IT looks a lot like the end. Just as
viewers of a movie franchise know
the formula so well, they can tell
when the final reel is under way, so
we're getting used to the way Arab
revolutions unfold - and sense that the
signs point to a
IT won't help him win many
votes this year, but it should
be noted that Barack Obama
has been a good foreign policy
president. He, Vice President
Joe Biden, Secretary Hillary
Clinton and the rest of his team
have created a style of ...
THE failure of all Arab and international
initiatives to ensure a peaceful
transfer of power in Syria and end
bloodshed there is regrettable, Prime
Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs His Excellency Sheikh Hamad
THE trend of better-thanexpected earnings will be put to the test in the coming week when investors hope Apple can exceed already high expectations for the tech giant and Facebook reports its first quarterly earnings. Apple ...
QATAR Olympic Committee Secretary-General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al Thani said the total support from the Royal Family to sports would encourage the national athletes to put up their best show in the ...
STARSHIPS is the song that caused Nicki Minaj a heap of trouble. At Hot 97's Summer Jam last month, Minaj withdrew from the concert after one of the radio station's DJs, Peter Rosenberg, derided that song as too pop, and ...
MINISTER of Culture, Arts and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari inaugurated a series of art exhibitions organised by Katara, the Cultural Village, on Friday. The exhibitions seek to promote art and education in collaboration with other organisations. The ceremony was attended by Katara President Abdulrahman al Khulaifi, Sheikh Faisal bin Qasim al Thani and members of ...
A TOTAL of 700 students from six preparatory and secondary independent boys´ schools participated in the first Qatar Boys´ Book Challenge, sponsored by HSBC Bank Qatar and developed by British Council. The reading programme ran throughout the 2011 – 2012 academic school year and aimed to help encourage boys to read for pleasure. British Council Director Simon Winetroube said, "The benefits of reading are wellestablished and cut across many areas of ...
MORE than 250 people from 13 countries participated in the ´Fast-a-thon 2012´, a charity event to help the people of Niger, organised by Hyatt Plaza in cooperation with Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) on Saturday. The programme was exclusively for non-Muslims. QRC donated QR200 to the people of Niger on behalf of every individual who supported the cause by fasting. "I was craving for an opportunity to experience fasting as Muslims do. Waking up ...
SAUDI Arabia is planning to start manufacturing automobile parts by 2013 in addition to assembling cars, as part of ambitious plans to further expand its lucrative automobile industry. The new plans are aimed at diversifying domestic revenues and reduce oil dependency, noting that in 2013, the value of car sales in the Kingdom is expected to reach SR 94 billion. In 2011 alone, Saudi Arabia announced the sale of approximately 800,000 cars potentially...
AUSTRALIA is set to become the world´s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, with analysts predicting it will overtake Qatar by 2020 as it unlocks reserves that could last more than a century. Seven of the world´s 10 major LNG projects are under construction Down Under, with Aus$176 billion (US$183 billion) of private Australian and foreign investment in gas projects since 2007. "The projects already under development will take us ahead of Qatar.
GREECE is in a "Great Depression" similar to the American one in the 1930s, the country´s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told former President Bill Clinton on Sunday. Samaras´s comments come two days before a team of Greece´s international lenders arrive in Athens to push for further austerity measures if the debt-laden country wants to qualify for further rescue payments and avoid a chaotic default. Athens wants to soften the terms of a 130-billion euro bailout...
ERNIE Els won the Open Championship and ended a 10-year major victory drought in shocking fashion on Sunday at Royal Lytham as Adam Scott squandered a fourstroke lead with four holes to play. Els sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the 18th, his third birdie in four days at the finishing hole, while Scott made bogeys on the final four holes in a total collapse, evoking memories of his idol Greg Norman´s epic Masters frustrations. "I´m pretty disappointed," Scott said ...
THE Qatar Team´s Shaun Torrente was robbed of his first ever F1 H20 Grand Prix victory at the delayed Grand Prix of Ukraine on the Kiev Sea at Vyshgorod, near Kiev, on Sunday. Torrente, needing a win to keep his title hopes alive, passed double world champion Sami Selio early on and looked set to take his first victory until a yellow flag was raised on lap 26 of 32, while a back-marker´s boat was removed.
DIDIER Drogba made an instant impact on his debut for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday, setting up his new team´s equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Guangzhou R&F. The former Chelsea striker started the game on the bench but came on at half time, almost scoring with his first touch of the ball — an outrageous 40-yard free kick which Guangzhou goalkeeper Cheng Yuelei tipped wide. Earlier Shenhua had struggled in the first half...
POPULAR actor Dileep on Thursday won the best actor award at the Kerala State Film Awards, his first, for his role in Velaripravinte Changathi, while Swetha Menon bagged best actress award for Salt N´ Pepper. Director Renjith´s Indian Rupee was declared the best film, and best director trophy went to Blessy for Pranayam. Dileep said he was not expecting the award and added: "In the past, I really ...
ACTOR Rahul Bose, who is an international rugby player, has a word of advice for Indian Olympians headed for London. He wants them to relax and get used to the climate as it would help them give their best. "It´s too late to say that practice. For an international athlete, these last days are to focus and relax. I have been an international sports person so I would say just one thing - the environment ...
ONE likes love stories and the other action but both complement each other and would like to make films of all kinds, says Dinesh Vijan of his partnership with Saif Ali Khan and their banner Illuminati Films, which has produced two hits and one miss. "We like all kinds of films. I like love stories a lot. Saif likes action and horror. So between the two of us, we would like to make all kinds of films. We complement...
PRANAB MUKHERJEE, the ruling
United Progressive Alliance’s key
strategist and a long-time minister,
was on Sunday elected
India’s 13th president by an overwhelming
majority of MPs and
legislators across the political
spectrum, leaving his rival P A
THE heaviest rain to hit Beijing in
61 years left at least 10 people
dead over the weekend, while more
downpours were forecast for northeast
and southwest China, state
media said on Sunday. Torrential
rain pounded the capital all day on
Saturday, leading to the evacuation
of more than 30,000 people, mostly
from Beijing’s outlying districts.