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China announces support for Palestinian UN statehood bid

The Netanyahu government adamantly opposes the Palestinian efforts to seek UN membership without a negotiated peace agreement with Israel, but many countries around the world have already promised Palestinian leaders diplomatic support for the venture.

Nigeria: Finance Minister Named World's 87th Most Powerful Woman

Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is the 87th most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes magazine's list of 100 most powerful women released yesterday.

Nigeria: FG Unveils Draft Power Purchase Agreement

A draft Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and vesting contract for Nigeria's emerging electricity market has been released by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) for comments from investors in the sector.

Report Claims Cheney Advised Bush to Bomb Syria

Former US vice president's memoir says he advised George W. Bush to take military action against suspected Syria

Israel wary of Friday's protest

Egyptians, who are massing outside the embassy for the sixth day in a row, called for mass demonstrations because of Israeli's killing five Egyptian security personnel on borders and its assaults on Gaza Strip. An Israeli newspaper expressed fears of this march, saying Egyptians are launching a....

Greek austerity woes to feature in creditor talks: minister

Greece's troubles in enforcing a tight austerity plan in return for EU-IMF bailout loans will be discussed in talks with the country's creditors next week, the Greek finance minister said Thursday.

Activist: Syrian troops snatch, beat up cartoonist (AP)

AP - Syrian security forces attacked a renowned anti-regime cartoonist early Thursday in Damascus and left him bleeding along the side of a road, human rights activists said.

Bangladesh banking sector in trouble

It is indicated that, despite serious objection from the policymakers, the central bank is under tremendous pressure from the ruling party 'high-ups' is granting at least 8-9 new licenses to banks. Bangladesh Bank may finally be rather compelled in issuing license to at least 3.

Facebook, Twitter to defend social networks at meeting with UK officials

Facebook opposes any ban on its services and will stress at the meeting how social media can be a tool for public safety.

State of emergency lifted after Russian spacecraft crash

A state of emergency imposed after a Russian space freighter fell to Earth in Siberia's Altai Republic has been lifted in the region.

Nearly 900 Cos had participated at Banknet Conferences

More than 5,000 from nearly 900 Financial Institutions / Companies from 24 countries had participated at Banknet Conferences.

Benazir murder case: Accused withdraws post-arrest bail plea

RAWALPINDI: One of the five accused facing trial in the assassination case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto withdrew his bail plea from the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday. He had filed the application five months ago. The lawyer of accused Sher Zaman withdrew his bail application after....

Vietnam Marks Legendary General's 100th Birthday

HANOI — Legendary Vietnamese Gen Vo Nguyen Giap built his career on never backing down, even against seemingly impossible odds. Now, decades after ousting the French and later the Americans, he's celebrating another major victory: his 100th birthday. Giap is revered by Vietnamese second only to former President Ho Chi Minh.

Category 4 Irene possible by Thursday

Forecasters say Hurricane Irene that is taking aim at the East Coast could become a Category 4 monster by Thursday.

Council workers told to take unpaid holiday or lose their jobs

If plans being put forward by bosses at Rochdale council go ahead, they will also be paid less money and miss out on three days of sickness benefit.

Home-based work possible solution to manpower shortage: Hawazi Daipi

SINGAPORE - Companies facing a manpower shortage could consider implementing flexible work arrangements, such as home-based work, to tap the pool of economically inactive Singapore workers. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and...

Rann planning tram extension: Libs

South Australian Premier Mike Rann is poised to announce a $100 million extension to Adelaide's network of tram lines.

2011.8.25 TICKET

MUSIC BEAUTIFUL THURSDAY CONCERT Kumho Art Hall Today: This concert commemorates 19 years of diplomatic ties between Korea and China. Chinese pianist Chen Yunjie, who won the Chinese National Piano Competition at the age of 12, will appear with Korean cellist Chung Myung-wha.

Orders for Goods Rebound

Demand for long-lasting manufactured goods bounced back in July, but a decline in a key measure of capital spending indicates continued weakness in the U.S. economy.

Islamist Government Bars Gaza Students From Trip to U.S.

The high school students had won scholarships to attend school in the United States, where they were to stay with host families.

Profit on Wall Street, recession on Main Street | Sally Kohn

In America's deeply dysfunctional economy, unemployment is stuck at a 'new normal' of 9%, while corporate profits race ahead In the past few weeks alone, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems and Borders have all announced massive layoffs. Borders is closing its retail stores, auctioning off....

Canadian diplomatic trips to China accomplished little, U.S. ambassador says

Cable quotes the diplomat saying a pair of trips in 2007 served ‘to placate Canadian business leaders’ and not much else

Hamas in talks to renew Gaza calm

Hamas Gaza government spokesman Taher Nunu said that the government in Gaza is holding many talks with mediators in order to bring about an end to what he called "Israeli aggression" on the Gaza Strip and renew the calm between the two sides. He noted that they were holding talks with Egypt so that....

France vows to help Libyans as long as needed

24 Aug 2011 19:37 Source: reuters // Reuters * Sarkozy says military operations will continue if a need * "Friends of Libya" meeting set for Sept. 1 * France, partners eye resolution to end sanctions (Rewrites throughout, adds quotes, detail) By John Irish PARIS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - French President....

Insurers join rush to buy ‘safe’ covered bonds

Just as European banks have turned to a resurgent covered bonds market for alternative funding to central bank support, insurers are now doing the same – albeit for different reasons. Not only are these bonds seen as extremely safe by investors – they sailed through the economic disaster of Weimar....

Getting safety message out

George Stephens spent part of yesterday talking to a disabilities workshop for the Asian community about fire safety. Then the senior fire risk management officer met caregivers to talk about fire safety plans in homes for children...

Posh suburbs get ultra-fast net first

Some of Auckland's wealthiest suburbs will be first to receive ultra-fast internet cables, according to rollout plans.Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Remuera as well as the more industrialised zones of East Tamaki, Rosebank and...

WikiLeaks releases 3,925 diplomatic cables about Israel

Whistle-blower site publishes unclassified US State Department documents on peace process, Vatican-Jewish relations, terror attacks.

As country mourns, Jack Layton's casket arrives on the Hill

Karl Belanger, Mr. Layton's long-time press secretary, said Wednesday the last few days have been exhausting and that "it's hard to grieve in public." However, this is what Mr. Layton wanted. While the NDP leader expressed a wish that his life be celebrated, it was a sombre time.

Interim Libyan leader puts bounty on Gaddafi's head

Mustafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil offers amnesty, $1.3 million to whoever captures ousted leader; Western journalists freed from Tripoli hotel.

Battles flare in Tripoli as Gadhafi refuses to surrender

Gadhafi called on Libyans to free Tripoli from the “devils and traitors” who have overrun it, as clashes erupt between rebels and regime loyalists
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