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Malala portrait up for auction in New York NEW YORK: A portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, is expected to fetch up to $80,000 for her charity when it is auctioned in New York next month.By Jonathan Yeo, one of Britain's leading portrait painters, the oil on canvas has been on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London since September.The picture, which shows the 16-year-old doing her homework and which measures nearly one meter (three feet) by one meter, goes under the hammer at Christie's on May 14.The auction house estimates the value at $60,000 to $80,000."The funds raised will support the work of the Malala Fund, including helping young Syrian refugees in Jordan and girls freed from child labor now attending school in Pakistan," said Malala, who was badly wounded but survived the October 2012 attack. "I hope that whoever buys the painting knows that their generosity will ...

Yahoo's growth anemic as turnaround chugs along SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo Inc again posted anemic quarterly revenue growth as the Internet company's advertising business continues to lag its rivals, nearly two years into Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer's comeback effort.Mayer told analysts on Tuesday that new mobile and advertising initiatives were gaining momentum, positioning the company for a period of stable but modest growth. Revenue from its core display advertising business inched 2 percent higher in the first quarter, reversing several consecutive quarters ...
Sydney welcomes Will and Kate with sunshine and cheers SYDNEY: Britain's Prince William and wife Kate charmed a welcoming crowd at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday as they began the Australian leg of a tour Down Under with baby Prince George.The couple touched down in Sydney after a 10-day visit to New Zealand in which the royal infant George was the star attraction, and were taken by motorcade to the iconic harbourside building.Addressing a reception inside the Opera House, Prince William praised Australia's ...
UN chief Ban spoke to Putin, alarmed about Ukraine crisis UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation on Tuesday and expressed his alarm at the highly volatile situation in eastern Ukraine, Ban's press office said in a statement."The Secretary-General ... underlined that any deepening of the crisis would be profoundly detrimental for all concerned; hence the need for everyone to work to de-escalate the situation," the statement said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
US praises 'measured' approach of Kiev's forces in east Ukraine WASHINGTON: The White House said on Tuesday that Ukraine faces an "untenable" situation over separatist uprisings in the east and described its military operation against pro-Russia militants as "measured."White House spokesman Jay Carney preached restraint and "all due caution," but said the Ukrainian government had a "responsibility" to safeguard law and order.Ukraine's leaders sent tanks and troops towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday, in response to the seizure of government buildings by pro-Russian ...
Australia will soon deploy autonomous underwater vehicle in search for Malaysia plane SYDNEY: The head of the Australian agency supervising the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane said on Monday that an autonomous underwater vehicle would soon be deployed, moving the search underwater after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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