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2012.06.03

News Headlines - 03 June 2012

▽Diamond Jubilee: Party-goers across UK celebrate occasion - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18313559
People from across the UK are celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with thousands of street parties and events.
Almost 9,500 road closure applications have been submitted for England and Wales across the whole weekend, with Hertfordshire topping the street party list with 451 event licences requested.

▽SAS frees all four hostages in daring Afghanistan raid - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9308021/SAS-frees-all-four-hostages-in-daring-Afghanistan-raid.html
Defence sources said the “surgical” operation showed the “precision, skill and courage” of British special forces after they stormed the cave where Helen Johnston, 28, was held, and killed her kidnappers.
David Cameron spoke individually to the soldiers to thank them for an “extraordinarily brave” mission.

▽Bank of England to consider £50bn stimulus for economy - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9308789/Bank-of-England-to-consider-50bn-stimulus-for-economy.html
Worsening economic prospects could force the hand of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee, which last month voted to pause its purchase of government bonds after pumping £325bn into the market through quantitative easing.

▽Jeremy Hunt 'acted wisely' over BSkyB bid, says Cameron - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18313587
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt "acted wisely" in his handling of the BSkyB takeover bid, David Cameron has said.
The PM said he sought advice from the cabinet secretary before deciding to give responsibility for the bid to the culture secretary.

▽Google applies for .lol domain, along with .google and .docs - Wired.co.uk
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-06/01/googlol
Google has applied for a number of top level domains (TLDs), including .google, .youtube and, most bizarrely, .lol.
A top level domain is the highest level of domain name, and basically anything that goes right at the end of a website address. That includes .com, .org and .museum.

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2012.06.02

News Headlines - 02 June 2012

▽Diamond Jubilee celebrations from across the region - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-18296889"
A variety of events, both big and small, will take place over the weekend to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The range of activities include street parties and family fun days to a picnic in the stately surroundings of Burton Agnes Hall.

▽British soldier shot dead on patrol in Afghanistan - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9307188/British-soldier-shot-dead-on-patrol-in-Afghanistan.html
The soldier was shot dead while taking part in a patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province, when his patrol came under attack from small arms fire.

▽Britain's manufacturing sector shrinks at fastest rate in three years - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9305026/Britains-manufacturing-sector-shrinks-at-fastest-rate-in-three-years.html
The Markit/CIPS PMI - which combines output, orders and employment in the sector - fell to 45.9 last month from 50.2 in April, where any number below 50 indicates contraction.

▽Japan to ask SEC to join insider trading crackdown: sources - Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-japan-insiderbre851034-20120601,0,5489975.story"
Japan's securities regulator plans to ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to cooperate in a widening probe of insider trading in Japanese shares, two sources with knowledge of the situation said on Saturday.

▽London tube stations to get Wi-Fi - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/01/london-tube-stations-wi-fi?newsfeed=true
The last sanctuary from the incessant red light blinking on BlackBerry devices will begin to vanish in the next few weeks as Wi-Fi coverage is extended to the London Underground.

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2012.05.31

News Headlines - 31 May 2012

▽U.N. monitors in Syria report new massacre - Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-syria-violence-20120531,0,150750.story
United Nations monitors in Syria reported a new massacre Wednesday as diplomats at U.N. headquarters in New York scrambled to revive the faltering peace plan devised by special envoy Kofi Annan.

▽Spain moves to centre of eurozone crisis - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18277566
Last night the crisis was discussed in a video-conference call between Angela Merkel, Mario Monti, Francois Hollande and Barack Obama. Investors are fleeing to safer havens, however low the return.

▽Japan's Nikkei posts biggest monthly fall in 2 years - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/05/31/markets-japan-stocks-idUKL5E8GV0A020120531
Japan's Nikkei share average shed
1.1 percent on Thursday, closing out its worst monthly fall in
two years as investors cut exposure to risky assets on deepening
concerns over Spain and its banking sector, with exporters
taking a beating.

▽SpaceX Dragon removed from space station for flight home - CTV.ca
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120531/spacex-dragon-heading-home-120531/
The Dragon spacecraft has left its parking spot at the International Space Station. It's the first step in coming back to Earth.
Early Thursday morning, astronauts unbolted the world's first commercial supply ship, the SpaceX Dragon, from the orbiting outpost. Then they used a robot arm to move it away. Next up will be its actual release.

▽Japan arrests Majikon video game piracy suspect - BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18273735
Authorities in Japan have arrested a suspected video games pirate in the first case of its kind, according to Nintendo.
An amendment to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, introduced in December, made it a crime to sell devices that circumvent security controls.

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2012.05.30

News Headlines - 30 May 2012

▽Victim of Cannibal Attack Recovering in Hospital - Courthouse News Service
http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/05/30/46926.htm
A homeless man whose face was eaten off by a naked and crazed man in broad daylight on Saturday is in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit, a worker in the Emergency Room of Jackson Memorial Hospital in downtown Miami told Courthouse News Tuesday.

▽Russia, China Oppose Syria Intervention - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303640104577435801071690984.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Russia and China reiterated their opposition Wednesday to military intervention in Syria after an attack last week on more than 100 civilians provoked global outrage.

▽Poles outraged over Obama's words on death camps - Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/05/30/poles-outraged-over-obama-words-on-death-camps/
Poles are expressing outrage at President Barack Obama for referring to "Polish death camps" during a ceremony honoring a World War II hero but some say they hope the blunder will help clarify the sensitive issue to the world.

▽Supreme Court dismisses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition appeal - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/9299547/Supreme-Court-dismisses-WikiLeaks-founder-Julian-Assanges-extradition-appeal.html
Julian Assange's appeal against extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations has been dismissed by the Supreme Court on a majority verdict.

▽Japan unveils first new mobile phone with inbuilt radiation detector - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9299526/Japan-unveils-first-new-mobile-phone-with-inbuilt-radiation-detector.html
The new smartphone, developed by Softbank Corp, is believed to be the first of its kind to contain inbuilt radiation sensor chips designed to measure radiation exposure by the hour.

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2012.05.29

News Headlines - 29 May 2012

▽At least eight dead as Italy is struck by 5.8 earthquake in same area where seven killed by tremor last week - Daily Mail 
https://news.google.co.jp/news/more?cf=all&ncl=dKrusP5oPBEQYTMl6l8-86lIbkEzM&topic=h
At least eight people have died after Northern Italy was this morning hit by another earthquake - a week after a tremor in the region killed seven people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.   
Italian media said the latest earthquake caused more buildings to collapse in the areas already affected by the previous May 20 quake, where thousands are still sleeping outdoors in tents.

▽Spain moves closer to bailout as borrowing costs hit new records - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/spain-moves-closer-to-bailout-as-borrowing-costs-hit-new-records-7799801.html
Spain seemed to be moving closer to an official bailout yesterday as the country's borrowing costs soared and doubts over the ability of the Madrid government to prop up its ravaged banking sector multiplied.
The yield on Spanish 10-year bonds rose to 6.48 per cent in trading, with the spread over Germany's 10-year borrowing costs hitting their highest levels since the foundation of the single currency at 505 basis points.

▽Annan meets Syrian president Assad - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hJs57vobD5_62LGORV02zALuITFw?docId=N0018051338277842283A
International envoy Kofi Annan is meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad to discuss the peace plan meant to end the country's 15-month-old crisis.

▽China and Japan to start direct yen-yuan trade in June - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18245909
China will allow direct trading of the yuan and the Japanese yen, in a move aimed at promoting trade between Asia's two biggest economies.
This means the two countries will not be using the US dollar as an intermediary.

▽Phone Hacking: Guardian journalist and Met Police detective will not face charges - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/9296954/Phone-Hacking-Guardian-journalist-and-Met-Police-detective-will-not-face-charges.html
"In this case, there is no evidence that the police officer was paid any money for the information he provided.
"Moreover, the information disclosed by the police officer, although confidential, was not highly sensitive. It did not expose anyone to a risk of injury or death. It did not compromise the investigation.

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2012.05.28

News Headlines - 28 May 2012

▽Tony Blair - The godfather - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18235019
The former prime minister confessed that he had decided to "manage... not confront" the power of the press. In other words, he'd decided to form a relationship with the media which he described as "unhealthy" - a word he said he preferred to "cozy".

▽Egypt to announce election results today - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hyCHsnYYimKzcP9DWXQMIeqJJthg?docId=CNG.36fb559df99f10c4f48da787ec944761.b1
Unofficial results announced by state media and candidates showed the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi in first place and ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in close second after the May 23-24 vote.

▽British woman in Bali could face death penalty after drugs arrest - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/900385-british-woman-in-bali-could-face-death-penalty-after-drugs-arrest
Lindsay Sandiford, a 56-year-old British woman, has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking cocaine worth around £1.6m into Bali, where the death penalty still exists for this type of crime.

▽Two Tibetans burn themselves as fiery protest spreads to Lhasa - The Hindu
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3465249.ece
Two Tibetans set themselves on fire near an important Tibetan Buddhist monastery at the heart of Lhasa on Sunday, in the first self-immolation protests reported in the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

▽Shot Naked Man 'Was Chewing Victim's Face Off' - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16236702
US police have fatally shot a naked man who was chewing on the face of another naked man in the middle of a busy road.

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2012.05.27

News Headlines - 27 May 2012

▽Outrage grows over Syria killings - CBC.ca
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/05/27/syria-sunday.html
The deaths in Syria of over 90 people, including at least 32 children, has sparked international outrage and raised fears that the international peace plan is in tatters.

▽Lady Gaga cancels Indonesia show after threat from Muslim extremists - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/27/lady-gaga-indonesia-cancel-muslim
Lady Gaga has cancelled her sold-out show in Indonesia over security concerns after Muslim hardliners threatened violence if the pop star went ahead with her "Born This Way" ball.

▽Former Lloyds head of fraud and security Jessica Harper charged over £2.5m fraud - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financial-crime/9289673/Former-Lloyds-head-of-fraud-and-security-Jessica-Harper-charged-over-2.5m-fraud.html
Jessica Harper, the former head of fraud and security for digital banking at Lloyds, has been accused of submitting false invoices “to claim payments totalling £2.46m to which she was not entitled,” the Crown Prosecution Service said. The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge her with a single count of fraud.

▽Sir Richard Branson blasts government for lack of growth - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9292999/Sir-Richard-Branson-blasts-government-for-lack-of-growth.html
The Virgin founder, who backed the Tories in the run-up to the 2010 general election, was one of several senior business figures who told the Observer that the Coalition needed a plan to stimulate the economy.

▽Theresa May: we'll stop migrants if euro collapses - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/9291493/Theresa-May-well-stop-migrants-if-euro-collapses.html
The Government is drawing up plans for emergency immigration controls to curb an influx of Greeks and other European Union residents if the euro collapses, the Home Secretary discloses today.

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2012.05.26

News Headlines - 26 May 2012

▽Teenage gunman kills two, injures seven in Finland - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/9291734/Teenage-gunman-kills-two-injures-seven-in-Finland.html
An 18-year-old gunman killed two people and wounded seven others in what appeared to be a random shooting in a southern Finnish town, police said.

▽Syrian forces 'kill at least 100' people - Channel 4 News
http://www.channel4.com/news/syria-forces-kill-at-least-100-people
More than 100 people including 13 children, die after Syrian forces attack the town of Houla in Homs province on Friday, according to Syrian anti-government activists.

▽Ex-intelligence chief 'holds key' - Belfast Telegraph
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/exintelligence-chief-holds-key-16164180.html
Libya's former head of intelligence holds the key to solving the murder of policewoman Yvonne Fletcher, the Libyan prime minister has claimed.

▽Iran has enough uranium for five nuclear weapons, claims US thinktank - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/26/iran-uranium-nuclear-weapons
Iran has significantly increased its output of low-enriched uranium and if it was further refined could make at at least five nuclear weapons, according to a US thinktank.

▽Space station astronauts enter SpaceX supply ship - CTV.ca
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120526/spacex-supply-ship-120526/
The space station astronauts have entered the Dragon, the world's first commercial supply ship.
Early Saturday, crew of the International Space Station slid open the hatch of its new addition, the SpaceX capsule named Dragon, which made history with its arrival Friday.

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2012.05.25

News Headlines - 25 May 2012

▽French combat troops to leave Afghanistan by year's end - CTV.ca
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20120525/french-troops-afghanistan-120525/
All French combat forces will pull out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, France's new president said in Kabul Friday, but some trainers will remain to help Afghanistan's nascent security forces.

▽Japan radiation report finds mostly 'low' doses; risks unclear - Los Angeles Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/05/japan-radiation-report-finds-low-doses-in-most-not-all-areas.html
More than a year after a devastating tsunami inundated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a report from the World Health Organization says people in most parts of Japan got "low" added radiation, but estimates much higher doses in some areas that were not immediately evacuated.
The health risks are still unclear, said the group, which is waiting for a second report this summer.

▽Japan consumer prices rise spurred by higher fuel costs - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18202235
Japan's consumer prices rose in April, spurred by rising fuel costs, but growth remained below the central bank's target, official data has shown.

▽Three-quarters of Japanese firms oppose nuclear power - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/05/25/us-japan-nuclear-poll-idUKBRE84O09W20120525
Nearly three-quarters of Japanese companies support abandoning nuclear power after last year's Fukushima disaster, although a majority set the condition that alternative energy resources must be secured, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.

▽Japan Tobacco Buys Belgium’s Gryson For $597 Million - Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-25/japan-tobacco-buys-belgium-s-gryson-for-597-million.html
Japan Tobacco Inc. (2914) climbed the most in a month in Tokyo trading after the maker of Camel and Mild Seven cigarettes agreed to pay 475 million euros ($596 million) for Gryson NV to boost growth in Europe’s roll-your-own market.

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2012.05.24

News Headlines - 24 May 2012

▽Leveson Inquiry: Adam Smith texted Fred Michel 257 times during BskyB bid - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9287284/Leveson-Inquiry-Adam-Smith-texted-Fred-Michel-257-times-during-BskyB-bid.html
Adam Smith, the former special adviser to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, texted News Corp's Frederic Michel 257 times when the company was bidding to takeover BSkyB, it emerged today.

▽UK economy's fall into recession deeper than expected - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/may/24/uk-economy-contracted-2012?newsfeed=true
Britain's economy contracted by 0.3% in the first three months of the year, faster than previously thought, increasing the pressure on George Osborne to explain how the coalition plans to drag the country out of recession.

▽Yahoo Axis 'search browser' makes surprise debut - msnbc.com
http://www.gadgetbox.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/yahoo-axis-search-browser-makes-surprise-debut-791370
Here’s some news you probably didn’t expect to read: Yahoo just released its own Web browser. Well, sorta.
The new software, dubbed Yahoo Axis, is being called a "search browser." Its main trick is the ability to bypass the standard list of links and instead send users directly to websites and pages via thumbnails.

▽US threatens to cut Pakistan aid following jailing of Osama bin Laden doctor - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9286957/US-threatens-to-cut-Pakistan-aid-following-jailing-of-Osama-bin-Laden-doctor.html
Pakistan's problematic relationship with the US plunged to new depths as Senators warned of aid cuts after the jailing of the surgeon who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden.

▽QPR captain Joey Barton handed 12-match ban for meltdown in title decider at Manchester City - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/qpr-captain-joey-barton-handed-12match-ban-for-meltdown-in-title-decider-at-manchester-city-7782474.html
Joey Barton was last night considering whether to appeal against the ground-breaking 12-game suspension he was handed by the FA for his sending off at Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season.

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2012.05.23

News Headlines - 23 May 2012

▽Egyptians vote for Mubarak successor in historic poll - Egyptian Gazette
http://213.158.162.45/~egyptian/index.php?action=news&id=25324&title=Egyptians%20vote%20for%20Mubarak%20successor%20in%20historic%20poll
Egyptians were voting Wednesday in historic presidential elections contested by Islamists and secularists promising different futures for the country after the overthrow of veteran dictator Hosni Mubarak.

▽Nuclear talks begin in Baghdad, a day after U.N. watchdog says deal with Iran is near - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/nuclear-talks-begin-in-baghdad-a-day-after-un-watchdog-says-deal-with-iran-is-near/2012/05/23/gJQABp73jU_story.html
World powers began a fresh round of talks with Iran on Wednesday amid hopes of progress toward a deal on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program that could help lift the threat of war hanging over the Middle East.

▽France Seeks New Euro-Zone Architecture - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304840904577421820758256702.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
France will use an informal summit of European leaders in Brussels Wednesday to propose that members of the euro zone start working on a new architecture of the currency bloc that would eventually allow for joint-debt issuance--the so-called euro-zone bonds.

▽UK retail sales drop after April rains wash away shoppers - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/may/23/uk-retail-sales-drop-april-rain?newsfeed=true
April was a washout for the high street as heavy rain contributed to the biggest monthly plunge in retail sales volumes in more than two years.

▽Japan's economy downgraded by Fitch on debt concerns - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18161895
Japan's credit rating has been downgraded by two levels by rating agency Fitch on concerns about the country's high levels of debt.

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2012.05.22

News Headlines - 22 May 2012

▽Eurozone crisis could hamper UK economic recovery, IMF warns - Scotsman
http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/eurozone-crisis-could-hamper-uk-economic-recovery-imf-warns-1-2308990
A WORSENING eurozone crisis would deliver a “substantial contractionary shock” to the UK economy, setting back progress made towards recovery, the International Monetary Fund has warned

▽Britain may need to cut VAT or National Insurance, says the International Monetary Fund - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9281978/Britain-may-need-to-cut-VAT-or-National-Insurance-says-the-International-Monetary-Fund.html
Britain should consider cutting VAT or National Insurance if the recession continues, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

▽UK inflation falls to lowest for more than two years - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9281773/UK-inflation-falls-to-lowest-for-more-than-two-years.html
The Office for National Statistics said consumer price index (CPI) inflation eased to 3pc in April from 3.5pc in March.
Economists had been expecting a sizeable fall in inflation due to a spike in some prices in April last year not being repeated this year. The average forecast was for inflation to fall 3.1pc last month.

▽96 soldiers killed in huge suicide bomb blast in Yemen capital Sanaa - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/96-soldiers-killed-in-huge-suicide-bomb-blast-in-yemen-capital-sanaa-7770112.html
The attacker was one of the solders taking part in the parade, held near the presidential palace in the main square of the country’s capital city Sanaa.
The bomber detonated his explosives minutes before the arrival of the defence minister and the chief of staff, leaving a scene of carnage, with scores of bleeding soldiers lying on the ground as ambulances rushed to the scene.

▽'New era' as SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket leaves for International Space station - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/899802-new-era-for-nasa-as-spacex-falcon-9-rocket-blasts-off-for-international-space-station
The White House has hailed a 'new era in American spaceflight' after the SpaceX commercial Falcon 9 rocket blasted off for the International Space Station.

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2012.05.21

News Headlines - 21 May 2012

▽‘Ring of fire’ eclipse watched by millions - The Sun
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4329606/Ring-of-fire-eclipse-watched-by-millions.html
MILLIONS of stargazers watched as a rare “ring of fire” eclipse crossed their skies early this morning.

▽North Seas gas leak killed off - Total confirm - Scotsman
http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/top-stories/north-seas-gas-leak-killed-off-total-confirm-1-2308174
FRENCH energy giant Total has confirmed that the dynamic well kill operation to stem the uncontrolled gas leak on the Elgin platform has proved an unqualified success.

▽Waterstones to sell Amazon Kindle - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9279138/Waterstones-to-sell-Amazon-Kindle.html
Waterstones has struck a deal with Amazon to sell the Kindle, its ereader, despite the managing director of the high street bookseller calling the online retailer a “ruthless devil” last year.

▽Ryanair warns profits set to fall - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/494c3b1c-a319-11e1-8f34-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1vUvV3Uyc
Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, has warned profits will fall this year because of the ongoing uncertainty in the eurozone and high fuel prices.

▽Pensions savings hit 8-year low - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/9278014/Pensions-savings-hit-8-year-low.html
Pension savings have hit an 8 year-low as the number of people putting money aside for their retirement has fallen by an “alarming” five per cent in just a year, a new report has found.

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2012.05.20

News Headlines - 20 May 2012

▽As NATO summit opens, world leaders set to tackle Afghanistan’s future - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/as-nato-summit-opens-world-leaders-set-to-tackle-afghanistans-future/2012/05/20/gIQAQGtccU_story.html
World leaders weary of war will tackle Afghanistan’s post-conflict future — from funding for security forces to upcoming elections — when the NATO summit opens Sunday.

▽Four killed in northern Italy earthquake - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18135898
An earthquake in northern Italy has killed at least four people and caused serious damage to buildings in several towns, officials say.

▽No claim in Italy school bombing - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hYb_ul79KEGCdh6JCs9AvqWIl_hg?docId=N0215241337505503949A
Investigators say there has been no claim of responsibility or any firm clues as yet after a bomb blast outside a high school in southern Italy that killed a 16-year-old student.
The crude device made up of gas cylinders exploded outside a mainly all-girls vocational school in the Adriatic port town of Brindisi.

▽China dissident Chen Guangcheng arrives in the US - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18135999
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has arrived in New York with his wife and children to begin a new life in the United States.

▽Facebook founder Zuckerberg updates status to 'married' - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/facebook-founder-zuckerberg-updates-status-to-married-7769390.html
Zuckerberg and 27-year-old Priscilla Chan tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, California, home, capping a busy week for the couple.

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2012.05.19

News Headlines - 19 May 2012

▽Mafia suspected as bomb attack at Italian school kills teenage girl and wounds seven - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9276635/Mafia-suspected-as-bomb-attack-at-Italian-school-kills-teenage-girl-and-wounds-seven.html
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but the school is named after the wife of a famous anti-Mafia judge, Giovanni Falcone, who was blown up by the mob almost exactly 20 years ago.

▽Chinese dissident Chen flies to US with family - ABC Online
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-19/blind-chinese-activist-taken-to-airport/4021472?section=world
Chen Guangcheng, the high-profile Chinese dissident at the centre of a diplomatic dispute between Beijing and Washington, has left his homeland for the United States.

▽Merkel says Germany needs European market - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jMAgZ2i2WVj0jExrxpE5gXI-M6CQ?docId=CNG.73302069c1cfc1b61f105e55b53bd1ba.6c1
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Germany's economic health depends on that of the European Union, even though exports to the region are at a 20-year low.

▽Tidal power gets a stormy birth off coast of Scotland - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18100191
The turbines, well below the waves, are also out of sight and probably out of mind. And the tidal currents are of course utterly carbon-free.

▽First private spacecraft launch of SpaceX is aborted - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9276765/First-private-spacecraft-launch-of-SpaceX-is-aborted.html
The US firm SpaceX aborts the lift-off of its Falcon rocket and Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station during the final countdown.

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2012.05.18

News Headlines - 18 Mayl 2012

▽Santander's UK customers voice fears after Spanish banking credit rating blow - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2146112/Spains-banking-crisis-rocks-Santander-UK-new-worries-British-customers-credit-rating-blow.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Spanish banking giant among 16 others hit by shock downgrade
Stock markets tumble on concerns contagion is spreading from Greece
FTSE 100 shares down 54 points at 5292
David Cameron says 'truly worrying' crisis could 'get a lot worse'
String of local councils withdraw their deposits from Santander accounts
FSA says it is 'unlikely' to allow UK division to prop up Spanish parent firm
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis says Santander UK 'getting into trouble is an unlikely event'
More than 25 million customers in the UK and 1,400 branches
Spanish banks' bad loans hit highest level since 1994 at 147.968bn euros
Withdrawals in Greek banks reach £650m a day amid possible eurozone exit

▽Queen's Jubilee lunch overshadowed by row over King of Bahrain - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9275105/Queens-Jubilee-lunch-overshadowed-by-row-over-King-of-Bahrain.html
The Queen's Jubilee luncheon with monarchs from around the world was overshadowed today by a row over the presence of the King of Bahrain, whose regime is accused of a catalogue of human rights abuses.

▽Cleared Jill Dando murder suspect Barry George in court fight for compensation - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9274762/Cleared-Jill-Dando-murder-suspect-Barry-George-in-court-fight-for-compensation.html
Barry George, the loner who was jailed for the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando before being cleared at a re-trial, is to fight a test case for compensation.

▽Memorial plaque to IRA Warrington bomb victims stolen 'for scrap metal' - Scottish Daily Record
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2012/05/18/memorial-plaque-to-ira-warrington-bomb-victims-stolen-for-scrap-metal-86908-23864333/
A POLICE hunt is under way after a memorial to two children killed by an IRA bomb was stolen from a town centre by suspected metal thieves.
A plaque that formed part of the River of Life, a memorial for victims of the 1993 Warrington bombing, was taken from a wall in Bridge Street in the Cheshire town.

▽British man arrested in Thailand with suitcase full of dead babies to have been used in black magic ritual - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2146396/British-man-arrested-Thailand-suitcase-dead-babies-used-religious-ritual.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
A British man was arrested today with a suitcase full of dead babies thought to have been used in a black magic rituals in Thailand.
Chow Hok Kuen, 28, a British citizen born in Hong Kong of Taiwanese parents, was arrested in Bangkok's Chinatown and was being held for possession of human remains, police said.
It is thought he was trying to smuggle the corpses into Taiwan.

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2012.05.17

News Headlines - 17 May 2012

▽Bond markets attack Spain as contagion fears spread - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/business/business-news/bond-markets-attack-spain-as-contagion-fears-spread-7762999.html
Deeply indebted Spain was forced to pay through the nose for much-needed funds today amid growing doubts over its banks.

▽Facebook set for monster floatation - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/facebook-set-for-monster-floatation-7763020.html
Facebook is heading for one of the biggest ever US stock flotations when it sells hundreds of millions of shares to the public.

▽New twist in solar tariff cuts saga - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jbWG_H1GZZJzhALpD1FpNFf6fVFA?docId=N0168321337256950635A
The Government is considering "tweaking" the start date for the next reduction in solar tariffs, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey has said, insisting there would be no "massive change".

▽Trial of the 'Butcher of Bosnia' suspended indefinitely because of 'prosecution errors' - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2145739/Ratko-Mladic-Trial-Butcher-Bosnia-suspended-indefinitely-prosecution-errors.html
The trial of the 'Butcher of Bosnia' has been delayed indefinitely - because of 'errors' by prosecutors in disclosing evidence to his defence lawyers.
Ratko Mladic's second day in court descended into farce when presiding judge Alphons Orie suspended the hearing. His lawyers have asked for a six-month delay.

▽Tributes to war reporter Colvin at London service - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iHa6LhP3PfLrsT1S7RoueQUW0DzA?docId=CNG.8e08d809e1c775b2e80611d5f154428d.11
War reporter Marie Colvin was described as the "bravest of the brave" at a memorial service in London on Wednesday for the Sunday Times journalist who was killed while covering the conflict in Syria.

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2012.05.16

News Headlines - 16 May 2012

▽Greece to hold new election on 17 June - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18082552
Greece will hold fresh elections on 17 June and a judge has been appointed to head an interim government.
Council of State president Panagiotis Pikramenos will head the caretaker government until the election.

▽Greece euro exit fears hit market - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jJRKzo-XXjVIOwHdh3MeN-vjJVQA?docId=N0136221337155789976A
Investors fear a win in the next election by parties that oppose austerity measures will see Greece denied further EU bailout money, triggering a default on its debt and its exit from the single currency.

▽Greek Banks See Deposit Withdrawals - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304192704577406293887086110.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Greek depositors withdrew EUR700 million from local banks on Monday, the country's president said, and warned that the situation facing Greece's lenders was very difficult.

▽Fluent German speaker tipped to become French PM - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9266813/Fluent-German-speaker-tipped-to-become-French-PM.html
Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is heavily tipped to be named France’s prime minister, is a veteran parliament leader whose familiarity with Germany and deal-making skills may prove invaluable as his Socialist government seeks to challenge Berlin's focus on austerity.

▽BoE cuts economic growth forecast - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6a7d6c2e-9f41-11e1-a455-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links%2Frss%2Fworld_uk_economy%2Ffeed%2F%2Fproduct
The Bank of England has reduced its forecast for UK economic growth and increased its inflation forecast, predicting inflation will remain above its 2 per cent target for another year.

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2012.05.15

News Headlines - 15 May 2012

▽Hollande proposes ‘new pact’ for Europe in inaugural address - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/hollande-proposes-new-pact-for-europe-in-inaugural-address/2012/05/15/gIQAkOSrQU_story.html
Newly installed French President Francois Hollande declared Tuesday that he would propose a “new pact” to his European partners emphasizing economic stimulus in addition to the fiscal discipline imposed by Germany.

▽Markets recover as eurozone dodges recession - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ifyR_zpAZ0iwnOOuBYJBZHM4XL6g?docId=3b222e96348348a69b8ab91efb7dabf3
European markets bounced back from early losses on news that the 17-country eurozone has narrowly dodged recession, thanks mainly to strong growth in Germany, though concerns persisted that Greece's political impasse could eventually force it to leave the currency bloc.

▽Rebekah Brooks and husband Charlie CHARGED with perverting course of justice - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/london/rebekah-brooks-and-husband-charlie-charged-with-perverting-course-of-justice-7753311.html
Rebekah Brooks was today charged with attempting to hide evidence of phone hacking from police
The former News International chief executive and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie were accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

▽Another Earth Needed to Meet Humans’ Demand for Resources - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-14/another-earth-needed-to-meet-human-demands-for-natural-resources
People required 18.2 billion hectares (45 billion acres) of land by 2008, with 12 billion productive hectares available, WWF said today in its biennial Living Planet report. About 55 percent of land needed was for forest to absorb carbon dioxide emissions. The Earth takes one and a half years to regenerate natural resources used annually by human inhabitants, WWF said.

▽Japan's loo with a view is world's largest too - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9266605/Japans-loo-with-a-view-is-worlds-largest-too.html
A Japanese town has opened what is claims is the world's largest public lavatory - a single toilet in a glass cubicle surrounded by more than 2,150 square feet of carefully tended gardens.

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2012.05.14

News Headlines - 14 May 2012

▽Greece euro exit fears rattle stock markets - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/may/14/greece-euro-exit-fears-rattle-stock-markets?newsfeed=true
Traders rushed to sell shares ahead of talks in Athens and Brussels. In London the FTSE 100 suffered a triple-digit loss, falling 102 points or 1.7% to 5472, while the Spanish stock market fell by 2.4%. In Athens, bank shares tumbled by as much as 10% on concerns of a disorderly Greek exit from the single currency.

