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Jun 7, 2013
Jun 7, 2013
Jun 7, 2013

Sermons on Syria fan Mideast sectarian flames

BEIRUT/CAIRO (Reuters) – Sunni Muslim preachers condemned Iran and its “Satanic” Shi’ite allies in Friday sermons after a battle in Syria that has inflamed sectarian rhetoric which risks spreading violence around the Middle East.

In Tehran, the non-Arab power behind the Shi’ite strand of Islam followed by a minority of Muslims, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for restraint and unity, blaming Western powers and Israel for fomenting the sectarian strife.

May 31, 2013
May 8, 2013
Apr 1, 2013

April Fool becomes yet another marketing gimmick

LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) – The April Fool is dead. Or at
least the gentle jester of the common folk has been converted
into a corporate colossus controlled by global marketing
executives.

Companies around the world, from Google to BMW and Sony,
have adopted the tradition of goading the gullible on April 1 to
show their lighter sides and steal some free publicity.

Apr 1, 2013
Apr 1, 2013

April Fool crushed by hi-tech marketing…

LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) – The April Fool is dead.

Or at least the gentle jester of the common folk has
metastised into a corporate colossus controlled by global
marketing executives, bestriding the Internet to force familiar
brands ever deeper into the collective consciousness.

So while Google extended a tradition dating back, well, a
decade or so, in poking fun at its own ubiquity – introducing a
database of smells and shutting down its YouTube service – it
was fitting that old-fashioned, paper-based media poked fun on
Monday at the power of machines over our minds.

Mar 14, 2013
Mar 14, 2013

New pope? Unbelievers shrug, carp, titter

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – When a new man takes over the
leadership of more than a billion people, it’s hardly surprising
it was big news on Thursday. But, hold the front page – this
isn’t Pope Francis.

As in some other places where the Roman Catholic Church
carries little weight, 1.3 billion Chinese paid scant attention
to the Vatican; media in China focused rather on Communist party
chief Xi Jinping’s confirmation as head of state in Beijing.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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