News Headlines - 31 December 2012

Norovirus Cruise: 'Outbreaks' On Two Ships

More than 400 passengers and crew have been sick with vomiting and diarrhoea as suspected norovirus hits two cruise ships sailing in the Caribbean. Both luxury liners, the Queen Mary 2 and the Emerald Princess, reported the outbreak to the Centres for Disease Control, following guidelines that come into play when more than 2% of the passengers and crew are laid low.

Hillary Clinton suffers blood clot after fainting - Channel 4 News

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, is admitted to a hospital in New York with a blood clot linked to the concussion she suffered when she fainted with a stomach virus earlier this month.

EU could offer 'second class' membership to stop Britain leaving altogether | Mail Online

Britain would become a ‘second class’ member of the European Union under radical new plans to cut ties with Brussels. Federalists pushing for ever greater integration across the continent want to see the UK relegated to ‘associate member’ status. The move would see British MEPs scrapped, along with its commissioner and power to veto new rules.

Frank Lampard's Future At Chelsea In Doubt

Club rules mean Lampard, at 34, should not get another contract but the board should consider carefully before losing him.

New Year's Eve celebrations around the world: live - Telegraph

Fireworks, party poppers and champage at the ready: join us as we celebrate New Year's Eve celebrations around the world.

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News Headlines - 30 December 2012

BBC News - US faces crucial day of 'fiscal cliff' talks

US politicians are facing a crucial day of talks aimed at preventing the economy falling over a "fiscal cliff".

PM’s New Year Message: Britain ‘heading in right direction’ - Scotsman.com

David Cameron today used his New Year’s message to declare that Britain is “heading in the right direction” on all the big issues and can look forward to 2013 with “realism and optimism”.

One in 10 police officers 'moonlights' in second job | guardian.co.uk

Questions raised over conflicts of interest after investigation shows 23,000 officers in England and Wales have second income

Dramatic video captures Russian plane crash - CBC News

Amateur video footage has emerged of the moment a passenger plane crashed onto a highway in Russia, killing four people who were aboard the aircraft.

Indian grieves as gangrape victim cremated in secrecy - Hindustan Times

The victim of a gangrape and murder which triggered an outpouring of grief and anger across India was cremated at a private ceremony on Sunday, hours after her body was flown home from Singapore.

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News Headlines - 29 December 2012

Attackers in India Rape Case Charged With Murder - NYTimes.com

As protests grew in India on Saturday over the death of a young woman who was raped in New Delhi this month by several men in a moving bus, the police said six men accused of attacking her had been charged with murder.

Top French court overturns 75 percent tax rate for rich - FRANCE 24

France’s highest legal body, the Constitutional Council, announced on Saturday it was overturning the Socialist government’s flagship 75 percent income tax rate for high earners, marking an embarassing setback for President François Hollande.

Silvio Berlusconi agrees £80,000-a-day divorce deal - Telegraph

Silvio Berlusconi must pay 3 million euros a month (£2.45 million) to his ex-wife Veronica Lario as alimony but gets to keep all his properties, according to a legal separation approved on Christmas Day.

Without negotiations, Syria will be the new Somalia, UN envoy says | The Observer

A diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria seemed as far away as ever on Saturday, as the UN-Arab League envoy to Damascus, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the country risked slithering into "hell".

BBC News - Japan PM Abe praises Fukushima nuclear work during visit

Japan's newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami last year.

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News Headlines - 28 December 2012

BBC News - Fiscal cliff: Obama 'optimistic' on Senate-led deal

US President Barack Obama says he is "modestly optimistic" that a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" is possible, after a last-ditch White House meeting.

Japan pushes world closer to currency wars - The Independent

The prospect of a global "currency war" between the world's major economies edged closer as the new Japanese Finance Minister, Taro Aso, pledged to prevent speculators driving up the value of the yen and reiterated Tokyo's plans to alter the Bank of Japan's mandate to deliver reflation.

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch faces US investigation into takeover by HP | This is Money

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch faces a probe by the US Department of Justice over an alleged £5billion accounting cover-up. Federal agents have launched an investigation into the software giant’s takeover by Hewlett-Packard last year, it was confirmed yesterday. After buying it for £7.1billion in October 2011, HP last month wrote down £5billion from the value of Autonomy, accusing former executives of a ‘wilful attempt to inflate’ the company’s numbers.

Abducted Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson returns to UK from Pakistan | The Guardian

Three long, agonising years after Gemma Wilkinson last saw her daughter, Atiya, the six-year-old has finally flown back to the UK after a multinational police operation tracked her down to a city in Pakistan. On 6 November 2009, Wilkinson believed the three-year old was going to Southport to celebrate her birthday. She was not on good terms with Atiya's father, Razwan Anjum, but had expected him to bring the toddler back the following week. Atiya finally returned this evening – landing at Manchester just after 7pm.

Victim of Gang Rape in India Dies at Hospital in Singapore - NYTimes.com

A young woman who had been in critical condition since she was raped two weeks ago by a group of men who lured her onto a bus here died early Saturday, an official at the hospital in Singapore that was caring for her said.

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News Headlines - 27 December 2012

When Mark Zuckerberg's sister fell foul of Facebook's privacy settings... - The Independent

Even a Zuckerberg can’t navigate Facebook’s privacy settings - or so it would seem after Randi, big sister to the social network’s co-founder Mark and the website’s ex-marketing director, shared a family photo with her Facebook friends only to find it floating freely in the open waters of the internet.

Facebook and Twitter crime sees eight-fold increase as police deal with 5,000 cases involving websites | Mail Online

Reports of crimes involving Facebook and Twitter - such as posting abusive messages, grooming and complaints of stalking - have increased eight-fold in four years. In 2008, a total of 556 complaints were made to police, according to the statistics released by 29 police forces in a Freedom of Information request. But the phenomenon of social networking crime has grown substantially and last year 4,908 offences were reported in which the two sites were a factor. The figures show 653 people were charged for social networking crime in 2011 alone.

Post-Christmas sales: Online shoppers spend £400m in record Boxing Day sales splurge - Mirror Online

Armchair shoppers made 113 million visits to retail websites on Boxing Day alone – racking up a 17% rise in sales on last year

New York Yankees: Former World Series MVP Hideki Matsui Announces Retirement | Bleacher Report

Another former Yankee has decided to hang up the cleats for good. Hideki Matsui has decided to announce his retirement from baseball, according to Craig Calcaterra of NBC's Hard Ball Talk.

Android apps of the year 2012 - Telegraph

2012 has been the year that Android has finally been taken seriously by developers and Google has released innovative new programmes of its own. Matt Warman rounds up the ten that he uses every day

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News Headlines - 26 December 2012

Shinzo Abe Chosen as Japan's Next Prime Minister - WSJ.com

He has made economic recovery his top priority, calling for aggressive monetary easing together with fiscal stimulus. Financial markets have already welcomed his policy goals by pushing the yen down to a 20-month low against the U.S dollar and lifting Tokyo share prices about 17% since mid-November.

New hope for FTA with Japan | The Australian

Mr Motegi is a former journalist and management consultant, while Mr Hayashi served on the staff of a US senator before entering Japanese political life and was defence minister and economic and fiscal policy minister in 2008 and 2009. Some pundits see their appointments as a sign Japan will also join negotiations for the US-backed free trade bloc known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, although this would involve staring down the farm lobby, a key LDP constituency.

Bargain hunters set to spend £3bn as Boxing Day sales get under way - The Independent

Bargain mad shoppers queued overnight and stormed the high street and shopping malls this morning as the traditional Boxing Day sales got under way.

AFP: Russia ban on US adoptions clears parliament

Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday unanimously backed a bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, leaving the controversial measure in the hands of President Vladimir Putin. The rubber-stamp vote was the last legislative hurdle for a bill representing one of the toughest pieces of anti-US legislation to emerge during Putin's 13 years in power.

BBC News - Landslide and rockfall warning for south-west England

A rare landslide and rockfall warning has been issued for south-west England by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

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News Headlines - 25 December 2012

Yen Rises From 20-Month Low on Speculation Drop Overdone - Businessweek

The yen rallied from a 20-month low against the dollar on speculation that monetary easing bets had driven the Japanese currency down too rapidly.

BBC News - Queen marks Christmas with family

The Queen has been to church with members of her family at Sandringham in Norfolk, as part of her traditional Christmas celebrations.

Anger at Amazon starting its sale on Christmas Day, with critics claiming Christmas should remain a family occasion | Mail Online

Church leaders have warned that Christmas Day is in danger of becoming a ‘frenzy of bargain hunting’ after Amazon announced it is launching its sale on December 25. Online retailers expect an astonishing £307 million of business on Tuesday alone – 50 per cent more than an average day. Critics have called for the sales to be postponed until Boxing Day, leaving Christmas as a family occasion and religious celebration.

Sky News: Is Belgian chocolate's status melting?

Belgium's reputation as the world's chocolate capital could be melting as emerging markets develop a sweet tooth and the recession continues to bite. The region became the base for the industry shortly after the Spanish explorer Cortes returned from Mexico with cocoa pods from Mexico in the 17th century. Three hundred chocolate companies are based in Belgium, which have a combined turnover of over $3bn every year.

West Antarctic Warming Faster Than Thought, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

West Antarctica has warmed much more than scientists had thought over the last half century, new research suggests, an ominous finding given that the huge ice sheet there may be vulnerable to long-term collapse, with potentially drastic effects on sea levels.

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News Headlines - 24 December 2012

BBC News - Queen's Christmas message hails Olympic stars

The Queen is to pay tribute to the nation's Olympic and Paralympic athletes in her Christmas broadcast. She will hail the "splendid summer of sport" and highlight how the sportsmen and women allowed spectators to feel part of the "excitement and drama".

Hospital Christmas for Mandela as rumours fly | Mail & Guardian

Former President Nelson Mandela will spend Christmas Day in hospital, the presidency has announced.

David Cameron cites Gospel of John in Christmas message | The Guardian

David Cameron has issued one of the most overtly religious Christmas messages of any recent British prime minister, citing in it the Gospel of John. Cameron, who famously said in 2008 that his Anglicanism "sort of comes and goes", said the gospel tells the world that Jesus Christ was "the light of all mankind".

Facebook paid £2.9m tax on £840m profits made outside US, figures show | The Guardian

Facebook has become the latest multinational to come under the spotlight for its tax affairs after figures revealed it paid just £2.9m in tax on profits of more than more than £800m. Filings for Facebook Ireland, through which all of the social network's profits outside the US are channelled, show it paid the Irish tax authority €3.2m (£2.9m) last year.

ITV makes move into US cable market | guardian.co.uk

ITV's share price hit a high not seen in more than five years in early trading on Monday, after the broadcaster confirmed a deal worth as much as $111m (£68m) to buy reality TV show maker Gurney in an expansion of it US production operation. ITV's share price hit 108.64p in early trading, a level not seen since September 2007 before the company's stockmarket value was hobbled by the recession, after it confirmed it would take an initial $40m, 61.5% stake in Gurney.

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News Headlines - 23 December 2012

Monti ready to lead next government - FT.com

Mario Monti has declared his readiness to serve a second term as Italy’s technocrat prime minister after elections next year on the basis of an agenda for reforms he set out today during a press conference in Rome.

Egypt's opposition claims fraud in constitution vote - CBC News

Egypt’s opposition called Sunday for an investigation into allegations of vote fraud in the referendum on a deeply divisive Islamist-backed constitution after the Muslim Brotherhood, the main group backing the charter, claimed it passed with a 64 per cent “yes” vote.

BBC News - 'Plebgate': Met Police vows 'ruthless' search for truth

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has said his force would launch "a ruthless search for the truth" in the "plebgate" affair.

Jeremy Hunt 'disgusted and appalled' by reports of neglect at hospital where elderly man died of starvation - The Independent

Reports claim some patients treated by the Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospital Trust were left thirsty with drinks left out of reach while others were left to sit in their own excrement

BBC News - More rain set to exacerbate flood disruption

Flooding and heavy rain are continuing to cause problems in south-west England and parts of Wales and Scotland. One severe flood warning remains in Cornwall, and there are about 160 flood warnings in England and Wales, and 29 in Scotland.

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News Headlines - 22 December 2012

Egypt votes in second phase of constitution referendum | guardian.co.uk

Egyptians have begun voting in the second and final phase of the country's bitterly divisive constitutional referendum which has sparked weeks of unrest. But with clashes continuing between supporters and opponents of the Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, on Friday in Alexandria, there is little sign that the result of the vote will end Egypt's political crisis.

AFP: Monti: The anti-Berlusconi who saved Italy from default

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who resigned on Friday triggering elections, is a former high-flying European commissioner who saved Italy from the brink of bankruptcy but at a steep social cost.

GDP growth in third quarter revised down to 0.9%, says ONS

Official data shows that the UK economy grew by less than previously stated in the third quarter The economy grew by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) who issued their revised and final figures today, rather then by one per cent.

Archbishop of Canterbury warns against 'complacency' over gun crime - Telegraph

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has warned against “complacency” over violent crime in Britain as he made his final radio broadcast before standing down as head of the Church of England.

The Ten Best Games of 2012 - The Independent

With the release schedule cleared ahead of 2013 now's the time to talk the best videogames of the year.

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News Headlines - 21 December 2012

IntercontinentalExchange to Acquire NYSE Euronext - WSJ.com

The New York Stock Exchange, the cornerstone of American capitalism for 220 years, agreed to be sold as part of an $8.2 billion takeover by IntercontinentalExchange Inc.

Margaret Thatcher may have to stay in hospital for Christmas following operation to remove growth on bladder | Mail Online

Margaret Thatcher was recovering last night following an operation to remove a growth from her bladder. She had been admitted to a London hospital suffering from abdominal pains.

Abe scrambles to mend ties with S. Korea - Xinhua

Japan's premier-in-waiting Shinzo Abe is scrambling to mend the country's relations with neighboring South Korea after a victory of Park Heun-hye in South Korea's presidential election. Abe said Friday that he will send the country's former Financial Minister Fukushiru Nukaga on the day to South Korea as an envoy to help improve bilateral relations.

Nokia to get payments in patent deal with BlackBerry maker RIM | guardian.co.uk

The struggling Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has settled its patent dispute with the BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) in return for payments, as it tries to exploit its technology patents to boost its finances.

New spider species? Biologist has discovered a tiny spider with a deadly clever game - thestar.com

A biologist working in the Peruvian rainforest has stumbled upon the first evidence of a tiny spider with a deadly clever game: constructing its own decoy.

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News Headlines - 20 December 2012

Abe Needs to Show Bank of Japan Who's Boss - WSJ.com

Mr. Abe's problem is the Bank of Japan Governor, Masaaki Shirakawa, who has long been keen not only to preserve the central bank's independence but also to demonstrate its independence. The end result is that for the last few years Mr. Shirakawa has frequently been reluctant to introduce the aggressive easing of monetary policy that the politicians have wanted.

Plebgate: 30 police officers now working on investigation - Scotsman.com

At LEAST 30 police officers are now working on the Met’s investigation into allegations that a police officer falsely claimed to have witnessed the “Plebgate” row that led to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell as Conservative chief whip.

BBC News - Jimmy Savile scandal: Media reaction to BBC Pollard Review

An inquiry into why Newsnight dropped its investigation into the Jimmy Savile child sex abuse claims has been critical of the BBC. The Pollard Review found there was "chaos and confusion" in the handling of the shelved report, although there was no cover-up.

UBS Libor case uncovers tangled web of bank-broker relations | The Guardian

Regulators publish emails showing scale of rigging of Libor rates before and during the 2008 financial crisis

Government to fund legal bill for Hillsborough families - Channel 4 News

The Government will fund legal representation for the families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster at the planned new inquests into their deaths.

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News Headlines - 19 December 2012

Samsung Ends Bid for European Sales Ban on Apple Products - NYTimes.com

Samsung said on Tuesday that it had dropped its request for a ban on sales of certain Apple phones and tablet computers in Europe, a sharp tactical turn in a patent war that the companies have been fighting on multiple fronts around the world.

Pollard inquiry: BBC 'incapable' of dealing with Jimmy Savile affair | guardian.co.uk

Chaos and confusion, a lack of leadership from senior executives and an adherence to "rigid management chains" meant that the BBC proved "completely incapable" of dealing with the Jimmy Savile affair, according to an excoriating 185-page report into the handling of and fallout from the decision to axe a Newsnight investigation into child sexual abuse by the late presenter.

Jimmy Savile: timeline - Telegraph

Staff discover fate today with publication of reports into the Jimmy Savile and Lord McAlpine controversies.

'Plebgate': CCTV shows chief whip Andrew Mitchell leaving Downing Street – video | guardian.co.uk

CCTV footage shows the then Conservative chief whip, Andrew Mitchell, leaving Downing Street through the side gate with his bike. The recording shows the moment when police at the gate allege that Mitchell called them 'fucking plebs' and 'morons'. Mitchell's supporters say the footage raises questions about the police version of events

NUJ condemns attack on reporter | guardian.co.uk

The National Union of Journalists has condemned an attack on a journalist in Northern Ireland. Adrian Rutherford, a Belfast Telegraph reporter, was attacked and robbed by a masked gang while covering loyalist protests in East Belfast on Monday (17 December).

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News Headlines - 18 December 2012

White House says Obama will move swiftly on gun control after Newtown | The Guardian

The White House promised a comprehensive series of measures, including gun control legislation, on Monday to prevent a recurrence of mass shootings such as the "horrific" attack in Connecticut that left 20 children and six teachers dead.

President Delivers a New Offer on the Fiscal Crisis to Boehner - NYTimes.com

President Obama delivered to Speaker John A. Boehner a new offer on Monday to resolve the pending fiscal crisis, a deal that would raise revenues by $1.2 trillion over the next decade but keep in place the Bush-era tax rates for any household with earnings below $400,000.

Coalition starts to decouple as parties eye 2015 - The Independent

Clegg and Cameron keen to air differences as both aim for centre ground at next election

Libor scandal: More than 30 UBS bankers 'to be implicated in rate rigging' - Telegraph

Authorities are this week expected to say that more than 30 bankers and managers at Swiss banking giant UBS were involved in the alleged rigging of the key Libor interest rate.

BBC News - .cymru beats .scot to early internet address name review

Proposed net address endings .tattoo, .transformers and .menu are among the first that could go live next year.

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News Headlines - 17 December 2012

Japan's election: Shinzo Abe's sumo-sized win | The Economist

A FORMER prime minister, who resigned in 2007 after a shambolic first year in office, and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which two years later was hounded out of the governing role that it had taken as its birthright, are both headed for a remarkable return to power. In the hours after midnight it became clear that an LDP-led coalition was going to secure a two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament. Shinzo Abe will be back at the head of government.

Abe intensifies pressure on Bank of Japan - FT.com

Shinzo Abe has intensified pressure on the Bank of Japan to ease monetary policy further after leading his party to a dramatic victory in Sunday’s general election.

Bank Of England Eyes Plastic Money For UK

The bank confirms a proviso is included in a new bank note printing contract to replace paper with polymer-based cash.

Cheap loans scheme fails to reach first-time buyers - London Evening Standard

First-time buyers and those with small deposits have seen barely any of the benefit of cheaper loan costs from the Bank of England’s Funding for Lending scheme, according to new figures.

Comet's creditors to net £50m after collapse

Comet has finally plunged to earth, with secured creditors Hailey Acquisitions Limited (HAL) about to receive 34% of their dues following the collapse of the chain. HAL, an investment vehicle set up for the purpose of acquiring Comet in February this year, will reap £49.7m from the administration process, but unsecured creditors to the chain will not get a single penny.

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News Headlines - 16 December 2012

LDP wins landslide victory in Japan - FT.com

The Liberal Democratic party has swept to power in Japan, winning a landslide victory over the ruling Democratic party just three years after being thrown into the political wilderness, according to projections by state broadcaster NHK.

BBC News - Profile: Shinzo Abe

Six years ago he was flying high, becoming Japan's youngest prime minister since World War II in September 2006. But he stepped down less than a year later, citing ill health, as support for his administration plummeted. Now Mr Abe could be in position for another shot at Japan's top job, as the country prepares to vote in a general election.

Coalition starts to decouple as parties eye 2015 - The Independent

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have already begun to decouple their parties from coalition in readiness to fight the next election, senior Tory and Lib Dem sources revealed last night. The Prime Minister and his new strategist, Lynton Crosby, are to start formal Conservative election campaign meetings next month, while Mr Clegg will begin to put distance between his party and the Tories in a major speech tomorrow with the clear declaration: "Our offer is different from that of the Conservatives."

Obama to join mourning Connecticut families in search for answers | Reuters

President Barack Obama arrives in Connecticut on Sunday to mourn the dead and console the survivors of a gunman's rampage that killed 20 children, all 6 and 7 years old, after he forced his way into their school and shot them multiple times.

Piltdown Man: The truth behind the fraud to be revealed 100 years after it fooled the world | Mail Online

It was one of the most enduring hoaxes in history and fooled scientists into believing a crucial evolutionary 'missing link' had been found in England. Now 100 years after the discovery of the Piltdown Man, a team of archeologists and anthropologists will finally be able to expose the truth behind the scam, and pinpoint who was responsible. The Geological Society will meet this week to discuss the results of their investigation into the elaborate hoax, almost a century to the day after the same society hailed its importance to the world.

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News Headlines - 15 December 2012

Shooting Suspect's Motive Remains a Mystery | NBC New York

The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. His mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

Children in Connecticut rampage, all six and seven, shot repeatedly | Reuters

Twelve girls and eight boys. One had celebrated her seventh birthday just four days before her death. They were Charlotte and Jack, Noah and Grace.

Hillary Clinton gets concussion after fainting - The Washington Post

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sustained a concussion after fainting from dehydration at her home, her office said Saturday. Clinton, 65, has been suffering from a stomach virus and had to cancel a trip to Morocco and the Persian Gulf on Monday.

BBC News - Egypt constitution: First round of referendum ends

Voting has closed in Egypt in the first leg of a referendum on a controversial new constitution, after a high turnout. President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood have endorsed the document, but critics say it is poorly drafted and overly favours Islamists.

UBS to admit Japan criminal wrongdoing in Libor case - sources | Reuters

UBS will admit to criminal wrongdoing by its Japanese arm, where one of the Swiss bank's traders manipulated yen Libor and euro yen contracts, to secure a $1-billion (618.5 million pounds)-plus settlement with regulators, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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News Headlines - 14 December 2012

Investment banker Thomas Ammann jailed for helping lovers make £1.5m by leaking inside information | Mail Online

The serial love-rat who tricked two of his girlfriends into carrying out illegal trades worth almost £1.8million was jailed for two years and eight months yesterday.

ITN News » Probe into Maria Miller's expenses begins

Parliament's investigation into claims that Culture Secretary Maria Miller wrongly used her MP's second home allowance to pay for a house where her parents lived will begin on Friday.

Syria: Russia finally admits that Assad's time is nearly up - Telegraph

Russia has admitted for the first time that Syria’s rebels could overthrow President Bashar al-Assad as Nato said the regime was “approaching collapse”.

Enigma hero Alan Turing should be pardoned, leading scientists claim - Telegraph

In a letter to the Telegraph, Prof Hawking and ten other signatories call on the Prime Minister to "formally forgive" Turing, whose work at Bletchley Park is widely credited with helping bring an end to the Second World War. Turing died from cyanide poisoning in 1954 after being convicted of gross indecency at a time when homosexuality was still illegal, and an inquest found he had committed suicide.

Pictures of the year: Entertainment | Reuters.com

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News Headlines - 13 December 2012

Japan scrambles jets as Chinese plane flies over disputed isles | Reuters

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after a Chinese government plane entered for the first time what Japan considers its airspace over disputed islets in the East China Sea, escalating tension between Asia's two biggest economies.

UN Security Council Condemns N. Korea's Missile Launch - Arirang News

The UN Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned North Korea's missile launch, calling it a clear violation of UN resolutions.

Syria fires Scud missiles on its own people - Telegraph

Syria's regime has fired Scud missiles on its own people for the first time in a sign of its increasing “desperation” to crush the rebellion.

Alexander Litvinenko murder: British evidence 'shows Russia involved' | guardian.co.uk

British government evidence relating to the death of the former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko amounts to a "prima facie case" that he was murdered by the Russian government, the coroner investigating his death has been told.

Cardboard cops help cut crimes in South Yorkshire - The Star

SOUTH Yorkshire Police have spent £7,000 on a batch of new recruits – 280 cardboard coppers. The paper PCs are being used to deter thieves across the county and force chiefs say they are having the desired effect.

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News Headlines - 12 December 2012

US and UN condemn N Korea rocket launch - FT.com

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket that it said put a satellite in space, drawing condemnation from the US and the UN Security Council.

BBC News - Venezuela President Chavez's cancer surgery 'successful'

Surgeons in Cuba have successfully operated on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to remove cancerous tissue, says his Vice-President Nicolas Maduro.

Britain has fallen out of love with marriage - Telegraph

The 2011 Census shows that the number of married people has fallen to 20.4 million, nearly 200,000 fewer than a decade ago.

Churches face challenge on same-sex unions - Telegraph

Churches could be sued by homosexual rights activists who want same-sex marriage, the Government has admitted.

Stone Age people were making cheese over 7,000 years ago - The Independent

Stone Age people living in northern Europe were making cheese more than 7,000 years ago according to scientists who believe they have found the first direct evidence of dairy processing.

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News Headlines - 11 December 2012

HSBC to pay $1.9B in money laundering probe

HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday.

Richard Branson and BA chief's 'knee in the groin' bet | guardian.co.uk

Willie Walsh, the boss of British Airways' parent company IAG, has further stoked hostilities with his rival by offering to accept Richard Branson's million-pound bet that he will still be running Virgin Atlantic in five years – but on condition that the stake is "a knee in the groin".

Tube Wi-Fi to cost £15 per month unless you're on Virgin, Vodafone or EE | CNET UK

Good news, Londoners! Wi-Fi in Tube stations is going to stay free for the foreseeable future. Bad news: it's only if you're a customer of Virgin Media, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile or EE.

BBC News - Japan economic data revision suggests recession

Revised growth figures for Japan have suggested that the world's third-largest economy is in recession.

Drilling deep below the Antarctic for new life - Channel 4 News

Braving temperatures of minus 40 degrees, a small team of British researchers today starts drilling through three kilometres of the Antarctic in search of life-forms new to science.

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News Headlines - 10 December 2012

Duchess hoax call: radio station tried to contact hospital five times - Telegraph

A Sydney radio station at the heart of the royal prank call scandal has said it tried to contact the King Edward VII Hospital five times to discuss what it had recorded before going to air, as the DJs who carried out the hoax prepare to break their silence.

Tories warn Cameron that gay marriage will split party in two - The Independent

David Cameron has been warned that he could tear the Conservative Party in two if he goes ahead with legislation that will permit churches to hold marriage ceremonies for gay people.

Virgin to operate 18 Scots Heathrow flights | Herald Scotland

VIRGIN Atlantic will operate 18 flights a day between Heathrow and Scotland when it launches its short-haul network in April. Details of the domestic programme have been revealed three weeks after Sir Richard Branson's airline won the right to go head-to-head with its old rival British Airways by taking up slots used by BMI.

UK recruitment rate shows strength - FT.com

Hiring increased in November at its fastest rate for more than 18 months, recruitment companies have said – suggesting that the jobs market may be showing resilience despite recent signs of a slowdown.

Nobel Peace Prize: 'We will come out of crisis stronger than ever,' says EU president - Telegraph

European Union leaders declared the bloc will come out of the eurozone crisis stronger than before with new “common policies” that strip national parliaments of sovereignty as they prepared to accept the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012.

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News Headlines - 09 December 2012

Egypt protests warning despite concession - FT.com

Opposition groups in Egypt on Sunday said they rejected a referendum on a controversial new constitution to be held on December 15, and vowed to stage more protests in a bid to maintain pressure on President Mohamed Morsi to postpone the vote.

Gypsies arrived in Europe 1,500 years ago, genetic study says | guardian.co.uk

A genetic analysis of 13 Gypsy groups around Europe, published in Current Biology journal, has revealed that the arrival on the continent of their forebears from northern India happened far earlier than was thought, about 1,500 years ago.

End of the South London Line: campaigners gather at London Bridge [9 December 2012]

Transport campaigners and local politicians gathered at London Bridge Station on Saturday morning to mark the final day of the inner South London Line service to Victoria via Peckham Rye.

Government will not change drugs policy despite critical report - The Independent

The Government tonight ruled out any shift in drugs policy despite a damning report by an influential group of MPs which said Britain was failing to tackle drug barons or the multi-billion pound global profits of their illegal trade.

Christmas rush and Amazon backlash spurs record John Lewis sales - Telegraph

John Lewis has recorded its best ever week of sales and the department store chain’s boss believes the fillip has been driven at least in part by the tax backlash against rivals such as Amazon.

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News Headlines - 08 December 2012

Hoax call: 'Foolish, premeditated, tragic beyond words' - Channel 4 News

The Australian station that approved an 'appalling' prank call to Kate Middleton's hospital humiliated nurses in tragic incident that should never be repeated, UK hospital warns in letter.

Italy PM Monti says he will resign when budget passed | Reuters

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announced on Saturday that he intended to resign once next year's budget is approved in parliament after Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew its support for his technocrat government this week.

Berlusconi Returns to Italian Politics as Monti Charts Exit - WSJ.com

Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday he would run again to be Italy's prime minister, ending weeks of ambiguity about his role as the country heads toward general elections. Those elections could be held a few weeks earlier than expected after Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said Saturday that he planned to resign after parliament approves Italy's budget law, according to a statement from Italy's president.

Meet the craziest football team in Japan - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Now the trend has spread to the Far East where Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima have been delighting their fans with innovative celebrations. They started out with the 'fishing' celebration that helped make Stjarnan so famous but have added some new concoctions such as 'bowling' and 'cycling' which have provided much amusement.

Japan earthquake and tsunami triggers Fukushima fears | The Guardian

Japan escaped largely unscathed on Friday after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook the north-east coast. It was, however, a chilling reminder of the 9.0 quake that struck the area in March 2011, triggering a tsunami that killed almost 20,000 people and a triple meltdown at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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News Headlines - 07 December 2012

Kate hoax nurse found dead: Full transcript of the call - Yorkshire Post

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “deeply saddened” today after a nurse who was duped by hoaxers in a call to the hospital treating pregnant Kate apparently took her own life. Jacintha Saldanha was found an address near the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London this morning.

David Cameron faces Tory revolt over vote on same-sex weddings | guardian.co.uk

David Cameron is facing a backlash from traditional Conservatives after he confirmed plans to allow churches and religious organisations to host same-sex weddings. Opponents of gay marriage claim more than 120 Tory backbenchers will reject the plans in the free vote promised in the Commons. Details of the draft legislation will be unveiled next week.

UK faces £27bn black hole | Herald Scotland

MILLIONS of hard-pressed Britons face yet more tax rises and benefit cuts in the three years after the 2015 General Election to plug a £27 billion black hole in UK Government coffers, it has been claimed. The warning has come from the highly respected think-tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which said it was "close to inconceivable" that such austerity measures could be avoided after forecasts in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement showed sluggish growth would leave the UK economy 3.6% smaller in 2016/17 than was expected just nine months ago.

Rolls-Royce could face prosecution in bribery probe | Reuters

Aerospace and defence group Rolls-Royce (RR.L) may face prosecution after Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) ordered it to hand over details of possible bribery and corruption in China and elsewhere, the company said on Thursday.

U.S. and Russia Meet on Syrian Conflict - NYTimes.com

With the support of the United States, the United Nations special envoy on Syria is mounting a diplomatic push for a brokered agreement that would lead to the ouster of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, and the installation of a transitional government.

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News Headlines - 06 December 2012

Greece and Italy Are Listed Among Corrupt in Europe - NYTimes.com

Greece is considered Europe’s most corrupt country, ranking roughly on par with Colombia and Swaziland in an annual global survey of perceived corruption released Wednesday.

John McAfee arrested in Guatemala | guardian.co.uk

The anti-virus software millionaire John McAfee has been arrested by Guatemalan police for illegally entering the country, the interior minister, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, has said.

BBC News - Egypt crisis: Fatal Cairo clashes amid constitution row

Three people have died and 350 have been injured in clashes in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as unrest grows over a controversial draft constitution. Rocks and petrol bombs were thrown as supporters of President Mohammed Morsi tried to break up an opposition sit-in outside the presidential palace.

BBC News - EuroMillions lottery jackpot of £64m goes unclaimed

The EuroMillions ticket for the 8 June draw was bought in the Stevenage or Hitchin area of Hertfordshire. The missing ticket-holder matched all five numbers - 5, 11, 22, 34 and 40 - and the Lucky Star numbers - 9 and 11. The deadline to claim the money was 23:00 GMT on Wednesday. It is the biggest unclaimed lottery win in history.

BBC News - Starbucks agrees to pay more corporation tax

Coffee chain Starbucks has agreed to pay more UK corporation tax, after a public outcry over how little it pays.

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News Headlines - 05 December 2012

BBC News - London 2012 Olympic legacy 'needs leadership'

The government's spending watchdog has called for "strong leadership" by the Cabinet Office to ensure the legacy of the London 2012 Games is not wasted.

