2013.08.04

News Headlines - 04 August 2013

Spain studies measures to pressure Gibraltar | Reuters

Spain is studying retaliatory measures against the British territory of Gibraltar in an escalating dispute over fishing grounds, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said in an interview published on Sunday.

Mohamed Morsi's allies admit defeat and plot to fly him into exile - The Independent

Islamist allies of Mohamed Morsi are secretly discussing a face-saving deal in which the toppled President could be released from detention and allowed to officially “resign” his position, according to a source close to crisis talks currently taking place between opposing sides in Cairo.

BBC News - Video game pits China against Japan over island dispute

A new online video game has just been released in China which invites players to fight Japan over a group of islands whose sovereignty is disputed by the Chinese and Japanese governments. The islands are known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China and millions of gamers have already registered to play "Glorious Mission".

Talking robot takes off for International Space Station | The Guardian

Kirobo, the world's first talking humanoid space robot, has already taken off – in the nattiest red Wellingtons since Paddington Bear – and should arrive at the space station by 9 August to await Wakata's arrival. It knows he is coming: it has been programmed to recognise his face, and greet him warmly in Japanese.

Hitachi unveils new train interiors (From The Northern Echo)

Hitachi Rail Europe chose British firm DCA Design International to design the interiors of its new Super Express Trains as part of the Government's Inter City Express Programme(IEP) to revamp the UK's 40-year old high speed trains.  Earlier this month, ministers handed Hitachi a £1.2bn extension to its initial IEP contract, which is expected to safeguard 730 jobs at the firm's Newton Aycliffe factory until 2020.   


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