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Eyeing 2015 vote, Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts

01 Oct 2014

BIRMINGHAM England - Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe.

New EU executive runs into trouble in parliament

01 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The formation of a new European Union executive hit trouble on Wednesday as splits among EU lawmakers held up confirmation of British and Spanish nominees and threatened to disrupt approval for France's choice to run economic policy.

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UK supermarket stock not so hot

Shares in Britain's supermarket sector have fallen sharply since Tesco's accounting debacle. As an investigation into the scandal is launched by the UK's financial watchdog rival Sainsbury's adds to the gloom by cutting its sales forecast.  Video | Full Article 

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Gelatine label transforms food packaging

An award-winning perishable label that reacts to protein decomposition could herald a change in the way the freshness of food is measured, raising the prospect of reducing consumable wastage and even improving organ transportation. Joel Flynn reports.  Video 

A policeman is silhouetted in the Swat valley region, located in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province March 19, 2010.    REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Lines blur between Pakistan's military, militants

KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD - Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas.  Full Article 

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Scrambling away pain for cancer patients

Researchers are testing a device called the Scrambler which "re-trains" the brain to alleviate chronic pain caused by chemotherapy treatment. Ben Gruber reports.  Video 

Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) presidential candidate Marina Silva reacts after speaking during a campaign rally in Sao Paulo September 24, 2014.   REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

A calculated push towards Brazil's presidency

RIO DE JANEIRO - Once considered a leftist radical and pioneer of Amazon conservation, Marina Silva now barely trails President Dilma Rousseff in forecasts for an expected runoff three weeks after a first round of voting on Sunday.  Full Article 

A view of the main spa area of The Palms hotel, where Portugal's national soccer team will be based at during the 2014 World Cup, in Campinas, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Sao Paulo December 18, 2013.   REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Wellness industry estimated at $3.4 trillion

NEW YORK - A growing middle class and consumers' evolving attitudes toward health and travel have fuelled a global spa and wellness industry worth an estimated $3.4 trillion in 2013.  Full Article | Related Story 

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The fight for Kobani

Fierce fighting continues on the outskirts of the predominantly Kurdish border town of Kobani in Syria, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for more than two weeks. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.