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Numbers up at visitor attractions

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 0:12
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Admissions to England's visitor attractions rose by 3% in 2010, a survey by tourism body VisitEngland suggests.
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VIDEO: Border trade

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 0:14
related countries: India India, Bangladesh Bangladesh

Market set up in no-man's-land between India and Bangladesh
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Name game

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 0:30
related countries: Israel Israel

Arab-Israeli land dispute writ large on road signs
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US tobacco firms sue over labels

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 1:31
related countries: United States United States

Five tobacco companies sue the US government over a new law that would force them to place graphic health warnings on their cigarette packets.
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VIDEO: Syria situation 'getting desperate'

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 1:33
related countries: Syria Syria, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Syria's President Bashar Assad is losing "the last shreds of his legitimacy" according to the British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
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VIDEO: China prepares for US trade talks

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 2:09
related countries: United States United States, China China

The economic crisis in the US has had a massive impact on China's export industry and a five-day trip by US Vice President Biden is likely to focus on ways the two countries can overcome the recession.
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Sony in 17% Playstation price cut

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 2:16
related countries: Japan Japan

Japanese electronics firm Sony cuts the price of its Playstation 3 games console by 17% in an effort to lift weakening sales.
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VIDEO: Exploring the catacombs of Paris

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 3:04
related countries: France France
related places: Paris

Underneath the streets of most cities is a complex web of tunnels, cables and pipes carrying everything from water to trains, but under the feet of people in Paris exists one of the most complex system of tunnels ever seen.
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Chavez home after more treatment

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 3:40
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela, Cuba Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is in good spirits after returning home from Cuba following a second round of cancer treatment there.
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India information activist killed

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 4:59
related countries: India India
related places: Bhopal

A right to information activist is shot dead by an unidentified gunman in the northern Indian city of Bhopal, police say.
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VIDEO: Swiss warn of recession

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 5:46
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Swiss government ministers meet later on Wednesday to discuss the continued strength of the franc.
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AUDIO: World's first 'climate change refugees'?

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 6:29
related countries: Australia Australia

From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports on the indigenous people from the Torres Strait islands in northern Australia who have told the government they are in danger of becoming the world's first "climate change refugees", due to the effects of rising sea l
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China denies seeing US helicopter

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 6:40
related countries: United States United States, Pakistan Pakistan, China China
related places: May

China denies a report that Pakistan gave it access to the wreckage of a US "stealth" helicopter used in the covert raid to kill Osama Bin Laden in May.
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VIDEO: Vigil for India's anti-graft crusader

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 6:58
related countries: India India
related places: Delhi

India's anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has spent a night in Tihar jail in the capital, Delhi, despite the government's decision to free him.
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Shark kills British honeymooner

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 7:26
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles

A British man on his honeymoon dies in the Seychelles after a second shark attack off one of the country's islands in just over two weeks.
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Nighy film to close Toronto gala

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 8:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz's British spy tale Page Eight will close next month's Toronto International Film Festival, it is announced.
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Australia sperm donor loses fight

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 9:16
related countries: Aruba Aruba

An Australian man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is told by a court that his name must be removed from the child's birth certificate.
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Bank unanimous over holding rates

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 9:33
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

All nine members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted to keep interest rates on hold earlier this month.
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Mouse grounds plane in Stockholm

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 9:36
related countries: Sweden Sweden, United States United States
related places: Stockholm

More than 200 passengers are left stranded after a mouse is seen inside an SAS plane scheduled to fly from the Swedish capital to the US, and evades all attempts to capture it.
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China backs HK as yuan trade hub

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 9:42
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong, China China

China announces plans to bolster Hong Kong's role as a leading off-shore trading hub for the yuan.
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Venezuela freezes hospital fees

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 9:46
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela

Private hospitals in Venezuela agree not to raise fees for three weeks as the government discusses moves to tackle rising healthcare costs.
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Migrant schools closed in Beijing

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 10:30
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing

Officials in Beijing close dozens of schools for the children of migrant workers, leaving many with nowhere to go.
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Swiss cheese

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 11:12
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Strong Swiss franc punches holes in exporters' purses
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Some riot sentences 'too severe'