▽Pivotal Greek party leader predicts failure of coalition talks - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/9263935/Pivotal-Greek-party-leader-predicts-failure-of-coalition-talks.html
The head of a moderate Left-wing party seen as the last hope for a coalition has said that a government cannot be formed without the radical Leftist Syriza party.

▽Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson arrested in Germany - Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/sea-shepherds-paul-watson-arrested-in-germany/article2431594/
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says Paul Watson was arrested in Frankfurt over the weekend and will be extradited to Costa Rica on an outstanding arrest warrant.
The Sea Shepherd says in a statement that the arrest warrant stems from a 2002 incident involving a Costa Rican vessel illegally hunting for shark fins in Guatemalan waters.

▽Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson to stand down after faking computer science degree on his resume - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143856/Yahoo-CEO-Scott-Thompson-stand-faking-science-degree.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Scott Thompson is stepping down from his role at the Silicon Valley internet giant.
It is thought to be the final stage in a controversy over a fake computer science college degree on his biography, although the company if expected to claim he is leaving for 'personal reasons'.

▽Japan's Tokyo Electric Power reports full-year loss - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18055244
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has reported a full-year net loss as it struggles with trillions of yen in costs related to the nuclear crisis at its power plant in Fukushima.

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2012.05.13

News Headlines - 13 May 2012

▽Top Afghan peace negotiator shot dead in Kabul - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h7Z3bdMmCYfYn5tA29HYTJ4jdusQ?docId=CNG.a443e9784fe98a007480605ad1977c24.561
A senior Afghan peace negotiator and close ally of President Hamid Karzai was shot dead in Kabul Sunday, dealing a major blow to Kabul's efforts to broker peace with Taliban insurgents.

▽Two British servicemen killed in Afghanistan - Channel 4 News
http://www.channel4.com/news/gunmen-kill-two-british-servicemen-afghan-peace-negotiator
Afghan police shot dead two British servicemen and gunmen killed a peace negotiator in separate attacks that undermine the country's attempt to negotiate a peace deal with Taliban insurgents.

▽Greek president to hold last-ditch government talks - CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/13/world/europe/greece-politics/
Greek President Karolos Papoulias will hold last-ditch talks with political party leaders Sunday, a week after elections where angry voters punished mainstream parties by backing a range of fringe groups.

▽Bid accepted for Rangers - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jESTVPlbcGYowynWRBWC4KTJvLJQ?docId=N0073861336895648992A
A consortium headed by former Sheffield United chief executive Charles Green have had an offer accepted for Rangers.
Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps confirmed on Sunday morning, on the eve of Rangers' final game of the season, that the group fronted by Green had been given the nod.

▽Hitachi President Prods Turnaround - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303630404577389840792383050.html
When Hiroaki Nakanishi became Hitachi Ltd.'s president in April 2010, the Japanese electronics behemoth was in the darkest period of its 102-year history, with four years of losses totaling nearly \1 trillion ($12.5 billion).
Hitachi is now undergoing one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Japanese corporate history.

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2012.05.12

News Headlines - 12 May 2012

▽Japan PM eyes start of free trade talks with China, S.Korea - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/11/japan-trade-china-south-korea-idUSL4E8GB7UL20120511
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Friday he would work with China and South Korea at a weekend summit in Beijing on starting negotiations on a three-way free trade pact, although senior officials suggested it could take time for talks to begin.

▽Greece lurches towards new vote, hard left leads - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/12/greece-idUSL5E8GC0OQ20120512
Greek politicians were set to abandon their quest to form a government on Saturday, leaving the president with one final chance to avert new elections that could drive Greece out of the European single currency.

▽Jeremy Hunt should quit over 'hacking advice' email, says Labour - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/may/12/rebekah-brooks-jeremy-hunt-email?newsfeed=true
Labour has stepped up demands for the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to resign following the disclosure of an email that appears to show he sought "private advice" from News Corporation over how Downing Street should respond to the phone-hacking scandal.

▽JP Morgan losses cause shares to drop in other US banks - MyFinances.co.uk
http://www.myfinances.co.uk/investments/2012/05/12/jp-morgan-losses-cause-shares-to-drop-in-other-us-banks
Trading losses of more than £2 billion suffered by JPMorgan Chase has caused shares in the biggest US bank to fall by nine per cent.

▽Scottish independence: Referendum wrangling - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-18043834
The Scottish government's referendum consultation has ended, marking the latest phase in the programmed push towards the ballot in the autumn of 2014.

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2012.05.11

News Headlines - 11 May 2012

▽Prince Charles weather forecast sweeps the globe - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-18031493
Footage of Prince Charles reading the weather on a visit to BBC Scotland has picked up coverage around the world.

▽Diamond Jubilee drives Eurostar sales - Breaking Travel News
http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/diamond-jubilee-drives-eurostar-sales/
Eurostar has reported a 30 per cent surge in bookings around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, compared with the same period last year1 and an 18 per cent increase, compared to the Royal Wedding weekend in 2011.

▽Cameron DID text Brooks when she left NOTW over hacking - ITN
http://www.itn.co.uk/home/45132/Cameron+DID+text+Brooks+as+she+left+NOTW
David Cameron sent a sympathetic text message to Rebekah Brooks after she resigned as News of the World chief executive over the phone-hacking scandal, the Leveson Inquiry has heard.

▽UK Trader Linked To JPMorgan £1.2bn Loss - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/business/article/16225853
A trader at JPMorgan's London office was linked to the $2bn (£1.2bn) loss in a proprietary trading portfolio, Sky sources have confirmed.
The employee's activities were part of the company's wider trading strategy, the source added.

▽Microsoft redesigns Bing to combat ‘search overload’ - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/9259274/Microsoft-redesigns-Bing-to-combat-search-overload.html
The redesign was shown off and explained at a press event yesterday in San Francisco by Microsoft’s top search executive Qi Lu.
The main change sees the introduction of a section called ‘sidebar’, positioned on the right hand side of the screen, which incorporates relevant posts from a person’s Facebook and Twitter contacts during a search on Bing.

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2012.05.10

News Headlines - 10 May 2012

▽Public sector workers strike and police protest over cuts - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/may/10/public-sector-strikes-police-protest
Up to 400,000 public sector employees, including police officers, lecturers and border control staff, are staging a day of protest against the government austerity programme, with thousands of people expected to attend events in central London.

▽More Than 40 Killed in Damascus Bomb Attack - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/world/middleeast/damascus-syria-explosions-intelligence-headquarters.html?_r=1
More than 40 people were killed and at least 170 injured by two powerful explosions outside a key intelligence headquarters in Damascus early on Thursday, Syrian state television reported. The blasts peeled open a new, more treacherous front in the struggle for the country.

▽Bank of England holds rates and QE - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/923b3fc6-9a86-11e1-83bf-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1uSoQfJ8H
Minutes of the April meeting of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee had highlighted growing concern among members that inflation may prove stickier than had been believed earlier in the year and that getting it down to the 2 per cent medium-term target by year-end may be more difficult in light of rising oil prices.

▽Vidal Sassoon: pioneer who liberated women from beehives and hot rollers - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/9256241/Vidal-Sassoon-pioneer-who-liberated-women-from-beehives-and-hot-rollers.html
Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care.

▽Facebook app store launches amid mobile revenue worries - BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18017379
Developers will have the ability to charge a fee for apps sold in the store in the near future, Facebook said.
The announcement came as Facebook admitted growth in mobile use could hurt future advertising revenue.

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2012.05.09

News Headlines - 09 May 2012

▽The tale of two French first ladies: A dilemma of protocol - NDTV
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/the-tale-of-two-french-first-ladies-a-dilemma-of-protocol-208138
France has two first ladies for the moment. Carla Bruni, wife of outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Valerie Trierweiler, the companion of the newly elected President Francois Hollande. They both have their 'firsts'. Carla Bruni was the first one to marry a President while he was in office and to have a child at the Elysee palace. Valerie Trierweiler is the first one to be a French President's unwed companion.

▽Lords reform expected in Queen's Speech - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17994738
The government is expected to use the Queen's Speech to push ahead with House of Lords reform, despite strong opposition from many Conservative MPs.

▽Members of paedophile gang to be sentenced - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9253712/Members-of-paedophile-gang-to-be-sentenced.html
Nine members of an Asian paedophile gang are today being sentenced for their role in a child sex ring that exploited vulnerable teenagers.

▽Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased 100-fold since the 1970s - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/9253665/Great-Pacific-Garbage-Patch-has-increased-100-fold-since-the-1970s.html
Scientists warned the killer soup of microplastic – particles smaller than five millimetres – threatened to alter the open ocean's natural environment.

▽Dinosaur gases 'warmed the Earth' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17953792
British scientists have calculated the methane output of sauropods, including the species known as Brontosaurus.
By scaling up the digestive wind of cows, they estimate that the population of dinosaurs - as a whole - produced 520 million tonnes of gas annually.
They suggest the gas could have been a key factor in the warm climate 150 million years ago.

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2012.05.08

News Headlines - 08 May 2012

▽Al-Qaeda Yemen plane bomb plot foiled by 'insider' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17994493
A plot by al-Qaeda in Yemen to attack a US-bound plane using an updated "underwear bomb" was foiled by an insider infiltrating a terror cell, US officials say.

▽Greece braced for repeat elections - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a3b362da-9868-11e1-8617-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links%2Frss%2Fworld%2Ffeed%2F%2Fproduct#axzz1uI6zNBZS
Greece is bracing itself for a repeat general election after its centre-right leader failed to win leftwing support to form a “national salvation government” after Sunday’s inconclusive outcome at the polls.

▽Japan's royal couple to visit Britain in first trip overseas since 2009 - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9251268/Japans-royal-couple-to-visit-Britain-in-first-trip-overseas-since-2009.html
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will attend a series of events while visiting the UK to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne.

▽Japan summer power prospects look brighter - panel - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/05/07/japan-nuclear-summer-idUKL4E8G735320120507
Summer power supply in nuclear-free Japan may be better than utilities' forecasts, a government-backed panel said on Monday.
However, the Kansai region - including the country's second-biggest metropolitan area of Osaka - will still see a significant shortage.
The findings are based on all of Japan's nuclear reactors remaining offline.

▽Maurice Sendak': ten insightful quotes - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/9252605/Maurice-Sendak-ten-insightful-quotes.html
Maurice Sendak, the artist behind the Where the Wild Things Are children's books has died aged 83.
“I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more.”

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2012.05.07

News Headlines - 07 May 2012

▽French and Greek elections renew fears for euro's future - The Guardian
http://news.google.co.jp/news/more?cf=all&ned=uk&ncl=dwaOURBIFHAFbYMIRKlsd85MQ5qFM&topic=h
While Angela Merkel was licking her wounds after losing a bellwether regional election in Germany, the seismic shift wrought by the French presidential and Greek parliamentary ballots renewed fears for the future of the euro.

▽Euro, stock markets fall after votes in France and Greece - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/euro-stock-markets-fall-after-votes-in-france-and-greece/2012/05/07/gIQAf1YW7T_story.html
Investors nervous about the changing political winds in Europe drove down the euro and sent stock markets falling across the region on Monday while driving up borrowing costs in a number of heavily indebted nations.

▽Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russian president amid protests - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/07/vladimir-putin-russia-president
Putin was president from 2000 to 2008 and then prime minister for the past four years. The new, six-year term will keep him in power until 2018 – with the option of running for a fourth term.

▽Disney Research's Touché will bring touch control to body parts and objects - Herald Sun
http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/07/disney-research-touche-touch-system/
NEXT-gen touch sensor technology will allow people to control devices by touching parts of their body, according to Disney.
The team that bought us Mickey Mouse has demonstrated a new technology that can sense hand gestures on the human body, everyday objects and even liquids.

▽Losing Premier League crown to Man City on goal difference would be agony, says Young - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2140664/Losing-Premier-League-title-Man-City-goal-difference-agony-says-Ashley-Young.html
Roberto Mancini's side are on course to land their first championship since 1968 after Yaya Toure's brace earned an impressive 2-0 win at St James' Park.
And although United beat Swansea 2-0 at Old Trafford they need a miracle - a QPR win or draw at the Etihad Stadium - to retain the Barclays Premier League crown.

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2012.05.06

News Headlines - 06 May 2012

▽French election: François Hollande favourite as voters go to the polls - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/06/frnech-election-francois-hollande-polls?newsfeed=true
All polls for months have shown the Socialist party candidate, François Hollande, beating the rightwing Nicolas Sarkozy, the most unpopular French president ever to run for re-election... If Sarkozy is defeated after one term in office, he would become the 11th European leader to be swept from power since the economic crisis.

▽Greeks vote in critical but uncertain election - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iMP1xeEZmxxCEUS0smRz3hBMrH8w?docId=f116f23fa7664311b17e4adaa422033e
Greeks cast ballots on Sunday in their most critical — and uncertain — election in decades, with voters set to punish the two main parties that are being held responsible for the country's dire economic straits.

▽Serbian Voters Go to Polls Amid EU-Inspired Austerity Anger - BusinessWeek
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-06/serbian-voters-go-to-polls-amid-anger-over-eu-inspired-austerity.html
Serbian voters went to the polls to choose between a further march toward the European Union and fiscal austerity or economic and political ties to the east.

▽David Cameron could be kicked out of No.10 in the next year, warns Tory MP - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/898311-david-cameron-could-be-kicked-out-of-no-10-in-the-next-year-warns-tory-mp-nadine-dorries
She said Tory backbenchers will move to kick him out if they do not see signs he is willing to adapt and give the party a chance of winning the next general election, which is due to take place by 2015.

▽Israel's Netanyahu set to call early vote - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g-HtJHR5sOhl5UinVUEgoK-bccgQ?docId=CNG.2261c4065a85b788c0c8b282213a7f69.3a1
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to call for early general elections on Sunday, setting the stage for a September 4 vote that polls suggest he would easily win.

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2012.05.05

News Headlines - 05 May 2012

▽Tomari shutdown leaves Japan without nuclear power - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17967202
Japan is switching off its last working nuclear reactor, as part of the safety drive since the March 2011 tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima plant.

▽Thousands march as Japan switches off last nuclear reactor - USA TODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-05-05/japan-nuclear-power/54764792/1
Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the last of this nation's 50 nuclear reactors switching off Saturday, shaking banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol.

▽Japanese rice sales dwindle for the first time amid rising demand for western foods - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9244935/Japanese-rice-sales-dwindle-for-the-first-time-amid-rising-demand-for-western-foods.html
Japanese households spent more on bread than on rice last year for the first time, reflecting a sea change in the nation’s eating habits.
The average household spent £214 (27,780 yen) on rice last year, marking a 4.1 per cent drop in rice purchases compared to the previous year.

▽Falkland Islands claimed as 'Argentine soil' in secretly filmed Olympic advert - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/04/falkland-islands-argentine-olympic-advert
Argentina has released a provocative advertisement that was filmed secretly on the Falklands and depicts the islands as "Argentine soil" in an apparent barb aimed at Britain ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

▽Look! Up in the sky! It's Supermoon! Due Saturday - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gkeuStEc8pbpjLb-5doSFHCIN7LQ?docId=19dd59962b8c49c3a4f03f3dfc191ce4
Saturday's event is a "supermoon," the closest and therefore the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. At 11:34 p.m., the moon will be about 221,802 miles from Earth. That's about 15,300 miles closer than average.

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2012.05.04

News Headlines - 04 May 2012

▽Local elections: Labour makes dramatic gains in England and Wales - Scotsman
http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/local-elections-labour-makes-dramatic-gains-in-england-and-wales-1-2274348
LABOUR made sweeping gains across England and Wales last night as the party profited from the recent woes of the two coalition parties.
• Labour on course to exceed prediction of 700 gains
• Conservative / Lib Dem coalition punished at the polls
• Vote share: Conservatives 31%; Labour 39%; Lib Dems 16%; others 14%

▽Chen Guangcheng's dilemma over whether to stay or leave China - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/04/chen-guangchen-dilemma-stay-leave-china
To stay in China and live with harassment or to move to the United States and risk obscurity? For decades, this has been the dilemma for Chinese rights activists, but it has probably never been so dramatically illustrated as in the case of Chen Guangcheng this week.

▽Heathrow chaos: new figures show Border Force missed targets almost daily - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/9243140/Heathrow-chaos-new-figures-show-Border-Force-missed-targets-almost-daily.html
The full extent of the chaos at Heathrow has been revealed by new statistics which show the Border Force failed to meet performance targets nearly every day last month.

▽Samsung Galaxy S3 sets up 'two horse race' with Apple - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/9245346/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-sets-up-two-horse-race-with-Apple.html
The Samsung Galaxy S3, unveiled last night, has confirmed Samsung's position as the main challenger to Apple in the booming smartphone industry, according to analysts.

▽Fan fury as FA Cup final tickets are sold on the black market for over £10k - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2139428/FA-Cup-final-tickets-sold-black-market-10k.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Foreign agencies can avoid the restrictions of the Ticket Touting Order of 2007 and, according to the Daily Star, several websites in Spain have been selling tickets for five-figure sums.
Madrid-based 1st4footballtickets.com are charging £10,400 - including a service fee - for 'brilliant seats on the halfway line', available in either fan sections.

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2012.05.03

News Headlines - 03 May 2012

▽Nature publishes details of bird flu strain that could spread among people - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/may/02/nature-publishes-bird-flu-strain-people?newsfeed=true
The work by Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was submitted last year to the journal, but was delayed after the US government's biosecurity advisers said key sections of the paper should be struck out to prevent the details being exploited by bioterrorists.

▽Police to take DNA from 50 MI6 agents who may have visited ‘spy in bag’ - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/crime/police-to-take-dna-from-50-mi6-agents-who-may-have-visited-spy-in-bag-7710913.html
Scotland Yard is to take further DNA and fingerprint samples from MI6 colleagues of Gareth Williams, who was found dead in a bag at his flat.

▽California student left in cell for 5 days without food or water files $20M claim against DEA - Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/03/california-student-left-in-cell-for-five-days-files-20m-claim-against-dea/
The California student who was forgotten about by agents and left alone in a holding cell for five days without food or water filed a $20 million claim Wednesday against federal drug officials.

▽Edvard Munch's The Scream sets auction record for artwork - WalesOnline
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/2012/05/03/edvard-munch-s-the-scream-sets-auction-record-for-artwork-video-100252-30893914/
THE only privately-owned version of Edvard Munch’s classic masterpiece The Scream has fetched a record-breaking $119.9 million (£74m) at auction.
The famous image, featuring a haunted figure in front of a red backdrop, surpassed estimates to become the most expensive work of art to be sold at auction following the sale in New York.

▽Bank governor Sir Mervyn King predicts ‘steady, slow recovery’ coming this year - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/politics/bank-governor-sir-mervyn-king-predicts-steady-slow-recovery-coming-this-year-7710923.html
Britain will struggle out of the double-dip recession later this year, Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King predicted today.
He said there were “signs of a recovery” even though the economy had shrunk by 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year.

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2012.05.02

News Headlines - 02 May 2012

▽The New York Times Announces Strong Circulation Gains - MarketWatch
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-new-york-times-announces-strong-circulation-gains-2012-05-01
For the ABC reporting period, total average digital circulation for Monday-Friday was 807,026 and for Sunday it was 737,408. This category of circulation includes all paid and verified digital subscription copies as well as paid subscriptions to replica editions and e-readers including Amazon's Kindle and the Barnes & Noble NOOK.

▽Osama bin Laden death anniversary: seven killed in Taliban attack after Barack Obama visits Afghanistan - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9240758/Osama-bin-Laden-death-anniversary-seven-killed-in-Taliban-attack-after-Barack-Obama-visits-Afghanistan.html
A Taliban suicide attack on a fortified housing compound for foreign workers killed at least seven people just hours after Barack Obama had visited the Afghan capital on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death

▽Death of MI6 spy Gareth Williams 'may never be explained' says coroner - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9240940/Death-of-MI6-spy-Gareth-Williams-may-never-be-explained-says-coroner.html
Dr Wilcox has already said there is insufficient evidence to draw a conclusion of 'unlawful killing.'
Instead she is delivering a narrative verdict, a statement of the facts that allows her to make findings and recommendations but will not deliver a definitive verdict on the circumstances surrounding his death.

▽Euro area unemployment at new high - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5ilSk0UHWrTclhgW_sLTot4bRygHA?docId=N0042761335951316282A
Record unemployment figures for the 17 countries that use the euro are set to increase the pressure on Europe's leaders to switch from a focus on harsh austerity measures to push for a pro-growth strategy.

▽'Supermoon' Alert: Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs This Week - Space.com
http://www.space.com/15474-supermoon-full-moon-2012.html
The moon will officially become full Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And because this month's full moon coincides with the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year's biggest.

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2012.05.01

News Headlines - 01 May 2012

▽Le Pen Aide: French Will Be Disappointed Whatever Outcome Of Elections - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120501-701915.html
"If (Socialist candidate Francois) Hollande is elected, very well, but in six months the French people will be disappointed. If (President Nicolas) Sarkozy is re-elected they'll be disappointed in two months, because they know him already," Florian Philippot said in a television interview Tuesday.

▽One year on after raid, Pakistan keeps its Osama secrets - Hindustan Times
http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/pakistan/One-year-on-after-raid-Pakistan-keeps-its-Osama-secrets/Article1-848867.aspx
One year since US commandos flew into this Pakistani army town of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, Islamabad has failed to answer tough questions over whether its security forces were protecting the world's most wanted terrorist.

▽James Murdoch to be criticised by phone-hacking report - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/may/01/james-murdoch-phone-hacking-report?newsfeed=true
James Murdoch will be formally criticised by MPs investigating the phone-hacking scandal on Tuesday, but their assessment of his conduct is expected to fall just short of accusing the former chairman of News International of misleading parliament about the extent of his knowledge of the affair.

▽Oil giant BP sees fall in profits to £2.95bn - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/oil-giant-bp-sees-fall-in-profits-to-295bn-7703469.html
Oil giant BP revealed a dip in profits today as its commitment to sell off billions of pounds of assets in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster hit production.

▽Derby win sends City to summit - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5iEHQMQ9FEQtN4BC9mxLGctbZbBrQ?docId=N0008811335815296474A
Victory at Newcastle on Sunday, followed by another at home to QPR on the final day will, barring a mathematical miracle, be enough to secure the Blues their first title since 1968.

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2012.04.30

News Headlines - 30 April 2012

▽Heathrow told to stop apologising for queues - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g8K1w08pzjoucq06mGmDBOb80-NQ?docId=CNG.a64b3458c8a02dc5eeb27f4bc282056e.71
Heathrow airport has been told by the UK Border Force to stop handing out leaflets to passengers apologising for the "very long delays" at immigration three months before the London Olympics, an email obtained by the Daily Telegraph revealed Monday.

▽GLOBAL MARKETS: European Markets Muted As Spain Woes Resurface - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120430-702793.html
Widespread credit-rating downgrades for the Spanish banking sector and a contraction of the Spanish economy in the first quarter provoked a muted reaction in Europe Monday, with Spanish government bond yields holding their ground while equity markets fell only a tad and the euro traded in a tight range against the dollar.

▽Google staff 'knew of wi-fi snooping', report says - BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17892288
The Google engineer who wrote a program that collected personal data from wi-fi networks told at least two other colleagues, a report has revealed.

▽Robbie Williams will sing for the Queen at Diamond Jubilee concert - stv.tv
http://entertainment.stv.tv/showbiz/305434-robbie-williams-will-sing-for-the-queen-at-diamond-jubilee-concert/
Gary Barlow is pulling out all the stops for the music spectacular he is organising for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 4, and the latest star he has added to the glittering line-up is fellow Take That singer Robbie Williams.

▽Wind farms can increase night time temperatures, research reveals - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/29/wind-farms-night-temperatures-study
Large windfarms can increase local night time temperatures by fanning warmer air onto the ground, new research has revealed. The study used satellite data to show that the building of huge wind farms in west Texas over the last decade has warmed the nights by up to 0.72C.

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2012.04.29

News Headlines - 29 April 2012

▽David Cameron: there was no grand deal with Rupert Murdoch over BSkyB - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/29/david-cameron-no-deal-murdoch?newsfeed=true
PM admits conversation about BSkyB bid with James Murdoch at Rebekah Brooks's house, but says it was not 'inappropriate'

▽James Allen arrested over double murder - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17885669
A man being hunted by police after he was suspected of killing two people in their own homes has been arrested.

▽Republican dissidents blamed for planting bombs in Northern Ireland - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/28/republican-dissidents-bombs-northern-ireland?newsfeed=true
Dissident republican paramilitaries left a bomb in Newry that was bigger than the device used in the Omagh massacre, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed.

▽Chinese police crack down on family of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/28/chen-guangcheng-family-arrested-us-embassy?newsfeed=true
Concern is growing for relatives and supporters of Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal activist who fled from 19 months of house arrest in a Chinese village in Shandong province and is said to be sheltering inside the American embassy in Beijing. Police have detained four family members and two of those who aided his escape, a rights group said.

▽Sunday Times Rich List suggests UK's wealthiest defy recession - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17883101
The newspaper's research found the combined worth of the country's 1,000 wealthiest people is £414bn, up 4.7%.
It means their joint wealth has passed the level last seen in 2008, before the financial crash, to set a new record.
Top spot for the eighth straight year is held by Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, 61, with £12.7bn.

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2012.04.28

News Headlines - 28 April 2012

▽Tear gas fired as 25,000 rally for Malaysia reforms - Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/tear-gas-used-as-25000-rally-for-malaysia-reforms/article2416785/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2416785
Police unleashed tear gas and chemical-laced water Saturday at thousands of demonstrators who staged one of Malaysia's largest street rallies in years, demanding fair rules for national elections expected soon.

▽Manhunt Widens For Double Murder Suspect - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16217809
Police have widened the search for double murder suspect James Allen, who they believe may be trying to grow his hair as a disguise.
Allen is being hunted by police following the separate murders of Julie Davison, 50, in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and 81-year-old Colin Dunford in Middlesbrough.

▽David Cameron opens way for inquiry into Jeremy Hunt over BSkyB bid - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9233405/David-Cameron-opens-way-for-inquiry-into-Jeremy-Hunt-over-BSkyB-bid.html
Downing Street has distanced itself for the first time from Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, as questions mount over his dealings with the Murdoch empire.

▽Spanish unemployment hits record 5.64 million - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17866382
Spanish unemployment has hit a new record high, official figures have shown.
The number of unemployed people reached 5,639,500 at the end of March, with the unemployment rate hitting 24.4%, the national statistics agency said.

▽UK industry to build Solar Orbiter satellite - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17743190
British industry will lead the production of Solar Orbiter (SolO), a spacecraft that will travel closer to the Sun than any satellite to date.

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2012.04.27

News Headlines - 27 April 2012

▽Tottenham Court Road siege ends in arrest - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/london/tottenham-court-road-siege-ends-in-arrest-7684791.html
A man who brought central London to a halt after he stormed offices and threatened to explode a bomb was arrested after a four hour stand-off this afternoon.

▽‘Spy couldn’t get into bag by himself … I tried 300 times’ - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/crime/spy-couldnt-get-into-bag-by-himself--i-tried-300-times-7684670.html
“My conclusion is Mr Williams was either placed in the bag unconscious or he was dead when put in the bag. I believe a third party was involved.”

▽Spain’s economic crisis deepens - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/73402b46-9049-11e1-8cdc-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=published_links/rss/global-economy/feed//product#axzz1tFvIusEN
Spain’s unemployment rate rose to almost one in four, according to data released on Friday, as the country’s foreign minister warned of an economic crisis of “enormous proportions”.

▽Space Shuttle Enterprise in New York fly-by - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17873151
The space shuttle Enterprise has had a piggyback ride on a 747 during a flyover of the Statue of Liberty and other New York landmarks.

▽Samsung overtakes Nokia in mobile phone shipments - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17865117
Nokia took the top spot in 1998 from Motorola, but in the first quarter of 2012 Samsung shipped 93m phones compared to almost 83m by Nokia.
Samsung also reported its highest quarterly profit since 2008.

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2012.04.26

News Headlines - 26 April 2012

▽Japan court clears Ichiro Ozawa, prompting talk of challenge to PM - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/26/japan-court-clears-ichiro-ozawa?newsfeed=true
Japan's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, faces a potential threat to his leadership after Ichiro Ozawa, a rival and powerful figure inside the governing party, was acquitted of breaking political funding laws.

▽Rupert Murdoch admits NoW phone-hacking cover-up - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/26/murdoch-admits-phone-hacking-coverup?newsfeed=true
Murdoch, the News Corp chairman and chief executive, giving his second day of evidence to the inquiry in London on Thursday morning, said he was "misinformed and shielded" from what was going on at the News of the World, adding that there was a "cover-up".

▽Spy death: 'No evidence' of secret service cover up - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17854100
An ex-colleague of Gareth Williams, the spy whose body was found in a padlocked bag in the bath of his London flat, says there is "no evidence" to suspect that MI6 were involved in a cover up.

▽Israel army chief: Other nations could strike Iran - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iLAN8qFUR6uu2rgfPF58NzMELssA?docId=e1015e0d189f4d639c8608f193b52c73
Gantz told The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes Iran will "never get" nuclear weapons because the threat of a military strike and international pressure in the form of crippling economic sanctions are a powerful deterrent.

▽Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho rules out return to Chelsea after Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/9228497/Real-Madrid-coach-Jose-Mourinho-rules-out-return-to-Chelsea-after-Champions-League-defeat-to-Bayern-Munich.html
Now at Real Madrid, he is one the verge of claiming the La Liga title and had the opportunity to face Chelsea in this year's European Cup final before Bayern Munich through a spanner in the works and knocked the Spanish giants out on penalties at the semi-final stage on Wednesday night.

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2012.04.25

News Headlines - 25 April 2012

▽Britain in double-dip recession as growth falls 0.2pc - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9225414/Britain-in-double-dip-recession-as-growth-falls-0.2pc.html
Britain is officially back in recession after the economy shrank unexpectedly by 0.2pc in the first three months of the year.

▽Nicolas Sarkozy says ‘non’ to deal with far right in French election - National Post
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/25/nicolas-sarkozy-says-non-to-deal-with-far-right-in-french-election/
An opinion poll showed two-thirds of Sarkozy supporters want him to break with past policy and strike an alliance with the Front after Le Pen’s 17.9 percent score on Sunday made her 6.4 million backers key to a May 6 presidential runoff.

