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Congress loses interest in job creation

Jobs are still a top issue for many Americans, but it seems as though Congress

Worst job market recovery since WWII

The job market may not be as weak as it looked just a month ago

Israeli officials confirm Syria strike

Israeli officials have confirmed that the Tel Aviv regime has conducted an airstrike

Lebanon condemns Israeli violations

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman has condemned the latest violation

MKO terrorists active in Syria under guise of medics: Defected member

A defected member of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization

Nearly half of European jails overcrowded: Council of Europe

A Council of Europe report has warned that nearly half of all European countries

Portugal to lay off 30,000 public sector workers

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has announced that the government plans

Belgium fire forces many to leave homes

Many have been forced to leave their homes after several train cars

US wildfire doubles in size, covers 18,000 acres

A wildfire burning through coastal wilderness in the US state of California 

NPT members voice concern about maintenance of nuclear weapons

The members of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

‘Iron Man 3’ blasts off US blockbuster season

“Iron Man 3” is expected to launch America’s summer blockbuster season with a bang this weekend, having already taken global box offices by storm, industry analysts say.

Stay off triggers to avoid migraine

Headache is the ninth most common reason in the world for a person to consult a physician and migraine accounts for 64 per cent of these headaches in females and 43 per cent in males, according to Dr Kamal Bhalla, Specialist, Internal Medicine, Zulekha Hospital, Sharjah.

Do school programs keep kids from smoking?

Certain school-based programs that aim to keep kids from smoking cigarettes seem to work, according to a fresh look at some past research.

 

AFC set to introduce ethics committee

New Asian soccer chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will make introducing an ethics committee a top priority as the Bahraini attempts to bring about sweeping reform at the scandal-hit Asian Football Confederation.

Knight Riders win at last

Chasing 133-run target, Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis added quick fifty-run partnership for the third wicket to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders run chase against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

 

Microsoft goes mainstream to win phone share

Microsoft Corp’s phone chief hates to call the new Nokia Lumia 521 cheap, but the lower-priced smartphone launching in the United States is the company’s boldest move yet to win mass market share from leaders Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics.

Run silent, run deep: The life of Brian Krzanich at Intel

It took him 30 years, but Brian Krzanich - the understated, analytical engineer who started his career at an Intel chip factory in New Mexico - quietly worked his way up to the top. Now, the man who once prided himself on halving production times will have to act swiftly to move the company into new areas of growth.

Making a global Splash

High-street brand Splash will be rolling out more stores outside of the Middle East as it embarks on a mission to become a global retailer — from East to West — its top official said.

Mideast M&A value soars

DUBAI - The total value of mergers and acquisitions, or M&A, targeting companies based in the Middle East soared in April 2013 to $1,770 million from the $347 million recorded in March, according to the latest report from Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk.

 

US job maket strengthens

US employment rose more than expected in April and hiring was much stronger than previously thought in the prior two months, easing concerns belt-tightening in Washington was dealing a big blow to the economy.

Hit-and-run driver arrested in UAQ

An african driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in which a woman was knocked down and left with a brain hemorrhage has been arrested.

Partly cloudy today, says NCMS

Partly cloudy weather at times is expected today as the amount of clouds will increase at times over some southern & eastern areas, with light to moderate winds that may freshen at times, national forecasters said.

Israel has conducted airstrike in Syria: US official

Israel has conducted an airstrike in Syria, apparently targeting a building, a US official said on Friday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to elaborate

Young Emiratis struggle to find jobs

Emiratis say they are struggling to get jobs due to the emphasis on “who you know, not what you know” — with some searching for at least a year.

 

Monty Python star to receive top British TV award

Film and television star Michael Palin, who made his name as a founder of comedy group Monty Python, is to receive one of the British entertainment industry’s highest accolades.

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Congress loses interest in job creation

Jobs are still a top issue for many Americans, but it seems as though Congress

Worst job market recovery since WWII

The job market may not be as weak as it looked just a month ago

Israeli officials confirm Syria strike

Israeli officials have confirmed that the Tel Aviv regime has conducted an airstrike

Lebanon condemns Israeli violations

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman has condemned the latest violation

MKO terrorists active in Syria under guise of medics: Defected member

A defected member of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization

Nearly half of European jails overcrowded: Council of Europe

A Council of Europe report has warned that nearly half of all European countries

Portugal to lay off 30,000 public sector workers

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has announced that the government plans

Belgium fire forces many to leave homes

Many have been forced to leave their homes after several train cars

US wildfire doubles in size, covers 18,000 acres

A wildfire burning through coastal wilderness in the US state of California 

NPT members voice concern about maintenance of nuclear weapons

The members of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

‘Iron Man 3’ blasts off US blockbuster season

“Iron Man 3” is expected to launch America’s summer blockbuster season with a bang this weekend, having already taken global box offices by storm, industry analysts say.

Stay off triggers to avoid migraine

Headache is the ninth most common reason in the world for a person to consult a physician and migraine accounts for 64 per cent of these headaches in females and 43 per cent in males, according to Dr Kamal Bhalla, Specialist, Internal Medicine, Zulekha Hospital, Sharjah.

Do school programs keep kids from smoking?

Certain school-based programs that aim to keep kids from smoking cigarettes seem to work, according to a fresh look at some past research.

 

AFC set to introduce ethics committee

New Asian soccer chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will make introducing an ethics committee a top priority as the Bahraini attempts to bring about sweeping reform at the scandal-hit Asian Football Confederation.

Knight Riders win at last

Chasing 133-run target, Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis added quick fifty-run partnership for the third wicket to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders run chase against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

 

Microsoft goes mainstream to win phone share

Microsoft Corp’s phone chief hates to call the new Nokia Lumia 521 cheap, but the lower-priced smartphone launching in the United States is the company’s boldest move yet to win mass market share from leaders Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics.

Run silent, run deep: The life of Brian Krzanich at Intel

It took him 30 years, but Brian Krzanich - the understated, analytical engineer who started his career at an Intel chip factory in New Mexico - quietly worked his way up to the top. Now, the man who once prided himself on halving production times will have to act swiftly to move the company into new areas of growth.

Making a global Splash

High-street brand Splash will be rolling out more stores outside of the Middle East as it embarks on a mission to become a global retailer — from East to West — its top official said.

Mideast M&A value soars

DUBAI - The total value of mergers and acquisitions, or M&A, targeting companies based in the Middle East soared in April 2013 to $1,770 million from the $347 million recorded in March, according to the latest report from Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk.

 

US job maket strengthens

US employment rose more than expected in April and hiring was much stronger than previously thought in the prior two months, easing concerns belt-tightening in Washington was dealing a big blow to the economy.

Hit-and-run driver arrested in UAQ

An african driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in which a woman was knocked down and left with a brain hemorrhage has been arrested.

Partly cloudy today, says NCMS

Partly cloudy weather at times is expected today as the amount of clouds will increase at times over some southern & eastern areas, with light to moderate winds that may freshen at times, national forecasters said.

Israel has conducted airstrike in Syria: US official

Israel has conducted an airstrike in Syria, apparently targeting a building, a US official said on Friday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to elaborate

Young Emiratis struggle to find jobs

Emiratis say they are struggling to get jobs due to the emphasis on “who you know, not what you know” — with some searching for at least a year.

 

Monty Python star to receive top British TV award

Film and television star Michael Palin, who made his name as a founder of comedy group Monty Python, is to receive one of the British entertainment industry’s highest accolades.

Anatara goes arty

A couple of art experiences will take shape at Art Space, a newly transformed area for art shows at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa, as part of the Anantara Art Series, a new initiative launched last month.

Keralites corner glory in civil service exams

TRIVANDRUM - After two decades, a Keralite has topped the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) examination. The results of the examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in October 2012 were announced on Friday.

 

Australia halts cattle exports to Egypt

Australian cattle exporters said they had suspended live shipments to Egypt on Saturday after abattoir footage shot by animal rights activists showed “horrific” mistreatment of cows.

Solar plane lands at night in US airport

The first-ever manned airplane that can fly by day or night on solar power alone landed in the dark at a major southwestern US airport, a live feed from the organizer’s website showed early Saturday.

 

Major wildfire spread in California

A fierce, wind-driven wildfire spread along the California coast northwest of Los Angeles, threatening 4,000 homes and a military base as residents were evacuated ahead of the flames and a university campus was closed.

 

How to Organize in 20 Minutes (or Less)!

12 tips for getting organized fast. What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking...

8 Islands to see before you die

From the romantic to the downright exotic, there is an islands that has something for you - see this list of ten to start dreaming about the perfect escape.

Huge Rubber Duck arrives in Hong Kong

A 16.5-metre-tall inflatable Rubber Duck art installation is seen at the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on Thursday.

Wanderlust-inducing gifs

So, take a look at these moving pictures below and tell us you don't feel a deep stirring of nostalgic wanderlust. 

SAA flight specials round-up

Take a look at the latest flight specials to top destinations across the globe.

Top spenders and destinations revealed

The most popular travel destination both in recent months and for 2013 is the US.

36 Hours in Tokyo

Japan’s population may be skewing older, leading the global march to demographic gridlock, but Tokyo feels like a city powered by the young.

Iron Man Three: Tony Stark Saves the World, Gets a Heart

Many people have dreams where they fly through the air and suddenly, disastrously lose altitude. But for Tony Stark, whose invention of an airborne Iron Man suit made him a superhero, the image of a flying man falling signals something worse than an anxiety attack. It is a harbinger of career suicide.

Cornell's new twin Atlantic Odyssey takes Transat rallies to four

While it is a long way from Australia, crossing the north Atlantic, devoid of mid-ocean islands and a distance of almost 3000nm, is a challenge that many cruising sailors love to take on.

Isabella Bertold named Sail Canada's April Sailor of the Month

Isabella’s consistency in top level events propelled her up 13 places in the ISAF ranking list issued immediately after the event to a personal best of second place. 

Superyacht of the week: Royal Huisman's Pumula

In 2012, acclaimed Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman launched the remarkable and eloquently elegant sailing yacht Pumula.

Coast Guard rescues pair from boat with damaged sail

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sailboat after their sail and rigging were damaged, according to the Eighth District of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Wilson Trophy 2013 Underway at West Kirby Sailing Club

Two Olympic silver medallists are set to take on West Kirby Sailing Club’s home team plus other top teams from across the UK, USA and Ireland, as the world’s largest team racing event, the British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy, hosted by West Kirby Sailing Club over Bank Holiday weekend (3-5 May).

Extreme sailing series heads to Qingdao for Act 3

After concluding the Singaporean races, the eight international Extreme 40 teams are now headed north for Act Three of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China.

Parents see more food, skin allergies in children

Parents see more food, skin allergies in children

Bomb explosion at Iraq mosque kills 7

Bomb explosion at Iraq mosque kills 7

Saudi Arabia Sars-like virus 'kills five'

Saudi Arabia Sars-like virus 'kills five'

Google edition adopts 'Palestine'

Google edition adopts 'Palestine'

France 'to enter recession' as eurozone growth slows

France 'to enter recession' as eurozone growth slows

Photo tagging finally comes to Instagram

Photo tagging finally comes to Instagram

Stars, fans say goodbye to George Jones at Grand Ole Opry

Stars, fans say goodbye to George Jones at Grand Ole Opry

Debts, drugs, messy bedroom highlighted in Michael Jackson wrongful death trial

Debts, drugs, messy bedroom highlighted in Michael Jackson wrongful death trial

Chelsea to face Benfica in Europa League final

Chelsea to face Benfica in Europa League final

Time for Premier League to give youth a chance, says Hargreaves

Time for Premier League to give youth a chance, says Hargreaves

Syrian government reclaims parts of Homs; raid in other city

Syrian government reclaims parts of Homs; raid in other city

Turkish flight attendants see red over lipstick policy

Turkish flight attendants see red over lipstick policy

EU predicts eurozone recession to continue in 2013, key economies set to breach deficit limits

EU predicts eurozone recession to continue in 2013, key economies set to breach deficit limits

US Justice Department investigating IBM bribery allegations

US Justice Department investigating IBM bribery allegations

Recession à la Russe

Recession à la Russe

High school student faces 20 years in prison for Facebook messages

High school student faces 20 years in prison for Facebook messages

British Treasury threatens to seize funds if no cuts are made

British Treasury threatens to seize funds if no cuts are made

Anti-EU mood goes local: Election surge for UK Independence Party

Anti-EU mood goes local: Election surge for UK Independence Party

On track to reach US: Pentagon warns of N. Korea rocket, nuclear progress

On track to reach US: Pentagon warns of N. Korea rocket, nuclear progress

UK operates first drone strike from own territory

UK operates first drone strike from own territory

'We need this hunger strike stopped before somebody dies’ – Gitmo detainee’s attorney

'We need this hunger strike stopped before somebody dies’ – Gitmo detainee’s attorney

Tsarnaevs planned Independence Day attack, Dzhokhar tells investigators

Tsarnaevs planned Independence Day attack, Dzhokhar tells investigators

Building collapse death toll passes 500

Police investigating the collapse of a Bangladesh factory building that killed more than 500 people have arrested an engineer who warned the day before that the eight-storey complex was unsafe.

