News Headlines - 31 December 2011

▽North Korea names Kim Jong Un Supreme Commander - CBS News
North Korea said Saturday that it has officially named Kim Jong Un as Supreme Commander, giving formal approval to his control of the country's 1.2 million-strong military and further strengthening his authority in the wake of Kim Jong Il's death.

▽Seventeen dead as Syrians stage mass protests - Reuters
Syrian security forces, undaunted by the presence of Arab League observers, have killed at least 12 protesters as hundreds of thousands demonstrated against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, opposition activists said.

▽Fukushima nuclear cleanup could take 30 years - Deutsche Welle
When the magnitude-9.3 earthquake hit Japan on March 11, it set off a nuclear disaster that will leave Japan suffering for decades from the consequences of meltdowns and radiation exposure.

▽New Year Honours for the great, the good – and the Tory donors - The Independent
A Conservative donor who made millions by short-selling banking shares and a property developer who was jailed for his part in one of Britain's largest stock exchange frauds today both receive awards in the New Year Honours list.

▽iPhone Siri software tells boy, 12, to 'shut up' in Tesco - Telegraph.co.uk
Charlie Le Quesne was trying out the iPhone 4S at a Tesco store in Coventry when it told him: "Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***."
The boy had been using the phone's Siri system – which answers spoken questions – and had asked it: "How many people are there in the world?"

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News Headlines - 30 December 2011

▽Revealed: The Thatcherite plan to abandon Liverpool - Politics.co.uk
The Thatcher government briefly considered leaving Liverpool to a period of "managed decline", according to confidential government documents released today.
Cabinet meetings in the wake of the Toxteth riots of 1981 saw then-chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe urge Margaret Thatcher not to waste "scarce resources" on Liverpool.

▽Manchester shooting: father heard of death on Facebook - Telegraph.co.uk
The father of the Indian student shot dead in Manchester on Boxing Day has revealed that he found out about his son's death over Facebook.

▽Government reveals 'alarming' pension shortfall - Telegraph.co.uk
Ministers yesterday said they were "alarmed" by the figures and warned that millions of British workers facing a "poorer future" when they retire.
The new analysis by the Department for Work and Pensions found that the number of working-age people saving into a private pension fell from 46 per cent in 2000 to 38 per cent last year.

▽Italian Government Bonds Poised for Worst Year Since 1992 as Bunds Rally - Bloomberg
Italian 10-year bond yields held at more than 7 percent, with the debt poised to complete its worst year since at least 1992 after fallout from Europe’s debt crisis spread to some of the region’s largest economies.

▽Japan's Nikkei at lowest year-end level since 1982 - BBC
The Nikkei 225 index finished Friday up 0.7% to 8,455.35
... The Nikkei is still more than 10% above the low of 7,621.92 it set in October 2008, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

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News Headlines - 29 December 2011

▽Stephen Lawrence trial: anger cannot guide your decision, judge tells jury - The Guardian
The jury in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial have been told they should acquit both defendants unless they are sure scientific evidence allegedly tying them to the murder scene was not the result of contamination.

▽News International has £100 million hacking legal fund - Reuters
The British arm of News Corp has increased the legal fund it will use to settle civil litigation cases brought by victims of phone hacking to 100 million pounds from 20 million previously, the Independent newspaper reported on Thursday.

▽D2 Jeans falls into administration - Financial Times
D2 Jeans, the clothing chain originally set up by Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter, has fallen into administration, becoming the first significant UK post-Christmas casualty of the tough high street conditions affecting retailers.

▽Poorer families 'paying double by renting household goods' - The Guardian
Low-income households are paying as much as double the normal price for basic household goods due to costly rent-to-own schemes, according to a report by Barnado's.

▽Exotic creatures discovered living at deep-sea vent in Indian Ocean - The Guardian
British scientists have found a remarkable array of creatures, some of them new to science, in one of the most inhospitable regions of the deep sea. In the first ever expedition to explore and take samples from the "Dragon Vent" in the south-west Indian Ocean, remotely operated submarines spotted yeti crabs, sea cucumbers and snails living around the boiling column of mineral-rich water that spews out of the seafloor.

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News Headlines - 28 December 2011

▽2012 events 'may hit blood stocks' - The Press Association
Experts fear that major events such as the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will lead to a "significant drop" in blood donations.
NHS Blood and Transplant warned that a "perfect storm" could be created in 2012 by special events, extra bank holidays and a bumper sporting calendar.
In 2011, thousands fewer people donated blood due to bank holidays around Easter and the royal wedding, it said.

▽Unemployment 'set to rise in 2012' - The Guardian
Unemployment will increase to 2.85 million in 2012, while the number of people in work will fall by 120,000 as jobs continue to be lost in the public sector, a report predicts.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) forecast that the jobless total will reach its highest since 1994, adding that it will peak at 2.9 million in the first half of 2013.

▽Putin 'sidelines' strategist after protests - AFP
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sidelined the strategist who designed Russia's tightly-controlled politics, in a move seen Wednesday as a reaction to the outburst of protests challenging his rule.
President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday announced that Vladislav Surkov was leaving his job as first deputy Kremlin chief of staff and would take charge of economic modernisation as deputy prime minister.

▽Iran Threatens to Block Gulf Oil if Sanctions Applied - Voice of America
Iran has threatened to block the shipment of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if Western governments try to impose sanctions on its petroleum exports in response to the country's nuclear program.
Iran's navy chief told state television Wednesday that it would be easy to close off the strait, but that such action is not necessary at this time.

▽Japan factory output slumps on Thai floods - Reuters
Japan's factories cut output more than expected in November because of supply disruptions caused by flooding in Thailand and may at best recoup lost production in the coming months as a global slowdown and Europe's debt crisis sap overseas demand.

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News Headlines - 27 December 2011

▽Hundreds of thousands expected at Kim Jong-il funeral - Telegraph.co.uk
Hundreds of thousands of North Korean citizens are expected to turn out on Wednesday for the funeral of Kim Jong-il, the man they have revered as The Dear Leader since he assumed power in 1994.

▽Boxing Day sales hit record-breaking levels as UK targets bargains - Metro
There were 'record-breaking' levels of trade on Boxing Day in the UK, as shoppers headed out to grab a bargain, early indications show.
Despite a Tube strike hitting the capital, high-end retailer Selfridges said it saw record first-hour sales at its store.

▽Sony sells its half stake in TV joint venture to Samsung - The Guardian
Sony has sold its nearly 50% stake in joint venture with Samsung Electronics to the South Korean company for $940m (£602m), as the Japanese company struggles to cut its losses at its TV business.

▽£10m cost of turning off wind farms - Telegraph.co.uk
The rules meant that some renewable energy companies were paid more to switch off their turbines than they would have received from ordinary operations.

▽Camera carrying insects set to aid search and rescue teams - Telegraph.co.uk
Flying insects could soon be used in search and rescue missions to help locate survivors of earthquakes and other disasters, according to scientists.

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News Headlines - 26 December 2011

▽'Anonymous' hackers hit US security firm Stratfor - BBC
The hackers claim they were able to obtain the information because the company, Stratfor, did not encrypt it.
They say Stratfor's clients include the US defence department, law enforcement agencies and media organisations.
The Austin-based company says it has now suspended the operation on its servers and email.

▽First-time buyer numbers in 35-year low, says report - BBC
The Bank of Scotland estimated about 17,000 first-time buyers this year - the lowest annual total since 1976.
The figure was 4% lower than last year and less than half the recent peak of 39,100 in 2006.

▽Iranian woman to face death by stoning or hanging - The Associated Press
Authorities in Iran said Sunday they are again moving ahead with plans to execute a woman sentenced to death by stoning on an adultery conviction in a case that sparked an international outcry, but are considering whether to carry out the punishment by hanging instead.

▽EastEnders’ Charlie Brooks dances off with the Strictly Come Dancing trophy - The Sun
EASTENDERS star Charlie Brooks was last night crowned champion of Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special.
Charlie, who plays scheming Janine Butcher, won the most votes for her jive with professional partner Vincent Simone.

▽Elephant's sixth 'toe' discovered - BBC
For more than 300 years, the structure has puzzled researchers, but this study suggests that it helps to support elephants' colossal weight.
Fossils reveal that this "pre-digit" evolved about 40 million years ago, at a point when early elephants became larger and more land-based.

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News Headlines - 25 December 2011

▽Archbishop laments 'broken bonds and abused trust' in British society - The Guardian
The archbishop of Canterbury is to speak of the "broken bonds and abused trust" in a British society torn apart by riots and financial speculation in his Christmas Day sermon.

▽No chance of snow! Britain could see warmest Christmas Day on record - Daily Mail
Children hoping to wake up to a magical blanket of snow today will be sorely disappointed.
Not only can we kiss goodbye to dreams of a white Christmas this year, it’s not even going to feel that cold.
Britons will enjoy an 'unseasonably mild' Christmas Day and Boxing Day, weather forecasters have predicted.

▽Prince Philip 'eager to leave' hospital following surgery - Telegraph.co.uk
Royal Family are to visit the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital this afternoon, as he recovers from treatment for a blocked coronary artery.

▽Public barred from annual Brighton Christmas Day swim - BBC
Tides of up to 6.7m coupled with strong winds had made conditions too dangerous, Brighton and Hove City Council said.

▽Vast Rally in Moscow Is a Challenge to Putin’s Power - New York Times
Tens of thousands of citizens converged in Moscow on Saturday for the second huge antigovernment demonstration in a month, an early victory for activists struggling to forge a burst of energy into a political force capable of challenging Vladimir V. Putin’s power.

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News Headlines - 24 December 2011

▽Queen visits Prince Philip after heart surgery - The Guardian
Duke of Edinburgh in Cambridgeshire hospital recovering after stenting procedure to remedy a blocked coronary artery

▽French breast implant chief wanted by Interpol - The Guardian
The international police agency has issued a so-called red notice for Mas... Interpol's website says the 72-year-old is wanted by Costa Rican authorities for crimes involving "life and health" but gives no further details.

▽$25 computer nears production - UPI.com
An eagerly awaited $25 computer is about to go into production in Britain in the hope it will inspire a new generation of technology-savvy kids, its maker said.
The Raspberry Pi home computer is being built around an Arm processor similar to ones found in mobile phones and will run a version of the Linux open source operating system, the BBC reported Friday.

▽Thierry Henry two-month loan deal mooted by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger - Telegraph.co.uk
Henry has been on holiday this week but trained with Arsenal earlier in the month and was sufficiently impressive for Wenger to regard it as a realistic option.
The Major League Soccer season does not begin again until March 10 but Henry is due back for pre-season training at the New York Red Bulls on Jan 16.
Wenger laughed on Friday as he denied, unconvincingly, having directly discussed the situation with Henry.

▽Japanese public chooses 'kizuna' as kanji of 2011 - BBC
The Japanese word "kizuna", meaning bonds or connections between people, has been chosen as Japan's kanji of 2011.

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News Headlines - 23 December 2011

▽Syria says twin suicide bombings in Damascus kill 40 - BBC
At least 40 people have been killed in two suicide car bombings outside security service facilities in Syria's capital, Damascus, officials say.
State TV earlier said suspected al-Qaeda militants had targeted bases of the General Security Directorate and another agency in the Kafr Sousa area.

▽Turkey accuses France of genocide after Armenian bill - Reuters
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused France of genocide in Algeria in the 1940s and 50s, in his latest response to a French parliament vote to make it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey was genocide.

▽UK plans to ban "excessive" credit card surcharges - Reuters
Britain said on Friday it plans to ban companies from making their customers pay excessive credit and debit card surcharges when buying flights and other services.

▽Volkswagen turns off Blackberry email after work hours - BBC
Volkswagen has agreed to stop its Blackberry servers sending emails to some of its employees when they are off-shift.
The carmaker confirmed it made the move earlier this year following complaints that staff's work and home lives were becoming blurred.

▽iPhone 4S Too Pricey For Europeans, Android With 61% German Market - ITProPortal
Apple's latest iPhone which broke all sales records following its release over two months ago, is apparently failing to win over the hearts of Europeans, as customers flock to its 'better value' arch-rival Android.

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News Headlines - 22 December 2011

▽Police release CCTV footage of drunk woman rolling under train in Barnsley station - Telegraph.co.uk
The clip ends with the woman completely out of sight as she lays trapped between the train and the platform.
Another passenger raised the alarm and the woman was rescued before being taken to hospital suffering cuts and bruises.

▽'Positive response' to Glasgow sex assaults CCTV appeal - BBC
Detectives say they have received a positive response to the release of CCTV pictures of a man they want to question in connection with two serious sexual assaults in Glasgow.

▽Rush hour bomb blasts in Baghdad kill 57 and wound 200 - Telegraph.co.uk
The apparently coordinated blasts, which left at least 200 people wounded, were the first major sign of violence in a crisis that has threatened the country's fragile political truce and heightened sectarian tensions.

▽US government urges scientists to censor findings on new strain of bird flu - The Guardian
The US biosecurity watchdog has asked two leading scientific journals, Science and Nature, to remove sensitive details from the papers amid fears the research might fall into the hands of bioterrorists.

▽Yahoo to Consider Sale of Asian Assets - New York Times
The board of Yahoo is considering a sale of the bulk of the company’s valuable holdings in the Alibaba Group of China and Yahoo’s Japanese affiliate back to their majority owners in a complicated transaction that values the stakes at about $17 billion, according to people briefed on the matter.

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News Headlines - 21 December 2011

▽Breast implant panic spreads to UK - The Independent
Up to 50,000 British women with defective breast implants have been warned about their safety as the French government prepares to order the products be removed from every woman who has had them fitted.
The implants were made by a French company from substandard, industrial-grade silicone and exported around the world. Eight cancer cases, including one death, have been tentatively linked to them in France and hundreds of other women have reported ruptures in the devices.

▽50,000 UK women urged not to panic over implant scare - AFP
Health authorities sought on Wednesday to reassure 50,000 British women who have breast implants made by a French company at the heart of a cancer scare, saying there was no evidence of a link to the disease.

▽London riots: Metropolitan Police raid 100 homes - BBC
Police seeking suspected rioters have raided about 100 addresses across London.
The Metropolitan Police said 62 arrests were made by officers from several different departments of the force.
Four months on from the disorder, more than 3,400 people have been arrested and about two-thirds of them charged or summoned to court.

▽Leveson inquiry: Piers Morgan's phone was hacked, says ex-Mirror journalist - The Guardian
James Hipwell, the former Daily Mirror journalist, has told the Leveson inquiry he witnessed a colleague on the paper hacking into the then editor Piers Morgan's phone.
Hipwell, who was fired from the Daily Mirror in 2000 for dealing in shares in companies he wrote about for the paper and was later jailed following a Department of Trade and Industry investigation, claimed the incident took place at the beginning of that year.

▽Japan Says Decommissioning Damaged Reactors Could Take 40 Years - New York Times
Decommissioning the wrecked reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will take 40 years and require the use of robots to remove melted fuel that appears to be stuck to the bottom of the reactors’ containment vessels, the Japanese government said on Wednesday.

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News Headlines - 20 December 2011

▽Kim Jong-il, the Sportsman - New York Times
In his first match at Pyongyang Lanes, Kim bowled a perfect 300, according to state-run news media, which did not say whether the bumpers were raised. But that is nothing compared with the five holes in one and 38 under par that Kim reportedly shot in his maiden round of golf. No word on whether the course included a windmill, lion’s head and pop-up gopher.

▽Homeless people die 30 years younger, study suggests - BBC
Homeless people in England die 30 years younger than the national average, new research has suggested.

▽Hands off our land: cross-party MPs' committee tells the Government to draw up a new NPPF - Telegraph.co.uk
The Coalition's planning reforms are biased in favour of developers and create an “inevitable” risk of more development on the greenest parts of England, a cross-party group of MPs warns today.

▽'Super-connected' cities announced - Public Service
George Osborne's £100m announcement of an urban broadband fund to help develop a number of super-connected cities across the UK has named its eligible bid cities.
The cities listed as eligible for the competition are: Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bradford, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield.

▽Microsoft Wins Partial Ruling Over Motorola Mobility - BusinessWeek
Microsoft Corp. won a ruling that Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.’s Android phones violate one of its smartphone patents, while failing to convince a judge that six others are being infringed as well.

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News Headlines - 19 December 2011

▽Kim Jong-il dead: uncertainty and instability in Korean peninsula - Telegraph.co.uk
Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, died aged 69 of a heart attack, plunging the nuclear-armed and deeply isolated nation into a second dynastic succession and the region as a whole into diplomatic uncertainty and instability.

▽Kim Jong-il: The cinephile despot - BBC
One of the more surprising facts about Kim Jong-il was his love of cinema. He reportedly owned more than 20,000 videos and DVDs and counted Elizabeth Taylor among his favourite actresses.

▽Czechs bid farewell to anti-communist hero Havel - CNN
The former dissident playwright helped topple communism in eastern Europe through the power of his words, insisting, "Truth and love triumph over lies and hate."

▽Saab Automobile Files for Bankruptcy - Wall Street Journal
Former owner General Motors had objected to potentially life-saving investment from Chinese partners. Saab Automobile said GM's refusal to approve a rescue plan with China's Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. Ltd. had forced it to file for bankruptcy, the Swedish company said.

▽Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows shoots to No. 1 at US box office - Metro
The sequel, starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, took $40 million (£25.8m) while its 2009 predecessor raked in $62.3m (£40.2m).

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News Headlines - 18 December 2011

▽Woman Is Burned Alive in an Elevator in Brooklyn - New York Times
The surveillance video, its images disturbingly clear, ends with a woman being burned alive in the elevator of a Brooklyn apartment building on Saturday.

▽U.S. pullout leaves Iraq fragile, divided - Reuters
They are leaving a nation divided across sectarian and ethnic lines and still struggling with an insurgency and political uncertainty after sectarian slaughter drove the country to the brink of civil war in 2006-7.

▽WikiLeaks investigators 'feared Bradley Manning had links to foreign agents' - The Guardian
Army computer specialist tells military court investigators initially thought overseas intelligence agency could be involved

▽Apple launches iTunes Match in UK - The Guardian
Apple has launched its music streaming and "cloud" storage service iTunes Match in the UK, allowing the technology giant and music industry to generate revenue from years of illicit downloads.

▽Barca beats Santos to win Club World Cup - FOXSports.com
Lionel Messi scored two goals as Barcelona beat Brazilian side Santos 4-0 to win its second Club World Cup title in three years on Sunday.

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News Headlines - 17 December 2011

▽Philippines storm kills hundreds in Mindanao floods - BBC
A tropical storm has hit the southern Philippines, triggering flash floods that officials say have killed more than 430 people and left many missing.

▽One year on, Tunisia remembers young man whose death began the Arab Spring - Telegraph.co.uk
It may be a remote place that no one had ever heard of until a year ago, but now the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid has become famous as the place where the Arab Spring began.

▽Death Toll Rises From Clashes in Cairo - New York Times
Egypt’s military rulers escalated a bloody crackdown on street protesters on Saturday, chasing down and beating unarmed civilians, even while the prime minister was denying in a televised news conference that security forces were using any force.

▽Christmas shoppers give high streets 'busiest day' - BBC
Retailers across the UK say shoppers have flocked to stores in greater numbers than 2010 on the final full weekend of shopping before Christmas.

▽The 10 Most Anticipated PS Vita Games - PC Magazine

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News Headlines - 16 December 2011

▽Japan PM declares 'cold shutdown' at Fukushima - BBC
Engineers have brought the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to a "cold shutdown condition", nine months after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan has confirmed.

▽First debris from Japan’s tsunami hits US West Coast - Telegraph.co.uk
The first debris from Japan’s March 11 tsunami has started to wash ashore on the West Coast of the United States.

▽Japan's Financial Regulators Sanction Citi Japan For 3rd Time In Seven Years - Wall Street Journal
Citigroup Inc.'s (C) Japan units were sanctioned yet again by financial regulators Friday, this time for hoisting inappropriate products on customers and trying to influence short-term interbank interest rates.

▽Japan aims to bolster M&A disclosure after Olympus scandal - Reuters
Japan signaled plans to strengthen disclosure rules on mergers and acquisitions after a $1.7 billion accounting fraud at Olympus Corp, one of the nation's worst corporate scandals, which involved a series of shady deals.

▽Japan Tankan Worse Than Expected - Wall Street Journal
The effects of the high yen and a slowdown in overseas economies is weighing on business sentiment among large Japanese manufacturers, the Bank of Japan's quarterly tankan survey showed Thursday, with the index falling more than expected, although there were some positive signs suggesting solidness in domestic demand.

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News Headlines - 15 December 2011

▽Britain's big freeze set to last into next week as Met Office issues warnings - Metro
The UK is to suffer a big freeze running into next week, with snow and icy conditions set to add to the misery today and tomorrow, the Met Office has warned.

▽French ex-President Jacques Chirac guilty of corruption - BBC
A French court has given former President Jacques Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust.

▽Vladimir Putin warns on dangers of protests during live phone-in - Telegraph.co.uk
Facing down the biggest challenge of his almost twelve years in power, the strong man Russian prime minister insisted that the disputed parliamentary election which triggered the protests was not flawed.

▽US to lower flag to end Iraq war - BBC
The American flag has been lowered in Baghdad bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in Iraq to a formal end.

▽Research shows hands-free phones just as risky - The Associated Press
Like it or not, when someone is talking to you, your brain is listening, processing and thinking about what's being said — even when you're in the driver's seat trying to concentrate on traffic.
That's why drivers get distracted during cellphone conversations, even when using hands-free phones, researchers said.

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News Headlines - 14 December 2011

▽Death Toll Rises After Grenade and Gun Attack in Belgium - New York Times
Belgian police said on Wednesday they had discovered a woman’s body at a storage facility used by the man who lobbed hand grenades and fired indiscriminately into crowds near a Christmas market, killing four people, wounding more than 100 and creating panic before killing himself.
The woman’s death brought the death toll to six, including the attacker.
Authorities said there was no evidence of any link between the attacker, whom they identified as Nordine Amrani, 33, to terror groups and extremist movements for which European cities have long been on alert.

▽UK unemployment hits 17-year high - The Guardian
UK unemployment has hit a fresh 17-year high after the public sector shed thousands more jobs and the private sector failed to pick up the slack.
Youth unemployment held at a record high of over 1 million and the total number of unemployed people rose to 2.64m over the three months to October, according to official figures.

▽Nick Clegg would have done better at summit because he is 'professionally trained EU negotiator', Chris Huhne says - Telegraph.co.uk
Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat Climate Change secretary, also suggested the Prime Minister had turned Britain into a "billy no mates" for wielding his veto last week during the Brussels summit.

▽Search for ‘God particle’ Higgs Boson narrowing, scientists say - Washington Post
The search for the elusive Higgs Boson particle, also known as the ‘God particle’ has entered a new phase as scientists working at CERN claim they are closer than ever to spotting it.

▽Royal Family global tour to mark Diamond Jubilee - Telegraph.co.uk
The Royal Family will mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by touring the globe in celebration, Buckingham Palace has announced.

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News Headlines - 13 December 2011

▽Cabinet Meets Amid Rising Tensions Over Veto - Sky News
Conservative and Liberal Democrat ministers will meet face-to-face across the Cabinet table today amid growing tensions within the coalition over Europe.

▽Syria death toll increases to more than 5,000 - Telegraph.co.uk
More than 5,000 people have been killed in nine months of unrest in Syria, the UN human rights chief said, as an insurgency begins to overshadow what had been mostly peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

▽Japan "likely to pick F-35 fighter" this week - Reuters
Japan will likely pick Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet as its next frontline fighter, media reported on Tuesday, which may help end six decades of isolation for the country's defense contractors and bolster its military against growing Chinese might.

▽What is a Higgs boson? - Telegraph.co.uk
It has been 50 years since Peter Higgs, a British physicist, first proposed that atoms get their mass from an invisible field spread across the entire universe but his theory could soon be confirmed by data from the Large Hadron Collider... According to Prof Higgs's 1964 theory, the field gives mass to the tiny particles that make up atoms, explaining why these building blocks of matter do not simply whizz around space at the speed of light.

▽Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accuses Ashley Cole of taunting players in the tunnel after Chelsea win - Telegraph.co.uk
Roberto Mancini last night accused Ashley Cole of taunting Manchester City’s players in the Stamford Bridge tunnel after last night’s dramatic 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

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News Headlines - 12 December 2011

▽Milly Dowler voicemails 'may have automatically deleted' - BBC
Milly Dowler's voicemail messages were "most likely" deleted automatically, the Metropolitan Police says.

▽Intel cuts revenue forecast as Thai floods hit PC sales - The Guardian
Chip maker Intel has cut its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter by about 7%, saying that floods in Thailand that have constrained hard drive production will affect PC sales.

▽BBC iPlayer app streams video on the 3G mobile networks - BBC
An update to the BBC's iPlayer app allows it to stream video over all of the UK's 3G mobile networks.

▽O2 Lease announced as first UK smartphone leasing service - T3
O2  has announced O2 Lease, the first smartphone leasing service available in the UK offering customers a 12-month contract where they hand the handset back at the end of the year.

▽Edinburgh Zoo pandas: Peeking at them in new home - BBC
The two giant pandas which arrived in Edinburgh Zoo last week have been settling in to their new surroundings in different ways.

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News Headlines - 11 December 2011

▽Japan Sells Foreign Bonds as Hedge Costs Surge: Chart of the Day - BusinessWeek
Japanese investors are unwinding overseas bond holdings as Europe’s debt crisis drives the cost to protect against currency shifts to a more than two-year high.

▽CObama Winning Climate Debate as China Moves Toward Legal Accord - BusinessWeek
The U.S., long accused of blocking progress in international climate talks, is winning a two-decade old debate about how to curtail global warming.
The decision yesterday by China and India to move toward an agreement with the “legal force” to limit their fossil fuel emissions marked the first step toward treating developing nations the same as industrial ones when it comes to reducing pollution.

▽Medvedev orders Russia poll inquiry, gets insults - Reuters
President Dmitry Medvedev ordered an investigation on Sunday into allegations of fraud in Russia's parliamentary election, one day after tens of thousands of protesters demanded it be annulled and rerun.

▽Coming to a store near you: A flat-screen TV that can be rolled up and put in your pocket - Daily Mail
Flat screen TVs that can be rolled up and stored in a draw of put in your pocket will soon be a reality.
The new technology which was developed by a team of British scientists is known as quantum dots and can be used to make ultra-thin televisions.
It certainly is a step up from the super-thin OLED screen that was unveiled by Sony last year.

▽X Factor: girl group Little Mix win - Telegraph.co.uk
Little Mix are the first group to win the X Factor talent contest.

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News Headlines - 10 December 2011

▽Clegg 'fury over Cameron EU veto' - The Press Association
Cabinet tensions over David Cameron's decision to veto a European Union treaty have burst into the open as it emerged that Nick Clegg was privately furious with the Prime Minister.Despite publicly backing Mr Cameron, the Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister feels his actions were not in Britain's best interests and leaves the country isolated in Europe.

▽Russian election: Biggest protests since fall of USSR - BBC
Thousands of people have attended the biggest anti-government rally in the Russian capital Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union.

▽Durban climate change: Talks descend into farce - Telegraph.co.uk
United Nations climate change talks were set ran into a second unscheduled day of negotiations as the latest attempt to force all countries to cut carbon emissions descended into farce.

▽FIFA dismisses Japan radiation in Club World Cup - DAWN.com
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Saturday that the football organisation had dismissed fears about radiation when choosing quake-striken Japan as the host of this year’s Club World Cup.

▽Skywatchers enjoy lunar eclipse - BBC
Skywatchers have been enjoying the last total lunar eclipse until 2014... Skywatchers have been enjoying the last total lunar eclipse until 2014.

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News Headlines - 09 December 2011

▽PM's EU Treaty Veto: 'I Did It For Britain' - Sky News
Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted he put Britain's interests first by using a veto to avoid signing up to a new European economic treaty... As a result of the veto, 38 years after joining the European economic community, Britain has now taken a big step away from a greater Europe.

▽Russia protests: tens of thousands expected in Moscow - Telegraph.co.uk
The protest, simply called "For Fair Elections," is designed to overturn the result of a disputed parliamentary election last weekend which was won by the Russian prime minister's ruling United Russia party amid credible claims it was massively rigged in its favour.

▽Scotland slowly gets back to normal but storm ‘cost economy £100m’ - Scotsman
Scotland was gradually getting back to normal today after hurricane-force winds brought chaos to the country and cost the economy an estimated £100 million.

▽UK faces threat of legal action over solar subsidy - The Independent
The European Commission is threatening to take the Government to court over its controversial decision to cut solar-power subsidies by half.
The commission became the latest party to question the move publicly yesterday, revealing that it had contacted the Government as it investigates the impact of the cut.

▽HP decides: webOS will be open source - and 600 staff shifted to 'startup' - The Guardian
HP's chief executive Meg Whitman has decided to make webOS - the operating system that it acquired in buying Palm for $1.2bn in April 2010, and which contributed to a $2bn write-off in its latest quarterly results - open source.
The 600-strong webOS division - or as many of its staff as want to go - will in effect be spun off into a separate startup business trying to take advantage of the 750,000 HP Touchpads that have been sold, and any Palm smartphones.

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News Headlines - 08 December 2011

▽Wind disrupts schools and transport - The Press Association
Parts of Scotland have been battered by stormy winds which have closed schools, disrupted transport and prompted warnings for drivers to stay off the roads.
Winds of 70mph-85mph hit the central belt, leading police forces to tell motorists to stay at home. Hurricane-strength winds of over 100mph are expected later.

▽European Central Bank announces emergency measures to protect euro - The Guardian
Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has announced a battery of emergency measures to rescue Europe's crisis-hit banks and unblock frozen financial markets, as Europe's leaders gather to discuss the future of the single currency.

▽Exam boards could be closed down after 'cheating' claims - Telegraph.co.uk
Exam boards could be closed down if they are found to have cheated by giving secret advice to teachers on how to improve GCSE and A-level results.

▽Wikipedia founder attacks Bell Pottinger for 'ethical blindness' - The Independent
The co-founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales has criticised Bell Pottinger's "ethical blindness" as the lobbying company admitted altering details of its clients' reputations online.
Bell Pottinger last night said that its digital team used a number of accounts to edit Wikipedia articles, although it stressed it had never done anything illegal.

▽Lohan's Playboy cover leaved online - The Press Association
The Mean Girls star was due to reveal the magazine cover during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show next week, but the picture of the January/February issue, which is officially released on December 15, has been posted online.

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News Headlines - 07 December 2011

▽Demos continue over Russia election - The Press Association
Anger against Vladimir Putin's ruling party and alleged election fraud have boiled over into a third straight night of protests, and police in Russia's two largest cities have arrested scores of demonstrators.

▽Cabinet rebel piles pressure on PM by saying EU referendum is 'inevitable' - Metro
Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson has piled further pressure on David Cameron to hold a referendum on Europe by saying a public vote would be ‘inevitable’.

▽S&P may downgrade EU, large euro-zone banks - Reuters
Standard & Poor's warned on Wednesday that it could cut the credit ratings of the European Union and large euro-zone banks if a mass downgrade of euro-zone countries materializes.

▽Bank to sit tight on QE as economy stutters - Reuters
The Bank of England looks set to leave monetary policy unchanged on Thursday ahead of a key EU summit to resolve the euro zone debt crisis which threatens to tip Britain back into recession.

▽Snafu mars Pearl Harbor 70th anniversary ceremony - The Associated Press
A snafu marred the critical moment of silence at the Pearl Harbor ceremony Wednesday observing the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack.

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News Headlines - 06 December 2011

▽Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM - The Independent
One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion. An undercover investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in The Independent today, has taped senior executives at Bell Pottinger:

▽Downing Steet denies lobbying influence - Financial Times
Downing Street has denied letting lobbyists influence government policy after it emerged one of the City’s top public relations firms had boasted to potential clients about its access to David Cameron and key members of his team.

▽Eurozone crisis: PM 'may refuse to sign EU treaty' - BBC
David Cameron has said he will not sign any reworked EU treaty designed to solve the eurozone crisis if it does not contain safeguards to protect British interests.

▽Traces of Radioactive Material Found in Japanese Baby Formula - Wall Street Journal
In the latest radiation food scare to hit Japan, the country's largest maker of baby formula said it found radioactive cesium in cans on store shelves. Although the measured amount falls well below the level the government has declared hazardous, the discovery lengthens the list of foods affected by the nuclear accident, and is the first in a product targeted at the age group considered most vulnerable to the effects of radioactivity.

▽EU antitrust regulators investigate Apple, e-book publishers - Los Angeles Times
European Union antitrust regulators are investigating Apple Inc. and the e-book business model it uses to sell digital titles from five of the largest international book publishers.

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News Headlines - 05 December 2011

▽Thousands Protest Against Putin After Russian Parliamentary Vote - Fox News
Several thousand protesters took to the streets and accused Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party of rigging this weekend's parliamentary election in which it won the largest share of the seats.

▽Egypt runoff vote exposes tensions between Islamists - CTV.ca
The runoff Monday for Egypt's first-round parliamentary elections heated up tensions between competing Islamist groups that have so far dominated the vote, with scuffles breaking out and allegations of death threats.

▽Hillary Clinton: US committed to Afghanistan - BBC
A major international conference on Afghanistan's future has opened in Bonn, Germany, but key player Pakistan is boycotting the talks in protest at a Nato attack on a border checkpoint last month.

▽Julian Assange extradition fight to continue in supreme court - The Guardian
Julian Assange has been handed a lifeline in his effort to avoid extradition, after two judges ruled he could approach the supreme court for permission to appeal against his removal to Sweden to face accusations of rape and sexual assault.

▽Nasa’s Kepler space telescope finds 'new Earth' - Telegraph.co.uk
Kepler 22b contains both land and water and has temperatures which average around 72 degrees (22 Celsius).
It also contains the right atmosphere to potentially support life.
It is, however, 600 light years from Earth.
The planet, where a year lasts 290 days, was first spotted two years ago.

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News Headlines - 04 December 2011

▽Putin's United Russia party suffers poll setback - BBC
Early returns from Russia's parliamentary polls point to a sharp drop in support for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

▽British embassy in Bahrain hit by mystery blast - Telegraph.co.uk
Bahrain authorities said the British embassy in the Gulf state was targetted in a mysterious blast as a canister packed with explosives blew apart a minibus near the complex.

▽Nick Clegg vows to get tough on excessive executive pay - The Guardian
Nick Clegg has committed the government to a crackdown on excessive executive pay, saying that austerity in the public sector had to be balanced by curbs on "irresponsible and unjustifiable" pay rises in the private sector.

▽Heineken buys 918 British pubs - BusinessWeek
Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has purchased Galaxy Pub Estate, owner of 918 pubs in Britain, from Royal Bank of Scotland PLC for 412 million pounds ($646 million) in cash.

▽Giant pandas arrive in Edinburgh from China - BBC
Two giant pandas have arrived in Edinburgh, after a nine-hour journey from China.
The specially-chartered flight for Edinburgh Zoo's new residents, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, touched down just after 13:00.
The pair are the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years.

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News Headlines - 03 December 2011

News Headlines - 03 December 2011
▽US Republican Herman Cain suspends campaign - BBC
US presidential hopeful Herman Cain has said he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination.
He blamed political and media pressure on his family in the wake of "false" allegations of sexual harassment and a 13-year-long extra-marital affair.

▽Eurozone was flawed from the start, says Jacques Delors - The Guardian
One of the architects of the euro, Jacques Delors, has said the eurozone was flawed from the start and that efforts to tackle its problems have been "too little, too late".

▽British soldier jailed for stabbing 10-year-old Afghan boy - Telegraph.co.uk
A British soldier has been jailed for stabbing a 10-year-old boy after getting drunk on vodka while serving in Afghanistan.

▽Robots set up home at Science Museum - BBC
A new exhibition at the Science Museum in London explores the rich history of robots throughout culture.

▽Nissan Leaf electric wins Japan car of the year - AFP
Japanese motor giant Nissan won Car of the Year Japan at the Tokyo Motor Show on Saturday for its Leaf electric model, its makers said, the first time an electric vehicle has picked up the award.

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News Headlines - 02 December 2011

▽Merkel urges euro fiscal union to tackle debt crisis - BBC
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Europe is working towards setting up a "fiscal union", in a bid to resolve the eurozone's debt crisis.

▽Attack on UK embassy in Iran 'had support of the state' - BBC
The ruling regime in Iran are likely to have supported an attack on the UK's embassy in Tehran, the British ambassador to the country has said.

▽Jeremy Clarkson's One Show rant: complaints hit 21,000 - The Guardian
Jeremy Clarkson may have apologised, but the outrage over his comments on public sector strikers being shot continues – with more than 21,000 complaints to the BBC by early Friday morning.

▽Woodford vs Olympus execs / Battle moves into proxy fight at extra shareholders meeting - The Daily Yomiuri
Former Olympus Corp. President Michael Woodford's battle to streamline the management of the scandal-hit major optical maker has moved to the next stage: a proxy fight between him and current President Shuichi Takayama and other board members.

