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Business news and markets: as it happened, July 30, 2013

Americans' confidence in the economy fell in July, consumers were less optimistic about the outlook for the economy and labour market, but remaining close to the highest level in more than five years.<p><b>• Eurozone business and consumer confidence rises</b> <b><br>• US consumer confidence drops in July</b> <b><br>• China</b> …

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8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

A roundup of affordable vacation destinations around the world<p>We've rounded up more affordable alternatives to pricey vacation destinations around the world, from the new European Riviera to the fashion set's Mexican beach spot

The Trippiest Time Lapse Video We've Ever Seen

The night sky + weird dragon sculptures = total mind screw<p>Just in case the cosmos are not fantastic enough for you: This new video shows time lapses of the night sky over enormous metal dragons, dinosaurs and other creatures in Galleta Meadows in the desert town of Borrego Springs, California.<p>The …

Detroit is a flashing warning light on America's fiscal dashboard. Though some of its woes are unique, a crucial one is not. Many other state and city governments across America have made impossible-to-keep promises to do with pensions and health care. They must offer less or face disaster http://econ.st/1c6l5QO

‘World’s most typecast actor’ Jagdish Raj dies aged 85

Jagdish Raj, an actor who held a world record after playing a policeman 144 times on screen, has died.<p>The Bollywood legend was technically the most …

How did Karachi get a world-beating stock exchange?

AS RICH countries’ economies slump, brave investors looking for fast returns may be tempted to look further afield. Which of the world’s more exotic …

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Smart Water: Tech guarding our most precious resource

Business reporter, BBC News<p>Ever since Archimedes invented his screw for drawing water uphill and the Romans built their famous aqueducts, mankind has tried to manipulate the earth's most precious resource through the use of technology. Many have dreamed about making the deserts bloom.<p>Now, with the …

Eye-popping human art from the world bodypainting festival: http://f-st.co/IZXaWZ7

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

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French Court Bans Photo Book in Dispute Over One of the Portraits Within

A French court has banned distribution of a photo book and fined the photographer, essentially for including a portrait the subject didn’t like.<p>The …

CyanogenMod Unleashes Its Own Camera App Called Focal

CyanogenMod, the popular Android firmware replacement installed on over 5.6 million devices, has announced a powerful new camera app to replace the …

SAC Capital pleads not guilty to insider-trading charges

SAC Capital Advisors, the hedge fund run by billionaire Steven Cohen, has pleaded not guilty to charges of insider-trading.<p>Flanked by five defence lawyers, Peter Nussbaum, the firm's general counsel, entered the plea before US District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in New York on Friday.<p>US prosecutors …

Billionaire Blow-Ups: Eike Batista Isn't The First To Go Belly-Up

Back in 2012, Eike Batista was the 7th-wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of $30 billion and even larger ambitions–vowing to one day overtake Carlos Slim as the world’s wealthiest man. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.<p>Today Batista is perilously close to losing his billionaire status. …