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Japan priest fights invisible demon: radiation

FUKUSHIMA (Reuters) – On the snowy fringes of Japan’s Fukushima city, now notorious as a byword for nuclear crisis, Zen monk Koyu Abe offers prayers for the souls of thousands left

Heavy snow in Italy cuts off villages, disrupts flights

ROME (Reuters) – Heavy snow fell across Italy on Saturday, blanketing the capital Rome, cutting off mountain villages and disrupting roads, railways and airports around the country.

China detains Korean ship over Yangtze chemical leak-Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese maritime court on Saturday ordered the detention of a South Korean cargo ship over a chemical leak that polluted the Yangtze River, contaminating drinking water

Drought alerts remain despite rain and snow

Much of eastern England remains in a state of drought, despite winter rain and snow, the Environment Agency warned yesterday.

Fostering Greater Chinese Investment in the United States

David Marchick calls for new U.S. government efforts to increase the small share of Chinese direct investment in the United States, including combating perceived prejudices, removing policy impediments, and encouraging U.S. businesses to partner with their

New Blog Tracks Foreign Policy Issues in the U.S. Presidential Election

The Council on Foreign Relations has launched a new blog, The Candidates and the World, to provide information and nonpartisan analysis on the foreign policy and national security

Anti-gay bill brought back to Ugandan parliament

An MP who first tried to introduce anti-gay legislation carrying the death penalty for some homosexual acts reintroduced the bill yesterday, raising concerns among rights activists who have been fighting it.

Venezuela ’s Capriles favored in Sunday’s primary election

Henrique Capriles, the energetic governor of Venezuela ’s Miranda state, is leading the polls for Sunday’s opposition primary election. The winner will face President Chávez in October.

Taipei 101 takes romance to the next level

How much does it cost for a person to declare his/her love at the top of the world, in addition to substantial courage? For once there might be an extract answer – less then NT$310 per second for 5 minutes and 18 seconds.

Taipei 101 offers opportunity to take romance to the next level

Taipei (The China Post/ANN) – How much does it cost for a person to declare his/her love at the top of the world, in addition to substantial courage? For once

Putin made Russian corruption "civilised" – campaign chief

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has tamed the gangster capitalism which accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union to make Russian corruption “normal and civilised,” his presidential election campaign chief said in an interview published on Friday. Russia is ranked as the most corrupt major power and in leaked documents …

Maldives leader stresses 'no coup' in paradise isles

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

'Red' fears grip major HK daily

‘Red’ fears are rising again among Hong Kong ers, potentially heightening the already frayed tensions between them and mainland Chinese.

Now an NDP MP, former Nfld. columnist Ryan Cleary stands by past Quebec bashing

His writings for a St. John’s newspaper and his blog were aimed to stir debate, he says

British police arrest 5 at Murdoch's Sun newspaper

LONDON (Reuters) – British police threw Rupert Murdoch’s scandal-hit News Corporation into fresh turmoil on Saturday by arresting five senior staff at the top-selling daily The Sun in a probe into journalists…

Argentineans angry after Falklands paper calls President Kirchner a 'bitch'

Buenos Aries (Argentina), Feb.10 (ANI): Argentineans have reacted with fury after a Falkland Islands’ newspaper accidentally called their president Cristina Kirchner a ‘bitch’.

Asylum boats cause Budget blow-out

ASYLUM seeker arrivals have sparked an $866 million blow-out in the Budget, forcing the Gillard Government to push news laws asking for more cash.

Protesters show Syria solidarity

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in London in a show of solidarity with protesters across the Middle East and North Africa.

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 …

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.

World Bank Urges African Leaders To Challenge AU On Trading Changes

ACCRA, Feb 10 (BERNAMA- NNN-GNA) — The World Bank has called on African leaders scheduled to attend a regional integration summit in Ethiopia to challenge the African Union (AU) to pursue changes to escape the current straightjacket of trade fragmentation.

Japan to Reject More Easing as Quake Rebuilding Aids Economy

The Bank of Japan is set to refrain from additional monetary easing next week because of signs of strength in the global economy and the boost from reconstruction work after last March’s earthquake.

EU Reached Accord on Clearing Law for Over-the-Counter Derivatives

European Union officials and lawmakers brokered a deal on rules to force trading of some over-the-counter derivatives through clearinghouses to safeguard financial markets.

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…

LinkedIn jumps on surge in paying users

(Reuters) – Shares of LinkedIn Corp jumped 17 percent on Friday, after the professional networking services company said the number of premium subscribers doubled during fiscal 2011 and forecast an…

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.

Peru's Humala Looks To Resolve Mining Dispute In Tacna

President Ollanta Humala is expected to meet with authorities from southern Peru’s Tacna region in an attempt to resolve concerns about the mining sector’s use of water.

Pakistan Top Court Rejects Gilani Appeal on Contempt Order

The Pakistan Supreme Court rejected Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s appeal against a contempt of court order in a case that may force him from office.

EU asks India to pressure Iran over nuclear programme – report

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The European Union will ask for India’s help in convincing Iran to abandon its nuclear programme and return to the negotiating table, EU President Herman Van Rompuy said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday. “I plan to ask …

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

Air Canada Falls as Strike Vote Looms After Loss: Montreal Mover

Air Canada tumbled in Toronto trading after fuel and maintenance expenses spurred a larger quarterly loss than analysts estimated and the carrier’s pilots sought a strike vote.

Graeme Swann disagrees with Andy Flower

“I don’t accept that spending some rare time at home in November and December contributed to our loss here.

Argentina Takes Falklands Case To UN

Argentina’s foreign minister has spoken at the United Nations to officially protest Britain’s “militarisation” of the seas around the disputed Falkland Islands.

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…

Africa as a Frontier Market

Obiageli Ezekwesili discusses the rise of Africa as a frontier market, the prospects for growth in coming years, the emergence of new players in African economies, and the

Serbia to Insist on U.N. Probe Into Organ Harvesting in Kosovo …

Several dozen Serbs were allegedly murdered for their organs that were sold on the international black market, according to the report that also implicated Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, a guerilla leader at the

Iraq executes 14 criminals despite UN rights chief protest

Iraq executed 14 convicted criminals on Tuesday, a Justice Ministry official said, bringing the number of executions this year to at least 65 despite objections from the United Nations

UN's Intergovernmental Solar panel on Global warming | Yearly Blog

Anything over 500ppm that the UN’s Intergovernmental Solar panel on Global warming has stated would be the minimum rise will result in the reef’s destruction. Coral beds will end up simply “rapidly eroding boulders banks”.

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