▽Fastest Trains in the World - Siliconindia.com
1. China CRH2
2. JR-Maglev MLX01 – Japan
3. Taiwan THSR 700T
4. Shinkansen of Japan
5. AVE Spain

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News Headlines - 01 December 2011

▽How to Save the Euro - Wall Street Journal
When euro-zone partners meet next week for another summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will ask 17 member nations to sign on to fiscal union and sign away their budget sovereignty. But restive global investors have lost their appetite for yet another grand solution too distant to count on. They are deeply discounting profligate governments' promises to mend their ways. What's needed is the strong arm of the European Central Bank to remove catastrophic risk from the marketplace without risking the bank's core mission of fighting inflation.

▽French President Warns of Dire Consequences if Euro Crisis Goes Unsolved - New York Times
Saying that he wanted to tell the truth to the French people, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday night that Europe could be “swept away” by the euro crisis if it does not change. Europe, he said, would, “have to make crucial choices in the next few weeks,” and he said that France and Germany together were supporting a new treaty to tighten fiscal discipline and promote economic convergence in the euro zone.

▽Banks told to cut bonuses in case eurozone collapses - Metro
Banks were warned to cut bonuses and dividends in preparation for the possible collapse of the eurozone.

▽Wikileaks disclosure shines light on Big Brother - CBS News
A set of nearly 300 documents that the document-leaking Web site published today reveals how extensive and privacy-invasive the secretive multi-billion dollar industry devoted to surveillance technology has become.

▽Attorney general warns journalists over parliament reporting - Journalism.co.uk
Following controversial injunction-breaking statements in parliament earlier this year, Dominic Grieve warns journalists they are not necessarily protected from prosecution in their coverage

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News Headlines - 30 November 2011

▽What impact has the public sector strike had? - BBC
Workers began to walk out at midnight and the unions say around two million people have taken part in the industrial action, causing disruption to public transport, schools, courts and council services.

▽Day the world's banks wobbled: Britain joins multi-billion-pound global bailout as key banks face new credit crunch
- Daily Mail
Britain has been sucked into a second credit crunch that threatens the stability of the world’s banking system, Downing Street warned last night.
Central banks from around the world – including the Bank of England and China’s equivalent – yesterday launched a dramatic rescue bid worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
It was agreed to head off a repeat of the 2008 crash when banks simply stopped lending to each other, bringing the world economy to a halt.

▽Gold Ends at 2-Week High on Liquidity Boost - Wall Street Journal
Gold futures surged to settle at a two-week high after coordinated action from central banks made additional liquidity available to the global financial system.

▽Iran: UK diplomatic break is step into unknown - BBC
Britain, encouraged by the outspoken support of countries like China as well as Europe and the United States, has decided to make the toughest response possible to Tuesday's attacks on the British embassy buildings in Tehran.

▽Clinton in Myanmar to test new leadership’s pledge of reform; says US cautious but encouraged - Washington Post
Looking to cement a foreign policy success and prod reform in one of the world’s most isolated and authoritarian nations, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she was hopeful that “flickers of progress” would burst into flames of reform in Myanmar.

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News Headlines - 29 November 2011

▽Almost One In Five Oppose Murdoch Re-Election - Sky News
Nearly a quarter of independent shareholders in BSkyB opposed James Murdoch's re-election as the company's chairman amid the fallout from the phone-hacking crisis that has engulfed News International.

▽Chris Bryant: BSkyB used details from phone hacking to aid lobbying - Telegraph.co.uk 
News Corporation passed information obtained by hacking to BSkyB to help it "advance its commercial interests", Chris Bryant, the Labour MP has claimed.

▽Britain braces for ‘debt storm’ - Financial Times 
Admitting that even this dark outlook could turn out to be optimistic if the eurozone crisis worsened, the chancellor warned that political failure in Europe could result in “a much worse outcome” for Britain.

▽Public sector strikes: the key questions - The Guardian
All your questions answered about the 30 November public sector workers' pension strike

▽Ten Weirdest Life-forms of 2011: Editors' Picks - National Geographic

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News Headlines - 28 November 2011

▽Millions of Egyptians Take Part In Historic Election - ABC News
Egyptians took to the polls en masse today, eager to participate in the first parliamentary elections since the ousting of longtime President Hosni Mubarak last February. Although many feared the elections would be marred by violence this has not been the case, with many reports indicating a sense of optimism and goodwill in the air.

▽Bloody, Bloodier Paths for Syria - Wall Street Journal
The Arab Spring's longest conflict will end with the collapse of President Bashar al-Assad's rule, more people in Syria and abroad believe. But members of the domestic and international community are divided on what sort of regime could follow.

▽Anger Builds Against U.S. as Pakistan Mulls Action Over Attack - New York Times
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani angrily protested the NATO strikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers over the weekend, even as early American and Pakistani accounts of the events diverged sharply and it remained unclear exactly what precipitated that attack.

▽£50bn black hole as UK seen sliding back into recession - Telegraph.co.uk
The Paris-based think tank's forecast came as it warned that Britain has already begun to slide back into recession and that the Bank of England will have to pump another £125bn into the economy to salvage the recovery.

▽Toyota Unveils High-Tech Concept Car Ahead of Show - TIME
Toyota’s president unveiled a futuristic concept car resembling a giant smartphone to demonstrate how Japan’s top automaker is trying to take the lead in technology at the upcoming Tokyo auto show.

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News Headlines - 27 November 2011

▽Nothing will stop us from striking: Two thirds of schools to shut, airports set for chaos, Army on standby - but unions won't discuss a last-minute peace deal - Daily Mail 
Union leaders have declared there is nothing the Government can do to avert the biggest strikes in a generation this week.
As the Army is put on standby to secure Britain’s borders,  millions of public sector workers are being warned that a ‘hugely  generous’ pensions offer from ministers will be withdrawn if a deal is not agreed by the end  of the year.
But the head of the Trades Union Congress, Brendan Barber, said it was ‘unlikely’ there was anything the Government could say to persuade him to call off Wednesday’s action.

▽Army on standby to deal with passport queues during public sector strike - The Guardian
The army are on standby to keep Britain's borders secure and handle passport queues during Wednesday's strikes over public service pensions, Francis Maude has confirmed.
The Cabinet Office minister also told unions that they have until the end of the year to accept the government's current offer or it will be taken off the table – the first time that ministers have set a deadline for talks to be concluded.

▽City of London bonuses to fall, base pay up -survey - Reuters
Bonuses in the City of London finance district are set to fall 22 percent from last year although this will be compensated to a certain extent by a rise in base pay, said a survey by financial services recruitment firm Astbury Marsden.

▽Iran's parliament votes to expel British ambassador - The Guardian
Iran's parliament has voted to expel the British ambassador in Tehran in retaliation against economic sanctions imposed by the west over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme.

▽Arab League Approves Sanctions Against Syria - Voice of America
Arab League foreign ministers, meeting in Cairo, agreed Sunday to impose a series of biting economic sanctions on Syria, after Damascus failed to accept an Arab plan to send monitors in response to its deadly crackdown on an opposition uprising. The ministers will meet again next Saturday to review the effects of their action.

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News Headlines - 26 November 2011

▽Egypt Braces for Fresh Clashes After Protester’s Death - New York Times
The killing of an unarmed demonstrator by the police on Saturday threatened to stir up new protests here as Egypt’s military rulers and political parties braced for potential chaos surrounding the parliamentary elections scheduled to start on Monday.

▽Nato: 'Highly likely' we caused Pakistan troop deaths - BBC
It is "highly likely" that Nato aircraft were behind a deadly overnight raid on a Pakistani border checkpoint, a Nato spokesman has told the BBC.

▽Max Mosley sues Google in France and Germany over 'orgy' search results - The Guardian
Max Mosley is suing Google in France and Germany in an attempt to force the internet company to monitor and censor search results about his alleged sado-masochistic orgy... Mosley is battling to remove from the internet false and libellous references to an alleged "Nazi-themed" orgy and a News of the World video. He told the inquiry he had taken legal action in 22 countries and ordered the removal of material from 193 websites in Germany.

▽$2.5 billion Mars rover departs Earth, heads for red planet - CNET
A towering Atlas 5 rocket flashed to life and vaulted into space Saturday, putting on a spectacular weekend sky show as it boosted NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory rover on an eight-and-a-half-month, 352-million-mile voyage to the red planet.

▽Secret history of Stonehenge revealed - The Independent
Current research is now suggesting that Stonehenge may already have been an important sacred site at least 500 years before the first Stone circle was erected – and that the sanctity of its location may have determined the layout of key aspects of the surrounding sacred landscape... It increases the likelihood that the site was originally and primarily associated with sun worship

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News Headlines - 25 November 2011

▽U.S. Increases Pressure on Egypt's Military to Hand Over Power to Civilian Leaders - Fox News
The U.S. increased pressure Friday on Egypt's military rulers to hand over power to civilian leaders, and the generals turned to a Mubarak-era politician to head a new government in a move that failed to satisfy the more than 100,000 protesters who jammed Tahrir Square in the biggest rally yet this week.

▽Public sector strike could see Heathrow 'grind to halt' - BBC
Heathrow airport has asked airlines to halve the number of passengers they fly into the airport next week to try to minimise disruption caused by a strike.

▽Japan Benchmark 10-Year Yield Completes Biggest Weekly Gain Since January - Bloomberg
Japan’s benchmark bond yields rose above 1 percent and completed the biggest weekly gain since January on concern the government will fail to rein in the world’s largest debt burden.

▽Japan deflation persists - Reuters
Japan's core consumer prices fell for the first time in four months in the year to October after a cigarette tax hike a year ago dropped out from calculations revealing persistent deflation caused by chronically weak domestic demand.

▽CO2 climate sensitivity 'overestimated' - BBC
Global temperatures could be less sensitive to changing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels than previously thought, a study suggests.

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News Headlines - 24 November 2011

▽German bond auction 'disaster' rocks markets - Telegraph.co.uk
The German government was unable to sell about 35pc of the €6bn (£5bn) 10-year bonds it offered to the market, getting just €3.9bn of debt away. The setback came as Fitch Ratings issued a warning that France’s AAA credit rating would be at risk should the crisis result in a sharper downturn in the country than currently envisaged.

▽IMF Warns Japan Debt Could "Quickly Become Unsustainable" - Wall Street Journal
The International Monetary Fund warned in a new report that market concerns over fiscal sustainability could trigger a "sudden spike" in Japanese government bond yields that could "quickly" render the nation's debt unsustainable as well as shake the global economy.

▽Gunmen shoot, kill five protesters in Yemen capital - Reuters
At least five people were killed when plainclothes gunmen opened fire on Yemeni protesters in the centre of the capital Sanaa on Thursday, witnesses and a hospital official said, a day after President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal to hand over power.

▽Sir James Dyson funds £1.4m professorship at Cambridge University - The Guardian
Sir James Dyson has called for a march of the scientists and engineers through British boardrooms as he launched a £1.4m professorship at Cambridge University with a warning that the academic status of inventors is not reflected in the executive world.

▽UK net migration hits record high - The Guardian
Net migration to Britain rose to a record 252,000 in 2010, despite the government's target to bring it down to "tens of thousands", according to the latest annual figures.

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News Headlines - 23 November 2011

▽German bond sale fails to attract buyers - Financial Times
Germany saw one of its poorest debt sales on Wednesday in what was seen as a failed auction by many market participants amid fears the eurozone’s debt crisis is spreading all the way to Berlin.

▽Egyptian police, protesters clash for 5th day in central Cairo as UN condemns violence - Washington Post
Egyptian police clashed with anti-government protesters for a fifth day in central Cairo Wednesday as a rights group raised the overall death toll from the ongoing unrest to at least 38. The United Nations strongly condemned what it called the use of excessive force by security forces.

▽Hacking 'much more widespread' - The Press Association
A lawyer for phone-hacking victims has claimed that the illegal interception of voicemails was "much more widespread" than just the News of the World.

▽DMGT profits fall as regional ads slump - The Guardian
Daily Mail & General Trust has reported a 15% fall in pre-tax profit to £125m in the year to 2 October, as profits plunged 37% at its ailing Northcliffe Media regional newspaper business.

▽F.C.C. Seeks Review of AT&T Merger With T-Mobile - New York Times
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission took steps Tuesday to block the proposed $39 billion merger of the mobile phone companies AT&T and T-Mobile USA.

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News Headlines - 22 November 2011

▽Thomas Cook's £900m Debt Woes Deepen - Sky News
Europe's second biggest tour operator Thomas Cook has announced it is in negotiations with banks about its growing £900m debt.
As a result, it plans to delay the announcement of its annual results due on Thursday.

▽BOE Says Concern Over Financial-System Shock Rises ‘Sharply’ - BusinessWeek
The Bank of England said concern among market participants of another shock to the financial system jumped in the second half of the year as Europe grappled with its debt crisis.

▽US growth revised down to 2% - Financial Times
The US economy grew slower than originally thought in the third quarter as businesses drew down their inventories faster than expected.

▽Crowds Clash With Police in Cairo for Fourth Straight Day - New York Times
Huge crowds of protesters filled Tahrir Square in central Cairo on Tuesday and battled with the police in nearby streets for the fourth straight day, braving an increasingly lethal crackdown to demand an end to military rule.

▽Turkish premier urges Syrian leader to step down - The Associated Press
Turkey's prime minister said Tuesday that Syria's president must step down over the country's crackdown on dissent, ratcheting up the pressure on the increasingly isolated Bashar Assad.
Turkey's call came as Syrian activists reported that five people — including four children — were killed Tuesday.

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News Headlines - 21 November 2011

▽Fog disruption of flights from Heathrow continues - BBC
Thousands of passengers are facing a second day of disruption as fog continues to force the cancellation of flights in and out of London.

▽Spain markets suffer on crisis fears after election - BBC
Spanish markets have suffered after an election dominated by the eurozone crisis led to the bloc's third change of government in three weeks.

▽Protesters clash with police for third day in Egypt's Tahrir Square - Telegraph.co.uk
Running battles between protesters and riot police erupt in Cairo's Tahrir Square after a night of deadly violence that left at least 13 people dead.

▽Khmer Rouge Genocide Trial Opens in Cambodia - Voice of America
Prosecutors in the U.N.-backed trial of three top Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia accused the men of masterminding one of the worst horrors of the 20th Century.

▽Milly's parents attend press probe - The Press Association
Milly Dowler's parents have arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice to give evidence to the press standards inquiry triggered by revelations about the hacking of their murdered daughter's phone.
Sally and Bob Dowler, the first witnesses at the Leveson Inquiry, will describe the heartbreak they suffered when a private investigator gave them false hope about their missing daughter by deleting voicemails from her mobile.

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News Headlines - 20 November 2011

▽Capture of Gaddafi son ends "Libyan drama" - Reuters
Libyan militiamen were holding Saif al-Islam in their mountain stronghold on Sunday, a day after seizing him without a fight in the southern desert and a month after his father, Muammar Gaddafi, was captured and killed.

▽Syrian Baath Party building 'hit by rockets' - Telegraph.co.uk
Syrian Army defectors say they launched a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a Baath Party building in Damascus on Sunday, in the first insurgent attack inside the Syrian capital since the uprising began.

▽Egyptian protesters clash with police for second day - The Guardian
Egyptian riot police, firing teargas and rubber bullets, have clashed for a second day with thousands of rock-throwing protesters demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government.

▽Suu Kyi's NLD democracy party to rejoin Burma politics - BBC
The party of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has agreed to re-enter the political process and contest parliamentary elections.

▽U.S. plans tough sanctions on Iran; 'unprecedented' isolation - Ha'aretz
U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon tells reporters while accompanying President Barack Obama to Indonesia, that U.S., China and Russia wanted to ensure Islamic Republic does not develop nuclear weapons.

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News Headlines - 19 November 2011

▽Occupy UK converges on London - The Guardian
The Occupy movement continued to acquire momentum on Saturday as protesters from camps across the country converged in London to begin shaping a national campaign.
The supporters – from more than 10 Occupy sites, including Plymouth, the Isle of Wight and Edinburgh – gathered as the campaign opened an empty office building owned by the Swiss bank UBS as a venue for discussions, after taking control of it on Friday.

▽Family Doctors May Lose Power to Decide on Sickness Claims for Employees - Bloomberg
The Independent Review Into Sickness Absence, to be published next week, will say that family doctors, known as General Practitioners, aren’t well-placed to judge what work sick people could do, and have no incentive not to sign sick notes sought by their patients. The report will suggest a government-funded service to which both employers and doctors could turn

▽Four Metropolitan Police officers stabbed in London - BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15803860Witnesses said a man had been chased by police in and out of shops before he fled into a butchers, grabbed a knife and attacked the officers.
Two of the PCs were seriously hurt and one suffered a broken hand during Saturday's incident in Kingsbury Road.

▽Scandal-hit Microsoft admits blow to morale - Telegraph.co.uk
Anyone who thought Microsoft was full of straight-laced computer geeks was wrong. Over the summer, a £10m High Court battle raised the curtain on allegations of a culture of lewd behaviour, heavy drinking and sexism at its UK division, entirely at odds with its blue chip corporate image.

▽Microsoft shareholders losing faith in Steve Ballmer - V3.co.uk
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has seen shareholder support slip, despite the firm posting record profits for the financial year, as major investors continue to show concern over the company's direction.

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News Headlines - 18 November 2011

▽Natalie Wood case reopened after new evidence emerges - The Guardian
Witness says Wood fought with husband Robert Wagner on fatal night but sheriff's department denies he is suspect

▽Occupy London protesters take over empty UBS bank offices - The Guardian
Activists from the Occupy London movement have abruptly changed tactics, following a month of open-air tent protests, by seizing a vacant office complex owned by a major global bank.

▽Egyptian writers on the 'unfinished revolution' - The Guardian
The pollution in Cairo is legendary, but these days, the air is also heavy with frustration. The euphoria prompted by the successful overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February has subsided and there are now warning signs that the freedoms won in those early days of the revolution are in danger of being lost.

▽Iran nuclear: UN voices 'deep concern' over plans - BBC
The UN's nuclear watchdog has passed a resolution expressing "deep and increasing concern" about Iran's nuclear programme.

▽Billions Lost by Olympus May Be Tied to Criminals - New York Times
Japanese officials say that at least $4.9 billion is unaccounted for in a financial scandal at Olympus and are investigating whether much of that money went to companies with links to organized crime.

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News Headlines - 17 November 2011

▽Occupy London: St Paul's protesters defy eviction notice - Telegraph.co.uk
Protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral defy a 6pm deadline to move on and promise to return "again and again" if forced to leave the site.

▽Occupy Wall Street eviction: dragged kicking and screaming US protesters fight back - Telegraph.co.uk
Dozens of protesters were arrested across the US yesterday, as the Occupy Wall Street movement fought back against its eviction in New York with a series of demonstrations.

▽Man charged with Obama assassination attempt - USA Today
A 21-year-old man accused of firing a semiautomatic rifle at the White House last week was formally charged Thursday with attempting to assassinate President Obama or members of his staff.

▽Germany's secret plans to derail a British referendum on the EU - Telegraph.co.uk
Germany has drawn up secret plans to prevent a British referendum on the overhaul of the European Union amid concerns it could derail the eurozone rescue package, leaked documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph disclose.

▽Stephen Lawrence's best friend breaks down as he tells jury how teenager died - The Guardian
Stephen Lawrence's best friend struggled through overwhelming emotion to tell an Old Bailey jury how the dying teenager repeatedly asked him: "Look at me, what's happened to me?" in the final minutes of his life.

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News Headlines - 16 November 2011

▽U.K. SFO Said to Start Probe of Japan’s Olympus Corp. - BusinessWeek
U.K. prosecutors are opening a formal investigation into Olympus Corp. after the company said it hid losses from investors, a person familiar with the probe said.

▽Japan pushes for reactor exports even as it debates nuclear policy at home - Washington Post
Despite public criticism, new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has so far answered the conglomerates’ call for support as they try to strike deals with countries like Vietnam, Jordan and Lithuania.

▽Stephen Lawrence trial hears from first witness - The Guardian
A witness to the fatal attack on Stephen Lawrence has described to the Old Bailey how a group of white boys collided with the teenager, overwhelmed him and forced him down to the floor.

▽Bank of England sees 'worsened' economic outlook - BBC
The UK's economic outlook has worsened and the economy could stagnate until the middle of next year, the governor of the Bank of England has said.

▽Merkel ups German demand for political union in Europe - Evening Standard
Angela Merkel today piled further pressure on eurozone citizens to accept her demand for political union as she declared Germany was prepared to let go of its national sovereignty.

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News Headlines - 15 November 2011

▽Apple tried to silence voice of Siri - Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Briggs however pointed out that he had recorded the thousands of sentences used to create the British Siri persona “Daniel” six years ago for another company and had never had a contract with Apple.
The firm has not been in touch since, Mr Briggs told The Telegraph.

▽Apple Names Former Genentech Chief as New Chairman - PCWorld
Arthur Levinson, former CEO of biotech company Genentech, is taking on the chairmanship of Apple's board, filling the role that Apple founder Steve Jobs vacated when he died last month.
Apple also awarded a board seat to Robert Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

▽Facebook Risks Losing Users as Porn, Violence Jam Newsfeeds - BusinessWeek
Facebook Inc. risks losing users who are offended by what researchers said is an inundation of violent images and hardcore pornography into some newsfeeds. The social network said it’s investigating the matter.

▽Stephen Lawrence DNA 'found on defendants' clothes' - BBC
Blood found on the jacket of a man accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence matched the black teenager's DNA, an Old Bailey jury has heard.

▽Money alone will not rescue the euro - Financial Times
In the chain of Europe’s sovereign debt contagion the biggest domino of all is teetering. Twice in a week, Rome’s 10-year cost of credit has broken through the 7 per cent mark. Should debt markets close the door on Italy altogether, the euro would be in lethal danger.

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News Headlines - 14 November 2011

▽Two on trial for high-profile British racist murder - Reuters
Dobson was cleared of Lawrence's murder at a trial in 1996. The Court of Appeal quashed that acquittal in May and said he could stand trial again.
A second trial was only made possible after a change in 2005 that ended the legal doctrine of double jeopardy, which prevented a defendant being tried again for a crime they had been cleared of.

▽Stephen Lawrence judge places 'absolute prohibition' on jurors' internet research - Evening Standard
The judge in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial today placed an "absolute prohibition" on jurors researching on the internet.

▽Phone hacking: 'nearly 30 NI staff named in Glenn Mulcaire notes' - The Guardian
The names of 28 News International employees appear in notebooks belonging to Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the News of the World, the Leveson inquiry into press standards heard on its first day at London's high court.

▽Merkel urges stronger union to back euro - Financial Times
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, called on Monday for Europe to build a “political union” to underpin the euro and help the continent emerge from its “toughest hour since world war two”.

▽Japan Economy Rebounds From Earthquake -  Wall Street Journal
The Japanese economy grew at a brisk 6% annualized rate in the July-September period, as strong rebounds in exports and consumption helped fuel a recovery from the massive dislocations caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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News Headlines - 13 November 2011

▽Japan's Free-Trade Move Criticized - Wall Street Journal
Japan's prime minister hoped for praise at the weekend summit of Asia-Pacific leaders here for his bold pledge to join a U.S.-led free-trade pact—but the move drew instant skepticism abroad and at home, showing just how difficult the process will be for Tokyo.

▽Obama Puts Pressure on China as U.S. Asserts Influence in Asia - Bloomberg
President Barack Obama used his role as host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to pressure China on currency and intellectual property rights while telling voters that nations in the region are counting on U.S. leadership.

▽Queen to lead remembrance tribute - BBC
The Queen will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in London later as part of Remembrance Sunday events around the UK to honour the country's war dead.

▽Argentina slams 'provocative' Prince William military posting - Metro
Britain has been branded 'provocative' after it was revealed that Prince William will be posted to the Falkland Islands.

▽Heathrow passenger numbers decline - The Guardian
Heathrow Airport has suffered its first decline in passengers since last year as airlines cut domestic flights.
Britain's largest airport carried just over 6 million people in October, a fall of 1.3% on the same period last year and bringing to an end nine consecutive months of growth.

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News Headlines - 12 November 2011

▽Silvio Berlusconi finally resigns as Italy's prime minister, to cheers from supporters and jeers from foes - Telegraph.co.uk
His departure came hours after the country's lower house of parliament approved, by a margin of 380 votes to 26, an urgently-needed package of economic reforms designed to tackle the country's €1.9 trillion debt, revive its sluggish economy and prevent it from going the way of Greece.

▽Unions reject 15-minute strike idea - The Press Association
Union leaders have attacked a Government minister for making a "daft" suggestion that public sector workers wouldn't lose any pay if they only go on strike for 15 minutes during a day of action later this month.

▽Bank to publish inflation report - The Press Association
The Bank of England will reveal how likely a double-dip recession is in the UK when it publishes its quarterly inflation report on Wednesday.
The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is expected to slash its forecasts for growth and inflation as a raft of key indicators all point towards the economy heading into reverse.

▽Valve's online game service Steam hit by hackers - BBC
The Steam video game service, used by 35 million people, has been compromised by hackers.
Its owner and operator, Valve, uncovered an intrusion into a user database while investigating a security breach of its discussion forums.

▽What iPhones really cost: We reveal, piece by piece, what it actually cost Apple to make the 4S - Daily Mail
Expert analysts from technology firm iSuppli have prised open the pristine casing and totted up the cost of each component.

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News Headlines - 11 November 2011

▽Hacking police find 'bombshell' emails: Now detectives may want to question James Murdoch - Daily Mail
Police investigating phone-hacking at the News of the World have recovered a series of ‘bombshell’ emails which they believe takes the inquiry to ‘a new level’.
The emails were among tens of thousands held by the newspaper at a data storage facility in India.
Police are believed to want to question News International chief James Murdoch and former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks about their contents.

▽BSkyB chairman James Murdoch under fire from investor group - This is Money
BSKYB has come under fire from Britain’s leading investor body over the role of chairman James Murdoch.
The Association of British Insurers, which represents big City investors, has issued an ‘amber-top’ alert to its members over the broadcaster’s corporate governance.

▽Eurozone crisis will hit UK hard, warns Cameron - The Guardian
Britain's economy will be hit hard by further turmoil in the eurozone, David Cameron has warned, despite widespread relief on world financial markets as a new leader was installed in Greece and Italian politicians backed harsh austerity measures.

▽London wins bid to host 2017 World Athletics Championships - The Guardian
London has beaten Doha to the 2017 world athletics championships, leading Lord Coe and the bid team to claim their victory would have far-reaching benefits for the sport and the Olympics legacy.

▽Japan to Join Talks on Pacific Trade Pact - New York Times
In a contentious move that could make or break his government, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Friday that Japan would join talks toward an ambitious pan-Pacific free trade pact. The accord would potentially open up new markets for Japanese exporters but enrage the nation’s powerful farmers, who say their livelihoods would be wiped out.

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News Headlines - 10 November 2011

▽Lucas Papademos to lead Greece's interim coalition government - The Guardian
Greece's party leaders agreed to give Papademos the mandate to form an interim coalition government to replace that of George Papandreou. He will be sworn in as prime minister at noon on Friday, the presidential palace announced.

▽James Murdoch 'knows nothing' - BBC
If James Murdoch's reputation took a further battering today, it was because he was forced to apologise for and deny knowledge of yet more wrong doing - including the covert surveillance of members of the select committee and of lawyers who represent victims of phone hacking by the News of the World.

▽Prince William to go to the Falklands for six-week posting during 30th anniversary of conflict - Daily Mail
Prince William will undertake a six-week tour of duty in the Falkland Islands early next year, the 30th anniversary of the conflict.
The future king, an RAF Search and Rescue pilot, will fly to the South Atlantic in February for the posting without his new wife.

▽Poppy-Burning Extremist Group Banned In UK - Sky News
A poppy-burning Muslim group which has now been banned in the UK has exclusively told Sky News it has cancelled an Armistice Day demonstration.
Speaking to Sky's security editor Sam Kiley, Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) spokesman Anjem Choudary said the "Hell for Heroes" protest would not go ahead.

▽Recovering Japan automakers now fight Thai floods - Boston.com
Among Japan's automakers, Honda Motor Co. has been the worst hit by the Thai flooding -- a disaster that arrived just as automakers were recovering from the production slide caused by the March 11 tsunami in northeastern Japan that wiped out parts suppliers. Others such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have also suffered.

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News Headlines - 09 November 2011

▽London protests: police put a stop to Trafalgar Square 'tent city' - Telegraph.co.uk
Police stepped in to prevent another “tent city” being set up in central London yesterday after protesters attempted to occupy Trafalgar Square.

▽Students marching against tuition fees met with 'total policing' tactics - The Guardian
Thousands of students and protesters marched through London to protest against tuition fees and the "privatisation" of the higher education systemon Wednesday, flanked by a huge police presence determined to ensure the violent scenes that erupted last year were not repeated.

▽Debt crisis: while Rome burns, the eurozone fiddles - Telegraph.co.uk
The country's escalating crisis prompted questions about whether European leaders had sufficient will or financial firepower to rescue it.
The interest rate at which the Italian government borrows on the international bond markets hit seven per cent – the point at which the smaller eurozone economies of Ireland, Portugal and Greece had to be rescued.

▽The Beginning of the End of Adobe Flash Player - PCWorld
Adobe is trying to put a positive spin on the news that the company is stopping development on mobile Flash Player. From now on, Adobe will focus on HTML5 and AIR-based native apps for smartphones, while pushing forward with Flash Player on PCs.

▽Japan Entry in Trade Pact May Open $48 Billion Farm Market - BusinessWeek
Japan’s participation in a free trade group led by the U.S. could open up the country’s agriculture markets worth $48 billion to foreign exporters of rice, sugar and beef, boosting global prices.

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News Headlines - 08 November 2011

▽Olympus admits hid losses for decades - Reuters
Japan's Olympus admitted on Tuesday it hid losses on securities investments dating back two decades, bowing to weeks of pressure to explain a series of baffling transactions that have put the future of the firm in doubt.

▽Olympus’ proffered truths invite yet more questions - Financial Times
In the three and a half weeks since Olympus’ ousted British chief executive accused it of mislaying more than $1bn of shareholders’ money, the truth has emerged fitfully, in a series of half-disclosures that have invited more questions than they answered.

▽Olympus Casts Spotlight on Accounting - Wall Street Journal
Olympus Corp.'s admission that it had finessed its accounting for two decades to hide losses cast a spotlight on the prominent accounting firms that signed off on the company's financial statements for that period.

▽Ex-CEO says Olympus money trail still hides secrets - Fox Business
The former chief executive of Japan's embattled Olympus said on Tuesday the company's partners should come under close scrutiny after the camera and endoscope maker admitted it hid securities investment losses for two decades.Michael Woodford, who was fired on October 14 after persistently asking why the company had spent around $1.3 billion on obscure fees and acquisitions, said questions remained to be answered about the money trail.

▽Olympus shareholders say board must go - Reuters
The largest foreign investor in Japan's Olympus demanded the resignation of the company's entire board and urged Japanese authorities to resist any temptation to draw a line under an embarrassing scandal by delisting the business.

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News Headlines - 07 November 2011

▽Doctor guilty of killing Jackson - The Press Association
Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr Conrad Murray has been convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the star.
Murray gave the King of Pop a fatal overdose of the dangerous anaesthetic propofol, jurors ruled.

▽News of the World hired investigators to spy on hacking victims' lawyers - The Guardian
The News of the World hired a specialist private investigator to run covert surveillance on two of the lawyers representing phone-hacking victims as part of an operation to put pressure on them to stop their work.

▽Greek leaders fail to appoint PM - Financial Times
Greek leaders failed to meet a self-imposed deadline for appointing a new prime minister on Monday after talks stalled with Lucas Papademos, a former vice-president of the European Central Bank, according to officials.

▽Iran ready and able to build a nuclear bomb, UN watchdog warns the world - Telegraph.co.uk
Iran has acquired the know-how and material to build its first nuclear weapon with assistance from a former Soviet scientist, the UN's nuclear safety watchdog will disclose on Tuesday.
A landmark report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will detail how specialists from Pakistan and North Korea have also helped to take the Islamic regime to the threshold of full nuclear capability.

▽Eurozone debt crisis 'could wipe 10pc off house prices' says Taylor Wimpey - Telegraph.co.uk
House prices in the UK could plunge 10pc as a result of the eurozone debt crisis, the chief executive of Taylor Wimpey has warned.

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News Headlines - 06 November 2011

▽Japan's Emperor Akihito admitted to Tokyo hospital - BBC
Japan's Emperor Akihito has been admitted to hospital in Tokyo.
The Emperor, who turns 78 next month, was suffering from a cold, fever and symptoms of bronchitis, the Imperial Household Agency said.

▽Japan to join Pacific trade pact talks: report - AFP
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is to announce the country will join negotiations on a trans-Pacific trade agreement despite strong opposition from farmers, a report said Sunday.

▽Italy Yield Surge Sets Berlusconi on Bailout Path: Euro Credit - BusinessWeek
Italian bond yields are sending the nation down the same path taken by Greece, Portugal and Ireland in the days before they were forced to seek rescues.

▽Greek Political Parties Agree To Form Unity Government - Wall Street Journal
Greece's major political parties on Sunday agreed to form a national unity government that will lead the country to new elections after putting in place a debt-slashing deal, in the hope of averting financial catastrophe for the country and winning back the trust of its European partners.

▽Citigroup Tries to Calm a Japanese Watchdog - Wall Street Journal
Citigroup Inc. is moving to try to quell anger among regulators in Japan who are growing increasingly impatient at what they see as the bank's inability to fix regulatory problems that have led to three scandals in seven years.

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News Headlines - 05 November 2011

▽Sun journalist arrested over alleged police payments bailed - The Guardian
Jamie Pyatt bailed until March following arrest by detectives working on inquiry into allegations journalists paid police

▽Murdoch gave loyal lieutenant Rebekah Brooks £1.7m pay-off, car and office - The Guardian
News International chairman may face questions in Commons over generous severance deal despite phone-hacking scandal

▽Greek opposition refuses to join coalition - Financial Times
George Papandreou’s chances of putting together a strong coalition government that could persuade international lenders to unblock fresh funding for Greece have faded after the conservative leader bluntly rejected his proposal.

▽ST-Ericsson chips to power Nokia Windows Phones - ZDNet UK
Nokia has signed up ST-Ericsson to supply processors for Windows Phone devices, a move away from its reliance on Qualcomm as sole chip provider.

▽Sir Alex Ferguson's evolutionary approach keeps Manchester United thriving - Telegraph.co.uk
The world population has increased by two billion since Sir Alex Ferguson took over at Manchester United 25 years ago; that’s a lot of people to whom he is about as changeable as the existence of gravity.

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News Headlines - 04 November 2011

▽Greek PM: Will Start Talks With All Parties To Form Coalition Government - Wall Street Journal
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said Friday that he will start talks with all parties for the formation of a coalition government that will ratify a bailout package by Greece's creditors.

▽Head of UK border force Brodie Clark suspended - BBC
The head of the UK border force has been suspended by the Home Office following allegations staff were told to relax some identity checks.

▽Markets fall as G20 indecision revives doubts over eurozone rescue plan - Telegraph.co.uk
Traders sold Italian, German, French and Spanish equities as world leaders left Cannes without delivering concrete resolutions for the eurozone - just hours before Greek prime minister George Papandreou won a crucial a vote of confidence in parliament. The PM won by 153 votes to 145, clearing the way for a new coalition government and the next tranche of EU bail-out money to be paid..

▽Japan auto output still slowed from Thai flood - Atlanta Journal Constitution
The manufacturing disruptions from the flooding in Thailand are continuing to take their toll on Japanese automakers.

▽David Beckham wants English manager to replace Capello - BBC
David Beckham says he wants an Englishman to lead the national team after Fabio Capello steps down following Euro 2012.

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News Headlines - 03 November 2011

▽Greece may leave euro, leaders admit - The Guardian
The G20 is planning to increase the crisis-fighting firepower of the International Monetary Fund after the first day of its summit was dominated by the first open admission from EU leaders that it might be necessary for Greece to leave the eurozone if the single currency is to survive.

▽A Greek Euro-Zone Exit Would Be Messy - Wall Street Journal
The chances of Greece leaving the euro may have fallen on Thursday as the likelihood of a referendum receded. But the open airing of that possibility has broken the single most important rule governing the issue: If you're going to do it, don't advertise it beforehand.

▽Japan’s nuclear conundrum The $64 billion question - The Economist
Once the Fukushima nuclear plant is stable, the government should temporarily nationalise its operator

▽Phone-hacking: Police revise up number of potential victims - BBC
A total of 5,795 people may have had their phones hacked by the News of the World (NoW) newspaper, police now say.

▽James Bond: Skyfall opens new chapter for 007 - BBC
The title was, as the James Bond producers admitted, "the worst-kept secret in London".
The name Skyfall had been heavily rumoured after it was registered as an internet domain earlier this year.

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News Headlines - 02 November 2011

▽Japanese TV manufacturers admit defeat - Financial Times
Two of Japan’s best-known television makers raised white flags of defeat this week in their battle with Taiwanese and South Korean rivals.
Sony and Panasonic, whose TVs dominated the world’s living rooms for much of the analogue era, are shrinking their operations dramatically in an acknowledgment that they have failed to compete in the age of digital flatscreens.