Hong Kong's giant rubber duck

Hong Kong's busy harbor is never short of action

FAA furloughs over, air traffic controllers back on the job

Good news for air travelers, both domestic and international

U.S. airports don't stack up

There's some work to be done to get United States airports

LinkedIn slumps on disappointing outlook

LinkedIn has blown Wall Street estimates out of the water consistently

Arts and crafts get a tech makeover

Some people hire florists and caterers when planning their wedding

Two teens take lives over unfinished homework

Two teens in eastern China committed suicide after “failing to complete homework assignments” state-run media said on Friday, in an extreme case highlighting the immense pressure schoolchildren can face.

Edgar Wright night in 'CapeTown'

At the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles during EW’s CapeTown Film Festival

Marvel: Scoop on 'Phase Two'

When Marvel Studios began producing its own movies in 2008

European Central Bank cuts interest rates to record low

The European Central Bank (ECB) has cut interest rates to record low 

UK interest-only mortgage borrowers face funding shortfall

More than a million British householders with interest-only mortgages

Obama's pick for housing agency head faces big headaches

The next head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency will have quite the task waiting.

Iraqi Kurdish ministers end boycott of cabinet: Kurdish official

Iraqi Kurdish ministers have attended a cabinet meeting for the first time

Russia urges UN to satisfy Syria’s request for probe into chemical attack

Russia says the UN must respond to Syria’s ‘specific’ request for an investigation

Syria crisis discussed at UN meeting, says spokesman for UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has met with representatives of the five permanent members 

Russia to re-commission three nuclear submarines in 2013

Russia’s Navy will re-commission three nuclear-powered 

IMF sees little alternative to austerity

The IMF chief Christine Lagarde has said that she sees little alternative to the agenda 

German union says 50,000 workers join major strike over pay

Germany’s union IG Metall says nearly 50,000 workers from the country’s

US mulling arming Syrian militants: Hagel

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the White House

UN rights body blasts force-feeding of Gitmo hunger strikers as 'torture'

The UN human rights body has censured force-feeding of hunger striking captives at US

US state legalizes same-sex marriage

The US state of Rhode Island has become the 10th state to allow homosexuals to wed

Suicide rate among middle-aged Americans on the rise: Report

Suicide rate among middle-aged Americans has risen 28.4 percent, a federal report says.

S. Korea to block anti-North leaflet launch

South Korean police said on Friday they would stop a planned launch of anti-North Korean leaflets across the tense border, after Pyongyang threatened to retaliate.

How to Destroy Angels offers a refined take on Trent Reznor’s signature sound

How to Destroy Angels offers a refined take on Trent Reznor’s signature sound

Jim James of My Morning Jacket: all over the place and always charming at 9:30 Club

Jim James of My Morning Jacket: all over the place and always charming at 9:30 Club

In the Alps of Goethe and James Bond

In the Alps of Goethe and James Bond

Opening Up Paraguay’s Landlocked Guairá Region

Opening Up Paraguay’s Landlocked Guairá Region

In the Playoffs, There Is Room for Panic

In the Playoffs, There Is Room for Panic

Think Like a Doctor: An Unusual Headache

Think Like a Doctor: An Unusual Headache

Lending Web Site Gains a Shareholder in Google

Lending Web Site Gains a Shareholder in Google

Intel Names Insider as Chief Executive

Intel Names Insider as Chief Executive

EU's Ashton to Meet Iran's Nuclear Negotiator on May 15

EU's Ashton to Meet Iran's Nuclear Negotiator on May 15

April Bloodiest Month in Iraq Since 2008

April Bloodiest Month in Iraq Since 2008

Lebanese Police Arrest 2011 Kidnapper of Estonians

Lebanese Police Arrest 2011 Kidnapper of Estonians

Year of the yuan: China's explosive currency goes global

Year of the yuan: China's explosive currency goes global

How bout’ them apples? iPhone maker sets record $17 billion bond deal

How bout’ them apples? iPhone maker sets record $17 billion bond deal

UK failing legal duty on air pollution - Supreme Court

UK failing legal duty on air pollution - Supreme Court

Cellar sell-off: French budget crisis sees Elysee wines up for grabs

Cellar sell-off: French budget crisis sees Elysee wines up for grabs

Presidential face-plant: Turkmen leader thrown over after winning horse race

Presidential face-plant: Turkmen leader thrown over after winning horse race

Stage is set: Mariinsky Theater II makes debut

Stage is set: Mariinsky Theater II makes debut

Welcome, please don’t come: UK encourages Afghan interpreters not to seek asylum

Welcome, please don’t come: UK encourages Afghan interpreters not to seek asylum

German Labor Day rioting: Firecrackers and water cannons unleashed

German Labor Day rioting: Firecrackers and water cannons unleashed

Fresh ExxonMobil pipeline spill hits Missouri

Fresh ExxonMobil pipeline spill hits Missouri

Guantanamo attorney dead in apparent suicide

Guantanamo attorney dead in apparent suicide

May Day mayhem in Seattle: Police mace and fire flash bang grenades at protesters

May Day mayhem in Seattle: Police mace and fire flash bang grenades at protesters

All Dreamliner airlines to resume flights

The eight airlines around the world that have the Boeing 787 

Police search for men who left suspect van at Gatwick

Two men who left a suspicious van in a short-term parking 

'The Way, Way Back' to close Los Angeles Film Festival; Full lineup announced

The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has revealed its full lineup

High-tech camera acts like a bug's eye

The next generation of digital cameras could show us how bugs see the world.

Facebook sales jump 38%, with mobile boost

Facebook's sales jumped 38% in the first quarter, boosted by its growing mobile ad business.

Tiny flying robots! Meet the quadrotor

It's a mesmerizing, surreal scene. Eight tiny, unmanned aerial vehicles

Wealth gap among races has widened since recession

Millions of Americans suffered a loss of wealth during the recession

Shoppers lash out at stores over Bangladesh

Shoppers are speaking out against unsafe working conditions 

ECB meets under pressure to cut rates

Rate cut expectations are running high as the European Central Bank

Bahraini sheikh voted AFC president despite protests over rights violations

Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been elected the new president

Brahimi plans to quit as UN-Arab League envoy for Syria: UN diplomats

Diplomats at the United Nations say UN-Arab League Special Representative

Five Saudis die from SARS-like virus: Health ministry

At least five people have died in Saudi Arabia from a virus similar to the one that causes SARS

Spaniards hold mass anti-austerity demos

Thousands of protesters have staged rallies in Spain to express resentment

Russian civilian aircraft was not targeted in Syria airspace: Official

A Syrian civil aviation official has dismissed media reports that a Russian plane 

Portuguese protest spending cuts

Thousands of protesters have held demonstrations in Portugal

Three suspects arrested over Boston bombings: US police

The US police announce they have arrested three more suspects

US citizens fear homegrown terrorists more than al-Qaeda: Poll

Many US citizens believe that the threat from homegrown terrorists is much graver than 

US backs Georgia's NATO, EU membership bid

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed Washington's support

New survey shows most Americans oppose US intervention in Syria

A new poll has revealed that most Americans oppose US intervention in Syria 

7 deluxe tree-house hotels

Want to go out on a limb for your next vacation

Rapper Chris Kelly dies aged 34

Rapper Chris Kelly, who shot to fame as part of the 1990s duo Kriss Kross, has been found dead at his home in Atlanta, reports said Thursday. He was 34.

 

Food, skin allergies increasing in children

Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big US government survey found.

 

Web-based programmes for weight-loss

Web-based programmes are the new effective measures in weight loss and weight management, according to a study.

Web-basead programmes for weight-loss

<span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: normal;">Web-based programmes are the new effective measures in weight loss and weight management, according to a study.</span>

Warner powers Daredevils

David Warner smashed an unbeaten half-century and powered Delhi Daredevils to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League match here on Wednesday.

Shaikh Salman wins AFC presidential election

UAE candidate Yousuf Al Serkal has lost the AFC presidential election in the Malaysian capital here to Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

New website makes clinical trials easy to find

A US doctor has created a website to make it easier for the world’s sickest people to connect with research that could potentially save their lives.

Tablet sales surge as consumers shun PCs

Global sales of tablet computers surged by 142.4 percent in the first quarter of 2013 as more and more consumers chose small-screen devices over PCs, research figures showed.

 

GTHE upbeat on this year’s heavy equipment outlook

DUBAI - Galadari Trucks and Heavy Equipment Co (GTHE) is upbeat on its outlook for the heavy equipment sector this year amid signs of recovery in the construction industry, Samer Khalid, Acting General Manager of GTHE, told GT.

Sustainable real estate conference starts today

The Arab International Sustainable Real Estate Conference organised by the Government of Dubai Land Department kicks off in Dubai today.

 

Social entrepreneurship key

Businesses must be innovative and entrepreneurial about people and their communities just as they are about profits, Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, said on Wednesday.

Emaar hints at skyscraper taller than Burj Khalifa

Chairman of Emaar Properties Mohamed Alabbar hinted at building another skyscraper taller than Burj Khalifa and said his company will continue to launch new projects on a regular basis.

MBR City: Dh21 billion iconic district unveiled

Meydan Group of Dubai and renowned India-based developer Sobha Group on Wednesday announced the creation of a joint venture to develop an iconic destination community with a market value of Dh21 billion upon completion.

Talks focus on boosting ties

Security and stability of the Gulf, trade and strategic investments figured prominently during talks between the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday

New book to dig into alleged Boston bombers’ past

A new book will explore the life of the Tsarnaev brothers, the ethnic Chechens accused of bombing the Boston marathon, a New York publishing house announced Wednesday.

 

EU considers action, Pope weighs in, after B’desh disaster

The European Union is considering trade action against Bangladesh, which has preferential access to EU markets for its garments, to pressure Dhaka to improve safety standards after a building collapse killed more than 400 factory workers.

Jackson death doctor had huge debts, trial hears

Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray was in dire financial straits when he was hired to care for the US superstar, a policeman testified Wednesday.

US child kills sister with gun he got as a gift

Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she briefly stepped outside while cleaning the kitchen, ‘she heard the gun go off,’ a coroner said.

Texts, TV, then trouble for bombing suspect’s pals

Dias Kadyrbayev was driving back to his apartment when he got a call from a college buddy. A clearly anxious Robel Phillipos told him authorities had released photos of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers — and one of them looked very familiar.

Fed keeps stimulus, says taxes and cuts have hurt

The Federal Reserve cautioned America’s political leaders Wednesday that their policies are hurting the economy.

Mobile phone data redraws bus routes in Africa

Mobile phone data redraws bus routes in Africa

Smoking 'poses bigger risk to women'

Smoking 'poses bigger risk to women'

Freaky weather over Hong Kong

Freaky weather over Hong Kong

Climbers, Sherpas make peace after Everest fight

Climbers, Sherpas make peace after Everest fight

Marissa Mayer's first-year pay: $6 million

Marissa Mayer's first-year pay: $6 million

Dagestan violence kills at least 5

Dagestan violence kills at least 5

Ireland's government puts forward draft abortion bill

Ireland's government puts forward draft abortion bill

At Verizon Center, Rihanna is bored and beautiful

At Verizon Center, Rihanna is bored and beautiful

KLR Trio at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

KLR Trio at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Bringing an Industrial Vision to the Home

Bringing an Industrial Vision to the Home

In Dortmund, Proof That Teamwork Can Trump Talent

In Dortmund, Proof That Teamwork Can Trump Talent

Dramatic Dortmund Incapable of Doing Things the Easy Way

In Dortmund, Proof That Teamwork Can Trump Talent

Ford's US Sales Up 18 Pct in April

Ford's US Sales Up 18 Pct in April

Home Spending on Entertainment Rises

Home Spending on Entertainment Rises

Kodak Plans 3Q Bankruptcy Emergence

Kodak Plans 3Q Bankruptcy Emergence

Bolivia President Expels US Govt Aid Agency

Bolivia President Expels US Govt Aid Agency

Obama Considers Expanding Support for Syrian Rebels

Obama Considers Expanding Support for Syrian Rebels

Greeks Stage General Strike Against Austerity

Greeks Stage General Strike Against Austerity

Syria's friends 'will not let it fall in the hands' of US, Israel – Hezbollah chief

Syria's friends 'will not let it fall in the hands' of US, Israel – Hezbollah chief

CIA workers intimidated into silence over Benghazi attack

CIA workers intimidated into silence over Benghazi attack 

Washington looks set to send Syrian rebels aid with 'direct military purpose'

Washington looks set to send Syrian rebels aid with 'direct military purpose'

Mission never quite ‘accomplished’: Iraq haunted by violence 10 years after Bush speech

Mission never quite ‘accomplished’: Iraq haunted by violence 10 years after Bush speech

Wimbledon bonus for tennis stars

Wimbledon officials have announced the biggest increase in prize money

Golfer's marathon playoff victory boosts family funds

Having played the same hole 10 times in one day

Desert heat: World Cup hosts Qatar face scrutiny over 'slavery' accusations

Zahir Belounis has spent the best part of the last two years

Sharlto Copley will star in 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp's next sci-fi film

Sharlto Copley is teaming up with Neill Blomkamp for a third time.

