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German budget surplus increases

Germany’s budget surplus rises to 0.6% of gross domestic product in the first half of the year, boosted by higher tax income.

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Why women ‘owe’ Billie Jean King

When the winner of the women’s singles at the U.S. Open picks up her check for .6 million — buck for buck the same as the men’s champion — she might well reflect that, if not for Billie Jean King’s pioneering efforts, those riches might not exist.

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US soldier apologizes for Afghan shooting rampage

WASHINGTON DC: A US Army sergeant who pleaded guilty to killing 16 villagers in a shooting spree in Afghanistan apologized Thursday to his victims’ families and said his behavior was cowardice. Robert Bales, 40, choked back tears as he spoke at a sentencing hearing over the worst war crime by an American soldier in Afghanistan. Those gunned down included nine children. ...

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Clarke confirms Anelka could retire

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka tells the club he is thinking about quitting football following the death of his agent.

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Why women ‘owe’ Billie Jean King

When the winner of the women’s singles at the U.S. Open picks up her check for .6 million — buck for buck the same as the men’s champion — she might well reflect that, if not for Billie Jean King’s pioneering efforts, those riches might not exist.

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Is school yoga too religious?

Many school districts are adding yoga to their physical education curriculum to ensure students are meeting the mandated physical fitness requirements. But some parents are fighting the introduction of yoga in schools, saying the practice’s religious ties aren’t appropriate for government-funded education.

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Cantona to head film festival jury

Footballer turned actor Eric Cantona is to head the jury at this year’s Dinard Film Festival, an annual celebration of British film held in northern France.

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Trevino: Merion win changed me

Lee Trevino recounts his 1971 victory at Merion Golf Club, which will also host this year’s U.S. Open.

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UK GDP growth revised up to 0.7%

Economic growth in the UK during the second quarter of the year is revised up to 0.7% by the Office for National Statistics.

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Is Bo Xilai trial just for show?

The trial of Chinese political pariah Bo Xilai begins this week, but the proceedings may be more about politics than justice.

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Woman’s leg amputated after NY crash

A 24-year-old British woman’s left leg has had to be amputated below the knee after she was hit by a New York taxi, say doctors.

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