Attorney: Internet pioneer John McAfee in Guatemala, will seek asylum - CNN.com

For weeks, John McAfee hid from authorities, donning a disguise and using disposable cell phones to communicate. On Tuesday, the 67-year-old Internet security pioneer emerged publicly in Guatemala's capital, hundreds of miles away from the Caribbean island in Belize where his next-door neighbor was found dead. McAfee's lawyer said he left Belize to escape police persecution and planned to file a formal request for asylum with Guatemalan officials Wednesday.

NATO will deploy Patriot missiles on Turkey's border with Syria - latimes.com

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday agreed to deploy Patriot anti-missile batteries along the Turkish border with Syria, providing a measure of security for Turkey in case of an airborne attack from its war-ravaged neighbor.

Defection or escape? Syria's foreign ministry spokesman 'on way to US' | guardian.co.uk

The former Syrian foreign ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, is on his way to the United States after apparently defecting, the Guardian has learned. Makdissi, the most senior Christian official yet to abandon Bashar al-Assad's regime, was reported on Monday to have variously been sacked or defected and to have arrived back in London, where he used to serve in the Syrian embassy.

Iran Claims It Captured U.S. Drone - WSJ.com

Iran aired footage Tuesday of what it said was a U.S. drone it had captured over Iranian airspace in the Persian Gulf, a claim the U.S. Navy denied.

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News Headlines - 04 December 2012

Prince William, wife Kate expecting a baby | Reuters
Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting a baby, destined to be the country's future monarch, although the mother-to-be is in hospital with a type of very acute morning sickness that sometimes indicates twins.
Kate Middleton pregnancy: For first time, baby’s gender will not matter - Scotsman.com
The new baby should one day rule as monarch – whether it is a boy or a girl. Thanks to the proposed shake-up of the rules of succession, its gender will not determine whether he or she wears the crown.
NATO Backs Defensive Missiles for Turkey - NYTimes.com
NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday endorsed a decision to send Patriot missile batteries to Turkey, as concerns persisted about reports of heightened activity at Syria’s chemical weapons sites.
The Olympus scandal: Paying a price for doing what’s right | The Economist
Mr Woodford stands tall as an example of leadership. Read his book and ask yourself: would you do the same thing—or would you just shut up and go to Davos?
Olympus whistleblower eyes movie deal with le Carré sons | Reuters
Michael Woodford, the former CEO-turned whistleblower of Japan's Olympus, is close to signing a movie deal with the British film production company run by the sons of spy thriller author John le Carré.

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News Headlines - 03 December 2012

Economists want minimum wage raised | NBC News

More than 650 economists, including five winners of the Nobel Prize for economics, called Wednesday for an increase in the minimum wage, saying the value of the last increase, in 1997, has been “fully eroded.”

AFP: Britain to unveil plans to target tax-dodgers

British finance minister George Osborne was on Monday to announce a £154 million crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion as public anger rises over the tax arrangements of big-name multinational firms. The money, equivalent to $246.5 million or 190 million euros, will be used to establish a team of investigators to target high-earning individuals and companies who aggressively shield their earnings from the British government.

David Cameron rules out 'naming and shaming' multinationals who fail to pay their 'fair share' of tax - The Independent

Downing Street said the Prime Minister was opposed to any move that would undermine taxpayer confidentiality despite criticism by a powerful committee of MPs that the Government “lacked determination” to tackle the problem.

Leveson Report: The devil is in the detail - Telegraph

Exactly 78 minutes after the judge finished speaking, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, told MPs he could not accept the central demand, for what Lord Justice Leveson called the “voluntary independent self-regulation” of the press, with a law — a “statutory underpinning” — to lay down the broad principles that the “independent self-regulator” must follow.

Underwater robots to replace dolphins in US Navy | SmartPlanet

The U.S. Navy is planning to replace its fleet of mine-tracking dolphins and sea lions with underwater robots as soon as five years from now. Starting in 2017, about one-quarter of the Navy’s 80 trained dolphins will give their jobs to unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

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News Headlines - 02 December 2012

Japan grapples with nuclear question - FT.com

Japanese voters hoping to use December’s election to cast a ballot for or against nuclear power – the most emotionally charged issue in the country since the Fukushima disaster – are getting little help from mainstream politicians. Over the weekend, Japanese lawmakers across the political spectrum suggested in televised debates that the leading parties had converged on something close to a consensus – but their comments left plenty of room for confusion.

7 missing in collapse of highway tunnel in Japan | CTV News

At least seven people were feared missing Sunday after about 150 concrete panels fell from the roof of a tunnel on the main highway linking Tokyo with central Japan. Efforts to rescue any survivors trapped inside the tunnel were hindered by heavy smoke after one vehicle caught fire inside the Sasago Tunnel, about 80 kilometres outside Tokyo.

North Korea plans new rocket launch as leader asserts power | Reuters

North Korea said it would carry out its second rocket launch of 2012 as its youthful leader Kim Jong-un flexes his muscles a year after his father's death, in a move that South Korea and the United States swiftly condemned as a provocation.

Britain to miss debt targets, George Osborne suggests - Telegraph

The Government is likely to miss its target of starting to pay down Britain's debt, Chancellor George Osborne has said.

BBC News - Tax: Starbucks in talks with UK's Revenue and Customs

Global coffee chain Starbucks has said it is in talks with HM Revenue and Customs and the Treasury over how much UK tax it pays.

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News Headlines - 01 December 2012

William Hague and Hillary Clinton criticise Israel for settlement plans - Telegraph

Mr Hague abstained at the UN General Assembly vote over Palestine's status on Thursday after President Mahmoud Abbas failed to give assurances that he would return to peace negotiations without preconditions. But he also repeatedly made clear in calls with Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman that the UK would not support a strong reaction to the vote.

Ban Ki-moon warns Syria has reached 'appalling heights of brutality' - Telegraph

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has said that the conflict in Syria has reached "appalling heights of brutality", as Syrian jets bombed rebel-held areas of Damascus and an internet blackout entered its third day.

British supermarket food collection against 'food poverty' : Voice of Russia

One in ten people in Britain have suffered from 'food poverty' in the past year. That's the finding of charities working to provide 'food banks'. They say that more than half of those seeking help have gone without food for 48 hours.

Rise in assaults on NHS staff | The Guardian

Growing numbers of NHS staff are being assaulted at work, prompting concern about the effects of rising waiting times, staff shortages and patients' frustrations with the service. There were 59,744 assaults during 2011-12, up 3.3% from 57,830 the year before, according to figures compiled by NHS Protect, which seeks to ensure staff safety.

Australia's cigarette plain packaging laws come into force - video | guardian.co.uk

Shops in Australia restock their shelves as world-first laws on cigarette and tobacco plain packaging come into force on Saturday. Brand logos and colours have been replaced with generic drab olive green coverings, gruesome pictures of diseased body parts and depictions of children and babies made ill by their parents' smoking

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News Headlines - 30 November 2012

Political reaction: Battle lines are drawn as ideological split over Leveson grows wider - The Independent

Next week will bring fresh claims of phone hacking, protests outside Parliament over the relationship between politicians and the press, and frantic negotiations between newspaper groups who normally see each other as bitter rivals.

Mau Mau massacre cover-up detailed in newly-opened secret files | guardian.co.uk

The full story of the British government's attempts to mount a cover-up following a massacre of unarmed prisoners during the 1950s Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya has been disclosed with the declassification of hitherto secret files from the era.

Responding to UN recognition of Palestinian state, Israel to build 3,000 new settlement homes | Fox News

Israel responded swiftly Friday to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, revealing it will build 3,000 more homes for Jews on Israeli-occupied lands that the world body overwhelmingly said belong to the Palestinians.

Euro-Zone Inflation Falls Sharply, Unemployment Rises Again - WSJ.com

A rise in joblessness in the countries at the heart of the euro zone's fiscal crisis pushed unemployment to record levels in the region, while the annual inflation rate in November fell to the area's lowest rate in almost two years.

First direct picture of DNA double helix captured (Wired UK)

The first direct images of the DNA double helix have been taken using electron microscopy. In a study published in the journal NanoLetters, Enzo di Fabrizio, head of the Nanostructures Department at the University of Genoa, and his team managed to take a picture of the structure which had previously only been observed indirectly using X-ray crystallography.

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News Headlines - 30 November 2012

Political reaction: Battle lines are drawn as ideological split over Leveson grows wider - The Independent

Next week will bring fresh claims of phone hacking, protests outside Parliament over the relationship between politicians and the press, and frantic negotiations between newspaper groups who normally see each other as bitter rivals.

Mau Mau massacre cover-up detailed in newly-opened secret files | guardian.co.uk

The full story of the British government's attempts to mount a cover-up following a massacre of unarmed prisoners during the 1950s Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya has been disclosed with the declassification of hitherto secret files from the era.

Responding to UN recognition of Palestinian state, Israel to build 3,000 new settlement homes | Fox News

Israel responded swiftly Friday to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, revealing it will build 3,000 more homes for Jews on Israeli-occupied lands that the world body overwhelmingly said belong to the Palestinians.

Euro-Zone Inflation Falls Sharply, Unemployment Rises Again - WSJ.com

A rise in joblessness in the countries at the heart of the euro zone's fiscal crisis pushed unemployment to record levels in the region, while the annual inflation rate in November fell to the area's lowest rate in almost two years.

First direct picture of DNA double helix captured (Wired UK)

The first direct images of the DNA double helix have been taken using electron microscopy. In a study published in the journal NanoLetters, Enzo di Fabrizio, head of the Nanostructures Department at the University of Genoa, and his team managed to take a picture of the structure which had previously only been observed indirectly using X-ray crystallography.

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News Headlines - 29 November 2012

Leveson To Publish Report Into Press Ethics

Lord Justice Leveson's long-awaited report into press standards will be published later amid fears its recommendations could throw the Government into turmoil... Lord Justice Leveson's 2,000-page document will be unveiled at 1.30pm, with the judge widely expected to suggest a new regulator for newspapers underpinned by law.

Former NoW staff want NI to pay legal fees after Coulson appeal win | guardian.co.uk

Former News of the World staff, including ex-deputy editor Neil Wallis, are exploring whether News International could be forced to pay their legal fees arising from the phone-hacking affair after a court of appeal win by Andy Coulson.

With Palestinians near certain to win UN recognition, Israel increasingly isolated - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

At least 150 countries expected to vote in favor of recognizing Palestine as non-member observer state at General Assembly; U.S., Canada to vote with Israel against resolution, Germany to abstain.

BP oil rig workers plead not guilty to manslaughter - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two BP workers have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges stemming from the 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, as the British energy giant was suspended from winning US government contracts.

Nokia seeks ban on BlackBerry sales | The Guardian

Nokia has laid the ground for a ban on sales of BlackBerrys in the US, UK and Canada in a new wave of hostilities in the smartphone patent wars, which have also seen Sweden's Ericsson file a suit against Samsung over alleged patent abuse.

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News Headlines - 28 November 2012

Mark Carney: it’s the Governor of the Bank of England, not the Second Coming - Telegraph

In little more than 24 hours since George Osborne announced his appointment, Mark Carney has not just become the new Governor of the Bank of England but also attained messiah status for the UK financial system and wider British economy. As far as expectation management goes, Carney has lost the battle already.

Police admit giant MP Cyril Smith DID sexually abuse boys | The Sun

GIANT MP Cyril Smith DID sexually abuse boys decades ago, police said yesterday. The admission came after prosecutors confirmed the 29st Lib Dem politician had slipped through the net THREE TIMES over the years. Smith, who died in 2010 aged 82, was dogged by abuse rumours throughout his career but no charges were brought.

Einstein's brain 'exceptionally complicated' - Telegraph

Albert Einstein's brain contained an unusually high number of folds which may have provided him with the ability to think in "extraordinary ways", scientists claim.

Sea butterflies already feeling the sting of ocean acidification? | Ars Technica

Take ocean acidification—the change in ocean chemistry due to the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere. The degree of acidification is already beyond the likely range of natural variability of the past thousand years. Acidification has already been linked to impacts on marine life, as a report on a commercial oyster hatchery in Oregon indicated earlier this year.

Algal bloom keeps Sydney beach closed | Herald Sun

SYDNEY'S Clovelly Beach remains closed as a red algal bloom lingers, making the waters resemble tomato soup. Blooms appeared at eastern suburb shorelines on Tuesday, forcing the closure of beaches at Bondi, Clovelly and Gordons Bay.

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News Headlines - 27 November 2012

Debt relief deal brings measure of relief to Greece but country still faces many hurdles - The Washington Post

Greece has avoided imminent bankruptcy after its international creditors finally agreed to give it the money it urgently needs but the cash-strapped country’s economic distress is likely to drag on for years to come.

Eight Tory MPs in talks about defecting to Ukip - Telegraph

Eight Conservative MPs have held talks with senior figures in Ukip about defecting to the Eurosceptic party, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

Majority of British public wants to leave Europe - The Independent

Conservatives and Ukip 'at war' as ComRes survey for The Independent finds 54 per cent want Britain to leave the EU provided it could keep its close trade relationship with the bloc

Catalonia edges towards Spain split

Pro-independence parties in Catalonia won Sunday's regional vote, strengthening a drive for a referendum on secession in defiance of the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy.

Doha climate talks: US defends 'enormous' efforts | guardian.co.uk

The United States defended its track record on fighting climate change on Monday as UN talks began in Doha, saying it is making "enormous" efforts to slow global warming and help the poor nations most affected by it.

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News Headlines - 26 November 2012

First-time buyer numbers in London hit three-year high | guardian.co.uk

Ten thousand first-time buyers took out mortgages on properties in London from July to September, the highest number to buy a home in the capital during a single three-month period for almost three years.

UK floods: More than 200,000 households in high risk flood areas to become 'uninsurable' | Mail Online

More than 200,000 homes in areas facing a high flood risk could become uninsurable next year as a row between Government and the insurance industry reached crisis point today. Months of key funding talks between ministers and insurance companies are 'on the brink of collapse' just as parts of Britain suffered their worst flooding for 70 years.

Homes devastated by flood "I saw the water start to trickle through tiles then under my door" | Central - ITV News

One resident in the village of Kempsey, Worcestershire tells of the moment she woke to see flood water approaching the house.

UBS’s £29.7m penalty for failing to stop rogue trader Kweku Adoboli - London Evening Standard

One of the City’s biggest banks, UBS, was today fined £29.7 million by the FSA for failing to spot and stop rogue trader Kweku Adoboli who was jailed for fraud last week.

BBC News - UK 'could face austerity until 2018'

The chancellor may have to extend the squeeze on public spending until 2018 if the recent deterioration in growth prospects and tax receipts turns out to be permanent, a think tank has said.

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News Headlines - 25 November 2012

Irish Daily Star editor resigns over topless photos of Duchess of Cambridge | guardian.co.uk

The editor of the Irish Daily star has resigned in the wake of controversy about his decision to publish topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge. Michael O'Kane had been suspended from duties since September after publication of the pictures, which were apparently taken with long lenses to avoid detection at a private chateau in Provence.

Divisive Election in Spain’s Catalonia Gives Win to Separatist Parties - NYTimes.com

Voters in Catalonia delivered victory to separatist parties in a regional election on Sunday, raising the likelihood that Spain’s most powerful economic region will hold an independence referendum that Madrid has vowed to block.

Republicans face unexpected challenges in coastal South amid shrinking white vote - The Washington Post

Election Day in the South told a newer and more surprising story: The nation’s first black president finished more strongly in the region than any other Democratic nominee in three decades, underscoring a fresh challenge for Republicans who rely on Southern whites as their base of national support.

French minister digs in for steel battle - FT.com

As someone who enjoys the limelight, Arnaud Montebourg, France’s telegenic industry minister, knows how to pick his battles. After months of public duelling with the Peugeot family over the carmaker’s decision to shut down its Aulnay plant outside Paris, the leftwing lawyer has turned his fire on Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian steel magnate and one of the world’s richest men.

China successfully launches remote sensing satellite - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center confirmed that China successfully launched the Yaogan XVI remote-sensing satellite into space at 12:06 a.m. Sunday.

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News Headlines - 24 November 2012

Masayoshi Son, Softbank Prepare for New Battle - WSJ.com

In Japan, Masayoshi Son is known as the eccentric Internet billionaire who upended the country's telecom industry. In the U.S., he is about to become the cash-strapped underdog who picked a fight with two corporate giants—AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.

Hewlett-Packard: Down in the valley - FT.com

HP is vowing to focus on new technology and end the dealmaking that has put it deep in debt

Sumo succumbs to soccer in Japan - FT.com

It is not hard to find reasons for the lack of enthusiasm. The past few years have been disastrous for sumo’s reputation, with a series of scandals including the death during a hazing of a young trainee and revelations of widespread bout-fixing. In recent decades, young Japanese have increasingly been drawn away by baseball and soccer

BBC News - Namib Desert beetle inspires self-filling water bottle

A US start-up has turned to nature to help bring water to arid areas by drawing moisture from the air. NBD Nano aims to mimic the way a beetle survives in an African desert to create a self-filling water bottle capable of storing up to three litres every hour.

The Pacific island that never was | The Guardian

Sandy Island 'may turn up nearby' after geologists find no trace of it despite featuring on Google Earth and various maps

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News Headlines - 23 November 2012

Economists, Obama administration at odds over role of mortgage debt in recovery - The Washington Post

One year and one month before President Obama won reelection, he invited seven of the world’s top economists to a private meeting in the Oval Office to hear their advice on what do to fix the ailing economy. “I’m not asking you to consider the political feasibility of things,” he told them in the previously unreported meeting.

Science budget cuts will threaten Europe's recovery, say research heads | The Guardian

The heads of some of the world's leading research organisations have warned the president of the European commission that cuts to the EU science budget will threaten the economic recovery of the region.

Violence in Egypt after Morsi assumes sweeping new powers - Telegraph

Violent protests broke out across Egypt today after the new Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, awarded himself wide-ranging powers over its political transition.

Eurozone slump costs 900 jobs in UK steel industry - The Independent

British workers were revealed as the latest victims of the eurozone recession yesterday, as Tata Steel yesterday announced it will cut 900 jobs across the UK, almost 4 per cent of its British workforce, in response to rising losses and plunging demand in its all-important European markets.

Harry Redknapp takes on toughest task in rescuing Queen's Park Rangers - The Independent

Harry Redknapp has joined Queen's Park Rangers on the understanding he will be allowed to invest in his side this January if he can get the team up the table before the transfer window and demonstrate to the club's owners there is a glimmer of hope that they can avoid relegation.

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News Headlines - 22 November 2012

New BBC boss Lord Hall to earn £532,000 by drawing pension on top of salary - Telegraph

Lord Hall, the new director-general of the BBC, will earn £532,000 a year from the corporation because he already draws an £82,000 pension which will be added to his £450,000 salary, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Britain's first profit-making university opened - Telegraph

It is the first private university to be established since Buckingham – officially a charity – was awarded the full title almost 30 years ago. But it the first time a profit-making organisation has been turned into a university. The announcement was made as part of a controversial Government plan to create more diversity in the higher education system.

Sony and Panasonic given junk ratings - FT.com

Fitch has cut the credit ratings of Sony and Panasonic to junk, saying that the recovery of both companies rests on aggressive and far-reaching restructuring. The credit rating agency on Thursday downgraded Sony three notches to double B minus, from triple B minus and cut Panasonic two notches to double B, from triple B minus.

British woman faces jail for having sex in back of taxi in Dubai - Telegraph

A British woman was sentenced to three months in jail and then deportation after being convicted of having drunken sex in the back of taxi in Dubai.

BBC News - Facebook criticised over decision to stop public privacy votes

Facebook is set to remove the ability for users to vote on changes to its data privacy policy, in a move that has angered campaigners. In an email to all members, Facebook said it wanted a "more meaningful" way for users to give feedback.

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News Headlines - 21 November 2012

The economy: Doing so-so | The Economist

Not all public spending is wasted. But it is striking that 15 years ago public spending as a proportion of GDP was at similar levels in France and Germany and much higher in Sweden, whereas now France’s public spending, at almost 57% of GDP, is more than five points above Sweden’s and almost ten points above Germany’s (see chart 2). It is not obvious that French citizens reap commensurate extra benefits. France has 90 civil servants for every 1,000 inhabitants (compared with just 50 in Germany), which adds up to a huge 22% of the workforce, far above the European average.

California town learns to live on less after falling off its own fiscal cliff | guardian.co.uk

The nation's fiscal cliff nightmare played out in miniature form in the mountain town of Mammoth Lakes. But four months on, residents there say they have settled into acceptance

Newcastle council forced to slash jobs and close libraries | The Guardian

Newcastle city council has announced plans to reduce its budget by cutting at least 1,300 jobs, closing libraries around the city and taking other cost-saving measures. The Labour-controlled authority, which is one of the largest employers in north-east England, placed much of the blame on a "grossly unfair" cut to its government grant and said that the move is designed to reduce its budget by £90m.

Vince Cable to announce 'earn or learn' scheme for school leavers | The Guardian

Coalition plans to make it more difficult for 18- to 21-year-olds to go straight on to benefits after school, and instead require them to work or study, are to be announced by the business secretary, Vince Cable.

BBC News - The Pope publishes final instalment of life of Jesus

The third and final instalment of Pope Benedict's biography of Jesus is published on Wednesday. One million copies of the book, Jesus of Nazereth: The Infancy Narratives, have been printed in eight languages.

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News Headlines - 20 November 2012

MPs' expenses cover-up: Former defence minister 'rents London flat from footballer Frank Lampard while letting out his own home' | Mail Online

A Tory ex-minister caught out by the expenses scandal is now using taxpayer money to rent a flat from footballer Frank Lampard - while letting out his own London home. Former defence minister Sir Peter Luff is living in the flat owned by the Chelsea footballer for up to £1,600 a month, despite owning a home in the capital.

BBC Sport - David Beckham to quit LA Galaxy next month

Former England captain David Beckham is leaving Los Angeles Galaxy next month after six years at the American Major League Soccer (MLS) club. He intends to quit after the season-ending MLS Cup final on 1 December. In a statement Beckham, 37, said: "I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career."

Prince William tops Royal popularity poll as 90% of Britons believe Queen is doing a good job | Mail Online

Prince William has become the most popular royal in recent history, according to a new poll. The 30-year-old is, remarkably, streaks ahead of the Queen, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee this year, wife Kate and even his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Harry is rated the third most popular royal, demonstrating just how important the younger royals have already become when weighing up the future of the monarchy.

AC/DC end iTunes boycott to offer entire back catalogue online | Metro.co.uk

Rockers AC/DC have finally bowed to Apple’s might and allowed their entire back catalogue to be released on iTunes. Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/music/918431-ac-dc-end-itunes-boycott-to-offer-entire-back-catalogue-online#ixzz2ClreLONx

France stripped of prized 'AAA' credit rating by Moody's - Telegraph

France has suffered a serious blow to its economic credentials after being stripped of its prized AAA credit rating by Moody’s.

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News Headlines - 19 November 2012

Noda defends BoJ’s independence - FT.com

Japan’s prime minister has defended the independence of the central bank against calls for dramatic government-led monetary easing from an opposition party that opinion polls say could oust his ruling party at an election next month.

BBC News - US President Obama hails Burma's 'remarkable journey'

Burma is on a "remarkable journey" of reform that has much further to go, Barack Obama said as he made the first visit to the South East Asian nation by a serving US president.

Skyfall's Daniel Craig drops in on British troops in Afghanistan | guardian.co.uk

Daniel Craig has paid a morale-boosting visit to British troops serving in Afghanistan as the latest 007 film, Skyfall, became the highest-grossing James Bond film of all time over the weekend.

BBC News - Fugitive McAfee blogs on the run from Belize police

The founder of anti-virus software maker McAfee has gone on the run in Belize following a police investigation into the murder of his neighbour.

U.S. ITC will review Apple, Samsung patent decision | Reuters

The U.S. International Trade Commission will review a judge's decision which found that Apple did not violate patents owned by Samsung Electronics in making the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.

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News Headlines - 18 November 2012

Israeli Airstrike Kills Three Generations of a Palestinian Family - NYTimes.com

An Israeli bomb pummeled a home deep into the ground here Sunday afternoon, killing 11 people, including nine in three generations of a single family, in the deadliest single strike since the cross-border conflict between Israel and the militant faction Hamas escalated on Wednesday.

Obama: Gaza Crisis Poses More Damage to Mideast Peace Efforts

President Barack Obama says he continues to work to achieve a negotiated solution to the crisis between Israel, and Hamas in Gaza.

BBC News - PM to crack down on 'time-wasting' appeals

David Cameron has promised to crack down on "time-wasting" caused by the "massive growth industry" in legal challenges to government policy.

French Right descends into farce with bitter battle to become Sarkozy's heir - Telegraph

A bitter election battle to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as new leader of France’s main centre-Right party, UMP, has gone down to the wire in a contest that could decide whether or not the group swings farther Right.

Hitachi Shows Japan Inc. Losing TVs Raises Profits - Bloomberg

Hitachi Ltd. (6501) is showing Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. (6752) that there can be life after TV.

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News Headlines - 17 November 2012

Israel, Hamas Exchange Fierce Attacks

The Israeli military carried out more than 200 air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Saturday, targeting government buildings including the office of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and the Hamas Cabinet. Haniyeh was not there at the time. 

Arab League Presses For Ceasefire In Israel

The Egyptian President says there are "indications" a ceasefire could be reached as missile strikes continue in Israel and Gaza.

Watchdog starts inquiry into police election farce - Telegraph

Tony Hogg was named police commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, ending a series of declarations that were badly overshadowed by the tiny turnout of voters for the first elections to the posts. An inquiry is now being carried out by the Electoral Commission into the turnout, which averaged fractionally under 15 per cent across England and Wales. In one polling station in Wales no votes were cast, and in Staffordshire just 11.6 per cent of electors voted.

Two Minor Parties Merge Ahead of Japan Election - WSJ.com

Two minor parties led by local Japanese politicians—who have stirred controversy with hawkish views on matters ranging from relations with China to Japan's wartime past—formally merged Saturday as campaigning for the Dec. 16 national election ground into gear.

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - Yen posts worst week since Feb vs dollar

The yen recovered slightly on Friday but posted its worst weekly performance against the dollar since mid-February as expectations of aggressive monetary easing from the Bank of Japan diminished the currency’s appeal.

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News Headlines - 16 November 2012

BBC News - Who will dictate Europe's future?

Which country holds the key to the euro's fate? Which of the 17 members will turn out to be the "pivot state" - the country around which the future of the eurozone will turn?

Business Line : Japan PM dissolves lower house for election

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament today for an election next month, in a political gamble widely expected to strip his centre-left party of power.

Comet closing down sales to start on Saturday | The Guardian

Closing down sales will start in around 30 Comet stores on Saturday as administrators prepare the ground for the first wave of redundancies among store staff.

NASA locates most distant galaxy ever discovered - Telegraph

Light from the newly discovered galaxy, which astronomers have named MACS0647-JD, reached Earth after travelling across space for 13.3 billion years. It provides a window on what the galaxy looked like just 420 million years after the big bang, when the universe was only three per cent of its current age.

Kylie Minogue to sing on Children In Need - Telegraph

The BBC will hold its "biggest ever" Children in Need appeal today with the wreckage caused at the corporation by the Jimmy Savile paedophilia scandal as a backdrop.

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News Headlines - 15 November 2012

Israeli Strike Kills Hamas Commander - WSJ.com

Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with artillery shells and about 20 airstrikes on Wednesday, killing Hamas's top military commander and at least seven other people in the most violent assault on the coastal territory in four years.

Xi Jinping anointed China’s new leader - FT.com

Xi Jinping was anointed as the new head of the Communist Party of China on Thursday, taking charge of a relatively conservative leadership team that is considered reluctant to embrace any major new economic or political reforms.

Warning on £66bn public bank stakes - FT.com

Taxpayers may never see the return of the £66bn spent on shares in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group four years ago, an influential group of MPs warns on Friday.

BP to Plead Guilty to Felonies, Pay $4.5 Billion in Spill - WSJ.com

BP PLC agreed to accept criminal responsibility for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers and to pay $4.5 billion in fines and restitution, the biggest penalty ever levied by the U.S. Justice Department.

Japan firms struggle to recruit foreigners

There are plenty of major Japanese companies that can offer decent pay, benefits and job security. But when it comes to attracting top young international talent, Japanese employers are aware that the tide is against them. This is especially true in the high-tech world where Japan is no longer considered to be on the cutting edge of cool.

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News Headlines - 14 November 2012

BBC News - FBI search Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell's home

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching the home of the woman who had an extramarital affair with former CIA director David Petraeus.

BBC News - Government 'determined' to deport Abu Qatada - Clegg

The deputy prime minister has said the government is "absolutely determined" to deport Muslim cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

Government backlash over death of woman refused abortion in Ireland | Metro.co.uk

Ireland prime minister Enda Kenny has refused to commit to abortion reforms amid growing backlash over the death of a woman allegedly refused an abortion on religious grounds.

China names conservative, older leadership | Reuters

China's ruling Communist Party unveiled an older, conservative leadership line-up on Thursday that appears unlikely to take the drastic action needed to tackle pressing issues like social unrest, environmental degradation and corruption.

Japan set for December elections | guardian.co.uk

In a heated exchange on Wednesday, Noda told Shinzo Abe, leader of the main opposition Liberal Democratic party (LDP), he would call an election for 16 December. In return, the LDP would have to vote for plans to shrink the number of seats in the lower house and address the disparity in the weight of rural and urban votes. "We have to achieve that as soon as possible," Noda said. "We must make a decision and set a deadline. Let's do it."

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News Headlines - 13 November 2012

Hatsune Miku: The world's fakest pop star - CBS News

Hatsune Miku is the rarest kind of pop star. She is enduringly popular in her native country of Japan. She has never been photographed stumbling out of night clubs in the early hours of the morning, and never had issues with drugs or alcohol. She has, in fact, never been seen outside of her concerts at all. This is because Miku is also the fakest kind of pop star. She is a hologram.

AFP: Australian wins $208k from Google for defamation

Google was ordered to pay Aus$200,000 (US$208,000) in damages to an Australian Monday after a jury found the Internet giant defamed him by publishing material linking him to mobsters. Milorad Trkulja, an entertainment promoter who is now 62, was shot in the back in 2004 in a crime that was never solved. He accused Google of defaming him with material which he said implied he was a major crime figure in Melbourne and had been the target of a professional hit.

Amazon, Google and Starbucks face questions on UK tax avoidance: as it happened - Telegraph

Executives from Amazon, Google and Starbucks give evidence before the Public Accounts Committee on the issue of tax avoidance.

Julie Larson-Green appointed president of Microsoft after Steven Sinofsky resigns | Mail Online

The software giant announced on Monday that Steven Sinofsky, who was in charge of the development and recent launch of Microsoft's operating system Windows 8, was resigning. The company did not give a reason for his shock departure, but said the decision was mutual.

BBC News - FBI search Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell's home

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching the home of the woman who had an extramarital affair with former CIA director David Petraeus.

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News Headlines - 12 November 2012

Greece’s debt burden: How to end the agony | The Economist

The experience of dozens of debt-ridden countries in Latin America and Africa holds lessons that Greece’s rescuers ought to heed. For years, the IMF and rich-world governments tried to help them with short-term rescue loans. But the most indebted started to recover only when their debts, including those owed to official creditors, were slashed. In Europe, Poland also provides a precedent: its economy took off in the 1990s after it too was given a break by its creditors.

Japan nears fifth recession in 15 years - FT.com

The Japanese economy has shrunk at its fastest pace since the earthquake-hit first quarter of 2011, piling pressure on the government to try to avert recession.

Davie moves to restore trust in BBC - FT.com

The acting director-general of the BBC has moved swiftly to restore trust in the broadcaster’s crisis-hit news operation following the sudden departure of the director-general. Tim Davie sidelined Helen Boaden, the head of news, and Stephen Mitchell, her deputy, on his second day in the job, stressing the need to be crystal clear who was running the BBC’s news operation following a series of revelations linked to its Newsnight programme.

Former Falklands Island governor Sir Rex Hunt dies, aged 86 | guardian.co.uk

Governor was famed for dressing in full uniform and refusing to shake Argentinian general's hand after 1982 Falklands invasion

Roman Abramovich must splash out on new striker after Fernando Torres flops again - London Evening Standard

Hit-man Falcao could be the answer up front as Chelsea’s rivals edge ahead in the title race thanks to their prolific marksmen

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News Headlines - 11 November 2012

BBC director-general Entwistle resigns - FT.com

George Entwistle has resigned as director-general of the BBC saying it was the “honourable thing” to do in light of a series of journalistic scandals that have racked the broadcaster. Mr Entwistle had been in the post only since September 17.

Jimmy Savile: police arrest third man over historic sex abuse allegations - Telegraph

Detectives investigating child abuse allegations in the wake of revelations about Sir Jimmy Savile today arrested a man in his 70s “on suspicion of sexual offences”.

Power exports peak, despite nuclear phase-out | Germany | DW.DE | 11.11.2012

Renewable energy sources are booming in Germany, and electric utilities exported more power in 2012 than ever before. But energy experts warn that what sounds like progress has its downsides.