Marvel-ous night in 'CapeTown'

Entertainment Weekly‘s inaugural CapeTown Film Fest kicked off Tuesday

Marissa Mayer extends Yahoo's maternity leave

Nine months after Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gave birth

Alibaba takes stake in 'China's Twitter'

In a wedding of China's leading Internet darlings

Facebook needs to keep mobile momentum

Facebook finally decided to concentrate on mobile late last year

Obama, GOP blamed equally for sequester flight delays

The public blames congressional Republicans and President Obama 

Manufacturing growth falters in China

A weaker than expected manufacturing report in China

Consumers face tough choices over Bangladesh

It is hard for American shoppers to avoid buying clothes made in unsafe factories abroad.

2,000 Israeli reservists call up for surprise drill on Lebanon border

Some 2,000 Israeli army reservists have been called up to take part in a surprise large-scale

Militants carry out new chemical attack near Idlib: Syria UN envoy

Syria’s Ambassador to the United Nations says the foreign-backed militants

Islamic Jihad to respond to Israel’s recent attacks: Spokesman

The Palestinian resistance movement of the Islamic Jihad

General anti-austerity strike hits Greece on Labor Day

A general strike against harsh austerity measures has begun in different parts of Greece

Dutch queen abdicates, son becomes king

Dutch Queen Beatrix has abdicated in favor of her eldest son

EU opens new probe into human organ trafficking in Kosovo

A European Union prosecutor has initiated a new probe

US violating intl. law at Gitmo, UN says

The United Nations has said that the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay

NRC increasing oversight of Three Mile Island nuclear plant

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will increase oversight 

Obama plans sending troops, arms to Syria to 'hasten' goverment's ouster

Washington is preparing to deploy troops and ship arms to foreign-backed militant

5-year-old US child shoots dead 2-year-old sister while playing with gift gun

A 5-year-old child in the US state of Kentucky has shot and killed his 2-year-old sister

Jackson’s private life on display in US trial

Jurors in the civil case between Michael Jackson’s mother and concert giant AEG Live got another glimpse of the singer’s private life on Tuesday through the eyes of a paramedic who described the singer’s bedroom and the frantic efforts to revive the King of Pop on the day he died.

Amanda Knox mulls return to Italy as book launched

Amanda Knox may return to Italy for a murder retrial, she said as she launched a memoir Tuesday about her nightmare, including frank details about sex, drugs and her harrowing time behind bars.

 

2-year-old girl gets windpipe made from stem cells

A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.

Sahlawi and Mutawaa set for Jordan battle

Mohammed Al Sahlawi and Mohammed Al Mutawaa, two young Emirati drivers launched into this year’s FIA Middle East Rally Championship by Abu Dhabi Racing, are ready for their toughest test so far when Jordan stages the regional series’ third round next week.

CSK in cruise control

Chennai Super Kings once again came up with a ruthless performance and thrashed hapless Pune Warriors by 37 runs in their IPL match at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Tuesday.

Alexander Graham Bell speaks, and 2013 hears his voice

Nine years after he placed the first telephone call, Alexander Graham Bell tried another experiment: he recorded his voice on a wax-covered cardboard disc on April 15, 1885, and gave it an audio signature: ‘Hear my voice - Alexander Graham Bell.’

Dubai sees healthy growth

Cluttons, the real estate specialist, continues to see healthy growth in Dubai’s industrial and logistics market with a steady demand from new businesses entering the market and renewed confidence amongst existing players.

Emaar records first-quarter
 net profit of Dh556 million

Emaar Properties, Dubai’s biggest developer by market value, posted on Tuesday first-quarter net earnings of Dh556 million, nine 
per cent up on the previous quarter but eight per cent down on the year-earlier period.

Global FDI flow to hit $1.4 trillion

The global flow of foreign direct investment, or FDI, a driving force in the globalisation process, is poised to stage a recovery in 2013 by hitting $1.4 trillion on the back of an improvement in the worldwide macro-economic environment, UAE Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri said on Tuesday.

UAE makes organ transplant breakthrough

The country’s first cadaveric organ transplant was performed on a 23-year old Somali woman with kidney failure.

Dubai Sustainable City construction starts in July

The construction work at Dubai Sustainable City will begin in July and the first cluster of 100 villas and townhouses will be delivered by the end of 2014, the developer said on Tuesday.

A celebration of friendship

It was meeting of close friends and that friendship was taken to a new level when the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was received with pomp and ceremony by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

Italy’s Letta to juggle demands of EU and parties

Italy’s new coalition government has been cheered by many at home and cautiously welcomed abroad, but faces challenges to its survival, from managing rivalry between the newly united right and left to funding growth-boosting measures.

First year of turmoil for France’s feisty first lady

Just like her partner the president, Valerie Trierweiler has had to abandon some of her pre-election promises over the course of his first year in office.

Yahoo! worker perks to include gifts for babies and pups

New mom and Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer has added gifts for babies, puppies and kittens to employee perks as part of a campaign to bolster morale, the pioneering Internet firm confirmed on Tuesday.

US probes intelligence leading up to Boston attacks

The US government said Tuesday it had launched a review of the handling and sharing of intelligence ahead of the Boston Marathon attacks.

 

EU considers trade action after Bangladesh factory collapse

The European Union voiced strong concern over labour conditions in Bangladesh after a building collapse there killed hundreds of factory workers, and said it was considering action to encourage improvements, including the use of its trade preference system.

US report warns of crisis for Pakistan minorities

A US government-appointed panel urged Washington Tuesday to step up pressure on Pakistan over religious freedom, warning that risks to its minorities have reached a crisis level.

No Rules Theatre’s ‘The Personal(s)’ a gloomy, quirky play

No Rules Theatre’s ‘The Personal(s)’ a gloomy, quirky play

At Phillips, Stefani Collins displays great technical maturity

At Phillips, Stefani Collins displays great technical maturity

Once Upon a Landscape

Once Upon a Landscape

Collins: Support After Coming Out 'Incredible'

Collins: Support After Coming Out 'Incredible'

Moss Hits 2nd HR in 19th, A's Outlast Angels 10-8

Moss Hits 2nd HR in 19th, A's Outlast Angels 10-8

Russian billionaire switches to Apple from Facebook

Russian billionaire switches to Apple from Facebook

BP profits triple on deal with Rosneft and new production boost

BP profits triple on deal with Rosneft and new production boost

Gazprom no longer world's most profitable company

Gazprom no longer world's most profitable company

Eurozone unemployment hits record-breaking 12.1%, 19.21mn out of work

Eurozone unemployment hits record-breaking 12.1%, 19.21mn out of work

European HR Court blasts former Ukrainian PM’s arrest as illegal

European HR Court blasts former Ukrainian PM’s arrest as illegal

German doctors suspect poisoning of former Russian Olympic official

German doctors suspect poisoning of former Russian Olympic official

Russia instructs ‘Foreign Agent’ NGOs to report spending quarterly

Russia instructs ‘Foreign Agent’ NGOs to report spending quarterly

'Profiteering' pharmaceutical giants killing cancer patients - report

'Profiteering' pharmaceutical giants killing cancer patients - report

Syrian pro-government hackers hijack The Guardian on Twitter

Syrian pro-government hackers hijack The Guardian on Twitter

UN renews call for full access to Syria for chemical weapons inquiry

UN renews call for full access to Syria for chemical weapons inquiry

Not fashionable: Western brands slow to compensate Bangladesh factory families

Not fashionable: Western brands slow to compensate Bangladesh factory families

'Missiles fired at' Russian plane with 159 passengers onboard flying over Syria

'Missiles fired at' Russian plane with 159 passengers onboard flying over Syria

New database reveals China’s ‘secret’ aid to Africa

New database reveals China’s ‘secret’ aid to Africa

Israel in the room? Egypt quits nuke talks over ‘inefficiency’ in Middle East

Israel in the room? Egypt quits nuke talks over ‘inefficiency’ in Middle East

Boston Marathon bombing investigators find new, female DNA evidence

Boston Marathon bombing investigators find new, female DNA evidence

At least 13 killed, more than 70 injured as massive car blast rocks central Damascus

At least 13 killed, more than 70 injured as massive car blast rocks central Damascus

Sharapova: Struggles made me stronger

When Maria Sharapova underwent shoulder surgery five years ago

Korean tensions scare off U.S. golfers

The sponsor of a top golf tournament in South Korea insists it

Award-winner Bale destined for greatness?

it is common knowledge that Gareth Bale is a gifted footballer. But just how good is he?

Virgin Galactic one flight closer to space tourism

Virgin Galactic is one flight closer to becoming a commercial "spaceline."

America's most amazing hotel pools

When temps are brick-oven high and humidity levels surge past "swamp-like,"

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Was he actually overpaid for his Hollywood work?

Entertainment Weekly has a feature in its current issue

CapeTown Film Festival: Rare 'Iron Man 3' poster will go home with EW subscriber

This year is the golden anniversary of the gleaming hero called Iron Man

Samsung is spanking Apple in earnings, sales

Apple has elicited a lot of hand-wringing by investors and fans alike lately

Video game studio pirates its own game -- with an ironic twist

An indie video game developer is drawing attention to the industry's rampant piracy

Google's predictive search comes to iPhone, iPad

Consider for a moment how much Google knows about you.

UK wealthy pensioners urged to return benefits to govt.

Well-off pensioners should hand back their taxpayer-funded benefits

Welsh receive lowest levels of disposable income

Welsh people are suffering the lowest levels of disposable income in the UK

Dividend diamonds in the European rough

In a world of diminutive interest rates, where can international investors

Syria troops battle militants in Homs

The Syrian troops have carried out a series of mop-up operations in the western city of Homs

Rockets hit MKO camp near Baghdad

Rockets have hit a camp housing members of anti-Iran terrorist

1 Palestinian killed, another injured in Israeli airstrike on Gaza

An Israeli airstrike on western Gaza has killed one Palestinian

Greek parliament approves to cut 15,000 civil service jobs

Greek lawmakers have passed a bill that will clear the way for 15,000 civil servants 

‘Spain’s economy contracted by 0.5%’

fficial figures show Spain’s economy has contracted by 0.5 percent

Italy new PM vows to reverse austerity, pursue growth

Italy’s new Prime Minister Enrico Letta says the coalition government

Testosterone not allowed: London's first private women's club

I’ve just entered Grace Belgravia, London’s first private members club for women only.

Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers treated like animals: Attorney

Many of the hunger-striking detainees at the US infamous Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba

One person shot in Ohio high school shooting

One person has been shot in an apparent suicide attempt at a high school

Native American activists plan to hold protests if Wounded Knee land sold

Native American activists say they will stage protests

The Monkees set summer tour dates

The surviving members of The Monkees are staging a tour this summer.

Zeta-Jones back in treatment for bipolar disorder

Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones on Monday headed back into treatment for bipolar disorder, her spokeswoman said.

Young obesity doubles death risk before 55

Men who are obese in their early 20s are twice as likely as peers of average weight to die before reaching the age of 55, a study said on Tuesday.

 

Afghan youths rename ‘Scud Hill’ in quest for peace

Once it was known as ‘Scud Hill’ — a launching pad for Scud missiles during the Soviet occupation and subsequent civil war and a symbol of Afghanistan’s violent past.

 

Yahoo! unveils new online shows

Yahoo! on Monday pulled back the curtain on a new line-up of online shows along with new ways it will pair advertising with content at its websites.

