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  • Anthony Shadid, a gifted newspaper correspondent whose graceful dispatches for both The New York Times and The Washington Post covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack, on Thursday while on a reporting assignment in eastern Syria. Tyler Hicks, a Times photographer who was with Mr. Shadid, carried his body across the border to Turkey.
  • CYPRUS could become an "energy bridge" between the European and Asian continents by 2016, if a project looking to set up a submarine power cable linking Israel, Cyprus and Greece is deemed viable.
  • Noble Energy expects to return to Leviathan #1 in the first quarter 2012 to test a deep oil concept in the Levant basin after it concludes operations at Cyprus A-1 on Block 12 offshore Cyprus.
  • If Egyptian supplies were to reach full contracted levels, this would be enough to nearly cover Israeli needs, but the issue is that after around eight sabotage attacks on the pipeline this year, continuity of supply and the security of that infrastructure is limited, raising the likelihood of further cut-offs.
  • Davidson went on to say, "We would like to thank the Government of Cyprus for their productive cooperation and support in achieving an important outcome for the people of Cyprus and Noble Energy. We look forward to working closely with the Government of Cyprus to develop this discovery in a manner that maximizes value for all stakeholders."
  • We post our IPv4 address (also referred to as a "dotted quad" or IP address) as a sort of insurance policy. Recent events have proven that a government agency or a malicious hacker can fairly easily seize or hijack a domain name. This has already happened to at least 75 U.S. web sites without due process of law. Their DNS records were changed, essentially erasing them from the "phone books of the Internet."
  • OSLO (Reuters) - Swedish authorities are looking into whether the Nobel Peace Prize has been going to the "wrong" type of people, like human rights campaigners and environmentalists, in violation of prize founder Alfred Nobel's will.
  • A Libyan diplomat who served as ambassador to France for Muammar Gaddafi died from torture within a day of being detained by a militia from Zintan, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Friday.
  • This is why the richer (in this case Mark Zuckerberg) get richer and others fall behind, creating an elitist class. The regulations are a burden for Zuckerberg, but he will pay to get it handled. The upstart guy doesn't have that ability and is kept out of the game (unless he somehow ends up with big money elitists backing him)
  • Not only are there 40 million plus vacant apartments in China, there are also ghost trains.
  • Bain is simply writing checks to itself and then daring the other candidates to follow suit with their own ad buys. Otherwise they risk allowing the Romney message become the only message that listeners hear.
  • Immediately the report, which didn't initially cite any sources at all, swept across the Twitter universe. There was just one problem. Joe Paterno wasn't dead.
  • Concordia Seminary in suburban St. Louis gets an eclectic mix of students in a program allowing them to train for the ministry online - electricians, farmers, entrepreneurs - and even a founder of one of the best-known thrash metal bands.
  • [VIDEO] "it wasn't really worth trying to make a deal with him because we knew he already had his mind made up."
  • There are too many holes in the certified totals from the Iowa caucuses to know for certain who won, but Rick Santorum wound up with a 34-vote advantage.
  • When you call a company or government agency for help, there's a good chance the person on the other end of the line is a prison inmate. The federal government calls it "the best-kept secret in outsourcing" — providing inmates to staff call centers and other services in both the private and public sectors.
  • Just got off the phone with Edward True. I have absolutely no doubt that his story is accurate, and that Romney received 2, not 22 votes at his precinct. Furthermore, he tells me there "There was no votes for Roemer" at his site. So wherever those 6 votes came from, he cannot say.
  • In a controversial opinion article in Aftonbladet, a prominent Swedish newspaper, Lotta Edholm, one of the leaders of Sweden's liberal party, has called for a change in the country's social services law to encourage social workers to take children away from homeschooling families.
  • Former chief information officer of the United States Vivek Kundra is joining Salesforce as its executive vice president for emerging markets. Kundra, who was the first ever CIO of the U.S., left the position in the summer of 2011 to join Harvard's Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society with a six-month fellowship. He joins Salesforce at a time when cloud computing is ready to be pushed across the world, a job he is specifically suited for.
  • He tried to get them to fix it 15 minutes before his interview with Bob Schieffer, according to Lew Rockwell, but they didn't.
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