Cyprus-based Mercuria seeks tie-up with private equity firms

Cyprus-based Mercuria Energy Group Ltd is looking to tie up with private equity firms to buy oil and gas production amid weak crude prices, said chief executive officer Marco Dunand.

Mercuria could spend as much as $1 billion on majority or minority stakes and will study projects in places including the US, Argentina and Nigeria, he said in an interview on Wednesday.

Erdo?an makes presidential intentions clearer

With the elections nearing, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has started to spell out more clearly the kind of presidential system he wants for Turkey. He says they are studying examples from the U.S. and France to Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. He nevertheless wants a system that is suited to Turkey?s ?customs and traditions.?

Greek minister receives? Bolivarian delegation - Including Hugo Chavez's daughter!

A deal with Euro zone creditors is still pending and Washington seethed over the possibility that a convicted terrorist may skip his jail cell, yet in another corner of Athenian officialdom on Monday a top minister was receiving ? Hugo Chavez's daughter!

Top 10 countries with the most beautiful people in the world (Video)

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And while it is true that attractiveness is subjective, there are certain scientific ways to determine which nationalities are more "pleasing to the eye".

One dating website in particular thinks that beauty can be measured. accepts daters based on their perceived attractiveness, as rated by the site's users.

The pope, the European Parliament? Is Obama next on the genocide bid?

As a long-time diplomatic correspondent, I have closely followed Turkey?s diplomatic struggle against world-wide efforts for the recognition of the Armenian genocide. An overall analysis would openly put that Turkey failed in its efforts to take an efficient stand against very well-orchestrated campaigns of the Armenian diaspora and the state of Armenia. 

Tennis: Sorana Cirstea qualifies for quarterfinals of doubles event at tournament in Bogota (WTA)

Romanian woman tennis player Sorana Cirstea and Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova on Monday qualified for the quarterfinals of the doubles WTA tournament in Bogota (Columbia), equipped with total prizes worth 250,000 US dollars, after defeating No. 2 seed Mandy Minella (Luxembourg)/Olga Savciuk (Ukraine), 7-5, 6-2.

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