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Israel halts ‘dialogue’ with UK over war crimes law

Israel halts ‘dialogue’ with UK over war crimes law

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Israel is postponing “strategic dialogue” with Britain over defence and security issues, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman has said. The move is a protest over attempts to use British law to prosecute visiting Israeli officials, the spokesman added. The news comes on the first day of an official visit to Israel... 

Licences for oil and gas cut back to protect wildlife

Licences for oil and gas cut back to protect wildlife

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Licensing of oil and gas exploration in UK waters has been cut back by the UK government in its bid to ensure protection of marine wildlife. The 26th round of offshore licensing, since it began in the 1960s, was announced on Wednesday. They include 22 licences for deep water drilling across 64 sea blocks, in depths of more than... 

Virgin Media races to offer fastest UK network

Virgin Media races to offer fastest UK network

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Virgin Media is set to turn up the dial on its cable network, offering users speeds of up to 100Mbps (megabits per second). It aims to provide the service to over 50% of the UK by mid-2012, beginning in December with 200,000 homes in London, the Home Counties and West Yorkshire. It is the latest move in the race to bring super-fast... 

Wind turbine giant Vestas cuts 3,000 jobs

Wind turbine giant Vestas cuts 3,000 jobs

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Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine maker, has announced plans to cut 3,000 jobs because of weak demand, around 15% of its global workforce. The Danish company also reported net profits of 126m euros ($177m; £111m) for the three months to the end of September, 24% down on the same period last year. Most of the job... 

UK: House of Lords suspends Swaraj Paul

UK: House of Lords suspends Swaraj Paul

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London: Britain’s House of Lords handed three of its members lengthy suspensions or Thursday for wrongly claiming thousands of pounds in parliamentary expenses. Peers voted unanimously to approve the sanctions against Bangladeshi-born Manzila Pola Uddin, the first Muslim woman to enter the Lords, Indian business magnate... 

UK net is ‘not ready’ for future

UK net is ‘not ready’ for future

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The UK is slowly climbing up the broadband world rankings, but is still not “ready for tomorrow,” according to a global study of net services. The annual report, commissioned by network giant Cisco, looks at how well countries are doing in terms of both quality and penetration of net services. The UK is now ranked... 

Dark chocolate may cut cholesterol

Dark chocolate may cut cholesterol

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London: Dark chocolates may help diabetics control their dangerously high cholesterol levels, a new study has claimed. Researchers at the University of Hull in UK found that polyphenol, an ingredient found in chocolates with high levels of cocoa solids, cuts cholesterol levels in a small number of diabetics. High cholesterol... 

Kids find collecting stamps ‘boring’

Kids find collecting stamps ‘boring’

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London: A new UK study has revealed that traditional hobbies like collecting stamps and marbles are dying out because modern kids think they are boring. Today’s youngsters listed watching TV, playing computer games or going on Facebook as their interests. They dismissed old favourites like train spotting, model making, jigsaw... 

New insights into causes of pre-eclamsia

New insights into causes of pre-eclamsia

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London: Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham have joined hands to come up with a new approach that could offer new insights into the hypertension that frequently blights pregnancy—a condition called pre-eclampsia. The results, describe the solving of the first step in the principal process that controls blood pressure... 

Ratan Tata in UK advisory committee

Ratan Tata in UK advisory committee

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MUMBAI: , the chairman of the salt-to-software Tata Group, has been included in a 19-member group of notables that will assist the UK government in preparing business strategies and highlight priorities for the British economy. Mr Tata’s inclusion in the panel illustrates the increasing visibility of the Indian group in the... 

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