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2008-10-22

Science_technology

Finish firm tackles menace of stand-by

Televisions, computers, DVDs and so on left on stand-by across Europe consume about as much energy per year as a country like Greece or Portugal.

Televisions, computers, DVDs and so on left on stand-by across Europe consume about as much energy per year as a country like Greece or Portugal.

Culture

Secret Life of Bees generates Oscar buzz

Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning star in “The Secret Life of Bees”, an adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s 2002 bestselling

Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning star in “The Secret Life of Bees”, an adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s 2002 bestselling

Culture

Music-lovers crank up temperature in Iceland

Winter has Iceland well and truly in its grip but in the clubs of Rekjavik, music-lovers shugged off the cold at what’s been called the hippest long

Winter has Iceland well and truly in its grip but in the clubs of Rekjavik, music-lovers shugged off the cold at what’s been called the hippest long

Business

Danone stands firm on sales targets

France’s biggest food producer Danone does not seem to be too worried by the economic slowdown, saying it will stick to its targets for sales and

France’s biggest food producer Danone does not seem to be too worried by the economic slowdown, saying it will stick to its targets for sales and

Business

Nissan reportedly wants part of Chrysler

Nissan is proposing buying around 20 percent of Chrysler, according to a report in a Detroit newspaper. That would bring the troubled US car maker

Nissan is proposing buying around 20 percent of Chrysler, according to a report in a Detroit newspaper. That would bring the troubled US car maker

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India celebrates Chandrayaan Moon-Shot

There has been jubilation in India after the country joined the exclusive club of nations which have launched a moon-shot. Chandrayaan-1 blasted

There has been jubilation in India after the country joined the exclusive club of nations which have launched a moon-shot. Chandrayaan-1 blasted

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German Finance Minister rouses Swiss displeasure

Switzerland has hit out angrily after comments made by Germany’s finance minister that it should be placed on a tax haven blacklist. The German

Switzerland has hit out angrily after comments made by Germany’s finance minister that it should be placed on a tax haven blacklist. The German

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Prosecutors raid KfW over Lehman transfer

The Frankfurt headquarters of the German government-owned development bank KfW has been raided by prosecutors. They are investigating how

The Frankfurt headquarters of the German government-owned development bank KfW has been raided by prosecutors. They are investigating how

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EU agrees on "Blue Card" bid to lure skilled migrants

In tough economic times, the European Union has moved to lure highly-qualified and skilled migrant workers into the bloc. “The Blue Card” scheme

In tough economic times, the European Union has moved to lure highly-qualified and skilled migrant workers into the bloc. “The Blue Card” scheme

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Italy's PM refuses to budge amid education demos

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is standing firm in the face of sometimes violent demonstrations by students over controversial education

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is standing firm in the face of sometimes violent demonstrations by students over controversial education

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Shares hit again by recession fears

Increasing recession worries have hammered European shares which closed down five percent on Wednesday. The value of the pound tumbled after the

Increasing recession worries have hammered European shares which closed down five percent on Wednesday. The value of the pound tumbled after the

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Osborne denies soliciting illegal donations

The spectre of sleaze in UK politics has risen its head again, this time with allegations of illegal party funding among the opposition

The spectre of sleaze in UK politics has risen its head again, this time with allegations of illegal party funding among the opposition

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Italy's PM refuses to budge amid education demos

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is standing firm in the face of sometimes violent demonstrations by students over controversial education

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is standing firm in the face of sometimes violent demonstrations by students over controversial education

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Donors pledge 3.4 billion euros for Georgia

In a strong show of support for Georgia, international donors have pledged some 3.4 billion euros to help rebuild the war-shattered country. The

In a strong show of support for Georgia, international donors have pledged some 3.4 billion euros to help rebuild the war-shattered country. The

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New "Bretton Woods" summits begin on Nov 15th

The US President George Bush is to host the first in a series of global summits aimed at re-building the world’s finances on the 15th November – 11

The US President George Bush is to host the first in a series of global summits aimed at re-building the world’s finances on the 15th November – 11

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Argentina nationalises pension system

Reminiscent of a football match, protesters in Buenos Aires signalled their support after Argentina’s government announced the takeover of the

Reminiscent of a football match, protesters in Buenos Aires signalled their support after Argentina’s government announced the takeover of the

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Spain demands a role in world financial reform

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says Spain should be part of next month’s summit to reform the world’s financial system. With

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says Spain should be part of next month’s summit to reform the world’s financial system. With

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Georgia donor conference gets underway

Hoping to get Georgia back on its feet after this summer’s armed conflict, international donors have gathered for a major fund-raising

Hoping to get Georgia back on its feet after this summer’s armed conflict, international donors have gathered for a major fund-raising

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Obama takes 10 point lead

The latest poll in the race to the White House shows Democrat Barack Obama has increased his lead over Republican rival John McCain to 10 points

The latest poll in the race to the White House shows Democrat Barack Obama has increased his lead over Republican rival John McCain to 10 points

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Afghan soldiers killed by international "friendly-fire"

As German troops paid a ceremonial tribute to two comrades killed in a suicide attack on Monday, allies in the Afghan army have become the latest

As German troops paid a ceremonial tribute to two comrades killed in a suicide attack on Monday, allies in the Afghan army have become the latest

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Obama stays focused on economy

Barack Obama made the stricken American economy the central theme of his campaign for the presidency as his Republican rival John McCain questioned

Barack Obama made the stricken American economy the central theme of his campaign for the presidency as his Republican rival John McCain questioned

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Russian deputy finance minister freed from jail

Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak has been released from jail in Moscow pending his trial on charges of embezzlement and fraud, which

Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak has been released from jail in Moscow pending his trial on charges of embezzlement and fraud, which

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Italian judges ignore 'immunity' accords

Italy’s highest court has rejected agreements giving Germany immunity from paying damages to the families of civilians killed by German soldiers in

Italy’s highest court has rejected agreements giving Germany immunity from paying damages to the families of civilians killed by German soldiers in

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India over the moon as it launches its first lunar probe

India has launched its first unmanned mission to the Moon. Chandrayaan-1, or Moon Vehicle, blasted off from a southern Indian space centre shortly

India has launched its first unmanned mission to the Moon. Chandrayaan-1, or Moon Vehicle, blasted off from a southern Indian space centre shortly

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Markets fall amid recession fears

US and most European stock markets closed lower yesterday as investors confronted mixed corporate results and fretted about fresh warnings of

US and most European stock markets closed lower yesterday as investors confronted mixed corporate results and fretted about fresh warnings of