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Anxiety hits US and European markets

Anxiety drags down US and European stock markets 11 February 2016 From the section Business The index of London’s leading shares has fallen 2.4%, while US and European markets have also posted sharp declines amid continued anxiety about the state of the global economy. The FTSE 100 closed down 124 points at 5,549 points. Markets in Frankfurt and Paris were ...

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South Sudan president reappoints rival

South Sudan president reappoints rival as part of peace deal 12 February 2016 From the section Africa Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rivalry between Mr Kiir (L) and Mr Machar transformed into open conflict in late 2013 South Sudan President Salva Kiir has reappointed bitter rival Riek Machar as vice-president as part of a peace deal aimed at ending more ...

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Clinton and Sanders vie for minorities

Clinton and Sanders to bid for minority voters in debate 11 February 2016 From the section US Election 2016 Image copyright EPA Image caption Bernie Sanders (right) met civil rights leader the Rev Al Sharpton in a bid to broaden his appeal to black voters The concerns of minority voters will loom large in the next debate between Democratic presidential ...

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'Ripples' from black holes detected

Einstein’s gravitational waves ‘seen’ from black holes By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 11 February 2016 From the section Science & Environment Media captionPallab Ghosh explains the sound of the gravitational wave and a computer visualisation Scientists are claiming a stunning discovery in their quest to fully understand gravity. They have observed the warping of space-time generated by the ...

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Oregon militia stand-off ends

Oregon stand-off: Final occupier surrenders after 41 days By James Cook Los Angeles correspondent, BBC News 11 February 2016 From the section US & Canada Image copyright AP Image caption The Malheur Refuge was seized in January, the culmination of a two-decade dispute over grazing rights on federal land The remaining armed occupiers of a US wildlife sanctuary in the ...

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Mexico prison riot leaves 52 dead

Mexico prison riot leaves 52 dead near Monterrey 11 February 2016 From the section Latin America & Caribbean Media captionPrisoners’ relatives confronted police outside the jail in Monterrey A battle between rival groups at a prison near Monterrey in northern Mexico has left 52 inmates dead. Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said 12 other people were injured in Topo ...

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World powers 'agree Syria ceasefire'

World powers agree Syria ceasefire, says John Kerry 12 February 2016 From the section Middle East Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Syrian government has been closing in on rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo World powers meeting on Syria have agreed to seek a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” within a week, US Secretary of State John Kerry has ...

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'Hack' on DoJ and DHS downplayed

‘Hack’ on DoJ and DHS downplayed Dave Lee North America technology reporter 9 February 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Department of Justice confirmed it was investigating the breach US authorities have acknowledged a data breach affecting the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security – but downplayed its severity. A hacker, or ...

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Mexico journalist kidnapped in Veracruz

Mexico: Crime reporter kidnapped in Veracruz 9 February 2016 From the section Latin America & Caribbean The Mexican authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz say they are searching for a reporter who was dragged from her home by armed men and hasn’t been seen since. Anabel Flores Salazar was taken by the men on Monday morning from her ...

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Bloomberg 'looks at' US presidency bid

Michael Bloomberg ‘looking at’ US presidency bid 9 February 2016 From the section US Election 2016 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Bloomberg is expected to fund much of his own campaign were he to run The billionaire former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has confirmed he is considering running as an independent candidate for the US presidency. He ...

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