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2008-06-23

Science_technology

Robots: from the really useful to the raunchy

Robots that can talk, walk and remind you about appointments, climbing mini robots and the curvy EMA – hi-tech rounds up the latest from the world of

Robots that can talk, walk and remind you about appointments, climbing mini robots and the curvy EMA – hi-tech rounds up the latest from the world of

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EU calls an early end to the Bluefin tuna season

The industrial bluefin fishing season in the Mediterranean has closed early. Earlier this month, the European Commission called a premature halt to

The industrial bluefin fishing season in the Mediterranean has closed early. Earlier this month, the European Commission called a premature halt to

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EU money to help reconstruct refugee camp in Lebanon

Arab and European leaders have met in Vienna to raise funds for a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon which was destroyed last year during violence

Arab and European leaders have met in Vienna to raise funds for a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon which was destroyed last year during violence

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Mugabe remains defiant as election run-off looms

From independence hero to puissant leader, Robert Mugabe has become convinced that he rules by Divine Right, and that only God can take power away

From independence hero to puissant leader, Robert Mugabe has become convinced that he rules by Divine Right, and that only God can take power away

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Police dismantle people smuggling ring: scores arrested

Seventy five people have been arrested across Europe in a massive police crackdown on an alleged people-smuggling racket bringing illegal immigrants

Seventy five people have been arrested across Europe in a massive police crackdown on an alleged people-smuggling racket bringing illegal immigrants

Europe

EU leaders urged to stiffen resolve, not leave Europe limp

The second States-General of Europe conference in the southern French city of Lyon took place at the weekend amid the reverberations of the Irish

The second States-General of Europe conference in the southern French city of Lyon took place at the weekend amid the reverberations of the Irish

Business

Spain's Zapatero lowers growth forecast

Spain, battling an economic slowdown, is to cut public sector recruitment and freeze top civil servants’ wages as part of the effort to balance next

Spain, battling an economic slowdown, is to cut public sector recruitment and freeze top civil servants’ wages as part of the effort to balance next

Business

European stocks bounce back

European shares finished slightly up on Monday, bouncing back after last week’s sell off as investors took advantage of oversold bargains. The

European shares finished slightly up on Monday, bouncing back after last week’s sell off as investors took advantage of oversold bargains. The

Business

Ifo find German business sentiment declining

German business confidence fell in June to its lowest level since December 2005. The latest Ifo economic research institute survey found the 7,000

German business confidence fell in June to its lowest level since December 2005. The latest Ifo economic research institute survey found the 7,000

Business

Saudi oil output pledge fails to halt price rise

Oil prices remain volatile and rose on Monday as traders focused on heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, leading to worries about possible

Oil prices remain volatile and rose on Monday as traders focused on heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, leading to worries about possible

Business

Citigroup may about to lay off 6,500 workers

The world’s biggest bank, Citigroup, is reportedly planning to lay off 6,500 people from its investment banking division; that is about 10% of those

The world’s biggest bank, Citigroup, is reportedly planning to lay off 6,500 people from its investment banking division; that is about 10% of those

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Tsvangerai seeks refuge in Dutch embassy

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangerai has taken refuge in the Dutch embassy in the capital Harare, amid the continued arrests of his

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangerai has taken refuge in the Dutch embassy in the capital Harare, amid the continued arrests of his

Culture

Spain's Roman lighthouse bids for UNESCO status

Perched on a peninsula in north west Spain, the Tower of Hercules is the only Roman lighthouse – and the oldest lighthouse in the world – still in

Perched on a peninsula in north west Spain, the Tower of Hercules is the only Roman lighthouse – and the oldest lighthouse in the world – still in

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Foreigners begin high-profile attempted murder trial in Germany

A high-profile trial has begun in Germany of a Turkish and a Greek man accused of the attempted murder of a 76-year old man. The men, aged 21 and

A high-profile trial has begun in Germany of a Turkish and a Greek man accused of the attempted murder of a 76-year old man. The men, aged 21 and

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Hopes fade for missing after Philippine ferry sinking

Rescuers hold out little hope of finding any of the close to 800 people missing from a capsized ferry in the Philippines. Divers are due to drill

Rescuers hold out little hope of finding any of the close to 800 people missing from a capsized ferry in the Philippines. Divers are due to drill

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EU dubs Zimbabwe's political crisis a "travesty of democracy"

Britain has led the international cries of alarm over Zimbabwe’s ever-worsening election crisis after the African nation’s main opposition leader

Britain has led the international cries of alarm over Zimbabwe’s ever-worsening election crisis after the African nation’s main opposition leader

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EU donors plan to offer money to speed camp build

The European Commission is to offer eight million euros to help rebuild the Nar al-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon, the scene of the country’s worst

The European Commission is to offer eight million euros to help rebuild the Nar al-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon, the scene of the country’s worst

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Sarkozy calls for security for Israel and a Palestinian state

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on a three-day visit to Israel aimed at reinforcing his image as an ally of the Jewish state has addressed the

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on a three-day visit to Israel aimed at reinforcing his image as an ally of the Jewish state has addressed the

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Tripoli violence leaves six dead and several injured

At least six people have been killed and several dozen injured in sectarian clashes on the outskirts of the Lebanese city of Tripoli. Dozens of

At least six people have been killed and several dozen injured in sectarian clashes on the outskirts of the Lebanese city of Tripoli. Dozens of

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Opposition withdrawal sparks international outcry

There has been stinging international condemnation of Zimbabwe’s government after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai quit the country’s election

There has been stinging international condemnation of Zimbabwe’s government after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai quit the country’s election

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Italy forces through new rubbish dump for Naples

The Italian government has announced it will push ahead with the opening of a highly controversial rubbish dump outside Naples. The former quarry at

The Italian government has announced it will push ahead with the opening of a highly controversial rubbish dump outside Naples. The former quarry at

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Bolivia on the brink after another autonomy vote

Another Bolivian province has voted in favour of autonomy from the rule of President Evo Morales. That’s the prediction of exit polls in the province

Another Bolivian province has voted in favour of autonomy from the rule of President Evo Morales. That’s the prediction of exit polls in the province

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Suicide bombing hits Northern Iraqi city

A female suicide bomber has killed 15 people and wounded 39 in the northern Iraqi city of Baquba. The woman detonated the device after walking over

A female suicide bomber has killed 15 people and wounded 39 in the northern Iraqi city of Baquba. The woman detonated the device after walking over

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Search for survivors goes on after Philippine typhoon

There were almost 750 people on board a passenger ferry when it capsized off the Philippines during Typhoon Fengshen. Only a handful are known to

There were almost 750 people on board a passenger ferry when it capsized off the Philippines during Typhoon Fengshen. Only a handful are known to

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Immigrants start fire in French deportation centre

Illegal immigrants have set fire to one of France’s biggest deportation centres outside Paris. The blaze began after inmates set mattresses alight in

Illegal immigrants have set fire to one of France’s biggest deportation centres outside Paris. The blaze began after inmates set mattresses alight in