Category: World

Kerry reiterates in Paris the common aspiration to create a world rich in love and short on hate

Special Correspondent Paris, Jan 17: US Secretary of State John Kerry this Friday remembered the day of the living nightmare that began at Charlie Hebdo and expressed personally the “sheer horror and revulsion that all Americans felt for the cowardly and despicable act, the assault on innocent lives and on fundamental values.” Speaking at Hotel de

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50 countries do not meet fiscal transparency requirements: US Report

Newsroom24x7 Flash The US department of State has concluded that, of the 140 governments that were potential beneficiaries of foreign assistance and were evaluated 50 did not meet the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. Of these, eleven governments made significant progress toward meeting the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. On January 14, US Secretary of

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Stable Ratings Performance in 4Q14 for Non-Japan Asia structured finance

Newsroom24x7 Desk Hong Kong, Jan. 15: Fitch Ratings today projected that structured finance (SF) transactions, backed by assets in Korea, India and Singapore are performing well against a background of stable economies. A total of 14 publicly rated tranches from non-Japan Asia structured finance (SF) transactions were affirmed in 4Q14 as underlying assets continued to

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Market volatility in December 2014 could leave its impact on 2015

Hong Kong, Jan. 12: Market volatility in December 2014, according to Fitch ratings, could be a foretaste of what is to come in 2015 as the US Federal Reserve moves towards raising interest rates while other major central banks may ease policy further. It was striking that the Emerging Asian markets should have been caught

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Paris, Unity March, Place de la Republique…

  Jamsheed Rizwani Paris, Jan. 11: All roads leading to Place de la Republique today are jampacked and it was practically impossible to walk up to Place de la Republique. I turned into avenue de la Republique where people of every origin…English, German, French and other languages…I can’t recognize..of every age, could be spotted.   Plantu ,Le Monde newspaper’s cartoonist

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Unity March in Paris: World is with the French people

Jamsheed Rizwani Paris, Place de la République-Nation, Jan 11: The whole world is with the French people, more and more heads of state and government and world leaders cutting across every possible line of division have announced their presence in the UNITY MARCH in Paris. Serguei Lavov, Russian foreign minister;. Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President; Benjamin Netanyahou, Israeli

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Security beefed up in Paris ahead of National Unity March

Jamsheed Rizwani Paris, Jan 10: Security has been beefed up in France with the Government decreeing the highest level of alert ahead of the national unity march called for by the government, by all the parties and the labour unions. Nothing has been neglected to ensure the safety of the Parisians and the French. The

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Charlie Hebdo, Freedom of Speech: Point Counterpoint

Lalit Shastri Senior Supreme Court advocate Ejaz Maqbool participating in the Arnab Goswami show on prime time TV the other day condemned the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris in unequivocal terms but at the same time, keeping a tight upper lip, he also issued a caveat and criticized those who hurt the religious beliefs and faith

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Charlie massacre and the hostage crisis in Paris: All terrorists killed

Jamsheed Rizwani Updated: Jan. 9, 2015 @ 22.05 All terrorists-3 of them killed Around 17.20 Paris time security forces concluded their operation. Two terrorists were killed at Dammartin and a third at another spot Sky News reported: six quick explosions from the kosher supermarket in East Paris as security forces began assault on both sets of suspects ensconced at

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Attack on Charlie Hebdo: Flags at half mast in Paris today

Jamsheed Rizwani Paris, Jan. 8: Flags were at half mast on public buildings in Paris today as the French capital observed three-days of national mourning in memory of the victims of yesterday’s attack on the journal CHARLIE HEBDO. One minute silence was observed in offices, factories, and schools today at 12 noon. France and the French

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Premature nuclear plant retirements are slowly eroding U.S. nuclear capacity

New York, Jan. 8: Premature nuclear plant retirements are slowly eroding U.S. nuclear capacity and reducing a major source of carbon free electricity, according to Fitch Ratings. The closure of the Vermont Yankee plant in December 2014 follows the retirement of four nuclear units in 2013. The five shuttered reactors aggregate 4.2 gigawatts (GW). A

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Charlie Hebdo massacre: Global outrage

Newsroom24x7 Desk Paris, Jan. 8: There is global outrage and all are condemning the dastardly attack against Charlie Hebdo.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the massacre and given a call against forces of division and hate.   In a latest development, one suspect, Hamyd Mourad, 18, has surrendered in attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

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Review of natural catastrophes in 2014: Lower losses from weather extremes and earthquakes

The absence of very severe catastrophes and a quiet hurricane season in the North Atlantic meant that losses from natural catastrophes in 2014 were much lower. At US$ 7bn, the most expensive event in terms of overall loss was Cyclone Hudhud in India. Around 7,700 people lost their lives in natural catastrophes. “Though tragic in

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