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Yemen’s cultural heritage seeks protection from smugglers and random excavation

With its long history and rich culture, Yemen is a virtual treasure trove of priceless archeological artifacts, which until recently were fair game for smugglers.
 

China milk scandal companies offer to compensate victims

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Victims who fell ill or died after drinking tainted baby formula will soon get financial compensation from 22 Chinese dairy producers, China's Dairy Industry Association announced here Saturday. "The enterprises offered to shoulder the compensation liability.

Guinea junta woos critics, praises late dictator (AFP)

AFP - Guinea's new military junta, which took over in a coup following the death of longtime dictator Lansana Conte, is to hold a series of meetings with Guineans and members of the diplomatic community in a bid to woo public and international opinion.

Bangladesh candidate rhetoric heats up as poll nears

Candidates in Monday's Bangladesh election to restore democracy after two years of emergency rule have traded heated charges of corruption.

Activists attack Japanese whalers with stink bombs

HONG KONG: Militant environmentalists said they had pelted stink bombs at a Japanese whaling ship in Australian waters in their latest bid to disrupt hunting of the protected creatures.

Busiest Boxing Day is unlikely to save High Street slump

High street stores saw a stampede of shoppers as millions took advantage of unprecedented price cuts in what retailers described as the busiest Boxing Day sales in memory.

For Obama, huge challenges ahead

Dec. 21: During the Christmas break, President-elect Barack Obama will work on his economic stimulus plan and release the results of an investigation into his aides’ ties to Blagojevich.

Four al Qaeda militants flee jail during riot

Four suspected al Qaeda in Iraq insurgents broke out of jail during a riot yesterday that killed six police officers and seven prisoners in the western city of Ramadi, police said. Major General Tari...

US-led forces kill 11 Taliban in Kandahar

Kabul: US-led troops claimed their forces killed 11 Taliban militants in an operation that targeted a roadside-bomb-making network in southern Afghanistan, while a bomber was the only victim in a suic...

Study: Stress leads to drug use

Nearly one in 10 young people expects to use drugs over Christmas and New Year, research has revealed. A survey found 20% of users said they turned to drugs to help them deal with stress. Half of the 16 to 21-year-olds questioned said they smoked cannabis, or took cocaine or ecstasy to help them "let go".

Activists attack Japanese whalers with stink bombs (AFP)

AFP - Militant environmentalists said they had pelted stink bombs at a Japanese whaling ship in Australian waters in their latest bid to disrupt hunting of the protected creatures.

Is S'pore tourism in trouble?

SINGAPORE - Singapore's visitor arrivals dropped 9.7 percent in November compared with the same period last year, as a worsening global economic climate crimped demand for travel, the country's tourism agency said on Friday. The Singapore Tourism Board said visitor arrivals fell to 760,000 in November from 841,648 visitors last year.

Tense Indo-Pak relations hit Pak film business

While the tension has left Pak distributors and cinema owners worried, film-goers are disappointed that the release of 'Rab Ne...' and 'Ghajini' has been put off.

Nations unite to deal with piracy/Gulf Times editorial

Doha, December 27 (QNA) - The English language daily /Gulf Times/ has editorially said '''' Three Chinese naval ships have set sail for waters off Somalia. The German navy has foiled an attempt to hijack an Egyptian cargo vessel. Japan’s prime minister has indicated his country may join the anti-piracy effort.

U.S. urges India, Pakistan to avoid raising tension

The United States on Friday urged both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint from taking unnecessary actions that will raise tensions between the two neighboring countries. "We hope that both sides will avoid taking steps that will unnecessarily raise tensions during these already tense times," U.

Wall Street opens higher on GM rally

Wall Street opened modestly higher Friday, as struggling General Motors rallied after its financial arm GMAC was allowed to convert into a bank. The Federal Reserve allowed GMAC Financial Services to become a bank holding company on Dec. 24 and thus qualify for the U.S. government's 700-billion-U.S. dollar rescue plan.

Lift falling accident kills 17 people in central China

At least 17 workers were killed and another badly injured after a lifter suddenly crashed to the ground at a construction site in central China's Hunan Province Saturday. The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. at the construction site of a real estate project named "Shanghai City" in downtown....

