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European anti-Islamic rally in Denmark flops

Posted on April 1 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

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 Al Jazeera / IM

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 […]

Best Buy to close 50 U.S. stores, stock drops

Posted on March 30 2012 by CNN / IM

 Best Buy’s stock took a dive on Thursday after the retailer reported quarterly results that included plans to close 50 big- box stores in the U.S. by 2013. The company said it plans to open the same number of stores in China during the same time period. Best Buy’s  stock price dropped 8% as the […]

Photo: Oval Office Phone Inspection

Posted on March 28 2012 by The White House / IM

Throughout February, official White House photographers captured some great candid shots of the Administration, including this photo of Corbin Fleming, pictured below, inspecting the President’s phone. Make sure to check out the full collection for more candids — Let’s Move! celebrated its 2nd Anniversary with top chefs and NFL stars, and the President sang with Mick Jagger and B.B. King in the East Room […]

JetBlue flight diverted after captain’s ‘erratic’ behavior ( video)

Posted on March 28 2012 by CNN / IM

A JetBlue flight bound for Las Vegas made an emergency landing in Texas on Tuesday after the captain acted strangely, was locked out of the cockpit by his co-pilot and was wrestled to the ground by passengers, witnesses and authorities said. The plane’s co-pilot, concerned by the “erratic” behavior, locked the door behind the captain when […]

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 […]

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