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What Happened on 31 October 2012

South Africa census shows racial income inequality persists

The income of white South African households is six times higher than black ones, according to new census figures released… Read More.

Syrian air force general killed by rebels

A senior Syrian air force general has been killed by rebels in central Damascus, according to reports on state television.… Read More.

U.S. East Coast ravaged by super-storm Sandy

Millions of people have been left to deal with the aftermath of Sandy as the storm heads north to Canada.… Read More.

Barclays suspends bid for Namibia's Bank Windhoek

Barclays has temporarily suspended its bid for a stake in Namibia's Bank Windhoek. The British bank must first complete a… Read More.

Disney buys Lucasfilm from George Lucas

Disney is set to acquire Lucasfilm, the company behind the Star Wars franchise, from its chairman and founder George Lucas… Read More.

U.S. stock markets to reopen

Major U.S. stock exchanges are expected to open later today after super-storm Sandy shut down trading for two days. The… Read More.

Chicago White Sox sign Jake Peavy for $29 million

The Chicago White Sox have signed a two-year contract worth $29 million with pitcher Jake Peavy. The new deal also… Read More.

Wimbledon victory a priority for 2013, Sharapova says

Russian Maria Sharapova has said she will focus on trying to win Wimbledon next year rather than attempting to regain… Read More.

Websites knocked offline by Sandy

Numerous U.S. news and gossip websites went offline overnight due to a New York power outage caused by super-storm Sandy.… Read More.

First 4G mobile service launched in 11 UK cities

The UK's first major 4G mobile service has gone live in 11 cities. From Tuesday morning, London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham,… Read More.

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood gets engaged

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is engaged to wed 34-year-old theater producer Sally Humphreys, his spokesperson announced on Tuesday. The… Read More.

Sir Ian McKellen defends 3D Hobbit film

Sir Ian McKellen, one of the stars of Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, has defended the film following… Read More.