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2008-08-04

Business

Air Liquide's profits buoyant

Air Liquide, the world’s top industrial gases company, has posted a better than expected increase in first half net profit. It was up 8.1% to 601

Air Liquide, the world’s top industrial gases company, has posted a better than expected increase in first half net profit. It was up 8.1% to 601

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HSBC and Fortis count subprime cost

Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC, said its first-half profit fell 23% due to bad debts on US home loans and asset writedowns. Pretax profit was 6.5

Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC, said its first-half profit fell 23% due to bad debts on US home loans and asset writedowns. Pretax profit was 6.5

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Spain's economy further pressured

The number of registered jobless in Spain hit a ten year high in July as consumer confidence fell to a record low. That prompted Spain’s economy

The number of registered jobless in Spain hit a ten year high in July as consumer confidence fell to a record low. That prompted Spain’s economy

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European shares fall again

European shares finished Monday down 1%, adding to last week’s declines. They had started the session in positive territory, but results from

European shares finished Monday down 1%, adding to last week’s declines. They had started the session in positive territory, but results from

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Rogue trader's assistant quizzed

The assistant to rogue trader Jerome Kerviel is being investigated for possible involvement in the trading scandal which cost French bank Societe

The assistant to rogue trader Jerome Kerviel is being investigated for possible involvement in the trading scandal which cost French bank Societe

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ANC leader Zuma tries to avoid corruption trial

Supporters of ANC leader Jacob Zuma have thronged the streets outside a South African court hearing into charges that he accepted hundreds of

Supporters of ANC leader Jacob Zuma have thronged the streets outside a South African court hearing into charges that he accepted hundreds of

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China boosts security after attack on police

Authorities in China have arrested two people accused of carrying out a suspected terrorist attack which killed 16 policemen in the restive Xinjiang

Authorities in China have arrested two people accused of carrying out a suspected terrorist attack which killed 16 policemen in the restive Xinjiang

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World leaders pay tribute to Solzhenitsyn

The death of dissident and writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in Russia, from heart faliure,at the age of 89, has prompted tributes from around the

The death of dissident and writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in Russia, from heart faliure,at the age of 89, has prompted tributes from around the

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Italian troops take to streets to tackle crime

Italian troops have begun patrolling major cities across the country as part of the government’s promise to crackdown on crime. Some 3,000 soldiers

Italian troops have begun patrolling major cities across the country as part of the government’s promise to crackdown on crime. Some 3,000 soldiers

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Evicted Chinese complain of Olympic intimidation

Chinese families furious at being evicted from their homes to make way for a shopping mall have demonstrated in the streets of Beijing. They claim

Chinese families furious at being evicted from their homes to make way for a shopping mall have demonstrated in the streets of Beijing. They claim

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Morgan Freeman in Memphis hospital after crash

The American actor Morgan Freeman is reported to have been seriously injured in a bad car accident in Mississippi last night. The 71-year-old Academy

The American actor Morgan Freeman is reported to have been seriously injured in a bad car accident in Mississippi last night. The 71-year-old Academy

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Three dead after freak French tornado

A mini tornado has swept through a small town in northern France, killing three people, injuring nine and destroying about 40 houses within minutes

A mini tornado has swept through a small town in northern France, killing three people, injuring nine and destroying about 40 houses within minutes

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Israel sends Palestinians to West Bank

Israel has sent around 150 pro-Fatah Palestinians who fled fighting in the Gaza Strip on Saturday to the West Bank, reversing a decision to send them

Israel has sent around 150 pro-Fatah Palestinians who fled fighting in the Gaza Strip on Saturday to the West Bank, reversing a decision to send them

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China defends security after deadly attack on police

China’s Olympic officials say they are confident heavy security will ensure a safe games, in the wake of an attack which killed 16 police officers

China’s Olympic officials say they are confident heavy security will ensure a safe games, in the wake of an attack which killed 16 police officers

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Italy deploys troops to tackle crime

Italy has launched a new security initiative designed to show it is tough on crime. Some 3,000 soliders have been deployed across the country’s major

Italy has launched a new security initiative designed to show it is tough on crime. Some 3,000 soliders have been deployed across the country’s major

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Russian novelist Solzhenitsyn dies

The Russian author and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died at his home outside Moscow, aged 89. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin led the tributes

The Russian author and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died at his home outside Moscow, aged 89. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin led the tributes

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UN chief calls for more global action to quell AIDS

An international conference on HIV/Aids has opened in Mexico City. New figures suggest the number of people in the world with the virus has dropped

An international conference on HIV/Aids has opened in Mexico City. New figures suggest the number of people in the world with the virus has dropped

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Beijing residents protest against eviction

Dozens of residents in Beijing have scuffled with police, claiming they have been evicted from their homes to make way for a commercial development

Dozens of residents in Beijing have scuffled with police, claiming they have been evicted from their homes to make way for a commercial development

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Thousands of soldiers sent onto the streets of Italy

Thousands of soldiers will be deployed in Italy’s main cities from today, in a bit to boost the fight against crime. The six month operation

Thousands of soldiers will be deployed in Italy’s main cities from today, in a bit to boost the fight against crime. The six month operation

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Grenade attack kills 16 in China ahead of Games

Unidentified assailants have attacked a border post in Xingjiang province, northwest China, four days before the Beijing Olympics. At least

Unidentified assailants have attacked a border post in Xingjiang province, northwest China, four days before the Beijing Olympics. At least

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Inquiry launched after scores die in a stampede at an Indian temple

An investigation is underway following the deaths of at least 145 people in a stampede at a Hindu temple in Northern India. Visitors have gathered

An investigation is underway following the deaths of at least 145 people in a stampede at a Hindu temple in Northern India. Visitors have gathered

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Anglican conference ends without resolution

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Anglican Church, has proposed banning any more gay bishops, until the row over homosexuality in the

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Anglican Church, has proposed banning any more gay bishops, until the row over homosexuality in the

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K2 death toll may rise, experts warn

It is feared the death toll may rise after an accident on the world’s second-highest mountain. At least nine people are known to have perished

It is feared the death toll may rise after an accident on the world’s second-highest mountain. At least nine people are known to have perished

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies at 89

Nobel Prize winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who wrote about life in Soviet slave labour camps, and spent 20 years in exile, has died at the

Nobel Prize winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who wrote about life in Soviet slave labour camps, and spent 20 years in exile, has died at the