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  • Business Highlights 8 hours ago

    ___ Calm on Wall Street: A turbulent week ends on a placid note Well, that was exciting. Days after China threw the biggest scare into Wall Street in years, U.S. stocks have come surging back and ended ... More »

  • Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside
    Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside 8 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism. More »

  • Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as UK chief - FT
    Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as UK chief - FT 9 hours ago

    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks will return to her old job heading Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, the Financial Times reported, just over a year after being cleared of criminal charges in a phone-hacking scandal. Reuters reported in March that Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World tabloid and seen as Murdoch's protege, was in talks about returning to News Corp. "As we ‎have said, we have been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks and when we have any announcements to make we will let you know," a News Corp spokesman said on Friday. News UK, which covers Murdoch's British newspaper titles, declined further comment. More »

  • Former PM Tsipras' popularity tanks ahead of Greek elections
    Former PM Tsipras' popularity tanks ahead of Greek elections 9 hours ago

    Greece's former governing radical-left party is unlikely to win an outright majority in a crucial national election next month, and its lead over the opposition conservatives has narrowed, early opinion ... More »

  • Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing
    Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing 10 hours ago

    Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday. More »

  • Greek poll shows Syriza leftists leading conservatives
    Greek poll shows Syriza leftists leading conservatives 10 hours ago

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party would get 25 percent of the vote in a Sept. 20 snap election, versus 22 percent for the conservative New Democracy party, a University of Macedonia opinion poll showed on Friday. Tsipras abruptly resigned last week, days after clinching an 86 billion-euro (63 billion pounds) bailout package from European and International Monetary Fund lenders, hoping to crush a rebellion by far-left lawmakers and tighten his grip on power. ... More »

  • BBC chief Lord Hall 'a coward' over licence fee, says Chris Bryant
    BBC chief Lord Hall 'a coward' over licence fee, says Chris Bryant 10 hours ago

    Labour MP Chris Bryant has branded BBC Director-General Lord Hall a "coward" and a top director at the broadcaster "daft". More »

  • Greek poll gives former PM's party small lead over conservatives 12 hours ago

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's Syriza party would get 25.3 percent of the vote in a Sept. 20 snap election, versus 23.2 percent for the conservative New Democracy party, an opinion poll by company Marc for Alpha TV showed on Friday. Popular Unity, a party formed last week by disaffected Syriza rebels who oppose the country's latest 86 billion euro bailout, was backed by 3.8 percent of those polled. Centrist Potami ranked third, at 5.8 percent, followed by far-right Golden Dawn at 5.5 percent. ... More »

  • Twitter feed to document anti-Islamic State fight
    Twitter feed to document anti-Islamic State fight 13 hours ago

    Ministers have deployed a new weapon to combat Islamic State (IS) - a dedicated Twitter feed. More »

  • Deborah Doane: House of Lords – it's not the size that matters.
    Deborah Doane: House of Lords – it's not the size that matters. 14 hours ago

    The Lords is expected to push a whopping 820-strong by today, a size that will make it burst at the seams after David Cameron's attempt to stack the house with his mates. One wise Lord once told me, over tea and scones in the dining room of this grand upper house, that I needed to learn to be more patient and slightly less bull-headed if I was going to achieve anything at all. If we want a more effective upper chamber, we need to radically overhaul not only how they're appointed, but their remit too. More »

  • Greek poll gives leftists small lead over conservatives 15 hours ago

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party would get 29 percent of the vote in a Sept. 20 snap election, versus 27.8 percent for the conservative New Democracy party, an opinion poll by Metron Analysis showed on Friday. Popular Unity, a party formed last week by disaffected Syriza rebels who oppose the country's latest 86 billion euro bailout, would be backed by 4.1 percent of those polled. Far-right Golden Dawn ranked third, at 8.3 percent, followed by centrist Potami which would get 6.7 percent. ... More »

  • Save Brixton Arches: Local community fights Network Rail eviction plan 16 hours ago

    The shops in Brixton's railway arches are part of a lively community market popular with locals and people from all over London. In February, Network Rail, the owner of the arches, announced plans to evict more than 30 shops based in the arches as part of major redevelopment plans for the area. Many of these companies have been trading in Brixton's arches for more than 40 years and are an integral part of the local community. More »

  • Ex-Army chief urges Britons to back UK protection for Afghan interpreters
    Ex-Army chief urges Britons to back UK protection for Afghan interpreters 16 hours ago

    More people should support a petition calling on David Cameron to give all Afghan interpreters who served alongside UK forces protection, the former head of the Army has said. More »

  • Nicola Sturgeon told to 'calm down' over BBC by Tory MP
    Nicola Sturgeon told to 'calm down' over BBC by Tory MP 17 hours ago

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon needs to "calm down" following her demands that Scotland must get a dedicated BBC television channel, a Tory MP has said. More »

  • Refugees or migrants? Debate over words to describe crisis
    Refugees or migrants? Debate over words to describe crisis 19 hours ago

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe's shores make their way around the world. More »

  • Trump proposals risk deepening GOP rift on immigration
    Trump proposals risk deepening GOP rift on immigration 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country's future that the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House. More »

  • N. Korea leader dismisses top officials after standoff eases 22 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed top officials in the wake of a recent standoff with South Korea, state media reported Friday, a move that suggests the young leader holds them responsible for allowing the confrontation to nearly spin out of control. More »

