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Britain plagued by baffling epidemic of metal theft

Great Britain has recently been hit by a wave of metal thieves who appear to spare nothing in their path. Manhole covers, lead from church roofs, electric cables, even memorial statues and plaques with the names of war dead are vanishing in the face of rising demand from Asia and…

Britain hopes hosting Olympics will fix its ailing economy

LONDON — Britain will not reduce the London Games to an “austerity Olympics”, but instead try to use the event to kick-start the flagging economy in 2012, the minister responsible said Saturday. Jeremy Hunt, the Olympics secretary, told The Daily Telegraph newspaper that hosting the Games during the global economic…

U.S. still spending billions on Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ missile defense

WASHINGTON — Boeing won a $3.48 billion contract Friday to retain its leading role in building a US shield against long-range ballistic missiles, defeating rival Lockheed Martin Corp., officials said Friday. The US Missile Defense Agency announced the decision for the seven-year contract in which Boeing will test, engineer and…

Zoo to use pop music to keep giraffes calm on New Year’s Eve

THE HAGUE — Keepers at a Dutch zoo have found an unorthodox solution to calm down skittish giraffes spooked by the sound of thousands of end-of-year fireworks going off: playing them pop music. “We have tried a few things to calm the giraffes down over the years,” Amersfoort Animal Park…

Judge blocks California attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge blocked California’s signature attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions, a victory for out-of-state ethanol producers and refiners that has California’s air quality board vowing to appeal. U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill in Fresno on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against a regulation adopted…

Oakland protesters who took over foreclosed home arrested

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A dozen anti-Wall Street protesters who had taken over a foreclosed home in Oakland were arrested on Thursday, protest organizers said. The home, which protesters said they were using as housing for formerly homeless individuals and as a community meeting space, was taken over on December…

China reports suspected human bird flu case

The patient, a 39-year-old man living in Shenzhen, developed symptoms on December 21 and was admitted to a hospital on December 25 because of severe pneumonia, the Centre of Health Protection of Hong Kong said in a statement. He is now in critical condition. China’s Ministry of Health said preliminary…

Iran to test-fire missles in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday

Tehran said it will test-fire missiles in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, a move likely to stoke tensions with Washington already running high over Iran’s threats to close the strategic oil waterway if sanctions are enforced. “Shorter- and longer-range, ground-to-sea, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles will be tested on Saturday,”…

Putin says South Stream pipeline construction will begin in 2012

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday brought forward to 2012 the date for starting construction of the South Stream pipeline that aims to deliver Russian gas to Western Europe while avoiding Ukraine. Putin’s announcement marks an acceleration of the timetable for building the hugely ambitious pipeline and comes after Moscow…

Gingrich dreams of Thatcher White House bid

Margaret Thatcher for US president? Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich mused Friday that the former British prime minister, a hero to US conservatives, might have been a dream candidate for the White House — in a radically different world. “If Margaret Thatcher were here today and 30 years younger, I…

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