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  • The DAX board is pictured at the Frankfurt stock exchange August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Domanski

    Global shares edged up to their highest in nearly two weeks on Tuesday, but the rally looked to be running out of steam on the back of concerns over Europe’s debt troubles and U.S. growth.

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    30 Aug 11
  • Astronomers discover planet made of diamond

    Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.

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    29 Aug 11
  • Costco can’t move “I slipped on a slurpee” lawsuit

    A 74-year-old woman who said she was injured after falling in a Costco store in Florida beat back the retailer’s effort to move the case to that state because it was too much trouble to defend itself in New York.

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    29 Aug 11
  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks with Professor of International Economics at Catholic University of Buenos Aires Martin Redrado as they exit the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, August 26, 2011.

    The heads of the U.S. Federal Reserve, IMF and OECD stepped up pressure on political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to shake off their inertia and tackle urgent economic problems.

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    29 Aug 11
  • Candidates for the leader of Japan's ruling Democratic Party, from left, former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, former Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi, Trade and Economy Minister Banri Kaieda, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Farm Minister Michihiko Kano, join their hands prior to a debate in Tokyo Sunday,

    Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda was chosen on Monday to become Japan’s sixth prime minister in five years, but has to overcome a divided parliament and deep rifts in the ruling party if he is to make more of a mark than his predecessors.

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    29 Aug 11
  • Al Qaeda's new second-in-command, Atiyah abd al-Rahman, is pictured in this handout photograph obtained on August 27, 2011.

    Pakistan still had no confirmation on Monday that al Qaeda’s deputy chief had been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike near the Afghan border, two days after American officials said his death was a major victory in the war against the group.

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    29 Aug 11
  • With the skyline of New York in the background, people walk during sunset at the Jersey City Waterfront Walkway along Hudson river in New Jersey August 28, 2011.

    New York City was slowly getting back to business as usual on Monday after Hurricane Irene but hundreds of thousands of people who normally travel in from the surrounding area faced a hellish commute as flooding knocked out some transit routes.

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    29 Aug 11
  • Hoax sign warns Arizona drivers of panda rampage

    A wave of “panda-monium” has swept through a northern Arizona city thanks to a mischievous street sign hacker who warned motorists of a “ROGUE PANDA ON RAMPAGE.”

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    26 Aug 11