Deepwater Horizon blast triggered by methane bubble, report shows

The deadly blast on board the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas, an investigation by BP has revealed.A report into last month’s blast said the gas escaped from the oil well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several […]

International Security Assistance Force soldiers complete new school

KABUL, Afghanistan — A project supported by German International Security Assistance Force soldiers has made it possible for 1,600 Afghan students previously studying in tents to move into a new school building in northern Afghanistan, July 1. For several years German ISAF Civil-Military Cooperation soldiers have supported the Ala Chapan high school project. Ala Chapan […]

RBS gives 10 executives £5.5m in allowances to sidestep EU bonus cap

Ten top executives at Royal Bank of Scotland have been handed almost £5.5m in shares this year as allowances to sidestep the EU bonus cap.The latest disclosure to the stock market by the 80% taxpayer-owned bank shows that the 10 received £1.9m in these allowances for the last four months of 2014. These awards followed […]

Lawrence Salander, New York art dealer who fleeced stars, jailed

Fine art investors including former tennis star John McEnroe and the estate of Robert De Niro Sr, father of the actor, are unlikely to recoup millions lost after the New York dealer in whom they put their trust was jailed for six to 18 years for fraud.Lawrence Salander, who pleaded guilty to defrauding clients in […]

EU freezes airlines carbon emissions law

The European commission has made an unexpected climbdown over greenhouse gas emissions from aeroplanes, by suspending the carbon penalties it levies on flights taking off or landing from EU member states.The extraordinary step was prompted by a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on Friday to look into ways of encouraging airlines to […]

Obama looks forward to rediscovering his Irish roots on European tour

The White House has predicted a lively debate about the president’s origins on the opening day of next week’s trip to Europe. But it is sure to be a lot friendlier than the recent “birther” row.Barack Obama’s tour of Ireland, the UK, France and Poland kicks off on Monday in Dublin but he then heads […]

Afghan commandos make presence known in volatile Tag Ab Valley

Combined Joint Task Force-82BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan national army commandos from 2nd Company, 205th Kandak, advised by coalition forces, conducted a four-day operation to disrupt insurgents activity in the volatile Tag Ab Valley of Kapisa province, Jan. 19-23.The Tag Ab Valley has been an insurgent stronghold where villagers have lived in fear from insurgents […]

Supply Supports the Drawdown in Iraq

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — From an outside perspective, the Iraqi theater is just full of Army gear: equipment, supplies, parts, trucks, weapons, tools … the list just keeps going. But from a “boots on the ground” perspective of the 514th Support Maintenance Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), it […]

Haiti votes in historic election as reports of fraud emerge

Street protests flared across Haiti last night as 12 of Haiti’s 18 presidential candidates denounced “massive fraud” in yesterday’s election.Balloting, in what was billed by the international community as a historic election, was largely peaceful but marred by confusion, apathy and reports of irregularities.The instant repudiation by so many presidential candidates could spark a turbulent […]

The world’s greatest cycling cities

All urban areas have a different character, and this extends to the often wildly different experiences you get from cycling around them. This can often be very personal. Here, in no particular order, are my five favourite cities I’ve cycled around, and a few reasons why. How about you? They don’t have to be cities […]

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