THE future of democracy in Syria
is the subject of many concerns:
people are worried about the
treatment of minorities and
women, possible acts of revenge,
and the likelihood of transitional justice.
Some ask about universal human
AT a fundraiser for the president
at his Westport, Conn,
estate Monday night,
Harvey Weinstein spoke in
a softly lit room shimmering
with pink dahlias, gold Oscars,
silvery celebrities and black
American Express cards.
"You can make the case,"
Weinstein said of Barack Obama,
"that he's ...
QATAR has begun scouting
for local talent to represent
the country in the prestigious
World Championships of
Performing Arts (Wcopa) to
be held at Hollywood, Los
Angeles next year, following
the success of a 15-year-old.
THE ASEAN Committee in Doha (ACD) will boost cooperation among the members of the regional bloc in Qatar, said the Committee's current Chair and Philippine Ambassador to Qatar HE Crescente Relacion on ...
JAMAICAN superstar Usain Bolt declared himself "a legend" after completing a historic successive Olympic sprint double, in the 200m final on Thursday. Bolt had a big lead coming out of the bend in what he names his pet event but had to fight...
JEAN-CLAUDE Van Damme is in The Expendables 2, but he's neither an Expendable nor expendable. That, it must be noted, was very much the master plan of the Muscles from Brussels. "One day I heard from a big lawyer who said, 'Look, if you're going...
REACH Out To Asia (ROTA) has been supporting several education projects in many developing countries across Asia. The non-profit organisation is currently working on construction of 10 informal education centres in Bangladesh. Commenting of the initiative, ROTA Executive Director Essa al Mannai said, "Over the past few years, ROTA partners have always demonstrated incredible corporate responsibility and generosity. Our partners will bring hope ...
THE Second Police Arm Wrestling championship concluded on Wednesday at Al Ahli Club. President of Qatar Police Sports Federation Brig Khalid bin Hamad al Attiya, Secretary of Al Ahli Club Khalid Shabeeb, Assistant Director of Operations Department at General Directorate of Civil Defence Col Jamal Jafar al Ajmi, Vice-President of the QPSF Col Adel Malallah and fans attended the event. Attiya and Shabeeb awarded the first three winners in each category. In the 80kg ...
KATARA hosted an iftar gathering for members of the local media at Mamig restaurant on Wednesday. Mamig is one of the few restaurants in Qatar and the Gulf region that serves authentic Armenian and Lebanese home cuisine. ´Mamig´ is the Armenian word for ´grandmother´. A restaurant and event venue, Mamig´s signature Armenian-Lebanese fusion cuisine is unmatched in the city. The menu is prepared by native Armenian and Lebanese chefs ...
INDIA and China are seeing economic slowdown while growth momentum is losing steam in most of the developed world, says Paris-based think tank OECD. Two of the world´s fastest growing economies — India and China — are grappling with slowdown amid persisting eurozone debt turmoil and faltering global growth. OECD´s assessment comes on a day when Moody´s became the latest financial services firm to cut India´s growth projection ...
THE number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week while the trade deficit in June was the smallest in 1-1/2 years, hopeful signs for the struggling economy. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the Labour Department said on Thursday, suggesting a modest improvement in the jobs market. Economists polled by Reuters.
THE price of oil hovered above $93 a barrel on Thursday as a drop in Chinese inflation reinforced expectations for more economic stimulus measures, which could accentuate demand for crude. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude was up 22 cents to $93.57 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 32 cents on Wednesday to settle at $93.35 in New York. In London, Brent crude was up 24 cents at $112.38 on...
WORLD champion David Rudisha scorched the Olympic Stadium track and won the 800m race with the first world record of the 2012 Olympic Games athletics on Thursday. The 23-year-old star from Kenya set off the magical night when he ran from the front as usual and won in 1 minutes 40.91 seconds, bettering his mark of 1:41.01 from August 29, 2010, in Rieti, Italy. Teenager Nijel Amos got a first ever Olympic medal for Botswana, a silver in a junior world...
KAORI Icho´s cold, tense stare never broke as he wiped out opponent after helpless opponent. It was only when Icho sealed her third straight Olympic gold medal that she showed just how relieved she was to have done it again. Icho won the women´s 63- kilogram freestyle division on Wednesday at the London Games, becoming the first Japanese woman to capture the same event in three straight Olympics. Icho beat Ruixue Jing of China 3-0, 2-0, her latest...
SUSHIL Kumar has already carried India´s flag at the London Olympics; now the wrestler carries his country´s hopes of an elusive gold medal. Beijing shooting champion Abhinav Bindra, India´s first individual gold medallist, crashed out in the first round in London while boxer Mary Kom took bronze on Wednesday to add to the one won in badminton by Saina Nehwal. Now the spotlight falls on Kumar, a Beijing bronze medallist and the 2010 world champion ...
SONAKSHI Sinha feels its not right to call her latest song Go go Govinda an item number. It is a song with a difference, says the actress, who shares screen space with ace choreographer Prabhu Deva in the number. "The term ´item song´ is used very loosely today. Any solo number is termed as an item song. This is a good song with Prabhu, and is very different from other item numbers," Sonakshi said here on the sidelines of a promotional event ...
ACTOR Abhishek Bachchan, whose film Bol Bachchan has entered the Rs100 crore club, says the figure has become new age Bollywood´s ´silver jubilee´ landmark. The actor says there is no Rs100 crore "club". "I´ve just asked my team to find the address of where the Rs100 crore club is because I would like to have a cup of coffee there sometime. There is no such club," said Abhishek. "It´s ...
POPULAR Punjabi singer Mika says he is set to feature in a film titled Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaye, which will also star singer Shaan. "My friend Sunil Agnihotri (director) is making a film in which he had cast Shaan. Later, (production banner) Tseries said ´If you club Shaan and Mika, it would be great.´ So we are doing a movie," Mika said. "I am happy that someone thought that I can work in their film. The name of the film is very funny," he added ...
PORTER Airlines, a small, shorthaul
Canadian airline, said on
Wednesday it has signed an interline
partnership pact with Qatar
Airways, Porter’s first such venture.
Porter’s chief executive said
it would seek more such deals.
Interline flights allow customers to
purchase one ticket for a trip
involving multiple airlines.
AT least 78 people were killed in
violence across Syria on Thursday,
including 17 in Aleppo, with most
of the deaths caused by heavy
shelling and gunfire. Thirty-five of
those killed were civilians, 25
were regime troops and 18 rebel
fighters. Meanwhile, Iran hosted a
29-nation conference on Syria in
Tehran to boost its role as peacebroker
in the conflict. Foreign
Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called
for a “national dialogue between
the opposition and the Syrian government
to establish calm and