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U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti accused of sexual abuse | Systems …

With the repeated accusations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Haiti, the U.N. has dispatched a team of officials to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince “to investigate these allegations with

Preventing UN Security Council From Becoming West's Rubber …

“There is no such thing as the United Nations . There is only the international community, which can only be led by the only remaining superpower, which is the United States,” said John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the …

First ‘moving’ images of Northern Lights from space

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

Inspector: no improper influence on Keystone line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department Inspector General issued a review on Thursday that found “no evidence” the company that wants to build the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL crude oil pipeline had improperly influenced on a contractor that performed the environmental review of

NRC approves first new nuclear plant in a generation

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (Reuters) – Regulators on Thursday approved plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years, despite objections of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman, who cited safety concerns stemming from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Bungled conservation effort kills South African rhino

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A group of animal conservationists in South Africa accidentally killed a rhinoceros they were attempting to make safe from poachers in a botched public relations

La Nina seems to have peaked, set to decline: WMO

GENEVA (Reuters) – La Nina, a weather phenomenon usually linked to heavy rains and flooding in Asia-Pacific and South America and drought in Africa, seems to have reached its peak and is

The World Next Week: February 9, 2012

A preview of world events in the coming week from President Obama presents the 2013 budget to Congress; the Senate Armed Services Committee debates worldwide threats; Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits Washington; and the

How Europe Views the U.S. Presidential Campaign

Europeans are closely watching the U.S. presidential campaign despite their ongoing economic troubles because the United States remains the number one power in the world, says German expert Josef Joffe.

IMF faults Pakistan's optimism on economy

KARACHI – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has criticized Pakistan’s economic projections, saying the country’s economic vulnerabilities will further increase in the remainder of the fiscal year ending June.

Obama Advisers Revising U.S. Economic Outlook to Signal Greater Job Growth – Bloomberg

Bloomberg Obama Advisers Revising U.S. Economic Outlook to Signal Greater Job Growth Bloomberg President Barack Obama’s advisers have grown more confident about US economic growth this year, revising their …

France steps up efforts to plug muni funding gap

PARIS, Feb 8 (Reuters) – French authorities are stepping up efforts to bridge a yawning gap in municipal funding needs caused by the collapse of lender Dexia.

Milwaukee archdiocese bid to duck abuse suits sparks ire

MILWAUKEE, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Milwaukee’s Roman Catholic archdiocese will ask a judge on Thursday to throw out hundreds of sexual abuse claims that have thrust it into bankruptcy, triggering a court…

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: The Year Past, The Year Ahead (Audio)

Steve Coll, Robert Grenier, and Daniel Markey look at changes in U.S.-Pakistan relations over the past year and make recommendations for moving forward.

Genting Worst KLCI Performer on Casino Delay: Kuala Lumpur Mover

Genting Malaysia Bhd., owner of Resorts World Casino New York City, tumbled the most in almost four months in Kuala Lumpur trading after the Florida legislature postponed a vote on a

Groupon set to launch geo-located deals in Germany

The American online coupon firm is partnering with Deutsche Telekom to unleash physically-based deals. One German startup may already point the way forward.

Ontario crash victim identified by Peruvian newspaper

Enrique Arturo Arenaza León, 48, among 10 Peruvian farm workers killed in crash, report says; truck driver also killed

Japan says no reactor restarts yet, report suggests April

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s trade minister said on Tuesday he had not set deadlines to resume operations at nuclear reactors after a media report said the government aimed to restart two reactors around April, the first since…

India Ink: The Number of Foreigners From Developed Countries is Skyrocketing in India

Professionals fleeing slow-growth developed economies are landing in India.

Links 2/8/12

Your blogger needed to spend most of the last two days crashing, for no apparent cause. Hopefully I will be more energetic going forward.

After 10 years in Afghanistan, success depends on where you’re standing

Even after a decade, Canadians are still divided about our role in the war

India Ink: U.P. Elections, Window on India's Politics

Caste, religion, corruption and economic inequality all issues in Uttar Pradesh elections.

Politics › China protests Japan's plan to name disputed islands

China on Monday protested at Japan’s plan to name several dozen islands near an archipelago at the center of a territorial dispute between the two countries, state media said.

Syria’s Deepening Crisis

Amid increasing fears of a civil war in Syria following the failure of the UN Security Council resolution, analysts remain divided over the question of intervention and how best to address the crisis.

Research and Markets: Analyzing the US Renewable Energy Market: a comprehensive databook

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Analyzing the US Renewable Energy Market” subscription to…

Vestas CFO resigns over recent profit warnings

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas said late on Tuesday that its chief financial officer, Henrik Norremark, resigned after explaining to the board conditions leading to recent profit warnings

The Obama Doctrine

Elliott Abrams argues that President Obama’s recent State of the Union address settled the matter on the existence of an Obama Doctrine.

Business Requirements: Don’t Say “How”

Stating how to achieve a result is normally taboo in requirements writing. The resounding “No” that causes systems personnel to cringe is when someone wants to dictate how to …

How Online Paywalls Are Changing Journalism

Online media advocate Clay Shirky has long been a skeptic of newspaper paywalls. He now thinks 2012 could be the year that a critical mass of readers will be willing to pay for news online. …

Swan Backs Gillard Over Possible Australia Leadership Fight

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has the backing of Labor Party lawmakers, according to Treasurer Wayne Swan, amid speculation that Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is considering a


Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports on the marginalisation of the youth movements that toppled Mubarak

Taiwan makes biggest drugs bust in 10 years: report

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan authorities have arrested three people and seized nearly half a tonne of narcotics in their biggest drugs bust in 10 years, according to local media.

India Court Ruling to Trigger Telecom Industry Shakeout

Vodafone , for one, is wasting little time in capitalizing on a blockbuster Indian court verdict that’s likely to shake up the world’s second-largest mobile phone market.

Premier Wen says China needs to help Europe – report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that China needs to help Europe stabilise its markets due to strategic considerations in its relations with the region, the official China Securities Journal reported on Monday. China also needs …

Bangladesh-based author's book released with much fanfare in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb.5 (ANI): Bangladesh High Commissioner Tariq Ahmed Karim and the president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Dr. Karan Singh, released Dhaka-based author Anisul Hoque’s latest book here on Saturday evening.

Navy 'sends submarine to Falklands'

The Royal Navy is sending a nuclear submarine to the Falkland Islands amid heightened tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands, it has been reported.

China paper defends Syria veto, doubts West's intentions

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top newspaper on Monday defended Beijing’s rejection of a U.N. resolution pressing Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to abandon power, saying Western campaigns in…

10 Tech Trends Defining the Future of Small Business

Technology companies are pushing innovative new products to market at light speed. Here’s a look at how tech is defining the future of small business–today.

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