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Protests, layoffs and debt: Is the Bin Laden construction company in turmoil?

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 08:16
Saudi Binladin Group, founded by Osama bin Laden's father, is a giant of Saudi Arabia's construction industry. But with reports it has laid off 50,000 workers as it struggles under a mountain of debt, the once mighty company appears to be in turmoil.

TTIP puts corporate interests above environment, consumer safety, says Greenpeace

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 05:39
Greenpeace charged Monday that a massive US-EU trade deal would place corporate interests above the environment and consumer safety, as it released classified documents from the negotiations.

Puerto Rico will default on $422 million payment, governor says

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 03:50
Puerto Rico’s financial crisis deepened Sunday as Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the US commonwealth would default on $422 million in debt.

First US-to-Cuba cruise in decades leaves Miami

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 01:43
Passengers set sail Sunday from Miami on an historic cruise to Cuba, the first in decades to depart from a U.S. seaport for the communist island nation.

‘Critical hours’ for Aleppo as Kerry bids to revive Syria truce

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 00:51
US Secretary of State John Kerry has once more called for cooperation from Russia as he begins urgent talks in Geneva aimed at bolstering a fragile ceasefire in Syria.

CIA 'live tweets' Osama bin Laden raid to mark five-year anniversary

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 00:33
The CIA has marked the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden by live-tweeting with a five-year delay the raid by US special forces on the Al-Qaeda founder’s compound in Pakistan.

Germany’s right-wing AfD party adopts anti-Islam manifesto

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 23:13
Germany’s right-wing populist AfD Sunday adopted an anti-Islam policy in a manifesto that also demands curbs to immigration, as a poll showed it is now the country’s third strongest party.

Protesters leave Baghdad Green Zone after unprecedented breach

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 14:14
Protesters were withdrawing from Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday after breaking into the fortified area and storming Iraq's parliament in an unprecedented security breach the day before.

Malia Obama to take 'gap year,' enter Harvard in 2017

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 09:47
President Barack Obama's daughter Malia will take a year off after graduating high school in June before attending Harvard University in 2017

Obama bows out as comedian-in-chief at annual correspondents' dinner

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 08:04
President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the last time - wrapping up with "Obama out" and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered.

Femen gatecrash National Front rally in central Paris

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 07:53
Topless Femen activists on Sunday interrupted the French far-right National Front’s (FN) annual May Day gathering for the second year running, baring their chests and toasting “The end of the FN” before being arrested.

Video: Copyright expires for French classic ‘Bolero’

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 04:19
Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright on Sunday expired for one of the world’s most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Maurice Ravel’s "Bolero".

Iraqi PM orders arrest of protesters who stormed parliament

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 04:03
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday ordered police to arrest protesters who broke into Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and attacked security forces and lawmakers as they stormed the country’s parliament.

Clashes at Paris May Day rally as demonstrators protest labour reforms

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 03:57
Police fired tear gas after protesters hurled bottles and other projectiles during a May Day rally in Paris Sunday, where controversial labour reforms were the main focus of demonstrations.

Police officers, soldiers killed in Turkey border attacks

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 02:22
Two police officers were killed and 22 people wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, the governor and police sources said, in one of three attacks on the security forces on Sunday.

‘Regime of calm’ around Damascus extended, talks underway to include Aleppo

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 23:23
The Syrian army on Sunday confirmed that a “regime of calm” around Damascus had been extended for another 24 hours, state television reported. Moscow also announced that talks are underway to include Aleppo under the plan.

Why the French are against Brexit, but only just

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 09:39
With Britain less than two months away from its crucial referendum on staying in the EU, polls show the vote is on a knife edge. Across the Channel in France, the UK’s future in Europe is proving almost as divisive.

Left-wing protesters clash with German police before far-right rally

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 07:58
German left-wing demonstrators burned tyres and hurled fireworks and stones on Saturday in clashes with police and AfD supporters as the right-wing party gathered for its congress near the south-western city of Stuttgart, police said.

Hundreds of anti-govt protesters break into Baghdad 'Green Zone'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 06:34
Hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday stormed Baghdad's Green Zone and some entered the parliament building after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government.

Kenya torches massive ivory bonfires to save elephants

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 03:02
Eleven giant pyres of tusks will be set on fire Saturday as Kenya torches its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants.