Steve Ballmer’s tenure as Microsoft Corp. chief executive officer is poised to end with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. bigger by value. His 14-year stint also had brief periods when Cisco Systems Inc. and Intel Corp. held the title of most-valuable technology company.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a power-transfer agreement with his opponents that was brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, an initiative aimed at ending months of bloodshed.
Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh declined to sign an accord yesterday requiring him to give up power within 30 days, the third time Gulf-led transition efforts have failed to ease unrest in the country.
The death of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, one of the world’s most repressive leaders, has produced a new moment of danger that binds the interests of both allies and adversaries of the nuclear-armed country.
The head of Egypt’s Islamist Nour party, whose bloc came second in parliamentary elections, said he doubts political groups will united behind calls for the ruling generals to cede power earlier than a June deadline.
Nawaz Sharif was headed for a record third term as prime minister of Pakistan as unofficial results from a landmark election gave him the convincing win he sought to tackle a slumping economy and growing militancy.
Kim Jong Il ’s youngest son was named a general, signaling the start of a possible power transfer in North Korea to a man said to be in his late 20s who the regime has never previously mentioned in public.
Egyptian protesters calling for an end to army rule clashed with security forces in central Cairo for a fifth night as military pledges for a quicker power transfer to a civilian authority failed to end demonstrations.
China’s growth slowed more than forecast last quarter to the least in almost three years, prompting economists to predict a rebound as Premier Wen Jiabao loosens policy to counter weak domestic and European demand.