Quantcast
Home » Archives » World (Page 1116)

Syria’s economy contracts as violence surges: IMF

Syria’s economy is expected to contract significantly in 2012 due to 14 months of violence and sanctions, a top official at the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. “We do expect contraction in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) this year,” the head of the IMF’s Middle East, North Africa, Gulf and…

Eurozone unemployment hits record 10.9 percent

Eurozone unemployment spiked to a record 10.9 percent in March, piling pressure on governments on Wednesday to shift from austerity-first to growth policies so as to revive the economy. The figures, up from 10.8 percent in February, coincided with a survey showing manufacturing in the 17-nation eurozone stumbling to near…

Pakistani health worker knocked on bin Laden’s door days before raid

A sacked Pakistani health worker recalled Wednesday how she knocked on Osama bin Laden’s door just days before he was shot dead by American soldiers, an unwitting pawn in a controversial vaccination programme set up by the CIA to ensnare the Al-Qaeda leader. Amna Bibi spoke to AFP while revisiting…

1,550 Palestinians now on hunger strike

At least 1,550 Palestinians in Israeli jails are now taking part in a mass hunger strike, Israel’s Prison Service said on Wednesday, with two of them marking their 64th day without food. IPS spokeswoman Sivan Weizman told AFP that another 100 prisoners had begun refusing food in the last two…

Yemen asks for $10 billion to stabilize economy

Yemen will ask donors for about $10 billion in urgent aid at a “Friends of Yemen” meeting to be held in the Saudi capital later this month, the country’s planning minister said on Wednesday. “We are talking about $10 billion that we will need for economic recovery, to stabilise the…

2 million British homes face digital TV disruption due to cell phone interference

Nearly two million homes face disruption to their digital TV signal because of interference from new mobile services, with fears that a government help scheme to combat the problem will prove inadequate. About 1.9 million households – all with digital terrestrial TV service Freeview – will suffer interference from the…

Can cargo bikes replace diesel-guzzling delivery vehicles?

It is a familiar, unpleasant but seemingly inescapable part of modern city life: streets full of diesel-belching vans or lorries on delivery runs, either stuck in jams or else creating them as the driver double-parks to dash into a building. The solution? Roll forward the humble bicycle, or at least…

China demands apology as activist leaves U.S. embassy

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has left the US embassy to seek medical care and join his family, officials said Wednesday, as Beijingdemanded a US apology on the eve of key talks between the two powers. Chen, who riled Chinese authorities by exposing forced abortions and sterilisations under the “one-child” policy, fled house arrest…

Stray parakeet tells Japanese police where he lives

A pet parakeet was returned to its owner Wednesday after the lost bird told police its home address near Tokyo. The male bird had escaped early Sunday morning from its owner’s home in the city of Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, and remained at large before perching on the shoulder of a guest staying in…

Taliban hit Kabul after Obama visit

Taliban bombers attacked a heavily fortified guesthouse used by Westerners in Kabul on Wednesday, announcing the start of their annual “spring offensive” in defiance of assertions from US President Barack Obama during a visit to Afghanistan that the war was ending. Seven people were killed after attackers dressed in burqas detonated a suicide car bomb and clashed…

Google+