Flamboyant online tycoon kept low profile
COATESVILLE, New Zealand – Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s online profile was larger-than-life, with fast women, faster cars and chartered planes, yet he lived like a virtual recluse in a sprawling, manicured estate on the outskirts of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland.
Syria rejects Arab call for Assad to quit
BEIRUT – Syria rejected on Monday (23/01/2012) a request by Arab League foreign ministers that President Bashar al-Assad hand over power to a deputy and set up a new unity government, saying the plan was part of a “conspiracy against Syria”.
Greece closer to debt deal in race against time
ATHENS – Greece and its private bondholders resume debt swap talks on Friday (20/01/2012) amid signs they are inching closer to a long-awaited deal needed to prevent a chaotic default by Athens.
More cracks found in Airbus A380 wings
PARIS – Airbus insisted its A380 superjumbo is safe to fly after another set of cracks was discovered in the wings of the world’s largest jetliner, though an engineering union said it was downplaying the issue and some Asian airlines said they would develop inspection programs.
Navy actions help cut Somali pirate hijacking-watchdog.
LONDON – Pre-emptive strikes by naval forces, the deployment of private armed guards and protective measures by ships helped to almost halve the number of successful hijackings by Somali pirates last year, a maritime watchdog said on Thursday (19/01/2012).
Pakistan to re-open NATO routes to Afghanistan – official
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan expects to re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan, halted after a NATO cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, but will impose tariffs, a senior security official told Reuters on Thursday (19/01/2012).
Russia warns West against attacking Iran
MOSCOW – A Western military strike on Iran would be a “catastrophe” that would aggravate dangerous divisions already present in the Muslim world, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday (18/01/2012).
China to expand ‘real-name’ registration rules for microblog users
BEIJING – China will expand real-name registration for microblog users, the government’s propaganda and information arm said on Wednesday (18/01/2012), in its latest step to better control China’s wildly popular Twitter-like websites.
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