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Japanese leadership race starts after Abe quits
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Chisa Fujioka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's finance minister became the first to launch a bid to lead the country on Thursday as the ruling party scrambled to avoid a policy vacuum after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shock resignation. Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers decided to hold an election for party president -- and hence premier -- on September 23, rejecting a proposal for September 19 ...


Hamilton and Brawn attend spy case hearing
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton attended a hearing in Paris on Thursday that could shatter his and McLaren's title hopes. The 22-year-old entered the headquarters of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) before the hearing started into allegations that McLaren used leaked Ferrari data. "We work together as a team. I am relaxed and confiden ...


Irish PM tells inquiry he has done no wrong
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kevin Smith DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said he had done nothing wrong when questioned by an anti-corruption tribunal on Thursday over payments received in the early 1990s when he was finance minister and deputy premier. Ahern said he "totally and utterly" rejected allegations of impropriety following revelations he received 30,000 pounds in 1994 from the owner of his r ...


Robber shot dead in Hampshire bank raid
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A robber has been shot dead and another injured during an attempted raid on a bank in Hampshire, BBC and Sky television reported on Thursday. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said two men had been shot by Metropolitan Police officers. Hampshire Police said officers had gone to an incident outside a branch of HSBC bank in Chandlers Ford, north of Southampton, ...


Legion hits out over ex-soldiers' welfare
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Stefano Ambrogi LONDON (Reuters) - The Royal British Legion accused the government on Thursday of failing in its duty of proper care to ex-military personnel and their families, saying the issue had reached a critical stage. Launching a campaign to coincide with the political party conference season, it called on the government to "honour the covenant" and properly support those who fight for t ...


Foot and mouth strains likely to be same
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kieran Doherty EGHAM (Reuters) - The strain of foot and mouth disease found on a farm in Surrey is "likely" to be the same as that found in two previous outbreaks in August, the ministry of agriculture said on Thursday. If it is definitely the same, concerns of a more widespread outbreak will be eased. Confirmation of the disease on Wednesday prompted the European Union to ban British exports  ...


Hamilton attends spy case hearing in Paris
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

PARIS (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton attended a hearing in Paris on Thursday that could shatter his and McLaren's title hopes. Witnesses saw the 22-year-old Briton enter the headquarters of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) before the hearing started into allegations that McLaren used leaked Ferrari data. An FIA spokesman said McLaren's Spanish test driver P ...


Indonesia pounded by aftershocks
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Beawiharta BENGKULU, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Sumatra island was pounded by aftershocks on Thursday after a massive earthquake killed at least eight people and buried many others under collapsed buildings. Tsunami warnings were repeatedly issued and lifted for Indian Ocean countries after the magnitude 8.4 earthquake -- the biggest anywhere in the world this year -- was followed over t ...


Tests to show if cattle outbreaks linked
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - The government said it expects to discover later on Thursday whether an outbreak of foot and mouth disease on a farm in Surrey is the same as a strain which infected nearby herds last month. The BBC, without quoting sources, said preliminary tests had shown it was the same strain -- which came from a leak from a government-funded laboratory. Environment Secretary  ...


Japan leadership race starts after PM quits
13 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Sumio Ito TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's finance minister became the first to launch a bid to lead the country on Thursday as the ruling party scrambled to avoid a policy vacuum after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shock resignation. Abe's year in office has been marked by scandals involving cabinet members and a disastrous election defeat in July. But the conservative leader's decision to step down n ...


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