Nineteen injured in southwest China earthquakes

Nineteen people were injured and thousands were affected in two earthquakes measuring 4.3 and 4.9 on the Richter scale in China's southwestern province of Yunnan early Friday, local authorities said. A 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit Ruili, a city of 100,000 people on China-Myanmar border in Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture of Dehong at 4:20 a.

Bangladesh protests against Indian ship's alleged entering into its waters

Bangladesh Friday asked India to postpone any exploratory and development activities by Indian survey ship within Bangladeshi waters until wartime boundary between the two neighboring countries is settled by mutual agreement. "The government of Bangladesh is lodging a formal protest with the....

Dollar mixed against major currencies

The dollar dipped against the euro but rose slightly against the pound and the yen on Friday in thin trading. The market was closed on Thursday for Christmas holiday. The dollar moved in small ranges on Friday, as there was no new economic reports or financing actions from the U.S. government.

Spanish gov't announces measures to deal with economic downturn in 2009

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Friday announced a series of measures to deal with the effect of the ongoing international financial crisis in the coming year. The measures include requesting the Spanish banks to open credits for small- and medium-sized companies, as well as....

UN mission sent troops to E DRC on reports of civilian massacre

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Friday sent a company of Congolese government troops to the northeast of the country on reports of civilian massacre by Uganda rebels. Elements of the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) had massacred at least 15 villagers, according to a UN news release.

Failing retailers, confidence spoil Christmas mood in Britain

Economic recession in Britain is biting its retailers so hard that they are collapsing as fast as a decommissioned building after the explosive is detonated. The latest big British retail brands which have been knocked down by the downturn include music, DVDs and games seller Zavvi, the third victim....

Turkey's military: PKK suffers heavy loss in air strikes

Turkish General Staff said on Friday that the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) suffered heavy loss in air strikes carried out by Turkish jets, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. "Turkish Armed Forces' air strikes on PKK targets in northern part of Iraq since Dec.

U.S. stocks rose after GMAC bank bid approved

Wall Street rose moderately on Friday as GMAC Financial Services, the financing arm of General Motors, was approved to become a bank holding company. The U.S. Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it has granted a request by GMAC to become a bank. That means the company has been allowed to....

UN chief backs Pakistan's efforts to seek truth, justice on Bhutto assassination

&$ &$A supporter holds a candle next to a picture of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto during a prayer ceremony ahead of her first death anniversary in Karachi December 26, 2008. Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 after a public rally in Rawalpindi.

Victims of fatal boat accident in east China laid to rest

The 15 victims in the overloaded fishing boat that sunk in east China's Jiangxi Province have been buried after the local government's concluded its investigation of the accident, local authorities said Friday. The boat, with a carrying capacity of 10 people, ferried 44 people and sank in Sanjiang River in Nanchang County at 5:30 p.

Asia faces mega-disasters

SYDNEY: The Asia-Pacific faces an era of large-scale natural disasters that could kill up to one million people at a time, with Indonesia, the Philippines and China most at risk, an Australian report said Friday. The Sydney Morning Herald cited a scientific report, which found that the impact of....

Wall Street mixed on GM rally

Wall Street moved mixed Friday, as General Motors rallied after GMAC was allowed to convert into a bank. The Federal Reserve allowed GMAC Financial Services, the finance arm of struggling GM, to become a bank holding company on Dec. 24 and thus qualify for the U.S. government's 700-billion-U.S.-dollar rescue plan.

Philippine military says wanted rebel leader killed

The Philippine military authorities said on Friday a top wanted rebel leader has reportedly been killed in a recent military combat operation, local media reported Saturday. Umbra Kato, a sub-commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's largest Muslim rebel group, was killed....

Vietnam considers freeing inmates for Lunar New Year

Vietnamese police are reviewing applications of nearly 10,000 prisoners seeking a Lunar New Year amnesty late next month, the government said. The crime rate among those who had been freed under Vietnam's presidential amnesties since 2000 is relatively low at 4.
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