IMF chief Christine Lagarde praised Arab Spring countries Thursday for making economic progress but warned that they are still facing a \"jarring job crisis.\" Speaking in Morocco, the director general of the International Monetary Fund said youth unemployment in those countries are among the highest in the world. Since 2011, uprisings have swept over Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, forcing out veteran strongmen, and protests calling for change have also shaken Bahrain. Lagarde said that despite the bleak political situation of what she termed the \"Arab transition countries\" and its effect on other regional nations, there is some good news.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels bombed a once luxurious, historic hotel being used as a government army base in the northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, levelling the building and causing multiple casualties in a giant explosion carried off by digging tunnels under the complex, activists and militants said.
A female Suncor Energy employee has been killed by a bear on the company's oil sands base camp site near Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, a company spokeswoman said. The large male black bear attacked the woman in a busy part of the sprawling industrial complex, approximately 25 kilometers north of Fort McMurray, on Wednesday afternoon.