SHIN Dong-hyuk was 14 in 1996
when prison guards suspended
him from the ceiling of an
underground torture chamber
by his hands and legs, all
because his mother and brother had
tried to escape. The flames of a charcoal
fire scorched his back; a steel ...
MAYBE we gave up on
John Edwards too soon.
His hair still looks great,
even though he now gets
cuts for $12.95, not
$400. And the man clearly has a gift
for multitasking under pressure.
In the winter of 2007, as Edwards
campaigned for the presidency in
Iowa, he still found time to check up
AL RAYYAN won its fourth Heir
Apparent Cup beating Al Sadd 5-4 on
penalties, after an explosive 90 minutes
of football at Al Gharafa Stadium
The packed Gharafa Stadium was
pitch to a scintillating game of football,
as two well-matched.
DIRECTOR-GENERAL of Public Security (DGPS) Major General Saad bin Jassim al Khulaifi has said that the country is safe from illicit drugs as a result of the concerted efforts of the authorities. Speaking at a...
MOST Gulf bourses fell ahead of the weekend as investors, eyeing a string of on target earnings results, booked recent gains while Egyptian investment bank EFG Hermes surged after a report it had finalised talks to sell a stake.
STRUGGLING twice former champion Jin Long failed to make it to the knock-out of the Asian Snooker Championship on Thursday. At the Qatar Snooker & Billiards Federation Hall, the Chinese suffered another defeat (1-4) against Thai ...
"SHE signed it for me - she is so cute! So sweet!" the designer Tadashi Shoji gushed as he lovingly clutched a piece of paper to his chest. On it was the original sketch he had made of the gown that the actress Octavia Spencer had worn to the Academy Awards.
THE road show of Jumeirah Group, the global hospitality management company headquartered in Dubai, concluded on Wednesday. The company unveiled some of its recent and forthcoming projects across the region and beyond. The hospitality group now operates 20 luxury hotels, resorts and residences around the world. Speaking on the occasion, Thomas Grudner, vice-president Global Sales Jumeirah Group said, "The onset of summer season marks the start of ...
DEVELOPING countries must set up national strategies and build industrial capacities to better integrate their economies into high valueadded activities in the value chain, according to panelists participating in a discussion at Unctad XIII conference. During a panel discussion on ´Reflections on the International Trading System and Inclusive Development´, the speakers comprising of ...
QATAR Charity has rebuilt five Muslim centres in Italy. The centres will be opened by the holy month of Ramadan. The project is part of QC´s aim to help Muslim communities in Europe and across the world practice their religion peacefully. QC official Sheikh A. Ahmed al Hammadi said that the centres — in different parts of Italy — are owned by Muslim groups and the building work required "restoration and completion". The centres include a mosque ...
ENERGY giant Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday that net profits climbed almost 16 percent in the first quarter, boosted by "strong" oil prices and rising output. Europe´s biggest oil company announced that adjusted earnings after tax, which strip out movements in the value of energy inventories and other non-operating items, jumped to $7.28 billion in the three months to March 31. That compared with $6.29 billion in the first quarter of 2011, and comfortably beat...
INDIA is studying the potential of shale gas and is watching safety and technology developments in other countries closely, the deputy chairman of its planning commission said on Thursday. "We are exploring the potential of shale gas for India and we are watching (safety) concerns very carefully," Montek Ahluwalia told reporters at a news conference following a two-day clean energy ministerial meeting in London. "We have no current programme for going...
INFLATION in Germany, the eurozone´s biggest economy, slowed again in April, official data showed on Thursday. The consumer price index rose by 2 percent on a 12- month basis in April, down from the 2.1 percent recorded in March, the national statistics office Destatis said in a statement on preliminary data. On a monthly basis, the cost of living in Germany rose 0.1 percent in April from March. Using the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, the European Central...
CHINA´S snooker star Ding Junhui became the seventh top-16 player to fall in the first round of the World Championship after he suffered a 9-10 loss to Ryan Day of Wales. Ding´s shock exit on Wednesday left only five of the seeds so far through to the last 16 of the tournament, Xinhua reported.The World No.10, who trailed Day 5-4 in the first session, succeeded to overtake on Wednesday and consolidated a 9-6 advantage, seemingly to clinch a comeback...
RAFAEL Nadal ran up his 31st consecutive match win at his home Barcelona Open on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of Colombian qualifier Robert Farah 6-2, 6-3. Spain´s world number two improved his near impeccable record at the event to 32- 1 as he aims to lift a seventh title from his last eight appearances. His only loss came in 2003 against the country´s...
MANUEL Neuer´s key saves in Madrid helped put Bayern Munich into the Champions League final, inspiring words of love from his chairman amidst signs he may have begun to win over the club´s hard-core fans. Gelsenkirchen-born Neuer proved he was worth every cent of the 22 million euros Bayern paid Schalke 04 for him in July when he stopped Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka´s spot-kicks as Munich won the penalty shoot-out 3-1 against Real Madrid. On a tense...
SACHIN Joshi who is all set to star in his postdebut film directed by Ankush Bhatt. But Azaan´s leading man Sachin Joshi has discovered that Mallika Sherawat who agreed to play the lead opposite him in the edgy Mumbai underworld thriller Mumbai Mirror, doesn´t come cheap or easy. Having paid the self-styled international star a whopping signing fee (approximately Rs 50 lakhs) to be part of the film, Joshi found out that Mallika had a number of reservations about ...
THE trial of the man charged with murdering three of Jennifer Hudson´s family members resumed recently with the Oscar-winner shutting her eyes as a police officer described finding her dead family members. Hudson sat next to her fiance as prosecutors shifted their focus to presenting crime scene evidence in the case against her former brother-in-law, William Balfour. Hudson hung her head and ...
AMONTH ago, the film industry was abuzz with the news that the controversial Hindi movie, Delhi Belly, will have a Tamil version too. However, the news did not confirm any names of directors or female lead. The producers just revealed that Arya would be doing the lead role that was portrayed by Imran Khan in the Hindi original. Now, the latest buzz about the movie is that director Kannan of Jayamkondan and Kanden Kadhalai fame will be...
JORDAN’s Prime Minister Awn
Khasawneh submitted his resignation
on Thursday to King Abdullah
II, barely six months after forming
a government to bring in muchneeded
reforms, a senior official
said. It was unclear why
Khasawneh quit, but news reports
quoted sources as saying that he
was unhappy after the king
extended parliament’s ordinary
session until June 25.
EGYPT’S election commission
released on Thursday a final list of
13 candidates eligible to run in
next month’s presidential elections,
closing one of the most turbulent
chapters of the nation. The list
includes Ahmed Shafiq, the last
PM to serve under ousted President
Hosni Mubarak. Also eligible to run
are Mubarak’s long-time foreign
minister and former Arab League
chief Amr Moussa.