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2008-01-24

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Prodi loses confidence vote in Italian Senate

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has lost his confidence vote in the Italian Senate. It was a tense vote with Prodi losing by five votes. The full

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has lost his confidence vote in the Italian Senate. It was a tense vote with Prodi losing by five votes. The full

Europe

EU support builds to fast-track climate package

EU institutions are lining up to support ambitious laws on energy and climate change, agreeing that they should be passed by April 2009 – before the

EU institutions are lining up to support ambitious laws on energy and climate change, agreeing that they should be passed by April 2009 – before the

Business

Toyota draws level with GM for worldwide car sales

The tectonic plates of the world car industry are shifting. For the first time since 1931, General Motors has a challenger for the number one sales

The tectonic plates of the world car industry are shifting. For the first time since 1931, General Motors has a challenger for the number one sales

Europe

Kosovo date for independence proclamation promised soon

“A question of days” away is how new Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has described the timeframe for his province’s planned declaration of

“A question of days” away is how new Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has described the timeframe for his province’s planned declaration of

Business

Chinese economic growth still red hot

China’s economy grew by 11.4% in 2007- that is the fastest pace in thirteen years. However, Xie Fuzhan, the head of the Beijing government’s

China’s economy grew by 11.4% in 2007- that is the fastest pace in thirteen years. However, Xie Fuzhan, the head of the Beijing government’s

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Coalition crisis - Prodi's 20 months at Italy's helm

It has been just 20 months since “The Professor”, as Romano Prodi is known in Italy, came to power for a second time, heading a 13-party coalition

It has been just 20 months since “The Professor”, as Romano Prodi is known in Italy, came to power for a second time, heading a 13-party coalition

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Societe Generale 'rogue trader is on the run'

France’s second-largest bank, Societe Generale, has been hit with one of the biggest frauds in financial history. The bank said a rogue trader made

France’s second-largest bank, Societe Generale, has been hit with one of the biggest frauds in financial history. The bank said a rogue trader made

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Possible breakthrough in Kenyan crisis

In what could be a major breakthrough in the Kenyan crisis, President Mwai Kibaki has been meeting opposition leader Raila Odinga. The talks took

In what could be a major breakthrough in the Kenyan crisis, President Mwai Kibaki has been meeting opposition leader Raila Odinga. The talks took

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Italian PM awaits make-or-break confidence vote

Italy’s Prime Minister Romano Prodi has told the Senate that if it forces him to resign following this evening’s no confidence vote, a “power vacuum”

Italy’s Prime Minister Romano Prodi has told the Senate that if it forces him to resign following this evening’s no confidence vote, a “power vacuum”

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Gazans flood into Egypt in defiance of Israeli blockade

Thousands of Gazans streamed past a flattened border wall into Egypt for a second day, in defiance of an Israeli blockade, to stock up on goods

Thousands of Gazans streamed past a flattened border wall into Egypt for a second day, in defiance of an Israeli blockade, to stock up on goods

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UK minister quits over another funding scandal

Already tarred by allegations of illegal party funding, Britain’s prime minister Gordon Brown has been dealt another blow with the resignation of

Already tarred by allegations of illegal party funding, Britain’s prime minister Gordon Brown has been dealt another blow with the resignation of

Culture

Jordanian film presented at Sundance

The chance discovery of a pilot’s cap in a rubbish bin serves as a turning point in the life of an airport janitor in Jordanian film Captain Abu

The chance discovery of a pilot’s cap in a rubbish bin serves as a turning point in the life of an airport janitor in Jordanian film Captain Abu

News

Plane crash kills 19 Polish air force officers

It is believed all 19 Polish air force officers onboard a military plane that crashed on the way back from a conference have been killed. Emergency

It is believed all 19 Polish air force officers onboard a military plane that crashed on the way back from a conference have been killed. Emergency

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Societe Generale reports €4.9 billion trading fraud

The Bank of France has announced it is to open an inquiry into an alleged fraud at France’s second largest bank, Societe Generale, which will cost

The Bank of France has announced it is to open an inquiry into an alleged fraud at France’s second largest bank, Societe Generale, which will cost

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Ex-Russian PM may be expelled from presidential race

Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov could be disqualified from running as a presidential candidate. The election commission says he has

Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov could be disqualified from running as a presidential candidate. The election commission says he has

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Palestinians keep streaming into Egypt at Rafah

Palestinians keep flocking into Egypt from the Gaza Strip to stock up on food and basic goods after gunmen blew a hole in a border wall. The attack

Palestinians keep flocking into Egypt from the Gaza Strip to stock up on food and basic goods after gunmen blew a hole in a border wall. The attack

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Italian PM faces crucial confidence vote in Senate

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi appears to have decided to brave a vote of confidence in the Senate this evening, even though he is expected to

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi appears to have decided to brave a vote of confidence in the Senate this evening, even though he is expected to

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A mixed response for the EU climate roadmap

The EU’s sweeping plan to tackle global warming has received a cool reception from industry and green campaigners. The proposed 20 percent cuts in

The EU’s sweeping plan to tackle global warming has received a cool reception from industry and green campaigners. The proposed 20 percent cuts in

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Prodi faces a difficult choice: Resign or lose

The political future of Prime Minister Romano Prodi hangs in the balance this morning. The veteran 68-year-old is trying to resuscitate a coalition

The political future of Prime Minister Romano Prodi hangs in the balance this morning. The veteran 68-year-old is trying to resuscitate a coalition

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Internet checked after seven youth suicides

Social networking websites are under suspicion after a series of teenage suicides in South Wales. Seven young people have killed themselves in the

Social networking websites are under suspicion after a series of teenage suicides in South Wales. Seven young people have killed themselves in the

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Ex-FARC hostage and Columbian leader embrace

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and former FARC hostage Clara Rojas have embraced publicly for the first time, two weeks after she was released

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and former FARC hostage Clara Rojas have embraced publicly for the first time, two weeks after she was released

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International outcry over Rafah border surge

The worsening crisis in Gaza is fuelling a growing outcry in the Arab World. In Yemen, an estimated 10,000 protestors, including members of human

The worsening crisis in Gaza is fuelling a growing outcry in the Arab World. In Yemen, an estimated 10,000 protestors, including members of human