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PCs out as Senegal opens world’s first tablet cafe

Posted by on 09/06/2013
Filed under Africa, Technology, Top Stories

PCs out as Senegal opens world’s first tablet cafe

PCs out as Senegal opens world’s first tablet cafe

DAKAR: Among the washer women, carpenters, busy waiters and squabbling children sweltering under the midday sun on this dusty Dakar street an Internet revolution is taking place in the world’s first tablet cafe. Next to the workshops, meat stores and barbershops on what could be any bustling street in sub-Saharan Africa, a grey concrete building […]

Mandela in ‘serious but stable’ condition

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under Africa, Politics, Top Stories

Mandela in ‘serious but stable’ condition

Mandela in ‘serious but stable’ condition

PRETORIA: Nelson Mandela was back in hospital yesterday in a “serious but stable” condition, triggering an outpouring of concern from around the world for the beloved South African hero. Mandela, who turns 95 next month, was whisked to a Pretoria hospital in the early hours of yesterday with a renewed lung infection. It is his […]

Going casual: Obama, Xi seek new relations

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under America, Politics, Top Stories

Going casual: Obama, Xi seek new relations

Going casual: Obama, Xi seek new relations

RANCHO MIRAGE, California: US President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping met for a second day yesterday, grasping for a personal understanding that could ease often prickly US-China relations. Obama and Xi spent nearly six hours together at a secluded desert oasis in California on Friday, wrestling with the future shape of relations between […]

Turkey rules out early polls – Thousands defy call to end protest

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under Middle East, Politics, Top Stories

Turkey rules out early polls – Thousands defy call to end protest

Turkey rules out early polls – Thousands defy call to end protest

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party yesterday ruled out early elections as thousands of anti-government demonstrators defied his call for an immediate end to protests. Huseyin Celik, deputy chairman of the Justice and Development (AK) Party founded by Erdogan just over a decade ago, said local and presidential elections would be held next […]

Germany battles floods as Hungary braces for deluge – Death toll hits 18, scores evacuated

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under Europe, Other News, Top Stories

Germany battles floods as Hungary braces for deluge – Death toll hits 18, scores evacuated

Germany battles floods as Hungary braces for deluge – Death toll hits 18, scores evacuated

BUDAPEST: Flood waters rose in eastern Germany yesterday, forcing the evacuation of homes and a hospital, as Hungary propped up its defences against central Europe’s worst floods in a decade. Elsewhere, the Austrian interior ministry confirmed that four people had been killed and two were still missing, raising the death toll in Europe from the […]

Syria regime takes last rebel bastion in Qusair – Rebels, refugees cross into Lebanon

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under Middle East, Politics, Top Stories

Syria regime takes last rebel bastion in Qusair – Rebels, refugees cross into Lebanon

Syria regime takes last rebel bastion in Qusair – Rebels, refugees cross into Lebanon

DAMASCUS: Forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad have now seized all of the Qusair area in central Syria, state television claimed yesterday, as wounded rebels and scores of refugee families straggled into Lebanon. The reports come a day after the United Nations launched a record humanitarian aid appeal for Syria, warning of a regional “explosion” […]

Pakistan govt summons US envoy over drone strike

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under Politics, Subcontinent, Top Stories

Pakistan govt summons US envoy over drone strike

Pakistan govt summons US envoy over drone strike

ISLAMABAD: Just days after taking power, Pakistan’s new government summoned a top US envoy yesterday to lodge a protest over a US drone strike, suggesting that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s team fully intends to make good on its promise to aggressively push for an end to such strikes. Friday night’s drone strike near the Afghan […]

With troops and techies, US prepares for cyber warfare

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under America, Technology, Top Stories

With troops and techies, US prepares for cyber warfare

With troops and techies, US prepares for cyber warfare

WASHINGTON: On the site of a former military golf course where President Dwight Eisenhower once played, the future of US warfare is rising in the shape of the new $358 million headquarters for the military’s Cyber Command. The command, based at Fort Meade, Maryland, about 25 miles north of Washington, is rushing to add between […]

US auto sales see big gains in May – Strong auto sales boost US economy

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under America, Business, Top Stories

US auto sales see big gains in May – Strong auto sales boost US economy

US auto sales see big gains in May – Strong auto sales boost US economy

DETROIT: Price cuts at Nissan and strong demand for pickup trucks helped US auto sales rebound in May after a slight dip in April. General Motors reported its strongest monthly sales since September of 2008. Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota also reported increases. Nissan Motor Co notched its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on […]

5 dead, 5 injured after Calif shooting rampage – Gunman fires at police cars, bystanders, pedestrians

Posted by on 08/06/2013
Filed under America, Other News, Top Stories

5 dead, 5 injured after Calif shooting rampage – Gunman fires at police cars, bystanders, pedestrians

5 dead, 5 injured after Calif shooting rampage – Gunman fires at police cars, bystanders, pedestrians

SANTA MONICA: The gunman, dressed all in black and carrying a semi-automatic rifle, walked calmly through the Santa Monica College campus after killing his father, brother and another person, authorities said. He would kill a woman outside the library moments later, before dying from police gunfire. Trena Johnson, a longtime administrative assistant working in the […]

Erdogan hits back at criticism – Thousands of supporters greet PM at airport

Posted by on 07/06/2013
Filed under Europe, Middle East, Top Stories, World

Erdogan hits back at criticism – Thousands of supporters greet PM at airport

Erdogan hits back at criticism – Thousands of supporters greet PM at airport

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday his Islamic-rooted government was open to “democratic demands” and hit back at EU criticism of his handling of a week of deadly unrest. Amid international condemnation over rights abuses in the unrest, European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule told Erdogan that excessive police force “has no […]

Lebanon slams ‘plot’ to embroil country in war

Posted by on 07/06/2013
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Lebanon slams ‘plot’ to embroil country in war

Lebanon slams ‘plot’ to embroil country in war

BEIRUT: The Lebanese army warned yesterday that a plot was afoot to embroil the country in the 26-month conflict in neighbouring Syria, as deadly clashes between Damascus supporters and opponents inside Lebanon multiply. “The army command… calls on citizens to be wary of plots aimed at taking Lebanon backwards and dragging it into an absurd […]