Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London 2012 Games after spectacular opening ceremony showcasing best of Britain. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has declared the London Olympics open following an extravagant celebration that included Bond, the Bard and a Beatle. London’s seven-year countdown to the Games came to a crescendo on Friday with a stunning, imaginative, whimsical and dramatic celebration […]
Mexican regulator acts week after US Senate alleged that British banking giant allowed drug cartels to launder money. HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, has been fined $27.5m in Mexico for lax controls in its anti-money laundering systems, a week after a scathing US Senate report slammed the bank for letting clients shift funds from dangerous and secretive countries. It […]
How did a boy without a passport and ticket sneak onto a flight from Britain to Rome? This post was submitted by CNN’s Kate Bolduan .
Almost every day, President Obama gets letters from students who are swimming in student loan debt, and every week it seems we see another newspaper article about how the cost of college is becoming prohibitively expensive for too many American families. We know that college remains an excellent investment. Increasingly however, it is a financed investment, […]
Apple Inc’s results fell short of Wall Street’s expectations as the European economy sagged and consumers held off on buying its flagship iPhone ahead of a new version expected in the fall, hitting its stock price. Shares of the world’s most valuable technology company shed more than 5 percent of their value after Apple – […]
A collapsing glacier sends a giant wave toward a nearby boat while a man on board shoots video. Jeanne Moos reports. This post was submitted by CNN / IM.
Research study says UK citizens of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage rate “being British” as key to their identity. Muslims living in the UK feel more British than their white counterparts. It’s a surprising statement that demands an explanation. In a study released in late June, the Institute for Social and Economic Research asked 40,000 households a series […]
July 2012: Photo of the Day This post was submitted by The White House / IM.
The suspect in the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater screening of the new Batman film early Friday had colored his hair red and told police he was “the Joker,” according to a federal law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation. At least 12 people were killed in the rampage and […]
Just after midnight, a gunman walked into a busy movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire into the crowd. Police report that 12 people have been killed and dozens more are currently being treated for injuries. Just moments ago, President Obama discussed the shooting, calling on the country to stand with those who have been touched by […]
The Central Kalimantan administration has called on mosques in the province to turn off their loud speakers outside azan (calls to prayers), as mosques commonly air Koran recitations a during Ramadan. “Don’t use loud speakers when reciting the Koran. Take pity on people of different faiths who want to rest,” Central Kalimantan Deputy Governor Achmad […]
Residents in the East End of London are cashing in by renting out homes at huge premiums Residents in the East End of London are cashing in on the Olympics. Many homes are being rented out at huge premiums. This post was submitted by Jessica Baldwin / Al Jazeera.
FIVE Indonesians military officers have been arrested as they helped 45 asylum seekers make their way to a boat headed for Christmas Island. The men, who were in the uniform of the Indonesian army, TNI, but unarmed, were guiding a convoy of cars and mini-buses towards the south-eastern coast of Java — a popular disembarkation […]
Cincinnati. An Indonesian choir stuck in Cincinnati after a traveling mishap forced them to miss the World Choir Games was embraced by city residents determined to open their hearts and wallets to get the singers to perform and then to return them home. The effort to help the 49-member Gema Chandra Cendrawasih University Choir from Papua, Indonesia, included impromptu performances, […]
The USA men’s basketball team played an exhibition game against Brazil at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, Monday night as part of the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics. President Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden, watched Team USA take on a talented and experienced Brazil squad and capture an […]
Day 2 : Valencia As the world is advancing and corners of the globe are starting their trek towards modernization, it becomes harder each day to preserve the rich cultural history erected in the buildings and monuments of the past. Valencia, our stop today, is a city that marries and embraces its past history with […]