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02
Nov
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Warren Buffett invests in parties, buys Oriental Trading Co.

 

Billionaire financier Warren Buffett already has his hands in newspapers, jewelry, insurance and other holdings. Now, with the acquisition of Oriental Trading Co., the 82-year-old can add party planning.

Thu
01
Nov
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Hollandade Wants a Promise

 

"This is a threat which cannot be accepted by France," he said, addressing a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"We have voted for many sanctions and are ready to vote others as long as necessary," the French leader said, underscoring that he wanted "proof that Iran has abandoned this drive."

Tue
30
Oct
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Bahrain Outlawing Rallies to Prevent Violence

DUBAI - Bahrain has banned all rallies and gatherings to ensure public safety and prevent violence, the state news agency reported, following more than a year of protests by opposition demonstrators.



The Sunni-ruled island kingdom, where the US Navy's Fifth Fleet is based, has seen repeated protests since an uprising led by its Shi'ite majority for political reforms that began in February 2011 was crushed with help from Saudi troops last year.


Sat
27
Oct
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Syrian violence undermines Eid al-Adha ceasefire

Syrian warplanes have bombed a building in a Damascus suburb, killing at least eight people in the first airstrike since an internationally mediated cease-fire went into effect, activists have said.

The attack came a day after car bombs and clashes left 151 dead, according to activist tallies, leaving the four-day truce that began Friday at the start of a major Muslim holiday in tatters.

The rapid unravelling of the effort to achieve even a temporary peace marked the latest setback to ending Syria's civil war through diplomacy after months of failed efforts.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight people were killed and many others wounded in the airstrike in Arbeen, a suburb of the capital. The area also has witnessed heavy clashes and intense shelling.

An amateur video posted by activists online showed a building that was turned into a pile of rubble said to be from the airstrike.

Thu
25
Oct
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China Out Performs U.S. in Foreign Direct Investments

China

 

China has surpassed the United States for the first time since 2003 to be the world's largest recipient of global foreign direct investment in the first half of 2012, showing that global investors are still confident in the world's second-largest economy despite its economic slowdown.

FDI inflows to China amounted to $59 billion in the first half of this year, despite a year-on-year decline of 3 percent from $61 billion in the first half of last year.

Meanwhile, FDI flowing to the US reached $57.4 billion, a decline of 39.2 percent from a year earlier, according to the Global Investment Trends Monitor released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, or UNCTAD, on Tuesday.

Tue
23
Oct
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Brahimi Pushes for Truce

 

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is pushing "extremely hard" for a ceasefire in Syria, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday as violence raged across the country and a warplane struck a queue for bread.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the unrelenting violence is dimming hopes for a ceasefire during the four-day Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday from Friday, as proposed by Brahimi.

Thu
18
Oct
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ROLLS-ROYCE OPENS FIRST SHOWROOM IN LATIN AMERICA

 

The first Rolls-Royce showroom in Latin America has opened in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, located in the Av. Cidade Jardim. The Via Italia Group, headquartered in São Paulo, is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ appointed dealer in Brazil.

 

The new 500 square metre showroom has been designed to provide discerning clientele with a relaxing atmosphere in which to commission their motor car. The use of glass and space has been carefully considered to provide optimum natural light. The Customer Lounge, which features bespoke-designed furniture and cabinets, includes leather, wood, surface finish and carpet samples from the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, England and examples of the Company’s renowned Bespoke programme. All Phantom and Ghost family models will be available for customer order.

 

Wed
17
Oct
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Australian PM Julia Gillard Agrees To Sell Uranium To India

 

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised Labor's change of policy which allowed potential uranium sales "as recognition of India's energy needs as well as our record and credentials".

The agreement to begin safeguard negotiations came after a bilateral meeting between Dr Singh and Julia Gillard in New Delhi last night.

But it could take one to two years to hammer out. Such an agreement is needed before commercial negotiations can begin on uranium exports.

The two leaders also agreed to hold annual talks and to boost defence cooperation.

Ms Gillard again invited Dr Singh to visit Australia and in a joint statement the two leaders said the date of the visit would be finalised through "diplomatic channels".

"He said to me he'd love to come, it's a question of finding the time given the Prime Minister's busy program," Ms Gillard said.

Sun
14
Oct
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Kofi Annan says exPM Tony Blair could have stopped the Iraq war

 

Annan argued in an interview published in The Times newspaper that Blair could have changed Bush's mind because of the special relationship between the two nations and the two leaders.

Annan said he often had contemplated what might have happened if “Blair had said 'George, this is where we part company. You're on your own',” following the failure to secure a second UN resolution.

“I really think it could have stopped the war,” added the Nobel peace laureate. Annan was UN secretary general at the time of the crisis.

Fri
12
Oct
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Bentley Showcases Unrivalled Product Range at the Paris Salon

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Today at the Paris International Auto Salon, Bentley is unveiling its Continental GT3 race car concept, signalling the Company's intention to return to motorsport towards the end of 2013. Bentley is also showcasing its full product range at this year's Salon. From the hand-crafted, high-luxury Mulsanne saloon through to the 205 mph (330 km/h) Continental GT Speed performance flagship, the models presented on the show stand clearly reflect the unrivalled breadth of this world-famous brand. Commenting on Bentley's stand at the Paris Salon, Dr.Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive, said: "The Paris Salon is a particularly important date in Bentley's automotive calendar. Exactly ten years ago, the unveiling of the Continental GT concept was a defining moment in Bentley's history, marking the beginning of the company's product-led renaissance.

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