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2008-05-19

Europe

Europe Day at Cannes Festival

As European Union money has helped several films being shown at the Cannes Festival, officials have put in an appearance there to discuss

As European Union money has helped several films being shown at the Cannes Festival, officials have put in an appearance there to discuss

Business

Russian Sukhoi regional jet takes to the skies

Russia has moved a step closer to reviving its civil aviation industry with the long awaited maiden test flight of the Sukhoi Superjet-100. The

Russia has moved a step closer to reviving its civil aviation industry with the long awaited maiden test flight of the Sukhoi Superjet-100. The

Business

Microsoft tries different approach with Yahoo

Microsoft’s attempt to buy internet search engine Yahoo has taken a new turn. Two weeks after the software giant said it was walking away because

Microsoft’s attempt to buy internet search engine Yahoo has taken a new turn. Two weeks after the software giant said it was walking away because

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Pressure on Spanish PM after bomb attack

Spanish police investigating the bomb that exploded overnight in the Bilbao suburb of Getxo believe it contained 60 kilos of explosives. The bomb

Spanish police investigating the bomb that exploded overnight in the Bilbao suburb of Getxo believe it contained 60 kilos of explosives. The bomb

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China remembers its earthquake dead

Exactly a week after a powerful earthquake devastated the Chinese province of Sichuan, this vast nation of 1.3-billion people united to remember its

Exactly a week after a powerful earthquake devastated the Chinese province of Sichuan, this vast nation of 1.3-billion people united to remember its

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China opens door to international rescuers

Teams of rescue and medical workers from China’s close neighbours and allies are already scattered around the Sichuan earthquake zone, but they will

Teams of rescue and medical workers from China’s close neighbours and allies are already scattered around the Sichuan earthquake zone, but they will

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MPs debate controversial UK embryo law

Britain’s Parliament is tackling the controversial subject of human-animal embryo research. Critics call it ‘Frankenstein Science’, saying it is

Britain’s Parliament is tackling the controversial subject of human-animal embryo research. Critics call it ‘Frankenstein Science’, saying it is

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22 dead in violence in South Africa

Twenty two people are now known to have died in a wave of violence against immigrants in South Africa. Foreigners from countries such as Zimbabwe are

Twenty two people are now known to have died in a wave of violence against immigrants in South Africa. Foreigners from countries such as Zimbabwe are

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Talks begin on cluster bomb ban

A treaty banning the use of cluster bombs – that is the aim of a conference which has just started in Ireland. Representatives from more than 100

A treaty banning the use of cluster bombs – that is the aim of a conference which has just started in Ireland. Representatives from more than 100

Culture

'Sparks' get ready for launch of album number 21

Cult band ‘Sparks’ have been testing the waters of rock, pop and electro music for close to forty years. Their latest innovation is a three-week

Cult band ‘Sparks’ have been testing the waters of rock, pop and electro music for close to forty years. Their latest innovation is a three-week

Science_technology

'Rocket Man' flies solo over the Alps

After six years of planning, Swiss inventor and aviation enthusiast Yves Rossy thrilled crowds earlier this month with a flight over the Alps in his

After six years of planning, Swiss inventor and aviation enthusiast Yves Rossy thrilled crowds earlier this month with a flight over the Alps in his

Culture

"A Christmas Tale" and "Gomorra" presented at Cannes

Political and social themes have dominated the screens so far at the Cannes festival, but “A Christmas Tale” by French director Arnaud Desplechin

Political and social themes have dominated the screens so far at the Cannes festival, but “A Christmas Tale” by French director Arnaud Desplechin

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Turkey steps up smoking ban

Millions of people in Turkey are getting to grips with a new law which bans smoking in most enclosed public areas. Taxi passengers – and drivers –

Millions of people in Turkey are getting to grips with a new law which bans smoking in most enclosed public areas. Taxi passengers – and drivers –

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Turkey steps up smoking ban

Millions of people in Turkey are getting to grips with a new law which bans smoking in most enclosed public areas. Taxi passengers – and drivers –

Millions of people in Turkey are getting to grips with a new law which bans smoking in most enclosed public areas. Taxi passengers – and drivers –

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ASEAN opens doors for Myanmar aid

Queuing for a sack of rice, bottled water, and plastic sheeting is a daily routine for Myanmar’s cyclone survivors. Meagre aid distribution is

Queuing for a sack of rice, bottled water, and plastic sheeting is a daily routine for Myanmar’s cyclone survivors. Meagre aid distribution is

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ETA bomb warning of more violence to come

Last night’s ETA bomb attack in the rich seaside suburb of Getxo near Bilbao, home to entrepreneurs and industrialists, has sent a chill through the

Last night’s ETA bomb attack in the rich seaside suburb of Getxo near Bilbao, home to entrepreneurs and industrialists, has sent a chill through the

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Clinton heads for last-chance saloon

Both candidates vying for the Democrats’ US presidential candidacy have been drumming up last minute support in Kentucky and Oregon. Barack Obama is

Both candidates vying for the Democrats’ US presidential candidacy have been drumming up last minute support in Kentucky and Oregon. Barack Obama is

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China falls silent to remember its dead

China has begun three days of national mourning for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Flags are at half mast, there was a three minute silence

China has begun three days of national mourning for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Flags are at half mast, there was a three minute silence

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Top FARC guerrilla leader surrenders in Colombia

A prominent commander of the marxist FARC rebels in Colombia has surrendered according to officials in Bogota. Nelly Avila Moreno – known as Karina –

A prominent commander of the marxist FARC rebels in Colombia has surrendered according to officials in Bogota. Nelly Avila Moreno – known as Karina –

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New "Bin Laden" message calls for Gaza action

Osama bin Laden has called on Muslims to help lift the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. An audio message apparently recorded by the Al

Osama bin Laden has called on Muslims to help lift the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. An audio message apparently recorded by the Al

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South Africa anti-foreigner violence spreads

Violence against foreigners has intensified in South Africa, spreading from townships to the centre of Johannesburg. Over the weekend, angry mobs

Violence against foreigners has intensified in South Africa, spreading from townships to the centre of Johannesburg. Over the weekend, angry mobs

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China begins national mourning for quake victims

China has begun three days of national mourning, with all flags at half mast, in memory of the more than 30,000 victims of the massive earthquake

China has begun three days of national mourning, with all flags at half mast, in memory of the more than 30,000 victims of the massive earthquake

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British PM in hybrid embryo plea

British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has issued a last minute plea for MPs to back a controversial bill that goes before parliament today. In a

British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has issued a last minute plea for MPs to back a controversial bill that goes before parliament today. In a

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Naples nears emergency state over rubbish crisis

Could the Italian city of Naples be nearing a state of emergency due to a rubbish collection crisis that shows no signs of being resolved? That is

Could the Italian city of Naples be nearing a state of emergency due to a rubbish collection crisis that shows no signs of being resolved? That is

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Second Basque car bomb in a week

A car bomb has exploded in the town of Getxo, in the Basque region of Spain, causing no injuries but damaging nearby buildings. Officials said an

A car bomb has exploded in the town of Getxo, in the Basque region of Spain, causing no injuries but damaging nearby buildings. Officials said an