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Oct 28, 2010

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LimeWire filesharing site ordered to close

LimeWire has been shut down by a US court who found that the service had been used to infringe copyright on a huge scale
The ruling follows a long-running legal dispute with the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major record labels and accused Lime Wire, the company behind the LimeWire service, of infringing copyright.

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Google Aims To Help Small Businesses With Boost

If you own a business and have claimed your free business listing in Google Places, which then appear on Google and Google Maps, then you will be glad to know the search and advertising company has introduced another way to help your business get noticed.

David Cameron admits defeat over EU budget | World news |

EU flags reflecting off the EU headquarters in Brussels
EU flags reflected in glass walls of EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images
David Cameron is planning to approve a £435m increase in Britain's contribution to the EU next year, prompting a row with the Tory right as he admits defeat in a battle to freeze Europe's budget.

Midterm elections live blog

Barack Obama and Jon Stewart
Barack Obama and Jon Stewart during Obama's appearance on The Daily Show in Washington DC. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP
9am ET: Joe Miller is down to third place with 23% in a new Alaska poll. This, it has to be said, is very different from other polls that have showed him around the mid-30s and a point or two ahead of Lisa Murkowski. His disapproval rating in the poll is an astonishing 68%.

Sir John Sawers's speech

MI6 chief, Sir John Sawers, gives first public speech by serving head of Secret Intelligence Service
MI6 chief Sir John Sawers today. Photograph: Toby Melville/PA
The Times published a reader's letter earlier this year. It read: "Sir – is it not bizarre that MI5 and MI6, otherwise known as the secret services, currently stand accused of being – er – secretive?"

Bahrain's elections overshadowed by crackdown on Shia protesters

A Bahraini woman walks past election campaign billboards near Manama
A Bahraini woman walks past election campaign billboards near Manama. Photograph: Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images
It's hard to miss the signs on the streets of Manama: King Hamad peering benignly from giant billboards, and everywhere pictures of smiling candidates in spotless white dishdashas and headdresses pledging to build more houses, fight corruption...

The feting of Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel
Dmitry Medvedev, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel at this month's tripartite summit between France, Germany and Russia. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/REUTERS
Nato's Lisbon summit next month is in danger of becoming the stage for a triumphal procession by Russia's leather-jacketed president, Dmitry Medvedev. The mystery is what, exactly, Moscow has ...

Iran loads fuel rods into Bushehr nuclear reactor

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant
Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA
Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant today, moving closer to starting up the facility.

Death of Gulf emirate ruler Sheikh Saqr prompts fight over succession

The late ruler Sheikh Saqr with Sheikh Khalid
Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi, left, the late ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, with his son Sheikh Khalid. Photograph: Nasser Younes/AFP/Getty Images
One of the most bizarre international coup attempts of recent times, whose key players include a family solicitor from Buckinghamshire and an exiled Arab crown prince, entered its endgame today with the death of Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad ...

French retirement age reforms 'almost certain' to be passed

French finance minister Christine Lagarde
The French finance minister, Christine Lagarde, said the protest movement had reached a 'turning point'. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images
France's lower house, the national assembly, is today expected to pass Nicolas Sarkozy's controversial plan to increase the retirement age, as unions vowed to continue their strikes and protests despite signs of dwindling support.

Chinese city wardens wanted: must be young, female and pretty

A team of police women patrol the street
A team of policewomen patrol the streets of Zhengzhou in central China's Henan province. They are part of a special squad of young, attractive female officers formed by the city of Zhengzhou's police department. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
A good temperament might be an obvious requirement for a city warden. Good looks? Perhaps less so.

Mikhail Gorbachev says Russia is moving 'away from democracy

Mikhail Gorbachev
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says country's leaders are anti-democratic. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, has issued a sharp criticism of Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, and the prime minister, Vladimir Putin, saying they are "doing everything they can to move away from democracy, to stay in power".

Hitmen kill fifteen in massacre at Mexican carwash

Tepic crime scene
The crime scene in Tepic, Mexico, where 15 people were killed by hitmen. Photograph: Nayarit En L Nea/EPA
Suspected drug hitmen shot dead 15 people at a carwash in western Mexico yesterday, the third massacre in just a few days, putting new pressure on President Felipe Calderón to stop the growing violence.

Indonesian tsunami warning system 'had been vandalised

Rescuers are continuing to look for survivors on Indonesia's tsunami-hit islands in West Sumatra Link to this video

Villagers in Indonesia were deprived of an advanced alert that a tsunami was heading towards them because part of an early warning system had been vandalised, an Indonesian official said.

Hotel Rwanda manager faces terror-funding charges

The Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina denies sending money to fund Rwandan opposition
The former Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, pictured with his wife Tatiana in 2005, denies sending money to allegedly fund Rwandan opposition commanders. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP
The Rwandan hotel manager whose story was told in the film Hotel Rwanda could face charges by Rwandan authorities over allegations he sent money to opposition commanders, the country's top

China made peace prize decision for us, says Nobel judge

Geir Lundestad
Geir Lundestad of the Nobel committee.
China's decision to jail dissident Liu Xiaobo for 11 years convinced the Nobel committee to award him this year's peace prize, according to one of the judges.

Zapatero faces election defeat in Catalonia despite cabinet reshuffle

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero speaks during a press conference in Madrid. Photograph: Daniel Ochoa De Olza/AP The campaign for the regional election in Catalonia on 28 November got off to a discouraging start for Spain's ruling Socialist party (PSOE). Opinion polls are predicting that its Catalan branch (PSC), in power since ...

Poland's faith divide | Sophia Deboick

Lech Kaczynski memorial candles
Faith under fire … a sea of candles laid by mourners outside the presidential palace following the Smolensk crash. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images When 96 Polish dignitaries, including President Lech Kaczyński, were killed in a plane crash near Smolensk in April, the world briefly turned its gaze to Poland and its often tragic history.

Indonesia death toll reaches 300 with more feared after twin disasters

Devastated village following tsunami in Indonesia
The tsunami caused by the earthquake washed away hundreds of wooden and bamboo homes, killing over 100 people and displacing 20,000 more. Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA
The combined death toll from the twin tsunami and earthquake disasters which struck Indonesia within 24 hours has risen to more than 300, government officials said ..

Chaos over restraint rules for deportees

Jimmy Mubenga
Jimmy Mubenga died after being 'heavily restrained' for a deportation flight to Angola.
The government's deportation policy has been thrown into confusion after it emerged that the Home Office banned private security firms from forcing detainees on to flights following the death of a refugee, then lifted the moratorium 10 days later.

Investment Strategies: Three Ways to Profit - No Matter Who Wins Tuesday's Midterm Elections

If you're worried that next week's midterm elections could further cloud an already-uncertain investment landscape, take a page from the investment playbook of Money Morning's Keith Fitz-Gerald: Position yourself to profit no matter which party wins on Tuesday.

Question of the Week: Mortgagegate Makes Investors Wary of U.S. Banking Industry

A potentially crippling crisis is flashing through the banking industry and threatening to derail the already struggling housing market and U.S. economic recovery.

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