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UK deficit rises steeply after surprise fall in tax receipts

Chancellor under pressure ahead of spending cuts review as higher Whitehall spending and a dip in self-assessment revenue boost deficit<p>A fall in income tax receipts sent Britain’s deficit spiralling to £12.1bn in August, the widest shortfall in government funding since 2012.<p>The Office for National …

Archaeology

Australian bitcoin entrepreneur Adam Tepper dies in Thailand

The identity of an Australian man killed in a motorcycle smash in Thailand has been confirmed by his colleagues as bitcoin entrepreneur Adam Tepper.<p>Tepper, CEO of digital currency business Independent Reserve, died on Thursday, his colleague Adrian Przelozny said.<p>The 34-year-old wasn’t wearing a …

Thailand

Modi's Convenient New Religious Tolerance

He said it! At a function this week in New Delhi arranged by the Catholic Church in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came out emphatically in …

Govt cracks down on 'document leak': top oil firms, middlemen under probe

Five arrested including an RIL man and two Petroleum Ministry employees, more arrests likely.<p>By: Written by , | New Delhi |<p>Executives of at least …

Corruption

The Barbed Wire Sutra

Buddhism, initially seen as a threat to national security, gained acceptance through the patriotism and sacrifice of its adherents in the Second World War.<p>On a late August evening in Arizona’s Poston Relocation Center, in the hot summer of 1944, the Reverend Bunyu Fujimura of the Buddhist Mission …

'The fear has gone' – Sri Lankans hope for peace and reform under new president

President Maithripala Sirisena is a busy man. No sooner has he finished his morning walk around Colombo’s Independence Square than a stream of officials, visitors, business people, soldiers and ambassadors file through the colonial-era gates to his white-washed residence in Sri Lanka’s principal …

Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding drivers

LONDON (AP) — Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without …

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.<p>The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, …

A-to-Z of the 2014 World Cup Final

The 2014 World Cup final will be between Germany and Argentina on Sunday, July 13.<p>Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals to book their place in the final, while Argentina needed a penalty-shootout win against the Netherlands to make it this far.<p>There are plenty of talking points in the …