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[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:17
    South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday she was willing to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leaderKim Jong Un without any pre-condition but maintained the country still needed an anti-North security law. An end to North Korea's nuclear programme should be an important part of discussions for peace on the Korean peninsula but it was not a pre-condition to having a summit... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:16
Indonesian navy divers on Monday retrieved the black box flight data recorder from an AirAsia airliner that crashed two weeks ago, killing all 162 people on board, a government official said.   Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather on December 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. "At 7:11, we... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 15:54
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday promised to make India the easiest destination to do business with a stable tax regime and a predictable, transparent and fair policy environment at Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar. Pushing his pet theme of manufacturing to boost economic growth and create jobs, he said a single window clearance for projects is being set up at both central and state... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 07:20
Hundreds of bodies remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria amid an ongoing attack described by Amnesty International as the "deadliest massacre" by Boko Haram. Mike Omeri, the government spokesman, said fighting continued on Friday for Baga, a town on the border with Chad where Boko Haram fighters seized a key military base on January 3 and attacked again on Wednesday. "Security forces have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 07:19
The US House of Representatives has approved a Republican measure authorising construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, bucking President Barack Obama who said he intends to veto the controversial initiative. The House voted 266 to 153 on Friday to pass the bill that circumvents the Obama administration, which over the past six years has yet to issue a decision on whether to greenlight the $... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 - 07:43
    China has agreed to invest more than $20bn in economic, social, and oil-related projects in Venezuela, as the country struggles from a financial crisis brought on from falling oil prices. President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he was seeking to strengthen ties with Chinese banks after meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, a week after Caracas announced it was in a recession. "... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 - 07:40
        Indonesia search and rescue teams hunting for the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet detected pings in their efforts to find the black box recorders on Friday, 12 days after the plane went missing with 162 people on board, an official said. Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 vanished from radar screens on December 28, less than half way into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 11:29
It’s five years until the World Expo 2020 takes place in Dubai, and a lot of changes are going to take place in that time. But is the economic powerhouse of the United Arab Emirates prepared for these changes, and does the city have the right talent to bring them about in an effective and sustainable way? The most pressing matter is constructing the venue, which is equidistant between Abu Dhabi... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 11:03
A group of African space enthusiasts have taken to the internet to raise money for what they say will be the continent’s first moon mission.  Africa2Moon’s main goal is to send a probe to orbit or land on the moon and beam back video images that will be passed on to African classrooms using the internet. The project aims to use space exploration to encourage young Africans to embrace science... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 10:40
Peru’s new National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program will cost about US$ 200 million and supply half a million households with solar electricity. The country will install approximately 12,500 photovoltaic systems to combat the low electrification rate in rural regions. With a population of 28 million (2015 estimate: 30 million), Peru is the third largest country in South America,... Read more