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British retail sales edge up in June: data LONDON: British retail sales rose by 0.1 percent in June from the level in May, official data showed on Thursday.Retail sales, a key indicator of household spending confidence, increased by 3.6 percent compared with June 2013, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


Spain's unemployment crisis eases: official data MADRID: The unemployment rate in Spain fell sharply in the second quarter slipping beneath 25.0-percent, official data showed on Thursday in a further sign that the country is pulling away from deep economic crisis.The rate fell by 1.45 percentage points and the number of people looking for work fell by 310,400, marking the biggest quarterly fall since the series of statistics began, the data showed.This was the first time the rate had been less than ...

India train hits school bus, at least 11 children dead HYDERABAD: A passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday killing at least 11 children, with fears the death toll could rise further, officials said.A senior police officer said "11 students and the bus driver were killed", while a railway official said he feared as many as 25 children were dead after the collision in Telangana state.The train hit the bus at an unmanned railway crossing in the village of Masaipet ...

US Republicans seek more say in Iran nuclear deal WASHINGTON: US Republican lawmakers on Wednesday called for greater say in any deal reached between the West and Iran over the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear program.With negotiations to end Iran's years-long nuclear standoff with the United States and other Western powers recently extended for an additional four months, until November, five senators introduced legislation that would compel President Barack Obama to bring any final deal before Congress for its approval.Many lawmakers have been dubious about ...

Taiwan plane crash toll hits 48, officials defend flight clearance MAGONG: Taiwanese officials Thursday defended flight clearance given to a plane which crashed while trying to land during stormy weather, killing 48 people, as sobbing relatives gathered to identify their loved ones.Flight GE222 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members on a domestic flight when it crashed on Wednesday at Magong on the Penghu island chain, with ten surviving the disaster.Two French medical students were among the dead, the foreign ministry in Paris said.The ...

More MH17 bodies return to Netherlands as EU mulls Russia sanctions EINDHOVEN: Dozens more bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are set to arrive in the Netherlands on Thursday, as the EU prepares to hit Russia with fresh sanctions.Foreign ministers from the 28-nation bloc said they would meet in Brussels Thursday to draw up a new list of Russian individuals and entities to be slapped with sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.The European Union agreed to speed up the imposition ...

Russian cargo craft docks with ISS, science satellite fails MOSCOW: A cargo craft successfully docked with the International Space Station, the Russian space agency Roskosmos said Thursday.Meanwhile controllers encountered problems with a separate research satellite when its engines failed to fire, Russian news agencies reported.The Russian Progress M-24M cargo craft automatically docked with the International Space Station at 0331 GMT with more than 2.3 tonnes of supplies after having lifted off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan six hours previously.The ISS currently hosts ...


 



 
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