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24 June 2010 5:17 PM | Tagged: queen elizabeth ii
Queen Elizabeth II lit up Wimbledon on Thursday as she walked through the grounds to huge cheers and mingled with tennis legends past and present.The sovereign brought the All England Club to a standstill as she made her first visit to The Championships since 1977, which also brought the last British singles title thanks to Virginia Wade.She was given a standing ovation from the Centre Court crow

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24 June 2010 5:17 PM | Tagged: fiscal largesse
It seems that European politicians are now deficit-reduction zealots while their US counterparts are playing fast and loose with fiscal policy, says Steve Barrow, currency strategist at Standard Bank - but who is right? And how will it affect financial markets? He notes allegations that Tim Geithner, the US Treasury Secretary, has accused the eurozone of pushing Europe towards a 1930s-style slump

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24 June 2010 5:17 PM | Tagged: dutch football team
Mention camping to the Dutch and watch their faces light up.They are some of the world's tallest people, but love nothing more than squeezing themselves into tiny tents or boxy caravans.Soccer tournaments allow them to combine their two greatest passions -- the Dutch football team and camping, and some 800 Dutch fans have pitched up in South Africa to follow their team in convoy.With the Netherla

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24 June 2010 3:37 PM | Tagged: petroleum investment co
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The fast-growing Abu Dhabi state investment fund with the biggest stake in the maker of Mercedes-Benz said Thursday it has snapped up nearly 5 percent of UniCredit, Italy's largest bank.Although Aabar Investments didn't say how much it paid, the deal is worth about 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion), based on the number of UniCredit shares outstanding at the clos

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24 June 2010 2:07 PM | Tagged: french prosecutors
French prosecutors on Thursday demanded a 30-year jail sentence for a prisoner dubbed France's Hannibal Lecter , on trial for killing his cellmate and eating part of his lung.Nicolas Cocaign has admitted to beating and stabbing Thierry Baudry with a pair of scissors before smothering him with a rubbish bag in the prison in the northwestern city of Rouen in January 2007.The 39-year-old testified

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24 June 2010 12:27 PM | Tagged: airport orly
A mass strike against the French government's plan to raise the retirement age disrupted transport and shut down schools on Thursday, with unions hoping to get millions of protestors into the streets.Among the disruptions for commuters in cities across France, transport authorities said about one in two mainline trains were running in and out of Paris, with three in four Paris metro trains operat

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24 June 2010 8:47 AM | Tagged: french open champion
Nicolas Mahut and John Isner will drag their weary bodies back onto court at Wimbledon on Thursday to resume the longest match in tennis history as Queen Elizabeth II makes her first visit since 1977.A string of tennis records were blown away as Mahut and Isner came off court on Wednesday at 59-59 in the final set, having slugged it out for 10 hours when play was suspended as they ran out of dayl

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24 June 2010 7:57 AM | Tagged: coach fabio capello
Papers breathed a sigh of relief Thursday that England had escaped a humiliating early exit from the World Cup, but were dismayed their next match was against old foe Germany.England qualified for the last 16 in South Africa with a 1-0 win over Slovenia Wednesday, finally bringing their campaign to life at the third attempt and emerging triumphant from the make-or-break clash.Commentators gave th