IN the wake of the recent Friends of
Syria conference, the United States
and Middle Eastern powers that
include Turkey, Qatar and Saudi
Arabia are stepping up aid to armed
resistance groups in Syria. Under
LAST week Politico reported
that, ever since announcing his
re-election bid, President
Obama's campaign has been
struggling to find a slogan to sum up
his reason for running. He's cycled
through 'Winning the Future,' 'We
Can't Wait,' 'An America Built to ...
AL SADD bagged its second win in a row against Al Arabi 99-86 while Al Rayyan, already with one win in the semi-finals of the Emir Cup Basketball Championship, went down to Al Gharafa 62- 71, on Thursday. Best player in the Sadd- Arabi face-off .
GAGS galore. Laughs? Well, not as many as you would expect in a 180-minute marathon mirth machine. Somehow, the jokes get choked in the comic ritual of repetition. Once you figure out who's who and who's ha-ha.
THE Grand Millennium Dubai on Wednesday organised a special appreciation function for its partners including representatives of the travel and tourism industry at Four Seasons as part of its four-day roadshow, which concluded on Thursday. About a dozen representatives were presented with certificates of appreciation on the occasion. A raffle draw was also held on in which 12 persons including representatives of the travel and tourism industry ...
QATAR TESOL´s 40-strong team of volunteers has been working over the past few weeks and months to make this year´s Qatar TESOL conference a runaway success. Hundreds of people preregistered online for Qatar TESOL´s 8th International Conference 2012 which will take place this weekend at the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNAQ). Teachers, students and university professors have all joined together to volunteer for many different roles and ...
FIFTY-YEAR-OLD Alain Robert, nicknamed the French ´Spiderman´, left spectators speechless on Thursday as he ascended the 300 metre tall Torch Doha Hotel without the use of a safety rope and harness in a record time of one hour 33 minutes and 47 seconds. In an attempt to set a world record, Robert climbed the structure in the presence of Guinness World Records representative and thousands of ...
QATAR National Bank (QNB) has acquired a 49 percent stake in the Bank of Commerce and Development, one of the leading private banks in the Libya. The announcement was made during the extraordinary general assembly of the Bank of Commerce and Development held in Benghazi, Libya on Thursday. It approved QNB as a strategic partner of the Bank according to the memorandum of agreement between the two institutions. Commenting on the...
INDIA has vaulted to the top of the list of Iran´s oil customers, overtaking China, in a first quarter buying surge ahead of tighter sanctions against Tehran this summer, data published by a leading industry consultant showed. Direct imports to India from Iran were 433,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the first quarter compared with 256,000 bpd to China, according to data compiled by Geneva´s Petrologistics and seen by Reuters via an industry source...
ITALY was forced to pay higher rates in a bond auction that failed to reach its maximum target on Thursday as Rome sought to defuse a row with Madrid over who to blame for a return of investor jitters. The Italian Treasury had hoped to raise up to 5.0 billion euros ($6.6 billion) but only took 4.9 billion, and the rate on the three-year bonds sold rose to 3.89 percent compared with 2.76 percent in a similar issue last month. "We made the choice not to take all of the demand.
WORLD 21st-ranked Andrew Arbuzov has virtually put his one foot into the final, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five semi-finals at the Qatar Match Racing Cup 2012 (Grade 3) at Doha Bay. Under mostly overcast and dusty conditions, the action began at the Doha Bay on Thursday with strong gusts baulking sailors from showing their best. But the day improved into an excellent one later as the wind calmed down. Runner-up last year, Arbuzov...
BELGIAN preparation company Overdrive Racing will run three Toyota Hiluxes in next week´s Sealine Cross- Country Rally, with Qatar´s Nasser bin Saleh al Attiyah piecing together a lastminute deal to run one of the South African-built cars in the third round of the FIA World Cup for Cross- Country Rallies. Under the management of Jean-Marc Fortin, the Belgian team will run ...
STRUGGLING Wigan breathed life into the Premier League title race with a stunning 1-0 upset of Manchester United on Wednesday as Manchester City romped to a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Just days after United looked to have assured itself of a 20th league crown by opening up an eight-point lead over City, Shaun Maloney´s 50th-minute winner for Wigan suggested the title ...
IT made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me buy lip gloss. Such is the hope of Hollywood cross-promoters these days, as movie tie-ins go beyond lunch boxes and action figures and move into beauty products like perfumes, hair gel, curling irons and lipsticks. Moviegoers, it seems, want more than just merchandise; they want to embody the characters. "Our readers want to know how to get their look," said Rosie Amodio, the editor of InStyle.com. The latest push is ...
HE has been part of the film industry for almost three decades. Veteran actor Anupam Kher says that there was a lot of togetherness earlier in the industry, but Bollywood has now become professional and impersonal. "The industry has become more professional, which is very good, but at the same time it is getting very impersonal," Kher said in an interview. "When there were no vanity vans, no mobiles...
SHE´S known for her man eating ways and for a string of former flames including Chris Brown, Matt Kemp and Drake. But Rihanna´s taste seems to have changed somewhat after she admitted to having a crush on her Battleship costar Liam Neeson. The R&B singer has revealed she was starstruck when she came face-toface with the Hollywood actor, who is 35 years her senior. She even appears to have developed a soft spot for the Schindler´s List star, despite ...
A FRAGILE cease-fire brokered by
the UN took hold in Syria on
Thursday with regime forces apparently
halting widespread attacks on
the opposition but still defying
demands by international envoy
Kofi Annan to pull back troops.
Annan’s plan calls for the deployment
of international observers and
talks on a political transition once
a truce is in place.
QTHE Indian rupee on Thursday fell
by 16 paise to close at 51.58/59
against the US currency on fresh
dollar demand from importers and
some banks despite firm local equity
markets. At the Inerbank Foreign
Exchange market, the domestic unit
opened higher at 51.39/40 a dollar
from overnight close of 51.42/43
and immediately touched a high of