Obama announces ‘new chapter in American diplomacy

Washington (CNN) — The United States will support efforts for reform across the Middle East and North Africa, including “transitions toward democracy,” President Barack Obama said Thursday. In a speech at the U.S. State Department laying out his policies toward the region, the president said he is marking “a new […]

Arabic Graffiti Exhibition in Berlin

Common ground gallery Berlin, Germany The Common Ground Gallery is located in the Hip Hop Stützpunkt along with From Here To Fame Publishing. The gallery hosts a variety of urban culture, graffiti and Hip Hop related exhibitions, workshops and book releases. The opening hours are linked to the event, so […]

‘Somebody’ knew of Osama hideout: Gates

WASHINGTON – ‘SOMEBODY’ knew about Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout but there is no proof that Pakistan’s political and military leaders were aware of it, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday. Mr Gates and the US military’s top officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, warned against cutting off aid to […]

Projects to ease impact of Three Gorges Dam

BEIJING – China said on Wednesday that the Three Gorges Project, the world’s biggest hydropower complex, had affected shipping, irrigation and water supply downstream on the Yangtze River. The disclosure came after the State Council passed plans for future work on the project and for the prevention and treatment of […]

Getting Smart on Aid

New York Times May 18, 2011 Getting Smart on Aid By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF One cost of the uproar over Greg Mortenson, and the allegations that he fictionalized his school-building story in the best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea,” is likely to be cynicism about whether aid makes a difference. […]

Jobless claims fall more than expected

(Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering hope the labor market recovery remains on track. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 29,000 to a seasonally adjusted 409,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday, continuing to unwind the […]