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2008-12-04

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Canadian parliament suspended

Canada’s embattled prime minister has engineered the suspension of parliament so he can avoid a no-confidence vote next week which he would almost

Canada’s embattled prime minister has engineered the suspension of parliament so he can avoid a no-confidence vote next week which he would almost

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Ailing Thai king cancels birthday speech

Thailand’s revered ruler – whom many believe could have brought some calm to the political storm shaking his country – has had to cancel his annual

Thailand’s revered ruler – whom many believe could have brought some calm to the political storm shaking his country – has had to cancel his annual

Europe

Emissions - how much to cut

A ship carrying coal has been prevented from unloading in Denmark. No other fossil fuel pollutes like coal pollutes, and so Greenpeace eco-militants

A ship carrying coal has been prevented from unloading in Denmark. No other fossil fuel pollutes like coal pollutes, and so Greenpeace eco-militants

Europe

Itchy conscience over Tibet

Riots in Tibet in March this year marked a failed uprising against Chinese domination half a century ago, and were put down with the same rigour

Riots in Tibet in March this year marked a failed uprising against Chinese domination half a century ago, and were put down with the same rigour

Europe

Dalai Lama's appeasement caution

The European Parliament has welcomed the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader’s trip to Europe this week is set to include a meeting with the

The European Parliament has welcomed the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader’s trip to Europe this week is set to include a meeting with the

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Minute's silence in Spain for ETA's latest victim

A one-minute’s-silence has been observed in Spain for the businessman murdered by ETA terrorists in the Basque country. Tributes were paid in the

A one-minute’s-silence has been observed in Spain for the businessman murdered by ETA terrorists in the Basque country. Tributes were paid in the

Business

End of the line for 12,000 employees at AT&T

The American telecom giant AT&T is to lay off 12,000 employees, equivalent to four percent of its workforce, to cut costs. The jobs will be cut in

The American telecom giant AT&T is to lay off 12,000 employees, equivalent to four percent of its workforce, to cut costs. The jobs will be cut in

Business

Markets stable after day of mixed news

Europe’s markets were up and down on Thursday, lifted by the promise of interest rate cuts but held back by page after page of glum financial

Europe’s markets were up and down on Thursday, lifted by the promise of interest rate cuts but held back by page after page of glum financial

Business

Credit Suisse to cut 5,300 jobs

Swiss banking’s number two, Credit Suisse, has announced it is to cut 5,300 jobs. That means around 11 percent of the group’s global workforce will

Swiss banking’s number two, Credit Suisse, has announced it is to cut 5,300 jobs. That means around 11 percent of the group’s global workforce will

News

Interest rates slashed across Europe

European borrowers have been given an early Christmas present in the form of interest rate cuts, designed to boost spending and turn around the

European borrowers have been given an early Christmas present in the form of interest rate cuts, designed to boost spending and turn around the

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Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian Prime Minister

Andrius Kubilius was recently elected Lithuania’s prime minister but he has had little or no time to enjoy a honeymoon period. Lithunia must start

Andrius Kubilius was recently elected Lithuania’s prime minister but he has had little or no time to enjoy a honeymoon period. Lithunia must start

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Putin hints at Kremlin comeback

The former Russian President Vladimir Putin has hinted at a return to the Kremlin, but not for at least three years. Asked about the presidency after

The former Russian President Vladimir Putin has hinted at a return to the Kremlin, but not for at least three years. Asked about the presidency after

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Court slams UK police over DNA bank

British police, who have one of the world’s largest DNA banks, have been told they cannot retain the details of people who have been arrested but not

British police, who have one of the world’s largest DNA banks, have been told they cannot retain the details of people who have been arrested but not

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Israeli soldiers evict Jewish settlers in Hebron

Israeli soldiers have forcibly removed Jewish settlers from a disputed building in the West Bank city of Hebron. Hundreds of troops moved in after

Israeli soldiers have forcibly removed Jewish settlers from a disputed building in the West Bank city of Hebron. Hundreds of troops moved in after

Culture

Picturing African tribal life

A window on the world of tribal life in Africa. An exhibition of rare photographs and artefacts has opened in London. It offers a unique insight

A window on the world of tribal life in Africa. An exhibition of rare photographs and artefacts has opened in London. It offers a unique insight

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Sarkozy launches French economic rescue

President Sarkozy has unveiled an economic rescue plan for France, saying failure to act now will have disastrous repercussions in the future. He

President Sarkozy has unveiled an economic rescue plan for France, saying failure to act now will have disastrous repercussions in the future. He

Culture

Teen vampire movie fans in 'Twilight' zone

Expect scenes of high excitement at a cinema near you soon. Teen vampire movie “Twilight” has fans in a frenzy across the US. Speaking about her role

Expect scenes of high excitement at a cinema near you soon. Teen vampire movie “Twilight” has fans in a frenzy across the US. Speaking about her role

Science_technology

Failing feline: Study of declining jaguar numbers

The jaguar, which once roamed the Americas in great numbers, is now an endangered species. Farming and road-building have destroyed much of its

The jaguar, which once roamed the Americas in great numbers, is now an endangered species. Farming and road-building have destroyed much of its

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Europe puts interest rates to the sword

Interest rates have been slashed across Europe in a bid to turn the dire economic situation around. The European Central Bank cut the rate for the

Interest rates have been slashed across Europe in a bid to turn the dire economic situation around. The European Central Bank cut the rate for the

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Ailing Thai King cancels birthday speech

The exodus of stranded tourists leaving Bangkok’s main international airport is accelerating, but authorities do not expect normal service to be

The exodus of stranded tourists leaving Bangkok’s main international airport is accelerating, but authorities do not expect normal service to be

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Putin hosts tv phone-in

Russian television viewers have been assured that their government is doing all it can to help them through the world financial crisis. Prime

Russian television viewers have been assured that their government is doing all it can to help them through the world financial crisis. Prime

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Sarkozy's 26 bn euros for the French economy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has unveiled a 26 billion euro plan to rescue the French economy, saying failure to act now will have disastrous

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has unveiled a 26 billion euro plan to rescue the French economy, saying failure to act now will have disastrous

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Rice urges Pakistan to get tough on terrorists

Condoleezza Rice has urged Pakistan to take a tough line on terrorism in the wake of last week’s attacks in Mumbai. The US Secretary of State was in

Condoleezza Rice has urged Pakistan to take a tough line on terrorism in the wake of last week’s attacks in Mumbai. The US Secretary of State was in

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Credit Suisse suffers losses and job cuts

If confirmation were needed about the severity of the world credit crisis, the fallout has now hit one of Switzerland’s major financial names. Credit

If confirmation were needed about the severity of the world credit crisis, the fallout has now hit one of Switzerland’s major financial names. Credit

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Small Basque town mourns businessman

The people of Azpeitia have lost no time in erecting a memorial to businessman Ignacio Uria Mendizabel, a local man made good, and a soft target for

The people of Azpeitia have lost no time in erecting a memorial to businessman Ignacio Uria Mendizabel, a local man made good, and a soft target for

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Anger in India grows after terror attack

A week after the multiple terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, vigils have been held for the scores of people who died. Thousands

A week after the multiple terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, vigils have been held for the scores of people who died. Thousands

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Danish navy thwarted by legal ambiguity

The Danish government is calling for more legal clarity after one of its warships was prevented from arresting a boatload of suspected pirates off

The Danish government is calling for more legal clarity after one of its warships was prevented from arresting a boatload of suspected pirates off