▽Israel army chief says Iran unlikely to make bomb - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/25/us-israel-iran-idUSBRE83O0C520120425
Israel's military chief said he does not believe Iran will decide to produce an atomic bomb, describing its leadership as "very rational" in an interview published on Wednesday.

▽Smartphones finally outsell featurephones ... in Japan - Register
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/25/japan_smartphone_sales_exceed/
Japan proved that its domestic mobile market is one of the most mature on the planet with new stats showing smartphone sales passed feature phone sales for the first time ever in February.

▽London 2012 Olympics: electric fence installed around Wimbledon's Centre Court to protect grass - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/tennis/9226283/London-2012-Olympics-electric-fence-installed-around-Wimbledons-Centre-Court-to-protect-grass.html
All England Lawn Tennis Club ground staff have installed an electrified fence around the Centre Court to protect the grass surface in preparation for a gruelling summer tennis campaign which includes Wimbledon and the London 2012 tennis event.

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2012.04.24

News Headlines - 24 April 2012

▽James Murdoch: I Discussed BSkyB Bid With PM - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16214751
James Murdoch has said for the first time that he and David Cameron discussed a controversial takeover bid of BSkyB.

▽Groups for Olympic football announced - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17822430
The men's team will play against Uruguay, Senegal and United Arab Emirates.
The toughest match for the men looks like being Uruguay, who are third in Fifa's world rankings.

▽Plans for asteroid mining emerge - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17827347
Details have been emerging of the plan by billionaire entrepreneurs to mine asteroids for their resources.

▽'Smart' water meters to be installed in UK homes - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9219349/Smart-water-meters-to-be-installed-in-UK-homes.html
Millions of homes could have smart water meters, devices that tell water companies immediately if households are breaking the hosepipe ban, as part of plans to combat drought conditions.

▽UK hits £126bn borrowing target for 2011 - Management Today
http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/1128483/uk-hits-126bn-borrowing-target-2011/
As markets react badly to political developments in Europe, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has announced that whilst spending in March 2012 was higher than expected, at £18.2bn, the country actually hit its spending target of £126bn for the full year.

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2012.04.23

News Headlines - 23 April 2012

▽Are markets afraid France will elect a Socialist? - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jSY-_Tq_eEfWIRye2JmEz5DHu_Pg?docId=01aa03c6a74c496ab3a72b730981b3ec
France's stock market opened deep in the red Monday and the euro tumbled after the Socialist candidate came out on top in the first round of the country's presidential election, raising questions about whether the markets are nervous about a Francois Hollande victory.

▽Le Pen's strong result shocks French rivals - Sydney Morning Herald
http://www.smh.com.au/world/le-pens-strong-result-shocks-french-rivals-20120423-1xha1.html
THE shock strong showing of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French presidential elections presents problems for the two main candidates and is expected to force the rhetoric of President Nicolas Sarkozy even further to the right.

▽Dutch political collapse reignites eurozone crisis - FT Adviser
http://www.ftadviser.com/2012/04/23/investments/europe/dutch-political-collapse-reignites-eurozone-crisis-i4gr2ZOsnR0eNRTWgS6GcK/article.html
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (pictured) is today expected to resign and call a general election after he lost his political majority.

▽Sky News faces Ofcom probe over canoe man email hacking - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/uk/sky-news-faces-ofcom-probe-over-canoe-man-email-hacking-7670305.html
Sky News is to be investigated by a media watchdog after it admitted unlawfully hacking into emails.
The broadcaster, which is 39 per cent owned by Rupert Murdoch, faces an Ofcom probe after it emerged one of its reporters hacked emails between “canoe man” John Darwin and his wife Anne.

▽Japanese teen's ball lost in tsunami found in Alaska - CTV.ca
http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120423/tsunami-soccer-japan-alaska-20120423/20120423/?hub=CalgaryHome
A teenager who lost his home in Japan's devastating tsunami now knows that one prized possession survived: a football that drifted all the way to Alaska.

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2012.04.22

News Headlines - 22 April 2012

▽First round of presidential election begins in France, with jobs, sour economy high in minds - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/french-prez-race-all-about-emotion-fear-of-finance-and-islam-anger-at-sarkozy-and-the-rich/2012/04/21/gIQAAj2bXT_story.html?tid=pm_world_pop
Voting began Sunday in France in President Nicolas Sarkozy’s uncertain bid for re-election, with polls showing that many French are dissatisfied with his response to concerns about the economy and jobs.

▽Jamie Oliver hits out at Michael Gove over academy school meals - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/896890-jamie-oliver-hits-out-at-michael-gove-over-academy-school-meals
Jamie Oliver has attacked education secretary Michael Gove for failing to control the meals served by academy schools.

▽Diplomat George Fergusson may lose sight after London mugging - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/896883-diplomat-george-fergusson-may-lose-sight-after-london-mugging
The 56-year-old, who is due to become the new governor of Bermuda next month, was assaulted and robbed as he walked through Margravine Cemetery and Park, Hammersmith on Friday evening.

▽Queen Victoria archive goes online - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17803660
Rarely-seen documents from the life and reign of Queen Victoria have been made public on a new website marking her own Diamond Jubilee.
Called Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Scrapbook, the website also features audio and film clips from 1897, when she celebrated the 60th year of her reign.

▽Polar bears are 450,000 years older than we thought - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/polar-bears-are-450000-years-older-than-we-thought-7661674.html
The polar bear is a much older species than previously thought and probably emerged as the Arctic's top land predator when a cold-adapted bear diverged from an ancestral brown bear about 600,000 years ago, a study has found.

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2012.04.21

News Headlines - 21 April 2012

▽Bahrain Grand Prix to go ahead despite protester's death - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/22/bahrain-grand-prix-protester-death?newsfeed=true
Bahrain's Formula One grand prix will go ahead despite a growing international outcry about the staging of the race in the Gulf state that intensified on Saturdayfollowing the discovery of the body of a protester allegedly abducted from a village by security forces.

▽'Absolute chaos': Fergie fury at Rooney's GB Olympic call-up - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2133315/Absolute-chaos-Fergie-fury-Rooneys-GB-Olympic-up.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that England's key striker is one of 10 Manchester United players on Pearce's latest list for London - which has infuriated United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson claims that with many Premier League players expected to be involved in the Games, clubs' preparations for the new season - which starts only seven days after the Olympic final in London on August 11 - will be reduced to 'absolute chaos'.

▽Radcliffe's world record is under threat but she clings to dream of golden glory - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2133278/London-Marathon-2012-Paula-Radcliffes-world-record-threat.html
Paula Redcliffe's world record - one of athletics' greatest performances - will be under threat as never before in Sunday's London Marathon as the decision to allow the race to become a final trial for the Kenyan Olympic team ensures the capital will witness the strongest field ever assembled.

▽Britain to discover if it is in a double-dip recession - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9218553/Britain-to-discover-if-it-is-in-a-double-dip-recession.html
The Chancellor will enter Tuesday morning’s Cabinet meeting armed with the knowledge of whether or not the economy shrank in the first quarter of the year. The rest of the world will have to wait a further 24 hours until 9.30am on Wednesday to find out.

▽Japan to write off $3.7bn Burma debt - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17797910
Japan has agreed to write off more than $3.7bn (£2.29bn) of debt owed by Burma and to resume development aid.

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2012.04.20

News Headlines - 20 April 2012

▽Dummy run for Olympic torch relay - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5i_-Yhb6fFdX-F0XfL8_qfR-xyzvQ?docId=N0425721334904973922A
A full dress rehearsal for the London 2012 Olympics torch relay has got under way.
Some 122 participants from Leicestershire were acting as torchbearers during the only full operational dummy run of a single day of the relay.

▽Lineker: 'Beckham's not good enough for Olympic team' - ITN
http://www.itn.co.uk/home/43598/Lineker+27I+wouldn27t+pick+Beckham27
Gary Lineker has said David Beckham is not good enough to play in the Olympic team and should not be picked.
The former England striker also said he was puzzled at how long it has taken to FA to chose a successor to Fabio Capello with the European Championship looming.

▽Wayne Rooney launches phone-hacking claim - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/20/wayne-rooney-phone-hacking
Wayne Rooney and England rugby union World Cup winner Matt Dawson are among the new wave of high-profile figures suing Rupert Murdoch's News International over alleged News of the World phone hacking.

▽Fourteen times she was asked about Qatada – fourteen times she dodged it - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/fourteen-times-she-was-asked-about-qatada--fourteen-times-she-dodged-it-7661732.html
Abu Qatada could be released on bail early next month, it emerged last night as pressure grew on Theresa May over the disarray surrounding her attempts to deport the radical cleric from Britain.

▽Apple announces 500 new jobs in Ireland - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/04/20/us-apple-ireland-idUKBRE83J0PI20120420
Apple is to hire 500 people in Ireland in the latest boost to the indebted euro zone country's multinational sector, one of the few bright spots in a struggling economy.

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2012.04.19

News Headlines - 19 April 2012

▽Sun journalist arrested in British corruption probe - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5goC7MtI24SqPArGL3hmwZekeIvzQ?docId=CNG.8b71783b24f5e7db7f90ad83dd4a785d.a1
A journalist from The Sun, reportedly its royal editor, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of illegally paying public officials, police said.
The 36-year-old journalist was held in a dawn swoop at his home in Kent, while a 42-year-old male former armed forces member and a 38-year-old woman were arrested at their home in Lancashire.

▽Suspected far-right extremists arrested across England - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/19/supected-far-right-extremists-arrested?newsfeed=true
Five suspected far-right extremists have been arrested by counter-terror detectives after race-hate material was posted online... The arrests on Thursday are being linked with a splinter group of the English Defence League known as the North West Infidels.

▽Royal Palace was Breivik’s third target - Views and News from Norway
http://www.newsinenglish.no/2012/04/19/royal-palace-was-breiviks-third-target/
Mass murder- and terror defendant Anders Behring Breivik testified in court on Thursday that he originally planned to bomb three targets in Oslo including the Royal Palace, and then go on a shooting spree downtown until he was shot himself. He settled on bombing government headquarters and a massacre at a Labour Party summer camp.

▽Nokia slumps to €1.3bn loss under competition from Apple and Samsung - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/19/nokia-slumps-loss-competition-apple-samsung?newsfeed=true
Nokia's smartphone sales have faltered after Elop moved its devices off its home-grown Symbian operating system last year to the untried Windows Phone software owned by Microsoft. As a consequence, sales of Symbian-based phones are declining rapidly while uptake of Nokia's new Windows-based phone, the Lumia, has disappointed.

▽Japan deficit adds to nuclear restart calls - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7e4b5fd6-89fc-11e1-87f0-00144feab49a.html#axzz1sUPO82Wl
The value of imports of liquefied natural gas, used for thermal power generation, reached a record-high Y5.4tn ($66bn), up 52 per cent from the previous year, with imports of crude oil up 23 per cent to Y11.9tn. That drove the trade deficit to Y4.41tn in the year to March 2012, from a surplus of Y5.3tn in 2010/11.

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2012.04.18

News Headlines - 18 April 2012

▽European banks could trigger fresh credit crunch, warns IMF - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/18/european-banks-credit-crunch-imf?newsfeed=true
Europe's banks risk triggering a major credit crunch if they all take drastic action to repair their balance sheets at the same time, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

▽Rise in public anger found on Twitter before riots - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/9208700/Rise-in-public-anger-found-on-Twitter-before-riots.html
Scientists from Bristol University found evidence of public anger in the days before widespread violence and looting on the streets by studying millions of tweets.
After examining the mood of the messages of 140 characters or less, they found an increase in anger and fear levels in the summer of 2011.

▽Phone hacking: journalist files sent to prosecutors - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17753490
Four files relating to alleged offences committed by journalists have been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider if charges can be brought.

▽Neil Heywood death: China commits to full investigation into Bo Xilai scandal - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9210720/Neil-Heywood-death-China-commits-to-full-investigation-into-Bo-Xilai-scandal.html
China's ruling Communist Party said on Wednesday that it is committed to investigating a political scandal that includes the suspected murder of a British businessman, following new appeals by David Cameron.

▽China rejects call to settle sea dispute in int'l court - Philippine Star
http://www.philstar.com/nation/article.aspx?publicationsubcategoryid=63&articleid=798275
China has rejected the Philippines' appeal to take the dispute over Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal to an international court.

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2012.04.17

News Headlines - 17 April 2012

▽Anders Behring Breivik claims victims were not innocent - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/17/anders-behring-breivik-claims-victims-not-innocent?newsfeed=true
He expressed no regret for planning and carrying out the attacks that left 77 dead last summer. Maintaining he acted out of "goodness, not evil" to prevent a "major civil war", Breivik insisted: "I would have done it again."

▽Repsol vows to fight for $10bn compensation over Argentinian plans to seize control of oil group YPF - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/9208174/Repsol-vows-to-fight-for-10bn-compensation-over-Argentinian-plans-to-seize-control-of-oil-group-YPF.html
Spanish oil giant Repsol said on Tuesday that it will demand compensation of at least $10bn (£6.27bn) from Argentina if the country completes plans to seize control of its largest oil company.

▽Tokyo to buy disputed islands: Governor - AsiaOne
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120417-340404.html
Controversial Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara has said taxpayers in Japan's capital will buy a small chain of uninhabited islands at the centre of a damaging territorial dispute with China.

▽Samsung Galaxy SIII ‘official Olympics phone’ - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/9208754/Samsung-Galaxy-SIII-official-Olympics-phone.html
Samsung’s new Galaxy device is to be unveiled in London because it is to be the official phone of the Olympics, according to reports.

▽Spectacular Solar Flare Erupts From The Sun - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/technology/article/16210137
Nasa has released spectacular images of a powerful solar flare erupting from the sun.
Although measured as "moderate", the sun storm captured by Nasa spacecraft revealed it to be a stunning display of magnetic plasma.

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2012.04.16

News Headlines - 16 April 2012

▽Lord Ahmed suspended from Labour Party after 'offering £10m bounty for capture of Obama and Bush' - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9206078/Lord-Ahmed-suspended-from-Labour-Party-after-offering-10m-bounty-for-capture-of-Obama-and-Bush.html
Lord Ahmed, a controversial British peer, has been suspended from the Labour Party amid reports that he offered a £10 million bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W Bush.

▽Breivik admits to killing 77, but pleads not guilty - CTV.ca
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20120416/anders-breivik-oslo-utoya-island-massacre-norway-trial-begins-120416/
A right-wing fanatic admitted Monday to unleashing a bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defence.

▽Property asking prices hit all-time high but soaring London masks misery elsewhere, says Rightmove - This is Money
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2130391/UK-house-prices-Asking-prices-hit-time-high-says-Rightmove.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Average asking prices rose 2.9 per cent between March and April to £243,737, according to the Rightmove House Price Index. That is £1,327 more than the last peak in May 2008 when the average was £242,410.
The average is being skewed by London's irrepressible housing market. Since the last peak in 2008, London prices are 14.9 per cent higher, compared with a 4.3 per cent fall in that time for the rest of the country excluding the capital.

▽Himalayan glaciers resist global trend of melting: Study - Economic Times
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/himalayan-glaciers-resist-global-trend-of-melting-study/articleshow/12687561.cms
Some glaciers in the Himalayas mountain range have gained a small amount of mass between 1999 and 2008, new research shows, bucking the global trend of glacial decline.
The study published on Sunday in the Nature Geoscience journal also said the Karakoram mountain range in the Himalayas has contributed less to sea level rise than previously thought.

▽Drought 'may last until Christmas' - Bourne Local
http://www.bournelocal.co.uk/news/regional-news/drought-may-last-until-christmas-1-3737384
The Environment Agency declared official drought zones in a further 17 English counties - including Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire - and said the shortages could last until Christmas or beyond.

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2012.04.15

News Headlines - 15 April 2012

▽Kim Jong Un Speaks Publicly for First Time - TIME
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2112034,00.html?iid=sl-category-mostpop2
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has spoken publicly for the first time at a massive celebration marking the 100th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung.

▽Hundreds of Israeli police deploy for fly-in of pro-Palestinian activists, 27 denied entry - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/hundreds-of-israeli-police-deploy-for-fly-in-of-pro-palestinian-activists-27-denied-entry/2012/04/15/gIQAH6A9IT_story.html
Israel deployed hundreds of police Sunday at its main airport to detain activists flying in to protest the country’s occupation of Palestinian areas in defiance of vigorous Israeli government efforts to block their arrival.

▽Afghan capital rocked by explosions - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gsiYqxvitaKdWDwWXKq28zuBlm8A?docId=N0306381334483749236A
Militants have launched a series of co-ordinated attacks in Kabul, with blasts and gunfire rocking three areas that are home to Afghan government buildings, Western embassies and Nato bases.

▽Ed Miliband offers to cap union donations to Labour Party at £5,000 - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/896188-ed-miliband-offers-to-cap-union-donations-to-labour-party-at-5-000
Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to 'grasp the nettle' on party funding reform by limiting all donations to £5,000, including those from unions in an interview with Andrew Marr.

▽Doctors turn on No 10 over failure to curb obesity surge - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/14/obesity-crisis-doctors-fastfood-deals-ban?newsfeed=true
The body that represents every doctor in the country has launched an unprecedented attack on the coalition government's failed strategy to tackle an obesity epidemic in the UK.

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2012.04.14

News Headlines - 14 April 2012

▽Iran Begins Nuclear Talks With Six Nations - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/world/europe/iran-begins-nuclear-talks-with-six-nations.html?_r=1
Talks between Iran and six world powers about the aims of its nuclear-enrichment program began on Saturday morning with a plenary session of all parties. European and American officials suggested that a serious commitment from Iran to negotiate may be enough to continue the talks at another round in late May, possibly in Baghdad, as Iran has suggested.

▽Syrians forces open fire on protesters, opposition activists say - CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/14/world/meast/syria-unrest/
Syrian forces targeted opposition neighborhoods Saturday, activists said, days into a fragile cease-fire aimed at ending a bloody crackdown against anti-government protesters.

▽Diary: Skintland? Alex Salmond is quick to rise to the bait - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/diary/diary-skintland-alex-salmond-is-quick-to-rise-to-the-bait-7644002.html
The current issue of The Economist magazine carries a warning to Scotland of the potential cost of independence, illustrated on the front cover by a spoof map of "Skintland", with its capital renamed "Edinborrow" and the islands to the north "Orkward" and "Shutland".
This has drawn furious condemnation from Alex Salmond who claimed that "it insults every single community in Scotland" – ignoring the point that it is a warning of what Scotland would be like, rather than a comment on Scotland as it is now.

▽Royal Mail limits supply of stamps ahead of price rise - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-mail/9201272/Royal-Mail-limits-supply-of-stamps-ahead-of-price-rise.html
Some of the biggest high street chains and post offices said on Thursday that they were running out of stamps as people began stockpiling them.
Royal Mail confirmed on Thursday that it had imposed a cap on the number of stamps every shop could buy.
Retailers said it was refusing to restock them when they exceeded their allocation.

▽Windfarms do not cause long-term damage to bird populations, study finds - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/12/windfarms-damage-bird-populations?newsfeed=true
A major new study has quashed fears that onshore windfarms are causing long-term damage to bird populations, but found new evidence that some species are harmed when windfarms are built.

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2012.04.13

News Headlines - 13 April 2012

▽Turmoil in global markets as Spanish bank borrowing from ECB doubles - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9203771/Turmoil-in-global-markets-as-Spanish-bank-borrowing-from-ECB-doubles.html
Spanish bank borrowing from the European Central Bank doubled last month, revealing a dangerous dependence on emergency funding that on Friday triggered renewed turmoil in financial markets.

▽N.Korea Admits Rocket Failed Shortly After Launch - The Chosun Ilbo
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/04/14/2012041400308.html
North Korea has acknowledged a multi-stage rocket it launched early Friday failed to reach orbit. An announcer on North Korean television -- interrupting programming four hours after the launch, which was not broadcast -- says the Kwangmyongsong-3 earth observation satellite did not succeed in reaching orbit and scientific experts are investigating the cause of the failure.

▽Fuel tanker drivers consider possible deal - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17706221
The fuel tanker drivers' dispute could be over after the Unite union agreed to put a possible deal to its members.

▽The Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit has terrifying implications - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/13/apple-ebook-price-fixing-terrifying?newsfeed=true
If Apple loses the US case for alleged price-fixing, Amazon will be left in sole charge of the publishing industry

▽Emperor penguins counted from space - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17692025
Nearly twice as many emperor penguins inhabit Antarctica as was thought.
UK, US and Australian scientists used satellite technology to trace and count the iconic birds, finding them to number almost 600,000.

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2012.04.12

News Headlines - 12 April 2012

▽North Korea launches long-range rocket - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17698438
The planned launch has been widely condemned by the international community, which has accused North Korea of trying to develop its military technology.

▽Hackers post Scotland Yard anti-terrorist phone call on YouTube - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/12/met-police-anti-terrorism-hotline?newsfeed=true
A hacking group named TeamPoison claimed responsibility for the cyber-attack and said it was made in protest at extradition laws. The group uploaded a recording on YouTube apparently consisting of a phone conversation between Met police anti-terrorist hotline staff, and two recordings of prank calls it made to the hotline.

▽Recovery prospects hit as UK’s exports outside Europe fall - Yorkshire Post
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/business-news/recovery-prospects-hit-as-uk-s-exports-outside-europe-fall-1-4443746
The UK’s fragile economic recovery has suffered a jolt after figures revealed a sharp fall in exports to countries outside Europe.
In a sign of more pressure on the UK’s first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the trade deficit on goods and services rose to £3.4bn in February, up from £2.5bn the previous month and bigger than the £2bn expected by the City.

▽Google posts strong first-quarter results and announces two-for-one stock split - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/13/google-results-first-quarter?newsfeed=true
Google has reported strong first-quarter earnings, up 60% year-on-year to $2.89bn (£1.81bn), with gross revenues also up, by 24%, to $10.65bn, and has announced a two-for-one stock split that will effectively act as a one-off dividend for existing shareholders, while retaining the co-founders' control of voting stock.

▽Nokia shares slump 14% following profit warning - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/11/nokia-shares-slump-profit-warning
Shares in Nokia plunged by 14% on Wednesday after it warned it expects to lose money for the first six months of this year, blaming strong competition for smartphone sales, "particularly in India, the Middle East, Africa and China", among other factors.

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News Headlines - 11 April 2012

▽Rioter who burned historic furniture store jailed for 11 years - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9198389/Rioter-who-burned-historic-furniture-store-jailed-for-11-years.html
A family whose 140-year-old business was burned to the ground during last summer’s riots in London have accepted an apology from Gordon Thompson, the arsonist who destroyed their lives.

▽7-Shooter of black Florida teenager charged with murder - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/usa-florida-shooting-idUSL2E8FB97S20120412
A special prosecutor in Florida charged neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder on Wednesday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a move protesters had demanded for weeks in a racially charged case that has riveted the United States.

▽British Airways plans to cut jobs at Gatwick Airport - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-17680621
Almost 600 British Airways (BA) employees at Gatwick Airport could lose their jobs or be transferred to another company as part of plans by the airline to cut costs.

▽Ryanair to announce further cuts at Edinburgh Airport - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-17675604
The budget airline said in February it would reduce its number of aircraft based at the airport from seven to six and cut five routes.
The move followed the breakdown in talks with operator BAA over a reduction in charges for using the airport.

▽The rise and fall of China's golden couple - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9197833/The-rise-and-fall-of-Chinas-golden-couple.html
Bo Xilai, 62, believed he could one day become China’s paramount ruler. His second wife, Gu Kailai, a beautiful and driven 54-year-old lawyer, had her own nickname: Lady Macbeth. Today, both are under house arrest. If history is any guide to how the Communist party treats former leaders, Mr Bo is unlikely ever to be seen in public again. Their 24-year-old son Bo Guagua, a Harvard student, has gone into hiding. Once a playboy who cavorted around Beijing in a red Ferrari, he may now need protection from the United States.

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2012.04.10

News Headlines - 10 April 2012

▽Norway's mass killer Breivik declared sane - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17663958
A second psychiatric evaluation of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has found him sane enough to face trial and a jail term.

▽Death toll in Yemeni clashes rises to 127 - USA TODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-04-10/yemen-clashes/54141236/1
Yemeni army officials say heavy clashes overnight between the military and al-Qaeda-linked militants in the south have killed 63 people, bringing the two-day death toll in the fighting to 127.

▽Hate preacher Abu Hamza facing up to 50 years behind bars in the U.S. after losing extradition appeal - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2127434/Abu-Hamza-extradition-Hate-preacher-facing-50-years-US-jail-losing-appeal.html?ITO=google_news_rss_feed
Hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza and four other Muslim fanatics will be sent to the U.S. to face trial after they today lost their appeals against extradition.
Judges in Strasbourg dramatically ruled this morning that Hamza must be extradited to the U.S. where he could face the rest of his life behind bars...
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected the men's claims that their human rights would be breached by leaving the UK.

▽Instagram 'tremendous investment' for Facebook - BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9712000/9712085.stm
Facebook has announced it is to buy Instagram, the popular photo-sharing smartphone app, at a cost of $1bn.
Instagram allows smartphone users to take and share photos with one another and apply special effects to their pictures give them a vintage look.

▽Space station snaps photo of robotic cargo craft - CNET
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57411203-76/space-station-snaps-photo-of-robotic-cargo-craft/
Photo taken from the International Space Station shows the approach of European Space Agency's cargo spacecraft approaching for an automated docking and delivery of vital supplies.

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2012.04.09

News Headlines - 09 April 2012

▽Syria peace deal nears collapse - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5j6UBqw3Y9Zl2a4k4Cvat-piqmWVg?docId=N0191151333930240054A
A UN-brokered plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria has effectively collapsed after President Bashar Assad's government raised new, last-minute demands that the country's largest rebel group swiftly rejected.

▽Syrian forces fire on Turkish refugee camp - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/syrian-forces-injure-three-turkish-refugee-camp
Syrian forces have fired across the border into Turkey, hitting a refugee camp in the latest incident to fuel mounting international concern about escalating violence hours before a UN deadline to end the crisis.

▽The Queen makes Camilla a Dame Grand Cross - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17654777
The Duchess of Cornwall has been made a Dame Grand Cross, the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order.

▽Sony to Cut Estimated 10,000 Jobs - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303772904577333162194832288.html
Sony Corp. plans to reduce its work force by an estimated 10,000 jobs, or about 6% of its global staff, as part of new Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai's restructuring plan, people familiar with the matter said Monday.

▽Eco-friendly ice cream firm plan to power dairy farm using slurry from 400-strong herd of cows - Scottish Daily Record
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/science-and-technology/2012/04/09/eco-friendly-ice-cream-firm-plan-to-power-dairy-farm-using-slurry-from-400-strong-herd-of-cows-86908-23819143/
AN ICE cream company are hoping to turn slurry from their 400-strong herd of cows into biofuel to help power their dairy farm.

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2012.04.08

News Headlines - 08 April 2012

▽Catholic Leader Says No Need For Gay Marriage - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16204832
The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has told Sky News that Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to legalise gay marriage are unnecessary.
The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, says he does not see the need to change the definition of marriage.

▽Syria demands guarantees from rebels before calling ceasefire - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/syria-demands-guarantees-rebels-ceasefire
UN-backed plans for a ceasefire and negotiations in Syria have been thrown into doubt by a new demand from President Bashar al-Assad that armed groups guarantee to halt all violence before regime forces are withdrawn from flashpoints across the country.

▽Anonymous claims responsibility for taking down government sites - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/08/anonymous-taking-down-government-websites
A group of computer hackers have claimed responsibility for taking down the Home Office website apparently in protest against government extradition and surveillance policies.

▽How Kew Gardens stays green in a drought - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9190481/How-Kew-Gardens-stays-green-in-a-drought.html
“Under the National Heritage Act 1983, plants from the scientific collection are exempt from the ban,” explains Barnes, who has worked at the gardens for 24 years. “This applies to rare species, such as orchids and flora from the Canary Islands and Madagascar. We also have two cacti of which there are only three in total on earth. It’s like having a dodo, so we have a duty to keep those alive.”

▽Severe global warming 55million years ago 'triggered by changes in Earth's orbit' - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2125533/Global-warming-55m-years-ago-triggered-changes-Earths-orbit.html
Changes in the Earth’s orbit 55million years ago caused the planet to warm up by 5C, according to new research.
A study by climate scientist Rob DeConto of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues at the University of Sheffield found that orbital changes triggered the melting of vast areas of permafrost at the poles, which released greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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2012.04.07

News Headlines - 07 April 2012

▽Navy jet has 'catastrophic mechanical malfunction,' hits apartments in Virginia - CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/06/us/virginia-plane-crash/
A Navy fighter jet experienced a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction" during takeoff Friday over the military community of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and rained a stench of jet fuel shortly before crashing into apartment buildings, according to residents and Navy officials.

▽Pakistan avalanche: rescuers recover soldiers' bodies - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/pakistan-avalanche-rescuers-search-soldiers
Rescuers have recovered a number of bodies after an avalanche hit a Pakistani army base in the disputed Kashmir region, burying up to 150 soldiers.

▽Osborne 'very happy' for government to consider publishing MPs personal tax returns - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/georgeosborne/9191222/Osborne-very-happy-for-government-to-consider-publishing-MPs-personal-tax-returns.html
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the Chancellor says that the Conservatives are committed to transparency and highlights how politician’s tax returns are routinely published in the US.

▽Catholic cardinal calls on Christians to wear their crosses every day - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/catholic-cardinal-christians-wear-crosses?newsfeed=true
Britain's most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as "a symbol of their beliefs" and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society.

▽UK's advertising watchdog to assess complaints Apple's new iPad 4G claims were misleading - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/9191782/UKs-advertising-watchdog-to-assess-complaints-Apples-new-iPad-4G-claims-were-misleading.html
The popular tablet device is being marketed with 4G mobile broadband connectivity even though it is only able to access the ultra-fast network in North America.
The Advertising Standards Authority has received 24 complaints about the “misleading” references to 4G on Apple’s website.
The watchdog is considering whether or not to launch an investigation.

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2012.04.06

News Headlines - 06 April 2012

▽Four NI Police Suspended Over 'Racist Texts' - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16203871
Four police officers in Northern Ireland have been suspended after the discovery of racist and sectarian text messages.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland's professional standards department has launched an internal probe after the allegedly offensive messages were discovered during the course of a separate internal inquiry.

