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Australians apply in vain for Sri Lankan hangman job

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Two Australians have applied in vain for Sri Lanka's hangman job after the island nation's last official executioner got upset on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit.

UPDATE 3-Motor racing-Hamilton on top, Red Bull relieved in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton lent some credibility to the hype around Mercedes by posting the fastest time in Friday practice at the Australian Grand Prix, as the Formula One season kicked off with teams still battling reliability problems.

Motor racing-Melbourne will be an "anxious weekend" - Renault

MELBOURNE, March 4 (Reuters) - Renault have made some progress in ironing out the engine problems that have blighted Formula One preseason testing, but will head into the season-opener in Melbourne with doubts about "incomplete" preparations.

Google,Samsung ask China to limit Microsoft-Nokia deal: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have asked Chinese regulators to ensure that Microsoft Corp's bid to acquire Nokia Oyj's phone business did not lead to higher licensing fees on patents that remain with the Finnish company, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

Israel warns public on bitcoin risks, mulls regulation

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it was considering regulation of bitcoin and warned citizens that using such decentralized virtual currencies was risky.

HP was aware of Autonomy's loss-making hardware sales: FT

 

(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co's senior executives were aware of certain Autonomy Corp sales practices months before a whistleblower flagged them, prompting HP to write down the value of Autonomy, the Financial Times reported, citing email records.

Motor racing-De Silvestro named Sauber affiliated driver

Feb 14 (Reuters) - IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro has joined the Sauber Formula 1 team as an affiliated driver, the Swiss team said on Friday.

Strongest house-building since 2008 lifts UK fourth-quarter construction

LONDON (Reuters) - British construction output rose modestly in the fourth quarter of 2013, led by the greatest amount of new housing since the first quarter of 2008, providing some evidence that builders are responding to rising property prices.

Catch me if you can' biker leads Texas police on merry chase

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The fight is on between San Antonio police and a motorcycle rider who posted a video on Facebook that shows him zooming through interstate traffic at speeds up to 100 mph with a message: "Catch me if you can."

HomeServe agrees to pay record fine for mis-selling

LONDON (Reuters) - British repair and insurance group HomeServe has agreed to pay a 30.6 million pounds ($51 million) fine, the largest retail penalty imposed by the UK's financial regulator, after it was found to have committed a series of failings including mis-selling policies.

Google UK sales hit $5.6 billion in 2013

LONDON (Reuters) - Google has said its UK sales hit $5.64 billion in 2013, a rise of 16 percent on the previous year -- its lowest growth rate in three years.

For Lenovo, ThinkPad turnaround provides blueprint for Motorola handset future

BEIJING (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd leader Yang Yuanqing says the Chinese technology giant will draw on cost-cutting lessons learned when it bought IBM Corp's ThinkPad laptop unit to turn losses into profit at businesses acquired for $5.2 billion last month.

Strange slalom turn in topless pictures row

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - In one of the odder sideshows of the Sochi Olympics, two skiers from Mexico and Lebanon are embroiled in a controversy over topless photos that one took of the other.

Nokia still in legal battle in India to move assets to Microsoft

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia said on Wednesday it was appealing a ruling last week by the Delhi High Court which said the company must pay deposits on tax claims by local authorities in order to transfer assets related to its mobile phone business to Microsoft.

EU Commission pushes to dilute U.S. Internet influence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called on Wednesday for a dilution of U.S. influence over the organization of the Internet, a sign of tension following snooping exposed by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Supercell to launch new game after sales soar in 2013

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game maker Supercell plans to launch a third game next month, hoping to replicate its success with hits "Clash of Clans" and "Hay Day" that helped it to earn $892 million in revenue last year.

Norwegian boy takes parents' car to visit grandparents, claims he's a dwarf

OSLO (Reuters) - A ten-year-old Norwegian boy came up with a novel excuse after he drove his parents' car into a snowy ditch on Wednesday morning: he told police he was a dwarf who forgot his driving license.

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