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Top Stories - Is architecture dead? Not in Venice

Their stare is blank and unblinking; they just stand there rigid and dumb. Passers-by look on bemused as a child attempts to clamber up one of their backs. It`s no harm, they are after all just a pair of concrete cows, painted white with cute little black spots.

Saturday, August 23, 2014  03:54


World - Two charged in UK after Afghan found dead in shipping container

Two truck drivers have been charged after 35 Afghan Sikhs were found in a shipping container at a British port, one of them dead, police said Saturday. Stephen McLaughlin, 34, of Limavady, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Timothy Murphy, 33 of Elmgrove, Londonderry, are charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into Britain. The survivors, aged between one and 72, were found in the container on August 16 at Tilbury Docks east of London suffering severe dehydration and hypothermia. The Sikhs had been inside the container for 18 hours and said they were fleeing religious persecution in Kabul, said Kamaljit Singh Mataharu, a Punjabi-speaking local man who was called in by the police to translate.

Saturday, August 23, 2014  11:07


World - Prince George at one

Prince George isn`t your average one year old. He started walking before he was one. Oh, and, he`s going to be king -- of 16 countries. I had to remind myself occasionally of that latter fact as I stood outside the hospital in London where he was born... for a week before his arrival.

Saturday, August 23, 2014  03:54


Sports - Curry sparks US over Puerto Rico at Basketball World Cup

Stephen Curry scored 20 points to lead the United States collection of NBA stars in a 112-86 romp over Puerto Rico in a Basketball World Cup warm-up match. The Americans also saw the return of Derrick Rose, who had sat out an exhibition victory two nights earlier over the Dominican Republic. A final US 12-man lineup must be settled by next Friday when the Americans try to defend their global crown at the Basketball World Cup in Spain starting August 30 against Finland. Puerto Rico stayed level with the Americans at 24-24 through the first quarter, but a 16-4 US run in the second half put the hosts in front to stay.

Saturday, August 23, 2014  03:41


Business - LSE unveils $1.6 billion rights issue for Frank Russell deal

By Pamela Barbaglia LONDON (Reuters) - The London Stock Exchange Group said on Friday it would raise 938 million pounds ($1.6 billion) to part fund the acquisition of U.S. The new ordinary shares represent 27.3 percent of the existing share capital and would be 21.4 percent of the enlarged issued share capital, following the rights issue. Europe`s oldest independent bourse unveiled plans to buy Frank Russell for $2.7 billion in June to move deeper into the U.S. The deal would give LSE third place in the booming market for exchange traded funds (ETFs), low-cost funds that provide an alternative to active fund management, behind market leaders S&P Dow Jones and MSCI (MSCI.N).

Friday, August 22, 2014  09:44


World - Giguere hangs up mask after 16 seasons

Denver (AFP) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender with Anaheim in his 16 National Hockey League seasons, announced his retirement Thursday after spending last season as a reserve for the Colorado Avalanche.

Thursday, August 21, 2014  21:57


Business - Canada`s Couche-Tard makes short-list in $16 billion Sinopec unit sale: sources

By Denny Thomas and Heng Xie HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Canadian retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc and China`s Tencent Holdings Ltd are among suitors short-listed to buy a $16 billion minority stake in China`s Sinopec Sales, the world`s largest fuel retail network, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. China Life Insurance Co Ltd, the nation`s biggest insurer, Hong Kong-listed ENN Energy Holdings Ltd, privately-owned Fosun Group, Hopu Investment Management and Affinity Equity Partners have also progressed to the next round, said the people who declined to be identified as the sale process is confidential.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  02:42


World - UK annual inflation slides to 1.6%

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation measure headed back towards May`s figure of 1.5 percent, which at the time was the lowest level for four and a half year years. Analyst expectations had been for a drop in the annual rate to 1.8 percent, according to a survey by Dow Jones Newswires. `Falls in clothing prices provided the largest contribution to the fall in the rate,` the Office for National Statistics said in a statement. On a month-on-month basis, the CPI fell by 0.3 percent in July from June.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  16:53


Europe - Verstappen, 16, handed Formula 1 drive

Max Verstappen, 16, will become the youngest Formula 1 driver in history as Toro Rosso confirm he will join next season.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  12:16


Africa - St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha profiles

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Thursday, August 21, 2014  03:46

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