News archive from 20 February 2012, page 17

Call for competition in filling World Bank top job

Call for competition in filling World Bank top job

The World Bank should consider appointing a non-American as its next president, according to a leading voice from the developing world. The current head, Robert Zoellick, has said he will step down on 30 June. By tacit agreement, the job has always...

BBC, 16:47 in Business
 

Yemen's Hadi emerges from shadows to lead divided

A former army general, Hadi is the only candidate standing to replace Ali Abdullah Saleh, guaranteeing that he'll take the helm of a chaotic nation facing multiple challenges: a collapsing economy, a growing threat from al Qaeda, rising secessionist...

 

Demanding a pound of flesh

The Jubilee Debt Campaign is correct to point out that the global finance prescription for economic recovery in Greece mirrors that imposed on the developing world for decades by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. As the...

 
OPERA REVIEW: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

OPERA REVIEW: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

MANY years ago, in that primitive era before CDs, computers or even Sony Walkmans were around, I decided to transfer the best bits of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro from an LP to an audio cassette to take with me on a trip abroad. The trouble was, I...

 
Cloudstore: Government launches public sector app store

Cloudstore: Government launches public sector app store

The government has launched a new "app store" which it says will help small businesses offer IT services to the public sector. The Cloudstore, as it will be known, will feature more than 1,700 apps provided by more than 250 suppliers. It is...

 
Clashes continue as police hit mosque in Senegal

Clashes continue as police hit mosque in Senegal

Protesters gathered in Dakar's Independence Square this afternoon to express their opposition to encumbant President Abdoulaye Wade standing in February 26 presidential elections. The opposition June 23 Movement called the rally after activists...

 

China 'reliable friend' of Irish

Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping wrapped up his three-day visit to Ireland today by stating that Beijing is a "reliable friend" of the country. After meeting Irish President Michael Higgins and visiting parliament for talks with the...

 

Bitterly cold Afghan winter claims 41 lives

At least 41 people, mainly children, have frozen to death in Afghanistan's coldest winter in years, a health official reported today. The government has recorded 41 deaths from freezing in Kabul, Ghor and Badakhshan provinces and all but three or four...

 

Gunman fires on Cambodian workers' strike protest

A gunman injured three young women as he shot into a crowd of a thousand striking garment workers outside the Kaoway Sports factory in Cambodia's Svay Rieng province today. Bavet town police chief Keo Kong said the shooting had begun after workers...

 

Aus unions start defence of labour law

Australian unions demanded today that the Labour government improve job security, rights and protections for millions of people in insecure work. In a submission to a review of the country's 2009 Fair Work Act (FWA) the Australian Council of Trade...

 

IAEA kicks off two-day Iran nuclear probe

UN nuclear inspectors started a two-day visit to Tehran today to investigate Western claims that the government is developing atomic weapons. The trip is the second in less than a month by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team. Top IAEA...

 

Thousands join Morocco demo

Thousands of people massed in Morocco's largest cities on Sunday to press demands for more civil and social rights and express support for the opposition February 20 movement that emerged last year. Roughly 1,000 people staged a sit-in at Casablanca's...

 

World In Brief

News stories from around the world Lawyer claims his client was beaten KENYA: A lawyer for a British man held in Kenya over alleged links to Somalia’s al-Shebaab Islamist rebels and possession of explosives has said his client was beaten in prison to...

 

Lansley: Traitor

Angry protesters yelled "traitor" at Andrew Lansley as he scurried to No10 today to seek advice from pro-reform health organisations on how to enact his NHS Bill. The Health Secretary's path to Downing Street was blocked by one elderly...

 

Reprieve asks Met to charge Britain with war crimes

Legal action charity Reprieve announced today that it has filed an official complaint with the Metropolitan Police against the British government for war crimes. The complaint relates to the case of Pakistani national Yunus Rahmatullah, who was...

 


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