Archive | December, 2011

Video: Sudan’s Suakin Island in the Red Sea

December 29, 2011

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Sudan’s Suakin Island in the Red Sea

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Argentina snakes on plane arrest sparks smuggling probe

December 29, 2011

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Argentina snakes on plane arrest sparks smuggling probe BBC News  Argentine authorities are tracing a suspected major animal trafficking ring after a Czech man was caught trying to smuggle hundreds of snakes and other exotic animals out of the country. Karel Abelovsky was arrested in early December as he tried to board a flight to Spain […]

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Facebook to lead biggest U.S. Internet IPO year since 1999

December 28, 2011

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Facebook to Lead Biggest U.S. Internet IPO Year Since 1999 By Lee Spears | Bloomberg Facebook Inc. and Yelp Inc. are set to lead the biggest year for U.S. initial public offerings by Internet companies since 1999, testing demand for IPOs after investors lost money on Zynga Inc. and Pandora Media Inc. With Facebook considering […]

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Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores

December 27, 2011

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120 Kmart, Sears stores closing Associated Press NEW YORK – Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores after poor sales during the holidays, the most crucial time of year for retailers.   The closings are the latest and most visible in a long series of moves to try […]

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Brazil overtakes Great Britain (UK) to become world’s 6th largest economy

December 27, 2011

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Brazil Overtakes Britain To Become World’s Sixth Largest Economy São Paulo Anderson Antunes, Contributor Forbes According to a team of British economists from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), Brazil has already overtaken the UK as the world’s sixth-largest economy. The Guardian‘s Phillip Inman reports today: “The banking crash of 2008 and the […]

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China, Japan to back direct trade of currencies without using U.S. dollars

December 26, 2011

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China, Japan to Back Direct Trade of Currencies     Yoshihiko Noda, prime minister of Japan, left, is greeted by Wen Jiabao, prime minister of China, during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. -Nelson Ching/Bloomberg By Toru Fujioka Bloomberg Japan and China will promote direct trading of the yen […]

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White people in “Blackface” ‘Black Peter’ popular among Dutch at Christmas

December 25, 2011

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Blackface ‘Black Peter’ popular among Dutch at Christmas   By Ashley Michelle Williams The Grio  In the Netherlands, everyone is quite aware of the Christmas character known as Black Pete. He’s a little African slave who helps out Santa Claus. According to the Dutch tradition, Black Peter is responsible for carrying a book full of […]

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Nigeria Christian churches bombed on Christmas Day killing at least 35 people

December 25, 2011

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  Christmas bombs kill 35 in Nigeria By Ola Awoniyi AFP  ABUJA -Bomb attacks on churches during Christmas services and a suicide blast killed at least 35 people in Nigeria on Sunday amid spiralling violence claimed by Islamists. A purported spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a bombing of the church outside […]

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Video: Man touched by a wild mountain Gorilla in Uganda

December 24, 2011

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Video: Uganda- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest December 2011

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Canadian energy company acquired by Chinese state-owned oil company

December 24, 2011

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Chinese oil giant acquires Canadian energy company Chinese oil giant Sinopec acquires Canada’s Daylight Energy in $2.1 billion deal   Associated Press   BEIJING– A Chinese state-owned oil company has acquired Canada’s Daylight Energy in the second major Chinese purchase of a Canadian energy company this year.   A unit of Sinopec Corp. and Daylight […]

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