Google Now comes to iPhone, challenging Apple’s Siri

Google Inc is bringing its Google Now technology to the iPhone, where it will compete head-on with Apple Inc’s Siri to serve as the primary service that smartphone users rely on to get everything from weather updates to traffic forecasts.

FGB Q1 net profit rises 12% on higher interest income

First Gulf Bank net profit grew 12 per cent to Dh1.046 billion in the first quarter of this year on higher interest income. The core banking business contributed 97 per cent of the total net profit while remaining three per cent came from the subsidiaries of the group.

Harnessing thinkers key to ICT growth

Thirty-five years is a long time in business, but in the telecom industry it’s an eternity.

Honoured for excellence

 The Department of Economic Development, or DED, on Monday honoured several Dubai businesses for their outstanding commitment to pursuing excellence in 2012.

Khalifa orders release of 103 Egyptian prisoners

The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has ordered the release of 103 Egyptian prisoners, who were sentenced in different cases.

Mohammed stresses support to Al Azhar

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, Dr Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayyeb, at the new headquarter of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award.

Khalifa’s UK visit to boost bilateral ties

THE UAE and the UK are expected to sign three agreements, including one on setting up a green bank for environment-friendly projects during the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to the country which begins today

35 hurt in gas explosion at Prague building, officials say

A gas explosion ripped through a building containing offices and an art gallery in a historic district of central Prague on Monday morning, injuring 35 people and prompting evacuations of nearby buildings in the Czech capital, officials said.

Willem-Alexander takes Dutch throne after mother abdicates

 Willem-Alexander became the first Dutch king in more than 120 years on Tuesday as his mother, Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne, ending 33 years as the country's monarch.

All 7 dead in cargo plane crash at Afghan airbase

A civilian cargo plane crashed shortly after take-off at a huge US-run airbase in Afghanistan on Monday, killing all seven crew members on board, officials said.

Jackson lawyer blasts ‘ruthless’ AEG

Michael Jackson’s mother accused the promoter of his doomed final tour Monday of sacrificing the troubled star in a ‘ruthless’ pursuit of profit in the months before his 2009 death.

Female soldier pleads guilty to desertion

A female soldier in the US Army pleaded guilty to two counts of desertion after fleeing to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war.

New Italy PM takes anti-austerity push to Germany

Italy’s new prime minister will face an early test of his mission to reverse Europe’s austerity course Tuesday as he meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel after vowing to stop a policy he says is killing his country

Drugs Can Sometimes Prevent Migraines, but at a Cost

Drugs Can Sometimes Prevent Migraines, but at a Cost

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler faces horse racing steroids inquiry

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler faces horse racing steroids inquiry

Parasite 'resistant to malaria drug artemisinin'

Parasite 'resistant to malaria drug artemisinin'

20 of the world's most beautiful World Heritage Sites

20 of the world's most beautiful World Heritage Sites

Insider Guide: Best of Amsterdam

Insider Guide: Best of Amsterdam

Scientists build baseball-playing robot with 100,000-neuron fake brain

Scientists build baseball-playing robot with 100,000-neuron fake brain

Something in the water? Beckham off as four see red in Evian

Something in the water? Beckham off as four see red in Evian

25 dead, dozens wounded in Iraq car bombs

25 dead, dozens wounded in Iraq car bombs

Syrian rebels attack military airports across country, opposition says

Syrian rebels attack military airports across country, opposition says

At CityDance, Asanga Domask assures future of traditional Sri Lankan dance

At CityDance, Asanga Domask assures future of traditional Sri Lankan dance

Music review: Pianist Rafal Blechacz at the Kennedy Center

Music review: Pianist Rafal Blechacz at the Kennedy Center

Australian tax revenue continues to fall as company profits decline and mining boom cools

Australian tax revenue continues to fall as company profits decline and mining boom cools

Obama, as most presidents, wants credit for economic gains, but his strategy could backfire

Obama, as most presidents, wants credit for economic gains, but his strategy could backfire

Air force advisers remember deadly Kabul insider attack of 2011

Air force advisers remember deadly Kabul insider attack of 2011

Asia spearheads economic recovery, but risks overheating - IMF report

Asia spearheads economic recovery, but risks overheating - IMF report

Political intrigue hampers honest investigation of WMD use in Syria - Lavrov

Political intrigue hampers honest investigation of WMD use in Syria - Lavrov

Spy, or pay up: FBI-backed bill would fine US firms for refusing wiretaps

Spy, or pay up: FBI-backed bill would fine US firms for refusing wiretaps

Massive explosion rocks Marathon Detroit Refinery

Massive explosion rocks Marathon Detroit Refinery

Powerful explosion rocks central Prague, dozens injured

Powerful explosion rocks central Prague, dozens injured 

‘Persons of interest’ home and abroad: US claims more suspects in Boston bombing

‘Persons of interest’ home and abroad: US claims more suspects in Boston bombing

Rule, Britannia? UK ‘shadow military’ may return to Gulf over instability fears

Rule, Britannia? UK ‘shadow military’ may return to Gulf over instability fears

Speak no evil: Netanyahu orders Israeli ministers to ‘remain silent’ on Syria

Speak no evil: Netanyahu orders Israeli ministers to ‘remain silent’ on Syria

Psy named Korea tourism ambassador

Psy's new song "Gentleman" has confirmed he's more than a one-hit wonder

What are the biggest concerns for international travelers?

Though cost is an important factor in deciding where to go on vacation

Rights groups ask FIFA to remove Bahraini candidate

Two human rights groups have asked the Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Iran’s Hadi wins gold at 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships in India

Iranian freestyle wrestler Parviz Hadi has won the gold medal

Coffee with Apple's CEO? That'll be $210,000

Apple CEO Tim Cook might soon be sharing Silicon Valley's most expensive cup of coffee.

Fitness gadgets: Cheaper than a personal trainer

Need some help getting off the couch, but not ready to spring for a personal trainer?

The Ten Best Performances in Michael Bay Movies

Michael Bay has a certain reputation. He makes big movies about digital robots and robotlike humans

'The Rocket,' 'Bridegroom' win Audience Awards at Tribeca Film Festival

A pair of Audience Awards were handed out at tonight’s Tribeca Film Festival wrap party

UniCredit to shun US derivatives trading

UniCredit of Italy has become the biggest bank yet to say publicly

New regulations push consumers into risky payday loans

A leading banking group says tighter guidelines on deposit advance loans 

F.A.A.: Air traffic staffing returning to normal

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Saturday

Germany’s interior minister says Germans teamed up with Syria militants

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has said that a number of German nationals have teamed up with the foreign-backed militants in Syria.

Syrian prime minister survives assassination attempt

Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi has survived an assassination attempt after bomb attacks

Car bombings leave 19 dead in Iraq

Iraqi security officials say at least 19 people have been killed and dozens of others 

Vandals desecrate Muslim cemetery in French capital

Islamophobic incidents continue to occur in France as vandals in Paris have desecrated some 20 Muslim graves.

Spaniards hold anti-cuts demo in Barcelona

Spanish protesters have once again staged a demonstration against austerity measures

Greek parl. approves bill to unlock loan

Greek MPs have approved a bill that will unlock about 8.8 billion euros

Thousands remain homeless six months after Superstorm Sandy

Six months after the deadly Superstorm Sandy struck the United States’ East Coast, thousands of Americans are still homeless.

Boston bombings remain mysterious

The motive for the Boston Marathon bombings is still shrouded in mystery

US spy agency bribes Afghans, including Taliban, to buy influence over nation

American CIA spy agency has been bribing Afghan officials and warlords, including the Taliban

Pro-Israeli US lawmakers urge bombing Syria air bases, arming militants, invasion

Top US Republican lawmakers have again called for further American actions against Syria

Clint Eastwood’s ultimate optimism: to make films at 105

At 82, actor-filmmaker Clint Eastwood, who rose to fame with TV series ‘Rawhide’ and later won the best director Oscar for his movie ‘Unforgiven’, dreams of making films for two more decades.

 

‘Arm-lift’ surgery gains appeal in US

Plastic surgery to remove fat and excess skin on the upper arms has gained appeal in the United States, where the procedure has exploded in popularity since the year 2000, experts said Monday.

Going under the knife for a perfect Facebook profile pic

College student Shayna John was not happy with her nose. And to give it the perfect shape, she recently underwent nose correction surgery - all this for her profile picture on Facebook.

Travel experience officer, hotel test sleepers

Being paid to travel and scooping a monthly salary of 10,000 yuan ($1,600) just for taking photos and writing blogs... this is not a dream, but Hao Na’s job.

 

Daredevils pip Pune Warriors

Delhi Daredevils registered their second victory in the IPL this season by beating Pune Warriors by 15 runs at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Sunday.

 

Van Persie returns to frustrate Arsenal

Robin van Persie returned to frustrate Arsenal as the Manchester United striker rescued a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, while Reading and QPR were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday after playing out a 0-0 draw.

Cyber vuslnerabilities found in US Navy’s newest warship

The computer network on the US Navy’s newest class of coastal warships showed vulnerabilities in Navy cybersecurity tests, but the issues were not severe enough to prevent an eight-month deployment to Singapore, a Navy official said on Tuesday.

Kerala to host country’s first meet on travel technology

The country’s first international event on travel technologies will be held in Kerala, with the objective of helping the travel and tourism industry leverage the massive marketing potential of the internet.

 

Software to improve building safety in quakes

A Spanish software company is developing a computer tool that will help improve building safety in earthquakes and can also be used in construction projects by companies located in seismic zones.

 

Abu Dhabi to set up financial free zone

Abu Dhabi is putting finishing touches to plans to establish a financial free zone in the emirate, sources familiar with the matter said.

 

DFM rises to highest since 2009

Dubai shares on Sunday climbed to the highest in more than three years on bets economic growth in the emirate will accelerate, pushing its credit risk lower.

Dubai property deals soar

The first quarter of 2013 witnessed impressive performance in terms of property deals in Dubai as the emirate registered 32 transactions per hour during the first three months of the year, according to the Land Department.

Third fire in the same tower in three years

Residents of Al Aneeqa residential tower in Sharjah were outraged on Sunday, claiming that a small fire, which broke out on the 23rd floor of the building, is the third such outbreak in as many years.

Al Azhar’s support to Islamic, Arab issues hailed

General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces met the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al Azhar Al Sharif, Dr Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayyeb, who is currently on a visit to the UAE.

Green bank among agreements to be signed during Khalifa visit

The UAE and the UK are expected to sign three agreements, including one on setting up a green bank for environment-friendly projects during the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to the country which begins today.

 

Seven dead in Mexico clashes

At least seven people were killed Sunday in clashes between suspected criminals, security forces and citizen security groups in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, officials told AFP.

 

Cyberattack suspect had bunker in Spain

A Dutch citizen arrested in northeast Spain on suspicion of launching what is described as the biggest cyberattack in Internet history operated from a bunker and had a van capable of hacking into networks anywhere in the country, officials said Sunday.

 

Suu Kyi’s ‘rule of law’ mantra a distant hope in Myanmar

It is Aung San Suu Kyi’s mantra for embedding democratic reform, but for many who endured Myanmar’s authoritarian and deeply corrupt former junta the ‘rule of law’ remains a distant hope.

 

New Italy PM to unveil programme for change

Italy’s new Prime Minister Enrico Letta was set to unveil his coalition government’s programme on Monday, under the watchful gaze of international markets and European partners.

Jackson lawyers to launch case against tour promoter

Lawyers for Michael Jackson’s mother will launch their case Monday for massive compensation from the promoter of his last doomed tour, at the trial over the late King of Pop’s 2009 death.

4 people stabbed at US church: Police

Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in New Mexico as a Sunday mass was nearing its end.

