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2008-06-30

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Tough tests ahead for Sarkozy as France takes EU presidency

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s major headache as France takes up the EU presidency will be trying to revive the Lisbon treaty. He may be able

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s major headache as France takes up the EU presidency will be trying to revive the Lisbon treaty. He may be able

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France adopts a fragile EU

France takes on the rotating presidency of the EU at midnight, with the Union in a fragile state following the Irish rejection of the Lisbon

France takes on the rotating presidency of the EU at midnight, with the Union in a fragile state following the Irish rejection of the Lisbon

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Polish court gives go-ahead for Jaruzelski trial

Poland’s last communist leader could face up to ten years behind bars after a court ruled legal proceedings against him can go ahead. General

Poland’s last communist leader could face up to ten years behind bars after a court ruled legal proceedings against him can go ahead. General

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New truckers' strike causes chaos on French roads

Lorry drivers in France have been staging protests against the high cost of fuel, causing hundreds of kilometres of traffic jams. It is the latest

Lorry drivers in France have been staging protests against the high cost of fuel, causing hundreds of kilometres of traffic jams. It is the latest

Business

Europe stocks down 20% in first half of 2008

After a day of volatile trading, European stocks finished the session higher, tracking Wall Street which picked up after a regional measure of

After a day of volatile trading, European stocks finished the session higher, tracking Wall Street which picked up after a regional measure of

Business

ECB rate rise almost certain as inflation hits 4%

Euro zone inflation jumped to a new record high of 4% in June. That was higher than economists had been expecting and makes it all but certain that

Euro zone inflation jumped to a new record high of 4% in June. That was higher than economists had been expecting and makes it all but certain that

Business

Don't blame speculators for high prices say oil bosses

On the day that crude touched new records above $143 a barrel, the heads of some of the world’s biggest oil companies have rejected claims that

On the day that crude touched new records above $143 a barrel, the heads of some of the world’s biggest oil companies have rejected claims that

Culture

Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival

At The Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, organisers are busy behind the scenes on the 8th edition of the annual sci-fi

At The Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, organisers are busy behind the scenes on the 8th edition of the annual sci-fi

Culture

Virtuoso pianist Martha Argerich plays Lugano

Reclusive Argentine pianist Martha Argerich takes to the stage at the annual Lugano festival in Switzerland.

Reclusive Argentine pianist Martha Argerich takes to the stage at the annual Lugano festival in Switzerland.

Science_technology

Swirling skyscrapers planned for Dubai and Moscow

A swirling skyscraper – a building that is in constant motion and presents an ever-changing profile, this is the brainchild of Italian architect

A swirling skyscraper – a building that is in constant motion and presents an ever-changing profile, this is the brainchild of Italian architect

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Boy killer's police torture claim rejected

A man jailed for life for the kidnap and murder of a young German boy has seen his accusations of torture threats by the police rejected in court

A man jailed for life for the kidnap and murder of a young German boy has seen his accusations of torture threats by the police rejected in court

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eBay fined 40,000,000 euros for fake goods' sales

The on-line auction house eBay has been find 40 million euros by a court in Paris for allowing fake items to be sold on its site. The luxury goods

The on-line auction house eBay has been find 40 million euros by a court in Paris for allowing fake items to be sold on its site. The luxury goods

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Lyon-Turin rail link clears its final hurdle

Seven and a half years after the initial agreement between France and Italy to build a high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin, the project has

Seven and a half years after the initial agreement between France and Italy to build a high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin, the project has

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AU split over Mugabe's controversial re-election

Splits have appeared in the African Union over Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe. Meeting in Egypt, Kenya said Zimbabwe should be suspended from the

Splits have appeared in the African Union over Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe. Meeting in Egypt, Kenya said Zimbabwe should be suspended from the

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Fresh fuel protests halt French traffic

Lorry drivers in France have staged a second wave of fuel protests, paralysing traffic up and down the country. They have warned the day of action

Lorry drivers in France have staged a second wave of fuel protests, paralysing traffic up and down the country. They have warned the day of action

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Israel/Hezbollah prisonner swap "in two weeks"

Israeli defence sources say they hope a prisonner swap with Hezbollah will go ahead within the next two weeks. The deal should see the return of the

Israeli defence sources say they hope a prisonner swap with Hezbollah will go ahead within the next two weeks. The deal should see the return of the

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Sarkozy denounces "negligence" at army shootings

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denounced as “unacceptable negligence” the shooting of civilians at an army open day in Carcassone. At least

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denounced as “unacceptable negligence” the shooting of civilians at an army open day in Carcassone. At least

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe attends African Union summit

Fresh from victory in an election widely-condemned as a sham, Zimbabwe’s veteran president Robert Mugabe is attending an African Union summit. The

Fresh from victory in an election widely-condemned as a sham, Zimbabwe’s veteran president Robert Mugabe is attending an African Union summit. The

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Pre-Olympic stability drive in China after riots

Beijing has launched a nationwide campaign to de-fuse tensions ahed of the Olympic Games, two days after rioting erupted in southwest China

Beijing has launched a nationwide campaign to de-fuse tensions ahed of the Olympic Games, two days after rioting erupted in southwest China

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Mugabe sworn in for sixth term

Robert Mugabe has been sworn in for a sixth term as Zimbabwe’s president after an election dismissed by the international community as a

Robert Mugabe has been sworn in for a sixth term as Zimbabwe’s president after an election dismissed by the international community as a

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Bolivian president's blues at new election defeat

In yet another blow to President Evo Morales, Bolivians in Chuquisaca have elected an opposition figure as their new governor, according to exit

In yet another blow to President Evo Morales, Bolivians in Chuquisaca have elected an opposition figure as their new governor, according to exit

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Energy giants meet in Madrid for WPC

With the oil price still soaring, the most influential figures in the world’s oil and gas industries are meeting in Madrid this week. The World

With the oil price still soaring, the most influential figures in the world’s oil and gas industries are meeting in Madrid this week. The World

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Spain celebrates Euro 2008 win

There were jubilant scenes in Madrid as Spaniards thronged the streets to celebrate their football team’s victory in Euro 2008. The party lasted all

There were jubilant scenes in Madrid as Spaniards thronged the streets to celebrate their football team’s victory in Euro 2008. The party lasted all