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First-Time Buyer Plan ‘May Allow 5% Deposits’ →  November 21, 2011

Taxpayers could underwrite millions of pounds worth of mortgages for first-time buyers as part of a plan that may allow deposits to be cut to as little as 5%. The Government is aiming to “unblock” the housing market and would target people who are currently priced out of getting a foot on the property ladder. […]

→  November 16, 2011

By Chikako Mogi TOKYO | Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:22am EST TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares and the euro fell on Wednesday as signs that rising borrowing costs were affecting AAA-rated France stirred fears that even core euro zone members may not escape contagion from the region’s debt crisis. The political outlook remained unclear in […]

Wall Street edges up, swayed by Europe →  November 8, 2011

By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK | Mon Nov 7, 2011 5:50pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks closed a volatile, lightly traded session slightly higher on Monday, with sentiment continuing to shift with the latest headline from Europe. Wall Street spent most of the session lower before rebounding after Juergen Stark, a member of the […]

Asia shares fall after Greece coalition deal, Italy eyed →  November 7, 2011

By Chikako Mogi TOKYO | Sun Nov 6, 2011 10:35pm EST TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares struggled and credit markets weakened on Monday, with investors still nervous despite the agreement on formation of a new Greek unity government intent on avoiding imminent debt default.   MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan, which […]

→  October 29, 2011

By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK | Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:28am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – With the SP 500 about to end its best month in almost 40 years, many would be happy to cash in gains and start packing for the ski slopes. But some underperforming investors are being cornered into putting yet […]

Water use rising faster than world population →  October 25, 2011

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent WASHINGTON | Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:52am EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Like oil in the 20th century, water could well be the essential commodity on which the 21st century will turn.   Human beings have depended on access to water since the earliest days of civilization, but with 7 billion […]

England spinner Graeme Swann’s autobiography runs the risk of driving Kevin Pietersen nuts →  October 24, 2011

I read Swann’s book last week, and enjoyed it. It is funny, with expert ghost Richard Gibson smoothly and easily finding the voice of a natural-born comedian. It is also self-critical, with some of the stuff from his county days at Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire being especially fascinating. In terms of its revelatory nature, it is […]

→  October 20, 2011

By Risa Maeda ONAGAWA, Japan | Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:57pm EDT ONAGAWA, Japan (Reuters) – When the 13-meter (40-foot) tsunami that wrecked Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant hit Onagawa to the northeast, hundreds of residents found refuge at the local nuclear plant, rather than run the other way. It was the right call. At Fukushima, […]

Workplace pollutants tied to kids’ asthma risk →  October 8, 2011

(Reuters) – A mother’s exposure to airborne pollutants at work during her pregnancy may increase the likelihood that her unborn child will later develop asthma, a Danish study said. The review of registry data on 45,658 seven-year-old children and their mothers found that 18.6 percent of children of mothers who were exposed to low-molecular-weight particles […]