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Fresh blow for ENRC as fraud inquiry is launched

Serious Fraud Office to investigate claims of corruption in Africa and Kazakhstan
The Progress 51 rocket launched on Wednesday

Video: Watch Russian spacecraft leave for the International Space Station

An unpiloted Russian spacecraft carrying cargo for the International Space Station launched yesterday, carrying 1,000kg of spare parts, equipment and hardware.

Kazakhstan and founders mull bid for Central Asian miner ENRC

Shares in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) jumped by  26 per cent yesterday after a consortium of key shareholders in the Kazakh miner announced they were considering an offer for the company.

Market Report: Talk of SFO inquiry hits Kazakh miner

Kazakh mining giant Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation is no stranger to controversy following a series of corporate governance issues, but news that the Serious Fraud Office could be considering a formal criminal inquiry left the miner buried at the bottom of the benchmark index.

Putin wants to set up a Russian space ministry

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Russian President unveils ambitious plans at new launchpad site, including manned flight to Mars

Space Race: Astronauts break record for quickest journey to International Space Station - making trip in less time than standard flight from London to New York

A trio of astronauts have broken the record for the quickest journey to the International Space Station, arriving there just six hours after setting off from a launch pad in Kazakhstan.

Giovanni Trapattoni, the Republic of Ireland manager, has opted for Derby County striker Conor Sammon to replace the injured Robbie Keane

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A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium

San Marino v England: Leighton Baines profits from Roy Hodgson's shrewd decisions on the flanks

Despite the fiasco of the Rio Ferdinand affair, in which he was largely at the mercy of others, Roy Hodgson has brought a relaxed professionalism to this England team and this was evident tonight as he and his players kept their focus and were rewarded.

Giovanni Trapattoni gestures during his side’s 6-1 defeat to Germany

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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is convinced his team's strong spirit makes up for their lack of individual flair.

Market Report: Fresnillo left with a free float dilemma

How will punters be able to get their hands on shares in the world's largest silver producer? Mexico's Fresnillo was discussing just that today. The miner is one of a handful of groups on the benchmark index facing a ticking clock – the deadline for their free float to reach 25 per cent is the end of the year.

Floating footballs: Is this a glimpse of what to expect at the 2014 World Cup?

The Maracana, the flagship stadium for next year's tournament in Brazil, has been flooded

James McClean chose not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt last weekend against Everton

James McClean closes Twitter account following tweet about IRA song

Sunderland winger has caused controversy before on social networking site

Postgraduate studies will be ‘domain of the wealthy’

Postgraduate studies risk becoming the preserve of the wealthy after a major slump in the number of students opting for the courses.

Sami Khedira is congratulated after scoring the winning goal against France

Germany rediscover winning mentality with victory over France

The Germans won 2-1 in Paris

It's horses for courses in Kazakhstan

Until I read the news last week, I had assumed that the only time I had eaten horsemeat was on a visit to Kazakhstan a couple of years ago. Now, however, I know that every time I've chowed down on a Tesco beefburger I was going equine. That's why I'm a Waitrose man. If it were stuffing its beefburgers with anything but beef, it would be unicorn and zebra.

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