Dubai-based printing press expands in Africa

Dubai-based printing press expands in Africa

Dubai property deals rise 63% in Q1

Dubai property deals rise 63% in Q1

Kuwaiti economy seen picking up

Kuwaiti economy seen picking up

Clare Balding to receive Bafta

Clare Balding to receive Bafta

Theatre's Olivier Award winners to be announced

Theatre's Olivier Award winners to be announced

Eating same food as parents 'healthier for children'

Eating same food as parents 'healthier for children'

North Korea embraces 3G service

North Korea embraces 3G service

Google acquires news stream service Wavii

Google acquires news stream service Wavii

5 Tokyo bars for train nerds

5 Tokyo bars for train nerds

Barcelona title celebrations on hold after draw with Bilbao

Barcelona title celebrations on hold after draw with Bilbao

Bayern set new Bundesliga points record

Bayern set new Bundesliga points record

Boeing Dreamliner takes flight in Japan for first time in months

Boeing Dreamliner takes flight in Japan for first time in months

Japanese PM visits Russia to build 'personal confidence-based relations'

Japanese PM visits Russia to build 'personal confidence-based relations'

Militia gunmen besiege Libyan Foreign Ministry, demand resignations

Militia gunmen besiege Libyan Foreign Ministry, demand resignations

2 dead, 10 injured in France building collapse

2 dead, 10 injured in France building collapse 

Iraq suspends Al Jazeera, other networks for ‘promoting violence’

Iraq suspends Al Jazeera, other networks for ‘promoting violence’

N. Korea to launch large-scale air and land exercise

N. Korea to launch large-scale air and land exercise

'Shoot me!': Failed suicide-by-cop gunfight in Rome mars inauguration

'Shoot me!': Failed suicide-by-cop gunfight in Rome mars inauguration

Israel hits Palestinian militant targets in response to reported Gaza rocket fire

Israel hits Palestinian militant targets in response to reported Gaza rocket fire

Thousands of Greek civil jobs to be axed as parliament vote looms

Thousands of Greek civil jobs to be axed as parliament vote looms

Tsarnaevs’ mother ‘on terror watch list’, accuses police of murdering son

Tsarnaevs’ mother ‘on terror watch list’, accuses police of murdering son

Stoke win to edge closer to safety

Stoke win to edge closer to safety

'Smart skin' hope for touch sensor

'Smart skin' hope for touch sensor

From seat backs to handbags: How airlines recycle

From seat backs to handbags: How airlines recycle

How iTunes changed music, and the world

How iTunes changed music, and the world

50 million customers hit in LivingSocial hack

50 million customers hit in LivingSocial hack

MTV orders 'Scream' pilot, Wes Craven may direct

MTV orders 'Scream' pilot, Wes Craven may direct

Inter hit with UEFA racism fine

Inter hit with UEFA racism fine

At least 14 killed in bombings, shootings in and near Baghdad

At least 14 killed in bombings, shootings in and near Baghdad

For Christine Brewer, a rare miss at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

For Christine Brewer, a rare miss at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Getting your chili pepper fix in Las Cruces, N.M.

Getting your chili pepper fix in Las Cruces, N.M.

Iran’s protest movement seems sidelined heading into June elections

Iran’s protest movement seems sidelined heading into June elections

Canada to tax Bitcoin transactions

Canada to tax Bitcoin transactions

International investors pull out $2bn from emerging markets

International investors pull out $2bn from emerging markets

Putin: Magnitsky’s death a 'tragedy,' no malice involved

Putin: Magnitsky’s death a 'tragedy,' no malice involved

Post-revolution Egyptian Christians sidelined, subjected to brutality

Post-revolution Egyptian Christians sidelined, subjected to brutality

‘Dinosaurs of financial services’: UK banks accused of irresponsible lending

‘Dinosaurs of financial services’: UK banks accused of irresponsible lending

King of Bling: Sarkozy gave Obamas over $40,000 in gifts in 2011

King of Bling: Sarkozy gave Obamas over $40,000 in gifts in 2011

Serbian Parliament approves ‘normalizing’ Kosovo ties

Serbian Parliament approves ‘normalizing’ Kosovo ties

Official number of Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers jumps to 100

Official number of Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers jumps to 100

Anti-drone protest in UK over domestic opening of Reaper control center

Anti-drone protest in UK over domestic opening of Reaper control center

Chemical inspection stalled: UN team can’t be trusted ‘politically’ without Russian experts – Syrian

Chemical inspection stalled: UN team can’t be trusted ‘politically’ without Russian experts – Syrian information minister

Psy honoured at Tribeca Film Festival

South Korean rapper and Internet sensation Psy was honoured as a transcultural phenomenon by the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday along with a host of other luminaries ranging from choreographer Twyla Tharp to controversial media host Glenn Beck.

Espadrilles: Go-to shoe on fair-weather days

If you’re craving a little more summer in your springtime wardrobe and you’re hesitant to break out the white pants (it’s OK, but that’s another conversation), try espadrilles.

Ajman win 7-goal thriller

Ajman rallied to defeat Al Wahda in a seven-goal thriller in the Etisalat UAE Pro-League at the Al Nahyan Stadium on Friday night.

KKR hope to turn things around

After humbling Kings XI Punjab by six wickets to end their three-match losing streak, title holders Kolkata Knight Riders hope to keep the momentum going to keep their title hopes in the Indian Premier League afloat

Google Glass for sconsumers will ‘take a while’: Schmidt

Consumers can expect to wait a while before they’re able to lay their hands on Google’s much-hyped Internet-connected eyewear, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Friday.

 

Gulfood in record success

Gulfood 2013, the world’s largest annual trade show for the food and beverage industry, ended on a record high this year with an unprecedented number of visitors, exhibitors and business deals confirmed.

US economy gains speed

US economic growth regained speed in the first quarter, but not as much as expected, heightening fears an already weakening economy could struggle to cope with deep government spending cuts and higher taxes.

Gold posts biggest weekly gain in three months

Gold fell in choppy trade on as investors took profits, but the market still posted its biggest weekly gain in three months on strong physical demand after bullion hit a two-year low last week.

Obama talks tough, waits to act on Syria

President Barack Obama warned Syria on Friday that its use of chemical weapons would be a “game changer” for the United States but made clear he was in no rush to intervene in the Syrian civil war on the basis of evidence he said was still preliminary.

More men embrace breast cancer checks

More than double the number of men were screened for breast cancer during a screening campaign this year, compared to the year before.

 

GCC a key global air travel hub

There is perhaps no sector that reflects the UAE’s unprecedented boom better than the aviation industry.

 

More grey skies expected

As the country sees the transition from winter to summer, it will continue to witness cloudy and rainy weather conditions for the next three days, according to National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

India says talks on to end standoff with China

 India is holding talks to end a standoff with China after Chinese soldiers infiltrated deep inside Indian-claimed territory, India’s defense minister A.K. Antony said on Friday.

Anger on streets as Bangladesh building toll passes 300

 Bangladesh textile workers vented their anger on Friday, burning cars and clashing with police, as the death toll passed 300 following the collapse of a building housing factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands.

Royals William, Kate and Harry have magic day out

WATFORD, England - Britain’s young royals had a magical day out Friday with a visit to the studio where the “Harry Potter” movies were filmed.

 

Boston bomb suspect transferred to prison hospital

 The teenaged Boston bombing suspect has been moved to a prison medical facility, officials said Friday, as a Chinese immigrant carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers offered gripping details of how he helped foil their escape.

Ex-French president top gift giver to Obama family

WASHINGTON - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his supermodel wife Carla Bruni were clearly taken with President Barack Obama and his family back in 2011.

Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain

Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain

Japan OKs Dreamliners to fly again

Japan OKs Dreamliners to fly again

Israeli security allowed to seek check of tourists' e-mail

Israeli security allowed to seek check of tourists' e-mail

World's first Braille smartphone in development

World's first Braille smartphone in development

How humble USB turned engineer into tech 'rock star'

How humble USB turned engineer into tech 'rock star'

Trainer who doped leading horses banned for eight years

Trainer who doped leading horses banned for eight years

Suarez accepts ban as Cameron calls for action

Suarez accepts ban as Cameron calls for action

U.S.: Intelligence points to small-scale use of sarin in Syria

U.S.: Intelligence points to small-scale use of sarin in Syria

Pianist Evgeny Kissin offers Viennese classicism at Kennedy Center recital

Pianist Evgeny Kissin offers Viennese classicism at Kennedy Center recital

Jaap van Zweden leads National Symphony Orchestra in up and down program

Jaap van Zweden leads National Symphony Orchestra in up and down program

Israel downs drone flying from Lebanon

Israel downs drone flying from Lebanon

Disappearing deposits: Savers withdrew $1.8 billion from Cyprus in March

Disappearing deposits: Savers withdrew $1.8 billion from Cyprus in March

Latin Americans seen as most probable nominees to lead WTO

Latin Americans seen as most probable nominees to lead WTO

VTB decides on $3.21bn SPO

VTB decides on $3.21bn SPO

Russian ‘smokers’ rights’ movement holds founding convention

Russian ‘smokers’ rights’ movement holds founding convention

EU against austerity: Protesters clash with police amid unrest in Spain, Portugal

EU against austerity: Protesters clash with police amid unrest in Spain, Portugal

‘He was brainwashed’: Desperate Belgian father searches for son fighting in Syria

‘He was brainwashed’: Desperate Belgian father searches for son fighting in Syria

'Dead for now:' CISPA halted in the Senate

'Dead for now:' CISPA halted in the Senate

Mayor Bloomberg: Tsarnaevs planned to set off bombs in Times Square

Mayor Bloomberg: Tsarnaevs planned to set off bombs in Times Square

US lacks evidence in accusing Syria of using chemical weapons

US lacks evidence in accusing Syria of using chemical weapons

Dozens dead in psych ward fire near Moscow, 3 survive

Dozens dead in psych ward fire near Moscow, 3 survive

Samsung sees better sales, increased market share on Galaxy S4

Samsung has officially unveiled its flagship Galaxy S4 in the UAE and predicted higher sales and increased market share in 2013 compared to 2012.

LG brings new era of viewing with 2013 Smart TV line-up

LG Electronics continues to set the precedent in home entertainment with their flagship model, the 55-inch Smart TV. The LA 8600 has taken inspiration from the consumer to create the simplest and most intuitive user experience possible.

 

Britain escapes recession in Q1

 Britain skirted a “triple dip” recession by growing faster than expected in the first three months of the year, providing some cover for a government under fire over its austerity drive.

Emirates NBD Q1 profit jumps 31%

Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region, on Thursday said its first quarter net profit jumped 31 per cent to Dh837 million from Dh641 million in 2012 same period.

DM issues guidelines for public in quake situation

Shaken by the panicky reaction from the public following the mild tremors felt in the UAE this month, the Dubai Municipality has brought out guidelines to tell residents what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

UAE is staunch supporter of rights, justice: Mohammed

 

These views were expressed by Shaikh Mohammed while talking to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the Marmoum Resthouse.

 

12 dead in Philippines political ambush

 Twelve people were killed in an ambush on a Philippines mayor, officials said Friday, in the deadliest of a string of violent incidents that have marred the campaign for May elections.

HIV vaccine trial ends in failure

 US authorities announced they have halted clinical trials of an experimental vaccine designed to halt the virus that leads to AIDS after discovering it did not stop infection.

Chinese woman charged in baby death

A Chinese immigrant accused of killing her unborn infant by eating rat poison while pregnant says her life has been difficult since she was charged but that she stays busy to avoid dwelling on her upcoming murder trial.

Fire in Russian hospital kills 38

A fire raged through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow early Friday, killing 38 people, including two nurses, emergency officials said.

North Korea's 'hotel of doom' opening debacle continues

North Korea's 'hotel of doom' opening debacle continues

U.S. to keep restriction on small knives on planes for now

U.S. to keep restriction on small knives on planes for now

Diabetes warning over soft drinks

Diabetes warning over soft drinks

Nadal shrugs off Monaco hangover with Barcelona win

Nadal shrugs off Monaco hangover with Barcelona win

Suarez hit with 10-game ban for Ivanovic bite

Suarez hit with 10-game ban for Ivanovic bite

Moombahton settles in L.A. after becoming D.C.’s first breakout electronic music genre

Moombahton settles in L.A. after becoming D.C.’s first breakout electronic music genre

Duo Leroy-Moubarak at National Gallery of Art

Duo Leroy-Moubarak at National Gallery of Art

Assad still has backers among Syrian refugees

Assad still has backers among Syrian refugees

ECB could cut interest rates next month

ECB could cut interest rates next month

Russia’s investment appeal 2nd lowest- report

Russia’s investment appeal 2nd lowest- report

Luxury tax on super-rich ‘the right thing to do’ – Putin

Luxury tax on super-rich ‘the right thing to do’ – Putin

Iraq clashes between army and Sunni tribesmen kill more than 100 in two days

Iraq clashes between army and Sunni tribesmen kill more than 100 in two days

US combat drones to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014

US combat drones to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014

Switzerland to restrict immigration despite EU anger

Switzerland to restrict immigration despite EU anger

Israeli airport security given green light to search tourist emails

Israeli airport security given green light to search tourist emails

WikiLeaks wins case against Visa contractor ordered to pay '$204k per month if blockade not lifted'

WikiLeaks wins case against Visa contractor ordered to pay '$204k per month if blockade not lifted'

Putin on Boston bombings: We suffered from terrorists almost never labeled such in the West

Putin on Boston bombings: We suffered from terrorists almost never labeled such in the West

Anonymous attacks website of Spanish parliament as Madrid faces mass protest

Anonymous attacks website of Spanish parliament as Madrid faces mass protest

3 hurt as 7 massive blasts rock Mobile, Alabama shipyard

3 hurt as 7 massive blasts rock Mobile, Alabama shipyard

Obama administration bypasses CISPA by secretly allowing Internet surveillance

Obama administration bypasses CISPA by secretly allowing Internet surveillance

EU in crisis: Public trust hits record low as Europe braces for more protests

EU in crisis: Public trust hits record low as Europe braces for more protests

Idol' considered dumping Mariah Carey

Disappointing ratings for American Idol reportedly prompted the producers

Google chairman: 6 predictions for our digital future

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has been thinking a lot about our digital future.

