New global meltdown fear as 56 billion US cuts kick in

New global meltdown fear as 56 billion US cuts kick in Multi-billion-dollar spending cuts will particularly hit the US military Pentagon will absorb half of the cost of cuts required before SeptemberInternational Monetary Fund warns the measures could spark a new global economic crisis By Sharon Churcher PUBLISHED: 01:47 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:47 GMT, 3 March 2013 Barack Obama yesterday set in motion a multi-billion-dollar spending cuts programme that will particularly hit the US military after failing to reach a compromise with his Republican opponents. The cuts – described by the US President as ‘dumb’ – are designed to whittle away America’s $16.6 trillion debt. However, the International Monetary Fund has warned the measures could spark a new global economic crisis

Fears of further violence in Egypt after opposition claims widespread fraud in referendum that approved Islamist-backed constitution

Fears of further violence in Egypt after opposition claims widespread fraud in referendum that approved Islamist-backed constitutionMulsim Brotherhood say constitution got backing of 64 per cent of votersBut National Salvation Front say 'irregularities' should be investigatedOpposition group voters stayed away due to fears of electoral abuse | UPDATED: 18:59 GMT, 23 December 2012 Egypt's opposition claimed widespread fraud after a referendum gave approval to an Islamist-backed constitution. The constitution, which has provoked large scale demonstrations and riots, got the backing of 64 per cent of voters it was claimed today by the Muslim Brotherhood, the main group backing the charter

Champions League draw produces exact same pairings as dress rehearsal – at odds of a staggering 2,000,000-1

Drawn from memory Champions League draw produces exactly the same pairings as dress rehearsal – at odds of a staggering 2,000,000-1 Bookmakers say they would have only offered odds of 5,000-1 of the incident occurringThe order in which the ties were drawn was different, but the pairings were identicalOdds would be affected by the order due to rules over which teams can face each other at this stage of the tournament | UPDATED: 15:26 GMT, 21 December 2012 As one of sport's most prestigious competitions all eyes were on yesterday's draw for the knock-out phase of the Champions League.

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler sparks row by meeting opponents of new airport backed by prime minister

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler sparks row by meeting opponents of new airport backed by prime ministerFrancois Hollande's girlfriend met the protestors in Angers, western FranceThe 47-year-old was handed a letter to give to her partnerSome have seen it as a direct snub of PM Jean-Marc AyraultMs Trierweiler has been a target of several verbal attacks by politicians and journalists since her partner became president | UPDATED: 15:14 GMT, 10 December 2012 Approachable: Ms Trierweiler, 47, chatted with the protestors in Angers, western France, this weekend and was even asked to deliver a letter to her partner, President Francois Hollande French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is at the centre of a fresh political scandal after meeting opponents of a new airport – in defiance of the prime minister's support for the project. Ms Trierweiler is accused of trying to undermine PM Jean-Marc Ayrault's authority by consorting with the protestors in Angers, western France, this weekend. The new multi-billion pound airport in Nantes is due for completion in 2017 and has even been dubbed the 'Ayrault-port', a play on the prime minister's name, because of his fierce backing