Before the rebels moved gainst Gaddafi in Tripoli, the financial crisis in the Eurozone and A-Level results dominated the UK news in the week ending Sunday August 21, according to journalisted.
The Eurozone crisis showing no sign of abating generated 414 articles (with opposition to Eurobonds continuing in Germany, 80 articles); A-Levels, with results announced and followed by university clearing, 359 articles; the aftermath of the riots in England, 287 articles (including the sentencing of those convicted, 129 articles); phone-hacking, including Operation Weeting's 14th arrest, 236 articles; Gaddafi's regime in Libya came under increasing pressure, with rebels advancing on the capital, Tripoli, 170 articles; continuing Syrian unrest, with calls from world leaders for President Assad to stand down, 101 articles.
There were also two big technology news stories: Google buys Motorola Mobile for $12.5 bn, 91 articles; US technology giant Hewlett-Packard buys Autonomy for £7.1bn, 82 articles.
Covered little, according to journalisted were Solomon Mujuru, Zimbabwean power-broker and ex-military chief, dies in fire, 12 articles; a bomb at a mosque in Pakistan kills 43 people, 7 articles; Spanish clothes outlet Zara is investigated for links with Brazilian sweatshop, 4 articles; the Prime Minister of Nepal, elected six months ago, resigns, 2 articles; violence over land ownership in Honduras kills 11, 1 article.
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