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UBS and Credit Suisse will have to hold low-risk reserves equal to 10 per cent of their total risky assets, plus 9 per cent of their debt in convertible bonds (debt that converts to equity in crisis). This is considerably tougher than the Basel III capital requirements agreed last year by the world’s central banks and regulators, which only requires banks to hold 7 per cent of their risky assets in capital.
Towering termite mounds are one of the spectacular sights in Savannah grasslands of Africa but just how much do these mounds tell us about annual rainfall patterns? Scientists from Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology have founda relationship between termite mounds and the hydrology and soil conditions.
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Real Madrid v Malaga, Spanish La Liga, tonight 9pm
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Arming both sides of a conflict must be a tactic David Cameron learnt from Gaddafi himself; we have been quite happily selling weapons to the Gaddafi regime until now, but now Cameron wants to “arm Libyan rebels”.
Despite a commitment by the Government before the election to introduce a fuel stabiliser – until recently Treasury officials have been having the jitters about adopting the measure.
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World Club Challenge. A terrific game, which could have gone either way – but the right side won. Despite that, I thought there were two players on the losing side who played as well as they’ve ever done for Wigan – George [...]
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