News Headlines - 31 December 2010

▽David Cameron warns of difficult 2011 in new year message - The Guardian
David Cameron has said 2011 will be a "difficult year", in his first new year's message to the country as prime minister.
He warned that the terrorist threat to the UK was "as serious as it ever has been", and stressed the need to counter extremism.

▽London commuters face 'staggering' New Year fare rises - BBC
London TravelWatch said Tube, bus and tram fares will go up by an average of 6.8% but "behind these headline figures are some incredibly high increases".

▽Councils write off millions to foreign drivers - The Press Association
Councils across the UK, including London, wrote off thousands of parking tickets worth millions of pounds in the last two years as they cannot trace drivers of foreign-registered vehicles they have been issued to.

▽Teenager shot dead by gang in chilling echo of Damilola case - Daily Mail
A teenager was shot dead and two others knifed in an orgy of violence between rival gangs.
Three men have been arrested after the 17-year-old was trapped and gunned down following a chase through a notorious estate in Peckham, South-East London.

▽Unions step up campaign for trains - nebusiness.co.uk
UNIONS in the North-east are stepping up their campaign for a huge Hitachi train manufacturing plant to be based near Darlington.
The Northern TUC has published analysis showing that the jobs created by Hitachi and the Agility Trains Consortium would save the taxpayer substantial sums on an annual basis if the Intercity Express Programme proceeded and Newton Aycliffe was chosen as the site.

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News Headlines - 30 December 2010

▽Facebook Is Most Searched Term Of 2010 - ITProPortal
Interestingly, in the list of top ten most searched items in 2010, there were four variations of Facebook: Facebook, Facebook login, Facebook.com and www.facebook.com, accounting for 3.48 per cent of total searches.

▽Nintendo Japan Warns Kids Under 6 to Avoid 3DS - Wired News
According to The Wall Street Journal, the company posted the warning on its Japanese website in advance of an event promoting the device’s February release. According to its translation, the company is warning that, “For children under the age of six, looking at 3-D images for a long time could possibly have a negative impact on the growth of their eyes.”

▽Phone firms back common charger plan - BBC
Keeping a smartphone fully powered could soon be easier as manufacturers back common standards for chargers.
Technical specifications for chargers drawn up by the European Commission have won the backing of 14 phone firms.

▽Trojan Malware Targeting Android Smartphones Identified In China - ITProPortal
Security researchers have spotted a botnet-like Trojan virus targeted towards Google's Android operating system in China.
According to security firm Lookout Security, the virus, dubbed as 'Geinimi', is capable of infecting a significant amount of smartphones running the Android operating system.

▽Former Russian oligarch gets 14-year sentence - Los Angeles Times
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, convicted on new embezzlement and money-laundering charges, will remain behind bars until at least 2017. Western officials and human rights activists have condemned the case as politically motivated.

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News Headlines - 29 December 2010

▽Fifth of Britons to reach 100: government estimate - AFP
The British government said Thursday it estimates that nearly a fifth of the current population will live to be at least 100 years old.
More than 10 million people, or 17 percent of the population, are expected to see out their 100th birthday, said the Department for Work and Pensions.

▽Unemployment to hit 17-year high in 2011, warns CIPD - Telegraph.co.uk
As many as 200,000 jobs could be shed in 2011 in what is predicted to be a "worse year for jobs" in 17 years, an analysis revealed.

▽Five Arrested in Plot to Attack Danish Paper - Voice of America
Authorities in Denmark and Sweden have arrested five people suspected of plotting to attack a Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed five years ago.

▽Sir Elton John's joy on becoming a dad as son Zachary born to a surrogate - Mirror.co.uk
SIR Elton John and David Furnish said they were “overwhelmed with happiness” yesterday after receiving the best Christmas present ever – baby boy Zachary.

▽Toy Story 3 biggest film of 2010 - The Guardian
Toy Story 3 tops the worldwide box office, followed by Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter

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News Headlines - 28 December 2010

▽Forecasters warn jobless rate set to nudge 9% - FT.com
Unemployment will rise to about 2.7m, or close to 9 per cent of the workforce, next year while incomes are squeezed by below-inflation wage increases, two leading business groups have warned.
Forecasters are divided, however, over how long the pain of rising joblessness will last, with some predicting a more robust recovery in employment in the second half.

▽CCTV helps solve six crimes a day, says Met - The Press Association
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville said Scotland Yard has revolutionised the use of CCTV by treating it like DNA or fingerprints.
The officer, who heads the Met's identification unit, said the number of suspects identified by his team has risen by a quarter to 2,512.

▽Apple Sued For Allegedly Sending User Data To Advertisers - Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. (AAPL) and a handful of mobile app developers have been sued for allegedly transmitting user information to advertising networks without the consent of owners of its mobile products, like the iPhone and iPad.

▽Russia rebuffs Western criticism of oil tycoon's trial - Washington Post
Russia has warned the West to mind its business, accusing it of attempting to influence the trial of jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and calling condemnation of the guilty verdict against him "unacceptable."

▽Thousands with no water in North after mains burst - Irish Times
THOUSANDS OF people across Northern Ireland were without water yesterday because of burst water mains and dry and depleted reservoirs.

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News Headlines - 27 December 2010

▽Christmas bomb plot: nine men remanded over plan to 'blow up Big Ben and Westminster Abbey' - Telegraph.co.uk
Nine alleged terrorists plotted a Christmas bombing campaign targeting sites that included the London Stock Exchange and Big Ben, a court heard.

▽We may not have enjoyed this year's weather, but British wildlife is thriving - Daily Mail
The coldest winter for more than 30 years was followed by a delayed, sunny spring and warm, wet summer, which led to many species enjoying a bumper year, the National Trust said.

▽Daniel Craig spotted hand-in-hand with Rachel Weisz - Metro
The Bond star was snapped in photos by the News of the World with the star of The Mummy films, showing that he has been able to move on after his split with American movie producer partner Satsuki Mitchell.

▽Double joy for Natalie Portman as she announces she's engaged... and pregnant - Daily Mail
Actress Natalie Portman has lots to celebrate, after announcing her engagement and pregnancy.
The Israeli-American star, 29, is expecting her first child with fiance, ballet choreographer Benjamin Millepied, in Spring 2011.

▽Britain has 21 millionaires yet to claim lottery prizes - Mirror.co.uk
BRITAIN currently has 21 mystery lotto millionaires with £29million waiting to be paid out to winners.

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News Headlines - 26 December 2010

▽Airports to face heavy fines for future 'service failure,' minister warns - The Guardian
Heathrow and other British airports will face fines running into tens of millions of pounds if they allow a repeat of the sort of disruption that ruined the travel plans of thousands of people after the heavy snowfall in the week before Christmas.

▽Biting winters driven by global warming: scientists - Independent
This has allowed more of the Sun's radiative force to be absorbed by dark-blue sea rather than bounced back into space by reflective ice and snow, accelerating the warming process... The result, according to a modelling study published earlier this month the Journal of Geophysical Research, is a strong high-pressure system over the newly-exposed sea which brings cold polar air, swirling counter-clockwise, into Europe.

▽Christmas television viewing at 10-year high despite 'unimaginative' schedule - The Guardian
Christmas television viewing figures were at their highest in at least a decade this year, despite a schedule that most critics derided as unimaginative.

▽High Street expects falling sales in 2011 despite bumper sales over Christmas period - Daily Mail
Retailers are bracing themselves for a dismal 2011, despite reporting bumper sales over the festive period, according to the British Retail Consortium.
Two thirds of retailers fear that sales will undershoot this year’s performance in 2011, while just 18 per cent expect an improvement, according to a BRC survey.

▽Coalition government support is dramatically down, poll shows - The Guardian
Just 43% now think a coalition government was the right decision for Britain, down from 59% in May

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News Headlines - 25 December 2010

▽Alleged Russian spy released on bail in Britain - The Associated Press
A Russian woman who was detained in Britain on suspicion of spying has been released on bail, her lawyers said Friday.

▽Spy probe woman: I'll clear name - The Press Association
A former parliamentary researcher accused of spying for Russia has vowed to clear her name and remain in Britain.

▽I’m not sleeper spy – Katia Zatuliveter
The hearing on her case is due to take place in February.

▽Playboy to run photos of hot Russian spy Chapman - RIA Novosti
Nude photos of infamous Russian spy Anna Chapman will appear in the January issue of Playboy magazine, New York Daily News reports.

▽Dead male, British spy owned wardrobe of women's clothes - Montreal Gazette
A British spy whose naked body was found padlocked in a sports bag had been visiting bondage websites and drag clubs and had $25,000 collection of women's clothing, police have disclosed.

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News Headlines - 24 December 2010

▽Anglican leader focuses on plight of persecuted Christians - AFP
The leader of the world's Anglicans urges people on Saturday to remember those across the globe who face persecution because of their Christian faith, in his Christmas Day sermon.

▽Paris airport terminal evacuated due to snow on roof - The Guardian
Firefighters called in to clear snow at Charles de Gaulle airport as freezing conditions continue to wreak havoc

▽Medvedev regrets "contributing" to Japanese ambassador's recall - RIA Novosti
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed regret that his visit to the disputed Kuril Islands in Russia's Far East in November led to the recall of the Japanese ambassador.

▽High Court approves AIB bailout - Irish Times
THE GOVERNMENT has secured a High Court order allowing it to inject a further €3.7 billion into Allied Irish Banks (AIB) without the approval of its shareholders.

▽Kylie Minogue says she will return to the big screen - Mirror.co.uk
KYLIE Minogue says she will be going back to the big screen after her tour next year – and wants to make another musical film.
The 42-year-old singer starred in Moulin Rouge in 2001, but said she has been too “lazy” to act since then.

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News Headlines - 23 December 2010

▽Parcel bombs in Rome injure embassy staff - FT.com
Two embassy workers handling Christmas mail were wounded in separate explosions caused by parcel bombs sent to the Swiss and Chilean missions in Rome on Thursday.

▽Sex details leaked by media- Sweden vs Assange pitiful law so far - DigitalJournal.com
Sweden's reputation as a socially advanced nation is looking shakier by the minute. In what can only be described as a primitive breach of basic justice, the details of allegations against Assange are being broadcast around the world.

▽National Express comes in from the political cold as top-rated rail operator wins C2C extension - Telegraph.co.uk
In a further sign of the transport group's political rehabilitation since the coalition Government came to power, National Express will now run the London, Tilbury and Southend services until May 2013. That puts it in charge of a high-profile route to the 2012 Olympics. The franchise was due to expire in May 2011.

▽Christmas jobs misery for public sector workers - BBC
Thousands of public sector workers have begun receiving grim news about their jobs in the run up to Christmas.

▽FTAs with Malaysia, Japan, EU in 1st half of 2011: Sharma - Economic Times
India will open its trade in goods and services with Malaysia, Japan and its largest trading bloc European Union in the first half of 2011, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said today.

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News Headlines - 22 December 2010

▽Spy may have died at hands of sex partner - The Press Association
MI6 spy Gareth Williams may have died at the hands of a mystery bondage sex partner he met on London's gay scene, detectives hav suggested.

▽Met Police officers suffered 'worst violence in 27 years' during student riots, claims Yard chief - Daily Mail
The Millbank student riots saw the most sustained violence in 27 years, the Metropolitan Police chief said yesterday.

▽Bank of England policymakers were split three ways - AFP
Seven members out of the nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted in favour of maintaining rates, and against pumping out more cash into the economy, at the meeting that was held on December 8-9.
However, Andrew Sentance appealed again for a quarter-point hike in interest rates to calm inflation, while Adam Posen repeated his call for the bank to inject more money into the economy to aid recovery.

▽UK economy could contract in 2011, warns Bank of England's Paul Fisher - Telegraph.co.uk
A senior Bank of England official has warned that the economy may suffer another period of contraction in 2011, more than a year after the recession officially ended.

▽Japan Shows Trials of Escaping a Post-Bubble Funk - Wall Street Journal
Academics wonder how Japan avoided the deflationary spiral their theories predicted and, instead, suffered only a decade of low-grade deflation.

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News Headlines - 21 December 2010

▽Breaking News: Earthquake had 3.5 magnitude - Westmorland Gazette
I thought it was in my head but friends also felt it in Grange over SAnds and Ambleside.

▽Vince Cable loses power after 'war on Murdoch' gaffe - Scotsman
A HUMILIATED Vince Cable was stripped of some of his key responsibilities as Business Secretary last night after boasting he had "declared war" on media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's bid to take over TV giant BSkyB.

▽Percentage of poor pupils admitted to Oxbridge? 1% - The Guardian
Students from private schools are 55 times more likely to get a place at Oxford or Cambridge University than state school students who receive free school meals, according to a report published yesterday.

▽250,000 'jobless for over a year' - The Press Association
The TUC said the number of long-term unemployed claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) has more than doubled since the recession started at the end of 2007, from 117,000 to 243,000.

▽Russia, U.K. Each Expel a Diplomat After British Allegations of Espionage
The U.K. requested Dec. 10 that the Russian embassy in London withdraw a staff member in response to “clear evidence of activities by the Russian intelligence services against U.K. interests,” Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement today.

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News Headlines - 20 December 2010

▽Anti-terror police arrest 12 people in nationwide raids - Telegraph.co.uk
An al-Qaeda plot to target Christmas shoppers with a wave of suicide bomb attacks in London was foiled by a series of raids across the country yesterday.

▽Vince Cable: I could bring down the Government  - Telegraph.co.uk
Vince Cable has privately threatened to “bring the Government down” if he is “pushed too far” during fractious discussions with his Conservative colleagues, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

▽Mixed response on first anniversary of High Speed One - Kent News
And with a survey showing more than 95 per cent of passengers are satisfied with the high speed service, rail bosses met this week to celebrate a successful first year.

▽No direct Heathrow high-speed line ‘for decades’ - FT.com
There will be no direct high-speed rail services to Heathrow airport during the initial development of the system, the transport secretary said while unveiling plans for a London to Birmingham line.

▽Internet porn block 'not possible' say ISPs - BBC
Government plans to block pornography "at source" are unlikely to prove effective, say ISPs.

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News Headlines - 19 December 2010

▽Residents of South Korean island fleeing ahead of military drills - CNN
Amid South Korean plans to hold live-fire military drills this week and North Korean threats of retaliation, many residents of Yeonpyeong Island are evacuating, afraid of being caught in the middle.

▽Protesters try to storm Belarus government building - Telegraph.co.uk
Thousands of opposition protesters in Belarus tried to storm the main government building following the country’s presidential election.

▽Abu Dhabi warn on London Stock Exchange takeover bid - Daily Mail
Speculation is mounting that the London Stock Exchange may face another takeover bid.
It follows reports the Middle Eastern emirate of Abu Dhabi is in talks to buy a 20 per cent stake in the LSE from Borse Dubai.

▽Snowy weather hits John Lewis sales - The Press Association
The amount of money the retailer took on Saturday was down by about 10% after Arctic weather conditions closed two of its 32 stores and deterred countless shoppers from trekking to the shops.

▽Royal Mail tries to beat snow with 2m evening deliveries - The Guardian
The Royal Mail is putting unprecedented resources into last-minute postal deliveries as it tries to limit the damage inflicted on Christmas by the freezing weather.

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News Headlines - 18 December 2010

▽Swedish Police Report Details Case Against Assange - New York Times
Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy organization who was released from a British jail late last week, is facing a new challenge: the leak of a 68-page confidential Swedish police report that sheds new light on the allegations of sexual misconduct that led to Mr. Assange’s legal troubles.

▽Tweeting stopped by judge in Assange case - Techwatch
The appeal hearing over Assange’s bail took place yesterday at the High Court, and Mr Justice Ouseley said WikiLeaks’ supporters and journalists could not using the micro-blogging service to post minute-by-minute updates, the UK Press Association reports.

▽Britain gridlocked after heavy snow brings travel chaos - Telegraph.co.uk
Blizzard conditions left Britain gridlocked as major airports closed, roads became impassable and train services were cancelled on what should have been the busiest weekend before Christmas.

▽Cold weather hits Christmas shopping - BBC
Severe cold weather hit UK shoppers on the last weekend before Christmas.

▽China urges North, South Korea to end confrontation - Reuters
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi urged both North and South Korea to open talks and avoid steps that could inflame tensions on the peninsula, extending Beijing's effort to contain confrontation on its doorstep.

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News Headlines - 17 December 2010

▽Deadly US Missiles Target Pakistani Militant Bases - Voice of America
The area is a base for a local militant group, Lashkar-e-Islami, which is allied with the Pakistani Taliban. The French news agency quotes Pakistani officials as saying at least one compound belonging to the group was hit.

▽The migrant cap is illegal and must be ditched, say judges - Daily Mail
Judges dealt a blow yesterday to the Coalition’s efforts to cut immigration by capping the numbers of worker visas.

They ruled that the first attempt at an immigration cap brought in by Home Secretary Theresa May during the summer was unlawful and must be dropped.

▽Japan moves on from the Cold War - BBC
Nearly two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country's strategic posture is moving out of the Cold War era.
The National Defence Programme Guidelines, which will shape policy for the next 10 years, point to China and North Korea as a bigger threat than Russia.

▽Connecticut may sue Google over Wi-Fi data request - Computerworld
Google has missed a deadline set by the Connecticut Attorney General's Office for turning over data that it says was collected inadvertently by its Street View cameras.

▽Ofcom proposes UK phone numbers prefix re-org - Register
Ofcom has proposed simplifying non-geographic codes, making calls to 0800 numbers free from mobiles and finally bringing an end to the insanity of 0845 number usage.

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News Headlines - 16 December 2010

▽Snow and ice White Christmas 'to stop Santa in his tracks in Scotland' - Metro
Scottish children waiting on Santa could be left disappointed this year after the director of a leading delivery company warned 'Father Christmas won't be coming to Scotland and the north east' because of widespread snow and ice.

▽BP faces billion-dollar legal battle over Gulf oil disaster - Scotsman
THE US government is to sue BP for costs and damages in a bid to recoup billions of dollars after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The British oil firm was among eight companies named in a lawsuit filed at a New Orleans court yesterday.

▽Drone attack 'kills two Britons' in Pakistan - BBC
Two white British al-Qaeda members have died in a suspected US drone raid in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

▽WikiLeaks: Anonymous hierarchy emerges - The Guardian
But inside Anonymous, the Guardian has found that the organisation is more hierarchical – with a hidden cabal of around a dozen highly skilled hackers co-ordinating attacks across the web.

▽Cultural Evolution Could Be Studied in Google Books Database - Wired News
Google’s massive trove of scanned books could be useful for researchers studying the evolution of culture.



News Headlines - 15 December 2010

▽Gawker hack triggers password resets at major sites - BBC
Millions of web users are being asked to reset their passwords as concerns spread over a major hacking attack.

▽Julian Assange bail decision made by UK authorities, not Sweden - The Guardian
The decision to have Julian Assange sent to a London jail and kept there was taken by the British authorities and not by prosecutors in Sweden, as previously thought, the Guardian has learned.

▽Iran accuses US, Britain, Israel of deadly suicide bomb attack - Xinhua
Iran on Wednesday accused the United States, Britain and Israel of involving in the deadly suicide bomb attack in the country which left 39 killed and more than 50 others wounded... According to media, the Pakistan-based Sunni rebel group Jundallah (God' s soldiers) has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

▽Lib Dems seek 13 January byelection in Oldham East and Saddleworth - The Guardian
Amid criticism that the Lib Dems were trying to bury the election campaign over the Christmas period, the party confirmed it would move the byelection writ in the Commons tomorrow, circumventing the convention which normally would have seen Labour, as the previous holders of the seat, moving it.

▽UK unemployment rate rises to year
high of 2.5m - Metro
About 2.5million people are out of work – 7.9 per cent of the labour market – the highest rate since January.

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News Headlines - 14 December 2010

▽Julian Assange remains in jail as Sweden appeals against bail decision - The Guardian
Sweden tonight decided to fight a British judge's decision to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than a week in prison over sexual assault allegations involving two Swedish women.

▽Anonymous starts fax attacks - Techwatch
Anonymous has opened up another front in its WikiLeaks war, aside from denial of service attacks on those who have cut ties with the whistle blowing site.

▽Review of police tactics after royal ambush - Telegraph.co.uk
Scotland Yard is reviewing its tactics in the wake of the royal ambush to identify how to cope with fast moving public protesters using new technology to co-ordinate their efforts.

▽Number 10 plays down 'Plan B' claim - The Press Association
Downing Street has sought to play down reports that senior officials are preparing an economic "Plan B" amid fears of a sharp downturn.

▽UK inflation rates rise to 3.3% in November - BBC
New figures show inflation in the UK rose to 3.3% in November, which is a six month high.
Economists are warning of further price rises to come and say inflation could remain above the Bank of England's target for the coming year.

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News Headlines - 13 December 2010

▽Arctic blast set to bring more snow - The Press Association
Cold winds from the north look set to bring a band of rain and high winds on Thursday followed immediately by snow across the country.

▽Stockholm bomber: family blame Britain for radicalisation - Telegraph.co.uk
The family of the Stockholm suicide bomber last night blamed Britain for his transformation from an “ordinary teenager” to an al-Qaeda fanatic.

▽Kosovo election prompts EU observer fraud claims - BBC
EU observers monitoring Sunday's parliamentary election in Kosovo have received "serious allegations of fraud" in two districts.

▽EU Imposes Sanctions on Ivory Coast's Gbabgo - Voice of America
The European Union has imposed sanctions on Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo.  The measures are designed to force the incumbent president to step down after a disputed election.

▽Silvio Berlusconi tries to strike deal to win confidence votes - Telegraph.co.uk
Silvio Berlusconi offered to strike a last minute deal with his political opponents on Monday in a desperate attempt to muster enough support to defeat today's crucial confidence votes.

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News Headlines - 12 December 2010

▽Sweden suicide bomber: Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly was living in Britain - Telrgraph.co.uk
An Islamic suicide bomber who attacked Christmas shoppers in Sweden at the weekend is a British university graduate and was living in this country until two weeks ago.

▽Anti-Muslim US preacher Terry Jones could be banned from UK - The Guardian
The American preacher who planned a mass burning of the Qur'an on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks could be banned from entering Britain under incitement and national security laws.

▽WikiLeaks cables: MI5 offered files on Finucane killing to inquiry - The Guardian
MI5 has said that it is prepared to hand over sensitive files on one of the most high-profile murders during the Northern Ireland Troubles carried out by loyalist gunmen working with members of the British security forces.
The offer in the case of the Pat Finucane, the well-known civil rights and defence lawyer murdered in front of his wife and three young children in 1989, is contained in confidential US embassy cables passed to WikiLeaks.

