Asia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23065/all/URL%20Required en Al Jazeera buys Current TV, terms undisclosed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/al-jazeera-buys-current-tv-terms-undisclosed <p>LOS ANGELES, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the cable channel founded by Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt in 2005, for undisclosed terms.</p> <p>Current, which has battled low viewership, is now distributed in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/united-states">United States</a> with cable or satellite service.</p> Al Gore Al Jazeera Arab Spring Asia CDATA Current TV Joel Hyatt Middle East Qatar Television Thomson Reuters Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:59:14 +0000 5730981 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-US: Time not right for Google executive's North Korea trip http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-2-us-time-not-right-google-executives-north-korea-trip <p>* Schmidt a top figure in U.S. technology industry * Purpose of trip unclear, but visit seen as private * Washington, allies trying to intensify U.N. sanctions By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, which drew international criticism for a rocket launch last month.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-2-us-time-not-right-google-executives-north-korea-trip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bill Richardson Bill Richardson Department of State Diplomatic Relations Divided regions Eric Schmidt Eric Schmidt executive Google Inc Member states of the United Nations North Korea North Korea Person Career Person Location Person Travel Political geography Politics Private Quotation Republics South Korea Technology United Nations United Nations United States Victoria Nuland Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:15:36 +0000 5731098 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT, Jan 4 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/reuters-world-news-highlights-1800-gmt-jan-4 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIRUT - <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/syria">Syria</a> on Friday said a car bomb at a crowded petrol station in Damascus on Thursday night was set off by "terrorists", a term it uses for rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p>WASHINGTON - Former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson said on Friday he and Google executive Eric Schmidt will make a "private humanitarian visit" to North Korea, partly aimed at securing the release of an American detainee there.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/reuters-world-news-highlights-1800-gmt-jan-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bashar al-Assad CDATA Fertile Crescent Iraq Levant Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations Nouri al-Maliki Person Career Quotation Syria Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:15:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731160 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrians brush off Assad speech, fighting continues http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/syrians-brush-assad-speech-fighting-continues <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Oliver Holmes</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Syrians said on Monday they<br /> expected only war after a speech by President Bashar al-Assad<br /> that was billed as a peace plan, and fighting resumed in the<br /> capital just a few miles from where he spoke.</p> <p>Hours after Assad addressed cheering loyalists at the<br /> Damascus Opera House on Sunday, clashes raged just a few miles<br /> away near the road to the city's international airport, the<br /> Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/syrians-brush-assad-speech-fighting-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Armed Attack Asia Assad family Bashar al-Assad Bashar al-Assad Entertainment Fertile Crescent Golan Heights Hafez al-Assad Person Career Politics Quotation Syria Technology War Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731326 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Stop war in Syria before it becomes "field of ruins" -pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-2-stop-war-syria-it-becomes-field-ruins-pope <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Pope makes comments in yearly "state of the world" address</p> <p>* Condemns "terrorist attacks" against Christians in Nigeria</p> <p>* Links global economic crisis to "absolute" profit motive</p> <p> (Adds elements from speech, context)</p> <p>By Philip Pullella</p> <p>VATICAN CITY, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged the<br /> world on Monday to end what he called the endless slaughter in<br /> Syria before the entire country becomes a "a field of ruins".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-2-stop-war-syria-it-becomes-field-ruins-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations Nigeria Person Career Pope Benedict XVI and Islam Quotation Syria War Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731327 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait sentences second man to jail for insulting emir -lawyer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/kuwait-sentences-second-man-jail-insulting-emir-lawyer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>DUBAI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to<br /> two years in prison on Monday for insulting the country's ruler<br /> on Twitter, his lawyer said, the second to be jailed for the<br /> offence in as many days.