Senate and House push fiscal plans

The two chambers of the US Congress pursue parallel plans to extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government, just days ahead of a deadline.

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Del Bosque expects more enjoyable World Cup

MADRID: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said he expects the 2014 World Cup to be a ‘fun’ experience for his side compared to an at times turgid qualification campaign. Despite negotiating a potentially tricky group that includes 1998 world champions France relatively comfortably, Spain have come in for some criticism for their inability to break down lesser sides in the group. ...

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Bomb found in Lebanon’s Hezbollah stronghold on eve of Muslim holiday

BEIRUT: Lebanese security forces defused a car bomb on Monday in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of the Shia militia group Hezbollah. The discovery of a bomb happened on the first night of the Islamic holiday of Eidul Azha and two months after a car bomb killed 20 people in the area, and looked like the latest sign of ...

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Estimate doubled for vCJD carriers

Twice as many Britons as previously thought could be carrying the human form of “mad cow” disease, variant CJD

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1st Test: Manzoor ton puts Pakistan in command

ABU DABHI:  Pakistan opener Khurram Manzoor was unbeaten on 131 for his maiden hundred and skipper Misbahul Haq 44 not out as Pakistan led by 14 runs with seven wickets in hand at stumps on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi. The home side finished at 263 for three in reply to South Africa’s 249 all ...

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Vermaelen admits he may consider leaving Arsenal

LONDON: Central defender Thomas Vermaelen is mulling the prospect of leaving Arsenal in January to boost his chances of playing for Belgium in the World Cup finals. Vermaelen has struggled to regain his place in the Arsenal side after returning from a back problem and appears to have slipped down the pecking order for his country, who have qualified for their ...

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Latinos’ curves put them at risk

The Hispanic population is disproportionately affected by cardiovascular diseases, which experts say is due primarily to lack of health care access and cultural factors.

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Eid security: Punjab police seeks suspension of cell phone services

LAHORE: Punjab police on Tuesday sent an application to the interior ministry asking for the suspension of mobile services on the morning of the first day of Eidul Azha, Express News reported. According to the request, a shut down of cell phone services was sought from 6am to 11am. “The suspension of mobile services reduces the likelihood of remote-controlled explosions,” reported Express News correspondent Nauman ...

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Burghley winning horse fails drugs test

New Zealand’s Jonathan Paget is suspended after his horse Clifton Promise, winner of the Burghley Horse Trials, fails a drugs test.

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English ‘beat French to frogs legs’

A major archaeological dig unearths evidence of frogs legs being eaten in Britain, some 8,000 years before France, organisers say.

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