Reddit apologizes for Boston mistakes, confusion

Reddit general manager Erik Martin has had a busy few days.

Samsung Galaxy S4 review Gimmicky, but still one of the best

Samsung had a smartphone breakthrough last year with the Galaxy S III

US factory activity at six-month low

U.S. manufacturing grew in April at its most sluggish pace in six months

Homeowners defaulting in loan modification program, report says

Struggling homeowners who received loan modifications

Wealth of nearly all Americans fell after the recession

The richest 7% of American families saw their average wealth soar 28%

Magnetic bomb kills Syria Electricity Ministry official

Damascus: A senior civil servant at Syria's electricity ministry was killed

Dutch courts sentences ex-foreign ministry worker for spying

A Dutch court has sentenced a former foreign ministry worker

Russia says concerned over NATO’s anti-missile system plans

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow remains concerned

French police clash with anti-gay marriage protesters

French police have clashed with thousands of demonstrators in the capital

Car bomb attack hits Syrian capital

Foreign-backed militants in Syria have carried out a car bomb attack

500 Europeans fight along with militants against Syria: EU official

The European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator says at least 500 Europeans are fighting 

Four Guantanamo hunger strikers reported in critical condition

A US military official has reported that four of the inmates on hunger strike at the Guantanamo

2 killed, child injured in yet another shooting in US state of Louisiana

Two men have reportedly been killed and a child wounded in yet another shooting 

Hackers cause horror in US stock markets with fake report

A fake report of an attack on the White House by hackers

THIS IS THE LIFE…

As Royal Jet launches its new global ‘Luxury Vacations’ service in The Seychelles, City Times gets the lowdown on a very exclusive array of holidays
Though only the foolhardiest fellow would suggest that the UAE lacks for luxury

Iron Man 3’ goes back to basics in a quest to save US

After battling grandiose villains and teaming up with other superheroes, it’s back-to-basics for ‘Iron Man’ in the third instalment of the multi-million-dollar franchise featuring Robert Downey Jr.

Ground beef and chicken are riskiest meats

An analysis of more than 33,000 cases of foodborne illness shows that ground beef and chicken have caused more hospitalizations than other meats.

‘Zombies’ invade University of Michigan campus

You can learn a lot from a zombie.

United’s moment of glory

 A giant banner draped over the railings of the restaurant just around the corner from Old Trafford summed up the philosophy of England’s new champions this season.

Gayle storm destroys Pune

After a spell of summer showers, it rained sixes and fours at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium here on Tuesday evening under a cloudy sky as Royal Challengers Bangalore’s explosive opener Chris Gayle scored the Indian Premier League’s fastest century in 30 balls and highest score of 175 in 66 balls against Pune Warriors India.

Cyber vulnerabilities found in US Navy’s newest warship

The computer network on the US Navy’s newest class of coastal warships showed vulnerabilities in Navy cybersecurity tests, but the issues were not severe enough to prevent an eight-month deployment to Singapore, a Navy official said on Tuesday

Galaxy S4 decent, but filled with gimmicks

 I’ve seen Android phones get better and more powerful over the years, as Google and phone manufacturers pack devices with more and more features.

Etisalat revenues up 17% to Dh9.6b

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, or etisalat, said on Tuesday that its consolidated revenues grew 17 per cent to Dh9.6 billion in the first quarter of 2013 due to an expansion in its domestic and international consumer base.

DI earnings soar 58% to Dh321m

Dubai Investments, or DI, the largest investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, announced on Tuesday that its net profit in 2012 attributable to shareholders rose 58 per cent to Dh321 million from Dh 203 million in 2011

NBAD profit jumps 35.5%

A substantial growth in investments and an increase in incomes from fees and net interest has led the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, or NBAD, to net 35.5 per cent more profit to Dh1.409 billion in the January-to-March period.

Education, judiciary focus of FNC meet

The Federal National Council (FNC), after almost a month-long break, resumed its sessions on Tuesday and discussed several issues with education, judicial system and housing topping the agenda

Shaikh Mohammed receives Bill Gates

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday received Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at Za’abeel Palace.

Mohammed receives Middle East City of the Future award

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has received the Middle East City of the Future award, as awarded by fDi Magazine

Suspect’s widow drawn into Boston bomb investigation

Katherine Russell has tried to stay out of sight in the five days since her husband, one of the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon 
bombing, was killed in a shootout with police

Australian charged with hacking government site

Australian police have arrested a man they say is affiliated with international hacking collective Lulz Security on a charge of attacking and defacing a government website, officials said Wednesday.

Democrats, Republicans press Obama on drone use

Senate Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday challenged the Obama administration to spell out its justification for using drones for targeted killings amid growing concerns about unchecked powers of the presidency and Americans’ civil liberties.

 

Strong earthquake rattles Papua New Guinea

A strong earthquake has struck the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami alert has been issued.

France vows Libya embassy attackers will pay

France promised that those behind Tuesday’s devastating car bomb attack on its embassy in Libya — which wounded a girl living nearby and two guards — would pay for the attack.

15 killed as Bangladesh building collapses

At least 15 people were killed and many more feared dead when an eight-storey building housing a market and garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday, officials said.

Naples food guide: Where to find the best local dishes

Naples food guide: Where to find the best local dishes

SCENIC HISTORIC ROUTE FOR CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR TRAIN

SCENIC HISTORIC ROUTE FOR CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR TRAIN

Manchester United: Ferguson praises Van Persie impact

Manchester United: Ferguson praises Van Persie impact

Playing Tetris video game 'fixes lazy eye', doctors say

Playing Tetris video game 'fixes lazy eye', doctors say

Police scanner sites see surge in traffic after Boston

Police scanner sites see surge in traffic after Boston

Snap a photo by winking your eye?

Snap a photo by winking your eye?

'Dark day' for Godolphin over catastrophic doping error

'Dark day' for Godolphin over catastrophic doping error

Phoenix, Colin Stetson, GrandeMarshall: Critic’s Notebook

Phoenix, Colin Stetson, GrandeMarshall: Critic’s Notebook

Israel says Syria used chemical weapons

Israel says Syria used chemical weapons

Independent Scotland could lose the pound

Independent Scotland could lose the pound

Oligarch shuffle: Russian billionaire may pick up rival’s debt

Oligarch shuffle: Russian billionaire may pick up rival’s debt

Weak Chinese manufacturing data disappoints markets

Weak Chinese manufacturing data disappoints markets

Poll predicts WikiLeaks Party grabbing seats in Australian Senate

Poll predicts WikiLeaks Party grabbing seats in Australian Senate

EU eases Syria oil sanctions to assist rebels

EU eases Syria oil sanctions to assist rebels

Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria

Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria

US rejects N. Korea’s demands to be recognized as a nuclear arms state

US rejects N. Korea’s demands to be recognized as a nuclear arms state

Car bomb hits French Embassy in Tripoli, 2 guards injured

Car bomb hits French Embassy in Tripoli, 2 guards injured 

Fukushima decommissioning to last for up to 40 years – IAEA

Fukushima decommissioning to last for up to 40 years – IAEA

Massive manhunt for 'Belgorod shooter' underway in Russia and Ukraine

Massive manhunt for 'Belgorod shooter' underway in Russia and Ukraine

Terror plot to attack New York-Toronto railroad thwarted in Canada

Terror plot to attack New York-Toronto railroad thwarted in Canada

Woodstock singer Richie Havens dies at age 72

Richie Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock

Reese Witherspoon cancels TV appearances following arrest

Reese Witherspoon has canceled several planned TV appearances to promote her new film

Spanish economy shrinks 0.5% in Q1: Central bank

MADRID: Spain's struggling economy logged a 0.5 percent contraction in the first quarter 

Flight delays pile up amid FAA budget cuts

Flight delays piled up across the country Monday 

US home sales unexpectedly drop in March

Existing home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the March

Reddit co-founder urges tech leaders to fight CISPA

The co-founder of the popular social news site Reddit has called on the leaders of Google,

Wall Street wants brokers' private Facebook posts on stock trades

Despite nearly a dozen laws that prevent the practice,

Russia censures EU over decision to ease Syria oil embargo

Russia has criticized the European Union for the decision to ease its sanctions against Syria

French parl. to approve gay marriage bill

The French parliament is expected to approve a bill legalizing gay marriage

Italy president slams lawmakers

Newly-elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has slammed

Israeli military: Anti-Syria extremists threaten region

The Israeli military’s Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has warned

Azeri foreign minister calls for expansion of Azerbaijan-Israel ties

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov says Baku

Clashes near Kirkuk leave 27 dead

Clashes between the Iraqi forces and militants near the northern Iraqi city

Boston bombing suspect charged with using weapon of mass destruction

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon twin bombings has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in connection with the blasts that killed three people and injured over 170 others last week.

Obama to thank Qatari despot for aiding US intrusive bids in region

US President Barack Obama plans to thank the Qatari ruler during his Washington visit for hosting an American air base in the Persian Gulf

US officials now buckle on hyped up claims of toxic mail targeting Obama

Following last week’s hyped up media reports on the arrest of a Mississippi man for mailing poisonous letters to US President Barack Obama

Five killed in Seattle apartment complex shooting

US police say five people have been killed in a shooting south of Seattle, including one shot by arriving officers.

US soldier admits 2009 killings in Iraq

A US soldier pleaded guilty Monday to killing five of his colleagues in Iraq four years ago, in a plea deal to escape a death sentence, a military spokesman said.

 

Two arrested in Qaeda linked Canada plot

Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from Al Qaeda elements in Iran, police said Monday.

 

Japan war shrine visits anger China, South Korea

Dozens of Japanese lawmakers paid homage at a national war shrine Tuesday morning, risking more anger from neighbors South Korea and China over visits they see as failures to acknowledge Japan’s militaristic past.

5 FREE THINGS IN ROMANIA’S CAPITAL, BUCHAREST

5 FREE THINGS IN ROMANIA’S CAPITAL, BUCHAREST

Green spaces boosts wellbeing of urban dwellers - study

Green spaces boosts wellbeing of urban dwellers - study

Netflix hopes for 'House of Cards' boost

Netflix hopes for 'House of Cards' boost

Apple reveals how long Siri keeps your data

Apple reveals how long Siri keeps your data

G-Mac back on top after Heritage playoff triumph

G-Mac back on top after Heritage playoff triumph

Liverpool star Suarez bites opponent

Liverpool star Suarez bites opponent

Syrian activist group: Record number of dead bodies found

Syrian activist group: Record number of dead bodies found

At Echostage, Alesso shows his many sides, and all are epic

At Echostage, Alesso shows his many sides, and all are epic

Lack of focus in Gabriel Kahane’s muddled ‘48 States’ undermines fine performances

Lack of focus in Gabriel Kahane’s muddled ‘48 States’ undermines fine performances

Egypt’s growing black market a sign of economic woes

Egypt’s growing black market a sign of economic woes

Syrian rebels accuse government of massacre in Damascus suburb

Syrian rebels accuse government of massacre in Damascus suburb

Protests disrupt 1,755 Lufthansa flights

Protests disrupt 1,755 Lufthansa flights

Polish minister sacked over Gazprom deal

Polish minister sacked over Gazprom deal

Austerity in EU has reached the limit, focusing on growth is the priority

Austerity in EU has reached the limit, focusing on growth is the priority

Belgorod shooting suspect still at large after killing 6, including 14yo girl

Belgorod shooting suspect still at large after killing 6, including 14yo girl

Butchery in Nigeria: At least 185 killed as army battles Islamists

Butchery in Nigeria: At least 185 killed as army battles Islamists

UK expenses on Ecuadorian embassy surveillance ‘utterly absurd’

UK expenses on Ecuadorian embassy surveillance ‘utterly absurd’

Kosovo resolution? Serbia govt approves recognition deal

Kosovo resolution? Serbia govt approves recognition deal

Pit of hopelessness: Guantanamo grows tense, inmates suicidal

Pit of hopelessness: Guantanamo grows tense, inmates suicidal

Russia asked FBI to investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011

Russia asked FBI to investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011

WHO team probes bird flu in Shanghai

A World Health Organisation team was due Monday to wrap up a trip to Shanghai, centre of China’s bird flu outbreak which has killed 20 people, as part of an investigation into how the virus is spreading.