▽Britain 'more Thatcherite now than in the 80s' says survey - The Guardian
Britain is now more Thatcherite than when Margaret Thatcher was in power, with people much less supportive of the welfare state and the redistribution of wealth than in the 1980s, according to an authoritative study of the country's mood.

▽Amazon UK goes offline amid threats of cyber attacks - The Guardian
The online shopping site Amazon was briefly offline this evening in the UK, Germany, Italy and France and an unknown number of other countries, possibly after a denial of service attack launched by Anonymous, a loose group sympathetic to – but unconnected with – WikiLeaks.

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News Headlines - 11 December 2010

▽Tuition fee plan costs coalition partner - Reuters
The popularity of Nick Clegg, the leader of the coalition government's junior partner, has plummeted and supporters deserting his party over plans to raise university tuition fees, said a poll published on Sunday.

▽Scotland’s transport minister resigns - FT.com
Scotland’s transport minister resigned on Saturday over his handling of the travel chaos caused by heavy snow and ice.
Stewart Stevenson had faced days of pressure after much of central Scotland’s road network was brought to a standstill earlier this week.

▽Russia was tracking Litvinenko's killers: WikiLeaks - Reuters
Russian authorities were following the suspected killers of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian agent murdered in London four years ago, but were told by Britain the matter was under control, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks on Saturday.

▽Madoff son found dead in NYC in apparent suicide - BusinessWeek
The eldest son of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff hanged himself by a dog leash in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, the second anniversary of his father's arrest in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that swindled thousands of investors of their life savings, law enforcement officials said.

▽Cameron praises UN climate agreement but warns: 'More must be done' - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337886/Cameron-praises-UN-climate-agreement-warns-More-done.html?ito=feeds-newsxmlDavid Cameron last night greeted the UN agreement to curb climate change as a ‘very significant step forward’ but warned of the hard work that now lies ahead.

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News Headlines - 10 December 2010

▽Royal couple put in danger after police radio failure - Telegraph.co.uk
Officers guarding the royal couple were using radios on a different channel from those patrolling Thursday’s student riots, meaning they received no warning that protesters were blocking their route.

▽Student protests: Met launches criminal investigation - BBC
The Metropolitan Police has launched a "major criminal investigation" into the disorder during student protests in London in recent weeks.

▽No New Charges in British Phone-Hacking Case - New York Times
British prosecutors said Friday that there was not enough evidence to bring charges against Andy Coulson, the communications adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, stemming from allegations that he had approved a scheme to break into the voice mail boxes of celebrities and Prince William during his time as editor of the British tabloid News of the World.

▽After 12 days of WikiLeaks cables, the world looks on US with new eyes - The Guardian
Reaction across the globe to the leaked US embassy cables has ranged from anger and bitterness to extreme indifference

▽Former Croation PM arrested in Austria - FT.com
Mr Sanader, wanted in connection with an anti-corruption investigation, left Croatia on Thursday just ahead of the parliamentary session that unanimously lifted his immunity. The centre-right government, which he formerly headed, now aims to use his prosecution to show progress in fighting corruption, essential for the ex-Yugoslav country of 4.5m people to join the European Union.

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News Headlines - 09 December 2010

▽Will Anonymous Target Facebook Next? - PC World
The cyberwar unleashed by WikiLeaks is spreading far and wide. Will Facebook join Amazon, Paypal, and Visa among its victims?

▽US renews calls for release of China Nobel winner - AFP
The United States on Thursday renewed calls for the release of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo a day before he was to receive the Nobel prize at a ceremony attended by the US ambassador.

▽White House calls on China to restrain N. Korea - AFP
The White House on Thursday called on China to rein in its North Korean allies in order to "stabilize" the divided peninsula as the top officer in the US military returned from the region.

▽Most think corruption on the rise, survey finds - Globe and Mail
People in most of the world believe corruption has worsened over the past three years, with the global financial crisis fallout colouring their views, according to a survey released Thursday by an international watchdog.

▽Iceland agrees to repay £2.3bn owed to UK after Icesave failure - Telegraph.co.uk
Iceland has agreed to start repaying the £2.3bn of debt it owes Britain from 2016 following the failure of its Icesave bank two years ago.

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News Headlines - 08 December 2010

▽Operation Payback cripples MasterCard site in revenge for WikiLeaks ban - The Guardian
The websites of the international credit card MasterCard and the Swedish prosecution authority are among the latest to be taken offline in the escalating technological battle over WikiLeaks, web censorship and perceived political pressure.

▽Blair recalled to give more evidence to the Iraq inquiry to explain gaps in his evidence of legality of the war - Daily Mail
Tony Blair has been  recalled to give further evidence to the inquiry into the Iraq war, it was announced today.
The former prime minister will face the Chilcot Inquiry for the second time sometime in January, almost exactly 12 months after his first controversial appearance.

▽PM in bid to win over fees critics - The Press Association
David Cameron has made a last-ditch attempt to win over critics of the Government's plans to treble university tuition fees as MPs and protesters geared up for a crunch vote on the issue.

▽Irish premier vows to stay leader despite crisis - BusinessWeek
Prime Minister Brian Cowen insists he won't quit and intends to lead his party into an early spring election once the toughest budget in Irish history has been passed in full.

▽Book sells for record £7m - Press Association
Sotheby's said the price of £7,321,250, including buyer's premium, paid for John James Audubon's Birds Of America was a record for any printed book at auction.

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News Headlines - 07 December 2010

▽WikiLeaks Founder Assange Arrested in London Over Rape Case - Bloomberg
Assange, 39, was arrested “by appointment” today at 9:30 a.m. after Swedish police requested the Australian’s detention, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said today in a phone interview. He is to appear at City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court at 2 p.m. today, a court official said.

▽WikiLeaks says to continue operating despite arrest - Reuters
WikiLeaks said on Tuesday it will keep operating as normal after the arrest of its founder, Julian Assange, in Britain.

▽Wikileaks' Visa payments suspended - BBC
Visa Europe has begun suspending payments to whistle-blowing website Wikileaks ahead of carrying out an investigation into the organisation.

▽Wikileaks defended by hacktivists - BBC
A group called Anonymous has hit sites that have refused to do business with the controversial whistle-blowing site with a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks... Targets include the Swiss bank that froze founder Julian Assange's assets and PayPal which has stopped processing donations to Wikileaks.

▽WikiLeaks' assange refused bail - The Press Association
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been remanded in custody in London after appearing in court on an extradition warrant.
The 39-year-old Australian is wanted by prosecutors in Sweden over claims he sexually assaulted two women.
District Judge Howard Riddle refused bail on the grounds there was a risk he would fail to surrender.
Assange was ordered to appear again before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 14.

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News Headlines - 06 December 2010

▽Julian Assange to be questioned by British police - The Guardian
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is expected to appear in a UK court tomorrow after his lawyers said he would meet police to discuss a European extradition warrant from Sweden relating to alleged sexual assaults.

▽Alleged Russian spy protests innocence in email to BBC's Russian service - The Guardian
The alleged Russian spy Katia Zatuliveter vehemently denied working as an agent for Russian intelligence today, and said that she was fighting against the Home Office's decision to deport her from Britain.

▽US, Asian allies urge China to rein in NKorea - AFP
The United States, South Korea and Japan on Monday all urged China to help rein in its ally North Korea and vowed solidarity in defending Seoul from any further attacks from the North.

▽Continental 'responsible' for Concorde crash in 2000 - BBC
A Paris court has said Continental Airlines was "criminally responsible" for the crash of a Concorde supersonic jet 10 years ago, and fined it 200,000 euros (£170,000).
It has also been ordered to pay 1m euros to the jet's operator Air France.

▽Nick Clegg to make plea to divided party on eve of tuition fees vote - The Guadian
A Liberal Democrat grassroots revolt over the party leadership's support for trebling tuition fees emerged tonight as members of the party's policy committee demanded powers to rein in ministerial independence from Lib Dem policy.

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News Headlines - 05 December 2010

▽Russian 'spy': Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock denies researcher facing deportation is Moscow sleeper agent - Telegraph.co.uk
Katia Zatuliveter, a researcher for an MP on the influential defence select committee, is to be expelled from Britain after being questioned on suspicion of espionage by security services.

▽UK Uncut targets Topshop and Vodafone over tax arrangements - The Guardian
Movement invades stores in push for government to tax the rich and big companies more instead of making budget cuts

▽Iran nuclear program self-sufficient, top official claims - CNN
Iran now produces everything it needs for the nuclear fuel cycle, making its nuclear program self-sufficient, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization told state media Sunday.

▽China leadership 'orchestrated Google hacking' - BBC
Senior Chinese figures were behind the hacking of Google earlier this year which forced the search engine to quit the country, leaked US cables suggest.

▽Guardian iPad app on the way, and new iPhone subscription charge - Techwatch
The Guardian iPhone app will cost £2.99 for six months, and £3.99 for twelve months, so for a full year it’s 33p per month which isn’t likely to break the bank. In the States, there’ll be a free ad-supported version.

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News Headlines - 04 December 2010

▽Lib Dems in disarray over key student fees vote - stv.tv
The issue has split the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in the Conservative-led coalition, and drawn thousands of students onto the streets across the country in protest.
Three demonstrations in central London involved some violence and a fourth march is planned in the capital on Wednesday, the eve of the vote.

▽Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Returning to Work, But Disruption Continues - Voice of America
Spanish air traffic controllers are returning to work following a wildcat strike.  However, the disruption at airports continues and Spanish authorities have declared a "state of alarm" and some airlines have cancelled flights to and from Spain until Sunday.

▽WikiLeaks: Britain mocked by US over 'special relationship' - Telegraph.co.uk
The documents suggest a faint ridiculing of Britain's attitude to the US, with politicians described as "paranoid" about maintaining the "special relationship" with the US.

▽WikiLeaks cables: Conservatives promised to run 'pro-American regime' - The Guardian
Conservative party politicians lined up before the general election to promise that they would run a "pro-American regime" and buy more arms from the US if they came to power this year, the leaked American embassy cables show.

▽WikiLeaks donations account cut off - The Press Association
Pressure is mounting on WikiLeaks after the online payment agency PayPal cut off the account it uses to gather donations from supporters.

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News Headlines - 03 December 2010

▽World Cup 2018: The Guilty Men! FIFA five who betrayed England bid are named - Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1335518/World-Cup-2018-FIFA-betrayed-England-bid-named.htmlThe five FIFA executives who betrayed England over the hosting of the 2018 World Cup were exposed last night as the FA went into meltdown.

▽Hungary sees blank page protest over media bill - BBC
Several Hungarian newspapers have published blank front pages or cartoons in protest at a bill which they say would restrict media freedom.

▽Military in charge of Spanish air space after controllers walk out - CNN
The Spanish government put the military in control of air space late Friday to get commercial jets flying again after a surprise air traffic controller strike stranded tens of thousands of travelers, the deputy prime minister announced.

▽U.K. Finds U.S. Forces Liable in Killing - Wall Street Journal
Kidnapped British aide worker Linda Norgrove was killed by a grenade thrown by US special operations forces in a botched rescue attempt, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said an investigation has confirmed.

▽Daylight savings bill clears second hurdle - The Guardian
The bill would require the government to conduct a cross-departmental analysis into the potential costs and benefits of moving the clocks forward to create lighter evenings. If this review showed that the move would be beneficial, then the bill would mandate the government to initiate a three-year trial to evaluate the impact of the change.

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News Headlines - 02 December 2010

The decision means England cannot host another World Cup finals until at least 2030 – almost 70 years after the famous 1966 victory.
Fans were dismayed because the choice of Russia involves prohibitive travel arrangements and a football culture marred by racism.

▽Gender pay disclosure plans eased by coalition - BBC
The government has altered plans set out by the previous Labour administration to force companies to disclose the differences in pay between the men and women they employ.

▽British Tell How Rescue By G.I.’s Broke Down - New York Times
The British government revealed details on Thursday of a harrowing attempt by American Special Forces troops to mount a nighttime rescue of a British aid worker kidnapped by the Taliban in the highlands of eastern Afghanistan, and of the woman’s death when an American soldier threw a hand grenade into a gully where she was being held.

▽Britain asks Sweden for more details on Assange allegations - AFP
British police asked Swedish authorities Thursday for additional details not specified in an initial arrest warrant for Julian Assange, a possible indication that the location of the elusive founder of WikiLeaks is known.

▽Ivory Coast poll winner named, army seals borders - Buenos Aires Herald
The head of Ivory Coast's election commission declared challenger Alassane Ouattara provisional winner of a presidential run-off, but the top legal body rejected it and the army sealed all borders.

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News Headlines - 01 December 2010

▽Wikileaks' Assange in UK, police know where: report - Reuters
Wikileaks website founder Julian Assange is in Britain and police know his whereabouts but have refrained so far from acting on an international warrant for his arrest, a British newspaper said on Thursday.

▽MPs failing to follow new rules on expenses - The Guardian
The Times has obtained a list of the 1,574 claims rejected in four months by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), which suggests some MPs are failing to follow the tough new rules introduced in the wake of the expenses scandal.

▽ECB to keep unlimited liquidity, may hint on bond buys - Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B109220101202On Wednesday, a day after investors unassuaged by a bailout of Ireland pushed the risk premiums on Spanish and Italian bonds to euro lifetime highs, speculation grew that the European Central Bank could rush through new anti-crisis measures, including government bond buying on a much larger scale.

▽Mixed Reaction to F.C.C. Internet Plan - New York Times
The plan from the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to ensure an open and neutral Internet drew mixed reviews on Wednesday from consumer advocates and Internet service providers, presenting the agency with an uncertain way forward as it considers new broadband regulation.

▽Hundreds of flights grounded by snow - Telegraph.co.uk
This was the worst disruption to British aviation since the ash crisis in April, which grounded thousands of flights across the whole of Europe.

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News Headlines - 30 November 2010

▽Hitachi 'patient' despite delay on new trains decision - BBC
A senior Hitachi manager said it would be patient after a decision on replacing trains, which could bring jobs to County Durham, was delayed.

▽Google Faces European Union Anti-Trust Probe - Sky News
European Union anti-trust regulators have launched a formal investigation into Google after complaints from rivals that the company had abused its dominant position.

▽Hundreds of students take part in second Leeds protest march - The Guardian
Hundreds of students marched from the University of Leeds to the art gallery and back in protest against rising tuition fees and education cuts.
Between 300-400 vociferous students braved the cold to take part in the protest - which came less than a week after a similar march drew about 3,000 students to the streets of Leeds.

▽Vince Cable: I may abstain on tuition fees vote - Telegraph.co.uk
Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, would be prepared to take the unprecedented step of abstaining on the vote to raise tuition fees despite being responsible for drawing up the policy.

▽US: China 'Obligated' to Press North Korea to End 'Belligerence' - Voice of America
A White House spokesman is calling on China to press North Korea to end what he calls that state's "belligerent behavior."
Robert Gibbs said Tuesday Beijing has an "obligation" to send such a message to Pyongyang. China is the main diplomatic and economic supporter of its impoverished neighbor.

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News Headlines - 29 November 2010

▽Clinton Says U.S. Diplomacy Will Survive ‘Attack’ - New York Times
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday condemned the disclosure of thousands of confidential diplomatic cables, saying that it was an attack not only on American foreign policy interests but on the international community.

▽WikiLeaks: Angela Merkel only leader man enough to 'rule' Europe - Telegraph.co.uk
Angela Merkel is the "undisputed" leader of the EU because no other European leader is man enough for the role, according to the leaked American cables that paint an unflattering picture of Europe.

▽WikiLeaks: Duke of York's 'candid' attack on British Government - Telegraph.co.uk
The Duke of York launched an “astonishingly candid” attack on the “stupid” British government during a business brunch at which he surprised an American ambassador with his foul language, a leaked document disclosed.

▽Wikileaks: Berlusconi useless, Pope Catholic - Register
・A CIA memo conceded Google had "probably done some evil, somewhere".
・An internal Pentagon email described the iPad's lack of Flash as "dumbass".

▽WikiLeaks plans to release a U.S. bank's documents - Reuters
The founder of whistle-blower website WikiLeaks plans to release tens of thousands of internal documents from a major U.S. bank early next year, Forbes Magazine reported on Monday.

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News Headlines - 28 November 2010

▽WikiLeaks: Royal family member 'behaved inappropriately' - Telegraph.co.uk
US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks include claims of "inappropriate behaviour" by a member of the Royal Family and request for "specific intelligence" about MPs.

▽Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton ordered U.S. diplomats to spy on UN leaders - Daily Mail
Hillary Clinton ordered American officials to spy on high ranking UN diplomats, including British representatives.
Top secret cables revealed that Mrs Clinton, the Secretary of State, even ordered diplomats to obtain DNA data – including iris scans and fingerprints - as well as credit card and frequent flier numbers.
All permanent members of the security council – including Russia, China, France and the UK – were targeted by the secret spying mission, as well as the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon.

▽WikiLeaks sparks worldwide diplomatic crisis - Telegraph.co.uk
The King of Saudi Arabia privately urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear weapons programme, according to diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks.

▽How 250,000 US embassy cables were leaked - The Guardian
An innocuous-looking memory stick, no longer than a couple of fingernails, came into the hands of a Guardian reporter earlier this year. The device is so small it will hang easily on a keyring. But its contents will send shockwaves through the world's chancelleries and deliver what one official described as "an epic blow" to US diplomacy.

▽WikiLeaks Should Be A 'Terror Organisation' - Sky News
An American politician has called for WikiLeaks to be designated a terrorist organisation following the release of the latest batch of leaked documents.

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News Headlines - 27 November 2010

▽Heightened Diplomacy Before US-South Korean War Exercises - Voice of America
The United States and South Korea are continuing to prepare for military exercises in the Yellow Sea, despite warnings from North Korea. Chinese diplomats are trying to ease tensions in the region after North Korea shelled a South Korean island. 

▽Ireland bailout protest draws 100,000 to Dublin streets - The Guardian
One of the largest demonstrations in the Irish Republic's history brought more than 100,000 people on to Dublin's streets in protest over the international bailout and four years of austerity ahead.

▽First Greece, then Ireland - Europe's debt problem has gone from bad to worse - Telegraph.co.uk
Another week, another crisis for the euro. In April, the single currency wobbled as Greece was rescued. This week and last, Ireland sparked the panic. Next week, if the markets are to be believed, it'll be Portugal. Then Belgium. And, finally and fatally, Spain. On current trends, the euro is in for another roller-coaster month before it splinters, having crashed into the safety barrier.

▽Police seek powers to shut websites - BBC
The police are seeking powers to shut down websites deemed to be engaged in "criminal" activity.

▽Questions asked of rail option - The Northern Echo
CHOOSING an alternative to Hitachi for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) would have serious consequences for the region, the Government has been warned.

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News Headlines - 26 November 2010

▽No Bailout Needed, Will Cut Debt Issuance - Wall Street Journal
Spanish officials Friday adamantly denied the country needed external support, but said they would reduce upcoming debt sales as the country's financing costs skyrocket in the wake of Ireland's financial meltdown.

▽China holds talks with Clinton on N.Korea: foreign ministry - AFP
Beijing held phone talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday on the tense situation following North Korea's deadly bombardment of a South Korean island, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

▽US slams WikiLeaks ahead of latest release - AFP
Washington's envoy to Iraq condemned WikiLeaks as "absolutely awful" Friday as world capitals braced for the looming release of some three million sensitive diplomatic cables by the whistleblower website.

▽Rio favela violence: police take control of gang stronghold - Telegraph.co.uk
Police have taken control of a favela in Rio de Janeiro that was a gang stronghold following nearly a week of violence that has left dozens dead.

▽Smoking curbs: The global picture - BBC
In the United Kingdom, smoking is banned in nearly all enclosed public spaces - including bars, restaurants and workplaces.
The ban came into force in England in July 2007. Scotland introduced a ban in March 2006, followed by Wales and Northern Ireland in April 2007.

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News Headlines - 25 November 2010

▽County Durham train plant decision delayed - BBC
A consortium led by Japanese company Hitachi was the preferred bidder to build carriages and trains at a site at Newton Aycliffe.
But the government will now consider a cheaper revised bid from Hitachi, as well as an alternative for a fleet of all-electric trains.
A decision is expected next year.

▽Hitachi disappointed at decision to delay trains announcement - The Northern Echo
A TRAIN manufacturer hoping to create thousands of jobs in the region has expressed its disappointment at the Government's decision to delay an announcement on the Intercity Express Programme (IEP).
Hitachi said it would consider its position after holding further talks with the Department for Transport.

▽UK defers decision on Intercity train replacement - London South East
'The government will continue to assess the two remaining alternatives, alongside a consideration of the extent of electrification on the Great Western route, and will make a further statement in the New Year,' it said in a statement.

▽U.K. Buys 2,100 Railcars, Keeps Hitachi Waiting on InterCity Bid - Bloomberg
Britain’s government said it will fund 2,100 railcars for delivery over the next 8 1/2 years, including trains for a new cross-London line and high speed inter-city routes to southwest and northeast England.

▽UK gives go-ahead to £6 billion Thameslink rail spend - Reuters
The Department for Transport (DfT) said it was considering bids from two consortia led by Siemens and Bombardier Transportation to provide around 1,200 new electric vehicles for the Thameslink programme. It will announce its preferred bidder in the spring.

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News Headlines - 24 November 2010

▽Obama sends U.S. warship to Yellow Sea in show of strength as two Koreas teeter on the brink of all-out war - Daily Mail
President Obama has ordered a U.S. warship to Korea in a show of strength to prevent an escalation of one of the most serious confrontations in the region for decades.

▽€12bn cash injection mooted for Irish banks - FT.com
Ireland’s three largest banks could receive an immediate cash injection of about €12bn (£10bn) from the government and be given access to a much larger pool of rescue funds, as they grapple to meet the tough new capital requirements that are expected to form part of Ireland’s bail-out package.

▽Protests in Scotland over education cuts plan - BBC
Scottish students have not paid tuition fees for a decade but there is still concern and anger north of the border about the future of higher education.

▽Apple's first computer fetches £133,250 at auction - Which?
Built by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and one of only 100 produced, the Apple I went under the hammer at Christie's auction house with Wozniak looking on. It was snapped up by computer fan Francesco Boglione.
As well as the device itself, Boglione received the product's box, instructions and a personal letter from Steve Jobs.

▽New Shakespeare stage puts audience "in the thick of it" - BBC
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre has undergone a transformation as part of a £112.8m scheme and reopened "on time and on budget". The BBC was one of the first to take a look at the changes.

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News Headlines - 23 November 2010

▽World condemns deadly N. Korean artillery attack - CNN
Nations reacted swiftly Tuesday in condemning a North Korean artillery attack that South Korea said killed two marines and wounded 15 soldiers and civilians.
The strongest reaction came from South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who ordered his military to punish North Korea "through action," not just words, the official Yonhap news agency said.