▽Japan Faces $510 Billion Losses From Yen Sales, JPMorgan Says - Bloomberg
Japan's government faces almost 40 trillion yen ($512 billion) in losses from intervening in the foreign-exchange markets to stem the yen's advance, according to estimates by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

▽Fed lowers economic forecast to take into account significant slowdown in growth - CNN
The central bank’s latest forecast released Wednesday predicts that the economy will grow just 1.6 percent to 1.7 percent for all of 2011. For 2012, growth will range between 2.5 percent and 2.9 percent. Both forecasts are roughly a full percentage point lower than the Fed’s projections from June.

▽Israel, Palestinians anger US with moves that hurt peace efforts but no consequences in sight - Washington Post
The Obama administration on Wednesday sharply criticized Israel’s decision to accelerate settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in retaliation for the Palestinians winning membership from the United Nation’s cultural organization.

▽WikiLeaks founder Assange to be extradited to Sweden to face rape claims - Washington Post
Julian Assange, founder of the anti- secrecy website WikiLeaks, lost a U.K. appeal to stop his extradition to Sweden to face rape claims almost 11 months after he was arrested in London.

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News Headlines - 01 November 2011

▽Global markets plunge with Greek government on brink of collapse - Telegraph.co.uk
Global markets plunged as the Greek government teetered on the brink of collapse, while the country's Prime Minister said that his controversial referendum will offer a "clear mandate" on whether Greece stays in the EU.

▽Referendum plan faces hurdles - Financial Times
Less than 24 hours after Greece’s prime minister called a national referendum on the country’s next bail-out package, its chances of actually taking place were growing increasingly remote.
Mr Papandreou is already under pressure from European governments to explain the reasoning behind his surprise decision. He faces a grilling on Wednesday as leaders gather for the G20 summit in Cannes.

▽MF Global's Collapse Draws FBI Interest - Wall Street Journal
The fallout from MF Global Holdings Ltd.'s collapse intensified as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted to issue subpoenas to the securities firm and the Federal Bureau of Investigation planned to examine whether client funds are missing, according to people familiar with the situation.

▽News of the World bosses 'were warned phone hacking was widespread' in 2008 - Telegraph.co.uk
Senior executives at the News of the World were aware that phone hacking was widespread among its reporters as early as 2008, a secret internal email suggests.

▽St Paul's seeks new direction and suspends legal action - The Guardian
Bishop of London backs away from further confrontation, recalling that the cathedral had been a 'symbol of freedom'

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News Headlines - 31 October 2011

▽Yen intervention raises fear of currency wars - Financial Times
Japan intervened in the currency markets to weaken the yen on Monday, exposing the dearth of global economic policy co-ordination just days before Friday’s summit of the Group of 20 leading economies in Cannes.

▽U.S., EU, Japan press China on financial services at WTO - Reuters
The United States criticized China on Monday for failing to fulfill World Trade Organization commitments to open its financial services market, while the European Union and Japan pressed for answers on specific areas of Beijing's regulations.

▽Greek Prime Minister announces shock referendum over new European debt deal - Daily Mail
The Greek Prime Minister has taken a huge political gamble by announcing that his debt-strapped country will hold a referendum on the new European debt deal reached last week... He gave no date or other details on the proposed referendum, which would be the first in Greece since 1974, when the monarchy was abolished by a landslide vote months after the collapse of a military dictatorship.

▽US cuts Unesco funding over Palestinian seat - BBC
The US has announced it is cutting funding to the UN cultural organisation Unesco, following the agency's decision to grant membership to the Palestinians.

▽Jobs crisis threatens global wave of social unrest, warns ILO - The Guardian
The International Labour Organisation has warned that a jobs crisis caused by the slowdown in the global economy threatens a wave of widespread social unrest engulfing both rich and poor countries.

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News Headlines - 30 October 2011

▽Court orders Qantas to resume flights - The Guardian
Fair Work Australia, an independent arbiter, ordered the cessation of rolling industrial action in a ruling that forces Qantas and three unions to return to the negotiating table. It also ended one of the most extraordinary acts of industrial brinkmanship of recent times, which had seen the world's second oldest airline ground its entire fleet on Saturday in apparent exasperation at union behaviour, catching the Australian government and passengers by surprise.

▽Bishop of London backs action to evict St Paul’s Cathedral protesters - Metro
The Bishop of London told protesters camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral that 'nobody wants violence’ but backed legal measures for their removal.

▽Storm Leaves More Than 2 Million Without Power - New York Times
Millions of people across the Northeast found themselves without power on Sunday after an unusual autumn storm dumped record amounts of snow.

▽Young, employed and Dutch - why man who murdered Joanna Yeates unnerved us all - Telegraph.co.uk
If “The Missing Pizza Box Murder” were an Agatha Christie mystery, Vincent Tabak would be the last character the reader suspected.
The culprit's very unlikelihood has to help explain why the Joanna Yeates case has proven so universally unnerving.

▽Japan premier weighs into Olympus row - The Guardian
In an interview with the Financial Times that represents an unusual intervention by a Japanese politician in day-to-day business affairs, Yoshihiko Noda said he feared the outcry over vast payments to little-known offshore advisers could be seen as representative of wider governance problems in the country.

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News Headlines - 29 October 2011

▽Poet Higgins elected Ireland's ninth president - AFP
Irish poet and human rights activist Michael D. Higgins was officially confirmed as his country's ninth president on Saturday after winning nearly 57 percent of the vote in the final count.
The 70-year-old former culture minister for the Labour party, the junior partner in the coalition government in Dublin, staged a remarkable comeback to beat an ex-IRA commander and a reality TV star.

▽Bangkok braced for further flood devastation as water level rises - The Guardian
Wandee stands by the main road, now a knee-deep river, in the Sai Mai district of Bangkok, selling bottles of petrol to drivers as they inch their cars through the muddy water. Like the majority of the capital's residents, she is staying put despite evacuation orders following Thailand's worst floods in half a century and the waters continuing to rise. "We'll stay one more night," she said. "Well, unless it gets really high."

▽'Occupy' demonstrators battle wind and cold as storm moves in - CNN
Demonstrators encamped in a Lower Manhattan park faced New York's first snow storm of the season Saturday without the benefit of propane tanks and generators that they had been using to cook food and keep warm.

▽Qantas strike disrupts 13,000 travel plans - Telegraph.co.uk
Qantas has grounded its entire worldwide fleet because of industrial action by its employees – stranding an estimated 13,000 people over the next 24 hours.

▽Fresh fears of double dip as consumer confidence vanishes - Scotsman
CONSUMER confidence in the UK has fallen to its lowest level for almost three years, adding further weight to fears that the economy is returning to recession, a new survey has revealed.
The two previous occasions that market research group GfK’s monthly index was as weak – in mid-2008 and early 1990 – recession followed a few months later.

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News Headlines - 28 October 2011

▽Physicists check whether neutrinos really can travel faster than light - The Guardian
The scientists who last month appeared to have found that certain subatomic particles can travel faster than light have fine-tuned their experiment to check whether the remarkable discovery is correct.

▽Russia poised to resume space station flights - Reuters
A Russian cargo ship is poised for liftoff on Sunday to the International Space Station following a launch accident in August that cut staffing levels aboard the orbital outpost.

▽Nokia launches its new Windows phones - Financial Times
Nokia unveiled its first range of Windows smartphones this week with a promise that the struggling Finnish handset maker would regain leadership in the market after lagging its rivals in recent years.

▽Apple contacting customers regarding iPhone 4S battery issues - SlashGear
Apple engineers have been contacting customers directly in an attempt to diagnose and resolve the battery issues that have been plaguing many new iPhone 4S owners. Apple Support Communities forum has a growing thread of users experiencing shorter battery life than expected on the iPhone 4S. The thread has now reached over 100,000 views and more than 1,300 replies all recounting similar experiences with the new Apple device.

▽Rail is Japan's newest export foothold in the UK - The Guardian
A consortium led by Hitachi will build the sequel to the Intercity 125 fleet – and its class 395 javelin carriages are already ferrying passengers from St Pancras to Ashford and beyond

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News Headlines - 27 October 2011

▽Child killer found guilty of fourth murder - The Independent
A notorious paedophile already serving life imprisonment for the killings of three young girls was convicted in a Northern Ireland court of murdering a fourth thirty years ago.

▽Michael Jackson 'probably' addicted to Demerol — defense witness - Los Angeles Times
Michael Jackson was “probably” addicted to Demerol provided by his Beverly Hills dermatologist, a specialist in addiction medicine told jurors Thursday at the trial of the singer’s personal physician.

▽GLOBAL MARKETS-European debt deal ignites rally in stocks, euro - Reuters
A long-awaited plan to staunch the European debt crisis sparked euphoria across financial markets on Thursday, driving up the euro and the price of world stocks and commodities, while thrashing the dollar.

▽Yen Gains After BOJ Move Enhance Appeal of Japan Aiding Europe - Bloomberg
The Bank of Japan added 5 trillion yen ($66 billion) to an asset-purchase program after Europe announced an enlarged rescue fund to counter the region’s debt crisis. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co. said the central bank’s measure was too little. The yen rose to 75.67 per dollar at 8:24 a.m. in New York.

▽Sony takes full control of Sony Ericsson joint venture - The Guardian
Sony pays £1.05bn to buy out handset manufacturer, and pledges to integrate its content onto the 'four screens' – smartphones, consoles, PCs and TVs – it manufactures

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News Headlines - 26 October 2011

▽Eurozone banks given just eight months to raise €106bn - Telegraph.co.uk
The deadline was one of the few concrete resolutions to be agreed at the crucial debt crisis summit in Brussels.
The 27 heads of state said banks will be required to hold 9pc of the "highest quality" capital by June – but delayed decision on the details of other rescue measures until November.

▽Europe Agrees on Plan to Inject New Capital Into Banks - New York Times
European leaders agreed Wednesday on a plan to inject new capital into the continent’s banks to insulate them against potential sovereign debt defaults, as they worked late into the night to devise a comprehensive solution to the two-year-old euro zone debt crisis.

▽Cameron urged to apologise over 'blind man' comments to grieving Hillsborough families - Daily Mail
David Cameron has been urged to apologise to families of the Hillsborough victims after saying their search for closure was like a 'blind man, in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there'.

▽Japan's Corporate Olympus - Wall Street Journal
The most salient feature of the Olympus scandal, which forced Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa to resign yesterday, is that it never would have become a scandal at all if the company hadn't hired a foreigner as CEO... According to a company spokesman, there were "major differences in management style and direction."

▽Nokia takes on Android with launch of Windows phones - The Guardian
With Apple and Google's Android now dominating the smartphone market, the world's largest phone maker is pinning its hopes of a business turnaround on the success of two models unveiled by chief executive Stephen Elop at the annual Nokia World event in London.

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News Headlines - 25 October 2011

▽The deadline Europe cannot afford to miss - BBC
By the early hours of Thursday, we may finally discover how much firepower has been amassed to try and blast away the debt turmoil steadily spreading from Europe's financially wayward periphery to its core.
At 18.00 local time in Brussels, all 27 leaders begin their crucial and once-delayed summit.

▽Turkey quake: Aftershock causes prison riot - BBC
An aftershock has been blamed for sparking a riot in a prison in the eastern Turkish city of Van, one of the places worst affected by Sunday's earthquake.
Smoke was seen billowing from the compound following reports that prisoners set fire to the jail because authorities refused to let them out.

▽BP sells $15bn in assets in preparation for legal battle over Macondo spill - The Guardian
BP is to raise a further $15bn (£9.4bn) by selling off assets ahead of a massive legal case over the Gulf of Mexico accident amid rising concern that the fines and liabilities could be higher than expected.

▽Amazon profit forecast disappoints, stock slumps - Reuters
Amazon.com Inc shocked investors with a far weaker-than-expected outlook for the crucial holiday season quarter as it spent heavily on its new Kindle Fire tablet computer.
The stock tumbled 12 percent Tuesday in extended trading as the news raised concern that Amazon was losing some of the revenue momentum that had helped investors overlook its razor-thin profit margins.

▽Japan MP urges Olympus probe as ex-CEO contacts FBI - Reuters
A senior Japanese lawmaker demanded a probe of "outlandish" advisory payments at Olympus and its ousted chief executive said he was in contact with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), piling pressure on the embattled company.

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News Headlines - 24 October 2011

▽EU referendum: Rebels lose vote in Commons - BBC
The prime minister has comfortably defeated attempts to bring about a referendum on Europe, despite a sizeable rebellion by Conservative MPs...
In all, 483 fell in line, while 111 defied party whips, a majority of 372.

▽U.S. Firms Involved in Olympus Deal - Wall Street Journal
Mr. Sagawa has met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York about the matter in recent days, people familiar with the situation said. The FBI probe was reported earlier by the New York Times.

▽News Corp. Votes Show Ire Toward Murdochs - Wall Street Journal
The re-elections of Rupert Murdoch's sons, James and Lachlan, to the board of News Corp. drew heavy opposition at the company's annual meeting last Friday, with about one-third of voting shares that were cast going against the pair, according to a securities filing on Monday.

▽Jobs book reveals Apple’s recipe for success - Financial Times
Steve Jobs believed his greatest legacy would be Apple the company, rather than the breakthrough products such as the Mac and the iPad with which he is most associated, according to an authorised biography published on Monday.

▽Gaddafi to be buried in secret desert grave: NTC - Reuters
Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be buried on Tuesday in a secret desert grave, a National Transitional Council official said, ending a wrangle over his rotting corpse that led many to fear for Libya's governability.

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News Headlines - 23 October 2011

▽Nicolas Sarkozy tells David Cameron: shut up over the euro - The Guardian
The bust-up between Cameron and Sarkozy held up the conclusion of the EU-27 summit for almost two hours, with the French president expressing rage at the constant criticism and lectures from UK ministers.
Sarkozy bluntly told Cameron: "You have lost a good opportunity to shut up." He added: "We are sick of you criticising us and telling us what to do. You say you hate the euro and now you want to interfere in our meetings."

▽Crunch Time for Franco-German Relations - Wall Street Journal
Germany believes those losses should be borne by euro-zone government bondholders, bank shareholders and the citizens of the countries that ran up the debts. France argues the damage to euro-zone credibility from failing to stand behind its governments and banks will ultimately cost taxpayers far more than supporting them with bailouts and liquidity facilities, including access to the unlimited firepower of the European Central Bank's balance sheet.

▽Far-right rise in Switzerland capped - Telegraph.co.uk
The Swiss People's Party (SVP) had aimed to better its 2007 score of 28.8 per cent, but its split with the Conservative Democratic Party (BDP) since the previous elections is now expected to have left it with seven fewer seats.
This time, it is projected to have polled just 26.8 per cent, marking the first time in 20 years that it has recorded a drop in support.

▽German satellite crashed in southeast Asia - Telegraph.co.uk
Most parts of the car-sized ROSAT research satellite were expected to burn up as they hit the atmosphere at speeds up to 280mph, but up to 30 fragments weighing a total of 1.87 tons, could have crashed, the German Aerospace Center said.

▽At least 138 dead after Turkey quake - USA Today
Cries of panic and horror filled the air as a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing at least 138 people as buildings pancaked and crumpled into rubble. The death toll was expected to rise as rescuers sifted through the rubble and reached outlying villages.

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News Headlines - 22 October 2011

▽Olympus trail reaches elusive banker's Florida home - Reuters
A former Wall Street banker of Japanese descent has emerged as a key figure in the scandal engulfing Japanese blue-chip company Olympus Corp, according to documents provided by the company's ex-CEO.

▽Olympus's $687 million advisory fee sets M&A record - Reuters
The $687 million fee Japan's Olympus Corp paid its financial advisers for the $2.2 billion purchase of a British medical equipment maker is one for the record books, literally.

▽Google, PE firms mull bid for Yahoo: WSJ - Reuters
Google Inc has spoken to at least two private equity firms about possibly helping them finance a deal to buy Yahoo Inc's core business, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

▽Elderly people 'read iPads three times faster than normal books' - Daily Mail
Old people read faster than normal on an iPad, even though most claim to prefer 'real books', a study shows.
German researchers discovered that people of different ages could read just as well from iPads and Kindles as they do from traditional books.
In fact, old people read even faster using the the iPad as it made reading easier than both the Kindle and traditional book.

▽Global warming study finds no grounds for climate sceptics' concerns - The Guardian
The world is getting warmer, countering the doubts of climate change sceptics about the validity of some of the scientific evidence, according to the most comprehensive independent review of historical temperature records to date.
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, found several key issues that sceptics claim can skew global warming figures had no meaningful effect.

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News Headlines - 21 October 2011

▽British firms urged to 'pack suitcases' in rush for Libya business - The Guardian
The starting pistol for British firms to pursue contracts in Libya has been fired by the new defence secretary, Philip Hammond, who urged companies to "pack their suitcases" and head there to secure reconstruction contracts.

▽US troops to leave Iraq by end of year - Financial Times
President Barack Obama has declared that all 46,000 US troops still in Iraq will be withdrawn by the end of the year, with his administration telling Baghdad that time has run out to reach a deal that would have allowed a small American training force to remain in the country next year.

▽Murdoch sorry yet again as investors demand answers - The Independent
Speaking at the company's AGM in Los Angeles, he told Tom Watson, the Labour MP who has spearheaded a Parliamentary investigation into phone hacking, that allegations of the affair being even more widespread than previously thought are: "recent rumours".

▽Carmakers eye record 2012 if no "Lehman-style" crisis - Renault - Reuters
"Unless there is economic 'armageddon' and you see a 'Lehman-style' crisis, a huge surprise, I can tell you that 2012 will be another record year for the car industry no matter what Europe does," said Carlos Ghosn, who heads the two alliance partners.

▽£1 in every £10 is now spent online - Which?
Internet retail sales now account for almost £1 in every £10 spent in the UK, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Internet retail sales in September reached £539.4 million, approximately 9.6% of total retail sales (excluding automotive fuel), compared with £415.9m in September 2010.

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News Headlines - 20 October 2011

▽Muammar Gaddafi, the 'king of kings' dies in city of his birth - The Guardian
For the past three weeks, with Gaddafi's whereabouts still unknown, government fighters had been puzzled by the bitter and determined resistance from loyalist fighters. Trapped in a tiny coastal strip just a few hundred metres wide, they had refused to give up, even when a victory by the forces of Libya's National Transitional Council seemed inevitable.
Here at last was the answer: they had been fighting to the death with their once-great leader in their midst.

▽Basque group ETA ends armed independence campaign - The Associated Press
After killing more than 800 people across Spain over the last four decades in its drive for an independent state, the Basque separatist group ETA on Thursday said it would lay down its arms — but stopped short of declaring it was defeated.
The historic announcement was made via video by three ETA members wearing trademark Basque berets and masks with slits for their eyes. At the end of the clip, they defiantly raised their fists in the air demanding a separate Basque nation.

▽Russian 'spy' joked about bringing down half of NATO - Mirror.co.uk
A RUSSIAN “spy” joked that the Kremlin had congratulated her for bringing down half of Nato, a deportation panel was told yesterday.
Ekaterina Zatuliveter started a fling with a “50-something” European Nato worker “Y” after her four-year affair with Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock, the hearing heard.

▽David Cameron facing frontbench rebellion over EU referendum vote - The Guardian
David Cameron is bracing himself for the biggest rebellion since he took office, with possible frontbench resignations, when Tory MPs defy No 10 to vote in favour of a referendum on Britain's EU membership on Monday.

▽Olympus investors demand answers over fees - Financial Times
Olympus, the beleaguered Japanese camera maker, has come under fresh pressure after three big shareholders demanded answers about controversial deals revealed by its ousted chief executive.

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News Headlines - 19 October 2011

▽Citigroup paying $285M to settle SEC fraud charges - Wall Street Journal
Citigroup has agreed to pay $285 million to settle civil fraud charges that it misled buyers of a complex mortgage investment just as the housing market was starting to collapse.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that the big Wall Street bank bet against the investment in 2007 and made $160 million in fees and profits. Investors lost millions.

▽Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels in Iraq After Deadly Attack - Voice of America
Turkey has launched a military operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq after rebels attacked army posts in southeastern Turkey, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 18. 

▽Dale Farm eviction: Essex police's use of Tasers at close range criticised - The Guardian
Essex police's tactics in spearheading the eviction of residents and protesters from Dale Farm came under criticism and questioning within hours of the start of the operation, particularly over the use of Tasers at apparently close range during the initial stages of their invasion of the site.

▽More Facebook Friends, Bigger Brain? - PC Magazine
All that time you spend Facebooking could be making your brain larger. Those with more friends on Facebook tend to have more grey matter in the portions of their brains linked to social skills, researchers have found.

▽MI5 officer says MP Mike Hancock was victim of Russian spy 'honeytrap' - Telegraph.co.uk
The female officer, referred to only as ZZ, said MI5 believed Ekaterina “Katia” Zatuliveter was “directed by the Russian Intelligence Service” to begin a sexual relationship with the married 65-year-old, who gave her a job as his researcher.

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News Headlines - 18 October 2011

▽EU calls off meeting with Ukraine president over Yulia Tymoshenko row - Telegraph.co.uk
The European Union on Tuesday called off a meeting with Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian President, in a row over last week's jailing of his political rival Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's former prime minister.

▽European Court outlaws patents on embryonic stem cell techniques - The Guardian
Research into new therapies for incurable and life-threatening diseases have suffered a blow with a European court ruling that procedures that use embryonic stem cells cannot be patented.
Senior scientists were dismayed by the judgment on Tuesday, which outlaws patents on stem cell techniques that involve the destruction of embryos. They fear it will hamper research and stifle commercial investment.

▽Facebook riots: appeals against 4-year jail terms thrown out - Mirror.co.uk
APPEALS by two men jailed for four years each after inciting trouble on Facebook during August’s riots were rejected by the Court of Appeal yesterday.
Defence lawyers claimed the sentences for Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, and Jordan Blackshaw, 21, were “manifestly excessive”.
But Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, said: “What both these appellants intended was to cause very serious crime. The sentencing judge was justi­-fied in concluding deterrent sentences were appropriate.”

▽Japan to Issue Guidelines For Detecting 'Hotspots' - Wall Street Journal
Alarmed by recent discoveries of radioactive "hot spots" in Tokyo and other areas far from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japan will soon issue guidelines to help citizens and local officials detect contaminated areas and clean them safely, a government minister said.

▽Apple Loses Some of Its Shine - Wall Street Journal
Apple said Tuesday it sold more than 17 million iPhones in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 24, up from more than 14 million a year ago but lower than the 20 million or more that analysts had been expecting.

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News Headlines - 17 October 2011

▽Ousted C.E.O. of Olympus Says Company Committed Fraud - New York Times
The British executive who was publicly pilloried as a bad manager when the Japanese company Olympus fired him on Friday, struck back on Monday, saying he was forced out because he was about to expose potential financial fraud at the company.

▽Olympus tensions rise on threat of legal action - Financial Times
“I went to the SFO and gave them all the correspondence and the PriceWaterhouse report, because if you make payments which are just so huge ... there’s no answer, and when you try to seek an answer, that’s when concerns arise of more sinister issues,” Mr Woodford told the Financial Times.

▽Ex-Olympus President Woodford Would Be ‘Delighted’ to Be Sued - BusinessWeek
Former Olympus Corp. President Michael C. Woodford said he would be “delighted” to be sued by the company, which fired him this month and whose executive vice president, Hisashi Mori, said is considering legal action against him for leaking information to the press.

▽Liam Fox broke ministerial code, official report to say - BBC
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox broke the ministerial code in his dealings with his friend Adam Werritty, an official report is expected to say.

▽ALL Hillsborough papers will be released so that families can learn truth about tragedy, promises May - Daily Mail
Theresa May yesterday pledged to release every government document relating to the Hillsborough disaster to help victims' families get to the truth about the tragedy.
She spoke during an emotional Commons debate, which was called after almost 140,000 signed a petition calling for full public disclosure, 22 years after 96 Liverpool fans died in the tragedy.

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News Headlines - 16 October 2011

▽Ex-Olympus chief questioned payments - Financial Times
Olympus’ own auditors had privately identified problems with the Gyrus transaction, the documents show. KPMG, Olympus’ auditor until 2009, said in an internal report dated March that year: “In our opinion proper accounting records have not been maintained.”

▽Debt crisis plan wins G20 support - Sydney Morning Herald
EUROPE'S revamped strategy to beat its two-year sovereign debt crisis won the backing of global finance chiefs, who urged the region's leaders to deal "decisively" with the turmoil when they meet for emergency talks next weekend.

▽Global protests pressure G20 - Sydney Morning Herald
WORLD leaders are under pressure to produce a decisive plan to rescue the euro zone after a meeting of G20 finance ministers vowed that they did not want any ''contagion'' from Europe's financial crisis to affect their own economies.

▽90-plus arrested in NYC Occupy Wall Street protest - Wall Street Journal
New York police have arrested more than 90 people in connection to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations against corporate greed.
The latest arrests came in the early morning hours on Sunday at Washington Square Park, when police took 14 people into custody for violating a midnight curfew at the park.

▽Rome cleans up devastation, asks why it happened - Reuters
Workers cleaned up the wreckage from some of Rome's worst riots in years on Sunday and citizens asked why their city was the only one in which global demonstrations turned violent.

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News Headlines - 15 October 2011

▽Virgin Atlantic and British Airways Compete Over BMI - New York Times
The rivalry between British Airways and Virgin Atlantic continues, this time over the midsize European carrier BMI.

▽Europe under pressure as G20 ministers meet in Paris - Telegraph.co.uk
The Group of 20 nations are pressuring eurozone leaders to draw an end under the region's debt crisis which has brought down its first bank.

▽Worldwide 'Occupy' protests held over financial crisis - BBC
Protesters in cities across the world are taking to the streets to demonstrate against alleged corporate greed and government cutbacks...
Many protest groups are taking their names from the high-profile Occupy Wall Street rally in New York.

▽Syria ‘on brink of civil war’ as double-edged conflict deepens - RT
RT’s team in Syria reports on the widening gap between the capital, which staunchly supports the Assad regime, and other parts of the country, which oppose it. Meanwhile, the UN is warning of a looming civil war.
Syria’s conflict has already claimed more than 3,000 lives, UN rights chief Navanethem Pillay said on Friday. He called for international protection of civilians in Syria and warned of a possible civil war.

▽Citizens’ Testing Finds 20 Hot Spots Around Tokyo - New York Times
The government’s failure to act quickly, a growing chorus of scientists say, may be exposing many more people than originally believed to potentially harmful radiation. It is also part of a pattern: Japan’s leaders have continually insisted that the fallout from Fukushima will not spread far, or pose a health threat to residents, or contaminate the food chain. And officials have repeatedly been proved wrong by independent experts and citizens’ groups that conduct testing on their own.

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News Headlines - 14 October 2011

▽Occupy Wall Street protesters set for showdown with police - Telegraph.co.uk
Anti-Wall Street protesters in New York are preparing for a showdown with police when they attempt to shift them from the site today.

▽Syrian Forces Shoot at Protesters; 6 Killed - Voice of America
Syrian security forces have opened fire on protesters in several parts of the country, killing at least six people.

▽IAEA Urges Japan To Set Realistic Decontamination Goals - Wall Street Journal
The International Atomic Energy Agency, in a report released Friday, urged Japan to take a more focused and realistic approach to dealing with radioactive contamination in areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, amid signs the Japanese government is becoming increasingly overwhelmed by public demands for decontamination.

▽Apple IPhone 4S Lines May Help Weekend Sales Hit 4 Million Units - BusinessWeek
Apple Inc. is poised to sell as many as 4 million units of its new iPhone 4S this weekend after customers around the world lined up to buy one of the last products developed under Steve Jobs.

▽Smartphones boost Sony Ericsson - Financial Times
Sony Ericsson, the mobile handset maker, has returned to gross profit in the third-quarter after sales rose by a third in the period on the back of growth of its smart phone business.

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News Headlines - 13 October 2011

▽IMF Urges Japan to Do More to Cut Debt - Wall Street Journal
Japan must do more to convince investors it has a plan to set its fiscal house in order, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, as European sovereign debt woes threaten to bring unwanted attention to Tokyo's own fiscal problems while the nation grapples with expensive post-disaster reconstruction.

▽Japan to decide on joining Pacific trade pact - BusinessWeek
Top Japanese officials said Wednesday the country will decide whether to join a U.S.-led Pacific-wide free trade zone ahead of a regional economic summit to be held in Hawaii next month.

▽French prosecutors drop Strauss-Kahn inquiry - AFP
French prosecutors dropped an investigation into former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Thursday, saying they had prima facie evidence of sexual assault but the case was too old to prosecute.

▽British PM consulting Canada on royal succession - CTV.ca
Cameron has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the heads of 14 other Commonwealth countries in order to solicit their opinions on updating the law.
Any such change would require unanimous consent from all 16 Commonwealth countries.

▽iOS 5: Users report failed updates and delays - Telegraph.co.uk
The sheer number of people trying to download the new Apple software appears to have caused problems with the company's servers. Many users reported long waiting times to download the operating system as well as failed updates.

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News Headlines - 12 October 2011

▽Bomb plots in Washington - Financial Times
Details of the plot come from the top of the Obama administration and the FBI. On Tuesday, senior officials announced that the US had arrested an Iranian-American who had been trying to persuade a member of los Zetas, a Mexican drug cartel, to kill Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador in Washington, if necessary by blowing him up in his favourite restaurant. These claims have been vehemently denied by Iran.

▽Unemployment rockets past 2.5m to reach 17-year high - Telegraph.co.uk
From October, it became unlawful to retire anyone on the grounds of age, with many employers rushing to retire those aged 65 or over during the summer months before the new rules took effect.

▽Black Death genome sequenced from DNA in 14th century skeletons - The Guardian
Now, by examining remains from some London cemeteries, scientists have deciphered the genetic makeup of the bacterium that caused the pandemic and have discovered that its DNA is not very different from that of the modern bug that causes bubonic plague.

▽Blackberry problems spread to US - BBC
Problems with the Blackberry smartphone system appear have to spread to the United States...
The latest development follows two days of sporadic blackouts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

▽Sony suspends 93,000 online accounts after break-in attempt - The Guardian
Up to 93,000 accounts have been compromised in a fresh attack on Sony's online servers, following an attack earlier this year that saw the company's PlayStation Network taken offline.

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News Headlines - 11 October 2011

▽US Foils 'Iranian Plot To Kill Ambassador' - Sky News
America's Justice Department has accused factions of the Iranian government of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US.
Two men have been charged in New York with conspiracy to murder Adel al-Jubeir as part of a major terror attack on US soil.

▽Iran rejects U.S. allegations of Saudi envoy plot - Reuters
Iran rejected U.S. allegations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington, calling it a "untrue and baseless," the country's English language Press TV reported on Tuesday.

▽Slovakia votes against expanded EFSF - Financial Times
The Slovak parliament will remain in session and is likely to hold a second vote later this week. Three of the four parties in Ms Radicova’s coalition support it and the left-wing opposition SMER party led by Robert Fico – who called the vote a “fiasco” for the government – indicated that it would be prepared to support the measure.

▽Virgin to use ‘recycled’ fuel on flights - Financial Times
Virgin Atlantic is aiming to run scheduled flights on a blend of ordinary and “recycled” fuel by 2015, giving a fillip to a technology that creates ethanol out of the emissions of carbon-intensive manufacturing operations such as steel plants.
The airline says it will use the fuel, which is being developed by New Zealand-based LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels, on flights running between London and Shanghai and London and Delhi “within two or three years”.

▽BlackBerry email glitch continues and spreads - Financial Times
BlackBerry smartphone owners across Europe, the Middle East and Africa reported continuing problems with their service for a second day amid indications that the problems had spread to users in India and Latin America.
Research in Motion, the Canadian manufacturer of BlackBerry devices which also operates the dedicated network for BlackBerry users, had earlier claimed that it had resolved the problem believed to have begun at a company-owned data-centre in Slough.

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News Headlines - 10 October 2011

▽4-Banks brace for capital calls after Dexia rescue - Reuters
Europe's banks expect to be told to raise more capital under a Franco-German effort to solve the euro zone debt crisis after the state rescue of Franco-Belgian lender Dexia .

▽Martin Weale: 'A lot of scope for more QE' - Telegraph.co.uk
Martin Weale, a member of the nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee that voted for "QE2", said: "There is quite a lot of scope for further quantitative easing.
Before the purchases that we announced last week, the amount of government debt in the system was actually higher than it had been before the earlier bout, so there is quite a lot more that could be done."

▽Egypt's Military Rulers Order Investigation of Cairo Clashes - Voice of America
Egypt's ruling military council has ordered the government to investigate the killings of at least 25 people in Sunday's deadly street battles between Coptic Christians and Egyptian security forces in Cairo.

▽Apple Says IPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top 1 Million in Single Day - BusinessWeek
Apple Inc. received more than one million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in a single day, 67 percent more than for the previous version of the device.
Demand for the phone, introduced a day before Apple co- founder Steve Jobs passed away, is a tribute to the technology icon's legacy, said William Choi, an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.
“It's the last phone developed with Steve Jobs at Apple,” Choi said in a telephone interview today. “There are definitely some sentiments at play here.”

▽3 Reasons Why You Should Not Upgrade to iPhone 4S - Tom's Guide
1. It looks like the iPhone 4 and feels like the iPhone 4.
2. It supports 14.4 Mbps? Whatever you say.
3. No exceptional features
Even better, keep your current phone and wait for the iPhone 5.

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News Headlines - 09 October 2011

▽Revealed: how lobbyists were paid to facilitate meeting with Liam Fox - The Guardian
Invoices seen by the Guardian show that Harvey Boulter, the private equity boss at the heart of the growing controversy engulfing Fox, was paying £10,000 a month to lobbyists for help that included brokering the meeting with Fox through Adam Werritty, who claimed to be an "adviser to the Rt Hon Dr Fox MP".
This latest revelation comes as Fox finally admitted on Sunday that it had been "wrong" for him to meet Boulter, a commercial partner of the Ministry of Defence, in Dubai's five-star Shangri-la hotel without any officials present.

▽Huhne says sorry to May for revealing conference cat claim was Ukip copy - The Guardian
Chris Huhne, the energy secretary, has apologised to the home secretary, Theresa May, after revealing he was the source of a story in Saturday's Guardian pointing out the similarities between her speech to the Conservative party conference and that of a speech by the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage.

▽David Cameron rewrites immigration speech after resistance from industry - The Guardian
Plans to compel firms to publish lists of immigrants on their payroll abandoned because they would be a burden

▽Man in wheelchair caught on CCTV looting during riots is jailed - Mirror.co.uk
A MAN in a wheelchair captured on CCTV with a stolen TV during the summer riots has been jailed for a year, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

▽Church sends out 100,000 protest cards against same sex marriage - Scotsman
THE Catholic Church has warned government ministers that they face a major rebellion over same-sex marriage plans, after sending 100,000 "protest cards" to its parishioners.

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News Headlines - 08 October 2011

▽High-speed rail could link Gatwick and Heathrow airports in 15 minutes - Telegraph.co.uk
The £5bn plan – creating a hub known as Heathwick – would mean there is no need to build another airport to serve London or expand the current facilities at Heathrow.

▽Syrian Forces Kill 5 During Funeral of Kurdish Leader - Voice of America
Syrian Kurdish leaders are accusing government security forces of firing on mourners during the funeral of a prominent Kurdish party leader Saturday in the northern town of Qamishli.

▽Yemen's president again promises to step down - Los Angeles Times
President Ali Abdullah Saleh has broken similar promises in the past, but he appears to be losing control over a nation engulfed in protests and fighting.

▽Dalai Lama Criticizes 'Immoral' Chinese Censorship - Voice of America
The Dalai Lama sharply criticized censorship in China as "immoral" during a video chat with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

▽Venus springs ozone layer surprise - BBC
Until now, ozone layers have only been detected in the atmospheres of Earth and Mars.
The find could help astronomers refine their hunt for life on other planets.

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News Headlines - 07 October 2011

▽Moody’s downgrades 12 UK lenders - Financial Times
Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and 10 other UK financial institutions were downgraded by Moody’s to reflect the reduced likelihood that the UK government will bail them out in a future crisis, even as a European effort to recapitalise the continent’s banking system appeared to gather momentum.

▽Russians in London: Super-rich in court - Financial Times
The nub of the case is whether or not Mr Abramovich then intimidated Mr Berezovsky – with apparent Kremlin backing – into selling a stake in Sibneft, an oil giant, at a knock-down price. Mr Berezovsky seeks in excess of $5bn damages for the stake, plus $565m for the alleged sale without his permission of shares in aluminium company Rusal that he claims Mr Abramovich held on his behalf.

▽Samsung Nexus Prime smartphone launch on hold – because of Steve Jobs? - The Guardian
Samsung, the biggest rival to Apple in the smartphone business and which is involved in a number of bitter courtroom battles with the US company, has abruptly postponed its scheduled launch of a new top-end phone next Tuesday.

