Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the influential Qatar-based Islamic scholar, recently preached that the “train of the Arab revolution” had arrived in Syria. Syria could well be ripe for upheaval
Rebel troops stampeded an african Union base in Darfur, Sudan, last month, murdering 10 African peacekeepers.
He’s the fastest runner ever, but Usain Bolt accepts that it will take people time to believe that he has no illegal assistance. “The Olympics is going to be a very big thing for me because I did extraordinary things in Beijing,” he said.
Renault face an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris later this month to answer charges of potential race-fixing.
For a world first, the announcement came with remarkably little fanfare. But last month, the Swedish Riksbank entered uncharted territory when it became the world’s first central bank to introduce negative interest rates on bank deposits.
A security guard for a provincial police chief was killed Saturday in a suicide bombing in western Iraq, state-run media reported. Seattle-based mega-yacht rental business CEO Expeditions usually charges around $100,000 a week to charter their 100+ foot yachts, however, they have introduced a deal waiving the charter fees — so guests will only need to pay for the running of the vessel.
Automaker Peugeot fired its chief executive on Sunday, replacing Christian Streiff with Philippe Varin, currently the CEO at Corus, an Anglo-Dutch steelmaker. “Given the extraordinary difficulties currently faced by the automotive industry, the Supervisory Board decided unanimously that a change in the senior leadership position was necessary,” said Thierry Peugeot, chairman of the PSA Peugeot Citroen supervisory board. “I am confident that under the leadership of Philippe Varin, the Group will be able, with all the teams, to unlock its potential.” Varin will officially take over Peugeot’s top post on June 1, but will begin “familiarizing himself” with operations starting next month
A former member of Cambodia’s genocidal Khmer Rouge regime became the first from the ultra-Maoist movement to stand trial before a U.N.-backed tribunal Tuesday. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, faces charges that include crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Convention during the regime’s 1975-79 rule. He is standing trial just outside the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, which is made up of Cambodian and international judges.