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Hotheads in the Philippines: Protests against president Benigno Aquino

The Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said on Monday that three years of anti-corruption reforms have banished his country's image as the “sick man of Asia” but added he has lost patience over continuing problems such as large-scale smuggling and declared a tougher crackdown against wrongdoing in government.

The Hunger Games: The new teen franchise with Twilight in its sights

The trailer concludes with the ominous tagline: "The world will be watching." Get ready for The Hunger Games, the new Hollywood blockbuster franchise which promises to trounce Twilight and replace Harry Potter in the box-office charts. Anticipation is mounting among millions of teenage fans ahead of the 23 March opening of the film, based on Suzanne Collins's bestselling novels. The trilogy, which has sold 30 million copies, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where children are chosen by the government to fight each other to the death in gladiatorial battles.

1,000 jobs at risk as key UK oil refinery 'closes'

The Government gave an assurance it was doing all it could to find a buyer for one of the country's biggest oil refineries today after it fell into administration, prompting fears of job losses and fuel shortages.

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S&P comes out swinging as Obama disputes downgrade

The Obama administration and the rating agency Standard & Poor's escalated their war of words over the downgrade of US government debt yesterday, as the White House sought to deflect blame for the loss of the country's AAA credit rating.