SYRIA, where I lived a quarter of
a century ago to do research on
the country's political economy,
seems to be falling apart mainly
because the political structures
which I studied at that time have never
Bashar Assad, after inheriting power
WATCHING this campaign
how much it would have
benefited from a serious,
centrist third-party challenger.
It would have been so clarifying
to have an independent voice
calling out Mitt Romney for running
a campaign that consists of
decrying the last ...
US HOTEL group Starwood Capital is to
sell four key French properties, including
the famed Martinez in Cannes and the
Concorde Lafayette in Paris, to a Qatari
investor, a union official said on Friday.
Starwood Capital's Groupe du Louvre
will hold a meeting...
MINISTER of Culture, Arts and Heritage HE Dr Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al Kuwari and his delegation left Minsk on Friday after a working visit to Belarus. The visit witnessed the signing of an executive programme for cultural ...
MOODY'S Investors Service lowered the credit ratings of 15 major banks late on Thursday, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, saying their long-term prospects for profitability and growth ...
GERMANY booked their place in the last four of Euro 2012 as Joachim Loew's side hammered Greece 4-2 on Friday after dominating their quarter-final. Germany ran riot as captain Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, veteran ...
ANOTHER one of Hollywood's legendary bachelors has bitten the dust. At this rate George Clooney will end up partying by himself. Matthew McConaughey married his longtime girlfriend, Brazilian model Camila Alves, in early.
PAK Shamaa School and College — one of the oldest expatriate schools in Qatar — has decided to launch Cambridge system of education. "Official consent from the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) has been obtained. At this moment, examination centre approval procedures are underway so that the first batch of Pak Shamaa Cambridge exams could be conducted towards the end of 2013," said Principal Nabila Kaukab. Founded in 1958, Pak Shamaa has served ...
QATARGAS Chief Executive Officer Khalid Bin Khalifa al Thani has urged young nationals working in the company to excel in their careers, expand their competence, build self-confidence and improve job performance by making the best use of the excellent learning and professional development opportunities available to them. He was speaking to young national graduates and trainees at the 11th Annual Qatargas CEO Forum 2012 on the theme ´Aim High ...
STENDEN University students hosted a glittering programme titled, ´A Night In Hollywood´ at the Ritz Carlton, recently. The event was attended by 190 students and guests. The main objective of the event was to raise funds for Qatar Charity projects supporting communities in Somalia, particularly to assist in transportation, dairy farming and sheep farming. The students were highly motivated and played a significant role in taking part in the Somali fundraising event...
ASIAN liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices LNG-AS fell to just over $16 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) for August cargoes, with more supply on offer from producers in Australia, Nigeria and Trinidad, market sources said. Japan´s announcement last weekend that it would restart two nuclear reactors despite public safety concerns, a development that will likely reduce the country´s dependence on gas-fired power, also helped push prices lower ...
LEADERS of four central European states on Friday singled out the European Union´s cohesion policy as a key investment tool alongside structural reforms to boost growth. "Territorial, economic and social cohesion of the EU is currently challenged due to different levels of growth and competitiveness across the union," the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers said in a letter ...
FACING a drawn out battle to complete their longplanned integration, Volkswagen and Porsche will forge ahead with tighter manufacturing links that could deliver hundreds of millions of euros in annual savings. Unresolved tax and legal issues since the companies pledged to merge almost three years ago shifted the focus to operational integration. Porsche will start building its revamped.
For all his personal success and vaulted status, LeBron James had long held an unrealized dream, one that had him surrounded by his teammates in showers of confetti, with both hands on the NBA championship trophy. After years of near misses, James lived that dream on Thursday as the Miami Heat clinched a 4-1 series win in the NBA finals by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121- 106. "You know, my dream has become a reality now, and it´s the best feeling ...
FRESH from a recent historic sweep in the United States Egyptian Event in Lexington, Al Shaqab is ready to scale new heights in the upcoming major show in Menton, France, this weekend. The Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship is due to take place on the French Riviera today. Al Shaqab, a prestigious arm of Qatar Foundation involved in preserving pure Arabian bloodlines, is...
SPAIN needs to overcome its France jinx on Saturday if it wants to become the first country to successfully defend a European football title. The two teams clash in a Euro 2012 quarter-final in the Donbass Arena in Donetsk and Spain has never beaten France in the previous six competitive meetings. Spain is the overwhelming favourites even though La Roja looked far from impressive in its final group...
STEPHEN Tyrone Williams has accumulated some impressive regional theatre credits, including Cory Maxson in Fences at Seattle Rep and Syracuse Stage, and Simon in Ruined at the Geffen Playhouse and the Intiman Theatre. But this University of Alabama graduate (Class of 2004), born and raised in Tuscaloosa, has been seen somewhat less onstage in New York. Currently Williams is giving a powerful performance off- Broadway as Thami Mbikwana, a ...
SIMONE Callahan is unhappy that Shane Warne´s fiancee, Liz Hurley is called "M2" or "mummy two" by their kids Brooke, 14, Jackson, 13, and Summer, nine, but Shane says her complaints in a magazine interview were "out of order" and he would have no problem with his kids having a nickname for her boyfriend Toby Roberts. Speaking on Australian TV show Eddie M c G u i r e Tonight, he said ...
FORMER Miss World Diana Hayden believes that while India may not have won an international beauty pageant for 12 years now, we should be happy with the fact that the country had some winners. "I think we have gone too greedy, that´s the problem. It´s not about producing Miss Worlds or Miss Universes. If you look at it, there are so many countries, there are over 100 contestants all ...
THE Syrian regime on Friday
accused rebels of carrying out a
“brutal massacre” of 25 of its supporters,
as neighbouring Turkey
held emergency talks after a
Turkish military plane went missing
near Syria. Monitors said
regime forces fired on demonstrators
in second-largest city Aleppo
killing at least eight people while
another was killed in the province
of the same name.
TWO bombs tore through a market
full of shoppers in Baghdad on
Friday, killing 19 people and
wounding more than 100, authorities
said, the latest attack in the
second-deadliest month since US
troops withdrew at the end of last
year. The explosions, timed within
minutes of each other, came at
midmorning in the open-air market
in the mostly Shiite Muslim neighbourhood