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Unexpected nomination by Obama for World Bank

Posted on March 27 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Obama’s World Bank nomination of a relatively unknown but highly regarded health specialist has surprised experts. Washington, DC - In a surprise to many development and finance experts on Friday, US President Barack Obama nominated Jim Yong Kim, a relatively unknown but highly regarded international health specialist, to become the next president of the World Bank. […]

108 Giant Chinese Infrastructure Projects That Are Reshaping The World

Posted on March 27 2012 by Business Insider
$102 MILLION: The Pingtang telescope will be the world’s largest radio telescope when completed in 2016

As hundreds of million of Chinese move to cities and enter the middle class, China faces a huge demand for new infrastructure.  At the same time, Beijing looks to fixed-asset investments to keep the economy booming. The resultant infrastructure push is incredible. A list of 108 super projects is floating around Chinese message boards. From highways spanning […]

Washington in bloom ( video)

Posted on March 26 2012 by John Terrett / AlJazeera

In Washington DC the official emblem of springtime is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Almost 4,000 cherry trees bloom for just a handful of days each year near the city’s famous National Mall. This year is special as it is exactly 100 years since the trees were given to the city as a sign of friendship by Japan. In […]

Clashes continue over Egypt football club ban ( video)

Posted on March 25 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

One person killed and more than 100 injured in ongoing violence in Port Said following two-year ban on al-Masry club. Fresh clashes have taken place between police and football fans in the northern Egyptian city of Port Said, after their club, al-Masry, was banned for two seasons following the country’s worst-ever stadium violence last month. […]

Woman: Pretend you’re shooting Obama ( video)

Posted on March 24 2012 by CNN

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum visits a firing range. Someone in the crowd tells him to “pretend to shoot Obama.             This post was submitted by CNN.

College men walk a mile in high heels ( video)

Posted on March 23 2012 by CNN / IM

Western Kentucky University students walk a mile “in her shoes” to raise awareness about violence against women.                 This post was submitted by CNN / IM.

California Earns B- for Openness, D for Access

Posted on March 23 2012 by Suzanne Manneh and Zaineb Mohammed / NAM

How does California score when it comes to transparency and political corruption? According to a new study released earlier this week ranking states in terms of their political openness the answer is: not bad at all. When it comes to access to public information, the picture is less rosy. The Golden State ranked fourth on […]

Cross-dressing firemen put out fire ( video)

Posted on March 22 2012 by CNN's Jeanne Moos

Cross-dressing firemen in gowns put out a fire. Hot? Not. This post was submitted by CNN’s Jeanne Moos .

Fuel price hikes ignite protests in Indonesia ( video)

Posted on March 22 2012 by Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen / IM

Hefty 33 per cent increase in transport fuel may force many low-income Indonesians off the road. Thousands of workers in Indonesia have protested against a 33 per cent rise in the cost of fuel. The government has said that current fuel subsidies cost them billions each year, but for 100 million Indonesians living on two dollars per […]

Luxury cruise liner involved in collision off Vietnam

Posted on March 21 2012 by CNN / IM

 A luxury cruise ship collided in deep fog with a container ship off Vietnam, punching a hole in the container ship and knocking passengers off their feet, a passenger told CNN Monday. “The foghorn at the back of the ship had been going off consistently, throughout the morning,” passenger Andrew Lock said Monday from Hong […]

Indonesia police kill ‘terror suspects’ ( video)

Posted on March 20 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

Five people shot dead on resort island of Bali “for planning acts of terrorism and robberies”. Indonesian anti-terror police have killed five suspects in raids on the resort island of Bali. “Five people who planned to carry out an act of terrorism and several robberies have been gunned down Sunday evening,” national police spokesman Boy Rafli […]

Indonesian Acts in ‘Giving Back to Society’

Posted on March 20 2012 by LIZ GOOCH / NY Times

“You have to give people the bait, not the fish,” said Tahir, the founder of a vast Indonesia-based business empire. “The fish, you can finish it in a week. But you give them the bait – the talent, the education – they can use this for their whole life.” It is this philosophy that has guided […]

President Obama at the Dubliner on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 19 2012 by The White House / IM

President Obama left the White House this afternoon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by grabbing a pint of Guinness at the Dubliner, an Irish pub near the Capitol. Check out some photos from his visit to the bar below. President Barack Obama visits the Dubliner, an Irish pub in Washington, D.C., with his Irish cousin, […]

The world’s most luxurious boat show ( video)

Posted on March 19 2012 by Kim Kelaita / CNN

Worries over piracy are sidelined at the the 20th Dubai International Boat Show This post was submitted by Kim Kelaita / CNN.

Indonesia ‘invisible people’ search for hope ( video)

Posted on March 18 2012 by Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen / IM

Four million undocumented Indonesians live without access to schools or health care Around four million poor people in Indonesia do not receive any government support because they lack proper identification papers. The Indonesian government calls them “invisible people”. Many are poor farmers who migrate to the cities in search of a better living. Without a proper address or […]

Behind the Scenes of “Inside Out” (video)

Posted on March 17 2012 by Stacey Irawan / IM

An emotional journey towards success, family bonds, and a lesson in forgiveness will be the recurring themes to turn this year’s theatrical production from IFGF, “Inside Out.” The cast and crew have been acting, dancing, and singing in anticipation for their opening night at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse on April 7, 2012 to commemorate […]

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