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Coast Guard to Italian captain: Go back aboard!

"You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me?" the Coast Guard officer shouted as the captain of the grounded Costa Concordia sat safe in a life raft and frantic passengers struggled to escape after the ship rammed into a...
 

The $50 Billion US-African Market and the Great Wind of Change

By Moses Asare, AFRICAN LEADER Bronx, New York City. On a beautiful summer day in June 2009, an African pastor named Dr. Mensah Otabil delivered a prophetic sermon that would define the destiny of US-based African immigrants forever. “African immigrants in the U.S should not see themselves as immigrants.

Several people hurt in Bucharest anti-austerity protest

Bucharest. Romanian riot police has fired tear gas during clashes with demonstrators protesting against austerity cuts in the capital, Bucharest, BBC informs. At least nine people, including policemen, were injured in what was the third consecutive day of protests.

Local Afghan official, 4 others killed in bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide car bomber has killed five people including a local district chief in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. The governor of Kandahar's spokesman Zalmai Ayubi says the top official of the province's Panjwayi district was traveling in a....

Ron Paul Endorsed by Rick Santorum’s Nephew

Garver appears to be enthusiastic about Paul’s isolationist views on foreign policy and the protection of personal rights.

London Daily News: Putin and Russia church lobby Greeks to "reconsider" Ephraim imprisonment

Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin, a friend of Abbot Ephraim has it is believed, actively lobbied the Greek Government to reconsider the imprisonment of the monk.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Russian riot police detains dozens at protests

Russian riot police have arrested dozens of people in Moscow and Saint Petersburg who tried to stage unsanctioned anti-government protests on New Year's Eve.

Gaza premier to meet Turkey PM

ANKARA: Gaza's Hamas premier Ismail Haniya will be in Turkey on Sunday as part of his first official regional tour since the Islamists' 2007 power seizure in the Palestinian enclave, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Afghan child bride Sahar Gul, 15, mutilated for refusing prostitution is rescued from toilet prison

Sahar Gul, 15, was in critical condition when she was rescued from a house in northern Baghlan province, Afghanistan, last week, after her neighbours reported hearing Miss Gul crying and moaning in pain.

Tax revenue falls along with home sales in Hainan

Transactional tax revenue in Hainan's housing market plunged 750 million yuan ($119 million), or 16.7 percent, in the first 11 months compared with the same period last year, as home sales in the tropical province are bleak due to central government's policies to curb speculation.

Uganda: Closer Look At High Varsity HIV Rates

In response to a 2010 HIV sero-behavioural study in six universities in Uganda that ranked the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) second highest in HIV prevalence rates amongst universities, students mention poorly administered sex education and a strict code of conduct being forced onto them by....

Congress nearing payroll tax deal

The US Congress is close to a deal to extend a payroll tax cut for two months - and speed up a decision on a disputed pipeline, lawmakers' aides say.

Putin rejects any do-over of fraud-tainted vote

MOSCOW (AP) Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday vehemently rejected opposition calls for a rerun of the parliamentary election, accusing those who organized massive protests against vote fraud of working to weaken Russia at the West's behest. In blustery remarks likely to further fuel anger against his 12-year rule, .

U.S., North Korea hold food-aid talks in Beijing

BEIJING (AP) U.S. officials say food aid to North Korea could resume depending on whether Pyongyang can provide the necessary monitoring assurances in talks between the sides that began Thursday in Beijing. The United Nations and U.S. charities say aid is badly needed, but the U.S. government is concerned that .

Army suspends 1st female drill sergeant leader

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The Army has suspended the first woman to lead its drill sergeant school while it investigates an undisclosed personnel matter, the service said Thursday. A spokesman for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command said Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King remains commandant of the school at Fort .

Google Galaxy Nexus is finally here, will you buy?

It's the question I'm asking myself, so I pose it you. After countless launch day rumors, Verizon Wireless is finally offering the Google-branded Galaxy Nexus, the first Ice Cream Sandwich Android, to us poor dodos here in the United States. Seemingly everybody else in the world got it first, like Samsung Galaxy S II before it.

In mountain camps,Pakistan Taliban train for death

“Our suicide bombers turn their bones into bullets, flesh into explosives and blood into petrol and bravely fight them.”

PML-N may challenge presidency

The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N may challenge ‘suitability’ of Asif Ali Zardari to remain in the Presidency on health grounds and a process of consultation within the party has already started, sources told Dawn on Wednesday.

Trade gap widens

Trade deficit in the first four months of the fiscal year has nearly doubled the deficit of the same period last year.

US troops leave Baghdad and Iraqis caught between fear and hope

Despite claims stability has been restored, Sahawa leaders who supported occupation still subject to assassination and attack It is not just the American military who are leaving Baghdad this week. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal is also packing his bags. But his exit will not have the fanfare or media profile....

Lloyds board has handled Horta-Osório's return well

Sir Win Bischoff has even staked his job on it – shareholders are sure to remember that promise It turns out that it wasn't stress that has kept António Horta-Osório off work for the past six weeks. Lloyds Banking Group's chief executive simply "overdid it," says chairman Sir Win Bishcoff.

Housing benefit cuts defeated by House of Lords in welfare reform vote

Peers, including 13 Lib Dems and one Tory, voted by 258 to 190 to limit coalition's proposed penalties for social housing tenants The government suffered the first of what may be a series of heavy defeats over the welfare reform bill when peers threw out plans to dock housing benefit from people who have spare bedrooms.

Safety Board Proposes Ban on Cell Use While Driving

U.S. safety investigators called on Tuesday for a nationwide ban on texting and cell phone use while driving, a prohibition that would include certain applications of hands-free technology becoming more common in new cars.

Kenny ignores tax boycott threat

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ignored threats of a potential mass boycott over the 100 euro household charge the Government is to impose in the New Year.

Armed man attacks Belgian city

A man armed with hand grenades and guns opened fire in the crowded center of a Belgian city on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding 64, an official said.

Euro crisis simmers with banks under stress

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Further signs of stress emerged Tuesday to indicate that Europe's most recent summit agreement to get the euro countries to tighten rules against excessive government spending has only made limited progress in pulling the continent out of its debt crisis.

US-born Syrian blogger charged with incitement

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have charged a U.S.-born Syrian blogger and press freedom campaigner with trying to incite sectarian strife. The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression in the Arab World says Razan Ghazzawi also was charged with spreading false information and weakening....

Two dead and ten injured in Belgian grenade and gun attack

Three men armed with hand grenades and guns attacked a bus stop in eastern Belgium on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding at least 10, Belgian media reported.

Russian media officials fired in alleged 'muzzling'

The owner of Russia's top media holding company fired an editor and a senior manager on Tuesday over what he described as an "ethical breach," but some media rights activists and journalists called it an attempt to muzzle criticism of alleged vote fraud during this month's national election.

Child poverty 'to rise for years,' says social mobility advisor Alan Milburn

Child poverty is set to rise "for many years to come" after an "almost certain reverse" in progress to wipe it out, the Government's advisor on social mobility said today.

Mashonja relives abuse

FRANCISTOWN: Assistant Superintendent Sesetse Ntombi Mashonja of Botswana Police is a woman who has seen it all in her life.
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