▽Mali's Tuareg rebels declare independence - USA TODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-04-06/mali-africa-coup-rebels/54073734/1
Mali's Tuareg rebels, who have seized control of the country's distant north in the chaotic aftermath of a military coup in the capital, declared independence Friday of the Azawad nation.

▽Coast Guard sinks Japanese ghost ship adrift since tsunami - Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/06/coast-guard-sinks-japanese-ghost-ship-adrift-since-tsunami/
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter poured cannon fire into a Japanese ghost ship that had been drifting since the last year's tsunami, sinking the vessel in the Gulf of Alaska and eliminating the hazard it posed to shipping and the coastline.

▽Jaguar to launch sports car after 40 years - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f06615f2-7f02-11e1-a06e-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=published_links/rss/home_uk/feed//product#axzz1rDGhGqVR
Jaguar is taking on German premium carmakers such as Porsche by producing the F-Type, its first sports car in four decades.
The UK car brand, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said at the New York auto show that it planned to unveil a production version of a two-seat convertible later this year. Jaguar previewed its plans for a sports car last September in Frankfurt as a concept vehicle, the C-X16.

▽Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17623422
More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm.

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2012.04.05

News Headlines - 05 April 2012

▽Sky News admits hacking emails of 'canoe man' John Darwin - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9188402/Sky-News-admits-hacking-emails-of-canoe-man-John-Darwin.html
Sky News has admitted senior executives authorised a journalist to hack into the emails of John Darwin, the "canoe man" accused of faking his own death in 2002.
The broadcaster revealed a member of staff was cleared to carry out the hacking, a breach of the Computer Misuse Act, on two separate occasions that it believed were "in the public interest".

▽Metropolitan police race row deepens as allegations mount - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/05/metropolitan-police-race-allegations-mount
Scotland Yard is facing fresh questions over the conduct of its officers after it revealed details of seven new complaints of alleged racism which it said it had referred to the police watchdog.

▽£100K COST OF BBC CHAT TO TERROR SUSPECT - Express.co.uk
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/312916/-100k-cost-of-BBC-chat-to-terror-suspect
But a High Court judge ruled in favour of the BBC after their lawyers argued the matter was of significant public interest.
Whitehall sources said the costs of defending the case against the BBC amounted to roughly £55,000. An insider at the corporation said their legal bill came to a similar amount. It is thought the detention of the former IT worker and his legal battle against extradition has cost taxpayers about £500,000.

▽Riot victim's father Tariq Jahan guilty of attack charge - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-17608557
A man who called for calm after his son died in the Birmingham riots has been found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm in an earlier attack.

▽Google unveils Project Glass augmented reality eyewear - BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17618495
Google has revealed details of its research into augmented reality glasses... The images show a minimalist design with a microphone and partly-transparent video screen that places information over the view from the users' right eye.

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2012.04.04

News Headlines - 04 April 2012

▽Staff shortages could lead to airport queues as holidaymakers fly home - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/transport/staff-shortages-could-lead-to-airport-queues-as-holidaymakers-fly-home-7618479.html
Passengers returning to London from Easter trips abroad have been warned they could face queues of up to three hours at passport control.

▽Easter tree sprouts 10,000 eggs - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gzrm1vOrZhv5d8dgAGqnfHB2qVCA?docId=N0116621333541850411A
If you thought Easter eggs did not grow on trees, German Volker Kraft would like you to think again.
Mr Kraft's apple sapling sported just 18 eggs when he first decorated it for Easter in 1965. The number increased year by year; and by last year, it was festooned with 9,800 eggs, artfully decorated with everything from sequins to sea shells.

▽When dinosaurs roamed . . . the sea bed - Cambridge News
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/When-dinosaurs-roamed-the-sea-bed-04042012.htm
Dinosaurs are still causing waves in the scientific pond 65 million years after they were wiped out.
Prof Brian J Ford, a research biologist from Gonville and Caius College, says dinosaurs – specifically those with big tails like T-Rex – spent most, if not all of their lives, under water.

▽Japan and Britain 'set to agree arms deal' - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9185080/Japan-and-Britain-set-to-agree-arms-deal.html
Japan and Britain are set to agree to begin joint development of arms following Tokyo's easing of its ban on exports of military equipment late last year, the Mainichi daily reported on Wednesday.

▽Prominent French academic found dead in New York hotel room - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9184802/Prominent-French-academic-found-dead-in-New-York-hotel-room.html
New York City Police said that the body of Descoings, 53, director of the prestigious Institute of Political Studies or "Sciences Po" in Paris and a member of France's Council of State, a government advisory body, was found in his room at the Michelangelo Hotel on 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan.

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2012.04.03

News Headlines - 03 April 2012

▽Police: Shooter in California college attack killed victims execution-style - CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/03/us/california-shooting/
The man who went on a shooting spree at a small religious college in Oakland was upset at the school for dismissing him -- and killed his seven victims execution-style, the city police chief said Tuesday.

▽Top JP Morgan banker Ian Hannam resigns over £450,000 fine for market abuse - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9182886/Top-JP-Morgan-banker-Ian-Hannam-resigns-over-450000-fine-for-market-abuse.html
Ian Hannam, one of JP Morgan's most senior bankers, resigned abruptly on Tuesday after being fined by Britain's financial watchdog for market abuse related to insider information on Heritage Oil emailed to a prospective client.

▽Japan’s Strongest Storm Since 1959 Forecast to Slam Tokyo - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-03/japan-s-strongest-storm-since-1959-forecast-to-slam-into-tokyo
Airlines canceled hundreds of flights, some train services were halted and thousands of workers went home early as Japan’s weather agency forecast the strongest winds in more than 50 years will hit Tokyo today.

▽A Tale of Two Britains: South is bathed in sunshine while Scotland freezes - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2124386/A-Tale-Two-Britains-South-bathed-sunshine-Scotland-freezes.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Britain was today facing a stark north south weather divide – with parts of Scotland shivering under a blanket of snow and sub-zero temperatures while most of England basked in yet more sun.
After a week of record highs north of the border, where temperatures were hotter than Athens, Bermuda, Cairo, Lisbon and Rome, the country was plunged back to winter.
And the icy conditions look set to track south, putting an end to the unseasonably warm weather for all of the UK.

▽Premier League - Ferguson: Still a long way to go - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/03042012/58/premier-league-ferguson-long-way.html
Manchester United took a big step to retaining their Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers but manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to get carried away with the significance of the victory.

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2012.04.01

News Headlines - 01 April 2012

▽The best April Fool's jokes in our round-up, Google wins - CNET
http://crave.cnet.co.uk/software/the-best-april-fools-jokes-in-our-round-up-google-wins-50007517/
It's been a vintage April Fool's Day, but I think Google wins this one, with no fewer than 11 pranks. Eleven. Seriously.

▽China arrests over coup rumours - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17570005
Chinese police have arrested six people and shut 16 websites after rumours were spread that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing, officials say.

▽Tory 'Cover-Up' On PM's Dinners With Donors - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16200411
The Conservative Party is facing fresh "cash-for-access" allegations over its failure to report private meetings between the Prime Minister and party donors.
Disgraced former Tory Party treasurer Peter Cruddas, claimed to have direct access to David Cameron on at least 13 occasions.

▽Burma: EU observers will not declare historic by-elections free and fair - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9178934/Burma-EU-observers-will-not-declare-historic-Myanmar-by-elections-free-and-fair.html
As polling got under way in the first election ever contested by the country's Nobel laureate, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, EU officials said while they welcomed the Burmese government's invitation to observe 45 parliamentary by-elections, they had not been given enough time to carry out a credible monitoring operation.

▽Triple bomb attack kills 10 in Thailand - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jxYaFKAMDAAt4S9-mkVCWnmbA73w?docId=CNG.2565bba81a64bf18a7575f3a305e3d8c.651
Three bomb attacks minutes apart killed 10 people and wounded more than 100 on Saturday in the main town in Thailand's insurgency-hit far south.
The blasts hit the centre of Yala town around midday as families were out shopping, in the most deadly attack in five years in the Muslim-majority south of mainly Buddhist Thailand.

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2012.03.31

News Headlines - 31 March 2012

▽China rejects Obama's Iran oil import sanctions - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jzgGLST6Gq_Hsk7ZENlMNE_HIs-w?docId=c557b3c7ddf04617b0bcaf31c4f419b9
China rejected President Barack Obama's decision to move forward with plans for sanctions on countries buying oil from Iran, saying Saturday that Washington had no right to unilaterally punish other nations.

▽Fuel strike: government changes advice to say no need to queue for petrol - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/fuel/9177707/Fuel-strike-government-changes-advice-to-say-no-need-to-queue-for-petrol.html
Ministers have revised their advice to insist there is no urgent need for motorists to fill up their tanks with fuel after their warnings over strikes sparked two days of panic buying that has caused many petrol stations to run dry.

▽Spain unveils 'most austere' Budget in democratic history - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9176701/Spain-unveils-most-austere-Budget-in-democratic-history.html
Spain unveiled "the most austere budget in democratic history" with €27bn of cuts and a 7pc rise in utility bills but still failed to win over economists.

▽Apple, Foxconn revamp China work conditions - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/us-apple-foxconn-idUSBRE82S19720120329
In a landmark development for the way Western companies do business in China, Apple Inc said on Thursday it had agreed to work with partner Foxconn to tackle wage and working condition violations at the factories that produce its popular products.

▽Neutrino 'faster than light' scientist resigns - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17560379
The head of an experiment that appeared to show subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light has resigned from his post.

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2012.03.30

News Headlines - 30 March 2012

▽France seizes 17 Islamist suspects in dawn raids after Toulouse killings - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-seizes-17-islamist-suspects-in-dawn-raids-after-toulouse-killings-7603963.html
French police arrested 17 suspected Islamist extremists in a series of dawn raids across the country yesterday, a week after the death of the Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah.

▽Dissident Irish Republicans convicted of PC's murder - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/dissident-irish-republicans-convicted-of-pcs-murder-7604145.html
Two dissident Irish republicans were found guilty yesterday of murdering a police officer who was gunned down in Northern Ireland three years ago.

▽Galloway's Bradford win shocks main parties - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/galloways-bradford-win-shocks-main-parties-7604126.html
George Galloway tapped into widespread disillusionment among young Muslims – including deep opposition to the war in Afghanistan – to produce a stunning by-election victory in Bradford West.

▽Ed Miliband reveals 43 meetings with Labour donors - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/894808-ed-miliband-reveals-43-meetings-with-labour-donors
Labour published a list of Mr Miliband's meetings with people who had given more than £7,500 as part of an attempt to show the party was more transparent than the Conservatives.

▽Falkland Islands thriving 30 years after war - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17568859
Britain and Argentina are preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War amid heightened tensions over the disputed islands.

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2012.03.29

News Headlines - 29 March 2012

▽Met police media chief quits in hacking scandal - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gUe6cFVCEbz986iGxOcgKr-SFciQ?docId=CNG.2ccbfb75cf0a0b9eb4f3673fcbe067be.541
Dick Fedorcio stood down a week after the Metropolitan Police said it would start proceedings against him for hiring Neil Wallis, a former deputy editor at the now-closed paper, as a media consultant.

▽News Corp accuses BBC of 'gross misrepresentation' over pay-TV claims - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/29/news-corp-bbc-pay-tv
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has accused the BBC of "gross misrepresentation" over the Panorama documentary alleging that its former subsidiary NDS was involved in helping computer hackers to undermine ITV Digital.

▽North Sea Gas Leak Could Cost Billions - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303404704577311010611778038.html
A major gas leak at the Elgin field in the North Sea could cost its owners billions of dollars in the worst-case scenario, analysts said this week.

▽Tanker strike: Petrol sales shoot up as drivers begin to panic buy following Government's controversial advice - Scottish Daily Record
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2012/03/29/tanker-strike-petrol-sales-shoot-up-as-drivers-begin-to-panic-buy-following-government-s-controversial-advice-86908-23806203/
SALES of petrol and diesel increased dramatically yesterday as motorists flocked to garages to fill up following controversial advice from the Government ahead of a possible strike by fuel tanker drivers.

▽UK is back in recession, OECD says - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/mar/29/uk-back-in-recession-oecd
The UK is deep in recession and will be among the slowest of the world's largest economies to recover in the first half of this year, according to a study by the Paris-based thinktank, the OECD.

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2012.03.28

News Headlines - 28 March 2012

▽UK growth for final quarter revised down - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d7f0405e-78b5-11e1-9f0f-00144feab49a.html#axzz1qPKaAbUg
Britain’s economy shrank more than previously thought in the final quarter of last year, according to official statistics that caught economists by surprise on Wednesday. Estimated output fell 0.3 per cent from the previous quarter rather than the earlier official estimate of 0.2 per cent.

▽Disasters Hit Lloyd's of London - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577309082943524966.html
Lloyd's of London on Wednesday posted its first pretax loss in six years after being hit by lower investment returns and major catastrophes, in what industry experts call the second-costliest year on record in terms of insured disaster claims.

▽JetBlue plane in emergency landing after pilot suffers mid-air meltdown - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/894444-jetblue-plane-makes-emergency-landing-after-pilot-suffers-mid-air-meltdown?google_editors_picks=true
A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing after the captain began yelling about a bomb and had to be restrained and locked out of the cockpit.

▽UK riots 'made worse' by rolling news, BBM, Twitter and Facebook - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/28/uk-riots-twitter-facebook
The summer riots across the UK last year were "made worse" by rolling TV news channels and social media such as Twitter and Facebook, according to an independent panel set up by the government to examine the roots of the unrest.

▽Pope to meet with Fidel Castro - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hdiOg0jZgBs_9OHiMrkeaFR7Qt6Q?docId=N0147071332918627327A
Pope Benedict XVI is to wrap up his visit to Cuba with an open-air Mass in the shrine of the Cuban revolution and a meeting with Fidel Castro.
The former Cuban leader announced that he would happily meet with Benedict, saying he was asking for just a "few minutes of his very busy time" in Havana.

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2012.03.27

News Headlines - 27 March 2012

▽Strauss-Kahn warned over alleged prostitution ring - CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/26/world/europe/france-dsk-court/?hpt=hp_t1
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged in France on Monday with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring, prosecutors said.

▽Royal Mail to deliver IPO in 2013 - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a43beb3e-7525-11e1-90d1-00144feab49a.html#axzz1qJLTjIri
The coalition government aims to begin the privatisation of Royal Mail by selling or floating at least part of it in autumn 2013 if the state-owned postal operator’s finances continue to improve.

▽Game and Gamestation stores in London close down after retailer’s collapse - London24
http://www.london24.com/news/business/game_and_gamestation_stores_in_london_close_down_after_retailer_s_collapse_1_1331480
Administrators at PwC said 277 stores in the UK and Ireland are to shut but the remaining 333 stores, which employ 2,814 staff, will continue to trade while they try to find a buyer for the remainder of the business.

▽Up to 50000 migrants exploited student visa scheme - Channel 4 News
http://www.channel4.com/news/up-to-50-000-migrants-exploited-student-visa-scheme
In its first year, up to 50,000 migrants may have used flaws in the student visa system to come to the UK for work, the public spending watchdog says.

▽Whisky growth pushes Scots food and drink exports to record high - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-17522644
A strong performance by the whisky industry helped push Scottish food and drink exports to an all-time high last year.

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2012.03.26

News Headlines - 26 March 2012

▽David Cameron to publish dinner guest lists - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-to-publish-dinner-guest-lists-7585740.html
David Cameron confirmed today he had dinner with "significant"
Conservative Party donors at his flat in Downing Street on three occasions since becoming Prime Minister, as well as at a post-election dinner in No 10 in 2010.

▽Japan's Noda urges NK to cancel rocket launch - Korea Times
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/03/371_107700.html
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda urged North Korea on Monday to drop a plan to launch a long-range rocket next month, saying the North's maneuver will undermine peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

▽Japan and Canada to start free trade talks - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-03/D9TNBVE80.htm
Japan and Canada agreed Sunday to formally start talks aimed at forging a free trade agreement between the two countries.

▽Google ordered to disable autocomplete function in Japan - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17510651
Google has been ordered to disable part of its autocomplete function in Japan after complaints it violates privacy.

▽Facebook passwords 'fair game in job interviews' - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/9162356/Facebook-passwords-fair-game-in-job-interviews.html
The growing trend for bosses asking prospective employees for their Facebook usernames and passwords is not illegal say employment lawyers.

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2012.03.25

News Headlines - 25 March 2012

▽Barack Obama urges North Korea to cancel rocket launch - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/25/obama-korea-cancel-rocket-launch?newsfeed=true
Barack Obama has urged North Korea to cancel a rocket launch planned for next month, warning the regime that it had nothing to gain from "threats or provocations".

▽Prime Minister condemns Peter Cruddas cash-for-access claims - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9165634/Prime-Minister-condemns-Peter-Cruddas-cash-for-access-claims.html
In secret filming undertaken by The Sunday Times, Peter Cruddas, who runs an online trading company, tells undercover reporters posing as potential donors that gifts of more than £200,000 would get them into the party's "premier league."

▽The Queen surprises wedding party - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/9165558/The-Queen-surprises-wedding-party.html
The Queen and Prince Philip surprised a couple getting married in Manchester Town Hall during the Diamond Jubilee visit to the city.

▽Spanish new low-cost airline Iberia Express launched - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17496003
Spain's Iberia has launched a new entry in Europe's competitive market for low-cost airlines.
The new airline, Iberia Express, begins on Sunday with prices starting at 25 euros (£21) for a one-way ticket.

▽GAME talks collapse, administration sell-off imminent - MCV
http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/report-game-talks-collapse-administration-sell-off-imminent/093340
Talks to save GAME have reportedly collapsed, with reports suggesting that it will enter administration tomorrow when an immediate sell-off of assets will begin.

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2012.03.24

News Headlines - 24 March 2012

▽Big Ben could be renamed Elizabeth Tower after the Queen - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/23/big-ben-renamed-queens-jubilee?newsfeed=true
A group of MPs is calling for the tower housing Big Ben to be renamed in honour of the Queen, sparking horror from republicans who accuse them of championing a "crass and profoundly inappropriate" change to the Houses of Parliament.

▽Coalition to set minimum alcohol price - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/23/coalition-minimum-alcohol-price-40p?newsfeed=true
David Cameron will risk the wrath of the drinks industry and free marketeers today by announcing his government is to introduce legislation setting a minimum alcohol price of 40p a unit in England – enough to add £135 to the annual bill of a heavy drinker.

▽Petrol prices hit another record high - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17490088
Petrol prices have hit another record, according to industry analysts Experian Catalist.
The average price of a litre of unleaded petrol hit 140.20 pence.

▽Ex-banker in coma after gun attack - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/98516b10-7515-11e1-90d1-00144feab49a.html#axzz1q2gsW1wv
A former Russian banker is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot several times with what may have been a submachinegun in London.

▽Toulouse siege: first images inside Mohamed Merah's bullet-scarred flat released - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9164492/Toulouse-siege-first-images-inside-Mohamed-Merahs-bullet-scarred-flat-released.html
The first glimpse of the inside of his flat after the shoot-out has now emerged, showing the devastating damage caused by the exchanges of fire that ended with Merah being killed.

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2012.03.23

News Headlines - 23 March 2012

▽Obama names surprise World Bank candidate Jim Yong Kim - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17481973
President Obama has nominated Korean-born US academic Jim Yong Kim to be the next president of the World Bank.

▽Petrol breaks through 140p barrier to reach record high - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/9162842/Petrol-breaks-through-140p-barrier-to-reach-record-high.html
The average price at the pumps has now reached 140.20p a litre, with diesel at a new record of 146.72p, the AA said.
Petrol prices have now risen more than 2.75p a litre in just three weeks, while the cost was only 132.25p a litre at the beginning of the year.

▽Number of empty shops at all time high - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hz2keudgNDX8ZMwkFya_yGukqOVQ?docId=CNG.bd15b1abbb014c5d7ae6e1e009b11633.c1
Nearly one in seven shops across Britain is standing empty, a record proportion, according to new figures.
The Local Data Company says its monthly barometer of shop vacancies rose in February to 14.6 percent, reaching its highest level since the company began its index in 2008.

▽Japan readies missile defence system over North Korea rocket - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9161955/Japan-readies-missile-defence-system-over-North-Korea-rocket.html
The nuclear-armed North has announced it will launch a rocket in mid-April to put a satellite into orbit, a move that the United States, South Korea and other nations see as a pretext for a long-range missile test banned by the UN.

▽Europe launches heaviest ever craft into space - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9162313/Europe-launches-heaviest-ever-craft-into-space.html
Europe has undertaken its heaviest ever launch after an automated craft the size of a double decker bus, laden with supplies for the International Space Station, blasted off into space.

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2012.03.22

News Headlines - 22 March 2012

▽Budget 2012: Osborne says pensioners better off despite 'granny tax' - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/22/budget-2012-osborne-pensioners-granny-tax?newsfeed=true
The chancellor, George Osborne, has claimed pensioners are better off under the coalition government despite his refusal in the budget to increase the tax allowance for the over-65s.

▽Soldiers stage coup in Mali - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/soldiers-stage-coup-in-mali-7581081.html
Mutinous soldiers in Mali have taken over state television and announced that they have seized control of the government.
The soldiers said the coup was necessary because of the mishandling of an insurgency in the north.

▽Tulisa Contostavlos sex tape: X Factor judge opens up over intimate video - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/893869-tulisa-contostavlos-sex-tape-x-factor-judge-opens-up-over-intimate-video
Tulisa Contostavlos has said she is 'devastated and heartbroken' after a video of her sharing an 'intimate moment' with ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards was leaked online.

▽Japan returns to surplus on US demand - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e0c90a80-73e7-11e1-bcec-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=published_links/rss/global-economy/feed//product#axzz1pq6VCQTf
Japan’s trade balance unexpectedly returned to surplus in February as strong US demand offset weakness in China and a big increase in fuel imports from the Middle East.
Thursday’s data showed a small trade surplus of Y33bn ($400m), the first positive reading since July.

▽Simultaneous release on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, PC and Mac. - Videogamer.com
http://www.videogamer.com/iphone/angry_birds_space/news/angry_birds_space_out_now.html
Angry Birds Space is now available to download on iTunes, for Android devices, PC and Mac, Rovio Entertainment has announced. Retail copies on PC and Mac will follow.
Angry Birds Space marks the first integrated entertainment launch for Rovio, with merchandise, animation and books available in retail at the same time as the game.

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2012.03.21

News Headlines - 21 March 2012

▽French police in standoff with possibly Al Qaeda-linked suspect in school shootings - Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/03/21/french-police-investigating-school-shooting-raid-house-2-officers-injured/?test=latestnews
French police say a gunman suspected in seven killings and claiming Al Qaeda links has resumed talking to negotiators.
The suspect is barricaded in an apartment building in the city of Toulouse in southern France.

▽Judith Tebbutt freed by Somali pirates after six-month kidnap ordeal - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/893771-judith-tebbutt-freed-by-somali-pirates-after-six-month-kidnap-ordeal
Judith Tebbutt has been freed by Somali pirates after her relatives paid a ransom to her kidnappers, ending her six-month ordeal in captivity.

▽Prince William returns from Falklands deployment - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jUoIwtSi1cmmnAiXiNpJLrcL6atA?docId=CNG.6549118c7589a5cc4e4d7216e2511778.3a1
Prince William has returned to Britain from the Falkland Islands following his tour of duty as a military search and rescue helicopter pilot, officials said Wednesday.
The 29-year-old, second in line to the throne, was sent to the South Atlantic archipelago as a routine part of his Royal Air Force (RAF) duties, but his near seven-week stint angered Argentina.

▽Kensington Palace's £12m refurbishment unveiled - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9157298/Kensington-Palaces-12m-refurbishment-unveiled.html
Kensington Palace, purchased in 1689 by King William III and Queen Mary II, has been refurbishment for its new residents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to move in as early as next year and use it as their London base.

▽Aspirin 'reduces the chance of dying of cancer by 30pc' - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9157552/Aspirin-reduces-the-chance-of-dying-of-cancer-by-30pc.html
His team found that taking low-dose daily aspirin for between three and five years reduced the chance of being diagnosed with cancer at that time by 19 per cent. Five years or more after starting taking aspirin, the reduction rose to 30 per cent.

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2012.03.20

News Headlines - 20 March 2012

▽Diamond Jubilee: Queen to 'rededicate' herself - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17438874
The Queen has promised to "rededicate myself to the service" of the UK and its people as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.
In a speech to both Houses of Parliament, she said the commemoration of her 60 years on the throne was a chance "to come together in a spirit of neighbourliness and celebration".

▽UK inflation continues to ease - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e73c463e-7270-11e1-9c23-00144feab49a.html#axzz1pekAc9oz
UK inflation eased again in February, reflecting falling charges for electricity and gas and leaving the key gauge of inflation at its lowest level since February 2010.

▽Russia joins Red Cross call for daily truce in Syria - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17438937
Russia has joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in calling for a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.

▽Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone Neck and Neck as London Mayoral Election Gets Official Kick Off - LondonNet
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/news/2012/mar/boris-johnson-ken-livingstone-neck-and-neck-london-mayoral-election-gets-official-kick
LONDON'S Mayoral election is now officially underway and a new poll suggests the 3 May vote will be a neck and neck affair between incumbent Boris Johnson and main challenger Ken Livingstone.

▽Maths teacher made Nazi taunts to German neighbours - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-17434258
A maths teacher has been found guilty of harassing his German neighbours by playing wartime classics and performing a Nazi salute.

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2012.03.19

News Headlines - 19 March 2012

▽4 killed in shooting at French Jewish school - CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/19/world/europe/france-shooting/?hpt=hp_t1
A gunman opened fire on a Jewish school in southern France Monday, killing four people -- the third shooting in the area in 10 days.

▽Fabrice Muamba’s heart stopped for two hours after collapse on pitch - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/893509-fabrice-muamba-s-heart-stopped-for-two-hours-after-collapse-on-pitch?google_editors_picks=true
The Bolton Wanderers midfielder remained in a critical condition on Sunday night after he collapsed on the pitch from a heart attack in an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur.

▽Egyptian Coptic Pope dies - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/985e9da0-705e-11e1-9caa-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=published_links/rss/world/feed//product#axzz1pYgofWLH
Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox church for 40 years, has died in Cairo after a long illness at the age of 89.
His death comes at a particularly tense moment for Egypt’s estimated 8 million Christians who feel they face an uncertain future as Islamists of various stripes from moderates to ultraconservatives have come to dominate politics following last year’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the former president.

▽UK is the ‘most internet-based major economy’ - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17405016
The internet contributes to 8.3% of the UK economy, a bigger share than for any of the other G20 major countries, a new study suggests.
The "internet economy" was worth £121bn in 2010, more than £2,000 per person, researchers at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) said.

▽Vikings 'carried mice to colonies'‎ - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/vikings-carried-mice-to-colonies-7576981.html
Mice hitched a ride with Vikings to mount their own invasions in the 10th century, research has shown.
A genetic study shows that Viking longboats carried the weeny Norse warriors to colonies in Iceland and Greenland.

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2012.03.18

News Headlines - 18 March 2012

▽Muamba facing critical 24 hours after he collapses on pitch - The Northern Echo
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/9597793.Muamba_facing_critical_24_hours_after_he_collapses_on_pitch/
Bolton manager Owen Coyle admitted this morning that his player Fabrice Muamba is fighting for his life after collapsing during the match with Tottenham.

▽This American Life retracts report criticising Apple factory - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/9149593/This-American-Life-retracts-report-criticising-Apple-factory.html
The programme aired on January 6, 2012, and became the most popular podcast in the history of the series.
Yesterday, Ira Glass, the host of the show, issued a statement saying that Daisey lied to him and to factcheckers before the show was broadcast.

▽Julian Assange to run for Australian senate - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/17/julian-assange-australian-senate-bid?newsfeed=true
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for a seat in Australia's senate next year despite being under virtual house arrest in the UK and facing sex crime allegations in Sweden.

▽Mystery over Labour office break-in - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jOQEtxIHiHoDbiVRSsaFb1NoFEVA?docId=B2984641332003194A00
Mystery still surrounds a break-in at the parliamentary offices of the Labour leadership as party sources indicated that it was "deeply concerned" about the security breach.

▽Syrian opposition to protest on one-year anniversary of uprising’s first big rallies - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-opposition-to-protest-on-one-year-anniversary-of-uprisings-first-big-rallies/2012/03/18/gIQAoBq9JS_story.html
Syrian opposition groups are calling for protests Sunday in the capital Damascus and elsewhere to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the first nationwide demonstrations of the country’s uprising.

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2012.03.17

News Headlines - 17 March 2012

▽Archived papers reveal Thatcher secrets - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17366040
Margaret Thatcher had a secret meeting with Rupert Murdoch at Chequers weeks before his 1981 purchase of the Times newspapers, newly released files show.

▽Public servants in poorer areas to get 'pay freeze' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17411117
Workers in poorer parts of Britain should have their pay frozen until it falls in line with the private sector, Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce in Wednesday's Budget.

▽George Clooney arrested in Washington at Sudan protest - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/george-clooney-arrested-in-washington-at-sudan-protest/2012/03/16/gIQAWnuxGS_story.html
Actor George Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington during a protest against attacks by the country’s government on its southern regions and blocking of humanitarian aid.

▽Osama bin Laden plotted to kill Barack Obama to throw US into crisis - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9149511/Osama-bin-Laden-plotted-to-kill-Barack-Obama-to-throw-US-into-crisis.html
Documents found in bin Laden's Pakistani compound disclose that he told senior allies killing Mr Obama would see America descend into chaos under the leadership of Vice-President Joe Biden.

▽Blasts hit Damascus as Syria gears up for monitors - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iEG9R6OQBjbLdyT1gJ26FQNehEaQ?docId=CNG.06d4b53471276cf7f83c514412f6affc.4f1
Twin bomb blasts wreaked death and destruction in the heart of Damascus on Saturday, as international peace envoy Kofi Annan geared up for a monitoring mission to end the year-long bloodshed.

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2012.03.16

News Headlines - 16 March 2012

▽Rowan Williams resigns as archbishop of Canterbury - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/16/rowan-williams-resigns-archbishop-canterbury?newsfeed=true
The archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to resign and return to academia, as master of Magdalene college, Cambridge...
Throughout his time in office he has been attacked by conservatives for his liberal views on homosexuality and by liberals for failing to live up to these principles.

