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2008-09-05

Europe

Moroccan hinterland thirsts for closer EU ties

The European Union is poised to grant Morocco an ‘advanced statute’ to make it the Euromed country with the most economic policy benefits.

The European Union is poised to grant Morocco an ‘advanced statute’ to make it the Euromed country with the most economic policy benefits.

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Biden bites back after Palin put-down

In the Democratic camp the gloves are off. It was Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, who led the counterattack to their Republican rivals’ convention

In the Democratic camp the gloves are off. It was Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, who led the counterattack to their Republican rivals’ convention

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Republican team hits the campaign trail

After stealing presidential rival Barack Obama’s thunder over the need for root and branch change in American political life the Republican

After stealing presidential rival Barack Obama’s thunder over the need for root and branch change in American political life the Republican

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Cheney urges unity over Caucasus crisis

American Vice President Dick Cheney is in Ukraine on the final leg of his tour aimed at bolstering support for US allies in the southern Caucasus

American Vice President Dick Cheney is in Ukraine on the final leg of his tour aimed at bolstering support for US allies in the southern Caucasus

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Whose fault was the South Ossetia conflict?

Several European Union countries have called for an international enquiry into the Russia-Georgia crisis. Europe’s top diplomats brainstorming in the

Several European Union countries have called for an international enquiry into the Russia-Georgia crisis. Europe’s top diplomats brainstorming in the

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Libya travels a long road to redemption

Libya’s long journey towards international acceptance began four years ago. It was in 2004 that diplomatic relations between Washington and Tripoli

Libya’s long journey towards international acceptance began four years ago. It was in 2004 that diplomatic relations between Washington and Tripoli

Business

Growth fears pull down European stocks

European shares fell for a third day running on Friday finishing down over 2%. It was the worst weekly performance since January 2003 with the bad

European shares fell for a third day running on Friday finishing down over 2%. It was the worst weekly performance since January 2003 with the bad

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Rouble bounces back

Russia’s currency rose after the country’s central bank stepped into the market and sold foreign reserves to brake the rouble’s fall. The Russians

Russia’s currency rose after the country’s central bank stepped into the market and sold foreign reserves to brake the rouble’s fall. The Russians

Business

US jobs toll even worse than expected.

The US unemployment rate shot up in August as 84,000 jobs were lost during the month and the figures for June and July were revised upwards by a

The US unemployment rate shot up in August as 84,000 jobs were lost during the month and the figures for June and July were revised upwards by a

Business

Oil falls on slowing demand and rising dollar

Oil prices continue to slide thanks to falling demand. Adding to the effect is the strengthening of the dollar – the currency used to buy and sell

Oil prices continue to slide thanks to falling demand. Adding to the effect is the strengthening of the dollar – the currency used to buy and sell

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Rice visit completes restoration of US-Libya ties

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Libya at the start of what she herself has billed an “historic” visit. It is the first time in

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Libya at the start of what she herself has billed an “historic” visit. It is the first time in

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Third US naval ship takes aid to Georgia

The US Navy has sent a third ship to Georgia to deliver humanitarian aid. The USS Mount Whitney dropped anchor off the port of Poti, which is

The US Navy has sent a third ship to Georgia to deliver humanitarian aid. The USS Mount Whitney dropped anchor off the port of Poti, which is

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Spanish ministers back pedal over visa claims

The Spanish Government has acted to calm fears over plans to stop issuing visas to unskilled migrant workers. Unions claimed radical proposals

The Spanish Government has acted to calm fears over plans to stop issuing visas to unskilled migrant workers. Unions claimed radical proposals

Europe

A Syrian perspective on the Golan Heights

The Golan Heights are at the very heart of the Middle East conflict and talks to try to resolve it. For 40 years, they have dominated relations

The Golan Heights are at the very heart of the Middle East conflict and talks to try to resolve it. For 40 years, they have dominated relations

Culture

Two war-films screen at Venice

“Nuit de Chien” and “Hurt Locker” have both been shown at the Venice Film Festival. The two films could not be more different. “Nuit de Chien” is the

“Nuit de Chien” and “Hurt Locker” have both been shown at the Venice Film Festival. The two films could not be more different. “Nuit de Chien” is the

Culture

Catherine Millet - "Jour de Souffrance "

French writer Catherine Millet made her name with a memoir of her countless sexual flings, but it turns out she was as jealous as any faithful wife

French writer Catherine Millet made her name with a memoir of her countless sexual flings, but it turns out she was as jealous as any faithful wife

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Claims of "chaos" in Angola's election

An historic election in Angola has been marked by complaints about disorganisation and delays. In its first parliamentary poll for 16 years, Angola

An historic election in Angola has been marked by complaints about disorganisation and delays. In its first parliamentary poll for 16 years, Angola

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Spain wants crackdown on foreign labour

Spain is planning to stop issuing visas to unskilled migrant workers. Posposals aimed at stemming a tide of immigration could force employers to

Spain is planning to stop issuing visas to unskilled migrant workers. Posposals aimed at stemming a tide of immigration could force employers to

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McCain rings the changes

Change, says John McCain, will be the hallmark of his administration if he is elected President of the United States. The Republican nominee pledged

Change, says John McCain, will be the hallmark of his administration if he is elected President of the United States. The Republican nominee pledged

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Street protests as McCain makes speech

Police and protesters clashed near the convention hall shortly before John McCain accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Around 250

Police and protesters clashed near the convention hall shortly before John McCain accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Around 250

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Bhutto's widower poised for Pakistan's presidency

It is against a backdrop of security fears, political instability and a sagging economy that Pakistani legislators are preparing to elect a new

It is against a backdrop of security fears, political instability and a sagging economy that Pakistani legislators are preparing to elect a new

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US aid ship arrives at Russian-patrolled Georgian port

A third US naval ship has been delivering humanitarian aid to Georgia. However, unlike the two other American vessels, the USS Mount Whitney was

A third US naval ship has been delivering humanitarian aid to Georgia. However, unlike the two other American vessels, the USS Mount Whitney was

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More than 100 dead in storm-hit Haiti

Few in Haiti will forget hurricane season 2008. In the port city of Gonaives, hungry people are roaming flooded streets in search of food. There

Few in Haiti will forget hurricane season 2008. In the port city of Gonaives, hungry people are roaming flooded streets in search of food. There

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French uproar over Taliban ambush trophy photos

The security of NATO troops in Afghanistan is being widely debated again in France after a magazine printed photos of Taliban fighters with spoils

The security of NATO troops in Afghanistan is being widely debated again in France after a magazine printed photos of Taliban fighters with spoils

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Spain appoints panel to consider unrestricted abortion

Spain has taken a first step towards relaxing its stringent laws on abortion, but the Socialist government, which promised terminations on demand, is

Spain has taken a first step towards relaxing its stringent laws on abortion, but the Socialist government, which promised terminations on demand, is

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Angolan election expected to maintain status quo

For the first time in 16 years, Angolans vote today in an election widely expected to extend the ruling party’s three decade grip on power. The

For the first time in 16 years, Angolans vote today in an election widely expected to extend the ruling party’s three decade grip on power. The

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McCain accepts Republican Presidential nomination

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has formally accepted his party’s nomination as candidate to run for the White House, at a rapturous

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has formally accepted his party’s nomination as candidate to run for the White House, at a rapturous