THE decision by the United States
and Israel to develop and then
deploy the Stuxnet computer
worm against an Iranian nuclear
facility late in George W Bush's
presidency marked a significant and
dangerous turning point in the gradual
militarisation of the...
AMONG economists who
know their history, the
mere mention of certain
years evokes shivers. For
example, three years ago
Christina Romer, then the head of
President Barack Obama's Council
of Economic Advisers, warned
politicians not to ...
THE unusually large aggregation
of whale sharks in the Al
Shaheen area within Qatari
waters could well be the
largest in the world, a ministry
of environment expert
said on Wednesday.
"Frequent observations ...
PORTUGUESE superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait another two years to see if he will grace a major final for only the second time after Spain edged his side 4-2 on penalties in their Euro 2012 semi-final here on ...
"TIRED of directing such outlandish, overthe- top affairs as Night Watch (2004) and Wanted (2008), Timur Bekmambetov decided to make an intimate, lowbudget, reality-based drama. OK, not really, but Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter may be ...
QATAR University (QU) held the graduation of 376 students of the college of arts and science (CAS) summerfall 2011 and spring 2012 in the CAS´s annual celebration, recently. During the event, QU honoured a number of outgoing teaching staff, retired professors, and winners of scientific research awards in a large attendance of teaching staff, along with the alumni and their parents. Speaking on the occasion, Dean of CAS, Dr Eman ...
NORTH Indians´ Association recently organised a function to honour classes X and XII students who were top achievers in their examinations. The students received special prizes on the occasion. First Secretary at the Indian embassy in Qatar M R Quereshi presented the prizes to the students in the presence of the association´s Chairman Harish Kanjani and President Mukesh K Singh. The recipients...
JOURNALISM and Communication students from Northwestern University in Qatar (NUQ) travelled to Washington DC to report on the political attitudes and organisation of Arab- Americans, and how this may influence the US Presidential election on November 6. Through a series of interviews with political analysts, leaders and voters in the US capital, students explored the issues influencing.
THE kingdom of Bahrain has launched a $1.5 billion, 10-year bond, after receiving strong demand, a banker aware of the transaction said on Wednesday. The bond was priced at 437.5 basis points over midswaps, tighter than the initial guidance of around 462.5 basis points over midswaps, the banker, who declined to be identified, said. Citigroup, Gulf International Bank, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered are book runners for the issue, after the banks helped.
BRENT crude oil fell on Wednesday on mounting concerns that European leaders would fail to solve the region´s debt crisis at a meeting this week, offsetting tighter North Sea oil supply which saw it bounce the previous session. Brent crude had fallen 46 cents to $92.56 per barrel by 1054 GMT. US crude was down 17 cents at $79.19. An oil strike in Norway closed some oil platforms and pushed up Brent prices on Tuesday. Norway does not plan to intervene to halt ...
INFLATION in Germany, Europe´s top economy, slowed to its lowest level for 18 months in June, data showed on Wednesday, opening up room for a further cut in eurozone interest rates, analysts said. The annual rate of inflation in Germany stood at 1.7 percent in June, the lowest level since December 2010, from 1.9 percent in May, the national statistics office Destatis said in a statement. On a ...
SIX-TIME winner Roger Federer and defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday as the women´s draw was blown wide open with the shock exits of three top seeds. Federer enjoyed a troublefree 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy´s Fabio Fognini in a regal performance witnessed by Britain´s Prince Charles, who was making his first visit to the All England Club in more than 40 years. The third-seeded Swiss took just 74 minutes.
THE Aspire Academy squash boys have started their summer camps tournaments in Europe on a buoyant note. They took part in the Italian Junior open in Reccione from June 15 to 17, and in the Pioneer Junior Cup Open in Cologne, Germany. Later, they arrived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to compete in the Dutch Junior Open. Abdulla al Tamimi, a fresh graduate of the ASPIRE ...
HAVING already seen off one pretender to his throne, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will face another as the Azzurri tackles Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals on Thursday. The 34-year-old 2006 World Cup winner had said a couple of years ago that Joe Hart could become the best goalkeeper in the world, the honorifc title most observers would still hang around the veteran Juventus ...
FOR at least a century, the rose has been entwined in our notions of beauty and desire. A key accessory for prom queens and figure skaters (not to mention Queen Elizabeth II´s diamond jubilee), it has figured in cold cream, Chanel No 5 and the classic Smith´s Rosebud Salve. But in recent years, the flower came to seem outdated to some in the cosmetics industry. "It was because of tea roses," said Ben Krigler, creator at Krigler perfumes in New York, which was founded ...
ROBERT Pattinson, who was looking to break away from the film franchise Twilight and graduate from being a boy vampire to a leading man, is having trouble in his career as both his movies post-Twilight have flopped badly. The Beekman Theatre on Manhattan´s Upper East Side was completely empty for a screening of the film Bel Ami in which the 26- year-old actor stars as a manipulative journalist.
TWO decades ago a new Hindi film superstar emerged: Bollwood´s all-time favourite romantic hero Shah Rukh Khan, who debuted with Deewana. On completing 20 years, SRK says he just "got lucky" and admits he has made mistakes all along. "Twenty uninterrupted years of serving. Not enough talent or looks or game plan. Thank you all. I guess I got lucky, lucky to be working all the time," tweeted Shah Rukh, who entered filmdom with Deewana...
AN attack on a pro-government
television near Damascus killed
seven staff on Wednesday, state
media said, while 29 people died
in other violence, according to a
watchdog. Those killed comprised
three journalists and four security
guards, state media said. In other
violence, 10 soldiers were killed in
the province of Deir Ezzor.
NOKIA is pinning its hope of a
turnaround in fortunes on its forthcoming
Windows 8 Phone and the
transition that the company has
executed in the last few months,
Nokia V-P (M-E) Tom Farrell has
said. The company will change
some members of the executive
team, close down research facilities
and plants and lay-off 10,000
employees, Farrell said.