Pakistan cricket slapped star players Younis Khan and Mohammad Yusuf with a lifetime ban from the national team on Wednesday, angering many of the cricket-crazy nation's fans.
NIGERIA: Eighty-five percent of Nigerian Web users say Internet access is a fundamental right. They’re also the world’s most enthusiastic patrons of social networking sites – with 92 percent agreeing that they enjoy spending time on such sites as Facebook or MySpace – and are the most likely people to search the web for a romantic partner. Here, a Nigerian man repairs computer components out of scraps at a computer village in Lagos, Nigeria.
If mixing crew genders can work for NASA, Canada, and Norway, it can work on a Navy submarine.
THE NETHERLANDS: 17 percent wage gap. The Netherlands has dropped its wage gap about 10 percentage points from two decades ago to bring it just below the OECD average of 18 percent. In the Netherlands – with a population of 16.7 million and average income of $39,000 – 70 percent of women have paid jobs. A Dutch woman attends speed skating events at the Richmond Olympic Oval as part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
President Obama visits Philadelphia and St. Louis this week to try bolster public approval of health care reform.
The Australian mining boom has put food on the table for many communities like Mount Isa. But residents there are now suing the local mine’s owner and the government after tests showed their children had high levels of lead in their blood.
Bharti Airtel, an Indian company, paid $9 billion for access to an African cellphone market serving 45 million. The world's last unsaturated market holds a potentially huge payoff.
Australian police arrived in Israel on Wednesday to investigate identity theft of dual nationals in connection with the Dubai assassination widely blamed on Israel's Mossad intelligence agency. The use of forged passports has provoked a stern response, but is unlikely to jeopardize relations.
Worldwide, the number of shark attacks has grown each decade, hitting 646 in the 2000s. That's because so many more people are beachgoers. But fatalities from shark bites are quickly dropping.