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 11:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Some MPs, campaigners and lawyers say a number of sentences given to those involved in last week's riots in England are too harsh.
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VIDEO: Amphibious car show gets under way

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 11:42
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Neuchatel, Saint-Blaise

The 26th meeting of amphibious cars is taking place in Saint-Blaise, in Neuchatel, Switzerland. It is the largest event of this kind in Europe with 55 cars on site.
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VIDEO: Coolbox 'car' driver banned for drinking

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 11:52
related countries: Aruba Aruba

An Australian man has been convicted of drink driving after turning a coolbox into a 'car' and taking it for a test drive.
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BBC suspends Malaysia film-maker

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 12:00
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

The BBC launches an investigation into one of its independent film-makers said to be in receipt of payments from the Malaysian government.
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Indian PM blasts hunger striker

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 12:01
related countries: India India
related places: Delhi

The Indian PM criticises detained anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, whose hunger strike has gained widespread popular support.
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Biden in China amid debt concerns

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 12:07
related countries: United States United States, China China

US Vice-President Joe Biden is visiting China, with talks likely to focus on addressing concerns over his country's budget deficit.
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Chinese man jailed for NZ killing

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 13:10
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand, China China

A Chinese court jails a man over a death in New Zealand, in the first such case of co-operation between the two countries.
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VIDEO: Thousands join India jail protest

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 13:26
related countries: India India
related places: Delhi

Thousands of protesters have gathered outside the Delhi jail where Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare is on hunger strike.
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VIDEO: Rebels make gains in Tripoli push

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 13:32
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Libyan forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi are fighting rebels for control of the coastal town of Zawiya, less than 50km (30 miles) west of Tripoli.
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'Gas plot' at Madrid Pope rally

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 13:37
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

Madrid police arrest a chemistry student for allegedly plotting to gas protesters against the Pope during the city's giant Catholic youth festival.
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Sneijder not for sale, say Inter

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 13:52
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says midfielder Wesley Sneijder will not be sold this summer, describing the Dutch playmaker as "untouchable".
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VIDEO: British man killed in shark attack

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 14:37
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, Seychelles Seychelles

A British man on his honeymoon dies in the Seychelles after a shark attack.
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Orange Revolution allies in court

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 14:51
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Kiev

One leader of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution, Viktor Yushchenko, testifies against another, Yulia Tymoshenko, at a controversial trial in Kiev.
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Shark victim was 'caring husband'

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 14:57
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles

The wife of a Lancashire man who died in a shark attack during their Seychelles honeymoon pays tribute to him.
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Spain arrests al-Qaeda suspect

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 15:10
related countries: Morocco Morocco, Spain Spain

Spanish police arrest a Moroccan man they say is linked to al-Qaeda's North African offshoot suspected of "indoctrination and terrorist training".
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Company offers to pay TV actors not to wear its brand

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 15:12
related countries: Jersey Jersey, United States United States
related places: Abercrombie, Fitch

US clothing brand Abercrombie and Fitch offers to pay the hard-partying cast of MTV reality show The Jersey Shore not to wear its clothes.
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Tobacco prices lift US inflation

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 15:18
related countries: United States United States

The rising cost of tobacco and trucks helped sustain US wholesale price inflation in July, new data shows.
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Battle for key Libya oil refinery

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 15:18
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Pro-Gaddafi forces are fighting rebels for control of a key coastal oil refinery in Zawiya, as the rebels edge closer to the capital Tripoli.
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Ugandan police block protesters

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 15:29
related countries: Uganda Uganda
related places: Kampala

Ugandan police fire tear gas and water cannon to break up an opposition vigil near the capital, Kampala.
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UK unemployment total on the rise

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 15:33
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 38,000 to 2.49 million in the three months to June, official figures show.
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Italy says migrant numbers rising

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 15:48
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Lampedusa

The southern Italian island of Lampedusa experiences a sudden rise in migrants arriving from north Africa, officials say.
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Swiss move again to weaken franc

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 15:52
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

The Swiss National Bank takes more steps as it struggles to pull the franc back from record highs that are hurting exporters.
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Russia shows off stealth fighter

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 16:21
related countries: India India, Russia Russia, United States United States

