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2008-12-29

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Belgian political veteran aims to break deadlock

Herman Van Rompuy is seen as the man with a plan, particularly by King Albert who asked him to form Belgium’s new government. At 61, he is set to

Herman Van Rompuy is seen as the man with a plan, particularly by King Albert who asked him to form Belgium’s new government. At 61, he is set to

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Death toll rises in Israel's "all-out war" with Hamas

For a third day running, Israel has pursued what it is calling its “war to the bitter end” with Hamas. As Gaza took a further pounding, sources in

For a third day running, Israel has pursued what it is calling its “war to the bitter end” with Hamas. As Gaza took a further pounding, sources in

Business

Rouble falls further

With Russia facing the possibility of its first recession in a decade, the rouble has continued to fall in value. On Monday, Moscow allowed the ninth

With Russia facing the possibility of its first recession in a decade, the rouble has continued to fall in value. On Monday, Moscow allowed the ninth

Business

Europe shares close higher

European shares finished Monday up, led by energy producers and mining companies thanks to higher oil and metals prices, but many traders are away

European shares finished Monday up, led by energy producers and mining companies thanks to higher oil and metals prices, but many traders are away

Business

GM and Chrysler bailout money starts

The two US carmakers that are in the greatest financial trouble have started getting taxpayers’ money to head off bankruptcy. This month and next

The two US carmakers that are in the greatest financial trouble have started getting taxpayers’ money to head off bankruptcy. This month and next

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Huge rallies in Egypt against Gaza air strikes

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Cairo to demonstrate against Israel’s air strikes in Gaza. With other rallies being held across Arab

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Cairo to demonstrate against Israel’s air strikes in Gaza. With other rallies being held across Arab

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Aid groups send out Gaza SOS

Aid organisations say medical supplies and food are urgently needed in Gaza. Even before the airstrikes, a blockade on the territory by the Israeli

Aid organisations say medical supplies and food are urgently needed in Gaza. Even before the airstrikes, a blockade on the territory by the Israeli

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Barak tries to justify "war without mercy"

Against a backdrop of mounting international criticism, Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak has attempted to justify what he called a “war without

Against a backdrop of mounting international criticism, Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak has attempted to justify what he called a “war without

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Death toll rises in Israel's "all-out war" with Hamas

For a third day running, Israel has pursued what it is calling its “war to the bitter end” with Hamas. As Gaza took a further pounding, sources in

For a third day running, Israel has pursued what it is calling its “war to the bitter end” with Hamas. As Gaza took a further pounding, sources in

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High turnout, tight security in Bangladesh poll

Tens of millions of Bangladeshis have voted in a general election in the hope of putting an end to two years of emergency rule. The results are

Tens of millions of Bangladeshis have voted in a general election in the hope of putting an end to two years of emergency rule. The results are

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Belgium's 'reluctant' prime minister

He said he didn’t want the top job, but Herman Van Rompuy now finds himself charged with the almost impossible task of forming Belgium’s next

He said he didn’t want the top job, but Herman Van Rompuy now finds himself charged with the almost impossible task of forming Belgium’s next

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Hamas targets obliterated in Gaza raids

Hamas sites have been reduced to rubble as Israel relentlessly pursues its air raids. Broadening their targets to include the Islamists’ government

Hamas sites have been reduced to rubble as Israel relentlessly pursues its air raids. Broadening their targets to include the Islamists’ government

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Beirut protest in support of Palestinians

Expressing their solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza, thousands of people have gathered in Beirut in Lebanon. The rally was called by the

Expressing their solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza, thousands of people have gathered in Beirut in Lebanon. The rally was called by the

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Russian gas guarantees for Europe

Energy giant Gazprom has reassured western Europe amid fears it could suffer supply cuts as a result of a gas dispute involving Russia and Ukraine

Energy giant Gazprom has reassured western Europe amid fears it could suffer supply cuts as a result of a gas dispute involving Russia and Ukraine

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Understanding Central America's vital water needs

The lack of safe drinkable water remains a pressing issue across the globe. In Central America, a group of Italian NGOs have organised a water fact

The lack of safe drinkable water remains a pressing issue across the globe. In Central America, a group of Italian NGOs have organised a water fact

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Swathes of Gaza lie in ruins

Daybreak brought the first clear view of the destruction suffered by people in Gaza overnight. Homes, offices, shops and more lay in ruins. Although

Daybreak brought the first clear view of the destruction suffered by people in Gaza overnight. Homes, offices, shops and more lay in ruins. Although

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Tight security in landmark Bangladesh election

Bangladesh has been voting in a landmark parliamentary election aimed at restoring democracy after two years of emergency rule. An alliance led by

Bangladesh has been voting in a landmark parliamentary election aimed at restoring democracy after two years of emergency rule. An alliance led by

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Israeli tanks mass on Gaza border

There has been no let-up in the bombardment by Israeli aircraft of the Gaza Strip today, the third consecutive day of aerial attacks. Some 315

There has been no let-up in the bombardment by Israeli aircraft of the Gaza Strip today, the third consecutive day of aerial attacks. Some 315

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"Reluctant" Van Rompuy tries to form Belgian govt

He is being dubbed the “reluctant” prime minister. Despite repeatedly stressing he didn’t want the job, Herman Van Rompuy has bowed to pressure and

He is being dubbed the “reluctant” prime minister. Despite repeatedly stressing he didn’t want the job, Herman Van Rompuy has bowed to pressure and

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Israeli Arab killed by Palestinian rocket

An Israeli man has been killed in a Palestinian rocket attack on the Israeli city of Ashkelon today. Around 15 people were also injured when the

An Israeli man has been killed in a Palestinian rocket attack on the Israeli city of Ashkelon today. Around 15 people were also injured when the

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Huge mass held in support of the family in Madrid

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the centre of Madrid for a Mass aimed at promoting traditional family values. The service in the Plaza de

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the centre of Madrid for a Mass aimed at promoting traditional family values. The service in the Plaza de

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Van Rompuy begins work on new Belgian coalition

The speaker of Belgium’s Parliament will begin work today on forming a new government, after stepping in to save the country from its third political

The speaker of Belgium’s Parliament will begin work today on forming a new government, after stepping in to save the country from its third political

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Day Three: Israel's airstrikes on Gaza continue

Israel’s bombardment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip has continued into a third day. The Hamas faction said warplanes pounded the Islamic

Israel’s bombardment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip has continued into a third day. The Hamas faction said warplanes pounded the Islamic

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UNRWA: Gaza aid operation "virtually impossible"

While many demonstrated against the violence, others wanted to draw attention to the growing humanitarian crisis which is unfolding in the Gaza

While many demonstrated against the violence, others wanted to draw attention to the growing humanitarian crisis which is unfolding in the Gaza

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Israeli ground-forces amass at Gaza border

Throughout the day, heavy Israeli armour was moved close to the Gaza border. Whatever the Israeli government said about not planning to re-occupy the

Throughout the day, heavy Israeli armour was moved close to the Gaza border. Whatever the Israeli government said about not planning to re-occupy the