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China criticizes Iran sanctions as Merkel visits; lawyer blocked from meeting German leader

BEIJING, China – China’s premier pledged to help Europe fight its debt crisis during a meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel but a ruling party newspaper criticized sanctions on

Top tech headlines: Facebook IPO and statistics, Windows Phone 8 preview

Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending February 3 include Facebook filing for its initial public offering, Facebook facts and figures, a preview of Windows Phone 8, Amazon’s fourth quarter report, and a leaked picture of RIM’s

Federal prosecutors close probe of Lance Armstrong team

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Friday dropped an investigation centered on whether seven-time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong and his teammates cheated the sponsor of their bike racing team with a secret

Gay candidate faces tough battle in Finland vote

For his supporters, Pekka Haavisto’s breakthrough into Finland’s presidential runoff defies fears that tolerance is waning in Finland. The gay environmentalist who lives with an Ecuadorean immigrant faces off Sunday against a veteran conservative.

Gay candidate faces uphill battle in Finland vote

For his supporters, Pekka Haavisto breakthrough into Finland’s presidential runoff defies fears that tolerance is waning in Finland. The gay environmentalist who lives with an Ecuadorean immigrant faces off Sunday against a veteran conservative.

Zimbabwe bars unregistered foreign newspapers

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe will bar all unregistered foreign newspapers, its media commission said on Friday, in what could be the start of a crackdown on outlets critical of President Robert Mugabe ahead of a possible election this year. The commission said…

UFS Commemorates the 30th Anniversary of Syria’s 1982 Hama Massacre

Today, United for a Free Syria (UFS) commemorates the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Hama Massacre that resulted in the brutal annihilation of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians.Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 03, 2012 Today, United for a Free Syria (UFS) commemorates the 30…

Like Healthcare Gamification? Wait until you hear about Embedded Health.

Late last night I was fortunate enough to come across an article entitled “Embedded Health: Designing Future Health Interventions Around Our Weaknesses“.  This article begins: Once we… As a leading provider of services in the healthcare industry, Perficient has delivered…

Facing and Overcoming the 2012 #HealthIT Challenges Amidst the End of the World – Part I of 2

Background Healthcare providers and eligible primary physician practices are undergoing analysis paralysis because of all the government impositions on improving healthcare with the following list of… As a …

Will Financial Dashboards Really Assist Hospital CFO’s?

In a word: YES! A hospital’s enterprise performance management program should offer proof that comparisons of actual performance against strategic objectives enable the healthcare organization to… As a leading provider of…

Smugness as a Warning Sign

At Xconomy, Luke Timmerman has words of wisdom for people in the small biotech world: “Never back smug”. That’s a quote from venture capitalist Bob More, and it …

Potassium Hydride Is Not Your Friend

Noted chem-blogger Milkshake seems to have had a close call with a fire started by a tiny potassium hydride residue. It looks like he made it…

AstraZeneca in Waltham

From several reports, here’s what I have on AstraZeneca’s plans in Waltham: they’ve told people there that cuts are coming. But they haven’t gotten very specific on when, or who, or how many…

Syria: Changes on the draft resolution at the UNSC – Syria: Russia is said to sign this updated draft resolution…?

The Syrian population commemorated the massacre of Hama, Syria, in 1982 yesterday. Of course, some mass media and so-called “rebels” refer to the massacre of Hama, Syria, in 1982 for their current

All the Business World's a Stage, Say Some M.B.A.'s

Business students say acting courses have taught them about teamwork, public speaking, and leadership.

Deloitte's 3rd Annual Tech Trends Report: Top 10 Trends to Help Elevate Information Technology for Digital Business

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The unique convergence of five emerging technology forces – analytics, mobility, social, cloud and cyber security – provide the opportunity for businesses to accelerate …

Greece, IMF expect debt deals soon

Greece and the IMF said Wednesday that negotiations for landmark debt deals will be concluded in a “matter of days,” raising hopes that the country will dodge a disastrous default in the spring.

I.Coast debt relief possible in Q2: IMF

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast will not be able to achieve completion of an IMF-backed debt relief accord as it hopes in the first quarter of this year, but a deal is possible in the second quarter, the Fund’s local…

OECD paper: Europe needs $1.3 trln bailout fund

Europe needs to double the size of its bailout fund to euro1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) if it is to shore up its banking system and stop the

Invacare posts 4Q loss on Asia unit write-down

Invacare Corp., which makes wheelchairs, crutches and motorized scooters, posted a fourth-quarter loss Thursday on expenses related to a large write-down of its Asia business.

Yum Brands sees 130 new Africa stores in 2012: report

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – U.S. fast-food giant Yum Brands Inc plans to open 130 new KFC stores in Africa this year, bringing its presence on the continent to 1,000 restaurants, Business Day newspaper said on Friday, citing a senior executive. Yum, …

Russia will not stop selling arms sales to Syria

Russia said Thursday it will keep selling arms to longtime ally Syria, despite mounting international condemnation over the Syrian regime’s bloody crackdown on a 10-month-old uprising.

Pakistan to limit US unilateral actions: minister

Pakistan will tell the United States it cannot take unilateral actions such as the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and that parliament will determine military priorities, the foreign minister told a US magazine.

Will Facebook nation bet on itself?

It’s a given Facebook employees and early investors will reap wild profits from the IPO, but it’s not clear how many of the site’s 800 million users see it as a great opportunity to make money.

Libya sees $10 bln budget deficit in 2012: paper

PARIS (Reuters) – Libya’s government will post a budget deficit of $10 billion this year as it struggles to pay public workers’ salaries and meet energy costs, the head of …

Germany's Merkel calls on China to use influence with Iran over nuclear program

BEIJING, China – German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday on China, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil, to use its influence to persuade Tehran to renounce possible nuclear weapons ambitions.

Merkel calls on China to use influence with Iran

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday on China, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil, to use its influence to persuade Tehran to renounce possible nuclear weapons ambitions.Appearing at a government …

Hong Kong 'locust' ad angers Chinese web users

Chinese netizens voiced anger Thursday over a Hong Kong advert portraying mainlanders as “locusts”, sparking a call for calm in a state newspaper after an increasingly bitter exchange of words.

Feb 2: Favorable Headlines out of Europe

Favorable Headlines out of Europe

Deep freeze claims more lives in Europe

Europe shivered in some of the coldest temperatures in decades Wednesday as the death toll soared past 80 and countries battled to clear snow from roads and railways.

Australia's iron lady on road to world-scale wealth – report

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Gina Rinehart could soon become the world’s wealthiest woman after amassing an $18 billion fortune from mining and media investments, Forbes magazine says in its latest list of the wealthiest people in Australia. The 57-year old widow saw her…

Thatcher movie opens in Argentina to tough reviews

Meryl Streep may have been nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” but Argentine critics panned the film during its premiere in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

Research and Markets: 2012 Worldwide Newspaper Publishing Industry – Industry & Market Report

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “2012 Worldwide Newspaper Publishing Industry – Indust

News Corporation Names Lex Fenwick Chief Executive Officer of Dow Jones & Company

News Corporation today named Lex Fenwick Chief Executive Officer of Dow Jones & Company. Mr. Fenwick joins Dow Jones from Bloomberg LP, where he spent 25 years, most recently as CEO of Bloomberg Ventures.

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 …

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