  • Q&A: Questions, answers in Planned Parenthood controversy
    Q&A: Questions, answers in Planned Parenthood controversy 23 hours ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America is defending its abortion practices and its donation of fetal tissue for medical research. More »

  • Anger over choices for House of Lords
    Anger over choices for House of Lords Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The government was criticised on Friday after unveiling 45 new peers to be elevated to the House of Lords. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Friday
    10 Things to Know for Friday Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More »

  • Record high net migration deals blow to PM's aims to reduce arrivals
    Record high net migration deals blow to PM's aims to reduce arrivals Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    David Cameron's aim of cutting net migration to below 100,000 has been dealt a devastating blow as official data confirmed the number has jumped again, reaching a record high. More »

  • David Cameron announces 26 new Tory peers amid 'cronies' claims
    David Cameron announces 26 new Tory peers amid 'cronies' claims Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    David Cameron has been accused of packing the House of Lords with cronies after unveiling 26 new Tory peers and showering his aides with other honours. More »

  • Consumer confidence bounces back to 15-year high in August - GfK
    Consumer confidence bounces back to 15-year high in August - GfK Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Market research company GfK said its monthly sentiment index jumped to +7 in August from +4 in July, matching June's figure, which was the highest since January 2000. With inflation at zero, a gradual recovery in pay is giving some relief to workers who suffered an almost unprecedented loss of spending power during Prime Minister David Cameron's first term. "Rising house price inflation and improving employment growth prospects, combined with falling petrol prices and day-to-day living costs, as well as low interest rates, are translating into high levels of confidence across all major measures," Joe Staton, head of market dynamics at GfK said. More »

  • Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress
    Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists. More »

  • Greek judge appointed caretaker PM ahead of elections
    Greek judge appointed caretaker PM ahead of elections Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Renee Maltezou and Deepa Babington ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's top Supreme Court judge was sworn in as caretaker prime minister on Thursday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned. Vassiliki Thanou, an opponent of austerity who has argued against wage cuts for judges and court officials, and her new interim government will remain in place at least until parliamentary elections are held, expected to be on Sept. 20. "I'm especially happy because I'm receiving the first woman prime minister in the history of the Greek democracy, and this is an important step," Tsipras told Thanou at a handover ceremony at the prime ministerial mansion. More »

  • Net Migration To UK Hits New Record High
    Net Migration To UK Hits New Record High Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Net migration to Britain was an estimated 330,000 in the year to March - the highest number on record, official figures have revealed. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said the figures, from the Office for National Statistics, were "deeply disappointing". They prompted UKIP leader Nigel Farage to declare in an interview with Sky News that Britain is now a "borderless country". More »

  • Net Migration Hits Record High In Britain
    Net Migration Hits Record High In Britain Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Net migration to the UK has reached a record high, soaring to 330,000 in the year to March 2015. The net migration figure—the difference between immigration and emigration—published by the UK's Office for National Statistics, marks a "significant increase" in those coming to Britain, according to the report and is 10,000 higher than the previous peak of 320,000 recorded in 2005, and three times higher than the Conservative government's target. The figures also reveals that the number of foreign-born people living in Britain has passed the eight million mark for the first time and that more than three million have become British citizens since arriving in the UK. More »

  • A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis
    A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Record numbers of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are trying to reach Europe this year, despite the risks of perilous sea crossings and little humanitarian assistance. Here are the latest developments Thursday: More »

  • Cameron appoints new members to scandal-tainted upper chamber
    Cameron appoints new members to scandal-tainted upper chamber Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron appointed 26 supporters on Thursday to Britain's unelected upper chamber of parliament, reigniting criticism of an institution long branded as undemocratic and elitist and now reeling from a sex-and-drugs scandal. In Britain a prime minister has the right to regularly replenish the ranks of the House of Lords with political appointees. Thursday's appointments are designed to help Cameron's Conservatives -- who have a majority in the elected 650-seat lower chamber, the House of Commons, but not in the Lords -- to pass laws without them being blocked, changed or watered down. More »

  • Jamie Oliver 'hoping to be a pain to Government' over sugary drink  …
    Jamie Oliver 'hoping to be a pain to Government' over sugary drink  … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Jamie Oliver has vowed to be "a pain in the arse" to the Government over his plans to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. More »

  • William Hague Among Downing Street's New Peers
    William Hague Among Downing Street's New Peers Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Downing Street has revealed 45 new peers in a list dominated by politicians, in a move critics say will cost £1.2m a year. More »

  • Ex-UK foreign minister Hague among House of Lords appointees Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The British government has rewarded advisers, staff and defeated or retired lawmakers with seats in the House of Lords. More »

  • What's in a name? The debate over labelling migrants and refugees
    What's in a name? The debate over labelling migrants and refugees Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Are they "migrants" or "refugees"? "Clandestini" or "illegals"? Deciding how to label the huge numbers of people moving around the globe has proved a thorny and politically-loaded question for governments and the media. More »

  • The social media bubble behind the rise of Jeremy Corbyn
    The social media bubble behind the rise of Jeremy Corbyn Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    New analysis by YouGov highlights the extraordinary political gulf between Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters and the general public. Eighty-six per cent of Corbynites said they strongly backed wholesale nationalisation, compared to just 31% of the general public. Overall, three quarters of Corbyn supporters described themselves as ‘left-wing’ compared to just 14% of the general population. More »

  • Emboldened UK government eyes ISIL strikes in Syria
    Emboldened UK government eyes ISIL strikes in Syria Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    After extending air war against fighters in Iraq, London contemplates military targets in Syria as well. More »