Royal Mail profits to jump and open door for IPO - Telegraph

Officials and bankers working on the sale say Tuesday’s figures are the crucial test of whether the business will be ready for a float in the third quarter of next year, which could raise £2bn, reports the Sunday Times.

Japan fears losing control of water as investors buy amid real estate's price slump - Asia - World - The Independent

A two-decade slump in Japan's real estate prices, an incomplete land registry and lax rules on buying forest with water rights are attracting investors led by China and come amid a fraying of ties between the two countries over a territorial dispute. Some areas of remote woodland in Japan, the only country in the Asia-Pacific region that doesn't regulate property investment by foreigners, can be bought for 60 U.S. cents a square meter including groundwater.

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News Headlines - 10 November 2012

David Petraeus Affair: FBI Probe Uncovers 'Human Drama' - ABC News

A disturbing email sent to a woman associated with Gen. David Petraeus spurred an FBI investigation that ultimately traced the message back to the inbox of Petraeus' biographer, Paula Broadwell, where authorities discovered intimate emails she had exchanged with the CIA director, who has since resigned.

Administrator axes 330 jobs at collapsed Comet - The Independent

The administrator to Comet has made more than 300 of the failed electricals chain's staff redundant, although its stores remain open for a "massive stock liquidation".

Everyone can pay lip service to living wages - FT.com

‘London’s “living wage” will rise by 25p to £8.55 an hour, Boris Johnson, the capital’s mayor said on Monday, as Labour was set to announce proposals to give businesses tax breaks for paying the wage.’

BBC News - Climate change threat to Arabica coffee crops

Climate change could severely reduce the areas suitable for wild Arabica coffee before the end of the century. That is the conclusion of work by a UK-Ethiopian team published in the academic journal Plos One.

UK government to invest extra £300m in space science research | guardian.co.uk

The UK will host the European Space Agency's headquarters for telecoms satellite monitoring, the chancellor George Osborne announced on Friday. The move is part of an extra £300m to be invested in space science research by the government over the next five years.

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News Headlines - 09 November 2010

David Cameron ambushed by Phillip Schofield on This Morning with list of alleged Tory child abusers | Metro.co.uk

David Cameron has warned unfounded accusations of child abuse against Conservative Party politicians could turn into a gay 'witch hunt' after being confronted with a list of alleged paedophiles by Phillip Schofield on ITV1's This Morning.

BBC director general George Entwistle says Newsnight's report wrongly implicating Lord McAlpine in child abuse scandal should not have been broadcast - The Independent

A BBC report which wrongly implicated the former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine in child abuse should never have been broadcast, the corporation's director general said today. George Entwistle described the Newsnight report on the North Wales children's home scandal as "unacceptable".

Barclays probed by US over Saudi banking licence - Telegraph

Officials at the Department of Justice are examining how the UK bank got a licence to run investment banking and wealth management operations in the Gulf country in 2009, the Financial Times reported on Friday night.

Apple Slammed In Samsung High Court Case

Apple has been criticised for its conduct by senior judges at London's Court of Appeal. The iPhone and iPad maker published "false and misleading" material, Sir Robin Jacob said, adding that bosses showed a "lack of integrity". His written statement came after Apple was ordered to post a new statement on its website acknowledging it had lost an earlier legal fight with Samsung.

Japan’s Premier May Announce Plan to Join Free Trade Pact - NYTimes.com

In a possible gambit to reverse his governing party’s flagging fortunes, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda may soon declare Japan’s intent to join an ambitious pan-Pacific free trade agreement, and then call a snap election in which the party would campaign on that move.

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News Headlines - 08 November 2012

Video - Minorities, Higher-Income Whites Emerge as Democratic Stronghold - WSJ.com

Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest men ever to run for president. And yet the lack of money earlier this year stalled his campaign, and he never really recovered.

The economy and the election: The macroeconomics mandate | The Economist

HAD Barack Obama lost to Mitt Romney yesterday, the explanation would have barely taken up a sentence: the economy defeated him. Mr Romney’s mission from day one was simple. Pound home the message that Mr Obama took a bad economy and made it worse, and leave the facts to do the rest: unemployment stuck at around 8% and four straight years of trillion-dollar deficits. That Mr Obama won is thus a victory not just for him personally but for macroeconomics.

Plagiarism exposed in Romanian grant applications : Nature

Earlier this year, Nature exposed a series of plagiarism scandals in Romania that implicated the country's prime minister Victor Ponta, a former research minister and university leaders. Now evidence is emerging of plagiarism in applications for public grant money.

Celtic 2-1 Barcelona | Champions League Group G match report | The Guardian

A day after Celtic officially recognised the 125th anniversary of their foundation, the class of 2012 delivered one of the finest European results in the club's history.

Japanese grandmother arrested over series of murders - Telegraph

A 64-year-old Japanese grandmother has been accused of leading her family in a series of grisly murders of her own relatives, in a case that has transfixed the country.

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News Headlines - 07 November 2012

'Anonymous' hacktivist arrested after attacks on Home Office websites - The Independent

A 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with attacks on the websites of Theresa May and the Home Office, which were believed to have been carried out by members of the "hacktivist" group Anonymous.

Poisoned Brit was ‘MI6 spy in China’ | The Sun

THE British businessman murdered by the wife of a top Chinese politician was passing information on the couple to MI6, it was claimed last night. Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4631506/Poisoned-Brit-was-MI6-spy-in-China.html#ixzz2BYdYd7Hh

Sellafield Nuclear Waste Storage Warning

Hazardous waste being stored in run-down buildings at Sellafield nuclear plant is posing "intolerable risks to people and the environment", a watchdog has warned.

Pearson denies FT is up for sale - The Independent

The owner of the Financial Times was forced into taking the unprecedented step of denying reports that it is exploring a £1bn sale of the newspaper, according to reports that emerged last night.

Vogue Hommes Japan folds - Telegraph

Fashion director Nicola Formichetti has announced that the autumn/winter 2012 issue of Vogue Hommes Japan will be the last. Men's style bible Vogue Hommes Japan will cease publication following its autumn/winter 2012 issue. The magazine was launched in September 2008 as the Japanese counterpart to the long-running and highly-respected L'Uomo Vogue , the Italian Vogue for men.

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News Headlines - 06 November 2012

Apple’s share of tablet market slips - FT.com

Apple’s share of the global tablet market has fallen from two-thirds to a half in the past six months, market researchers say, raising the stakes for its new iPad mini against a slew of new challengers using Google’s Android and Microsoft's Windows software.

US Election guide: how does the election work? - Telegraph

Our guide to the votes, the money and the strategy as Mitt Romney and Barack Obama battle in the US election.

BBC News - Firework rocket display goes wrong

A community council has apologised to locals in an Edinburgh neighbourhood after a fireworks display went wrong. A rocket at the Pentland community centre display misfired and ricocheted into the remaining undetonated fireworks setting them off all at once.

UFO enthusiasts admit the truth may not be out there after all - Telegraph

Declining numbers of “flying saucer” sightings and failure to establish proof of alien existence has led UFO enthusiasts to admit they might not exist after all.

BBC News - Scotland's seabird numbers continue to decline

Scotland's seabird numbers have continued to decline over the last 25 years a new report by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has confirmed.

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News Headlines - 05 November 2012

Bad press : Japan’s media have played a large part in exacerbating the effects of a fraud.

The poor quality of journalism that led to the story being so widely reported was not an isolated incident in the coverage of science, in Japan or elsewhere. The Yomiuri Shimbun’s presentation of Moriguchi’s ‘accomplishments’ was particularly disappointing. But other newspapers, including the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, have now admitted to having run unverified stories about Moriguchi over the past decade. Given the esoteric nature of the studies involved, reporting on science can be intimidating. So here are some practical steps to help a journalist challenge a specialist.

David Cameron 'should publish secret messages' with Rebekah Brooks - Telegraph

David Cameron is facing calls to publish up to 150 secret emails and text messages with Rebekah Brooks after the leak of more embarrassing correspondence with the former newspaper executive.

HSBC bill for money laundering may top $1.5bn - IFAonline

Britain's largest bank HSBC has set aside an extra $800m to cover settlements for breaching anti money-laundering rules in the US. The bank, which had already set aside $700m to cover the scandal, outlined the extension in its third-quarter results.

Sandy-afflicted areas seek to shelter homeless as new storm brews - latimes.com

With a freeze expected Monday and another storm on the horizon, New York and New Jersey struggle to find shelter for those who lost homes.

Space Shuttle Enterprise damaged by Sandy at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York | Mail Online

The Space Shuttle Enterprise, housed on the deck of an aircraft carrier in New York City, was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The shuttle prototype sustained minor damage to its vertical stabilizer, or tail. A small piece of foam came off, said a spokesman for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The damage was confirmed Friday by both the museum and NASA. At the same time, shuttle Atlantis concluded its journey to retirement at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

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News Headlines - 04 November 2012

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney make final election push | The Observer

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Saturday began the last frantic days of campaigning in their battle for the White House by criss-crossing America's key swing states.

China wraps up key meeting with Bo Xilai expulsion | Reuters

Chinese leaders ended a key closed-door conclave on Sunday with a decision to formally expel disgraced politician Bo Xilai from the Communist Party, in a meeting which also promoted two senior military men and approved the party constitution's amendment.

Children's commissioner for Wales urges inquiry into abuse allegations | guardian.co.uk

The children's commissioner for Wales has said a new inquiry should be held into allegations that a senior Tory was involved in a paedophile ring three decades ago in order to avoid suggestions of a cover-up.

British bank RBS set to pay fine due to Libor rate fixing | FTC Publications Newswire Daily

UK’s biggest taxpayer-owned lender Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said it will likely pay a fine in the next several months to settle with regulators’ investigating its involvement in manipulation of the London interbank offered rate.

Japan Regulators Seek Fresh Fine Against Japan Advisory - WSJ.com

Japanese regulators on Friday sought a fresh fine against Tokyo-based investment adviser Japan Advisory for allegedly trading on information gleaned from a research report compiled by Nomura Holdings Inc. 8604.TO +4.20% The case is the latest in Japan's ongoing crackdown on insider trading where employees at brokerages were found to have passed on non-public information to clients on share offerings.

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News Headlines - 03 November 2012

Japan nuclear safety team took utility money - Chicago Sun-Times

Members of a Japanese government team assigned to set reactor safety measures received funding from utility companies or atomic industry manufacturers, raising questions about the experts’ neutrality in the wake of last year’s tsunami-triggered nuclear disaster.

US election: Obama and Romney in frantic dash for final votes - Telegraph

The two men who would be president presented their closing arguments to the American people on Saturday, as they embarked on a frantic three-day dash for the finishing line in what is poised to be one of the closest contests ever seen in the United States.

Fractured recovery in NYC in superstorm's aftermath - CBC News

More New Yorkers were able to switch on their lights on Saturday for the first time since superstorm Sandy brought widespread devastation along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard but many are still without power and upset over what they say is a fractured response.

Tories at war over future of UK airports | The Times

David Cameron criticised Boris Johnson yesterday after he threatened to undermine a commission on the future of London’s airports before it had begun. The Prime Minister said that the Mayor of London was wrong to rule out a third runway at Heathrow on the morning that the panel charged with studying the aviation needs of the capital was announced.

BBC News - Alexander Litvinenko inquest 'may look at MI6 role'

The inquest into the death of murdered Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko could examine the possible role of British spies in his death.

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News Headlines - 02 November 2012

Freddie Starr released on police bail after arrest in Savile abuse inquiry | guardian.co.uk

The 69-year-old comic was arrested at 5.45pm on Thursday at his home in Warwickshire "on suspicion of sexual offences" and was taken into custody. He was released between 1am and 1.30am on Friday morning.

Denis MacShane resigns as MP over expenses | The Guardian

Denis MacShane, Britain's most tireless pro-European campaigner, ended his political career when he resigned from parliament after a cross-party committee of MPs called for him to be suspended from the House of Commons for 12 months after submitting false invoices.

Exam watchdog insulting us, say teacher unions - London Evening Standard

In a damning report, Ofqual said the problems with this summer’s English results were caused by teachers “significantly” over-marking pupils’ work to boost course work results.

US election hangs on a knife-edge - FT.com

Mitt Romney sharpened his attacks on Barack Obama after the final jobs report before Tuesday’s desperately tight election provided further evidence of a slow, but steady economic recovery.

BBC News - Japan protests to US over Okinawa 'assault'

Japan has protested to the US after another incident in Okinawa allegedly involving a member of the US military.

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News Headlines - 01 November 2012

Burdens of Storm’s Damage Ease Slightly - NYTimes.com

Subways and buses started to roll again in some sections of New York City and cars jockeyed for passengers on Thursday, promising a commute slightly more fluid than Wednesday’s gridlock brought on by Hurricane Sandy.

GLOBAL ECONOMY-Asian factories, U.S. jobs show improvement | Reuters

Big Asian economies are slowly picking up after a year battling global headwinds, business surveys and data showed on Thursday, with renewed vim from China's factories and a rebound in South Korean exports.

Panasonic warns of second $10bn loss - FT.com

Panasonic has warned it will suffer a loss of nearly $10bn for the second consecutive year, discarding an earlier prediction that it would return to profit, in a move that underscores the deep and persistent problems facing Japan’s consumer electronics sector.

NI prison officer dies in ambush - The Irish Times

A long-serving Northern Ireland prison officer was murdered in a motorway ambush today in an attack which police are blaming on dissident republicans.

BBC Sport - Chelsea v Manchester United: 'Racist gesture by fan' investigated

Chelsea are investigating after reports a fan made a racist gesture in the League Cup win over Manchester United.

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News Headlines - 31 October 2012

Three new Star Wars films planned by Disney after Lucasfilm takeover - Mirror Online

The Force is now with Disney – after they announced they are buying Lucasfilm for £2.52billion and releasing a new series of Star Wars films... A decade after the franchise was declared finished by creator Lucas, it was revealed that a seventh movie, with a working title of Episode 7, is set for release in 2015. Episodes 8 and 9 will then follow.

Cameron suffers stinging defeat over Europe - Telegraph

The defeat came after more than 50 Conservative rebels were joined by Labour MPs in supporting a demand for real-terms reductions in spending by Brussels. The Government was defeated by 307 votes to 294, a majority of 13. Commons sources estimated that 51 Tories voted against the Government, with two more acting as tellers.

Government report criticises growth strategy | Reuters

Britain's growth strategy of tax cuts and deregulation will not provide a fast track to economic prosperity and needs to be reassessed, according to a government-commissioned review published on Wednesday.

Japan disaster: 25% of reconstruction fund spent on unrelated projects | guardian.co.uk

Half of government budget allocation is yet to be distributed, despite 225,000 people still living in temporary accommodation

Divers Carve Obama, Romney Pumpkins Under the Sea | Video - ABC News

Florida Keys Divers carve presidential pumpkins ahead of the debate.

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News Headlines - 30 October 2012

New York Storm: Sandy Heads West

Superstorm Sandy is heading inland after battering parts of the east coast of the United States and Canada and killing at least 17.

Bob Diamond should explain Libor role in court, says judge | The Guardian

Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond and other bosses there could be hauled before the high court to explain what they knew about the Libor interest rate fixing scandal.

Tony Blair calls for directly elected EU president - The Information Daily.com

Tony Blair has called for a directly elected President of Europe, whilst warning of deep political rifts between member states which could lead to the break up of the EU.

BBC News - North Korean leader's wife reappears in public

The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made public appearances, state-run media report, after being absent from the public eye for 50 days.

Japan's Hitachi buys UK's Horizon nuclear project | Reuters

Japanese industrial electronics maker Hitachi is taking over Britain's Horizon nuclear project to build four to six new nuclear power stations, the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said on Tuesday.

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News Headlines - 29 October 2012

BBC News - Japan is facing a spending crisis, warns prime minister

The day-to-day functions of Japan's government will seize up unless deadlocked politicians pass a new debt financing bill, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned Monday.

BBC News - Honda lowers profit forecast amid China-Japan dispute

Honda has cut is annual profit forecast after anti-Japan protests in China hurt its sales in the country, its second-largest market.

Amazon mocks iPad Mini in advert highlighting Apple tablet's shortcomings - Telegraph

Amazon has mocked Apple in an audacious US advert that pits the Kindle Fire HD against the iPad Mini. Apple's US homepage is dominated by a huge comparison of Kindle Fire HD and iPad Mini features titled 'Much More for Much Less'.

Hackers attack French Euromillions lottery site calling it 'devil's work' and posting verse from the Koran - The Independent

Hackers have attacked the French site of the Euromillions lottery, attacking it as the ‘devil’s work’ and posting Koranic verse in place of its homepage.

Japanese researchers discover ways to determine content of dreams - Healthcare Global

The researchers detected changes in the brain waves of the subject, a sign they had started dreaming and woke them up and asked them as to what they were dreaming about... The researchers also found that some dreams were out of ordinary, like for example a discussion with famous actor mostly involved more mundane experiences from everyday life.

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News Headlines - 28 October 2012

Mirror hacking probe names six reporters - The Independent

A secret dossier on phone-hacking inside Trinity Mirror, prepared by worried investors in the struggling UK publisher, claims the practice was organised on a "systematic" scale inside the company's national titles.

BBC News - Jimmy Savile: Gary Glitter arrested over sex offences

Former pop star Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims... Glitter, 68, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for child sex offences.

Thompson pressed over Savile claims - FT.com

Mark Thompson, the former director-general of the BBC, has become further embroiled in controversy surrounding the Jimmy Savile scandal, following assertions that his office was twice made aware of allegations relating to sexual abuse conducted on BBC premises by the late TV star.

Penguin authors and agents 'terrified' at prospect of News Corp takeover | guardian.co.uk

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, described by Labour MP Tom Watson as a "toxic institution", could soon be publishing his book on the phone-hacking scandal as the publisher considers a bid for Penguin.

Declining Japan loses its once-hopeful champions - The Independent

Jesper Koll, an economist who's lived in Japan for 26 years, says it's not easy for him to keep faith in a country that's shrinking, aging, stuck in protracted economic gloom and losing fast ground to China as the region's dominant power.

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News Headlines - 27 October 2012

BBC News - Italy ex-PM Berlusconi threatens to topple Monti government

Mr Berlusconi said the cabinet was leading Italy into a "spiral of recession" and that his centre-right PDL party would decide in the coming days whether it would end its support. It is the largest party in parliament and the move could trigger early polls.

Trains Cancelled Due To Driver Shortage

A train company has cancelled more than 100 services due to a shortage of train drivers, causing anger among commuters... The company has apologised to customers, saying the shortfall in qualified train drivers should be addressed by mid-December.

Barclays slashes bankers' pay by up to half as profits fall - Telegraph

Barclays is to cut the salaries of some of its leading investment bankers by as much as half in a bid to reduce costs and show that the bank has fundamentally changed following the financial crisis.

Penguin and Random House in merger talks | The Guardian

The owners of Penguin and Random House are in talks about merging their publishing arms to create the world's biggest books publisher. Pearson, which owns Penguin and the Financial Times, confirmed on Thursday that it has entered into merger discussions with Bertelsmann, the privately owned German company that owns Random House.

Cambridge scientists send mobile phone into orbit to see if 'anyone could you scream' | Mail Online

A group of Cambridge scientists called Cambridge University Space Flight have invited members of the public to upload videos of themselves screaming to YouTube and the best ten will then be downloaded to a Google Android smartphone and launched into space on a tiny satellite Once in orbit the sounds of the screams will be played through thephone's speaker and whatever audio comes out will be recorded and beamed back to earth.

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News Headlines - 26 October 2012

Revealed: Jimmy Savile investigated for BBC sex attack in 1980s - The Independent

Jimmy Savile was under investigation for a sex attack on BBC premises as early as the 1980s, Scotland Yard said, as it emerged that at least four police forces were aware of claims against the former DJ while he was still alive.

Berlusconi sentenced to four years - FT.com

A Milan court on Friday sentenced Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, to four years in prison for tax fraud – although, with two levels of appeal remaining, he is unlikely to spend time behind bars in the near future, if at all.

Spain’s Economic Misery Hits New Threshold - NYTimes.com

Though hardly a surprise, data released Friday showing that Spain’s unemployment rate had breached 25 percent for the first time in the country’s modern history were bad news for a government that had recently trumpeted a streamlining of its labor market rules.

Microsoft takes its 'big step' into the tablet market - Telegraph

Microsoft has launched "absolutely critical" new software and a tablet computer that the company is betting will secure it a foothold in a booming market dominated by Apple and Google.

Diary of former spy proves not all spooks are 007 - Scotsman.com

AS filmgoers flock to new James Bond movie Skyfall this weekend, the just-released diary of a former British Secret Service chief proves not every spook is as competent as Ian Fleming’s 007. Stephen McGinty opens the dossier

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News Headlines - 25 October 2012

Eurozone nears Japan-style trap as money and credit contract again - Telegraph

All key measures of the eurozone money supply contracted in September and private credit fell at an accelerating pace, dashing hopes of a quick recovery from recession.

GDP Boosted By Olympics But Outlook Gloomy

But the bounce-back in the third quarter will be largely driven by one-off factors, such as clawed-back activity lost to the extra bank holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and a slight lift from the Olympics.

Ford set to axe British plant after dire sales in eurozone - The Independent

Ford is expected to announce the closure of its Southampton van factory today, with the loss of more than 500 jobs, as the US car giant overhauls its European operations.

BBC News - Child-related benefits may be 'capped' at two children

Child-related benefits for families may be capped at two children, the work and pensions secretary has said.

Female soldier from Northern Ireland is killed in attack on Helmand patrol - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

A female soldier from Northern Ireland killed while on patrol in Afghanistan yesterday may have been killed by a rogue Afghan ally.

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News Headlines - 24 October 2012

Mark Thompson's future at New York Times questioned after Savile scandal - Telegraph

Mark Thompson, the BBC's former director-general, originally claimed he had not heard the allegations against Jimmy Savile but a new account counters that claim.

King warns BoE action reaching limit - FT.com

The Bank of England’s unorthodox actions to turn round the UK’s flagging economy were reaching the limits of their effectiveness, Sir Mervyn King has warned in a blunt assessment that Britain faces a prolonged economic adjustment.

I won't give prisoners the vote, says David Cameron | guardian.co.uk

David Cameron appeared to slap down his senior law officer in the House of Commons over voting rights for prisoners as he told MPs that prisoners would never get the vote under his government.

Japan, China Diplomats Meet Amid Territorial Dispute - WSJ.com

The Japanese and Chinese governments are intensifying back-channel efforts to mend their tattered bilateral ties, after weeks of public bickering surrounding disputed islands.

Japan's deaf ear to Gangnam Style riles South Korea - Telegraph

Psy may have conquered the rest of the world with his "Gangnam Style," but Japan has turned a deaf ear to the South Korean rapper's music, triggering anger in the singer's home country.

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News Headlines - 23 October 2012

iPad Mini: Apple's new gadget gets cool reception - Telegraph

Apple unveiled a new, smaller iPad this evening in Silicon Valley, but disappointed many observers by pricing it at as much as £110 above rival tablet computers from Google and Amazon.

Presidential debate 2012: Barack Obama attacks Mitt Romney as 'reckless and wrong' on foreign policy - Telegraph

Barack Obama warned voters last night that Mitt Romney would drive America into a “reckless and wrong” foreign policy that would jeopardise their security and future prosperity, as he recorded a victory in the third presidential debate.

BBC News - Mirror hit by High Court claims over phone hacking

Ex-England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is among four people taking legal action against Mirror Group Newspapers for alleged phone hacking.

Police Launch Manhunt For Fugitive Prisoner

Police have warned the public not to approach a fugitive prisoner who disappeared on day release. Lee Cyrus, 47, also known as Ivan Leach, failed to return to from North Sea Camp open prison in Boston, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday October 9. He is currently serving a life sentence for robbery.

Hillsborough: police chief 'boasted' of role in smearing fans | The Guardian

The chief constable of West Yorkshire police, Sir Norman Bettison, "boasted" about having helped to "concoct" a false account of how the 1989 Hillsborough disaster was caused, according to the Labour MP Maria Eagle.

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News Headlines - 22 October 2012

Rosneft to take full control of TNK-BP - FT.com

BP announced it had agreed to sell its stake in its Russian joint venture TNK-BP to the Russian national energy champion Rosneft for about $26bn, in a cash-and-shares deal that sets the UK oil group on a new course in Russia.

BBC News - Manganese Bronze calls in administrators

Manganese Bronze, the maker of London's black cabs, has called in administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers after failing to secure new funding.

Amazon makes UK publishers pay 20% VAT on ebook sales | The Guardian

Amazon is forcing British publishers to cover the cost of a 20% VAT charge on ebook sales – even though the true VAT cost to the online retailer is only a fraction of that amount under its generous Luxembourg-based tax regime.

Japan reports worst September trade figures in 30 years - Telegraph

Japan posted its worst September trade figures in more than 30 years, official data showed on Monday, as the global slowdown and a territorial dispute with China weighed on the world's third-largest economy.

'Parasite' porn websites stealing images and videos posted by young people | guardian.co.uk

Children and young people are posting thousands of sexually explicit images of themselves and their peers online, which are then being stolen by porn websites, according to a leading internet safety organisation.

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News Headlines - 21 October 2012

Jimmy Savile BBC documentary: Panorama to probe why programme pulled into disgraced star's child abuse claims - Mirror Online

The claims Savile was a paedophile only fully emerged after ITV broadcast a documentary this month. BBC journalists who investigated him speak out in the hour-long special. They claim Newsnight editor Peter Rippon went cold on the story. Reporter Liz MacKean explains how Mr Rippon was initially excited. But she adds: "It was an abrupt change in tone from one day 'excellent, let's prepare to get this thing on air' to 'hold on'." Ms MacKean says she was left with the clear impression that Mr Rippon was feeling under pressure.

Angry Lebanese Beaten Back From Government Offices - NYTimes.com

Lebanon’s jittery composure throughout the long Syrian uprising wobbled but held on Sunday, as political and religious leaders quelled street protests that erupted after the emotional funeral of a security chief whose killing in a car bombing was widely blamed on the Syrian government.

Microsoft Emulates Apple and Google With New Mobile Strategy - WSJ.com

Microsoft Corp. typically lets its software out in the world and leaves decisions about how to sell computers to retailers. This time, though, the company is taking matters into its own hands.

Lottery Hits 3,000 Millionaires Jackpot

The National Lottery has created 3,000 millionaires since it began in 1994 and most of them kept the majority of their winnings in the UK, a new study has said.

Rio Ferdinand in row with Sir Alex Ferguson over anti-racism campaign | The Observer

It is believed Ferdinand refused to support the Kick It Out campaign in protest against the punishment handed out by the Football Association to John Terry after he was found guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand's younger brother, Anton.

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News Headlines - 20 October 2012

Thousands march against austerity - FT.com

Trade unions have called for a general strike after tens of thousands of people marched through central London to protest against the government’s austerity spending cuts.

Lebanon struggles to keep order as many blame Syria for bombing - latimes.com

Lebanon's military was out in force Saturday as authorities struggled to maintain order amid outrage about a deadly bombing here that many Lebanese blamed on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Unsolved murders link to Charles Manson - Telegraph

Old audio tapes of conversations between a Manson family devotee and his lawyer could shed new light on 12 unsolved murders from the 1960s, detectives in Los Angeles believe.

Corporate Sales Seen Falling in Quarter - WSJ.com

America's largest companies are on track to report lower quarterly sales for the first time in three years, a broad and gloomy verdict on the health of the global economy.

Why should Japan's teachers have to sing the national anthem? | guardian.co.uk

Even the US – that most patriotic of countries – does not discipline people who fail to stand for the anthem

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News Headlines - 19 October 2012

Protesters say Rosary in rain as first private abortion clinic opens - Independent.ie

WITH prayers and placards, up to 350 protesters gathered in Belfast to mark the opening of the first private abortion clinic on the island of Ireland.

EU leaders agree on bank oversight - CNN.com

Leaders of the European Union in Brussels have agreed Thursday to a deal for a eurozone-wide banking supervisor in 2013 that is designed to help prevent future catastrophic bank failures that could threaten the monetary union.

Second man arrested in plot to bomb US Federal Reserve: NYT | Reuters

U.S. authorities said a man arrested in San Diego on child pornography charges was linked to plot by a Bangladeshi man to set off a bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York Times reported.

Chomsky in first visit to Gaza: End the blockade | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

The Jewish-American intellectual and staunch critic of Israel is in Gaza to attend a conference at Gaza's Islamic University over the weekend.

Rolling Stones anniversary concerts: 10 ways to get tickets - Telegraph

Tickets to the Rolling Stones's concerts at London's O2 Arena next month are on sale from 9am today. But how the Jumping Jack Flash do you get tickets? Bernadette McNulty comes up with a foolproof plan.

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News Headlines - 18 October 2012

Google panic over results bungle - FT.com

Disappointing third-quarter earnings from Google were accidentally published several hours earlier than planned, sparking a panicked sell-off of the internet company’s shares until trading was halted for more than two hours.

Apple ordered to open its books on iPhone, iPad profits • The Register

The judge in the ongoing Apple versus Samsung patent trial has ruled that Cupertino must disclose financial information on the profitability of its iPad and iPhone lines so that proper damages can be assessed.

BBC News - Twitter blocks neo-Nazi account to users in Germany

Twitter has blocked access to a neo-Nazi account at the request of the German government. The tweets will no longer be visible to users in Germany although the rest of the world will be able to view them.

MPs' expenses scandal: Independent regulator blocks expenses publication - Telegraph

The independent expenses regulator is refusing to disclose the identity of four MPs who are renting out properties from fellow MPs, and claiming the rent from the taxpayer.

Winning wildlife photos 2012 revealed | History Museum

The winners of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 competition were announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum tonight.

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News Headlines - 17 October 2012

The decision not to extradite Gary to US has saved his life | Herald Scotland

GARY McKINNON felt he had become a "dead person" during his 10-year battle against extradition to America for computer hacking but now believes he has the chance to lead a normal life again, his tearful mother Janis Sharp said.

New inquest to be held into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster - The Independent

Attorney General announced that he would apply to the High Court to have the original verdicts overturned in order that new inquests can be held.

Iran Sanctions May Cut Supply of Currency - NYTimes.com

Western economic sanctions imposed on Iran over its disputed nuclear program have severely depressed the value of its national currency, the rial, causing higher inflation and forcing Iranians to carry ever-fatter wads of bank notes to buy everyday items. But the sanctions have also presented a new complication to Iran’s banking authorities: they may not be able to print enough money.

Japan Opposition Leader Visits War Shrine, a Possible Signal to Neighbors - NYTimes.com

A hawkish opposition leader who could be Japan’s next prime minister took the politically inflammatory step of visiting a Tokyo war shrine on Wednesday, raising fresh concerns about whether as national leader he would push a right-wing agenda that could further damage Japan’s ties with Asian neighbors when they are already strained by island disputes.

Pandit, Citigroup's Chief, Resigns His Post in Surprise Step - NYTimes.com

Weeks before Vikram S. Pandit’s surprise resignation on Tuesday as chief executive of Citigroup, the banking giant’s powerful chairman, Michael E. O’Neill, was privately huddling with other board members to plan how to replace him, according to several people briefed on the talks.

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News Headlines - 16 October 2012

BBC News - Theresa May tells MPs UK government wants EU law opt-out

The government plans to exercise its right to opt out of 130 EU measures on law and order, Home Secretary Theresa May has told MPs.

Gary McKinnon extradition: What politicians have said - Telegraph

Senior politicians are being urged to honour the promises they made when in opposition about the case of Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker facing extradition to the US. This is what they said before the election.

In talk with U.K. Jews, Cameron urges Israel not to attack Iran - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

British premier says expressed his objection to military action to PM Netanyahu, adds economic sanctions should be allowed to work.

CBBC Newsround - New planet discovered by amateurs who have named it PH1

This is PH1, a brand new planet five thousand light years away from Earth. It's been discovered by two amateur astronomers who are part of a group called planet hunters.

Stem-cell transplant claims debunked : Nature News & Comment

Transplant of induced pluripotent stem cells to treat heart failure probably never happened.

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News Headlines - 15 October 2012

Global warming 'stopped in 1997' | Express.co.uk

GLOBAL warming stopped 15 years ago, it was claimed last night. Met Office figures show that the average temperature between 1997 and 2012 did not rise at all and that the previous warming trend has levelled off.

Occupy protesters chain themselves to pulpit of St Paul’s Cathedral - Scotsman.com

SEVERAL supporters of the anti-corporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St Paul’s Cathedral during a Sunday service in an action marking the anniversary of its now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.

Murdoch calls hacking victims 'scumbag celebrities' - Yahoo! Technology

Rupert Murdoch has generated more controversy on Twitter after labelling some phone hacking victims as "scumbag celebrities". Mr Murdoch tweeted: "Told UK's Cameron receiving scumbag celebrities pushing for even more privacy laws. Trust the toffs! Transparency under attack. Bad."

Pressure on Murdoch mounts ahead of News Corp meeting | City A.M.

RUPERT Murdoch is facing increasing pressure to split his role as chief executive and chairman of News Corp ahead of the media giant’s annual meeting tomorrow, with several investors set to vote for Murdoch to step down from one or both roles.

BBC News - Skydiver Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier

Austrian Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h).

