John McCain trails in states that backed Bush in 2004

Republican presidential candidate John McCainWashington, Oct. 22: Republican presidential candidate John McCain continues to trail behind Democratic rival Barack Obama in states that were won by incumbent President George W Bush in 2004.

McCain''s move to distance himself from Bush appears to be reaching voters, despite a barrage of ads from the Obama campaign accusing the Arizona senator of being in lock step with the president.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll found that 52 percent of voters think McCain’s policies would be different from Bush''s, up eight percentage points in just two weeks.

Scientists to hold launch party for “Big Bang machine”

Large Hadron ColliderRome, Oct 22 : Europe’s top scientists are holding a party to inaugurate the Large Hadron Collider despite the multi-billion dollar machine being out of order.

The giant experiment called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) took nearly 20 years to complete and cost 4.4 billion pounds to build in a tunnel complex under the Franco-Swiss border.

According to a report in the Telegraph, the president of Switzerland and the prime minister of France will lead the celebrations to officially launch the project dubbed the biggest experiment in history.

Egyptian activist to meet new US president in December

Cairo - Egyptian Human Rights activist and long-term democracy advocate Saad Eddin Ibrahim said he would meet the new US president on December 6, with a delegation that represents several continents.

The sociology professor told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in a telephone interview that "it has been agreed with the teams of both Democratic presidential candidate Barak Obama and his Republican rival John McCain to hold a meeting with whoever wins the election."

Representatives from Europe, China, Africa, Latin America and the Arab world will meet the next president, with former US president Jimmy Carter and current incumbent George W Bush, to discuss US foreign policy and present the group's diversified points of view.

SRK upset with Rani

SRK upset with Rani   Things are not right for the Badshaah, with the King Khan loosing on its best of buddies, one can wonder close knit ties are being broken down amidst ego, hatred and jealousy. With the breaking up with his one of the closest buddies, Salman, on Katrina’s birthday, Rani Mukherjee seems to be next on the list. The ‘Queen of Hearts’ have quitted from the SRK’s 'Temptations Reloaded' tour reportedly as the latter was not happy from the former’s appearance on the last episode of Salman’s ‘Dus Ka Dum’.

European shares slump picking up on falls in Asia, New York

Frankfurt - European shares slumped more than 2 per cent in opening trading Wednesday, picking up on a downbeat end to Wall Street and steep falls in Asia.

As renewed concerns emerged about the outlook for the global economy and profits, Europe's blue-chip Stoxx 50 began the trading day down 2.5 per cent at 2,286 points.

The fall was mirrored across key national European markets with shares in London, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich all sliding by more than
2 per cent.

Fresh economic concerns resulted in the oil price dropping by 3.3 per cent below 70 dollars a barrel on expectations of falling demand for energy. In July energy prices were heading towards 150 dollars a barrel.

“Pak needs five bln dlrs to avert BoP crisis”

Islamabad, Oct 22: Shaukat Tareen, the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Financial Adviser, has said that his country needed five billion dollars from multilateral lenders and friendly countries to avert the impending balance of payments (BoP) crisis.

He said the PPP-led federal government had estimated that it would need an amount ranging between 3.4 and 4.5 billion dollars, but multilateral lenders had assessed the country would need five billion dollars to bridge the gap in the balance of payments.

“I never said that Pakistan is seeking 10-15 billion dollars assistance from multilateral lenders, including the IMF,” the Dawn quoted him as saying.