News archive from 26 December 2011

Egypt's military rulers study plan to speed up vote

Egypt's military rulers study plan to speed up vote

Many Egyptians believe the army is no longer fit to manage security on the ground and carry out difficult reforms at a time of political and economic crisis. Friday, thousands rallied in Cairo and other cities to demand the army give up power and to...

 

Hackers hit security think tank Stratfor's website

"As a result of this incident the operation of Stratfor's servers and email have been suspended," the Austin-based company said in an email on Sunday. Hackers claiming to be the group Anonymous said they had obtained around 4,000 credit card...

 

Reversal of fortune

Indonesia provides arguably the starkest contrast. Fitch's upgrade of Indonesia's sovereign rating on December 15 restored it to investment grade status for the first time in 14 years. Back in 1997, when the Asian financial crisis exploded, the...

Reuters, 22:39 in Business
 
Web gambling gets boost from Obama administration

Web gambling gets boost from Obama administration

A Justice Department opinion dated September and made public on Friday reversed decades of previous policy that included civil and criminal charges against operators of some of the most popular online poker sites. Until now, the department held that...

 

U.S. shoppers less than merry after online glitches

Just days before Christmas, he received an email from the top U.S. consumer electronics chain informing him that his online order for a 42" Samsung TV will not be fulfilled. "You can count on me not being a Best Buy customer anymore,"...

 
Libya to include rebels in military from January

Libya to include rebels in military from January

Although rebels met a deadline imposed by the National Transitional Council (NTC) to withdraw this week from the capital Tripoli, militias led by rival commanders still guard key installations and checkpoints across the city. The lack of a fully...

 
MICHAEL CARRICK ‘TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE’

MICHAEL CARRICK ‘TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE’

SIR ALEX FERGUSON believes Michael Carrick has belatedly seized the chance to fill the gap left by Paul Scholes. And he has tipped veteran Ryan Giggs to play on for another year until he is nearly 39. United fans have been clamouring for Ferguson...

 
KENNY DALGLISH: ‘WHY DO REFS HAVE IT IN FOR CRAIG BELLAMY?’

KENNY DALGLISH: ‘WHY DO REFS HAVE IT IN FOR CRAIG BELLAMY?’

KENNY DALGLISH has questioned whether Craig Bellamy is being deliberately targeted by referees after a spate of recent bookings left Liverpool fearing another of their players is being unfairly treated. Bellamy has been harshly cautioned four times...

 
WINDOW OF HOPE IN THE BASEMENT

WINDOW OF HOPE IN THE BASEMENT

YO-YOS are things for children’s stockings and you will not find “bouncebackability” anywhere in the dictionary. The harsh truth staring at the Premier League’s bottom clubs this morning is that, when you are gone, you are generally gone. Of the 33...

 
BARGAIN BUY DEMBA BA JUST HAVING FUN

BARGAIN BUY DEMBA BA JUST HAVING FUN

ANDY CARROLL has scored only four Premier League goals since his £35 million move from Newcastle to Liverpool, while his replacement on Tyneside who cost the grand total of nothing can boast an impressive 20 strikes. Demba Ba scored seven...

 
ALEX MCLEISH: ‘I CAN’T THINK OF LETTING DARREN BENT GO’

ALEX MCLEISH: ‘I CAN’T THINK OF LETTING DARREN BENT GO’

ALEX McLEISH says it would take a whopping offer to even make him consider selling striker Darren Bent. Aston Villa boss McLeish is preparing for the January sales with little cash to spend and will have to generate funds by offloading players....

 
UNHAPPY ZAT KNIGHT IS PLAYING SCROOGE

UNHAPPY ZAT KNIGHT IS PLAYING SCROOGE

ZAT KNIGHT does not feel that he can celebrate Christmas – the champagne is on ice until Bolton secure their Premier League future. Only eight of the Bolton players felt the urge to get together for the annual festive gathering as the rest...

 
THE DAY THE WEST WAS WON

THE DAY THE WEST WAS WON

THE situation going into the final day’s fixtures was complicated. To have any chance of surviving, bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion knew that they had to win and hope the three teams above them all slipped up. Norwich were away at Fulham,...

 
NEIL WARNOCK DEALS IN HITS AND MISSUS

NEIL WARNOCK DEALS IN HITS AND MISSUS

NEIL WARNOCK has a unique way of deciding whether a player is right for his club – he lets ’Er Indoors decide. The Queens Park Rangers boss makes a point of bringing every potential signing to his house in Richmond so that his better half Sharon...

 
SIMPLY SEB BEST

SIMPLY SEB BEST

IF YOU need a sobering thought over Christmas, consider the prospect of Sebastian Vettel, who has just become the youngest double world champion, winning every title in Formula One until 2017 when he will reach the big 30. There are some in F1 who...

 
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