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News Headlines - 14 October 2012

Scottish independence vote deal finalised - FT.com

David Cameron and Alex Salmond will today formally launch a two-year debate on the future of the UK as the two leaders formally agree the details of the referendum on whether Scotland should become independent.

Mauritania leader flown abroad after shooting | Reuters

Mauritania's president was flown to France for surgery on Sunday after the Western ally against al Qaeda was shot by soldiers in what he said was an accident.

Territory Issues Overshadow Japan's Ambitions for IMF Meeting - WSJ.com

Japan's role as host to the high-profile annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank this past week offered a chance to promote the country's ambition of becoming Asia's leader in the global financial community. Instead, Tokyo's strained ties with its Asian neighbors as well as its insular focus on the strong yen illustrated the difficulties and the limits Japan faces in achieving its vision.

Apple to host October 23 event, iPad mini expected - IBNLive

Apple Inc will host an event on October 23 where it is expected to unveil a smaller iPad that will take on the less expensive devices offered by Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Heather Watson wins Japan Open to end GB's long wait for women's title | guardian.co.uk

Until Sunday, the last time a British woman won a WTA Tour singles title, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and Heather Watson was a good four years away from even being born. It has been a long 24 years since Sara Gomer won her title in Aptos, California but now Britain has another female champion after Watson won a nail-biting battle with Chang Kai-cheng of Taiwan to win the Japan Open in Osaka.

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News Headlines - 13 October 2012

Video: Space shuttle Endeavour makes final journey through Los Angeles - Telegraph

The retired space shuttle Endeavour set off on Friday for a trip unlike any of its previous journeys, one in which it crawled through Los Angeles on the way to its new home, instead of hurtling through space.

Heathrow third runway would treble air pollution deaths, study warns | guardian.co.uk

Premature deaths from Heathrow pollution would treble by 2030 if a third runway is built, according to an academic study to be published next week.

BBC News - Hezbollah admits launching drone over Israel

The leader of Lebanese Shia militant movement Hezbollah has said that his group was behind the launch of a drone shot down over Israel last week.

Patients may be asked about organ donation on hospital admission | guardian.co.uk

Patients entering hospital could be asked on their admissions form whether they wished to donate their organs for transplant under plans being considered by the NHS. Another potentially controversial suggestion involves recording the wishes of the dying and those placed on so-called "end of life" care by doctors.

Mystery large eye washes ashore on Florida coast | The Sun

SCIENTISTS have been left scratching their heads after a giant eye washed up on a Florida beach. The fleshy flotsam is the size of a large orange and was oozing blood when a member of the public plucked it off Pompano Beach, just north of Miami.

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News Headlines - 12 October 2012

Why did nobody stop Savile? - The Independent

The Jimmy Savile child sex abuse inquiry was expanding last night into a wider scandal enveloping the public sector as new witnesses came forward to claim that the late presenter molested children at hospitals with the apparent knowledge of staff.

Seven Royal Marines arrested for Afghan ‘murder’ - News - Scotsman.com

SEVEN Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to an incident in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced last night. In a statement, it said that the Royal Military Police made the arrests in connection with an incident which occurred in 2011 after “an engagement with an insurgent”.

Video - Damascus Accuses Turkey of Air Piracy - WSJ.com

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said a Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Ankara the day before was carrying military materials from Russia's state-owned arms manufacturer, charges that angered Syria and Russia amid a deepening diplomatic row.

Biden and Ryan Quarrel Aggressively in Debate, Offering Contrasts - NYTimes.com

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Representative Paul D. Ryan fiercely quarreled at the vice-presidential debate here on Thursday night, with Mr. Biden using the cutting attack lines against the Republican ticket that Mr. Obama did not and Mr. Ryan delivering a spirited case for conservative policies that Mr. Romney had soft-pedaled.

EU awarded Nobel Peace Prize - Telegraph

The European Union has won the Nobel Peace Prize, despite a year marked by riots on streets of many capitals and the looming prospect of an acrimonious break up amid an economic crisis caused by the euro.

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News Headlines - 11 October 2012

Sprint in talks on potential sale to Japan's Softbank | Reuters

Japanese wireless service provider Softbank Corp is looking to buy roughly 70 percent of Sprint Nextel Corp in a bold move that would make it a major player in the U.S. mobile market.

BBC News - Greece unemployment hits a record 25% in July

Unemployment in Greece hit a record 25.1% in July, with the level among young people reaching 54.2%, according to the latest official figures.

Tories plan outright majority with new '40-40' campaign - Telegraph

The Conservatives think they can win a majority at the next election if they fight on a "small battleground" of 80 seats, secret documents have shown.

Oxbridge rejects new graduate 'report cards' - Telegraph

Oxford and Cambridge have rejected plans to scrap traditional degree classifications in favour of school-style report cards, it emerged today.

RHS London Harvest Festival Show - in pictures | guardian.co.uk

Every year, growers from across the UK come together for the Royal Horticultural Society's London Harvest Festival Show at the Horticultural Halls in Westminster. The gathering is a celebration of the harvest with the added excitement of competitions, tastings, workshops and live music

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News Headlines - 10 October 2012

Diplomatic deadlock kills BAE-EADS deal - FT.com

EADS and BAE Systems have given up their €34bn quest to create the world’s biggest defence and aerospace company after objections from Germany scuppered the deal... Diplomatic efforts to secure the deal of the decade broke down under the weight of political opposition from Berlin and Paris, people close to the discussions said.

Pakistan Erupts in Anger Over Taliban’s Shooting of Malala Yousafzai - NYTimes.com

Doctors on Wednesday removed a bullet from a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, as Pakistanis from across the political and religious spectrum united in revulsion at the attack on the 14-year-old education rights campaigner.

SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station - The Independent

Astronauts plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit and attached it to the International Space Station, marking the reopening of a US supply line to the orbital outpost following the space shuttles' retirement last year.

China 'snubs' Japan at IMF and World Bank meeting - Telegraph

China's delegation to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Tokyo will not be led by its most senior finance officials, in what looked like a deliberate snub of Japan.

AFP: Japan's Toyota to recall 7.43 mn vehicles globally

Toyota on Wednesday announced a global recall of 7.43 million vehicles, including its popular Camry and Corolla models, over a possible fire risk, in a fresh blow to the firm's reputation for safety.

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News Headlines - 09 October 2012

IMF urges Britain to prepare for Plan B - FT.com

The International Monetary Fund has moved a step closer to withdrawing its support for the UK’s economic strategy, advising the government to redraw its fiscal tightening plan if growth disappoints in the coming quarters.

Cisco Systems ends ZTE partnership | guardian.co.uk

Cisco Systems has curtailed a seven-year sales partnership with ZTE Corp after an internal investigation into allegations that the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker broke US sanctions by selling Cisco networking gear to Iran.

Japan and S Korea cut currency swap - FT.com

Japan and South Korea will cut the size of their currency-swap agreement, amid enduring tensions between the two countries over a territorial dispute.

Conservative Party conference 2012: new right to attack burglars - Telegraph

Home owners who attack burglars will not face arrest or prosecution unless they use “grossly disproportionate” violence, the new Justice Secretary will announce on Tuesday.

Forget Disneyland Paris. Now it's Paramount World … Swanscombe - The Independent

The Swanscombe peninsula in Kent, where 150mph trains tear past cows munching on alkaline grass in contaminated soil, in the shadow of giant cranes and towers of shipping containers overlooking the Thames estuary, does not scream "Hollywood".

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News Headlines - 08 October 2012

Venezuela's Chavez re-elected to extend socialist rule | Reuters

Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez won re-election on Sunday, quashing the opposition's best chance at unseating him in 14 years and cementing himself as a dominant figure in modern Latin American history.

Libyan PM forced to stand down - Xinhua

Libya’s parliament has passed a no-confidence vote in the newly-elected Prime Minister, Mustafa Abu Shagur, dismissing him from his post. Abu Shagur has been forced to stand down after the national congress rejected his second proposed cabinet line-up.

Iran Lawmakers Press Ahmadinejad on Economy - WSJ.com

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday attacked President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over the decline of the country's currency—questioning a subsidy overhaul the president has championed and demanding he account for his handling of the economy—as the crisis threatens to morph into a broader political showdown.

France to Boost Antiterror Laws - WSJ.com

The French government aims to strengthen antiterrorism laws and boost security at places of worship, French President François Hollande said Sunday, after authorities mounted a series of raids against an alleged Islamic terror network suspected of targeting France's Jewish community.

Welcome to the Nasty Party conference - The Independent

David Cameron's efforts to improve his party's image undermined by tonight's meeting of 900 Tory activists opposed to same-sex union

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News Headlines - 07 October 2012

Turkey strikes back at Syria - FT.com

Turkey returned fire after a mortar bomb shot from Syria landed in a field in southern Turkey on Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Damascus Turkey would not shy away from war if provoked.

David Cameron: Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations need to be fully investigated - Mirror Online

Prime Minister David Cameron today called for allegations of sexual abuse against former DJ Sir Jimmy Savile to be fully investigated. Mr Cameron said that the claims from a number of women which have emerged over recent weeks that they were abused by Savile as teenagers were "truly shocking".

Toyota September China car sales fall 40 percent on year: source - Chicago Tribune

Toyota Motor Corp's sales in China fell about 40 percent in September from a year earlier to about 50,000 cars, and the decline will likely force the company to miss its goal of selling 1 millions cars there this year, a source with knowledge of the sales said on Friday.

PlayStation Mobile’s Potential – Missed Opportunity or Mass Appeal? | TheSixthAxis - PlayStation PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360 And Nintendo News, Reviews, Previews And Opinion

This past Wednesday, as previously announced and completely separate to the usual PS Store update, Sony’s new games-and-app service PlayStation Mobile rolled out onto a select number of PlayStation Certified mobile devices, and more importantly perhaps, the PlayStation Vita.

Yoda worm brings Star Wars to the deep sea | guardian.co.uk

The Jedi acorn worm joins a horse fly named after Beyoncé and a trio of slime mold beetles named after Republicans

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News Headlines - 06 October 2012

BBC News - Manchester Airport suspend worker for missing fake bomb

An airline security worker has been suspended after failing to spot a fake bomb as it passed through the X ray machine. Manchester Airport said it had launched an investigation into the incident.

Pope's former butler sentenced to 18 months' jail | guardian.co.uk

Pope Benedict's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, has been sentenced to 18 months' jail for stealing his employer's private correspondence. Gabriele made a last-minute plea before the Vatican court that he acted out of love for the pope and did not "feel like a thief".

Student visa row damages image of UK higher education, warns LSE chief | The Guardian

The row over student visas at London Metropolitan university has done "huge damage to the image of British higher education", according to the new head of the London School of Economics.

Amazon to Buy Headquarter Buildings From Paul Allen's Firm for $1.2 Billion - WSJ.com

Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to buy a large chunk of its Seattle headquarters for $1.2 billion from an investment firm owned by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, the firm said Friday.

Bond auction brings double-o heaven for bidders - Telegraph

A charity auction of James Bond memorabilia to mark 50 years of the movies has attracted furious bidding from wealthy fans.

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News Headlines - 05 October 2012

Drop in Jobless Figure Gives Jolt to Race for President - NYTimes.com

The jobless rate abruptly dropped in September to its lowest level since the month President Obama took office, indicating a steadier recovery than previously thought and delivering another jolt to the presidential campaign.

Lloyds says crash fixed after millions left without access to cash - Telegraph

Millions of bank customers were left with no access to their money on Friday afternoon after systems issues at two separate banking groups led to cards being declined at check outs and cash points, and the banks’ online systems freezing up.

BBC News - Abu Hamza to be extradited to US

Five suspected terrorists including Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the US, ending a long legal battle, UK High Court judges have decided.

Greece's National Bank, Eurobank in Merger Talks - WSJ.com

Greece's largest lender, National Bank of Greece SA, announced late Friday a friendly, all-share takeover bid for crosstown rival Eurobank Ergasias SA aimed at forming a bank that would dominate Greece's domestic market and rank among the largest in southeast Europe.

Graphic: How Apple has performed in the year since Steve Jobs' death - Telegraph

All those analysts and commentators who assumed Steve Jobs death would mark the end of Apple’s high point were wrong. In the year since he died, the Cupertino-based technology business has soared in value, becoming not just the public biggest company in the world but the biggest public company there has ever been.

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News Headlines - 04 October 2012

BBC News - Google settles book scanning lawsuit

The settlement lets US publishers decide which works should, or should not, be in Google's library. This settles one of the main objections to the library project which planned to scan every book unless publishers and authors specifically objected.

Ed Miliband opinion poll: Labour conference speech shows huge boost for leader - Mirror Online

Mr Miliband was widely praised for his bold One Nation speech in Manchester which he delivered without notes

Government scraps flawed rail deal in embarrassing U-turn | Reuters

The government has torn up a deal awarding one of its biggest rail franchises to a private operator, in a humiliating U-turn that raises doubts about the government's handling of the privatised railways.

BBC News - First US presidential debate: Obama v Romney

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clash on the economy in the first of three presidential debates

Japanese firm Hitachi unveils bomb-spotting departure gate | Herald Sun

PLANE passengers could soon be scanned for bombs as they swipe their boarding pass, a Japanese company said as it unveiled the world's first explosive-detecting departure gate. Engineers from hi-tech firm Hitachi showcased a machine that blows a short puff of air at a passenger's hand as he scans his pass.

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News Headlines - 03 October 2012

Government axes West Coast rail contract - FT.com

Three officials at the Department for Transport were suspended on Wednesday after the award of a new contract to run the West Coast mainline rail franchise was cancelled because of “technical flaws” in the bidding process. The decision, which has thrown the government’s rail franchising policy into disarray, is a partial victory for incumbent Virgin Trains, which had mounted a legal challenge to the decision to award the contract to rival FirstGroup. The government previously defended the process as “robust”.

Mobile firms' truce opens the way to super-fast broadband - The Independent

Britain's three main mobile operators and the media regulator Ofcom have reached a crucial truce over much-delayed plans to roll out fourth-generation super-fast mobile broadband, known as 4G... The phone operators have agreed to plans for 4G to launch sooner than expected in May 2013, after an Ofcom-supervised auction of new airwave spectrum.

No UK return planned for Wolseley - The Independent

The company moved its tax domicile to Switzerland two years ago to avoid the controlled foreign companies tax regime, which applies UK tax on overseas earnings. The move cut £40m off its tax bill. The rules change next year. But Ian Meakins, Wolseley's chief executive, said at the moment there was no business case to return.

Obama And Romney Set For Presidential Debate

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go head to head tonight in the first presidential debate of this year's race for the White House. The President will face his Republican challenger on a stage in an ice hockey arena at the University of Denver in Colorado - with an estimated 50 million Americans watching on TV.

BBC News - Julian Assange: Bail cash decision delayed

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange face a wait to see if they will be asked to forfeit £140,000 of bail sureties after he sought asylum.

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News Headlines - 02 October 2012

6 Crew Members Detained in Hong Kong Ferry Disaster That Killed Dozens - NYTimes.com

Three crew members were arrested from each of two boats that collided just off the coast of Lamma, one of the largest of Hong Kong’s many outlying islands, at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, as the city was gearing up for a mammoth fireworks display that marked China’s National Day.

Georgia’s President Concedes Defeat in Parliamentary Election - NYTimes.com

Georgia’s larger-than-life president, Mikheil Saakashvili, conceded defeat on Tuesday after early results in Georgia’s hotly contested parliamentary race showed that a coalition backed by the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili had edged out his party.

UN fails to resolve Syrian crisis

After countless speeches, meetings and behind-the-scenes discussions, the unending war in Syria remains the unsolved problem that loomed over this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. As the week-long meeting of the UN General Assembly ended on Monday, there were no breakthroughs on a civil war that has vexed diplomats, paralysed the Security Council and raised new questions about the relevance of the United Nations.

BBC News - White House confirms cyber-attack on 'unclassified' system

The conservative Washington Free Beacon reported on Sunday that hackers linked to the Chinese government had breached the White House Military Office.

BBC News - Historian Eric Hobsbawm dies, aged 95

His reputation rests largely on four works, including History of the 20th Century, The Age of Extremes, which has been translated into 40 languages.

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News Headlines - 01 October 2012

Can TV debate lift Mitt Romney out of slump? - The Independent

The pressure will be on Mitt Romney this week to ensure that the first of his televised debates with President Barack Obama becomes the moment his campaign pulls up from a protracted swoon that some in the Republican Party have started to blame on media bias and skewed polling techniques.

Asia-Pacific: Desert island risks - FT.com

June Teufel Dreyer, a China and Japan specialist at the University of Miami, says Chinese military journals refer to Senkaku as part of a chain hemming China in. “They say: ‘If we get these islands we can break out into the open Pacific’.” Washington too could get dragged into the argument. If China were to invade the Senkaku, the US would have to decide whether to defend them under the US-Japan security treaty. If it did not, Japan could well conclude that Washington’s security guarantees are worthless.

Japan enacts two-year jail terms for illegal downloading • The Register

Downloading pirated material in Japan can now earn you two years in prison and a fine of two million yen ($25,600) for each purloined file, with uploaders facing 10 years in the Big House and a fine five times as large. The laws – some of the toughest ever enacted against illegal downloaders – were passed in June after strong lobbying from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Downloading has been illegal in Japan for the last two years, but as a civil offense with no sanctions, not a criminal matter with jail time.

IRA bomb survivor found dead with two stabbed children | The Guardian

An ex-cavalryman who survived an infamous IRA attack apparently stabbed his two young children to death on an isolated bridleway before taking his own life on Sunday. Police believe that Michael Pedersen, formerly of the Household Cavalry, killed his seven-year-old son, Ben, and six-year-old daughter, Freya, and then himself.

Xstrata Seen Recommending Glencore’s $33 Billion Bid Today - Bloomberg

Xstrata Plc (XTA) will recommend shareholders vote in favor of a 20.5 billion-pound ($33 billion) takeover offer by Glencore International Plc (GLEN) after making changes to the terms to satisfy investors’ demands, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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News Headlines - 30 September 2012

BBC News - Japan typhoon Jelawat lifts car into air in Okinawa

A powerful typhoon has hit Japan's southern island of Okinawa, injuring more than 50 people and leaving thousands without power.

Novelist Murakami Weighs In On Japan Territorial Rows - WSJ

Novelist Haruki Murakami penned an essay expressing his concerns about the cultural fallout that is likely to result from the country’s various escalating territorial spats and described the feverish reaction to the disputes like getting drunk on cheap sake. His commentary was prominently published for all to see on the front page of the Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second largest daily, on Friday.

BBC News - Freedom of Information to include ministers' private texts

Emails from private accounts and texts sent by the prime minister and cabinet members could be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). New government guidance will say the act relates to "the nature of the information and not the format".

Afghanistan War: 2,000th US Soldier Killed

The number of American military personnel killed in the Afghan war has reached 2,000 following an insider attack in the country's east.

BBC News - George Michael cancels Australian concerts

Singer George Michael has cancelled the Australian leg of his tour due to "major anxiety" following his battle with pneumonia at the end of last year.

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News Headlines - 29 September 2012

Megan Stammers's teacher ready to face abduction charges in UK | guardian.co.uk

The teacher Jeremy Forrest, who went missing with 15-year-old pupil Megan Stammers, will not fight extradition proceedings against him, his lawyers have said. The 30-year-old was arrested on suspicion of child abduction after the pair were found in the French town of Bordeaux on Thursday.

BBC News - Ulster Covenant: Thousands on centenary parade

The six-mile march from central Belfast to Stormont marks the 100th anniversary of the Ulster Covenant, to oppose Home Rule for Ireland in 1912. There was no trouble at a contentious feeder parade past a north Belfast Catholic church on Saturday morning. The biggest policing operation in 20 years is under way in the city.

BBC News - Czech President Vaclav Klaus shot at with replica gun

A man armed with a replica pistol has fired at Czech President Vaclav Klaus at close range while he was opening a bridge in the north of the country. Footage of the incident from Czech channel TV Prima shows Mr Klaus recoiling slightly but carrying on with the visit apparently unhurt. Mr Klaus was taken to hospital but suffered only minor bruising.

AFP: China's Wen urges citizens to back Communist Party

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called on Saturday for his people to unite in support of the Communist Party and its outgoing leader, President Hu Jintao, ahead of a pivotal congress to usher in new leadership. The announcement comes amid a damaging political scandal involving Bo Xilai, a senior party boss who is to stand trial for a litany of crimes including abuse of power and improper sexual relations.

Apple chief Tim Cook says sorry over iPhone maps app - The Independent

Apple has issued a humiliating and humbling apology to customers after being widely derided for the accuracy of its new maps service. Chief executive Tim Cook went so far as to recommend that frustrated customers use rival products such as Google Maps to ensure they find what they are looking for.

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News Headlines - 28 September 2012

Missing British schoolgirl found safe in France | euronews

A 15-year-old British schoolgirl and her 30-year-old maths teacher have been found safe and well in Bordeaux, a week after they travelled to France together.

David Cameron hints at post-election referendum on membership of the European Union - The Independent

David Cameron has given the clearest indication yet that the Conservatives will go into the next election with a manifesto pledge to hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

Germany, France push for financial transactions tax in EU | Reuters

Germany and France asked the European Commission on Friday to push ahead with plans for a financial transactions tax with a core of at least nine European Union countries, after failing to win backing for such a levy across the entire EU.

Slovenia debt to rise but no bailout needed: PM | Reuters

Slovenia's economy, saddled by a banking crisis, does not need a financial bailout, even though public debt levels will likely breach European Union rules in two years, Prime Minister Janez Jansa said on Friday.

EU threatens to levy $7.4bn anti-trust fine against Microsoft - Computer Business Review

Earlier Microsoft had fines totalling over $1.28bn The European Union (EU) threatened to levy fine of $7.4bn on Microsoft for its breach of a 2009 ruling ordering the firm to provide users with a choice of Internet browsers.

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News Headlines - 27 September 2012

Abe returns to lead Japanese opposition - FT.com

Japan’s biggest opposition party has elected former prime minister Shinzo Abe as its leader, hoping the nationalist-minded blue-blood will be more successful in engineering a return to power than he was during his first stint leading the nation.

QE3 Triggers Fear of New Currency Wars - CNBC

Fear has crept into the foreign exchange markets: fear of central banks. Currency traders are rapidly shifting assets to countries seen as less likely to try to weaken their currencies, amid concern that the fresh round of U.S. monetary easing could trigger another clash in the “currency wars”.

BBC News - 'Nemesis' electric car breaks UK land-speed record

The car was designed and built by a team of British motorsport engineers in Norfolk, and driven by estate agent Nick Ponting, 21, from Gloucestershire. The old record was 137mph (220km/h). The vehicle clocked 151.607mph during two runs along the mile-long course.

BBC Sport - John Terry banned and fined by FA over Anton Ferdinand incident

Chelsea captain John Terry has been banned for four matches and fined £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The Football Association found Terry guilty following a four-day hearing.

Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton among the nation's 'dream' student housemates, poll finds - Telegraph

Prince Harry's raucous Las Vegas antics have made him the celebrity University Freshers would most wish to share students halls with, according to a new poll.

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News Headlines - 26 September 2012

Clashes in Greece as strikers protest austerity measures - Channel 4 News

Greek riot police have battled protestors in central Athens as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in protest against the country's harsh austerity measures.

EUobserver.com / Anti-austerity protests in Spain turn violent

Thousands of people marched toward the Spanish parliament asking for the government to resign... Violent protests are new to Spain, where people have in the past taken to streets in peaceful rallies, as with the "indignados" movement.

Spain’s Prime Minister Fails to Reach Revenue Deal With Catalonia - NYTimes.com

Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, already under pressure from his European counterparts to clean up Spain’s banks and public finances, failed on Thursday to ease what has recently turned into his biggest domestic political challenge — a separatist push by the nation’s most economically powerful region, Catalonia.

Peers jailed for expenses fraud ordered to pay back £188,000 - Telegraph

Two Tory peers jailed for fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds of parliamentary expenses have been ordered to pay back £188,000.

Billionaire Putin critic faces 5 years jail in Russia | Reuters

Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev was charged on Wednesday with hooliganism and battery over a televised punch-up and faces up to five years in jail in what he says is revenge for criticising President Vladimir Putin.

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News Headlines - 25 September 2012

BBC News - Megan Stammers: Bishop Bell School under fire over record

In 2009, a teacher from the school was jailed for grooming pupils and in March it emerged a retired priest had been allowed to remain as a governor despite child sex allegations against him. The school has defended its record.

BBC News - Father Peter Donnelly trial - Witness recounts 'abuse'

A woman who claims she was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest in east Belfast has given tearful evidence at his trial in the city.

Former Olympus executives plead guilty in fraud trial - Telegraph

Japanese camera and medical equipment maker Olympus and three of its former executives pleaded guilty today to charges related to a $1.7bn (£1bn) accounting cover-up in one of Japan's biggest corporate scandals.

Spanish forest fire sees thousands evacuated - Telegraph

A forest fire in the Spanish region of Valencia has forced authorities to evacuate around 2,000 people from their home.

Google Maps Goes Diving, Provides “Seaview” Of Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii and Philippines | TechCrunch

Thanks to a partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey, Google Maps now displays StreetView-ish images of the Great Barrier Reef and popular underwater spots around Hawaii and the Philippines. Clear your calendar. Forward your emails. It’s time for an undersea adventure.

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News Headlines - 24 September 2012

BBC News - Detective charged over links with News of the World

The Crown Prosecution Service said Det Ch Insp April Casburn had been charged with misconduct in a public office and would appear in court next month. She is the first person charged under Operation Elveden, which is investigating alleged payments to public officials by journalists.

Spain braced for further austerity as Madrid prepares for bailout | The Guardian

Budget and reform programme to be unveiled on Thursday to feature more spending cuts, tax increases and pension freezes

BBC News - Brittany Ferries strike continues despite weekend talks

Sailings between south and south-west England and France and Spain remain suspended indefinitely, according to a new statement from Brittany Ferries.

Apple's iPhone 5 Cost Rises Slightly - WSJ.com

Some important components used to build Apple Inc.'s AAPL -0.79% iPhone 5 cost a little more than those of the phone's predecessor, owing to an improved display and a more-advanced main processor chip. Yet Apple was able to take advantage of lower costs on other components and kept its overall component expenses just slightly higher.

Japan fund may counter KKR’s Renesas bid - FT.com

A Japanese government-controlled investment fund and leading local companies are considering jointly investing more than Y100bn ($1.3bn) in struggling chipmaker Renesas, Japanese media have reported.

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News Headlines - 23 September 2012

BBC News - China cancels diplomatic event with Japan over islands

A ceremony to mark 40 years of ties with Japan has been put off by China as the two countries' row over an island chain continues.

George Osborne's deficit reduction plan: a blunt axe, blindly wielded | The Guardian

Chancellor George Osborne's vision for the economy is in trouble with a record August deficit of £14bn

Olive oil prices to soar after Spanish drought devastates crop | The Observer

A fresh oil crisis is brewing. However, this time it won't be hitting the garage forecourts but the nation's kitchens. The wholesale price of extra virgin olive oil has jumped 62% in three months after a severe drought in Spain, the world's largest producer, wiped out an estimated 600,000 tonnes of production.

Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image - NYTimes.com

Most data centers, by design, consume vast amounts of energy in an incongruously wasteful manner, interviews and documents show. Online companies typically run their facilities at maximum capacity around the clock, whatever the demand. As a result, data centers can waste 90 percent or more of the electricity they pull off the grid, The Times found.

Toyota returns from ‘brink of irrelevance’ - FT.com

Next month, it will be three years since Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor, told a group of journalists his company might be ready for the scrap heap. Toyota was the world’s most valuable automaker by market capitalisation and number one for vehicle sales, but it had been hopelessly unprepared for the deep recession and currency swings that followed the global financial crisis. In the words of Mr Toyoda – grandson of the Japanese group’s founder – Toyota was “grasping for salvation” and stood “on the brink of irrelevance or even death”.

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News Headlines - 22 September 2012

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - KP minister offers $0.1m bounty for filmmaker

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour on Saturday announced a $100,000 reward for the person who kills the maker of anti-Islam film. Talking to reporters, the minister said that there was no other way to lodge a protest and infuse fear among the blasphemers other than the murder of the filmmaker.

Nick Clegg is facing a leadership challenge as problems continue to mount | Mail Online

Nick Clegg faced a new leadership threat last night amid claims that a plot is being hatched against him by allies of Liberal Democrat Cabinet Minister Ed Davey. As the Lib Dem conference opened in Brighton yesterday, sources said the Energy Secretary was preparing his own challenge in the event of Clegg being brought down before the next Election.

BBC News - Thousands at Scottish independence rally in Edinburgh

Thousands of people have taken part in an event in Edinburgh aimed at demonstrating support for independence. Crowds waving saltires and lion rampant flags gathered in the Meadows before heading to Princes Street Gardens.

Big Japan firms team up to save Renesas, hinder US bid: report - The China Post

Major Japanese companies have teamed up with a government-backed turnaround fund to rescue troubled chip-maker Renesas, in a move designed to block a purchase by a U.S. investment firm, a report said Saturday.

Video: Space shuttle Endeavour touches down in LA - Telegraph

The space shuttle Endeavour arrives in Los Angeles on the back of a jumbo jet, greeted by cheering crowds as it ended a celebratory final flight en route to its retirement home at a southern California science museum.

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News Headlines - 21 September 2012

Manchester Shootings: Boy Arrested At School

Police have arrested a schoolboy as their investigation into the deaths of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone continues.

BBC News - Lloyds bank worker Jessica Harper jailed for £2.4m fraud

Jessica Harper, 50, submitted false invoices to claim payments between 2007 and 2011. At the time, she was working as head of fraud and security for digital banking at the company.

Video: iPhone 5 goes on sale around the world - Telegraph

Thousands of Apple fans flocked to the company's stores around the world on Friday to get their hands on the new iPhone 5.

Struggling Sharp eyes LCD tieup with Intel | The Japan Times Online

Sharp Corp. may form a business tieup with Intel Corp. over small and midsize liquid crystal displays for smartphones and tablet computers, company sources said Friday.

China says Japan ties anniversary ruined by island row | Reuters

Next week's 40th anniversary of the normalisation of diplomatic ties between China and Japan has been ruined by Japan's decision to buy a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

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News Headlines - 20 September 2012

Shot PCs: Police Investigate 'Family Feud'

A grudge between two families is investigated after the shooting of two women PCs - but police play down notions of gang warfare.

Holder Cleared of Wrong Doing in Fast and Furious - NYTimes.com

The Justice Department’s inspector general on Wednesday issued a scathing critique of federal officials for their handling of the botched gun-trafficking case known as Operation Fast and Furious, but essentially exonerated Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., whom many Republicans have blamed for the scandal.

AFP: Russia expels USAID for 'political meddling'

Russia said it had given USAID until October 1 to halt its work as the US aid agency was meddling in domestic politics, a move that risks sparking a new diplomatic crisis with Washington.

Pakistan declares Friday a day of protest against anti-Islam film - latimes.com

Pakistan continued to seethe Wednesday over the release in the U.S. of a movie trailer mocking Islam, as legions of protesters rallied in several large cities for a sixth day and the government signaled its own discontent by declaring Friday as a national day “of peaceful protest.”

Blast Kills at Least 30 in Syria's North

A Syrian rights group says a blast in northeast Syria has killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens of others. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quotes witnesses as saying the blast occurred when an air strike hit a fuel station in al-Raqqa province. The group's director, Rami Abdelrahman, said witnesses told him they saw at least 30 bodies, with the death toll likely to rise.

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News Headlines - 19 September 2012

BBC News - Japan-China row: Media worried about economic impact

As the tension between China and Japan over the disputed Diaoyu or Senkaku islands continues, concern is growing in the media on both sides about the possible economic impact of anti-Japanese protests in China.

France ramps up embassy security after magazine caricatures Prophet Muhammad amid new protests - The Washington Post

A French magazine published vulgar caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday, inflaming global tensions over a movie insulting to Islam and prompting France to step up security at its embassies. The move by the provocative weekly Charlie Hebdo followed days of violent protests from Asia to Africa against the U.S.-produced film “Innocence of Muslims” and turned France into a potential target of Muslim rage. Up to now, American government sites have drawn the most ire.

Danish magazine announces it will publish topless Kate photos | guardian.co.uk

A celebrity magazine in Denmark has said it will publish the controversial topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge less than 24 hours after her lawyers won an injunction preventing a French publisher using or selling the pictures. The editor of Se og Hør (See and Hear), said on the magazine's website that it was "incredibly proud that we have rights to the pictures of Britain's future queen" which will feature in a 16-page supplement due to be published on Thursday.

Bo Xilai 'may be charged' in Neil Heywood case - Telegraph

China appears set to prosecute Bo Xilai, the disgraced former top Communist party leader, on criminal charges over Neil Heywood's murder after publishing the fullest account yet of the days after the killing.

U.K. FSA Warned Barclays Over Diamond in 2010 - WSJ.com

The U.K's financial watchdog had doubts back in 2010 about former Barclays PLC Chief Executive Bob Diamond's "openness and transparency" and warned that any escalation of the then ongoing investigation into the manipulation of key interbank lending rates could affect its view of him as a suitable executive.

