WASHINGTON: March 12, 2014 (AFP) – SoftBank, eyeing a tie-up of its US wireless unit Sprint with T-Mobile, stepped up its campaign Thursday, claiming it could boost competition for Americans as it did in Japan.
NEW YORK: March 12, 2014 (AFP) – SAC Capital founder Steven A. Cohen Tuesday sought to turn a page following an insider-trading scandal, announcing plans to rename the firm that bears his initials.
BRUSSELS: March 12, 2014 (AFP) – EU finance ministers agreed changes Tuesday to their scheme for closing down failing banks, aiming to strike a compromise deal with the European Parliament which bluntly opposed their original plans.
TRIPOLI: March 12, 2014 (AFP) – Libya’s premier was ousted by parliament Tuesday after a tanker laden with crude oil from a rebel-held terminal broke through a naval blockade and escaped to sea, underscoring the weakness…
BEIRUT: March 12, 2014 (AFP) – Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “executed” at least 22 people, including 12 rebels, in the north of the country Tuesday, a monitoring group said.
JERUSALEM: March 12, 2014 (AFP) – Israel’s insistence on Palestinian recognition of its Jewish character and the Palestinian refusal to comply is threatening bring about the collapse of US-led peace talks.
PARIS: March 12, 2014 (AFP) – With its exploding urban population burning ever more coal and wood, Africa could contribute as much as 55 percent of the world’s particle pollutants by 2030, a study said Tuesday.
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WASHINGTON: March 12, 2014 (AFP) – Debt-laden Puerto Rico successfully issued $3.5 billion worth of bonds Tuesday in an effort to stave off default long enough for the US territory to right its finances.
Qatar defended its independent foreign policy Monday after Saudi Arabia and two other Gulf countries recalled their envoys from Doha accusing it of meddling in their internal affairs.
WASHINGTON: March 11, 2014 (AFP) – Russian-US tensions over Ukraine exploded into a public row Monday, as Secretary of State John Kerry refused to attend talks in Moscow after his counterpart snubbed Kiev’s interim leaders.
UNITED NATIONS: March 11, 2014 (AFP) – The UN Security Council met anew Monday behind closed doors to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.
SYDNEY: March 10, 2014 (AFP) – Australia has endured another “angry summer” with more than 150 temperature records smashed, a new report said Monday, with a warning that heatwaves and sweltering conditions will only get worse.
BEIJING: March 10, 2014. (Reuters) – Domestic and international security concerns have dominated the latest session of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress.
EILAT: March 10, 2014 (AFP) – Israel said Sunday it had found 40 long-range rockets aboard a ship it intercepted in the Red Sea, charging that it carried weapons sent by Iran to Gaza Strip militants.
Thai police said Sunday they were investigating a “passport ring” as details emerged of bookings made in Thailand with stolen European passports for the vanished Malaysia Airlines flight.
BEIJING: March 9, 2014 – Much ink has been spilled on the alleged first default of a Chinese corporate onshore bond, but an inappropriate analogy likening it to the infamous Bear Stearns moment couldn’t be further off the mark.
BEIJING: March 9, 2014 (AFP) – China’s inflation rate dropped to 2.0 percent year-on-year in February, down from 2.5 percent in January, the government said Sunday.
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Sarah Palin offered unsolicited advice Saturday to President Barack Obama on containing Russian aggression, saying “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”
BAGHDAD: March 9, 2014 (AFP) – Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday.
Vietnamese search planes spotted oil slicks near where a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 239 people abruptly vanished on Saturday as it emerged that two passengers appeared to have been using stolen EU passports.
WASHINGTON: March 9, 2014 (PTI) – A bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the US Congress to expedite export of natural gas to American allies like India and Japan.
Now it’s personal. By upping the ante with his threat to isolate Russia with sanctions over Crimea, Barack Obama risks setting off a cycle of confrontation with Vladimir Putin.
A ferry is the only way to cross the small strip of sea that separates Ukraine’s Kerch peninsula in the far east of restive Crimea from Russia. But maybe not for much longer.
China recorded an unexpected trade deficit of $22.98 billion in February, official figures showed Saturday, with authorities blaming the country’s holiday season for the weak performance.
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing that went missing early Saturday disappeared in Vietnamese airspace, the government said.