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2008-01-23

Business

Economists present plan for French economic growth

A long awaited and controversial report on how France could boost its economy has been handed over to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The

A long awaited and controversial report on how France could boost its economy has been handed over to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The

Business

ECB's Trichet dismisses rate cut speculation

Any thoughts that the European Central Bank might copy the US Federal Reserve and sharply cut interest rates have been dashed by ECB President

Any thoughts that the European Central Bank might copy the US Federal Reserve and sharply cut interest rates have been dashed by ECB President

Business

Davos participants focus on downturn

The annual World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland is underway and inevitably the gathering of the world’s political and business elite is

The annual World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland is underway and inevitably the gathering of the world’s political and business elite is

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Russia warns Kosovo independence could set dangerous precedent

Russia has warned that if, as expected, Kosovo achieves its independence from Serbia, it will encourage separatists across the world. Moscow is a

Russia has warned that if, as expected, Kosovo achieves its independence from Serbia, it will encourage separatists across the world. Moscow is a

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Palestinians stock up on goods in Egypt

Cut off from the outside world, Palestinians have been urging Egypt to open its border with Gaza for days. On Tuesday night, the dam broke when

Cut off from the outside world, Palestinians have been urging Egypt to open its border with Gaza for days. On Tuesday night, the dam broke when

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Greek Prime Minister makes historic trip to Turkey

For the first time in nearly 50 years a Greek leader has made an official visit to Turkey. The arrival of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in the

For the first time in nearly 50 years a Greek leader has made an official visit to Turkey. The arrival of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in the

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Police protest against government u-turn on pay rise

Just under 20,000 police officers have taken to the streets of London to protest against a government decision not to backdate a promised pay rise

Just under 20,000 police officers have taken to the streets of London to protest against a government decision not to backdate a promised pay rise

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Hollywood mourns talented young actor, Heath Ledger

The world of cinema is mourning the premature death of Heath Ledger, a gifted young actor who shot to fame as a gay cowboy in the film Brokeback

The world of cinema is mourning the premature death of Heath Ledger, a gifted young actor who shot to fame as a gay cowboy in the film Brokeback

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EU proposes substantial CO2 cuts by 2020

Adopting a proposal for a one-fifth cut in emissions blamed for global warming, the European Commission is seeking to give the European Union a

Adopting a proposal for a one-fifth cut in emissions blamed for global warming, the European Commission is seeking to give the European Union a

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Reactions to EU climate action plan

Reactions to the climate action plan highlight opportunities and objections. Brussels tried to soften the impact on industry, which is worried about

Reactions to the climate action plan highlight opportunities and objections. Brussels tried to soften the impact on industry, which is worried about

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Italian PM wins first of two confidence votes

As expected, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has won a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament, where he has a comfortable majority

As expected, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has won a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament, where he has a comfortable majority

Culture

'Uncovered' - Slovenian audio-visual art project

A piano duo perform alongside a video artist in a unique new art project. Slovenian musicians Milko Lazar and Bojan Gorisek and film director Jasna

A piano duo perform alongside a video artist in a unique new art project. Slovenian musicians Milko Lazar and Bojan Gorisek and film director Jasna

Culture

Things to do before you die: watch The Bucket List

What would be on your list of things to do before you die? That’s the question raised by The Bucket List – as in ‘kick the bucket’ – starring Jack

What would be on your list of things to do before you die? That’s the question raised by The Bucket List – as in ‘kick the bucket’ – starring Jack

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Italian PM awaits 32nd vote of confidence

The future of Italy’s government hangs in the balance with a vote of confidence scheduled for later today. But with 31 such votes behind him, Prime

The future of Italy’s government hangs in the balance with a vote of confidence scheduled for later today. But with 31 such votes behind him, Prime

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European stocks fall despite Fed rate cut

European stocks have extended their losses amid concerns the US Federal Reserve’s massive interest rate cut won’t go far enough to ease economic

European stocks have extended their losses amid concerns the US Federal Reserve’s massive interest rate cut won’t go far enough to ease economic

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Europe adopts blueprint to tackle climate change

In just over a decade, Europe should have cut pollution by a fifth and 20 per cent of all its energy should come from renewable sources. The European

In just over a decade, Europe should have cut pollution by a fifth and 20 per cent of all its energy should come from renewable sources. The European

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Funeral ceremony turns violent in Kenya

A funeral ceremony for opposition members killed by police has turned violent in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Youths attending the memorial service

A funeral ceremony for opposition members killed by police has turned violent in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Youths attending the memorial service

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Palestinians pour into Egypt after gunmen blow up border wall

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been pouring into Egypt from Gaza to buy supplies after gunmen destroyed part of a border wall this morning

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been pouring into Egypt from Gaza to buy supplies after gunmen destroyed part of a border wall this morning

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London and Moscow practice the art of diplomacy

After months of tense diplomatic wrangling, London’s Royal Academy has finally unveiled a mammoth exhibition of paintings from Russia. Some of the

After months of tense diplomatic wrangling, London’s Royal Academy has finally unveiled a mammoth exhibition of paintings from Russia. Some of the

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Sarkozy plans a new start for France's sink estates

France’s left-wing opposition has condemned plans to regenerate troubled city suburbs and get young people back to work, as a nothing but a

France’s left-wing opposition has condemned plans to regenerate troubled city suburbs and get young people back to work, as a nothing but a

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Australian actor Heath Ledger dies at 28

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out today on the body of the Hollywood actor Heath Ledger who was found dead in an apartment in New

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out today on the body of the Hollywood actor Heath Ledger who was found dead in an apartment in New

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Prodi's premiership on the brink

The future of the Italian Prime Minister is on the line, with Romano Prodi forced to call yet another vote of confidence. After losing the support of

The future of the Italian Prime Minister is on the line, with Romano Prodi forced to call yet another vote of confidence. After losing the support of

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Back from the brink as world stocks surge

All eyes will be on Wall Street later today, as markets further east began the fightback from Monday’s share rout. The Federal Reserve’s rate cut of

All eyes will be on Wall Street later today, as markets further east began the fightback from Monday’s share rout. The Federal Reserve’s rate cut of