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News Headlines - 18 September 2012

Anti-Japan protests reignite across China on occupation anniversary | Reuters

Anti-Japan protests reignited across China on Tuesday, the sensitive anniversary marking Tokyo's occupation of its giant neighbour, escalating a maritime dispute which has forced major Japanese firms to suspend business there.

BBC News - China protests: Fears rise over Japan-China trade ties

There are fears over the economic impact of the dispute between China and Japan if the row over islands in the East China Sea is not resolved soon.

Real Madrid v Manchester City: Champions League – live! | guardian.co.uk

City concede two goals in last five minutes as victory turns to defeat

BBC News - Kate topless photos: French injunction against magazine

A court has banned a French magazine from re-publishing or distributing photographs in France of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless. A court in Paris ruled the publishers of Closer must hand over the original photographs within 24 hours or face a daily fine of 10,000 euros (£8,000).

AFP: eBay bans sales of topless Kate magazine

US Internet auction giant eBay is banning sales of copies of French magazine Closer that feature photos of Prince William's wife Catherine topless, the website said on Tuesday.

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News Headlines - 17 September 2012

Royals Seek Criminal Charges Over Kate Photos

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will later a lodge a criminal complaint in France over topless pictures of Kate that appeared in a French magazine.

US, Libya differ on accounts of US consulate attck in Benghazi - Hindustan Times

Top US and Libyan officials have offered starkly different accounts about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that left the ambassador and three other Americans dead.

Japanese firms shut China plants, U.S. urges calm in islands row | Reuters

Major Japanese firms have temporarily shut factories and offices in China after angry protests flared across the country, the result of a territorial dispute that has triggered one of China's worst outbreaks of anti-Japan sentiment in decades.

Japan counts the cost of nuclear withdrawal - FT.com

Japan’s decision to phase out nuclear power by 2040 has left some of its biggest technology companies facing an awkward question: how do you sell a product that your own government has effectively banned?

Japan and UK economies have 'eerie parallels' - Telegraph

If Japan - where experts fear a debt and deficit disaster - is Britain’s future, there is much to fear.

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News Headlines - 16 September 2012

In angry protests, Chinese target Japan’s economy for leverage in island dispute - The Washington Post

Chinese are trying to hurt Japan economically for leverage in a bitter dispute over contested islands, turning to angry protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese businesses, abetted in part by China’s government.

BBC News - Afghanistan: Nato air strike 'kills eight women in Laghman'

At least eight women have died in a Nato air strike in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman, local officials say.

Two British soldiers shot dead by Afghan policeman - Telegraph

Two British soldiers have been shot dead by a man dressed as an Afghan policeman, while the soldier killed in a roadside bomb on Friday has been named as Lance Corporal Duane Groom from The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

Bomb Blast Kills 15 Near Pakistan Border

A roadside bomb has killed 15 passengers in a van and wounded 12 others in north-west Pakistan, near the Afghan border.

Pope urges Arab leaders to work for Mideast peace - Jerusalem Post

Pope Benedict urged Arab leaders on Sunday at a huge open-air Mass in Lebanon to work for reconciliation in a Middle East riven by Syria's civil war and blazing with fury over a film mocking the Muslim Prophet Mohammad.

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News Headlines - 15 September 2012

Richard Desmond casts doubt on future of Irish Daily Star after it prints topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge - Telegraph

Richard Desmond has announced that following the decision by the Irish Daily Star to publish the images, he will halt the deal under which his Northern And Shell company runs the newspaper in partnership with Ireland’s Independent News & Media.

BBC News - Prince Harry at Camp Bastion during Taliban attack

American officials said small arms, rockets and mortars were used to attack the perimeter of the British base, home to troops from several countries. The Taliban said it was a response to an amateur US-made film mocking Islam and later claimed the base was chosen because Harry was there.

Anti-Japan protests erupt in China over islands row - FT.com

Thousands of Chinese besieged the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles, and protests broke out in other Chinese cities in an angry dispute over a group of remote islands.

Japan plans to end reliance on nuclear power within 30 years | guardian.co.uk

Japan has announced plans to end its reliance on nuclear power within 30 years, in a historic policy shift prompted by the triple meltdown at the Fukushima power plant.

Japan teen sets world swim record | Bangkok Post

Japan's precocious 18-year-old Akihiro Yamaguchi set a new world record in the men's 200-metre breaststroke on Saturday, then vowed to be the next Kosuke Kitajima. The high-school student clocked two minutes 07.01 seconds, breaking the previous world mark of 2:07.28 set by Daniel Gyurta of Hungary on August 1 at the London Olympics.

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News Headlines - 14 September 2012

More protests break out in Muslim world as U.S. appeals for calm - The Washington Post

Protests inspired by an anti-Islam film targeted more U.S. facilities in the Muslim world Thursday, testing the will and capacity of foreign governments to protect Americans and the ability of the Obama administration to cool the growing anger.

Hillsborough: police to consider referral to IPCC - Channel 4 News

As victims' families call for prosecutions, South Yorkshire police say they are reviewing the Hillsborough report with a view to making a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Alps Murders: Witness Talks Of Awful Dilemma

Brett Martin found members of the al Hilli family shot dead in their car and their seven-year-old daughter collapsed at the side of the road. He said his toughest choice was having to leave Zainab, who had been shot and badly beaten, so that he could get help.

Duchess of Cambridge topless: What the French privacy laws say - Evening Standard

This right, formally incorporated into the constitution in 1995, includes unauthorised taking of photographs... However, images of public figures can only be taken without permission when they are performing their public role. Anything that involves their private life is still strictly off limits.

Tory chairman abandons plan to cut number of MPs in Commons | The Guardian

The Tory leadership has abandoned immediate plans to reduce the size of the House of Commons by 50 MPs, after Lords reform was dropped, the party chairman, Grant Shapps, has announced.

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News Headlines - 13 September 2012

AFP: Obama says terror will not dim light of US values

President Barack Obama says no act of terror would dim the values America offers the world, following assaults on US diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt.

What They Said, Before and After the Attack in Libya - NYTimes.com

Statements made by President Obama, Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, and American officials preceding and following the attack on an American post in Benghazi, Libya.

BBC News - Hillsborough papers: Calls for 'essential prosecutions'

A criminal investigation into the police handling of the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster must happen, an ex-chief constable has said.

Bernanke takes a plunge with QE3 - FT.com

The US Federal Reserve has launched an open-ended effort to spark the recovery by injecting an additional $40bn into the economy each month through purchases of mortgage-backed securities.

BBC News - Robots and humans could 'talk' via new software

Software that will allow robots to "talk" with people is being developed at the University of Aberdeen.

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News Headlines - 12 September 2012

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Is Killed - WSJ.com

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other American diplomats were killed when suspected Libyan religious extremists stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi late Tuesday, according to Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagour.

AFP: Profile: Chris Stevens, US envoy who hailed Libya revolt

US ambassador Chris Stevens had supported the Libyan revolt that overthrew Moamer Kadhafi, but now has now been struck down in an attack by forces unleashed after the strongman's fall.

The Associated Press: Romney criticizes Obama in wake of embassy attacks

Republican Mitt Romney slammed the Obama administration's handling of foreign affairs in the wake of attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, as the presidential campaign lurched back to negative mode after a one-day pause for reflection over the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Hillsborough disaster: David Cameron apologises for 'double injustice' | Football | guardian.co.uk

David Cameron said he was "profoundly sorry" for the failures that caused the Hillsborough disaster and the subsequent attempts to shift blame for the tragedy on to supporters after the publication of a damning report on the events 23 years ago that left 96 dead.

UK employment rises to four-year high - Telegraph

UK employment hit the highest level in more than four years in August and jobless claims fell by the largest amount in over two years, suggesting an Olympics boost and raising hopes that the jobs market is improving.

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News Headlines - 11 September 2012

Americans mark 11th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks | Fox News

Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it's time to move forward after a decade of remembrance.

Japan buys disputed islands, China sends patrol ships | Reuters

Japan brushed off stern warnings by China on Tuesday and bought a group of islands that both sides claim in a growing dispute that threatens to deepen strains between Asia's two biggest economies.

Japan murder case: Chinese national in Toronto committed for extradition - thestar.com

A judge has ordered a Chinese national living in Toronto to be committed for extradition to Japan, where he is wanted for questioning in a high-profile supermarket murder of a woman and two schoolgirls.

Teenager stabbed to death after Facebook party is gatecrashed - Telegraph

A promising A-level student was stabbed to death after a quiet house party spiralled out of control when gatecrashers spotted an invite on Facebook.

Remote-control tech turns cockroaches into beasts of burden - NBCNews.com

Scientists have outfitted a cockroach with a high-tech backpack that allows them to remotely control where it scurries. While the concept may sound terrifying, anyone buried alive under rubble in an earthquake will shout for joy at the sight of one of these bugs. The shout will be relayed to rescue teams.

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News Headlines - 10 September 2012

London 2012: your highlights from Britain's 'golden summer' | guardian.co.uk

During almost six weeks of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, our readers have shared their experiences and views of the sporting spectacle and of its impact on communities in London and beyond. We've heard from volunteers and those watching the events, to torchbearers and international viewers following the action from afar.

BBC News - Union members back co-ordinated strikes over public sector pay

The TUC has voted at its annual Congress to support co-ordinated strike action over a public sector pay freeze.

BBC News - Alps shootings: Bomb squad visits Saad al-Hilli home

Army bomb disposal experts have visited the Surrey home of a British man, shot dead with his wife, mother-in-law and a cyclist in the French Alps last week.

Body found dead on path could have fallen from Heathrow-bound plane - London 24

A man who was found dead on a pavement could have fallen from the undercarriage of a plane on its way to Heathrow airport.

Emma Watson 'most dangerous' celebrity to search for online - Telegraph

Emma Watson has been named as the favourite bait for cyber criminals attempting to lure internet users to malicious sites

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News Headlines - 09 September 2012

France shooting: was Saad Al-Hilli assassinated over secret defence contract? - Telegraph

Detectives investigating the shooting in the alps massacre are looking into whether Saad Al-Hilli could have been targeted over links to the defence industry... There is growing speculation over the motives for the killings. French detectives are reportedly keen to question work colleagues of Saad after discovering that he was killed while working on a secret contract for one of Britain's biggest defence companies.

Dozens Killed In Wave of Bomb Attacks In Iraq

A string of car bombings and shootings sees at least 44 people killed as Iraq continues to struggle against Islamist militants.

Thousands protest in Japan against US plan to deploy Osprey aircraft | Fox News

Pacific Rim leaders pledged Sunday to fend off the deepening damage from the European crisis and revive flagging growth in the region by supporting open trade, reforming their economies and strengthening public finances.

Hong Kong voters flock to polls after protests and government climbdowns | guardian.co.uk

Hong Kong voters have gone to the polls in greater numbers than ever, after days of political drama in which students on hunger strike forced the government to drop an unpopular education policy extolling the merits of mainland China.

Kindle Fire HD ad opt-outs will cost $15 | TechRadar

Amazon has announced that new Kindle Fire HD owners will be able to kill the lock screen advertisements, but for a fee. Owners will need to fork out $15 (around £10) to rid their new tablets of the 'special offers' that appear each time they lock the screen.

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News Headlines - 08 September 2012

Bank of England's Dale warns about risks of loose policy | Reuters

The Bank of England must guard against fuelling inflation in a stalled economy when deciding on the need for more stimulus, its chief economist warned on Saturday, showing his reluctance to sanction further asset purchases.

Cable’s Industrial Strategy will mean 'picking the UK’s winners’ - Telegraph

Vince Cable, who this weekend admits that government’s handling of industrial policy is often “chaotic” and “ad hoc”, is set to announce “joint partnerships” with key industries targeted to generate growth.

Russia and Japan Move Forward on Major Natural Gas Deal - NYTimes.com

Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled gas monopoly, signed an accord on Saturday with the government of Japan to move forward with plans for the construction of a $13 billion natural gas terminal here that would propel the Kremlin’s ambitions to multiply its business and trade ties in the Far East.

Amazon's new high-end Kindle lacks FCC approval for sale - Gadgetbox on NBCNews.com

Amazon.com Inc trumpeted cutting-edge wireless technology as a key selling point for the fanciest of the new Kindle devices introduced by CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday. There's just one problem: the devices have not yet been approved for sale by the Federal Communications Commission.

Scientists could find alien life within 40 years, says royal astronomer - Telegraph

Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society, said evidence of whether beings exist not only beyond earth but beyond our solar system, could be found in that time, a newspaper reported.

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News Headlines - 07 September 2012

Merkel Backs ECB, Bucking German Anger Over Bond Plan - WSJ.com

Germany's government threw its support behind European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's plan to intervene in bond markets, countering criticism from German lawmakers, media and the country's central bank.

Nationalist backlash in Italy and Spain to test Mario Draghi bond plan - Telegraph

The European Central Bank's ground-breaking plan for mass purchases of Spanish and Italian bonds is fraught with political risk and may soon be overwhelmed by nationalist anger in the crisis states, leading economists and statesmen warned at a gathering of the European policy elites in Italy.

France shooting: police to question brother over family 'conflict' - Telegraph

The brother of a British man murdered alongside his wife in the Alps is to be interviewed by French detectives over suggestions that the two men had fallen out over money.

Sepp Blatter wants Japan to host women's football and rugby | Mail Online

Japan have been encouraged to bid for the 2019 women's World Cup, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter seeing no reason why the country can't stage the competition and the Rugby World Cup in the same year.

Scientists could find alien life within 40 years, says royal astronomer - Telegraph

Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society, said evidence of whether beings exist not only beyond earth but beyond our solar system, could be found in that time, a newspaper reported.

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News Headlines - 06 September 2012

Analysts' thumbs down for smartphones sees shares tumble at Nokia - The Independent

Shares at the troubled Finnish mobile giant Nokia tumbled by 13 per cent yesterday as analysts gave a thumbs down to its new range of Windows 8 smartphones.

The Press Association: Bill Clinton boosts Obama campaign

US Democrats turned to a hero of the past, Bill Clinton, to boost the shaky re-election prospects of Barack Obama, with the popular former president from the prosperous 1990s assuring worried Americans that he feels "with all my heart" that Mr Obama is steering the country to an economic recovery.

Bird man Russian President Vladimir Putin takes to the skies to lead crane bird migration project in video | Metro.co.uk

The Russian president, who is a well-known wildlife enthusiast, took to the skies to lead a flock of the endangered birds with his motorised glider. Each of the cranes were born in captivity and did not know how to fly south, leading environmentalists to take inspiration from the film Fly Away Home and draft in an imitation bird to guide them in the right direction.

BBC News - Bosses' pension provision growing, says TUC

Directors of the UK's largest companies have seen their average pension provision grow sharply in the last year, the TUC has claimed. It said their provision was up in the last year and would provide an annual pension in retirement of £240,191.

Missing: Voyager 1 yet to find the boundary line of the Solar System | Ars Technica

However, new measurements provided by the venerable Voyager 1 probe have failed to find the expected flow, deepening the mystery of the boundary between our Solar System and interstellar space. This adds to an earlier surprise, when Voyager's instruments measured zero outward velocity in the solar wind, a measurement that has now held constant for over two years.

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News Headlines - 05 September 2012

Japan to buy Senkaku-Diaoyu islands in dispute with China | The Australian

JAPAN'S government has agreed to buy a group of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with China, reports say - a move likely to prove a further irritant in a tense relationship.

Apple hacking: FBI hits back at hackers and says its did NOT have the details millions of accounts | Mail Online

The FBI has hit back at a hacktivist groups claims that it stole personal identification data on millions of Apple device owners from an FBI agent's laptop. FBI officials said the bureau never asked for and never possessed the database that the group, which calls itself AntiSec, is posting on a website.

Foreign student migration rules attacked - FT.com

Britain’s ability to expand its share of the overseas student market is in jeopardy because the government is counting accredited students as part of overall immigration totals, an inquiry by a committee of MPs has found.

Northern Ireland leaders hold crisis talks to halt rioting | Reuters

Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers held crisis talks with politicians and leaders of the pro-British Orange Order on Wednesday in a bid to stop the sectarian violence which has engulfed Belfast over the last three days.

Human Genome Far More Complex, New Research Finds - WSJ.com

Encode succeeded the Human Genome Project, which identified the 20,000 genes that underpin the blueprint of human biology. But scientists discovered that those 20,000 genes constituted less than 2% of the human genome. The task of Encode was to explore the remaining 98%—the so-called junk DNA—that lies between those genes and was thought to be a biological desert.

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News Headlines - 04 September 2012

The Pirate Bay co-founder arrested - FT.com

A co-founder of The Pirate Bay, a controversial file-sharing website, has been detained in Cambodia after failing to return to his native Sweden to serve a one-year prison sentence for a 2009 conviction for breach of copyright law.

BBC launches mobile downloads for iPlayer | imediamonkey®

The BBC has today announced that BBC iPlayer users will be able to download their favourite BBC TV programmes directly to their smartphone or tablet for free.

BBC News - Student visa 'chaos' claim by Public Accounts Committee

Attempts to tighten the student visa system have been strongly attacked by a committee of MPs as "poorly planned and ill thought-out", and creating "chaos".

One in seven UK shops vacant | Reuters

Nearly one in seven British shops remained vacant at the end of June as retailers struggled in a double-dip recession, a report from Local Data Company said on Tuesday.

Liverpool reject Michael Owen as John Henry admits errors during Anfield ownership - The Independent

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has decided against approaching Michael Owen about a return to his spiritual home of Anfield, despite the club's desperate need of striking reinforcements after a disastrous conclusion to the transfer window.

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News Headlines - 03 September 2012

Russia to demand explanations over reports about UK's Magnitsky list

Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko is going to ask the British Foreign Office to give a formal explanation over media reports about tighter control of entry to the UK for Russian officials from the Magnitsky list.

Unification Church Founder Dies at 92

Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon has died at the age of 92. Moon succumbed to complications from pneumonia early Monday in a church-run hospital east of the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Hon Hai chairman demands management role at Japan's Sharp | Reuters

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd's chairman is demanding a management role at Sharp Corp as part of an equity tie-up, stepping up the pressure on the Japanese TV maker to give him greater influence in the company in return for badly needed cash.

BBC News - Fans resurrect Half-Life video game

After eight years of work, fans are about to release an updated and expanded version of classic video game Half-Life. Called Black Mesa, the resurrected game will be made available as a free download on 14 September.

BBC News - Free school numbers to rise by 55, government reveals

Fifty-five new free schools are opening this autumn, tripling the number in place across England, ministers say.

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News Headlines - 02 September 2012

Harvard Probes Allegations of Cheating on Exam - WSJ.com

Harvard University said it is investigating 125 students for possibly cheating on a take-home final exam, in what would be the largest such case at the Ivy League school in recent memory.

US suspends training of new Afghan Local Police after insider attacks | guardian.co.uk

US Forces in Afghanistan said on Sunday they have suspended training new recruits to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) amid a spike in the number of insider attacks which are damaging trust between Afghans and their allies.

BBC News - George Osborne says Heathrow third runway is an option

Chancellor George Osborne has not ruled out a third runway at Heathrow airport to help boost growth, days after No 10 repeated its pledge not to build one.

Venice: Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa explores impact of death on those left behind in ‘Penance’ - The Washington Post

Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s interest in the impact of death on those left behind has drawn to the horror genre, but he says he tries to leave viewers with a sense of hope. Kurosawa showed his latest project, “Penance,” out of competition at the Venice Film Festival this week.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Gets a Good Look Around Mars -- 360-Degree Panorama - WSJ.com

See a panorama from NASA's Curiosity rover from its first test drive on Mars.

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News Headlines - 01 September 2012

The Associated Press: New UN Syria envoy puts pressure on regime

The U.N.'s new envoy to Syria told President Bashar Assad's regime on Saturday that change is both "urgent" and "necessary" and that it must meet the "legitimate" demands of the Syrian people, words that will not win the seasoned Algerian diplomat and international trouble shooter any friends in Damascus.

Suicide blasts at U.S.-Afghan base kill 13 - CNN.com

Two suicide bombers struck a joint U.S.-Afghan military base in central Afghanistan early Saturday, killing 13 people, authorities said.

Grünenthal Group Apologizes to Thalidomide Victims - NYTimes.com

Decades of campaigning by victims of thalidomide, a morning sickness drug, have taken a new turn, with the first apology in 50 years to the victims and their families by the drug’s German manufacturer — and an incensed rejection of the apology as too little and too late from many of those it was intended to placate.

BBC Nature - 'Spineless' animals under threat of extinction

The majority of the world's estimated 126,000 freshwater species are invertebrates including molluscs and insects, such as dragonflies... According to the ZSL review, a major issue for threatened freshwater species is water pollution from agricultural run-off, domestic sewage and industrial waste.

The Press Association: Scientist backing Higgs boson find

The scientist who heads the world's largest particle physics laboratory said he thinks it is "beyond any doubt" that a Higgs boson particle has been discovered.

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News Headlines - 31 August 2012

Samsung did not violate Apple patent, Japan rules - Telegraph

A Tokyo court has dismissed Apple's claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent - the latest ruling in the global legal battle between the two technology titans over smartphones.

Japan and North Korea Agree to New Talks - NYTimes.com

Japan and North Korea ended their first direct talks in four years on Friday with an agreement to meet again as early as next month, apparently in a sign of the North’s desire to reduce tensions with Japan, and by extension, the United States.

Hitachi Receives Order for UK Railway Transport Management System Prototype

Hitachi, Ltd. today announced that Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. has received an order for a prototype of a traffic management system from Network Rail Infrastructure Limited ("Network Rail") in the England, Scotland and Wales. Network Rail will test and evaluate prototypes ordered from Hitachi and two other companies, and based on the outcome, it will make a decision regarding the future roll-out of traffic management across the entire rail network in Great Britain.

Japan's Nomura to cut another $1 billion of costs in overseas revamp | Reuters

Nomura Holdings Inc, Japan's largest investment bank, is cutting an additional $1 billion in costs in the second major restructuring of its loss-making overseas operations in less than a year.

Japan plans to cut state spending, could run out of money in a month - Telegraph

Japan's government is planning to suspend some state spending as it could run out of cash by October, with a deficit financing bill blocked by opposition parties trying to force Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda into an early election.

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News Headlines - 30 August 2012

London Metropolitan University visa licence revoked: Q&A | guardian.co.uk

Because of what the government has called "serious systemic failure" in its monitoring of its international student body. It says UK Border Agency checks suggest that in more than a quarter of the cases it sampled, the students did not have permission to stay in the country, a "significant proportion" did not have sufficient English and there was no proof that half of those sampled were turning up to lectures.

Drunk Driver Jailed For Injuring Paralympian

A farmer who left a Paralympic cycling champion for dead in a hit-and-run accident has been jailed for 18 months.

Phone Hacking: Tom Crone, former News of the World legal manager is arrested - Telegraph

He was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and was taken to a local police station for questioning.

Credit card borrowing shows biggest decline in six years | guardian.co.uk

Borrowing on credit cards suffered its biggest fall in almost six years in July as consumers kept a tight rein on their spending. Figures from the Bank of England showed a net fall of £147m in credit card lending during the month – the first drop in three months and the biggest since August 2006.

Hon Hai CEO has left Japan, no deal yet with Sharp: Jiji

Hon Hai Precision Industry Chief Executive Terry Gou left Japan on Thursday afternoon, leaving ongoing talks on a capital alliance with Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp unsettled, Jiji news agency said.

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News Headlines - 29 August 2012

17 beheaded at party in bloody Afghan day - thenews.com.pk

Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 party-goers, 10 Afghan soldiers were killed and two Nato troops shot dead in a new insider attack in a bloody day across Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.

BBC News - 'Essex lion was my pet cat Teddy Bear' - owner

A woman has claimed sightings of a "lion"- which sparked an extensive search by Essex Police - were of her large pet cat, Teddy Bear. A search for the "very large animal" seen in St Osyth, near Clacton-on-Sea, on Sunday was called off on Monday.

BBC News - Ryanair's Aer Lingus bid faces EU inquiry

Budget airline Ryanair's latest attempt to take over its Irish rival Aer Lingus is to be investigated by the European Commission.

Global Deal: Japan’s Daikin to Buy US Rival Goodman - Deal Journal India - WSJ

The world’s biggest maker of air conditioners, Japan’s Daikin Industries Ltd, said Wednesday it has agreed to buy U.S. peer Goodman Global Inc. for $3.7 billion as it looks to increase its share of the U.S. market and solidify its position as global number one.

Two planets orbiting binary star system discovered for the first time (Wired UK)

Astronomers have published a study revealing that Nasa's exoplanet-hunting Kepler telescope has spotted two planets orbiting two suns for the first time. The find proves that circumbinary planetary systems can not only form in, but continue to withstand, the intense pressures exerted by a binary star system -- until now, astronomers had only been able to identify binary star systems with one planet in orbit, a find that was confirmed in 2011 when Kepler-16b was spotted.

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News Headlines - 28 August 2012

Isaac nears hurricane strength and heads for New Orleans - U.S. News

Tropical storm Isaac was on the verge of becoming a hurricane as it approached the Gulf Coast early Tuesday morning, forecasters warned. Its swirling winds and rain will be a major test of the region's new flood control systems seven years after Hurricane Katrina sent walls of water crashing inland.

An end to war? Colombian government seeks peace with FARC rebels - World News

Colombia's government is seeking peace with the country's biggest rebel group, the FARC, and could consider also holding talks with a second guerrilla movement to end five decades of war, the country's president said on Monday.

Israeli court rules military not at fault in US activist’s death - The Washington Post

An Israeli court ruled Tuesday that the military was not at fault for killing a U.S. activist crushed by an army bulldozer during a 2003 demonstration, rejecting a lawsuit filed by her parents.

BBC News - Japan seeks China probe into ambassador's car flag attack

Japan has called an incident in which an unknown man ripped the flag off a car carrying its ambassador in Beijing "very regrettable".

Japan cuts economic assessment as global slowdown bites | Reuters

Japan's government cut its assessment for the export-reliant economy for the first time in nearly a year as slowing global growth weighed on exports, clouding recovery prospects and adding pressure on the central bank for further stimulus.

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News Headlines - 27 August 2012

School fees rise by 63% as middle classes are squeezed - Scotsman.com

The cost of privately educating children in Scotland has soared by 63 per cent in the past ten years, with the average family expected to fork out almost £10,000 per child per year, a new report shows... Experts have warned that it is increasingly difficult for parents in many occupations to afford a private education for their children.

BBC News - Houses of Parliament could close for five years for repairs

Parliament could be convened in a replica chamber or a conference centre for the duration of the repair work, which could start in 2015. The Sunday Times has reported the refurbishment could cost about £3bn.

BBC News - Flag ripped off Japan envoy's car in Beijing

Japanese officials said two cars forced ambassador Uichiro Niwa's vehicle to stop before a man jumped out and snapped off the flag. The embassy lodged a complaint, and China's foreign ministry was later quoted expressing "deep regret".

North Korea and Japan to hold first talks in four years - Telegraph

North Korea and Japan this week hold their first direct talks in four years with attention focused on whether they can show progress in overcoming deep-rooted suspicions that have hamstrung ties.

BBC News - Fish play video game in new behaviour study

Researchers have used a video game projected into a fish tank to study the behaviour of predatory bluegill sunfish.

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News Headlines - 26 August 2012

AFP: Japan hails Man United scorer Kagawa

Japanese newspapers on Sunday hailed playmaker Shinji Kagawa after he netted his first goal in the Premier League on his home debut following his big-money move to Manchester United.

Murdoch: Sun printed Prince Harry photos for press freedom - Telegraph

The Sun newspaper was obliged to print photographs of Prince Harry nude because there is "no free press" in Britain, Rupert Murdoch has said.

Assad's forces accused of massacre near Syrian capital | Reuters

Syrian opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's army on Sunday of massacring scores of people in a town close to the capital that it recently recaptured from rebels.

iPad mini to follow iPhone 5 in October, sources claim | CNET UK

Apple will announce the iPad mini at a separate event to the iPhone 5, according to sources. The iPhone 5 is widely tipped to launch on 12 September, but then Apple will announce the iPad mini in October, unnamed sources have told AllThingsD. Previously, reports had claimed Apple would announce both devices at the September event.

BBC News - Typhoon Bolaven lashes Japan's Okinawa

A powerful typhoon has crashed into the Japanese island of Okinawa, forcing thousands of residents to take cover. Forecasters are predicting slow-moving Typhoon Bolaven could be the strongest storm to strike the island in more than 50 years.

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News Headlines - 25 August 2012

Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon, dies at age 82 | guardian.co.uk

As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said: "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language.

Apple awarded over $1bn in Samsung patent infringement trial | The Guardian

Apple has been awarded more than $1bn in damages after its rival smartphone and tablet manufacturer Samsung was found to have copied critical features of its iPhone and iPad.

Empire State Building gunman shot dead by police after killing boss | guardian.co.uk

A laid-off clothing designer killed his former manager before being shot dead by police in New York on Friday after a workplace dispute escalated into a shootout near the Empire State Building. At least nine people were wounded during the attack, in one of the most crowded areas of Manhattan. Some of those injured may have been shot by police as they shot at the gunman, who pointed his handgun at them but is understood not to have fired.

MPs’ anger over G4S 'damaging to economy’ - Telegraph

One of G4S’s largest shareholders has warned that the aggressive response of MPs to the Olympics security shambles put recovery at risk by discouraging businesses to come to Britain.

Shinji Kagawa: my dream came true when I played for Manchester United | guardian.co.uk

Shinji Kagawa is "confident of great outcomes" for Manchester United this season despite Sir Alex Ferguson's side losing their opening Premier League match at Everton 1-0.

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News Headlines - 24 August 2012

Sun publishes pictures of naked Prince Harry | guardian.co.uk

The Sun has become the first British newspaper to publish photographs of Prince Harry naked in a Las Vegas hotel room, claiming the move was in the public interest. The tabloid's decision comes after Prince Charles's royal aides threatened legal action against newspapers if they published the images, despite the fact they had already been circulated online.

Norway jails sane Breivik for killing 77 | Reuters

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was jailed for a maximum term on Friday when judges declared him sane enough to answer for the murder of 77 people last year, drawing a smirk of triumph from the self-styled warrior against Islam.

ITV News Investigation: Prescription medicines bought online contain Class A drugs - ITV News

When we started our investigation into buying medicines on the internet, we expected to find some dodgy practices. But we were astonished (to say the least) by the lab tests on two of the compounds we bought which showed they were contaminated by addictive tranquillisers and by the Class A drug of abuse Crystal Meth.

Anger at GCSE 'manipulation' as top grades fall for first time ever - The Independent

The first drop in top grade passes in the history of the GCSE exam was revealed yesterday, prompting claims that exam boards had acted immorally in raising grade boundaries at the last moment.

Tokyo slams Seoul over returned letter|Asia-Pacific|chinadaily.com.cn

Tokyo on Friday slammed Seoul's decision to return a protest letter as showing no signs of "basic diplomatic courtesy", as both countries stepped up their emotional row over disputed islands. The islands, known in English as Liancourt Rocks, in Japanese as Takeshima and in Korean as Dokdo, lie equidistant between South Korea and Japan. The lonely set of islets coveted for the rich mineral resources in the surrounding waters has been a chronic source of diplomatic tension between the two Asian neighbors.

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News Headlines - 23 August 2012

Prince Harry photos: Fleet Street told not to publish, yet all is revealed on web | The Guardian

Fleet Street's refusal to publish pictures of a naked Prince Harry represents a remarkable moment of collective restraint with a royal who has already benefited from a different sort of press blackout. Four years ago, the media agreed not to report on his tour of duty to Afghanistan until Australian magazine New Idea broke the embargo, although it did not get much attention until it was picked up by the US-based Drudge report weeks later.

AFP: Lawrence murder pair lose appeal bid

Two men jailed earlier this year for the notorious racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993 have lost the first round of their bid to challenge their convictions.

Pensioners biggest winners from QE - Bank of England - Telegraph

Pensioners and older workers have gained the most from quantitative easing despite claims that they have been hardest hit by the policy, a Bank of England study has shown.

Microsoft revamps logo for 1st time in 25 years - Businessweek

Microsoft's corporate logo has a new look, setting the stage for a wave of products designed to cast the world's largest software maker in a new light.

Indo-European Languages Originated in Anatolia, Biologists Say - NYTimes.com

The result, they announced in Thursday’s issue of the journal Science, is that “we found decisive support for an Anatolian origin over a steppe origin.” Both the timing and the root of the tree of Indo-European languages “fit with an agricultural expansion from Anatolia beginning 8,000 to 9,500 years ago,” they report.

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News Headlines - 22 August 2012

Obama Threatens Force Against Syria - NYTimes.com

President Obama warned Syria on Monday that it would face American military intervention if there were signs that its arsenal of unconventional weapons was being moved or prepared for use. It was Mr. Obama’s first direct threat of force against Syria, as he has resisted being drawn into the bloody 18-month rebellion.

Another disastrous month - and George Osborne is forced to cut deeper - The Independent

Public sector finances suffered from a 20 per cent fall in corporation tax receipts from business while public spending rose by 5 per cent, fuelled by higher benefit payments

RBS under investigation by US authorities - Telegraph

The taxpayer-backed UK bank is understood to be being scrutinised by the US Federal Reserve and the Department of Justice, after it provided information to them and to the UK regulators.

