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Malawi’s midyear  national budget review statement

Malawi’s midyear national budget review statement

Mr. Speaker, Sir, I am delighted to stand before this august House and deliver my  maiden budget speech, albeit at the mid year, to appraise the House and the Nation about our economic and budget performance in the first half of the Fiscal Year and present …

Heavy security in Nigerian state for governor poll

Nigeria on Saturday deployed thousands of police for a governor’s election in Bayelsa, the oil-rich home state of President Goodluck Jonathan that has been wracked by pre-vote violence.

World stocks rise as Greece debt deal appears near

World stocks rose Wednesday as Japan’s powerhouse exporters got a boost from hopes of new moves to weaken the yen while a deal appeared within reach between Greece and its creditors to cut the country’s massive debt load.

Chinese 'birth agent' charged in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AFP) – A woman has admitted arranging for mainland Chinese women to give birth in Hong Kong, reports said Saturday, the first prosecution of its kind as the southern city cracks down on the practice.

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.

EU to pressure India over Iran

NEW DELHI (AFP) – The European Union looked to push India at a summit on Friday to use its commercial and diplomatic influence to try to bring Iran back to

Al-Shabaab ties no big deal, official says

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) — An announcement from al-Qaida that Somalia’s al-Shabaab was a formal affiliate confirms what most analysts already know, a U.S. official said.

Video: Portugal's textile industry bounces back

Portugal’s textile industry has been getting itself back on track despite years of competition from cheaper Asian countries. Industry players say innovation has helped turn the tide.

The Lede Blog: In Morocco and Saudi Arabia, Limits Seen to Speech on Social Media

Morocco and Saudi Arabia responded with a heavy hand this week to messages posted by citizens on Facebook and Twitter that the kings deemed insulting to their values.

In Morocco and Saudi Arabia, Limits Seen to Speech on Social Media

Morocco and Saudi Arabia responded with a heavy hand this week to messages posted by citizens on Facebook and Twitter that the kings deemed insulting to their values.

Malaysia detains 'blasphemous' Saudi

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 10 (UPI) — A Saudi national who faces blasphemy charges and possible execution in his homeland is likely to be returned there, Malaysian officials said Friday.

Winners of Japan Hour contest to be announced Feb 21

SINGAPORE : The winners of the Japan Hour Homeviewers’ Contest have been drawn and will be announced on February 21.

Headlines in British papers after Capello resigns

A list of some headlines in the British papers a day after Fabio Capello resigned as England coach and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion charges: — – — “‘Arryvederci” — The Sun. — – — “England expects.” — The Times. — – — “Harry walks, Fabio runs.” — The Times back page.

Female presidential candidate encounters Mexico’s machismo on campaign trail

Josefina Vazquez Mota also must overcome voter dissatisfaction with National Action Party’s handling of drug war

China, Canada sign nine agreements

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (UPI) — China and oil-rich Canada, in line with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plans to diversify trade, signed nine agreements Wednesday. Presented By: Chicago Booth Business Forecast   Ads

Tourism begins to suffer as Maldives blinks on the edge

Going by accounts of airline crew and a few tour operators, it appears that the number of tourists coming to the Maldives has registered a decline in the last few days.  A…

Mugabe general ‘killed in blaze’ cannot be exhumed, says court

Testimony at an inquest into the death of one of Zimbabwe’s most powerful men has ended with the court refusing appeals from his family for his body to be…

Witchcraft fans mob man claiming to be reincarnated singer abducted by zombies

A South African man who claims to be a famous Zulu folk singer returned from the dead after being held captive by zombies for the past two years has been detained on suspicion of fraud.

Is Direct Undercutting the Viability of RHIOs?

Is Direct Undercutting the Viability of RHIOs?

Last week, a discussion got started on Google +  by Brian Ahier about whether or not ONC’s aggressive support of Direct is undercutting many a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO). What got this whole conversation started was an article in the January …

Guidance on Biosimilars

If you’re interested, here’s the FDA’s draft of their guidance on biosimilars , up on their site today. This is a slow-moving story that’s going to end up having a big effect on the industry. Look at the number of top-selling drugs that are biologics, look at …

Hamas says Gaza ‘not occupied;’ UN disagrees

Note: There is an email link embedded within this post, please visit this post to email it. | Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Wed, Jan 04, 2012 | UN Watch | By Hillel C…

UN Commission for Social Development Focuses on Poverty …

The 50th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) opened with a focus on poverty eradication, youth unemployment and socially inclusive policies and on how to shape

Prospects for peace in Western Sahara — New Internationalist

On the eve of a ninth round of UN -sponsored negotiations , Stefan Simanowitz assesses the chances of a resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara.

Scientists prove how to make your bubbles last longer

Researchers from the University of Reims in France, have…

MILITARY: Pendleton Marines posed with Nazi-style SS symbol in Afghanistan

A Camp Pendleton sniper unit posed for photographs with a flag bearing a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS, Marine Corps officials acknowledged Thursday.

More than 70 killed in Syria, most in Homs: activists

More than 70 people died in violence across Syria on Thursday, activists said, with the majority killed in a fierce assault by regime forces on the flashpoint central town of Homs.

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.

Top Soccer Teams in Europe by Revenue

Europe’s 20 richest football teams defied the continent’s financial woes to generate total revenue of $5.8 billion last season, according to a new report by business advisory firm Deloitte.

Europe's top clubs defy economic gloom

LONDON (Reuters) – Revenue at Europe’s 20 leading clubs has increased again despite the economic crisis shaking many countries across the continent, business advisory firm Deloitte said in a…

Hungary blues hit business climate in Eastern Europe

VIENNA (Reuters) – The business climate in Hungary plunged in the quarter to January, dragging down the average for the European Union’s developing eastern economies, a Thomson Reuters survey showed on Tuesday…

China: Syria veto won't hurt cooperation with US

U.S. outrage over Beijing’s veto of a U.N. resolution aiming to end Syria’s bloodshed won’t affect cooperation on other international issues such as Iran and North Korea, a leading Chinese diplomat said Thursday.

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 …

Indian ministers quit after watching porn video clip

Two senior Indian politicians were forced to resign after they were caught watching a pornographic film during a session of their state assembly.

I was forced out at gunpoint, claims Maldives ex-leader

The ousted president of the Maldives claimed yesterday he had been forced out at gun-point and said he would fight to regain his position. He accused the vice president – the man who sworn in to replace him – of helping plot the coup that overthrew

Shock wins for Santorum bring in campaign dollars

Rick Santorum, the social conservative who roared back to snatch three states from the supposed front-runner, Mitt Romney, in the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday night, said his campaign had raised a quarter of a million dollars online within a few hours…

Amnesty: imported arms fueling Darfur conflict (AP)

AP – Weapons from China, Russia and Belarus are fueling the nine-year-old conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, Amnesty International said in a report late Wednesday.

Several dead in Pakistan factory collapse

LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb. 6 (UPI) — At least 11 people including women and children died when a three-story medicine-making factory collapsed in Lahore, Pakistan, authorities said.

Column – Rinehart and the hypocrites

AH, the fury of the hypocrites since mining magnate Gina Rinehart snapped up…

New Maldives leader stresses "no coup" in paradise

MALE (Reuters) – The new president of the Maldives stressed on Wednesday that he did not take power in the Indian Ocean resort islands in a coup and said that his succession was in line with the constitution.

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