Raul Castro visits "nephew" Chavez on first trip

CARACAS (Reuters) – Cuban leader Raul Castro strengthened his relationship with his “nephew” and biggest benefactor, President Hugo Chavez, symbolically starting his first foreign trip as president in Venezuela on Saturday.

Dutch businessman to launch on-line Mideast encyclopedia

A former Dutch journalist and businessman is creating a multilingual on-line encyclopedia of the Middle East that aims to inform while building bridges between Arab and European cultures. Antonie Dake, who is based in The Hague and visited The Jerusalem

North Asian leaders team up to fight crisis

BEIJING/FUKUOKA, Japan (Reuters) – Asian powers Japan, China and South Korea put aside decades of animosity on Saturday and agreed to work together to tackle the global financial crisis battering their economies.

Personal Finance Daily: The week’s 10 best Personal Finance stories: Dec. 8-12

In case you missed them, here are the top 10 Personal Finance stories from MarketWatch for the week of Dec. 8-12: Bosses turn to grinches as lights go out on holiday parties Companies big and small this year are giving the pink slip to traditional

Troops may be in Iraqi cities beyond next June

BALAD, Iraq (Reuters) – The top U.S. commander in Iraq said on Saturday that some U.S. troops may remain in Iraqi cities after next June, even though a U.S.-Iraq security pact calls for their withdrawal from urban areas by then.

Gates says U.S. lacks intelligence to fight Somalia pirates

MANAMA (Reuters) – The United States lacks the intelligence needed to pursue the fight against pirates on Somali soil, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Saturday.