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Treasury to retain £20bn in unspent funding

By Nicholas Timmins, Public Policy Editor Published: October 25 2010 19:48 | Last updated: October 25 2010 19:48 The Treasury is to deprive departments of £20bn originally allocated by the Labour government for spending on public services. The money includes almost £3bn not spent by the Department for Education, almost £5.
 

ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Gaza aid trip was 'political'

Israel, Palestine The first passengers of the Gaza bound aid ship controversially stopped by Israeli forces have given evidence in court. The men told an Israeli commission the journey was politically motivated. Israeli troops land on the Mavi Marmara in May Reuters

City Room: Online | Creeping Refinement

Trying to guess at the lives of straphangers while riding the subway is an age-old pastime. It can even bear fruit, as Dvora Meyers writes in The Times, when such profiling leads to correct guesses about which seats may be vacated at which stops. But The Hairpin , a new blog from the team behind The....

‘We saw nothing,’ flotilla activists tell Israeli probe

JERUSALEM: The first passengers from a Gaza-bound aid ship to testify on the deadly operation were on Monday unable to answer the key question of who started the violence that left nine Turkish activists dead. Two Arab-Israeli men, Mohammed Zedan and Sheikh Hamad Abu Daabis, were both on the....

AdvanceTec Releases the AdvanceMobile™ VX1 Fixed Mobile Phone Solution for GSM Carriers

Following the success of the AdvanceMobile™ phone solution for iDEN carriers, AdvanceTec introduces the VX1 Fixed Mobile Phone solution to assist businesses with a mobile workforce comply with hands-free legislation, text messaging restrictions, and to control ballooning communication costs by....

Umukoro: The thorny path to the 2011 elections

Coming from the same PDP-controlled government that had muddled up the political waters in the past ten years to their own selfish advantage, the tactical choice sent a red alert to all the political aspirants that the usual game of ‘iwu-ruwuru’, on which many of them had pinned their electoral hopes, was over – at least for now.

Israeli panel seeks testimony from all flotilla passengers

The Israeli panel examining a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla has urged anyone who was on board the flagship Mavi Marmara at the time of the operation to come forward and testify.

Philippines votes for village, youth leaders

Manila - Millions of Filipinos flocked Monday to polling precincts throughout the country to elect village and youth leaders amid reports of cheating, violence and delays in voting. President Benigno Aquino, who voted early at his hometown in the northern province of Tarlac, urged the people to go out and vote wisely.

NATO death toll in Afghanistan this year hits 600

KABUL, Oct 25, 2010 (AFP) - A NATO soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the military alliance said on Monday, bringing the death toll among foreign troops this year to 600. NATO'S International Security Assistance Force announced the death in a statement, but gave no further details.

Latest News : Geithner in China for talks amid currency

Geithner in China for talks amid currency BEIJING (AP) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner held hastily arranged talks Sunday with a top Chinese finance official amid currency tensions after a weekend pledge by finance leaders to rebalance the global economy. The governments said Geithner and Vice Premier Wang Qishan exchanged views on U.

VocaLink Research Shows a Demand for a New Mobile Payments Proposition

AMSTERDAM October 24, 2010 - 'The Voice of the Customer' Research Reveals 42 per Cent of UK Consumers With a Bank Account and Half of Those who Already Make Online Payments Would Find Making a Payment Immediately via a Mobile Phone Extremely Valuable - If Offered Such a Service, Consumers Would be....

Microfinance to get a regulator in NABARD

A worried government has put on fast track the proposed bill to regulate micro-lenders, as it seeks to ensure that over-regulation by states does not kill the sector that is envisaged to play a big role in furthering financial inclusion.

US Midterms 2010: Sarah Palin declares 'victory is at hand'

Sarah Palin has told Republicans that "victory is at hand" as the US midterm election campaign enters its final sprint towards Nov 2 with the party poised to shift the balance of power in Washington.