▽UN chief condemns NKorea attack on south - Fox News
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned North Korea's artillery attack on South Korea's Yeongpyeong Island and conveyed his concerns to the Security Council's president.
Ban called the attack "one of the gravest incidents since the end of the Korean War," his spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

▽Japan on High Alert Following North Korea's Attack - Wall Street Journal
North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island put the Japanese government on high alert, with Prime Minister Naoto Kan ordering his cabinet members to step up information-gathering and prepare for emergencies.

▽Behind the Koreas' Artillery Fire: Kim's Succession - TIME
Analysts in Seoul said the thread plausibly linking the nuclear revelations and Tuesday's attack in the West Sea is the leadership succession now under way in Pyongyang. Both underscore what has been a central political component of the Kim Jong Il regime, the doctrine of "military first" politics.

▽Foreign investors keep cool over Korea crisis
North Korea's shelling of an island belonging to its southern neighbour on Tuesday has not rattled foreign investors who are sticking to their investments in South Korea for now, fund managers said.
Many mutual funds hold shares in South Korean blue chip companies such as Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) and Hyundai Motor (005380.KS), and the latest escalation of tensions prompted fears foreign investors would rush for the exits.

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News Headlines - 22 November 2010

▽Irish PM To Dissolve Parliament After Budget Process - Capital.gr
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Monday he intends to dissolve parliament in the new year after a vital budget process is completed, but refused to bow to pressure to resign.

▽Portugal braces for market focus after Ireland - BusinessWeek
Portugal is widely viewed as the eurozone's weakest member after Ireland and Greece because of its heavy debt burden, which threatens to keep growth weak for years. And as Ireland receives its bailout, the Portuguese are preparing for the market spotlight to focus on them.

▽Rolls-Royce wins $1.8bn engine contract - FT.com
The British engine maker said on Monday that it had won a $1.8bn order from Air China to provide engines for 20 new aircraft.

▽Social housing: anger over two-year tenancies and applicant curbs - The Guardian
New council house tenants could lose their homes within two years if they get a job, and local authorities will be able stop social housing going to those who fall behind repeatedly with their rent, under government proposals which charities said felt "like a deliberate attack" on the poor.

▽Lessons of Hate at Islamic Schools in Britain - New York Times
A British network of more than 40 part-time Islamic schools and clubs with 5,000 students has been teaching from a Saudi Arabian government curriculum that contains anti-Semitic and homophobic views, including a textbook that asks children to list the “reprehensible” qualities of Jews, according to a BBC documentary broadcast on Monday.

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News Headlines - 21 November 2010

▽Britain to approve $12 bln train project-paper - Reuters
Britain will replace its ageing Intercity Express trains at a cost of 7.5 billion pounds ($12 billion), a newspaper report said on Sunday.
A consortium consisting of Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi (6501.T) and British infrastructure project manager John Laing are the preferred bidders on the contract, the Sunday Times said.

▽Republic of Ireland confirms EU financial rescue deal - BBC
The Republic of Ireland and the EU have agreed a financial rescue package, Irish PM Brian Cowen has confirmed.

▽Google agrees to delete Street View data in Britain - AFP
Google has agreed to delete private emails and passwords mistakenly picked up from wireless networks in Britain by its Street View cars, the information commissioner said Friday.
The US Internet giant has also agreed to improve the way it trains staff on data protection issues as it seeks to manage a global row over the cars, which gather information for its free online mapping services.

▽Why the Beatles sealed the digital deal with iTunes - The Guardian
Unsurprisingly, Ringo made the most pithy comment last week, saying he would be "particularly glad to no longer be asked" about the matter.
Part of the hesitation on the Beatles' part may have been that the band have always been heavily protective of their music, keen never to devalue the brand by giving away their songs too cheaply: when the disruptive effects of the internet were first felt within the music industry, one common response was to start selling CDs at heavily marked-down prices, but McCartney and co never succumbed to this pressure.

▽Flood traps 28 in China mine - AFP
Rescuers were trying to free 28 people trapped in a flooded coal mine in southwest China Sunday, in the latest incident to hit the country's notoriously dangerous mining sector.
The accident at the mine in Sichuan province occurred at 11 am (0300 GMT) near the city of Neijiang, Xinhua reported, citing local authorities.

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News Headlines - 20 November 2010

▽Russia to aid NATO on anti-missile network in Europe - Washington Post
Russia agreed Saturday to cooperate with NATO on building a U.S.-planned anti-missile network in Europe as part of what was described as a new era in security relations between the former Cold War enemies.

▽Pope says condoms sometimes permissible to stop AIDS - Reuters
The use of condoms to stop the spread of AIDS may be justified in certain cases, Pope Benedict says in a new book that could herald the start of sea change in the Vatican's attitude to condoms.

▽Rescuers to drill hole to assist in New Zealand mine rescue - BBC
Rescuers will start to drill a hole to assist in a rescue attempt at the New Zealand coal mine where 29 men are missing after a blast, officials say.

▽Plane crash liver op 'a success' - The Press Association
A transplant patient is recuperating in hospital after receiving a new liver just hours after the donated organ was involved in a dramatic plane crash.

▽OECD slashes UK growth forecast to 1.7% - The Guardian
Britain's pace of recovery will slow dramatically next year as the government's VAT rise and £81bn of public sector spending cuts drive up unemployment and hit consumer spending, a leading thinktank said yesterday.

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News Headlines - 19 November 2010

▽Problems with William and Kate's wedding date as new bank holiday is discussed - hellomagazine.com
William is said to be keen to marry sooner rather than later, and would ideally like to tie the knot in April or May.
However, it has been suggested he look at a later date for the best chance of sunshine. Aides have argued that a downpour at the wedding – likely to draw the biggest TV audience in history – will only reinforce perceptions of 'rainy England'.

▽Fullers expects sales lift from royal wedding - FT.com
The pub group, which owns more than 350 pubs across southern England and brews London Pride Bitter, also said it expected to see a pick-up in trade on the back of the recently announced Royal wedding.

▽France rejects 'Bin Laden talks' to free hostages - BBC
France has rejected demands by an al-Qaeda group in northern Africa that it should negotiate the release of five French hostages and two others with Osama Bin Laden.

▽Obama arrives in Portugal to meet with NATO allies - Los Angeles Times
President Obama arrived here this morning for two days of meetings with NATO allies as they craft a new plan for the war in Afghanistan and seek a new mission statement that will keep them relevant in the 21st century.

▽'Alien' planet detected circling dying star - BBC
The Jupiter-like planet, they say, is part of a solar system which once belonged to a dwarf galaxy... The star, called HIP 13044, is nearing the end of its life and is 2000 light years from Earth.

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News Headlines - 18 November 2010

▽Royal wedding: rift leaves 'rough' side of Kate's family out in the cold - Telegraph.co.uk
But the "rough and tumble" side of Kate Middleton's family will almost certainly be absent from her wedding to Prince William next year.

▽Top Conservative: recession? You've never had it so good - Telegraph.co.uk
The vast majority of Britons have "never had it so good" because of the low interest rates during the recession, Lord Young, a senior adviser to David Cameron, has declared.

▽U.K. says no need for net neutrality rules - Washington Post
The U.K. minister in charge of communications policy said Wednesday that there isn't a need for so-called net neutrality regulation, citing healthy competition among Internet service providers as the key to preventing unfair practices on the Web.

▽Obama Says Auto Industry `Again on the Rise' After $20 Billion GM Offering - Bloomberg
President Barack Obama said General Motors Co.’s return to the stock market shows the U.S. auto industry is on the rise and will result in taxpayers getting their money back from a government bailout.

▽Sweden orders arrest of WikiLeaks founder - CNN
The Stockholm Criminal Court on Thursday issued an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on probable cause, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force.

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News Headlines - 17 November 2010

▽Dublin feels pressure on rescue package - FT.com
Pressure mounted on Ireland on Wednesday to agree to a joint European Union-International Monetary Fund rescue package, as fresh evidence emerged of fading confidence in the country’s banking system.

▽Europe heads back into the storm - FT.com
Only months after congratulating itself on a narrow escape, the eurozone is again hurtling back toward contagious defaults. Its fumbling approach to the explosive instability of the Irish banking system leaves little hope that the other ticking bombs with which Europe’s economies are riddled are going to be disarmed in time.

▽James Murdoch: blocking BSkyB deal jeopardises UK jobs - The Guardian
James Murdoch warned the British government today not to block News Corporation's bid for full control of pay-TV operator BSkyB, saying it risked "jeopardising" jobs in the UK.

▽One million women unemployed as government spending cuts start to bite - Telegraph.co.uk
Latest figures showed that 1.02 million women were unemployed by September this year, the highest level since 1988, when Margaret Thatcher was in power.
Unions warned that the squeeze on public sector spending would see more women lose their jobs in the coming year.

▽Scottish Budget cuts are unveiled - BBC
Finance Secretary John Swinney confirmed his plans to introduce a pay freeze for public sector workers earning £21,000 or over during his budget statement to parliament on 17 November.

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News Headlines - 16 November 2010

▽Royal family needs this marriage to work - FT.com
If Britain’s monarchy is to survive, everything hinges on William and Kate. All the signs are that both have the right stuff. He seems to have his father’s sense of duty mixed with his mother’s emotional intelligence, the combination he will need to be a popular and successful 21st century king. If it’s the other way round, he’s doomed.

▽George Bush accused of borrowing from other books in his memoirs - The Guardian
The Huffington Post noted a remarkable similarity between previously published writings and Bush's colourful anecdotes from events at which he had not been present.
Bush borrows heavily from Bob Woodward's account Bush at War, which the White House criticised as inaccurate when it was published in 2002. He also appears to take chunks from a book written by his former press secretary Ari Fleischer.

▽Mediterranean sharks are Australian immigrants - Nature.com
The elusive great white sharks of the Mediterranean Sea may be descended from a single small Australian population that lost its bearings while visiting South Africa 450,000 years ago.

▽French cuisine named 'intangible' world heritage - AFP
The UN cultural organisation on Tuesday added Spain's flamenco dance and French cuisine -- a first-ever listing for gastronomy -- to the world's intangible cultural treasures.

▽A Hard Drive's Night: Beatles songs reinvented for iTunes - The Guardian
1 Being For The Benefit Of Mr Jobs
2 The Long and Winding Download
3 I'm So Tired (of paying for songs I already own)
4 Ebook Writer
5 She Came In Through My Bathroom Window (and nicked my iPad)
6 Let It USB
7 While My Guitar Gently Tweets
8 With A Little Helpline From My Friends9 When I'm 64 (bit)
10 Mac In The USSR

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News Headlines - 15 November 2010

▽Eurozone members pressed on debt plans - FT.com
Eurozone finance ministers will press Ireland and Portugal to spell out their detailed plans to handle their debt loads amid signs that the two countries are edging towards an international bail-out.

▽David Cameron: Britain will remain major world player - BBC
The UK remained a "great economic power" and there was no reason its military power would diminish, he said.
But Britain must "sort out" its economy if it wants to "carry weight in the world", the prime minister said.

▽Guantanamo seven 'paid off' to halt legal action against Government - Telegraph.co.uk
A group of former Guantanamo Bay detainees who claim they were tortured with the complicity of the British security services have been paid millions of pounds to drop legal action against the Government.

▽Manchester police to cut nearly 3,000 jobs over four years - The Guardian
Greater Manchester police, one of Britain's largest forces, will be forced to shed nearly 3,000 posts over the next four years with cuts to the number of officers and civilian employees meaning its size could be reduced by almost a quarter.

▽The oldest TV in Britain snapped up for £300 - Metro
A television bought in 1968 is thought to be Britain’s oldest working colour set.
Derek Wills prefers his old TV to any HD ready plasma Derek Wills prefers his old TV to any HD ready plasma
The Mitsubishi machine was snapped up by Derek Wills for £300 - the equivalent of £3,858 today - and has never had to be repaired.

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News Headlines - 14 November 2010

▽Sarkozy reappoints Fillon in French reshuffle - FT.com
President Nicolas Sarkozy reappointed François Fillon as prime minister on Sunday, beginning a long-awaited government reshuffle that presages continuity rather than a fresh start for France’s unpopular leader.

▽Ireland Urged to Take Aid by Officials Amid Debt Crisis - Bloomberg
Germany is pressing Ireland to seek aid before a Nov. 16 meeting of European finance ministers to calm market volatility and win agreement on making investors help pay for future bailouts, a German government official said.

▽Royals lead tributes to UK war dead - The Press Association
The Queen has led the nation in honouring the fallen at London's iconic Cenotaph war memorial.

▽Obama visits the Great Buddha in Japan - USA Today
Obama visited the 44-foot-high Great Buddha statue of Kamakura, returning to a spot he visited when he was 6 years old.
"The first time I was here, I was this big," Obama said, putting his hand up to his waist.

▽The new Intercity trains waiting to depart have been delayed – again - The Guardian
But even once the order is in, it will take Hitachi at least eight years to deliver a new fleet. This project is in the in-tray of its fifth transport secretary. This one needs to make an actual decision.

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News Headlines - 13 November 2010

▽Boris Johnson unveils Ballymena built double-decker - BBC
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled the modern day equivalent of London's famous double-decker bus which will be built in Ballymena.
The new bus, which will be manufactured by Wrightbus, will go into service in London in time for the 2012 Olympics.

▽Members of Welsh assembly agree pay freeze - BBC
Members of the Welsh assembly have agreed a pay freeze for four years after the assembly election next May.

▽Google vice-president issues stark internet warning - The Guardian
Europe will run out of capacity for new internet addresses by early next year, potentially cutting the UK off from the rest of the world online, one of the founding fathers of the communications network warned today.

▽Tetris could cure post traumatic stress disorder - V3.co.uk
They carried out an experiment whereby volunteers were made to sit and watch traumatic film footage of death and injury before being asked to play either Tetris or another video game, ‘Pub Quiz’.
It found that 30 minutes after the traumatic film, playing Tetris led to a “significant reduction” in flashbacks compared to a no-task control, whereas Pub Quiz led to a significant increase in flashbacks.

▽Original Apple-1 Goes On Auction Block, Estimated at $160K-$240K - PC Magazine
An old-school Apple-1 computer is up for auction via Christie's of London, and the estimate for the sale hovers between $160,000 and $240,000.
Winning bidders will receive the system itself, an original 1976 design that's in short supply today-- roughly 50 still exist out of the original lot of 200 that were designed and hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak himself.

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News Headlines - 12 November 2010

▽Japan government may help Hitachi in UK rail bid-Nikkei - Reuters
The Japanese government is considering giving financial support for Hitachi Ltd's bid to win a high-speed railway project order in the UK, the Nikkei reported... The British government is likely to decide as early as this month whether to proceed with the project as planned, the business daily said.

▽Japan hosts APEC meet in shadow of rows with China, Russia - AFP
But, aside from general pledges of support for free trade, little progress is expected on forging new pacts at a time when the world economy is limping out of a deep downturn and there are fears protectionism is on the rise.

▽Greenpeace sues UK for end to deep oil drilling - Telegraph.co.uk
Greenpeace is suing the Government in an attempt to stop any new deepwater drilling off the coast of the Shetland Islands.

▽Twitterers Speak Out In Support Of Bomb Joker - ITProPortal
Chambers originally tweeted: "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!" as a joke but has since lost his job and been fined £1,000 for the tweet. 
Since the verdict the hashtag #twitterjoketrial has been trending worldwide, in which twitterers both famous and non-famous have rallied in support of Chambers.

▽Busby Babes film to be shot in North East - Telegraph.co.uk
A film telling the story of the “Busby Babes”, the Manchester United team torn apart by the Munich air crash in 1958, is to be filmed in the North East.

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News Headlines - 11 November 2010

▽Riot rabble who targeted Tory HQ: Unmasked, the hardcore leaders of the student mob - Daily Mail
A large number of middle-class students who travelled to Central London to take part peacefully in their first demonstration had found themselves inadvertently propelled into the frontline.
But it also became clear that the violence, which left 14 injured and caused thousands of pounds of damage, was orchestrated and inflamed by a number of far-Left groups.

▽Qianlong-dynasty Chinese porcelain vase sold for £43m - BBC
A vase found in a house-clearance in London has been sold for £43m, thought to be a record for any Chinese artwork.

▽Paper plane launched into space captures Earth images - BBC
The glider was carried into space by a helium balloon and released at 90,000ft (27,400m), before the balloon exploded and parachuted down to Earth.
On its way down cameras took images of the Earth in what is thought to be the first project of its kind.

▽Genetically altered mosquitoes thwart dengue spreaders-  New Scientist
A outdoor trial of mosquitoes genetically engineered to sabotage Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread dengue fever, has been declared a success by scientists in the field.

▽Merkel airs concerns to Obama on Fed moves-sources - Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her concerns to U.S. President Barack Obama about the recent moves by the Federal Reserve to inject liquidity into the U.S. economy, German G20 sources said on Thursday.

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News Headlines - 10 November 2010

▽Met Police launch inquiry into student protest - BBC
Thousands marched peacefully in London over plans to increase fees in England.
But outside Tory party headquarters in Millbank, a minority smashed windows, lit fires and threw missiles at police.

▽Cocaine use higher in England and Wales than Europe - BBC
Levels of cocaine use in England and Wales are now the highest in Europe, and among young adults outstrip the US.

▽Iraqi Christians living in fear as 11 bombs explode in Baghdad, killing five - Independent
Christians in Iraq came under attack again yesterday when 11 roadside bombs exploded in three areas of Baghdad killing five people. The bombings are part of an al-Qa'ida campaign against Iraq's ancient Christian community, many of whom have already fled abroad.

▽Pentagon says no evidence vapor trail came from anything but an aircraft
Spotted just before sunset Monday, the vapor trail set off speculation and conspiracy thinking about an unexplained missile. But the military reported no rocket or missile launches.

▽Harry potter's darkest film yet spells the end of an era - Daily Mail
Daniel Radcliffe says that saying goodbye to Harry Potter has been ‘devastating’, and Emma Watson has said it’s like a friend has died.

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News Headlines - 09 November 2010

▽British deny George Bush's claims that torture helped foil terror plots - The Guardian
British officials said today there was no evidence to support claims by George Bush, the former US president, that information extracted by "waterboarding" saved British lives by foiling attacks on Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf. In his memoirs, Bush said the practice – condemned by Downing Street as torture – was used in CIA interrogations of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the US.

▽Three soldiers face probe over Iraq abuse claims - Independent
Three British armed forces personnel have been referred to the nation's senior military prosecutor for investigation over the alleged abuse of Iraqi detainees, the High Court heard today.
If the Director of Service Prosecutions finds evidence against the three, they could, among other things, face war crimes charges, said a QC.

▽Prince Harry opens field of remembrance for Afghan war dead - The Guardian
It was a very British scene. In a wind-whipped walled garden in Wiltshire, dignitaries, bereaved relatives, mourning comrades and members of the public who wanted to show they cared met to mark the opening of a remembrance field for those killed in Afghanistan.

▽Terror watchdog to probe 'pope attack plot' arrests - The Press Association
The Government's terrorism watchdog is to investigate the arrests of six men in London questioned by police over an alleged plot to attack the Pope, the Home Secretary has confirmed.

▽MPs’ support for new trains deal - The Northern Echo
Labour MEP Stephen Hughes has told Transport Secretary Philip Hammond that Hitachi’s IEP bid is a “once-in-ageneration opportunity” for the UK to again become a European leader in train manufacturing... Hitachi confirmed last night that it was pursuing contracts in mainland Europe.

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News Headlines - 08 November 2010

▽Worst-injured survivor relives 7/7 - This is London
The most seriously injured survivor of the July 7 2005 bombings has told how he watched the terror plot's ringleader detonate his suicide bomb.

▽Teachers' pay and sickness records to be published - Telegraph.co.uk
For the first time, schools with high staff sickness rates will be exposed. Reforms will also enable parents to discover the size of teachers' salaries and the number of staff with A-levels, degrees and postgraduate qualifications.

▽Ed Miliband announces birth of second son on Twitter - The Guardian
Labour leader tweeted 'Thanks for all the good wishes. He's gorgeous. Mum and baby doing great.'

▽Cameron hails 'revolutionary' Whitehall data website - BBC
David Cameron has launched a website where departments set out business plans and timetables to achieve them.

▽Royal Navy website attacked by Romanian hacker - BBC
The Royal Navy's website has been hacked by a suspected Romanian hacker known as TinKode.
The hacker gained access to the website on 5 November using a common attack method known as SQL injection.
TinKode published details of the information he recovered, which included user names and passwords of the site's administrators.
A Royal Navy spokesperson confirmed the site had been compromised and said: "There has been no malicious damage."
They added that as a precaution the site has been "temporarily suspended" and that security teams were investigating how the hacker got access. They said no confidential information had been disclosed.

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News Headlines - 07 November 2010

▽The Queen joins Facebook - The Guardian
Already on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, Britain's royal family now has a presence on Facebook. Launching this morning, Facebook.com/TheBritishMonarchy has videos, photos and the Court Circular, the 200-year-old authoritative record of engagements also on Buckingham Palace's website.

▽UK Government to update copyright laws to make them fit for internet age - TopNews United Kingdom
Proposed changes will bring relaxations in the copyright laws to allow wider use of copyright material without the need to seek prior permission of the copyright owner.

▽More questions raised over Coulson - FT.com
Jon Trickett, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, is writing a letter to the head of the civil service to ask questions about Andy Coulson over allegations of illegal phone-hacking at News of the World.

▽Online child abuse reports continue to rise - PC Pro
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) claims it's seen a massive rise in reported child abuse incidents.

▽Training centre to open at brewery - The Press Association
Tennent's Lager will officially launch the facility on Thursday at the Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow to help workers in pubs, restaurants and hotels in Scotland.

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News Headlines - 06 November 2010

▽Labour question Cameron's judgement - The Press Association
Labour have raised questions over David Cameron's judgment in holding on to his director of communications after it emerged that he had been questioned by police investigating allegations of phone-hacking at the News of the World.

▽Duke of York criticises MoD bosses over vehicle orders - BBC
The Duke of York has criticised Ministry of Defence chiefs for failing to "get off their fat backsides" over ordering armoured vehicles.

▽Ofcom calls for public's views on NewsCorp's bid for BSkyB - Telegraph.co.uk
Communications regulator Ofcom has invited comments on NewsCorp's proposed $12.5bn (£7.8bn) bid for satellite broadcaster BSkyB and its suggestions for "remedies or mitigations" to any public interest concerns.

▽New boss Bolland to boost M&S online sales as Rose bows out - Daily Mail
New boss Marc Bolland will lay out his blueprint for Marks & Spencer in his first major presentation to the City on Tuesday.
A central pillar will be his plan to boost online sales by adding more fashion and furniture ranges and promoting the store’s site abroad.

