Friday, August 28th 2009 - 19:32 UTC

Baby boom in Britain pushes population over the 61 million mark

According to ONS it is the highest numerical increase since 1962

Britain is in the midst of a baby boom, helping push the population over the 61 million mark for the first time. More than three quarters of a million children were born in the UK last year, as fertility rates hit their highest levels in a generation.

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 08:45 UTC

China has come to the rescue of Latinamerican exports, says Cepal

Latinamerican exports to China dropped 4.1% compared to 36.3% and 35.3% to the EU and the US

China’s sustained demand for food, energy and minerals has helped Latinamerican countries to stimulate their economies and contain the negative impact of the current global recession, according to the latest report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latinamerica and the Caribbean, Cepal.

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 08:34 UTC

High-speed railway project to link Scotland with London

The proposed network would take passengers from Glasgow to London in just two hours and 16 minutes

Britain’s Network Rail has proposed a new £34 billion high-speed railway line linking Scotland and London by 2030. The line would serve Birmingham and Manchester, getting passengers from Glasgow to London in just two hours and 16 minutes, the rail firm said. It rejected several alternative routes, including the east of England.

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 08:30 UTC

British households suffering from “worklessness” soars to 3.3 million

The number of UK children in workless households was 1.9 million in June

The British government was accused of “deserting” millions of people after official figures showed the number of households in the UK with no one over the age of 16 working has increased by 240,000 in the past year to 3.3 million.

Wednesday, August 26th 2009 - 02:01 UTC

Skyrocket US budget deficit: tax rise once recession is over

US Executive and Congress shocked at the several trillion US dollars deficit

The US budget deficit will soar to almost 1.6 trillion US dollars this year, the highest on record, both the White House and Congress have warned. Fuelled by President Obama's 787 billion stimulus package and reduced tax revenues due to the recession, it compares with a 455 billion US dollars deficit in 2008.

Wednesday, August 26th 2009 - 01:53 UTC

A miserable story of accountability and opportunity

Abdelbaset Ali al Megrahi reception in Lybia as a hero infuriated Washington

Abdelbaset Ali al Megrahi was an intelligence agent. Since he worked for the Libyan government, he probably did some bad things. But he probably did not do the specific bad thing for which he was sentenced to 27 years in prison in Scotland.

Wednesday, August 26th 2009 - 00:33 UTC

Spain and Morocco to monitor Gibraltar Strait traffic; UK side-lined

IMO gave preliminary approval to the joint initiative by Spain and Morocco and delegates from over 50 countries agreed changes would help improve navigational safety in the strait

Britain has been side-lined from a proposal to change the mandatory reporting system for ships sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar, despite its jurisdiction over Gibraltar and the surrounding waters, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Tuesday, August 25th 2009 - 22:30 UTC

South Korea launched its first space rocket with “partial success”

Millions of South Koreans watched the launch, but it is being viewed with suspicion by North Korea. Photo AFP

South Korea has launched its first space rocket, though a scientific satellite it was carrying failed to enter into its proper orbit. South Korean officials described the launch as a “partial success”.

Tuesday, August 25th 2009 - 22:20 UTC

UK avionics controversy delays delivery of eight Chinook choppers to Afghanistan

The Chinook Mk3s were purchased in 1995 for £259 million but they have been kept in storage since they were delivered eight years ago

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has denied claims that eight Chinook helicopters have not been usable since they were bought in 2001 because of a failed attempt to design its own software for them.

Tuesday, August 25th 2009 - 14:55 UTC

Drug and drink offences, main causes for arrests of Britons overseas

Most arrests happened in Spain, the US and the UAE

Drug offences now account for a fifth of all arrests of Britons abroad, Foreign Office (FO) figures show. There are currently 22 British nationals facing capital charges for drugs worldwide, the FO said.


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