Myth of free banking: Hidden charges mean current accounts can cost £900 a year | Mail Online

Banks are ripping off customers by refusing to pay decent interest rates on current accounts and hitting people with overdraft fees of up to £900 a year, critics claimed last night. Consumer champion Which?, which is challenging moves by the banking industry to add to customers’ pain by introducing a new regime of monthly charges, also said free banking was ‘a myth’.

Three operations a day: Full scale of council spying revealed

The full scope of local councils' surveillance operations was revealed today, with figures showing they launched three new actions every day for three straight years. Big Brother Watch's research for the years between 2008 and 2011, when the coalition imposed a requirement for magistrates' approval, showed local authorities used the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) powers more than 9,600 times.

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News Headlines - 21 August 2012

BBC News - UK government borrows £600m in July as tax receipts dip

Borrowing to cover the gap between spending and revenue was £600m in July, the Office for National Statistics said. There was a surplus of £2.8bn in the same month a year earlier. The Treasury blamed disappointing corporation tax receipts.

NHS hospitals to open branches abroad to cash in on reputation - Evening Standard

London's world-famous hospitals are being encouraged to sell their services abroad by opening profit-making units in other countries. Historic names such as the Royal Marsden, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ are being targeted by the government to cash in on demand for NHS treatment overseas.

Apple Becomes Biggest Stock Ever - US Business News - CNBC

Apple entered the record books Monday, becoming the most valuable stock to have ever traded. Apple closed Monday at another historic high of $665.15, ending the day with a record market cap of $623.5 billion.

Apple, Samsung CEOs speak but fail to reach settlement | Apple - CNET News

The attempt to goad Apple and Samsung into settling at least some of their ongoing patent dispute has apparently been fruitless. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Chief Executive Officer Kwon Oh Hyun were asked by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh to discuss possible resolutions of their patent litigation, which is nearly in jurors' hands. However, that conversation failed to break the deadlock between the two companies.

Japanese reporter killed in Syria - Telegraph

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had earlier reported that an unnamed Japanese female journalist had died in Aleppo, the scene of heavy fighting in recent days and weeks, and three other reporters were missing. Ms Yamamoto was killed at Suleiman al-Halabi, a district in the east of Syria's second city where troops and rebels were locked in clashes.

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News Headlines - 20 August 2012

BBC News - Bo Xilai scandal: Gu Kailai jailed over Heywood murder

The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

BAA agrees to sell off Stansted airport - Telegraph

The airports operator said on Monday it would not mount a final appeal to the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal last month upheld a competition ruling dating back to 2009, dictating that Stansted must be sold.

BBC News - Greek PM to meet eurozone leaders this week

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to hold meetings with eurozone leaders this week, which could help determine the fate of his country in the bloc.

Photosynthesis-like process found in insects : Nature News & Comment

The biology of aphids is bizarre: they can be born pregnant and males sometimes lack mouths, causing them to die not long after mating. In an addition to their list of anomalies, work published this week indicates that they may also capture sunlight and use the energy for metabolic purposes.

Prince Charles: young jobless should start their own businesses - Telegraph

Prince Charles has spoken out about high youth unemployment, suggesting the best way out was self-employment.

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News Headlines - 19 August 2012

Man found dead at V Festival in Staffordshire | guardian.co.uk

A 20-year-old man has been found dead in a tent at the V Festival. Police said security staff at Weston Park, Staffordshire, were called to the tent at around 1am on Sunday morning where they discovered the man in an unresponsive state.

The Press Association: Assange in embassy for two months

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has now been inside Ecuador's London embassy for two months. The controversial figure - wanted in Sweden on sex allegations - entered the building seeking asylum on June 19 and has been inside since.

BBC News - Oracle confirms paying a blogger but Google names no-one

Oracle said it had relationships with blogger Florian Mueller and Stanford University's Prof Paul Goldstein. Google said it did not pay any "journalists, bloggers, or other commentators to write about this case".

Syria's Assad makes rare appearance in Damascus mosque | Reuters

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performed Eid prayers in a Damascus mosque on Sunday, state television showed, in his first appearance in public since a July bombing in the Syrian capital that killed four top security officials.

The Press Association: Rodgers frustrated as Reds pay penalty

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers felt harshly treated by referee Phil Dowd after seeing his side crash to a 3-0 defeat at West Brom on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season.

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News Headlines - 18 August 2012

AFP: Russia faces international condemnation over Pussy Riot

Russia on Saturday faced a storm of international criticism for sentencing three members of Pussy Riot punk band to two years in prison for their protest in an Orthodox cathedral.

Julian Assange row: ministers from across Americas to hold meeting | guardian.co.uk

The diplomatic row between Britain and Ecuador over the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is to be discussed by foreign ministers from across the Americas next week. The Organisation of American States (OAS) has voted to hold a meeting next Friday following Ecuador's decision to grant political asylum to Assange, who is currently taking refuge in the South American country's embassy in London.

Japan Sees Near-Term End to Deflation - WSJ.com

The Japanese government on Friday predicted that an end to its 15-year-old problem of deflation is just around the corner, but analysts were skeptical, calling a long-term resolution a more pragmatic view.

Nokia and Microsoft try to steal Apple's thunder with Windows phone launch | The Guardian

Nokia will hold a joint media event with Microsoft in New York on 5 September, boosting expectations that it will show off its long-awaited Windows smartphone upgrade before rival Apple rolls out its next iPhone – expected to be announced exactly a week later.

Wenger admits United are stronger - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal have made rivals Manchester United even stronger with the sale of captain Robin van Persie, but feels Sir Alex Ferguson is a "bit too confident" with talking up another Treble like in 1999.

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News Headlines - 17 August 2012

Prince Philip: no visitors but responding well to hospital treatment | guardian.co.uk

Prince Philip is continuing to respond well to treatment at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, but has been ordered to rest and not exhaust himself entertaining visitors, even members of his own family – though they are keeping in touch by phone.

Pussy riot trial: 'We are representatives of our generation' | guardian.co.uk

They have targeted some of Moscow's most well-secured sites with their flash concerts – the metro, a jail, Red Square – but it was a 40-second performance inside Russia's official church that proved a step too far for a system increasingly intolerant of dissent.

More than 30 striking miners killed in South Africa - The Independent

More than 30 people have been killed after South Africa's police officers opened fire on striking workers at a Lonmin PLC mine. Police ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi gave the figure today after yesterday's shooting in Marikana, just north-west of Johannesburg.

Japan sends back Chinese activists in bid to defuse island row | Reuters

Japan on Friday sent home the first group of Chinese activists detained after landing on an island claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing, but anger in China and South Korea shows the latest flare-up in territorial rows is far from over.

BBC News - Camouflage bendy robot changes colour for disguise

A robot that can change colour to either blend in with or stand out from its surroundings has been created by scientists. The machine, designed by researchers at Harvard University, was inspired by the camouflage skills of sea creatures such as octopuses, cuttlefish and squid.

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News Headlines - 16 August 2012

WikiLeaks: Three Julian Assange supporters arrested outside London embassy as tensions grow between UK and Ecuador - Evening Standard

Three people were arrested this morning outside Ecuador’s embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum.

Andy Coulson in court over phone hacking - Channel 4 News

Former Tory spin doctor Andy Coulson and six other people appear in court on Thursday charged with phone hacking.

Japan to deport Chinese activists after island landing | Reuters

Japan has decided to deport Chinese activists who landed on a disputed isle at the heart of a territorial row, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, a move that could ease tension between Asia's two biggest economies.

BBC News - Libor scandal: Seven banks summoned in US probe

Seven banks, including HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland, are to be questioned in the US for alleged manipulation of the Libor inter-bank lending rate. The other banks receiving subpoenas by the New York attorney general are Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and UBS.

Families of 1983 Marines bombing sue bank in NY - WSJ.com

Families of victims of a deadly 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to hold Standard Chartered Bank and its New York branch accountable. They claim in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the bank conspired with Iran and its agents to hide Iran's assets from them. They're seeking to trace assets as they try to enforce a $2.6 billion judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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News Headlines - 15 August 2012

Richard Branson attacks Government 'insanity' after Virgin Trains loses West Coast rail contract - Telegraph

Sir Richard Branson has attacked the "insanity" of the Government after Virgin Trains lost control of the prestigious West Coast rail line that it has run for 15 years.

UK unemployment lowest in a year - FT.com

Unemployment in Britain fell to the lowest in nearly a year in the second quarter as the labour market continued to perform better than expected in spite of the country’s double-dip recession.

Series Of Explosions Follow Damascus Bombing

Free Syrian Army commander says bombing targeted a military meeting rather than UN observers at nearby hotel.

BBC News - Japan arrests Hong Kong activists in islands row

Japanese police have arrested five Hong Kong activists who landed on disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, reports say.

Nokia CEO: We're sticking with Windows Phone - CNET News

The phone maker has no plans to move away from its Windows Phone platform, with a new smartphone expected soon.

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News Headlines - 14 August 2012

Air fares lift UK inflation to 2.6% - FT.com

UK inflation picked up unexpectedly in July, driven largely by increases in air fares and housing costs, official data show. The Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday that the Consumer Price Index in July rose at a year-on-year rate of 2.6 per cent, up from the 2.4 per cent in June. Economists had expected price growth to ease in July to 2.3 per cent.

Shock 6.2% Rise In Rail Fares From January

Rail travellers in England face a greater-than-expected 6.2% hike in average fares from the New Year after official figures revealed a surprise jump in the inflation rate.

Japan, North Korean officials to meet for first time in four years | Reuters

Diplomats from Japan and North Korea will meet for the first time in four yours later this month for talks that could touch on the contentious issue of the North's abduction of Japanese citizens decades ago, Japan said on Tuesday.

Google to cut 4,000 Motorola Mobility jobs - Telegraph

Motorola Mobility is to axe 4,000 staff - a fifth of its workforce - in the first major change under its new parent company, Google. The web search giant, which sealed its $12.5bn acquisition of the mobile phone manufacturer in May, was primarily motivated by Motorola’s portfolio of patents but this week made the first steps towards turning the company around.

Apple reveals secret patent deal with Microsoft in Samsung trial - Telegraph

Apple and Microsoft have a secret agreement not to sue each other over infringement of smartphone patents, it has been revealed, as part of a trial in which Samsung is accused of “slavishly copying” the iPhone and iPad.

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News Headlines - 13 August 2012

London 2012 Olympics: A musical farewell to the world at the closing ceremony - The Independent

Last night's closing ceremony lacked the wonder of Danny Boyle's extravaganza. But nobody cared.

Coalition government will not survive until 2015 election, voters predict | The Guardian

Just 16% of electorate expect coalition between Tories and Lib Dems to last another three years, according to ICM poll

Japanese GDP growth slows to 0.3% - FT.com

Japan’s economy grew by just 0.3 per cent in the second quarter, lower than expected, as weak exports and softer consumer spending offset continuing strong public investment in the disaster-stricken Tohoku region.

The Press Association: Asian stocks fall on Japan slowdown

Asian stock markets have fallen after a slowdown in Japan's growth gave investors another reason to worry about the health of the global economy.

Tia Sharp latest: Stuart Hazell remanded in custody as he appears in court charged with murder | Mail Online

Stuart Hazell, 37, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court via video-link Tia's body was found in a bin bag in the loft of his home in New Addington, south London

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News Headlines - 12 August 2012

U.S. destroyer, oil tanker collide - CNN.com

A U.S. guided missile destroyer was involved in a collision with an oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy announced. No one on either the USS Porter or the Japanese-owned M/V Otowasan was injured, the Navy said.

Iran earthquakes leave hundreds dead | The Guardian

Overcrowded hospitals in north-west Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday as rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful earthquakes killed nearly 300 people.

Olympics-Bank of England's King says banks can learn from Games | Reuters

Bank of England governor Mervyn King took a swipe at bankers on Sunday, saying they should take a lesson about fair play from the Olympic Games, which have shown that money is not the only motivator for success.

Virgin May Lose West Coast Rail Franchise

The Government is soon to announce the winner of bidding for the West Coast rail franchise - and Sir Richard Branson may lose out.

AFP: Japan's Sharp Corp. running out of options, analysts say

Japan's Sharp Corp. is fast running out of options to repair its disintegrating balance sheet, analysts say, raising fears about its viability as investors bolt for the exit.

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News Headlines - 11 August 2012

BBC News - Tia Sharp: Grandmother Christine arrested over murder

The grandmother of 12-year-old Tia Sharp has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Romney campaign confirms Paul Ryan as running mate | Reuters

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, the Romney campaign confirmed on Saturday.

Google to punish piracy sites in search rankings | CNET UK

The search giant will downrank sites hit by valid copyright claims, it announced in a blog post. Its new algorithm will take into account the number of valid copyright notices a site has received, and shunt the worst offenders down the rankings. Whether this is a genuine attempt to curb the pirates, or just to appease the studios threatening to sue Google, depends on your point of view.

Japan Raises Sales Tax to Tackle Debt - WSJ.com

Japan, burdened with the highest debt load of any developed nation, on Friday took its biggest step in years to contain the problem, approving a plan to double the national sales tax by 2015.

UK recession not as deep as feared on improved construction data - Telegraph

Britain's recession might not be as deep as feared after better-than-expected construction figures raised the chance that official GDP figures for the second quarter would be revised up.

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News Headlines - 10 August 2012

Manchester United Prices I.P.O. at $14 a Share - NYTimes.com

As publicly traded stocks, professional sports teams have generally been losers. Manchester United, one of the world’s most popular soccer clubs, will soon find out whether its winning ways on the field will make it a rare exception. It is off to a rough start. On Thursday, Manchester United, which raised $4.3 billion, priced its offering at $14 a share, below the expected range.

Google to pay record $22.5m fine to FTC over Safari tracking | guardian.co.uk

Google is to pay a record $22.5m (£14.4m) fine to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US after it tracked users of Apple's iPhone, iPad and Mac computers by circumventing privacy protections on the Safari web browser for several months at the end of 2011 and into 2012. The fine is the largest paid by one company to the FTC, which imposed a 20-year privacy order on Google in March 2010 after concerns about the launch of its ill-fated Buzz social network.

Goldman to sell Japan contractor Fujita for $636 million | Reuters

Goldman Sachs (GS.N) will sell Japanese contractor Fujita Corp to Daiwa House Industry for 50 billion yen ($636 million), Daiwa said on Friday, marking another exit by the U.S. bank from its investments in Japan.

Russian underground Islamic sect: child abuse investigation launched - Telegraph

The discovery of an Islamic sect in Russia, where 70 people including 27 children were discovered living in a catacomb, has led prosecutors to open a child abuse investigation.

South Korean Leader’s Visit to Disputed Islets Increases Tension With Japan - NYTimes.com

President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea flew to a set of islets locked in a territorial dispute with Japan on Friday, dismissing protests from Tokyo and making a trip that was bound to heighten diplomatic tensions between Washington’s two key Asian allies.

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News Headlines - 09 August 2012

Murder trial at heart of Chinese political scandal begins - CNN.com

The murder trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of a recently deposed top official in the Chinese Communist Party, has begun in the eastern China city of Hefei, local officials said Thursday.

David Walker to be Barclays chairman - FT.com

Barclays has moved swiftly to fill the governance vacuum at the bank following the mass resignations that followed its indictment by regulators over the Libor lending rate scandal, appointing City grandee Sir David Walker as its next non-executive chairman.

Bad press may affect Google more than FTC's $22.5M fine - Computerworld

Although analysts say Google's $22.5 million fine from the FTC is a simple slap on the wrist, they argue that the publicity about it may still push the company to change its ways.

Manchester United to become most valuable football club in the world - Telegraph

Manchester United will become the most valuable football club in the world following its controversial flotation in New York.

BBC News - New human species identified from Kenya fossils

Researchers studying fossils from northern Kenya have identified a new species of human that lived two million years ago.

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News Headlines - 08 August 2012

Hoy makes history in medals rush - Liverpool Echo

Having repeatedly under-forecast inflation, the Bank now admits that it has also been far too optimistic about growth.

Olympic triumph masks an altogether grimmer reality - Telegraph

Prominent Welsh Liberal Democrats are clinging onto the hope that the UK Government may still be able to make minor Lords reforms. They could include getting rid of the remaining hereditary peers, allowing members to retire and improving the appointment system.

BBC News - Pfizer pays $60m to US government to settle charges

Drug firm Pfizer has paid the US government $60m (£38m) to settle charges alleging it paid millions of dollars in bribes to build its business in Europe and China.

Egypt bombs 20 suspected terrorists in Sinai - JPost

Egypt launched air strikes in the Sinai region close to the border with Israel on Wednesday, killing more than 20 suspected Islamic terrorists and marking the largest Egyptian military operation in the Sinai since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Sky launches James Bond channel as Sky Movies 007 HD - Mirror Online

All 22 Bond movies will be available under one roof for the first time from Octobe

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News Headlines - 07 August 2012

Standard Chartered Faces N.Y. Suspension Over Iran Deals - Bloomberg

Standard Chartered Plc conducted $250 billion of transactions with Iranian banks over seven years in violation of federal money laundering laws, a New York regulator said in an order warning that the firm’s U.S. unit may be suspended from doing business in the state.

Hate Page: Gurdwara killer raged, ranted online - Hindustan Times

The gunman who killed six worshippers at a Sikh temple played in white supremacist heavy metal bands and posted frequent comments on internet forums for skinheads, repeatedly exhorting members to act more decisively to support their cause.

Dramatic video of moment Curiosity landed on Mars - Channel 4 News

NASA's Curiosity space rover beams back a video sequence of its free-fall towards the surface of the red planet.

Japanese giant Panasonic confirm £2m R&D facility at its Cardiff plant - WalesOnline

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has today confirmed a new fuel cell product research and development facility at its plant in Cardiff. The company said the £2m facility would develop and adapt fuel cell products for the domestic market.

Kindle ebook sales have overtaken Amazon print, says book seller | The Guardian

According to unaudited figures released by the company on Monday, since the start of 2012, for every 100 hardback and paperback book sold on its site, customers downloaded 114 ebooks. Amazon said the figures included sales of printed books which did not have Kindle editions, but excluded free ebooks.

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News Headlines - 06 August 2012

BBC News - Japan marks Hiroshima bombing amid anti-nuclear calls

Japan is marking the 67th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima in an annual ceremony. Tens of thousands of people attended the event, amid growing anti-nuclear sentiment and protests in the country.

Banks are hiring not firing – at least for now - The Independent

The recruiter says that 2,985 new jobs were created in the Square Mile in July, an improvement on recent months. That's still down by 39 per cent on the same month a year ago, when there were 4,880 jobs going in the financial district. But it suggests that banks are looking to hire at least as many as they fire, a huge relief to a sector buffeted by scandal and going through a slump in business.

Thomas Cook profits hit after selling 45,000 Olympic tickets on the cheap - Mirror Online

Thomas Cook has been forced to offload 45,000 Olympic tickets on the cheap after suffering poor company junket sales. The struggling travel giant hoped to sell 300,000 tickets for the Games as part of packages that include hotel rooms.

Scientists name spider after Sir David Attenborough | Radio Times

A tiny Australian goblin spider has been named after wildlife expert and national treasure Sir David Attenborough. The creepy crawly is the sixth species to be named after the 86-year-old broadcaster.

Sky News: World on alert for massive solar storm

Experts say the sun is reaching a peak in its 10-year activity cycle, putting the Earth at greater risk from solar storms. Mike Hapgood, a space weather specialist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Didcot, Oxfordshire, said: 'Governments are taking it very seriously. These things may be very rare but when they happen, the consequences can be catastrophic.'

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News Headlines - 05 August 2012

Heavy rain causes floods in Scottish borders and south-west England | guardian.co.uk

Spectators stand in the rain before the start of the women's marathon at the London 2012 Olympics. Heavy downpours are forecast for much of the UK on Sunday.

BBC News - South China Sea dispute: China summons US diplomat

On Friday, the US state department said Beijing was risking an escalation in tensions by establishing a garrison on one of the disputed Paracel islands.

Target Nagasaki: the men who dropped the second bomb - Telegraph

Days after Hiroshima, a deadlier atomic bomb was bound for an armaments factory in Kokura – until bad weather forced a change of plan. In an extract from his new book, Nagasaki, Craig Collie gets inside the cockpit of the plane that dropped Fat Man

Nasa's Curiosity rover on course for successful landing - Telegraph

Nasa's ambitious attempt to land its Curiosity rover on Mars has so far gone without a hitch paving the way for a smooth landing on Monday morning, scientists have said.

The 50 best apps for children | The Observer

Adults are starting to trust their kids with their smartphones, but can children trust the grown-ups to download the best apps? Stuart Dredge picks the apps designed to get the kids learning, creating and playing

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News Headlines - 04 August 2012

Rebels: Iranian combatants in Syria to aid Assad - Israel News, Ynetnews

Syrian rebel leader says over 3,000 Iranian snipers have arrived in Damascus to join the Syrian regime's ranks; army no longer trusts local troops, he claims

Sky News: Diplomat expelled after teddy bear drop

On July 4, a Swedish public relations firm used a light plane to dump 879 teddies bearing slogans supporting human rights over Belarus. The invasion of the toys into Belarus airspace prompted the president, Alexander Lukashenko, to sack his air defence chief and head of the border guards. According to Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt, Mr Lukashenko has now expelled his country's ambassador, Stefan Eriksson.

Russia: Protests at Pussy Riot trial | euronews

“Freedom for Pussy Riot!” they cried. But three demonstrators were detained for a colourful show of support for the all-female punk band appearing at the Moscow courthouse opposite.

British diplomats to be granted access to Heywood trial - Telegraph

British diplomats will be granted rare access to the highly secretive and politically-charged Neil Heywood murder trial, set to start in China on Thursday.

Japanese chef meets North Korea's Kim and wife-reports | Reuters

A Japanese chef for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visited Pyongyang for the first time in 11 years and met the new young leader and his wife Ri Sol-ju, whom he described as "pretty and charming", Japanese media said on Saturday.

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News Headlines - 03 August 2012

Angry Annan ends Syria peace bid - WalesOnline

Kofi Annan has quit as peace envoy to Syria with a blistering attack on world powers, ending a frustrating six-month effort that failed to achieve even a temporary ceasefire as the country plunged into civil war.

Japan condemned over executions - Telegraph

Japan has been condemned for hanging two death row inmates in the country's first executions since March.

Soccer - U.S. and Japan eye women's final rematch - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

The United States, chasing a third successive Olympic gold, will meet neighbours Canada in the semi-finals of the women's football tournament while France meet world champions Japan after all four convincingly won their quarter-finals on Friday.

London 2012: Putin Cheers Russia at Judo - WSJ.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent decades cultivating an image as a macho man: Riding horses bare-chested, swimming in a Siberian river, collecting skin samples from whales, vanquishing his political opponents—all, of course, with the cameras rolling.

JAL, a Bailout Beneficiary, Heads for a Public Offering - NYTimes.com

Critics say the bailout has given JAL an unfair edge that distorts competition, and questions about its underlying health threaten to distract from the company’s return to the stock market. Whether its shares will be a good long-term investment is still to be seen, analysts say.

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News Headlines - 02 August 2012

Where’s Assad? Mystery deepens as Syrian leader appeals _ in writing _ for army to boost fight - The Washington Post

Assad has not spoken publicly since the July 18 bombing killed four of his top security officials — including his brother-in-law — during a rebel assault on the capital, Damascus. The president’s low profile has raised questions about whether he fears for his personal safety as the civil war escalates dramatically.

Series of Blasts Hit Indian City - WSJ.com

At least four blasts occurred in the western Indian city of Pune on Wednesday evening, police said... Apart from the four bombs that exploded, one bomb was also defused. Mr. Pol said he doesn't suspect it to be a terrorist attack.

Taliban kills West-friendly Afghans | The Australian

AFGHAN insurgents have executed seven men near Kabul for working with Westerners, Afghan officials said, while four NATO troops and an interpreter were killed in bomb attacks.

Greece agrees €11.5bn spending cuts - CNN.com

Greece's three-party coalition has reached agreement on €11.5bn of spending cuts over the next two years after the socialist party leader dropped objections to further planned reductions in pensions and public sector wages.

The Press Association: Markets fall after inaction on euro

The UK is facing more economic uncertainty after the European Central Bank failed to deliver measures for tackling the region's debt crisis. Markets fell sharply as ECB president Mario Draghi dashed hopes that he would signal an imminent move into bond markets to ease Spain's borrowing costs.

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News Headlines - 01 August 2012

Japan play for a draw to avoid switching from Cardiff base - The Independent

The Japan coach, Norio Sasaki, instructed his side not to push for a winner in their 0-0 draw against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium yesterday in order to stay in Cardiff for their next match.

BBC News - Olympic female badminton players charged

The Badminton World Federation has charged eight female Olympic doubles players with "not using one's best efforts to win a match".

Hans Rausing Admits Hiding Wife's Body

Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing has pleaded guilty to a charge of preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife's body. Rausing, one of Britain's richest men, also admitted driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs at Isleworth Crown Court.

BBC News - Press fumes at India's power failure

India's mainstream press was unanimously scathing in its criticism of the power outages which caused major disruption to much of the country over the past two days. Several papers expressed concern at how the blackout had affected India's image as an emerging superpower.

Outlook.com replaces Hotmail, breaks Windows Phone services | CNET UK

Microsoft has a new email service -- Outlook.com has launched, and will eventually replace popular browser-based service Hotmail.

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News Headlines - 31 July 2012

Silver for Team GB eventing - ITV News

Zara Phillips has become the first royal medal winner at the Olympics, saying it was "amazing" to be presented with silver by her mother.

Phelps breaks all-time Olympic medal record - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Michael Phelps became the most successful medallist in Olympic history after claiming silver in the 200m butterfly and gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay to bring his career tally to 19.

TV should switch to internet, peers suggest | The Guardian

The switch to digital television may be only the beginning, as a Lords committee says that all TV should be broadcast via the internet, leaving the airwaves free for mobile phones

Syrian Forces and Rebels Claim Gains in Aleppo Fight - NYTimes.com

The Syrian Army has descended on Aleppo, with troops, tanks, helicopters and warplanes, hoping to rout hundreds and perhaps thousands of armed opposition fighters who have grabbed a tenuous foothold here.

BBC News - 'Earliest' evidence of modern human culture found

The finds provide early evidence for the origin of modern human behaviour 44,000 years ago, over 20,000 years before other findings. The artefacts are near identical to modern-day tools of the indigenous African San bush people.

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News Headlines - 30 July 2012

Olympics 2012: more tickets on sale after officials return their allocation | guardian.co.uk

Organisers put 3,000 tickets from accredited groups on sale to public after criticism over empty seats at Olympic venues Open thread: where should the tickets go?

Italian Embassy Guard Abducted in Yemen - NYTimes.com

A guard at the Italian Embassy in Yemen was kidnapped on Sunday in broad daylight in the capital, Sana, an official from Italy’s Foreign Ministry said.

Phuket NEWS: At least 78 killed in western Myanmar clashes - UN

Clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities in western Myanmar have reportedly killed at least 78 people and displaced thousands last month, the United Nations (UN) said on Friday. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed serious concern about reports of human rights violations committed by security forces in Myanmar's Rakhine state...

Lending data fuel housing fears - FT.com

Lenders in the UK last month approved the fewest mortgages for 18 months while secured net lending fell sharply, raising concerns about the already weak housing market.

Samsung, Apple head for courtroom confrontation - CNET News

Monday marks the start of the U.S. trial between Apple and Samsung, two companies that have spent the past 17 months attempting to disembowel one another with legal filings -- all while quietly doing business together that helps keep them afloat.

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News Headlines - 29 July 2012

Anti-nuclear protest surrounds Japan parliament | Herald Sun

THOUSANDS of demonstrators, some wearing gas masks, marched on Japan's parliament today where they will form a human chain to protest the use of nuclear power after the Fukushima crisis.

Mitt Romney would support Israeli military strike against Iran, says aide | guardian.co.uk

Mitt Romney would back unilateral military action by Israel against Iran's nuclear sites, a senior aide said as the presumptive Republican candidate embarked on a series of high-level meetings in Jerusalem.

MPs tell Barclays to stop fundraising for Mitt Romney | The Guardian

Barclays has privately distanced itself from its bankers' donations to Mitt Romney, the US Republican presidential candidate, after its executives were accused in parliament of fundraising for political candidates instead of working to rebuild the public's trust in the wake of the Libor-setting scandal.

Barclays hit by new storm as chiefs probed over £7bn Arab bailout - The Independent

Barclays was engulfed in a new scandal last night after it emerged that finance director Chris Lucas is among four "current and former employees" under investigation by the Financial Services Authority over the multi-billion pound bailouts that the bank received from the Middle East in 2008.

Oxford University changes dress code to meet needs of transgender students | guardian.co.uk

Oxford University has rewritten the laws governing its strict academic dress code following concerns that they were unfair towards transgender students. Under the new regulations, students taking exams or attending formal occasions will no longer have to wear ceremonial clothing that is specific to their gender.

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News Headlines - 28 July 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Empty seats on the opening day prompts investigation - Telegraph

Despite tickets for the events being sold out, television images revealed scores of empty seats at the swimming, dressage, volleyball and tennis. Commentators noted the unfilled seats and members of the public who were unable to purchase tickets took to social media websites like Twitter to express their anger.

David Beckham hugs Michelle Obama and carries Olympic Torch to Tower Bridge on speedboat - now

David Beckham bonded with Michelle Obama in east London yesterday before taking part in the Olympics opening ceremony. Becks gave Michelle a few soccer tips to launch the Let's Move Get Fit campaign and America's First Lady met US contestants who have been training in the capital.

Twitter crashes amid Olympic fever - Telegraph

Heavy traffic and an unidentified problem have taken Twitter offline on the eve of the Olympics.

US economic growth slows to 1.5% - FT.com

The world’s largest economy has suffered a worrying loss of momentum with US growth slowing to an annualised rate of 1.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2012.

Syrian Forces Strike Rebel Stronghold in Aleppo - NYTimes.com

With tanks and artillery, the Syrian Army pounded opposition strongholds in Aleppo on Saturday, stepping up its barrage on a city that for days has been steeling for an assault, residents and activists said.

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News Headlines - 27 July 2012

BBC News - London 2012 Olympics launches with huge ceremony

The spectacular opening ceremony of the London Games, featuring Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, the Queen and James Bond, is well under way.

Mitt Romney's Olympics gaffe overshadows visit to London - Telegraph

Mitt Romney’s visit to Downing Street was overshadowed by a diplomatic spat on Thursday, after the Republican presidential candidate cast doubt over London’s readiness to host the Olympics.

Facebook's £100m Loss Sends Shares Plummeting

Facebook's share price has taken a massive tumble after it announced a net loss of $157m (£100m) in its first earnings report since becoming a public company.

British Gas owner Centrica makes £1.9m profit a day - Telegraph

Centrica said profits at British Gas Residential, which has 15.8m energy accounts in the UK, lifted to £345m in the six months to June 30 after volumes were boosted by the cool start to the summer. But the UK's biggest energy supplier also benefited from higher prices because, while it dropped its standard electricity prices by 5pc in January, this did not cancel out a 16pc rise in August, when gas bills also went up by 18pc.

Nomura Shake-Up May Curtail Global Plans - WSJ.com

The management shake-up at Japan's Nomura Holdings Inc. could upset the global ambitions of the country's biggest investment bank, by removing the two architects in charge of implementing a bold international expansion.

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News Headlines - 26 July 2012

London 2012 organisers apologise for North Korea flag blunder | guardian.co.uk

London 2012 organisers have apologised and blamed human error for Wednesday's flag mix-up when South Korea's flag appeared alongside North Korea's women's football team on stadium screens as players warmed up before their opening match.

BBC News - Free wi-fi network launches in London's West End

The network will initially cover Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square. Other areas of Westminster will be covered in due course, with Covent Garden next.

Tony Blair criticised for failure to cooperate with Freedom of Information investigation - The Independent

Tony Blair faces scathing criticism today for his failure to cooperate with MPs investigating the impact of the Freedom of Information Act. The former Prime Minister has described the Act as one of the greatest mistakes of his time in office. But he did not reply to requests from the Commons Justice Select Committee to give evidence to it.

British Gas owner Centrica makes £1.9m profit a day - Telegraph

Profits at the residential arm of British Gas owner, Centrica, jumped by 23pc during the first half of the year as gas consumption rose just 3.5pc, fanning flames of anger over recent price rises.

BBC News - Hitachi train contract will create 900 jobs in Newton Aycliffe

More than 900 jobs will be created as part of a £4.5bn contract to build and maintain new inter-city trains, the Department for Transport has said.

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News Headlines - 25 July 2012

Hitachi Train Deal To Create 900 Jobs

A £4.5bn deal to build and maintain intercity express trains ,which will help create 900 new jobs, has finally been announced.

BBC News - Olympics: London 2012 kicks off with football

The first event of the Olympics is to kick off later, two days before the official opening ceremony. The Team GB women's football side will get 18 days of sport under way at 16:00 BST (15:00 GMT) against New Zealand at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Rupert Murdoch's finest brought to trial - The Independent

David Cameron's former spin-doctor Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, were charged with phone-hacking crimes against hundreds of people yesterday, raising fresh questions over Scotland Yard's first inquiry into Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.