▽Schwarzenegger back home to inaugurate museum - BBC
Arnold Schwarzenegger has inaugurated a museum dedicated to his life in his childhood home in Austria.

▽Indian summer sees exotic moths fly in - The Guardian
As the favoured signature of the serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs, the death's-head hawk moth is a harbinger of pestilence and death. But the benign sunshine and warm southerly winds of an Indian summer have brought the rare moth flying to our shores.

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News Headlines - 06 October 2011

▽Steve Jobs dies: full coverage - Telegraph.co.uk
Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO, has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. "The world has lost a visionary," Barack Obama says in tribute.

▽Smartphones most popular platform for videogame developers - The Independent
An increasing number of videogame developers in the UK are turning to self-publishing, with the smartphone market emerging as the most popular gaming platform.
A new survey has found that 47 per cent of UK game developers self-publish games and of those, 67 per cent develop for the Apple iPhone.

▽Microsoft to win approval for Skype deal - Financial Times
Microsoft is set to win Brussels approval for its planned $8.5bn (€5.9bn) acquisition of online telephone service Skype, highlighting the turnround in its long-strained relations with European competition authorities.

▽Wayne Rooney's father arrested over alleged football betting scam - The Guardian
Police have arrested Wayne Rooney's father, his uncle Richie and seven other people, including a Scottish Premier League player, over allegations of a football betting scam...
Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings was arrested after allegedly getting himself sent off deliberately during the match.

▽Japanese political power-broker Ozawa goes on trial - BBC
Ichiro Ozawa, one of Japan's most influential politicians, has gone on trial on charges of breaking political fundraising laws.

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News Headlines - 05 October 2011

▽UK recession deeper than first thought - Financial Times
Britain’s economy contracted even more sharply during the recession than previously believed and its recovery so far this year has been even more anaemic, according to official data on Wednesday that incorporated new information and methodology into the calculations.

▽David Cameron has no ideas how to boost the economy - Mirror.co.uk
WITH Britain plunging towards a double-dip recession, it was the ideal chance for David Cameron to deliver his master plan to get the country back on its feet.
But the clueless PM failed to come up with a single idea on how to arrest the alarming slide towards further financial disaster as growth shudders to a halt.

▽Tony Blair is of 'no use at all' says Palestinian leadership - Telegraph.co.uk
The Palestinian leadership has publicly called for the removal of Tony Blair from his position as Middle East peace envoy, raising fresh questions as to whether he can continue in the role.

▽Apple's Steve Jobs Is Dead - Wall Street Journal
Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday at the age of 56.

▽Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies aged 56 - The Guardian
The homepage of Apple's website now displays a full-page image of Jobs with the text: "Steve Jobs 1955-2011."

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News Headlines - 04 October 2011

▽Apple unveils new iPhone 4S - Telegraph.co.uk
The new iPhone 4S, which comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage, will be released in seven countries, including Britain, on October 14th.
The new handset looks the same as the iPhone 4 but contains considerable upgrades to its components.

▽Moody's downgrades Italy for first time in two decades - Telegraph.co.uk
Italy’s credit rating was cut by Moody’s for the first time in almost two decades on concern the government will struggle to reduce the region’s second-largest debt amid chronically weak growth.

▽Bernanke Issues Warning, Urges Action on Economy - Wall Street Journal
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned the U.S. economic recovery was "close to faltering," and said Congress and the White House had a "shared responsibility" with the central bank to respond.

▽U.N. Resolution on Syria Blocked by Russia and China - New York Times
Months of wrangling at the Security Council over a resolution condemning Syria failed on Tuesday after Russia and China vetoed a resolution that contained a weak reference to the possibility of sanctions against Damascus.

▽Amanda Knox found not guilty of murder by Italian jury, in appeals trial - CBS News
The two experts found that police conducting the investigation had made glaring errors in evidence-collecting and that below-standard testing and possible contamination raised doubts over the attribution of DNA traces, both on the blade and on the bra clasp, which were collected from the crime scene 46 days after the murder.

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News Headlines - 03 October 2011

▽Greek gloom rocks markets, troubles lenders - Reuters
Greece's admission that it will miss its deficit target this year despite harsh new austerity measures sent stock markets reeling on Monday and raised new doubts over a planned second international bailout.

▽Surprise manufacturing boost lifts recovery hopes - Telegraph.co.uk
George Osborne was handed some rare good news on the economy ahead of his conference speech as manufacturing activity posted a surprise resurgence in September.

▽Chelsea owner sued over oil shares - The Press Association
Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich "betrayed and blackmailed" fellow Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky and demonstrated that wealth and influence meant more to him than loyalty and friendship, a barrister has alleged in the High Court.

▽Arsenal struggling to make top eight - Lee Dixon - BBC
Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon believes the Gunners' current defensive problems could leave them struggling to make the Premier League's top eight.

▽Rowan Atkinson back as spoof spy Johnny English - Reuters
Rowan Atkinson is back as bumbling spy Johnny English in the sequel to his 2003 hit, but despite work on comic classics "Not the Nine O'Clock News" and "Blackadder," the comedian does not find filming much fun.

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News Headlines - 02 October 2011

▽Greece To Miss Deficit Goal, Cabinet Okays Job Cuts - Wall Street Journal
Greece's government acknowledged Sunday that it will miss its deficit targets this year, but moved ahead with a controversial plan to slash thousands of public sector jobs to meet the demands of its international creditors.

▽Bank of England is expected to steam on with quantitative easing programme - This is Money
The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee is expected to vote on Thursday to pump another £50bn into the ailing UK economy, expanding the stock of the quantitative easing programme to £250bn since it began buying assets in March 2009.

▽Police Arrest More Than 700 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge - New York Times
In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

▽Nobel prizes: Asian scientists set to topple America's run of wins - The Guardian
American scientists will again sweep the majority of Nobel prizes at this week's award announcements in Sweden, analysts have predicted. But they have also warned this dominance may soon come to end.

▽Older iPhone sales to increase up to 70% with iPhone 5 launch - T3 http://www.t3.com/news/older-iphone-sales-to-increase-up-to-70-with-iphone-5-launch
With the iPhone 5 expected to launch on October 4, sales of older iPhone models are expected to increase up to 70%, according to eBay, the online auction site.

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News Headlines - 01 October 2011

▽Anwar Awlaki killed by U.S. drone in Yemen - Los Angeles Times
U.S. Predator drone aircraft armed with Hellfire missiles carried out the targeted killing in northern Yemen of Anwar Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was a U.S. citizen, and also killed another American who produced virulent propaganda for Al Qaeda.

▽FBI, security officials warn of possible retaliation over al-Awlaki killing - CNN
U.S. officials are warning the killing of American-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, could spark retaliatory attacks, according to a bulletin obtained by CNN.

▽Killer of governor of Pakistan's Punjab sentenced to death - Reuters
A Pakistani court sentenced to death on Saturday the killer of the governor of Pakistan's largest province after he had called for reform of a law against blasphemy, a defense lawyer and state-run media said.

▽Abolition of default retirement age will impact on youth employment - MyFinances.co.uk
The move could also make employment prospects for young people even more difficult. The UK currently has high levels of youth unemployment and at a time when job opportunities are few and far between, older employees putting back retirement will mean that employment opportunities for younger people to replace older retiring workers will be less.

▽World’s first Google store opens in London - Telegraph.co.uk
Google has opened its first physical shop. The ‘Chromezone’ is a shop within a branch of Currys and PC World on London’s Tottenham Court Road, and is being used by Google to trial a new way of selling its own ‘Chromebook’ laptops.

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News Headlines - 30 September 2011

▽Worst quarter for UK, German, French stocks in nine years - Reuters
Shares in major European economies suffered their biggest quarterly loss in nine years, hit by concerns the global economy was slipping into recession and the euro zone debt crisis was deepening with Greece facing possible default.

▽Copper thefts from railways escalating out of control, warns union leader - The Guardian
The price of copper has more than doubled since 2009 to more than £5,000 a tonne... According to one rail industry estimate, copper theft costs the UK economy £770m a year.

▽Phone hacking: Watergate reporter 'struck by parallels' with Nixon scandal - The Guardian
One of the two journalists who uncovered the Watergate scandal has said that he was "struck by the parallels" between the News of the World phone-hacking affair and the saga that brought down Richard Nixon in the 1970s.

▽iPhone 5: eBay expects iPhone 4 sales rush - Telegraph.co.uk
Sales of old Apple's iPhone models are expected to rise up to 70 per cent in the aftermath of the new iPhone 5's launch, eBay has announced. As it happened last year, when the iPhone 4 went on sale, earlier iPhone models will be accessible at a lower price and online customers are ready to exploit the chance to get one.

▽Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox - Computerworld
Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) no later than December.
As of Wednesday, Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%.

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News Headlines - 29 September 2011

▽German Parliament Approves Bailout Fund's Expansion - Wall Street Journal
Germany's parliament Thursday approved by a wide margin legislation to boost the scope and volume of the euro zone's rescue fund.
Lawmakers passed the reform of the European Financial Stability Facility with 523 'yes' votes, while 85 lawmakers voted 'no' and three abstained, in a vote that was seen as a crucial test of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right coalition.

▽Nokia to Cut 3,500 Jobs, Inject Cash Into Siemens Venture - BusinessWeek
Nokia Oyj will eliminate 3,500 jobs, shut a mobile-phone factory in Romania and inject 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) with Siemens AG into their unprofitable network-equipment venture.

▽Amazon Kindle Fire ‘not an iPad competitor’ - Telegraph.co.uk
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet computer has met with a mixed reaction from analysts and commentators. The device, launched in New York yesterday, marks Amazon’s first attempt to extend its success with ebooks and its original Kindle ereader into films, TV programmes and music.

▽The first pictures of China's experimental 'heavenly palace' craft - Daily Mail   
These are the first images of the experimental craft that China hopes will pave the way for its own space station when it is launched this week.
The Tiangong 1, or 'Heavenly Palace', will blast off from a site in the Gobi Desert later this week, the Xinhua news agency reported.

▽Newspapers demand more experts on press inquiry - BBC
Newspaper groups asked Lord Justice Leveson yesterday to appoint more experts to his inquiry into the future of the Press, reports the Daily Mail.

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News Headlines - 28 September 2011

▽How did the BBC mistake day-trader who lives in a pebbledash semi for a Master of the Universe? - Daily Mail
And despite his brash demeanour, there is precious little evidence that the 34-year-old has ever been employed in a senior post for a bank or stockbroking firm.

▽Trader was not a hoaxer, says BBC - BBC
After Twitter speculation that he was a member of hoaxers The Yes Men, the BBC press office made enquiries and concluded: "He is an independent market trader and one of a range of voices we've had on air to talk about the recession."

▽Michael Jackson Dead Photo Shown As Trial Begins In Los Angeles - Gigwise
A photo of Michael Jackson lying dead on a hospital trolley was shown as the trial of his doctor Conrad Murray began in Los Angeles yesterday (September 27).

▽US Warns Israel Over Settlement Expansion - Sky News
The United States has warned that Israel risks damaging the prospects of peace with the Palestinians by approving the expansion of a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

▽On Wednesday, Amazon Will Unveil The “Kindle Fire” - TechCrunch
Last Friday, Amazon sent out invites to a press conference being held this coming Wednesday. They didn’t give away any details in the invite, but given our scoop earlier this month, everyone assumed it was to unveil the new Kindle tablet. We can now confirm this is correct. And we know a bit more.

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News Headlines - 27 September 2011

In an extraordinary interview, independent trader Alessio Rastani said: ... “We don’t really care whether they’re going to fix the economy, our job is to make money from it. The 1930s depression wasn’t just about a market crash. There were some people who were prepared to make money from that crash. I think anyone can do that.”
“Governments don’t rule the world,” he said. “Goldman Sachs rules the world. Goldman Sachs does not care about this rescue package.”

▽Miliband 'can split the Coalition if he backs a poll on EU membership' - Evening Standard
Eurosceptic Labour MPs said the move would be a "game changer" as a poll showed a majority of the party's voters would back it. They argued that there was a growing feeling in the country that Britain should hold a vote on the relationship with Brussels for the first time in 36 years as economic turmoil grips the eurozone.
With similar unrest growing on the Conservative benches while the Liberal Democrats remain committed to the European project, the MPs predicted that Labour support for a referendum would break open the Government.

▽LSE gets green light for LCH takeover - source - Reuters
London Stock Exchange head Xavier Rolet has won the backing of LCH.Clearnet's board to forge ahead with his planned 1 billion euro ($1.3 billion) takeover of the European clearing giant, a source familiar with the situation said.

▽BAE Systems to cut nearly 3,000 UK jobs - Reuters
Europe's biggest defence contractor BAE Systems said it will cut nearly 3,000 jobs in Britain as smaller global defence budgets hit orders for its fighter jets.

▽Google celebrates 13th birthday with Google Doodle - Telegraph.co.uk
The search engine marks entering its teens by turning its home page into a birthday party scene.
Surrounded by multi-coloured balloons and streamers, its logo is adorned with party hats and sits behind a table heaped with wrapped presents and a large white birthday cake with 13 candles.

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News Headlines - 26 September 2011

▽Labour Party Conference 2011: Labour launches tax war on 'bad' businesses - Telegraph.co.uk
Private equity firms and businesses deemed to be “asset strippers” will face higher taxes under a Labour government, Ed Miliband will warn tomorrow.

▽Ken Livingstone vows to cut London transport fares if elected next year - The Guardian
Ken Livingstone has pledged to save Londoners "hundreds of pounds" a year by cutting bus, train and tube fares by 5% if he wins the mayoral election next year.

▽Lockerbie case closed, says Libya - The Press Association
Scottish prosecutors' hopes of help with their investigation into the Lockerbie bombing look set to be dashed after Libya's interim justice minister reportedly said "the case is closed".

▽Sir Stelios plans rival airline, says EasyJet - Financial Times
EasyJet sent shockwaves through the aviation world after Europe’s second-largest low-cost carrier said Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, its founder and largest shareholder, was planning to set up a new airline.

▽Shipwreck of SS Gairsoppa discovered with £155m silver haul onboard - Telegraph.co.uk
A British cargo ship sunk during the Second World War has been discovered in the Atlantic with the world's largest ever haul of precious metal onboard.

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News Headlines - 25 September 2011

▽IMF urges ECB to play bigger crisis-fighting role -
A top IMF official on Sunday said the European Central Bank was the only player powerful enough to "scare" financial markets and keep the euro zone's debt crisis from further damaging the global economy.

▽Saudi king gives women right to vote - AFP
Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday granted women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative country where women are subjected to many restrictions.

▽Tuition fees: Labour pledges maximum cap of £6,000 - BBC
The maximum university fee for students in England would be cut by a third under Labour, Ed Miliband has said.
If the party was in power now it would reduce the cap from £9,000 to £6,000 to ease the debt burden on students, the Labour leader told Andrew Marr.

▽Microsoft explains Windows 8 boot to quell Linux fears - ZDNet UK
Microsoft has become locked in a dispute over whether the boot process in Windows 8 will block Linux from running on hardware designed for the next version of its flagship platform.

▽Amazon's next Kindle aimed at iPad - Victoria Times Colonist
Amazon has announced plans for a press conference Wednesday in New York, raising speculation that the company will provide its first glimpse of the new Kindle. The latest iteration of the e-book reader will have an improved interface and double as a tablet computer, with a touch screen in full colour, said Anupam Palit, an analyst at GreenCrest Capital Management.

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News Headlines - 24 September 2011

▽Putin to return as Russian president - Reuters
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed on Saturday that Vladimir Putin run in next year's presidential election, signaling they have agreed the prime minister will return to the post he held for eight years until 2008.

▽UBS chief Oswald Grübel resigns over alleged rogue trader affair - The Guardian
The chief executive of the embattled Swiss bank UBS, Oswald Grübel, has quit after the bank lost an estimated $2.3bn (£1.5bn) in the alleged rogue trading scandal.

▽NASA's Dead Satellite Falls, Starting Over Pacific - ABC News
NASA's dead six-ton satellite fell to Earth early Saturday morning, starting its fiery death plunge somewhere over the vast Pacific Ocean.
Details were still sketchy, but the U.S. Air Force's Joint Space Operations Center and NASA say that the bus-sized satellite first penetrated Earth's atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. That doesn't necessarily mean it all fell into the sea. NASA's calculations had predicted that the former climate research satellite would fall over a 500-mile swath.

▽Plant hunters' legacy help Japan's threatened species - BBC
The British tradition of collecting plants from all four corners of the world means the UK is now home to many Japanese species which are under threat in their native land, a study reports.

▽Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting - Register
The legal activity around Android continues to mount, with the chief antagonists - Samsung and Apple - increasing their lawsuit tally to 21. And another may follow soon, as Samsung threatens to sue to block sales of the iPhone 5 as soon as it launches, at least in its home country of Korea.

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News Headlines - 23 September 2011

▽Government aims to make North East a design centre for new trains - Journal Live
He said: “Once Hitachi establish their assembly plant here, the key to making that a sustained fixture of the UK economy will be eventually persuading them to tap into the UK’s undoubted expertise in train engineering and design to establish a design centre in the UK as well.

▽HP defends Whitman as ‘best choice’ - Financial Times
Ray Lane, executive chairman of Hewlett-Packard, defended his board’s hasty decision to appoint Meg Whitman as chief executive, saying the former Ebay head was the “best choice” for the job.

▽Hacking lawyer begins action against News Corp. in US - AFP
A lawyer acting for victims of phone hacking at the now-closed News of the World newspaper said Friday he has begun moves to take legal proceedings against its US parent company News Corp.

▽Facebook f8: Zuckerberg announces revamp - Telegraph.co.uk
Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced a host of changes to the site at the social network's f8 conference in San Francisco.

▽London to bid for own internet domain name - BCS
The UK's capital city could be in line to get its own internet domain name after its official promotional agency revealed it plans to submit an application for one.
London & Partners has announced it will apply for a ten-year license for the the .london suffix.

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News Headlines - 22 September 2011

▽Stocks, Commodities Drop on Fed; Treasury Yields at Record Low -
Stocks and commodities tumbled, Treasury 30-year yields dropped to a record and the Dollar Index climbed to a seven-month high as the Federal Reserve signaled “significant downside risks” in the U.S. economy.

▽Call off mass strike plans, unions told - BBC
The government will urge unions not to organise mass public sector strikes during emergency talks on Thursday.

▽Cabinet Office steps in on troubled NHS IT programme - Financial Times
Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, is to take direct oversight of the troubled £12bn programme to provide an electronic patient record for the National Health Service throughout England, in an attempt to squeeze more value out of billions of pounds of government contracts with BT and CSC, the two main IT suppliers.

▽Government to pay compensation to Bloody Sunday families - BBC
The government is to pay compensation to the families of those killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday.

▽Julian Assange publishers to release autobiography without his consent - The Guardian
In a dramatic move, Canongate has defied Assange's wishes and secretly printed thousands of copies of Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography, with the book being shipped amid strict security to booksellers in preparation for imminent release. The enormous security operation was put in place by the publishers, according to a source, to stop the author blocking publication.

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News Headlines - 21 September 2011

▽Lloyd's of London hit by record claims for natural disasters - The Guardian
An unprecedented run of natural disasters in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the US has led to insurers paying out billions of pounds this year. This made the first half of 2011 the costliest six-month period in the insurance market's 323-year history.

▽Four dead as Typhoon Roke slams into Japan - Telegraph.co.uk
The typhoon proceeded to head northeast in the direction of the still-damaged Fukushima power plant and tsunami-hit coastline, fuelling fears of radiation leakages and further destruction in the region.
The storm arrives just weeks after another typhoon swept across Japan leaving more than 90 people dead or missing and causing widespread flooding, mudslides and structural damage.

▽Russia Faces Recession for Two Years With $50 Oil, IMF Says - Bloomberg
Russia’s economy would slip into recession for one to two years if oil prices fall to $50 a barrel next year and stay at that level, according to the International Monetary Fund.

▽Met police drop action against the Guardian over hacking sources - The Guardian
Scotland Yard wanted a court order to force Guardian reporters to reveal confidential sources for articles disclosing that the murdered teenager Milly Dowler's phone was hacked on behalf of the News of the World. They claimed that the paper's reporter Amelia Hill could have "incited" a source to break the Official Secrets Act.

▽Libya uprising: Gaddafi 'losing control of Sabha' - BBC
Libya's interim rulers, the National Transitional Council, say their forces have now taken control of much of the city of Sabha, 750km (465 miles) south of Tripoli.

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News Headlines - 20 September 2011

▽Stepping Hill nurse criticises media over arrest ordeal - The Guardian
A nurse who was held on remand for six weeks on suspicion of being responsible for the deaths of patients at Stepping Hill hospital has spoken of her ordeal and criticised her portrayal by the media following her arrest.

▽Gove faces probe over private e-mails - Financial Times
E-mail traffic, seen by the FT, shows the education secretary and his advisers have conducted government business using private e-mail addresses. Civil servants were then unable to find these e-mails when asked to retrieve them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

▽IMF warns U.S., Europe could slip into recession - Reuters
Europe and the United States could slip back into recession next year unless they quickly tackle economic problems that could infect the rest of the world, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

▽Japan anxious over defence data as China denies hacking weapons maker - The Guardian
China has angrily denied suggestions that it was behind a hacking attack targeting Japan's biggest weapons contractor.
Dozens of the firm's computers were infected in what reports suggested was a co-ordinated attack on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which may have resulted in the leak of sensitive defence information.

▽Pippa Middleton parks on front row at London Fashion Week - LondonNet
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge - who shot to fame at her sibling's wedding to Prince William on 29 April - was the star attraction at the event.

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News Headlines - 19 September 2011

▽Submarine shooting sailor pleads guilty to murder of fellow officer - The Guardian
A Royal Navy sailor fascinated with violent video games and "gangsta rap" has pleaded guilty to shooting dead an officer on board a nuclear submarine and trying to murder three other crewmates.

▽Anti-terrorist police arrest seven in Birmingham - The Guardian
Counter-terrorism officers have arrested seven people, fearing they were in the "advanced stages" of planning a mass-casualty attack on the British mainland, the Guardian has learned.
The arrests were made in Birmingham, with six men arrested under counter-terrorism laws, and a woman arrested on suspicion of failing to disclose information.

▽Hugh Grant: phone hacking scandal 'can only be solved by politicians' - Telegraph.co.uk
British actor Hugh Grant appeals to delegates at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference to introduce legislation to curb press intrusion into privacy.

▽£12bn hole in UK public finances - Financial Times
Ministers are set to be told this autumn that a £12bn black hole has opened in the public finances, in a forecast that threatens to derail the coalition’s deficit reduction strategy and prolong austerity well into the next parliament.

▽Google's Eric Schmidt to challenge monopoly claims in Senate - The Guardian
The Google executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, will appear before a US Senate committee on Wednesday to argue that the internet giant is not abusing its position as the world's most popular search engine.

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News Headlines - 18 September 2011

▽Libya: Tony Blair and Col Gaddafi's secret meetings - Telegraph.co.uk
The letters and emails, found by The Sunday Telegraph, show Mr Blair held secret talks with Gaddafi in the months before Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was freed from a British jail.
He was flown to Libya twice at Gaddafi's expense on one of the former dictator's private jets - visiting the him in June 2008 and April 2009, when Libya was threatening to cut all business links if Megrahi stayed in a British jail.

▽UBS did not notice Adoboli's £1.3bn loss - BBC
I have learned that UBS's internal controls did not pick up the massive loss allegedly generated by its trader Kweku Adoboli.

▽Lib Dem conference: Minister to signal tax crackdown - BBC
More than 2,000 tax inspectors will be recruited to crack down on tax evasion among the wealthiest people in the UK, a Liberal Democrat minister has said.

▽BlackBerry profits collapse - The Guardian
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is under intense pressure from Wall Street to change its leadership as a worse than expected profit collapse wiped £3bn off the company's value during morning trading in New York.

▽Nasa's Kepler telescope finds planet orbiting two suns - BBC
A planet orbiting two suns - the first confirmed alien world of its kind - has been found by Nasa's Kepler telescope, the US space agency announced.

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News Headlines - 17 September 2011

▽Liberal Democrats vow to fight rightwing policies of 'ruthless' Tories - The Guardian
Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats have vowed to face down "ruthless" and "extreme" forces in the Tory party to protect the British people from right-wing policies that would widen inequality and benefit the rich.

▽Welsh mining disaster: grieving families want mine 'sealed for good' - Telegraph.co.uk
Holding on to each other in their grief, the family of one of the four Welsh miners killed in the Gleision pit disaster laid cards and flowers at the spot where the men last saw the light of day.

▽Death toll rises to 9 in Nevada air race crash; close to 60 injured - CNN
The number of people killed when a pilot lost control of his vintage plane and crashed into spectators during an air race over Reno, Nevada, rose to nine Saturday.
Seven people died on the tarmac, including the pilot, and two more died in hospitals, Reno police said. Officials had previously put the death toll at three. Close to 60 were injured in the incident, which occurred Friday.

▽US links militant group to Pakistan government - ABC Online
The United States says there is evidence linking the Pakistani government to the militant group that carried out last week's attack on the US embassy in Kabul.

▽Berlusconi boasts of sleeping with eight women in one night - Telegraph.co.uk
Silvio Berlusconi was at the centre of further sordid revelations about his sex life on Saturday after the Italian leader was caught boasting of having sex with eight women in one night.

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News Headlines - 16 September 2011

▽'Rogue trader' Kweku Adoboli faces fraud charges dating back to 2008 - The Guardian
A tearful Kweku Adoboli, the alleged rogue trader at the centre of a $2bn (£1.3bn) loss at Swiss bank UBS, appeared before magistrates on Friday to be charged with fraud and false accounting dating back to 2008.

▽Police 'seeking hack story sources' - The Press Association
The Metropolitan Police are seeking an order under the Official Secrets Act to force The Guardian to disclose the confidential sources of its reports on the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the paper said.
Editor Alan Rusbridger strongly condemned the move as "vindictive and disproportionate", and said the paper would resist it "to the utmost".

▽Cable backs further QE to boost demand - Reuters
The Bank of England should be ready to reopen its programme of quantitative easing to prevent weak demand threatening Britain's fragile recovery, Business Secretary Vince Cable said on Friday.

▽George Osborne says time is short to save the euro - BBC
Chancellor George Osborne has said that a successful euro is "massively" in the UK's interest but warned that time is short to save it.

▽Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness to run for Irish president - Belfast Telegraph
It is understood party strategists believe that taking part in the campaign ahead of the October polling day will help raise the profile of Sinn Fein, regardless of the result, at a time when it wants to build on its gains south of the Irish border.

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News Headlines - 15 September 2011

▽Rogue trader loses UBS $2bn - Financial Times
UBS shocked investors on Thursday with news that is had discovered a potential $2bn loss due to unauthorised trading at its investment bank.

▽Riots hit retail sales volumes - The Press Association
Retail sales volumes fell 0.2% in August, official figures have shown, as violent riots earlier in the month triggered store closures across the country...
However, some stores believed they benefited from the riots as consumers altered their shopping behaviour by seeking alternatives to shops which had closed and moved to avoid the violence.

▽Rent rise is fastest for a year, says LSL - BBC
The cost of renting a home rose at its fastest rate in a year - with the average tenant paying £713 a month, a survey has said.

▽Home phones losing out to mobile - Telegraph.co.uk
The landline phone has been overtaken by the mobiles, but users still prefer voice calls to social networking, new research suggests.

▽Miners trapped underground in south Wales coalmine - The Guardian
Rescuers said on Thursday night that they were "hopeful and optimistic" that four miners trapped 90 metres (295ft) underground in a south Wales drift mine could be set free.

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News Headlines - 14 September 2011

▽UK unemployment total rises sharply to 2.51 million - BBC
The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 80,000 to 2.51 million in the three months to July, official figures have shown.

▽Jobless data fuel concerns about growth - Financial Times
The public sector has lost almost a quarter of a million jobs in a year and unemployment has risen above 2.5m as spending cuts bite, fuelling concern about slow economic growth.

▽Winter of discontent ahead as unions to ballot for strike over pensions - Telegraph.co.uk
Millions of public sector workers are to be balloted for a series of strikes this winter and into next summer in what could be the biggest sustained industrial action seen in Britain for three decades.

▽Kabul siege ends leaving questions over Afghan security - Financial Times
An assault by Taliban insurgents on the heart of Kabul’s diplomatic and military district has ended after 20 hours, when security forces killed the last of six attackers, a spokesman for the ministry of the interior said on Wednesday.

▽Intel and Google in Android chip-making partnership - BBC
Intel has set up a development partnership with Google to help improve how the Android operating system runs on its processors.

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News Headlines - 13 September 2011

▽Nato headquarters and US embassy under attack in Kabul - Telegraph.co.uk
Nato's headquarters and the US embassy have come under attack in the centre of Kabul in what appears to be a coordinated attack across the Afghan capital.

▽Top MPs at risk in shake-up of English constituencies - BBC
Some of the most high-profile MPs in Parliament face seeing their seats disappear as part of a far-reaching shake-up of the Commons map in 2015...
The proposals are part of a move to cut the number of MPs by 50 to 600 by the next general election.

▽Phone hacking: mother of 7/7 victim to sue News of the World publisher - The Guardian
Sheila Henry, the mother of 7/7 victim Christian Small, has launched a legal action against the publisher of the News of the World after she was told by Scotland Yard detectives that her son's phone was targeted by the private investigator who worked for the paper.

▽Apple's 73% UK tablet market share 'set to fall' - The Guardian
A total of 3.62 million people own tablet computers in the UK, with Apple having a 73% market share, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The number of owners is set to grow rapidly, although Apple's share may be eroded, with only half of potential tablet owners saying that they will buy an iPad in the next year, says the company. Kantar gathers its data from a panel of direct consumer interviews in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, US and Australia.

▽Inflation rises to 4.5% in August - Financial Times
“The data will do little to change views at the Bank of England, where policy appears to be based more on providing a support to the worrying fragility of the economic recovery than current price developments,” said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit.

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News Headlines - 12 September 2011

▽9/11 anniversary: Barack Obama says nothing can break the will of the US - Telegraph.co.uk
President Barack Obama has said the post-September 11 decade had proven that despite divisions, wars and recession, nothing could shatter the will of America if it remained united.

▽Libya conflict: Gaddafi son Saadi given refuge in Niger - BBC
One of the sons of fugitive Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has been given refuge in neighbouring Niger.

▽David Cameron raises Litvinenko issue on Russia visit - BBC
David Cameron has raised the Alexander Litvinenko case at the start of his bridge-building visit to Russia.
Relations between the UK and Russia have been strained since the Russian dissident was murdered in London in 2006, and Russia then refused to extradite the prime suspect.
The PM said in Moscow that the UK would continue to push for Mr Litvinenko's killer to be brought to justice.

▽Vickers banking report: who knows where we will be in 2019? - The Guardian
The Vickers report coincides with the Northern Rock and Lehman Brothers anniversaries, who knows how many other seismic events will have occurred by the time its reforms are implemented

▽TUC leader warns of mass walkouts over pension reforms - The Guardian
The leader of the TUC has refused to rule out further widespread industrial action over "utterly unacceptable" reforms to the pension schemes of around 6 million workers.
Brendan Barber warned the prospect of mass walkouts was "finely balanced" because of the lack of progress in the talks.

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News Headlines - 11 September 2011

▽Americans mark 10th anniversary of September 11 attacks - Reuters
Americans on Sunday remembered the horror of September 11, 2001, and the nearly 3,000 people who died in the hijacked plane attacks as authorities worked to ensure the emotional 10th anniversary was peaceful.

▽4 Suspects Arrested in Swedish Terror Plot - New York Times
Police in Goteborg arrested four people suspected of planning acts of terrorism there Saturday night, police said. Authorities also evacuated an art center there.

▽Russia's embassy in UK says hackers hit website - Reuters
Russia's embassy in London said on Sunday its website crashed in a suspected hacking attack just before Prime Minister David Cameron begins the first visit by a British leader to Moscow since the 2006 killing in London of a Kremlin critic.

▽In Russia, UK's Cameron seeks trade and new ties - The Associated Press
British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in Moscow on Sunday trying to secure crucial new trade and warmer ties with an often difficult ally, some five years after the poisoning death of a Kremlin critic in London revealed bitter differences.

▽'The British government must confront Russia over human rights abuses' - Telegraph.co.uk
An influential British businessmen has accused David Cameron of going soft on Russia and of naively treating the Kremlin with kid gloves out of a misplaced fear of Moscow.

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News Headlines - 10 September 2011

▽Japan Investigates Online Posting of Obama Flight Plans - New York Times
Japanese officials moved to control the diplomatic damage after an air traffic controller was questioned here for posting secret American flight information on his blog that included the detailed flight plans of Air Force One last November.

▽Japan's Forex Action Plan Draws No G-7 Ire - NIKKEI.com
Japan stressed Friday that its pledge to take "decisive steps" against the yen's relentless rise drew no objections from finance ministers of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations, but it is not clear whether their silence is tantamount to an endorsement of further Japanese currency-market interventions.

▽New PM visits tsunami-hit area as Japan mourns dead - AFP
Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda visited the northeastern region devastated by the March 11 quake and tsunami as the nation prepared to mark six months since tragedy struck.

▽Japan's new PM faces early trouble after minister gaffes - Reuters 
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's new government ran into trouble after just a week in office with calls for one of his ministers to quit over gaffes on the sensitive topic of radiation from the tsunami-hit Fukushima plant.

▽The growing nuclear backlash post Japan earthquake - Telegraph.co.uk
When the March 11 tsunami and earthquake knocked out the reactors at Fukushima's now notorious power plant, it triggered not only the worst nuclear crisis in decades – but also a wider-reaching nuclear backlash.

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News Headlines - 09 September 2011

▽Markets plunge following resignation of German ECB official Jürgen Stark - The Guardian
The dramatic resignation of a senior European central banker sent stock markets plunging, amid fears that Greece is on the brink of default and the fragile consensus in Berlin over support for the ailing Italian and Spanish economies was close to disintegration.

▽Egypt on alert after Israeli embassy attack - AFP
Egypt declared a state of alert on Saturday after protesters stormed the building housing Israel's embassy and clashed with police, prompting a mass evacuation of the ambassador and other staff.

▽How MI6 deal sent family to Gaddafi's jail - The Guardian
A Libyan Islamist has told how he and his family were imprisoned after being "rendered" in an operation MI6 hatched in co-operation with Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence services. The rendition occurred shortly before Tony Blair paid his first visit to the dictator.

▽Android to overtake iPhone app downloads for first time - TechRadar UK
An analyst house is predicting that 2011 will see Android overtake iOS devices in app downloads for the first time.
Ovum has estimated that downloads from Android devices will hit 8.1 billion by the end of 2011, while iOS apps will languish at 6 billion downloads.

▽Winner, Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011: Jupiter in all its glory - The Guardian
The gas giant Jupiter with two of its 64 known moons, Io and Ganymede. The surface of the planet is streaked with colourful bands and dotted with huge oval storms. Unusually, detail is also visible on the two moons. The photos that make up this composite image were taken by Damian Peach from Barbados, where the clearness of the atmosphere makes possible exceptionally detailed astronomical pictures

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News Headlines - 08 September 2011

▽Bank of England holds interest rates and quantitative easing - The Guardian
The Bank of England resisted pressure for a fresh dose of electronic money to stimulate the economy on Thursday as it voted to leave UK interest rates unchanged again.
Despite growing fears that Britain is heading for a double-dip recession, the nine-strong monetary policy committee chose not to increase its £200bn quantitative easing (QE) programme. The MPC also left interest rates at their current record low of 0.5%, where they have been since March 2009.

▽OECD Cuts Growth Forecasts for U.S., Japan - Bloomberg
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development slashed its growth forecasts for the U.S. and Japan and said central banks around the world should be ready to ease monetary policy if economies weaken further.
The U.S. will grow 1.1 percent in the third quarter and 0.4 percent in the fourth, instead of the 2.9 percent and 3 percent predicted in May, the OECD said today in its interim economic assessment. Japan will expand 4.1 percent in the third quarter before stalling in the fourth, and the three biggest euro economies will grow 1.4 percent and then shrink 0.4 percent.

▽TUC 'prepared and ready' for strike action over pensions - The Guardian
The TUC is "prepared and ready" to co-ordinate strike action if talks over public pension reforms fail, its leader said as the head of a civil servants' union announced plans for November walkouts that could involve millions of public sector workers.

▽Vladimir Putin agrees to Moscow meeting with David Cameron - The Guardian
David Cameron is hoping to lift UK relations with Vladimir Putin from the deep freeze by holding talks with the mercurial Russian prime minister next week, the first contact between Britain and Putin since Tony Blair had a disastrous bilateral meeting with him on the margins of a G8 summit in 2007.

▽Mail on Sunday loses 150,000 sales - The Guardian
The real winners post closure of NoW remain the tabloid's more obviously direct competitors – the Sunday Mirror, People and Richard Desmond's Daily Star Sunday – with most titles attempting to hold new readers with tactics including heavy advertising and price discounting.
The Sunday Mirror reported a 6.38% month-on-month increase to 1,900,460, a 66.69% year-on-year increase.