Child rape case: Second accused held

A second suspect was arrested on Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes.

Indian ‘human computer’ Shakuntala Devi no more

Indian mathematical genius and astrologer Shakuntala Devi, who was dubbed “human computer” for her swift numerical calculation abilities, passed away here Sunday after brief illness. She was 83.

Kerry pushes Turkey-Israel rapprochement

Kerry pushes Turkey-Israel rapprochement

Egypt justice minister submits resignation

Egypt justice minister submits resignation

Bahrain GP: Sebastian Vettel dominates to take win for Red Bull

Bahrain GP: Sebastian Vettel dominates to take win for Red Bull

Daft Punk's new single Get Lucky breaks Spotify record

Daft Punk's new single Get Lucky breaks Spotify record

Amazon to pilot TV comedies and children's shows online

Amazon to pilot TV comedies and children's shows online

Light drinking 'not harmful to baby' say scientists

Light drinking 'not harmful to baby' say scientists

'Bed-of-needles' super-grip plaster for surgical wounds

'Bed-of-needles' super-grip plaster for surgical wounds

Visitors to Sri Lanka, the police are watching you. Do you feel safer?

Visitors to Sri Lanka, the police are watching you. Do you feel safer?

Inside India's first 'international' theme park

Inside India's first 'international' theme park

Apparently This Matters: Drink water, you dummy

Apparently This Matters: Drink water, you dummy

Bayern brimming with confidence ahead of Barcelona clash

Bayern brimming with confidence ahead of Barcelona clash

British 'rich list' mirrors EPL clubs' fortunes

British 'rich list' mirrors EPL clubs' fortunes

Leading economies promise to boost growth

Leading economies promise to boost growth

How secretive databases control Hong Kong's haunted house market

How secretive databases control Hong Kong's haunted house market

Iraqis vote in local elections despite violence

Iraqis vote in local elections despite violence

Silence falls over London Marathon as thousands remember Boston

Silence falls over London Marathon as thousands remember Boston

Conflict in the Caucasus, reflected in suspect’s YouTube playlist

Conflict in the Caucasus, reflected in suspect’s YouTube playlist

‘Race for blood’: Police clash with protesters ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

‘Race for blood’: Police clash with protesters ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

Missile movement: Two Scuds ‘deployed’ to N. Korea’s east coast

Missile movement: Two Scuds ‘deployed’ to N. Korea’s east coast

Earthquake in China claims 203 lives, with over 11,500 injured

Earthquake in China claims 203 lives, with over 11,500 injured

US to give $123 million military aid package to Syrian rebels

US to give $123 million military aid package to Syrian rebels

Woman's death in Ireland abortion case ruled 'medical misadventure'

The jury unanimously returned the misadventure verdict and "strongly endorsed" his recommendations

Jenna Lyons - Her Best Outfits

Anyone with a pulse likely is aware of the epic transformation J.Crew has undergone in recent years, largely due to its president and executive creative director Jenna Lyons, who's more "sequins" than "roll-neck sweaters."

How to Take a Good Selfie

Now that social media has essentially taken over our lives, the selfie has become a necessity.

Boston return to normal after hunt

Boston is returning to normal after one the biggest manhunts in US police history ended with the arrest of a teenager suspected of carrying out Monday's marathon bombings.

Beach Body

The first thing to tackle when you are trying to get in shape for swimsuit season is not how many calories you eat or how often you go to the gym: it's your brain.

Italy's Napolitano agrees to 2nd term after Bersani resigns over presidential crisis

Italy's current President Napolitano says he will remain in office for a second term

Bombing spree as Iraq heads for first polls since US withdrawal

Iraqis are voting in the country’s first elections

Indian rape suspect who left 5yo victim to die arrested

The man suspected of the rape and torture of a 5-year-old Indian girl has been taken into custody by Delhi police

Earthquake in China has claimed 156 lives, with more than 5,500 injured

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in southwestern China has left 156 dead and more than 5,500 people injured

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrested

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been arrested

TOP 10 ENCHANTING FORESTS AROUND THE WORLD

We live in a beautiful world. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, online travel adviser Cheapflights.com has picked its top 10 favorite forests from across the planet.

Ayushmann’s ‘death’ rumours irk his family

If death rumours are any measure of an actor’s success, then Ayushmann Khurrana has certainly arrived.

Drink more water to keep kidney stones at bay

Renal stones are one of the common afflictions of the kidney, especially in hot and dry conditions, according to Dr. Saurabh Singh, Specialist Urologist, Zulekha Hospital, Sharjah.

 

Iceman’ Raikkonen tops timesheets in second practice

The weather was cloudy and cooler and Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen took to the Sakhir Circuit like a fish takes to water by topping the timesheets in second free practice for the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday.

 

Sunrisers shine brighter in IPL

Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a significant five-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match here on Friday.

Du launches Galaxy S4 pre-booking

Du on Thursday announced the pre-booking for Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, which will be available to its customers on April 27.

Drone ‘space ship’ app to help robots on future missions

European Space Agency scientists have developed a smartphone app that turns a toy drone into a virtual spacecraft on a mission to dock with the International Space Station,

IMF warns against ‘3-speed recovery’

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde expressed fresh concern on Thursday over the “three-speed recovery” in the world’s largest economies as the Fund and the World Bank opened their spring meetings.

GE profit surges 16% to $3.53b

General Electric Co posted a first-quarter profit that matched analysts’ estimates, buoyed by sales growth at the aviation and locomotive businesses.

 

G-20 focuses on debt levels

Advanced economies, particularly in Europe, have undertaken sharp austerity drives in recent years to curb growing debt, but those efforts have at times damaged economies already suffering from capital flight and under-investment from the private sector.

Expat fined Dh500,000 for employing 10 illegals

The Illegals Follow-up Section at the Foreigners and Residency Affairs Directorate in Umm Al Quwain has arrested a Gulf national for allegedly employing 10 illegal Asians. 

Run, talk and walk 
the talk on cancer

“Mummy, this is for you, miss you,” read the slogan carried by one of the hundreds of participants in a marathon held to commemorate cancer sufferers.

US to investigate if Boston bombings suspects had help: Obama

President Barack Obama pledged on Friday that the United States will find out whether the two ethnic Chechen brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings received help, and he pleaded for Americans not to rush to judgment.

Rough inauguration day for new Venezuelan leader

Inauguration day could have gone better for the man picked to lead Venezuela’s socialist revolution for the next six years.

Taiwan executes 6 multiple murderers

Taiwan has executed six death row inmates, the second time in four months the island has carried out multiple executions on a single day.

Italy centre-left leader Bersani to resign

Italy’s centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Friday told members of his party he would step down after failing to push through his preferred candidate for president.

French family head for home after hostage ordeal

French President Francois Hollande will be waiting to welcome a family of seven released after being held by an group in Nigeria for two months, when they fly into to Paris early Saturday.

Investigators seek cause of Texas blast that killed 14

Investigators sifted through debris on Friday to pinpoint the cause of a Texas fertilizer plant explosion that obliterated parts of a small town and killed at least 14 people, including volunteer firefighters who raced to the scene to douse a blaze.

Strong quake hits China, 100 dead, injured

A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 28 people and injuring at least 100 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

 

NATO seeks Russia’s advice on Afghanistan withdrawal - report

NATO seeks Russia’s advice on Afghanistan withdrawal - report

New case against Skolkovo exec, cops question opposition MP’s $750,000 lecture fees

New case against Skolkovo exec, cops question opposition MP’s $750,000 lecture fees

One Boston bombing suspect dead, 1 at large

One Boston bombing suspect dead, 1 at large

Britain and France claim ‘evidence’ of Syria using chemical weapons

Britain and France claim ‘evidence’ of Syria using chemical weapons

Gunfire, explosions in Watertown linked to Boston bombing

Gunfire, explosions in Watertown linked to Boston bombing

Nearly 7 million people need humanitarian aid in Syria, UN says

The United Nations says nearly seven million people are in need of humanitarian aid in Syria as the ongoing violence continues to take its toll on the Arab state.

7.0 earthquake hits northern Japan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck off northern Japan on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Captured Boston bomber suspect is dead

Police believe they have shot dead one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and were searching for another who was at large in the Boston suburb of Watertown, officials said on Friday.

Venezuela to audit presidential vote

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council said it would audit votes cast in weekend presidential elections after an opposition challenge to the victory accorded President-elect Nicolas Maduro.

Baby with swollen head 'doing well'

A 15-month-old Indian girl whose head has swollen to nearly double its normal size is “doing well”, a doctor said on Friday, but treatment could be complicated by the extreme nature of her case.

 

Investigators searching for at least 1 suspect in Boston bombing

Investigators are looking for at least one suspect caught in surveillance video dropping off a bag near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shortly before the blasts.

West will pay for 'supporting Al Qaeda' - Assad

West will pay for 'supporting Al Qaeda' - Assad

North Korea demands lifting of sanctions as condition for US dialogue

North Korea has named its conditions for talks with the US – the removal of all U.N. sanctions following Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests, and a promise by Washington not to engage in ‘nuclear war practice’ with Seoul.

Bahrain arrests car-burning protesters ahead of F1 race

Bahrain has arrested several people accused of stealing and burning cars ahead of Sunday’s Formula 1 race.

US to deploy 200 troops to Jordan to curb Syria violence - Hagel

US to deploy 200 troops to Jordan to curb Syria violence - Hagel

UAE stands with the world against terror

General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met United States President Barack Obama at the White House at the beginning of a two-day visit to the US during which he met with senior officials.

Options narrow for Venezuelan opposition

Venezuela’s opposition watched its options dwindle Wednesday after the head of the Supreme Court said there could be no recount of the razor-thin presidential election victory

97 saved from Chinese ship afire off Antarctica

A Chinese factory fishing ship caught fire Wednesday just off the coast of Antarctica and 97 crew members were rescued by a nearby Norwegian vessel as Chile’s military mobilized to prevent any environmental damage.

FBI arrests Mississippi man in ricin letter case

The FBI arrested a Mississippi man on Wednesday in connection with letters sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials that are believed to have contained the deadly poison ricin, the US Justice Department said.

Boston bomb suspect spotted on video, no arrest made

Investigators have spotted a Boston Marathon bombing suspect from security video taken before two blasts ripped through central Boston on Monday, a US law enforcement source said on Wednesday, in what is potentially the biggest break in the case yet.

Deadly explosion, fire rips through Texas fertilizer plant

A deadly explosion ripped through a Texas fertilizer plant near Waco late on Wednesday, injuring more than 100 people, leveling dozens of homes and damaging other buildings including a school and nursing home, authorities said.

Banned drug in EU horsemeat claimed to be ‘not worrying’

A non-steroidal drug long banned in the US and the EU was found in latest testing in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

Afghan boys’ shooting by UK soldier allegations ‘very, very grave’

Afghan boys' shooting by UK soldier allegations 'very, very grave'

Boston bombing outage rumors shed light on mobile and Internet 'kill switch'

Boston bombing outage rumors shed light on mobile and Internet 'kill switch'

'No justification' for US torturing terror suspects - 'Truth Commission' report

'No justification' for US torturing terror suspects - 'Truth Commission' report

 
 

Gitmo officials defend raid as hunger strike continues

Top military officials at the Guantanamo Bay detention center defended a raid on Saturday that resulted in a violent clash with detainees

UAE condemns act of terror in Boston; General Shaikh Mohammed

President Obama asked Shaikh Mohammed to pass on his greetings to Shaikh Khalifa and his thanks for the feelings of sympathy expressed by the UAE leadership for the victims and the injured in Boston incident.

Tremors rattle UAE buildings

A massive earthquake hit the northeast of Iranian Balochistan on Pakistan border, about 650km from Ras Al Khaimah, on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least 34 in Pakistan and forcing tens of thousands of residents in the UAE to the streets from their residences and offices.

 

Britain, world figures bid farewell to Thatcher

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher takes place on Wednesday, with Queen Elizabeth II leading mourners from around the world in bidding farewell to one of Britain’s most influential and divisive prime ministers.

Italy to elect new president amid govt deadlock

Italian lawmakers meet on Thursday to begin voting on a new president in a key step that could end a two-month impasse between political parties that has blocked the formation of a new government.