▽Visiting Spain, Pope Sees Rise of Antichurch Sentiment - New York Times
The Roman Catholic Church is fighting laws supported by Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s Socialist government that have allowed same-sex marriage, expedited divorce and eased restrictions on abortions.

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News Headlines - 05 November 2010

▽Body found in hunt for missing millionairess Joanna Brown - Metro
Her estranged husband Robert Brown, a 46-year-old British Airways pilot from Winkfield, was charged with her murder on Thursday afternoon, even though no body had been found.

▽Passengers scream as second Qantas jet has engine trouble - Daily Mail
The 747 jumbo ran into trouble 20 minutes after take-off on its way to Sydney when passengers heard a loud bang and saw flames or sparks coming from an engine.
QF6 immediately returned to Singapore airport and made a safe landing.

▽Al-Qaeda claims parcel bomb plot - Aljazeera.net
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has said that it orchestrated a failed bomb plot on airliners headed for the US last month, and claimed responsibility for the crash of an aircraft in Dubai in September.

▽Islamist website forced to take down list of MPs who voted for Iraq war - The Guardian
The Home Office urged US authorities to intervene over the postings on the site, which is alleged to have inspired the London student Roshonara Choudhry to attack the MP Stephen Timms.

▽Georgia uncovers Russian spy ring
Georgia says four of those arrested for spying are Russian citizens and the rest are Georgians.
They are alleged to have been working for the intelligence service of the Russian military, the GRU.

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News Headlines - 04 November 2010

▽Qantas A380 Spitting Parts Spares `Incredibly Lucky' Passengers - Bloomberg
The 466 passengers and crew aboard a Qantas Airways Ltd. Airbus A380 survived a mid-flight engine blowout that aviation specialists said is both extremely rare and potentially fatal.

▽Hague warns time is running out to solve Israeli conflict - Independent
The "window of opportunity" could be closing on a two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, William Hague warned yesterday at the end of his first trip here as Foreign Secretary.

▽WikiLeaks founder says may seek Swiss asylum - Reuters
The founder of  WikiLeaks said on Thursday he may seek political asylum in Switzerland and move his whistle-blowing website there to operate in safety.

▽Third of households workless in worst cities - FT.com
Almost a third of households in some of Britain’s biggest cities contain no adults with jobs, underlining the scale of the challenge facing the coalition as it seeks to get people off benefits and into work.
In Liverpool, 50,000 out of 175,000 households, or 32 per cent, have no working members. In Nottingham and Glasgow, 31 per cent of homes have no one who is employed.

▽Americans waits to see what will be Obama's next move - The Guardian
The president's advisers have invited Democratic groups to the White House tomorrow. One prominent Democrat portrayed this as a sign of panic, but one of those invited insisted it was neither panic nor a strategy session, just a courtesy to thank them for their help during the election.

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News Headlines - 03 November 2010

▽Lib Dem support hits new low - The Press Association
The Liberal Democrats have hit a new low in a poll putting them on just 9%.
The YouGov survey for The Sun showed the Tories and Labour were neck and neck on 40%, suggesting support for both parties has risen since the general election in May.

▽Election outcome may complicate Obama's foreign policy - Washington Post
The midterm elections focused almost exclusively on domestic issues. But Tuesday's outcome may complicate President Obama's foreign-policy goals, with Republicans using their new strength to cut aid to other countries and question the president's policies toward countries such as Syria, Venezuela and Israel, officials and analysts said.

▽US Fed to pump in extra $600bn - FT.com
The Federal Reserve has launched an all-out effort to shore up the US economic recovery with a fresh round of quantitative easing– nicknamed QE2 – and will buy $600bn of longer-term Treasury securities by the middle of next year.
▽Airport evacuated but suspicious package turns out to be false alarm - Scotsman
PART of Glasgow airport was evacuated last night after a suspicious package, which eventually turned out to be a false alarm, was found in the search area of one of the terminals.

▽BBC apology over Band Aid money reports - BBC
The BBC has apologised to Band Aid over reports claiming millions of pounds raised by the charity for famine relief in Ethiopia had been used to buy arms.

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News Headlines - 02 November 2010

▽Cameron and Sarkozy hail UK-France defence treaties - BBC
New treaties on defence and nuclear joint working with France marked a "new chapter" in a long history of defence co-operation, David Cameron has said.

▽Democrats Lose Support Among Women and Independents, Polls Show - New York Times
Democrats lost significant support Tuesday among women and independent voters, in an election that was a referendum on Democratic government in a stubbornly weak economy.

▽Greece suspends air freight after bombs found - Voice of America
Greece suspended all overseas air shipments of mail and parcels for 48 hours Wednesday following a wave of attacks by suspected leftist guerrillas on government targets in several west European countries.

▽105,000 scale Times titles' digital paywall - Independent
News Corporation reported 105,000 online sales of The Times and The Sunday Times yesterday as it published the first official figures since taking the controversial step of putting its website's content behind a paywall.

▽Wheat and corn fuel food price rise - The Press Association
A sharp rise in the cost of wheat and corn led to the biggest increase in food prices for more than a year last month, an industry body said.

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News Headlines - 01 November 2010

▽Parcel bomb plot shows Saudi al Qaeda challenge - Reuters
The likely involvement of a Saudi national in a plot to mail parcel bombs on U.S.-bound planes shows Saudi Arabia's battle against al Qaeda is far from over.

▽Security stepped up around President Sarkozy after Greek police intercept letter bomb addressed to Elysee Palace - Daily Mail
Security has been stepped up today around Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni after a letter bomb was sent to the French President.
Anti-terrorist police in Athens intercepted an explosive device wrapped in brown paper that was addressed to the Elysee Palace in Paris.
It was one of a number of booby trapped devices addressed to embassies in Belgium, Holland and Mexico.

▽Defence groups urge France-UK tie-up - FT.com
Leading defence contractors in Britain and France want Tuesday’s summit between David Cameron, the UK premier, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, to boost bilateral industrial collaboration to help create a new generation of unmanned surveillance and combat aircraft programmes.

▽Barack Obama braced for horror show at midterm elections - The Guardian
Barack Obama spent today holed up at the White House bracing himself for what polls suggest will be the worst Democratic election results for a generation, a shift that could leave Washington gridlocked.

▽'Yes, women can' – Brazil's first 'presidenta' pledges gender equality - The Guardian
Exactly 60 years after the election of Brazil's first female MP, the country's first female president has promised to fight for women's rights with the battle cry: "Yes, women can."

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News Headlines - 31 October 2010

▽Yemen cargo plane plot: ink bomb was virtually undetectable - Telegraph.co.uk
Sources say the difficulty in finding the bomb reflects its sophistication, hidden in a desk top printer and carefully concealed to make it look as though it was part of the machinery.
It poses serious problems for any scanning of hold cargo since even police officers who knew what they were searching for could not find the bomb.

▽Cargo plane bomb plot: al-Qaeda terrorists 'threatened another Lockerbie' - Telegraph.co.uk
The al-Qaeda parcel bomb plot was designed to blow up passenger jets in a Lockerbie-style terrorist outrage, investigators believe.

▽Cargo bomb plot: Yemen forced into balancing act in fight against al-Qaida - The Guardian
Demonstrations broke out at Sana'a University today after the arrest of a 22-year-old student on suspicion of involvement in the failed bomb plot against American targets.

▽U.S. thanks UAE for role in disrupting bomb plot - Xinhua
The United States on Sunday thanked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its help in disrupting a terrorist plot by uncovering Friday a explosives-laden parcel bound for the United States.

▽Ink bomb intelligence came from the Middle East - Telegraph.co.uk
The origins of the information about the ink jet bomb plot remain vague. British intelligence sources are guarded about their role, although MI6 in known to have been involved.

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News Headlines - 30 October 2010

▽Landmark UN Nagoya biodiversity deal agreed to save natural world - Telegraph.co.uk
Delegates from more than 190 countries meeting in Nagoya, Japan, agreed a programme to conserve global biodiversity and the natural habitats that support the most threatened animals and plants.

▽Cargo plane terror alert: bombs 'designed to harm US synagogues' - Telegraph.co.uk
The plot – described as a “credible threat” originating in Yemen - was uncovered by MI6 after a tip-off to one of its officers based in the Middle East.

▽Berlusconi denies links to Moroccan teenager - euronews
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has branded alleged links with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl as “media trash.”
The teenager, known only as Ruby, said she attended parties at the billionaire tycoon’s villa in northern Italy.

▽Teacher off sick on full pay for six years 'lied' - Yorkshire Post
TAXPAYERS are footing a bill running into hundreds of thousands of pounds after a South Yorkshire teacher was off sick for six years on full pay when she claimed a colleague fell on her at work.

▽Star photos blackmailer gets seven years - Mirror.co.uk
A blackmailer who demanded cash from a female pop superstar for "very sensitive" photos stolen from home was jailed for seven years yesterday.

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News Headlines - 29 October 2010

▽Tube gets first wi-fi connection at Charing Cross - BBC
The move to get mobile phones working on the tube moved a step closer as BT announced wi-fi trials at Charing Cross underground station.

▽7/7 firefighter defends tunnel decision - The Press Association
A firefighter has defended his decision to delay entering a Tube tunnel to rescue 7/7 victims until he was sure the power to the tracks was off.

▽British woman's parents don't blame US for death - AFP
John and Lorna Norgrove were speaking publicly for the first time since their daughter Linda was killed on October 8, almost a fortnight after she was seized by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.

▽Does Charlie Chaplin film show that time travel is possible? - Metro
A YouTube clip that appears to show an extra in Charlie Chaplin film The Circus talking on a mobile phone has led one movie buff to conclude the spooky lady is proof that time travel is possible.

▽Scotland's serial killers Burke and Hare are still helping science today - stv.tv
When the loveable Irish rogues depicted in John Landis' Burke and Hare movie came to Scotland they soon found a way to make money, by devising their own method of murder.

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News Headlines - 28 October 2010

▽UK wins allies in EU budget battle at summit - BBC
Ten EU countries have rallied behind the UK's call to limit an increase in the 2011 EU budget to 2.9% - well below the rise that Euro MPs called for.

▽David Cameron scolds Mayor of London Boris Johnson over 'Kosovo' comment - Telegraph.co.uk
David Cameron has delivered an unprecedented slap-down to Boris Johnson for comparing Government plans to stop housing benefit being claimed on expensive homes to “Kosovo-style social cleansing”.

▽England and Russia bid to be different in race for 2018 World Cup - The Guardian
Russia's ambitious bid to host the 2018 World Cup is the mirror image of England's but, as the vote on 2 December approaches, the two will do everything they can to differentiate their offers.

▽MI6 chief says torture poses 'dilemmas' for UK - AFP
The head of Britain's foreign spy service admitted Thursday his organisation faced "dilemmas" to avoid using intelligence obtained through torture but insisted his agents never mistreated suspects.

▽This time is different: Why WikiLeaks and the Pentagon Papers are not the same - The Economist
What is more, Mr Assange seems unwilling to reflect on the risks of what he is doing. Amnesty International has complained that documents in WikiLeaks’ release on Afghanistan were not sufficiently edited, and thus likely to endanger Afghans who had worked for the coalition. Even such supporters as Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic member of parliament, has expressed disappointment over how the documents were released.

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News Headlines - 27 October 2010

▽12-month wait for news of road bids - The Northern Echo
A decision on Hitachi’s £7.5bn plans to bring train-building back to the North-East was expected as part of last week’s spending review, but is still on hold.
In reply, the Transport Secretary said: “There are other major rail announcements which I hope to make an announcement about in the next few weeks, and the IEP is one of those.”

▽Airline boss: Cut security checks and end Heathrow hassle - This is London
British airline chiefs today demanded an easing of airport security such as forcing passengers to remove their shoes and checking laptops separately.

▽Heathrow business travel growth cuts BAA losses - Reuters
UK airport operator BAA said rising business traveller traffic helped shrink losses in the first nine months of 2010 and unveiled plans for a bond issue to refinance part of its 2 billion pounds debt.

▽M6 widening scheme given go ahead by minister - BBC
The secretary of state for transport is visiting parts of the West Midlands motorway network a day after reviewing several congestion improvement schemes.

▽Problem drinkers could face compulsory alcohol tests - Telegraph.co.uk
People convicted of crimes when drunk could face compulsory alcohol tests with the threat of jail if they fail them under a pilot scheme to be introduced in the New Year.

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News Headlines - 26 October 2010

▽Times and Sunday Times paywall content 'has 362,000 monthly users' - The Guardian
But today audience research company Nielsen has taken a stab at estimating the number of UK web users who are going beyond the papers' website front pages – and paywall – and accessing subscription content: an average of 362,000 per month between July and the end of September.
Nielsen also estimates that 1.78 million monthly unique UK visitors went to the thetimes.co.uk and sunday times.co.uk front pages on average over the period – suggesting that of those, just over 20% are going on to access subscription content.

▽Independent introduces its succinct spin-off – the tabloid 'i' - The Guardian
Almost 25 years after the launch of the Independent, the newspaper is tomorrow publishing a spin-off title, entitled i and designed to attract younger readers.
The 56-page tabloid will be distributed nationally and promoted with the catchy, if illiterate, marketing slogan: "'i' is, are you?", a nod to one of its parent paper's advertising campaigns.

▽Free papers and magazines vie for attention in crowded London market - The Guardian
Commuters could be forgiven for thinking that the London Lite/London Paper freesheet war had returned to the capital's streets today, with vendors attempting to thrust copies of no less than four print products into the hands of passers-by.
Along with the debut of the Independent's 20p cutdown national newspaper i, which is being promoted with 100,000 giveaways, hundreds of thousands of copies of Bauer Media's free trial issue of new weekly men's magazine, Gaz7etta, started hitting the streets today through partners including Metro, City AM, Top Man and Reiss.

▽Amazon hosting WikiLeaks Warlogs information - Telegraph.co.uk
Internet records show that the controversial WikiLeaks website is being hosted in part on American servers run by Amazon.com. The “mirror” of the main WikiLeaks site, which is run in Sweden, was discovered by UK research company Netcraft.

▽Daisy Lowe among stars launching new 'City Shapers' iPhone app - Telegraph.co.uk
The model Daisy Lowe is among the celebrities helping launch the new "City Shapers" iPhone app which helps guide users across ten cities across the world.

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News Headlines - 25 October 2010

▽Train groups at odds over tender change - FT.com
The losing bidder in one of the UK’s biggest train tenders is considering legal action if Japan’s Hitachi wins orders to supply a heavily redesigned version.

▽UK in talks over taxing Britons' Swiss bank accounts - BBC
The UK and Switzerland have signed a declaration to begin negotiations on tax issues in a step towards making Britons with Swiss bank accounts pay tax on the interest they earn.

▽Three Questions About Karzai Accepting Iranian Cash - Voice of America
President Karzai told reporters in Kabul that the cash, up to $975,000 twice a year, is used for government expenses.  Karzai said the transactions were not secret and no different from cash payments from the United States and other "friendly countries."

▽Animal Activists Jailed For Terror Campaign - Sky News
Five animal rights activists who waged a campaign of "violence and terror" on people and companies linked to an animal testing lab have been jailed.

▽Firefighters in London set to strike on bonfire night - The Guardian
Firefighters in London are planning to strike on bonfire night in an escalating row over contracts, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said tonight.
Thousands of members would refuse to work shifts from 10am on 5 November to 9am on 7 November, covering one of the fire service's busiest periods.

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News Headlines - 24 October 2010

▽Miku Hatsune and Black Rock Shooter: Global Music Video "Vocaloid" Phenomenon That Defines the Future - Huffington Post
Quick. Can you name the hottest pop star in Japan and one of the most downloaded music videos on YouTube with 2.5 million downloads? Check it out here. This music phenomenon is likely to have more long-term relevance and value to music, entertainment and advertising businesses than Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber combined.

▽Hatsune Miku is pop's biggest draw as Japanese 3D cartoon stage sensation - Metro
She’s young, she’s got blue/green hair and she’s one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Unfortunately, she isn’t able to comment on her success. Because she doesn’t exist. Meet Japanese sensation Hatsune Miku.

▽The Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku - VizWorld.com
Check out one of her performances below.  I have to admit it’s an impressive mix of a live band with the CG Singer.

▽This Rocking Lead Singer is a 3D Hologram - Singularity Hub
Watching Miku sing live is pretty amazing. The 3D ‘hologram’ isn’t that impressive, it looks to be a modern version of the pepper’s ghost illusion we’ve seen before, but the crowd reaction is intense.

▽Hatsune Miku: el holograma japonés estrella de la música - BBC Mundo
Es una de las cantantes de música pop más famosas del planeta pero no puede comentar sobre su éxito porque no existe. Se llama Hatsune Miku y es considerada toda una sensación de Japón con éxito mundial.

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News Headlines - 23 October 2010

▽Wikileaks: Row over US cover-up of torture of detainees in Iraq - Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8083120/Wikileaks-Row-over-US-cover-up-of-torture-of-detainees-in-Iraq.htmlThe US government is at the centre of a growing row over the cover up of torture of detainees in Iraq following the leak of almost 400,000 army field reports.

▽Nick Clegg: I've struggled with my conscience over cuts - The Guardian
David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, have defended the government's austerity measures this weekend as a poll reveals that more than 75% of voters believe they are going to be worse off as a result of the cuts.

▽Angela Merkel's attack on 'Multikulti' was misjudged: many believe it wasn't even tried - Telegraph.co.uk
Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed that Germany's multiculturalism "utterly failed" but many Germans whose parents came from Turkey complain that they have never really been made welcome.

▽Grounded Nuclear Submarine Is Towed Free - Sky News
One of Britain's most advanced nuclear submarines has been towed free after running aground off the western coast of Scotland.

▽Manchester United reject conspiracy theory over Wayne Rooney - The Guardian
Manchester United are adamant Wayne Rooney will see out his new five-year deal and have dismissed the conspiracy theory that the club agreed to an expensive long contract extension to protect their own interests by raising his future transfer fee.

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News Headlines - 22 October 2010

▽Will Hammond find the money for more big transport schemes? - FT.com
There is something curious in the way that several key transport decisions were left out of the CSR on Wednesday. The four missing announcements were: the big order for Intercity Express trains from the Hitachi-led Agility consortium, the electrification of the Great Western line, another order for about a thousand train carriages and the Thameslink upgrade.
Sources in the Department for Transport insist that these interconnected upgrades are genuinely going to the wire. They depend, for example, on Agility’s ability to reduce its original £7.5bn cost by a significant margin.

▽British Navy Seeks Inquiry After Nuclear Sub Runs Aground - New York Times
The Royal Navy hastened to assemble an official inquiry Friday evening to explore why Britain’s newest nuclear submarine, H.M.S. Astute, ran aground while undergoing sea trials off the coast of northwest Scotland on Friday morning and remained stuck on a bank of sand and shingle for nearly 10 hours before a tug pulled it free at nightfall.

▽Iraq war logs: disclosure condemned by Hillary Clinton and Nato - The Guardian
The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, condemned the release of almost 400,000 secret US army field reports by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks claiming the disclosure could put lives at risk.

▽Kelly wounds 'self-inflicted', says pathology report - BBC
Previously secret evidence about the death of Iraq weapons expert Dr David Kelly suggests that he died as a result of a "self-inflicted injury".

▽Google admits to accidentally collecting e-mails, URLs, passwords - CNN
Google admitted in a blog post Friday that external regulators have discovered that e-mails, URLs and passwords were collected and stored in a technical while the vehicles for Google's Street View service were out documenting roadway locations.

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News Headlines - 21 October 2010

▽Spending review cuts hit poor hardest, says Institute of Fiscal Studies - The Guardian
The IFS said poor people would be hit harder than the rich, the four-year plan would see spending for most secondary school pupils cut, and Whitehall departments would face deeper cuts than under Labour's plans.

▽Why Sarkozy could win this fight without really getting his hands dirty - Independent
President Sarkozy, perhaps sensing a change in the wind, hardened his tone yesterday. He accused the militant union branches who are blockading oil refineries and fuel depots of "taking the country hostage". He lumped the militant anti-pension reform protesters together with the casseurs (vandals) who looted shops and burned cars in Lyon.

▽Amazon profits boosted by Kindle - BBC
The online retailer, Amazon, has reported a 16% rise in third-quarter profit, as its Kindle e-book reader continues to bolster sales.

▽Balaclava-clad fans make death threat at Wayne Rooney's home -The Guardian
Manchester United today re-entered negotiations with Wayne Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, on a day when the outrage felt by the club's supporters escalated into militant action and chilling threats.

▽More than 1,000 people try to claim lottery jackpot - Telegraph.co.uk
With no one initially laying claim to the £113 million jackpot, organisers found themselves inundated by claims from people who insisted they had matched the winning numbers but had lost their ticket.
Now as the real winner has stepped forward to anonymously collect their prize, it has emerged that more than 1,000 hopefuls contacted Camelot claiming the jackpot was rightfully theirs.

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News Headlines - 20 October 2010

▽UK government unveils $128bn cuts - FT.com
The UK’s Conservative-led coalition has ushered in a new era of public sector austerity in Britain, outlining plans for £81bn ($128bn) in cuts to government spending which far outstrip measures taken by other major advanced economies.

▽Spending review axe falls on the poor - The Guardian
Perhaps the most striking of the new cuts announced was a package of £7bn in extra welfare cuts on top of the £11bn already made in the last budget. This will include the withdrawal of £50 a week from the million people claiming incapacity benefit for more than a year.

▽SPENDING REVIEW: Warning of a jobs bloodbath - Daily Mail
George Osborne fired the starting gun on a desperate race for jobs yesterday amid growing fears of an unemployment crisis in Britain.
The Chancellor admitted 490,000 public sector workers face the axe as a result of the £81bn of cuts outlined in the spending review.

▽Spending Review 2010: cuts leave middle class £10,000 worse off - Telegraph.co.uk
Middle-class families are to lose an average of £10,000 each over the next four years as a result of the package of spending cuts and tax rises unveiled in the Coalition’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

▽Spending Review: The nation's reaction - BBC
Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled the biggest programme of public spending cuts in the UK for decades, in his long-awaited Spending Review.

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News Headlines - 19 October 2010

▽500,000 jobs go in spending cuts - Metro
One in ten civil servant workers will be made redundant by 2014 because of the £83billion worth of savings to be announced in the comprehensive spending review.
The cuts are ‘unavoidable’ as steps are taken to reduce a £109billion deficit in the next four years, the chancellor will say.

▽Strategic defence review means end of Iraq-scale military interventions - The Guardian
Britain's armed forces will no longer be able to mount the kind of operations conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan, the government's strategic defence review made clear today. For at least a decade it will also be impossible to deploy the kind of carrier taskforce which liberated the Falklands 28 years ago.