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News Headlines - 07 September 2011

▽Economists warn of 50p tax rate 'damage' - BBC
Twenty leading economists have urged the government to drop the top 50p tax rate for high earners, which they say is doing "lasting damage" to the UK economy.
In a letter to the Financial Times, they say it is punishing "wealth creators" and making Britain less competitive and less attractive for investment.

▽India Home Ministeron deadly blast at High Court in Delhi that kills 10 - TelegraphTV
India's Home Minister says country must remain united after deadly blast at a High Court in New Delhi.

▽Rebels closer to taking over two Gaddafi strongholds - euronews
There are conflicting views on how the loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid in Libya will be tackled. The transitional national council say they have reached an agreement with the tribal chiefs in the town still loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi. However, the council has not decided on whether to use force, with one spokesman stating the handover would be peaceful.

▽Afghan government rejects UN torture allegations - The Associated Press
The Afghan government on Wednesday strongly rejected allegations that its security agencies tortured detainees — charges that were apparently raised in an unpublished U.N. report.
The allegations prompted NATO to temporarily suspend some transfers of detainees from international to Afghan-run detention centers. They also threatened to further erode the already shaky relationship between President Hamid Karzai's government and the international community.

▽Japan won't imitate Switzerland's currency step - MarketWatch
Japanese finance ministry officials on Wednesday quashed speculation that Tokyo may follow the lead of Switzerland and take drastic steps to curb the strength of its currency, emphasizing differences between the two nation's predicaments.

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News Headlines - 06 September 2011

▽'James Murdoch knew of hacking email' - Evening Standard
James Murdoch was today facing dramatic new claims that he was told phone hacking at the News of the World went beyond one reporter.
Former top lawyer Tom Crone said the News International chairman was told of an email showing the scandal went beyond just one rogue reporter.

▽Major N. Ireland paramilitary murder trial begins - AFP
A Protestant paramilitary leader and 13 co-accused went on trial Tuesday over the murder of a rival Loyalist chief, in the biggest such case in Northern Ireland since the 1980s.

▽Riots cost taxpayer at least £133m, MPs told - The Guardian
The riots in England will cost the taxpayer more than £133m in policing and compensation for businesses hit by the violence, the home affairs select committee has been told.

▽UK hit by fall in retail sales in August - moneyfacts.co.uk
People kept their money close to their chests in August as spending fell, figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show.
On a like-for-like basis, sales fell by 0.6% in August compared with the same month in 2010.

▽Switzerland Caps Franc - Wall Street Journal
The Swiss National Bank set a limit on how far it will let the Swiss franc rise against the euro, the bank's most aggressive attempt yet to rein in the soaring currency.

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News Headlines - 05 September 2011

▽Major websites hijacked by Turkish hackers - The Guardian
Several major websites were hijacked by Turkish hackers on Sunday evening, with some visitors diverted to a page declaring it was “World Hackers Day”.

▽Blair was 'godfather to Murdoch's daughter' - AFP
Former prime minister Tony Blair is godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch's young children, sources said on Monday, raising fresh questions about British political links to the media mogul's empire.

▽Libya conflict: Gaddafi sons 'left Bani Walid' - BBC
Two sons of fugitive Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi were holed up in the town of Bani Walid until Saturday but have now left, the head of the interim government has told the BBC.

▽U.N.: 750,000 people in Somalia face 'imminent starvation' - CNN International
A record 4 million people in Somalia need humanitarian aid and 750,000 people are in danger of "imminent starvation," the United Nations said on Monday.

▽Japanese Search for Missing After Deadly Typhoon - Voice of America
Japanese rescue workers dug through mud and wreckage Monday in search of dozens of people who remain missing after Typhoon Talas hammered the nation's western coast.

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News Headlines - 04 September 2011

▽Darling reveals Labour crisis row - The Press Association
The last Labour government failed to "come through" the financial crisis politically because of profound disagreements at "the very top", former chancellor Alistair Darling has said.
He and then prime minister Gordon Brown were so clearly at odds over economic policy that it damaged the party going into the 2010 general election, Mr Darling said.

▽Scottish Tory leadership favourite 'to disband party' - BBC
The frontrunner for leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said he plans to disband the party if he wins the leadership election next month.
The party would sit with the Tories in the Commons but have its own policies.

▽Royal Bank of Scotland to fight US mortgage action - BBC
The Royal Bank of Scotland says it will vigorously defend itself against US government claims it misrepresented the quality of mortgages it sold.

▽No Israel apology over flotilla - Sky News
Israel's Prime Minister has refused to apologise to Turkey for last year's deadly military raid on a Turkish-lead flotilla heading for Gaza.

▽Sony Ericsson introduces 3D photography to 2D phones - Telegraph.co.uk
Sony Ericsson’s new top-of-the-range mobile phone will be able to take 3D panoramic pictures using a standard 2D camera, the company has announced.
By taking multiple images and then stitching them together, the Xperia Arc S will be able to simulate 3D on any appropriately equipped 3D television, the manufacturer said. On the phone itself, pictures will only be viewable in 2D.

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News Headlines - 03 September 2011

▽FTSE falls after weak US jobs data - The Press Association
The London market has fallen 2% after the worst US jobs data for nearly a year sparked fresh fears the world economy could slide back into recession.
The number of people in work in the US failed to increase for the first time since September, adding to worries about the health of the world's biggest economy.

▽Ireland gets £1.2bn IMF payout - The Guardian
The International Monetary Fund approved a further €1.4bn (£1.2bn) payout to Ireland on Friday as part of a wider European bailout.
Ireland's government announced a four-year €15bn austerity programme last year, which included deep cuts to public spending and benefits, and large tax hikes. The programme paved the way for a €85bn bailout package from the IMF and the EU.

▽Murdoch family divided as News Corporation crisis comes to a head - The Guardian
James Murdoch had been seen as the undisputed heir to his father's media empire, until the phone-hacking scandal erupted. But as the younger Murdoch faces the prospect of his evidence to parliament being called into question by former colleagues on Tuesday, there are growing doubts coming from inside his family about his suitability for the top position at News Corporation.

▽Mystery over 'lost iPhone prototype' claims - Telegraph.co.uk
Mystery surrounds reports this week that an Apple employee lost a prototype iPhone in a San Francisco bar.

▽Typhoon Talas Hits Western Japan - Voice of America
Japanese officials say Typhoon Talas has slammed into western Japan, bringing heavy rains and fierce winds. 

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News Headlines - 02 September 2011

▽Breakfast murder teen jailed - Sky News
A teenage boy who killed his former girlfriend to get a free breakfast from a friend has been jailed for an indefinite period...
Davies had routinely joked about killing Rebecca in the months before the murder.
One friend went so far as to promise him a free breakfast if he took her life, little thinking he would take the offer seriously.

▽David Cameron: Tony Blair was wrong about the riots - The Guardian
David Cameron has dismissed Tony Blair's claim that it was wrong to portray the riots in England as evidence of a widespread "moral collapse" afflicting society.
In an interview on the Today programme, the prime minister said the fact that bystanders got involved in looting meant that rioting was not simply caused by members of a "criminal underclass".

▽PM hails UK Libya role despite cuts - The Independent
The UK's armed forces played a significant role in Libya despite cuts in defence spending, David Cameron said.
The Prime Minister insisted the UK had been "punching at our weight or even above our weight" in the conflict with the RAF carrying out around a fifth of all strike sorties against Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

▽US unemployment figures shock with no job growth in August - The Guardian
No new jobs were added to the US workforce in August, fuelling fears that the world's largest economy is heading back into recession.
Analysts expected at least 75,000 new jobs to have been created in the US last month, but the figure came in at zero, sparking further falls on stock markets around the world.

▽100 YEARS / STYLE / EAST LONDON - Youtube

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News Headlines - 01 September 2011

▽Apple staffer loses test iPhone in bar – again - The Guardian
Have you heard this one before? An Apple employee walks into a bar in California with a top-secret iPhone prototype – and leaves it behind. Apple then scrambles to recover the phone, involving the police in the process after it has been sold by a finder, eventually getting it back under wraps.
It happened in April last year – and now, says CNet, it has happened again with a prototype of the very latest iPhone, expected to be launched within the next few weeks.
But this time Apple does not appear to have got the phone back.

▽WikiLeaks blames British newspaper as unredacted cables are exposed on the internet - Daily Mail
Uncensored copies of U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks were freely available on the Internet today, sparking a new controversy.
WikiLeaks accused a journalist on the British Guardian newspaper of revealing the password needed to unlock the files in a book published earlier this year.
The newspaper retaliated by claiming 'sloppy security' at Julian Assange's anti-secrecy website helped expose the cables to the world.

▽Manufacturing 'slumps to 26-month low' - AFP
British manufacturing activity tumbled to a 26-month low in August, a key survey showed on Thursday, sparking fresh speculation over a potential double-dip recession.

▽'We won't surrender,' Gadhafi says: reports - Globe and Mail
Moammar Gadhafi was quoted Thursday as warning that tribes loyal to him in key strongholds are armed and won't surrender to Libyan rebels, a blow to opposition hopes of a peaceful surrender of the ousted leader's hometown of Sirte.

▽Defence cuts too deep, Labour warns - The Independent
Sacking hundreds of Army and RAF personnel will have "long-term consequences" for the UK, Labour has warned.
About 920 soldiers and 930 RAF personnel were told they were being made redundant, 750 of them against their will, in the first wave of military job losses.

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News Headlines - 31 August 2011

▽Banking reforms 'could jeopardise recovery' - BBC
A senior business leader has warned that changes to banking regulation expected to be recommended by an independent commission led by Sir John Vickers might damage the economy by if they result in the banks lending less.

▽Tesco to exit Japan after eight-year struggle - The Guardian
Tesco, the world's third-biggest retailer, put its loss-making Japanese business up for sale, abandoning an eight-year attempt to break into a tough retail market and underscoring its new boss's commitment to investor returns.
The move is a rare admission of defeat by the British supermarket group and raised speculation it could be prepared to exit its much larger loss-making business in the United States if its current recovery plan fails to deliver.

▽Chechnya's leader promises hardline response to suicide bombings - The Guardian
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechnyan leader, has promised a harsh response after three suicide bombers blew themselves up in the southern Russian republic on Tuesday night, killing nine people and wounding 22...
The attacks took place as Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan, which is known as Uraza Bayram in Russia.

▽Yvonne Fletcher investigation will receive co-operation from Libya - The Guardian
David Cameron has said Libya's interim government will co-operate with the Metropolitan police investigation into the 1984 killing of WPC Yvonne Fletcher. The prime minister's comments come as it was reported that only one of the three main suspects in the shooting from the Libyan embassy in London 27 years ago remains alive.

▽Sony sets date for mobile 3D headset Japan launch - Reuters
Sony Corp said on Wednesday its new 3D device offers a movie experience that can be had anywhere, with a head-mounted display that lets users also watch videos and play videogames.

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News Headlines - 30 August 2011

▽Notting Hill carnival: 16-year-old arrested after stabbing - The Guardian
A 16-year-old youth has been arrested in west London on suspicion of assault following the stabbing of a 20-year-old man at the Notting Hill carnival, police have said.
Three men aged 20 and a 21-year-old have already been arrested and are in custody at various police stations in London in connection with the incident, which happened towards the end of the two-day event.

▽Mortgage approvals highest in 14 months - Telegraph.co.uk
The number of mortgage loans approved by lenders rose to 49,239, in line with the consensus forecast of 49,000 and up from 48,500 the previous month. That represented the highest figure since May 2010, albeit still well below pre-crisis levels.

▽Study warns of housing 'crisis' - AFP
Britain's housing market is "in crisis" and the government must urgently act to increase the supply of homes, a study warned on Tuesday.
Only 63.8 percent of homes in England will be owned by their occupiers in a decade's time as more and more people are locked out of the housing market, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF). The figure represents the lowest level since the mid-1980s.

▽Facebook forks out $40,000 in bug bounty program - PC Advisor
Social network Facebook has forked out $40,000 to web users that have discovered security flaws on the site.
Facebook announced its bug bounty program three weeks ago, that runs alongside its own teams that search out and disable security flaws. The social network said it would pay a base rate of $500 for security related bugs, such as cross site scripting flaws.

▽Top 10 most-improved rivers revealed by Enviroment Agency - BBC
A list of the 10 most-improved rivers in England and Wales has been released by the Environment Agency.
Ian Barker, head of land and water at the agency, said Britain's rivers were "the healthiest for over 20 years".

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News Headlines - 29 August 2011

▽Japan's Next PM May Help JGBs,But Strong Yen Woes May Persist - Wall Street Journal
Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda's victory in a ruling party leadership contest that virtually guarantees he will become the country's next prime minister could help the country's government bonds extend their recent gains.
But Noda will need to stay in power long enough to see his fiscally conservative policies through, which is hardly a given in Japan's fractious political world. If he lasts and makes progress on tax hikes and fiscal consolidation, as he has advocated, that would likely dispel some concerns that reconstruction spending after the March 11 quake will sharply increase the country's already massive debt.

▽Japanese TV star retires over yakuza links - Telegraph.co.uk
One of the most famous faces on Japanese television has retired from showbusiness after his friendship with a member of a notorious "yakuza" gang was revealed.

▽Notting Hill Carnival: Record number of police officers - BBC
The second day of the Notting Hill Carnival is under way with record numbers of police officers on duty.
More than 6,500 police officers were to take to the streets in an effort to prevent trouble in the wake of riots in London earlier this month.

▽Number of long-term unemployed doubles - The Independent
The number of long-term unemployed has more than doubled since the financial crisis struck in 2008, leaving tens of thousands of people with little chance of ever working again, according to the Institute of Public Policy Research.
More than 400,000 people have been unemployed for over two years – the highest number since 1997. Being out of work for two years or more severely curtails someone's chances of getting another job, according to a new report by the think tank to be published later this week. People lose their skills, fall behind in training and lose their confidence if they are out of work for too long, making them much less attractive to new employers.

▽The government turns its attention to the Fletcher case - Spectator.co.uk
http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/7199648/the-government-turns-its-attention-to-the-fletcher-case.thtmlThe Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, is at death’s door. His relatives told journalists that he is ‘comatose’ at a family house in Tripoli. There have been calls to extradite Megrahi in recent days; last week, the ubiquitous William Hague said that he hoped the Scottish authorities were considering the matter.

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News Headlines - 28 August 2011

▽Broadway shows shut down as Hurricane Irene strikes - BBC
Broadway shows have all been cancelled as New York braces itself for the full force of Hurricane Irene to strike.
All musicals and plays on and off Broadway shut on Saturday.

▽Gaddafi offers to negotiate with Libya rebels over transfer of power - The Guardian
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has offered to enter negotiations with the Libyan rebels over the formation of a transitional government as loyalist fighters are pushed further to the outskirts of Tripoli and rebel forces prepare for an assault on the ousted dictator's hometown of Sirte.

▽C.I.A. Drone Is Said to Kill Al Qaeda’s No. 2 - New York Times
A drone operated by the Central Intelligence Agency killed Al Qaeda’s second-ranking figure in the mountains of Pakistan on Monday, American and Pakistani officials said Saturday, further damaging a terrorism network that appears significantly weakened since the death of Osama bin Laden in May.

▽IMF chief Lagarde in warning on economic recovery - BBC
The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the global economy is not growing at a fast enough pace and faces a number of risks to recovery.

▽Google's Eric Schmidt: don't blame the internet for the riots - Telegraph.co.uk
Eric Schmidt, the head of Google, said it would be "a mistake" for governments to try to interfere with the internet in the wake of the English riots.

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News Headlines - 27 August 2011

▽Libyan rebels claim victory south of Tripoli - The Associated Press
Libyan rebels claimed victory over a suburb near Tripoli's airport Saturday after an overnight battle as the opposition moves to solidify its hold on the capital while fighting Moammar Gadhafi loyalists in other parts of the country.

▽New evidence in WPC Yvonne Fletcher's Libya embassy shooting - Metro
Scotland Yard has been given a boost in the case of WPC Yvonne Fletcher, who was shot dead outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984, after the publication of a new eyewitness account.

▽Ben Bernanke adopts wait-and-see approach - Mail & Guardian Online
The Federal Reserve on Friday dashed Wall Street's hopes of an immediate boost to the flagging United States economy when its chairperson Ben Bernanke said the central bank was adopting a wait-and-see approach to fresh stimulus measures.

▽New Apple chief Tim Cook handed 1m shares - Telegraph.co.uk
Tim Cook, the new Apple chief executive who replaced Steve Jobs, has been awarded 1m shares in the company in a bid to keep him at the helm until at least 2021.

▽UK's atomic clock 'is world's most accurate' - BBC
An atomic clock at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has the best long-term accuracy of any in the world, research has found.

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News Headlines - 26 August 2011

▽Japan prime minister: Why the choice of leader matters - BBC
A Japanese prime minister is often merely a figurehead who sits above an army of generally competent government officials who make the real decisions...
However, having seen how badly Prime Minister Naoto Kan has performed, we do sense that the choice of leader does matter, especially in these turbulent times.

▽Bernanke offers hint of Fed action - Financial Times
The US Federal Reserve “is prepared to employ its tools as appropriate to promote a stronger recovery”, chairman Ben Bernanke said in a speech at Jackson Hole on Friday, dropping a broad hint that the US central bank will soon do more to support an ailing economy.

▽US East Coast Prepares for Hurricane Irene - Voice of America
Millions of people along the U.S. East Coast are scrambling to prepare for a powerful hurricane that authorities fear will cause widespread flooding and power outages.

▽Notting Hill Carnival: record number of police on duty after riots - Telegraph.co.uk
Just three weeks after the start of the worst rioting in Britain for a generation, Scotland Yard will deploy twice as many officers in the city as it did for the Royal Wedding.

▽Online defamation cases in England and Wales 'double' - BBC
The number of court cases brought by people who say they have been defamed online has more than doubled in a year, experts have said.

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News Headlines - 25 August 2011

▽Apple Shares Face Pressure as Jobs Departs as CEO - Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. shares fell 2.2% ahead of the opening bell Thursday as investors adjust to the world's most valuable tech company having its leader and driving force in a more diminished role.

▽Steve Jobs – how years of health problems have dogged the Apple founder - Telegraph.co.uk
It was only in March that Steve Jobs emerged from medical leave to introduce a new version of the iPad tablet. Yet just a few months later the Apple CEO resigned saying he could no longer meet his duties.

▽Steve Jobs: iDesigned your life - The Guardian
iMacs, iPods, iPads – the Apple CEO took us from beige plastic to sophisticated and desirable design in every sphere of our lives

▽Gaddafi wanted dead or alive, says rebel leader - The Guardian
The Libyan rebels have stepped up attempts to find Muammar Gaddafi by announcing that any members of the fleeing leader's entourage who killed or captured him would be given an amnesty, a pardon and possibly a £1m reward.

▽'We can't afford another costly foreign venture' - Evening Standard
As rebel leaders toured western countries seeking billions in aid, Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the influential Treasury select committee, said Britain does not have the cash for all worthy causes.

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News Headlines - 24 August 2011

▽Libya: Hunt for Gaddafi spreads beyond Tripoli - Telegraph.co.uk
As rebel fighters flush through the tunnels under Col Muammar Gaddafi's compound, the hunt for the fallen dictator will now spread beyond Tripoli.

▽Many UK areas 'still don't have adequate access to 3G mobile technology' - Telegraph.co.uk
Many parts of Britain, particularly rural areas, still do not have adequate access to 3G mobile phone broadband despite billions of pounds of investment in the technology, a study has found.

▽Motorola Atrix advert banned - Telegraph.co.uk
Motorola has been banned by the Advertising Standards Agency from claiming its Atrix phone is the most powerul smartphone in the world because the Samsung Galaxy SII has a better processor

▽Earth is home to 8.7 million species - Telegraph.co.uk
Previous guesses had put the total number of different species at anywhere between three million and 100 million, but a new calculation based on the way in which life forms are classified puts the estimate at the lower end of that scale.

▽X-rays extract 'virtual harvestmen' from French fossils - BBC
Harvestmen, or Opiliones as scientists would call them, have existed for hundreds of millions of years.
What is fascinating about them is how little they have changed in that time.

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News Headlines - 23 August 2011

▽We have proved in Libya that intervention can still work - Telegraph.co.uk
The toppling of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi shows that despite greater constraints, the West can still do good.

▽Call for inquiry into News International payments to Andy Coulson - The Guardian
Labour MP Tom Watson wants Electoral Commission to investigate whether payments and benefits to former No 10 communications director amounted to political donations

▽NASA Powers on Humanoid Robot For the First Time - PC Magazine
Coming in at three feet four inches and 330 pounds, it’s Robonaut 2, NASA’s humanoid robot. Six months after it was first delivered to the International Space Station by Space Shuttle Discovery, the robot has been powered on for the first time.

▽Russians unveil space hotel - CNN
Russian firm Orbital Technologies plans to open the first space hotel in history in five year's time. The space hotel, or "Commercial Space Station," as it's officially called, will float 250 miles above Earth.

▽Top Gear episodes to be made available on Facebook - The Guardian
BBC Worldwide is make episodes of Top Gear available to Facebook users at a cost of 93p.
The BBC's commercial arm has developed a video-on-demand app for Facebook that will allow users of the website to rent a limited number of Top Gear episodes using Facebook Credits.

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News Headlines - 22 August 2011

▽Libya: key role played by Britain in fall of Tripoli - Telegraph.co.uk
The key role played by Britain in equipping and advising Libya’s rebel fighters for their final push on Tripoli was becoming clear last night as Col Muammar Gaddafi’s remaining forces staged a last stand around his bunker.

▽Prosecutors seek to end Strauss-Kahn case - Financial Times
Prosecutors in New York recommended that a judge dismiss sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, alleging that his accuser “has not been truthful on matters great and small”.

▽Andy Coulson on News Corp. Payroll While Working for David Cameron - Reuters
Andy Coulson, formerly editor of the News of the World and one-time director of communications for the UK’s Conservative Party, received thousands of pounds from News Corp.’s British publishing arm, News International, while working for the party, the BBC reports.

▽H-P Needed to Evolve, CEO Says - Wall Street Journal
Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Leo Apotheker said the computer maker is beginning a "needed transformation" to better compete for corporate technology budgets, as he explained recent moves including the decision to spin off its personal-computer business before investors in New York.

▽Android developers can start writing Google TV apps - The Press Association
Google released a preview version of an Android programming tool plug-in today to let developers write software for Google TV devices.

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News Headlines - 21 August 2011

▽Libyan rebels push into Tripoli as Gaddafi appeals for help - The Guardian
Hundreds of rebel fighters have pushed into the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as their struggle to overthrow the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi moves closer to ending in victory.

▽Syrian president dismisses calls for him to step down as 'worthless' - Telegraph.co.uk
Syria’s embattled president shrugged off international calls for him to step down on Sunday as he claimed he was “not worried” about unrest sweeping the country.

▽Strauss-Kahn charges could be dropped this week - Vancouver Sun
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn could be freed this week, as prosecutors reportedly prepared to dismiss explosive charges that the once-powerful French politician tried to rape a hotel maid.

▽How can you afford that £8m home, Mandelson? - Telegraph.co.uk
The purchase would be the first indication of the multi-million-pound fortune amassed by the former business secretary, who left office last year.
While he has made money over the years with shrewd property investments, the source of much of Lord Mandelson’s wealth remains shrouded in secrecy.

▽Cycling worth £3bn a year to UK economy, says LSE study - The Guardian
Cycling generates nearly £3bn a year for the UK economy, according to a report from the London School of Economics. The figure includes £51m in revenue for British manufacturers from the 3.7m cycles sold in 2010 – a rise of 28% on 2009.

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News Headlines - 20 August 2011

▽Birmingham riots EXCLUSIVE: Gang tried to shoot down police helicopter - Birmingham Mail
At least eight shots were fired at police and officers dived for cover inside their van as trouble flared outside the Bartons Arms, in Newtown, in the early hours of Wednesday August, 10.
In a chilling development, the Birmingham Mail has now learned that detectives believe the helicopter was also shot at as it hovered overhead.

▽Riot shooting footage raises fears that violence was organised - The Guardian
It is believed to be the first evidence that police came under fire during the riots and has heightened concerns that some of the seemingly random violence and looting was conducted by organised criminal gangs.

▽More openness urged over oil leaks - The Press Association
More than 200 tonnes of oil spilled into the water after a leak from a flowline to Shell's Gannet Alpha platform, about 112 miles east of Aberdeen.
Divers closed the leaking valve on Friday, more than a week after the spill was detected on August 10.

▽Stagecoach founders net £88m windfall - The Independent
Sir Brian Souter and his sister Ann Gloag, the founders of Stagecoach, will receive £51m and £37m respectively from a scheme to return cash to shareholders unveiled by the transport company yesterday.
In total, Stagecoach, which runs bus and rail services across the UK as well as a burgeoning US operation, will return £340m of cash to shareholders. Investors will be given a choice of taking the money, worth 47p a share, via a special dividend or as a capital gain.

▽Climate change driving species out of habitats much faster than expected - The Guardian
Animals and plants have adapted to warming by moving regions up to three times faster than previously thought, report shows

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News Headlines - 19 August 2011

▽Economy 'teetering' on edge of recession - BBC
Stocks in Europe have started the day with more losses, after Asian stocks had fallen overnight on continued fears about a global economic slowdown.

▽Phone hacking: Met police detective arrested - The Guardian
A police detective has been arrested on suspicion of leaking details about Scotland Yard's phone-hacking investigation.
The man has not been charged but he has been suspended by the Metropolitan police.

▽Murdoch tabloid private eye to reveal hacking orders - Reuters
A private detective jailed for illegally intercepting voicemail messages on behalf of a journalist at one of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers has been ordered to reveal who asked him to carry out the phone-hacking.

▽Big fall in Government borrowing - The Press Association
Government borrowing fell drastically last month, figures have revealed, but economists still fear it will miss deficit reduction targets for the year.

▽Search specialist Autonomy to sell for £7.1bn in HP software move - Scotsman
SHARES in Autonomy soared by more than 71 per cent yesterday after the Cambridge-based software company recommended a £7.1 billion offer from Hewlett-Packard that will net its founder more than £500 million.
The US tech giant has agreed to buy the FTSE 100 company in a strategy change that will also see it spin off its personal computer business to reinvent itself as a higher-margin, software- focused company.

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News Headlines - 18 August 2011

▽Three killed, 70 injured at Belgium music festival -
The Chateau stage at Belgium's Pukkelpop festival, near the town of Hasselt, was apparently destroyed when bad weather caused trees to fall over. A second stage collapsed but it is not thought to have fallen on any concertgoers. Some giant screens also fell down.

▽Syria: Assad must resign, says Obama - The Guardian
The US and Europe have dramatically increased the pressure on the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, with Barack Obama leading a demand by world leaders for him to surrender power.

▽Phone hacking: News of the World Hollywood reporter is arrested - The Guardian
The allegations are believed to relate to events before Desborough was promoted to be the NoW's Los Angeles-based US editor in April 2009, less than a month after winning a British Press Award for showbusiness reporter of the year.
His move to the US makes his arrest, the 13th made by Operation Weeting, particularly significant. If Desborough was involved in hacking while in Britain, it raises the question of whether he practised those techniques in the US – and if so, whether he was the first and only News of the World journalist in the US to do so.

▽News Corp. Said to Be Sued by Former Investigator Mulcaire Over Legal Fees - Bloomberg
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator jailed in 2007 for intercepting voice-mail messages while working for News Corp.’s defunct News of the World tabloid, sued the company, which had stopped paying his legal fees.

▽Livingstone Hitler comments blasted - The Press Association
Labour's London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone has been condemned for comparing his battle to regain City Hall from Boris Johnson to the "great struggle between Churchill and Hitler".

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News Headlines - 17 August 2011

▽Police asked to reinvestigate Chris Huhne - Telegraph.co.uk
The Crown Prosecution Service has requested further evidence from Essex police as it examines allegations that Mr Huhne asked Vicky Pryce, his estranged wife, to accept his points so he could keep his licence.

▽London riots: More than 1,000 people charged - BBC
Acting commissioner for the force Tim Godwin hailed a "significant milestone" as he said a total of 1,010 suspects had been charged after 1,744 arrests.

▽UK unemployment total on the rise - BBC
The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 38,000 to 2.49 million in the three months to June.

▽Pressure mounts on Rupert Murdoch - Telegraph.co.uk
Pressure is mounting on News Corporation to oust Rupert Murdoch as chairman and strengthen the media company’s board, following the publication of a damning letter by Clive Goodman, the News of the World’s former Royal correspondent.

▽India: Mass Support For 'Fast To The Death' - Sky News
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16051888The Indian government is under increasing pressure as tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets to support the anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare who has started a "fast to the death" in jail.

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News Headlines - 16 August 2011

▽Phone hacking: News of the World reporter's letter reveals cover-up - The Guardian
Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and their former editor Andy Coulson all face embarrassing new allegations of dishonesty and cover-up after the publication of an explosive letter written by the News of the World's disgraced royal correspondent, Clive Goodman.

▽Clive Goodman's letter to News International - The Guardian
Letter from former royal correspondent convicted of phone hacking said practice was 'widely discussed' in daily meetings and approved by senior editors

▽Hacking was "widespread" at News of the World, ex reporter claims - Mirror.co.uk
A letter by “rogue” reporter Clive Goodman published yesterday alleges hacking was “widely discussed” at the paper when Mr Coulson was editor.
Mr Coulson, who became Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director, has always denied he knew about the practice.

▽Facebook riot post pair jailed - Sky News
Two men have been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to inciting disorder via social networking sites - the longest sentences so far.

▽National Student Survey: one-in-10 'dissatisfied' with degree - Telegraph.co.uk
Almost one-in-10 final year undergraduates said courses were not good enough...
It also emerged that Cambridge outscored Oxford to be named the top mainstream university.

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News Headlines - 15 August 2011

▽UK riots: magistrates told 'ignore the rule book' and lock up looters - Telegraph.co.uk
Magistrates have been told that they can ignore sentencing guidelines and hand down more draconian penalties to rioters and looters.

▽Boy charged with murder of Ealing pensioner during riots - The Guardian
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of an Ealing pensioner who was attacked as he tried to stamp out a fire during the London riots.

▽Gaddafi defiant in face of rebel gains - Scotsman
LIBYAN leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi issued a defiant message vowing to crush his adversaries yesterday as rebel forces made further gains across the country.

▽Behind Google's $12.5B Motorola Gamble: Patents, Patents, Patents - Reuters
Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings, widely considered a mobile phone also-run, took the technology world by surprise on Monday.

▽Google-Motorola marriage good for consumers? - CNET
Consumers may be the big winners when the dust settles over Google's announcement today that it plans to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.
Motorola's enviable patent portfolio was likely the driver in Google's decision to buy the handset maker. But the deal also gives Google its own hardware, which could pave the way for the company to create an end-to end mobile experience akin to what Apple has done with its iOS devices.

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News Headlines - 14 August 2011

▽Norway killer reconstructs shootings on island - USA Today
The chilling images of Anders Behring Breivik simulating shots into the water at the island where he killed 69 people at a youth camp were broadcast around the world Sunday after police brought him back there.

▽England riots: coalition row grows over 'kneejerk' response - The Guardian
Coalition efforts to present a united front over the riots have come under strain as senior Liberal Democrats call for an end to "kneejerk" reactions by politicians and warn that stripping those involved of their benefits could worsen crime on the streets.

▽Birmingham disorder: Thousands attend peace rally - BBC
Thousands of people have attended a peace rally which followed the looting and violence in Birmingham.

▽House prices show first annual fall since 2009 - Reuters
Asking prices for residential property in England and Wales showed their first year-on-year fall since September 2009, property marketing company Rightmove said on Monday.

▽Tesco cuts petrol prices as supermarkets battle it out - The Guardian
Following recent price cuts from Asda and Morrisons, Tesco has announced it will also be cutting prices at its forecourts

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News Headlines - 13 August 2011

▽After British Riots, Conflicting Answers as to ‘Why’ - New York Times
Outside a London court last week, as those accused of looting and rioting in the most destructive and widespread violence in recent British history faced justice, a mother turned to her 11-year-old son, accused of theft, and asked simply, “Why?”
That question has been at the heart of a fraught national debate as Britons puzzle over what drove even some previously law-abiding people to steal, sometimes risking arrest for nothing more than bottles of water. The debate has often divided people into predictable camps.

▽Phone hacking: Daily Mirror publisher gets written guarantees from journalists - The Guardian
The publisher of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror has obtained written guarantees from senior editorial executives that they have not been involved in so-called "black arts" – such as phone hacking and paying police – over the past 11 years.
However, Trinity Mirror has not sought guarantees from former executives, such as ex-Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, who has faced a series of phone-hacking allegations in recent weeks.

▽Shell Confirms Oil Leak at Gannet Alpha Platform - Daily News Corner
Oil producer Royal Dutch Shell haѕ confirmed that thе Gannet Alpha oil platform, located 112 miles east оf Aberdeen, Scotland, has suffered a leak frоm an underwater pipeline bеtweеn the wellhead аnd platform.

▽British Gas to suspend doorstep sales - BBC
British Gas has said it will end doorstep selling for three months, claiming the format is "outdated".

▽ONS admits it was wrong – there was no surprise spurt for UK construction - The Guardian
The Office for National Statistics was forced into a humiliating admission on Friday that it had made an "arithmetical error" when it revised its construction output figures higher. This had raised hopes that the economy was stronger than previously thought in the second quarter.

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News Headlines - 12 August 2011

▽News of the World: police watchdog investigates Milly Dowler leak - The Guardian
The police watchdog is investigating an allegation that a Surrey police officer gave information about the Milly Dowler murder investigation to the News of the World.

▽Police watchdog admits it may have wrongly led journalists to believe Mark Duggan shot at officers before his death - Daily Mail
The police watchdog has admitted it may have wrongly led journalists to believe that police shooting victim Mark Duggan fired at officers before he was killed.

▽Facing justice, riot rat pack: Suspects accused of four of the week's most infamous crimes are all behind bars - Daily Mail
Four of the most notorious faces of the riots were behind bars last night in a victory for the law-abiding majority.
Detectives suspect they are responsible for violent and brazen crimes that shocked the nation during four days of mayhem.

▽Teen charged for inciting riots using BlackBerry - msnbc.com
An 18-year-old girl has been charged for using her BlackBerry smartphone to intentionally encourage rioting in the United Kingdom. Yes, her case specifically lists the BlackBerry Messenger service as the tool used to incite the criminal behavior.

▽IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over' - Register
One of the dozen engineers who designed the original IBM PC, which celebrates its 30th anniversary on Friday, says that the reign of the personal computer is coming to an end.
"They're going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs," writes IBM's Middle East and Africa CTO Mark Dean in a company blog post.

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News Headlines - 11 August 2011

▽Tories on riot policing: too few, too slow, too timid - The Guardian
Cameron said: "Police chiefs have been frank with me about why this happened. Initially the police treated the situation too much as a public order issue – rather than essentially one of crime. The truth is that the police have been facing a new and unique challenge with different people doing the same thing – basically looting – in different places all at the same time."

▽David Cameron will still cut 16,000 frontline police - Mirror.co.uk
DAVID Cameron sparked fury yesterday by revealing he will press ahead with his police cuts despite the heroics of officers during the riots.

▽David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media - The Guardian
David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week's riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook if they are thought to be plotting criminal activity.

▽Ealing riot: Richard Mannington Bowes dies after attack - BBC
A 68-year-old man who was critically injured as he tried he tried to stamp out a fire during riots in west London has died, Scotland Yard has said.

▽Chancellor George Osborne on collision course with unions in drive to create new jobs - Telegraph.co.uk
George Osborne has indicated that he will take on the “vested interests” of trade unions as he attempts to stimulate the economy by overhauling employment laws.

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News Headlines - 10 August 2011

▽All police leave is cancelled - Sky News
All police leave has been cancelled as the Prime Minister pledged to give officers whatever was needed to combat rioting and looting.

▽Britons use social networking sites to expose rioters - AFP
London's Metropolitan Police made a tentative attempt to use social media to track down suspects, putting up 25 photos of youths breaking into shops and lobbing missiles on photo-sharing site flickr.
But the official effort paled in comparison to the surge of activity by amateur web investigators.

▽New arrest in phone-hacking inquiry - BBC
A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking, Scotland Yard has said.
The BBC understands he is former News of the World news editor, Greg Miskiw.

▽Secret peace talks between US and Taliban collapse over leaks - Telegraph.co.uk
Secret exploratory peace talks between the United States and the Taliban leadership have broken down after details of the negotiations were leaked, Western diplomats have told The Daily Telegraph.

▽Obama to toughen stance on Syria with call for Assad's departure - The Guardian
The United States is poised to shift its position on Syria by calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down because of the violence he has inflicted on his own people and his failure to implement meaningful reforms for the last five months.

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News Headlines - 09 August 2011

▽London riots spread to Midlands and north-west on fourth night of trouble - Telegraph.co.uk
The fourth night of riots came after David Cameron returned early from his holiday and called on police to be more robust in their response. The Prime Minister announced that the number of officers on the streets of the capital would rise from 6,000 to 16,000 in a bid to stamp out escalating lawlessness.

