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2008-06-12

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China and Taiwan agree deal flights deal

China and Taiwan have agreed to begin direct flights in talks representating a first official step towards reconciliation. The delegates, who did not

China and Taiwan have agreed to begin direct flights in talks representating a first official step towards reconciliation. The delegates, who did not

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UK to ratify EU treaty even if Ireland rejects it

Britain has indicated that even if Ireland rejects the EU’s Lisbon treaty in today’s referendum it will ratify the pact. An unnamed senior

Britain has indicated that even if Ireland rejects the EU’s Lisbon treaty in today’s referendum it will ratify the pact. An unnamed senior

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Spanish truckers end fuel protest

Most of Spain’s striking lorry drivers have returned to work after the government said it would not tolerate fuel blockades and intimidation. The

Most of Spain’s striking lorry drivers have returned to work after the government said it would not tolerate fuel blockades and intimidation. The

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NATO states agree to train Kosovo force

NATO states have reached agreement on plans to train a lightly-armed Kosovo security force of some 2,500 troops. The agreement comes days before the

NATO states have reached agreement on plans to train a lightly-armed Kosovo security force of some 2,500 troops. The agreement comes days before the

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Debate over level of progress in Afghanistan

Seven years after the fall of the Taliban, and there is still great debate about what has actually been achieved in Afghanistan. The capital Kabul

Seven years after the fall of the Taliban, and there is still great debate about what has actually been achieved in Afghanistan. The capital Kabul

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Lisbon Treaty: the main contents

Here are the main provisions in the EU treaty reforming the institutions and the system for taking common policy decisions among all the member

Here are the main provisions in the EU treaty reforming the institutions and the system for taking common policy decisions among all the member

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Scenarios in case Irish reject Lisbon Treaty

If the Irish vote ‘No’ to the Treaty of Lisbon, what happens? A rejection could leave Ireland in a diplomatic stew. There is speculation that the

If the Irish vote ‘No’ to the Treaty of Lisbon, what happens? A rejection could leave Ireland in a diplomatic stew. There is speculation that the

Business

French and German gas firms accused of cartel.

The European Commission has charged Gaz de France and Germany’s E.ON with secretely rigging gas markets to avoid competing against each other. The

The European Commission has charged Gaz de France and Germany’s E.ON with secretely rigging gas markets to avoid competing against each other. The

Business

The euro weakens but European stocks strengthen

The euro has lost steam and is on track for its worst week versus the dollar in three years. The European currency slumped along with expectations of

The euro has lost steam and is on track for its worst week versus the dollar in three years. The European currency slumped along with expectations of

Business

Merger on the cards for two German banks

Germany’s rival banks Dresdner and Commerzbank are examining each others books ahead of a possible merger. One source said the momentum is speeding

Germany’s rival banks Dresdner and Commerzbank are examining each others books ahead of a possible merger. One source said the momentum is speeding

Business

World's biggest beer deal brewing

Belgian brewers giant InBev has made an unsolicited bid of some 30 billion euros for American Anheuser-Busch. The takeover would make it the world’s

Belgian brewers giant InBev has made an unsolicited bid of some 30 billion euros for American Anheuser-Busch. The takeover would make it the world’s

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More cash for Afghanistan, but donors are worried

Afghanistan came calling for more money today, urging Western donors in Paris to dig deep despite increasing concern about the way funds are

Afghanistan came calling for more money today, urging Western donors in Paris to dig deep despite increasing concern about the way funds are

Science_technology

Crater Expectations - privateers chase lunar prize

Nearly four decades after man first set foot on the moon, our astronomical neighbour is still exerting a powerful attraction for would-be explorers

Nearly four decades after man first set foot on the moon, our astronomical neighbour is still exerting a powerful attraction for would-be explorers

Europe

Deutsche Bahn tries to cut CO2 emissions

Cutting back CO2 emissions is one of the top priorities of the European Union. It is also one of the top priorities for the Germany railway company

