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/ 16 April 2005

Bid officials head to Berlin ‘shop window’

Less than three months before the vote, the five cities vying for the 2012 Summer Games are getting a chance to make their pitches to a big Olympic audience. Paris, London, New York, Madrid and Moscow are sending high-level delegations to a conference in Berlin this weekend to present their bids to Olympic sports federations leaders.

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/ 25 January 2007

Windows is dead; long live Windows

Windows XP, the current dominant operating system, has met its successor. Vista will launch its bid to conquer PCs worldwide under the Microsoft banner starting on January 30. Millions of XP users will supposedly be convinced to make the switch, but that may be more difficult than advertised.

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/ 7 January 2006

Microsoft issues Windows fix early

Microsoft released a security fix for a recently discovered flaw in its Windows operating system several days early, in a bid to foil hackers trying to exploit the vulnerability. The software giant released the security ”patch” on Thursday, ahead of its original plan to distribute the update on January 10.

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/ 3 February 2004

Leeds reject bid for Viduka

Financially stricken Leeds United have held on to Australian striker Mark Viduka and England international goalkeeper Paul Robinson as the transfer window closed with the star pair still at Elland Road. Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren was believed to have offered £4-million for the 28-year-old Viduka.

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/ 31 August 2007

ID stands fast against floor-crossers

The Independent Democrats (ID) were riding high on the eve of the floor-crossing window on Friday after Cape High Court judges rejected bids by four would-be deserters to hang on to their seats until midnight. Judge Dennis Davis turned down an application by former ID general secretary Avril Harding to have his summary expulsion from the party reversed.

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/ 7 December 2006

Small tornado descends on London

A small but severe tornado hit a residential area of north-west London on Thursday, injuring six people, ripping roofs off homes and tearing down walls. Television footage showed a trail of destruction in Kensal Rise, with trees uprooted and cars damaged by falling debris. Tornadoes are very rare in British cities.Local resident Daniel Bidgood was in his house when the tornado, which he said was about 20m, smashed his windows.

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/ 16 September 2005

DA gets tough over loss of seats

The Democratic Alliance has asked National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to reverse its loss of five seats in the House during the floor-crossing window period. A letter by DA chief whip Douglas Gibson, delivered to Mbete on Friday morning, also threatened court action should the party’s bid fail.