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Peru suspends coca eradication

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 0:36
related countries: Peru Peru

Peru halts the eradication of coca plants while it re-assesses its tactics against the illicit crop, less than a month since President Humala took office.
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Fourth Brazilian minister resigns

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 2:26
related countries: Brazil Brazil, Botswana Botswana

Brazil's Agriculture Minister Wagner Rossi steps down over what he calls "false accusations" of corruption, the fourth minister to go since President Rousseff took office in January.
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VIDEO: Fasting deal for India activist

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 3:25
related countries: India India

Jailed Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has delayed his fast for a day as the site where he will hold his public protest is not ready.
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VIDEO: Madrid protests ahead of Pope's visit

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 4:03
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

Thousands of protesters have rallied in the Spanish capital, Madrid, against the cost of a visit by the Pope, hours before he is due to arrive.
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China's Tudou slides on US debut

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 4:06
related countries: China China, United States United States

Shares in Chinese online video site Tudou fall 12% on their first day of US trading, showing appetite for Chinese tech stocks may be waning.
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US watchdog 'deleted probe files'

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 4:07
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

A US senator demands answers to an allegation that America's top financial regulator has destroyed thousands of records on preliminary investigations.
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Lenovo net profit beats estimates

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 4:59
related countries: China China

Chinese PC maker Lenovo reports better-than-expected profits for the first quarter on higher overseas and commercial sales.
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VIDEO: Russia: 20 years since Soviet coup

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 6:07
related countries: Russia Russia

Steve Rosenberg looks at how Russia has changed since the demise of the Soviet Empire, 20 years ago.
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Asahi to purchase NZ drinks maker

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 6:19
related countries: Japan Japan, New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Asahi

Japanese beermaker Asahi is to buy New Zealand's biggest ready-to-drink cocktail maker Independent Liquor.
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Elsom loses Australia captaincy

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 6:48
related countries: Australia Australia

Rocky Elsom is relieved of the Australia captaincy for the World Cup as Matt Giteau is left out of the squad.
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TalkTalk fined £3m by regulator

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 6:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

TalkTalk and its Tiscali UK subsidiary are fined £3m by Ofcom for incorrectly billing tens of thousands of customers.
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Breaking sports news as it happens

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 7:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

England close at 75-0 on a rain-hit first day of the fourth Test against India, Tony Fernandes completes QPR takeover, Andy Murray beats Alex Bogomolov Jr in Cincinnati, plus more.
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N Korea 'art smugglers' charged

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 7:20
related countries: South Korea South Korea, North Korea North Korea

Police in South Korea charge four people with smuggling North Korean artwork into the country to sell for profit.
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Britain in 'last-chance saloon'

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 7:51
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain is in "the last-chance saloon" when it comes to solving the "social crisis" at the root of last week's riots, Iain Duncan Smith says.
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Cannibal tadpoles eat competition

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 7:56
related countries: Australia Australia

Cane toads tadpoles in Australia cannibalise eggs to safeguard their own survival, according to scientists.
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VIDEO: Pope visits Spain amid protests

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 9:23
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

Pope Benedict XVI is visiting the Spanish capital Madrid where he is to meet young people on World Youth Day 2011.
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England v India day one as it happened

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 9:25
related countries: India India

Play is abandoned for the day with England 75-0 on day one of the final Test at The Oval as they aim to beat India 4-0.
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Afghan roadside bomb 'kills 22'

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 9:41
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Herat

At least 22 people are killed when a roadside bomb hits a crowded minibus in the western Afghan province of Herat, officials say.
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Pacific island in shock after first bank robbery

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 9:45
related countries: Cook Islands Cook Islands

The small community of Aitutaki on one of the Cook Islands in the Pacific is left reeling by its first ever bank robbery.
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On the trail

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 9:58
related countries: Australia Australia

Tracking down Australia's 'collar-bomb hoaxer'
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S&P confident on France rating

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 10:02
related countries: France France

Rating agency S&P says it is confident it will maintain France's AAA credit rating, a week after downgrade rumours hit the market.
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Ransom demand for Mikel's father

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 10:03
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Abductors have demanded a ransom for the release of Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi's father, but his agents will not confirm the amount.
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Apple faces South Korean lawsuit

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 10:13
related countries: South Korea South Korea, North Korea North Korea

Apple is facing a £15m lawsuit in South Korea following its collection of location data on iPhones and iPads.
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Ferrari says no to electric cars

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 10:17
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Ferrari

Ferrari's chairman says the Italian supercar manufacturer will never make an electric car.
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Phil Spector denied murder appeal

