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  • EU signs up for military mission in Central Africa

    January 21, 2014 7:42 AM 26

    BRUSSELS: The European Union agreed Monday to send hundreds of troops to the Central African Republic in a rare joint military mission aimed at ending months of sectarian violence. Saying Europe was "deeply concerned by the extreme insecurity and instability" in the impoverished nation, EU foreign ministers gave "political approval" to the rapid deployment

  • Putin's Electoral Support Grows – Poll

    January 20, 2014 10:07 PM 8

    MOSCOW, January 20 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s electoral rating rose in December, returning to 2000s levels, a new opinion poll by the independent Levada Center showed. Asked whom they would vote for if a presidential election took place next Sunday, 68 percent of respondents said they would vote for Putin, up 10 percent from figures

  • UAE’s Shah gas Project Due Online In Early 2015 – ADNOC

    January 20, 2014 8:57 AM 10

    It was previously estimated that the project to produce usable gas from Shah's high-sulphur gas field would be completed in late 2014. The United Arab Emirates’ Shah gas project is not expected to be operational until early next year, the head of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said on Monday. Abu Dhabi energy officials have previously said the tricky

  • What hangover? Beyonce and Jay Z emerge after Michelle Obama's 50th taking Blue for a morning walk in New York City

    January 20, 2014 8:37 AM 18

    After singing and partying at the White House in Washington, DC until 2 am Sunday morning, it was no wonder Beyonce may have been too tired to hold her growing daughter as she and rapper husband Jay Z exited an Italian restaurant in New York a mere 12 hours later. Proud papa Jay Z, who was also at First Lady Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party, was only too happy

  • Obama’s birthday bash draws big names

    January 20, 2014 7:00 AM 19

    January 20 2014 at 04:00am Michelle Obama's 50th birthday bash featured performances by singers Beyonce and John Legend, and appearances by a host of A-list celebrities, one prominent guest said on Sunday. “Amazing. Incredible party,” political analyst Donna Brazile told CNN the morning after the festivities, about which few details were revealed by the White

  • Chinese president to attend opening ceremony in Sochi

    January 20, 2014 5:32 AM 16

    BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi, China’s Foreign Ministry announced on Monday. In a brief statement, the ministry said that Xi would be in Russia from February 6-8 for the opening ceremony. It provided no further details. Xi’s decision to attend is a positive

  • Islamist rebels in Syria reject peace talks

    January 20, 2014 4:14 AM 8

    Syria's main political opposition group in exile, the National Coalition, agreed on Saturday to attend the talks beginning on Wednesday in Geneva. But the Islamic Front, an alliance of several Islamist forces, said yesterday it rejected the talks. Syria's future would be "formulated here on the ground of heroism, and signed with blood on the front lines

  • 22 die in refugee convoy attack

    January 19, 2014 10:19 AM 9

    Three of the dead were said to be children, according to s pokesman Mike McCusker, who added that some survivors were left with horrific injuries. He said doctors had described gory scenes after gunmen ambushed a convoy of refugees, firing a rocket-propelled grenade to halt the vehicles before attacking with firearms and machetes. Mr McCusker told reporters

  • UKIP Councillor blames gay marriage for Britain’s ‘storms and floods’

    January 19, 2014 2:14 AM 19

    The wrath of God has been unleashed on Britain after the government’s decision to legalize gay marriage, claimed a UK Independence Party member in an open letter published by an Oxfordshire newspaper. UKIP Councillor from Oxfordshire, David Silvester sent a commentary to the Henley Standard, in which he blamed the recent heavy floods across Britain on the government

  • Fresh fighting in Central Africa

    January 18, 2014 10:34 PM 8

    BANGUI: Fresh fighting broke out in the strife-torn Central African Republic as the deadline closed Saturday for candidates seeking to be chosen by parliament as the new interim president. Sectarian violence has gripped the landlocked country after a March 2013 coup launched by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels, and the UN has warned that the bloodshed