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2008-09-02

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British government axes housing stamp duty

UK homebuyers will no longer have to pay an unpopular extra tax on properties costing less than two hundred and fifteen thousand Euros. Prime

UK homebuyers will no longer have to pay an unpopular extra tax on properties costing less than two hundred and fifteen thousand Euros. Prime

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EU hoping for progress with Russia over Georgia

European leaders went into their summit in Brussels divided over how to respond to events in Georgia. Some eastern members wanted a tough line

European leaders went into their summit in Brussels divided over how to respond to events in Georgia. Some eastern members wanted a tough line

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Thailand's army chief says he will not use emergency powers

Thailand’s army chief says he won’t use emergency powers invoked by the prime minister to crack down on anti-government protests . General Anupong

Thailand’s army chief says he won’t use emergency powers invoked by the prime minister to crack down on anti-government protests . General Anupong

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"Blunders" blamed for Belgian radioactive leak

A Belgian nuclear research plant faces severe sanctions including the sacking of its senior security officer, after a series of blunders led to a

A Belgian nuclear research plant faces severe sanctions including the sacking of its senior security officer, after a series of blunders led to a

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Gustav gone, but Hanna is on the horizon

It is the calm after the storm in New Orleans. Officials say it is still too early for evacuees to return but there is huge relief that Hurricane

It is the calm after the storm in New Orleans. Officials say it is still too early for evacuees to return but there is huge relief that Hurricane

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Move to list Spain's Civil War "disappeared"

Spanish super judge Baltasar Garzon has called for an investigation into people who disappeared during Spain’s civil war. Famous for pursuing Chile’s

Spanish super judge Baltasar Garzon has called for an investigation into people who disappeared during Spain’s civil war. Famous for pursuing Chile’s

Business

European growth forecasts cut

Europe’s economy is slowing to a greater extent than had been predicted according to the latest OECD forecasts. The Organisation for Economic

Europe’s economy is slowing to a greater extent than had been predicted according to the latest OECD forecasts. The Organisation for Economic

Business

Spain's jobless worst in a decade

As Spain slips towards recession, the number of people registered as being without a job has leapt. In August, the total was up by over 100,000

As Spain slips towards recession, the number of people registered as being without a job has leapt. In August, the total was up by over 100,000

Business

Oil down, shares up

Oil prices fell to their lowest in five months on Tuesday following initial reports that Hurricane Gustav had spared rigs, refineries and pipelines

Oil prices fell to their lowest in five months on Tuesday following initial reports that Hurricane Gustav had spared rigs, refineries and pipelines

Business

Verwaayen and Camus to join Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has named its new bosses. Former British Telecom chief executive Ben Verwaayen will have the job of turning round the loss-making

Alcatel-Lucent has named its new bosses. Former British Telecom chief executive Ben Verwaayen will have the job of turning round the loss-making

Europe

NGOs say will challenge new EU rules on pesticides

Environmental groups are heading for the European Courts to contest new legal maximum limits for pesticide residues in food products sold within the

Environmental groups are heading for the European Courts to contest new legal maximum limits for pesticide residues in food products sold within the

Europe

MEPs say social policy proposals lack punch

A new package of social policy proposals has by and large been welcomed by the Parliament but some MEPs say it lacks precision and substance. The

A new package of social policy proposals has by and large been welcomed by the Parliament but some MEPs say it lacks precision and substance. The

Science_technology

Gadgets get greener at IFA

At this years electronics trade fair in Berlin the theme is for more energy saving technology. Everything from HD televisions to state-of-the-art

At this years electronics trade fair in Berlin the theme is for more energy saving technology. Everything from HD televisions to state-of-the-art

Culture

Japanese designers claim their place in fashion

Several young, up-and-coming designers are featured at this year’s “Fashion Week” in Tokyo, proving their worth on an international fashion stage.

Several young, up-and-coming designers are featured at this year’s “Fashion Week” in Tokyo, proving their worth on an international fashion stage.

Culture

Italian film tipped for top prize at Venice festival

“Birdwatchers” has received critical acclaim after its screening at this year’s Venice Film festival. Half fiction, half documentary, it tells of a

“Birdwatchers” has received critical acclaim after its screening at this year’s Venice Film festival. Half fiction, half documentary, it tells of a

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Energy reality weakens EU's Russia criticism

Europe has agreed to help rebuild war-devastated Georgia, but rebuilding relations with Russia may take longer. EU leaders decided to put new

Europe has agreed to help rebuild war-devastated Georgia, but rebuilding relations with Russia may take longer. EU leaders decided to put new

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New Orleans cleans up after Gustav near-miss

New Orleans rests a little easier today after missing the full force of hurricane Gustav. Gustav failed to make the same impact of Katarina three

New Orleans rests a little easier today after missing the full force of hurricane Gustav. Gustav failed to make the same impact of Katarina three

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Storms and pregnancy at Republican convention

External events continue to dominate the Republican party convention after its opening day in St Paul, Minnesota. Outside the convention hall, police

External events continue to dominate the Republican party convention after its opening day in St Paul, Minnesota. Outside the convention hall, police

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Calls for Thailand's ruling party to be dissolved

Thailand’s electoral commission has recommended the dissolution of the ruling party after violent protests turned deadly. The Thai government imposed

Thailand’s electoral commission has recommended the dissolution of the ruling party after violent protests turned deadly. The Thai government imposed

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Gustav wanes as New Orleans escapes drubbing

It appears that New Orleans has avoided the full fury of another devastating hurricane. The mass evacuation of the city has left it a flooded

It appears that New Orleans has avoided the full fury of another devastating hurricane. The mass evacuation of the city has left it a flooded

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Thailand declares state of emergency amid turmoil

Thailand’s prime minister has declared a state of emergency after violent protests against the country’s Prime Minister turned deadly. At least

Thailand’s prime minister has declared a state of emergency after violent protests against the country’s Prime Minister turned deadly. At least

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EU to press home rebuke in Russian/Georgian visits

It has been described as a diplomatic slap on the wrist. The European Union has decided to freeze talks with Moscow on closer ties until Russian

It has been described as a diplomatic slap on the wrist. The European Union has decided to freeze talks with Moscow on closer ties until Russian

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Republican's focus on aid for Gustav victims

US Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain helped pack relief supplies for the victims of Hurricane Gustav as his party turned the opening day

US Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain helped pack relief supplies for the victims of Hurricane Gustav as his party turned the opening day

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Russia warns of consequences after talks freeze

Russia’s Ambassador to the EU has warned that the bloc will lose out by suspending long-delayed talks on a framework for new relations as retaliation

Russia’s Ambassador to the EU has warned that the bloc will lose out by suspending long-delayed talks on a framework for new relations as retaliation