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 10:27
related countries: United States United States
related places: Music

Music producer Phil Spector is again refused the chance to appeal against his 2009 murder conviction by a US court.
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Burma papers end media criticism

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 10:40
related countries: Burma Burma

State-run newspapers in Burma end their long-held practice of publishing daily criticisms of the BBC and other international broadcasters.
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UK retail sales see weak growth

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 11:08
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Retail sales grew only slightly last month, as cash-strapped customers remain under pressure, official figures show.
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Somali aid not wasted - minister

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 11:13
related countries: Somalia Somalia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK will "not tolerate" corruption hampering efforts to tackle the famine in Somalia, Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell says on his return from the country.
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Assad says army assault 'stopped'

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 12:08
related countries: Syria Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tells the UN chief military operations against protesters have stopped, but activists say people are still being killed.
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VIDEO: Rebels 'capture Zawiya oil refinery'

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 12:17
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Libyan forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi are reported to have abandoned a coastal oil refinery in Zawiya, just 50km (30 miles) west of Tripoli.
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Fernandes completes QPR takeover

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 12:31
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes secures a 66% stake in QPR, buying out Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone.
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PR coup?

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 13:08
related countries: Somalia Somalia, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Mogadishu

UK aid minister makes landmark visit to Mogadishu
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Cameroon: 'End feminine men case'

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 13:52
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

Human rights groups call for homosexuality charges to be dropped against two men in Cameroon arrested last month for "looking feminine".
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Vietnam halts anti-China protests

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 13:52
related countries: Vietnam Vietnam, China China
related places: Hanoi

The Vietnamese government orders an end to anti-China protests in the capital, Hanoi, after almost three months of demonstrations.
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Pope in Madrid amid controversy

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 13:55
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

Pope Benedict XVI is in the Spanish capital, Madrid, for a four-day youth festival, amid complaints about the cost of the event.
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Turkish planes attack PKK bases

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 14:30
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Turkey Turkey

Turkish aircraft bombard separatist Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq following an earlier attack that killed nine Turkish troops.
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Zara acts over Brazil sweatshop

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 14:43
related countries: Brazil Brazil

Fashion chain Zara says it will strengthen its oversight of production after workers were found toiling in Brazil to make clothes for the label.
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VIDEO: Mother who survived deadly drought flight

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 14:45
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A new section of the world's biggest refugee camp has just taken in its first families from Somalia.
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India activist makes release deal

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 15:04
related countries: India India
related places: Delhi

Indian anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, whose detention sparked mass protests, agrees to leave jail and begin a 15-day hunger strike in Delhi.
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Violence escalates across Karachi

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 15:05
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Karachi

At least 39 people are killed in two days of political and gang violence in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, as bloodshed continues following the killing of a former MP.
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Deadly attacks in southern Israel

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 15:38
related countries: Israel Israel, Egypt Egypt

At least six people are reported to have been killed in a series of attacks in southern Israel, which began with an attack on a bus near the border with Egypt.
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Looking East

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:03
related countries: Australia Australia

Qantas and the 'Asiafication' of Australia
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Sharks attack two on Russia coast

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:10
related countries: Russia Russia

A 16-year-old has been mauled and a man has lost his forearms as two shark attacks take place off the same stretch of the Russian Pacific coast.
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Rush heads new Australian academy

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:21
related countries: Aruba Aruba

A new Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) - with Geoffrey Rush as president - has been launched to "celebrate screen excellence".
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Libya rebels capture key refinery

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:21
related countries: Libya Libya

Libyan rebels have occupied a strategically important oil refinery near Zawiya, the BBC confirms, with no sign of pro-Gaddafi troops.
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Clash of the titans

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:24
related countries: United States United States

US comic book firms try to conquer the Asian market
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Live - Europa League

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:32
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Tottenham

Tottenham hammer Hearts on a busy night of Europa League play-off action, while Stoke and Fulham also win their first leg ties, Rangers lose to Maribor and Celtic and Birmingham both draw.
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Low-key US officials spark China debate

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:39
related countries: United States United States, China China

China's netizens engage in a heated debate after top US officials are seen buying their own coffee, carrying luggage, and eating cheap noodles.
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Democracy 'castrated' - Gorbachev

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:40
related countries: Russia Russia

Mikhail Gorbachev accuses Vladimir Putin of "castrating" Russia's electoral system and says he should not seek re-election as president.
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Execution on amid death drug row

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:48
related countries: United States United States
related places: Virginia

The US state of Virginia is set to execute a convicted murderer by a lethal injection over strident objections from the drug's manufacturer.
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Burma calls for rebel peace talks