▽US soldier accused of Afghan massacre hires prominent criminal lawyer - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9147527/US-soldier-accused-of-Afghan-massacre-hires-prominent-criminal-lawyer.html
The US staff sergeant accused of massacring 16 civilians in Kandahar has hired a prominent American criminal lawyer to defend him.

▽Profits slump at Trinity Mirror - Investors Chronicle
http://www.investorschronicle.co.uk/2012/03/16/shares/news-and-analysis/profits-slump-at-trinity-mirror-26oNuOAg4tAEvkaDiHbvZI/article.html
Ongoing declines in advertising revenues, high newsprint costs and costs of servicing a substantial debt pile and pensions deficit led to a 15 per cent fall in Trinity Mirror's underlying operating profits to £105m .

▽Groupon UK to change practices after criticism - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/03/16/uk-britain-groupon-idUKBRE82F0JF20120316
The British arm of Groupon Inc (GRPN.O) pledged on Friday to change the way it promotes offers after the country's trading watchdog said it had found breaches of consumer protection rules at the daily-deal company.

▽New IPad Debuts, May Widen Apple Lead on Google - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-15/apple-s-new-ipad-makes-sydney-debut-to-widen-google-lead
Apple Inc. (AAPL) started selling its new iPad today, betting on a sharper screen and faster chip to extend its lead over Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) in the growing market for tablet computers.

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2012.03.15

News Headlines - 15 March 2012

▽Apple continues to defy gravity as stock hits $600 - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/15/us-apple-stock-alltimehigh-idUSBRE82E0S920120315
As Apple's stock leaps to successive highs, it is intriguing to look back every couple of weeks just to see how far the tech giant has come.

▽PiP Breast Implant Scandal, 7000 More Women May Need Replacement Or Removal UK - Medical News Today
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/242971.php
The UK Department of Health has issued an update on PiP breast implants scandal which struck in late 2011. Authorities have identified an additional 7,000 women in the UK that may be in need to replacement or removal of their implants, and have confirmed this should be covered under the same NHS arrangements made earlier in the year.

▽Karzai Calls for U.S. Troop Pullback - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304692804577283134169463996.html
The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan suffered a double blow on Thursday, as President Hamid Karzai made a surprise demand that the U.S. and its allies pull their troops from villages into bases, and the Taliban said they suspended their negotiations with the U.S.

▽Hillsborough was drunk Liverpool fans’ fault, Margaret Thatcher told - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/893291-hillsborough-was-drunk-liverpool-fans-fault-margaret-thatcher-told
Margaret Thatcher was told a senior police officer blamed the Hillsborough disaster on ‘drunken Liverpool fans’, days after the tragedy which left 96 dead.

▽Miserable night for Manchester as City and United both crash out of Europe - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2115557/Manchester-City-Manchester-United-crash-Europe.htmlManchester City and Manchester United were both dumped out of the Europa League by supposedly inferior opposition on Thursday night.

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2012.03.14

News Headlines - 14 March 2012

▽UK looking at 100-year bonds to lock in low rates - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4dbotYpCpdm0Ki4mkbR19yis7qA?docId=a8505c046f0142c68994b1ee1778fdab
Britain is looking at ways of taking advantage of the country's super-low borrowing costs by considering the launch of bonds that would be repaid over 100 years, a senior Treasury official said Wednesday.

▽Top Goldman executive quits over culture of 'toxic' greed - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9142641/Top-Goldman-executive-quits-over-culture-of-toxic-greed.html
A senior Goldman Sachs executive has attacked a "toxic" and "destructive" culture at the leading investment bank that is increasingly focused on making money from clients, in an article in the New York Times.

▽UK unemployment rises by 28,000 to 2.67m, ONS reports - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17364461
UK unemployment rose by 28,000 to 2.67 million during the three months to January, with the unemployment rate at 8.4%, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

▽Police May Get Water Cannon To Tackle Rioters - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16188353
Water cannon and CS gas could be made available to police forces in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last summer's riots.
The equipment would be valuable to forces across England and Wales, a new review said.

▽Wen attacks party conservatives - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7dbe2368-6dbf-11e1-b98d-00144feab49a.html#axzz1p5l7L1Jj
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has attacked conservative rivals in the ruling Communist party by warning that China could face another Cultural Revolution unless it undertakes urgent political reforms.
Speaking on national television on Wednesday, Mr Wen, who will step down as premier later this year, hit out at conservatives including Bo Xilai, the Chongqing Communist party boss whose bid for a Politburo standing committee place has been hurt by a scandal involving his former police chief.

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2012.03.13

News Headlines - 13 March 2012

Rebekah Brooks and her husband among six arrested by phone hacking police - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/9140031/Rebekah-Brooks-and-her-husband-among-six-arrested-by-phone-hacking-police.html
The former editor of the News of the World and her husband Charlie, the race horse trainer and Telegraph columnist, were arested at their home in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, sources said.

▽David Cameron and Barack Obama hail 'unique' bond ahead of US visit - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/892937-david-cameron-and-barack-obama-hail-unique-bond-ahead-of-us-visit
David Cameron has joined Barack Obama in praising the relationship between Britain and the United States as 'a partnership of the heart, bound by... history' ahead of the prime minister's state visit to Washington this week.

▽Sarkozy Takes Poll Lead - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304450004577278860155806418.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
French President Nicolas Sarkozy edged ahead of his Socialist Party rival François Hollande for the first time since the beginning of the presidential election campaign, according to a poll released Monday evening.

▽Afghanistan militants 'attack Kandahar killings site' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17349736
Militants in Afghanistan have launched an attack on a government delegation visiting the site where a US soldier killed 16 civilians.

▽Syria 'laying landmines along border' - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9140003/Syria-laying-landmines-along-border.html
Syrian troops have planted landmines along routes used by people fleeing the country's violence and trying to reach neighbouring Turkey, an international human rights group has said.

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2012.03.12

News Headlines - 12 March 2012

▽Queen urges Commonwealth ‘to celebrate extraordinary cultural tapestry’ - Yorkshire Post
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/main-section/queen-urges-commonwealth-to-celebrate-extraordinary-cultural-tapestry-1-4336270
The Queen will today call for people who live in the Commonwealth to “celebrate an extraordinary cultural tapestry” of the “unique gathering of nations”.
In her annual Commonwealth Day message the monarch will describe how its 54 member nations – home to nearly two billion people – have a “wealth of diversity”.

▽How Ken Livingstone funnelled £238,000 through 'tax-avoidance' scheme - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/9136015/How-Ken-Livingstone-funnelled-238000-through-tax-avoidance-scheme.html
However, he has faced accusations of hypocrisy after it was revealed that he has himself channelled his earnings through a personal company, Silveta Ltd, paying corporation tax at 20 or 21 per cent rather than income tax at up to 50 per cent.
Silveta's 2011 accounts, published on the Companies House website on Friday night, show that Mr Livingstone continued this practice last year.

▽Afghans Demand Public Trial Of US Soldier - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16186790
The Afghan parliament has demanded a public trial of a US soldier who allegedly killed 16 civilians, as the Taliban vows revenge for the deaths.

▽Apple iPad initial pre-orders sold out - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/9138047/Apple-iPad-initial-pre-orders-sold-out.html
Customers who pre-order an iPad today via the Apple website are being told they will have to wait up to three weeks to get the new tablet computer.

▽Jupiter and Venus to appear side by side for two nights - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/nightsky/9137884/Jupiter-and-Venus-to-appear-side-by-side-for-two-nights.html
Although the planets are far apart in space, they will appear to be separated by only a few degrees.
Amateur astronomers will be excited by the prospect of two of the brightest planets in the solar system appearing so closely together, according to Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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2012.03.11

News Headlines - 11 March 2012

▽Japan marks somber anniversary of disaster - CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57394976/japan-marks-somber-anniversary-of-disaster/
People across Japan prayed and stood in silence on Sunday to remember the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation one year ago, killing just over 19,000 people and unleashing the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

▽Blow for Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrats refuse to endorse NHS reforms - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/9136691/Blow-for-Nick-Clegg-as-Liberal-Democrats-refuse-to-endorse-NHS-reforms.htm
Liberal Democrats have refused to fully endorse controversial reforms of the health service in a blow to party leader Nick Clegg.

▽Anti-Putin Protesters Struggle to Keep Up Steam - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/world/europe/moscow-protesters-confront-the-reality-of-putins-re-election.html
Thousands of people thronged a concourse along a main street in Moscow on Saturday to denounce President-elect Vladimir V. Putin and to cry out together, one more time, for political freedom.

▽Catholics oppose gay marriage plans - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jAOEE4Z_ax-Zt8Ycxhuyqm48bVCQ?docId=N1033471331460818749A
Catholics will be urged to protect the "true meaning" of matrimony as the Catholic Church steps up its campaign against Government plans for gay marriage.

▽'The Voice' set to launch against 'Britain's Got Talent' - NME.com
http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/the-voice-set-to-launch-against-britains-got-ta/262552
The Voice is set to launch on the same night as the return of Britain's Got Talent. The BBC1 talent show, which features Jessie J, Tom Jones, will.i.am and The Script's Danny O'Donoghue as coaches, will air its first episode on March 24 – the same night as its ITV1 rival, Britain's Got Talent.

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2012.03.10

News Headlines - 10 March 2012

▽EastEnders actress confirmed as canal victim - ITN
http://www.itn.co.uk/home/40837/Actress+confirmed+as+canal+victim
The 29-year-old was reported missing to the police two days after disappearing. Her limbless torso was found when a member of the public reported a suspicious object floating close to Hackney's famous Broadway Market. Police divers are still searching for Miss McCluskie's remaining body parts.

▽Cambridge student to Dominque Strauss-Kahn: explain the injuries found on maid - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/dominique-strauss-kahn/9135406/Cambridge-student-to-Dominque-Strauss-Kahn-explain-the-injuries-found-on-maid.html
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was challenged by a student about allegations of rape as the former International Monetary Fund chief gave a lecture at Cambridge University.

▽Speck on ocean floor - incredible new images of the Titanic - Belfast Telegraph
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/speck-on-ocean-floor-incredible-new-images-of-the-titanic-16129265.html
This composite image, released by RMS Titanic Inc., and made from sonar and more than 100,000 photos taken in 2010 from by unmanned, underwater robots, shows a small portion of a comprehensive map of the 3-by-5-mile debris field surrounding the stern of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

▽Obama’s Re-Election Case Bolstered as Jobs Data Point to Stronger Economy - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-09/obama-s-re-election-case-bolstered-as-jobs-data-point-to-stronger-economy
A surge in new jobs last month that held the U.S. unemployment rate to 8.3 percent highlights a strengthening economy that bolsters President Barack Obama as he approaches the November election .

▽Records show Japan gov’t knew meltdown risk early - Boston.com
http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-09/news/31140728_1_yukio-edano-industrial-safety-agency-fukushima-nuclear-power-plant
Just four hours after a tsunami swept into the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan’s leaders knew the damage was so severe that the reactors could melt down, but they kept their knowledge secret for months. Five days into the crisis, then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan voiced his fears that it could turn worse than Chernobyl.

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2012.03.09

News Headlines - 09 March 2012

▽Japan cabinet stunned, confused after quake, minutes show - Reuters
http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFBRE8280F920120309
A stunned Japanese cabinet felt no one was taking charge days after a tsunami smashed into the Fukushima nuclear power plant, unofficial minutes released on Friday showed, evidence of the scale of confusion as the country faced its biggest crisis since World War Two.

▽Japan earthquake and tsunami anniversary: quarter of a million face five years in shelters - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9131289/Japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-anniversary-quarter-of-a-million-face-five-years-in-shelters.html
Japan has wasted the entire year since a giant earthquake and tsunami destroyed its North East coast, the Japanese Red Cross said, as it emerged that more than a quarter of a million survivors face up to five more years in temporary shelters.

▽Japan Prepares To Mark 1 Year Anniversary Of Earthquake And Tsunami - Metro
http://pictures.metro.co.uk/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-remembered-on-one-year-anniversary-2012

▽Japan's Nikkei breaks 10,000 for first time in seven months - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/japans-nikkei-breaks-10000-for-first-time-in-seven-months/2012/03/09/gIQA7Hwm0R_story.html
Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average rose briefly above the symbolically significant 10,000 mark on Friday, its highest point in seven months, amid signs of optimism for recovery in the world’s third-largest economy.

▽Japan and Australia drawn together in World Cup - Eurosport.com
http://au.eurosport.com/football/world-cup/2018/japan-and-oz-share-group_sto3186564/story.shtml
Japan will face Australia in a repeat of the 2011 Asian Cup final after the duo were drawn together in a tricky World Cup qualifying fourth round group.

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2012.03.08

News Headlines - 08 March 2012

▽Headless torso found in canal may be that of ex-EastEnders actress - Yorkshire Post
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/main-section/headless-torso-found-in-canal-may-be-that-of-ex-eastenders-actress-1-4322161
A headless torso feared to be that of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has been dragged from a canal.
Murder detectives have arrested a 35-year-old man after the limbless body was discovered in Regent’s Canal, east London, on Tuesday.

▽Forbes rich list 2012: Carlos Slim tops rich list for third year - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/9130301/Forbes-rich-list-2012-Carlos-Slim-tops-rich-list-for-third-year.html
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim retained his position atop Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's billionaires on Wednesday with an estimated worth of $69 billion.
Microsoft Corp cofounder Bill Gates ranked second at $61 billion and Warren Buffett third at $44 billion. France's Bernard Arnault, the richest person in Europe, repeated at No. 4. They were the same top four as last year.

▽Fears of disruption as big solar storm hits the Earth - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337
The Earth is currently being battered by a storm of charged particles from the Sun, which could disrupt power grids, satellite navigation and plane routes.
The storm - the largest in five years - will bombard the Earth's magnetic field throughout Thursday.

▽Eurostar: Extremely rare to have delays - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17299126
Eurostar, the train operator that links London and continental Europe, said sales were up 6% last year.
The rise in traffic came despite a decline in business travellers. Eurostar said it had been able to attract more leisure travellers away from the airlines.

▽Apple's latest iPad is evolutionary, not revolutionary - Times of India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/hardware/Apples-latest-iPad-is-evolutionary-not-revolutionary/articleshow/12185963.cms
What many investors and fans alike forgot is that technology improvements are often iterations toward perfection. Revolutionary devices typically belong in entirely new categories. That's how the initial iPhone leaped far enough forward to look like something that violated the space-time continuum. And it's why the iPhone 4S -- and the third version of the iPad -- appear relatively humdrum by comparison.

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2012.03.07

News Headlines - 07 March 2012

▽Romney builds delegate lead with Super Tuesday wins - Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/07/romney-builds-delegate-lead-with-super-tuesday-wins/
Mitt Romney's opponents earned enough victories in Super Tuesday's stakes to keep the GOP presidential primary race in flux – but Romney was able to power through any nicks inflicted by Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich as the front-runner increased his ever-expanding lead in the delegate count.

▽Japan Prosecutors Charge Olympus, Executives - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203458604577266523769019102.html
In a statement, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office said it has charged the company and the individuals with violating Japanese law by falsifying financial statements for the fiscal years beginning in April of 2006 and 2007.

▽Ex-Citigroup Banker Convicted in Fraud Case - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204603004577267013169779198.html
The private banker at the center of an embezzlement scandal involving Citigroup Inc. in Indonesia was convicted of fraud Wednesday in a case that dealt a blow to the U.S. bank's expansion in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

▽Campaigners Protest Over Record Fuel Prices - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16183744
Campaigners against high petrol prices have taken their message to Downing Street ahead of a mass lobby of MPs later today.

▽Samsung Files Lawsuit Against Apple In Seoul - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204781804577266911766566698.html
SEOUL–Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday it widened its patent litigation against Apple Inc. in its home country, accusing the U.S. company of violating three more patents.

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2012.03.06

News Headlines - 06 March 2012

▽Super Tuesday could prove pivotal in GOP race - CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505103_162-57391253/super-tuesday-could-prove-pivotal-in-gop-race/
It's "Super Tuesday," when more Republican convention delegates will be awarded than in all the previous contests combined. More than 400 delegates, in ten states, are up for grabs.

▽Iran to allow UN nuclear inspectors into military site suspected of secret atomic work - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iran-says-it-will-allow-inspectors-from-un-nuclear-agency-into-secret-parchin-military-site/2012/03/06/gIQAHRPKuR_story.html
Iran will grant U.N. inspectors access to a military complex where the U.N. nuclear agency suspects secret atomic work has been carried out, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported Tuesday.

▽Robotic cheetah 'breaks speed record for legged robots' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17269535
A headless robot dubbed "Cheetah" has set a new world speed record, according to its owners.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said the four-legged machine achieved 18mph (29km/h) on a laboratory treadmill.

▽Business leaders welcome Nissan 'coup' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-17270058
Business leaders have welcomed Nissan's announcement of 2,000 new jobs as a "major coup" for the North East.

▽Sharp rise in recent graduates working as cleaners and porters - Evening Standard
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/education/sharp-rise-in-recent-graduates-working-as-cleaners-and-porters-7541595.html
More than a third of recent graduates are now working in low-skilled jobs that do not require a university education, official figures reveal

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2012.03.05

News Headlines - 05 March 2012

▽The worm that turned: 500million-year-old worm is our oldest ancestor - Mirror.co.uk
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/humans-are-descended-from-worm-which-lived-500-752043
The oldest human ancestor is a 500million-year-old worm-like creature no longer than a thumb.
Pikaia gracilens is the most primitive known vertebrate and therefore the ancestor of all descendant vertebrates, including humans.

▽Catholics will be called to oppose gay marriage - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9122677/Catholics-will-be-called-to-oppose-gay-marriage.html
The Roman Catholic Church is planning to enlist the support of more than a million regular worshippers in opposition to Government plans for same-sex marriage.

▽British barrister found dead in Pakistan - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/british-barrister-found-dead-in-pakistan-7536331.html
A leading British barrister has been found dead in a hotel room in Pakistan, his family has revealed. Relatives of Paul McBride QC, said the 48-year-old had died in his sleep in the city of Lahore, where he was on a trip with a fellow human rights lawyer.

▽Gunmen kill 27 in raids on west Iraq checkpoints - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/05/us-iraq-attack-idUSTRE82408220120305
Gunmen disguised as police raided checkpoints and homes in western Iraq on Monday, killing at least 27 members of the security forces, police said, in an attack the authorities said bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda.

▽Al Qaeda Blamed for Attack in Yemen - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203370604577261523244665472.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
At least 35 Yemeni soldiers were killed Sunday in an attack by al Qaeda-linked fighters that began with twin suicide bombings, medical officials said, continuing a wave of attacks launched since a new president took office vowing to fight the group.

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2012.03.04

News Headlines - 04 March 2012

▽Putin Wins Vote but Faces Friction With Opponents - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/world/europe/russia-votes-in-presidential-election.html
Russian voters overwhelmingly granted Vladimir V. Putin a six-year term as president on Sunday, a widely expected outcome that set the stage for a far more suspenseful post-election confrontation between the freshly emboldened leader and an opposition movement that has repeatedly rallied tens of thousands of protesters.

▽Obama Warns Iran He Will Use Force If Necessary - www.defensenews.com
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120304/DEFREG02/303040001/Obama-Warns-Iran-He-Will-Use-Force-Necessary?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his strong backing for key ally Israel on March 4, warning Iran that he would not hesitate to use force, if required, to stop it developing a nuclear weapon.

▽Meteor 'fireball' spotted in night sky across UK - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/mar/04/meteor-fireball-night-sky-uk?newsfeed=true
A large, fiery meteor or meteorite streaked through the skies above the UK on Saturday night, shooting from northern Scotland to southern England and provoking numerous concerned calls to the police.

▽US senator calls for FTC investigation of Apple, Google over privacy loopholes - Apple Insider
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/04/us_senator_calls_for_ftc_investigation_of_apple_google_over_privacy_loopholes.html
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has issued a call for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google over potential privacy issues arising from loopholes in their respective mobile operating systems.

▽Sony Unveils the Xperia P and Xperia U Smartphones at MWC - IMSoup
http://imsoup.com/sony-unveils-the-xperia-p-and-xperia-u-smartphones-at-mwc/5128/
Sony Mobile Communications has unveiled two new additions to its Xperia NXT series, the Xperia P and the Xperia U smartphones.
Announced at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, the Xperia P and Xperia U handsets incorporate Sony’s Bravia engine as the display technology and will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of this year.

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2012.03.03

News Headlines - 03 March 2012

▽'Caring' Cameron to defend spending cuts - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/caring-cameron-to-defend-spending-cuts-7499753.html
David Cameron will today insist there is “true compassion” behind the Government's austerity programme, arguing the Coalition is taking tough decisions because of its concern for Britain's long-term future.

▽Police set to outsource investigating  crimes and patrols to private firms - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/892044-police-set-to-outsource-investigating-crimes-and-patrols-to-private-firms
West Midlands and Surrey police are asking private security firms to bid for contracts, worth £1.5billion over seven years, to run some services currently carried out by officers – such as investigating crime and patrolling neighbourhoods, it has been revealed.

▽Merkel Needs Two-Thirds Majority In Germany For Fiscal Compact:Report - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120303-700959.html
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel will need to secure a two-thirds majority in the lower and upper houses of parliament for the approval of the European fiscal compact that sets out tougher budget rules, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Saturday, citing government and coalition sources.

▽BP reaches $8billion settlement with fishermen over Gulf of Mexico oil spill - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2109621/BP-reaches-8bn-settlement-fishermen-Gulf-Mexico-oil-spill.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
BP has agreed a settlement with more than 100,000 fishermen and cleanup workers from the oil giant's 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, the worst offshore oil spill in American history.
The massive settlement has no limit on the compensation, although BP estimates it will have to pay out about $7.8 billion, making it one of the largest class-action suits ever.

▽Facebook in new row over sharing users’ data with moderators - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/9119090/Facebook-in-new-row-over-sharing-users-data-with-moderators.html
New information about Facebook’s outsourced moderation process shows that the social network shares more personal information with moderators than it has so far acknowledged.

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2012.03.02

News Headlines - 02 March 2012

▽Putin sure of his victory in presidential vote - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ggr6Sx9xFDoWuSWz0CEVV99yjYvg?docId=5b05860478104a73a70479c32c1fea89
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has voiced confidence that he will win Sunday's presidential election in Russia, while bluntly dismissing opposition demands and maintaining his strong criticism of the United States.

▽EU summit: All but two leaders sign fiscal treaty - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17230760
The "fiscal compact" aims to prevent the 17 eurozone states running up huge debts like those which sparked the Greek, Irish and Portuguese bailouts.
To take effect, the pact must be ratified by 12 eurozone states.

▽London riots: Men guilty over Malaysian student robbery - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17232636
Two men have been found guilty of stealing from a Malaysian student as they pretended to help him during last summer's riots in London.

▽Love cheat Giggs' damages claim thrown out of court - The Sun
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4167220/Love-cheat-Ryan-Giggs-damages-claim-thrown-out-after-Sun-wrote-about-affair-with-Imogen-Thomas.html
A DAMAGES claim against The Sun lodged by love cheat Ryan Giggs was thrown out by a court today.

▽Google launches privacy plan amid protests - Computerworld
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224820/Google_launches_privacy_plan_amid_protests
Critics, however, say the new privacy policy gives Google free rein to parse together a user's personal information to find out what she is interested in, who she talks to, where she goes and, basically, who she is.

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2012.03.01

News Headlines - 01 March 2012

▽North Korea pledges to halt nuclear programme in exchange for US aid - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/29/north-korea-moratorium-nuclear-programme
North Korea has agreed to suspend nuclear missile tests and uranium enrichment, and submit to international monitoring, in return for US food aid.
Washington described the deal, which breaks with the US's previous assertion that large-scale deliveries of food are not tied to North Korea curbing its nuclear programme, as "important, if limited".

▽Japan Cautiously Welcomes U.S.-North Korea Deal - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204571404577254743058219440.html
Japan welcomed an agreement between the U.S. and North Korea on freezing the North's nuclear weapons program, but said Pyongyang needs to follow up with concrete action.

▽Circuses to be banned from using wild animals, government announces - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/01/circuses-wild-animals-ban-government
Travelling circuses will be banned from using wild animals in their shows, the government has announced.
Ministers unveiled plans on Thursday to outlaw the "outdated" practice through new legislation at the "earliest opportunity".

▽The Queen, Catherine and Camilla visit Fortnum & Mason - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17220250
The Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall have visited one of London's luxury department stores.

▽Video: BBC News Youtube mash-up goes viral - Belfast Telegraph
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/technology-gadgets/video-bbc-news-youtube-mashup-goes-viral-16124653.html?r=RSS&google_editors_picks=true
BBC News presenter George Alagiah is the latest 'victim' to be taken out of context in a new viral video mash-up by Cassetteboy.

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2012.02.29

News Headlines - 29 February 2012

▽Muslim convert widow of 7/7 bomber hunted by police over suspected terror plot in Kenya - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108005/Widow-7-7-bomber-hunted-police-suspected-terror-plot-Kenya.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
The widow of one of the July 7 bombers is being sought for questioning by Kenyan authorities about a suspected terror plot.
They are hunting a female suspect who escaped when police swooped on part of a cell planning a terror attack in the coastal city of Mombasa over Christmas.

▽Future of the euro again thrown into doubt after Irish announce referendum on new EU cash rules - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107986/Future-euro-thrown-doubt-Irish-announce-referendum-new-EU-cash-rules.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Efforts to prop up the euro were again thrown into doubt last night after Ireland announced plans for a referendum on whether to accept new European spending rules.

▽Victories give Romney pre-Super Tuesday momentum - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4YNLXNxAU_5hosG9Z1XOT-EcB7Q?docId=aa1cc7f3bfbd4e66888d8c08b8fa9359
Mitt Romney is trying to capitalize on twin victories in Arizona and Michigan as the GOP nomination race expands to the 10 states that vote on Super Tuesday. Rival Rick Santorum, who narrowly lost in Michigan, faces splitting the conservative vote with Newt Gingrich as the former House speaker counts on Southern primaries to revive his campaign.

▽Mini Raspberry Pi computer goes on sale for £22 - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9112841/Mini-Raspberry-Pi-computer-goes-on-sale-for-22.html
Following the Apple Mac and the Blackberry, a hand-held computer called the Raspberry Pi went on sale for just £22 today and was sold out within hours.

▽What's special about 29 February? - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17193490
Usually February is a very short month, with only 28 days. But every four years, in what's known as a leap year, it has an extra one - giving it 29.

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2012.02.28

News Headlines - 28 February 2012

▽Japan 'hid N-plant disaster danger' - Belfast Telegraph
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/japan-hid-nplant-disaster-danger-16123702.html
The Japanese government withheld information about the full danger of last year's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster from its own people and from its key ally, the United States, an independent investigation has found.

▽Occupy London Protesters Evicted From Camp, 23 Arrested - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-28/occupy-london-protesters-evicted-from-camp-23-arrested.html
Occupy London protesters were evicted from their encampment at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in an overnight operation that resulted in 23 arrests.

▽Rebekah Brooks loaned police horse by Scotland Yard - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/press/rebekah-brooks-loaned-police-horse-by-scotland-yard-7455267.html
The loan was made in 2008 while Lord Blair was Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Service. Lord Blair said he was not aware of the gift.

▽Russia PM Putin says doesn't fear enemies - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5galRL8-x5bDHVwQ6QvzD0pPLfs-g?docId=26b998a43a514aa797bdbc057f2ed601
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday he doesn't fear assassination attempts, a day after state television reported that security forces had foiled a plot to kill him.

▽Argentina prevents British cruise ships from docking - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/9109397/Argentina-prevents-British-cruise-ships-from-docking.html
Argentina has fuelled diplomatic tensions with Britain by preventing two cruise ships from docking at one of its ports following a visit to the Falkland Islands.

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2012.02.27

News Headlines - 27 February 2012

▽Russia foils 'Chechen plot' to assassinate Vladimir Putin - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/vladimir-putin/9108018/Russia-foils-Chechen-plot-to-assassinate-Vladimir-Putin.html
Russian and Ukrainian security services have foiled a plot to blow up Vladimir Putin shortly after this Sunday's presidential election in Russia, it emerged on Monday.

▽Koran burning protest: car bomb explodes outside Afghan airport - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9107926/Koran-burning-protest-car-bomb-explodes-outside-Afghan-airport.html
A car laden with explosives detonated outside an airport in eastern Afghanistan, killing nine people in what Taliban militants claimed was retaliation for the burning of Korans by American soldiers.

▽Syria Tallies Votes on New Charter as Battles Continue - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/world/middleeast/syrian-violence-continues-as-west-dismisses-new-charter.html
Fighting was reported to have resumed on Monday in Syria as state media reported that vote-counting was under way after a referendum on a new constitution, an offer of reform that critics dismissed as too little too late and Western leaders labeled a farce.

▽North Korea: Ready to go to war with U.S., South Korea - CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/27/world/asia/north-korea-tensions/?hpt=ias_c1
North Korea said it's ready to fight a war with the United States and South Korea, as the two allies kicked off their annual joint military drills Monday, according to state-run media.

▽MWC 2012: Sony, HTC and LG announce flagship mobile smartphones - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mwc/9107664/MWC-2012-Sony-HTC-and-LG-announce-flagship-mobile-smartphones.html
Sony, HTC and LG are among the major manufacturers to have announced their new smartphone ranges for 2012.

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2012.02.26

News Headlines - 26 February 2012

▽Murdoch’s new Sunday tabloid launches celebrity-filled first edition amid media ethics scandal - Washington Post 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/murdochs-new-sunday-tabloid-launches-celebrity-filled-first-edition-amid-media-ethics-scandal/2012/02/26/gIQAAesXbR_story.html
The new Sunday tabloid replaces The News of the World, which closed in July after an advertising boycott led Murdoch to pull the 168-year-old paper. Britons were disgusted by revelations that the paper had routinely hacked into the phones of those in the public eye — including, most notoriously, a missing schoolgirl whose murder had shocked the country.

