China shows signs economic recovery taking shape
BEIJING (AP)—China’s worst slump since the global financial crisis leveled out in the latest quarter and retail sales picked up in a sign an economic rebound is taking shape, adding to hopes for a global recovery.
Sudan: 660 dead since 2011 in fighting with rebels
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP)—Sudan says that fighting in two states along its disputed border with South Sudan has left over 600 people dead over the past 16 months.
Egypt Sees 20 Percent Rise in Tourists This Year Despite Insecurity
(Reuters) Egypt projects a rise of about 20 percent in tourist numbers this year, the tourism minister said on Wednesday, despite outbreaks of violence after last year’s Arab Spring.
Gold Fields Set to Fire 11,000 Strikers in South Africa
(Reuters) Striking miners at one of Gold Fields’ South African operations returned to work on Thursday, but the bullion producer still looked set to fire more than 11,000 others taking part in the worst wildcat walkout since the end of apartheid.
China Angry as Japan Ministers Visit Shrine for War Dead
(Reuters) China condemned a visit by two Japanese ministers to a controversial shrine for war dead on Thursday, further straining already tense relations between Asia’s two largest economies.
Greeks Go on Strike Over Austerity as EU Meets
(Reuters) Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession.
Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Daughter Not Talking to U.S. Officials
(Reuters) The daughter of Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin was being held in the United States after her arrest at the border last week, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, while the woman’s lawyer declined to confirm her parentage and said she was not cooperating with authorities.
Argentina’s Senate Passes Bill to Lower Voting Age
(Reuters) Argentina’s Senate easily approved a bill on Wednesday to lower the voting age to 16 from 18 in time for a crucial midterm election that may determine whether President Cristina Fernandez can seek a third term.
EU Summit to Tackle Banking Union; Spain on Watch
(Reuters) European leaders will try to bridge deep differences over plans for a banking union at a summit on Thursday but no substantial decisions are expected, reviving concerns about complacency in tackling the three-year-old debt crisis.