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2008-06-17

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Olympic torch enters China's Wild West

The Olympic flame has reached China’s Wild West, the restive Muslim province of Xinjiang. Security was tight as Beijing ensured no repetition of the

The Olympic flame has reached China’s Wild West, the restive Muslim province of Xinjiang. Security was tight as Beijing ensured no repetition of the

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Call to triple state aid to fishermen

Italy and France have called for state aid for fishermen to be more than tripled, attracting positive signals from Brussels. They were among seven

Italy and France have called for state aid for fishermen to be more than tripled, attracting positive signals from Brussels. They were among seven

Business

UK inflation at 3.3% and worse predicted

A big increase in food and drink prices helped push inflation in Britain up to 3.3% in May compared with the same month last year – the highest in

A big increase in food and drink prices helped push inflation in Britain up to 3.3% in May compared with the same month last year – the highest in

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Afghans flee ahead of anti-Taliban offensive

Frightened residents are fleeing their homes in southern Afghanistan, ahead of a big military strike against the Taliban. Foreign and Afghan troops

Frightened residents are fleeing their homes in southern Afghanistan, ahead of a big military strike against the Taliban. Foreign and Afghan troops

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Israel and Hamas: Gaza truce to start on Thursday

Israel and Hamas have agreed a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, starting on Thursday. Talks mediated by Egypt produced the truce, despite continuing

Israel and Hamas have agreed a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, starting on Thursday. Talks mediated by Egypt produced the truce, despite continuing

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Chadian rebels claim victory in rapid advance

The government in Chad is facing a new crisis, with reports of a rapid rebel advance on a major city. Rebels claim to have taken control of a further

The government in Chad is facing a new crisis, with reports of a rapid rebel advance on a major city. Rebels claim to have taken control of a further

Europe

Turkish hopes for French fair dealing

Turkey says it expects Europe to honour its commitments to Turkey. This came as Ankara opened new chapters in its qualification process for

Turkey says it expects Europe to honour its commitments to Turkey. This came as Ankara opened new chapters in its qualification process for

Business

Iran's leader blames dollar for oil price rises

The oil market is plentifully supplied and soaring crude prices are “fake and imposed.” So said Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he opened a

The oil market is plentifully supplied and soaring crude prices are “fake and imposed.” So said Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he opened a

Business

Banks, miners and cars pull up European shares

European shares finished up on Tuesday, but off their earlier highs. The banking sector performed strongly, helped by US investment bank Goldman

European shares finished up on Tuesday, but off their earlier highs. The banking sector performed strongly, helped by US investment bank Goldman

Business

Currency tensions reduced between US and China

As the US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson started his semi-annual talks with the governor of the Bank of China and other officials, the Chinese

As the US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson started his semi-annual talks with the governor of the Bank of China and other officials, the Chinese

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Briton could face jail for Africa coup plot

A former British army officer turned mercenary has gone on trial in connection with an alleged coup plot against the president of Equatorial Guinea

A former British army officer turned mercenary has gone on trial in connection with an alleged coup plot against the president of Equatorial Guinea

Culture

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Bigger, Stronger, Faster examines steroid use in the US, born of director Chris Bell’s experiences of the drug. Growing up with Hulk Hogan and

Bigger, Stronger, Faster examines steroid use in the US, born of director Chris Bell’s experiences of the drug. Growing up with Hulk Hogan and

Culture

V&A hosts "useless" Chinese fashion collection

Inspired by her travels through the Chinese countryside, fashion designer Ma Ke’s Wuyong (Useless) Collection is now on display at London’s Victoria

Inspired by her travels through the Chinese countryside, fashion designer Ma Ke’s Wuyong (Useless) Collection is now on display at London’s Victoria

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50,000 jobs to go as France overhauls military

France is set to overhaul its military, creating a smaller, more mobile and better equipped army. More than 50,000 defence jobs will be lost but

France is set to overhaul its military, creating a smaller, more mobile and better equipped army. More than 50,000 defence jobs will be lost but

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Chadian rebels claim control of another town

Rebel forces in Chad claim to have taken control of another town in a rapid advance towards a major city. This, just a day after the Chadian

Rebel forces in Chad claim to have taken control of another town in a rapid advance towards a major city. This, just a day after the Chadian

Europe

How the Europeans choose their summer holidays

Summer time is for many of us holiday time. According to the latest market research two thirds of Europeans will go away for a much needed break… but

Summer time is for many of us holiday time. According to the latest market research two thirds of Europeans will go away for a much needed break… but

Europe

Chemicals under watch

Chemicals are part of Europeans’ daily lives, in products such as perfume, clothing, toys, paint… Who is checking if Europe’s chemicals are dangerous?

Chemicals are part of Europeans’ daily lives, in products such as perfume, clothing, toys, paint… Who is checking if Europe’s chemicals are dangerous?

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Afghanistan on alert ahead of Taliban assault

Security is on full-alert in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, as US-led forces prepare a new offensive against the Taliban. Hundreds of militant

Security is on full-alert in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, as US-led forces prepare a new offensive against the Taliban. Hundreds of militant

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Gore tells Obama: Yes we can, and we must!

Al Gore knows what it is like to lose an American election, and he is determined to make sure it does not happen to Barack Obama. The former

Al Gore knows what it is like to lose an American election, and he is determined to make sure it does not happen to Barack Obama. The former

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Demonstrators take police hostages in Peru

Protesters have overpowered riot police in Peru, taking some 60 officers, including a general, hostage. The security forces moved in to try to lift a

Protesters have overpowered riot police in Peru, taking some 60 officers, including a general, hostage. The security forces moved in to try to lift a

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Gay couples celebrate marriage in California

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. But for many happy couples, marriage is something really new. Robin Tyler and Diane

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. But for many happy couples, marriage is something really new. Robin Tyler and Diane

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Britain boosts troop levels in Afghanistan

Britain is boosting its military presence in Afghanistan. An extra 230 soldiers are being deployed as part of a major reorganisation. It will raise

Britain is boosting its military presence in Afghanistan. An extra 230 soldiers are being deployed as part of a major reorganisation. It will raise

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Bush heads for home after praising peace in Belfast

It was a case of another day, another city for the European farewell tour of President George Bush. But the final stop was in Northern Ireland, where

It was a case of another day, another city for the European farewell tour of President George Bush. But the final stop was in Northern Ireland, where

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EU Treaty: leaders play down fears for enlargement

EU leaders have conceded they will go into a crisis summit on the bloc’s future with no firm ideas on how to resolve the impasse caused by Irelands’

EU leaders have conceded they will go into a crisis summit on the bloc’s future with no firm ideas on how to resolve the impasse caused by Irelands’

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Bid to legislate Berlusconi out of legal trouble

Legislation has been proposed in Italy that could save Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from corruption charges – at least for now. Two senators from

Legislation has been proposed in Italy that could save Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from corruption charges – at least for now. Two senators from

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Bosnia signs up for future EU membership

Bosnia has taken the first step towards EU membership. Its leaders signed a stabilisation and association agreement in Luxembourg. Bosnia is the last

Bosnia has taken the first step towards EU membership. Its leaders signed a stabilisation and association agreement in Luxembourg. Bosnia is the last