▽Former British PM Thatcher in hospital for checks: officials - AFP
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was admitted to hospital Tuesday for "precautionary tests" after failing to recover from an infection, a government spokesman said.

▽Six dead as Russian special forces repel suicide attack on Chechen parliament - Telegraph.co.uk
Government officials said three Islamist militants died in the attack in Grozny, the Chechen capital, while two policemen guarding the parliament were killed along with one civilian. Up to 17 people were also reported wounded.

▽WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange slams Wired magazine on Twitter - The Guardian
The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has launched a verbal broadside against US technology magazine Wired, claiming the publication "has [an] agenda, doesn't check facts and is not to be trusted".

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News Headlines - 18 October 2010

▽7/7 inquest: victims 'died in agony' while emergency services delayed - The Guardian
Emotionally harrowing day as 7/7 inquest hears how fears of more explosions and safety protocols delayed rescuers

▽World Cup 2018: Fifa to investigate 'vote-swap deals' among bidding nations - Telegraph.co.uk
Fifa on Monday night placed at least two World Cup bids under formal investigation and formally opened its inquiry into the cash-for-votes allegations against executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii.

▽Philippines declares state of calamity as super typhoon Megi hits - Telegraph.co.uk
The Philippines declared a state of calamity in a northern province after super typhoon Megi made landfall on Monday, cutting off power, forcing flight cancellations and putting the region's rice crop at risk.

▽France Braces for 4th Strike Since September Over Pension Bill - BusinessWeek
French unions stepped up pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy to retreat from a plan to raise the retirement age as truckers blocked highways and officials deployed police to prevent strikers from cutting fuel supplies.

▽Berlin pushes for integration of immigrants- FT.com
The Berlin government is set to introduce laws to encourage the immigration of skilled workers, while also stepping up measures to promote integration of migrants into German society.

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News Headlines - 17 October 2010

▽Angela Merkel declares death of German multiculturalism - The Guardian
Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared the death of multiculturalism in Germany, saying that it had "failed utterly" , in what has been interpreted as a startling shift from her previous views. The German leader said it had been an illusion to think that Germans and foreign workers could "live happily side by side".

▽O2 becomes first UK mobile operator to offer location-based - HEXUS
The service will allow advertisers to send marketing material to opt-in end-users, which is targeted on both a demographic and geographic basis. It aims to capitalise on one of the key unique features of mobile advertising - to focus on people that are physically close to the product or service. Starbucks and L'Oréal will be the first to give it a 6 month trial.

▽Cambridge University 'may go private' - Telegraph.co.uk
Cambridge University may be forced to go private amid fears a rise in tuition fees is not enough to allow it to compete with elite institutions in the United States, it was claimed yesterday.

▽The £5 Million Diamond-Clad iPhone 4 In Details - ITProPortal
The ultimate proof that the recession is over, at least for the richest of us, is the fact that Stuart Hughes, the bling-iest Liverpudian of them all, brought out a £5 million iPhone 4 handset that's nearly three times more expensive than the 3GS it replaces.

▽Nokia’s first Symbian^3 device, Nokia N8 finally available in UK - NewsDen
Long-awaited Nokia’s savior, the Nokia N8 is finally on sale now in UK. It was not very easy for Nokia because first Nokia’s head of the mobile solutions business resigned and then last month, the company boss was replaced by new CEO. Also its rivals took over the high-end smartphones market but now Nokia is back in the game with the Nokia N8, Nokia’s first device to run on Symbian^3 operating system.

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News Headlines - 16 October 2010

▽Spending Review: Ministers agree MoD budget cut - BBC
Cutbacks in the UK's £37bn annual defence budget have been finalised ahead of the chancellor's Spending Review, the BBC understands.

▽France hit by new wave of mass pension protests - BBC
A fifth day of protests in France against proposed pension reforms brought 825,000 people on to the streets, police said, although unions put the figure at 2.5m to 3m.

▽Oscar Wilde's 156th birthday celebrated with Google doodle - The Guardian
Oscar Wilde, writer, poet, playwright, wit and gay icon. His 156th birthday is celebrated with a Google doodle

▽Keith Richards describes Mick Jagger as 'unbearable' - NME.com
Richards, who is currently promoting his autobiography 'Life', was describing his friendship with Jagger to The Times when he made the admission that he and Jagger don't get on. He added that he has taken to calling the singer "Brenda" and "Your Majesty" as a joke.

▽Union deal saves 16,000 car jobs and creates 2,000 more at Jaguar Land Rover - Mirror.co.uk
Around 16,000 jobs have been saved and 2,000 more created after a dramatic turnaround in fortunes at luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover.

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News Headlines - 15 October 2010

▽Liverpool's new owner John W Henry ready to meet Roy Hodgson and players - Telegraph.co.uk
New Liverpool owner John W Henry will travel to the club's Melwood training ground on Saturday to meet Roy Hodgson and the playing squad less than 24 hours after he secured the keys to Anfield.

▽Bernanke moves close to inflation policy goal - FT.com
Ben Bernanke’s road to an explicit inflation objective for the Federal Reserve has been a long one and he has still not reached the end of it.

▽All But Two Chile Miners Freed From Hospital - Sky News
Thirty-one of the 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days in Chile have now been released from hospital, it has been confirmed.

▽Breakthrough for world’s longest rail tunnel - FT.com
The world’s longest tunnel made a decisive breakthrough on Friday when a boring machine crushed the remaining short distance between the north and south ends of the easterly shaft of the Gotthard rail tunnel under the Swiss Alps.

▽It's all in a day's police work - BBC
Police in Greater Manchester have completed a 24-hour experiment to record every incident they deal with on Twitter. They hope it will give the public a better idea of the demands made upon them. So what does it reveal about the realities of policing one of the UK's biggest cities?

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News Headlines - 14 October 2010

▽Petition urges backing for County Durham train plant - BBC
The project is dependent on Hitachi being granted the Intercity Express Programme Contract in the government's Spending Review, announced on 20 October.

▽Hillary Clinton's warning to Britain over cuts in defence budget - Telegraph.co.uk
Barack Obama’s government has delivered a stark public warning against major cuts in the British defence budget, suggesting that they would undermine Nato and strain the Special Relationship.

▽London firefighters vote to strike - Reuters
London firefighters have voted to walk out in a dispute over changes to shift patterns but will not go ahead with the strike if dismissal letters to staff are withdrawn, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said on Thursday.

▽Government Whip must repay £4,000 expenses - Independent
A Government Whip was ordered to apologise and repay more than £4,000 in parliamentary expenses today.

▽Arnold Schwarzenegger hails 'true heroes' in UK visit - BBC
Hollywood star turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger has hailed the "true action heroes" during a visit to British troops near Buckingham Palace.

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News Headlines - 13 October 2010

▽Liverpool owners move to block sale - Telegraph.co.uk
Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett claim they have won a temporary restraining order from the Texas State District Court preventing the sale of the club and are now seeking 1.6billion US Dollars in damages.

▽Miners' rescue among top Web events - CNN
Between 4 and 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, online news traffic grew to more than 4 million page views per minute, making the miners' rescue the fifth most-read-about online event since Akamai's Net Usage Index for News debuted in 2005.

▽BTs UK Security Chief Warns Against Massive Invasions of Privacy - ISPReview UK
BT's CSTO, Bruce Schneier, told the conference:
"We are witnessing massive invasions of privacy and businesses are deliberately manipulating this. The CEOs are killing it because technology is changing the balance of privacy. The social norms are being set by businesses with a profit motive.
Individuals should have the rights to see, challenge, delete and control their own private information [and] legislation without enforcement, at an effective level, may as well not exist."

▽Strategic defence review to prioritise cyber security - The Guardian
He said there had already been "significant disruption" to government computers by internet worms" -– both those that had been deliberately targeted and others picked up accidentally. "Cyberspace lowers the bar for entry to the espionage game, both for states and for criminal actors," he told the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

▽PlayStation Network gets LOVEFiLM - Metro
Film download service LOVEFiLM is going to be available exclusively via the PlayStation Network. There's no launch date as yet but rumours suggest it could be available as early as November.

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News Headlines - 12 October 2010

▽Two Months Later, Chilean Mine Rescue Under Way - New York Times
As the sun set here in northern Chile, workers maneuvered into place the specially designed capsule that is to lower a rescuer the half-mile down through a narrow hole to the haven of the trapped men — and then raise one miner to the surface of the earth.

▽France hit by third national strike this month - BBC
French unions are staging a day of nationwide strikes and demonstrations in opposition to the government's pension reforms - the third in a month.
Unions and police say Tuesday's protests in Paris are the biggest so far, estimating a turnout of 330,000 and 89,000 respectively.

▽Cable 'endorses' tuition fee increase plan - BBC
Lord Browne's recommendations are the "final nail in the coffin" for affordable higher education, academics have warned.

▽Howard Jacobson wins Booker Prize - BBC
Author and columnist Howard Jacobson has won the Man Booker Prize for his comic novel The Finkler Question.
Jacobson, who beat contenders including double winner Peter Carey, received the £50,000 prize at London's Guildhall.

▽How new Windows Phone 7 ads might work (really) - CNET
When bootleg versions of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 ads emerged a couple of weeks ago, there was, at the very least, a raising of the eyebrows and a twitch of a toenail.
Here was Microsoft apparently daring to launch an anti-phone, one that somehow returns you to a more human, self-aware, pre-cell-phone state.

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News Headlines - 11 October 2010

▽UK aid worker may have been killed by rescuers' grenade - BBC
British aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been accidentally killed by US forces during a rescue mission in Afghanistan, David Cameron has said.

▽Report: 'British Society Divided And Unfair' - Sky News
Britain remains a divided country where racial prejudice is on the rise and efforts to tackle the pay gap between men and women have stalled, a report has suggested.

▽'Baby Aston Martin’ gets green light - Telegraph.co.uk
Claimed to be an "Aston Martin tailor-fit solution for the city, offering luxury and individuality", the Cygnet is based on Toyota's iQ, which costs from £10,228, and was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

▽Mario Wii and DS consoles hit UK - Computerandvideogames.com
After announcing Super Mario All-Stars last week, Nintendo has announced that the special 25th anniversary red Wii and DSi XL consoles will also be available in Europe this month.

▽Record labels fail to get 'three strikes' rule enforced in Ireland - The Guardian
Judge says illegal filesharing is damaging music industry, but Irish law does not allow ISPs to cut off offenders' internet

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News Headlines - 10 October 2010

▽Virgin Galactic ship achieves manned free flight - USA Today
The more than 370 people who've put down deposits on what they hope will be the first commercially available space flight tickets got a step closer to zero-gravity on Sunday when a Virgin Galactic's ship achieved its first manned free flight and successfully glided into land.

▽EuroMillions winner still has not claimed £112million jackpot - Mirror.co.uk
They will be the 589th richest person in Britain and earn £8,500 a day in interest. But if the winner wanted to splash out they could pick up nine £12million Ferrari 250 GTOs or a couple of private jets - a Boeing 767 costs about £56million. Or they could buy a 38 per cent stake in Liverpool FC.

▽J K Rowling tops list of Britain's most influential women - Independent
The multimillionaire author will top a list of the 100 women who have the most influence over our lives when it is unveiled tomorrow, to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Magazine Company, whose titles including Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Company and Good Housekeeping.

▽Love me do: Yoko reveals it was Paul who saved her marriage to John - Daily Mail
Yoko continued to stay in touch with her errant husband but it was not until they met backstage at an Elton John concert in November1974 that they became reconciled.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
But the surprise element of the story is that Yoko reveals Paul McCartney stepped in and brought the couple back together.

▽Anti-gay protesters clash with police in Belgrade - Telegraph.co.uk
A force of about 5,000 Serbian police clashed repeatedly with anti-gay protesters on Sunday, leading to arrests and many injuries as Belgrade hosted its first gay rights rally in nearly a decade.

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News Headlines - 09 October 2010

▽Chile miners: joy as rescue tunnel reaches underground chamber - Telegraph.co.uk
The 33 miners entombed nearly half a mile beneath the Chilean desert cheered and hugged yesterday as a drilling rig reached their subterranean prison.

▽Hostage killed as troops move in - Scotsman
A SCOTTISH aid worker was killed by her Afghan kidnappers as US Special Forces tried to rescue her, the UK Government confirmed yesterday.

▽China remains uncompromising in response to Nobel - The Associated Press
Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to an imprisoned Chinese dissident sparked praise from Western governments, brought condemnation from Beijing and is exposing the difficulties fitting a powerful, authoritarian China into the international order.

▽World job crisis is a threat to democracy, says IMF head - The Guardian
The International Monetary Fund was seeking to defuse growing tensions over global currencies yesterday amid fears that the US will respond to its stubbornly high unemployment figures by slapping tariffs on Chinese goods.

▽Google tests cars that drive themselves - BBC
Engineers at Google have tested a self-driving car on the streets of California, the company has announced.

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News Headlines - 08 October 2010

▽China lashes out at Nobel prize 'obscenity' - ABC Online
China has reacted angrily to news that one of its dissidents has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, labelling it obscene and saying the prize has gone to a criminal.

▽Warnings over long-term effects of Danube slick - Independent
The River Danube may have avoided immediate environmental disaster, but Hungary's massive spill of red sludge could cause more long-term damage than previously thought, it was claimed yesterday.

▽Rise in producer prices fuels fears of persistent inflation - Independent
Higher wheat prices were blamed for an unexpectedly sharp increase in producer inflation last month as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the costs of raw materials were up by more than twice City expectations.

▽Thomas Cook and Co-op merge travel businesses - FT.com
Thomas Cook and The Co-operative Group have joined forces to create the market leader in high street travel shops with a non-cash merger.

▽Harry Potter 3D release cancelled, says Warner Bros - BBC
The studio said it could not complete the 3D conversion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in time for its 19 November UK and US release date.

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News Headlines - 07 October 2010

▽American, 2 Japanese Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Voice of America
Purdue University professor, Japanese Ei-ichi Negishi is a co-recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  He shares the award with Japanese Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University and American Richard Heck of the University of Delaware.

▽Chile drill will reach miners 'in days', say engineers - BBC
Engineers drilling to reach 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for over two months say they have just over 100 metres (328ft) to go.

▽Roman helmet sold for £2m - The Guardian
Metal detectorist who found it in Crosby Garrett, Cumbria, now a millionaire as UK museum priced out by anonymous buyer

▽New Queen Elizabeth arrives in Southampton - BBC
Cunard's new cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth, has arrived at its home port of Southampton.

▽Mobile Usage Differs In U.S., Europe, Japan
U.S. phone users have the highest percentage of social networking/blogging users -- 21% -- while device users in Europe text the most and Japanese mobile phone users are the "most connected." In Europe 82 % of mobile phone users text while 74% of their counterparts in Japan are online the most.

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News Headlines - 06 October 2010

▽Taliban in talks with Karzai government - Washington Post
Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources.

▽US apologises to Pakistan for helicopter attack on soldiers - Telegraph.co.uk
The United States' ambassador to Pakistan apologised for a helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers close to the Afghan border and sent relations between the two countries into crisis.

▽Terrorist on FBI most wanted list 'killed by drone' - Telegraph.co.uk
One of the FBI's most wanted terrorists was killed alongside a Briton by a drone attack in Pakistan last month targeting al-Qaeda operatives planning a Mumbai-style attack in Europe, according to reports.

▽Toxic Sludge Turns Hungary Town Into Red Ocean - ABC News
The thick, red torrent of sludge, which burst from a reservoir at a metals plant 100 miles south of Budapest Monday, has left yards covered in toxic waste, piled up in streets and poured into fields.

▽Liverpool takeover Q&A - The Sun
The board, led by independent chairman Martin Broughton, have accepted a £300m offer for the club from New England Sports Venture. Kop owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett oppose the offer.

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News Headlines - 05 October 2010

▽Japan murder suspect issues apology
The Times reported that the letter reads: "I was evil.
"There is no one to blame but me. I will take the responsibility. I will never forget about her and what I did to her and you. And I will carry my cross until the moment of my death."

▽Saudi prince killed servant, London court told - Globe and Mail
Closed-circuit TV cameras had caught Abdulaziz being hit by the defendant in the hotel lift on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5 and outside a restaurant on the night leading up to his death, Laidlaw said.

▽French police arrest 11 Islamic terrorist suspects - The Guardian
French security forces arrested 11 suspected Islamic extremists in raids across southern France today, reinforcing fears of a renewed wave of terror attacks in Europe after warnings at the weekend from the US and British governments.

▽'Rogue trader' jailed and ordered to repay ?4.9bn to SocGen - Scotsman
FORMER Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel was sentenced to three years in jail by a Paris court yesterday for his role in a trading scandal and ordered to pay the French bank ?4.9 billion (about £4.2bn).

▽Tesco banking on developing markets to continue growth - Scotsman
TESCO continued its raid on the UK banking market as it revealed its financial arm has picked up 200,000 customer accounts in the last six months bringing total numbers to 6.5 million.

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News Headlines - 04 October 2010

▽No new bail-out for UK banks, says Chancellor George Osborne - Telegraph.co.uk
The prospect of a second round of bailouts for the UK's banks has been dismissed by Chancellor George Osborne and the industry's main trade body.

▽Hammond gives high-speed rail line green light - FT.com
Philip Hammond promised to press ahead with a new £33bn high-speed rail line despite financial constraints on the government and concerns about the scheme’s timeframe.
The transport secretary outlined plans for a route from London to Birmingham and further north despite protests from those opposed to the line, which will cut through countryside in the Chilterns and Warwickshire.

▽Twitter founder Evan Williams steps down as CEO - BBC
The co-founder of social networking site Twitter is standing down as its chief executive.

▽Regulator starts probe into PwC and E&Y - FT.com
Two of the UK’s Big Four accounting firms are under investigation for weaknesses in their oversight of the handling by JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers of client funds.

▽Germany Downplays Terror Threat - Wall Street Journal
A senior German official downplayed warnings of a potential terrorist attack in Europe, as Pakistani officials told reporters a U.S. missile strike in northwest Pakistan reportedly killed several suspected German militants.

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News Headlines - 03 October 2010

▽Osborne pledges to end City’s dominance - FT.com
George Osborne will on Monday vow to break the dominance of the City in the British economy, as he seeks to balance tough rhetoric on the deficit with the need to sustain future growth in all parts of the UK.

▽Fees and failure jolt for universities - FT.com
Universities should be allowed to fail and tuition fees will need to rise, according to a radical manifesto that will be put forward by a government advisory panel.

▽London Underground grinds to a halt - Telegraph.co.uk
Millions of tube passengers will have their journeys disrupted after thousands of members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) walked out on strike over 800 job cuts.

▽Chaos in supermarkets as computerised tills crash - Telegraph.co.uk
Shoppers in Sainsbury's and Waitrose supermarkets around the country faced chaos on Saturday after a computer glitch left them unable to pay for their shopping.

▽ISPs admit to taking money for handing over subscribers' data - Inquirer
A VICTIM of shoddy lack of data protection by ACS:Law, Sky Broadband has admitted that copyright holders pay the costs incurred by Internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over the personal information of their subscribers accused of copyright infringement.

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News Headlines - 02 October 2010

▽How the Conservatives will handle Ed Miliband - Independent
The Conservatives will play the patriotic card against Ed Miliband, claiming that he is betraying the national interest by refusing to spell out how Labour would tackle the £155bn deficit.

▽Worries for two million British customers as Dublin battles financial crisis - Daily Mail
About two million British savers with Irish banks face a bewildering few months as changes to the way their money is safeguarded take effect. Last week the government had to authorise a further massive injection of capital to stabilise the banking system.

▽FBI says Ukraine arrests 5 in cybercrime case - Reuters
Ukraine authorities have arrested five individuals who allegedly directed a global cybercrime scheme that used a version of the Zeus Trojan computer virus to steal $70 million from U.S. bank accounts, FBI officials said on Friday.

▽European Commission takes UK to court over web privacy laws - Telegraph.co.uk
The European Commission launched the investigation in the wake of BT’s controversial trial of Phorm, an online service that served up targeted adverts based on a list of sites visited by users. The trial was criticised by privacy campaigners and data experts for being “opt out” rather than “opt in”.

▽Panasonic becomes first sponsor of Sky 3D - The Guardian
Panasonic has signed up as the first sponsor of BSkyB's new 3D channel, which launches today, as part of a £10m ad campaign to push its 3D TVs in the run up to Christmas.

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News Headlines - 01 October 2010

▽Ecuador neighbours reopen borders after 'coup attempt' - BBC 
Peru and Colombia have reopened their borders with Ecuador, a day after President Rafael Correa accused police and the opposition of a coup attempt.

▽US condemns Nigerian independence day car bombs - AFP
The United States condemned twin car bombings in the Nigerian capital Abuja that killed at least 10 people Friday near ceremonies to mark 50 years of independence.

▽UN Congo Report Released Amid Protest from Uganda, Rwanda - Voice of America
The United Nations on Friday released a controversial report documenting massive violations of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report has sparked protests from both Rwanda and Uganda, whose armed forces are implicated in the crimes. The African countries of Angola and Burundi have also disputed aspects of the report.

▽U.S. envoy intensifies work to keep Mideast peace talks afloat
U.S. envoy George J. Mitchell shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian leaders Friday in an intensive effort to save Middle East peace talks from collapsing, but failed to break an impasse over Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.

▽BBC staff call off Tory conference strike - Independent
The threat of a strike by BBC staff that would have disrupted coverage of next week's Conservative conference was lifted yesterday to give staff time to vote on a new offer from management.

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News Headlines - 30 September 2010

▽Fears grow that Irish economy will befall same fate as Greece - Independent
Ireland edged closer to default yesterday as her government said the already crippling cost of rescuing her banking system had risen to almost €50bn (£43bn). The latest bank bailouts mean that Ireland's budget deficit will explode from 11 per cent to 32 per cent of her national income this year – three times that of the UK, some 10 times the EU's guideline, and the highest among the world's developed economies.

▽Ecuador coup attempt? President Rafael Correa attacked in police revolt. - Christian Science Monitor
Ecuador coup attempt? On Thursday, President Rafael Correa was attacked, a state of emergency was declared, and police across the country revolted.

▽Pak blocks Nato supply line after troops’ death - Times of India
Islamabad on Thursday closed a border crossing that the US uses to supply its troops in Afghanistan  in an apparent retaliation for an attack by coalition helicopters on a Pakistani border post, killing three Pakistani paramilitary soldiers.

▽Israeli cyber unit responsible for Iran computer worm – claim - Telegraph.co.uk
An elite Israeli military unit responsible for cyberwarfare has been accused of creating a virus that has crippled Iran's computer systems and stopped work at its newest nuclear power station.

