 in Brazil Buildings Collapse

The death toll from the collapse of three buildings in Brazil has risen to at least 17 people. Officials say rescue workers pulled more bodies from the rubble Saturday, three days…

Colombia capital tries trial ban on guns in public

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Gustavo Petro was imprisoned as a rebel in the 1980s on a weapons conviction. As Bogota’s new mayor, he wants to get firearms off…

We Intervene in Syria at Our Peril

Ed Husain argues that Western military involvement in Syria would worsen violence, not end it, and could spread the conflict beyond Syria’s borders.

A Third Option for Iran

The extraordinary risks posed by a nuclear-armed Iran require Washington and its partners to step up activity on economic sanctions and diplomacy, even while preparing military

SYRIA: Some Arab observers in Syria ‘for pleasure’

Some of the Arab league observers were more concerned about getting nice hotel rooms and visiting the capital Damascus than reporting objectively on the deteriorating security situation in Syria, according to the head of

Mali: protests over clashes with Tuareg rebels

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Protestors are blocking the streets of Mali’s capital and soldiers’ families are demonstrating in a nearby town after recent clashes between the army and a Tuareg rebel group. The protesting families gathered Thursday in the town of Kati for a fourth day. They say soldiers…

Papua New Guinea ferry sinks with up to 350 aboard (AP)

AP – Rescuers plucked more than 230 survivors from the sea off Papua New Guinea’s east coast after a ferry sank Thursday with as many as 350 people on board, officials said.

Egyptian film star sentenced for insulting Islam (Reuters)

Reuters – The Arab world’s most famous comic actor, Adel Imam, has received a three-month jail sentence for insulting Islam in films and plays, a court document showed on Thursday.

McKeon Says Afghan Decision Is ‘Premature’

In a statement released this evening, Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, blasts the Obama administration’s decision to drawdown combat forces in Afghanistan early. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the new plan earlier today.

With China watching, India & Seychelles to up anti-piracy efforts

Last year, the Indian Navy deployed a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft in the Seychelles for conducting anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.

With China watching, India & Seychelles to up anti-pirate operations

Last year, the Indian Navy deployed a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft in the Seychelles for conducting anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.

Tunisia’s Chaotic Transition

Revolution has proved more successful than in other countries, but it is far from over. A year on from the uprising in Tunisia which sparked a wave of unrest across the Arab …

Pew: Latinos in the 2012 Election: Florida

This Pew Research Center profile provides Florida voter registration data as reported by the Florida Division of Elections through January 3, 2012. It also provides key demographic information on eligible Latino voters and other

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