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2008-12-09

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Illinois Governor arrested on corruption charges

The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, has been arrested on corruption charges, after allegedly trying to trade the US Senate seat about to be

The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, has been arrested on corruption charges, after allegedly trying to trade the US Senate seat about to be

Business

Airline profit turbulence to continue

The world’s airlines look set to return total losses of almost four billion euros this year, according to the International Air Transport

The world’s airlines look set to return total losses of almost four billion euros this year, according to the International Air Transport

Business

Carmakers boost European markets

European shares finished up over one percent on Tuesday, rising for a second session running. Hopes about the prospects for a bailout package from

European shares finished up over one percent on Tuesday, rising for a second session running. Hopes about the prospects for a bailout package from

Business

Berlin budget balancing hit by commuter court ruling

A court decision in Germany means the government will have to give back 7.5 billion euros to the country’s commuters. The court ruled illegal a

A court decision in Germany means the government will have to give back 7.5 billion euros to the country’s commuters. The court ruled illegal a

Business

Sony cutbacks underscore Japan's economic plight

Deep cuts announced by Sony are the latest indication that the Japanese economy is in serious trouble. The electronics giant is to lay off 16,000

Deep cuts announced by Sony are the latest indication that the Japanese economy is in serious trouble. The electronics giant is to lay off 16,000

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Train bomb plotter vows to appeal life jail sentence

A Lebanese man, sentenced to life in a prison for a failed bomb plot in Germany, will be appealing the verdict, his lawyers say. Prosecutors said

A Lebanese man, sentenced to life in a prison for a failed bomb plot in Germany, will be appealing the verdict, his lawyers say. Prosecutors said

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Riots continue to rock Greece

Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of a 15-year-old Greek boy shot dead by police on Saturday. The death of Alexandros Grigoropolos

Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of a 15-year-old Greek boy shot dead by police on Saturday. The death of Alexandros Grigoropolos

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Tobacco displays to face ban

The open display of tobacco in England and Wales is to go up in smoke – under government plans being put forward in the UK. Many small shop

The open display of tobacco in England and Wales is to go up in smoke – under government plans being put forward in the UK. Many small shop

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Irish food crisis spreads to beef

First it was the pigs, now it is the cows. Some of the cattle given the same tainted feed which sparked a scare over pork products in Ireland have

First it was the pigs, now it is the cows. Some of the cattle given the same tainted feed which sparked a scare over pork products in Ireland have

Europe

Brussels confident of climate deal

Two days ahead of an EU summit bent on clinching a deal on climate change, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said he is

Two days ahead of an EU summit bent on clinching a deal on climate change, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said he is

Europe

Lisbon Treaty waits for Ireland

Another hefty tome awaiting the EU leaders’ attentions at their gathering this week is the Lisbon Treaty. It needs ratification to be completed in

Another hefty tome awaiting the EU leaders’ attentions at their gathering this week is the Lisbon Treaty. It needs ratification to be completed in

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Manoel de Oliveira: the oldest working film director

Born into a wealthy middle-class family 100 years ago, Manoel de Oliveira’s ambition was always to be an actor. But the arrival of the movies changed

Born into a wealthy middle-class family 100 years ago, Manoel de Oliveira’s ambition was always to be an actor. But the arrival of the movies changed

News

Greek unions refuse to cancel rally and strike

Greek labour unions have rejected an appeal by the prime minister to cancel a mass protest planned for tomorrow. This morning, Costas Karamanlis went

Greek labour unions have rejected an appeal by the prime minister to cancel a mass protest planned for tomorrow. This morning, Costas Karamanlis went

News

EU police mission begins in Kosovo

After long delays, the European Union has finally begun a police and justice mission in Kosovo. The first of a 1,900-strong force, known as

After long delays, the European Union has finally begun a police and justice mission in Kosovo. The first of a 1,900-strong force, known as

Culture

The Spirit comes back to fight crime

It’s scary, it’s action-packed, and it’s over-the-top. It’s “The Spirit”, a film based on the American comic book superhero created by Will Eisner in

It’s scary, it’s action-packed, and it’s over-the-top. It’s “The Spirit”, a film based on the American comic book superhero created by Will Eisner in

Culture

Artists with burning imagination

Artists Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz have set the Berlin art scene alight with their installation “Burning The Roots Of Western Culture”. They set a

Artists Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz have set the Berlin art scene alight with their installation “Burning The Roots Of Western Culture”. They set a

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More riots in Greece as teen is buried

Violence has broken out in Greece for the fourth day running. Hundreds of protesters threw stones and bottles at lines of riot police outside the

Violence has broken out in Greece for the fourth day running. Hundreds of protesters threw stones and bottles at lines of riot police outside the

News

Japan deeper into recession than first thought

The economic outlook in Japan has just got worse. The world’s second-largest economy is even deeper in recession than first thought. If the downward

The economic outlook in Japan has just got worse. The world’s second-largest economy is even deeper in recession than first thought. If the downward

News

Eulex mission begins in Kosovo

The European Union’s policing mission in Kosovo has begun today but the officers may be hard pressed to win the confidence of both Albanians and

The European Union’s policing mission in Kosovo has begun today but the officers may be hard pressed to win the confidence of both Albanians and

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Russian Orthodox patriarch is laid to rest

Russia is bidding farewell to a beloved religious leader, the late head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexiy the Second. The country’s

Russia is bidding farewell to a beloved religious leader, the late head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexiy the Second. The country’s

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Failed train bomber gets life in Germany

A German court has convicted Yusef al-Hajj Deeb of attempted murder and sentenced him to life in prison, over a failed plot to bomb trains in Germany

A German court has convicted Yusef al-Hajj Deeb of attempted murder and sentenced him to life in prison, over a failed plot to bomb trains in Germany

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Greek prime minister decries violence

The worry on the face of the Greek prime minister was plain to see as he arrived for his meeting with the president this morning. The Socialist

The worry on the face of the Greek prime minister was plain to see as he arrived for his meeting with the president this morning. The Socialist

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Bail-out for US car-makers close

The White House and the Democrats are edging towards an agreement aimed at rescuing America’s car making giants. The bailout is worth up to seventeen

The White House and the Democrats are edging towards an agreement aimed at rescuing America’s car making giants. The bailout is worth up to seventeen

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Albanians, Serbs sceptical on EU Kosovo mission

An EU mission has started a long delayed deployment in Kosovo, but the new peacekeepers are unwanted on both sides of Kosovo’s ethnic divide. A Serb

An EU mission has started a long delayed deployment in Kosovo, but the new peacekeepers are unwanted on both sides of Kosovo’s ethnic divide. A Serb

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Blackwater five charged with killing unarmed civilians

Five US security guards have been charged with killing 14 unarmed civilians and wounding 20 others in Baghdad in September 2007. The men from the

Five US security guards have been charged with killing 14 unarmed civilians and wounding 20 others in Baghdad in September 2007. The men from the

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Top ETA members held as crackdown weakens the Basque separatists.

French police have arrested the man believed to be the new military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA. Aitzol Iriondo was picked up with two

French police have arrested the man believed to be the new military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA. Aitzol Iriondo was picked up with two