YOU could almost hear the sighs of
relief coming out of Brussels and
Berlin when the results from the
Greek election were finally established.
One fact stood out above all others
from a chaotic and confusing night:
Greece, in the short term, would not be
leaving the euro with all the chaos that
AFEW weeks ago, I was in
Amman, Jordan, talking
with educators, when I met
a young American woman
with the most remarkable
job description. Her name was
Shaylyn Romney Garrett. She
introduced herself by saying that
she and her husband, James, were
former Peace Corps volunteers in
BUSINESS activity across the euro
zone shrank for a fifth straight
month in June and Chinese manufacturing
contracted, while weaker
overseas demand slowed US factory
growth, surveys showed on
ON behalf of the Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority HE Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah attended the opening ceremony of the United ...
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PRESIDENT of the UN General Assembly HE Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Nasr said the international development cooperation must continue to play a key role in promoting solutions for global challenges. "Development cooperation must become wider and deeper. It must go far beyond development assistance," said Nasser. Addressing the gathering at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Nasser.
RETAIL sales bounced back in May after a dismal April as sunnier weather encouraged shoppers to buy clothes and shoes, raising hope that the country may yet avoid a longer slump. Britain, which fell into its second recession in four years between October and March, is in dire need of a boost, and policymakers pin hopes on consumer spending because exports and business morale have been hurt by the eurozone debt crisis. The government has announced a ...
BRENT crude oil hit an 18- month low of $91 per barrel on Thursday as the outlook for economic growth darkened, pointing to lower-thanexpected energy consumption worldwide. China´s factory sector shrank for an eighth straight month in June as export order sentiment hit its weakest since early 2009, according to a survey indicating the country´s economic trough may extend well into the third quarter. The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday signaled a ...
SPAIN´S borrowing costs hit a new euro era high at a debt auction on Thursday, a few hours before it is expected to shed light on the dire state of its weaker banks and possibly make a formal request for European Union funds to rescue them. The auction proved the Spanish Treasury can still borrow on international markets, albeit at a high cost, and it made the best of solid demand by selling 2.2 billion euros ($2.8 billion) in bonds, above the targeted amount. "We want to ...
CANADIAN Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton said he was "super-motivated" to produce another strong performance this weekend as he aims to extend his lead in the world championship. Thanks to his emphatic win in Montreal, the 27-year-old McLaren driver heads to the European Grand Prix with a two-point lead in what has been the sport´s most extraordinary start to a season with seven different drivers winning the opening seven races. That means the top ...
THE Sultanate of Oman is ready to host one of the biggest sporting events in its sporting history, the Laser World Championship after Oman Sail grabbed the rights of the event on Tuesday. The event will take place in Mussanah Sports City in November 2013. An official ceremony took place on Tuesday which was attended by HE Sheikh R a s h a d A l H i n a i , Undersecretary of the Ministry of Sports Affairs, David Graham, Oman Sail CEO, Issa Al Ismaili, Oman...
FRENCH football legend Zinedine Zidane said on Thursday there was nothing wrong with the tactics deployed by Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque at Euro 2012 despite growing criticism back in Spain. Zidane, an advisor to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, said the criticism was ill-founded and that Spain, who topped Group C after coming through it unbeaten, remained favourites going into ...
TWINKLE, twinkle, little spot: Are you a real world or not? Pinning down the elusive nature of Fomalhaut b, a faint speck of light discerned within the glare of a nearby star, has proved to be far from child´s play. At stake are bragging rights to the first optical image of an exoplanet, and one that is close enough to be studied in detail. But since Fomalhaut b was first reported in 2008, its identity has been the subject of intense debate. The next round of Hubble Space ...
KRISTEN Stewart, who shot to fame as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga films and has a starring role in Snow White and the Huntsman, jumped to the top of Forbes.com´s annual list of highestpaid actresses. The 22-year-old earned an estimated $34.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012 and pushed Angelina Jolie into fourth place. Cameron Diaz, who had a surprise hit with Bad Teacher, came in second...
KAVYA is on a writing track. We have only seen Kavya Madhavan, as the talented actress and dancer till now. But not many know that she also happens to be a poetess and singer. Her own music album will showcase yet another facet of the actress. "It was my dream to be a writer and a painter, but I never knew I had it in me," says the actress, adding, "During my schooldays, I used to give my name for painting and poetry writing competitions. Though, I never took...
THREE people died and 15 were
injured in a fire that raged through
the top four floors of the eightstorey
secretariat, on Thursday. The
blaze, which started at 2.35pm,
reportedly destroyed thousands of
sensitive documents, computer
files and records, many pertaining
to the Adarsh society scam. Two
bodies were found outside deputy
CM’s chamber. Another was found
inside the building later.
AN Indonesian air force plane
slammed into a military housing
complex and ignited a huge fireball
on Thursday while trying to
land in Jakarta, killing all seven
people aboard as well as two toddlers
and their nanny in a home.
The pilot, co-pilot and five trainees
aboard the Fokker F-27 were on a
routine training flight when it
crashed into houses in a neighbourhood
about 1.5 kilometres
from the runway where it was trying
to land, Indonesian military