▽Thousands form human chain in anti-Putin protest - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hVL290rkbO6DyRYRYKGIeQNUZg1g?docId=26ca8144668645f09b74285f611c0186
Thousands of people holding hands formed a 16-kilometer (10-mile) human chain encircling central Moscow on Sunday in the latest protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

▽Drought spreads across England as soil moisture in Anglia reaches record low - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9104241/Drought-spreads-across-England-as-soil-moisture-in-Anglia-reaches-record-low.html
Earlier this week the the South East joined most of East Anglia in a state of drought. The soil moisture deficit recorded for East Anglia of 51mm is the driest recorded for this time of year and could mean a very poor harvest for the "bed basket of Britain".

▽Livestock Schmallenberg virus hits 74 farms in England - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17169452
The Schmallenberg infection had been diagnosed five times in cattle and 69 times in sheep, officials said. Humans are thought to be unaffected by it.
The virus is thought to be spread by midges, mosquitoes and ticks. It first emerged in the Netherlands and Germany last year.

▽Ice Cream Sandwich with quad-core chips ready for Mobile World Congress - CNET
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57383822-78/ice-cream-sandwich-with-quad-core-chips-ready-for-mobile-world-congress/?tag=TOCcarouselMain.0
CNET offers a taste of all the wireless news that we expect from this coming week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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2012.02.25

News Headlines - 25 February 2012

▽Nelson Mandela taken to hospital - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jhkHmT5bQRbahA1xjGOrwTg4tzlg?docId=N0749271330161606369A
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a stomach ailment.
President Jacob Zuma issued a brief statement in which he asked that the 93-year-old's privacy be respected.

▽Fresh Afghanistan Koran burning protests break out - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17163315
Fresh demonstrations are taking place in several locations across the country, with a UN compound in Kunduz province coming under attack.
More than 20 people have been killed since the protests began on Tuesday, including two US soldiers.

▽Phone hacking: News of the World bosses ordered emails to be deleted - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/9102231/Phone-hacking-News-of-the-World-bosses-ordered-emails-to-be-deleted.html
New evidence of a cover-up of phone hacking at the News of the World has been disclosed in court documents, which show the company created a policy to delete emails which could be used against it in legal proceedings.

▽Burger King pulls out of work experience scheme - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9105439/Burger-King-pulls-out-of-work-experience-scheme.html
The fast food giant said it had decided to cease its involvement in the Get Britain Working programme because of recent concerns expressed by the public.
The scheme has attracted growing criticism in recent weeks with opponents describing it as a form of "slave labour" because youngsters worked for nothing, while keeping their benefits.

▽'Bacteria battery' boosted by space microbes found in river Wear - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/22/bacteria-battery-space-microbes
Scientists have doubled the power output of a "bacteria battery" by selecting microbes from a UK river estuary, including one normally found in space.

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2012.02.24

News Headlines - 24 February 2012

▽U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Japan Organized Crime Group - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203918304577241844134189560.html
The U.S. government entered the battle against Japanese organized crime, announcing a freeze on American-owned assets controlled by the largest yakuza syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, and the group's top two leaders.

▽Japan watchdog halts fund on fears over lost assets - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17150887
Japan's financial watchdog has told an investment firm to halt its operations on suspicion that it has lost most of the $2.3bn (£1.5bn) funds it manages.

▽Lloyds plunges to £3.5bn loss for 2011 - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/feb/24/lloyds-plunges-loss-2011-shares?newsfeed=true
Lloyds Banking Group has painted a subdued outlook for the UK economy as the bailed-out bank revealed it had plunged to a £3.5bn loss in 2011 and would pay out £375m in bonuses.

▽Economy contracts by 0.2% - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/economy-contracts-by-02-7440259.html
The UK's economy contracted 0.2% in the final quarter of 2011, revised figures confirmed today, while growth for the year as a whole was lower than previously thought.

▽Photo of Whitney Houston lying dead in coffin published on magazine cover - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/891143-photo-of-whitney-houston-lying-dead-in-coffin-published-on-magazine-cover
A shocking photograph of Whitney Houston in an open coffin has been printed on the cover of US gossip magazine the National Enquirer, enraging her fans all over the world.

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2012.02.23

News Headlines - 23 February 2012

▽Labour MP Eric Joyce arrested after Tory 'head-butted' in Commons - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/891141-labour-mp-eric-joyce-arrested-on-suspicion-of-assault-after-tory-mp-head-butted
Labour MP Eric Joyce has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of assault after an incident at the Palace of Westminster in which a Conservative MP was allegedly punched and head-butted.

▽Cherie Blair starts hacking legal case - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17133210
The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, herself a prominent barrister, launched a claim on Tuesday.
Mrs Blair's solicitor Graham Atkins confirmed a claim had been made "in relation to the unlawful interception of her voicemails".

▽Iraq attacks on Shia and police targets kill 50 - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17136646
At least 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a wave of bombings and shootings across Iraq, police say.
The violence targeted predominantly Shia areas, in particular police officers and checkpoints.

▽New state-of-the-art police station could be built at Lincolnshire headquarters - This is Lincolnshire
http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/New-state-art-police-station-built-Lincolnshire/story-15293581-detail/story.html
A new multi-million pound police station could be built in a village near Lincoln.
The news comes after private security firm G4S was awarded a £200 million contract to provide a host of services to Lincolnshire Police.

▽Scientists did not break speed of light - it was a faulty wire - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9100009/Scientists-did-not-break-speed-of-light-it-was-a-faulty-wire.html
Physicists who shocked the scientific world by claiming to have shown particles could move faster than the speed of light have admitted it was a mistake due to a faulty wire connection.

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2012.02.22

News Headlines - 22 February 2012

▽Western journalists 'killed in Homs bombardment' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17124786
Two Western journalists have been killed in the Syrian city of Homs when shells hit the building they were staying in, opposition activists say.
French officials named them as Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times and the French photographer, Remi Ochlik.

▽British court rejects Occupy London bid to stop eviction from its campsite - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/british-court-rejects-occupy-london-bid-to-stop-eviction-from-its-campsite/2012/02/22/gIQATKOtSR_story.html
A British court has rejected a bid by Occupy London protesters to challenge an order evicting them from their camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Last month a High Court judge backed local authorities who are trying to remove the protest, but lawyers for the demonstrators sought to challenge the decision.

▽Yen drops to 7-mth low vs dollar; euro pressured - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/22/us-markets-forex-idUSTRE80S0RY20120222
The yen hit a seven-month low against the dollar on Wednesday and looked set to remain on the defensive after recent monetary easing from the Bank of Japan, while the euro struggled to make headway against the greenback following Greece's bailout deal.

▽Olympus exec found dead in apparent suicide - London Free Press
http://www.lfpress.com/tech/news/2012/02/21/19404906.html
A top executive of Japan’s scandal-ridden Olympus Corp was found hanged outside his apartment in suburban Delhi in a likely suicide, police said on Tuesday.

▽How the Yakuza went nuclear - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-in/9084151/How-the-Yakuza-went-nuclear.html
As the scale of the catastrophe at Fukushima became apparent, many workers fled the scene. To contain the nuclear meltdown, a handful of workers stayed behind, being exposed to large amounts of radiation: the so-called “Fukushima Fifty”. Among this heroic group, according to Suzuki, were several members of the yakuza.

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2012.02.21

News Headlines - 21 February 2012

▽Europe seals new Greek bailout to avert default - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/21/us-greece-idUSTRE8120HI20120221
Euro zone finance ministers sealed a 130-billion-euro ($172 billion) bailout for Greece on Tuesday to avert a chaotic default next month after forcing Athens to commit to unpopular cuts and private bondholders to accept deeper losses.

▽Numerous casualties in bombardment of Syria's Homs - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/21/us-syria-idUSL5E8DB0BH20120221
Syrian government forces killed at least 16 people and wounded some 340 on Tuesday when they unleashed a heavy artillery barrage on a rebel-held district of the city of Homs, activists said.

▽Yemen: Child among four killed in violence during election with one candidate - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/yemen/9094953/Yemen-Child-among-four-killed-in-violence-during-election-with-one-candidate.html
Four people including a child were killed in clashes Tuesday in south Yemen as voters headed for the polls, ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule.

▽Nato apologises for Afghan Koran 'disposal' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17110079
Afghan officials told the AP news agency that the Korans were in rubbish that two soldiers with the US-led coalition transported in a lorry late on Monday night to a pit on the base where rubbish is burned.
When five Afghans working at the pit noticed the religious books in the rubbish, they stopped the disposal process.

▽Britain's 'Mickey Mouse' border controls let 500,000 into the country without any checks for FIVE YEARS - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103922/UK-border-controls-let-500-000-country-checks-FIVE-YEARS.html
Britain's shambolic Border Agency has routinely dropped or downgraded major immigration controls for the past five years without ministerial approval, a devastating report revealed last night.
It found up to half a million Eurostar passengers arriving from French tourist resorts, including Disneyland Paris, were waved into Britain without facing any anti-terror checks.
The European nationals were not examined against the Home Office’s so-called Warnings Index, which contains details of terrorists and dangerous criminals who must be refused entry to keep the public safe.

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2012年02月21日のニュース・クリップ

▼スペイン全土で労働改革反対デモ 「若者に未来ない」
http://www.cnn.co.jp/business/30005669.html
《デモ隊は首都マドリードでも通りを埋め尽くし、労働改革によって賃金が下がり、解雇されやすくなると訴えた。スペインの失業率は約23%、若者の失業率は50%近くに達しており、失業者数は約520万人に上る。
労働改革は今月に入って閣議で了承され、先週議会を通過した。政府はこれによって失業者が減り、労働者の権利も向上すると説明している。》

▼ギリシャの「自主退場」願うドイツの危険な戦略
http://www.nikkei.com/
《ドイツのヴォルフガング・ショイブレ財務相が追加支援の条件として、ギリシャは4月の選挙を延期すべきだと提案した時、筆者には、ギリシャ支援を巡る「ゲーム」がもうすぐ終わることが分かった。我々は、支援の成功と民主主義がもはや両立しないところまで来てしまったのだ。》

▼北海ブレント先物が8カ月ぶり高値、終値で120ドル突破
http://jp.reuters.com/article/topNews/idJPTYE81K4FL20120220
《20日の原油先物市場では、北海ブレント先物が1バレル=120ドルを上抜け、約8カ月ぶりの高値をつけた。イランが英国とフランスの石油会社に対する原油の出荷を停止したことなどが材料視された。》

▼ロンドン五輪パーク、会場に入るだけで…10ポンド!
http://www.japanjournals.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2471:tickets&catid=37:uk-today&Itemid=96
《東ロンドンのストラットフォードに新たに作られたロンドン五輪パークでは、野外設置の大スクリーンで観戦するための入場も有料とされることが決定したという。……五輪観戦用の巨大スクリーンは、グレーター・ロンドン当局によって、ロンドン市内のあちこちにも設置される予定で、そこでは無料で観戦できるという。》

▼フランス発・“ポスト・イット”を使った仁義なき戦いとは?
http://www.famitsu.com/news/201202/20010213.html
《“ポスト・イット・ウォー”の発端は、あるときユービーアイソフトのスタッフが気まぐれで、オフィスの窓にポスト・イットでビデオゲームのキャラクターを再現したことから始まる。……すると、ユービーアイソフトの向かいにあるBNP(フランスの大手銀行)が、同じくポスト・イット・ウォーによる『パックマン』を作って対抗してきた。このことをきっかけに、ユービーアイソフトとBNPによる“ポスト・イット・ウォー”がスタート。》

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2012.02.20

News Headlines - 20 February 2012

▽Murdoch resumes Sunday service as a new Sun rises - Sydney Morning Herald
http://www.smh.com.au/world/murdoch-resumes-sunday-service-as-a-new-sun-rises-20120220-1tjmj.html
The successor to Rupert Murdoch's scandal-shuttered News of the World newspaper will begin publication in a week's time, a senior News Corp executive says.

▽UN Nuclear Inspectors in Iran to Investigate Atomic Program - Voice of America
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/UN-Nuclear-Inspectors-in-Iran-to-Investigate-Atomic-Program-139682363.html
A team of United Nations nuclear inspectors is in Iran for a visit aimed at resolving the dispute about Iran's nuclear program.
The delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran Monday.  It is led by IAEA chief nuclear inspector Herman Nackaerts, who said his top priority is analyzing the "possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program." 

▽Greece Expects Eurogroup To End Uncertainty Over Loan - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120220-704086.html
Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said he expects the country's European partners to reach a final decision on a new EUR130 billion loan deal for the country at a meeting of euro-zone finance ministers set for later Monday in Brussels.

▽Japan trade deficit rises to record level - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a5f3a548-5b8f-11e1-841c-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links/rss/markets_asia-pacific/feed//product#axzz1mvYLnGui
Last year Japan’s trade balance fell into an annual deficit for the first time since 1980, driven by subdued global demand and soaring fossil fuel imports in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power crisis.

▽Lloyds takes back £2m of bonuses paid to executives - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17094182
Lloyds Banking Group is taking back bonuses worth £2m from 10 executives, including the former chief executive Eric Daniels, the BBC has learned.

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2012.02.19

News Headlines - 19 February 2012

▽Dozens of inmates killed in gang fight in Mexican jail - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17091170
At least 44 people have died in a prison fight in northern Mexico.
Security officials said members of rival drug cartels confronted each other with stones and home-made weapons in the jail north of the city of Monterrey.
Some victims were strangled.

▽Former East German rights activist to be president: Merkel - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i01oePu3TaluEkHCbHeQ1zZbb46g?docId=CNG.6ef3ef0f8ff2b7a81306fd0c8cadcac4.a31
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her coalition and the opposition had agreed Sunday to nominate former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck as a consensus candidate to become the country's next president.

▽Sarkozy hits at rival’s anti-banking claim - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f74efc38-5b1e-11e1-a2b3-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1ms1LFRtE
Nicolas Sarkozy has poured scorn on the anti-banking credentials of his socialist rival for the French presidency, accusing him of playing to different audiences and pretending to be “Margaret Thatcher in London and François Mitterrand in Paris”.

▽Study weighs savings of NHS competition - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4c791912-5888-11e1-9f28-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1ms1LFRtE
Contentious moves to stimulate competition in the health service have been bolstered by a groundbreaking study of 2m patients that shows forcing NHS hospitals to compete with one another saves money and improves efficiency.

▽ExxonMobil fined 'record' £2.8m over carbon dioxide emissions - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-17089378
Energy giant ExxonMobil was fined £2.8m for failing to report carbon dioxide emissions from its Mosmorran chemical plant in Fife, it has emerged.

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2012.02.18

News Headlines - 18 February 2012

▽Japan’s 78-year-old Emperor Akihito has successful heart bypass surgery, palace says - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/japanese-emperor-akihito-undergoes-scheduled-heart-bypass-surgery/2012/02/17/gIQAoGaoKR_story.html
Japan’s 78-year-old Emperor Akihito underwent successful heart bypass surgery Saturday that should allow him to lead a more active life, a palace official said.
The operation lasted about five hours as expected, and Akihito was being monitored in an intensive care unit at the University of Tokyo Hospital, the official from the Imperial Household Agency said.

▽Israel Pressures Japan on Iran - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204880404577230871356966362.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Saturday during a visit to Japan called for an "urgent" tightening of sanctions targeting Iran's oil exports and access to global financial clearing houses, urging his Japanese hosts to put more pressure on Tehran to dissuade it from developing nuclear weapons.

▽Iran risks nuclear Cold War - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9089995/Iran-risks-nuclear-Cold-War.html
Iran's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction is threatening to trigger a “new Cold War” that poses an even greater threat of nuclear conflict than the stand-off between the USSR and the West, William Hague warns.

▽Pope Benedict creates 22 new cardinals - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/9090590/Pope-Benedict-creates-22-new-cardinals.html
Pope Benedict has made his stamp on the future of the Catholic Church by ordaining 22 new cardinals, 18 of whom are "cardinal electors," allowed to chose one of their own to succeed him.

▽Dutch prince buried in avalanche, condition critical - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/17/us-dutch-austria-avalanche-idUSTRE81G0ZR20120217
Dutch Prince Johan Friso was in critical condition in hospital after he was buried in an avalanche while skiing off piste in the Austrian Alps Friday, authorities said.

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2012.02.17

News Headlines - 17 February 2012

▽Britain and France speed up plans for joint military operations - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9088569/Britain-and-France-speed-up-plans-for-joint-military-operations.html
Britain and France agreed today to accelerate plans to create a joint control and command centre for future military operations.

▽German president and Merkel ally resigns in corruption scandal - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/17/german-president-christian-wulff-resigns
The German president, Christian Wulff, has resigned after being caught up in a corruption scandal involving a dubious loan, an apparent attempt to block a report in a German tabloid and a string of apparently undeclared freebies.

▽Patents: Apple wins over Motorola in 'slide-to-unlock' ruling - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17058508
Apple has won a patent dispute against Motorola Mobility regarding a "slide-to-unlock" feature on smartphones.

▽Japan's Emperor Akihito set for heart surgery - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17071024
Japan's Emperor Akihito has entered hospital in Tokyo ahead of scheduled heart bypass surgery on Saturday.

▽Portsmouth enter administration for the second time in two years - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/football/890631-portsmouth-enter-administration-for-the-second-time-in-two-years
Portsmouth have gone into administration for the second time in two years after their application was approved by a High Court judge.

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2012.02.16

News Headlines - 16 February 2012

▽Former Olympus chairman arrested in accounting probe - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17054089
Former Olympus chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and two other former executives have been arrested as part of the continuing investigations into the camera company.

▽David Cameron and Alex Salmond to clash in Scottish independence battle - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/890496-david-cameron-and-alex-salmond-to-clash-in-scottish-independence-battle
Westminster wants to impose strict restrictions on the terms and timing of any ballot on the issue, but Scottish National Party leader Mr Salmond believes that all the conditions of the vote, including whether 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to participate, should be decided by Scotland alone.

▽Dolly Parton set to make a fortune from Whitney Houston's hit single - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/9085829/Dolly-Parton-set-to-make-a-fortune-from-Whitney-Houstons-hit-single.html
Country singer Dolly Parton, who originally wrote and recorded Whitney Houston's biggest hit I Will Always Love You, is set to earn millions of dollars.

▽Sarkozy Launches His Bid for New Term - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204880404577224793514483690.html
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy formally launched his re-election bid on Wednesday, saying in an interview on French television that he wanted to propose new solutions to help the country ride out the financial crisis.

▽Japan Ignored Nuclear Risks, Official Says - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/world/asia/japanese-official-says-nations-atomic-rules-are-flawed.html
In surprisingly frank public testimony on Wednesday, Japan’s nuclear safety chief said the country’s regulations were fundamentally flawed and laid out a somber picture of a nuclear industry shaped by freewheeling power companies, toothless regulators and a government more interested in promoting nuclear energy than in safeguarding the health of its citizens.

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2012.02.15

News Headlines - 15 February 2012

▽Honduras prison fire kills at least 272 - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/15/honduras-prison-fire-kills-dozens
A fire has swept through a jail in Honduras, killing at least 272 people, a fire department spokesman said on Wednesday. Many of the dead were believed to be inmates.

▽David Cameron to back minimum alcohol price - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/15/cameron-supports-minimum-price-alcohol?newsfeed=true
David Cameron will signal support for putting a minimum price on alcohol, using a visit to a hospital in the north-east to warn that excessive consumption of alcohol costs the NHS £2.7bn a year.
A government strategy on alcohol is due to be published shortly, after nearly a year of consultation with the drinks industry and health experts.

▽Bank of England increases inflation forecast - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/270a4b48-57c4-11e1-b089-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1mS6xBiAO
The Bank of England slightly increased its forecast for inflation in two years’ time, but markets continued to bet that the Bank was poised to pump more money into the economy.

▽UK unemployment continues to climb - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17039513
UK unemployment rose by 48,000 to 2.67 million in the three months to December, official figures have shown.
The unemployment rate was 8.4%, the Office for National Statistics said, the highest for 16 years.

▽Syrian President Sets February 26 Constitutional Referendum - Voice of America
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Syrian-Activists-Say-Government-Troops-Storm-Hama-139346218.html
Syria's state news agency says President Bashar al-Assad has set a February 26 national referendum on a new constitution.

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2012.02.14

News Headlines - 14 February 2012

▽Doomsday: 10-point penalty and Euro ban beckon for Rangers over £75m bill - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2100753/Rangers-face-10-point-penalty-European-ban-administration-beckons.html
Rangers owner Craig Whyte admitted the club will enter administration and blamed an astonishing £75million tax demand for pushing the SPL champions to the brink of insolvency.

▽UK inflation falls as shops discount and VAT hike falls out - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/feb/14/uk-inflation-falls-shops-discount-vat?newsfeed=true
The squeeze on Britain's cash-strapped households eased last month as inflation fell to 3.6%, its lowest level for more than a year.
The Office for National Statistics said the consumer price index had declined from 4.2% in December, its lowest level since November 2010, as the impact of George Osborne's VAT increase dropped out of the annual comparison.

▽Bomber blows up self near Israel embassy in Thailand - msnbc.com
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/14/10403593-reports-bomber-blows-up-self-near-israel-embassy-in-thailand
A man thought to be Iranian was badly injured in Thailand's capital Tuesday after a bomb he threw at police bounced off a tree and exploded near him, The Bangkok Post reported.

▽Kate to meet seven-year-old heart victim on Valentine's Day trip to Liverpool children's hospital - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2100867/Kate-Middleton-Valentines-Day-trip-Duchess-Cambridge-visit-Liverpool-childrens-hospital.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
The Duchess of Cambridge will today pay a visit to a Liverpool hospital  where she will meet a seven-year-old girl suffering from a rare heart condition.
On Kate's Valentine's Day visit to the Alder Hey Children's hospital, she will  be introduced to Aimee Haswell, who has been diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

▽Japan group seeks local referendum on nuclear power - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/14/japan-nuclear-referendum-idUSL4E8DA21620120214
A group of Japanese activists submitted a petition to the western city of Osaka on Tuesday seeking a referendum on scrapping atomic power, a step some hope will boost a campaign that appears to be flagging a year after the Fukushima disaster.

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2012.02.13

News Headlines - 13 February 2012

▽Abu Qatada released under strict bail conditions - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9080137/Abu-Qatada-released-under-strict-bail-conditions.html
Abu Qatada returned to the streets of Britain on Monday night under some of the most draconian bail conditions ever imposed as ministers intensify diplomatic efforts to remove him permanently from the country.

▽Sun journalists vent anger at corruption probe - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2f979c5c-5670-11e1-a328-00144feabdc0.html
Frustration among many journalists at The Sun over their perceived persecution by police, politicians and their own parent company News Corp spilt over in public on Monday, ahead of a visit by Rupert Murdoch later this week.

▽UN Rights Chief 'Outraged' by Syrian Attacks - Voice of America
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/UN-Rights-Chief-Outraged-by-Syrian-Attacks-139247528.html
The United Nations human rights chief said Monday she is outraged by what she called the Syrian government’s serious violations of civilian rights.

▽Israel Blames Iran for Attacks in India and Georgia - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/world/middleeast/israeli-embassy-officials-attacked-in-india-and-georgia.html
Tensions between Israel and Iran rose sharply on Monday when bombers struck at Israeli Embassy personnel in the capitals of India and Georgia. Israel accused the Tehran government of being behind the attacks, which Iran denied.

▽Debt crisis: markets rally as Greece accepts austerity budget - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9080528/Debt-crisis-markets-rally-as-Greece-accepts-austerity-budget.html
European markets rose with relief that Greece had chosen its austerity budget over bankruptcy – despite an admission from Greek politicians that the agreement could be scrapped after elections in April.

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2012.02.12

News Headlines - 12 February 2012

▽Whitney Houston found dead in California - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/58d51c9a-5565-11e1-9d95-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1mAY1rZSA
Whitney Houston, whose soaring voice lifted her to the top of the pop music world but whose personal decline was fuelled by years of drug use, died on Saturday afternoon in a Beverly Hills hotel room.

▽Murdoch 'flying to London' after Sun arrests - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h9P7JBpSCw2uAzTlOIczIU8tGJPg?docId=CNG.f3bc2e4dd56ab556b2bd3fc4f8f4e44f.311
Publisher News International said Murdoch had given a "personal assurance" that The Sun would not face the same fate as the News of the World, which he closed in July amid a scandal over phone hacking.

▽Al-Qaida leader Zawahiri urges Muslim support for Syrian uprising - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/12/alqaida-zawahiri-support-syrian-uprising?newsfeed=true
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaida, has called on Muslims around the world to support rebels in Syria who are seeking to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
The statement is the most explicit attempt yet by the terrorist group to intervene in the ongoing Syrian conflict.

▽Greece set to agree to bailout as Germany demands action - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/12/us-greece-idUSTRE8120HI20120212
Greek lawmakers looked set to agree to a deeply unpopular bailout deal on Sunday to avert what Prime Minister Lucas Papademos warned would be "economic chaos," and Germany demanded Athens dramatically change its ways to stay in the euro.

▽Chilean miners rescue capsule on display - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/890047-chilean-miners-rescue-capsule-on-display
One of the capsules which carried the 33 trapped Chilean miners to safety is currently on display in London.

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2012.02.11

News Headlines - 11 February 2012

▽Senior Sun journalists arrested in police payments probe - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/feb/11/sun-journalists-arrested
The Sun has been plunged into crisis following the arrest of five of its most senior journalists, including the deputy editor, over allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials.

▽UK accused of deploying nuclear weapons near the Falklands - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/9076138/UK-accused-of-deploying-nuclear-weapons-near-the-Falklands.html
In an increasingly tense war of words, Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timberman claims the UK is deploying nuclear weapons near the Falkland Islands.

▽Iran to announce 'major nuclear progress' - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/11/iran-announce-major-nuclear-progress
Iran will soon reveal "very big new achievements" in its controversial nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced.

▽Thousands march against nuclear power in Japan amid worries set off by Fukushima disaster - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/thousands-march-against-nuclear-power-in-japan-amid-worries-set-off-by-fukushima-disaster/2012/02/11/gIQAzi8o5Q_story.html
Thousands of Japanese people marched against nuclear power Saturday, amid growing worries about the restarting of reactors idled after the March 11 meltdown disaster in northeastern Japan.

▽Syria draft resolution heads to UN General Assembly - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16995279
The United Nations General Assembly is becoming the focus of attempts to apply pressure on the Syrian government over its continued crackdown on dissent.

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2012.02.10

News Headlines - 10 February 2012

▽Apple to Announce iPad 3 First Week in March - AllThingsD
http://allthingsd.com/20120209/apple-to-announce-ipad-3-first-week-in-march/
Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2, and will do so at one of its trademark special events. The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these.

▽Apple founder Steve Jobs 'took drugs and abandoned his family - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/steve-jobs/9072749/Apple-founder-Steve-Jobs-took-drugs-and-abandoned-his-family.html
A secret FBI file on the late Apple founder Steve Jobs shows that his friends and former colleagues describe him as an abrasive and ruthless character who took drugs and abandoned his family.

▽Nat Rothschild loses libel action against Daily Mail - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/feb/10/nat-rothschild-loses-daily-mail-libel-action?newsfeed=true
Nat Rothschild has lost his libel action against the Daily Mail over being portrayed as a "puppet-master" who brought together Lord Mandelson and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

▽Greece crisis: Strike against Eurozone austerity deal - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16981783
Greek trade unions have begun a two-day strike to protest against austerity measures approved by politicians under pressure from international lenders.

▽Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he would consider England job but no approach made by FA yet - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/tottenham-hotspur/9073898/Tottenham-manager-Harry-Redknapp-says-he-would-consider-England-job-but-no-approach-made-by-FA-yet.html
Harry Redknapp has admitted for the first time since Fabio Capello resigned as England manager that he would consider taking on the role, though appeared to rule out the prospect of job sharing with Tottenham for the rest of the season.

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2012.02.09

News Headlines - 09 February 2012

▽Dozens More Die in Syrian Violence, Activists Say - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/world/middleeast/syria-violence-russia-negotiations.html
The embattled Syrian city of Homs remained under siege for a sixth day Thursday with sporadic tank shells ripping into contested neighborhoods, residents throughout the city cowering at home and medical supplies dwindling, according to telephone interviews with residents.

▽David Cameron and King Abdullah discuss Abu Qatada case - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16966466
David Cameron and King Abdullah of Jordan have agreed to work on finding a "solution" to the Abu Qatada case.

▽Japan’s electricity industry Power politics - The Economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21547265
Back in Tokyo, TEPCO faces more hot water. The government is laying plans to nationalise the troubled utility, overhaul its management, and bring much-needed competition to the energy market.

▽Steve Jobs' FBI files question his honesty and morality - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16971177
The FBI files of Steve Jobs have been released, showing a man who commanded respect as an innovator but was questioned on his honesty and morality.

▽Fabio Capello’s ‘£1.5m reward’ for giving up trophy-free reign - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/889926-fabio-capello-s-1-5m-reward-for-giving-up-trophy-free-reign
The Italian may receive compensation for giving up his £6million a year post, according to reports, while members of his backroom team were being tipped to pocket about £1million.
Football chiefs will be left with a total bill of £40million for his four trophy-less years in charge.

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2012.02.08

News Headlines - 08 February 2012

▽Phone hacking: Coogan and Gascoigne reach settlement - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16946105
Comedian Steve Coogan and ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne are among the latest people to have settled claims for damages over phone-hacking, the High Court has heard.

▽Times editor apologises to high court judge for not disclosing email hacking - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/feb/07/times-editor-apologise-email-hacking?newsfeed=true
The editor of the Times has apologised to a high court judge over the paper's failure to declare that a reporter had hacked into the email of an anonymous police blogger when it fought an injunction sought by the officer.

▽Nearly 160 held as Met Police cracks down on gangs - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-16940160
Nearly 160 people have been arrested during raids across London by the Metropolitan Police's new dedicated unit tackling gang crime.
The Trident Gang Crime Command, which consists of 1,000 officers, will monitor gang activity and work with London boroughs.

▽Argentina condemns British "militarization" of Falklands - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/02/08/argentina-falklands-idUKL5E8D84XX20120208
Argentina's president accused Britain of "militarizing the South Atlantic" and said she would to complain to the United Nations, as tension rises ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war.
Britain, which rejected the accusation, went to war with Argentina over the British-ruled Falkland Islands in 1982. London has refused to start talks on sovereignty with Argentina unless the roughly 3,000 islanders want them.

▽Virgin shows 1bn on demand programmes, makes profit - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9069102/Virgin-shows-1bn-on-demand-programmes-makes-profit.html
Virgin Media customers watched more than one billion programmes using the cable television company’s on-demand service in 2011, an increase of 14 per cent on 2010.

