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House prices rise 1.9% - Halifax

House prices rise 1.9% - Halifax House prices rise 1.9% - Halifax

The Press Association-House prices have recorded their strongest quarterly rise in three years in a further sign that efforts...
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Starbucks tax offer 'too little, too late' for Britain

Starbucks tax offer 'too little, too late' for Britain Starbucks tax offer 'too little, too late' for Britain

AFP-Despite pledging to pay millions of pounds in extra tax in Britain, Starbucks faces a battle to restore its reputation...
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UBS 'manipulated Swiss franc rates since 2001'

UBS 'manipulated Swiss franc rates since 2001' UBS 'manipulated Swiss franc rates since 2001'

AFP-Swiss banking giant UBS, which last week was slapped with $1.5 billion in fines for manipulating global interest rates,...
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No clean bill of health for MoD

No clean bill of health for MoD No clean bill of health for MoD

Auditors have refused to give the Ministry of Defence's accounts a clean bill of health for the sixth year running. The Press...
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Britain storms out of recession but cautious on outlook

Britain storms out of recession but cautious on outlook
  AFP- Britain powered out of its longest double-dip recession since the 1950s after its economy returned to growth in the...
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Virgin Media gets Olympics lift

Virgin Media gets Olympics lift
  The Press Association- Olympic champions Mo Farah and Usain Bolt helped Virgin Media deliver its biggest quarterly increase...
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Bank of England divided over QE

Bank of England divided over QE
  The Press Association-Bank of England policymakers are divided over the benefits of pumping more emergency cash into the economy...
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Germany's Schaeuble confident of go-ahead for eurozone pacts

Germany's Schaeuble confident of go-ahead for eurozone pacts
  AFP- Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Monday he was confident the country's top court will not block the...
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Adnams gets boost from new beers

Adnams gets boost from new beers
  The Press Association- Brewer Adnams has toasted higher profits after a range of new beers helped it cope with "the most...
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HSBC hid $16 bn in Iran transactions: US Senate report

HSBC hid $16 bn in Iran transactions: US Senate report
  AFP-Global banking giant HSBC and its US affiliate concealed more than $16 billion in sensitive transactions to Iran, violating...
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German finance minister calls for stronger EU

German finance minister calls for stronger EU
  AFP-German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble called for EU member states to hand more powers to the European Union in "major...
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Services sector growth welcomed

Services sector growth welcomed
  The Press Association-A run of dire economic data that has spooked the UK's recovery hopes has been halted with a decent performance...
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Payday lender Wonga plans flotation

Payday lender Wonga plans flotation
  The Press Association- Payday lender Wonga is reported to be considering a US stock market flotation that could value the business...
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UK recession deepens as official GDP shrinks

UK recession deepens as official GDP shrinks
AFP-Britain's recession is worse than previously thought, as revised official figures showed on Thursday that the economy shrank...
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Marks & Spencer profits plunge 19%, slashes target

Marks & Spencer profits plunge 19%, slashes target
  AFP-British clothing-to-food retailer Marks & Spencer on Tuesday announced a drop in annual profits in a "challenging economic...
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Travel

'Dither and delay' warning on HS2

'Dither and delay' warning on HS2 'Dither and delay' warning on HS2

The Press Associtaion-High speed rail between London and Birmingham might not be achieved in the 2020s because of...
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Wife's plea over man's Greek arrest

Wife's plea over man's Greek arrest Wife's plea over man's Greek arrest

The Press Association-An MP has voiced his concerns about the plight of a British national who was imprisoned while...
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Louvre ditches audio guides for Nintendo consoles

Louvre ditches audio guides for Nintendo consoles Louvre ditches audio guides for Nintendo consoles

AP - The Louvre Museum is used to dealing with antiquities: Nearly all of its thousands of works of art date to 1848...
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French Concordia survivors get €2m payout

French Concordia survivors get €2m payout French Concordia survivors get €2m payout

AFP- The owner of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground off northwest Italy in January has paid more...
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Chicago hotel prices jump as summer begins

Chicago hotel prices jump as summer begins Chicago hotel prices jump as summer begins

(Relaxnews) - Hotel prices in the Windy City soared by 23 percent this month, according to new research by Trivago. Chicago...
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Sport

Vettel’s new partner? Raikkonen or Ricciardo

Vettel’s new partner? Raikkonen or Ricciardo Vettel’s new partner? Raikkonen or Ricciardo

The decision to Sebastian Vettel’s new partner probably falls between Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner...
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Mercedes plans new assault on Vettel: Infrared trick and louvers

Mercedes plans new assault on Vettel: Infrared trick and louvers
  Three long years of Silver Arrow lurched past the targets. There was nothing: a measly victory in 58 races. This year it runs better already clear:...
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Barcelona lose first La Liga game of season

Barcelona lose first La Liga game of season Barcelona lose first La Liga game of season