▽N Korea releases photo of heir apparent - ABC Online
North Korea has published the first adult photograph of the youngest son and heir apparent to leader Kim Jong-il.

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News Headlines - 29 September 2010

▽'I'm quitting because Ed's my brother': David Miliband walks out on frontline politics - MailOnline
David Miliband tonight quit frontline politics, declaring that he must step back to allow his younger brother the freedom to lead the Labour party.
The former foreign secretary refused to serve in the shadow cabinet 'because of the simple fact that Ed is my brother'.

▽Labour warned over attacks on coalition deals - BBC
Labour have been warned to be careful about attacking Lib Dem policy compromises, as they too will face more hung parliament deals in future.

▽BT in privacy row after sending customer data to ACS:Law - The Guardian
BT, the UK's largest broadband provider, sent details about its customers to ACS:Law, the firm of London solicitors at the centre of a huge data privacy row, in a form that could be read by anyone - and which have now spilt onto the web.

▽Apple bites back at Nokia lawsuit - BBC
Apple has begun legal proceedings against Nokia in the UK, accusing the mobile giant of infringing nine patents related to smartphone technology.

▽Sony Ericsson abandons Symbian for Android and WP7
In an  interview with Swedish technology publication NyTeknik  (Google translation) on 22 September, Sony Ericsson's chief technology officer Jan Uddenfeldt said: "Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, although it [was] a bit slow to take off. But Windows 7 Phone is on the map. However, we have at present no plans for new products with Symbian."

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News Headlines - 28 September 2010

▽N. Korea Bolsters Kim’s Son and Sister - New York Times
A series of military promotions on Tuesday effectively rearranged the future leadership of North Korea, establishing the youngest son and a sister of Kim Jong-il as the principal power brokers in the Communist state.

▽Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov sacked - Telegraph.co.uk
The coinciding interests of opposition politicians and federal authorities provided Russia's capital with a rare political show not seen in years. Yet experts disagree over whether Yuri Luzhkov's departure from the Moscow mayor's office will improve the investment climate in Moscow

▽Labour ends three-year poll malaise - Politics.co.uk
A YouGov poll has put Labour ahead of the Conservatives for the first time in nearly three years.
The poll for the Sun newspaper placed Labour on 40%, a point in front of the Conservatives on 39%.

▽Plant species in peril, report warns - CNN
Over one-fifth of the world's plant species are threatened with extinction according to a new study compiled by the UK's Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London.

▽Iphone’s ‘cool’ is thawing - Inquirer
1. Aston Martin
2. Iphone
3. Ipod
4. Blackberry
5. Bang & Olufsen
6. Harley-Davidson
7. Nintendo Wii
8. Google
9. Ferrari
10. Dom Perignon
11. BBC Iplayer
12. Vivienne Westwood
13. Apple
14. Tate Modern
15. Youtube
16. Mini
17. Chanel
18. Ray Ban
19. Alexander McQueen
20. Jimmy Choo

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News Headlines - 27 September 2010

▽Get behind Ed, urges David Miliband - Crewe Chronicle
David Miliband has issued an appeal to his supporters not to allow his leadership rivalry with brother Ed to degenerate into the kind of infighting which disfigured Labour during the Blair/Brown era.

▽Ireland seeks ways to stem rising debt - FT.com
Ireland is undertaking the sort of fiscal adjustment normally associated with countries bailed out by the International Monetary Fund... Yet after three brutal budgets, Ireland’s cost of borrowing is rising not falling – with spreads on Irish government bonds now at record highs of more than 4 per above benchmark German Bunds.

▽Migraine cause 'identified' as genetic defect - BBC
Scientists have identified a genetic defect linked to migraine which could provide a target for new treatments.

▽University of Leeds loans iPhones to student doctors - ComputerworldUK
The University of Leeds is issuing Apple iPhones to medical students for access to online educational materials that replace ‘unhygienic’ reference manuals and record books.

▽Wikileaks Calls US Pentagon ‘Nazi Punks,’ Threatens New Leak - Death and Taxes
The “Nazi punks” in question are the US Pentagon’s Department of Defense, and the books in question are the 10,000 first-run copies of the new memoir “Operation Dark Heart,” which the Department of Defense bought and promptly burned on September 20.

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News Headlines - 26 September 2010

▽UK banking sector grows at fastest rate since 2007 - BBC
The UK's banking sector is growing at its fastest rate since before the financial crisis, a new industry-wide survey suggests.

▽House prices fall as demand drops - The Press Association
House prices fell for the third month in a row during September as demand from potential buyers continued to fall, research indicated.

▽Diana favourite Catherine Walker dies - Independent
The fashion designer Catherine Walker, known for dressing some of the world's most glamorous women, has died, aged 65.

▽Virus hits Iran nuclear programme - FT.com
Iran confirmed on Sunday that its nuclear programme had been affected by a mysterious computer virus, but sought to play down the impact.

▽Gordon Bennett balloon race competitors cross France - BBC
Twenty teams of gas balloonists, including the Wiltshire adventurer David Hempleman-Adams, are crossing France in the Gordon Bennett race.

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News Headlines - 25 September 2010

▽MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service, 1909-1949 by Keith Jeffery - The Guardian
MI6's official history is surprisingly light on drama and intrigue, discovers Robert McCrum

▽Top dinosaur hunters are worst at naming - Nature.com
Those palaeontologists who name the most new dinosaur species are the least likely to get it right, a survey of nearly two centuries of research has found. The trend is as true for modern researchers as it was for their nineteenth-century forebears.

▽Wikileaks spokesman quits, blames Assange - ZDNet UK
German newspaper Der Spiegel is reporting that Wikileak's German spokesman is leaving the whistleblower organisation. In an interview with the paper, due to be published in full on Sunday Daniel Schmitt - his real name, which he revealed for the first time in the interview, is Daniel Domscheit-Berg - says that he and others have lost faith in founder Julian Assange.

▽French court orders Google Inc to pay libel damages - Reuters
A French court has ordered Google Inc to pay 5,000 euros ($6,672) in libel damages to a man who claimed that searches for his name automatically yielded a list of harmful suggestions.

▽YouTube wins landmark European copyright case - Independent
Google has won a significant copyright battle in Spain related to its YouTube website, calling the legal ruling a "clear victory for the internet and the rules that govern it".

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News Headlines - 24 September 2010

▽MI5 warns of IRA attack on Britain - FT.com
Security services on Friday indicated growing concern about a possible Irish dissident republican terrorist attack on Britain when they raised their assessment of the likelihood of such an event to “substantial”.

▽Labour leadership: The Milibands – two brothers, two different styles - The Guardian
Whichever Miliband wins the battle to lead the Labour party, he will impose his own style, policies and PR methods

KEN Livingstone won the chance to get his old London Mayoral job back yesterday when he was selected as Labour’s next candidate in 2012.

▽Crawford and Lloyd Webber team up for Oz show - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11406487Singer Michael Crawford is to team up with Andrew Lloyd Webber once again after signing up for the composer's latest production, The Wizard Of Oz.

▽China demands Japan apology as boat captain returns - BBC
China has demanded an apology from Japan following the return of a fishing boat captain who was detained for two weeks in Okinawa.

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News Headlines - 23 September 2010

▽Ireland’s CDS jump to record levels - FT.com
Fears over the Irish economy and the health of its banks triggered a sharp sell-off in the country’s bond markets that sent interest rate premiums over German debt to a record high.

▽Ahmadinejad's UN Speech Triggers US Walkout - Voice of America
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad triggered a walkout of U.S. and other delegates when he suggested in a U.N. General Assembly speech Thursday that the United States government staged the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

▽Blitz tour offers glimpse of Aldwych tube station as bomb shelter - The Guardian
Guided trip will allow people to see station, closed for last 16 years, where thousands took shelter from German bombs

▽MINI and Smart unveil Paris scooter concepts - Independent
Rival German automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz have released details on the electric scooter concepts they plan to unveil at the Paris Motor Show next week.

▽Pottermania begins! Excitement builds as new Harry Potter movie trailer is released - MailOnline
The trailer for part one of the final Harry Potter film has been released, and it looks like this might be the best Potter film yet.

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News Headlines - 22 September 2010

▽Facebook blunder sees 21,000 guests agree to turn up to schoolgirl's birthday party - MailOnline
The girl, a pupil at Sir John Lawes School, had meant to invite 15 friends to her 15th birthday celebrations.
But, within hours of appearing online, the event escalated out of control and at one point 21,000 Facebook users had clicked the RSVP button.

▽Samaritans issue warning over 'death pact forums' - BBC
A charity has warned of the dangers of internet forums after police said they believed two strangers found dead had formed a suicide pact online.

▽Nokia Well Ahead Of Apple On Mobile Ads Says Survey - ITProPortal
Nokia phones account for nearly 50 per cent of the global mobile advertising market according to InMobi, the world's largest mobile advertising network.

▽Family's Titanic secret revealed- BBC
Confusion about steering orders was responsible for the Titanic sinking, according to a relative one of the ship's officers.

▽Snatch Land Rover Replacement Unveiled By MoD - Sky News
The vehicle that will replace the Snatch Land Rover, which has been heavily criticised for a lack of protection against roadside bombs, has been unveiled by the MoD.

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News Headlines - 21 September 2010

▽London to Frankfurt by train for as little as £49 - train giant to spark price war with new high-speed route - MailOnline
・Bullet train set to arrive at St Pancras next month in trial run
・One way fares could be as little as £49

▽UK borrows record £15,900,000,000 in a single month - Scotsman
THE UK sank into the red by £15.9 billion last month during the worst August for public-sector borrowing on record, official figures showed yesterday.

▽Labour leadership contest enters final leg - BBC
Labour's leadership contest is entering its final day as the five candidates campaign for the remaining votes of MPs, party members and trade unions.

▽Real 'James Bond' revealed in MI6 archives - telegraph.co.uk
The real James Bond was an “incorrigible raconteur” with a penchant for pretty women and fast cars, a new history of MI6 reveals.

▽Mouseover Exploit Spreads Porn on Twitter - Reuters
Twitter users who read and write using the twitter.com website got a nasty surprise this morning: a JavaScript exploit was causing their accounts to retweet spam and porn, just by dragging their cursor over a link (or in some cases, anywhere on the Twitter.com screen).

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News Headlines - 20 September 2010

▽Sweden confronts political uncertainty - FT.com
Sweden is facing a period of uncertainty after a general election  that has shifted the country’s political spectrum towards the right and highlighted the decline of left-leaning parties across much of Europe in the wake of the financial crisis.

▽WikiLeaks founder 'free to leave Sweden' - AFP
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is free to leave Sweden, after prosecutors said there was no arrest warrant against him for an alleged case of rape, one of his lawyers said Saturday.

▽Oxford's status is under threat from cuts, VC warns - The Guardian
Oxford's position as one of the world's top universities is under threat from imminent government cuts to higher education, its vice-chancellor warned today.

▽Britain vulnerable to space nuclear attack or 'solar flare' storm, conference told - Telegraph.co.uk
In a stark warning, Dr Liam Fox warned countries that sought nuclear capabilities could attack Britain from the upper atmosphere instead of through more traditional “nuclear strikes”.
The Defence Secretary disclosed that British officials believe such an attack involving a nuclear detonation would destroy vital electronic systems by producing an electromagnetic pulse.

▽'I'm going to die', shot barrister told cabbie - The Press Association
He died from injuries to his head and chest after being hit by a volley of at least five shots fired by marksmen positioned in the street and surrounding buildings.
Westminster Coroner's Court heard on Monday that Mr Saunders battled alcohol addiction for several years and had been drinking before the stand-off.

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News Headlines - 19 September 2010

▽Swedes vote in general election - BBC
Swedes are voting in parliamentary polls, with the centre-right coalition expected to win re-election.

▽4 IN 10 REGRET VOTING LIB DEM - Mirror.co.uk
Four in ten Lib Dem voters regret backing the party after Nick Clegg's deal with David Cameron, a Sunday Mirror poll reveals today.

▽The Pope apologises to sex abuse victims - Herald Scotland
The Vatican yesterday pledged to bring clergy guilty of child abuse to justice as Pope Benedict XVI expressed his “deep sorrow” at the “unspeakable crimes” that brought “shame and humiliation” on him and the entire Roman Catholic Church.

▽World leaders to spotlight goals to help poor - The Associated Press
On Monday, another summit will open in New York to review what has, and hasn't, been done.

▽Canadian guilty of lying in 1985 Air India bomb case - AFP
VANCOUVER — The only person ever convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings was found guilty of one count of perjury Saturday in this western Canadian city.

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News Headlines - 18 September 2010

▽The real lesson we can learn from Japan's dramatic currency sell-off - Telegraph.co.uk
With so much economic uncertainty in Europe and the US, "safe haven" flows into the yen are likely to remain strong. More importantly, further weakening will require the co-operation of the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank – and that simply isn't going to happen. On the contrary, America and Europe, usually Japan's allies when it comes to global financial co-operation, are furious Tokyo chose to "go it alone" in a bid to weaken the yen.

▽Anti-Japan protesters rally in China - AFP
BEIJING — Waving banners and chanting anti-Japanese slogans, protesters staged rallies in China Saturday to voice anger over the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain which has sparked a major diplomatic row.

▽Papal visit: Thousands protest against Pope in London - BBC
Organisers of the Protest the Pope event said they wanted to highlight his stance on controversial subjects, including the ordination of women.
Sex abuse and Catholic opposition to contraception have also been criticised.

▽Taliban may have ordered MQM leader's killing in London- Hindustan Times
Daily Mail reported Saturday that the Taliban angle emerged as Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command took charge of the probe
from the Murder Squad into the vicious stabbing to death of Farooq outside his home in Edgware Thursday afternoon.

▽Carrier pigeons faster than rural broadband - Techwatch
The pigeons took 75 minutes to deliver their data, by which time the farm’s broadband connection had only managed to upload a quarter of the file, around 50MB. Which works out at something like 0.011Mbps, if our maths isn’t horribly wrong.

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News Headlines - 17 September 2010

▽Global debt fears hit London shares - The Press Association
Traders in London booked profits after disappointing US consumer confidence figures knocked confidence on both sides of the Atlantic.

▽Immigrant cap hits economy, says Cable - FT.com
Immigration limits are costing the UK thousands of jobs and hurting the country’s fragile economic recovery, Vince Cable said, in scathing comments that lay bare tensions on the issue within the coalition.

▽Big step completed in Chile miners' escape route - The Associated Press
Drilling equipment pounded its way into one of the caverns where 33 miners have been trapped for a month and a half, completing a bore hole ahead of schedule Friday and raising hopes that the men can be pulled out earlier than expected.

▼Obama To Meet With Japan's Kan In NY Thursday-Kyodo
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan Thursday on the sidelines of U.N. meetings in New York and discuss the nuclear standoff with North Korea, the White House said Friday.

▼Sega schedules four-day webcast for Tokyo Game Show titles - Independent
Sega's online broadcast coverage of their Tokyo Game Show presentations includes nearly every new title set to grace their main stage events

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News Headlines - 16 September 2010

▽The Roma: Europe's pariah people - The Guardian
Euro MPs demonstrate on behalf of Roma people in the parliament in Strasbourg. They show placards which translate as 'equal rights for all citizens'. Photograph: Johanna Leguerre/AFP/Getty Images

▽Pope Benedict XVI visit: 65,000 Catholics enjoy a day in the sun - Telegraph.co.uk
But the 65,000 Roman Catholics gathered in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park to celebrate mass were having none of that. As Pope Benedict XVI arrived for the first great set-piece event of his four-day visit to Britain, the hymn All People That On Earth Do Dwell boomed out triumphantly. This was their day; for most a once in a lifetime experience. And, miraculously, the sun shone.

▽Prominent Pakistan politician murdered outside his London home - Telegraph.co.uk
Dr Farooq, 50, was repeatedly stabbed in the head and neck during the assault in Edgware, north London.
He was a leading member of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party, which is one of the largest in Pakistan.
There were suggestions from Pakistan that he may have known his killer. When police arrived at the scene, they found Dr Farooq’s body outside his house.

▽MI5 chief warns of terror threat from Britons trained in Somalia - The Guardian
The head of MI5 has warned that Britain faces a growing threat of terrorist attacks from UK residents trained in Somalia and from dissident Irish republicans.

▽Apps crucial in Nokia’s fight for customers - FT.com
Stephen Elop, who is due to take over as chief executive of Nokia  next week, bounded on to the stage at the end of the Finnish handset maker’s annual trade show in London to award one developer $1m for his winning mobile phone application.

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News Headlines - 15 September 2010

▽European Shares Slip; Nikkei Jumps 2.3% - New York Times
Indexes in Asia were led by the Nikkei, which jumped after the Bank of Japan intervened in the currency markets for the first time in six years to stem the appreciation of the yen.

▽Bank of England governor Mervyn King attacks bank bonuses and excessive pay - Telegraph.co.uk
Mervyn King has launched a savage attack on bank bonuses and excessive pay, telling unions they were right to be angry about the financial chaos caused by banks.

▽Nokia begins smartphone fightback with new handsets - BBC
Finnish phone giant Nokia has vowed to fight back as it battles for customers in the increasingly competitive smartphone market.
The company unveiled three new smartphones - E7, C7 and an updated C6 - at London's Nokia World conference.

▽Wealthy suburbs becoming ‘clone towns’ - This is London
Richmond has London's most “boring” high street with just five independent traders surviving amid the chain stores, a report says today.

▽Pope's visit: Catholic abuse survivors demand justice - The Guardian
Pope must hand over to authorities all information on abusive clergy, say survivor groups before Benedict's arrival in UK

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News Headlines - 14 September 2010

▼Yen hits 15-year high after Naoto Kan wins Japan leadership challenge - Telegraph.co.uk
The Japanese yen surged to its highest level in 15 years after premier Naoto Kan survived a leadership challenge, reducing the likelihood of intervention in the exchange markets or a fresh stimulus package to support the slowing economy.

▼US urges China-Japan dialogue after boat captain arrest - AFP
The United States called Tuesday for China and Japan to open a dialogue on their diplomatic rift that escalated after the arrest of a Chinese boat captain, while reaffirming the importance of the US-Japanese alliance.

▼Japan foreign minister apologizes to US POWs - The Associated Press
Japan's foreign minister apologized for the suffering of a group of former World War II prisoners of war visiting from the United States and said they were treated inhumanely.

▼Schwarzenegger rides Japan's newest bullet train - AFP
California's governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday took a ride on Japan's latest model of its high-speed bullet train as his US home state looks to modernise its rail system.

▼Apple: Steve Jobs is no ninja star smuggler - CNET
An Apple representative, however, has issued a statement denying such claims: "Steve did visit Japan this summer for a vacation in Kyoto, but the incidents described at the airport are pure fiction. Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon."

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News Headlines - 13 September 2010

▽Announcement of Basel III bank rules - Reuters
The Committee's package of reforms will increase the minimum common equity requirement from 2 percent to 4.5 percent. In addition, banks will be required to hold a capital conservation buffer of 2.5 percent to withstand future periods of stress bringing the total common equity requirements to 7 percent.

▽Bank Stocks Climb as Basel Gives Firms Eight Years to Comply - Bloomberg
Bank stocks rose worldwide as regulators gave firms more time than analysts expected to comply with stiffer capital requirements aimed at preventing future financial crises.

▽Banks get years to adjust to rules - BusinessWeek
Bankers and analysts say new global rules could make less money available to lend to businesses and consumers. But they praised a decision to leave nine years before the requirements come into full force.

▽Praise for Basel, With Caveats - Wall Street Journal
As a result, the swirling debate is whether the new rules are insufficient or onerous. The largest global banks will have to hold levels of common equity equal to at least 7% of their assets, compared with current standards of as little as roughly 2%.

▽Basel needs a firm hand and fewer delays - FT.com
These transitional concerns are understandable, but a long phase-in period is unnecessary and potentially harmful. Instead, a much shorter period should be implemented, with regulators forcing banks to meet the new requirements by going to the market to raise fresh capital. If carefully managed, this approach could avoid any adverse effect on lending and the economy.

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News Headlines - 12 September 2010

▽Union leaders warn of strikes to oppose cuts - The Guardian
The government will face co-ordinated industrial action and civil disobedience once the true scale of its budget cuts becomes clear, union leaders warned today as they claimed 150,000 public sector job losses are already in the pipeline.

▽Ed Miliband: Labour race is 'moving to me' - BBC
Labour leadership contender Ed Miliband has said he thinks the race is "moving towards" him, as a poll suggests he will narrowly win.

▽Murdered spy 'could have climbed into sports bag' before death - Telegraph.co.uk
They remain open to the possibility that Mr Williams climbed into the bag as part of a sex game and then suffocated. His body was found in the flat eight days after he was last seen alive.

▽Battle of Britain hero Hugh Dowding honoured in Moffat - BBC
Every year a south of Scotland town comes to a halt to remember the man who masterminded the RAF's victory in the Battle of Britain.

▽Mayor Boris Johnson concerned over immigration cap - BBC
Boris Johnson has said he is concerned about how a cap on non-EU immigration will affect London's economy.

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News Headlines - 11 September 2010

▽Obama vows U.S. will 'never' be at war with Islam - Calgary Herald
U.S. President Barack Obama, marking the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks at a time of bitter religious tensions, pledged Saturday the United States will "never" be at war with Islam.

▽Turkey on the eve of the referendum - Aljazeera.net
While the AKP claims that the reforms are necessary to bring Turkey closer in line with the EU, the opposition parties assert that the prime objective of the reform package is to establish Erdogan’s control over top judicial appointments and therefore it will undermine Turkey's secular democracy.

▽Pope visit to UK set to spark protests - Metro
One of the main issues that protesters are trying to confront the Pope about is the history of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

▽OECD says UK will be fastest growing G7 country in Q3 - Telegraph.co.uk
The OECD upgraded its UK forecast to 0.7pc growth in the third quarter, compared with the second, from an earlier forecast in May of 0.5pc.

▽HMRC chief forced to apologise over tax bills - telegraph.co.uk
Dave Hartnett, permanent secretary at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), said he was "deeply sorry" that taxpayers were being asked to pay back an average £1,428

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News Headlines - 10 September 2010

▽Jobs 'will take 14 years' to reach pre-recession levels
The number of jobs available in Britain will remain below pre-recession levels until 2024, an analysis has warned.

▽Concern over police jobs threat - BBC
Police forces in Wales are warning of tough times ahead amid fears over job cuts in front-line roles.

▽Coalition to press on with Royal Mail privatisation - FT.com
Vince Cable has vowed to push ahead with privatisation plans for Royal Mail, brushing aside union warnings that it would devastate the postal service and lead to higher prices.

▽Stephen Hawking 'mistaken for a Simpsons character' - Telegraph.co.uk
Stephen Hawking, the eminent physicist and cosmologist whose books include the seminal A Brief History of Time, has joked that he is often mistaken for a Simpsons character.