 

Federal Security Service calls for freeze in Tajikistan-Russia railroad connections

Russia’s national security body, the FSB, has said that the trains that bring millions of migrant workers to the country from Tajikistan are extremely badly maintained, and that railroads are a main channel for heroin trafficking.

Scrap blacklists, fight terrorism together - Russian officials to US

Hours after the Boston Marathon bombings, several top Russian politicians have said the US and Russia must join forces in countering terrorism, expressing hope it would revive the ties that came under threat after the Magnitsky List was published.

Black Monday in Iraq: 55 killed, almost 300 injured in series of attacks

A string of bombings across Iraq has claimed at least 55 lives, injuring 300 more

US military helicopter crashes north of Seoul near N. Korea border – local news agency

A US helicopter has crashed near the North Korean border, not far from an army base north of Seoul, according to South Korean and US military sources.

Boston blasts: Investigators scour crowdsourced evidence

The devices were triggered 12 seconds apart in the late hours of the race, when most of the top runners had finished and average competitors were completing the event.

Salik gates take a toll on motorists


Monday morning turned out ‘okay’ for many drivers who took the Sharjah-Dubai Al Ittihad road, which normally crawls at 7.30am in the rush to get to schools and offices.

No one in custody in race blasts: Boston police

Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 80 others in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, billowing smoke, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs at the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon, authorities said.

N Korea issues new military threats on founder’s birthday

North Korea made new threats of military action on Monday as the reclusive nation celebrated the anniversary of its founder’s birth, stoking tension on the peninsula with a new ‘ultimatum’ to South Korea in the stand-off over its nuclear program.

 

The shine comes off the gold market

The price of gold logged its biggest one-day decline in more than 30 years on Monday, tumbling $140.30, or 9 percent, to $1,361.

Maduro’s Twitter account, official sites hacked by LulzSec

As the polls have closed across the country, the Twitter account of the Venezuela presidential hopeful Nicolas Maduro has been compromised by the Lulz Security Peru hacktivist group. Two official websites have been brought down as well.

Turkey fears of Islamic challenge to secular state

Turkish pianist Fazil Say received a suspended 10-month jail term on Monday for mocking Islam on Twitter.

Former Gitmo prisoner recaptured as suspect in assault on US consulate in Libya

A Libyan warlord and jihadist leader suspected of being involved in a 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi was reportedly wounded and captured during a special operation on Sunday

German ‘anti-euro’ political party calls for ‘orderly dissolution’

A new political party has been formed in Germany

Venezuela’s Capriles refuses to accept Maduro victory until election audit

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said he will not accept Chavista candidate Nicolas Maduro’s victory until a full audit of the election results is carried out.

Soviet Mars spacecraft possibly spotted in photos

LOS ANGELES - Space fans from Russia have spotted what may be parts from a spacecraft that the Soviet Union landed on Mars in 1971.

Albania northwest under floodwaters for a month

OBOT, Albania - Villagers in northwestern Albania are running out of patience after their homes have been surrounded by floodwaters for a month

Shaikh Mohammed all praise for hardworking Keralites

One of the most charismatic and visionary world leaders has a word of praise for Kerala leader Oommen Chandy, who has made his mark as one of the most hardworking and widely admired chief ministers of India.

A preview of future vision - 'Our Dubai : Our Life'

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice -President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and VIPs, today viewed the concept for the implementation of the project named “Our Dubai: Our Life” which formulates a future vision for the emirate.

UAE welcomes first train engines at Mussafah Port

UAE welcomes first train engines at Mussafah Port

3.4m Japan vehicle recall

The impact of the massive worldwide recall of 3.4 million vehicles by four Japanese car makers is being felt in the UAE as Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributors of Toyota in the UAE, confirmed on Thursday that it is recalling Camry and Corolla models from 2001 to 2003 “in a voluntary service campaign”.

World stock markets fall as gains are cashed in

World stock markets fell as investors turned cautious and took profits from recent rallies in spite of evidence pointing to an improving US employment picture.

 

LinkedIn buys news app Pulse to broaden content

 

The startup claims more than 20 million Pulse app users and said it is adding more than two million monthly.

The move by LinkedIn, which said in January that it had more than 200 million members, suggests it is broadening its focus to more than just career connections, by adding the mobile news reader platform.

‘Consumed in nuclear flames’: N. Korea threatens strike on Tokyo

Pyongyang warned that Tokyo would be its primary target if war broke out on the Korean Peninsula, if Japan maintains its “hostile posture.” It also threatened a nuclear strike against the island nation if it intercepts any North Korean test missiles.

'Day of Action to Close Guantanamo': US cities protest Obama's inaction

<em><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Gill Sans Light', Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;">With Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike for over two months, human rights activists across the United States demonstrated against the country's treatment of detainees in the offshore US prison camp.</span></strong></em>

Russia warns US against publishing names on ‘Magnitsky List’

<em><strong>Mosocw has reiterated that the forthcoming identification of Russian officials on Washington’s ‘Magnitsky List’ blacklist will deteriorate bilateral relations between the two countries, and promised immediate reciprocal action.</strong></em>

Russian space industry to get $52bn investment, possibly own ministry

On Cosmonautics Day, the Russian space industry was promised billions in funding and its own ministry to maintain its edge in manned spaceflight, and to overcome delays in work on commercial communications satellites and socially important projects.

Venezuela set for presidential vote as Maduro claims Colombian infiltration

Venezuelans are set to choose their next leader this Sunday, as opposition candidate Henrique Capriles faces incumbent Nicolas Maduro - who says his government has captured a group of Colombian insurrectionists seeking to destabilize the country.

Cash-strapped Italy to rent historic monuments to raise funds amid crisis

Italy plans to rent out its cultural heritage to the highest bidder in an effort to pay off some of its trillion-euro debt.

Experts forecast nationalist caucus in next Duma

Russian nationalists could attract up to 10 percent of the vote in next the parliamentary elections and representation in State Duma would allow them to become even more popular, according to experts attached to Russia’s Public Chamber.

‘Checking in’ on Foursquare’s $41mn financial injection

Mobile social network Foursquare announced on Thursday it has raised $41 million in venture capital funds. The financing is in convertible debt, not equity, an ambitious bet for the start-up media app.

I Don't Need Guardiola's Advice for Barca, Says Heynckes

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said he will not ask former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola for advice ahead of their Champions League semi-final with the Spanish giants.

Field of Iranian presidential candidates takes shape

Iran’s political landscape has become increasingly divided during controversial President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s second and final term. But as a diverse array of candidates to replace him takes shape, nearly all the contenders seem united on one thing: attacking the president’s legacy.

Women challenge Orthodox practice at Israel’s Western Wall

Arrests of five activists follow presentation of plan for non-Orthodox prayer section at site.

Bombs explode outside eastern Iraqi mosque, killing 7

Seven people were killed and 25 others were wounded 

GE gets Quirky

Have a smart idea? General Electric would like to give you thousands of its patents.

First U.S. Legoland hotel opens in California

A pirate ship, bubble-blowing animated dragons and 3 million Lego bricks.

Thieves force Louvre to shut its doors

Thieves have forced the closure of Paris' Louvre museum. But an art heist was not the reason.

A silent cry for justice

KOTTAYAM — The Suryanelli girl goes to the office in the morning with her long, wavy hair neatly combed, tiny gold earrings glinting, packed lunch in hand, like a normal working woman in India.

Apex court dismisses Bhullar’s mercy plea

NEW DELHI — Dismissing a plea by 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar challenging the rejection of his mercy plea by the president, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment.

 

Dubai's green drive gains steam

When the long-term national initiative Green Economy for Sustainable Development was launched in January 2012 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the aim was clear: for the UAE to become a world leader in sustainability and a centre for the export and re-export of green products and technologies in order to maintain a sustainable environment to support long-term economic growth.Over a year later, as Dubai gears up to host the second session of the Dubai Global Energy Forum, it is clear that the transition to sustainability is already well underway and gathering real momentum.

Iraq forces cast ballots ahead of polls

Iraqi soldiers and policemen cast their ballots for provincial elections on Saturday, a week ahead of the main vote that comes amid an uptick in violence and a long-running political crisis.

Israeli spy aircraft violates Lebanese airspace

An Israeli reconnaissance plane has penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over parts of the country in flagrant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

Russia strikes back with Magnitsky list response

Russia has released the list naming 18 Americans banned from entering the Russian Federation over their alleged human rights violations, as a direct response to the so-called Magnitsky list revealed by the US on Friday.

Dozens injured after magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolts Japan

A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook western Japan

UK ‘confirms’ use of chemical weapons in Syria after secret MI6 op

The UK Ministry of Defense has claimed that chemical weapons were used in the Syrian conflict.

Japan issues false N. Korea missile alarm instead of quake alert

A Japanese official mistakenly issued a pre-prepared alert announcing the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile instead of sending a message concerning a recent earthquake in western Japan.

‘Less-than-lethal rounds’ shot at Gitmo inmates resisting transfer to solitary

The US military says guards have clashed with prisoners at Guantanamo

Putin sends 2 intl children's rights bills to Duma for ratification

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent the European Convention on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation to the State Duma to be ratified. 

With sale, Venezuela’s last critical news outlet may be neutralized

In his 14-year-rule, President Hugo Chavez zeroed in on the country’s four major private television news outlets

Chinese offer blunt assessments of North Korea

The views posted on Chinese Internet sites about the diplomatic faceoff with longtime ally North Korea have been anything but diplomatic.

Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad, resigns

 Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigned

Performance check key to success: Shaikh Mohammed

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has underlined the importance of performance evaluation and re-evaluation as the key to success, not only in ministries and government departments, adding that the UAE Cabinet regularly conducts assessments of its performance.

 

Falklands War to pervade Thatcher’s funeral

For many of Margaret Thatcher’s admirers, the war she fought with Argentina over the Falkland Islands was her finest moment — and there will be many reminders of the brief but bloody conflict at her funeral on Wednesday.

Suicide raid, car bomb kill 34 civilians in Mogadishu

A nine-man suicide commando blasted its way into Mogadishu’s main court complex Sunday, some blowing up their explosives vests while others sprayed gunfire in a rampage that left 29 civilians dead, while a separate bomb attack killed five more.

US gun debate revives questions about self-defence

The beam from the intruder’s flashlight pierced the blackness of the bedroom, sweeping into Eric Martin’s eyes. As Martin rolled to the floor, reached into the nightstand drawer and drew out his 9 mm pistol, the 46-year-old executive’s mind raced: Would this man harm Martin’s fiancee or her son? Was an accomplice outside waiting? What if he pulled the trigger and hit the sleeping 8-year-old across the hall?

Venezuela awaits result of vote to replace Chavez

Venezuelans on Sunday awaited the results of the election to replace late leader Hugo Chavez, with his handpicked political heir favored to win, as the opposition candidate warned of vote manipulation.

 

 

Thatcheristic: new exhibition showing a different side to the Iron Lady

A gallery is to mount an exhibition of depictions of Margaret Thatcher which will have its formal opening on the day of her funeral.

Passenger plane with over 100 on board crashes in Bali, 22 injured

A Lion Air passenger plane with over 100 people on board crashed off the coast of Bali

US retail takes new knock

US retail sales contracted in March for the second time in three months and consumer confidence tumbled in April, a sign that tax hikes early this year have stolen momentum from the American economy.

 

How to tell Google what to do with your account in the afterlife

Google launched the service on its account settings page to give users options with their account should it remain inactive for an extended period of time.

Children of the World, Unite!

'Matilda the Musical' at Shubert Theater

Aiding Sobriety, a Chord at a Time

IT’S about 1,700 miles from Madison Square Garden to Willoughby Bay in Antigua, and it is hard to imagine two places more different than the grimy canyons of Midtown Manhattan and the pristine, windswept hills overlooking the Caribbean that are home to the Crossroads Center drug rehabilitation clinic.

No More on the Outside Looking In

‘Great and Mighty Things,’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Arsenal's Wilshere in Line for Saturday Return

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could return to the starting lineup on Saturday after a six-week injury absence

Multibillion-euro bailout best solution for Cyprus?

EU finance ministers finalized the Cyprus rescue deal on Friday.

Infosys profit down, shares slide on outlook

Indian outsourcing giant Infosys reported lower quarterly profit and forecast subdued revenue growth on Friday, sending its shares down 21 percent.

G8 states condemn North Korea ‘in strongest terms’

LONDON - G8 foreign ministers strongly condemned North Korea over its nuclear programme on Thursday but failed to bridge divisions over Syria beyond calling for more humanitarian aid for victims of the conflict.






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