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BP on oil spill: May take 48 hrs to gauge success

Over 24 hours into its crucial “top kill” plan, London-based BP Plc on Thursday said it was still too early to access the success or failure of its best short-term hope of plugging a blown-out well in

N-treaty talks on brink of failure


Talks on shoring up the global anti-nuclear arms treaty were on the edge of failure on Friday as the United States and its allies clashed with Egypt over a push to pressure Israel to scrap any atom bo

Apple unseats Microsoft from tech throne

Apple Inc shot past Microsoft Corp as the world’s biggest technology company based on market value on Wednesday, the latest milestone in the resurgence of the maker of the iPhone, which nearly went out of business in the 1990s.

Oil giant BP awaits news on bid to plug leak

BP is continuing with its “top kill” operation to try to plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well but has no immediate update to give on whether it has succeeded, a BP spokesman said on Thursday.

Spain House backs austerity by 1 vote

Spain’s governing Socialists won approval for a $18.4 billion austerity package by just one vote on Thursday, avoiding a defeat that would have rattled markets and potentially brought down the governm

UK to scrap ID card plan within 100 days

Britain’s multi-billion pound scheme to bring in national identity cards will be scrapped within 100 days, the government announced on Thursday.

Wanted Bashir sworn in as Prez

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the sole sitting head of state wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was sworn in on Thursday after his re-election in voting marre

N. Korea to scrap Seoul pact


North Korea said on Thursday it was ripping up military agreements signed with the South in a step seen as a prelude to shutting down a joint factory park, just as Seoul staged anti-submarine drills i

Kitten goes full cycle in machine

A Persian kitten gave her owners the shock of their lives when she emerged from the washing machine, dizzy and bedraggled after surviving a full cycle.

F1 returns to US in 2012, race in Texas

Formula One will return to the United States in 2012 with a 10-year deal for a race in the Texas state capital Austin, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone announced on Tuesday.

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