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Al-Jazeera plans British and French television networks

Qatar’s Al-Jazeera television network said Monday it was preparing to launch a news channel in Britain while studies are at an advanced stage for a French-language channel. “We are currently working to launch a news channel from the United Kingdom,” said the network’s Director General Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani…

Economists warn Cyprus will face a recession ‘for decades’

Russians are preparing to withdraw billions of euros from Cyprus and the island will plunge into a recession lasting for decades due to the onerous terms of a EU bailout, economists warned on Monday. “The Russians are already indicating they want to withdraw their money. Why should they stay? They…

Chinese solar panel company defaults on $541 million worth of bonds

Chinese solar panel giant Suntech Power announced Monday that it was in default on its debt after failing to make a payment on $541 million worth of bonds. One of the world’s top two solar cell and panel producers, targeted last year by US trade sanctions, Suntech said it had…

New Jersey student sues two schools for failing to stop bullying

Student sues two school districts for allegedly failing to stop bullying (via NJ.com) Star-Ledger file A teenager who was allegedly subjected to years of bullying is now suing the Hunterdon Central Board of Education and Flemington-Raritan Board of Education. The suit, filed in late February in Superior Court in Flemington…

Painting discovered to be Rembrandt self-portrait worth millions

A painting hanging in a British stately home has been confirmed as a self-portrait by Rembrandt worth tens of millions of dollars, the National Trust heritage body announced on Friday. The picture, which has been at Buckland Abbey in Devon, southwest England, since it was donated to the trust in…

Radical Greek anarchists claim attacks on political offices

A radical anarchist group on Monday claimed responsibility for last week’s attacks on the political offices of three Greek conservative lawmakers in the northern city of Thessaloniki. “Our goal was not to cause injury but to spread chaos and anarchy,” said the previously unknown organisation, which calls itself Overall Deniers…

Pro-UN think tank to open office in Bahrain

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica As Bahrain enters the third year of a crisis sparked by Arab Spring protests in 2011, the government continues to bar many human rights advocates and journalists from entering the country. But one non-profit group is not only being welcomed into the tiny Gulf kingdom, it’s…

3,000 Saudis urge Shura council to debate women’s driving

A petition signed by 3,000 Saudis has urged the Shura Consultative Council to debate on allowing women to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom, Arab News daily reported on Monday. The newspaper, quoting Abdullah al-Alami, a signatory to the petition, said that the human rights committee of the council — also…

Police investigating mysterious death of renowned British painter David Hockney’s 23-year-old assistant

A young man who was at the home of world-renowned British artist David Hockney has died in mysterious circumstances, police said on Monday. Officers are investigating events leading up to the death of the 23-year-old — identified by media as Dominic Elliott, an assistant and close friend of the painter…

Christian Bale to play Moses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic

Dark Knight Rises actor set to take the lead in Scott’s forthcoming Old Testament saga, though there is competition to get the story to the screen Christian Bale is set to play Moses in Ridley Scott’s retelling of the story of the biblical hero, according to Deadline. The suggestion follows…

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