Confusion over claims Kristen Stewart 'cheated' on Robert Pattinson with Snow White and the Hunstman director Rupert Sanders | Metro.co.uk

Confusion surrounds reports in the US that Kristen Stewart was pictured in a compromising position with director Rupert Sanders, after his wife's apparent counter-claims that the picture was actually of her were themselves refuted.

BBC News - Satellites reveal sudden Greenland ice melt

Scientists said the "unprecedented" melting took place over a larger area than has been detected in three decades of satellite observation.

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News Headlines - 24 July 2012

AFP: China censors coverage of deadly Beijing floods

Beijing authorities have reportedly ordered Chinese media to stick to positive news about record weekend floods, after the death of at least 37 people sparked fierce criticism of the government. Censors also deleted microblog posts criticising the official response to the disaster in China's rapidly modernising capital, which came at a time of heightened political sensitivity ahead of a 10-yearly handover of power.

116 dead in Iraq attacks | guardian.co.uk

Two bombs killed nine people in Iraq late on Monday, police and hospital sources said, taking to 116 the death toll in a string of co-ordinated bomb and gun attacks against mostly Shia Muslim targets.

BBC News - Paying tradesmen cash in hand morally wrong, says minister

Treasury minister David Gauke has said it is "morally wrong" to pay tradesmen such as plumbers, builders and cleaners in cash in the hope of avoiding tax.

Phone hacking: Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks charged - Telegraph

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editors, are among seven former staff members who have been charged in connection with the phone hacking scandal.

Mortgage approvals slump to 15-year low - Telegraph

Mortgage approvals slumped to their lowest number in at least 15 years last month, a high street banking report said on Tuesday. There were 51,610 mortgage approvals in June worth £6.5bn, the lowest number of approvals the British Bankers' Association (BBA) has on its records, which stretch back to September 1997.

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News Headlines - 23 July 2012

Spanish bailout fears knock euro, world stocks lower | Reuters

The euro hit its lowest level in more than two years and world equity markets fell sharply on Monday after reports that Spain's indebted regions need help fueled fears that the country will become the fourth euro-zone member to ask for a major bailout.

Colorado Shooting Suspect James Holmes To Appear in Court | Fox News Latino

James Holmes, the suspect in the horror that turned what would have been an ordinary evening at the movies into a nightmare that gripped the world, is to make an appearance in court Monday to hear pending charges against him.

More than 100 killed in Iraq in deadliest day for two years - Telegraph

An attack by gunmen on an army post at Dhuluiya, 45 miles north of Baghdad, in which 16 soldiers were shot dead or killed by grenades, heralded a series of bombings across the country.

BBC News - SIr Chris Hoy 'blown away' by Olympic flag honour

Sir Chris Hoy has been chosen to carry the flag for Great Britain at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday. The four-time Olympic gold medal winner polled the most number of votes among the 542 members of the British team.

Taylor Swift risque dress at Teen Choice Awards | The Sun

TAYLOR Swift poses in a daring white dress as she sweeps up at the Teen Choice Awards.

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News Headlines - 22 July 2012

Battles Continue in Aleppo and Damascus - NYTimes.com

Violent clashes continued on Sunday in certain quarters of Aleppo and Damascus, Syria’s two main cities, as Syrian government forces fought to regain control over areas that rebels claimed to have seized in recent days.

Colorado Movie Shooting: Who Is James Holmes? - ABC News

Investigators spent a day and a half working to gain access to the booby-trapped Aurora, Colo., apartment of James Holmes, hoping to discover there clues to what would make a young man recognized as one of the nation's "outstanding neuroscientists and academicians" unleash a storm of terror in a packed movie theater.

Norway mass killer 'did not win,' PM insists on massacre anniversary - CNN.com

The man who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in Norway one year ago Sunday did not win, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg insisted on the anniversary of the massacre. Noway did, he said.

10 dead, 30,000 evacuated in Beijing downpour - Xinhua

The heaviest rain in six decades in the Chinese capital has left 10 people dead, Beijing authorities said Sunday. As of 4 a.m. Sunday, more than 30,000 residents in districts of Fangshan, Huairou, Mentougou and Pinggu as well as Miyun and Yanqing counties were relocated, the city's floods control headquarters said at 9 a.m.

BBC News - Tube map used to plot Londoners' life expectancy

A version of the Tube map has been produced to show how life expectancy varies from station to station. The contrast it depicts between Tube stops is stark, with the variation in life expectancies of children born near stations only minutes apart being years different.

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News Headlines - 21 July 2012

In Aurora, bomb experts work their way into explosives-rigged apartment of James Holmes - The Washington Post

Bomb experts disarmed a tripwire and set off a controlled explosion in the booby-trapped apartment of mass shooting suspect James Holmes on Saturday, slowly working their way into the home of the failed neuroscience student being held in custody after Friday’s theater massacre.

Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers | Reuters

News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers in Britain, the company said in an internal memo on Saturday.

AFP: Putin signs Russia into World Trade Organization

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed the bill ratifying Russia's entry to the World Trade Organization after 18 years of often acrimonious negotiations, the Kremlin press office said. Economists have long argued that Russia needed to join the WTO as it was the only major economy outside the body -- following China's membership in 2001 -- and the government hopes accession will stimulate growth.

Syrians flee fierce fighting in Aleppo | guardian.co.uk

Fierce fighting erupted on Saturday in Syria's historic northern city of Aleppo, with thousands of residents forced to flee amid bloody clashes between resurgent Free Syrian Army fighters and government troops.

Report: Japan nuclear workers told to hide radiation levels - CNN.com

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is investigating a report that workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were told to use lead covers in order to hide unsafe radiation levels, an official said.

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News Headlines - 20 July 2012

Bullet trains for Thames Valley | Meridian - ITV News
Meridian can reveal the Government will announce an order for one billion pounds worth of new Japanese style bullet trains within the next week for Great Western services in the Thames Valley. 500 new carriages will be built with the first in operation around 2016 or 2017, our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse understands. The new trains will not look quite like the latest Shinkansen bullet trains but they will have the same technology.
Japanese bullet trains: Blow for British industry as Government puts in £1billion order | Mail Online
A £1 billion order for super-fast bullet trains in the UK will be made in Japan in what critics will call a missed opportunity for British industry. The Government is set to announce the deal which will see the First Great Western rail firm bring 500 carriages into service here by 2016. Despite the huge size of the deal, it is expected to only create 500 British jobs with the majority of construction to be done by company Hitachi in Japan.
US gunman kills 12 at Batman screening - Channel 4 News
A gunman in a gas mask kills 12 people and leaves up to 50 wounded at a screening of the new Batman film in Denver, United States. A 24-year-old suspect is arrested and named by police.
Japan and Australia Olympic teams engulfed in sexism row over travel arrangements - The Independent
Sports governing bodies from Japan and Australia are under fire after complaints that male Olympic athletes flew  business class to the London Games, while the women sat in the cheap  seats. 
Olympic Torch arrives in London - ITV News
The Olympic flame arrived in London for the final leg of its 8,000 mile trip around the UK in spectacular fashion. Royal Marine Martin Williams leapt from a Sea King helicopter with the flame safely contained in an Olympic lamp to abseil into the grounds of the Tower of London.

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News Headlines - 19 July 2012

Kagawa set to start for Manchester United against Ajax Cape Town - Goal.com

The Japan midfielder is poised to make his full debut on Saturday, after coming off the bench for a two-minute cameo in the Red Devils' 1-0 win against AmaZulu in Durban

Police officer Simon Harwood cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson - Telegraph

Police officer Simon Harwood was today cleared of killing newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in London in 2009. Concerns about the Pc's alleged previous 'heavy handed policing' were only disclosed after acquittal.

Co-op buys Lloyds branches to challenge top four banks | Reuters

Lloyds Banking Group has struck a deal to sell 632 branches to the Co-operative, transforming the group into a powerful new rival to Britain's dominant high-street banks.

Debt crisis: IMF calls on Coalition to draw up 'Plan B' - Telegraph

Britain’s recovery has stalled and the Government must be prepared to relax austerity to pump life into the ailing economy, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

Nokia woes mount with €220m write-off on unsold smartphones | guardian.co.uk

Nokia also admitted its high-profile attempt to break back into the US smartphone market with its new range of Lumia phones, running Microsoft's Windows Phone software, had led to only about 600,000 sales in the US – down on the 1.5m sold in the same period a year ago when the company was only offering its outdated Symbian software.

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News Headlines - 18 July 2012

Eva Rausing's body found two months after she was last seen alive - Telegraph

The decomposing body of heiress Eva Rausing was found under a pile of bedclothes two months after she was last seen alive, a court heard.

Numbers claiming benefits is on the increase despite LOWEST unemployment rate for a year | Mail Online

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits has risen even though the jobless rate in Britain is at its lowest for a year, official figures have revealed.

North Korea gives Kim Jong Eun top military rank - The Washington Post

North Korea on Wednesday named its young leader, Kim Jong Eun, as “marshal” of the military, a preeminent job title that analysts say is designed both to reinforce his absolute power and warn off senior elites who might question it.

Brother-in-law of Syrian President killed in bomb blast as rebels close in on Assad regime - The Independent

The brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been has been killed in a bomb blast in Damascus, the country’s state television confirmed today.

How dolphins may use a mathematical trick to find fish - New Scientist

But mathematical tricks can get around this, and dolphins may naturally use them to locate the fishy signal amid the bubbles. Timothy Leighton at the University of Southampton, UK, and his colleagues generated dolphin-like sonar clicks in a tank containing a "fish" – a small steel sphere – hiding in a bubble cloud.

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News Headlines - 17 July 2012

HSBC apologises as key U.S. Senate hearing starts | Reuters

HSBC Holdings Plc will put itself at the mercy of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, acknowledging shortcomings in its anti-money laundering operations and promising to fix what a scathing report called a "pervasively polluted" culture at the bank.

Investors warn against delaying wind energy subsidy cut decision | guardian.co.uk

Investors have warned that government delays in deciding the future of onshore wind energy subsidies could jeopardise billions of pounds of investment and damage the prospects for new green jobs in the UK.

North Korean military appointment masking leadership power struggle - Telegraph

The changes in personnel within the highest echelons of the North Korean military mask a power struggle that has concluded - for now - with Choe Ryong-hae emerging as the most powerful man in the regime and the "puppet-master" behind Kim Jong-un.

Tokyo says ‘no’ to nukes | euronews

Tens of thousands of people rallied at a Tokyo park July 16 demanding that Japan abandon nuclear power. The country is preparing to restart another reactor shut down after last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Border Agency’s IT system runs £28m over budget and a year behind schedule

The Border Agency’s £385m Immigration Case Work IT (ICW) project is running £28m over budget and one year behind schedule, the National Audit Office has said.

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News Headlines - 16 July 2012

Tens of thousands demonstrate against nuclear power in Japan - CNN.com

Tens of thousands of people crowded into a park in central Tokyo on Monday to protest the use of nuclear power in Japan, highlighting the growing opposition to atomic energy in the country since the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Sir Richared Branson to be among first Virgin Galactic passengers | Breaking Travel News

Sir Richard Branson and his children will be among the first passengers to travel to space on Virgin Galactic next year. Branson revealed that his son Sam and daughter Holly would accompany him on a journey 60 miles into space on the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) aircraft.

London 2012 Olympics: Games lanes cause M4 confusion - Telegraph

Newly opened lanes for the London 2012 Olympics have created tailbacks on the motorway network as drivers queue to avoid them.

In surprise move, N. Korea strips military chief of all duties - The Washington Post

With a terse four-paragraph statement, North Korea on Monday announced the dismissal of its top military leader, the latest in what analysts describe as a series of increasingly bold shake-ups to strengthen support for young leader Kim Jong Eun.

Syrian forces head into southern Damascus - FT.com

Syrian regime armoured vehicles headed for southern Damascus on Monday, residents said, after heavy overnight clashes underscored the intensification of fighting in the capital.

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News Headlines - 15 July 2012

Bus Blast In Syria As Civil War Declared

News of the explosion followed confirmation by the Red Cross (ICRC) that it now considers the Syrian conflict to be a full-blown civil war, meaning international humanitarian law applies throughout the country.

ETA terror suspect Benat Atorrasagasti Ordonez arrested in Edinburgh | Metro.co.uk

The 36-year-old is alleged to be a member of the Basque separatist group ETA and escaped from Spanish authorities in 2001. He was detained during a raid by Lothian and Borders Police on a property in the Leith area of the Scottish capital on Friday night.

Sage Stallone death likely an accident since no suicide note found at scene: police - NY Daily News

Lawyer says Sylvester Stallone’s son was going to get married in Las Vegas this weekend. Also claims reports his dead body went undiscovered for days is not true, and that photos posted to Facebook incidate he was alive 17 hours before body was found.

AFP: French president's companion regrets tweet

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has said she will now think twice before tweeting, a month after she used the microblogging site to undermine her rival, the president's former partner. Trierweiler sent out a tweet wishing good luck to an opponent of Segolene Royal -- Francois Hollande's ex-partner and mother of their four children -- in last month's legislative election.

Huge Solar Flare Erupts From Giant Sunspot | Space.com

The sun unleashed a huge flare Thursday (July 12), the second major solar storm to erupt from our star in less than a week.

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News Headlines - 14 July 2012

John Terry faces FA ban despite being cleared in Anton Ferdinand racism trial | Metro.co.uk

The FA was close to concluding its own investigation into the matter when it had to be shelved as soon as the police got involved. With legal proceedings now at an end, it is able to take another look at the clash between Chelsea captain Terry and Rangers centre-back Ferdinand.

Angela Merkel intervenes over court ban on circumcision of young boys | guardian.co.uk

Angela Merkel's spokesman has promised Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities they will be free to carry out circumcision on young boys, despite a court ban that has raised concerns about religious freedom. The government said it would find a way around a ban imposed by a court in Cologne in June as a matter of urgency.

Thai court dismisses claims ruling party was trying to depose king | guardian.co.uk

Thailand's constitutional court has averted a looming political crisis after dismissing a highly controversial case that alleged MPs in the governing party were plotting to topple the monarchy by amending the constitution.

Hollande marks Bastille Day in Paris | euronews

Two months into the job, Francois Hollande has presided over the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris.

BBC News - Facebook 'likes' and adverts' value doubted

A BBC investigation suggests companies are wasting large sums of money on adverts to gain "likes" from Facebook members who have no real interest in their products.

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News Headlines - 13 July 2012

G4S to lose up to £50m on Olympics security shambles | Metro.co.uk

Private security company G4S has revealed it stands to lose up to £50million on its contract to supply security staff for the London Olympics.

JPMorgan’s ‘whale’ loss swells to $5.8bn - FT.com

JPMorgan Chase has revealed that losses from the trading fiasco in its London office have swollen to $5.8bn and has restated its first-quarter earnings, opening up fresh questions over disclosures to investors.

World outrage at Syria massacre, but no action | Reuters

The United States has branded Syria's leaders murderers after an attack on a village by President Bashar al-Assad's troops left dozens dead, but there was no break in the deadlock among world powers over how to bring about an end to the bloodshed.

Record rainfall in Japan leaves 20 dead and more missing in floods and landslides | Mail Online

It's a race against time for rescuers as they desperately search for people buried after heavy rain caused mudslides that have already claimed 20 lives in south western Japan. The torrential rain continued to fall as police, firefighters and troops dug through mud and rubble with shovels after ‘unprecedented’ downpours swamped whole neighbourhoods yesterday.

More floods on the way for UK's washout summer | guardian.co.uk

Warnings of yet more flooding have been issued, as some areas face downpours that could see almost a month's rain falling in just a few hours.

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News Headlines - 12 July 2012

Peugeot cuts 8,000 jobs to end losses, shuts plant | Reuters

French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen announced 8,000 job cuts and the closure of an assembly plant as it struggles with mounting losses, in a move that could hasten a wave of restructuring in western Europe.

BBC News - Olympics Security not compromised, Theresa May says

Olympics security will not be compromised after it emerged that 3,500 extra troops would be needed, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

Japanese ad giant Dentsu enters Europe with Aegis | Reuters

Japanese ad giant Dentsu is buying marketing group Aegis for 3.2 billion pounds ($5 billion), the biggest deal in its history as it seeks to expand outside its home market with the British firm's European and digital business.

Five Britons missing in killer Mont Blanc avalanche - The Independent

Five Britons are among a number of mountaineers missing following an avalanche in the Alps which killed at least six climbers, according to reports.

Nasa scientists discover fifth moon orbiting Pluto - Telegraph

Nasa scientists in the United States have found a fifth moon orbiting faraway Pluto using the Hubble telescope, the space-agency said on Wednesday.

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News Headlines - 11 July 2012

BBC News - Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy urges more cuts amid protests

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has announced a sales tax rise as part of austerity measures aimed at cutting the public budget by 65bn euros (£51bn; $80bn). VAT will go up almost immediately from 18% to 21% and there will be a 3.5bn euro cut in local authority budgets.

Queen welcomes Francois Hollande in French - Telegraph

The Queen displayed her linguistic skills as she discussed weather, horses and Prince Philip's health in French during a 30-minute meeting with French President Francois Hollande at Windsor Castle.

Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing arrested after wife Eva Rausing found dead at London home | Metro.co.uk

Mr Rausing, a member of the family behind the Tetra Pak packaging empire, had initially been arrested after the 48-year-old's body was found at their mansion in south west London.

BBC News - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on historic Laos visit

Hillary Clinton has become the first US secretary of state to visit Laos in 57 years, on a trip focusing on economic ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War.

Japan slams islands intrusion by China - FT.com

The entry of three Chinese state fisheries patrol vessels into territorial waters around the contested Senkaku Islands has prompted a sharp protest from Japan, further raising friction in one of East Asia’s most dangerous flashpoints.

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News Headlines - 10 July 2012

Mitsubishi UFJ Suspends Two London Traders on Libor Probe - Bloomberg

Derivatives traders Christian Schluep and Paul Robson have been suspended from the bank, said a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified. The two formerly worked at Dutch lender Rabobank, one of at least 12 banks being probed by regulators over allegations they rigged the London and euro interbank offered rates, the person said.

Egypt's parliament convenes in defiance of the military - Telegraph

The MPs' session was brief – it lasted just five minutes – but it pushed Egypt deeper into a potential power struggle between new President Mohammed Morsi and the powerful military, which has vowed to uphold the judicial ruling that led to parliament being dissolved.

Commons fight for Lords reform is neck-and-neck - Evening Standard

Ministers are today braced for a potentially damaging Commons defeat over Nick Clegg's plans for House of Lords reform.

BBC News - Work begins on new £12.5m life sciences centre

Work has begun on a £12.5m expansion to upgrade Dundee University's College of Life Sciences.

Cambridge News | Cambridge chemist wins oldest scientific prize

A Cambridge-based chemist who helped uncover the mechanism that powers living cells has been awarded the Copley Medal, believed to be the world’s oldest scientific prize. Professor Sir John Walker joins a long procession of illustrious scientists who have received the award from the Royal Society since 1731.

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News Headlines - 09 July 2012

Terry 'Abuse Was Response To Affair Slur'

Chelsea and England footballer John Terry racially abused fellow player Anton Ferdinand in response to a slur over his alleged affair with a teammate's ex-girlfriend, a court has heard.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un pictured with mystery woman - Telegraph

The woman has prompted speculation in Seoul about whether she is his partner or his younger sister. The North's state television aired footage of the woman joining Kim as he paid tribute to his late grandfather Kim Il-sung on the anniversary of his death in 1994.

Russia mourns flood victims, local officials blamed | Reuters

Russia's emergencies minister accused local officials on Monday of not doing enough to prevent 171 deaths in weekend floods that raised new doubts about the country's readiness for natural disasters under President Vladimir Putin.

Manhunt under way for Taliban who shot woman in public execution amid cheers - CNN.com

Shock and outrage have mounted since an amateur video surfaced of a burqa-clad woman sitting on the ground while a man standing a few feet away shoots her nine times before a cheering mob.

BBC News - Greek coalition wins confidence vote ahead of euro talks

It won the approval of all MPs of the three parties backing the coalition, which wants to keep Greece in the euro.

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News Headlines - 08 July 2012

The Press Association: Wimbledon gripped by Murray fever

Tennis fans have braved the rain to watch Andy Murray try to make Wimbledon history. The 25-year-old is bidding to become the first British man to lift the men's singles trophy since Fred Perry 76 years ago. He will take on six-time champion Roger Federer on Centre Court, and will be hoping to echo the performance of compatriot Jonny Marray, who last night became the first British man to win the Wimbledon men's doubles tournament in the same amount of time - 76 years - after his victory with partner Freddie Nielsen.

Delays expected as thousands head to Silverstone - ITV News

Silverstone has said that everyone with a ticket for this afternoon's British Grand Prix will be able to get into the circuit. Yesterday more the 20,00 fans were turned away as the grass car parks turned into a quagmire due to the heavy rain which has swept the region.

Vince Cable: Barclays must stop Bob Diamond's £17m pay-out - Telegraph

The Business Secretary warned it would be an “outrage” for Mr Diamond to claim a huge final payment in light of the “shame” brought on the bank by the interest rate-fixing scandal.

AFP: Liberals claim early lead in Libya vote count

Liberals claimed an early lead on Sunday in counting of votes across the country after Libya's first free elections following the overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi. "Early reports show that the coalition is leading the polls in the majority of constituencies," the secretary general of the National Forces Alliance, Faisal Krekshi, told AFP.

Japan's plan to buy disputed islands draws anger from China

Japan is considering buying a chain of islands at the centre of a bitter territorial dispute with China and Taiwan, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Saturday, sparking an angry response from Beijing.

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News Headlines - 07 July 2012

Libyans vote in 1st parliamentary election since Gadhafi’s ouster amid fears of violence - The Washington Post

Libyans started voting on Saturday in the first parliamentary election since last year’s ouster and slaying of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, with jubilation at this major step toward democracy after decades of erratic one-man rule tempered by boycott calls and violence in the country’s restive east.

BBC News - Hillary Clinton says Afghanistan 'major non-Nato ally'

The announcement was made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

Clinton's criticism of China over Syria "unacceptable" - Xinhua

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Saturday said that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of China at the latest Friends of Syria meeting is "unacceptable."

Japan, Norway block United Nations role on whales - The Economic Times

Japan, Norway and their allies have blocked a bid to give the United Nations a greater role in protecting whales, as sought by conservationists frustrated by deep polarisation over whaling.

Flood Threat Looms As Heavy Rain Lashes UK

A severe flood warning and more than 150 flood alerts have been issued by the Met Office as heavy rain continues to inundate many parts of Britain.

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News Headlines - 06 July 2012

IMF to Cut Global Growth Forecasts - WSJ.com

International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde said Friday that the IMF will cut its global growth forecasts in the next month, adding that a weaker global economy will bring more trouble for Japan in the form of a stronger yen.

The Associated Press: Over 90 flood alerts in UK as heavy rain sweeps in

Over 90 flood alerts were issued Friday for central and northern England and Scotland as forecasters warned that intense rain may hit large swaths of the U.K.

Scientist claims jellyfish-like aliens exist - Telegraph

Aliens exist and look similar to huge jellyfish, according to a leading British space scientist.

BBC News - Apple reportedly planning to release 'iPad mini'

Just one week after Google announced its entry into the tablet market with a 7-inch tablet, sources say Apple is planning to release a so-called "iPad mini" later this year.

Google privacy chief worked for ICO during Street View probe - The Inquirer

THE UK INFORMATION COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE (ICO) has admitted that one of its former privacy managers who worked at the organisation during its Google Street View investigation is now a senior privacy chief at the internet search firm.

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News Headlines - 05 July 2012

BBC News - Barclays credit rating outlook cut by Moody's and S&P

Rating agencies Moody's and Standard and Poor's have lowered their outlook on Barclays from stable to negative amid the bank rate-rigging scandal.

Bank of England extends quantitative easing programme by £50bn | guardian.co.uk

The Bank of England will pump a further £50bn into the economy in a desperate bid to haul Britain out of double dip recession that is threatening to stretch into the autumn.

ECB cuts interest rates to historic low - FT.com

The European Central Bank has cut its main interest rate to an historic low, responding to increasing gloom over the prospects for the eurozone economy with a move that also offers relief to the region’s struggling banks.

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis a Man-Made Disaster, Report Says - NYTimes.com

The nuclear accident at Fukushima was a preventable disaster rooted in government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture, a parliamentary inquiry concluded on Thursday.

Japan Holds "ARIGATO in LONDON" at London County Hall - MarketWatch

"ARIGATO in LONDON," an event to show Japan's gratitude for the worldwide help, assistance and courage given after the Great East Japan Earthquake and also to show how Japan is recovering from the disaster, will be held for 15 days from July 28 to August 11, 2012, at London County Hall.

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News Headlines - 04 July 2012

BOE Minutes Show Tucker Aware Of Libor Fixing Claims In 2007 | MNI

Bank of England Deputy Governor Paul Tucker, long the BOE's leading internal candidate for the top job when Mervyn King's term comes to an end at the middle of 2013, was fully aware from the early days of the financial crisis that market participants believed Libor was being rigged.

Barclays Under Pressure to Find an External CEO Successor

Barclays is under pressure to find an external candidate to distance the bank from Chief Executive Officer Bob Diamond, who quit after the lender was fined for rigging Libor rates.

BBC News - Leaders clash over Barclays rate-rigging inquiry

David Cameron and Ed Miliband have clashed in the Commons over the terms of an inquiry into the interest rate-rigging scandal surrounding Barclays.

BBC News - Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC

Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

Higgs boson: Give Professor Higgs a knighthood, say colleagues - Telegraph

Professor Peter Higgs, the British scientist who first suggested the existence of the “God particle”, should be knighted and awarded a Nobel prize following the discovery of the Higgs boson, leading physicists have said.

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News Headlines - 03 July 2012

The Bank of England told us to do it, claims Barclays - Telegraph

The Deputy Governor of the Bank of England encouraged Barclays to try to lower interest rates after coming under pressure from senior members of the last Labour government, documents have disclosed.

Nicolas Sarkozy’s Home Is Searched in Financing Inquiry - NYTimes.com

The French police searched the home and office of former President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday as part of what his lawyer confirmed was the longstanding investigation into allegations of illegal financing in his 2007 presidential campaign.

David Cameron 'prepared to halt immigration of Greeks into UK' | The Guardian

David Cameron is prepared to override Britain's historic obligations under EU treaties and impose stringent border controls that would block Greek citizens from entering the United Kingdom, if Greece is forced out of the single currency.

RBS and NatWest customers double-charged on loan repayments - Telegraph

There was further misery today for customers of RBS and NatWest when many discovered that their personal loan repayments had been duplicated.

Google's Nexus 7 tablet infringes Nokia patents - The Inquirer

Announced last week, the Asus built Nexus 7 is Google's first own-brand tablet and boasts Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a quad-core processor and a mere £159 SIM free price tag. However, Nokia has alleged that it is not licensed for certain Nokia patents. It's believed that the patents in question have to do with the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard, and Nokia told us that neither Google nor Asus have sought to license the technologies.

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News Headlines - 02 July 2012

Japan's ruling party suffers mass defection | guardian.co.uk

Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led a defection of dozens of politicians on Monday. However, the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament.

Libor scandal: George Osborne to announce independent inquiry | guardian.co.uk

George Osborne is expected to announce an independent inquiry into the future operation of Libor, the inter-bank lending rate, but will stop short of setting up a full scale Leveson-style investigation into banking culture and practices.

Mexico Returns Former Ruling Party to Power - ABC News

Mexico's old guard sailed back into power after a 12-year hiatus Sunday as the official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party was long accused of ruling the country through corruption and patronage. The second place candidate, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, refused to concede, saying he would wait for a full count.

Sony set to buy Gaikai cloud gaming service - The Independent

Sony is set to buy the Gaikai cloud gaming service in a deal worth £242m. The company will allow the service - which streams games to players rather than having them as downloads or physical media - to be used on PlayStation 3 consoles.

BBC Sport - Euro 2012: Spain's Andres Iniesta named player of the tournament

The Barcelona player, 28, was selected by Uefa's technical committee after helping Spain beat Italy 4-0 in Sunday's final.

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News Headlines - 01 July 2012

David Cameron hints at EU referendum | Metro.co.uk

David Cameron has given his strongest indication yet that he would consider holding an historic referendum on Britain's future in and with Europe, but only if voters are presented with a 'real choice'.

Tony Blair insists that he does not avoid paying tax | The Observer

Tony Blair has admitted taking advice from accountants on establishing a company structure that keeps his business affairs confidential, but insists he does not avoid tax.

Sensational film reveals Quinn family trying to do deal in Kiev and get cash back to Ireland after court froze assets | Mail Online

Leading members of the Quinn family dynasty have been caught on secretly filmed video footage discussing what appears to be a multimillion-euro cash deal in Kiev in January - a time when they were the subject of Irish High Court orders forbidding them from disposing of the family’s assets worldwide.

Protesters March as New Hong Kong Leader Is Sworn In - NYTimes.com

Huge crowds of protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon, hours after President Hu Jintao of China swore in a new chief executive and cabinet for the territory.

Euro 2012: Uefa president Michel Platini reveals plans to stage Euro 2020 all over the continent - Telegraph

Platini argued the cost of hosting an expanding Euros was too prohibitive for most aspiring hosts. “We have talked about 12 or 13 host cities all over Europe because it could be 24 or 32 nations,’’ Platini said. “We won’t need to build airports and stadiums especially at this moment in time when we have the economic crisis.

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News Headlines - 30 June 2012

The Press Association: Nations start formal talks on Syria

The talks, hosted by the United Nations at its European headquarters in Geneva, are seen as a last-ditch attempt to salvage the peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, a former UN chief, who was joined by his successor, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

BBC News - Brotherhood's Mursi sworn in as Egyptian president

Mohammed Mursi has been sworn in as the country's first civilian, democratically elected president at a historic ceremony in Cairo.

I wish I had been offered presidency of EU, Tony Blair admits - Telegraph

"I sometime wish now that when the presidency came up, I would have taken that position - and actually gone out on a more public campaign about what I thought about Europe," he said in an interview with the Financial Times Weekend magazine.

Ministers order Libor inquiry following bank rate scandal - Telegraph

The review, led by an independent expert, is expected to begin next week and last all summer, reporting back in the early autumn with recommendations on how to change the process over setting the interbank lending rate.

BBC News - London 2012: East London residents march over missiles

East London residents opposed to plans to site surface-to-air missiles on roofs for security during the Olympics, are marching through Bow.

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News Headlines - 29 June 2012

Assange's fate in Ecuador's hands as he defies police request to surrender - The Independent

A representative for the WikiLeaks founder said today that his legal team had advised him to “decline to comply” with an order which requested that the Australian-born campaigner visited a police station in Belgravia this morning. Doing so would have meant imminent arrest because Mr Assange has broken his bail conditions.

Casino and retail banking 'need to be separated' says BoE boss King | This is Money

Sir Mervyn King yesterday launched a scathing attack on ‘deceitful’ and ‘shoddy’ bankers and called for a radical shake-up with the 'casino' investment banks split from the traditional high street operations.

South Korea and Japan put intelligence pact on hold | guardian.co.uk

A political outcry in Seoul has forced South Korea and Japan to put an intelligence sharing pact on hold less than an hour before it was due to be formally signed, in a major embarrassment for both countries.

Apple scores second legal win vs Samsung in a week | Reuters

A U.S. judge on Friday granted Apple Inc's request for a pre-trial injunction against the sale of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy Nexus phone, handing the iPhone maker its second legal victory against Samsung in a week.

BBC News - Two Eta suspects remanded by UK court

Two alleged members of the Basque separatist group Eta have been remanded in custody by a London court over alleged terrorist offences in Spain.

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News Headlines - 28 June 2012

BBC News - Julian Assange sent extradition notice by Met Police

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been served with an extradition notice by the Metropolitan Police. Officers from the extradition unit delivered a note to Mr Assange at Ecuador's London embassy.

Libor Process Under Review - WSJ.com

The process for setting one of the world's most important interest rates veered toward a shake-up when the U.K. banking group responsible for the rate asked government officials to intervene.

CNN, Fox botch Supreme Court health-care decision in latest media misstep - The Washington Post

Those reports quickly made their way to other news outlets and were spread far and wide via Twitter. Except the information was wrong. Within minutes, the full story emerged.

News Corp announces plans to split - WSJ.com

Calling it the next logical step in an evolution over nearly six decades, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Thursday that it will split into two publicly traded companies. As part of the split, one company will operate as a newspaper and book publisher, and the other will be an entertainment company that will include the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox broadcast TV network and the Fox News cable channel.

Match Report: Germany 1-2 Italy - Goal.com

The enigmatic striker has come through on the big stage, with two well-taken first half goals leading the Azzurri into the Euro final for the first time since 2000

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News Headlines - 27 June 2012

Queen shakes hands with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness - The Independent

Anglo-Irish relations took a momentous step forward today when the Queen shook hands in public with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness. The historic encounter between the former IRA commander - now Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister - and the Queen was unthinkable a little over 10 years ago.

