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SPE's first edition of Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition attracts 233 paper submissions worldwide

Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the first edition of Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition (HOCE) taking place 12−14 December 2011 at Kuwait City, has attracted 233 abstract submissions from leading oil and gas companies and academia.
 

03:33 on 04 August, 2011 UTC

Dumping of PNG government due to food dragging over PM’s health - Bart Philemon Posted at 03:33 on 04 August, 2011 UTC A member of Papua New Guinea’s new government says the ousted administration was dragging its feet over the issue of Sir Michael Somare’s health and that this presented the opportunity for a change of leadership.

Emails outline bruising fight to get D.C. Lottery contract

The day after Christmas 2008, as then-D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray was blocking approval of a contract award to run the D.C. Lottery, a Maryland businessman delivered bad news to the man who, along with international gambling giant Intralot, had won the pact through competitive bidding. "There is a .

IDF launches retaliatory air strike in Gaza after rockets land in south Israel

The Israel Defense Forces launched a retaliatory airstrike early Thursday against two Gaza city training facilities operated by the armed wing of the Islamist militant movement Hamas, witnesses and officials said. No casualties were reported. Israeli F-16 jets flew shortly after midnight over the....

Dhaka may deport Ulfa leader before PM's visit

At a time when the government is all set to hold "substantive talks" with the Ulfa, top leader of the banned outfit Anup Chetia is likely to be deported to India from Bangladesh ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the neighbouring country in September.

Robert Fisk: Once untouchable, the old despot and his sons faced the wrath of the nation they had terrorised

Just when the Arab dictators desperately need to drink the secure, cool waters of an Arab summer, along came the Egyptians yesterday to poison the well. Deep into its depths, those dictators could see a flickering enmeshed face, fragile, fingers playing over its nose and mouth, the arm of a man on a....

19:23 on 03 August, 2011 UTC

New PNG PM confident he can overcome Abal legal challenge Posted at 10:00 on 03 August, 2011 UTC Papua New Guinea’s New Prime Minister says he’s confident he can defend any legal challenge by the ousted acting Prime Mnister Sam Abal over parliament’s decision to form a new government.

19:23 on 03 August, 2011 UTC

Bougainville leader hopes Damien Koike will agree to talks under UN banner Posted at 19:23 on 03 August, 2011 UTC The president of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, John Momis, has invited a former militant leader, who’s blamed for widespread criminality, to meet for talks.

Guinea: Sixteen Charged for Attempted Conde Assassination

It was announced on Tuesday that sixteen people including ten soldiers have been charged with the attempted assassination of Guinean President Alpha Conde at his home in Conakry, two weeks ago.

10:00 on 03 August, 2011 UTC

Bougainville leader hopes Damien Koike will agree to talks under UN banner Posted at 10:00 on 03 August, 2011 UTC The president of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, John Momis, has invited a former militant leader, who’s blamed for widespread criminality, to meet for talks.

10:00 on 03 August, 2011 UTC

Fear of constitutional crisis in PNG if ousted acting leader re-appointed Posted at 04:14 on 03 August, 2011 UTC A constitutional lawyer says if Papua New Guinea’s ousted acting prime minister is re-appointed, it could spark a constitutional crisis. Yesterday, the opposition joined with government....

Nepal to mourn Mumbai, Norway attack victims

Exactly a month after three synchronised explosions in India's business capital Mumbai claimed 24 lives, the dead as well as the nearly 150 people injured will be remembered and grieved for during Nep

ISEQ plummets on economic jitters

THE ISEQ yesterday fell to its lowest level since December as concerns about the global economy continued to impact on shares everywhere.

Moti faces Australian court, accuses govt of 'colluding'

Last Updated: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:38:00 +1000 Lawyers for former Solomon Islands Attorney General Julian Moti have told the Australian High Court that Australian officials were actively involved in his deportation in 2007. In December 2007, the Australian government issued an extradition request for Mr Moti to face child sex charges.

