Danica Kirka

Bets on royal baby to boost UK’s economy

Britain's officials are hoping that the impending royal birth will produce a bouncing baby buoy for the economy.

Floods in Britain highlight insurance irregularities

With more storms on the way in Britain, the government and the United Kingdom's insurance industry are engaged in mutual finger-pointing.

G4S hurts its future with Olympic contract debacle

The company heading Olympic security, G4S, has acknowledged the company's failure to hire enough guards has turned into a national embarrassment.

UK runs risk of exceeding Olympic budget

Britain's spending watchdogs warned Olympic organisers of the risk of exceeding their £9.3-billion budget and have little room for unforeseen costs.

Top Olympic tickets for sale, but it will cost you

Hospitality packages are a new venture for the Olympics, giving smaller businesses and people with extra money a different experience of the event.

BBC apologises for interview gaffe

The BBC has admitted it was taken for a ride by a cabbie. The network apologised to its viewers for a studio mix-up that resulted in a cab driver appearing on live television as an expert on internet music downloads. "We interviewed the wrong person," a BBC spokesperson said on Monday while speaking on condition of anonymity in line with company policy.

Bush speech an ‘obstinate bid for popularity’

World commentators have characterised United States President George Bush's State of the Union speech as an obstinate bid to regain popularity with unrealistic promises, suggesting on Wednesday that his pledge to break the US's dependence on Mideast oil offered the only surprise in an otherwise bland speech.

Elton John ties the knot

Britain's most famous gay couple -- Sir Elton John and Canadian filmmaker David Furnish -- tied the knot on Wednesday in a star-studded event that capped the first week of civil-partnership ceremonies in the United Kingdom. Furnish, a Canadian-born filmmaker, and John have been together for 12 years.

Thousands expected at Elton John wedding venue

Rock star Elton John is tying the knot with long-time partner David Furnish Wednesday, in a civil-union ceremony seen as a watershed in the struggle for gay rights -- and as the party of the season by celebrity-spotters. Furnish, a Canadian-born filmmaker, and John have been together for 12 years.

Gunmen seize Iraq police station

Shi'ite gunmen seized an Iraq police station in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf and held it for two hours on Thursday in the first outbreak of fighting since an agreement to end weeks of bloody clashes between United States troops and militia forces. Four Iraqis were killed and 13 were injured, hospital and militia officials said.

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