▽200 rioters caused this mayhem...500 offer help to clean up mess - Daily Mail
Invoking London’s famous ‘Blitz spirit’, volunteers responded defiantly to the worst violence the city has witnessed in decades by rolling up their sleeves and helping in the clean-up.

▽US Stocks Surge In Volatile Session As Fed Pledges To Keep Rates Low  - Wall Street Journal
U.S. stocks notched the biggest gain in more than two years amid a seesaw session Tuesday following the worst selloff since the financial crisis, as investors applauded the Federal Reserve's pledge to keep interest rates near zero at least through mid-2013.

▽QE in focus as Bank's King presents new forecasts - Reuters
Bank of England Governor Mervyn King will be in the spotlight later on Wednesday when he presents new economic forecasts -- and faces questions about whether the latest market turmoil has moved the Bank closer to a second bout of quantitative easing.

▽U.K. Data Cast Doubt on Growth Hopes - Wall Street Journal
Disappointing figures on U.K. exports and manufacturing output Tuesday raised further doubts about the government's growth strategy, which relies on these sectors powering an economic recovery in the coming months.

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News Headlines - 08 August 2011

▽Ealing Broadway closed down as crowds grow - Ealing Gazette
A string of violence has spread across London following a protest in Tottenham, north London, on Saturday after Mark Duggan was killed by police last week. Mayor of London Boris Johnson is reportedly on his way back from holiday as the Met send deploy more police to the streets.

▽Windows smashed in Birmingham as youths gather - BBC
Gangs of masked youths have gathered in Birmingham city centre and some shop windows have been smashed.
A McDonald's restaurant, close to the city's cathedral, has had a window broken and eye witnesses have reported more damage in the Colmore Row area.

▽London riots: why did the police lose control? - Telegraph.co.uk
Some local people told journalists of their resentment towards the police. One student said: “The police never talk to us, they ignore us, they don’t think we’re human in this area.” A youth worker claimed: “The way the police treat black people is like we’re nothing.” And a retired accountant who has lived locally for 30 years reported that some of the police “behave in an arrogant manner that puts people’s backs up”.

▽London riots: all incidents mapped in Tottenham, Brixton, Hackney, Lewisham and Greater London - Telegraph.co.uk

▽Dow closes down 634 points after final plunge - Los Angeles Times
The Dow Jones industrial average finished the day down 634.76 points Monday after a full-day sell-off accelerated in the final hour of trading as investors struggled to absorb Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the United States' credit rating.

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News Headlines - 07 August 2011

▽G-7 Finance Officials to Speak Today on Europe Debt, U.S. Rating Downgrade - Bloomberg
Group of Seven finance officials will talk today by conference call as policy makers seek to avert turmoil from Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis and a cut in the U.S. credit rating.

▽ECB signals readiness to buy more bonds - Financial Times
The European Central Bank gave a clear signal on Sunday night that it would intervene in the markets for Italian and Spanish bonds in an effort to sooth markets after the twin impact of the eurozone debt crisis and Friday’s US rating downgrade.

▽Trouble spreads to Enfield – and this time it was organised - The Guardian
There was mounting evidence on Sunday night that the rioting in north London was part of an orchestrated plan, as violent disturbances broke out in Enfield Town, some six miles north of the riots in Tottenham.

▽Norway polar bear attack: failings that left Horatio Chapple at bear's mercy - Telegraph.co.uk
Organisers of the expedition on which a British schoolboy was killed by a polar bear had a gun which failed to fire four times and had not assigned a night watchman, police have disclosed

▽Environment Agency's 'hit list' of ten most invasive species - Telegraph.co.uk
A “hit list” of the ten invasive species which pose the biggest threat to native wildlife on Britain’s waterways and cost £1.7bn a year to tackle has been released by the Environment Agency.

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News Headlines - 06 August 2011

▽Tottenham in flames as protesters riot - The Guardian
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the trouble began when "missiles" were thrown at parked patrol cars at 8.30pm. He said one was pushed, blazing, into the middle of Tottenham High Street. Neither of the two officers who had been driving the cars were injured.

▽Police cars set alight as Tottenham shooting protest turns into riot - Metro
Officers from the Metropolitan Police were involved in a shootout on Ferry Lane in Tottenham Hale on Thursday evening, leading to the death of a man named locally as 29-year-old father-of-four Mark Duggan.
Around 300 people took to the streets on Saturday night to demand 'justice' for the victim and things soon turned ugly.

▽NATO copter downed; Navy SEALs among the 30 U.S. dead - Washington Post
A NATO helicopter was shot down during an overnight operation against the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 U.S. service members, including about 20 SEALs from the elite SEAL Team 6 counterrorism unit that carried out the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, the coalition said.

▽US Downgrade Raises Anxiety, If Not Interest Rates - ABC News
The real danger from the downgrade of U.S. government debt by Standard & Poor's isn't higher interest rates. It's the hit to the nation's fragile economic psyche and rattled financial markets.

▽Happy 20th birthday, World Wide Web! - CNET
Happy birthday, Web!
On August 6, 1991--20 years ago--Tim Berners-Lee posted a summary of a project for organizing information on a computer network using a "web" of hyperlinks: the "WorldWideWeb," or W3. At the same time, the W3 made its debut as a publicly available service on the Internet. Now, as the Web turns 20, those of us here at CNET and sister site CBS News.com are giving it a big thank you for revolutionizing the world as we know it.

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News Headlines - 05 August 2011

▽Emergency G7 summit called as markets continue to fall - Telegraph.co.uk
The world’s most powerful countries will hold an emergency summit to discuss how to stop another global recession it was announced yesterday, as President Barack Obama appealed for calm.

▽Unrest erupts in Ukraine after ex-premier arrested - Xinhua
Protests have broken out here Friday, one hour after former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested for violating court process during her abuse of power trial.
Several hundred people blocked Khreshchatyk, the capital's central street, and the number of people continues to increase.

▽Yingluck Shinawatra Elected Thailand's First Female PM  - Voice of America
The rookie politician’s first challenge is to ensure stability with the selection of a new Cabinet and making good on election promises.

▽Libya: Italy demands investigation into whether Nato warship ignored refugees  - Telegraph.co.uk
Italy and NATO were embroiled in a row over accusations that an alliance warship failed to come to the rescue of a boatload of desperate refugees fleeing the fighting in Libya.

▽Rowan Atkinson leaves hospital after McLaren F1 crash - The Guardian
Rowan Atkinson, the comedian and petrol-head, has been discharged from hospital on Friday after walking away from a crash in one of the world's fastest road cars – suffering no worse than an injured shoulder, some very expensive coach work and wounded pride.

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News Headlines - 04 August 2011

▽Debt crisis: Global markets plunge as eurozone contagion speads - Telegraph.co.uk
Eurozone countries are failing to stop the “contagion” of the debt crisis, the President of the European Commission warned yesterday.

▽Alex Salmond's 'seduction' of Rupert Murdoch - Telegraph.co.uk
In a series of letters to Mr Murdoch, with whom he is on first-name terms, the First Minister asked him to be his special guest at events including the Ryder Cup golf tournament.

▽Civilian Toll Is Mounting in Assault on Syrian City - New York Times
Syrian human rights activists said Thursday that Syrian government forces had killed more than 100 people in the rebellious city of Hama in the first 24 hours since seizing control of its central square with armored columns and snipers.

▽Clinton urges Somali militants to allow in food aid - AFP
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants Thursday to stop blocking aid to famine-hit areas of Somalia and allow it to reach masses of starving people.

▽Mubarak Trial - Plain Justice or Sweet Revenge? - Voice of America
Barely a few months ago it seemed unthinkable that Hosni Mubarak, the president who ruled Egypt unchallenged for 30 years, would ever have to answer for crimes he allegedly committed. Yesterday, the Egyptian revolutionaries who toppled the autocratic ruler earlier this year got their day in court.

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News Headlines - 03 August 2011

▽Global recession fears as stock markets tumble to nine-month low - Telegraph.co.uk
The FTSE 100 experienced its biggest one-day fall for nine months yesterday as fears grew that the world economy is heading back into recession.

▽Facebook and Twitter fuel iPhone and BlackBerry addiction, says Ofcom - The Guardian
Britons' appetite for Facebook and social networks on the go is driving a huge demand for smartphones – with 60% of teenagers describing themselves as "highly addicted" to their device – according to new research by the media regulator, Ofcom.

▽Second moon may have collided with our moon, say scientists - The Guardian
The two moons are believed to have been created at the same time and followed a similar path to the moon we're familiar with today, but after tens of millions of years of peaceful co-existence, the two appear to have crunched together in a gentle collision that left the smaller, just a third of the size, spread across the larger like a cosmic pancake.

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News Headlines - 02 August 2011

▽Phone hacking: former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner arrested - Telegraph.co.uk
Detectives questioned him over allegations that he was involved in a conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemails and over allegations of illegal payments to police officers. Mr Kuttner left his position at the defunct tabloid two years ago.

▽US debt crisis continues as turmoil infects Italy and Spain - The Guardian
Financial markets in Europe and North America were gripped by a new sense of crisis as the turmoil caused by the narrowly averted US debt default moved back across the Atlantic and infected Italy and Spain – two key members of the eurozone.

▽Barclays joins the banking jobs cull, with 3,000 to go this year worldwide - This is Money
Barclays has become the latest British bank to unveil heavy job losses in a bid to slash costs and boost its tepid earnings.
In a move aimed at countering the ill-effects of a faltering recovery, Barclays warned that 3,000 jobs would go this year from a 146,100-strong global workforce.

▽First captain of Virgin Galactic space flights unveiled - Business Review Europe
British pilot, David Mackay has been unveiled as the first captain of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space flights, making him the first captain to fly tourists into space.
Virgin Galactic plans to begin its sub-orbital space flights in 2013 and the company came one step closer on Sunday when its space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo achieved its first solo flight.

▽One in ten boys of 11 can read no better than a seven-year-old, say DoE - Metro
The results mean nearly 183,000 pupils failed to achieve the level expected of them in the 3Rs.
One in ten boys at the age of 11 can read no better than a seven-year-old.

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News Headlines - 01 August 2011

▽House passes debt ceiling agreement - CNN
The U.S. House on Monday passed the debt-ceiling deal worked out by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, sending it to the Senate for consideration a day before the deadline for the government to face possible default.

▽Murdoch UK publisher asked about email deletion: IT firm - AFP
Rupert Murdoch's British paper publisher, which is at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal, asked the Indian company managing its IT systems about deleting emails nine times in 15 months, the group said Monday.

▽Norway PM Jens Stoltenberg warns against 'witch hunt' - BBC
Norway's Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, has warned his compatriots not to launch a "witch hunt" following the deadly attacks of 22 July.

▽Stepping Hill nurse Rebecca Leighton set to face four-week 'saline' trial - Mirror.co.uk
The nurse accused of contaminating saline supplies at a hospital where police are investigating the deaths of four patients has been told she faces trial next year.

▽UK LulzSec and Anonymous hacking suspect had 750,000 passwords - NEWS.com.au
A British teenager suspected of being a spokesman for the notorious international hacking rings LulzSec and Anonymous, held the personal details of 750,000 people, a court heard yesterday.
Jake Davis, 18, is alleged to have had the web login details of hundreds of thousands of people stored on a network of 16 machines, The Daily Telegraph reported.

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News Headlines - 31 July 2011

▽Reid hopes for vote on deal Sunday night - Washington Post
With the default deadline just two days away, prospects for a debt-limit deal seemed to significantly brighten early Sunday after the White House entered intense negotiations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday in a last-ditch bid to forge a bipartisan agreement to raise the federal debt limit.

▽Chilcot to 'heavily criticise' Tony Blair over Iraq war - The Guardian
Tony Blair is reported to be heading for heavy criticism by the official inquiry into the Iraq war, which is likely to focus on his alleged failure to consult the cabinet fully in the run-up to the 2003 invasion.

▽A tale of two industries - The Economist
The contrast between two adjacent factories in an East Midlands town suggests how British manufacturing might prosper

▽Scotland Yard Identifies LulzSec Hacker - PC Magazine
The teenage hacker arrested last week in the U.K. for his alleged involvement with Anonymous and LulzSec is reportedly an 18-year-old named Jake Davis.
Scotland Yard on Sunday revealed that the hacker known as "Topiary" is actually Davis, from the U.K.'s Shetland Islands, according to security firm Sophos and Daily Mail crime reporter Chris Greenwood.

▽New songs to reveal Amy Winehouse's heartbreak over Blake split - Metro
A posthumous album will reveal the extent of Amy Winehouse's heartbreak following the meltdown of her marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil.

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News Headlines - 30 July 2011

▽Watchdog chairman quits over hacking report branded a 'whitewash' - Evening Standard
The chairman of the press watchdog resigned today after being criticised heavily for her handling of the phone-hacking crisis.

▽Labour Reveals News International Meetings - Sky News
Labour frontbenchers have published details of dozens of meetings with senior News International figures after Ed Miliband attacked the Government for getting too cosy with the newspaper group.

▽Metropolitan Police starts computer hacking probe - BBC
A new team of officers is to probe allegations of computer hacking, the Metropolitan Police has announced.

▽Nokia slips in smartphone market as Apple and Samsung overtake - Telegraph.co.uk

Nokia had been number one but slipped to third in the second quarter of this year with a 15 per cent share of the global market. Apple has a 19 per cent share and Samsung has 18 per cent, according to analysts Strategy Analytics.

▽'Misleading' Airbrushed Roberts Ad Banned - Sky News
Airbrushed make-up adverts featuring actress Julia Roberts and model Christy Turlington have been banned after complaints they are misleading.

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News Headlines - 29 July 2011

▽Phone hacking: MPs ready to recall James Murdoch - Telegraph.co.uk
James Murdoch faces being recalled to give evidence to MPs after a third former News International executive formally questioned his evidence.

▽Moody's: No immediate downgrade if debt deal misses deadline - USA Today
Moody's today indicated it would not immediately downgrade the United States' triple-A credit rating if a debt-ceiling deal is not reached by Tuesday, saying it expects the government to continue to meet its Treasuries obligations "for a number of days," Reuters reports.

▽Gaddafi Regime: Al Qaeda Killed Rebel Chief - Sky News
Al Qaeda was behind the killing of the Libyan rebels' military chief Abdel Fatah Younes, according to Colonel Gaddafi's regime.

▽Neanderthals overrun by early humans - Telegraph.co.uk
Neanderthals in Europe died out because they were overrun by hordes of modern humans from Africa who flooded into the region 40,000 years ago, scientists have claimed.

▽World Population Predicted to Hit 7 Billion This Year - TIME
A new study shows that the earth's population will hit 7 billion in 2011, which is double what it was in the 1960s, according to Discovery News. What's more, researchers predict that another 2.3 billion people will be added to our planet over the next 39 years. In case you were wondering, that's a lot of people in not a lot of time.

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News Headlines - 28 July 2011

▽Sara Payne on News of the World phone hack list - Telegraph.co.uk
The mother of Sarah Payne, the murdered schoolgirl, has been told by detectives that a mobile phone given to her by the News of the World may have later been hacked by a private investigator working on behalf of the same newspaper.

▽Oslo attack: killer parked his car bomb at door of prime minister's office - Telegraph.co.uk
Guards saw the bomber parking directly under the entrance canopy but did not challenge him as he was wearing a police uniform. Two minutes later, the bomb went off.
The disclosure follows the admission earlier this week that Breivik came to the attention of Norway's intelligence services in March after buying a large quantity of chemicals from a Polish company but nothing was done. It also emerged yesterday that Breivik had been an active member of an Oslo shooting club since last year.

▽Nuclear test veterans in legal win - The Independent
Ex-servicemen who claim they were made ill as a result of being exposed to radiation during British nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s said today that they had taken a "significant step forward" in their battle for Government compensation after winning the latest round of a legal fight.

▽High court forces BT to block file-sharing website - The Guardian
Hollywood film studios won a landmark UK high court ruling on Thursday forcing BT to block access to an illegal file-sharing website accused of operating "on a grand scale".

▽US debt crisis: crucial House of Representatives vote looms - Telegraph.co.uk
The House of Representatives was on Thursday night preparing for a knife-edge vote that could signal a spending deal is possible or lurch the United States towards a debt default that could be disastrous for the global economy.

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News Headlines - 27 July 2011

▽Britain recognises Libyan rebels and expels Gaddafi's London embassy staff - The Guardian
Britain is expelling the Libyan chargé d'affaires and all eight remaining Libyan embassy staff in London after David Cameron and William Hague ruled that Libya's national transitional council (NTC) was now the "sole governmental authority" in the country.

▽The idiot's guide to President Obama's debt crisis - The Guardian
Why won't the Republicans let Obama borrow any more money? What is the debt ceiling? And what happens if the US defaults on its debts?

▽Why James Murdoch should resign today - Financial Times
More importantly, his evidence to the select committee relied heavily on ignorance about crucial e-mail evidence. His “wilful blindness” showed at best a lack of curiosity, and at worst a failure to ask questions, for fear of hearing unacceptable answers.

▽Police claim arrest of senior Anonymous hacker 'Topiary' - Telegraph.co.uk
Scotland Yard’s specialist cyber crime unit said the 19-year-old man is believed to go by the online alias “Topiary”. He is currently being transported to a central London police station for questioning following a "pre-planned intelligence-led operation".

▽Star Wars costume maker strikes back against Lucasfilm movie empire - The Guardian
British prop artist Andrew Ainsworth free to sell replica helmets, court rules, but now open to US copyright claims

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News Headlines - 26 July 2011

▽US debt crisis talks reach an impasse - The Guardian
America's debt crisis has moved closer to disaster as the battle between Barack Obama and the Republicans intensified and talks appeared to have reached a stalemate.

▽The hedge fund end game - Financial Times
The most successful hedge fund manager has finally reached the end of the hedge fund life cycle. Aged 80, George Soros does not want the hassle of new regulations for US hedge funds. Instead, after 38 years his Quantum fund is ejecting investors to run only the family inheritance.

▽Lawyer Suggests Suspect in Norway Attacks Is ‘Insane’ - New York Times
The Oslo police on Tuesday evening began a gradual release of the names of the dead in the Norway massacre, as the lawyer representing the man who admitted responsibility said he thought his client was insane and would spend the rest of his life incarcerated.

▽Medical Officials: Mubarak Weak, Refusing to Eat - Voice of America
Egyptian medical officials say the country's deposed president, Hosni Mubarak, is weak and is refusing solid food. This is increasing speculation that he will not stand trial next week for his alleged role in the killing of anti-government protesters.

▽Telegraph told to pay damages to author - Telegraph.co.uk
A High Court judge has ordered The Daily Telegraph to pay damages of £65,000 to the author Sarah Thornton after ruling that she had been libelled in a review of one of her books.

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News Headlines - 25 July 2011

▽Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik had extensive links to English Defence League - Telegraph.co.uk
Anders Behring Breivik had extensive links to the far-Right English Defence League, senior members of the group have admitted.

▽Norway attacks: Europe to study potential far-right threats - Telegraph.co.uk
Although Norweigan police said Anders Behring Breivik had told them he had planned and carried out the attack alone, investigators across Europe continued to search for evidence that he might be part of a broader network.

▽Concern over animal-human embryos grown in UK labs - The Christian Institute
More than 150 animal-human hybrid embryos have been created by scientists working in British laboratories over the past three years.

▽Existence of God particle to be decided by next year - Telegraph.co.uk
It has been speculated upon for decades and at the weekend there were hints that the existence of the highly sought-after “God particle” had finally been confirmed.

▽Debt ceiling: Timing the next fight - CNN
President Obama and Democrats want an increase to last until 2013... House Republicans, however, say they don't want to give Obama what they call "a blank check" just so he can avoid another debt ceiling fight during his re-election campaign in 2012.

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News Headlines - 24 July 2011

▽Hunt for Britons linked to Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik - Telegraph.co.uk
A hunt for possible British accomplices of the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is under way after it emerged that he began his deadly “crusade” after meeting other Right-wing extremists in London.

▽China sacks 3 officials after high-speed trains collide - TODAYonline
China sacked three senior railway officials yesterday after a deadly collision between two high-speed trains in the east of the country killed at least 34 people and seriously injured 12 in the country's deadliest train disaster since 2008.

▽Threat to Japanese Food Chain Multiplies as Cesium Contamination Spreads - Bloomberg
Radiation threats to Japan’s food chain are multiplying as cesium emissions from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant spread more widely, moving from hay to cattle to beef.

▽US invites North Korea to talks on nuclear impasse - BBC
A North Korean envoy has been invited to the US this week for exploratory talks on resuming international nuclear negotiations, Washington has said.

▽Catholic church's plea could rule out damages for priests' abuse - The Guardian
Victims of sexual abuse by priests will no longer be able to sue the Catholic church for damages if a landmark judgment rules that priests should not be considered as employees.

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News Headlines - 23 July 2011

▽Norway attacks: police investigate fears main suspect was part of a larger terror group - Telegraph.co.uk
Norwegian police were urgently trying to piece together the movements of Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right activist responsible for the murders of almost 100 people, amid fears he may have been part of a wider terror network.

▽Norway attacks: Utøya gunman boasted of links to UK far right - The Guardian
Anders Brehing Breivik, the man accused of the murder of at least 91 Norwegians in a bomb and gun massacre, boasted online about his discussions with the far-right English Defence League and other anti-Islamic European organisations.

▽At least 16 killed in China bullet train crash - Financial Times
Two high-speed passenger trains have crashed in eastern China, killing at least 16 people after two carriages fell off a bridge, state media reported.
More than 100 people were taken to hospital, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. Pictures on the internet showed one carriage on the ground below the bridge, one suspended in mid-air, twisted metal and rescue workers on the scene.

▽Vodafone Quarterly Service Growth Beats Estimates on Data Revenue Surge - Bloomberg
Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), the world’s largest mobile-phone company, reported better-than-expected service revenue growth for the fiscal first quarter as demand for phones that can surf the Web bolstered data sales.

▽Nokia`s spectacular fall greatly affecting Finnish economy - THE DONG-A ILBO
The share of Nokia in Finland`s GDP fell from 4 percent to 1.6 percent. The company used to account for a fourth of Finnish exports. Thus, the Finnish economy is sputtering as a result.
Many experts blame Nokia’s collapse to arrogance over its No. 1 position.

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News Headlines - 22 July 2011

▽Twin terror attacks kill 16 in Norway - Financial Times
At least 16 people were killed in an apparent twin terrorist attack on Norway, after a large bomb was detonated outside government buildings in Oslo and a gunman opened fire at a summer camp attended by hundreds of young people.

▽Amateur video taken just after Oslo bomb blast - Telegraph.co.uk
A video taken just minutes after a huge explosion in Oslo, shows bomb blast wreckage.

▽Pressure on Murdochs Mounts in Hacking Scandal - New York Times
Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said on Friday that James Murdoch still had “questions to answer” about the phone hacking scandal swirling around News International, the British arm of his father Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, a day after Mr. Murdoch’s testimony on the matter was called into question by two former News International executives.

▽Nurse charged over five patient deaths at Stepping Hill hospital - Daily Mail
A nurse has been charged in connection with the death of five patients at Stepping Hill Hospital which is at the centre of a tampering probe, police said tonight.

▽BRIEF-Hitachi to spend about JPY20 billion in U.K. on train maintenance facilities - London South East
To spend about JPY20 billion in the u.k.on train maintenance facilities,rolling stock factory-nikkei

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News Headlines - 21 July 2011

▽Greece to default as EU agrees €159bn bailout - Telegraph.co.uk
Breaking weeks of deadlock, the heads of the 17 eurozone governments conceded that a "controlled" failure was the only way to prevent the collapse of the single currency and a global financial rout.

▽James Murdoch 'misled MPs about widespread phone hacking' - Daily Mail
When he was questioned by MPs, Mr Murdoch junior firmly denied any knowledge of a crucial email which showed that malpractice at the News of the World was more widespread than the company admitted.
But last night former News of the World editor Colin Myler and former News International legal manager Tom Crone claimed that they had informed Mr Murdoch about the existence of the email.

▽Two more die at Stockport hospital – and toll may rise - The Independent
Greater Manchester Police said yesterday that a total of five people are thought to have died as a result of malicious tampering at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport.

▽Scandal-hit Prince Andrew to step down as UK trade envoy emissary - The Independent
The Duke of York's days as the UK's special trade emissary, which has brought him into contact with leaders of some of the world's least democratic regimes, are coming to a close.

▽Realist painter Lucian Freud, famed for his nudes of family and friends, dies aged 88 - Daily Mail
Lucian Freud, a towering and uncompromising figure in the art world for more than 50 years, has died, his New York-based art dealer said Thursday. He was 88.

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News Headlines - 20 July 2011

▽Murdoch is the latest in a long line of pie-throwing pranksters’ targets - Washington Post
Bill Gates, Sylvester Stallone, Anita Bryant, Milton Friedman, Ann Coulter and countless baseball heroes have been pied in the past few decades. And it was Rupert Murdoch’s turn Tuesday.

▽Andy Coulson was never given top security clearance in government - The Guardian
The former News of the World editor was granted only mid-level security clearance when he was appointed by David Cameron as his director of communications, so avoiding "developed vetting" involving a detailed interview by government investigators looking for anything in his past that could compromise him.

▽'Saline serial killer': Nurse quizzed over 'sabotage' deaths - Mirror.co.uk
Detectives have questioned a 27-year-old nurse over the deaths of three patients at a Stockport hospital... The arrest came as a fourth patient, a man in his 40s, was critically ill at the hospital.

▽Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence Weakens - Wall Street Journal
Consumers in the 17 nations that use the euro became less confident about their prospects for the second consecutive month in July, according to a preliminary estimate from the European Commission's monthly survey.

▽Goran Hadzic capture a milestone for Yugoslav war crimes tribunal - The Guardian
The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal crowned 18 years of operations on Wednesday with the capture of the last of 161 suspects from the wars of the 1990s when Goran Hadzic, a leader of the Serbian insurgency in Croatia, was arrested by the Serbian authorities.

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News Headlines - 19 July 2011

▽Rupert Murdoch denies knowledge of phone hacking or secret payments - Telegraph.co.uk
Rupert Murdoch admitted yesterday that he had known nothing of his company’s phone hacking scandal or the secret payments which helped to conceal it from the world.

▽Murdoch Hearing Brings Foam Pie, Grilling - The Associated Press
A protester splattered Rupert Murdoch with white foam on Tuesday, interrupting a dramatic hearing in which the media baron told British lawmakers he was not responsible for a phone hacking scandal that has rocked his global empire.

▽Obama Embraces Senators’ Deficit-Cutting Plan - Bloomberg
President Barack Obama embraced a $3.7 trillion debt-cutting plan by a bipartisan group of senators that would combine tax increases and spending cuts, saying it could offer a way out of the congressional deadlock over raising the U.S. borrowing limit.

BRITISH train maker Bombardier had “the odds stacked against it” in trying to win a key contract because its German rival spent hundreds of thousands of pounds influencing key Brussels decision makers, it was claimed yesterday.

▽Japan and US hold tea ceremony at Pearl Harbor - Telegraph.co.uk
US organisers on Tuesday hosted an ancient, ritualistic Japanese tea ceremony steeped in tradition at the watery grave of Pearl Harbor, an event symbolising how far the two countries have come.

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News Headlines - 18 July 2011

▽News of the World journalist who claimed Coulson encouraged phone hacking is found dead at home - Daily Mail
Ex-News of the World reporter Sean Hoare had accused former Tory media chief Andy Coulson of lying about his role in the affair.
He said that when editor of the paper, Mr Coulson actively encouraged his staff to intercept the calls of celebrities.
It was his explosive claims last autumn that reignited the scandal and ultimately led to the tumultuous events of the past fortnight which have shaken the political, police and media establishments.

▽Sean Hoare knew how destructive the News of the World could be - The Guardian
He knew this very well, because he was himself a victim of the News of the World. As a showbusiness reporter, he had lived what he was happy to call a privileged life. But the reality had ruined his physical health: "I was paid to go out and take drugs with rock stars – get drunk with them, take pills with them, take cocaine with them. It was so competitive. You are going to go beyond the call of duty. You are going to do things that no sane man would do. You're in a machine."

▽Phone hacking: Murdochs and Brooks set to face MPs' questions - The Guardian
Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation, his son James Murdoch, and Rebekah Brooks, until a week ago the three most powerful figures in British media, will on Tuesday face an unprecedented three hours of questions over the extent to which they knew, approved or subsequently covered up widespread phone hacking at News International.

▽Murdoch Stock Loss Nears $1 Billion in Hacking - Bloomberg
Rupert Murdoch’s family has lost almost $1 billion from the drop in News Corp. (NWSA) stock since the phone-hacking scandal erupted into the headlines and led to the arrest of the company’s top U.K. newspaper executive.

▽Quick guide to the News Corp hacking scandal - Reuters

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News Headlines - 17 July 2011

▽Met chief’s exit follows growing pressure - Financial Times
Sir Paul enjoyed a free three-week stay earlier this year at Champney’s, a leading health spa, following surgery. Champney’s was at the time employing Mr Wallis, a former News of the World journalist, who also gave public relations advice to the Met. The New York Times has also alleged Mr Wallis reported back to News International while he worked for the police.

▽Rebekah Brooks's arrest came as a surprise despite fortnight of bad press - The Guardian
Rebekah Brooks did not know she was going to become the 10th person arrested in the phone-hacking investigation when her resignation as News International's chief executive was announced on Friday.

▽'Stress Tests' Fail to Ease Pressure on Euro - Wall Street Journal
The much-anticipated euro-zone banking "stress tests" failed to provide any relief for the euro, which faces undiminished pressures on several fronts.

▽RAF's largest aircraft appears in public for first time - Telegraph.co.uk
Voyager, the RAF's largest aircraft, is officially named at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

▽Japan Battles Back to Win Women’s World Cup - New York Times
Japan won its first Women’s World Cup on Sunday in a triumph built on hope and renewal, lifting a stricken country and somehow finding a way to win a match that the United States dominated for long stretches but could never control.

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News Headlines - 16 July 2011

▽Jude Law claims he was victim of News of the World phone hacking in US - Telegraph.co.uk
The News of the World allegedly hacked into the mobile phones of Jude Law and his personal assistant while they were in New York, opening the way for News International to be prosecuted in the United States.

▽Met chiefs on drinking terms with former NoW deputy editor - The Guardian
Sir Paul Stephenson, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, had social drinks on up to five occasions over the past two years with the former News of the World deputy editor who was arrested and then bailed last week.

▽Obama, Dalai Lama meeting damages relations: China - Reuters
China said a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday had damaged relations with the United States, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

▽Libyan rebels win official recognition as their forces close in on Brega - The Guardian
Libyan fighters said on Saturday they were close to surrounding the key government-held oil town of Brega, the day after the US and other nations in the Libya contact group officially recognised the rebel administration.

▽Police widen probe into poisoned saline drips at Stockport hospital - The Guardian
'We cannot be sure that this was the only incident of its kind'

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News Headlines - 15 July 2011

▽Rupert Murdoch apologises for serious wrongdoing at News of the World - Telegraph.co.uk
Rupert Murdoch has apologised for the 'serious wrongdoing' of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, in an advertisement to be placed in all national newspapers this weekend.

▽Ten banks may fail today’s stress tests - Financial Times
The results of the stress tests – due at 5pm UK time – are expected to see about 10 of the 91 banks tested fall short of having the required 5 per cent core tier one capital, including a clutch of four smaller Spanish savings banks and as many as three Greek banks.

▽Nations Formally Support Libyan Opposition - Sky News
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime has been declared illegitimate by over 30 nations who have formally recognised the main opposition group as the country's government.

▽Queen hails wartime codebreakers - The Independent
The Queen today hailed Britain's Second World War codebreakers whose vital work remained unknown for decades.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh met veterans and unveiled a monument at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes.

▽Pink Floyd guitarist's son Charlie Gilmour jailed for drug-fuelled rampage - Telegraph.co.uk
Charlie Gilmour, the son of the Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, has been jailed for 16 months for going on a drink and drug-fuelled rampage during a student fees protest in London.

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News Headlines - 14 July 2011

▽FBI Launches News Corp. 9/11 Hacking Investigation -- Murdoch Defends His Company - Reuters
The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a preliminary investigation Thursday regarding allegations that News Corp. journalists attempted to hack the phones of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting.

▽Phone hacking: Murdoch's American legal woes mount up - Telegraph.co.uk
James Murdoch already faces an ugly battle with shareholders over his position on the News Corp board, but that battle could soon turn even more personal if they launch a new “shareholder derivatives” lawsuit against him and his father, Rupert, as legal experts predict.

▽BSkyB investors press for payback - Financial Times
Pressure is growing among British Sky Broadcasting’s non-Murdoch investors for some form of payback after the collapse of News Corp’s proposed bid, with most of those contacted by the Financial Times calling for a special dividend.

▽Arrested News of the World boss Neil Wallis was paid by Met police - Metro
He was paid £24,000 by Scotland Yard through his PR firm Chamy Media to work two days a month as a consultant last year. As part of the contract, Wallis advised Sir Paul and Assistant Commissioner John Yates.

▽David Yates - Fans Name David Yates Best Harry Potter Director - Contactmusic.com
Four different directors have helped bring author J.K. Rowling's boy wizard books to life on the big screen over the past decade, but Yates has emerged as the clear fan favourite in a new Mtv poll for NextMovie.com.

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News Headlines - 13 July 2011

▽Rupert Murdoch gives up BSkyB takeover bid - The Guardian
Rupert Murdoch capitulated to parliament and abandoned News Corporation's £8bn bid for BSkyB, as he faced the prospect of appearing in front of a judicial public inquiry to salvage his personal reputation and the right for his company to continue to broadcast in the UK.

▽Bombardier U-turn hopes fade - The Guardian
Hopes are fading for a government U-turn on the decision to award a £3bn train manufacturing contract to Germany's Siemens instead of Derby-based Bombardier, after the transport secretary rebuffed a trade union delegation's request to reconsider the move.

▽700 police sacked as Egypt continues reform - ABC Online
Egypt is set to sack hundreds of police officers as part of a major reshuffle of the force, as thousands of Egyptians continue sit-ins around the country calling for reform.

▽Sony S1 and S2 hands-on - Engadget
We've at last gotten our hands on the S1 and S2 and have a pretty good feel (no pun intended) for the hardware, though we're still oh-so curious about how the software experience will be different from all the other Honeycomb tabs on the block. We'll get to the bottom of that in our full review -- whenever these finally hit the market, that is.

▽Euromillions £161m lotto jackpot still unclaimed - Telegraph.co.uk
The British EuroMillions ticket-holder who has won Europe's biggest ever jackpot of £161 million has yet to come forward, Camelot said today.

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News Headlines - 12 July 2011

▽Phone hacking: we've seen only 170 victims out of 3,870, says Scotland Yard - Telegraph.co.uk
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers said that there were 11,000 pages of evidence in the force’s possession, including 3,870 names, 5,000 landline telephone numbers and 4,000 mobile numbers, but only 170 people had been told that they were potential victims.

▽Phone hacking: pressure in United States to investigate News Corporation - Telegraph.co.uk
US ethics watchdogs yesterday called on the Senate and House of Representatives to investigate the parent company of News International and hold “thorough public hearings” on whether the voicemails of Americans had been hacked.

▽Bonds turn volatile as Italy tensions mount - Financial Times
The eurozone sovereign debt crisis continued to dominate action in the markets as persistent fears of contagion to Italy and Spain made for a highly volatile session.

▽Violent clashes in Belfast as loyalist marching season ends - The Guardian
There has been a serious outbreak of violence in north Belfast with police firing dozens of baton rounds and using water cannon in clashes with nationalist youths.
The trouble erupted within minutes of an Orange Order parade passing by the Ardoyne shops shortly after 7pm.

▽Terrorists 'May Recruit On Social Networks' - Sky News
Fast-moving developments in cyber-security are making life difficult for intelligence agencies tracking international terrorists, amid fears militant groups may soon try to convert users of social networking sites to their cause.

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News Headlines - 11 July 2011

▽Gordon Brown 'targeted by Sunday Times' - BBC
Gordon Brown is said to be "shocked" after it was alleged the Sunday Times targeted his personal information when he was Chancellor...
The Browns also fear medical records relating to their son Fraser, whom the Sun revealed in 2006 had cystic fibrosis, may have been obtained.

▽Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch forced to back down over BSkyB takeover - Telegraph.co.uk
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp yesterday sought to delay its proposed takeover of BSkyB in an apparent attempt to wait for public anger over the phone hacking scandal to subside. 

▽One down: Former tabloid editor gets skewered in crossword - Globe and Mail
Who is a target of angry former tabloid employees?
That would be R-E-B-E-K-A-H B-R-O-O-K-S.
Departing staff at News of the World, the now-defunct British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, have given former editor Rebekah Brooks the flip-off in the form of a crossword

▽Public services reform to slow down, white paper suggests - The Guardian
The government has signalled a major easing of the pace of its public services reforms by publishing a scaled-back plan for overhauling the country's schools, hospitals and social care provision and warning that the changes "cannot all be achieved at once".