▼Miku featured in Australia
Hatsune Miku is among the exhibitions at Japan Media Arts Festival in Arts Electronica "ROBOT ism" held in Australia.

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News Headlines - 09 September 2010

▽Bank of England keeps interest rate at record low - AFP
The Bank of England kept its key lending rate at a record low level of 0.50 percent for the eighteenth month running on Thursday, as data showed Britain's recovery from recession is stalling.

▽Goldman Sachs £17.5m fine is a 'drop in a bucket' - BBC
Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs has been fined £17.5m ($27m) by the UK's City regulator, the Financial Services Authority.
The fine is for failing to tell the FSA it was under investigation for fraud by the US financial watchdog this summer.

▽Philippines police admit 'friendly fire' may have killed some tourists during bus siege shoot-out - MailOnline
Some of the terrified tourists held hostage on a bus in the Philippines may have been killed by police trying to rescue them, officials admitted for the first time today.

▽Tate Modern plans Miró retrospective - The Guardian
Tate Modern  is to mount the first big retrospective of Miró to be held in London for 50 years, it announced today, admitting that it was something of a surprise that it had been so long since the last full-scale show for the artist.

▽Alien predator shrimp found in UK - BBC
The shrimp preys on a range of native species, such as freshwater invertebrates - particularly native shrimp - and even young fish.

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News Headlines - 08 September 2010

▽Cambridge ousts Harvard as world's best university - The Guardian
US college knocked off top spot for first time in seven years, while UK institutions 'struggle to compete on funding'

▽Sarkozy offers €1bn pension concessions - ft.com
President Nicolas Sarkozy outlined concessions worth €1bn a year to his flagship pension reform to try to avert an escalation of trade union-led demonstrations against his plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.

▽Dr Kawashima brain training coming to Microsoft Kinect - Techwatch
It seems that the next incarnation of Dr Kawashima is coming not on a handheld, but on the Xbox 360 via the Kinect motion control system.

▽Nokia N8 to launch 1 October - Telegraph.co.uk
The N8, first announced in April, will finally be available to consumers on 1 October, Nokia has disclosed. The smartphone, based on the Symbian 3 operating system, includes a 12mp camera

▼Buddhism meets Miku - Niconico Douga
Hannya Singyou, or Buddhism Lylics, meets Miku with a lot  of various arranges.

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News Headlines - 07 September 2010

▽French strike brings trains and planes to halt - Telegraph.co.uk
Schools, trains, planes and public services suffered widespread disruption in France as demonstrations unfurled across the country to protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to increase the retirement age from 60 to 62.

▽Fears US church Koran burning will stoke backlash - AFP
Plans by a Florida church to burn the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 fueled fears Tuesday of a backlash which could endanger troops in Afghanistan, as US officials also sought to stem a wave of anti-Islam sentiment.

▽Vladimir Putin considers Russia presidency bid - BBC
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has not ruled out standing for president again at the 2012 elections.

▽Google TV to launch this year - The Guardian
The new Google service will bring the web to TV screens – the announcement comes a week after a new version of Apple TV was unveiled

▽Orange and T-Mobile merge networks so users can switch between them - MailOnline
Customers of T-Mobile and Orange will now be able to use either network in the wake of the two firms’ recent merger, it has been announced.

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News Headlines - 06 September 2010

▽Basque separatist group Eta 'declares ceasefire' - BBC
Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not "carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence.

▽MPs seek fresh investigation into News of the World phone hacking - The Guardain
News International and David Cameron's PR chief, Andy Coulson, face the prospect of a fresh parliamentary inquiry into phone-hacking by the News of the World  after Labour MPs said they plan to press for the issue to be referred to the powerful standards and privileges committee of the House of Commons.

▽One overseas student in five overstays in UK, Home Office report shows - The Guardian
One international student in five remains in the UK after their initial visa has expired, according to Home Office research published today.

▽Craigslist removes sex ads after campaign by anti-prostitution lobby - The Guardian
Advertising site Craigslist takes down adult services content from US servers but 'erotic' ads remain in place elsewhere

▽Chile miners' families mark first month since cave-in - BBC
Relatives of 33 miners trapped underground in Chile have held a ceremony to mark one month since the mineshaft collapsed.

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News Headlines - 05 September 2010

▽Apple Confirms iOS 4.1 For 8th Of September - ITProPortal
Apple has confirmed on its UK website that the iOS 4.1 will be released on the 8th of September, next Wednesday, although the US and the French websites still display the "coming soon" message.

▽O2 says UK users wasting millions on wrong broadband packages - Computing
The survey of 2,000 consumers found that although the average UK user has an "up to 20Mbit/s" broadband package, the large majority only require an up to 8Mbit/s package.

▽Craigslist dumps 'adult service' adverts - BBC
The online marketplace Craigslist has closed the controversial "adult services" listing in the US.

▽Lifted like a rag doll and hurled into cell - MailOnline
Captured on film, a burly police sergeant flings an innocent 5ft 2in woman on to a concrete floor, knocking her unconscious.
By the time the then 57-year-old market researcher Pamela Somerville comes round several minutes later, blood is streaming from a wound above her left eye.

▽UK urged to be more open about greenhouse gas emissions - The Guardian
Government's chief environmental scientist says emissions have actually risen, rather than fallen, because of carbon in imported goods

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News Headlines - 04 September 2010

▽The Queen at Breakfast – painted by the Duke - The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/03/the-queen-at-breakfast-paintingThe Duke of Edinburgh's impressionist painting of his wife, kept in his private collection since 1965, will be included in a book to be published on Monday

▽First 'intelligent' stamp launched - The Press Association
Royal Mail is due to launch the world's first "intelligent" stamp.
The stamp is the first to work with image recognition technology, which will launch exclusive online content when activated by an iPhone or Android smartphone.
The initial stamp is part of the Royal Mail's latest Great British Railways edition.

▽Metro Bank claims early success in fight for customers - Independent
Metro Bank yesterday claimed to have beaten its target for new account openings this year in the space of just a month.

▽UK and France won't share aircraft carriers, says Defence Secretary Liam Fox - Telegraph.co.uk
"I think it is unrealistic to share an aircraft carrier but, in other areas like tactical lift we can see what we can do," Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, said at a meeting in Paris with his French counterpart Herve Morin. "I can't deny that there is an element of urgency added by budget concerns."

▽Wikileaks founder admits sexual relations with accuser - Telegraph.co.uk
Julian Assange, the founder of the Wikileaks whistleblower website, admitted that he had sexual relations with one of two Swedish women who accused him of sex crimes.

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News Headlines - 03 September 2010

▽Scepticism abounds in Middle East after peace talks 'show' - AFP
Observers across the Middle East expressed deep pessimism pierced with glimmers of hope on Friday after the launch of yet another round of Israeli-Palestinian talks in a 17-year-old quest for peace.

▽Derby flypast to mark Battle of Britain anniversary - BBC
Planes used during the Second World War are to fly over Derby to mark 70 years since the Battle of Britain.

▽Phone hacking claims: John Prescott calls for police conduct inquiry - The Guardian
Former deputy prime minister says police refused to tell him whether his phone was hacked by News of the World journalists

▽Pakistan match-fixing claims: cricketer Mohammad Amir questioned - Telegraph.co.uk
Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan cricketer, is being questioned by Scotland Yard detectives over the alleged match-fixing conspiracy.

▽Camerons' baby Florence makes Downing St debut - BBC
Florence Cameron has made her public debut on the steps of Downing Street with her parents, Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha.

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News Headlines - 02 September 2010

▽Hague 'had enough' of untrue claims - The Press Association
The Foreign Secretary shocked Westminster on Wednesday by releasing a frank statement in which he denied having had an "improper" relationship with a male aide and insisting his marriage was secure.

▽Parents arrested over suspected 'honour' killing - The Guardian
The parents of a Muslim teenager thought to be the victim of an "honour" killing were today arrested on suspicion of her murder.

▽God did not create Universe: Hawking - AFP
God no longer has any place in theories on the creation of the Universe due to a series of developments in physics, British scientist Stephen Hawking said in extracts published Thursday from a new book.
▽Apple's Ping - a capsule review - The Guardian
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs ups company's social media game with Ping – a music recommendation and sharing feature that has been added to the latest version of iTunes

▽Sony To Launch iTunes Rival - ITProPortal
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has announced its new web-based music and video subscription service powered by Qriocity, hours before Apple's grand event yesterday.

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News Headlines - 01 September 2010

▽Sweden reopens investigation into rape claim against Julian Assange - The Guardian
Sweden's chief prosecutor said this morning she was reopening a preliminary investigation into a rape claim against the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the latest twist to a case in which prosecutors of different ranks have overruled each other.

▽BBC loses court battle over Stig - BBC
The BBC has lost a legal fight to stop publication of a book which reveals the identity of Top Gear's driver The Stig.

▽Rupert Murdoch's pay falls by 6% to £10.9m as British newspapers suffer - The Guardian
While Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers  laid off journalists and fought their way through a global advertising recession, the Australian-born media mogul endured a modest degree of personal belt-tightening – his take-home pay dropped by 6% to $16.8m, or £10.9m.

▽Tony Blair: Gordon Brown had 'zero' emotional intelligence - Telegraph.co.uk
He admitted that he repeatedly considered sacking Mr Brown but failed to identify anyone who could replace him and eventually concluded that he was better “inside and constrained” than “outside and let loose”.

▽Tony Blair: 'Iraq war became a nightmare I failed to foresee' - Telegraph.co.uk
Tony Blair did not use his memoir to issue the full apology that has long been demanded of him for leading Britain into the Iraq war – but he admitted failing to foresee the “nightmare” that unfolded after he committed British troops to the conflict in 2003.

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News Headlines - 31 August 2010

▽Obama speech, August 31: pays tribute to troops, refocuses on economy
President Obama Tuesday night told an American public weary of war that it is time to “turn the page” on the war in Iraq. And although he said the formal end of US combat operations  in Iraq would allow the military to turn fuller attention to the war in Afghanistan, Mr. Obama also repeated his pledge to begin a drawdown of troops in Afghanistan next summer.

▽Mexico purges 3,200 federal police officers - Peninsula On-line
Mexico has cracked down on alleged corruption and incompetence in its federal police, firing 3,200 officers, or around 10 percent of the force, so far this year.

▽India gives BlackBerry 60 days before ban decision - One News Page - Christian Science Monitor
Research In Motion (RIM) has been given a 60-day extension before the Indian government decides whether or not to ban BlackBerry services in the country.

▽Microsoft unveils new Xbox 360 controller - CNET
Microsoft plans to release a new Xbox 360 controller in November that features a transforming D-pad, the company announced Tuesday

▼3rd Anniversaryy of Hatsune Miku
31st August is the third anniversary of Hatsune Miku.

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News Headlines - 30 August 2010

▽Cricket match-fixing: suspicion falls on 80 games as 'fixer' bailed - Telegraph.co.uk
More than 80 international cricket matches will be investigated amid allegations that a London businessman has been running a multi-million-pound match-fixing racket.

▽Second oil find sparks new wave of North Sea interest - Herald Scotland
A second North Sea oil discovery in just a week has sparked hopes of a revival for the industry in Scotland.

▽Fears of double-dip recession loom as growth to splutter - Herald Scotland
The Scottish economic recovery is set to run out of steam at the end of the third quarter against “looming headwinds” triggering a slowdown in the final quarter of the year

▽Miners trapped in Chile get PSPs to pass the time  - Geek.com
Among other essential items, it’s been decided that PSPs are the game handheld of choice to help them endure the long stay.

▽Frank Chickens win 'Comedy God' award - BBC
Little-known Japanese performance art troupe Frank Chickens have won an online poll to find a Comedy God.

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News Headlines - 29 August 2010

▽How Bush and Blair plotted in secret to stop Brown - Telegraph.co.uk
The White House warnings, which were reiterated by other leading US-based figures, played a key role in Mr Blair’s attempt to cling on to power until at least 2008, and to groom David Miliband as his successor, The Sunday Telegraph has been told.

▽George Bush's White House had 'grave doubts' about Gordon Brown as PM - The Guardian
Brown is said to have "harangued" Rice, then secretary of state, over US policy on aid and development in Africa. Rice reportedly alerted the White House which passed on its concerns to Blair.

▽Vodafone joins queue of firms to leave China - Telegraph.co.uk
Telecoms company is planning to sell its £4bn stake in China Mobile.

▽The Internet hits back at Mary Bale, the cat bin lady - T3
British bank worker Mary Bale found out exactly how powerful the Internet could be after she put a cat in a trash bin, where it remained, unable to get out until it was rescued 15 hours later.

▽9.2 Million Adults In The UK Never Went Online
A whopping 9.2 million UK adults have never been online according to data released by the Office of National Statistics, out of a population of around 62 million or one out of every seven Britons.

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News Headlines - 28 August 2010

▽TV Producers Will Oppose BBC iPlayer For UK Travelers - paidContent.org
Independent television producers have vowed to block making BBC iPlayer accessible to UK license payers whilst abroad, just hours after BBC director-general Mark Thompson announced the intention.

▽Top Gear bosses slam publishers over book revealing the Stig's identity - Mirror.co.uk
Top Gear bosses yesterday slammed the publishers who plan to release a book revealing the identity of mystery driver the Stig.

▽Sony: Expect game discs for at least 10 years - CNET
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai, a person who is definitely in the position to decide the fate of physical media, says he expects game discs to be around for quite a while.

▽Lennon's toilet sells for £9,500 in Beatles auction - BBC
An overseas collector has paid £9,500 for John Lennon's toilet at an auction in Liverpool.

▽Battle of Britain veterans take to the skies again - BBC
Fourteen Battle of Britain veterans have taken to the skies in a special memorial flight.

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News Headlines - 27 August 2010

▽Terror warning over radicalised prisoners - The Guardian
Britain faces a potential "new wave" of home-grown terrorist attacks as a result of an escalating rate of radicalisation of Muslims inside the prison system, according to a report published today by a leading defence and security thinktank.

▽RBS ends sponsorship of The Open - Scotsman
THE Royal Bank of Scotland yesterday took a step back from its historic relationship with the most prestigious event in the British golfing calendar by ending its sponsorship of The Open Championship.

▽HMV to sell 'street fashions' range - The Press Association
Retailer HMV is to begin selling clothes in a bid to tap into the growing crossover between music and fashion, it has announced.

▽Rowan Atkinson defends plans for 'space-age petrol station' home - Telegraph.co.uk
Rowan Atkinson has hit back at critics who claim plans to rebuild his Oxfordshire home are out of tune with its rural surroundings.

▼New Vocaloid2 Gachappoid - AV Watch
INTERNET, a Japanese music software company, launch a new Vocaloid2 "Gachappoid" featuring a Japanese TV monster Gachappin.

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News Headlines - 26 August 2010

▽Blonde Nazi ballerina 'caused war setback' - BBC
A glamorous Nazi spy may have been behind one of the biggest setbacks suffered by Allied forces during World War II, newly released files suggest.

▽Overseas students fuel 20% migration rise - Independent
Net migration to the UK soared by more than 20% last year, fuelled by growing numbers of overseas students and a drop in the number of Britons leaving to live abroad, figures showed today.

▽UBS tax evasion saga nears end - euronews
Swiss authorities say they have handed over details of more than 2,000 wealthy American clients of Swiss bank UBS suspected of tax evasion.

▽The hidden cost of Google's free calls - TechRadar UK
It's not a voice service; it's a data service whose data just happens to be voice. And that means Google's service is yet another nail in the coffin of the humble telephone call, something that's not so much dying as building up a mountain of milk bottles at its front door... The phone companies agree that data is the future, but they're not too happy about it - which is why in recent months they've all started to remove the word "unlimited" from their data plans.

▽3D TV appeals to just 2 per cent of Brits
A mere 2 per cent of people in the UK are planning to buy a 3D-enabled TV in the next year, according to a new survey.

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News Headlines - 25 August 2010

▼Satoshi Kon, 'Perfect Blue' and 'Paprika' Director, Dies at 47 - The Epoch Times
Kon is best known for being the director of Perfect Blue, Pakrika, Millennium Actress, and Tokyo Godfathers. He made is debut as a director for the movie.

▼Satoshi Kon (1963-2010): Saying Goodbye to a Godfather - JustPressPlay
Yesterday afternoon, I heard the news that filmmaker Satoshi Kon had passed away. This information came hard, hitting me on the head like a mischievous little boy's baseball bat. The shocking news spread, at first, through Twitter. Hoped by fans to be nothing but a rumor, it was then confirmed by Kon’s co-workers at his Madhouse animation studio.

▼Satoshi Kon Dies - HeyUGuys.co.uk
To be honest there’s nothing more to say other than this is really terrible news. I was late to the Satoshi Kon show, seeing an early trailer for Paprika and falling in love with what I saw, I then devoured every second of his work I could get my hands on.

▼RIP: Satoshi Kon, You Will Live on Through Your Films - Blogcritics.org
http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/rip-satoshi-kon-you-will-live/I am far from being an otaku and cannot speak definitively on anything regarding the anime world, but I do feel rather confident in saying that Satoshi Kon was a unique voice working in a fascinating genre. His films are gorgeously animated, layered experiences and there is plenty to think about and to look at in each of his features.

▼R.I.P.: Satoshi Kon (1963-2010) - New York Press
I'm still getting over this news, honestly. Kon was a modern luminary. His work was consistently dazzling: Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika are all triumphs of visual ingenuity and adult intelligence in a genre most still consider to be just for kids.

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News Headlines - 24 August 2010

▽'British spy' found dead in bath
The man, believed to have been working for MI6, had been missing for 10 days

▽Nikkei hits 16-mth low, lack of action on yen weighs
Japan's Nikkei average hit a 16-month closing low on Wednesday, at one point falling more than 2 percent, as disappointment spread over the lack of Japanese policy action to rein in the strong yen, which threatens a fragile economic recovery.

▽Japan's exporters struggle in fifth month of slowdown
Japan's export growth slowed for a fifth straight month in July amid weak global demand and a strong yen.

▽Japan Ruling Party's Ozawa Says Americans Are `Single-Celled Organisms'
Ichiro Ozawa, who quit as the No. 2 official in the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in June after coming under fire for campaign finance scandals, said that while he likes Americans, they are “simple.”

▼Live Report on New Vocaloid Lily at Niconico
Niconico douga host a live report on the launch event of new Vocaloid2 "Lily" at 19:00 JST(10:00GMT).

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News Headlines - 23 August 2010

▽Eight Hong Kong Tourists Die in Bloody End to Manila Bus Siege - Business Week
Eight Hong Kong tourists were shot dead in the bloody end to the seizure of a bus in Manila by a disgruntled police inspector, who was also killed when officers stormed the vehicle.

▽Trapped Chile miners receive food and water - BBC
Rescue workers in Chile say they have sent the first supplies of water and food to 33 miners who have been trapped underground for 17 days.

▽34 killed in Pakistan; bombings occur in Taliban stronghold areas - Los Angels Times
Three bomb blasts killed 34 people Monday in northwest Pakistan, authorities said.

▽Royal Navy underfunding has left it 'inadequate' for vital tasks, report finds - Telegraph.co.uk
Britain must to invest in large numbers of cheaper warships if the “dangerously weak” Royal Navy is to guarantee the country's maritime security, an academic paper has said.

▼Vocaloid news at this moment
A summary of the newly launched vocaloid news, including Lily, VY1, Rin and Len append, Luka append, Project if series, and a new CV with man's voice.

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News Headlines - 22 August 2010

▽David Kelly's death was textbook suicide, pathologist says - The Guardian
He spent eight hours examining the 59-year-old's body for evidence of murder but found nothing to support that theory.

▽Irish Terror Groups 'To Target Tory Party' - Sky News
The Conservative party conference has emerged as the prize target on a hit list drawn up by Irish republican dissidents, an MP has claimed.

▽British Legion 'has no choice' in accepting Blair's £4m - Scotsman
THE Royal British Legion said yesterday it had no choice other than to accept Tony Blair's record £4 million donation but made clear that doing so did not mean it was endorsing the former Prime Minister's decision to go to war.

▽Stolen Van Gogh painting still missing - The Guardian
A Van Gogh painting worth $50m (£32m) stolen from a museum in Cairo is still missing, despite reports it had been recovered hours after the theft.

▽Swedish Prosecutors Defend Handling of Case - New York Times
Swedish prosecutors sought him for questioning on allegations of rape and molestation - and then announced the rape allegation was unfounded.

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News Headlines - 21 August 2010

▽Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim - Telegraph.co.uk
The warrant was issued by prosectors in Sweden, where the Australian-born internet activist was on a visit last week.

▽WikiLeaks Founder Wanted On Rape Charge - Sky News
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted in Sweden where he has been accused of rape, a prosecutor has said... Assange immediately denied the accusations on the WikiLeaks Twitter page.

▽Pentagon concludes WikiLeaks broke law - FT
The Pentagon has concluded that WikiLeaks broke US law by releasing 76,000 government documents last month, a view that could lead to charges against the whistleblower group.

▽Filmmaker Moore gives to fund for Wikileaks accused - BBC
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has donated $5,000 (£3,900) to help defend Army Spc Bradley Manning, the man suspected of giving classified documents to the website Wikileaks.

▽Cyberactivists unblock Wikileaks for Thai Netizens - Associated Press
A group of anonymous Internet activists has set up a website to display information about Thailand that comes from the whistle-blower site Wikileaks, which is blocked to some viewers in the Southeast Asian country.

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News Headlines - 20 August 2010

▽Lib Dems 'not damaged by coalition' - Press Association
Nick Clegg has rejected concerns that the Liberal Democrats are being damaged by their alliance with the Tories - insisting no one would be taking "any notice" of the party if it was not in government.

▽Veterans jeer Blackpool woman who urinated on memorial - BBC
A woman who urinated on a war memorial in Blackpool and performed a sex act nearby has been barracked by veterans on her way into court.

▽Reporter Ray Gosling facing wasting police time charges - BBC
BBC television presenter Ray Gosling will be charged with wasting police time, following a claim he made on air that he smothered his terminally ill lover.

▽France expels Gypsies to Romania for second day - Associated Press
About 100 Gypsies, or Roma, were put on a charter flight headed to their native Romania on Friday, the second day in a row that France has expelled Roma in a much criticized government crackdown.

▽Worst-Case Scenarios: Possible Strike Plans for Iran Involve Risky Options - FOXNews
At some point, military leaders in the United States and in Israel will have to decide: Which is more dangerous -- an Iran capable of launching a nuclear weapon? Or an Iran that just got hit with tons of artillery and is out for revenge?

