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Police rue bid to reveal Guardian’s hacking sources

London’s police force admitted Wednesday it was wrong to invoke a harsh secrecy law to force The Guardian newspaper to reveal the source for its reports on the phone hacking scandal. The Metropolitan Police Service announced on Tuesday that it had dropped an application for a court order against The…

Iran says U.S. hikers to be freed after bail paid

Iran’s judiciary said Wednesday two US hikers convicted of espionage and illegal entry would be released from a Tehran jail after bail is posted, which their lawyer said would be done later in the day. “Following the request of their lawyer, their detention order was converted to bail of five…

Airbus aims to dominate China market

Airbus aims to have more than half the lucrative Chinese aviation market by the end of 2015, a senior executive said Wednesday, as the European giant seeks to close in on rival Boeing. The European plane maker currently holds 46 percent of the booming Chinese sector — a smaller share…

European stocks fall on Greek crisis

European equities and the euro fell on Wednesday on fresh concerns over banks’ exposure to indebted Greece, but losses were capped by expectations of more stimulus measures from the US Federal Reserve. London’s FTSE 100 index of leading shares slid 0.34 percent to 5,345.76 points in morning deals, Frankfurt’s DAX…

Asian markets mostly up ahead of Fed decision

Asian stocks mostly rose in edgy trade on Wednesday, helped by bargain buying as dealers await the end of a US Fed meeting, expecting fresh monetary easing measures to jumpstart the economy. The anticipated announcement comes amid nervousness about Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and concerns over a possible Greek default.…

Police drop bid to reveal Guardian’s hacking sources

LONDON — London’s Metropolitan Police Service on Tuesday said it had dropped an application to force the Guardian newspaper to disclose the sources for its reports on the News International phone-hacking affair. Scotland Yard announced Friday it had tried to obtain a court order under the Official Secrets Act to…

Lucian Freud’s final painting to go on show in London

LONDON — The final painting completed by Lucian Freud before his death in July will go on show for the first time at London’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2012, the showroom said Tuesday. The unfinished “Portrait of the Hound 2011″ depicts Freud’s assistant David Dawson posing nude with his…

Explosion at Iraq oil field partially halts output

BASRA, Iraq — An explosion at Iraq’s biggest oil field on Tuesday sparked a massive fire that partially halted crude production, the state-owned South Oil Co and Britain’s BP said. The blast, which left at least 15 people injured, occurred at a gas compressor at the Rumaila oil field, which…

Japan warns one million to evacuate as typhoon nears

More than a million people in Japan were warned to leave their homes on Tuesday as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rain and floods which left three dead or missing. Typhoon Roke, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres (89 miles) an hour near its centre, could land in central…

Sudan army attacks rebels’ on Darfur-Libya border

The Sudanese army have attacked a heavily armed convoy of Darfur rebels near the war-torn region’s border with Libya, killing one and seizing a truck load of weapons, the army spokesman said on Tuesday. “Yesterday (Monday), when the Sudanese armed forces tried to close the border, where Sudan, Libya and…

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