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2011-08-02

News

Obama signs US debt bill

The US Senate voted on Tuesday to adopt a debt limitation bill, just hours before a midnight default deadline.   The measure, which allows

The US Senate voted on Tuesday to adopt a debt limitation bill, just hours before a midnight default deadline.   The measure, which allows

Sport

Get up for England

With only a month to go before the 2011 Rugby World Cup gets underway in New Zealand, several England players practised their skills on Monday, but

With only a month to go before the 2011 Rugby World Cup gets underway in New Zealand, several England players practised their skills on Monday, but

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Congress vote averts US default

The US Congress has given final approval to a bill raising the country’s debt limit, just hours before the Treasury’s authority to borrow funds runs

The US Congress has given final approval to a bill raising the country’s debt limit, just hours before the Treasury’s authority to borrow funds runs

Business

Spain: Jobless falls, bond yields soar

Spain’s unemployment rate fell in July for the fourth month running thanks to summer tourism, however it remains the highest in Europe. The

Spain’s unemployment rate fell in July for the fourth month running thanks to summer tourism, however it remains the highest in Europe. The

News

US Senate raises debt ceiling to avoid default

The US Senate agreed to raise the country’s debt ceiling on Tuesday, ending months of political wrangling and avoiding a federal default.    The deal

The US Senate agreed to raise the country’s debt ceiling on Tuesday, ending months of political wrangling and avoiding a federal default.    The deal

Business

Grim predictions on Greece from OECD

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has calculated the European Union’s rescue deal for Greece will only slightly reduce the

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has calculated the European Union’s rescue deal for Greece will only slightly reduce the

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Mubarak's trial due to get underway in Egypt

He has not appeared in public since being deposed in February. But Egypt’s fallen leader Hosni Mubarak is now due in the dock, if his medics let him

He has not appeared in public since being deposed in February. But Egypt’s fallen leader Hosni Mubarak is now due in the dock, if his medics let him

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Creditors react to Washington's debt deal

Relief in the financial markets over an end to the financial gridlock in the US economy has been tinged with concern about the long-term risk

Relief in the financial markets over an end to the financial gridlock in the US economy has been tinged with concern about the long-term risk

News

Rocky road ahead in US debt war

On Capitol Hill politicians breathed a sigh of relief after the House of Representatives approved a deal to prevent the US from defaulting on its

On Capitol Hill politicians breathed a sigh of relief after the House of Representatives approved a deal to prevent the US from defaulting on its

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US 'a parasite' on world economy, says Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has criticised the United States for racking up over 14 trillion dollars in debt, calling the country “a

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has criticised the United States for racking up over 14 trillion dollars in debt, calling the country “a

Business

Barclays cuts jobs, BNP Paribas' profit disappoints

Barclays says it is going to cut about 3,000 jobs this year to reduce costs. The British bank announced that along with lower first half profits

Barclays says it is going to cut about 3,000 jobs this year to reduce costs. The British bank announced that along with lower first half profits

Business

Chinese sales boost BMW's profit

BMW’s fortunes are in the fast lane due to soaring demand in China. The company reported an 83 percent jump in quarterly operating profit. The

BMW’s fortunes are in the fast lane due to soaring demand in China. The company reported an 83 percent jump in quarterly operating profit. The

Business

Spain: jobless falls again but still worst in Europe

Spain’s unemployment rate fell in July for the fourth month running as summer tourism boosted the economy, however it remains the highest in Europe

Spain’s unemployment rate fell in July for the fourth month running as summer tourism boosted the economy, however it remains the highest in Europe

Science_technology

Garlic against global warming from cows

Grass goes in one end, methane comes out the other. As a greenhouse gas, this is far more potent than carbon dioxide. So, scientists on a research

Grass goes in one end, methane comes out the other. As a greenhouse gas, this is far more potent than carbon dioxide. So, scientists on a research

News

Syrian forces tighten grip on Hama

Syrian security forces pushed into the city of Hama on Tuesday, witnesses said, to quell violence the government is blaming on armed gangs. State

Syrian security forces pushed into the city of Hama on Tuesday, witnesses said, to quell violence the government is blaming on armed gangs. State

News

The IKEA experience - or is it?