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News Headlines - 19 August 2010

▽Apple app Director sells own toilet humour apps - Techwatch
Wired reports that Phillip Shoemaker, whose official title is Director of Applications Technology, has published some dubious apps under the company name Gray Noodle.
These include iWiz, which plays non-stop urination sounds. Lift your iPhone up, and the sound of the stream slows; point it down, and it increases.

▽British police arrest iPhone scam gang - TechRadar UK
The gang is suspected of using stolen iPhones to run a complex scam involving premium-rate phone lines.

▽Smartphone boom drives media multi-tasking - The Register
Multi-tasking, where users might make a phone call while surfing the net, for example, now accounts for a fifth of media and communications use.

▽Vuvuzela enters Oxford English Dictionary - Mirror.co.uk
And the vuvuzela is one of more than 2,000 new words and phrases included in the Oxford Dictionary of English for the first time.

"OTACOOL3 WORLDWIDE WORKSPACES" published by Shin-Kigen-Sha features workplaces of world otaku.

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News Headlines - 18 August 2010

▽Sky Survey: Support For Clegg's Lib Dems At 8% - Sky News
Support for the Liberal Democrats has slumped to below 10% and if there was an election tomorrow, the Conservatives would win a majority, according to a Sky News survey of website users to mark the first 100 days of the coalition.

▽Lib Dems should be able to veto coalition policies, says Simon Hughes - The Guardian
Simon Hughes said today that Liberal Democrats should be able to veto government policy, as cracks appeared in the Lib Dem party as it marked 100 days of coalition with the Conservatives.

▽100 facts about the coalition's first 100 days - The Guardian
The Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government is 100 days old. Andrew Sparrow looks back over its highs and lows so far

▽Thousands Of Holidays Ruined By Kiss Collapse - Sky News
More than 60,000 travellers face having their holiday plans disrupted or ruined after the collapse of travel firm Kiss Flights.

▽Bum rap for thief stuck in window - The Sun
WHAT a silly burglar! Firemen free a hapless thief who got STUCK for six hours in a tiny window as he tried to break into a house yesterday.

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News Headlines - 17 August 2010

▽Bank of England Governor warns that Britons face higher inflation for longer - Telegraph.co.uk
British consumers will face higher inflation for longer than hoped, the Bank of England Governor warned today, as latest figures showed a sharp jump in food prices.

▽Edinburgh festivals face funding crisis - The Guardian
Millions of pounds in grants and sponsorships could be lost as corporate benefactors pull out and subsidies are withdrawn

▽Chinese economy eclipses Japan’s - FT
China is on track to officially eclipse Japan as the world’s second largest economy this year in a symbol of Beijing’s rise and the shift in global economic and political power.

▽Microsoft details Windows Phone game plan - cnet
Microsoft late on Monday announced the first wave of Xbox Live games that will be made available for Windows Phone 7, when the first smartphones running the new operating system hit the market later this year.

▽World's first 3D camera unveiled
The new FinePix Real 3D W3 will go on sale in early September, costing around £400. Fujifilm said its 3D printing service will be available ''shortly'' after the camera's launch.

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News Headlines - 16 August 2010

▽Blair gives book profits to injured troops centre - Independent
Tony Blair is donating all the profits from his memoirs to a new sports centre for injured troops, it was disclosed today.

▽Police hunt smash-and-grab gang who raided two exclusive jewellery shops in London - MailOnline
They stormed the Royal Exchange shopping centre in central London on Saturday night, smashing the windows of De Beers and Omega to grab handfuls of rings, necklaces and watches.

▽Golf president Christopher Tappin 'sold missile parts' - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-10985005A golf club president from London is battling extradition to the US over claims he sold batteries for surface-to-air missiles to Iran.

▽Apple planning cool new tech for iPhone 5? - TechRadar UK
The fact Apple has employed Benjamin Vigier as Product Manager of Mobile Commerce doesn't necessarily mean the iPhone 5 will have the technology in, but he's well placed to implement it should that come about.

▼Photo Collections of Costume Players at Comic Market 78 - NewSoku Quality

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News Headlines - 15 August 2010

▽Britain commemorates VJ Day with ceremony, reception - CNN
British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will join hundreds of veterans Sunday to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, or VJ Day, which was Saturday.

▽Former Labour ministers Alan Milburn and David Blunkett to advise PM - Mirror.co.uk
Labour's Alan Milburn is poised for a shock return to Government as David Cameron's "social mobility" czar.
And it was reported last night that former Cabinet minister David Blunkett could also boost the coalition with advice on poverty, benefit cheats and the pensions crisis.

▽UN chief: Pakistan floods worst he has ever seen - Associated Press
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday the flooding in Pakistan was the worst disaster he had ever seen, and urged foreign donors to speed up assistance to some 20 million people affected.

▽China holds day of mourning for landslide dead - Associated Press
Cinemas closed and coal miners stopped work as China observed a day of mourning Sunday for more than 1,200 victims of a mudslide a week earlier in a northwestern town, while authorities rushed to protect survivors from more flooding.

▼BRS becomes RPG
Black Rock Shooter, an original character designed by huke, becomes RPG.  An teaser site is opened, but it doesn't say which company will launch the game.   

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News Headlines - 14 August 2010

▽Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site - NY Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama delivered a strong defense on Friday night of a proposed Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero  in Manhattan, using a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan to proclaim that “as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.”

▽Pentagon pleads with Wikileaks not to release more files - telegraph.co.uk
The Pentagon is trying to persuade the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks to abandon its planned release of 15,000 more classified files on the Afghan war.

▽Europe right-wingers at controversial Japan shrine - Associated Press
TOKYO - French nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen and other European right-wing politicians paid a visit Saturday to a Japanese shrine that has drawn outrage for honoring war criminals.

▽After 100 days in No 10, is the honeymoon over for the Coalition? - MailOnline
As Prime Minister David Cameron prepares to mark his first 100 days in office next week, the survey finds that some of the shine has come off the Coalition, with 57 per cent of people describing its performance as 'disappointing'.
But the Harris Interactive poll also identifies strong support for Mr Cameron personally, along with backing for the Coalition's programme of cuts.

▼"Comic Market 78" day 1 attracts 170,000 - MAN TAN WEB
Comic Market 78, the biggest Manga festival in Japan, starts at Tokyo Big Site on 13th, attracting 170,000 fans for the first day only.  Day 1 is featured for Anime, Game, Music and Cinema joined by 11,800 circles. Day 2 is for a shooting game Toho Projects and Manga such as One Piece and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi.

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News Headlines - 13 August 2010

▽New call for Dr David Kelly inquest - BBC
They say the official cause of death - a haemorrhage - was "extremely unlikely" in the light of new evidence.
The claim comes in a letter from eight senior figures, including a coroner, published in the Times newspaper.

▽David Cameron may move clocks forward permanently - Metro
MPs in England have urged Cameron to make the change to year-round BST, even though the move will lead to less daylight in the morning.

▽Google Street View: 'dead girl' sparks panic after photographed lying down - Telegraph.co.uk
A schoolgirl sparked panic after she was photographed lying face down and seemingly dead on Google Street View.

▽Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2010 - BBC

▼Yamaha launch VOCALOID "VY1" with no character - ITmedia
Yamaha sells its first VOCALOID "VY1" on the 1st September without characters, such as Miku or Gakpoid.

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News Headlines - 12 August 2010

▽Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone - Engadget
We now know (via a trusted source) that the company is actively and heavily developing a brand new gaming platform, ecosystem, and device (possibly alongside Google) which are already in the late stages of planning. And we've got the goods on it.

▽India threatens to shut down BlackBerry services - BBC
India fears the device could be used by militants and insurgents in a repeat of the 2008 attack on Mumbai that left 166 people dead.

▽Perseid meteor shower set for shooting stars show over UK skies
Astronomers predict dazzling display from at least 10 shooting stars an hour, even in areas of light pollution

▽David Beckham offered 'open invitation' to join West Ham
Fabio Capello may no longer want David Beckham but West Ham have reiterated their desire to sign the former England captain.

▼Photo Book "Costume Players in Paris" - AKIBA Blog
A photo book "Costume Players in Paris" featuerd in Japan Expo 2010 is now on sale at book shops in Akahabara.

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News Headlines - 11 August 2010

▽Bank highlights doubts for recovery - Press Association
The Bank of England is to highlight fresh doubts over the UK's fightback from recession with forecasts of slowing growth and a spike in the cost of living.

▽Malware gang steal over £700K from one British bank
Web-based malware based on the infamous Zeus cybercrime toolkit is being used to steal money via the unnamed bank's online banking system. Researchers at the M86's Security Labs came across the attack after discovering the botnet's command & control centre, which is hosted in Moldova.

▽Alert over 'unbeatable' superbug which could spread worldwide - MailOnline
Scientists have warned that the superbug  -  an enzyme called New Delhi-Metallo-1  -  could spread worldwide because it is resistant to almost all antibiotics and nothing is being developed to combat it.

▽Heatwave and fires to slow Russian economic recovery - BBC
Economists in Russia say they expect the current heatwave and wildfires to cut $15bn (£9bn) from economic output.

▼Cooled Stripe Panties sold out in three days - AKIBA Blog
Stripe panties, or Shima-pan in Japanese, cooled in a refrigerator are sold out in a few days faster than expected at an adult shop M's Akihabara.

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News Headlines - 10 August 2010

▽Smartphone app written by BBC reporter 'steals data' - BBC
A special report by BBC News has shown how straightforward it is to create a fake application, using standard parts from the software toolkits that developers use to create programs for handsets.

▽Stephen Hawking: mankind must move to outer space within a century - Telegraph.co.uk
The human race must look to outer space within the next century or it will become extinct, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned.

▽Nao: the robot that expresses and detects emotions - Telegraph.co.uk
The world’s first robot to be able to display and detect emotions has been unveiled by European scientists.

▽Introducing the World’s Next Rock Superstar - LewRockwell.com
Hatsune Miku means, "The First Sound of Music’s Future." She is called a "Vocaloid." She is a voice synthesizer... In fact, many of the numbers she does feature her voices as instrumentation as a sort of Science Fiction a cappella. She is a synthesized vocal device that was developed by Yamaha Corporation of Japan.

▼Hatsune Miku no Shoshitsu ranked 6th - Akiba Souken
"Hatsune Miku no Shoshitsu" or "The lost of Hatsune Miku" produced by cosMo is ranked in the 6th place at Oricon's weekly album chart with the sales of 19,000 for the first week.

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News Headlines - 09 August 2010

▽Actress Jodie Fisher at center of HP harassment claim - CNN
Jodie Fisher, an actress who had been employed as a contractor for HP working on customer and executive events, supported Hurd's claims that there had never been a sexual relationship between them

▽Charles Taylor war crimes trial: as it happens - Telegraph.co.uk
Naomi Campbell's former agent, Carole White, is due to begin giving evidence sometime soon after 0800 BST and is expected to challenge the supermodel's account about how she received "blood diamonds" from the ex-dictator.

▽Lehman Brothers' art treasures to be sold at auction - The Guardian
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has appointed Christie's to hold an auction of the paintings, sketches and precious porcelain that lined Lehman Brothers' European headquarters at Canary Wharf.

▽Bank bosses to address lending concerns - Reuters
The bosses of six major banks have formed a taskforce designed to get lending to businesses moving again, the British Bankers' Association said on Monday.

▽Silence in Manchester marks WWII atomic bombings
The 65th anniversary of the attacks are being marked by a ceremony at the Peace Garden on St Peter's Square.
Manchester developed links with the two Japanese cities after being declared a Nuclear Free City in 1980.

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News Headlines - 08 August 2010

▽Killed in cold blood: the British doctor who went to help in Afghanistan - Telegraph.co.uk
A British doctor, Dr Karen Woo, was among ten aid workers ambushed and shot dead by gunmen in a remote area of northern Afghanistan.

▽The death toll from a Basra market blast rises to 43 - BBC
The death toll from a series of explosions in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Saturday has risen to 43, officials have said.

▽127 killed as mudslides devastate China town - Telegraph.co.uk
Landslides triggered by torrential summer rains in northwest China have killed over 100 people and left 2,000 missing in the latest of a series of flood-related disasters to befall northern China where the heaviest rains in a decade have now killed more than 1,400 people.

▽Food Prices Quadruple In Flood-Hit Pakistan - Sky News
Soaring food prices in Pakistan are threatening the survival of those who managed to escape the worst flooding the country has seen in 80 years.

▽Campbell diamond testimony under the spotlight - Reuter
British supermodel Naomi Campbell's testimony at the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor will be put to the test on Monday when her former agent is expected to contradict her over a gift of diamonds.

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News Headlines - 07 August 2010

▽Castro warning on effects of war
Mr Castro spoke for just over ten minutes, warning that the world risked nuclear war if the US attacked Iran.

▽Car sales fall across Europe
Data released earlier this week showed a slight gain in US auto sales and larger gains for China and Japan.

▽'iPod oblivion' blamed for 17 accidents a day as gadget makes users deaf to the outside world
Pedestrians and joggers as well as car drivers and cyclists are all at risk of falling into a zombie-like state while plugged into modern technology, said the AA.

▽Radio audiences reach all-time high in UK
The quarterly results are astonishing. Right across the sector, from teeny local stations to national networks, audiences are growing.

▽Apple opens biggest store to date in Covent Garden
Following the runaway success of the Regent Street branch, the US technology giant has opened its second London outlet

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News Headlines - 06 August 2010

▽U.S. Attends Hiroshima Ceremony - New York Times
The U.S. ambassador participated for the first time on Friday in an annual ceremony to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing here in World War Two, raising hopes that President Barack Obama may soon follow.

▽Japan tanker was damaged in a terror attack, UAE says - BBC
It said remains of home-made explosives had been found on the hull of the M Star, which was damaged on Wednesday while travelling from Qatar to Japan.

▽Pentagon increases pressure on WikiLeaks to return military files - The Guardian
The Pentagon has demanded that WikiLeaks immediately erase the huge cache of secret US military files about the Afghan war it has posted online and hand over another 15,000 classified records in its possession.

▽Toyota's Japan hybrid sales top one million - AFP
Toyota Motor said Friday that its hybrid vehicle sales in Japan had topped the one million mark and worldwide it had sold 2.68 million of the vehicles by the end of July.

▽Flying Car or Roadable Aircraft? - National Geographic
Developers unveiled a scale model of the redesigned Transition "roadable aircraft" (pictured in a digital rendering) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Monday. The new design is both a rear-wheel drive road vehicle and a light sport aircraft that can cruise at 105 miles (170 kilometers) an hour.

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News Headlines - 05 August 2010

▽Churchill 'Covered Up RAF UFO Encounter' - Sky News
Winston Churchill ordered a cover up of a reported close encounter between an RAF aircraft and a UFO during the Second World War because it would create "mass panic", accordingly to newly-released files.

▽UFO files: 'Welsh Roswell' incident 'only a landslide' - Telegraph.co.uk
An event in the British countryside dubbed the “Welsh Roswell” incident was dismissed by defence officials as a landslide, the secret UFO files show.

▽Five 'iPad killers': Part 2 - Telegraph.co.uk
1. Microsoft mystery product
2. BlackPad
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab
4. Dell Streak
5. BT tablet

▽US probe into HSBC 'money laundering' - MailOnline
HSBC is facing a probe by US regulators into possible violations of money laundering rules, writes Rob Davies.

▽Japan child abuse at record high, police data shows - BBC
Cases of alleged child abuse in Japan have risen to their highest level since records began 10 years ago.

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News Headlines - 04 August 2010

▽Japan launches nationwide search for centenarians - The Guardian
They would make for bizarre missing persons posters: "Unknown number of Japanese citizens. Distinguishing features, grey hair and facial lines. Aged at least 100. Last seen several decades ago."

▽'Ahmadinejad survives hit attempt' - The Jerusalem Post
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the target of a failed assassination attempt on Wednesday in the city of Hamedan in western Iran.

▽Israel cuts down trees that caused Labanon clashes - AFP
Israeli troops on Wednesday uprooted trees along the border with Lebanon, completing an operation interrupted by a deadly gunbattle with Lebanese soldiers, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

▽Meat produced from cloned animal entered food chain - Telegraph.co.uk
Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow has entered the British food chain, authorities have admitted for the first time.

▽Motorola and Verizon to launch 10 inch TV tablet - Techwatch
Analysts estimate that tablet sales for 2010 will range between 10 and 13 million, with the majority of that figure represented by the iPad.

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News Headlines - 03 August 2010

▽Zardari: International community is losing war against the Taliban
The Pakistani president, Asif Ali Zardari, warned today that the international community was "losing the war against the Taliban", as he prepared to travel to the UK.

▽Virgin Media complains to Ofcom about Project Canvas
Virgin Media has lodged a complaint with Ofcom, aimed at halting the BBC-backed video-on-demand service Project Canvas.

▽ITV plans online micropayments system and Project Canvas pay-TV offer
ITV  is looking to launch an online micropayment system and has admitted that it hopes to charge for some of the content it provides on Project Canvas, the controversial BBC-backed venture to bring video-on-demand to Freeview and Freesat.

▽Carphone Warehouse launches Music Anywhere service to rival iTunes and Spotify
Members of the Music Anywhere service, which costs £29.99 per year to join, matches tracks in a user’s iTunes or Windows Media Player library with its catalogue of more than six million songs from all the major record labels to create a duplicate song library ‘in the cloud’.

▽Chinese businessman Kenneth Huang closes in on Liverpool buy-out
Sources have confirmed this morning that the Chinese businessman Kenneth Huang has offered to buy Liverpool's £237m debt from the Royal Bank of Scotland in an attempt to end Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr's control of the Premier League club.

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News Headlines - 02 August 2010

▽Geely completes purchase of Volvo for $1.5bn
Ford Motor said it had completed the sale of Volvo Cars, its Swedish marque, to Chinese carmaking group Geely for $1.5bn.

▽Sterling at 6 month high vs dlr, 4-wk high vs euro
Sterling rose to a six-month high against a broadly weaker dollar and a four-week high versus the euro on Monday, lifted by buoyant risk appetite as strong corporate earnings benefited equity markets.

▽HSBC and BNP profits beat view after bad debts tumble
HSBC and BNP Paribas, two of Europe's top three banks, beat earnings forecasts after bad debts fell sharply, more than offsetting slowing investment banking growth.

▽Sex job ads banned at employment offices
Employers looking for lap dancers, strippers, topless barmaids or sexy web-cam performers will no longer be able to place adverts at Jobcentres, the British government said on Monday.

▽UK.gov says upgrading from IE6 'too expensive'
Responding to a online petition to upgrade from 6,000 internet users concerned over the browser's security, UK.gov rejected the call, claiming the complexity of an upgrade would come at too high a cost to the taxpayer.

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News Headlines - 01 August 2010

▽Two men held over MI6 and Downing Street parcel bombs - The Guardian
Two men are being held by police today after two parcel bombs reportedly addressed to 10 Downing Street and MI6 were intercepted last week.

▽Pakistan spy chief scraps UK trip on "terror" remarks - Reuters
http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE66U0NV20100731Cameron, speaking in Pakistan's rival India on Wednesday, told Islamabad that it must not become a base for militants and "promote the export of terror" across the globe.

▽China closer to becoming second-largest economy
A senior Beijing official’s reference to China as the “world’s second-largest economy” has sparked excited speculation that Asia’s new powerhouse may have already reached a long-looming milestone by surpassing Japan.

▽Disney's sale of Miramax: a new era is here
Disney’s decision to sell Miramax for a reported $660m to a group of private equity companies is the end of a pipe dream for the Weinstein brothers – that they might one day buy it back.

▽Why I love: Yasujiro Ozu
Yasujiro Ozu's art is tremendously refined, its pared-down cinematic vocabulary instantly recognisable.

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News Headlines - 31 July 2010

▽Eurozone inflation hits 20-month high - FT
Eurozone inflation has risen to a 20-month high while unemployment in the 16-country region has stabilised at 10 per cent of the workforce, but the European Central Bank is still expected at next week’s interest rate setting meeting to sit firmly on its hands.

▽Food inflation 'could go beyond 10pc before next year' - Telegraph.co.uk
The cost of food is likely to jump by up to 10 per cent before Christmas after dry weather drastically reduced the amount of winter feed that farmers could harvest, experts said.

▽Mars site may hold 'buried life' - BBC
Researchers have identified rocks that they say could contain the fossilised remains of life on early Mars.

▽Giant asteroid 'heading for Earth in 2182' - Telegraph.co.uk
A team of experts, including some working for NASA, believes the 612-yards-wide object has a one-in-a-thousand chance of an impact 172 years from now.

▽Edinburgh Festival Joke Special - The Guardian
Arj Barker
'I'm in love with a philosophy major, and she doesn't even know I exist … and worse, she can prove it'

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News HeadLines - 30 July 2010

▽Scrapping default retirement age will add to younger workers' job woes - Telegraph.co.uk
However, experts said the plans would create the unintended consequence of shutting out younger workers – already disillusioned by the tough labour market – from job opportunities. One in five 16 to 24-year-olds are currently unemployed.

▽Vicar convicted of conducting hundreds of fake weddings at local parish church - The Guardian
In four years he presided over 383 marriages, at least 360 of them sham ceremonies where women, with rights to live and work in the UK, were paid up to £3,000 each to wed African men, mainly from Nigeria, at the small parish church of St Peter and St Paul.

▽Supermarket backs squirrel meat sales amid protest - AFP
"Squirrel is a very sustainable form of meat," he told AFP on Thursday, explaining that while it takes 15 tons of grain to produce one ton of beef, "squirrels feed from nature -- there are too many of them around."

▽Google Wi-Fi data capture cleared by Information Commissioner - The Guardian
The Information Commissioner has ruled that Google is unlikely to have collected "significant amounts of personal data" with its StreetView mapping cars.

▽Google Confirms: We’re Not Currently Blocked In China - Techcrunch
We’ve just received official word from Google confirming that they are not currently blocked in China and that a server issue was most likely the cause of their dashboard misread.

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News Headlines - 29 July 2010

▽Plan to axe fixed retirement age - BBC
The government is planning to scrap the default retirement age in the UK from October 2011.

▽It's heartbreaking how the banks are starving businesses of cash, says King - Mail Online
Bank of England governor Mervyn King yesterday attacked the banks for destroying small firms by starving them of cash.

▽Amazon launches UK version of Kindle - Telegraph.co.uk
The long-awaited UK launch follows the American launch of the original Kindle in November 2007.

▽Mobile spectrum auction for UK ‘soon’ - FT
Mobile operators will finally be able to bid for new spectrum next year to enable improved wireless broadband services, after protracted delays to the auction process.

▽FBI and military investigating source of leaked Afghan war documents - The Washington Post
The FBI and the Justice Department are working with the military to investigate the source of the leak of tens of thousands of classified military documents on the Afghan war to WikiLeaks.org, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

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