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2008-11-18

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Rabier lauds 'vanguard Europe'

He calls himself a European dinosaur, Jacques-René Rabier. Now 89, he helped shape Europe through its many stages of evolution. Close to Jean Monnet

He calls himself a European dinosaur, Jacques-René Rabier. Now 89, he helped shape Europe through its many stages of evolution. Close to Jean Monnet

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UN court says Serbia bound by Genocide Convention

The International Court of Justice in the Hague, the UN’s highest court, has decided it does have jurisdiction to examine Croatia’s accusation that

The International Court of Justice in the Hague, the UN’s highest court, has decided it does have jurisdiction to examine Croatia’s accusation that

Europe

Polish plumber worries dismissed

The Polish plumber phenomenon has not materialized, says Brussels… That is, the feared invasion of workers from eastern European countries taking

The Polish plumber phenomenon has not materialized, says Brussels… That is, the feared invasion of workers from eastern European countries taking

Europe

Fruit in school daily, against obesity

To counter obesity, free fruit and vegetables should be offered in Europe’s schools not just once a week but every day, to really have an influence

To counter obesity, free fruit and vegetables should be offered in Europe’s schools not just once a week but every day, to really have an influence

Business

European stocks rebound

After spending much of Tuesday in the red, Europe’s stock markets raced ahead by the end of the session. The state of the global economy remains a

After spending much of Tuesday in the red, Europe’s stock markets raced ahead by the end of the session. The state of the global economy remains a

Business

Ford sells Mazda stake to raise cash

Cash strapped US car maker Ford is selling a big part of stake in Japan’s Mazda. Ford will cut its holding from 34 percent to just over 13 percent

Cash strapped US car maker Ford is selling a big part of stake in Japan’s Mazda. Ford will cut its holding from 34 percent to just over 13 percent

Business

Paulson and Bernanke defend bailout plans

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has stressed government financial bailout money has to be used for the financial sector and not troubled

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has stressed government financial bailout money has to be used for the financial sector and not troubled

Business

Fortis shareholders' case rejected

A Belgian court has rejected a claim that the state dismantling of Fortis violated shareholder’s rights. However it decided that a panel of experts

A Belgian court has rejected a claim that the state dismantling of Fortis violated shareholder’s rights. However it decided that a panel of experts

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UN court agrees to hear genocide case against Serbia

On the day the UN ruled it could consider Croatia’s accusation of genocide against Serbia, Croats have been remembering victims of the war between

On the day the UN ruled it could consider Croatia’s accusation of genocide against Serbia, Croats have been remembering victims of the war between

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Berlusconi wants Alitalia/Lufthansa deal

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi proved recent health scares were behind him, with an impromptu game of hide-and-seek with his German

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi proved recent health scares were behind him, with an impromptu game of hide-and-seek with his German

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Modern art celebrates human rights

Celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration next month have been launched with a major work of art. The dome of the

Celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration next month have been launched with a major work of art. The dome of the

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Riyadh slams tanker hijacking as terrorism

An outrageous act, which will trigger an international crackdown. That is the reaction from Saudi Arabia today after confirmation that a Saudi oil

An outrageous act, which will trigger an international crackdown. That is the reaction from Saudi Arabia today after confirmation that a Saudi oil

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Congolese rebels pull back

Rebel fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to pull back in the east of the country to facilitate talks with government forces

Rebel fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to pull back in the east of the country to facilitate talks with government forces

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Spanish judge drops Franco inquiry

Spain’s most high-profile judge has dropped an investigation into thousands of people who disappeared during the country’s civil war. Baltazar Garzon

Spain’s most high-profile judge has dropped an investigation into thousands of people who disappeared during the country’s civil war. Baltazar Garzon

Culture

Notes from Italian opera

Step behind the scenes of 200 years of Italian opera with a fascinating interactive exhibition, based on the archives of Casa Ricordi, one of the

Step behind the scenes of 200 years of Italian opera with a fascinating interactive exhibition, based on the archives of Casa Ricordi, one of the

Culture

Burt Reynolds plays Lear in Stratford... Suffolk

Queen Elizabeth attended the royal premiere in London’s Leciester Square of A Bunch of Amateurs, which stars Burt Reynolds, Sir Derek Jacobi and

Queen Elizabeth attended the royal premiere in London’s Leciester Square of A Bunch of Amateurs, which stars Burt Reynolds, Sir Derek Jacobi and

Culture

"Alien" actress Weaver honoured in Marrakech

Sigourney Weaver launched a marathon outdoor screening of her Alien films in the main square in Marrakech, prior to accepting a lifetime achievement

Sigourney Weaver launched a marathon outdoor screening of her Alien films in the main square in Marrakech, prior to accepting a lifetime achievement

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Uncertainty over bailout plan for US auto industry

The prospect of a bailout for the US’s ailing auto industry appears increasingly in doubt. The Bush administration has made clear it opposes a

The prospect of a bailout for the US’s ailing auto industry appears increasingly in doubt. The Bush administration has made clear it opposes a

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Search intensifies for hijacked tanker

Efforts are being stepped up to reach a fully-laden supertanker that has been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Africa. Several Western navies

Efforts are being stepped up to reach a fully-laden supertanker that has been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Africa. Several Western navies

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Colombia tackles "pyramid" crisis

The Colombian government has declared what it is calling a state of social emergency to deal with a crisis over the collapse of pyramid finance

The Colombian government has declared what it is calling a state of social emergency to deal with a crisis over the collapse of pyramid finance

Business

Yahoo boss steps down

Jerry Yang, the embattled chief executive of Yahoo, is quitting and his departure caused the internet company’s shares to shoot up. Yang will step

Jerry Yang, the embattled chief executive of Yahoo, is quitting and his departure caused the internet company’s shares to shoot up. Yang will step

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European Commission sends aid to Congo refugees

As the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo deepens, children are among the worst affected. Fighting in the central African nation has

As the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo deepens, children are among the worst affected. Fighting in the central African nation has

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California's wildfires die down

Residents have started returning to their homes in three areas of southern California ravaged by wildfires. Calmer winds and temperatures have

Residents have started returning to their homes in three areas of southern California ravaged by wildfires. Calmer winds and temperatures have

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Hijacked tanker heading towards Somalia

Pirates who hijacked a Saudi-owned supertanker off the east coast of Africa are reportedly heading towards Somalia. The US Navy claims the capture

Pirates who hijacked a Saudi-owned supertanker off the east coast of Africa are reportedly heading towards Somalia. The US Navy claims the capture

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Obama and McCain pledge to work together

President-Elect Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain have met face-to-face for the first time since the US presidential election. The

President-Elect Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain have met face-to-face for the first time since the US presidential election. The

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Democrats and Republicans clash over car bail-out plan

In the United States, Democrats and Republicans have clashed over a federal bail out plan for the country’s struggling car industry. The Democrats

In the United States, Democrats and Republicans have clashed over a federal bail out plan for the country’s struggling car industry. The Democrats