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[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 - 10:44
As night fell over the Java Sea on Sunday, Indonesian authorities suspended until Monday morning a search for an AirAsia Indonesia jet carrying 162 people.The Airbus A320-200 had departed the Indonesian city of Surabaya around 5:30 a.m. on what would have been a short trip to Singapore. But air traffic controllost contact with the pilot approximately 40 minutes later, according to Indonesian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 - 07:32
The Palestinian president said a draft resolution will be submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Monday calling for an Israeli withdrawal from West Bank within three years. The resolution will put pressure on Israel and the U.S., who both consider the move as sidestepping bilateral peace talks to score diplomatic leverage. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas informed U.S. Secretary... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 - 07:28
The NATO-led military alliance in Afghanistan formally ended its 13-year-long combat mission, leaving a relatively under-trained Afghan national security force to fight the deadly Taliban insurgency largely on its own.  A special ceremony was organized at the Kabul headquarters of the coalition Sunday to mark the conclusion of operations by the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 09:17
  I wish I knew where the economy will be heading next year. If I did, I might become rich. But, alas, I don’t — and even if we don’t always acknowledge it, no economists do. Too much uncertainty clouds the crystal ball to be confident that any particular course of events will play out in the real world. But we do know something about the sources of that uncertainty, and in a season for sharing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 07:49
Education is empowerment, and lighting the spark is all it takes to get it going. We live in a day and age where children that deserve to be educated wind up being deprived of it simply because they cannot afford to access a school. The dichotomy between free and public education on the one hand and private education on the other hand has often proved to be detrimental to the level playing field... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 11:26
One World Trade Centre in New York City (541 meters) has become the third highest building in the world, next in ranking to Burj Khalifa in Dubai (828 meters) and the Makkah Rover Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (601 meters) as per height criteria set by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  One World Trade Centre also ranks as the World’s Tallest All-Office Building. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 11:16
The new year should bring with it the opening of the first rapid-transit system in sub-Saharan Africa, in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. A Reuters news story notes that work on the $475 million Addis Ababa metro should be finished in January 2015. The 32-km system is part of an ambitious program of transportation infrastructure investment the government of Ethiopia is undertaking with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 11:06
An EU-funded Smart Mobility project is offering € 3.2m for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and web-developers to come up with technological solutions to urban mobility issues in European cities. The project, frontierCities, is part of the EU’s Future Internet programme whose objective is to support the development and deployment of Smart Mobility applications for cities using... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 10:31
By Thalif Deen The sharp decline in world petroleum prices – hailed as a bonanza to millions of motorists in the United States – is threatening to undermine the fragile economies of several African countries dependent on oil for their sustained growth. The most vulnerable in the world’s poorest continent include Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sudan – as well as developing nations... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 10:11
Taking a cue from its neighbor city Tel Aviv Lebanon’s regional “landmark”, Sidon’s notorious garbage mountain, will now become a city park. Sidon’s stench was once so bad that locals used to say  that “you smell it before you can see it.”  This hideous site, the result of garbage  trucks dumping straight into the sea not only detracted considerably from the  beauty of one of the country’s most... Read more