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2008-05-16

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Albania's PM quizzed on crime, corruption, Kosovo and Russia

Sali Berisha is Albania’s prime minister and former president who came to power by defeating the Communists. He was elected on a promise to take

Sali Berisha is Albania’s prime minister and former president who came to power by defeating the Communists. He was elected on a promise to take

Business

European car sales up because of early Easter

European cars sales remain lacklustre. New car registrations were up in April, but that was a statistical quirk because Easter was a month earlier

European cars sales remain lacklustre. New car registrations were up in April, but that was a statistical quirk because Easter was a month earlier

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Feuds overshadow EU-Latin America summit

A politically charged atmosphere is overshadowing the European and Latin American summit in Peru, threatening to undermine efforts to fight poverty

A politically charged atmosphere is overshadowing the European and Latin American summit in Peru, threatening to undermine efforts to fight poverty

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Bin Laden blasts Israel in audio tape

An audio tape believed to be of Osama bin Laden has been released in which the al-Qaeda leader has renewed threats against Israel as the nation marks

An audio tape believed to be of Osama bin Laden has been released in which the al-Qaeda leader has renewed threats against Israel as the nation marks

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Italy feels heat over Roma crackdown

The Spanish and Italian governments are at diplomatic war tonight over Rome’s tough policy on illegal immigrants. It follows comments by Spain’s

The Spanish and Italian governments are at diplomatic war tonight over Rome’s tough policy on illegal immigrants. It follows comments by Spain’s

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Polls say Dominican president set for 3rd term

Despite accusations of corruption from the opposition, Dominican Republic leader Leonel Fernandez is widely expected to win Friday’s presidential

Despite accusations of corruption from the opposition, Dominican Republic leader Leonel Fernandez is widely expected to win Friday’s presidential

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Saudis unconvinced by Bush's call to pump more oil

After Israel, George W Bush’s Middle East tour has taken him to Saudi Arabia for a lightning trip dominated by talks on oil prices and Iran. Amid

After Israel, George W Bush’s Middle East tour has taken him to Saudi Arabia for a lightning trip dominated by talks on oil prices and Iran. Amid

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Aid agencies fume at Myanmar delays

Nearly two weeks after a devastating cyclone ravaged parts of Myanmar, international aid agencies are expressing growing frustration at being denied

Nearly two weeks after a devastating cyclone ravaged parts of Myanmar, international aid agencies are expressing growing frustration at being denied

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Sean Penn's Cannes festival

The temple of stars with its luxury and beauty. For ten days, Cannes is once again under the world’s media spotlight. Competing festivals consider

The temple of stars with its luxury and beauty. For ten days, Cannes is once again under the world’s media spotlight. Competing festivals consider

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China braces for 50,000 quake death toll

Rescuers in China are now searching for survivors in hope rather than expectation, with the government saying the death toll from this week’s

Rescuers in China are now searching for survivors in hope rather than expectation, with the government saying the death toll from this week’s

Europe

More controls in airports?

As part of its plan for the fight against terrorism, the European Commission intends to record and keep personal data on all air passengers

As part of its plan for the fight against terrorism, the European Commission intends to record and keep personal data on all air passengers

Culture

Cannes presented with two different faces of animation

Two different styles of animated film were shown on the second day of the Cannes festival. The harrowing “Waltz with Bashir” depicts one ex-Israeli

Two different styles of animated film were shown on the second day of the Cannes festival. The harrowing “Waltz with Bashir” depicts one ex-Israeli

Europe

Bulgaria's problems with European environmental rules

What to do with its biggest steel-mill, and where to put all Sofia’s rubbish. Struggling for solutions in new EU member state Bulgaria.

What to do with its biggest steel-mill, and where to put all Sofia’s rubbish. Struggling for solutions in new EU member state Bulgaria.

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Bush Middle East tour continues in Saudi Arabia

George W Bush has left Israel for Saudi Arabia on the next leg of his Middle East tour. As the US president arrived in Riyadh, the White House

George W Bush has left Israel for Saudi Arabia on the next leg of his Middle East tour. As the US president arrived in Riyadh, the White House

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Tamil Tigers blamed for Colombo attack

Eight police officers and two civilians have been killed in a suicide attack in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. More than 85 people have been injured

Eight police officers and two civilians have been killed in a suicide attack in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. More than 85 people have been injured

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Dominican Republic: polls say Reyna set for 3rd term

Voters in the Dominican Republic are going to the ballot today to elect a new government. Opinion polls put incumbent president Leonel Fernandez

Voters in the Dominican Republic are going to the ballot today to elect a new government. Opinion polls put incumbent president Leonel Fernandez

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"I don't care how you do it, but save the survivors," demands Hu Jintao

“We have entered the most crucial stage and must ensure the final victory of our rescue operations,” said the Chinese president today on arriving at

“We have entered the most crucial stage and must ensure the final victory of our rescue operations,” said the Chinese president today on arriving at

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Gay celebrations in California may be premature

Gay couples outside California’s Supreme court are celebrating its historic ruling legally recognising same sex marriage. Couples could begin

Gay couples outside California’s Supreme court are celebrating its historic ruling legally recognising same sex marriage. Couples could begin

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Life returns to normal in beirut after standoff

Life is slowly returning to normal in the Lebanese capital Beirut, after days of violent clashes left vital routes blocked. A deal, mediated by the

Life is slowly returning to normal in the Lebanese capital Beirut, after days of violent clashes left vital routes blocked. A deal, mediated by the

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Fuel explosion in Nigeria after pipeline accident

At least 100 people have been killed and dozens injured in a massive fuel explosion in Nigeria. The ensuing blaze engulfed homes and schools in a

At least 100 people have been killed and dozens injured in a massive fuel explosion in Nigeria. The ensuing blaze engulfed homes and schools in a

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China says quake killed more than 50,000

China estimates more than 50,000 have been killed in an earthquake which struck four days ago. The military has sent aircraft and thousands of

China estimates more than 50,000 have been killed in an earthquake which struck four days ago. The military has sent aircraft and thousands of

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FARC secrets threaten Colombia-Venezuela relations

Secrets from beyond the grave are threatening to explode relations between Venezuela and Colombia. Documents, said to have been found with the deputy

Secrets from beyond the grave are threatening to explode relations between Venezuela and Colombia. Documents, said to have been found with the deputy

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Interior Minister: Italy plans "no mass expulsions"

Italy’s new right-wing government has announced a crackdown on immigration-linked crime, delivering on a campaign pledge that helped it win elections

Italy’s new right-wing government has announced a crackdown on immigration-linked crime, delivering on a campaign pledge that helped it win elections