▽Cyprus: Navy chief killed by base munitions blast - BBC
The head of Cyprus' navy, Andreas Ioannides, was among 12 people killed when seized containers of gunpowder exploded its main base.

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News Headlines - 10 July 2011

▽Focus of phone-hacking investigation shifts to Les Hinton - The Guardian
Les Hinton, Rupert Murdoch's lifelong lieutenant and closest adviser, faces questions over whether he saw a 2007 internal News International report, which found evidence that phone hacking was more widespread than admitted by the company, before he testified to a parliamentary committee that the practice was limited to a single reporter.

▽BSkyB under pressure as politics hijack merger - Reuters
BSkyB shares will be under pressure again in the coming week after a weekend in which politicians ramped up their rhetoric to derail a proposed $14 billion takeover by U.S. media conglomerate News Corp.

▽Atlantis shuttle arrives for last time at International Space Station - The Guardian
The US space shuttle Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday to deliver a last batch of supplies to the orbiting outpost on the final flight of the shuttle programme.

▽Secret agents raid Apple store webcam 'artist' - BBC
The US Secret Service has raided the home of an artist who collected images from webcams in a New York Apple store.

▽Scientists decode potato genome - BBC
An international team has decoded the full DNA sequence of the potato for the first time.
The breakthrough holds out the promise of boosting harvests of one of the world's most important staple crops.

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News Headlines - 09 July 2011

▽Father of teacher murdered in Japan pleads with judge to show 'no mercy' - Daily Mail
The father of a British teacher who was raped and murdered in Japan has pleaded to the judge in her killer's trial to pas the maximum sentence available.

▽South Sudan: World leaders welcome new nation - BBC
Leaders across the globe have been sending their congratulations to South Sudan on the day it became the world's newest nation.

▽Thousands protest against Malaysia government - Financial Times
Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of demonstrators to prevent them from assembling to rally for electoral reform on Saturday. Some 1,600 people were arrested for defying the government ban in a street protest against Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government.

▽Church blocks funeral costs rise - Telegraph.co.uk
The Church of England has thrown out plans to increase the cost of weddings and funerals by nearly 50 per cent after hearing of widespread opposition among the clergy.

▽Prince William, Kate charm California - London Free Press
With transatlantic humor and effortless glamour, Britain’s Prince William and his new wife Kate charmed the deep-pocketed polo set Saturday to raise funds for charity on their three-day visit to California.

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News Headlines - 08 July 2011

▽Ex-News of the World editor Coulson arrested - BBC
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been arrested by police investigating phone hacking and corruption allegations.

▽Million-core ARM machine aims to simulate brain - ZDNet
The bedrock of the SpiNNaker computing architecture is formed of 50,000 or so ARM 968-series multi-core, low-powered embedded processors, which passed their functionality tests "with flying colours", Manchester University said on Thursday.

▽Yahoo! criticised over e-mail 'snooping' for advertising - BBC
A leading consumer group has accused Yahoo! of scanning through personal e-mails for information to use to sell advertising.

▽Five out of eight tuna species at risk of extinction, scientists warn - Daily Mail
Five out of the eight tuna species are at risk of extinction, conservationists warned last night as they called for urgent action to tackle over-fishing.
Three species are threatened with global extinction, while two more will be under threat without action to help them, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

▽Aston confirms V12 Zagato production - New Car Net
Aston Martin has confirmed the V12 Zagato model is to go into limited production.
Following positive customer reaction, 150 examples of the road car will roll out in 2012.

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News Headlines - 07 July 2011

▽Murdoch to close News of the World - Financial Times
Rupert Murdoch has sacrificed the News of the World in a desperate attempt to cauterise a crisis at his $46bn global media empire, as his son admitted personal fault in handling the escalating phone hacking scandal at the British tabloid newspaper.

▽End of the space shuttle programme spells disaster for local economy - The Guardian
When the space shuttle Atlantis returns to Earth, 2,000 Kennedy Space Centre employees will be laid off, bringing job losses from the shuttle programme close to 10,000

▽Printer produces personalised 3D chocolate - BBC
A 3D printer that uses chocolate has been developed by University of Exeter researchers - and it prints layers of chocolate instead of ink or plastic.

▽Polar bear ancestors came from Ireland - The Guardian
Modern polar bears are partly descended from extinct brown bears that lived in Ireland during the last ice age, scientists have discovered

▽Map compares broadband quality in the UK - ZDNet
The zoomable map, launched on Wednesday, uses data from ISPs to create overlays on top of Google Maps. It will be updated every year and is being published to comply with Ofcom's duty to report on the UK's communications infrastructure every three years, the regulator said.

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News Headlines - 06 July 2011

▽The day the prime minister was forced to act on phone hacking - The Guardian
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are wrangling over the membership and status of the inquiries that will be held into illegal phone hacking at the News of the World and wider questions about the future of media regulation.

▽Man sentenced to 10 years for trying to kill wife with electric chair - The Guardian
When Andrew Castle's wife of 18 years asked him for a divorce, his response was to rig up a homemade electric chair in his garage and try to kill her.

▽Eight former police officers accused of fabricating Lynette White murder case - The Guardian
Eight former police officers fabricated a case against three men wrongly convicted of the brutal murder of a woman working as a prostitute, a jury was told on Wednesday.
The officers "acted corruptly together" to manufacture the case against the men they suspected killing of Lynette White in Cardiff in 1988.

▽Facebook teams up with Skype to introduce video calls - Mirror.co.uk
Facebook has teamed up with internet phone company Skype to roll out video calls on the social networking site, it said today.
The device will enable users - now said to number around 750 million - to hold conversations with friends as they would on the phone but with the added bonus of being able to see the people they talk to.

▽Final Atlantis space shuttle launch could be delayed by weather - Washington Post
The final launch for the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis, set for Friday July 8, may be delayed due to inclement weather predicted to pass over Cape Canaveral later in the week.

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News Headlines - 05 July 2011

▽Moody’s warns of second rescue for Portugal - Financial Times
Portugal could require a second, Greek-style bailout involving private investors, Moody’s ratings agency has warned as it downgraded the struggling country to “junk” on fears it will struggle to meet its current targets and will remain unable to borrow from the bond markets for some time.

▽German court hears case against bail-outs - Financial Times
Berlin’s crucial contribution to Europe’s emergency finance for Greece faces a legal challenge in Germany’s highest court, where key officials arrived on Tuesday anxious to avoid any developments that might spook nervous bond markets.

▽Services sector grows but companies still not hiring - Telegraph.co.uk
Growth in Britain's vast services sector improved last month but companies are still not hiring, raising fears the private sector will not pick up the slack from public sector cuts.

▽Oil and gas spills in North Sea every week, papers reveal - The Guardian
Serious spills of oil and gas from North Sea platforms are occurring at the rate of one a week, undermining oil companies' claims to be doing everything possible to improve the safety of rigs.

▽UK seeks stronger cyber laws to fight attacks - Reuters
The fight against cyber crime needs a stronger common international legal framework to enable perpetrators outside the country of their victims to be tracked down and punished, a British security official said on Tuesday.

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News Headlines - 04 July 2011

▽Milly Dowler's phone was 'hacked by News of The World' - Telegraph.co.uk
The parents of the murdered teenager Milly Dowler spoke of their anguish today after learning that private investigators working for a tabloid newspaper allegedly hacked into their daughter’s mobile phone.

▽Lindsay Hawker murder trial opens in Japan - BBC
A Japanese man has admitted raping and killing the British foreign language teacher, Lindsay Hawker, four years ago.

▽Canada tour: William and Catherine visit Charlottetown - BBC
On their fifth day in Canada, Prince William and Catherine visited Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island and home to 32,000 residents and thousands of summer tourists.

▽Bombardier to announce 'substantial' job losses - The Guardian
Bombardier, the Canadian engineering group, will announce major job losses at its Derby train factory on Tuesday, amid fears that 1,500 workers are at risk after the business lost a £3bn government contract to a European rival.

▽Hitachi will bid for second train contract - The Northern Echo
The company will bid to design and maintain the fleet that will run on the planned £34bn high-speed line (HS2) between London and Birmingham and, eventually, the North.
The trains would be built at the factory to open next year in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, creating 500 jobs, plus thousands more in manufacturing and service supply chains.

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News Headlines - 03 July 2011

▽The Danish Lesson: Copenhagen finds a bank that is not too big to fail - Wall Street Journal
For the second time this year, the Danish government has done a remarkable thing: It has shut down a failed bank—and imposed losses on the bank's senior creditors in the process. Fjordbank Mors, a small bank even by Danish standards, threw itself at the mercy of the government last Friday after regulators found that it lacked adequate capital.

▽Several Danish lenders receive ratings cut - Financial Times
Several Danish mortgage lenders have had their credit ratings cut by Moody’s in another sign of pressure on Denmark’s financial sector.
The rating agency expressed concern over the country’s fragile property market and economy as well as the rising borrowing costs facing Danish lenders.

▽David Cameron: Taxes must rise to reform elderly care - Telegraph.co.uk
Taxes will have to be raised or public spending cut even more to pay for sweeping reforms to Britain’s elderly care system, David Cameron has concluded.

▽MPs misled over impact of welfare changes on homelessness - The Guardian
Liam Byrne insists leaked letter from Eric Pickles office shows ministers 'haven't been straight with the House of Commons'

▽Alastair Campbell diaries: Blair and Brown's stark and debilitating divisions - The GUardian
In his new volume of diaries, Campbell describes the tensions that cast a shadow over the government at home and abroad

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News Headlines - 02 July 2011

▽Alastair Campbell: Blair was angry at Prince's interference - The Guardian
Tony Blair believed that the Prince of Wales publicly interfered in sensitive areas of government policy in a manner that sometimes stepped over the constitutional boundaries historically respected by the royal family, according to Alastair Campbell.

▽Police say Belfast trouble was 'not orchestrated' - BBC
Police say they do not believe paramilitaries were behind trouble in east Belfast on Friday night.
Six officers were injured as missiles were thrown and vehicles were damaged following a "mini Twelfth" parade.

▽Clinton calls on Gaddafi to step down - Aljazeera.net
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state has said Muammar Gaddaf should resign instead of issuing threats after the Libyan leader threatened on to attack European "homes, offices and families" unless Nato stopped bombing his country.

▽Healing IMF’s wounds - Washington Post
The first thing Christine Lagarde will need to do as chief of the International Monetary Fund, of course, is to wrestle with the evolving debt crisis in Europe, particularly Greece. But equally important, as she noted in her statement to the board, will be healing the “open wounds” that have festered amid the resignation of her predecessor, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper.

▽'Singing penis' sets noise record for water insect - BBC
Scientists from France and Scotland recorded the aquatic animal "singing" at up to 99.2 decibels, the equivalent of listening to a loud orchestra play while sitting in the front row.
The insect makes the sound by rubbing its penis against its abdomen in a process known as "stridulation".

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News Headlines - 01 July 2011

▽Prosecutors detail lies told by DSK accuser - Reuters
She lied about being gang-raped in her home country. She cheated on her taxes. And she changed details of her story about being sexually assaulted by a man once seen as the next president of France.

▽Gaddafi threatens attacks on Europe - Washington Post
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on Friday threatened to attack Europe if NATO continued bombing his country.
In a recorded message broadcast to a large crowd gathered in Tripoli’s central square, Gaddafi said that Libyans would “target your homes, offices, families, which would become legitimate targets.”

▽'24 Dead' As Fresh Violence Erupts In Syria - Sky News
Syrian forces allegedly killed 24 protesters on Friday as hundreds of thousands took to the streets for fresh anti-government protests.

▽China’s political anniversary: a long cycle nears its end - Financial Times
But even many within the party believe it is facing an existential crisis as it prepares for an inevitable eventual economic slowdown, at a time when demands for greater representation for the new urban middle class are growing.

▽Thailand's Election: A Test of Its Fragile Democracy - TIME
Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, whereas Thaksin backed two violent anti-government protests. Suu Kyi spent more than decade under house arrest for her political convictions, while Thaksin fled rather than do time for corruption. Suu Kyi is a champion of democracy, Thaksin's critics call him an autocrat.

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News Headlines - 30 June 2011

▽Downing Street: public sector strike was a flop - Telegraph.co.uk
The strike by public sector workers was yesterday described as a “flop” by the Government after trade union threats proved hollow and the industrial action caused “minimal disruption”.

▽Poland’s solidarity message to Europe - Financial Times
Poland joined the European Union in 2004 with a feeling of homecoming. For centuries, the nation had lived in a geopolitical wilderness, its independence repeatedly lost and only ephemerally regained. As Poland on Friday takes over the EU’s rotating presidency, the nation has finally come into its own.

▽China’s party verdict on 90th anniv: Mao did it all wrong - Times of India
In fact, as it celebrates its 90th anniversary, the party says Mao's ways resulted in "chaos in entire society" and it was a policy crafted out of the lessons learnt from his failures that have put China on a path to economic glory.

▽Could Goodwood become the next British motor show? - BBC
Unlike conventional motor shows, the one here at Goodwood gives visitors a chance to drive a wide range of cars up the Hill, giving ordinary people a chance to enjoy an experience many others can only dream of.

▽Google sees 'insane' demand for invites to its Google+ social network - Telegraph.co.uk
Google has closed invitations to join its new Facebook-style social network just a day after it launched, after it received "insane" levels of demand for the service.

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News Headlines - 29 June 2011

▽Barack Obama warns 'our work is not done' after Taliban hotel siege - Telegraph.co.uk
President Barack Obama, speaking after Nato special forces ended a deadly five-hour siege in a Kabul hotel, said on Wednesday night: “Our work is not done.”

▽US imposes new sanctions on Syria - Financial Times
The US has imposed new sanctions on Syria in response to the violent crack down on pro-democracy demonstrators by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

▽France drops guns to Libya tribesmen - ABC
The French government has admitted it has supplied weapons to Libyan rebels fighting Colonel Gaddafi's forces not far from the capital Tripoli.

▽Cairo street clashes leave more than 1,000 injured - The Guardian
The fiercest street fighting seen in central Cairo since the fall of Hosni Mubarak has left more than 1,000 people injured, as popular dissatisfaction with the military-led transitional government boiled over into violence.

▽Lady Gaga Denies Japan Relief Fundraiser Scam - RollingStone.com
Lady Gaga has shot down claims that her efforts to raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan with the sale of wristbands through her website was a scam.

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News Headlines - 28 June 2011

▽Public schools braced for first teachers' strike in centuries - Telegraph.co.uk
Teachers at some of Britain’s most exclusive public schools are set to strike for the first time in their history amid the dispute over pensions.

▽Universities to compete for students - Financial Times
At the moment, the government limits the number of undergraduates that any university can admit. This process controls costs, but also prevents popular courses from expanding and impedes competition.

▽UK Border Agency strikes set cause travel chaos on Thursday - Breaking Travel News
Up to half a million air passengers flying on Thursday could face severe disruption because of a strike by border officials at British airports.
At least seven out of 10 staff at the UK Border Agency are expected to walk out on Thursday.

▽The UK's last, great, expensive, short roads - BBC
Two short lengths of road are about to open at a combined cost of £1bn. They represent a last hurrah for expensive road projects in an era of cost-cutting.

▽Prince Charles's income up by £1m - The Guardian
Prince Charles's income – including funding from the taxpayer for his official duties – rose by nearly £1m last year, according to figures published in the annual review of his activities. His aides insisted that the increases were either not rises at all, or reflected an increase in official visits undertaken at the government's behest.

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News Headlines - 27 June 2011

▽Public sector strikes to go ahead after talks fail - The Guardian
Public sector strikes will go ahead on Thursday after ministers failed to reach a settlement with union leaders over pension reforms despite appearing to offer a compromise over the local government scheme.

▽Press Association journalist arrested in phone hacking investigation - Telegraph.co.uk
Scotland Yard said the reporter was arrested by appointment when she attended a central London police station at around 3pm on suspicion of intercepting communications, contrary to Section 1 Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000.

▽James Bulger killer Jon Venables denied parole - BBC
Venables was released on licence in 2001 after serving his sentence for killing James, but was jailed for two years in July 2010 after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

▽Ryan Giggs helps Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to record month - The Guardian
Twitter's UK audience jumped by a third between April and May as thousands of users tweeted about Giggs's alleged extra-marital affair. The number of female pensioners using the site also doubled month on month, according to online traffic figures released by UKOM/Nielsen on Monday.

▽France to invest one billion euros in nuclear power - Telegraph.co.uk
France will invest one billion euros in future nuclear power development while boosting research into security, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday.

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News Headlines - 26 June 2011

▽UFOs spotted over London? - Telegraph.co.uk
A video of bright disc-shaped objects dashing through the blue skies over central London has been posted on YouTube.

▽LulzSec says it is to disband - The Guardian
LulzSec, which consists of only six hackers, said it was disbanding after 50 days "disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could". "Lulz" is internet slang for laughs.

▽Cut-and-paste therapy fixes mouse haemophilia - Nature.com
Scientists have developed a gene-repair kit that treats the blood-clotting disorder haemophilia in mice. The technique replaces genes in targeted organs without removing cells from the body, simultaneously correcting multiple mutations.

▽Jane Norman fashion chain prepares for pre-pack administration - The Guardian
Zolfo Cooper, the US accounting firm, has been lined up to implement a pre-pack administration of Jane Norman, the stricken women's fashion chain, which has become one of the latest symbols of distress on the UK high street.

▽David Cameron constituency chairman Christopher Shale found dead in Glastonbury VIP area toilet - Mirror.co.uk
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency died today in a portable toilet at Glastonbury Festival.

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News Headlines - 25 June 2011

▽Woman who claimed MP Andrew Bridgen sexually assaulted her speaks out - Mirror.co.uk
Annabelle Fuller, 29, spoke out to defend herself over the rumours that have swirled since Andrew Bridgen was arrested over the ­allegation he groped her on the balcony of his Westminster flat.

▽Google confirms FTC's antitrust probe - The Guardian
Google has been formally notified by the US Federal Trade Commission of a wide-ranging investigation into its dominance of the search advertising market, the company confirmed on Friday.

▽James Murdoch hints BSkyB takeover is just start of expansion over decade - The Guardian
News Corporation's James Murdoch has indicated that the takeover of BSkyB is just the beginning of a major expansion over the next decade, arguing that compared with "monolithic" technology and telecoms companies such as Google the global media business is "not big enough".

▽Prince William thanks Irish Guards for their royal wedding presence at medal presentation - Mirror.co.uk
Six soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, swapped their combat uniforms for ceremonial dress to help out with the royal wedding - with a handful returning to the UK just seven days earlier.

▽Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock prepare for wedding - The Guardian
He is the prince who never grew up – a one-time playboy and son of the Hollywood star Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. She is a working-class South African 20 years his junior, a former Olympic swimmer and the daughter of a photocopier salesman.

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News Headlines - 24 June 2011

▽Eurozone debt crisis 'most serious and immediate' threat to UK - Telegraph.co.uk
The debt crisis enveloping the eurozone is "the most serious and immediate" threat to the British economy, according to the first report from the UK's Financial Policy Committee.

▽No interviews, Twitter, travel for Chinese artist Ai - Reuters
No talking, no tweeting and no travel for a year -- these are some of the conditions of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's release from more than two months in detention, underscoring Beijing's efforts to muzzle dissent.

▽Iran is target of new U.S. sanctions - Washington Post
The Obama administration on Thursday imposed new sanctions against Iran’s largest air carrier, accusing it of aiding government organizations that support international terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

▽Conrad Black faces possible return to prison in fraud case - The Guardian
Former press baron Conrad Black is bracing himself for a possible return to prison on Friday as a Chicago judge weighs up whether he must serve out the rest of his six and a half year sentence.

▽Peter Falk - Telegraph.co.uk
Peter Falk, the American actor who died on June 23 aged 83, is best remembered for his portrayal of the shambling, cigar-smoking detective Columbo in the television series of the same name.

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News Headlines - 23 June 2011

▽Hackers hit News International in revenge for coverage of teenager's arrest - Telegraph.co.uk
Hackers have attacked computer servers belonging to News International in apparent retaliation for coverage of the arrest of Ryan Cleary.
The website of the Sun newspaper and a computer used in the production of The Times were targeted by hackers who bombarded them with internet traffic in an attempt to make them crash.

▽Most popular apps in UK: Google maps and the weather - Telegraph.co.uk
The most popular mobile phone "apps", or applications, are not Facebook or Angry Birds but two of Britons' perennial obsessions: maps and the weather.

▽Apple iPhone Patent a Huge Blow to Rival Smartphone Makers -
Apple has been awarded its long sought-after patent on the iPhone. Intellectual property experts say it's so broad and far-reaching that the iPhone maker may be able to bully other smart phone manufacturers out of the U.S. market entirely.

▽Apple gains multitouch patent for mobiles - ZDNet
The patent covers a specific kind of multitouch activity, but covers its use in applications ranging from browsing to maps and word processing. It even includes a claim on storage media that contain programs covered by the patent. There is considerable disagreement among commentators on the breadth or narrowness of the patent.

▽Harry Potter next chapter? Wizard website tells and sells all - The Guardian
JK Rowling shocked and thrilled her fans and the publishing industry on Thursday by announcing details of Pottermore – an interactive website which will not only have new material, but will also be the only place selling the Harry Potter novels as digital downloads.
Pottermore: http://www.pottermore.com/

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News Headlines - 22 June 2011

▽East Belfast residents caught in the crossfire of riots - BBC
As violence broke out for a second night in east Belfast, ordinary people found themselves caught in the middle.

▽BBC World Service receives £2.2m funding boost - BBC
BBC World Service is to receive an extra £2.2m per year over the next three years from the government.
The funding boost will be used to maintain BBC Arabic Service's "valuable work in the region", Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

▽iPhone 5 release date leaked as September with A5 chip - T3
Apple is to officially release the iPhone 5 in September with the same A5 dual-core processor found in the iPad 2, a new report from Bloomberg has claimed.

▽Google's Android phones lose market share in US - Telegraph.co.uk
Google’s Android share of the smartphone operating system market in the US fell slightly in the first quarter of this year, according to market intelligence firm IDC. Android’s share of the market was at 52.4 per cent at the end of last year and had dropped to 49.5 per cent by March, the figures show.

▽Hackers' group LulzSec deny links with suspect - BBC
Computer hacking group, LulzSec, has said the teenager who was arrested in Essex was not part of their group.

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News Headlines - 21 June 2011

▽Ken Livingstone vows to protect Brent police force - Harrow Observer
LABOUR'S London mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone, has promised to replace front line police officers if they are taken off the beat in Brent.

▽German government faces compensation claims over ending nuclear power - Telegraph.co.uk
Plans by the German government to axe all the country's nuclear power stations by 2022 are under threat from legal action by aggrieved energy companies that claim Berlin's plans are unconstitutional.

▽New ice thickness map of the Arctic unveiled - WebWire
The first map of sea-ice thickness from ESA’s CryoSat mission was revealed today at the Paris Air and Space Show. This new information is set to change our understanding of the complex relationship between ice and climate.

▽Apple Launches HD Streaming App for iTunes Festival 2011 - Wired News
App developers have some new competition for music fans’ attention: Apple itself, which released a free iOS app on Tuesday that will stream live performances from the iTunes Festival London 2011 at the city’s famous Roundhouse venue, which will run for 31 days throughout the month of July.

▽HP TouchPad pre-order opens at Carphone Warehouse - PC Magazine
Carphone Warehouse has announced that the HP TouchPad is now available to pre-order from its website.

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News Headlines - 20 June 2011

▽Supercomputer powers Japan back to top spot - Financial Times
Japanese computer geeks are celebrating a comeback after a Fujitsu-built supercomputer set a world speed record – beating the reigning Chinese machine and giving Japan the most powerful computer for the first time in seven years.

▽UK government's Fukushima crisis plan based on bigger leak than Chernobyl - The Guardian
The British government made contingency plans at the height of the Fukushima nuclear crisis which anticipated a "reasonable worst case scenario" of the plant releasing more radiation than Chernobyl, new documents released to the Guardian show.

▽Plan to halve jail terms for guilty pleas scrapped - Telegraph.co.uk
The Prime Minister will announce the move today at a news conference as he attempts to regain the Tories’ reputation for being tough on law and order.
But Mr Cameron’s move is certain to be seen as yet another Coalition policy reversal. It comes a week after radical NHS reforms were watered down — the latest in a succession of about-turns.

▽T-shirts that charge phones to be tested at Glastonbury Festival - Herald Sun
A T-SHIRT designed to charge mobile phones will be released for testing at the Glastonbury Music Festival over the weekend.
The prototype T-shirt has been designed to power phones using noise-responsive technology, so concert-goers at the renowned festival - which runs June 22 to 26 in southwest England - can plug their phone into the shirt for a quick top-up charge whenever they need it, Sky News reported.

▽The British Library online: Google deal makes 250,000 books available to all - Telegraph.co.uk
The British Library is to make 250,000 of its books available free online, spanning from 1700-1870, in a deal with Google.

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News Headlines - 19 June 2011

▽Libya: Nato admits civilian deaths as Gaddafi regime claims propaganda coup - Telegraph.co.uk
The fragile alliance targeting Col Muammar Gaddafi is under strain after Nato on Sunday admitted that its bombers had missed a military target to kill a number of civilians in Tripoli.

▽UPS air cargo blocked by Britain over security concerns - The Guardian
Fake bomb was found on UPS flight in March while printer cartridge bomb was discovered on one of firm's planes in 2010

▽Peace campaigner dies after decade-long London vigil - http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/20/3247839.htm?section=world
English peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped outside the UK's Houses of Parliament for the past decade, has died of lung cancer at the age of 62.
Mr Haw set up camp in London's Parliament Square in 2001 in protest against UK and US foreign policy, particularly sanctions against Iraq.

▽Church of England to allow gay clergy to become bishops - Telegraph.co.uk
The Church of England is using the Equality Act as a “smokescreen” for allowing gay clergymen to become bishops, according to the leader of the National Secular Society.

▽Bombardier contract loss puts U.K. plant in jeopardy - Globe and Mail
Britain’s last remaining train factory faces an uncertain future as Canadian parent Bombardier Inc. scrambles to find long-term work to compensate for the loss of a major contract to German rival Siemens AG.
News that Siemens beat out Bombardier Transportation, by winning preferred bidder status to build 1,200 carriages for the North-South cross-London commuter route, provoked a flurry of concern in Britain over what will happen to Bombardier’s venerable rail works in Derby, where the cars would have been assembled.

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News Headlines - 18 June 2011

▽Toxic truth about Japan's 'miracle': Post-tsunami harmony is a myth and the reality is startlingly different - Daily Mail
It is further proof, we are reminded, that Japan is a society of immeasurable strength. And for this it can thank 'wa', or harmony. This is a collective feeling close to a sense of perfection. It ensures everyone knows their place and acts accordingly. Or so the Japanese like to tell themselves – and the outside world.
Yet post-tsunami Japan is far from harmonious. The bullet trains may be running, but in the fishing villages and tiny ports that litter the jagged coastline north of Sendai, thousands are surviving on aid handouts. The emergency cash promised by the government is yet to arrive.

▽100 days on, Japan crisis lingers - The Hindu
On a related front, the International Atomic Energy Agency intensified preparations for the June 20 global ministerial conference on nuclear safety in the specific context of the Daiichi disaster. In a preliminary report on the disaster, the IAEA praised Japan's overall response as “exemplary” but pointed out that the country had “under-estimated … the tsunami hazard” in respect of several nuclear sites.

▽Chemical Suicides, Popular in Japan, Are Increasing in the U.S. - New York Times
In Japan it is known as detergent suicide, a near-instant death achieved by mixing common household chemicals into a poisonous cloud of gas.
By some counts, more than 2,000 people there have taken their own lives, inhaling the gas — in most cases hydrogen sulfide — in cars, closets or other enclosed spaces. The police now say they are seeing an increasing number of similar suicides in the United States, inspired by Web sites that carry recipes for the chemical mix as well as detailed instructions on how to use it.

▽US is in 'brotherly' talks with the Taliban, says Karzai - The Independent
The United States has opened peace talks with the Taliban, it was announced yesterday, just hours before insurgents killed nine people in a suicide attack at a police station in Afghanistan.

▽Greece expected to default even after a second IMF/EU bailout - The Independent
Ben May, a European economist at Capital Economics, warned: "Weaknesses and divisions with the ruling party [Pasok] have been exposed, casting doubt over its will and ability to take the further measures that will be required of it. We think there will be a default, whether involuntarily or with the consent of Europe, in the coming months."

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News Headlines - 17 June 2011

▽Samsung Sold 2 Million Internet-Connected Smart TV Sets In 3 Months - HDTV Test
Korean TV manufacturer Samsung is celebrating a milestone this week, after announcing through a social media news release on its corporate blog site SamsungTomorrow.com that it has sold two million units of Smart TVs worldwide within just three months of the internet-enabled models’ global release. The two millionth set was sold on the 15th of June.

▽Video Teaser For Sony S1, S2 Tablets Released - ITProPortal
Sony has dished out a new two minute promotional video clip for its forthcoming S1 and S2 tablets.
The S1 and S2 tablets are scheduled to hit the market sometime during September, 2011- at least that’s what a recent unconfirmed report claims.

▽Student who ran file sharing site TVShack could face extradition to US - The Guardian
The mother of a British student who is facing extradition to the United States over alleged copyright offences online has spoken of her anguish that he could face a possible jail sentence.

▽Sega Pass customer datails hacked - BBC
E-mail addresses and dates of birth stored on the Sega Pass database were accessed by hackers.
But payment information, such as credit card numbers, remained safe as it was handled elsewhere, Sega said .

▽US Senate moves to freeze Japan base move - AFP
US senators said that they have taken a major step to halt a controversial military base plan on Japan's Okinawa island and called on the Pentagon to make a fresh assessment.

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News Headlines - 16 June 2011

▽'Guardian' to cut jobs after £35m loss - The Guardian
Guardian News & Media is poised to announce further annual losses of about £35m next month and will be producing a redesigned and slimmed-down edition of The Guardian newspaper on weekdays, as it looks to save money and put emphasis on its future as a "digital-first organisation".

▽Guardian and Observer to adopt 'digital-first' strategy - The Guardian
The Guardian and Observer lost £33m in cash terms last year, the chief executive of Guardian Media Group has said, as he committed the newspaper group to a "digital-first" strategy in which digital revenues would double to nearly £100m by 2016.

▽Nokia Loses UK Patent Case - Wall Street Journal
The U.K. High Court Thursday ruled a patent held by IPCom was valid, marking a victory for the German technology company in a legal tussle with mobile phone giant Nokia Corp. (NOK)

▽UK mobile giants team up for hi-tech wallet project - Mirror.co.uk
BRITAIN’S biggest mobile networks have set rivalry aside in a bid to boost high-tech bill payments.
Vodafone, O2, and Everything ­Everywhere – which is the owner of Orange and T-Mobile – hope that the joint venture will accelerate the growth of m-commerce.
The business, as yet unnamed, will develop the technology, enabling ­shoppers to pay for goods by tapping their phones on electronic readers.

▽America's new most wanted: Bin Laden's No 2 appointed al-Qa'ida chief - The Independent
Ayman al-Zawahiri has become the world's most wanted man after al-Qa'ida announced that the Egyptian-born surgeon succeeded Osama bin Laden to head the global terror organisation six weeks after the Saudi leader's slaying in Pakistan.

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News Headlines - 15 June 2011

▽Teachers vote in favour of strike over pensions - BBC
Thousands of schools are set to be hit by a series of walk-outs after teachers backed strike action in England and Wales over changes to their pensions.

▽Weekly bin collections 'dead and finished' - Telegraph.co.uk
Council leaders yesterday said that weekly bin collections are ‘dead and finished’ following a Government shake up of the waste system that will mean more recycling and slop buckets in most kitchens.

▽Greek prime minister to form new government - Reuters
Greece's prime minister said on Wednesday he would form a new government and seek a vote of confidence from his parliamentary group after violent protests against austerity measures.

▽Acer to cut 300 jobs in Europe - The Guardian
Acer, the Taiwanese company that is the second-biggest PC maker in the world, will cut 300 jobs in Europe and has slashed its full-year shipment target for tablets by almost 60% to around 3m units. The company also said it expects lower notebook shipments this year as it struggles to clear excess inventory.

▽Pandora’s ‘pop’ fuels bubble fears - Financial Times
The signs of a bubble in newly floated consumer internet stocks intensified as shares in Pandora, a lossmaking online music service, briefly soared by more than 60 per cent when trading began.

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News Headlines - 14 June 2011

▽Airbus 2050: Transparent Planes, Biometric Boarding Passes, Holograms - PC Magazine
If you've ever been cheated out of a window seat on a flight, you'll appreciate the concept plane Airbus just revealed at an airshow in Paris. In its vision of what air travel might be like in 2050, the aircraft manufacturer showed a plane with a transparent fuselage, giving all passengers a panoramic view of what's outside.

▽Apple to pay Nokia to settle intellectual property dispute - Telegraph.co.uk
Neither party would disclose the sums involved but analysts said royalty payments of one or two per cent of the retail price of each handset could equate to Apple paying Nokia more than $160m (£97.5m) a quarter.

▽Google Adds Voice Search to Chrome Browser - PCWorld
Voice search is coming to Chrome for PCs. At a media event today in San Francisco, Google announced that it's bringing speech recognition to desktop and laptop versions of its Web browser.

▽Facebook contempt of court case: transcript of the online chat - The Guardian
Juror Joanna Fraill and defendant Jamie Sewart's chat during a multimillion-pound drugs trial, which caused it to collapse

▽Facebook denies losing users - BBC
Figures from Faceboook monitoring site Inside Facebook suggested that during May, Facebook lost six million users in the US and 100,000 in the UK.
But the social network, which does not usually comment on third party statistics, questioned how it arrived at this figure.

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News Headlines - 13 June 2011

▽Samsung, Apple to end Nokia's smartphone reign - Reuters
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will become the world's largest smartphone maker this quarter, overtaking struggling Nokia Oyj which has lead the market since 1996, Nomura said on Monday.
In the next quarter Nomura sees Apple Inc also overtaking Nokia, pushing the Finnish company to No. 3 in the rankings.

▽Britain's most talent workers flee to avoid high tax rates - Telegraph.co.uk
Britain’s most talented people may flee to new economies such as Japan and Dubai as Britain penalizes its highest taxpayers, researchers have warned.

▽Greek rating now worst in the world - Financial Times
Greece was downgraded close to default on Monday, sending yields on its 10-year bonds near to fresh euro-era highs and stoking fears over the eurozone debt crisis.

▽Britain cannot keep up its role in Libya air war due to cuts - Telegraph.co.uk
The British military intervention in Libya is unsustainable, the head of the Navy has said.

▽Million may take strike action over pensions - Metro
More than 1million workers in the country’s biggest public sector union are prepared for lengthy strikes later this year, its leader said.

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News Headlines - 12 June 2011

▽Naked cyclists serenade the Queen - Telegraph.co.uk
Cyclists taking part in London's Annual Naked Bike Ride sang Happy Birthday for the Queen outside Buckingham Palace.

▽David Miliband allies accused of bid to undermine Labour leader - The Guardian
Supporters of David Miliband have been accused of spreading "malice" about his brother after a slew of negative reports about the Labour leader.

▽Nissan decision 'statement of confidence in UK economy' - BBC
The decision by Nissan to invest £200m in producing the new model Qashqai in Sunderland is undeniably great news for the North East.
It safeguards 6,000 jobs and is a clear statement of confidence in the region and its workforce.

▽Mini's next generation to be built in Britain - The Guardian
BMW to build new version of 60s icon in Oxford as part of £500m investment over next three years

▽Nokia's latest smartphone fails to impress market watchers - The Guardian
Nokia's opportunity to create a third ecosystem based on Windows Phone is vanishing fast, warn experts

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News Headlines - 11 June 2011

▽'US Africa embassy bomber Fazul Abdullah Mohammed dead' - BBC
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, suspected of having played a key role in the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa, has been killed in Somalia, officials say.

▽England sees driest spring in a century as drought hits UK - The Guardian
England suffered its driest spring in a century last month, leaving fields parched and many rivers at record lows, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) said on Friday, as government officials met experts and utilities to discuss the drought conditions prevailing in many parts of the country.

▽Royal wedding celebrations hit factory output - Telegraph.co.uk
Britain's factory output slumped in April as workers downed tools to enjoy the royal wedding and an extra day's holiday, while production was also hit by the disruption to supply chains from Japan's earthquake.

▽I.M.F. Reports Cyberattack Led to ‘Very Major Breach’ - New York Times
The International Monetary Fund, still struggling to find a new leader after the arrest of its managing director last month in New York, was hit recently by what computer experts describe as a large and sophisticated cyberattack whose dimensions are still unknown.

▽Japan 3-D pop avatar a real-world hit - AFP
Japanese teenage pop sensation Miku Hatsune has millions of smitten fans, a string of top hits and an image entirely unblemished by drug use, scandals or celebrity meltdowns.
She doesn't demand six-figure recording contracts, always shows up on time, never throws tantrums and won't break a sweat during a two-hour live show in a concert hall packed with thousands of adoring followers.
Too good to be true? Yes and no.
Miku Hatsune is a 3-D computer animation.

