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2012-08-03

Sport

London Olympics: Souvenir sales booming

The Olympics may be discouraging regular tourists from coming to London, but for shops selling official Games merchandise, business is

The Olympics may be discouraging regular tourists from coming to London, but for shops selling official Games merchandise, business is

News

Romania brings forward impeachment hearing

Romania’s constitutional court is to decide if a referendum to impeach the president is valid on August 31st – two weeks earlier than originally

Romania’s constitutional court is to decide if a referendum to impeach the president is valid on August 31st – two weeks earlier than originally

News

Shady business: parasol strike in Italy

Temperatures have been reaching 35 degrees in Italy, but beachgoers had nowhere to hide from the sun, as thousands of private beaches closed their

Temperatures have been reaching 35 degrees in Italy, but beachgoers had nowhere to hide from the sun, as thousands of private beaches closed their

News

NASA ready for the challenge of landing on Mars

Nasa is holding its breath as it prepares for its latest mission to Mars, the landing of its big robot rover ‘Curiosity’. The touchdown, expected

Nasa is holding its breath as it prepares for its latest mission to Mars, the landing of its big robot rover ‘Curiosity’. The touchdown, expected

Business

Central banks dash hopes

Two central bank meetings in one week. Investors were waiting for action from the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. The ECB’s

Two central bank meetings in one week. Investors were waiting for action from the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. The ECB’s

Culture

'Stalingrad' 3D IMAX movie all set to go

Russia’s first big-budget 3D film in IMAX format has wrapped up shooting in a small village outside St Petersburg. The World War II Battle of

Russia’s first big-budget 3D film in IMAX format has wrapped up shooting in a small village outside St Petersburg. The World War II Battle of

Culture

Remembering Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is being given a full star tribute by The Hollywood Museum. The highlight is a collection of photos by George Barris, a good friend

Marilyn Monroe is being given a full star tribute by The Hollywood Museum. The highlight is a collection of photos by George Barris, a good friend

News

Palestinians head for Jerusalem mosque amid tight security

Thousands of Palestinians have made their way to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, to take part in prayers on the third Friday of Ramadan. Some stormed

Thousands of Palestinians have made their way to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, to take part in prayers on the third Friday of Ramadan. Some stormed

News

Syrian clashes continue as citizens flee

There are reports of intensive fighting continuing across Syria with opposition forces claiming that at least 80 people were killed on Friday. It

There are reports of intensive fighting continuing across Syria with opposition forces claiming that at least 80 people were killed on Friday. It

Science_technology

Follow NASA's Curiosity Mars landing live

Has there ever been life on Mars? We may be closer to finding out the answer to that question, with NASA’s latest mission to the Red Planet. Its

Has there ever been life on Mars? We may be closer to finding out the answer to that question, with NASA’s latest mission to the Red Planet. Its

News

Defence heads roll in Belarus after bear drop

Could it be the first time ever that a country has been terrified by teddy bears? Possibly not, but what is clear is the drop of some 800 or so

Could it be the first time ever that a country has been terrified by teddy bears? Possibly not, but what is clear is the drop of some 800 or so

News

'Tax the rich' says Germany's Scrooge McDuck

In the original Walt Disney cartoons, Donald Duck’s wealthy grandfather Scrooge had a slight Scottish accent. In 2012 he has become German – at

In the original Walt Disney cartoons, Donald Duck’s wealthy grandfather Scrooge had a slight Scottish accent. In 2012 he has become German – at

Business

US jobs increase in July

More jobs were created in July in the US, but the unemployment rate there went up. US companies hired the most workers in five months -163,000 –

More jobs were created in July in the US, but the unemployment rate there went up. US companies hired the most workers in five months -163,000 –

News

Corruption trial of Lula-era officials begins in Brazil

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s political reputation hangs in the balance as a landmark trial into the “mensalão” scandal

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s political reputation hangs in the balance as a landmark trial into the “mensalão” scandal

Business

Toyota profits rebound

Toyota has bounced back to its highest profit in four years as it recovers from last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Quarterly operating profit was

Toyota has bounced back to its highest profit in four years as it recovers from last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Quarterly operating profit was

News

Oil pipeline threatens Babylon

The fate of the ancient city of Babylon is causing a diplomatic row between the Iraqi government and UNESCO – the arm of the UN responsible for

The fate of the ancient city of Babylon is causing a diplomatic row between the Iraqi government and UNESCO – the arm of the UN responsible for

News

Spain anti-privatisation rail strike disrupts trains

Hundreds of trains have been cancelled in Spain amid a one day strike by rail workers protesting against privatisation plans. The government wants

Hundreds of trains have been cancelled in Spain amid a one day strike by rail workers protesting against privatisation plans. The government wants

News

UN observer mission likely to pull out of Syria

The resignation of Kofi Annan has left a question mark over the future of the UN observers in Syria. His criticism of the Security Council’s lack of

The resignation of Kofi Annan has left a question mark over the future of the UN observers in Syria. His criticism of the Security Council’s lack of

News

Gay kissing takes on fast food chicken in the USA

The eyes of America’s pro- and anti-gay marriage lobbies will be firmly focussed on a chain of fast food restaurants on Friday at the end of a week

The eyes of America’s pro- and anti-gay marriage lobbies will be firmly focussed on a chain of fast food restaurants on Friday at the end of a week

Special_reports

Informal learning

Learning can take place anywhere, any time. It is not necessary to be in a classroom. We explore some non-traditional learning experiences at the

Learning can take place anywhere, any time. It is not necessary to be in a classroom. We explore some non-traditional learning experiences at the

News

UNHCR: Mali humanitarian crisis 'threatens whole region'

The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees has called on the international community to do more to solve the humanitarian crisis in Mali. Visiting

The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees has called on the international community to do more to solve the humanitarian crisis in Mali. Visiting

Nocomment

Topless protest in London

Four women from the Ukrainian activist group Femen staged a topless protest outside London’s City Hall on Thursday August 2. The protest aimed to

Four women from the Ukrainian activist group Femen staged a topless protest outside London’s City Hall on Thursday August 2. The protest aimed to

Sport

London 2012: Phelps, always and forever

America’s Michael Phelps led from start to finish to claim the men’s 200m individual medley, becoming the first male swimmer to win the same event at

America’s Michael Phelps led from start to finish to claim the men’s 200m individual medley, becoming the first male swimmer to win the same event at

News

North Korea asks UN for food aid after floods

North Korea’s new young leader has told a senior Chinese official visiting Pyongyang that his government wants to develop the economy and improve

North Korea’s new young leader has told a senior Chinese official visiting Pyongyang that his government wants to develop the economy and improve

Europe

Education: Balancing costs and benefits of the Bologna process

In this edition of U-talk our question is from Philippe in Belgium: “I have a question about the Bologna programme. A priori, this is a very

In this edition of U-talk our question is from Philippe in Belgium: “I have a question about the Bologna programme. A priori, this is a very

News

Gay Pride passes off peacefully in Jerusalem

Thousands of people have marched through central Jerusalem for the city’s 10th annual Gay Pride event. There has been violence in the past – an

Thousands of people have marched through central Jerusalem for the city’s 10th annual Gay Pride event. There has been violence in the past – an

News

Lula's reputation on line in Brazil corruption trial

Brazil has begun a landmark political corruption trial, seven years after a cash-for-votes scandal rocked the government of then President Lula

Brazil has begun a landmark political corruption trial, seven years after a cash-for-votes scandal rocked the government of then President Lula

News

Roma dead remembered at Auschwitz

A ceremony has been held at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day. It marks the night of August 2 1944 when

A ceremony has been held at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day. It marks the night of August 2 1944 when