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Philippine Muslim rebel faction rejects talks

A rogue Muslim rebel commander in the Philippines has formed a separate faction of several hundred fighters and rejected peace talks to end the decades-long secessionist rebellion, leaders of the guerrillas today.

GSK buyback eyed after Quest sale

GlaxoSmithKline stoked hopes that it might restart its share buyback programme last night after announcing the sale of its stake in Quest Diagnostics in a $1.7bn (£802m) deal.

Wilkinson fit to resume Top 14 duties

Jonny Wilkinson, struggling for some weeks with shoulder problems and held back from the last round of Heineken Cup matches, has made a full recovery and may feature for Toulon in tonight's Top 14 match against Bayonne deep in the Basque country.

Qantas to resume superjumbo flights

Qantas will resume passenger flights on its grounded superjumbo fleet, the airline's chief executive announced yesterday.

Employers discriminate against Muslims, study finds

Muslims face "massive discrimination" when applying for jobs, according to the first scientifically validated study of anti-Muslim bias among employers in France.

Japan urges China to resume exports

Japan's trade minister yesterday urged China to resume its export of manufacturing materials that Tokyo considers effectively banned since last month's territorial row.

Deep-water oil drilling ban lifted in Gulf of Mexico

The Obama administration has lifted the six-month moratorium on deep-water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that was imposed after the BP oil spill in April.

Unions urged to resume talks in Tube row

London Underground urged union leaders today to resume peace talks aimed at averting fresh strikes by Tube workers in a row over job losses.

Bovis highlights fragile housing market

Government austerity measures have left Britain's housing market in a "fragile" state as spending cuts and tax hikes hit consumer confidence, housebuilder Bovis Homes said today.

John Radcliffe Hospital 'must not resume heart surgery'

A hospital where four babies died under the care of one surgeon must not resume heart surgery until it improves, a report said today.

BA talks resume amid cabin crew walkout

Talks aimed at resolving the long-running British Airways dispute are to resume later today, as cabin crew continued their five-day walkout, with more action threatened unless the deadlocked row is broken.

Shelling kills 24 in Mogadishu

Heavy shelling pounded Somalia's capital Mogadishu yesterday, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens, in an attack by al-Qa'ida-linked al-Shabaab fighters and Hizbul Islam.

The Sketch: How about a Liberal Speaker? Isn't it their turn after 80-odd years?

In the here-and-there of the corridors, plazas and back passages of Westminster a drama is starting to throb. There's going to be excitement immediately Parliament resumes. It's the election of the Speaker. Or as many have assumed, the re-election of the Speaker.

Inquest reopens for soldier killed in Afghan blast

An inquest will resume today into the death of a British soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Snooker: Robertson in command as the old magic deserts Davis

Steve Davis' dreams of winning a seventh world title looked set to be shattered as Neil Robertson cruises towards a second consecutive Crucible semi-final.

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