It looks like IKEA, complete with blue and yellow colour scheme. Its name sounds like IKEA in Chinese. Even bags and miniature pencils are

It looks like IKEA, complete with blue and yellow colour scheme. Its name sounds like IKEA in Chinese. Even bags and miniature pencils are

Culture

Seventh Apes movie morals in action

Cute chimp, willing to evolve, seeks scientific breakthrough. Result: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Frieda Pinto and James Franco star in the

Cute chimp, willing to evolve, seeks scientific breakthrough. Result: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Frieda Pinto and James Franco star in the

Culture

Venetian lace museum proudly reopens

On Burano Island in the lagoon of Venice, famed for the splendour of its past, the Lace Museum is open once more, following lengthy restoration

On Burano Island in the lagoon of Venice, famed for the splendour of its past, the Lace Museum is open once more, following lengthy restoration

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Back in the Day: Jesse Owens reigns on Hitler's parade

August 3. 1936. African-American athlete Jesse Owens wins the 100 metres sprint final at the Berlin Olympics. Adolf Hitler was keen to use the Games

August 3. 1936. African-American athlete Jesse Owens wins the 100 metres sprint final at the Berlin Olympics. Adolf Hitler was keen to use the Games

Special_reports

Summer Camps

Summer holidays are a break from school and a chance for children to relax. They can also be a time to learn new skills. Summer camps and activities

Summer holidays are a break from school and a chance for children to relax. They can also be a time to learn new skills. Summer camps and activities

News

Senate poised to pass US debt deal

A vote in the Senate looks set to pull the United States back from the brink of economic disaster today, with just hours to go to avert a

A vote in the Senate looks set to pull the United States back from the brink of economic disaster today, with just hours to go to avert a

News

Ramadan 'slows down registration' of Somali refugees

There are reports from the Horn of Africa that the supply of food to refugees fleeing the famine has been slowed by the onset of Ramadan. Many who

There are reports from the Horn of Africa that the supply of food to refugees fleeing the famine has been slowed by the onset of Ramadan. Many who

News

Europe shares fall amid fears for US economy

European shares fell for a third straight session to hit a nine-month low, following more bad news about the US economy. Figures show

European shares fell for a third straight session to hit a nine-month low, following more bad news about the US economy. Figures show

News

Cuban parliament gives green light to reforms

Cuba’s parliament has approved plans to overhaul the country’s stagnating, state-dominated economy and lift some restrictions on citizens’

Cuba’s parliament has approved plans to overhaul the country’s stagnating, state-dominated economy and lift some restrictions on citizens’

News

Back in the Day: death of a Wild West icon

August 1, 1876. James Butler Hickok, better known as ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ is shot and killed in a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. Hickok rose to fame

August 1, 1876. James Butler Hickok, better known as ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ is shot and killed in a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. Hickok rose to fame

News

Four dead in Afghan suicide bomb and shootout

Four security guards have been killed in a suicide bomb attack and a shootout in northern Afghanistan. The guards worked for a German company. Ten

Four security guards have been killed in a suicide bomb attack and a shootout in northern Afghanistan. The guards worked for a German company. Ten

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Gaddafi son vows to fight to the end

Libyan state television has broadcast a defiant message from Colonel Gaddafi’s son, at a time when the conflict shows signs of getting mired in

Libyan state television has broadcast a defiant message from Colonel Gaddafi’s son, at a time when the conflict shows signs of getting mired in

Nocomment

Asylum-seekers clash with Italian police

In Italy, at least 30 people were hurt during clashes between asylum seekers and the police. The immigrants set fire to rubbish bins and car tyres in

In Italy, at least 30 people were hurt during clashes between asylum seekers and the police. The immigrants set fire to rubbish bins and car tyres in

Nocomment

Ramadan in China

Chinese Muslims pray on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Beijing, China. Muslims around the world abstain from eating

Chinese Muslims pray on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Beijing, China. Muslims around the world abstain from eating

Nocomment

Twister terror in Russia's Blagoveshchensk

It has been dubbed Russia’s first ever “city tornado.” A twister has brought terror to Blagoveshchensk in the country’s far east, near the Chinese

It has been dubbed Russia’s first ever “city tornado.” A twister has brought terror to Blagoveshchensk in the country’s far east, near the Chinese