OFWs ask PHL govt to remove deadline for working in Afghanistan

A group of Filipino workers in Afghanistan has appealed to the Philippine government to remove the deadline that prohibits them to work in the strife-torn state after December 31, 2011 in compliance with a United States military order.

Israel behind killing of Iranian scientist: report

BERLIN: The Israeli secret service Mossad was responsible for the assassination last month of an Iranian scientist in Tehran, Germany’s Spiegel Online news website reported. The killing of Dariush Rezaei-Nejad was “the first serious action taken by the new Mossad chief Tamir Pardo,” according to an....

Five kidnapped Bangladeshis freed in Afghanistan

DHAKA: Five Bangladeshi construction workers kidnapped in Afghanistan last December were on Tuesday freed by their captors, Dhaka’s foreign minister said. The Afghan government, with help from local village elders, negotiated the freedom of the workers seven months after they were abducted from....

Brazil bars Falklands shipping

BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Brazil intends to bar all Falkland-flagged shipping from its ports and backs Argentina's position that British-backed oil exploration in the South Atlantic islands' waters is illegal, it emerged after the two countries'...

Edited by Jennifer Pietropaoli :American Poker

Rzeczpospolita , Poland American Poker By Jakub Kurasz Investors and pundits were almost 100% certain that Democratic and Republican leaders would come together with a last minute deal. Translated By Investors and pundits were almost 100 percent certain that Democratic and Republican leaders would come together with a last minute deal.

Amphibious houses float out of trouble in Bangladesh

Homes with floating foundations made from discarded plastic bottles could cut homelessness in flood-prone regions.

Volume of construction works in Jizzakh region up 1.4 times

Meeting of leading business entities in Jizzakh region discussed the results of socioeconomic development of the region in the first half of 2011.

Now a bogus Ikea store

11 Furniture, as the store is known, copies Ikea's blue and yellow colour scheme, mock-up rooms, miniature pencils, signage and even its rocking chair designs. Its cafeteria-style restaurant, complete with minimalist wooden tables, has a familiar look, although the menu features Chinese-style....

Search under way for jubilee wood

The Woodland Trust begins a search for a 500-acre site for a flagship woodland that will be planted to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Four die in foreigners' hotel blast

Four guards were killed when a suicide bomber blew up his car outside a small residential hotel used by foreigners in northern Afghanistan.

New leader for PNG

Liam Fox, Port Moresby Last Updated: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 15:26:00 +1000 Papua New Guinea has a new prime minister after disgruntled government MPs joined forces with the Opposition to have the prime minister's office declared vacant. The newly-bolstered opposition successfully moved to have the prime....

China blames 'friend' Pak for terror attacks

For the first time, China on Monday officially blamed the recent spurt of terrorism in its volatile Muslimdominated western province of Xinjiang on "all-weather friend" Pakistan, with officials saying the masterminds of the previous day's attacks that killed 11 people were trained in Pakistani terror camps.

U.S. to Libya rebels: Get it together

Even as it prepares to hand over the Libyan embassy in Washington to the rebel government, the State Department is warning the Transitional National Council to get its act together.

Senate to vote Tuesday on debt and budget bill

The Senate will vote at noon on Tuesday on a historic measure pairing an increase in the government's borrowing limit with promises of more than $2 trillion of budget cuts over the next decade.

Latest developments in debt ceiling standoff

By The Associated Press Congress has until Aug. 2 to raise the federal borrowing limit or the government will run out of money and possibly default on its debt. House Republicans say they won't raise...

House OKs debt bill with Giffords in attendance

Emergency legislation to avoid an economy-rattling government default sped through the House Monday night, a scant day before the deadline for action - the dramatic vote made all the more memorable by Rep. Gabrielle...

Giffords returns to House for debt vote

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded during a January assassination attempt, returned to the floor of the House of Representatives Monday evening to vote in support of a plan to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.
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