Monthly Archives: December 2014

Sydney spectacular leads global New Year celebrations

New Year's fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks at midnight. -AFP Photo

SYDNEY: A dazzling display of fireworks lit up Sydney Harbour on Thursday as Australia’s biggest city welcomed the New Year in spectacular style, defying terrorist fears days after a deadly siege. From Hong Kong to London and New York to Rio, millions around the world will celebrate when the clock ticks past midnight, ringing in 2015 with massive fireworks displays, ...

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Russian economy shrinks for first time since 2009

A Russian ruble coin is pictured in front of St. Basil cathedral in central Moscow. — AFP/File

MOSCOW: Russia’s economy shrank in November for the first time in five years, the government said on Monday, illustrating the sharply changing fortunes of President Vladimir Putin’s rule as he faces falling oil prices and Western sanctions. The figures were the latest indication that Russia was sliding into recession — and potentially a deep one should oil prices remain low ...

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NZ donates kit, funds to Peshawar school massacre survivors

Younis Khan gives a cricket cap to an injured student of Peshawar school massacre, at a military hospital in Peshawar. – AFP/ISPR

PESHAWAR: Senior Pakistani batsman Younis Khan Tuesday delivered players’ kits and a financial donation from the New Zealand cricket team to the child survivors of Pakistan’s worst ever terror attack. Khan visited the army school in Peshawar where Taliban gunmen slaughtered 150 people on December 16, the vast majority of them children, where he met officials and some of the ...

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Comedian Chris Rock to divorce wife of 19 years

Cast member Chris Rock (R) and wife, Malaak Compton attend the premiere of the film ''Death at a Funeral' in Los Angeles April 12, 2010. - Reuters

NEW YORK: Comedian Chris Rock and his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, will divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage, People magazine reported on Sunday. “After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Compton-Rock was quoted as saying in a statement, People reported. Rock, best known for his trenchant comedy routines about ...

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