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2012.02.07

News Headlines - 07 February 2012

▽Syria Renews Bombardment as U.S. Closes Embassy and Russia Sends Envoys - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/world/middleeast/syria-renews-bombardments-after-us-embassy-closes.html
With the city of Homs reported under renewed bombardment, a senior Russian envoy opened talks with President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, news reports said, a day after the United States closed its embassy in Syria in the face of escalating mayhem blamed by Washington on the Syrian government’s unbridled repression of an 11-month-old uprising.

▽Abu Qatada: Government still seeks deportation - Grieve - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16923527
The government is still working with Jordan to try to reach assurances that will allow radical cleric Abu Qatada to be deported, the attorney general says.

▽BP's $25bn annual profit sees confidence and dividends soar - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/feb/07/bp-announces-25bn-annual-profit?newsfeed=true
BP has declared itself "back on the right path" following the difficulties of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill with annual profits bouncing back from a $3.7bn (£2.3bn) loss to a $25.7bn profit.

▽Kylie Minogue Twitter threats: a decade of stalker problems - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/9065736/Kylie-Minogue-Twitter-threats-a-decade-of-stalker-problems.html
Kylie Minogue has called in police after being threatened by a stalker on Twitter. This is not the first time the Australian pop star has attracted unwanted attention.

▽Hackers wanted $50,000 to keep Symantec source code private - CNET
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57372308-83/hackers-wanted-$50000-to-keep-symantec-source-code-private/
As part of a sting operation, Symantec told a hacker group that it would pay $50,000 to keep the source code for some of the its flagship security products off the Internet, the company confirmed to CNET this evening.

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2012.02.06

News Headlines - 06 February 2012

▽Village school given honour of hosting Queen as she celebrates 60 years on the throne - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9056664/Village-school-given-honour-of-hosting-Queen-as-she-celebrates-60-years-on-the-throne.html
A village school in Norfolk was given the honour of hosting the Queen on the 60th anniversary of her accession.
Cheering crowds greeted the Queen on her first engagement. About 150 members of the public braved the cold outside King's Lynn town hall to see her arrive, wearing a turquoise, grey and white wool dress, coat and matching hat by Angela Kelly.

▽Heathrow axes a third of flights as snow and ice creates travel havoc - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/889469-heathrow-axes-a-third-of-flights-as-snow-and-ice-creates-travel-havoc
Passengers were left fuming today as a third of flights were axed at Heathrow Airport amid adverse weather conditions and the possibility of freezing fog, as the RAC said it had experienced the busiest February weekend in its history.

▽Syrian forces bombard protest hubs - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hnkR1DRwhzTpF-ldHSCUYaSMXJHQ?docId=CNG.5c8c001c9016ace72b11816587703640.101
Syrian forces Monday pounded powderkeg Homs with rockets and mortars and shelled another protest hub, activists said, as outrage grew over a Russia-China veto of a UN resolution to stop the violence.

▽Japan Electronics Makers Warn of $17 Billion Loss as Samsung Tightens Grip - Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-05/japan-electronics-makers-warn-of-17-billion-loss-as-samsung-tightens-grip.html
Japan’s biggest makers of phones, televisions and chips say they’ll lose about $17 billion this year, about three-quarters of what Samsung Electronics Co. will spend on research to lengthen the lead over its competitors.

▽Japan's Nuclear Exclusion Zone Shows Few Signs of Life - ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/International/fukushimas-nuclear-exclusion-zone-shows-signs-life/story?id=15521091#.Ty_mcsU5JWI
What's most striking about Japan's nuclear exclusion zone, is what you don't see. There are no people, few cars, no sign of life, aside from the occasional livestock wandering empty roads.

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2012.02.05

News Headlines - 05 February 2012

▽Diamond Jubilee: Queen marks eve of accession to throne - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16895833
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have attended a church service on the eve of the Diamond Jubilee anniversary of her accession to the throne.

▽Barclays to slash bonuses for staff - but boss Bob Diamond nets £3million - Mirror.co.uk
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2012/02/05/barclays-to-slash-bonuses-for-staff-but-boss-bob-diamond-nets-3million-115875-23736021/
Barclays will respond to widespread outrage over bankers’ vast bonuses this week by slashing rewards for its staff.
But its boss Bob Diamond is still expected to scoop more than £3million in shares on top of his ­£1.35million-a-year salary.

▽Bank set to put £50bn into economy - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5h913gMJGCdnoqIoig-Lc_60AUaMg?docId=N0343851328440016530A
The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is forecast to increase its quantitative easing (QE) programme by £50 billion to £325 billion on Thursday in a bid to stave off a recession, while it will also hold interest rates at record lows of 0.5%.

▽Two glasses of wine a day triples risk of mouth cancer - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/two-glasses-of-wine-a-day-triples-risk-of-mouth-cancer-6432609.html
NHS campaign to warn that drinking even a small amount more than the daily limit can harm health

▽Mars too dry for life - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9059042/Mars-too-dry-for-life.html
Analysis of soil from the red planet found that its surface had been dry for such a long time that any life would have to be lurking deep underground.

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2012.02.04

News Headlines - 04 February 2012

▽Britain braced for 'severe weather' as 15cm of snow is forecast - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/889380-britain-braced-for-severe-weather-as-15cm-of-snow-is-forecast
According to the Met Office, up to 15cm of snow is predicted to fall and temperatures will plummet to an icy -11 C.

▽UK cancer cases could surge 30 per cent, report warns - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/uk-cancer-cases-could-surge-30-per-cent-report-warns-6358947.html
New cases of cancer could rise by 30 per cent in the UK by 2030, experts warned, with poor diet, heavy alcohol consumption and an ageing population likely to play a major role.
The UK ranks 16th out of 27 countries in the European Union for the predicted rise in cases, says a report published by the World Cancer Research Fund.

▽Dow Jones closes at highest level since before 2008 financial crisis - New York Daily News
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/dow-jones-closes-highest-level-2008-financial-crisis-article-1.1016730?444
Before the market opened, the Labor Department said companies hired 243,000 employees in January. That's the strongest job growth in nine months. The increase in hiring pushed the unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent.

▽Syria forces 'in Homs massacre' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16883911
Syrian government forces have bombarded the city of Homs with artillery shells and mortars, killing more than 200 people, opposition groups say.

▽Tens of thousands of Russians rally against Putin’s rule - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/tens-of-thousands-of-russians-rally-against-putins-rule/2012/02/04/gIQAv41toQ_story.html
Tens of thousands of Russians flooded downtown Moscow on Saturday to demand an end to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s rule, casting a strong challenge to his bid to reclaim the presidency in March.

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2012.02.03

News Headlines - 03 February 2012

▽Chris Huhne quits cabinet over speeding points charge - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16866127
Chris Huhne has quit as energy secretary after learning he was to be charged with perverting the course of justice over a 2003 speeding case.

▽John Terry: FA strips England captaincy from Chelsea defender - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16866149
John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy, the Football Association has confirmed... He is due to stand trial in July over racial abuse allegations after an incident with QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

▽Anger In Argentina As Wills Flies To Falklands - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16162303
As Prince William begins his six-week tour of the Falkland islands, Argentina's vice-president has launched a furious tirade against the visit and there have been angry protests in the streets.

▽Protests escalate in Egypt after deadly soccer riot - CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/03/world/africa/egypt-soccer-deaths/
Violent clashes reignited in Cairo on Friday between Egyptian police and protesters angered by reports of inadequate security at a soccer match that devolved into a riot this week, leaving 79 people dead.

▽Temperatures plunge to -11C as UK braces itself for weekend snow - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/889263-temperatures-plunge-to-11c-as-uk-braces-itself-for-weekend-snow?google_editors_picks=true
Britain is in the icy grip of bitterly cold weather again with temperatures as low as -11C and snow forecast for the weekend.

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2012.02.02

News Headlines - 02 February 2012

▽Sony's Stringer steps down as president, CEO - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hQLhiWBpXSIt8rLBl-sHZEAFYnyw?docId=CNG.ca38625847baa45171f527813fd87a23.d1
Troubled Japanese tech giant Sony's president and CEO Howard Stringer is to step down, the firm said Wednesday as it looks to staunch four years of losses in the face of fierce competition.

▽Sony sees $2.9 billion loss, new CEO warns of pain - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/us-sony-results-idUSTRE8110E020120202
Ailing Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp warned it was heading for a bigger-than-expected $2.9 billion annual loss, presenting a daunting task for incoming CEO Kazuo Hirai, who vowed to move quickly to turn things around.

▽Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will retain right to choose successor after his death - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/9056331/Facebook-founder-Mark-Zuckerberg-will-retain-right-to-choose-successor-after-his-death.html
Mark Zuckerberg will effectively run Facebook like a private company after it floats, retaining the right to pick all of its directors as well as a successor to inherit control of the business when he dies.

▽NATO ministers to mull accelerated withdrawal from combat role in Afghanistan - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/nato-ministers-to-mull-accelerated-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/2012/02/02/gIQApCVjjQ_story.html
NATO’s top official joined the U.S. and France on Thursday in calling for Afghan forces to take the lead in all combat operations by mid-2013.

▽Egyptians Protest Security Failure That Caused Soccer Disaster - Voice of America
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/north/Egyptians-Protest-Security-Failure-That-Caused-Soccer-Disaster-138554269.html
Egyptian activists are taking to the streets Thursday to protest the failure of police to prevent violence at a soccer match that left at least 74 people dead and hundreds injured in the northern city of Port Said.

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2012.02.01

News Headlines - 01 February 2012

▽More Than 70 Die In Egyptian Football Riot - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16161259
At least 74 people have been killed and 1,000 injured after a football pitch invasion in Egypt, according to reports.
Clashes are said to have broken out as fans flooded the field seconds after the game in the northern coastal city of Port Said finished.
There were reports of rocks, bottles, flares and fireworks being thrown as politicians in the country criticised a lack of security at the match.

▽London Stock Exchange bomb plot admitted by four men - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16833032
Four men inspired by al-Qaeda have admitted planning to detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange.

▽Facebook files for $5bn IPO - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/feb/01/facebook-files-5bn-ipo?newsfeed=true
Eight years after Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room, the 27-year-old on Wednesday announced he is selling shares in the social network at a price that values his creation at up to $100bn – and values his stake in the business at $28bn.

▽Major new leak at Japan's nuclear plant - Kyodo - Reuters
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/major-new-leak-at-japans-nuclear-plant-kyodo
More than 8 tonnes of water have leaked from Japan's stricken nuclear power plant after a frozen pipe burst inside a reactor buiding, but none of the water is thought to have escaped the complex, Kyodo news agency said on Thursday.

▽Japan protests to China after accusing it of undersea gas drilling in East China Sea - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-protests-to-china-after-accusing-it-of-undersea-gas-drilling-in-east-china-sea/2012/02/01/gIQApuCZhQ_story.html
Japan on Wednesday accused China of unilaterally exploring gas deposits in the East China Sea, in violation of an agreement to jointly develop disputed areas.

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2012.01.31

News Headlines - 31 January 2012

▽A reputation shredded: Sir Fred loses his knighthood - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/31/fred-goodwin-loses-knighthood?newsfeed=true
The former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Fred Goodwin, has been stripped of his knighthood by the Queen for his role in the creation of the biggest recession since the second world war.
With unceremonial haste, a committee of five senior civil servants took away the knighthood given to Goodwin by the last Labour government in 2004 for services to banking.

▽Network Rail admits safety breaches over girls' deaths - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-16786373
Network Rail has admitted three health and safety breaches over the deaths of two girls at an Essex level crossing in 2005, a court has heard.

▽British minister to visit Falklands to mark war anniversary - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/01/31/uk-britain-argentina-idUKTRE80U27520120131
A British minister will travel to the Falkland Islands in June to take part in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Britain's recapture of the islands from occupying Argentine troops, a visit that could rile Buenos Aires.

▽Syria resolution faces Russian opposition at UN security council - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/31/un-syria-resolution-opposed-russia?newsfeed=true
Russia looks set to oppose a crucial joint Arab and western attempt at the United Nations security council to force President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to step down, as the escalating crisis saw further bloodshed with government forces battling defectors near the capital, Damascus.

▽EasyJet chairman hits back Sir Stelios' claims - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/9052806/EasyJet-chairman-hits-back-Sir-Stelios-claims.html
EasyJet chairman Sir Mike Rake has delivered his strongest rebuttal yet to what he termed the "numerous inaccuracies and attacks on individuals" from the airline's founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

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2012.01.30

News Headlines - 30 January 2012

▽France plans Tobin tax on financial transactions - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/30/france-tobin-tax-nicolas-sarkozy?newsfeed=true
Nicolas Sarkozy has announced plans to impose a tax on financial transactions.
The French president said a new 0.1% tax would come into force in August regardless of whether or not the European Union agrees to impose a 'Tobin tax' across the EU.

▽Britain officially drops opposition over use of European Union courts to enforce fiscal pact, says William Hague - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9048721/Britain-officially-drops-opposition-over-use-of-European-Union-courts-to-enforce-fiscal-pact-says-William-Hague.html
William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, admitted that Britain had dropped its threat to formally block use of the EU institutions by the fiscal pact.

▽Ex-UBS trader pleads not guilty to £1.5bn fraud - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/30/ubs-trader-pleads-not-guilty?newsfeed=true
A City trader has denied gambling away a record £1.5bn in Britain's biggest banking fraud.
Kweku Adoboli, of east London, will go on trial accused of losing the money while working for the Swiss banking giant UBS.

▽Boris Johnson backs calls for parents to be allowed to smack their children - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9048654/Boris-Johnson-backs-calls-for-parents-to-be-allowed-to-smack-their-children.html
Boris Johnson has supported calls for a change in the law to allow parents to smack their children to instil discipline in their homes.

▽Taliban, US Negotiators Meet in Qatar - Voice of America
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Taliban-US-Negotiators-Meet-in-Qatar-138311684.html
Taliban officials say Afghan Taliban negotiators are meeting with U.S. officials in Qatar for a series of discussions aimed at building trust between the two sides ahead of the upcoming peace talks.

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2012.01.29

News Headlines - 29 January 2012

▽RBS chief Stephen Hester waives controversial bonus of nearly £1m - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/29/rbs-stephen-hester-waives-bonus
Stephen Hester, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, has bowed to intense political pressure and waived a bonus of nearly £1m.
After a weekend of intense scrutiny of the bonus, culminating in a move by Labour to force a Commons vote on the payment, Hester concluded that he would not accept the 3.6m shares that the bank's board had decided to award him.

▽Syrian Uprising Intensifies as Troops Defend Capital - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204652904577190703938046054.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Syria's government moved to defend Damascus as its military fought rebel troops outside the capital for a third day on Sunday, as the battle moved ever closer to President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.

▽Iran says oil price could reach $150 per barrel on EU embargo - Reuters
http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5E8CT06B20120129
Iran said on Sunday that oil prices could reach $150 per barrel as a result of the European Union's ban on imports of oil from the country, deputy oil minister was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

▽Bad weather stops work on capsized Italian cruise ship - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/01/29/uk-italy-ship-idUKTRE80Q0HJ20120129
Divers searching for bodies on the Costa Concordia, the wrecked cruise ship that lies capsized off the Italian coast, suspended work on Sunday after heavy seas and strong winds caused the vessel to shift noticeably, authorities said.

▽ExxonMobil Sells Japan Unit to TonenGeneral for $3.9 Billion - Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-29/exxon-mobil-sells-japan-business-stake-to-tonengeneral-for-3-9-billion.html
Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed to sell its Japanese business to local partner TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK in a $3.9 billion deal as the world’s largest energy company shifts focus to the higher returns from pumping oil and gas.

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2012.01.28

News Headlines - 28 January 2012

▽IMF tells Greece it will lose control of budget in return for bail-out - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9046820/IMF-tells-Greece-it-will-lose-control-of-budget-in-return-for-bail-out.html
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has signalled that Greece will have to give up autonomy over its budget if it is to receive the full backing of the international community for its second €130bn (£109bn) bail-out.

▽FSA fines two more over Greenlight insider trading - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financial-crime/9045264/FSA-fines-two-more-over-Greenlight-insider-trading.html
Two more individuals connected to US hedge fund Greenlight Capital have been fined over a multi-million pound insider-dealing case.

▽Sun executives arrested over illegal police payments - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/9046834/Sun-executives-arrested-over-illegal-police-payments.html
Senior executives at the Sun newspaper who were closely associated with former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks have been arrested on suspicion of making illegal payments to police officers.

▽James Murdoch to Leave Glaxo Board - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204661604577186574186438052.html
As he grapples with the fallout from News Corp.'s phone-hacking scandal, Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch is resigning from the board of GlaxoSmithKline PLC, the drug maker said Friday.

▽Grand Central trains scores top marks for satisfaction - Halifax Evening Courier
http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/grand_central_trains_scores_top_marks_for_satisfaction_1_4190715
GRAND Central has been judged top for satisfaction in the rail industry’s Passenger Focus survey.
Figures showed a 93 per cent satisfaction rating for the Arriva owned open access operator on the Calderdale to London route.

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2012.01.27

News Headlines - 27 January 2012

▽RBS Boss Under Pressure To Forgo £1m Bonus - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/business/article/16157663
The political row over bankers' bonuses is heating up, with the boss of taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland coming under increasing pressure to turn down his £1m bonus.
Stephen Hester is set to receive a pat on the back worth £963,000 - and the Chancellor has defended the payout, saying "the alternatives would have been worse".

▽Violence surges in Syria as U.N. Security Council meets - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/surge-in-violence-killings-across-syria-un-security-council-set-to-meet/2012/01/27/gIQAKiVJVQ_story.html
Violence surged in Syria on Friday, with government forces using heavy artillery to bombard several towns, while the United Nations debated a resolution on ways to end the bloodshed, intensifying the diplomatic pressure on Damascus.

▽434 People Killed in Iraq Since U.S. Pulled Out - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/world/middleeast/suicide-bomber-attacks-funeral-procession-in-iraq.html
Since the United States military withdrew from Iraq in the middle of last month, 434 Iraqis have been killed in attacks across the country, according to security officials, one of the highest tolls for that amount of time in the past few years.

▽Facebook Plans IPO Filing as Early as Next Week - Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-27/facebook-may-file-ipo-to-raise-up-to-100-billion-as-early-as-next-week.html
Facebook Inc., the world’s largest social-networking service, is aiming to file for its initial public offering as early as next week, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

▽Demi's plight in frantic 911 call - The Sun
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/4092836/Demi-Moore-news-Demi-Moores-neighbour-made-a-frantic-911-call-for-the-star-to-be-rushed-to-hospital-She-said-she-was-convulsing.html
The bombshell ten-minute audio recording of the call suggests the star had smoked an unspecified substance before collapsing.

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2012.01.26

News Headlines - 26 January 2012

▽Ahmadinejad says Iran is ready for nuclear talks - CTV.ca
http://m.ctv.ca/topstories/20120126/ahmadinejad-requests-nuclear-talks-120126.html
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran is ready for nuclear talks with the world powers amid toughening sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to sharply scale back its nuclear program.

▽Sarkozy Loses Ground To Hollande In French Election Poll - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120126-706403.html
Incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost ground to French Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande in the latest poll of voter intentions ahead of elections in less than three months' time.

▽High street gloom as 2012 sales slump - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/high-street-gloom-as-2012-sales-slump-6295070.html
The CBI said retail sales volumes fell in January, after modest growth in December, with a balance of 22% of traders reporting a decrease on a year ago, the lowest level since March 2009.
The majority of retailers said sales were disappointing for the time of year and orders were also down, with firms expecting levels to fall again next month, the CBI added.

▽Subway targets 600 more UK, Ireland stores - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/26/subway-idUSL5E8CQ21B20120126
The Subway franchise of sandwich restaurants said it is targeting 600 new stores in the UK and Ireland by 2015, seeking to capitalise on Britons' increasing appetite for food on the go.
The firm said on Thursday the planned expansion would create about 6,000 new jobs.

▽Pros and cons of climate change for Britain - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9041350/Pros-and-cons-of-climate-change-for-Britain.html
The costs to the UK of flooding could rise to billions of pounds a year in the coming decades, according to the first national assessment of the risks of climate change, but there will also be opportunities in tourism and agriculture.

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2012.01.25

News Headlines - 25 January 2012

▽UK moves closer to second recession as economy shrinks 0.2% - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/25/uk-second-recession-economy-shrinks?newsfeed=true
Britain has moved closer to its second recession in three years after official figures showed the UK economy contracted by 0.2% in the last three months of 2011.
A severe drop in manufacturing output in the last quarter dented hopes that the UK could avoid joining much of Europe in a slump that is expected to push up unemployment and see thousands of companies go bankrupt.

▽Rapist TV psychic Martin Smith found hanged in cell - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-16716210
A convicted paedophile, whose partner is accused of murdering their children in Spain, has been found hanged in his cell at HMP Manchester.
Former TV psychic Martin Smith, 46, originally from North Shields, was jailed for 16 years in March 2011 for raping a girl aged under 16 in Cumbria.

▽Scottish independence: First Minister Alex Salmond set to unveil referendum plans at Holyrood - Scottish Daily Record
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics-news/2012/01/25/scottish-independence-first-minister-alex-salmond-set-to-unveil-referendum-plans-at-holyrood-86908-23719637/
The Scottish First Minister will launch a consultation on the referendum at Holyrood this afternoon.
The SNP administration in Edinburgh has already announced autumn 2014 as its preferred date for a vote on ending the 300 year plus long union.

▽Barack Obama uses State of the Union for partisan attack on Republicans and Mitt Romney - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2091492/STATE-OF-THE-UNION-ADDRESS-2012-Barack-Obama-attacks-Republicans-Mitt-Romney.html
If anyone thought that the general election campaign would be postponed by New Gingrich's victory in South Carolina, President Barack Obama put them right tonight. In a sharply partisan State of the Union address, Obama unashamedly portrayed government action as the solution to people's problems and drew up the battle lines for November.

▽Japan's first trade deficit since 1980 raises debt doubts - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/25/japan-economy-trade-idUSL4E8CO5N420120125
Japan first annual trade deficit in more than 30 years calls into question how much longer the country can rely on exports to help finance a huge public debt without having to turn to fickle foreign investors.

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2012.01.24

News Headlines - 24 January 2012

▽Government debt rises to a record of £1tn - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16698293
Government debt has risen to a record £1 trillion from £883bn a year ago... However, Chancellor George Osborne is still on course to hit his borrowing target for the financial year of £127bn. The total for the year so far stands at £103.3bn.

▽Petroplus bankruptcy: Government 'confident' no petrol shortage as refinery stops sales - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/9034701/Petroplus-bankruptcy-Government-confident-no-petrol-shortage-as-refinery-stops-sales.html
The Government is "confident" that there will be no petrol shortage in London and the South East after Petroplus, Europe's largest independent oil refiner, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.

▽Gulf Arab states to pull observers from Syria - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16698754
Gulf Arab states have announced that they are withdrawing from the Arab League's observer mission in Syria.

▽Iran Denounces EU Oil Ban - Voice of America
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Iran-Denounces-EU-Oil-Ban--137948963.html
Iran has denounced the European Union's decision to ban new purchases of Iranian oil and freeze the assets of the country's central bank, calling the moves "illogical and unfair."

▽Japan's Darvish aiming to be world's best pitcher - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hNgxSdZPwtrD9meMQij4Vc-0G0nw?docId=CNG.8d5e2552ac41ed92a266b1f1bc84371c.1b1
Japanese hurler Yu Darvish told home fans Tuesday he was moving to the US major league to pit his skills against better batters because he wanted to become the world's "number one pitcher".

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2012.01.23

News Headlines - 23 January 2012

▽European Union agress on Iran oil embargo - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9032261/European-Union-agress-on-Iran-oil-embargo.html
European Union nations have agreed on an oil embargo against Iran as part of sanctions over its nuclear programme.

▽Syria rejects Arab League plan for Assad to step down - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16676241
Syria has rejected an Arab League call for President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy.

▽Megaupload founder denies internet piracy charges - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/9031897/Megaupload-founder-denies-internet-piracy-charges.html
The founder of file-sharing website Megaupload was ordered to be held in custody by a New Zealand court on Monday, as he denied charges of internet piracy and money laundering and said authorities were trying to portray the blackest picture of him.

▽Bank of England governance plan criticised - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16678608
The Bank of England's proposals to improve its governance have been criticised by a committee of MPs.

▽RIM's co-CEOs quit in top exec shake-up - Register
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/23/rim_management_shake_up/
A Research in Motion management shake-up has swapped out its co-CEOs for a new top exec following a challenging period for the gadget maker.
Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, RIM's co-chief executives, have stepped aside after 20 years at the trouble biz, and the company on Monday named Thorsten Heins as president and CEO.

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2012.01.22

News Headlines - 22 January 2012

▽Occupy London takes over new site in City - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-16667710
Protesters moved into an empty office building in the Barbican, in the City of London, in the early hours of Saturday.
The empty office block is owned by Berkeley Homes, which has asked the protesters to leave the building as it says it is not safe.

▽Year of the Dragon roars into the UK - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/year-of-the-dragon-roars-into-the-uk-6293025.html
Two weeks of celebrations are set to start tomorrow as communities mark the arrival of Chinese New Year.
The 15-day event, which runs until February 6, marks the arrival of the Year of the Dragon.

▽Dutch teen completes year-long solo sailing journey around world - Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/01/21/teen-ending-globe-circling-voyage-in-st-maarten/
A teenager from the Netherlands sailed into St. Maarten harbor on Saturday, ending a yearlong solo journey around the globe aboard a ketch named "Guppy."

▽Gingrich: From Long-Shot To Comeback Kid - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16154087
Newt Gingrich has looked down and out more than once in the 2012 Republican race for the White House.
But the 68-year-old former Speaker of the House has blown the race wide open with his victory in the South Carolina primary.

▽Online companies win piracy fight - The Daily News Journal
http://www.dnj.com/article/20120122/NEWS01/201220315/Online-companies-win-piracy-fight
Outspent but hardly outgunned, online and high-tech companies triggered an avalanche of Internet clicks to force Congress to shelve legislation that would curb online piracy. They outmaneuvered the entertainment industry and other old guard business interests, leaving them bitter and befuddled.

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2012.01.21

News Headlines - 21 January 2012

▽Source of infection that killed three babies 'unlikely to be identified' - Belfast Telegraph
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/source-of-infection-that-killed-three-babies-unlikely-to-be-identified-16106908.html
The source of a deadly infection at a hospital that has claimed the lives of three babies is unlikely to be identified, an expert said today.

▽Costa Concordia owners face multi-million pound lawsuit - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9029614/Costa-Concordia-owners-face-multi-million-pound-lawsuit.html
More than 100 passengers have already joined a class action and are reportedly seeking to claim more than £100,000 each.
Papers are expected to be lodged in a Miami court next week by two US law firms which have joined forces with Codacons, the Italian consumer association, according to the BBC.

▽Glasgow man's body returned five years after abduction in Iraq - Scottish Daily Record
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2012/01/21/glasgow-man-s-body-returned-five-years-after-abduction-in-iraq-86908-23710647/
THE widow of a British hostage whose body was handed in to the British embassy in Baghdad five years after he was kidnapped has said his family can now grieve for him properly.

▽New Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has sterling debut with media - Boston Herald
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/other_mlb/view/20120121new_rangers_pitcher_yu_darvish_has_sterling_debut_with_media/srvc=home&position=recent
The greatest challenge of Yu Darvish’s career awaits him in April, when he will embark on his first major-league season after dominating for most of the past seven years in Japan.

▽Newton Aycliffe Hitachi train factory signed and sealed - nebusiness.co.uk
http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/latest-business-news/2012/01/19/newton-aycliffe-hitachi-train-factory-signed-and-sealed-51140-30153397/
THE £4.5 billion contract for the proposed Hitachi train factory at Newton Aycliffe is now 99% signed and sealed, the manufacturer said yesterday, as the Government confirmed the deal would finally be rubber-stamped within a matter of weeks.

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2012.01.20

News Headlines - 20 January 2012

▽7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/technology/7-charged-as-fbi-closes-a-top-file-sharing-site.html
In what the U.S. authorities have called one of the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have seized the Web site Megaupload and charged seven people connected with it with running an international enterprise based on Internet piracy.

▽Anonymous attacks FBI website over Megaupload raids - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9027246/Anonymous-attacks-FBI-website-over-Megaupload-raids.html
American government and entertainment industry websites have been crippled after the “hacktivist” group Anonymous launched a series of cyber attacks in retaliation for the closure of Megaupload.com.

▽How News Group hid the phone-hacking scandal - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jan/19/news-group-phone-hacking-scandal?newsfeed=true
A high court judge said the Murdoch-owned company behind the News of the World had made "an admission of sorts" that it engaged in a deliberate cover-up of evidence relating to phone hacking, on the day that the publisher paid an estimated seven figures in damages to settle 37 phone-hacking claims brought by public figures ranging from Jude Law to John Prescott.

▽Government moves to prevent 'benefit tourism' - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jan/20/government-moves-prevent-benefit-tourism
The government wants to prevent "benefit tourism" in which migrants come to Britain to claim benefits, says the employment minister, Chris Grayling. But he said that the vast majority of immigrants claiming benefits in Britain were entitled to do so.

▽Security tight after two bombs explode in Londonderry - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-16645604
Police in Londonderry believe dissident republicans were responsible for two bomb attacks on Thursday night.

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2012.01.19

News Headlines - 19 January 2012

▽Britain admits 'fake rock' plot to spy on Russians - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/19/fake-rock-plot-spy-russians?newsfeed=true
Britain was behind a plot to spy on Russians with a device hidden in a fake plastic rock, a former key UK government official has admitted.
Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to prime minister Tony Blair, admitted in a BBC documentary that allegations made by the Russians in 2006 - dismissed at the time - were in fact true.

▽Rescue Efforts Resume on Stricken Cruise Liner - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/europe/costa-concordia-cruise-ship-recuse-efforts-resume-in-italy.html
Divers resumed rescue operations on Thursday aboard the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia a day after Italy’s environment minister warned that it could sink and the captain claimed he had slipped on deck and tumbled overboard, winding up in a lifeboat during the panicky passenger escape.

▽Sony Ericsson makes shock loss before ownership change - Reuters
http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/01/19/sonyericsson-idINDEE80I00G20120119
Sony Ericsson on Thursday posted a shock loss due to tough competition, the global slowdown and restructuring, marring the final quarter before it is rolled into Japanese consumer giant Sony.

