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2008-06-13

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Iraq says talks with US on security pact are stalled

Iraq’s prime minister says talks with the US on a new long-term security pact are deadlocked because Washington’s demands infringed Iraq’s

Iraq’s prime minister says talks with the US on a new long-term security pact are deadlocked because Washington’s demands infringed Iraq’s

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Spain hosts "biggest water festival on earth"

It is a novel way to get more people interested in water management and sustainable development. An international expo has opened in Zaragoza in

It is a novel way to get more people interested in water management and sustainable development. An international expo has opened in Zaragoza in

Business

A brighter picture for shares in Europe

European stocks rose after oil prices fell in today’s trading. And reports on inflation and consumer confidence in the US eased concern the Fed would

European stocks rose after oil prices fell in today’s trading. And reports on inflation and consumer confidence in the US eased concern the Fed would

Business

G8 finance ministers discuss oil, the dollar and inflation

The weak US dollar and sky high oil prices took centre stage at the meeting of G8 finance ministers meeting in Osaka, Japan. The ministers from the

The weak US dollar and sky high oil prices took centre stage at the meeting of G8 finance ministers meeting in Osaka, Japan. The ministers from the

Business

Sales of new cars in Europe hurting

European new car sales have slumped by almost eight percent. The European carmakers association ACEA blames the sharp decline on higher fuel

European new car sales have slumped by almost eight percent. The European carmakers association ACEA blames the sharp decline on higher fuel

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Irish reject EU treaty ratification

Jubilation among partisans of the ‘No’ camp gathered in Dublin Castle greeted the official announcement that Irish voters have rejected the European

Jubilation among partisans of the ‘No’ camp gathered in Dublin Castle greeted the official announcement that Irish voters have rejected the European

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Barroso claims EU treaty lives on

Masking his disappointment at the news from Ireland, the EU Commission President tried to sound optimistic: “The 27 member states signed the

Masking his disappointment at the news from Ireland, the EU Commission President tried to sound optimistic: “The 27 member states signed the

Culture

Catherine the Great - the musical

The colourful and much debated life of Russia’s most powerful female ruler, Catherine the Great, has been turned into an all-singing all-dancing

The colourful and much debated life of Russia’s most powerful female ruler, Catherine the Great, has been turned into an all-singing all-dancing

Culture

Pulse fetes east European culture in Britain

The annual Pulse festival is on the road in Britain, celebrating the blossoming communities and culture of central and eastern Europe in the UK. It

The annual Pulse festival is on the road in Britain, celebrating the blossoming communities and culture of central and eastern Europe in the UK. It

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Irish "No" vote prompts lively pub discussions

In an Irish bar opposite the European Commission in Brussels, there are no prizes for guessing the main talking point today. But, as they followed

In an Irish bar opposite the European Commission in Brussels, there are no prizes for guessing the main talking point today. But, as they followed

Europe

Red alert on bluefin tuna from EU

EU regulators have banned trawling for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean in a bid to prevent the species dying out. Prized by

EU regulators have banned trawling for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean in a bid to prevent the species dying out. Prized by

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Spain

Suspected Russian gangsters have been arrested in a nationwide operation against organised crime in Spain. Masked police moved in after Madrid’s most

Suspected Russian gangsters have been arrested in a nationwide operation against organised crime in Spain. Masked police moved in after Madrid’s most

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Italy

The Italian government has approved draft legislation restricting the use of wiretapping in police investigations and imposing tougher penalties on

The Italian government has approved draft legislation restricting the use of wiretapping in police investigations and imposing tougher penalties on

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Pakistani lawyers heap pressure on Musharraf

Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers have begun a protest march to the capital Islamabad, in a direct challenge to President Musharraf. They are demanding

Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers have begun a protest march to the capital Islamabad, in a direct challenge to President Musharraf. They are demanding

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Expo 2008 set to make a big splash in Spain

Expo 2008 is being inaugurated in the Spanish city of Zaragoza later today with the theme of Water and Sustainable Development. The recent rain in

Expo 2008 is being inaugurated in the Spanish city of Zaragoza later today with the theme of Water and Sustainable Development. The recent rain in

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Rare Vatican setting as Pope hosts Bush

President George W. Bush has received a warm welcome from the Pope as he continues his farewell tour of Europe. In a break with normal protocol, Pope

President George W. Bush has received a warm welcome from the Pope as he continues his farewell tour of Europe. In a break with normal protocol, Pope

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Early signs of "No" camp win in Irish EU treaty poll

It is looking as if Irish voters have rejected the European Union’s Lisbon treaty, according to the nation’s public service broadcaster. Counting is

It is looking as if Irish voters have rejected the European Union’s Lisbon treaty, according to the nation’s public service broadcaster. Counting is

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Fuel strike hits Britain; passions cool in Spain

British motorists’ pain at rising fuel prices is set to worsen, with petrol delivery drivers starting a four-day strike. Defying government appeals

British motorists’ pain at rising fuel prices is set to worsen, with petrol delivery drivers starting a four-day strike. Defying government appeals

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US Midwest hit by flooding

Severe flooding has swamped the US Midwest, forcing people to leave their homes, businesses to close and highways to shut down. Iowa is one of the

Severe flooding has swamped the US Midwest, forcing people to leave their homes, businesses to close and highways to shut down. Iowa is one of the

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Irish EU vote on knife edge after weak turnout

A low unofficial turnout of around 45 percent means the result of the Irish referendum on the EU’s Lisbon treaty will go down to the wire. Anything

A low unofficial turnout of around 45 percent means the result of the Irish referendum on the EU’s Lisbon treaty will go down to the wire. Anything

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Fuel at the heart of European protests

Hundreds of Shell fuel tanker drivers in Britain are beginning a four day strike over pay. Last-ditch talks to avert the action broke down late last

Hundreds of Shell fuel tanker drivers in Britain are beginning a four day strike over pay. Last-ditch talks to avert the action broke down late last

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Norway green-lights gay marriage

The Norwegian parliament has passed new legislation to allow same sex marriages. The law also recognises both partners in a marriage as equal parents

The Norwegian parliament has passed new legislation to allow same sex marriages. The law also recognises both partners in a marriage as equal parents

Business

Yahoo/Google speed dating bears fruit

Internet search engine rivals Yahoo and Google have agreed a deal to share advertising technology. The arrangement means some Google ads will share

Internet search engine rivals Yahoo and Google have agreed a deal to share advertising technology. The arrangement means some Google ads will share

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Changing of the guard in Kosovo

On Sunday, Kosovo’s new constitution comes into force, so the UN and NATO have been scrambling to clarify the security situation, and the

On Sunday, Kosovo’s new constitution comes into force, so the UN and NATO have been scrambling to clarify the security situation, and the