Central African Republic Names New Prime Minister
Central African Republic's new interim President Catherine Samba-Panza has named Andre Nzapayeke, a former official of the African Development Bank, as prime minister, state radio said on Saturday. Samba-Panza, who took office two days ago, is seeking to build an interim government to restore order to the former French colony after months of sectarian violence that has left thousands dead or homeless. The mineral-rich country descended into chaos last March when Muslim armed groups known as Seleka seized power in a coup, unleashing a wave of killing and looting.
Kurds Threaten Legal Action Against Iraq Oil Buyers
Iraqi Kurdistan threatened on Wednesday to take legal action against buyers of the country's oil unless the autonomous region is paid its share of revenue from any sales. The Kurdistan Regional Government said buyers of Iraqi oil were complicit in violating the constitution because the Baghdad central government has cut the region's 17 percent entitlement of the national budget.
America Movil Asset Sale Should Be Across The Board: Slim
America Movil, Latin America's biggest telecoms company, will move quickly to put an "attractive" cross-section of the company up for sale it sheds assets to escape tougher regulation of the phone and broadcasting markets in Mexico, billionaire owner Carlos Slim said. The planned sale, announced on Tuesday, would cut the company’s dominant market share in Mexico and could generate billions of dollars. Slim, in his first interview since the announcement, also said the company would pursue expansion into Central and Eastern Europe through its investment in Telekom Austria and would likely sell the Mexican assets to a single buyer.
James' Return To Cleveland Could Complicate GOP
Celebrations aside, LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party's plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake Erie's shores in 2016. If James leads his team into post-season play then, the GOP could find its preferred June 28 start date for the convention impossible because of the site conflict.
Bone Thugs -- LEBRON IS A HERO ... He Brought Hope Back To Cleveland
LeBron James is a TRUE BASKETBALL HERO for deciding to return to Cleveland ... so says Cleveland rap legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmoney. We spoke with Krayzie, Wish, Bizzy and Flesh ... who all tell us they're FIRED UP about Bron's Cleveland comeback -- telling us, "He's a hero for Cleveland." "He brought hope back to the city," Wish says ... We also spoke with Patrick Carney -- an Ohio native from the Black Keys -- who says he's already looking into getting tickets to the Cavs home opener.
Reese Witherspoon Is Legally Lonely In This Emotional 'Wild' Trailer
Reese Witherspoon portrays a broken-down hiker with no hope in the upcoming biopic Wild . The film, from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Valle, puts Witherspoon in the shoes of Cheryl Strayed, a woman whose failed marriage, foolhardy antics and mother's death spark a fire in her to hike hundreds of miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Witherspoon, who won Best Actress at the 2006 Oscars for playing June Carter Cash in Walk the Line , kept an photo diary while filming Wild .
How And Where To Watch Manhattanhenge Today And Tomorrow
Get your cameras ready, New York. The summer spectacle known as Manhattahenge returns this weekend. The phenomenon, in which the setting sun perfectly aligns with the city's street grid, occurs only four days a year. The term Manhattanhenge, an allusion to England's Stonehenge, was coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, in reference to that pre-historic monument's ties to the rising sun of the summer solstice. According to Tyson, the event would occur in any city with a rectangular street grid, but New York City's design is particularly suitable due to the clear, unobstructed view across the Hudson River to New Jersey.
U.S. FCC Votes To Refocus Internet Subsidy For Schools
U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted along party lines to begin to transition E-Rate, the largest U.S. educational technology subsidy program, to focus on high-speed Internet and increasingly on Wi-Fi in the next few years. In a 3-2 vote, the FCC approved Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to phase out E-Rate spending on older technologies such as pagers, shift focus to high-speed Internet and commit $2 billion in the next two years to Wi-Fi, without raising the program's budget. The plan had faced criticisms from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Slim Says He Could Exercise NY Times Stock Warrants
Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim says he could exercise stock warrants in The New York Times Co which expire early next year, a move that would more than double his stake in the media company. Slim currently owns about 8 percent of common shares, which would increase to about 17 percent if he exercises the warrants, according to a Reuters calculation using the New York Times’s latest SEC filing.
Iraqi Kurds Take Over 2 Northern Oil Fields
Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields were the latest land grabs by Kurds, who have responded to the Sunni militant insurgency that has overrun large parts of Iraq by seizing territory of their own, effectively expanding the Kurdish autonomous zone in the north.