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2008-01-08

Europe

Serbia has friends in Slovenia

The EU’s presiding nation for the next six months – Slovenia – has placed integration of the Western Balkans in general high on its priority

The EU’s presiding nation for the next six months – Slovenia – has placed integration of the Western Balkans in general high on its priority

Europe

African anger over new EU trade deals

A government-backed street march in Senegal’s capital has demonstrated the strength of feeling among ordinary Africans against new trade deals with

A government-backed street march in Senegal’s capital has demonstrated the strength of feeling among ordinary Africans against new trade deals with

Business

Maersk to cut workforce seeking profits

The world’s largest shipping group Maersk is to lay off between 2,000 and 3,000 employees from its container shipping unit in an effort to return to

The world’s largest shipping group Maersk is to lay off between 2,000 and 3,000 employees from its container shipping unit in an effort to return to

Business

Gold goes higher as investors seek safe haven

The spot price of gold has hit an all-time peak of over 876 dollars an ounce in London. Traders said that was due to rebounding oil prices, a weak

The spot price of gold has hit an all-time peak of over 876 dollars an ounce in London. Traders said that was due to rebounding oil prices, a weak

Business

Almunia predicts lower EU economic growth in 2008

The European Commission keeps trimming its forecasts for the EU economy’s growth this year. In early November the EC forecast it would expand by 2.4%

The European Commission keeps trimming its forecasts for the EU economy’s growth this year. In early November the EC forecast it would expand by 2.4%

News

Obama and McCain ahead so far in New Hampshire

Voting is underway in US presidential primaries in New Hampshire, with Barack Obama and John McCain ahead so far, as predicted by opinion

Voting is underway in US presidential primaries in New Hampshire, with Barack Obama and John McCain ahead so far, as predicted by opinion

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No warm welcome expected for Bush in the Mid-East

If President George Bush is hoping for a hero’s welcome on his first-ever trip to the Middle East, he is going to be disappointed. A rocket attack

If President George Bush is hoping for a hero’s welcome on his first-ever trip to the Middle East, he is going to be disappointed. A rocket attack

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Italy launches emergency measures to deal with rubbish crisis

The Italian government is to introduce emergency measures to deal with a long-running row over rubbish in Naples. There have been no waste

The Italian government is to introduce emergency measures to deal with a long-running row over rubbish in Naples. There have been no waste

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UN peacekeepers injured by Lebanon bomb

Two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb in Lebanon. According to local security sources, the men are

Two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb in Lebanon. According to local security sources, the men are

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Abbas and Olmert agree to get peace talks moving

The Palestinian and Israeli leaders have agreed to make a push for peace on the eve of the US president’s arrival in the region. Mahmoud Abbas and

The Palestinian and Israeli leaders have agreed to make a push for peace on the eve of the US president’s arrival in the region. Mahmoud Abbas and

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Sarkozy resolute, but rebuffs marriage query

The New Year is the time for resolutions, and President Nicolas Sarkozy has them in spades. Today he outlined his ever-growing list to the World’s

The New Year is the time for resolutions, and President Nicolas Sarkozy has them in spades. Today he outlined his ever-growing list to the World’s

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Slovenia to concentrate EU attention in Western Balkans

Kosovo is one of the main focal points of meetings being held today in Slovenia. Almost all the members of the European Commission have been paying

Kosovo is one of the main focal points of meetings being held today in Slovenia. Almost all the members of the European Commission have been paying

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First votes already counted in New Hampshire

The first results from the New Hampshire primaries are not looking good for Hillary Clinton. The 17 voters in the town of Dixville Notch went to the

The first results from the New Hampshire primaries are not looking good for Hillary Clinton. The 17 voters in the town of Dixville Notch went to the

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Obama waits to see if he can usurp Hillary again

By the end of today, Barack Obama’s supremacy in the race for the Democrat candidacy will either be confirmed, or the two-horse race will be back on

By the end of today, Barack Obama’s supremacy in the race for the Democrat candidacy will either be confirmed, or the two-horse race will be back on

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Little hope expressed ahead of Bush's mid-east trip

The Israeli and Palestinian governments obviously want and expect different things from George Bush’s visit to the region which begins on Wednesday

The Israeli and Palestinian governments obviously want and expect different things from George Bush’s visit to the region which begins on Wednesday

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An irritated Sarkozy refuses to "name the date"

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has laid out his plans for 2008, but he has refused to say whether those plans include marriage. Addressing hundreds

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has laid out his plans for 2008, but he has refused to say whether those plans include marriage. Addressing hundreds

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Police and protesters clash in trash-strewn Naples

There have been further clashes between police and protesters in the southern Italian city of Naples over a waste disposal crisis. Rubbish has piled

There have been further clashes between police and protesters in the southern Italian city of Naples over a waste disposal crisis. Rubbish has piled

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Sri Lankan minister killed in roadside bombing

Tamil Tiger rebels are believed to have been behind the assassination of Sri Lanka’s housing minister, just outside the capital, Colombo.

Tamil Tiger rebels are believed to have been behind the assassination of Sri Lanka’s housing minister, just outside the capital, Colombo.

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Naples turns violent as its rubbish row escalates

The Italian cabinet is to meet later today in a bid to find a solution to the worsening rubbish crisis in Naples. Overflowing rubbish dumps and

The Italian cabinet is to meet later today in a bid to find a solution to the worsening rubbish crisis in Naples. Overflowing rubbish dumps and

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Protest planned by opposition in Georgia

Mikhail Saakashvili says a weekend election that has given him another term as president has made Georgia a beacon of democracy. His critics

Mikhail Saakashvili says a weekend election that has given him another term as president has made Georgia a beacon of democracy. His critics

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McCain surge threatens Romney and Huckabee

US Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said even he had some doubts about whether he could come back from the political wilderness he found

US Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said even he had some doubts about whether he could come back from the political wilderness he found

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Obama ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire race

With her front-runner poll status well and truly gone, US Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wrapped up her campaign for today’s crucial

With her front-runner poll status well and truly gone, US Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wrapped up her campaign for today’s crucial

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Golden Globes hit by writers' strike

An on-going strike by Hollywood writers has claimed another high-profile casualty. Organizers of this year’s Golden Globe Awards are scrapping their

An on-going strike by Hollywood writers has claimed another high-profile casualty. Organizers of this year’s Golden Globe Awards are scrapping their