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Easter and Passover Greetings from President Obama

Posted on April 7 2012 by elly

President Obama offers his warmest greetings to all who are celebrating Easter and Passover this weekend, and reflects on the common thread of humanity that binds us all together.    

The KaChing! Dynasty ( video)

Posted on April 7 2012 by elly

China will soon be home to half the world’s billionaires, so can the superrich help the superpower stay in the box seat? The Chinese economy is booming at a blistering pace. It is driven largely by the Fudai: the superrich who call the superpower home. Many are just in their forties. From building 30-storey towers […]

April 2012: Photo of the Day

Posted on April 6 2012 by elly

April 2012: Photo of the Day                  

Top marks for Hong Kong schools

Posted on April 6 2012 by elly

A focus on education has led Hong Kong students to be rated among the world’s best. Students in Hong Kong have been ranked amongst the top in the world by an international think tank. They consistently outperform their international counterparts, especially in science, maths and reading.  

President Obama’s Passover Message ( video)

Posted on April 5 2012 by elly

President Obama wishes a happy holiday to all those celebrating Passover.    

Yahoo to lay off 2,000 workers

Posted on April 5 2012 by elly

US-based internet company announces sixth mass layoff in the past four years, representing 14 per cent of its workforce. Yahoo is laying off 2,000 employees as new chief executive Scott Thompson sweeps out jobs that do not fit into his plans for turning around the beleaguered internet company. The cuts announced on Wednesday represent 14 per cent […]

“kemajuan dan keberanian”: Many Young Faces of Indonesian Corruption

Posted on April 5 2012 by elly

Gayus Tambunan, 32, is one of a new breed of corruptors in a complex web of graft spreading since Suharto’s fall. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal) Gayus Tambunan, 32, is one of a new breed of corruptors in a complex web of graft spreading since Suharto’s fall. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal) Running through the heart of Jakarta, Jalan […]

Batman Pulled Over for Traffic Violation ( video)

Posted on April 4 2012 by elly

Police in a suburb near the U.S. capital got a surprise when they stopped a driver who appeared to have improper license plates on his car: they had pulled over none other than the comic-book hero Batman. This video comes from a camera mounted on the dashboard of a police cruiser that records officers’ activity […]

6th graders find treasure in lake ( video)

Posted on April 4 2012 by elly

Five students with St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, Calif. talk about finding sunken treasure at bottom of a lake.            

You’re Invited To Take a Virtual Tour of the White House ( video)

Posted on April 3 2012 by elly

Since President Obama’s first day in office, when he and the First Lady surprised and welcomed visitors enjoying the public tour of the White House, the Obamas have been focused on truly opening the doors of the “People’s House” and making 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue more accessible to all Americans. Today, we are excited to roll out a new phase in this ongoing effort, an […]

France deports Islamist militants, imams amid crackdown

Posted on April 3 2012 by elly

  France said on Monday it was deporting five Islamic militants and Muslim preachers in the latest show of strength by President Nicolas Sarkozy as he clamps down on radical elements after seven people were killed by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman last month. Police commandos arrested suspected Islamic militants in raids on March 30 in several […]

Party: Suu Kyi wins Myanmar election (video)

Posted on April 2 2012 by elly

Wathinkha, Myanmar – Opposition leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat in Myanmar’s parliament Sunday, her party said, a momentous victory following a decades-long fight for democracy. Staff from Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, said she won and that several hundred people were waiting at NLD […]

Crippled cruise ship docks in Malaysia

Posted on April 2 2012 by elly

The vessel had suffered an engine room fire on Friday that disabled its engines and left five crew members injured. A stricken luxury cruise ship with over a thousand people on board has arrived at a port on Malaysia’s Borneo island. Escorted by two Malaysian patrol vessels, the brightly lit Azamara Quest made its way into Sandakan port on […]

After $650 million in Friday sales, 3 win frenzied Mega Millions lottery ( video)

Posted on April 1 2012 by elly

Would you rather have $1 to spend, or $1.49 billion? For a trio of people, all it took was a dollar to cash in and reap the rewards of Friday’s record-setting Mega Millions jackpot. By picking the same winning numbers — 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 with a Mega Ball of 23 — they earned […]

European anti-Islamic rally in Denmark flops

Posted on April 1 2012 by elly

Gathering attracts less than 200 supporters as thousands of counter demonstrators clash with attendees and police. An anti-Islamic gathering in Denmark’s second city has attracted fewer than 200 supporters compared with thousands of counter demonstrators of whom 83 were arrested. The far-right activists later had to be escorted away from the rally on two buses […]

Indonesian parliament delays fuel price rise (video)

Posted on March 31 2012 by elly

Legislators vote to cut subsidies in August but only if price of crude rises above $120 a barrel, after mass protests. Indonesia’s parliament has voted to block the government’s plan to raise fuel prices by more than 30 per cent by delaying the increases until August 2012. The government was expected to raise the price […]