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US marine faces retrial over killing of Iraqi civilian

The US marine corps is to retry a sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case has been overturned twice by military courts in recent years.<p>The military branch determined that the seriousness of the crime warranted a retrial of the case of Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins, who led an …

Man fights off shark, stitches up own leg, goes to the pub

A junior doctor has recounted how he fended off a shark attack and stitched up his own wound on the beach before enjoying a pint of beer at a nearby pub.<p>James Grant was spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay at the base of New Zealand’s South Island on Saturday when he was attacked by what he …

Turkish central bank makes massive rate hikes to stem lira fall

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s central bank hiked all its key interest rates in dramatic fashion at an emergency midnight policy meeting, ignoring opposition from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as it battles to defend the country’s crumbling lira currency.<p>The bank raised its overnight lending rate to …

Mixed messages on interest rates as the Reserve Bank considers its next move

The inflation figures released last week showed that the consumer price index had increased by 0.8% in the December quarter of 2013 and 2.7% in annual terms. Given the Reserve Bank’s “inflation target band” is 2-3%, the figure provided a flurry of interest about how it would affect interest …

Relationship between Hamid Karzai and US grows ever more poisonous

Each time it seems that fraught ties between Washington and Kabul could not get worse, a new revelation proves the apparent nadir just another waypoint on the road to greater hostility.<p>The latest is a report that the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, believes many insurgent-style attacks are …

Police regard deaths of two people found in sand dunes as suspicious

Police have not ruled out foul play and are investigating as suspicious the deaths of two people found in sand dunes at Pottsville in northern NSW on Tuesday.<p>The bodies are yet to be identified but police say it is is “certainly possible” that they are missing father and daughter Greg Hutchings and …

Barclays to cut hundreds of investment banking jobs

<b>Barclays plans to cut hundreds of jobs in its investment banking division as part of a restructuring, it has confirmed to the BBC.</b><p>The job cuts come on top of 3,700 layoffs announced early last year.<p>Chief executive Antony Jenkins is also expected to unveil new five-year financial targets next …

Investing

Tony Abbott backs decision to cut allowances paid to overseas troops

Tony Abbott has backed a decision to reduce allowances paid to Australian troops in Afghanistan and the Middle East.<p>The prime minister said Australia's involvement in Afghanistan had changed and Defence's decision was therefore appropriate.<p>Troops who were routinely operating in the field and …

Hong Kong lesbian to wealthy dad: stop trying to buy me a husband

The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon who publicly offered millions to any man who could woo her into marriage has appealed to her father in an open letter to accept her for who she is.<p>Cecil Chao made world headlines in 2012 when he tried to find a man who could successfully win his daughter, …

Herbert Smulls: supreme court halts Missouri execution after drug challenge

The US supreme court granted a stay of execution for the Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls, after his lawyers protested that the state had refused to disclose the source of the drug due to be used to kill him.<p>Justice Samuel Alito signed the order that was sent out on Tuesday night after …

Number of US nuclear 'cheats' doubles - officials

<b>The number of US airmen embroiled in a nuclear cheating scandal has doubled to several dozen, officials speaking on condition of anonymity say.</b><p>Thirty-four US Air Force officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles were suspended earlier this month.<p>They are accused of cheating in monthly …

Military

55 Bodies Exhumed At Reform School Site In Florida

Researchers say they have exhumed the remains of 55 people at Florida's Dozier School for Boys, a notorious reform school that closed in 2011. The total found by University of South Florida researchers represents 24 more bodies than official records say should be there.<p>"They also found remains …