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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 10:02
  News that Greece faces a snap election on 25 January has been met with international concern, with the radical left scenting victory. Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza, has vowed "austerity will be history" if his left-wing party wins on 25 January. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned there was "no alternative" to Greece's reforms. Greece's economy has begun to recover after six... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 10:00
  Indonesian TV also showed the footage of two large objects coloured orange and grey, one of them several metres in length, that were spotted floating in the Java Sea on Tuesday and which could possibly be the debris from the missing AirAsia plane, Reuters reports. Indonesian Air Force has said that ten large objects have been spotted in Java Sea in the search area, six miles from where the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:19
A tool from EMRARQ Brasil allows users to compile and compare data on the use and growth of bus rapid transit around the world, including in the United States, where 18 cities now use BRT or bus priority corridors. Priscilla Pacheco shares news of a redesigned platform to track the planning and construction of bus rapid transit around the world. Pacheco writes: "Does your city have BRT? Or, is... Read more
[ 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