BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Bill Maher took advantage of pal Jay Leno's Television Academy Hall of Fame induction to offer a spirited attack on what Maher called undeserved "bad publicity" for the former "Tonight Show" host.
Deutsche Post, the German mail and logistics giant, said on Wednesday that its profits rose last year and were set to rise further this year. Deutsche Post said in a statement that its net profit jumped by 27.5 percent to 2.091 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in 2013. The drop in revenues was due to negative exchange rate effects, said chief executive Frank Appel. Deutsche Post said it remained confident about the outlook for this year and next year.
President Bashar al-Assad visited displaced Syrians in the town of Adra on Wednesday, state media said, in a rare public appearance outside the heart of Damascus. State television said Assad inspected a shelter for people displaced by fighting in Adra, which lies about 12 miles northeast of central Damascus and was partly captured by rebels three months ago. A picture on the presidency's Twitter account showed Assad, in a dark jacket and white shirt, talking to a group of women at a building identified as the Dweir shelter. Syrian television said Assad was "listening to their needs" and told them that the state would continue "to secure basic necessities for the displaced until they can return to their homes in Adra and elsewhere".