AFP-Barcelona suffered their first La Liga defeat of the season on Saturday when they slumped to a shock 3-2 loss at Real Sociedad. Barcelona...
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Wiggins may target Tour defence after all

Wiggins may target Tour defence after all Wiggins may target Tour defence after all

AFP-Bradley Wiggins says he is likely to defend his Tour de France title after all next year despite previously nominating the Giro d'Italia as...
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Messi in light training after injury scare

Messi in light training after injury scare Messi in light training after injury scare

AFP-Barcelona star Lionel Messi took part in light training on Thursday after being stretchered off with a knee injury during the 0-0 draw at home...
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Benitez tiptoes onto Chelsea tightrope

Benitez tiptoes onto Chelsea tightrope Benitez tiptoes onto Chelsea tightrope

AFP- Freshly appointed as Chelsea's latest interim coach, Rafael Benitez could be forgiven for wondering whether he has accepted a poisoned chalice. The...
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McIlroy makes late charge at Singapore Open

McIlroy makes late charge at Singapore Open
  AFP-World number one Rory McIlroy made a late charge up the leaderboard but still trailed Denmark's Thomas Bjorn by five shots after a marathon day...
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Tower of Polish power knocks down Murray in Paris

Tower of Polish power knocks down Murray in Paris
  AFP- Towering Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz upset Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 on Thursday to complete the early exit of the elite from...
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Chelsea rage at referee's 'inappropriate language'

Chelsea rage at referee's 'inappropriate language'
  AFP- Chelsea have filed a complaint over "inappropriate language" allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg towards their players during their...
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Suspended Olympic badminton players appeal

Suspended Olympic badminton players appeal
  AFP-Four South Korean badminton players who were suspended for trying to throw matches at the London Olympics have appealed their penalties, the...
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Culture

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Modest gains expected in January US jobs numbers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2013 14:57

AFP- The US government releases its January jobs report Friday, expected to show just a slight improvement that nevertheless may be a welcome sign after the economy's shock contraction.

The 0.1 percent shrinkage in the economy in the fourth quarter, the first since the Great Recession ended in 2009, was largely due to weather and other "transitory" issues, the Federal Reserve said.

Citing a "paused" economy, the Fed on Wednesday stayed the course of ultra-loose monetary policy to support growth in a bid to pull down high unemployment.

That suggested that the US central bank sees enough strength in the economy to at least sustain the pace of job creation of last year, averaging 153,000 net new jobs per month.

"The trend appears to be no worse than flat, consistent with the employment growth at least maintaining its recent pace -- which has been strong enough to bring down unemployment," said Jim O'Sullivan, chief US economist at High Frequency Economics.

Indeed, economists digging into the details of the Commerce Department's estimate of gross domestic product growth uncovered evidence of resilience.

Third-quarter GDP growth was a robust 3.1 percent, and they forecast a modest rebound during the 2013 first quarter under way (photo by Concert_Photos_Magazine).

Consumers, however, were decidedly less upbeat. The research firm Conference Board reported this week that consumer confidence dived in January, likely because of fiscal-cliff concerns about rising taxes.

On average analysts expect the Labor Department's closely January jobs report on Friday will show the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.7 percent in January from 7.8 percent in December.

Economists predict the economy added 180,000 jobs in January, up from 155,000 in the prior month. The private sector is expected to continue to be the sole jobs engine, adding 193,000 posts compared with 168,000 in December.

"On average, 153,000 jobs were added each month in 2012 and 2011, a clear indication that the labor market has been moving sideways," Nomura Global Economics said in a client note.

There were signs this week of stable, sluggish improvement in the labor market.

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2013 'groundhog year' for economy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 21:07


AFP-Economically, 2013 could turn out to be a "groundhog year", with a repeat of the sluggish growth at home and crisis in Europe seen in 2012, a left-of-centre think tank has warned.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said that consumer and business spirits have been so thoroughly dampened by talk of years of austerity ahead that the economy may fail to grow again over the coming year.

The Government "still does not have a path back to growth" and appears to be pinning its hopes on "something just turning up", said IPPR chief economist Tony Dolphin in a gloomy new year message.

The Office for Budget Responsibility's forecast of 1.2% GDP growth in 2013 and 2% in 2014 appear to depend on a "very unlikely" readiness of hard-pressed households to drop the habits of the past four years and take on additional debt in order to consume more, he said.

The IPPR is calling on the Government to boost demand in the economy, pump more investment into infrastructure projects, establish a British Investment Bank and guarantee a minimum wage job in charity or local government for anyone unemployed for over a year.

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British army bomb squad at home of Alps murder victims PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 September 2012 19:19


AFP- An army bomb disposal squad was sent Monday to the house of a British family shot dead in the French Alps, while the security cordon was widened and neighbouring homes evacuated. 

The local Surrey police force told AFP they had evacuated the immediate area around the Hilli family home in the village of Claygate, southwest of London, due to "concerns around items found at the address"(photo by satguru).


