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2008-10-23

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China "dissatisfied" with EU choice for Human Rights prize

China has reacted angrily to the award of a top EU human rights prize to its jailed dissident Hu Jia. This year’s Sakharov prize for “Freedom of

China has reacted angrily to the award of a top EU human rights prize to its jailed dissident Hu Jia. This year’s Sakharov prize for “Freedom of

Europe

Hu's Sakharov Prize prompts Chinese ire

Human rights matters threaten to heighten EU-China diplomatic friction. Beijing has called the matter “trivial” yet “deeply dissatisfying” that Hu

Human rights matters threaten to heighten EU-China diplomatic friction. Beijing has called the matter “trivial” yet “deeply dissatisfying” that Hu

Europe

EP votes airport x-ray stripping too close for comfort

Possible x-ray stripping of air passengers in future has tripped a European Parliament scandal alarm. This comes in response to European Commission

Possible x-ray stripping of air passengers in future has tripped a European Parliament scandal alarm. This comes in response to European Commission

Business

Mixed day for European stocks

Having spent most of Thursday in the red Europe’s stock markets trimmed those losses late in the session as gains in oil shares and a rally on Wall

Having spent most of Thursday in the red Europe’s stock markets trimmed those losses late in the session as gains in oil shares and a rally on Wall

Business

Industrial orders fall as carmakers cut back

In another big sign that Europe has fallen into recession, new industrial orders in the euro zone in August were much weaker than economists had

In another big sign that Europe has fallen into recession, new industrial orders in the euro zone in August were much weaker than economists had

Business

Sweden slashes interest again

Sweden’s central bank has cut its key interest rate by half a percent, more than economists were expecting. It was the second reduction in the cost

Sweden’s central bank has cut its key interest rate by half a percent, more than economists were expecting. It was the second reduction in the cost

Business

Lukewarm response to French sovereign wealth fund plan

France is to create a sovereign wealth fund to invest in the country’s industries. The idea, as outlined by President Nicolas Sarkozy, is to stop

France is to create a sovereign wealth fund to invest in the country’s industries. The idea, as outlined by President Nicolas Sarkozy, is to stop

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Rumours of Joerg Haider's secret gay life

Speculation over a secret double life of Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider has come into the open with claims that he had a gay lover.

Speculation over a secret double life of Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider has come into the open with claims that he had a gay lover.

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Iraqi "triangle of death" safe to be handed back

US forces have handed over an area of Iraq they once described as “the triangle of death”. Amid the pomp of a military parade the small province of

US forces have handed over an area of Iraq they once described as “the triangle of death”. Amid the pomp of a military parade the small province of

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EU asks China to work as one

China finds itself under increasing pressure to help save the world economy. EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso wants Beijing and other major Asian

China finds itself under increasing pressure to help save the world economy. EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso wants Beijing and other major Asian

Culture

DiCaprio and Crowe team up for Body of Lies

Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe team up in Ridley Scott’s spy thriller Body of Lies, about a CIA agent who goes to Jordan to track down a

Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe team up in Ridley Scott’s spy thriller Body of Lies, about a CIA agent who goes to Jordan to track down a

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Italian army helicopter crashes in France

An Italian army helicopter has crashed in eastern France, killing all eight people on board. The aircraft was on a training mission between France

An Italian army helicopter has crashed in eastern France, killing all eight people on board. The aircraft was on a training mission between France

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Italian student strikes continue

Students in Italy have vowed to continue their campaign against funding cuts in education, despite the government’s threat to send in the police

Students in Italy have vowed to continue their campaign against funding cuts in education, despite the government’s threat to send in the police

Culture

Rembrandt in Madrid

One of the world’s great masters, Rembrandt is nonetheless not very well represented in Spain; the Prado has just one of his pictures. So the museum

One of the world’s great masters, Rembrandt is nonetheless not very well represented in Spain; the Prado has just one of his pictures. So the museum

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Mideast peace on hold until US election

Despite the enforced hiatus of the American election, and the uncertainty surrounding its own political future, Israel is continuing to talk about

Despite the enforced hiatus of the American election, and the uncertainty surrounding its own political future, Israel is continuing to talk about

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Darling speaks to next generation of voters

The UK Chancellor Alistair Darling has gone back to school, trying to explain the global financial crisis to Britain’s children. In an interview

The UK Chancellor Alistair Darling has gone back to school, trying to explain the global financial crisis to Britain’s children. In an interview

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Jailed Chinese dissident wins EU human rights prize

The Chinese dissident Hu Jia has won the European Union’s top human rights prize. It is a move certain to annoy Beijing as the 35 year old was jailed

The Chinese dissident Hu Jia has won the European Union’s top human rights prize. It is a move certain to annoy Beijing as the 35 year old was jailed

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Has Palin power turned sour for US Republicans?

With election day approaching and opinion polls not telling them what they want to hear, America’s Republicans are facing a stark question? Is

With election day approaching and opinion polls not telling them what they want to hear, America’s Republicans are facing a stark question? Is

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EU asks China for financial crisis cooperation

China and other major Asian economies are being urged to join in taking responsibility for stabilising the world economy. The call, made to Chinese

China and other major Asian economies are being urged to join in taking responsibility for stabilising the world economy. The call, made to Chinese

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Early voting in Florida indicates record turnout

A key battleground in the race to the White House, Florida has seen a massive wave of early voting. More than a 150,000 people have already cast

A key battleground in the race to the White House, Florida has seen a massive wave of early voting. More than a 150,000 people have already cast

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Baghdad car bomb kills 9

A suicide car bomber has killed nine people in a convoy carrying an Iraqi government minister in central Baghdad. At least 20 others were injured

A suicide car bomber has killed nine people in a convoy carrying an Iraqi government minister in central Baghdad. At least 20 others were injured

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Al Pacino wins Italian cinema award

Al Pacino has accepted a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Rome film festival. The Oscar-winner received the accolade as one of the alumni of

Al Pacino has accepted a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Rome film festival. The Oscar-winner received the accolade as one of the alumni of

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Campaign continues for US presidential hopefuls

With less than two weeks to go before the US Presidential election, Republican hopeful John McCain knows he has it all to play for. The economy

With less than two weeks to go before the US Presidential election, Republican hopeful John McCain knows he has it all to play for. The economy

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Argentine stocks dive on news of pensions nationalisation

Argentina’s surprise move to nationalise its private pension system has put local markets into a nose dive with investors fearing a desperate

Argentina’s surprise move to nationalise its private pension system has put local markets into a nose dive with investors fearing a desperate