Cutting back CO2 emissions is one of the top priorities of the European Union. It is also one of the top priorities for the Germany railway company

Europe

Spain looks seawards for future water security

Spain has problems with drought year after year. The Barcelona region is just getting over its worst on record. Now that the rains have come

Spain has problems with drought year after year. The Barcelona region is just getting over its worst on record. Now that the rains have come

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Bush suffers Guantanamo defeat

President Bush has suffered a serious political blow over terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay. The Supreme Court has ruled that prisoners do have

President Bush has suffered a serious political blow over terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay. The Supreme Court has ruled that prisoners do have

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Belgians continue protests over rising costs

The rising cost of living in Belgium has brought thousands of people out onto the streets in protest. It is part of a week long demonstration

The rising cost of living in Belgium has brought thousands of people out onto the streets in protest. It is part of a week long demonstration

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Karzai asks sceptical donors for more cash

More than 80 nations and international aid groups are in Paris, discussing the re-building of Afghanistan seven years after the US-led invasion ended

More than 80 nations and international aid groups are in Paris, discussing the re-building of Afghanistan seven years after the US-led invasion ended

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UK intelligence aide suspended over lost papers

The British government has agreed to make a statement to parliament this afternoon, after top secret intelligence documents were left on a train.

The British government has agreed to make a statement to parliament this afternoon, after top secret intelligence documents were left on a train.

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Striking truckers lift Spanish/Portuguese blockades

Traffic on major routes around Spanish cities were running normally this morning, after police decided to get tough with striking truckers blocking

Traffic on major routes around Spanish cities were running normally this morning, after police decided to get tough with striking truckers blocking

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Irish wrestle with EU treaty responsibility

Ireland has been richly rewarded since joining the EU 35-years ago but feelings of euro-scepticism have never been as high as now. That is because

Ireland has been richly rewarded since joining the EU 35-years ago but feelings of euro-scepticism have never been as high as now. That is because

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Irish to decide future of EU's reform treaty

The fate of the European Union’s reform treaty hangs in the balance as Irish voters go to the polls. Ireland is the only country in the 27-member

The fate of the European Union’s reform treaty hangs in the balance as Irish voters go to the polls. Ireland is the only country in the 27-member

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Canada apologises for forced assimilation schools

Canada has apologised for forcing tens of thousands of aboriginal children into state-funded residential schools to assimilate them. 12

Canada has apologised for forcing tens of thousands of aboriginal children into state-funded residential schools to assimilate them. 12

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Pentagon defends deadly Pakistan airstrike

The Pentagon has defended a US airstrike on the Pakistan-Afghan border which has brought relations between the two countries to their lowest ebb

The Pentagon has defended a US airstrike on the Pakistan-Afghan border which has brought relations between the two countries to their lowest ebb

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Irish 'ayes' and we're smiling says Pöttering

The Irish vote today in a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon treaty, the result of which could put the cat among the pigeons again in Europe. With the

The Irish vote today in a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon treaty, the result of which could put the cat among the pigeons again in Europe. With the

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Anti-war demonstration greets Bush in Italy

The US President is in Italy as part of what is being billed as his farewell tour of Europe. George W Bush will hold talks with Italian Prime

The US President is in Italy as part of what is being billed as his farewell tour of Europe. George W Bush will hold talks with Italian Prime

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Truckers' fuel protests ease in Portugal and Spain

An agreement to end the transport strike that was beginning to have severe effects nationwide has been announced in Portugal. The main unions have

An agreement to end the transport strike that was beginning to have severe effects nationwide has been announced in Portugal. The main unions have

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Brown survives vote and lives to fight again

By the skin of his teeth British prime minister Gordon Brown won his anti-terrorism vote in parliament last night, but his 65-seat majority was

By the skin of his teeth British prime minister Gordon Brown won his anti-terrorism vote in parliament last night, but his 65-seat majority was