▽Kodak files for bankruptcy protection - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16625725
Eastman Kodak, the company that invented the hand-held camera, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
The move gives the company time to reorganise itself without facing its creditors, and Kodak said that it would mean business as normal for customers.

▽Darvish, Texas agree to $60M, 6-yr deadline deal - Houston Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/default/article/Darvish-Texas-agree-to-60M-6-yr-deadline-deal-2613024.php
Japan's best pitcher will play for the Texas Rangers, who scouted him for more than two years and then needed nearly every minute of a 30-day negotiating window before finalizing a $60 million, six-year contract Wednesday. It is a total investment of more than $111 million with a record posting fee.

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2012.01.18

News Headlines - 18 January 2012

▽Costa Concordia captain claims he tripped and fell into a lifeboat - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/18/costa-concordia-captain-tripped-lifeboat
The cruise liner captain accused of abandoning ship after he struck rocks off the Tuscan coast last Friday has reportedly claimed he was unable to lead the evacuation because he slipped and tripped into a lifeboat while helping passengers leave the stricken vessel.

▽Divers suspend search of capsized Italy liner - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/18/italy-ship-idUSL6E8CI0B820120118
Divers searching the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia suspended work on Wednesday after the vast wreck shifted slightly, but officials said they are hoping to resume as soon as possible.

▽UK unemployment increases to 2.685m - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16608394
UK unemployment rose by 118,000 in the three months to November to 2.685 million, official figures show.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the unemployment rate also rose to 8.4% from 8.3%, the highest since January 1996.

▽UK 'would look at' IMF cash request - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5h2AHYOfygMA7G3fSR91e7GpOoLHg?docId=N1058721326888005612A
Britain is ready to consider a request from the International Monetary Fund for additional resources to shore up ailing economies, Downing Street has said.
A spokeswoman said that Chancellor George Osborne will put any "decent request" from the international financial body to Parliament for approval by MPs.
But she stressed that any increase in UK funding would have to be designed to assist struggling countries and not to bail out the euro.

▽Apple Files New Lawsuit Against Samsung in Germany - PCWorld
http://www.pcworld.com/article/248276/apple_files_new_lawsuit_against_samsung_in_germany.html
Apple continues to hound Samsung Electronics at the district court in Düsseldorf, and has now filed another lawsuit aimed at 10 models in its Galaxy family of smartphones, according to Peter Schütz, spokesman at the court.

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2012.01.17

News Headlines - 17 January 2012

▽UK inflation slows to 4.2% - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e98e6618-40ef-11e1-b521-00144feab49a.html#axzz1jcdGFuyH
The 4.2 per cent annual rise in the consumer price index – from 4.8 per cent the previous month and 5.2 per cent in September – was widely expected and reflected heavy discounting on the high street and lower fuel prices.
Most economists expect Britain’s annual inflation rate to continue to decline this year. Many hope this will loosen the squeeze on households’ budgets and encourage them to spend more.

▽Which? Urges Action On Complex Overdraft Fees - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/business/article/16150711
The consumer watchdog Which? has called for action on "virtually impossible to calculate" overdraft charges, after a study revealed that even consumers with a PhD can struggle to decipher bank fee structures.

▽RBS Sells Aviation Business to Sumitomo Mitsui for $7.3 Billion - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-17/rbs-sells-aviation-business-to-sumitomo-mitsui-for-7-3-billion.html
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc is selling its aviation leasing unit to Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. for about $7.3 billion, the biggest disposal by the state-owned lender since its U.K.-government bailout in 2008.

▽Lost Charles Darwin fossils rediscovered in cabinet - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16578330
The fossils, lost for some 165 years, were found by chance in the vaults of the British Geological Survey HQ near Keyworth, UK.
They have now been photographed and are available to the public through a new online museum exhibit released today.

▽Wikipedia joins web blackout in Sopa Act protest - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16590585
Wikipedia plans to take its English-language site offline on Wednesday as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.

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2012.01.16

News Headlines - 16 January 2012

▽'Unauthorised course change' to blame for cruise ship wreck - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16576979
The CEO of Costa Cruises, the owner of the ship that ran aground off Italy, says the captain made an "unapproved, unauthorized" deviation in course.
Capt Francesco Schettino is suspected of manslaughter, but denies wrongdoing.

▽Moody's keeps French AAA credit rating - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16573452
Ratings agency Moody's has said it is maintaining France's top AAA credit rating for now, three days after the country was downgraded by another agency, Standard & Poor's (S&P).

▽Japan signals may intervene in euro market - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e88d4816-4026-11e1-9bce-00144feab49a.html
Jun Azumi, Japan’s finance minister, has raised the spectre of the government’s first intervention in the euro currency market for nine years after warning that the yen’s gains against the euro were “a bit rapid”.

▽Two men found dead were 'neighbours at war' - The Sun
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4063836/Two-men-found-dead-were-neighbours-at-war.html
TWO neighbours who died in suspicious circumstances had been "at war" with each other in recent weeks, it emerged today.

▽Russian space probe crashes into Pacific - South Asian News Agency
http://www.sananews.net/english/2012/01/russian-space-probe-crashes-into-pacific/
A Russian space probe, which was designed to boost the nation’s pride on a bold mission to a moon of Mars but got stuck in Earth orbit instead, came down in flames on Sunday, showering its fragments into the Pacific Ocean south of Chile’s coast.

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2012.01.15

News Headlines - 15 January 2012

▽Rhodri Giggs: My brother Ryan is a worm - The Sun
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4060196/Rhodri-Giggs-My-brother-Ryan-is-a-worm.html
RYAN Giggs' betrayed brother Rhodri last night opened his heart to The Sun and declared: "The man is nothing but a worm."

▽Fergie: Scholes is one of the best - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gHSy99TIq7hhcEyuBHVfqAYcg0LQ?docId=N0987121326565183934A
A week after his shock retirement U-turn, Scholes scored his first Barclays Premier League goal since August 2010 and his first goal at Old Trafford for almost two years when he turned home Wayne Rooney's cross-shot in first-half stoppage time.

▽English voters keener on independence for Scotland than Scots - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/887402-english-voters-keener-on-independence-for-scotland-than-scots
English voters are stronger supporters of Scottish independence than those north of the border, according to a new opinion poll.

▽Three dead, 40 missing in Italian ship disaster - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/01/15/uk-italy-ship-idUKTRE80D08620120115
Italian rescue workers were searching for about 40 people still missing early Sunday, more than a day after a cruise ship with more than 4,000 on board capsized off Italy's west coast, killing at least three people and injuring 70.

▽Fear of Civil War Mounts in Syria as Crisis Deepens - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/world/middleeast/syria-in-deep-crisis-may-be-slipping-out-of-control.html
he failure of an Arab League mission to stanch violence in Syria, an international community with little leverage and a government as defiant as its opposition is in disarray have left Syria descending into a protracted, chaotic and perhaps unnegotiable conflict.

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2012.01.14

News Headlines - 14 January 2012

▽Sinking Ship: Deaths As Liner Runs Aground - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16148897
At least three people have died and four more are missing after a luxury cruise ship carrying thousands of passengers, including 24 British holidaymakers, ran aground off the coast of Italy.

▽S&P Cuts Credit Ratings for France, Italy, Spain - ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/sp-cuts-credit-ratings-france-italy-spain-15357833#.TxFT3KU5JWI
Standard & Poor's swept the debt-ridden European continent with punishing credit downgrades Friday, stripping France of its coveted AAA status and dropping Italy even lower. Germany retained its top-notch rating, but Portugal's debt was consigned to junk.

▽German Five-, 30-Year Yields Drop to Records on Europe Crisis - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-14/german-five-30-year-yields-drop-to-records-on-europe-crisis.html
German bonds gained this week, with five-year and 30-year yields falling to records, as government officials said Standard & Poor’s may lower the credit ratings of some euro-area nations, spurring demand for the safest assets.

▽PM says Japan must tackle public debt or it could be next target of ratings cut after Europe - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/markets/pm-says-japan-must-tackle-public-debt-or-it-could-be-next-target-of-ratings-cut-after-europe/2012/01/14/gIQAH9NxxP_story.html
Japan’s prime minister, attempting to build support for painful fiscal reforms, said Saturday that the country should be alarmed by ratings cuts in Europe and must tackle its massive public debts to avoid becoming the next target.

▽Russian space probe is falling to Earth - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/russian-space-probe-is-falling-to-earth-6288891.html
A crippled Russian spacecraft is likely to crash to Earth sometime on Sunday at an unspecified location.

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2012.01.13

News Headlines - 13 January 2012

▽Oxford don held over colleague's death - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jwRX2LJGH_2ACW9YdAmeAwRQBg8A?docId=CNG.d57d73ccc38c87eebc1ab1fe53f128c8.1c1
Police questioned an Oxford University lecturer on Friday over the death of a colleague, officials said, in a case with echoes of fictional detective Inspector Morse.
Astrophysics professor Steven Rawlings, a fellow of the famed university's St Peter's College, was found dead at a home in the Oxford suburb of Southmoor on Wednesday, police said.

▽Network Rail faces prosecution over Grayrigg train crash - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/13/network-rail-grayrigg-train-crash
Network Rail is to be prosecuted for the Grayrigg train crash that killed one passenger and injured 86.
The rail regulator has announced it has started criminal proceedings over the 2007 derailment of a Virgin train in Cumbria, in which an 84-year-old woman died and 28 people were seriously injured.

▽US Embassy says ‘real, credible’ threat of terrorist attack in Bangkok - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/us-embassy-warns-of-terror-threat-in-bangkok-urges-caution-in-public-areas/2012/01/13/gIQARr9TvP_story.html
The U.S. ambassador to Thailand warned Friday there is a “real and very credible” threat of a terrorist attack against American citizens in Bangkok.
Ambassador Kristie Kenney was elaborating on an “emergency message” sent by the embassy to American citizens earlier Friday warning of a possible terrorist attack.

▽Burma releases 651 prisoners in major step towards democracy - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9012099/Myanmar-releases-651-prisoners-in-major-step-towards-democracy.html
Burma today released its most significant political prisoners in a move which western diplomats said sets the country on course for European Union sanctions to be lifted in April.

▽Angry mob pelts eggs at Apple store in China over iPhone 4S release - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/9011987/Angry-mob-pelts-eggs-at-Apple-store-in-China-over-iPhone-4S-release.html
An angry crowd shouted and threw eggs at Apple's Beijing flagship store after it failed to open on schedule on Friday to sell the popular new iPhone 4S model.

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2012.01.12

News Headlines - 12 January 2012

▽US Marines urinating on men 'barbaric' says Taliban - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9009472/US-Marines-urinating-on-men-barbaric-says-Taliban.html
Afghanistan's hardline Taliban on Thursday denounced as "barbaric" an online video apparently showing US Marines urinating on the bloodied corpses of slain insurgents, but said it would not affect peace talks.

▽Japan Says It Will Reduce Iran Oil Imports - Wall Street Journal
http://www.wallstreetjournal.de/article/SB10001424052970204257504577155614235298468.html?mod=fox_australian
Japan's finance minister told visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that his country will take steps to reduce its dependency on oil imports from Iran, taking a much more conciliatory approach to the matter than China did a few days ago.

▽British Gas cuts electricity prices by 5pc - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/9009450/British-Gas-cuts-electricity-prices-by-5pc.html
British Gas cut prices for household electricity by 5pc with immediate effect today but said it was unable to follow other suppliers in reducing gas prices, which it raised by 18pc last summer.

▽Big crowds not matched by big news at CES 2012 - Computing
http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/analysis/2137081/crowds-matched-news-ces-2012
Yet, despite the record crowds and sophisticated advertising, none were able to steal the show at this year's event.

▽More planets than stars? - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16528668
Going on the available evidence from our own solar system - and there's no obvious reason to assume it is unusual - you might plump for a ratio of 1:8. That would give you a ballpark figure of some 800 billion planets in the Milky Way, and something like 100 billion times that for the entire Universe.

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2012.01.11

News Headlines - 11 January 2012

▽Unique Roman cavalry helmet pieced together 10 years after discovery - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/10/unique-roman-helmet-pieced-together
A silver-gilt Roman cavalry helmet of international importance has been pieced together at the British Museum, from thousands of fragments of corroded metal lifted in a block of mud from a Leicestershire hillside more than 10 years ago.

▽Conservatives and Lib Dems could lose out as number of MPs cut to 30 - WalesOnline
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/welsh-politics/welsh-politics-news/2012/01/11/conservatives-and-lib-dems-could-lose-out-as-number-of-mps-cut-to-30-91466-30098618/
AN INITIAL reading of the Boundary Commission report suggests that the Westminster coalition partners whose project it is could lose out most in Wales.
Several Conservative MPs can expect to lose their seats, while the Liberal Democrats could be wiped out.

▽Sainsbury's says wins UK Xmas grocery battle - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/11/sainsburys-idUSL6E8CA3KW20120111
J Sainsbury declared victory in the battle for Christmas sales among Britain's top grocers, as store extensions and its expansion into convenience outlets, online shopping and non-food ranges helped it win share in a tough market.

▽School ICT to be replaced by computer science programme - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16493929
The current programme of information and communications technology (ICT) study in England's schools will be scrapped from September, the education secretary has announced.
It will be replaced by an "open source" curriculum in computer science and programming designed with the help of universities and industry.

▽CES 2012: Intel announces first smartphones with Lenovo and Motorola - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/ces/9006563/CES-2012-Intel-announces-first-smartphones-with-Lenovo-and-Motorola.html
The long-awaited confirmation of Intel’s first mobile phones came at CES, as Lenovo and Motorola confirmed they were working with the chipmaker.

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2012.01.10

News Headlines - 10 January 2012

▽Thierry Henry's winner for Arsenal against Leeds was 'like a dream' says Arsene Wenger - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/9004062/Thierry-Henrys-winner-for-Arsenal-against-Leeds-was-like-a-dream-says-Arsene-Wenger.html
Arsène Wenger admitted that he felt like he was dreaming having watched Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s all-time record scorer, mark his return to the club with a wonderful match-winning goal.

▽HS2: Phase one of high-speed rail line gets go-ahead - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16478954
A controversial new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham has been given the go-ahead by government.
This first phase of High Speed Two (HS2) could be running by 2026, later extending to northern England.

▽Who is smart about TV - Samsung, Sony or Google? - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16483715
Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic have all unveiled sets which try to integrate the television experience with the boundless content of the web. Not new, I hear you say - that has been tried for years, all the way back to WebTV in the 1990s. What's different this year is the alliance between the hardware makers and a software giant, Google, with both determined to make connected TV a mainstream idea.

▽Japanese police arrest woman who lived with doomsday cult fugitive most of his 17 years on run - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/japanese-police-arrest-woman-who-lived-with-doomsday-cult-fugitive-most-of-his-17-years-on-run/2012/01/10/gIQAPkdanP_story.html
A woman claiming to have lived with a senior member of the doomsday cult behind the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subways turned herself in and was arrested Tuesday for helping him evade police for nearly 17 years.

▽Japan will release three activists who boarded whaling vessel - Los Angeles Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/01/japan-whaling-industry-sea-shepherd-environmental-protests.html
Bringing a diplomatic end to an unwieldy high seas drama, three Australian anti-whaling protesters detained after boarding a Japanese vessel in the Indian Ocean will be released to Australian authorities, the government in Canberra announced Tuesday.

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2012.01.09

News Headlines - 09 January 2012

▽Scots offered vote on breakaway next year - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/scots-offered-vote-on-breakaway-next-year-6286985.html
David Cameron is to take the high-risk gamble of offering to hold a referendum on Scottish independence next year.

▽Anthony Worrall Thompson 'arrested for shoplifting cheese and wine' - Mirror.co.uk
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2012/01/09/anthony-worrall-thompson-arrested-for-shoplifting-cheese-and-wine-115875-23691059/
TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson has been cautioned by police after he was caught shoplifting cheese and wine from Tesco.
The Ready Steady Cook star was arrested at the supermarket in Henley on Thames after reportedly failing to pay for items at the self-service checkouts five times in 16 days.
Some goods were scanned and paid for while others, including cheese from the deli and bottles of wine, were bagged without being put through the till.
Suspicious staff are believed to have set up a hidden camera in the self-checkout area to catch the 60-year-old and ensure he had not simply forgotten to pay.

▽Iran Imposes Death Sentence on Alleged U.S. Spy - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/world/middleeast/iran-imposes-death-sentence-on-alleged-us-spy.html?_r=1
Iran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced to death a former United States Marine of Iranian descent for spying for the Central Intelligence Agency, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported on Monday.

▽Anwar acquittal boosts Malaysia's opposition - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16465164
To the great surprise of many of his followers, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was found not guilty of the sodomy charge brought against him by a former aide.

▽CES 2012: Technology show offers sneak preview at 'CES Unveiled' - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/ces/9001799/CES-2012-Technology-show-offers-sneak-preview-at-CES-Unveiled.html
The Consumer Electronics Show holds its annual 'CES Unveiled' preview show as hundreds of journalists look for the next big thing in Las Vegas

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2012.01.08

News Headlines - 08 January 2012

▽Stricken cargo ship breaks up off New Zealand coast - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/9000559/Stricken-cargo-ship-breaks-up-off-New-Zealand-coast.html
A cargo ship grounded off the New Zealand coast since October has split into two pieces after being lashed by pounding seas, spilling sea containers and debris and sparking fears a fresh oil spill could wash ashore, maritime officials said on Sunday.

▽Stepping Hill: male nurse questioned over murders - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9000477/Stepping-Hill-male-nurse-questioned-over-murders.html
A male nurse who was arrested on suspicion of tampering with medical records at Stepping Hill Hospital is now being questioned on suspicion of three counts of murder and 18 counts of causing grievous bodily harm.

▽David Cameron apologises for making 'Tourette's jibe' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16458524
David Cameron has apologised after he said facing the shadow chancellor in Parliament was "like having someone with Tourette's sitting opposite you".

▽Poll reveals Britons' secret fears and hopes for 2012 - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/07/poll-britons-fears-hopes-2012?newsfeed=true
British people welcome cultural changes brought about by immigration, regard rising prices as the biggest threat to the country's wellbeing in 2012, and believe the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations will lift the nation's spirits more than the Olympics, reveals a wide-ranging poll on attitudes .

▽Ants turned into 'supersoldiers' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16424096
All ant colonies are made up of insects of different "castes", including soldiers and workers. This team worked out how to "trick" developing ant larvae to turn into a rare and unusual supersoldier caste.

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2012.01.07

News Headlines - 07 January 2012

▽New Zealand hot-air balloon crash: Witnesses tell of 'ball of flames' - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/8999408/New-Zealand-hot-air-balloon-crash-Witnesses-tell-of-ball-of-flames.html
The balloon came down in calm weather near Carterton, a small town north of the capital Wellington and a popular area for ballooning, in New Zealand's worst aviation disaster in more than 30 years.

▽HS2 London-Birmingham high-speed rail link 'close to approval' after report - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/886684-hs2-london-to-birmingham-high-speed-rail-link-close-to-approval
The proposed HS2 high-speed rail link to connect London with Birmingham is closer to being approved than ever after a report into two alternatives dismissed both as not fit for purpose.

▽London to Get Free Wi-Fi During Olympics, Thanks to O2 - ITProPortal
http://www.itproportal.com/2012/01/07/london-get-free-wi-fi-during-olympics-thanks-o2/
O2, a leading mobile operator in the UK, has confirmed that it is all set to provide internet access to a huge number of Londoners, residents of Westminster, Chelsea and Kensington as well as visitors during the forthcoming Olympics.

▽NASA questions Apollo 13 commander's sale of list - Herald Times Reporter
http://www.htrnews.com/article/20120107/MAN0101/201070560/NASA-questions-Apollo-13-commander-s-sale-list
NASA is questioning whether Apollo 13 commander James Lovell has the right to sell a 70-page checklist from the flight that includes his handwritten calculations that were crucial in guiding the damaged spacecraft back to Earth.

▽Japan plans to scrap nuclear plants after 40 years - The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hdrR2Jg_GMPi0qrY9DWSQZFfDdWA?docId=c0c368c7f1a749ec9d6ffa39f8af9ed0
Japan says it will soon require atomic reactors to be shut down after 40 years of use to improve safety following the nuclear crisis set off by last year's tsunami.

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2012.01.06

News Headlines - 06 January 2012

▽Oil over $113, Iran counters growth concerns - Reuters
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/01/06/markets-oil-idUKL6E8C613K20120106
Oil climbed above $113 a barrel on Friday as concern over any possible supply disruption due to mounting tensions between Iran and the West countered worries about Europe's economy.

▽Japan Prepares for Cuts to Iranian Oil Imports - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203471004577142423285170792.html
Japan, under intensifying pressure to join sanctions proposed by the U.S. and Europe, is bracing for the possibility of curbing its imports of Iranian oil, with some refiners seeking other sources.

▽Asian economies look to keep Iranian oil flowing - Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/asian-economies-look-to-keep-iranian-oil-flowing/2012/01/06/gIQAgNgUeP_story.html
China, the biggest buyer of Iran’s oil, has publicly rejected U.S. sanctions aimed at Tehran’s energy industry while American allies Japan and South Korea are scrambling to find a compromise to keep critical supplies flowing.

▽Olympus Ex-CEO Woodford Says Suing Company Over Dismissal - BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-06/olympus-ex-ceo-woodford-says-suing-company-over-dismissal.html
Olympus Corp.’s former Chief Executive Officer Michael Woodford said he’s suing the Japanese camera maker over his dismissal as he abandoned plans to wage a proxy battle for control of the company.

▽Rammit worm steals 45,000 Facebook logins - PC Advisor
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/security/3328180/rammit-worm-steal-45000-facebook-logins/
Originally, Rammit infected Windows executable and HTML files to steal; sensitive information. However, in August last year, it was reported the virus had transformed into a banking-based Trojan in a bid to commit financial fraud. Now, Rammit has mutated once again and has turned its attention to usernames and passwords belonging to members of Facebook. Seculert said the majority of the victims were based in the UK and France.

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2012.01.05

News Headlines - 05 January 2012

▽Assisted suicide should be legal for patients with terminal illness - report - Metro
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/886461-assisted-suicide-should-be-legal-for-patients-with-terminal-illness-report
Doctors could be given the right to help patients with a terminal illness die if they have less than a year to live, a new report has stated.

▽Church of England calls assisted suicide plan morally unacceptable - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8994338/Church-of-England-calls-assisted-suicide-plan-morally-unacceptable.html
A senior bishop has described plans to allow assisted suicide for the terminally ill as morally unacceptable.

▽Diane Abbott accused of racism over Twitter post - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jan/05/diane-abbott-accused-racism-twitter?newsfeed=true
Diane Abbott, the shadow health minister, has been accused of racism after she posted a comment on Twitter which said "white people" liked to play "divide and rule".

▽Risk from breast implants cannot be judged - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/risk-from-breast-implants-cannot-be-judged-6285113.html
The safety of breast implants inserted into tens of thousands of British women is impossible to judge, the body responsible for regulating them has admitted, because an accurate record of the number of procedures has not been kept.

▽Kodak Drops on Report It Is Preparing for Bankruptcy Filing - Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-04/kodak-drops-after-report-it-is-preparing-for-bankruptcy-filing.html
Eastman Kodak Co. (EK), the imaging company that lost 88 percent of its market value last year, fell after a report that the company is preparing for a bankruptcy filing should its effort to sell patents fail.

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2012.01.04

News Headlines - 04 January 2012

▽Britain urged to rule on lethal force against pirates - AFP
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iWWVw5PzY7fG2wOEm6DSbE55Hujg?docId=CNG.de856ece51704a8013815b7dfb5543db.351
Britain's government must give official guidance on when it is legal to shoot and kill maritime pirates, lawmakers said Thursday ahead of a conference in London on the future of Somalia.

▽Government appeals against ruling that solar subsidy cuts were illegal - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/04/government-appeal-feed-in-tariff-illegal?newsfeed=true
The government lodged an appeal on Wednesday against a judge's ruling that its cuts to solar power subsidies were illegal, arguing that the cuts were essential to encourage as many homeowners as possible to install renewable energy. The government will also argue that the judge's ruling was premature, as the final decision to slash the solar subsidies had not been taken at the time.

▽Switzerland's central bank chief accused of insider trading - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/04/switzerland-central-bank-chief-insider-trading?newsfeed=true
Switzerland's central bank was embroiled in an insider trading scandal after bank chief Philipp Hildebrand was accused of speculating on currency transactions only weeks before he instituted dramatic policy changes that shifted prices in his favour.

▽Yahoo picks PayPal's pocket to hire latest CEO - Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/AP82571606a65a4b148056951c98f5f97e.html
Yahoo's previous turnaround attempts have flopped under three different leaders with dramatically different backgrounds — former movie mogul Terry Semel, beloved Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and profanity-spewing Silicon Valley veteran Carol Bartz.

▽Stephen Hawking at 70: Exclusive interview - New Scientist
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328460.500-stephen-hawking-at-70-exclusive-interview.html
When he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged just 21, Stephen Hawking was only expected to live a few years. He will be 70 this month, and in an exclusive interview with New Scientist he looks back on his life and work

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2012.01.03

News Headlines - 03 January 2012

▽Huffington Post targets global expansion - Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e04d1a74-2d8d-11e1-b985-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1iRjjyZn1
The Huffington Post is aiming to double its global audience in the next two years through partnerships with newspapers that are still struggling to understand the web, according to the executive in charge of the website’s international expansion.

▽Stephen Lawrence murder: ‘How can I celebrate when I cannot see or speak to my son?’ - Scotsman
http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/stephen_lawrence_murder_how_can_i_celebrate_when_i_cannot_see_or_speak_to_my_son_1_2035204
STEPHEN Lawrence’s mother last night expressed both “relief and anger” after two men were finally convicted of the racist murder of her teenage son, but emphasised she could not celebrate the verdict because detectives “failed miserably” to bring his killers to justice 18 years years ago.

▽Iowa starts US presidential race - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gMSuSZRDLKKWLjC--vmElWSM51jA?docId=N0756251325578439388A
The Republican race to pick a challenger to US President Barack Obama has begin in earnest, with residents of the state of Iowa holding caucuses that could reshape the party's jumbled contest for the White House.

▽US Brushes Off Iran's Aircraft Carrier Threat - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16141840
The White House has dismissed Iran's threat to take action against a US aircraft carrier in the Gulf as a sign the regime is under pressure from new sanctions.

▽Japanese Fugitive Surrenders After 17 Years -- But Is Turned Away by Police - Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/01/03/japanese-fugitive-surrenders-after-17-years-but-is-turned-away-by-police/
One of Japan's most wanted men surrendered himself to police on New Year's Eve -- only to be turned away by officials who were convinced he was a prankster.

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2012.01.02

News Headlines - 02 January 2012

▽Gordon Brown's Downing Street emails 'hacked' - The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/gordon-browns-downing-street-emails-hacked-6283985.html
Police investigating computer hacking by private investigators commissioned by national newspapers have uncovered evidence that emails sent and received by Gordon Brown during his time as Chancellor were illegally accessed.

▽Weak manufacturing output signals eurozone's slide to recession - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/02/eurozone-recession-manufacturing-output-slump
manufacturing output across the eurozone declined in December for a fifth consecutive month.
Italy, Greece and Spain saw the sharpest falls in production during the final month of 2011 as output and new business fell across all areas of production.

▽Fare increases give commuters a 'frosty return', says passenger watchdog - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/02/fare-increases-2012-rail-commuters?newsfeed=true
Commuters returning to work on Tuesday after the Christmas break face fare rises of up to 11% amid growing anger at what one passenger watchdog described as a "fractured, inefficient industry".

▽Britain braced for gale force winds - The Press Association
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5g7XoJ9c0fvb9I-Zp0x-sjY4soL1w?docId=N0742761325487637814A
Fierce storms are expected to batter Britain with winds of up to 85mph and heavy rain expected.
The latest round of unsettled weather will add more misery to the January blues as people return to work after the Christmas and new year break.

▽Nasa's gravity twins now circling Moon - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16353839
The US space agency (Nasa) has succeeded in placing two new satellites in orbit around the Moon.
Both spacecraft were put in elliptical paths around the lunar body over the weekend after performing braking manoeuvres following their more than 100-day journey from Earth.

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2012.01.01

News Headlines - 01 January 2012

▽Crowds applaud Prince Philip as he joins the royal family for New Year's Day church service - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2080904/Duke-Edinburgh-Prince-Philip-joins-royal-family-New-Years-Day-church-service.html
The Duke of Edinburgh today joined the rest of the royal family for the New Year's Day church service.
Arriving on foot, Prince Philip smiled at well-wishers who applauded outside the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Royal estate at Sandringham at 11am.

▽'Show them love': Archbishop of Canterbury defends summer rioters (again) in New Year's message - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2080972/Archbishop-Canterbury-Rowan-Williams-defends-summer-rioters-New-Years-message.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
The Archbishop of Canterbury today defended rioters who took part in last summer's unrest claiming many young people felt 'let down' by Britain.
He called on the public in a broadcast New Year message not to give up on the younger generation and show them support and love so they can 'flourish'.

▽Labour turns on BBC over 'pro-coalition coverage' - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/dec/31/ed-miliband-labour-bbc-bias
The Labour party has made a "serious complaint" to the BBC about a lack of political balance in its news coverage as it attempts to reinvigorate Ed Miliband's leadership and counter what it sees as widespread media bias in favour of the David Cameron-led coalition.

▽US election 2012: Mitt Romney on course for historic double victory - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/8987321/US-election-2012-Mitt-Romney-on-course-for-historic-double-victory.html
The former Massachusetts governor leads the party field both in Iowa, where Tuesday’s caucuses will give the candidates their first test, and in New Hampshire, where voters go to the polls next Tuesday.
If successful, Mr Romney would become the first Republican challenger in the modern primary system’s 35-year history to win both states. Party strategists concede that such a scenario would effectively end the contest after just one week of voting.

▽Japan cult member surrenders 16 years after Tokyo subway sarin attacks - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8987000/Japan-cult-member-surrenders-16-years-after-Tokyo-subway-sarin-attacks.html
A former member of a Japanese doomsday cult that staged deadly gas attacks on the Tokyo subway in 1995 turned himself in to authorities after more than 16 years on the run, the Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.

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