German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and former East German rights ...
Feb 19th, 2012
(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck (2nd L) leave with party leaders of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) party leader Sigmar Gabriel (C) and Die Gruenen (Green Party) co-leader Cem Oezdemir (L) after a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin February 19, 2012. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have backed popular opposition candidate and former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck to become president, senior coalition sources said on Sunday. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS) -
BERLIN (AP) - Germany's main opposition party marked a bittersweet 150th birthday on Thursday - trailing badly in polls ahead of September elections and hearing praise for its efforts to reform Europe's biggest economy from French President Francois Hollande, a recent left-wing winner who has lost his luster. (Source: Associated Press)... [Full Article]
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis toured St. Peter's Square to greet tens of thousands of people attending a rally of prayer, music and speeches Saturday, and he embraced the brother of a Pakistani politician who was assassinated in his country after calling for greater religious freedom for Christians there. (Source: Associated Press)... [Full Article]
By Andy Sullivan, Gabriel Debenedetti and Poornima Gupta WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For years, Apple Inc kept a low profile in Washington as it grew into one of the most valuable companies in the world. Now the iPad maker has taken the lead, perhaps inadvertently, on a top priority for U.S. business: simplifying America's tax code. Chief Executive... [Full Article]
By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co's Middle East revenue rose 18 percent to $2.08 billion in 2012 and the roll-out of 4G mobile networks and IT outsourcing will be among its main regional growth drivers, the firm said. The world's second-largest telecom equipment maker also expects Middle East telecom oper... [Full Article]
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Hard-line Islamist students protested in the Afghan capital demanding the repeal of a presidential decree for women's rights that they say is un-Islamic. It was the latest sign of a backlash against the legal protections passed in the 12 years since the toppling of the Taliban regime known for its harsh treatment of w... [Full Article]