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Outing for giant military rocket
11 Nov 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The Delta IV Heavy - the US military's biggest satellite launcher - has flown for only the second time. The huge rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida and successfully placed a spy spacecraft in orbit. The 2.3-tonne Defense Support Program (DPS) satellite will monitor missile launches and gather intelligence. The Delta IV Heavy first flew in 2004. Back then, manufacturer Boeing touted the behemoth as a possible astronaut launcher for use beyond the shuttle. In the end, the US spa ...

Standard Life ends Resolution bid
11 Nov 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Standard Life has abandoned its £4.6bn bid to buy rival insurer Resolution. The withdrawal leaves the way open for rival suitor Pearl Assurance, which already owns a quarter of Resolution. Resolution's board had initially backed Standard Life's bid, but changed its mind after Pearl came in with a higher offer of £4.9bn. Standard Life, which first approached Resolution at the end of last month, said in a statement that it did not see its takeover being successful. The Edinburgh-base ...

Illegal immigrants employed as security guards
11 Nov 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - The government acknowledged on Sunday that some illegal immigrants had been employed as security guards, but said checks were underway to revoke their licenses and deport them. Up to 5,000 illegal immigrants have been able to secure security jobs in the UK, including guarding the prime minister's car, the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported. Six illegal immigrants were found to b ...

Explosion at Poppy Day ceremony
11 Nov 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A device is thought to have exploded inside a ceremonial cannon during Remembrance Day commemorations in Newry, County Down. The Army is investigating and the area around the cenotaph is cordoned off. No one has been injured. Those attending said they heard a loud bang and saw a flash and smoke coming from the cannon just after 1100 GMT. The incident happened as ceremonies were taking place across Northern Ireland to remember the war dead. Ulster Unionist assembly member Danny Kennedy said  ...

Israeli police swoop in PM probe
11 Nov 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Israeli police have raided 20 locations in connection with corruption investigations into PM Ehud Olmert. The trade and industry ministry and the headquarters of the national post office were among the places searched. The prime minister is the subject of three criminal investigations - but denies any wrongdoing. The inquiries involve the purchase of a property, a bank privatisation deal, and alleged political favours when he was trade and industry minister. More than 100 police officers wer ...

Talks fail to end Sudan stand-off
11 Nov 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A high-level panel set up to resolve a political stand-off between south Sudan and the Khartoum government has stopped working just days after it began. The status of an oil rich region and of the north-south border were said to be the causes of the breakdown. The crisis began four weeks ago when the main party in the south withdrew ministers from the governing coalition. It accused Khartoum of failing to implement a peace deal signed in 2005 that ended a two-decade civil conflict. Leaders'  ...

Aitken to lead study on prisons
11 Nov 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Disgraced former Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, who was jailed for perjury, is to lead a study into prison reform for a social policy group. He will head a taskforce for Iain Duncan Smith's Centre for Social Justice, which gives advice to Tory leader David Cameron issues. Mr Aitken was jailed in 1999 for perjury during a libel action which he had left the Cabinet to fight. He told the BBC that "poachers" sometimes made "useful gamekeepers". 'Heavy price' Asked if he was making a politica ...

Musharraf plans for Pakistan election
11 Nov 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Robert Birsel ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said on Sunday a general election would be held by January 9 but under a state of emergency he imposed eight days ago. Musharraf, under pressure from rivals and Western allies to put nuclear-armed Pakistan back on a path to democracy, said the National Assembly and provincial assemblies would be dissolved in coming days,  ...

Shut up, Spain's king tells Chavez
11 Nov 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Spain's King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez to "shut up" as the Ibero-American summit drew to a close in Santiago, Chile. The outburst came after Mr Chavez called former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a "fascist". Mr Chavez then interrupted Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's calls for him to be more diplomatic, prompting the king's outburst. Latin American, Portuguese, Spanish and Andorran leaders were meeting in Chile. 'Democratically elected' Mr Chavez call ...

Cricket: India take one-day lead
11 Nov 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

India took a 2-1 lead over Pakistan in the five-match one-day series after easing to a comfortable win in Kanpur. Yuvraj Singh produced another fine innings for India, making 77 and putting on 100 with Mahendra Dhoni (49) as the home side amassed 294-6. Salman Butt scored a wonderful 129 - his highest ODI score - as Pakistan recovered from a poor start, but only Misbah-ul-Haq (38) offered any support. RP Singh took 3-62 as India bowled Pakistan out for 248 from 47.2 overs. Butt can count him ...

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