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Egypt rallies mark anti-Mubarak uprising anniversary

Egypt rallies mark anti-Mubarak uprising anniversary

Thousands of Egyptians are holding a rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square marking the first anniversary of the uprising which toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Some are celebrating the success of Islamist parties in the first post-Mubarak elections, while others are calling for further political reforms. The decades-old state of emergency law has been partially lifted to […]

Economists warn that the UK economy is still expected to struggle in the months ahead

UK recession is not yet inevitable, survey says

The UK economy will remain weak for the foreseeable future, but recession is not inevitable, according to the latest quarterly survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The survey, of more than 6,000 businesses, suggests that the economy has “significantly weakened”. Domestic demand is at its lowest level in more than two years, the […]

China's politically charged trade surplus shrank for the third year in a row in 2011

China export growth slows on weak demand from Europe

Growth in China’s exports slowed in December because of sluggish demand from the US and Europe. Exports rose by 13.4% from a year earlier, the customs agency said, down from 13.8% in November. Import growth also slowed, rising 11.8% compared with the previous year, much lower than the 22.1% growth in November. The latest figures […]

The production is still seeking a director

Nelson Mandela mini-series planned for TV

A mini-series based on the life of Nelson Mandela is in the pipeline, with producers including the former South African president’s grandson. Writers attached to the project include Nigel Williams, who wrote the 2005 Helen Mirren mini-series, Elizabeth I. Mr Mandela and his family will give input and feedback on the script for the six-part […]

Director Steven Spielberg on working with horses and meeting royalty at the premiere - Film footage courtesy of Disney

War Horse splits UK film critics

Royals Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge joined stars and members of the military at the world premiere of War Horse in London on Sunday. But Steven Spielberg’s movie, about a young boy and his horse Joey, has divided film critics in the UK. A four-star review in the Daily Express praised the “touching saga […]

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez lavished each other with praise

Iran’s uranium enrichment is escalation, says US

The US has said Iran’s enrichment of uranium at an underground site is “a further escalation” of its ongoing violation of UN resolutions. The warning comes after the UN’s nuclear watchdog confirmed that Tehran had begun enriching uranium up to 20% at its northern Fordo plant. Analysts say 20% enrichment is an important step towards […]

Six candidates remain in the race for the Republican nomination

New Hampshire primary: Republicans face voters’ verdict

New Hampshire voters are picking a Republican presidential candidate as the US state hosts the first primary of this year’s election season. Eve-of-vote opinion polls showed Mitt Romney’s big lead shrinking slightly as rivals savaged his business record. Jon Huntsman, who has all but staked his entire candidacy on Tuesday’s vote, was competing for second […]

Groceries ‘cheaper’ now than in 1862, Grocer magazine finds

Groceries ‘cheaper’ now than in 1862, Grocer magazine finds

Groceries today cost one-thirteenth of what they did 150 years ago, according to a study from The Grocer magazine. The magazine applied an inflation measure to the 1862 prices of 33 items including eggs, hot chocolate, bread, grapes, a toothbrush and sherry. The weekly basket of food, drink and household items priced at £93.95 now […]

The proposed new Heathrow Airport link would connect with trains on the south Wales main line

Hammond Heathrow £500m rail link plan consideration

UK Transport Secretary Philip Hammond is said to be drawing up plans for a £500m rail scheme linking Wales with Heathrow Airport. A proposed new spur from the Great Western main line would end the need for passengers to travel in to London before heading out to the airport. The scheme, to include the west […]

Carbon emissions ‘will defer Ice Age’

Carbon emissions ‘will defer Ice Age’

Human emissions of carbon dioxide will defer the next Ice Age, say scientists. The last Ice Age ended about 11,500 years ago, and when the next one should begin has not been entirely clear. Researchers used data on the Earth’s orbit and other things to find the historical warm interglacial period that looks most like […]

Waterproof smartphones are not the only innovations making a splash at the three-day event

CES 2012: New technologies unleashed at show

The first technologies have been unveiled at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Waterproof smartphone coatings, diet-aiding armbands and a social network that warns drivers of the latest police speed-traps were all on show. Microsoft’s chief executive Steve Ballmer will present his company’s last keynote at the three-day event. The firm’s pullout has led […]

Philipp Hildebrand: "I had no knowledge of my wife's transactions that day"

Swiss National Bank chairman Philipp Hildebrand resigns

The chairman of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), Philipp Hildebrand, has resigned with immediate effect. It follows revelations his wife Kashya bought $504,000 (£323,024) in August, three weeks before the central bank intervened to cap the Swiss franc. He told a news conference he had “no knowledge” of his wife’s transaction, which she later made […]