February 2012

  • kol
18 Feb 2012 - 6:04pm
KOLKATA: Kolkata, once the capital of British India, is slowly being painted blue -- the favourite colour of the fiery new chief minister of the local state who has ordered a makeover.   Mamata Banerjee came to power in West Bengal last year after 34 years of Marxist rule promising a facelift for this city, whose grand colonial architecture...
  • ger
17 Feb 2012 - 5:36pm
BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Friday to find a cross-party candidate after Germany's president resigned over a corruption probe, dealing her a blow as she battles to lead Europe out of its debt crisis. Merkel announced talks with major political parties to find a consensus candidate to replace political ally Christian Wulff, who...
  • sna
17 Feb 2012 - 2:58pm
MIAMI: No one knows how they got there. But an invasion of African giant snails has southern Florida in a panic over potential crop damage, disease and general yuckiness surrounding the slimy gastropods.   The US and Florida departments of agriculture have mobilised 34 agents to battle the infestation and the US Fish & Wildlife Service is...
  • jona
15 Feb 2012 - 6:28pm
FRANKFURT: The sovereign debt crisis brought economic growth all across Europe to a standstill and even pushed a number of countries into recession at the end of last year, data showed on Wednesday.   Germany, Europe's biggest economy, saw its gross domestic product (GDP) shrink by 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011, as the long-...
  • bah
15 Feb 2012 - 3:36pm
DUBAI: Bahrain has deported six US citizens for joining pro-democracy demonstrations, a statement said Wednesday, as the opposition reported dozens of arrests on the first anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising.   The deportations bring the number of Americans expelled from Bahrain to eight after two human rights activists were ordered out the...
  • vot
15 Feb 2012 - 2:17pm
WASHINGTON: More than 1.8 million dead Americans remain listed as active voters, according to a study released Tuesday which described the US voter registration system as plagued with errors and inefficiencies.   The research conducted by the non-partisan Pew Center on the States also revealed that one in every eight voter records contains...
  • afga
14 Feb 2012 - 5:23pm
PALIC: Hiding in the Serbian woods, a group of Asian illegal immigrants tried for weeks to pass the border with Hungary, until the current freezing weather forced them to break cover and accept help.   Now they risk being deported.   Just kilometres away from European Union soil in Hungary, Afghan Shahid and his fellow illegal immigrants...
  • mar
14 Feb 2012 - 2:32pm
YANGON: Dramatic changes sweeping through Myanmar are luring back some of the country's millions-strong diaspora to help rebuild their impoverished homeland, in a reversal of a decades-long brain drain.   Aung Naing Oo had not set foot in the country formerly known as Burma for almost a quarter century since escaping through malaria-infested...
  • ves
13 Feb 2012 - 11:10pm
MOSCOW: Some 215 Russians have died this year in a prolonged period of abnormally cold winter weather, the health ministry said Monday as the overall death toll for Europe rose to well over 600.   Heavy snow continued to fall on Monday in Romania and Bulgaria, but the cold snap that froze much of Europe for the past two weeks began to ease in...
  • bakar
13 Feb 2012 - 5:20pm
BRUSSELS: Scenes of burning buildings and street battles in Athens offer a violent reflection of growing weariness among Europeans at the austerity-first philosophy sweeping Europe. Last week alone, fire-fighters doused the streets of this city with water to protest pension reform, thousands of public workers took to the streets of Madrid and...