Julie Charpentrat

Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Paul Allen dead at 65

Allen died just two weeks after publicly revealing that non-Hodgkin's lymphoma he fought into remission nine years ago had returned

London prepares to showcase Paralympics

The world's top athletes with a disability meet in London next week for what organisers say will be the biggest Paralympics in the Games' history.

French train speeds along at 574,8km/h

A supercharged French Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) on Tuesday smashed the world speed record for a train on rails, hurtling through the countryside into the history books at 574,8km/h. Powered by two souped-up locomotives carried on extra-large wheels, the TGV easily beat the previous record of 515,3km/h set in 1990.

French train sets new world-record speed

France's TGV train set a new world speed on rails on Tuesday, hitting 574,8km/h on a stretch of track in eastern France. The experimental version of the Traine a Grande Vitesse (TGV), equipped with two supercharged locomotives and extra-large wheels, easily beat the 515,3km/h set by a TGV in 1990.

Storms lay bare US refinery crisis

If proof were needed that United States oil refineries are stretched to breaking point, the twin hurricanes of Katrina and now Rita have provided ample evidence. A total of 859 rigs and platforms in the Gulf are unmanned after being evacuated last week before Rita swept through, US government figures showed on Monday.

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