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.
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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 […]
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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 wishes a happy holiday to all those celebrating Passover.
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 newÂ chief executiveÂ 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Five students with St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, Calif. talk about finding sunken treasure at bottom of a lake.
SinceÂ President Obama’sÂ first day in office, whenÂ heÂ andÂ 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 theÂ “People’s House” andÂ making 1600 Pennsylvania AvenueÂ moreÂ accessible to all Americans. Today, we are excited to roll out a new phase in this ongoing effort, an […]
FranceÂ 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 […]
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 […]
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 aÂ portÂ on Malaysia’s Borneo island. Escorted by two Malaysian patrol vessels, the brightly litÂ Azamara QuestÂ made its way into Sandakan port on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]