Russia shows off its first stealth fighter jet, developed jointly with India as a cheaper competitor to the US F-22 Raptor.
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US curbs Syrian diplomat travel

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 16:31
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

The US tells Syria its diplomats must seek official permission before venturing outside of Washington DC, in a diplomatic tit-for-tat.
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Bank shares fall after euro talks

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 17:02
related countries: France France, Germany Germany

Shares in European banks and stock exchanges fall after talks between French and German leaders fail to convince investors.
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German fired for marrying Chinese

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 17:59
related countries: Germany Germany, China China

A German court rules that an engineer sacked for marrying a Chinese woman was unjustifiably dismissed.
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Trial ordered for Hariri suspects

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 18:11
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

A UN-backed tribunal publishes charges against four suspects in the assassination of Lebanon's Rafik Hariri, saying it has enough evidence to try them.
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Nigeria launches two satellites

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 18:27
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Nigeria has successfully launched two Earth observation satellites which could be used to monitor weather in a region seasonally ravaged by disasters.
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India corruption protests swell

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 18:40
related countries: India India

Tens of thousands of Indians pour onto streets across the country in support of jailed anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, as pressure mounts on India's government.
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VIDEO: US tobacco firms sue over warnings

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 18:41
related countries: United States United States

The US Food and Drug Administration is facing a lawsuit from several tobacco companies over a rule calling for graphic health warnings on their products.
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VIDEO: Life in Tripoli as fighting draws near

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 18:51
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Libyan rebels are fighting forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi for control of a coastal oil refinery in Zawiya, a town just 50km (30 miles) west of Tripoli.
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Andrew Mitchell visits Mogadishu

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 18:52
related countries: Somalia Somalia, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Mogadishu

The UK international development secretary warns of a race against time to tackle the "devastating famine" during a trip to the Somali capital.
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Pakistan ex-MP killed in shooting

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 19:42
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Karachi

At least 13 people, including a former parliamentarian, are killed in politically-motivated violence in Pakistan's southern port of Karachi.
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PKK attack kills Turkish soldiers

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 19:50
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Kurdish separatist militants in south-eastern Turkey kill nine soldiers in an ambush, prompting Turkish air strikes on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq.
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Chavez to nationalise gold mines

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 20:03
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela

President Hugo Chavez announces that he will nationalise Venezuela's gold industry to boost the country's reserves.
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Dell shares slump on weak outlook

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 20:32
related countries: United States United States
related places: Dell

Shares in Dell fall 10% after the US PC-maker slashes its sales growth forecast, blaming a 'more uncertain demand environment'.
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Wisconsin Democrats defend seats

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 21:20
related countries: United States United States

Wisconsin Democrats successfully defend two state senate seats in recall elections, ending a political saga that roiled the Midwestern US state.
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VIDEO: UK minister's 'risky' Somalian trip

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 21:58
related countries: Somalia Somalia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

As many as 400,000 children could starve to death in Somalia without urgent action to tackle the famine, according to UK international development secretary Andrew Mitchell.
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VIDEO: Russia shows off stealth jet at airshow

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 22:18
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Russia has been showing off its first stealth fighter jet, the Sukhoi T-50, at an airshow near Moscow, watched by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
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Sweden house for sale - with one very old tenant

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 22:42
related countries: Sweden Sweden
related places: A

A house on the market in Sweden comes with a former resident who never moved out - with a medieval skeleton in its cellar.
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Hackers again target transit site

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 22:50
related countries: United States United States
related places: San Francisco

Hackers launch another attack on a US transport agency that cut off mobile phone services at stations in San Francisco last week to prevent protests.
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Fabregas wins on Barcelona debut

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 23:05
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Barcelona

Cesc Fabregas makes his Barcelona debut as a substitute and helps the Catalans beat Real Madrid in a bad-tempered Spanish Super Cup.
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VIDEO: Pakistan attacks leave 13 dead

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 23:39
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Karachi

At least 13 people, including a former parliamentarian, have been killed in ongoing politically-motivated violence in Pakistan's southern port of Karachi.
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Mosquitoes 'develop resistance'

Wednesday 17th of August 2011, 23:52
related countries: Senegal Senegal

Mosquitoes can rapidly develop resistance to bed nets treated with insecticide, a new study from Senegal suggests.
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