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A trailer loaded with container boxes travels in Ningbo port in Zhejiang province, January 22, 2015. Credit: Reuters/William Hong
(Reuters) - China's exports fell 3.3 percent in January from a year earlier, while imports slumped by 19.9 percent, both missing expectations by a wide margin, and resulting in a record monthly trade surplus of $60 billion.Thinking that easing measures in Europe would boost demand for Chinese goods, analysts...
(Reuters) - Tunisia arrested 32 militant Islamists, some of them returning from fighting in Syria, who planned "spectacular" attacks, officials said on Saturday.News of the arrests came one day after a secular-Islamist coalition cabinet headed by Prime Minister Habib Essid took office. The new cabinet faces many challenges, including...
President Goodluck Jonathan
(BBC) - The electoral commission in Nigeria has postponed the 14 February presidential election by six weeks over concerns about the security situation.Commission chief Attahiru Jega said he had been told troops would not be available to help patrol the ballot because they would be fighting Boko Haram militants...
Mrs Merkel and Mr Hollande (right) met Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko on Thursday
(Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel said on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing sharp rebukes from U.S. politicians who accused Berlin of turning its back on an ally in distress.The heated exchanges at a security conference in Munich...
Africa Cup of Nations trophy
Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama will be in charge of the Ghana – Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday.The 36-year-old will be assisted by Djibril Camara and Waleed Ahmed Ali from Senegal and Sudan respectively while Zambian Janny Sikazwe who was in charge when Ghana brushed...
Friday's impressive 3-0 win over Ukraine saw Great Britain set up an enticing tie against Belarus in Budapest on Saturday.However they were unable to add another victory to their week's work with both Johanna Konta and Heather Watson going down in straight sets in their respective singles matches.Konta was...
Residents walk past damaged buildings after what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus February 6, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Amer Almohibany
(Reuters) - The death toll after nearly four years of civil war in Syria has risen to 210,060, nearly half of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.The Observatory, which is based in Britain and has a...
(RT) - Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, has cut its March oil prices to Asia by 90 cents - the largest discount in at least 14 years. Experts suggest the move is part of the country’s fight for global market share.State-owned Saudi Aramco lowered its March official...
Gauguin painting
(BBC) - A painting of two Tahitian girls by the French artist Paul Gauguin has been sold for $300m (£197m), making it the most expensive work of art ever sold.Nafea Faa Ipoipo, or When Will You Marry?, was painted in 1892 and had been owned by a Swiss collector.Unconfirmed...
The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be the world's first Ubuntu Phone when it goes on sale in Europe on Monday 9 February, after years of false starts and broken promises. It comes with a 4.5-inch QHD display, a quad-core MediaTek Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz and...
(BBC) - The Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram has attacked a town in Niger for the first time, witnesses say.Niger's government said it killed more than 100 of the group's fighters as it repulsed the attack on the border town of Bosso.The group reportedly killed at least 70...
Andre Brink
(BBC) - South African writer Andre Brink, one of the most outspoken critics of the apartheid regime, has died.Brink, 79, died on Friday night on board a flight to Cape Town after visiting Belgium where he had received an honorary doctorate, local media say.Brink wrote both in Afrikaans as...
U.S. intelligence officials are investigating a claim by ISIS that its sole known remaining American hostage, an aid worker held for nearly a year and a half, has been killed, and the terrorist group's claim that her death came in a Jordanian airstrike, sources told Fox News.Kayla Mueller, 26,...
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singers Paul McCartney and Kanye West attend the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage) | Lester Cohen via Getty Images
Just about everyone on the planet with musical talent will perform at the Grammys on Sunday. Here's a rundown those scheduled to appear. Katy Perry She's only one week out from her Super Bowl halftime show, but Perry will take over the Grammys stage to sing "By the Grace...
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's new national security strategy, released Friday, puts a top priority on climate change, calling it "an urgent and growing threat."Climate change, the strategy says, is "contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water."The strategy lists climate...
In this June 23, 2014, photo, people wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is finally regaining the kind of strength typical of a healthy recovery — with hiring accelerating, wages rising and people who had given up their job hunts starting to look again.Freer-spending consumers and steady economic...
Kayla Mueller in an undated photo. Credit: REUTERS/Courtesy Mueller family
(Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, the SITE monitoring group said.In Washington, U.S. officials said they could not confirm that...
Amy Pascal
(BBC) - Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal has stepped down as co-chair of Sony's movie studio following a debilitating cyber attack that revealed her private emails.Ms Pascal will start a production company that will launch in May 2015.She has already apologised for certain revelations that came as a result of...
(BBC) - Police have found at least 61 bodies in an abandoned crematorium in the Mexican resort of Acapulco, officials say.Local media report that neighbours became suspicious of the smell late on Thursday and called the police.The crematorium had been shut almost a year ago and some of the...
Man stands near national flags of U.S. and Cuba on balcony of a hotel being used by first U.S. congressional delegation to Cuba since change of policy announced by U.S. President Obama, in Havana
(Reuters) - The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island's demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.A refusal by Cuba to allow the United...
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