</p> <p>The U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state has clamped down in recent<br /> months on political activists who have been using social media<br /> websites to criticise the government and the ruling family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/kuwait-sentences-second-man-jail-insulting-emir-lawyer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Sabah Arrest Asia Conviction Employment Relation House of Al-Sabah House of Sabah Kuwait Middle East Person Career Politics Quotation Religion Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Sabah II Al-Sabah Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731328 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Syrians brush off Assad speech as fighting rages http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-3-syrians-brush-assad-speech-fighting-rages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Fighting reported near Damascus airport road</p> <p>* Assad's "peace plan" rejected at home and abroad</p> <p>* U.S. troops arrive in Turkey ahead of Patriots</p> <p>By Oliver Holmes and Erika Solomon</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Fighting raged across Syria on<br /> Monday with clashes reported just a few miles from where<br /> President Bashar al-Assad had unveiled a "peace plan" that<br /> Syrians on both sides said would do nothing to end the country's<br /> 21-month-old uprising.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-3-syrians-brush-assad-speech-fighting-rages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Assad family Asia Assad family Bashar al-Assad Bashar al-Assad Entertainment Hafez al-Assad Indictment International reactions to the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising Person Career Politics Quotation Syria Technology War Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:21:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731374 at http://www.globalpost.com As Obama, Karzai meet, Afghan peace efforts show flickers of life http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/obama-karzai-meet-afghan-peace-efforts-show-flickers-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Crucial meeting set for Friday</p> <p>* Hopes resurrected for negotiated end to decades of war</p> <p>* Peace matters most delicate item on a long agenda</p> <p>By Warren Strobel and Mehreen Zahra-Malik</p> <p>WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD, Jan 8 (Reuters) - President Barack<br /> Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will discuss matters of<br /> war, including future U.S. troop levels and Afghanistan's army,<br /> when they meet on Friday, but matters of peace may be the most<br /> delicate item on their long agenda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/obama-karzai-meet-afghan-peace-efforts-show-flickers-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan Peace Jirga Afghanistan Asia Business Diplomatic Relations Entertainment Environment Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai Health Pashtun people Person Career Person Communication Politics Politics of Afghanistan Quotation Taliban Technology War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:39:56 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731465 at http://www.globalpost.com Heavy rain disrupts road, train access to Tel Aviv http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/heavy-rain-disrupts-road-train-access-tel-aviv <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>TEL AVIV, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Unusually heavy winter rains<br /> forced the closure of main access routes to Tel Aviv on Tuesday,<br /> causing gridlock in and around Israel's commercial capital,<br /> authorities said.</p> <p>Traffic backed up for hours as highways into Tel Aviv were<br /> flooded, police said. Rail operator asked commuters to avoid<br /> stations in the city and train schedules were disrupted.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/heavy-rain-disrupts-road-train-access-tel-aviv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia CDATA Israel Middle East Natural Disaster Person Career Quotation Ron Huldai Tel Aviv Western Asia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:52:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731483 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian refugees in Turkish camp to vote in taste of democracy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/syrian-refugees-turkish-camp-vote-taste-democracy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>ANKARA, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Thousands of Syrians living in a<br /> refugee camp in southern Turkey will hold elections this month<br /> to select camp leaders and an administrative council in an<br /> exercise Turkey said was aimed at introducing democracy to<br /> Syrian citizens.</p> <p>Turkey, which is sheltering tens of thousands of Syrians<br /> fleeing violence in their homeland, is an outspoken critic of<br /> Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is battling rebels trying<br /> to overthrow his government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/syrian-refugees-turkish-camp-vote-taste-democracy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab diaspora Asia Assad family Bashar al-Assad Fertile Crescent Forced migration Kilis Middle East Persecution Person Career Politics Quotation Refugee Refugees of the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising Syria Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:53:11 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731497 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-Israeli minister warms to choice of Hagel for Pentagon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/refile-israeli-minister-warms-choice-hagel-pentagon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p/> <p>* Former Republican senator's record on Iran worries Jewish<br /> state</p> <p>* Obama seen setting tone for relations with Netanyahu<br /> government</p> <p>By Dan Williams</p> <p>JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A senior Israeli diplomat has<br /> given a positive view of Chuck Hagel's nomination as U.S.