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Standard & Poors downgrades US credit rating

Three years after the subprime crisis, Washington is still suffering. Private debt from households and businesses has become public debt, reaching 100% of GDP. Years of tax cuts and increased spending have taken their toll - US growth is expected to be under 1% for 2011. Ratings agencies also believe Washington is not doing enough. Standard & Poors has now downgraded the nation's credit rating for the first time in its history.

By Mark THOMPSON

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2018-06-22 Ludovic DE FOUCAUD

Taking sides: The dual-nationality footballers playing at the World Cup

As the World Cup group stage continues, we focus on binational footballers, who often have to weigh up the pros and cons of playing for their home country. Ahead of the...

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2018-06-21 Julien SAUVAGET

Rubbish piling up in France's illegal landfills

Mountains of trash are piling up in French villages, sullying the image of the countryside. In one town less than 40 kilometres outside Paris, rubbish covering the equivalent of...

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2018-06-19 Asia-pacific

Alarmingly high rates of HIV among China's youth

Young Chinese people living in urban areas have never had it so good. They have better access to education and healthcare services, and a higher quality of life overall. But...

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2018-06-18 Europe

How corruption has damaged Armenia's environment

It's now more than a month since anti-government demonstrations in Armenia forced the government of Serzh Sargsyan to resign. At the heart of the protest movement was anger over...

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2018-06-15 Middle East

Residents of southern Lebanon live in fear of another war

Last month, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group announced that a new chapter in Syria's civil war had begun. This came after missiles were fired from Syrian soil into the...

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