Google Inc. saw its share price slip Friday after the company's second-quarter earnings came in slightly below Wall Street's estimates, thanks to higher expenses. However, Google's massive hiring caused a jump in expenses related to payroll and bonuses beyond what the company had budgeted. That caused earnings per share to come in below analysts predictions, even though revenue exceeded estimates. Bottom line narrowly misses estimates; analysts see buying opportunity.

For people in the camps, the economic boom has had the perverse effect of further undermining their already precarious existence. With land at a premium, the local government of Khartoum state periodically sends police and bulldozers into the camps to plow under swaths of mud houses, pushing people even farther out into the desert, and then sells the cleared land to developers."This government has a different feeling towards the southerners," Yobu said. "They look at the south as inferior and themselves as superior. If we separate, we'll have more revenue, and more freedom also. The south has oil, and gold. But right now, the money is in their hands."

Most students are unaware, for instance, that amid bearish performance of developed stock markets over the past years, several leading African stock markets in Ghana, Egypt, Botswana, Nigeria and Uganda have bucked the negative trend and recorded solid triple digit performance. Since year-end 2001, African stock markets on average have accumulated index returns of 127% in US dollar terms led by Ghana with a whopping return of 564%, which is the highest in the world over the period. These positive trends, coupled with Africa's low correlation to world markets make investment in the region attractive for portfolio diversification.

Of course, Joe Barton is a complicated man. After the Katrina hurricane, Barton told Mississippi's Governor that "Whatever you need from the federal government ... we'll do everything we can to make it happen sooner rather than later and bigger rather than smaller." Then, Barton was one of only 11 House members to vote against the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Relief bill! The next day!

This Rwanda is a world away from the Rwanda of 13 years ago. The 1994 civil war razed its infrastructure and decimated its population. Around 1m people were murdered, and twice that many fled the country. The small, land-locked country, in which nine out of 10 people subsist through agriculture, started its long, painful journey into the 21st century with a huge handicap.

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