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Justice may have a case to block AT&T-Time Warner

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Wall Street thinks the government's antitrust case is weak, but there's good reason to believe it could hold up


[Ticker] Member states accept emissions trading deal, Poland abstains

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The ambassadors in Brussels of the EU's national governments on Wednesday adopted a compromise deal with the European Parliament on the reform of the EU's emissions trading system (ETS), the EU's flagship climate tool. Croatia voted against, while coal-reliant Poland and Hungary abstained. The compromise had been reached by allowing Romania and Bulgaria . A majority of MEPs still has to approve the reform.

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

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An Argentine submarine missing in the South Atlantic is likely to be running out of air and had reported technical problems before vanishing, naval officials have said.  ARA San Juan’s last message reported a short circuit in its batteries and the vessel was ordered to return to its home. The Argentine navy quashed hopes that incomplete satellite calls detected over the weekend could have been from the vessel, but then on Monday night said it was analysing separate "noise" to see if it was the boat. Enrique Balbi, a Navy spokesman, said two of  search vessels had detected the sound and called in a US P-8 Poseidon plane to record it with sonobuoys. He later said experts determined the noise did not come from tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported by some media. He said it likely came from a "biological" source. ARA San Juan  in Buenos Aires. Credit: AFP Two oceanographic ships had been dispatched to the site of the sound to send down probes, the spokesman said, adding that the analysis of the captured sound would take some three hours. Buenos Aires had been beginning to face domestic criticism of its handling of the search, with one union describing government efforts as badly coordinated and apathetic. The submarine and its crew of 44 have now been missing for five days as a growing fleet of international vessels and patrol planes brave 20ft waves and high winds to search hundreds of square miles. Timeline | Submarine accidents US Navy submarine rescue chambers have been flown to the region in the hope of bringing the crew to the surface in case the vessel can be found. Gabriel Galeazzi, a spokesman for the Argentine Navy, said the German-built diesel electric vessel had surfaced on Wednesday to report the fault. He said: “At that moment the commander was ordered to go directly to Mar de Plata. After that we lost contact.” He suggested the fault could have affected the submarine’s navigation, but said it did have back-up systems. Search and rescue mission for Argentinian submarine Although the crew has enough food, oxygen and fuel to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, they only have enough oxygen to last for seven days if submerged. After that, the boat  would have to surface or get near the surface to replenish air supply. Seven brief satellite signals lasting only seconds were detected over the weekend, raising hopes the crew were trying to call and prompting jubilation among the waiting families. But analysis of the low frequency signals later found they were not from the submarine. Up to 20 vessels, including the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector and HMS Clyde are joining the search. Britain has also sent an RAF C-130 aircraft and a Voyager refuelling aircraft to help it search for longer. Submarine rescue mission Cdr Erik Reynolds, spokesman for the US Navy, which is coordinating the international effort, said vessels were using their sonar to hunt for the ship, though high waves were hampering efforts. Maritime patrol planes are searching for signs of oil or waste that could have been jettisoned by the crew to signal their location. Two US Navy undersea submarine rescue vessels are on standby if needed. The vessels can attach to the hatch of a stricken submarine at depths of up to 2,000ft and then ferry surviving crew back to the surface. "There is no good news," Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of crew member Fernando Mendoza, told local reporters. "Hopefully they have oxygen." A ship leaves a Naval base to join the search for missing submarine ARA San Juan, in Mar del Plata, Argentina Credit: a Devo Source: The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina. That maintenance included the replacement of its four diesel engines and its electric propeller engines, according to specialist publication Jane's Sentinel. ATEPSA, a union representing workers in the protection and security of aeronautics, said the case of the submarine "puts centre stage the recurring failures in state policies". It said in a statement that "the apathy in the Services of Search and Rescue, and the lack of coordination which exists in all the public bodies involved, are the faithful reflection of multiple errors which complicate the principle objective: to reach the victims in an urgent manner". Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of Fernando Mendoza, a crew member of the missing submarine ARA San Juan, stands outside the Naval base in Mar del Plata, Argentina waiting for news Credit: AP The union noted workers in several airports were participating in search operations "despite the problems of communication in the oceanic sector due to lack of investment." This was "aggravated by the fact that the plant that transmits and receives all the aeronautic communications in the country does not have staff," it complained.

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Risky behaviour

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The biohacker movement wants to cure disease without the help of government or big companies


On-Duty 'Attack' Leaves One U.S. Border Agent Dead, Another Injured

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A U.S. border agent has died following what government officials described as an “attack” in West Texas on Sunday morning that left a second agent seriously injured.

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China criticizes unilateral action after NK sanctions

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China's government has criticized "long-arm jurisdiction by other countries" after Washington penalized a group of Chinese companies accused of trading with North Korea.


[Ticker] Polish parliament resumes talks on disputed judiciary reform

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After a four-month break Poland's parliament will debate on Wednesday an overhaul of the nation's judiciary, which has been strongly criticised by the EU and protested by groups fearing Poland is sliding toward authoritarianism. The new rules would give politicians fluence on judicial appointments. "The situation is absolutely critical ... this government will be able to govern forever if these drafts become laws," law professor Marcin Matczak told Bloomberg.

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UK government must offer clarity and certainty

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George Osborne's former chief of staff says the government must salve concerns about the UK economy.


German business groups say country needs new government soon

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The heads of two influential German business lobby group say the country needs a new government soon in order to tackle important issues facing the economy.


US airstrike kills more than 100 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

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Washington, Nov 22 : The airstrike carried out in coordination with Somali authorities left over 100 members of the al-Shabaab terrorist group dead, the US military informed. "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia...

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