<br /> defense secretary, though some commentators in the Jewish state<br /> expressed worries that the choice could open a new fissure in<br /> bedrock ties with Washington.</p> </p/><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/refile-israeli-minister-warms-choice-hagel-pentagon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ashkenazi Jews Asia Barack Obama Benjamin Netanyahu Business Candidate Position Chuck Hagel Chuck Hagel Diplomatic Relations Ehud Barak Entertainment Environment Government Health Israel Israeli Jews Person Career Person Communication Person Party Politics Prime Ministers of Israel Quotation War Western Asia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:54:11 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731501 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters World News Highlights at 0415 GMT, Jan 08 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/reuters-world-news-highlights-at-0415-gmt-jan-08 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>Jan 8 (Reuters) - TOP STORIES</p> <p>-----------</p> <p>GUANGZHOU, China - Hundreds of supporters of one of China's<br /> most liberal newspapers demonstrated outside its headquarters on<br /> Monday, backing a strike by journalists against interference by<br /> the provincial propaganda chief.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/reuters-world-news-highlights-at-0415-gmt-jan-08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arms Purchase Sale Asia Bashar al-Assad Business Candidate Position CDATA Chuck Hagel Employment Relation Hospitality Human Interest International Republican Institute Law Natural Disaster Nouri al-Maliki Person Career Person Location Person Party Politics Shinzō Abe Syria Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:54:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731502 at http://www.globalpost.com China shares fall from 7-month high, property sector sags http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/china-shares-fall-7-month-high-property-sector-sags <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>HONG KONG, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Mainland China shares fell from<br /> a near seven-month high on Tuesday, hit by weakness in the<br /> property and financial sectors after official media said a<br /> stricter enforcement of property curbs was needed to crimp<br /> rising home prices.</p> <p>The CSI300 of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen<br /> listings closed down 0.4 percent at 2,525.3. The Shanghai<br /> Composite Index shed 0.4 percent. Both indexes had<br /> closed at their highest since mid-June on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/china-shares-fall-7-month-high-property-sector-sags" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A share Acquisition Asia CDATA CSI 300 Index Economy of Asia Economy of China Finance in China Hang Seng Index Constituent Stocks Ping An Insurance Technology XML Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:54:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731505 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea welcomes Google's Schmidt to Internet black hole http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/north-korea-welcomes-googles-schmidt-internet-black-hole <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By David Chance and Ju-min Park</p> <p>SEOUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) - North Korea has done its best to<br /> butter up Google Inc. ahead of Executive Chairman Eric<br /> Schmidt's visit that started on Monday, even to the extent of<br /> setting up a gmail account for its state news agency KCNA at<br /> <a href="mailto:kcna@gmail.com">kcna@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>Sadly, the Hermit Kingdom's chosen email address doesn't<br /> work as it is short of the minimum six characters required for a<br /> Google account.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/north-korea-welcomes-googles-schmidt-internet-black-hole" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Company Founded Company Technology Contact Details Divided regions Korea Media of North Korea Member states of the United Nations North Korea North Korea Person Career Political geography Quotation Republics Technology Telecommunications in North Korea Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:56:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731521 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraqi Sunnis, Kurds boycott cabinet session to back protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/iraqi-sunnis-kurds-boycott-cabinet-session-back-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>BAGHDAD, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Iraqi Sunni Muslim and Kurdish<br /> ministers boycotted a cabinet session on Tuesday to show support<br /> for protests that threaten Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri<br /> al-Maliki's fragile cross-sectarian government, lawmakers and a<br /> government source said.</p> <p>Thousands of protesters have demonstrated and blocked a key<br /> highway in Iraq's Sunni provinces for more than two weeks to<br /> challenge Maliki, a leader many Sunnis feel has marginalised<br /> their community a year after the last U.S. troops pulled out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/iraqi-sunnis-kurds-boycott-cabinet-session-back-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al Maliki I Government Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq Iraqi parliamentary election Jalal Talabani Kurdish people Middle East Nouri al-Maliki Person Career Quotation Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731526 at http://www.globalpost.com