AFP: House of Lords reforms face stormy ride

The government was to unveil its plans on Wednesday for a mainly elected upper house of parliament, in a draft law that faces fierce opposition from within the ruling coalition. Under the long-awaited legislation, 80 percent of the House of Lords would be elected, while its 800-strong membership would be reduced to 450.

gulfnews : Al Assad says country ‘in a state of war’

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad on Tuesday said his country was in state of war and ordered his new cabinet to crush the anti-regime uprising. Rebel forces and Syrian army units, meanwhile, engaged in deadly combat around elite Republican Guard posts in the suburbs of Damascus, as 116 people were killed across the country, a monitoring group said.

RBS clients may still take up Wimbledon seats | guardian.co.uk

The 528 seats that Royal Bank of Scotland had bought for the Wimbledon fortnight may not be left empty even after the bailed-out bank cancelled all its corporate hospitality to allow its top staff to focus on the ongoing computer crisis that has affected up to 13 million customers.

BBC News - Japanese nuclear companies face protests

Protests are expected outside the meetings of Japan's Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and at Kansai Electric, the firm that will be the first to re-start two of it's nuclear reactors next week.

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News Headlines - 26 June 2012

Al Qaeda threatens Arab Spring nations-UK spy chief | Reuters

Al Qaeda militants are using the countries which toppled their leaders in the Arab Spring as bases to train radical Western youths for potential attacks on Britain, the chief of the MI5 Security Service said on Monday.

Cyber attacks hit UK firms - Evening Standard

A top UK security chief has warned of the rising cost of cybercrime to British companies. Cyber attacks by overseas states has caused one British company to lose close to £800m in revenue, the head of MI5 revealed yesterday.

BBC News - Turkey PM Erdogan warns Syria of raised military level

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country's military levels have been raised after Syria shot down a Turkish plane that strayed over its territory.

Six other NHS trusts at risk of 'bankruptcy' - Telegraph

Six other NHS trusts face joining South London Healthcare in "administration" as they have taken on projects viewed by ministers as "unsustainable", it has emerged.

Japan ruling party faces split after parliament passes tax rise | Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda faced on Tuesday a split in his party that could trigger a snap election after his signature tax-increase plan cleared parliament's lower house despite its rejection by a group of ruling party rebels.

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News Headlines - 25 June 2012

Does the welfare system send a message that you're 'better off not working'? | guardian.co.uk

David Cameron is proposing a major overhaul of the welfare system, including scrapping housing benefits for under-25s. The prime minister commented that the system "currently sends the signal you are better off not working, or working less". Do you agree?

Britain needs more QE, says BoE's David Miles - Telegraph

Britain needs a "substantial" amount of further quantitative easing to jump-start its stalled economy, BoE policymaker David Miles said in an interview with the Financial Times.

BBC News - Scottish independence: Alistair Darling warns of 'no way back'

Former UK chancellor Alistair Darling has launched the bid to keep the Union, saying there will be no way back from Scottish independence.

Spain asks for aid to recapitalise banks - FT.com

Luis de Guindos, Spanish economy minister, on Monday formally requested assistance from the country’s eurozone partners to help recapitalise Spanish domestic banks.

Yahoo Japan Shares Fall on E-Mail Privacy Inquiry: Tokyo Mover

Yahoo Japan Corp. fell the most in three weeks in Tokyo trading as the government said it will question the company about plans to display advertisements based on the contents of users’ e-mail messages.

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News Headlines - 24 June 2012

Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi declared president of Egypt | guardian.co.uk

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has been declared Egypt's first post-revolutionary president, bringing an end to days of feverish speculation amid increased divisions and polarisation.

BBC News - Turkey seeks diplomacy not war

Turkey's decision to call a Nato meeting to discuss the downing of one of its warplanes by Syrian air defences is a measure of the seriousness of the current situation but it also sends a signal that, for now at least, Ankara is looking for a concerted diplomatic response rather than taking military action of its own.

The Associated Press: Greek PM cannot attend EU summit due to surgery

Antonis Samaras, 61, underwent surgery for a detached retina for nearly four hours Saturday, just three days after being sworn in at the head of a three-party coalition government formed after two inconclusive general elections.

Natwest: Problems Mounting For Customer Unable To Access The Bank's Website | Sky News

The IT fiasco affacting Natwest, RBS and Ulster Bank that has brought financial chaos to millions dragged into a sixth day with customers facing further frustration. Customers who had previously been able to view their balances - albeit out of date - earlier told Sky News that they could not access the website at all for a period.

Archbishop of Canterbury renews attack on David Cameron's Big Society - Telegraph

The concept is seen by the public as an attempt to hide a “deeply damaging withdrawal of the state from its responsibilities to the most vulnerable”, Dr Rowan Williams said. The Archbishop’s criticism of the Coalition comes months before he is due to step down from his post and is contained in an as yet unpublished book.

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News Headlines - 23 June 2012

BBC Sport - Shinji Kagawa completes his move to Manchester United

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he expects the 23-year-old to prove a big success in England... He added: "I believe he will make an impact upon the team very quickly as he is suited to United's style of play. We are all looking forward to working with him."

Queen's handshake with Martin McGuinness draws line under decades of threats - Telegraph

More than 30 years ago, the IRA detonated a bomb that brought tragedy to the heart of the Royal family when it killed Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the Queen’s cousin, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle.

Flooding across northern England after torrential rain | guardian.co.uk

Torrential downpours have brought flooding to swathes of northern England, forcing people to leave their homes as more than a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours.

NatWest 'glitch' leaves victims without pay | The Guardian

Millions of NatWest bank customers have been hit by one of the industry's worst ever computer breakdowns, leaving at least one family forced out of their home and employers unable to make monthly salary payments.

BBC News - Alan Turing: Inquest's suicide verdict 'not supportable'

Alan Turing, the British mathematical genius and codebreaker born 100 years ago on 23 June, may not have committed suicide, as is widely believed. At a conference in Oxford on Saturday, Turing expert Prof Jack Copeland will question the evidence that was presented at the 1954 inquest.

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News Headlines - 22 June 2012

Moody's cuts ratings of 15 banks, Morgan Stanley down 2 notches | Reuters

Ratings agency Moody's downgraded 15 of the world's biggest banks on Thursday, lowering credit ratings by one to three notches to reflect the risk they face from volatile capital markets activities.

Euro's big four seek way out of crisis in Rome | Reuters

The leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Spain will try to find common ground in Rome on Friday to restore confidence in the euro zone ahead of a full EU summit next week, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel likely to be outnumbered.

The Chosun Ilbo - S.Korea, Japan, U.S. Hold Military Drills

South Korea is participating in several military exercises, some overlapping and involving other countries including the United States and Japan. U.S. and Japanese naval forces have joined their counterparts from South Korea for a two-day exercise in international waters south of Jeju island.

WikiLeaks' Assange says ready for life in Ecuador | Reuters

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday said he was ready for a life in Ecuador and said the country had been "quite supportive" of his bid for asylum.

Windows Phone 8 News is Awkward for Partner Nokia | PCWorld

Microsoft made important headway in its bid to compete in the smartphone market this week, announcing the next-generation Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system. But in the process, the company has "placed their hardware partners in a very awkward situation," says Wayne Lam, IHS senior analyst in wireless communications.

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News Headlines - 21 June 2012

Jimmy Carr apologises for 'terrible error of judgment' over tax scheme | guardian.co.uk

The comedian Jimmy Carr has issued an apology for his "terrible error of judgment" over using a tax avoidance scheme. Carr confirmed that he had changed his tax affairs after the scheme was revealed this week. On Wednesday the prime minister had labelled the situation "morally wrong".

Germany hit by eurozone pain as Spain suffers again - Evening Standard

Europe’s debt crisis finally engulfed Germany today, as the region’s economic powerhouse endured its biggest private-sector slump in three years.

Vote result delay frays Egyptian nerves | Reuters

Allegations of fraud delayed the result of Egypt's presidential election on Thursday, fraying nerves as the Muslim Brotherhood, which claims victory, called for street protests against moves by the ruling generals to deny them power.

Video: Microsoft's Surface tablet 'fails' during Los Angeles showcase - Telegraph

Mr Sinofsky stuggled to show off the Surface's capabilities as the device froze while he talked up how users could "browse smoothly" on the tablet using Internet Explorer and its touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system. After bravely ploughing on for a minute, the Microsoft executive finally admitted defeat.

Manufacturers welcome Windows Phone 8 | Mobile News Online

Handset manufacturers HTC and Huawei have welcomed the announcement of Windows Phone 8 by Microsoft, which will initially be available on selected HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei handsets.

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News Headlines - 20 June 2012

Julian Assange faces re-arrest over breaching his bail condition by seeking asylum in Ecuador - Telegraph

Julian Assange has breached his bail conditions after seeking asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London following his failed bid to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations and could now be re-arrested.

BBC News - Greece has coalition government, says Pasok party chief

A deal has been struck to form a new Greek coalition government, the leader of the Greek Socialists (Pasok) says.

Conflicting reports about whether Mubarak has died - CNN.com

Reports conflicted Wednesday over whether the 84-year-old former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, was clinically dead.

Boris Johnson under fresh pressure over Murdoch meeting - The Independent

Boris Johnson’s links to News International came under fresh scrutiny today after it emerged he had an undeclared dinner with Rupert Murdoch days before the Metropolitan Police launched a new inquiry into phone hacking.

Djokovic, Sharapova top seeds for Wimbledon | Reuters

Champion Novak Djokovic and French Open winner Maria Sharapova were named as top seeds for Wimbledon as the grasscourt grand slam mostly followed the rankings to draw up the list for the championships that begin on Monday.

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News Headlines - 19 June 2012

G20 leaders: action needed on eurozone - Channel 4 News

Pressure grows on European countries at the G20 summit in Mexico to find a resolution to what the head of one international organisation described as "the single biggest risk for the world economy".

Spain's Borrowing Costs Surge - WSJ.com

Spain, on the edge of losing debt market access, paid around 2 percentage points more in interest rates Tuesday than a month ago to lure investors to its Treasury bill sale, an ominous sign ahead of a critical government bond auction Thursday.

Inflation drops to 2.8% as oil prices slide | guardian.co.uk

Inflation has slipped to its lowest level in two and a half years, in a rare piece of good news for Britain's recession-hit households. The Office for National Statistics said the annual inflation rate, measured on the consumer price index, slipped to 2.8% last month from 3% in April, as falling oil prices fed through to cheaper petrol at the pump.

BBC News - Rio+20: Prince Charles in climate change warning

The Prince of Wales has warned of the "catastrophic" consequences of inaction on issues such as climate change, at a UN sustainability conference in Brazil.

▽▽Japanese authorities sat on data showing radiation spread | Reuters

Japanese authorities failed to disclose U.S. data about the spread of radiation spewing from a crippled nuclear plant last year, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday, leaving some evacuees fleeing in the same direction as the radioactive emissions.

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News Headlines - 18 June 2012

Greeks make early attempts to form new government - The Independent

Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras is starting coalition talks after winning elections that follow weeks of uncertainty over the debt-crippled country's future in the eurozone.

Sigh of relief at G20 summit over Greek election | CTV News

World leaders expressed relief on the eve of a G20 summit that Greek voters had stepped back from the edge and elected a government that supports painful reforms in exchange for a European Union bailout of the country's troubled economy.

The Associated Press: Iran-6 power nuke meeting begins

Iran and six world powers sought elusive common ground Monday in talks meant to reduce tensions over Tehran's nuclear activities that both sides see as crucial to their interests but which are stalled by reluctance to commit to each other's demands.

Queen Sports Badly Bloodshot Eye As She Watches Polo Match In Windsor Great Park | Sky News

Buckingham Palace has declined to say how the Queen came to suffer an extremely bloodshot eye. Her red left eye is clearly visible in photographs taken as she watched polo players take to the field at the Cartier Queen's Cup Final in Surrey.

BBC News - US's IBM supercomputer overtakes Japan's Fujitsu as world's fastest

The newly installed system trumped Japan's K Computer made by Fujitsu which fell to second place. It is the first time the US can claim pole position since it was beaten by China two years ago.

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News Headlines - 17 June 2012

Greek elections: voters give Europe and single currency a chance | The Guardian

European leaders working to avert a meltdown of the single currency gained some respite when Greek voters handed a narrow victory to mainstream conservatives and the chance to forge a pro-euro and pro-bailout coalition.

BBC News - Egypt's Islamist supporters confident of victory

Fertile green fields dotted with workers wearing traditional galabiyya gowns seem to appear from nowhere out of the desert as you enter Fayoum, 100km (60 miles) south of the capital Cairo.

Socialist party win absolute majority in French parliament | guardian.co.uk

François Hollande's Socialist party has won an absolute majority in the French parliament, giving him a free hand in his attempts to drag France out of its economic crisis through a mixture of deficit-reduction and growth measures while raising taxes on the wealthiest.

Coalition faces split over Trident nuclear replacement | guardian.co.uk

A replacement for Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent will become highly contentious at the next general election after the Liberal Democrats confirmed that they will campaign for an alternative and the SNP rejected the presence of "weapons of mass destruction in our waters".

Japan ends its nuclear shutdown - FT Specials News

Japan has given final approval for the restart of two nuclear reactors, a move that will end a total shutdown of the atomic power sector caused by safety fears raised by last year’s crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Utility Kansai Electric Power began preparations on Saturday to bring the reactors at the Oi nuclear power station in western Fukui prefecture back online following the restart announcement by Yoshihiko Noda, prime minister.

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News Headlines - 16 June 2012

Greece: Polling Stations Prepare To Open But People Are Undecided As To Who To Vote For | Sky News

Greeks are choosing far more than just a new government - their vote could see the country ditch the euro, return to the drachma and send shockwaves through global markets. And with the two leading parties reportedly neck-and-neck going into Sunday's pivotal poll, undecided and volatile voters could swing the election.

Greek election: what could happen | The Observer

Pro-reform parties win / Likelihood 5 out of 10 Weak pro-Europe government / Likelihood 8 out of 10 Victory for radicals / Likelihood 5 out of 10 Political deadlock / Likelihood 2 out of 10

Aung San Suu Kyi Accepts Nobel Peace Prize - NYTimes.com

When she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, while under house arrest in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Saturday, she realized that the Burmese “were not going to be forgotten.”

U.N. suspends peace mission in Syria due to uptick in violence - CNN.com

The United Nations said Saturday it has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria due to intensifying violence, sending a strong indication that prospects for peace are failing.

AFP: Wrongly jailed Nepalese man returns home from Japan

A Nepalese migrant worker who served 15 years in a Japanese jail for a high-profile murder he did not commit told Saturday of his mistreatment at the hands of the country's prison system... "I was treated very badly inside the jail. They didn't allow me to meet my family. They used abusive language. The clothes they gave me were of poor quality," said Mainali, who was flanked by his wife and mother.

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News Headlines - 15 June 2012

Banks shares jump on Osborne's £140bn stimulus plan - Telegraph

Shares in Britain’s largest banks were among the biggest risers this morning as the market gave a cautious thumbs up to the government’s plans to provide £140bn of emergency funding to support the economy.

Shock as second man dies of Legionnaires’ disease - Scotsman.com

It is reported that he was in his 40s and from Gorgie, and was one of the first people to be admitted to the hospital after the outbreak started. NHS Lothian said he had significant pre-existing health conditions.

Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner demands talks over Falkland Islands | Metro.co.uk

Argentina's president has demanded Britain enters into talks over the sovereignty of the Falklands, as the 30th anniversary of the island's liberation is marked.

Dalai Lama dismisses Chinese protest over UK tour | guardian.co.uk

The Dalai Lama has dismissed a protest by China's Communist rulers as "quite routine" at the start of a 10-day trip to the UK – while the comedian Russell Brand, who will appear with him on Saturday at Manchester Arena, promised he would behave.

Japan arrests last Aum fugitive - FT.com

Japanese police have arrested the final fugitive from the Aum religious cult which traumatised Japan with a deadly sarin gas attack in Tokyo in 1995.

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News Headlines - 14 June 2012

Spain borrowing costs add pressure to seek EU rescue funds | Business | guardian.co.uk

The interest rate on Spain's benchmark 10-year bonds rose as much as 25 basis points to a euro-era high of 7.02%, breaching the level that triggered a collapse in confidence in Portugal, Ireland and Greece.

Angela Merkel rejects 'miracle solutions' as Spain debt costs soar - Telegraph

Spain's 10-year bond yield hit a euro lifetime high of 7pc - a staging post above which Greece, Ireland and Portugal were driven to seek international rescues - despite last weekend's euro zone agreement to lend Madrid up to €100bn to recapitalise ailing banks.

Japanese mayor approves plan to restart nuclear power plant | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Japan has taken a potentially decisive step towards restarting two of its idled nuclear reactors after the mayor of a town located near a power plant approved plans to bring it back into operation.

AFP: Japan's Hitachi says atomic power sales to double

Japan's Hitachi said Thursday it would more than double its nuclear power business within a decade owing to growing overseas demand and post-disaster work at the crippled Fukushima atomic plant. The industrial group said the unit's annual sales would reach 360 billion yen ($4.5 billion) in the fiscal year to March 2021, compared with 160 billion yen for its latest fiscal year ended in March.

Sun journalist arrested as three more are held over alleged corrupt payments to police | Mail Online

A Sun journalist was arrested today as three more people were held over corrupt payments made... There have now been 33 people arrested under Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials. The investigation is being run alongside Operation Weeting, the probe into phone-hacking.

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News Headlines - 13 June 2012

Italy Tax Increases Backfire as Monti Tightens Belts - Bloomberg

Value-added tax receipts have declined since Monti’s predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, raised the rate by 1 percentage point in September as the economy was slipping into recession, government data released June 5 showed. The amount collected fell in the 12 months ended April 30 to the lowest since 2006.

Rebekah Brooks to face jury over claims she plotted to hide evidence of phone hacking - Telegraph

Mrs Brooks sat in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court alongside her racehorse trainer husband Charlie and four current and former employees of News International for the eight-minute hearing.

Reports: Japan has evidence North Korea mobile missile launchers shipped from China - The Washington Post

Japan has evidence that a Chinese company exported to North Korea vehicles capable of transporting and launching missiles, in possible violation of U.N. sanctions, Japanese media reported Wednesday. China called the reports inaccurate, and denied violating any U.N. restriction.

Queen joined by Prince William and Kate Middleton on Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham - UK News - News - WalesOnline

Huge crowds turned out to see the Queen and Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they arrived in Nottingham on the latest leg of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

BBC News - Royal Mail asks to be able to leave post with neighbour

Royal Mail is applying for all its postmen and women to be able to leave large items of mail with a neighbour if the addressee is not at home... Royal Mail said nine out of 10 people whose post was left with a neighbour expressed their satisfaction.

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News Headlines - 12 June 2012

AFP: Church of England warns against gay marriage plan

The Church of England objected on Tuesday to government proposals to legalise gay marriage, saying it could harm centuries-old links between it and the British state. The church -- whose supreme governor is Queen Elizabeth II -- warned that it could be forced out of its traditional role of conducting weddings on behalf of the state.

MoD struggling to reduce Army by 20,000 despite biggest redundancy cull for decades - Telegraph

Military chiefs are still struggling to reduce the Army by 20,000 as part of cost-saving defence cuts despite the biggest round of redundancy in two decades, the Defence Secretary said today.

Spanish, Italian Yields Leap Higher - WSJ.com

The euro-zone debt crisis deepened Tuesday as an ominous rise in Spanish government bond yields fanned speculation that the country might need a bailout of its own, just days after Spain said it would seek a support package for its beleaguered banking system.

IMF calls on Japan to reform tax rates - FT.com

Japan has come under renewed pressure to tackle its huge public debt with the International Monetary Fund calling on the government to raise the national consumption tax to at least 15 per cent.

The Press Association: TomTom shares surge on Apple deal

Shares in Dutch navigation device maker TomTom have surged on news that the company is to supply map data to Apple. They rose 12% to 3.65 euro (£2.96) in Amsterdam. TomTom said it had struck a deal to supply the US hardware giant with "maps and related information" but will not disclose any other information.

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News Headlines - 11 June 2012

Left poised for victory that would clear François Hollande to pursue growth - The Independent

The moderate left was on course for a comfortable victory in French parliamentary elections last night, strengthening President François Hollande's grip on power.

Video: Gordon Brown at the Leveson Inquiry: 'I never gave permission for Sun story about my son' - Telegraph

The former Labour Prime Minister denies he or his wife Sarah ever gave permission for The Sun to publish a story about their son's diagnosis with cystic fibrosis.

BBC News - Bank account application fraud rising

It says in the first three months of this year, about 0.44% of all attempts to open an account were fraudulent. This was 23% more than in the last three months of 2011 and the highest rate in the past three years.

Tensions may rise over islands |chinadaily.com.cn

Tensions may erupt again as a group of conservative Japanese politicians and political activists held a fishing campaign on Sunday in waters near the Diaoyu Islands to demonstrate "Japan's sovereignty", according to Japan's Asia News Agency.

What to expect from WWDC 2012 - CNET

There's a poignant note to this year's proceedings, as it's the first WWDC since the passing of Steve Jobs. His successor, Tim Cook, is expected on stage instead, along with the usual Apple presenters, such as marketing chief Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice-president for iOS.

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News Headlines - 10 June 2012

France's Hollande in strong parliament position | Reuters

French President Francois Hollande is on track to win a solid parliamentary majority after a first-round election that leaves him strengthened heading into a flurry of talks with euro zone leaders that could make or break the currency union.

Jeremy Hunt should resign, says top Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott - Telegraph

Lord Oakeshott, a leading peer, became the first senior Liberal Democrat to say the Culture Secretary should have stepped down after appearing at the Leveson Inquiry, as “no self-respecting minister could possibly carry on after that”.

BBC News - Euro sees gains as markets greet Spain deal

The euro has made gains against the dollar and the yen as markets react to the eurozone deal aimed at shoring up Spain's troubled banks.

▽'Sexual depravity' of penguins that Antarctic scientist dared not reveal | World news | The Observer

It was the sight of a young male Adélie penguin attempting to have sex with a dead female that particularly unnerved George Murray Levick, a scientist with the 1910-13 Scott Antarctic Expedition. No such observation had ever been recorded before, as far as he knew, and Levick, a typical Edwardian Englishman, was horrified. Blizzards and freezing cold were one thing. Penguin perversion was another.

Japan's 17-year manhunt for Sarin gas suspects draws closer to completion | World news | guardian.co.uk

The arrest last weekend of Naoko Kikuchi brought the 17-year manhunt one step closer to completion, leaving at large just one member of Aum Supreme Truth, the doomsday cult behind Japan's worst terrorist incident.

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News Headlines - 09 June 2012

Euro zone agrees to lend Spain up to 100 billion euros | Reuters

After a 2 1/2-hour conference call of the 17 finance ministers, which several sources described as heated, the Euro group and Madrid said the amount of the bailout would be sufficiently large to banish any doubts.

UN says civil war 'imminent' in Syria, West urges sanctions - Times Of India

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the Security Council on Thursday that a full-blown civil war in Syria was "imminent," while international mediator Kofi Annan said it was time to step up the pressure on Damascus to halt the violence.

BBC News - Russia 'still opposes Syria intervention'

Russia will continue to oppose attempts by the UN Security Council to sanction military intervention in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says... He said the intervention of "external forces" could result in a "catastrophic scenario" that would create an "arc of instability" from the Mediterranean to the Gulf.

More than a million need aid in Syria - Middle East - World - The Independent

At least 1.5 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance in Syria, aid agencies said yesterday – evidence that the impact of what is now a civil war goes far beyond the probable 10,000 dead reported since the insurgency and protests began.

As Japan debris washes up in the US, scientists fear break in natural order | Environment | guardian.co.uk

But scientists worried it represented a whole new way for invasive species of seaweed, crabs and other marine organisms to break the earth's natural barriers and further muck up the area's marine environments.

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News Headlines - 08 June 2012

Eurozone crisis: Spain to seek financial bailout on Saturday | Business | guardian.co.uk

Spain is on Saturday expected to become the fourth eurozone country to seek international help for its debt crisis when Europe's policy leaders agree a package to bail out its crippled banking sector.

Japanese PM calls for nuclear restart | News | DW.DE | 08.06.2012

The Japanese prime minister has reiterated his call for two nuclear reactors to be restarted. The decision is likely to be unpopular with some Japanese voters.

Oil price losing streak continues | Business | guardian.co.uk

Longest period of decline in crude prices since 1998 as markets expect reduced demand for fuel from the US and China, the world's biggest consumers of crude

BBC News - Syria massacre: UN team reaches Qubair village

UN monitors have reached the village of Qubair in western Syria where a massacre took place on Wednesday, says a BBC reporter travelling with them.

Uefa confirms racist abuse of Holland players at pre-Euro 2012 training in Krakow, Poland | Metro.co.uk

The tournament in Poland and Ukraine looks set to begin under a cloud after Bert van Marwijk's side were subjected to monkey chants. After reports from various media outlets, Uefa have now acknowledged there were 'isolated incidents of racist chanting', although they say they will only take action if there is a repeat of the scenes.

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News Headlines - 07 June 2012

BBC News - 'Massacre' reported in Syria's Hama province

Syrian pro-government forces have killed 78 people in a single village in Hama province, many of them women and children, activists say. The opposition said government-backed militia stabbed and shot their victims in the village of Qubair.

EU, Germany exploring Spanish rescue, no request yet | Reuters

Germany and European Union officials are urgently exploring ways to rescue Spain's debt-stricken banks although Madrid has not yet requested assistance and is resisting being placed under international supervision, European sources said on Wednesday.

UK braced for 70mph winds and heavy rain as Atlantic storm hits | UK news | guardian.co.uk

An unseasonable Atlantic storm is set to batter the UK, with gale-force winds and heavy rain expected in many parts of the country on Thursday, continuing and spreading into Friday.

Japan pop fans go crazy for democracy

The election debate that raged across Japan for weeks has been settled, campaigners are packing up their things and TV pundits are moving on to different topics - all-girl group AKB48 has a new president.

Risk of Amazon bird extinctions increases | News | Birdwatch Magazine

The risk of extinction has increased substantially for nearly 100 species of Amazonian birds, while European seaduck have also radically declined.

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News Headlines - 06 June 2012

Legionnaires' disease toll spirals as new cases investigated - Telegraph

One man has died and 15 other people are in a critical condition in hospital following the outbreak in Edinburgh, with a further 15 suspected cases being investigated. The Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said it is a significant outbreak of considerable concern.

Eyes turn skyward to witness transit of Venus across the sun - Science - News - The Independent

From the US to South Korea, people around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on last night and early this morning in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. The next one won't be for another 105 years.

Now Moody's downgrades seven GERMAN banks as Spain begs for help | Mail Online

Seven German banks have been downgraded by one of the most reputable rating agencies amid fears that eurozone debt will hit the country. Moody's said it would be cutting the rating of Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank AG, from A2 to A3 for the long term with a negative outlook.

Queen's diamond jubilee: BBC takes TV ratings crown | Media | guardian.co.uk

BBC1's ratings highlights over the bank holiday included average audiences of 14.7 million viewers for Monday night's Diamond Jubilee Concert and 10.3 million for the much-maligned Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant on Sunday afternoon.

Kagawa's Japan team-mates react to transfer: It's like something from a comic book - Goal.com

Kagawa will become the fifth Japanese to play in the Premier League following Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal and Fulham), Kazuyuki Toda (Tottenham), Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton), and Ryo Miyaichi (Arsenal and Bolton).

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News Headlines - 05 June 2012

Call for inquiry into use of unpaid jobseekers as jubilee stewards | UK news | guardian.co.uk

The former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has written to the home secretary to complain about a security firm that used unpaid jobseekers to steward the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations in London... The firm, Close Protection UK (CPUK), has issued "sincere apologies" for what it called the "London Bridge incident", but insisted that it had not been exploiting individuals but providing work experience.

U.S. strike said to target al-Qaeda’s No. 2 - The Washington Post

U.S. missiles killed more than a dozen people in northwestern Pakistan early Monday in a strike that apparently was aimed at al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, the charismatic and influential jihadist known as Abu Yahya al-Libi, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.

Syria Bars 17 Western Diplomats - NYTimes.com

Syria’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that more than a dozen Western ambassadors and envoys were no longer welcome in the country, a response to the coordinated expulsion last week of Syrian diplomats from the United States and 10 other nations.

The Associated Press: Navy marks Battle of Midway's 70th anniversary

On Monday, current Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Cecil Haney and other officials flew 1,300 miles northwest from Oahu to Midway to mark the 70th anniversary of the pivotal battle that changed the course of the Pacific war.

BBC Sport - Shinji Kagawa's Manchester United transfer agreed

The 23-year-old needs to pass a medical and obtain a UK work permit, but the Old Trafford club expect both to be completed by the end of June. It is thought the fee could reach £17m depending on success and appearances.

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News Headlines - 04 June 2012

Sydney witnesses partial lunar eclipse | News.com.au

THE first partial lunar eclipse of the year provided a dramatic scene over Sydney tonight, with a clear moon visible over the city as the event unfolded.

Venus to cross Sun in rare spectacle - Telegraph

The crossing of Venus across the face of the Sun is such a rare and spectacular event that in 1769 Captain James Cook sailed the HMS Endeavour half way around the world to witness it.

Space shuttle at sea, en route to new home | CTV News

The prototype space shuttle that arrived in New York City by air earlier this spring is on the move again, this time by sea.

Nintendo to launch Miiverse for news games console - Telegraph

Japan's Nintendo said it will launch a social and content network dubbed Miiverse for its new Wii U games console, as it plays catch-up with rivals and hopes an online strategy will bolster hardware sales under fire from smartphones and tablets.

BBC News - Japan 'doomsday cult member' held

A woman who may be a Japanese cult member wanted over the deadly 1995 gas attacks on the Tokyo subway has been arrested, Japanese media say.

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News Headlines - 03 June 2012

BBC News - Diamond Jubilee: Party-goers across UK celebrate occasion

People from across the UK are celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with thousands of street parties and events. Almost 9,500 road closure applications have been submitted for England and Wales across the whole weekend, with Hertfordshire topping the street party list with 451 event licences requested.

SAS frees all four hostages in daring Afghanistan raid - Telegraph

Defence sources said the “surgical” operation showed the “precision, skill and courage” of British special forces after they stormed the cave where Helen Johnston, 28, was held, and killed her kidnappers. David Cameron spoke individually to the soldiers to thank them for an “extraordinarily brave” mission.

Bank of England to consider £50bn stimulus for economy - Telegraph

Worsening economic prospects could force the hand of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee, which last month voted to pause its purchase of government bonds after pumping £325bn into the market through quantitative easing.

BBC News - Jeremy Hunt acted 'acted wisely' over BSkyB bid, says Cameron

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt "acted wisely" in his handling of the BSkyB takeover bid, David Cameron has said. The PM said he sought advice from the cabinet secretary before deciding to give responsibility for the bid to the culture secretary.

Google applies for .lol domain, along with .google and .docs (Wired UK)

Google has applied for a number of top level domains (TLDs), including .google, .youtube and, most bizarrely, .lol. A top level domain is the highest level of domain name, and basically anything that goes right at the end of a website address. That includes .com, .org and .museum.

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News Headlines - 02 June 2012

BBC News - Diamond Jubilee celebrations from across the region

A variety of events, both big and small, will take place over the weekend to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The range of activities include street parties and family fun days to a picnic in the stately surroundings of Burton Agnes Hall.

British soldier shot dead on patrol in Afghanistan - Telegraph

The soldier was shot dead while taking part in a patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province, when his patrol came under attack from small arms fire.

Britain's manufacturing sector shrinks at fastest rate in three years - Telegraph

The Markit/CIPS PMI - which combines output, orders and employment in the sector - fell to 45.9 last month from 50.2 in April, where any number below 50 indicates contraction.

Japan to ask SEC to join insider trading crackdown: sources - chicagotribune.com

Japan's securities regulator plans to ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to cooperate in a widening probe of insider trading in Japanese shares, two sources with knowledge of the situation said on Saturday.

London tube stations to get Wi-Fi | UK news | The Guardian

The last sanctuary from the incessant red light blinking on BlackBerry devices will begin to vanish in the next few weeks as Wi-Fi coverage is extended to the London Underground.

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News Headlines - 01 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee: Madness to give London a 'knees up' with show from Buckingham Palace roof - Evening Standard

Organisers today said the Eighties group would perform their hit Our House from the roof to an audience of 12,000 in front of the Palace ― and more than a billion viewers worldwide ― at the Diamond Jubilee Concert on Monday.

Houla massacre 'may be crime against humanity' - BBC

Last week's killing of more than 100 civilians at Houla in Syria may amount to crimes against humanity, the UN high commissioner for human rights has said.

Aung San Suu Kyi Calls for "Healthy Skepticism" of Burma's Reforms - Voice of America

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the international investors Friday to exercise "healthy skepticism" as her country implements reforms after half a century of military rule.

Korean, Japanese automakers post solid May sales - Reuters

Automakers in Japan and South Korea continued to post solid gains in sales in May with Hyundai Motor (005380.KS) and Kia Motors (000270.KS) benefiting from the sustained recovery of the U.S. market while Japanese domestic sales were supported by government incentives for fuel-efficient models.

Putin Heads To Germany, France For Talks On Syria, Business - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Moves to strengthen economic links and the conflict in Syria are expected to top the agenda as Russian President Vladimir Putin meets the leaders of France and Germany, the two biggest European Union economies.

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