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GM profit misses estimates; losses in Europe deepen

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co reported a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, citing wider losses in Europe and lower vehicle prices plus higher costs in its core North…

Dr Johan Franzén: The Fallacy of the Arab Spring

There was no Arab Spring – nor is there necessarily an Islamist Winter. Ongoing events in Syria, and recently across the Middle East, are the last in a long historic process of protest, opposition and revolution. But the outcome will not be democracy as we know it in the West. …

UN official: evicting homeless could violate international human rights

An appointee to the United Nations Human Rights Council has issued a four-page memo warning Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson that local officials could be violating the human rights of the homeless people living within …

Lin shines as Knicks rebound to beat Mavs

The New York Knicks rebounded from their first loss of Jeremy Lin’s magical run to defeat the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks 104-97 on Sunday. Just two days after committing a season-high nine turnovers in a loss to New Orleans, …

Moscow air talks to debate measures against EU: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nations opposing a European Union law that forces all airlines to pay for their carbon emissions will next week debate an array of counter-measures, a draft agenda seen by Reuters on Friday showed, raising the risk of an aviation trade war.

Sewage dumping disrupts water supply in China city

BEIJING (Reuters) – About 50,000 residents in a southern Chinese city had their water supplies disrupted after a fish farm discharged sewage into the local water source, state media said Sunday, in the

Global Systemic Crisis: Towards a Renaissance in European political and economic integration

Euroland has come out of this violently conflictual episode with its “natural allies” much reinforced. According to our team, 2012 will mark the starting point for the perpetuation of a new global power, Euroland.

Pendleton misses medals as Guo stuns Meares

China’s Guo Shuang stunned Australia’s Anna Meares 2-0 in the women’s sprint final at the World Cup Olympic test event, marked by Victoria Pendleton’s failure to medal here Saturday. Featuring the podium finishers in Beijing four …

Panel reinforces Ecuador award halt in Chevron case

(Reuters) – An arbitration panel reinforced an order that Ecuador’s government seek to suspend an $18 billion court award against U.S. oil company Chevron Corp over pollution in the South American country’s rainforest.

Poachers kill 200 elephants in Cameroon killing spree

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Poachers have killed more than 200 elephants in Cameroon in just six weeks, in a “massacre” fuelled by Asian demand for ivory.

Analysis: As solar panels eclipsed, installers in limelight

(Reuters) – A steep decline in solar panel prices is helping solar installers attract new capital, a trend likely to trigger consolidation in the fragmented industry and drive down the cost of putting the renewable energy system

Murdoch Comes Out Fighting for UK Newspapers

Rupert Murdoch reaffirmed his commitment to his embattled U.K. newspapers by announcing in London Friday that he will launch a new Sunday edition of The Sun “very soon.”

Thailand falters as its neighbours rise rapidly

First, it was Cambodia, then Vietnam and Laos. After three decades, Burma has become in the past six months the region’s new darling. With the once pariah state joining the road of reformation, …

Indian president’s son faces probe: official

The politician son of the Indian president has been asked to explain the origins of 10 million rupees ($203,000) found in a party worker’s car in his constituency, an official said Friday. The money was discovered by police during patrols in Amravati…

HSBC Names McLean to Head Japan as Bank Scales Back

(Corrects sixth paragraph of story published on Jan. 27 to say McLean worked as business manager for global banking and markets in Asia-Pacific.) HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) named Kaber McLean as its chief executive officer for Japan, where Europe ’s biggest bank is reducing its presence as part…

Cameron Promises More Powers To Scotland In Bid To Stop UK Falling Apart

In a desperate attempt to ensure that Scotland does not leave the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he will consider offering Scotland more powers if its people vote against the referendum to secede, The Telegraph reports. “I’m very

All United Nations Officials Shall Be Internationalists | Adverb.biz

The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and a majority of other signatories.

Nepal crocodile farm aims to save endangered species

KASARA, Nepal (Reuters) – As Prem Sharma steps gingerly into the sand-filled chamber, lines of baby crocodiles basking in the warm sunshine splash into a pond, eyes glinting behind their long, thin snouts

EU politicians agree compromise text on CO2 allowances

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European parliamentarians have agreed to compromise wording ahead of a vote this month that is expected to increase pressure on the Commission to remove carbon allowances to prop up

Employees Reveal Why They Hate Their Bosses

Hate your boss?  New research shows you’re not alone.

Comment on Wake Up, Wisma Putra: You are losing friends for Malaysia by Frank

So this Johan R ‘s real name is Johan Ariff Abdul Razak, Special Officer to Wisma Putra KSU? What does a Special Officer do REALLY? Bag carrier? Tea boy for the KSU ? or office mistress of the KSU? OR to help the …

Comment on Wake Up, Wisma Putra: You are losing friends for Malaysia by C.L. Familiaris

You must be kiddin’, Observer. Angus cows, don’t prosper in these climes. And Kat, it’s not a personal thing – about 70% of our ambassadors/HC can’t even teach kindergarten – and as the HC above reiterates are merely…

IMF's Blanchard sees "very large" Greek haircut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The IMF’s chief economist, Olivier Blanchard, said on Monday it looks like the ‘haircut’ on Greek private debt will be “very large” as negotiations between bondholders and the government drag on to cut Greece’s debt burden. “With …

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2012: Animals Prepare For The Pooch Parade (PHOTOS)

NEW YORK (AP) — Standing at attention, or “stacked,” as they say in the dog show world, Eira is the picture of wire fox terrier perfection. A dense, white coat falls off her jaws. She’s got alert …

Insight: Poland’s shale gas play takes on Russian power

LESNIOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – When Wieslaw Radzieciak took office as the mayor of Lesniowice in the gently-rolling farmland of southeastern Poland 26 years ago, the Soviet garrisons that dotted the county were a stark reminder of which superpower was in control.

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.

Rothschild loses "puppet master" libel case

LONDON (Reuters) – Financier Nathaniel Rothschild lost a libel case on Friday against a newspaper that depicted him as a “puppet master” who used his friendship with a European trade chief to impress a Russian oligarch and help close a business deal. Rothschild sued the Daily Mail over a…

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…

BP wins spill trial ruling, old accidents kept out

(Reuters) – BP Plc won a court order to keep references to some previous accidents out of this month’s trial to assess blame for the 2010 Gulf

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

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…

Diamond removes CEO, CFO after walnut payment probe

(Reuters) – Diamond Foods Inc removed top management after a probe by its audit committee found that the company improperly accounted for payments to walnut growers, sending its shares down 40…

Mexican army finds 15 tons of pure methamphetamine

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s army says its troops seized 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco. It says soldiers discovered the huge cache in the town of Tlajomulco …

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.

BBC directive: Don’t make Osama’s right-hand man in Europe look fat

Hey hey hey! Fat Abu Qatada in an image banned by the BBC How clueless and compromised is the mainstream media? This clueless and compromised: “BBC tells its staff: don’t call Qatada extremist,

Cultural Internet Cinematheque: Ceci est un message enregistré …

Les news arts de fluctuat. net · Un livre (d’art) pas comme les autres? – Vas-y (drôle de titre qu’on se dit) n’est pas seulement un livre d’art, un livre sur l’art. C’est une utopie. Un saut dans le vide avec réception incerta… 1 hour …

US Thwarted at the UN: Imperial Ambitions Persevere | Dissident …

To Washington’s great chagrin, the attempt to impose “regime change” in Syria under the auspices of a United Nations Security Council resolution fell.

Greece struggles on for deal on unpopular reforms

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s government on Saturday struggled on in talks with lenders to secure a 130 billion euro ($171 bilion) bailout before turning to the trickier task of

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