(AHN) Palestinian Court Allows Gazans to Register as West Bank Residents

Gazans living in the West Bank live in perpetual fear of being arrested and deported back to the isolated, Hamas-ruled enclave. Now, a new ruling by the Palestinian Supreme Court may change all that. - (AHN)

Gaza hardliners launch arson attack on family leisure park

government is accused of turning a blind eye to crackdown on behaviour in the city by extremists play in a at Crazy Water Park in August, about a fortnight before the first of the arson attacks. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters Crazy Water Park had already been closed down for two weeks by....

Possible drug lab in Georgetown dorm

Authorities are investigating a suspected meth lab found inside a Georgetown University dormitory Saturday morning, D.C. Metro police said.

China breaks up anti-Japan protests, seeks better ties

LANZHOU, China (Reuters) - Chinese police on Sunday broke up protests against Japan in the northwestern city of Lanzhou over a territorial dispute that has stoked tensions between Asia's two biggest economies.

US probing Karzai's brother over corruption

Federal prosecutors in New York have reportedly launched a criminal investigation against Mahmood Karzai, the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, raising the stakes in Washington's dealings with the Karzai government. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mahmood Karzai has become a centre....

Sicily police arrest Mafia boss

Police in Sicily arrested one of Italy's 30 most dangerous Mafia fugitives. Gerlandino Messina had been on the run for 11 years before being nabbed by Carabinieri in Favara, near Agrigento, his power base in Sicily. In a statement, Premier Silvio Berlusconi said the arrest was the latest evidence of....

US probing Karzai's brother over corruption

Federal prosecutors in New York have reportedly launched a criminal investigation against Mahmood Karzai, the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, raising the stakes in Washington's dealings with the Karzai government. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mahmood Karzai has become a centre....

EU: Clean up Naples trash or face fines

The European Commission has warned Italy it may face sanctions if it doesn't remove the 2,400 tons of trash that have piled up in the streets of Naples in the country's latest garbage crisis.For over a week, protesters in Terzigno,...

Sunday, 24 October 2010

RAWALPINDI, October 23 (APP):Federal Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Babar Awan said the PPP government was following policy of national reconciliation introduced by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for promoting real democracy in the country.

What led to IDF bombing house full of civilians during Gaza war?

The incident took place on January 5, 2009, in the Zeitun neighborhood of Gaza City. During Givati Brigade activity in Zeitun, a house there - home to the Al-Samouni family - was identified as harboring armed Palestinians. The Israel Air Force hit the house twice with missiles, killing 21 civilians,....

Armless driver killed

AUSTRIA - In the five years since losing both arms in an accident, Christian Kandlbauer had regained much of his cherished independence thanks to a high-tech, mind-controlled robotic limb. He even had a driver's licence.Now the...

Love-hate relationship with Washington plays out in Nevada politics

The West has long been torn between attacking and cozying up to the federal government. Now Harry Reid and Sharron Angle have picked sides in that fight.There is a canyon of difference between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle, on just about every issue in their rancorous Nevada Senate race.

Despite latest coup, WikiLeaks facing challenges

"Wikileaks," said the godfather of whistleblowers, Daniel Ellsberg, "has become the future of unauthorized disclosure."

Palin plugs Florida Republicans - and her TV show

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rallied Republican candidates in Florida on Saturday by pillorying President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms and economic policies -- and she also used her speech to plug her new TV reality show "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

Retailers in for a bleak Christmas

Retailers are bracing themselves for another "bleak" festive season as a result of tough trading conditions and subdued consumer spending prospects.

Obama blasts Republican plans to repeal Wall Street reform

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday blasted Republican plans to repeal a Wall Street reform law passed by Congress earlier this year, saying it would be a “terrible mistake.”

100,000 displaced by flooding in northern Nigeria

In the affected villages, people have been struggling to hold back the rising waters with sandbags. Thousands of mud-brick houses have been destroyed by the flood. Homeless people are living under improvised shelters of plastic sheeting and sticks, on whatever dry ground they can find. The fortunate are finding refuge with neighbours and families.

Alaska's Berkowitz: status quo under Parnell not working

Alaska's democratic candidate for governor, Ethan Berkowitz, says the status quo under Sarah Palin and current governor, Sean Parnell, is not acceptable.
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