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British helicopter hunt for 'lion on the loose in Essex' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 August 2012 16:48

AFP- British police on Monday deployed firearms officers and a helicopter as they launched a lion hunt following reports of a cat-like beast roaming in a field in Essex.

"The large cat, believed to be a lion, was seen in fields off Earls Hall Drive in St Oysth, near Clacton, just before 7pm on Sunday," an Essex police spokesman said.

Residents living in the area are being advised to stay indoors.

Officers from Essex Police have been working with experts from Colchester Zoo who believe the reports to be genuine after being shown a photograph from a member of the public.

"There is an increased police presence in the area, including firearms officers and the police helicopter searching near where it was spotted," the spokesman said.

Police are also trying to establish where the lion may have come from. Anyone who sees the lion is advised to call 999.

Roger Lord, of Earls Hall Farm, St Osyth, said a picture of the suspected lion had been taken by residents in caravans on the farm land and passed to police.

"The first thing we knew about it was a phone call from the police last night," he said.

"I am sceptical - I think it might just well be a large domestic cat but they certainly saw something that they were were concerned about and they went down the right route to the police.

Che Kevlin said he heard what he believed to be a roar whilst out walking his dog last night.

"I heard a loud roar at 10pm. It sounded like a lion," he told the BBC.

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Ex-MEP must repay £345,000 expenses PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 March 2011 14:10


Former Tory MEP Den Dover, who was expelled from the Conservative Party over allegations of expenses misconduct, has been ordered by the European Court of Justice to repay £345,289 in "unjustified" claims.  

Mr Dover, 72, an MEP for the North West England region from 1999 to 2009, was suspended and then expelled from the party in November 2008 for "gross misconduct" after the Parliament demanded repayment of £538,000 in allowances officials said should not have been claimed.  

He stood down at the 2009 European elections and launched an appeal in the European Court against the decision by European Parliament administrators to seek the return of the cash.

The Luxembourg judges found that he should pay back part of the amount - but said the European Parliament had not sufficiently demonstrated that the rest was unjustified.

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Visa rules to curb foreign students PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 21:46


The number of foreign students and their dependants coming to Britain could be cut by around 100,000 a year under plans unveiled by the Government.  

Home Secretary Theresa May said the "radical" clampdown would close fake colleges and block entry for those who cannot speak good English.

There will also be tougher restrictions on non-EU students staying in the country after their course finishes - including a rule that they must find a job that pays at least £20,000 a year.

Mrs May told MPs that while the coalition wanted to attract the "brightest and best" to the UK, the visa system became "broken" under Labour.

"This package will stop the bogus students, studying meaningless courses at fake colleges," she said.

"It will protect our world-class institutions. It will stop the abuse that became all too common under Labour. And it will restore some sanity to our student visa system."

She said she expected the measures would reduce the number of student visas issued by 70,000-80,000 annually - equivalent to a 25% fall.


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'Earn back' plan for public sector PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 12:20

Executives in the public sector should have 10% of their pay held back and would receive it only through good performance at the end of the year, under "radical" proposals by a Government-commissioned report. 

A so-called Fair Pay Review also called for greater public scrutiny of executive pay in the public sector and recommended that a workers' representative should sit on remuneration committees.

But the review, led by Will Hutton, ruled out having a fixed limit of senior staff earning no more than 20 times the lowest paid workers' earnings because it would be unworkable and affect only a small number of employees.

The report suggested instead that public bodies should publish a report every year on how much chief executives earned in relation to the median pay of a workforce.

Mr Hutton said all public sector executives should place an element of their pay, at least 10%, "at risk", to be earned back each year if they achieved pre-arranged objectives.

 

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Officer accused on fees demo arrest PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2011 14:55

 

 

A police officer has been accused of colluding with colleagues to arrest a young protester on "false grounds" at the student fees demonstrations.  

The police watchdog said it was investigating the "serious allegation" that an officer abused his position after a 20-year-old breached the cordon during the high-profile demonstrations in Parliament Square last December. 

Rachel Cerfontyne, commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said: "We will also be looking at the circumstances of how the man suffered a broken tooth during his detention."

Three officers have been told they are being investigated for alleged criminal and gross misconduct matters.

  

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Daughter ready to join team Beckham PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2011 14:38

 

David and Victoria Beckham have confirmed they are expecting a baby girl for their fourth child.  

Victoria, 36, is due to give birth to her first daughter in the summer, adding to her brood of three boys, Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, eight, and Cruz, five.

The celebrity couple, who married in 1999, announced that Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria was pregnant in January, but the sex had up until now remained unknown.

However, the news was confirmed by their spokesman on Sunday after David suggested the couple were expecting their first girl.

The 35-year-old footballer, who captained England from 2000 to 2006, was preparing for LA Galaxy's first game of the US Major League Soccer season when he made the comments.

On Sunday, Victoria was photographed jetting home to Los Angeles following a short trip to London.

 

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