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 16:53
related countries: Burma Burma, Thailand Thailand, China China

In a rare move, Burma's new government calls for peace talks with armed ethnic rebels groups along its borders with Thailand and China.
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Tanzania ban on wildlife exports

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 17:05
related countries: Qatar Qatar, Tanzania Tanzania

Tanzania bans wildlife exports after about 130 animals and birds - including giraffes and vultures - were smuggled out in a Qatari-registered plane.
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VIDEO: Karachi violence: At least 39 dead

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 17:07
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Karachi

At least 39 people have been killed in political and gang violence in the Pakistani city of Karachi in the past two days.
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HP shares leap on buy-up rumour

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 17:16
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Shares in tech firm Hewlett Packard turn dramatically around as a rumour breaks that it is to buy UK software firm Autonomy.
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England progress thwarted by rain

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 18:28
related countries: India India

England take advantage of insipid India bowling to cruise to 75-0 on a rain-hit opening day of the fourth Test at The Oval.
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Kenya's controversial camp opens

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 18:30
related countries: Kenya Kenya

The first 200 Somalis fleeing famine and conflict move into a controversial refugee settlement in Kenya that has been lying empty for several months.
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Recession fear at US economy data

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 18:47
related countries: United States United States
related places: New

New data on the US economy, including a huge drop in a regional manufacturing survey, heightens market fears of recession.
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VIDEO: Libya rebels capture oil refinery

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 18:57
related countries: Libya Libya

An oil refinery near the Libyan town of Zawiya has been captured by rebels, the BBC has confirmed.
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Record chase for clearing places

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 19:08
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A record number of young people are looking for UK university places through the clearing system in the wake of the publication of A-level results.
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Fatal stage collapse in Belgium

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 19:29
related countries: Belgium Belgium

At least two people are killed in Belgium when a sudden storm hits the Pukkelpop music festival, officials say.
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Markets plummet as fears return

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 20:46
related countries: United States United States

Stock markets see falls of about 5%, and some bank shares plunge 10%, as the negative mood which has caused recent turmoil takes hold again.
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US-China 'key to world economy'

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 21:06
related countries: United States United States, China China

The US vice-president and his Chinese counterpart emphasise the importance of co-operation, as a US-Chinese goodwill basketball game erupts in a brawl.
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Turkey jets in new strikes on PKK

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 21:16
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Turkey Turkey

Turkish warplanes hit separatist Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq for the second night following an earlier attack that killed nine Turkish troops.
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VIDEO: Libyan rebels take key oil refinery

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 21:23
related countries: Libya Libya

An oil refinery outside the Libyan town of Zawiya has been taken by opposition forces
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Chile ups Pinochet victim numbers

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 21:37
related countries: Chile Chile

Chile says almost 10,000 more people were illegally detained, tortured or killed during the rule of Gen Pinochet than previously documented.
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World leaders call on Assad to go

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 21:45
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States
related places: White House

The leaders of the US, France, Germany, Britain and the EU call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down over his crackdown on protesters.
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HP to exit PC and tablet business

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 21:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Hewlett-Packard confirms plans to exit PCs and tablets, and refocus on software with the possible purchase of the UK's Autonomy.
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VIDEO: Putin 'castrated' Russian politics

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 21:49
related countries: Russia Russia

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has said Vladimir Putin has "castrated" the political system in Russia, and should not stand in next year's presidential elections.
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VIDEO: 'Double revenge' for Gaza air strike

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 22:31
related countries: Israel Israel, Gaza Strip Gaza Strip

The Israeli military has carried out air strikes over the Gaza Strip, targeting those it blamed for a series of deadly attacks in southern Israel.
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Man Utd to sell off stake in club

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 22:39
related countries: Singapore Singapore

Manchester United will sell a significant stake in the club in Singapore to partly pay off its debts, the BBC learns.
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Man arrested over phone hacking

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 22:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A man has been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking, Scotland Yard says - the 13th arrest as part of Operation Weeting.
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Israel pounds Gaza after attacks

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 23:18
related countries: Israel Israel, Gaza Strip Gaza Strip

Israel carries out air strikes over the Gaza Strip, killing militants it said were behind a string of deadly attacks in southern Israel.
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Riot cases swell jail population

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 23:43
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The prison population in England and Wales has been rising by more than 100 a day as courts process cases of rioting and looting, prison governors say.
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UN to send Syria assessment team

Thursday 18th of August 2011, 23:48
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Damascus

The UN is to send a humanitarian mission to Syria on Saturday to assess the situation there, as Damascus repeats claims that army operations against protesters have stopped.
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