Christchurch dubstep outfit Truth have been thrilling dance floors around the world, and this week the duo, Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake, performed at the influential South by Southwest (SXSW) showcase in Austin, Texas. SXSW Music is the largest music festival of its kind in the world, with more than 2500 performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues over one week
Syria could very well learn its fate this Friday. According to a source from the country with close ties to the regime, if large-scale demonstrations break out after midday prayer in Syria’s two largest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, the regime will be faced with a stark choice: either crack down with unlimited violence, or meet the demonstrators’ demands.
Katsumi Yamauchi’s strawberries didn’t look radioactive. Nor did his tomatoes, or the waxy-skinned turnips nearby, or any of the fresh fruit and vegetables that customers perused on a busy sidewalk in central Tokyo last week
Hundreds of residents of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou took to the streets on Monday to protest plans to build a trash incinerator in their neighborhood. In front of the municipal headquarters for one of China’s largest cities, it was an unusually prominent place for a civic demonstration.
Amazon said it would begin selling an international version of its popular e-reader that will work in more than 100 countries on October 19. The world’s largest online retailer also said it was lowering the price of the Kindle 2 in the US from $299 to $259, a move likely to spur sales ahead of the holiday season.
China and Australia have signed an energy deal worth more than $40 billion — the largest trade deal ever between the two nations. The deal comes after tensions rose between the Asia-Pacific powerhouses over recent Chinese bids for Australian commodities companies and the arrest of an Australian Rio Tinto executive in Shanghai. In Tuesday’s deal, China will receive liquefied natural gas from the Gorgon Gas Field off Australia’s west coast
The usual way to test the economic pulse in a downturn is to go for a stroll down Main Street.
For a while there, it looked like the doomsayers would be proved right. On July 29, the Shanghai Composite Index lost as much as 7.7% of its value before ending the day down 5% on record-breaking trading volume of $43.3 billion.
Gen. Nadeem Ahmad swirls the helicopter over Pakistan’s ground zero. Below is the Swat Valley of North West Frontier Province
Iraq awarded a lucrative oil contract to BP and China National Petroleum Corp., government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Wednesday, while rejecting other companies’ offers for other oil fields. The joint BP-CNPC bid was for the al-Rumeila oil field, one of the largest in the world. The energy companies are expected to increase production at the oil field by 50 percent, to 285,000 barrels a day, for a service charge of $2 for each additional barrel produced, al-Dabbagh said in a statement