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News Headlines - 10 June 2011

▽Leaked memos recall Blair and Brown's power battle - BBC
Memos belonging to shadow chancellor Ed Balls detailing plans to have Gordon Brown succeed Tony Blair as prime minister from 2005, have been published by the Telegraph newspaper.
The newspaper has obtained more than 30 documents belonging to Mr Balls, including communications between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

▽Peter Oborne: a plot too far for the red peril? - Telegraph.co.uk
But now he is suddenly Miliband’s biggest problem. Following the exposure of his private papers in The Daily Telegraph yesterday, Mr Balls must fend off charges that he is nothing more than a political bruiser, a thoroughly nasty piece of work who played a leading role in a conspiracy to destroy the premiership of Tony Blair, the most electorally successful leader in the history of the Labour Party.

▽Alaska poised to release Palin emails - eTaiwan News
The state of Alaska on Friday will release thousands of Sarah Palin's emails from her first two years as governor, a disclosure that has taken on national prominence as she flirts with a run for the presidency.
The emails were first requested during the 2008 White House race by citizens and news organizations, including The Associated Press, as they vetted a vice presidential nominee whose political experience included less than one term as governor of Alaska and a term as mayor of the small town of Wasilla. The nearly three-year delay has been attributed largely to the sheer volume of the release and the flood of requests.

▽Syria unrest: Renewed clashes 'leave 28 dead' - BBC
At least 28 people have been killed in fresh clashes in Syria between security forces and protesters, activists say.
They say tanks and helicopter gunships opened fire on crowds in the northern town of Maarat al-Numan, leaving several protesters dead.

▽Gaddafi received 'guarantee' from Turkey to leave Libya - The Guardian
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday his country had offered a "guarantee" to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi if he left Libya, but said Ankara had received no answer.

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News Headlines - 09 June 2011

▽Temporary migrants to lose right to remain - AFP
Migrants who come to the UK to work on temporary visas will no longer be able to apply to remain here permanently, under plans announced by the government on Thursday... Under the new plans visas would be reclassified as either "temporary" or "permanent", with stricter criteria for those who want to stay.

▽Attorney general rules out new David Kelly inquest - The Guardian
A fresh inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly has been rejected by the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, after he concluded there was "overwhelmingly strong" evidence that the government weapons inspector took his own life.

▽How the Angry Birds are taking on Mickey Mouse - Telegraph.co.uk
Rovio, the company behind, Angry Birds, the incredibly addictive mobile phone game, has announced its intention to make the movie of its most popular export in-house.
The Finnish creators of the game, in which players destroy greedy pigs using irate feather-winged creatures, have huge ambitions to make Angry Birds as much a part of pop culture as say Mickey Mouse or Super Mario.

▽Prince Philip at 90: still sees no need to apologise, or explain, or emote - The Guardian
The Queen's consort does much good work – including 300 engagements a year – but all we remember are his gaffes

▽Ryan Giggs: 'sex addict' Manchester United star 'had third affair' - Telegraph.co.uk
Ryan Giggs, the embattled Manchester United star, had a two-year affair with a third woman, it has been reported, amid claims from his family that he is a "sex addict".

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News Headlines - 08 June 2011

▽German E.coli hunt refocused on cucumbers - Irish Times
IT’S THE cucumbers again. A week after discounting Spanish cucumbers as the source of Germany’s E.coli epidemic, authorities have isolated a contaminated cucumber in the household waste of an infected family.

▽Facebook under fire for photo tagging feature - AFP
Facebook is coming under fire for a feature that uses facial recognition software to allow members to tag pictures of their friends on the social network.

▽Wii U gets mixed reaction from gamers and stock markets - The Guardian
The stock market hated it: Nintendo's stock fell by 5% to ¥16,970 – taking it down to levels last seen before the original Wii launched in 2006. Analysts said they were unsure how well it would be able to compete against smarpthones and tablet-based products such as the iPad, especially when device-based gaming already has to vie for time with fast-growing social networks.

▽Phone-hacking scandal widens to include Kate Middleton and Tony Blair - The Guardian
Pressure is building on the Metropolitan police to expand their phone-hacking inquiry to include a notorious private investigator who was accused in the House of Commons on Wednesday of targeting politicians, members of the royal family and high-level terrorist informers on behalf of Rupert Murdoch's News International.

▽National Crime Agency details outlined by Theresa May - BBC
The proposed National Crime Agency (NCA), which is to replace the Serious Organised Crime Agency, will have the authority to instruct police and other agencies, the home secretary says.

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News Headlines - 07 June 2011

▽Europe’s Banks Too Fragile to Afford Greek Default - Bloomberg
A failure by European regulators to make banks raise enough capital to withstand a sovereign default is complicating efforts to resolve Greece’s debt crisis.
The “fragilities” of Europe’s banking industry mean a Greek default isn’t an option, European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said in New York last week. By delaying a decision some investors consider inevitable, policy makers risk increasing the cost to European taxpayers and prolonging Greece’s economic pain.

▽Japan doubles estimate of radiation leak from tsunami-hit nuclear plant - Washington Post
The report Monday said twice as much radiation may have been released into the air as earlier thought. That would be one-fifth of the amount released at Chernobyl instead of the earlier estimate of one-tenth.

▽Germany's Merkel, Obama open three-day US summit - AFP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Washington Tuesday for a three-day summit with US President Barack Obama amid lingering differences over the dour world economy and Mideast policy.
Obama and Merkel kicked off the visit late Monday away from the confines of the White House, with a dinner in the upscale Georgetown section of Washington.

▽Germany officially the world's least funny country - Telegraph.co.uk
The survey, which was carried out for the social networking site Badoo.com found that most people agreed with the national stereotype that Germans were weak at comedy.

▽World Cup - Japan promises 'profitable' 2019 World Cup - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Japan's new rugby chief believes the cost of reconstruction following the deadly earthquake and tsunami in March will not impact the country's ability to host a profitable 2019 World Cup, although he did admit their budget was "tight".

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News Headlines - 06 June 2011

▽The Human Centipede sequel just too horrible to show, says BBFC - The Guardian
The Human Centipede, a 2010 horror film in which a scientist stitches kidnap victims together, was proudly touted as "the most horrific film ever made".
But its Dutch director, Tom Six, may have gone too far in the follow-up, because the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has denied The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) an 18 certificate for fears it poses a "real risk" to cinemagoers.

▽MobileMe is dead. Long live iCloud - CNET
iCloud, in case you missed it, is Apple's new cloud sync service. It succeeds MobileMe, the $99-a-year service Apple introduced three years ago, which will close down on June 30, 2012. iCloud syncs files, apps, app data, and media across iOS devices, Macs, and PCs. It also syncs your music across devices, though it won't do that for video content.

▽NATO Steps Up Strikes in Libya - Fox News
A series of NATO airstrikes targeted sites around Tripoli early Monday as increasingly frequent attacks raised pressure on Muammar Qaddafi's beleaguered regime.

▽Hackers exploiting Flash Player XSS vulnerability - ZDNet
Adobe has released another Flash Player update to fix a serious security vulnerability that could expose Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris users to cross-site scripting attacks.

▽Fergie won’t lose appetite for success - The Express Tribune
United’s latest Premier League triumph lifted Ferguson’s men above Liverpool in the list of all-time English champions and the Scot took great pride in such an historic achievement. However, Ferguson is well aware United will face a stern threat to their supremacy from big-spending Manchester City next season as well as revitalised Liverpool and long-standing rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

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News Headlines - 05 June 2011

▽Yemen Eyewitness: They sang. They danced. Some even slaughtered cows - The Independent
The capital's main square erupted in jubilation at the news that the 33-year-long rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh might finally be over. They danced. They screamed. They sang.
The party was already in full swing by the early hours of yesterday morning.

▽Bean Sprouts Are New E. Coli Suspect - Wall Street Journal
German officials said late Sunday that domestically grown bean sprouts may be the source of the Escherichia coli outbreak that has killed 22 people and sickened at least 1,600.
German authorities have yet to complete testing to determine whether the E. coli strain traced to a northern German bean-sprout farm is a match to the deadly cases that have affected people from 12 countries.

▽Madagascar's record of biodiversity: 600 species discovered in a decade - The Guardian
More than 600 new species have been discovered in Madagascar's unique habitats in the past decade, among them 385 plants, 42 invertebrates, 17 fish, 69 amphibians, 61 reptiles and 41 mammals, according to a report published by the conservation group WWF.

▽The Cloud Floats Closer to Consumers - Wall Street Journal
Two technology conferences this week in typically sunny California will focus on bringing the cloud to consumer computers... On Monday, Apple Inc. is expected to use its annual developers gathering in San Francisco to unveil a streaming-music service. The product will likely allow gadget owners to mirror their music libraries at Apple's data centers and access them via the Internet, a paradigm known as cloud computing... At the videogame industry's E3 conference in Los Angeles, console makers Sony Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Co. are expected to discuss ambitious plans for their entertainment devices. Many of those will revolve around cloud computing specifically or connected gaming more broadly.

▽Latest Hack Shows Sony Didn't Plug Holes - PCWorld
The records were posted by the hacking group LulzSec last week as a demonstration that Sony had not fixed the fundamental, enterprisewide security flaw that had allowed hackers to take over a series of its other networks.

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News Headlines - 04 June 2011

▽Firefighters battle large fire at Kent oil depot - The Guardian
A large blaze at a waste oil storage site in Kent has been brought under control after more than 60 firefighters worked through the night on Friday.
The fire initially involved two road tankers but quickly spread to plastic storage containers and drums containing more than 1,000 litres of oil at the Kingsnorth industrial estate in Hoo just after 11pm on Friday. There were no reports of any casualties.

▽Hay Festival 2011: Julian Assange claims FBI tried to bribe Wikileaks staff - Telegraph.co.uk
Julian Assange appeared at The Telegraph Hay Festival to defend Wikileaks' “enviable record” and claimed that the FBI had tried to bribe the organisation’s staff.

▽Hackers claim they stole a million Sony passwords - BBC
A hacker group has claimed it has attacked the Sony network and stolen more than one million passwords, email addresses and other information, reports BBC News. Lulz Security said it broke into servers that run SonyPictures.com. Sony said it was aware of Lulz Security's statement and was investigating.

▽Royals enjoy family get-together at Epsom Derby - Telegraph.co.uk
The Queen's horse, Carlton House, may have failed to win the Investec Derby but nothing could dampen the mood at Epsom racecourse, where the Royal family enjoyed its first get-together since the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

▽Japan PM Kan to step down by August: report - Reuters
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will step down by August if not earlier due to growing calls from the opposition and within his own ruling party to resign as quickly as possible, Kyodo news agency reported on Saturday.

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News Headlines - 03 June 2011

▽Japan’s Bonds Decline on Political Divisions After Quake, Moody’s Warning - BusinessWeek
Japan’s 10-year bonds declined as widening political divisions dimmed prospects Prime Minister Naoto Kan will be able to carry out planned fiscal changes... The Ministry of Finance will sell 700 billion yen ($8.7 billion) in 30-year bonds on June 7.

▽Lloyds chief says recovery could take 5 yrs -report - Reuters
The new chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) suggested it could take up to five years to turn around the part-nationalised bank, the Financial Times said on Friday.

▽Scientists race to find source of deadly E.coli bug - Mirror.co.uk
Experts are in a desperate race against time to find the source of the most lethal E.coli outbreak in history.

▽Google to abandon older browsers - BBC
Those using IE7, Safari 3, Firefox 3.5 and their predecessors to view Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites will then lose some functions.

▽Roland Bunce leads Next model competition - The Guardian
When Roland Bunce entered Next's model competition, he may not have had the highest hopes... At 9am on Friday, Bunce – who according to his Facebook profile enjoys partying and drinking (his interests are listed as WrestleMania, Wrestling and WWE Wrestling) – was in first position, and his page on Next's site had been liked on Facebook over 26,000 times. In contrast the page for the person in second place had been liked 97 times.

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News Headlines - 02 June 2011

▽Japan ruling party resumes bickering over when PM will quit - Reuters
Japan's fractious ruling party resumed its bickering on Friday after Prime Minister Naoto Kan hinted he wanted to keep his job into the new year, angering rivals who had voted down a no-confidence motion in return for a promise he'd quit.

▽Deadly E. coli strain in Europe is rare - USA Today
A deadly E. coli strain, blamed for 18 food poisoning deaths in Europe as of Thursday, is one never seen before and appears uniquely toxic, health experts say.

▽War on drugs ‘a failure,’ international panel declares  - Globe and Mail
World consumption of cocaine and opiates has shot up in the past decade. Cartel violence rages in Mexico. West Africa has become a cocaine-trafficking hub.
A high-powered panel of former heads of states and United Nations officials says it is time for governments to find new ways to deal with the world’s drug problem.

▽Sony suffers fresh hacker attack - Financial Times
Sony has suffered another attack from hackers resulting in the loss of more than 1m customer account details, the latest in a string of security breaches that have undermined confidence in the Japanese electronics and media group.

▽Gmail Hack Targeted White House - Wall Street Journal
People who work at the White House were among those targeted by the China-based hackers who broke into Google Inc.'s Gmail accounts, according to one U.S. official.
The hackers likely were hoping the officials were conducting administration business on their private emails, according to lawmakers and security experts.

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News Headlines - 01 June 2011

▽Bike-riding serial sex attacker stalks Cambridge students - Telegraph.co.uk
Cambridgeshire Police have launched Operation Majesty to catch the offender who is believed to have first struck in August last year. He is so far known to have attacked nine women. Eight of his victims studied at the university.

▽Google users come under Chinese attack - Telegraph.co.uk
A concerted Chinese campaign to hack in to the personal email accounts of senior US government officials, Chinese political activists, military personnel and journalists has been uncovered by Google.

▽Virulent E. Coli Strain Spreads in Germany and Puzzles Health Officials - New York Times
An unusually lethal strain of E. coli bacteria has infected more than 1,500 people in Germany, mystifying public health officials, ravaging Spain’s agricultural heartland, and touching off panic in Europe as people weighed whether it was safe to eat raw vegetables.

▽IAEA: Japan underrated threat to plant - Newsday
Japan did not properly protect its nuclear plants against tsunami threats before the March 11 disaster that caused radiation to spew from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, a preliminary report released yesterday by international nuclear experts concluded.

▽Japan PM Naoto Kan faces Fukushima no-confidence vote - BBC
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has rejected calls for his resignation, after opposition parties tabled a motion of no-confidence against him.

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News Headlines - 31 May 2011

▽Disgraced Tory peer Lord Taylor jailed for expenses scam - Mirror.co.uk
A DISGRACED Tory peer was branded a liar yesterday as he was jailed for 12 months for fiddling his expenses.
Lord Taylor of Warwick, 58, claimed bogus travel and overnightallowances worth £11,277.

▽Titanic launch 100th anniversary marked by Belfast flare - Telegraph.co.uk
The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's launch has been marked at a commemorative event in Belfast. 

▽Cucumbers in clear – so what is causing deadly E.coli outbreak? - The Independent
After days of recriminations that threatened new inter-European trade wars, the German authorities conceded last night that contaminated Spanish cucumbers are not, after all, to blame for a mystery illness which has claimed the lives of 16 people and infected more than 1,200 others.
It has now emerged that many more women than men are falling ill in what is now one of the world's most deadly E.coli outbreaks.

▽Small earthquake in Blackpool, major shock for UK's energy policy - The Independent
The controversial new drilling operation for natural shale gas in Lancashire has been suspended following a second earthquake in the area that may have been triggered by the process.

▽Ultrabooks Unveiled: Super-Slim Laptops With Intel Inside - PCWorld
Intel is hoping to see a new class of thin and light laptops based around its chips. The computers, called Ultrabooks, are expected around the end of this year. One such machine, the Asus UX, was demonstrated during an Intel keynote speech at the Computex trade show in Taiwan.

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News Headlines - 30 May 2011

▽Fifa should re-run the World Cup 2022 vote after scandal - Mirror.co.uk
AFTER another breathtaking day of allegations from within Fifa, the decision to give Qatar the 2022 World Cup must be overturned.
At the very least, the vote has to be re-run, following the corruption claims surrounding Mohamed bin Hammam, the Qatari Fifa delegate credited with delivering the showpiece to his country.

▽British holidaymaker murdered in Portugal may be third linked death - Mirror.co.uk
A HOLIDAYMAKER left dying in a pool of blood was murdered by a gang who may also have been responsible for two earlier attacks on tourists.

▽Bionic eye at £53,000 can be implanted in UK after EU approval - Herald Sun
A BIONIC eye that enables blind people to see has been cleared for implantation in British patients after it was granted approval by European regulators.
The artificial retina is the first device of its kind to move from the laboratory to the clinic, after a trial of 30 patients, ten of whom were treated in Britain, has shown that it can safely restore some vision to people who have lost their sight to a genetic disease, The Times of London said today.

▽Lockheed Martin Hit By Security Breach - Wall Street Journal
Hackers may have infiltrated the networks of top U.S. weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp., according to a person with knowledge of the attacks.
The security disruptions, reported Thursday by Reuters, prompted the company to step up measures to protect its data. It wasn't immediately clear if any sensitive information was stolen or compromised.

▽ARM aiming for 50% share of mobile processor market by 2015 - Pocket Gamer.Biz
Intel has made taking on ARM's current superiority in the smartphone and tablet processor market a prime target for Oak Trail, its new processor platform.
In total, the company has claimed up to 35 devices will ship with Oak Trail equipped before the end of 2011.

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News Headlines - 29 May 2011

▽Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan 'unready for typhoon' - BBC
Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is not fully prepared for heavy rain and winds of a typhoon heading towards the country, officials admit.

▽Nuclear power loses its appeal after Japan crisis - The Guardian
Switzerland latest country to shelve nuclear plant plans – but many states still lack an alternative low-carbon energy supply

▽EU, Japan agree to prepare talks on free-trade pact - European Voice
Leaders decide at summit in Brussels to launch negotiations on political pact, discuss nuclear accident.

▽British Chambers of Commerce raises new fears for UK growth - The Guardian
Britain's economy will grow more slowly this year than has been forecast in official estimates, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), due to a weak first quarter and the impact of bank holidays and the royal wedding.

▽Over 1000 companies attend Hitachi Rail IEP Open Day - Rail.co
More than 1800 individuals representing over 1000 companies have attended the first Open Day event for Hitachi Rail Europe’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP) in the north east.

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News Headlines - 28 May 2011

▽Sharon Shoesmith tells of her anger at being dismissed by Ed Balls on live TV - The Guardian
Shoesmith, who was director of children's services there when he died in August 2007, said: "I'm very relieved to read the judgment but this started with the death of a child, so there's no great joy in that sense. I'm relieved [that what I experienced] has been recognised, but always with that sadness at the death of a child at the heart of the story."
She is still angry, however, at her brutal treatment at the hands of Ed Balls, the former children's secretary who dismissed her without warning during a live televised press conference in December 2008.

▽David Cameron spent £680,000 of taxpayers' cash on Downing Street - The Guardian
David Cameron has spent more than £680,000 of public money renovating Downing Street in the year that his government inflicted the biggest ever spending cuts across the public sector.

▽'I don't understand a thing', pilot yelled - TODAYonline
An Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic claiming 228 lives dropped 11,600m in three-and-a-half minutes before slamming belly first into the ocean.
French air accident experts published a chilling chronology of events that showed the three Air France pilots battling to regain control on flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in a heavy thunderstorm on the morning of June 1, 2009.

▽Android Market is harder to crack than Apple's App Store - Inquirer
It appears that developers targeting users of the Android operating system have a harder job than those making apps for Apple's Iphones and Ipads. The research discovered that only two paid applications on the Android Market have passed the 500,000 download mark.

▽WWII code-cracking computer rebuilt at Bletchley - BBC
A working replica of a computer that cracked secret Nazi messages in World War II has been completed.
Engineers at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire built the Tunny machine using discarded blueprints.

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News Headlines - 27 May 2011

▽3.5 minutes of terror: Air France crash dropped at 10,000 feet a minute - Telegraph.co.uk
Passengers on an Air France flight plunged for three and a half minutes before crashing into the Atlantic, killing all 228 on board, after it lost speed and stalled while the main pilot was resting, the first evidence from black boxes has found.

▽War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague Prepares for Mladic Arrival - Voice of America
While Ratko Mladic is undergoing extradition proceedings in Belgrade, the Yugoslav war crimes Tribunal in The Hague is getting ready for his eventual arrival. The former military leader of the Bosnian Serbs faces charges there of genocide, murder and persecution for crimes that span the whole of the 1990’s Bosnian War.

▽Pakistani military worried about collaborators - Washington Post
Embarrassed by the Osama bin Laden raid and by a series of insurgent attacks on high-security sites, top Pakistani military officials are increasingly concerned that their ranks are penetrated by Islamists who are aiding militants in a campaign against the state.

▽New Routemaster tested by mayor - BBC
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has put a prototype of the new Routemaster bus through its paces.

▽Google sued by PayPal in Silicon Valley's mobile war - Telegraph.co.uk
Google is being sued by online payments company PayPal for allegedly stealing its secrets less than 24 hours after the search engine unveiled a technology to allow consumers to use their phones as credit cards.

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News Headlines - 26 May 2011

▽Eurotunnel to carry electricity from France to UK - Telegraph.co.uk
Electricity will flow between Britain and France alongside Eurostar trains, after the operator of the Channel Tunnel unveiled a €250m (£217m) plan to run a cable under the sea.

▽Twitter's European boss warns users may face court - BBC
Twitter's new European boss has suggested that users who break privacy injunctions by posting on the site could face the UK courts.

▽In US call for Americans to leave Yemen, a forecast of harder times ahead - Christian Science Monitor
Illustrating its limited options, the US, again, urges the president of Yemen to step down. A call for Americans to leave the country is further evidence of official pessimism.

▽Burberry embarks on £200m spending spree to check out Asian markets - Daily Mail
Britain's biggest luxury goods maker has embarked on a £200million spending spree after setting its sights on the swelling ranks of the emerging market elite.

▽Google reveals mobile payment plan - Financial Times
Google and a group of partners including Sprint Nextel, Citibank and MasterCard plan to jump-start the mobile payments market in the US with a system based on a free ‘Google Wallet’ app and a technology called NFC (Near Field Communications.)

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News Headlines - 25 May 2011

▽Barack Obama hosts banquet for the Queen at US Embassy - Telegraph.co.uk
US President Barack Obama hosted a dinner in honour of the Queen tonight as the two heads of state said their farewells.

▽Ash respite for UK air travellers - BBC
Most flights have resumed across the UK after a day that saw thousands of passengers affected by an ash cloud from the erupting Icelandic volcano.

▽Apple fights fake anti-virus software vendors - Reuters
The company has issued a security advisory warning to customers about a recent scam that infects Macs with malicious software that wrongly tells them their computer is infected with a virus. The ultimate goal is to get credit card numbers and other valuable personal information.

▽Zuckerberg and Schmidt warn on over-regulation of web - BBC
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Eric Schmidt have warned governments worldwide not to over-regulate the internet.

▽Twitter acquires UK’s TweetDeck for $40m - Financial Times
Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, a UK-based company whose application helps users of the microblogging site organise social media messages, giving Twitter more direct control of its most energetic, sophisticated user base.

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News Headlines - 24 May 2011

▽Germany to Shut Down Part of Airspace Because of Icelandic Volcano - Voice of America
German officials say they will shut down airspace over northern Germany Wednesday, because of the ash cloud from Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano.
Experts say the cloud reached Scotland Tuesday. It is expected to move east over Scandinavia, The Netherlands and northern Germany Wednesday.

▽Obama in London: president pays tribute to 'enduring bond' - Telegraph.co.uk
President Barack Obama last night paid tribute to the “enduring bond” between Britain and the US as he embraced the “special relationship” in a speech at Buckingham Palace.
▽Presidential visit 'used to hide bad news' - The Independent
The news in question is David Cameron having handed a Government post to controversial Tory donor Lord Ashcroft, provoking a bitter coalition row with the Liberal Democrats. Within hours, Lord Wei announced his resignation as Mr Cameron's Big Society "czar", just a day after the PM's fourth try at relaunching his pet project.

▽Ford 'may cash in on Japanese disruption' - Scotsman
Ford yesterday said it saw significant scope to tempt buyers away from Japanese car manufacturers that are battling production delays caused by the March earthquake and tsunami.
Speaking at the launch of a new model of its Explorer sport utility vehicle in Tokyo, the chief executive of the group's Japanese business Tim Tucker said: "The opportunities for Ford in Japan have never been greater."

▽Sony Music Japan, Sony Ericsson hacked - CNET
The onslaught against Sony apparently continues: this time hackers have targeted Sony Music Entertainment Japan and stolen information from thousands of accounts in a Canadian Sony Ericsson eShop site, a spokesperson confirmed today.

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News Headlines - 23 May 2011

▽Ryan Giggs named as sex cheat soccer star by MP - Mirror.co.uk
RYAN Giggs’s desperate bid to keep his name out of the papers over an alleged secret affair with Imogen Thomas was doomed from the moment he threatened to sue Twitter users for outing him... And his farcical attempts at hiding behind a court gagging order finally came to an end yesterday when Lib Dem MP John Hemming told the Commons the former Wales international was the ­footballer who had the alleged six-month fling with 28-year-old Big Brother star Imogen.

▽Iceland volcanic ash cloud forces airlines to change flight schedules - The Guardian
Densest parts of Grimsvötn volcano's thick ash clouds expected to exceed a new air travel safety threshold

▽Obama in Ireland: president searches for 'missing apostrophe' - Telegraph.co.uk
The threat of disruption from an Icelandic volcano's ash forced Mr Obama to leave Dublin for London last night, ahead of schedule, but he still had more than enough time to charm Ireland.

▽Obama's UK visit gives hope to Cameron - The Guardian
David Cameron is hopeful Barack Obama's two-day state visit to the UK, formally starting on Tuesday, will end with the two leaders asserting they are aligned on tackling financial deficits.

▽Pakistan humiliated by Bin Laden revenge attack - The Independent
Pakistan was last night conducting a major manhunt for the two terrorists who managed to escape after mounting the one of the most brazen attacks yet on the country's powerful military.

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News Headlines - 22 May 2011

▽Beijing to ease Japan food restrictions - Financial Times
Wen Jiabao, China’s premier, has agreed to soften curbs on some Japanese agricultural products introduced amid safety fears over the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The decision was a gesture of goodwill at a trilateral weekend summit in Tokyo between Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, Lee Myung-bak, South Korean president, and Mr Wen.

▽Chelsea Flower Show: 'Paradise' garden rises from rubble of Japan tsunami - Telegraph.co.uk
The designer of the Japanese garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show has told how he nearly pulled out after devastation hit his country.

▽Britain ends Iraq military mission - AFP
Despite having pulled out the vast majority of its troops in mid-2009, Britain's Royal Navy has continued to train Iraqi personnel to defend their territorial waters and offshore oil installations.

▽Japanese investors exiting emerging markets; dump Indian stocks - Economic Times
Japanese funds have redeemed investments in Indian equities worth close to ¥19 billion or $0.25 billion in April alone, as they increasingly look to reinvest in stocks of companies back home which are now finding favour with some of the top global investors.

▽Newspaper publishes name of footballer with gagging order - Telegraph.co.uk
The law surrounding privacy injunctions was described as being at “breaking point” last night after a British newspaper used its front page to identify the footballer at the centre of the gagging order controversy.

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News Headlines - 21 May 2011

▽TV star is first to face jail over tweets after England footballer claims they breach injunction - Daily Mail
A journalist on one of Britain’s most respected newspapers – who also appears on a widely-viewed BBC programme – could face a jail sentence after naming on Twitter a Premier League footballer who had taken out a privacy injunction.
In the first case of its kind, lawyers for the soccer star have persuaded a High Court judge to ask Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC to consider a criminal prosecution against the writer for breaching a privacy injunction. If Mr Grieve decides to issue contempt of court proceedings, the individual faces a prison sentence of up to two years.

▽Jude Law claims that 'very senior executive' knew of phone-hacking - The Independent
Lawyers for the actor said the alleged hacking of his phone, carried out in 2005 to 2006, represented the "highest end" of voicemail interception. Mr Justice Vos said the NOTW had published 16 articles allegedly arising from hacking, and noted disputed claims that a "very senior executive" at the paper was implicated.

▽The politics of piracy - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt on Wednesday said his company would not sit quietly by if Washington enacted anti-piracy legislation that forced search engines to police copyright law online - such as stopping illegally streamed movies or sporting events.

▽Bank says it has decided to 'accept' high inflation - The Independent
The Bank of England has claimed for the first time that it has taken a conscious decision to "accept a temporary period of above-target inflation" – words that analysts queried as an accurate account of the Bank's recent behaviour.

▽British work-ethic condemned by Indian steel tycoon - Telegraph.co.uk
A key adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron has launched an attack on the work-ethic of British managers, accusing them of failing to "go the extra mile" and being too keen to clock off at 5pm.

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News Headlines - 20 May 2011

▽Footballer sues Twitter over gagging injunction - Scotsman
A PREMIERSHIP footballer is suing Twitter and several of its users after information that was supposed to be covered by a super-injunction was published on the micro-blogging site.

▽Footballer starts legal hunt for Twitter users who broke injunction - The Independent
The Lord Chief Justice made an outspoken attack on "modern technology" yesterday and drew a parallel between those who spread lies on the internet and paedophiles who circulate child pornography.

▽Morley gets 16 months' jail for expenses fraud - The Independent
Elliot Morley, the most senior politician to face trial over the expenses scandal was sentenced yesterday to 16 months in jail for fiddling more than £30,000.

▽Japanese superquake moved ocean floor 79 feet sideways and 10 feet up - and new data shows region is under more strain - Daily Mail
The ocean floor shifted sideways by 79 feet in the Japanese earthquake in March - much further than scientists originally predicted.
And researchers are warning that immense amounts of seismic stress remain stored in the area, putting it at risk of further devastating earthquakes.

▽Leaders of Japan, China, S. Korea meet in Fukushima - AFP
Leaders of Japan, China and South Korea were to gather in Fukushima City Saturday in a gesture of solidarity over the ongoing nuclear crisis -- but with Tokyo's neighbours reportedly concerned by its actions.

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News Headlines - 19 May 2011

▽Google boss: anti-piracy laws would be disaster for free speech - The Guardian
Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, warned on Wednesday that government plans to block access to illicit filesharing websites could set a "disastrous precedent" for freedom of speech.

▽Government to scrap plans to let off rapists early - Telegraph.co.uk
The Government is set to abandon plans to allow rapists and violent criminals only to serve half of their jail terms.

▽US Stocks Advance As Good IPO Feeling Outweighs Weak Data - Wall Street Journal
Major stock indexes staged their second straight gain Thursday as a doubling in LinkedIn's share price spurred hopes that initial public offerings can lure more investors into risk assets.

▽Apple causes ‘religious’ reaction in brains of fans, say neuroscientists - Digitaltrends.com
In a recently screened BBC documentary, UK neuroscientists suggested that the brains of Apple devotees are stimulated by Apple imagery in the same way that the brains of religious people are stimulated by religious imagery.

▽'Lego Harry Potter' confirmed for Sony NGP - The Independent
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 will be one of the first games on Sony's new portable console, currently known as the NGP, with Warner Bros. Interactive targeting a launch between October and December 2011.

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News Headlines - 18 May 2011

▽Stephen Lawrence trial announced - BBC
Two men are to be tried for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the black teenager whose death at the hands of a group of white youths in 1993 had a pivotal impact on race relations in Britain.

▽Two men to stand trial for Stephen Lawrence murder after court ruling - The Guardian
Judges headed by the lord chief justice decided new forensic tests on Dobson's grey bomber jacket and a cardigan had produced evidence that was compelling enough to quash his acquittal and see him stand trial for a second time.

▽Stephen Lawrence: the legal ruling in full - Telegraph.co.uk
Below is a copy of the full legal ruling in the case of the murder of Stephen Lawrence:

▽Lawyers Move to Get Strauss-Kahn Out of Jail - New York Times
A lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, filed papers late Wednesday for a new bail application to get him out of Rikers Island, where he  has been in protective custody and under a suicide watch.

▽Strauss-Kahn maid gives her side of the story to grand jury - The Independent
The hotel maid who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape was due to testify before a grand jury behind closed doors last night, as her lawyers dismissed any notion that she consented to sexual contact with the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the penthouse suite of New York's Sofitel Hotel.

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News Headlines - 17 May 2011

▽Resentment still burns in the Ireland the Queen didn't see - Scotsman
THE biggest security operation ever mounted in Dublin ensured that bomb threats and noisy republican protests failed to overshadow the Queen's first visit to the Republic of Ireland.

▽Cautious welcome for 'green deal' to slash UK's carbon emissions - The Independent
The Government yesterday signed up to cutting Britain's greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half – but with no clear agreement on how to achieve the target. The Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announced that ministers had accepted proposals by the Committee on Climate Change to enshrine in law reductions in carbon emissions to 50 per cent of 1990 levels by 2027.

▽Japan’s Carmakers May Lose 193,000 U.S. Sales - Bloomberg
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), Honda Motor Co. and other Japan-based automakers may lose as many as 193,000 U.S. vehicle sales to competitors this year because of parts shortages in their home country, an A.T. Kearney analyst said.

▽Stephen Hawking: 'heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark' - Telegraph.co.uk
Prof Stephen Hawking, the eminent Cambridge scientist and cosmologist, has dismissed heaven as a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark”.

▽Costa Rica agree to take Japan's place at Copa America - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Costa Rica have decided to accept an invitation to replace Japan at the Copa America, the Central American country's Football Federation president Eduardo Li said on Tuesday.

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News Headlines - 16 May 2011

▽In France, Skepticism and Anger Over Official’s Arrest - New York Times
France struggled to digest the scandal around one of the country’s most prominent figures, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on Monday, with his defenders questioning the initial New York police account and speculating about entrapment and many others characterizing the photos of the handcuffed suspect as insulting and unfair.

▽Journalist: IMF boss 'tried to pull down my jeans' - The Independent
A French journalist yesterday added to the allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn by announcing that she was considering taking legal action for an attack on her in 2002.

▽Chris Huhne welcomes police inquiry into speeding claim - The Guardian
Chris Huhne, the energy secretary, yesterdayhas said he would welcome an inquiry by Essex police into career-threatening claims that he made his estranged wife take penalty points on his behalf for a car speeding offence he committed in 2003.

▽Is the Queen welcome in the Republic of Ireland? - BBC
Relations between Britain and Ireland were transformed by the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 which began to heal some of the divisions after centuries of distrust.
But what do the people of Dublin think about the royal visit?

▽Border Agency has 'lack of control', say MPs - BBC
The UK Border Agency has a "lack of control" over the system used by multinational companies to bring their own foreign staff into the UK, say MPs.

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News Headlines - 15 May 2011

▽French politics rocked by Strauss-Kahn sex case - Reuters
IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest on sexual assault charges, weeks before he was expected to announce a presidential bid, looks set to scar France's political landscape and remold its coming election campaign.

▽The £400 test that tells you how long you'll live - The Independent
A blood test that can show how fast someone is ageing – and offers the tantalising possibility of estimating how long they have left to live – is to go on sale to the general public in Britain later this year.

▽Protesters shot dead by Israel as Arab Spring crosses borders - The Independent
At least eight people were reported killed after Palestinians marched on three different frontier posts with Lebanon, Syria and Gaza to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba ("catastrophe") of the founding of Israel on 15 May, 1948, and the creation of the Palestinian refugee crisis.

▽Hague war crimes court to issue arrest warrant for Gaddafi - The Independent
The international Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is today expected to formally seek the arrest of Muammar Gaddafi for crimes linked to the brutal suppression of demonstrations against his 42-year rule.

▽UK group hails Swiss assisted suicide vote - BBC
Campaign group Dignity in Dying says Swiss voters have made a "brave decision" in rejecting calls to ban assisted suicide for non-residents.

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News Headlines - 14 May 2011

▽Pakistan's parliament condemns U.S. raid, threatens sanctions - CNN International
Pakistan's parliament threatened Saturday to cut off access to a facility used by NATO forces to ferry troops into Afghanistan, signaling a growing rift that began when U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden during a raid on a Pakistani compound.

▽Four killed in Syrian crackdown - Los Angeles Times
As hundreds flee to Lebanon, Syrian activists say three people were killed by snipers and one died after crossing the border into the neighboring country. President Bashar Assad is reportedly arranging talks with the opposition.

▽Woman beheaded in Tenerife had sought aid before attack - The Guardian
The British woman beheaded in a supermarket on the Spanish island of Tenerife was named as it emerged that she had complained of being harassed moments before she was attacked. Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, from Norwich, was killed on Friday in a frenzied and unprovoked knife attack in the town of Arona, part of the Los Cristianos beach resort.

▽First injunction specifically bans Facebook and Twitter - Telegraph.co.uk
The first injunction specifically banning the publication of information on Facebook and Twitter was issued yesterday amid growing fears about the culture of secrecy in courts.

▽Manchester United confirm they will hold a victory parade to celebrate Premier League title triumph - Goal.com
Chief executive David Gill confirms that the newly-crowned Premier League champions will show off their new silverware around Manchester two days after the Champions League final