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2008-12-23

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Confusion over attempted coup in Guinea

There is confusion tonight over an attempted coup in the West African state of Guinea. Mutinous soldiers announced they had taken control following

There is confusion tonight over an attempted coup in the West African state of Guinea. Mutinous soldiers announced they had taken control following

Business

Recession hits Sindelfingen hard

What happens to a company town when the company closes shop? Sindelfingen in southwest Germany has been one of the country’s richest towns, but now

What happens to a company town when the company closes shop? Sindelfingen in southwest Germany has been one of the country’s richest towns, but now

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New figures paint worse picture for UK economy

Britain’s economy shrank by more than forecast in the third quarter of this year, and for the first time since the early 1990s according to offical

Britain’s economy shrank by more than forecast in the third quarter of this year, and for the first time since the early 1990s according to offical

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Brokers stay away from Europe's trading floors

Very thin trading in Europe on Tuesday revealed little as to the state of things with mixed results, either small losses or equally small gains

Very thin trading in Europe on Tuesday revealed little as to the state of things with mixed results, either small losses or equally small gains

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America's economy escapes worst...for now

Although third-quarter figures were no worse than expected for the American economy, there are fears the final quarter will be much worse as

Although third-quarter figures were no worse than expected for the American economy, there are fears the final quarter will be much worse as

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Rolls Royce win big Abu Dhabi contract

Rolls Royce aero engines have signed a deal with Etihad airways of Abu Dhabi worth 410 million euros. The contract is to supply and maintain Trent

Rolls Royce aero engines have signed a deal with Etihad airways of Abu Dhabi worth 410 million euros. The contract is to supply and maintain Trent

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Guinea has riches, and a violent history

Guinea is the world’s leading exporter of bauxite, used to make aluminium. But despite its natural riches, most people live in poverty. In May this

Guinea is the world’s leading exporter of bauxite, used to make aluminium. But despite its natural riches, most people live in poverty. In May this

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Thousands protest in Ukraine

Thousands of trade unionists have taken to the streets in Ukraine to protest against cuts in wages and benefits and to demand action to ease the

Thousands of trade unionists have taken to the streets in Ukraine to protest against cuts in wages and benefits and to demand action to ease the

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Non-US foreign troops can stay in Iraq

A looming crisis over the legality of foreign, non-American troops in Iraq has been averted with the parliament in Baghdad voting to let them stay

A looming crisis over the legality of foreign, non-American troops in Iraq has been averted with the parliament in Baghdad voting to let them stay

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Gas producers form OPEC-style grouping

The world’s leading gas producers have agreed to create an OPEC-style organisation, with its headquarters in Qatar. Western consumer nations fear

The world’s leading gas producers have agreed to create an OPEC-style organisation, with its headquarters in Qatar. Western consumer nations fear

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Black and white diplomacy

In a sign of increasingly close relations, China has sent two giant pandas as a goodwill gift to Taiwan. Beijing has often used pandas as a

In a sign of increasingly close relations, China has sent two giant pandas as a goodwill gift to Taiwan. Beijing has often used pandas as a

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New pipelines under construction amid energy fears

Against the backdrop of the gas group meeting, the question of Europe’s dependence on Russian supplies has resurfaced. Moscow’s energy spats with

Against the backdrop of the gas group meeting, the question of Europe’s dependence on Russian supplies has resurfaced. Moscow’s energy spats with

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Gunfire and protests in Athens

Protests continued in Athens just hours after a police van was hit by gunfire. Thousands of people marched through the city in a demonstration that

Protests continued in Athens just hours after a police van was hit by gunfire. Thousands of people marched through the city in a demonstration that

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German navy joins anti-pirate fleet

Germany has joined the international anti-pirate flotilla off Somalia. The German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung says the EU’s anti-piracy mission

Germany has joined the international anti-pirate flotilla off Somalia. The German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung says the EU’s anti-piracy mission

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Belgian veteran searches for new prime minister

Belgium goes into Christmas mired in its third political crisis in twelve months, turning to a veteran power broker to find a new prime minister

Belgium goes into Christmas mired in its third political crisis in twelve months, turning to a veteran power broker to find a new prime minister

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No more cheap gas, says Russia

The west has been warned that the era of cheap natural gas is over. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s comments came as he hosted a summit

The west has been warned that the era of cheap natural gas is over. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s comments came as he hosted a summit

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Libya cancels Swiss flights

The ongoing row between Libya and Switzerland appears to have re-surfaced after Swiss Airlines announced it is to lose its last remaining flight to

The ongoing row between Libya and Switzerland appears to have re-surfaced after Swiss Airlines announced it is to lose its last remaining flight to

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Coup in Guinea following president's death

Military leaders in the west African state of Guinea have taken control of the country and suspended the constitution following the death of

Military leaders in the west African state of Guinea have taken control of the country and suspended the constitution following the death of

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Gas meeting prompts fears of pricing cartel

Moscow is hosting a meeting of gas exporting countries, which some analysts say could lead to the creation of an OPEC-style pricing cartel

Moscow is hosting a meeting of gas exporting countries, which some analysts say could lead to the creation of an OPEC-style pricing cartel

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New prime minister for Romania

Emil Boc is the new Romanian prime minister. He has been sworn into his role. He is the youngest ever Romanian leader and will lead a coalition

Emil Boc is the new Romanian prime minister. He has been sworn into his role. He is the youngest ever Romanian leader and will lead a coalition

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Belgium turns to political statesman over crisis

Belgium has turned to a veteran politician to broker a new government, after a scandal over the botched bail out of the Fortis bank forced the

Belgium has turned to a veteran politician to broker a new government, after a scandal over the botched bail out of the Fortis bank forced the

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Talking peace moves in Ankara: Israel and Turkey

The Israeli and Turkish prime ministers have met in Ankara. Ehud Olmert was keen to thank Turkey for its mediation role in negotiations between his

The Israeli and Turkish prime ministers have met in Ankara. Ehud Olmert was keen to thank Turkey for its mediation role in negotiations between his

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Egypt continues with diplomatic push over Gaza

A temporary ceasefire by Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip has not eased conditions for the 1.5 million Palestinians living in the stricken territory

A temporary ceasefire by Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip has not eased conditions for the 1.5 million Palestinians living in the stricken territory

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Europe seeks partnership with Brazil

With the IMF in their sights, EU leaders and the president of Brazil are preparing to target an organisation they believe is uncontrolled and

With the IMF in their sights, EU leaders and the president of Brazil are preparing to target an organisation they believe is uncontrolled and