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2009-01-01

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Two new culture capitals for 2009

Vilnius is celebrating more than just the entry of 2009. This year it’s also one of the two European Capitals of Culture. The Lithuanian capital

Vilnius is celebrating more than just the entry of 2009. This year it’s also one of the two European Capitals of Culture. The Lithuanian capital

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Cuba celebrates 50 years of revolution

On January 1 1959, Fidel Castro proclaimed the “beginning of the Revolution” in Santiago, Cuba. While initially nationalist, the revolution soon

On January 1 1959, Fidel Castro proclaimed the “beginning of the Revolution” in Santiago, Cuba. While initially nationalist, the revolution soon

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Gas and Gaza lead Czech Republic's EU "to-do" list

Concerns are growing over the Czech Republic’s ability to lead the European Union at a time of multiple and fast-moving crises. Gas and Gaza head

Concerns are growing over the Czech Republic’s ability to lead the European Union at a time of multiple and fast-moving crises. Gas and Gaza head

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Ukrainian president optimistic in gas row

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko says he is hopeful of a compromise with Russia over gas supplies within the next few days. The Russian state

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko says he is hopeful of a compromise with Russia over gas supplies within the next few days. The Russian state

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No need for Gaza aid truce, Livni tells French

Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has reiterated her government’s rejection of a French proposition for a 48-hour ceasefire. Holding talks in

Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has reiterated her government’s rejection of a French proposition for a 48-hour ceasefire. Holding talks in

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Senior Hamas leader killed in Israeli air strike

On the sixth day of its Gaza offensive, Israel has struck its first deadly blow against the top ranks of Hamas. One of the Islamist group’s senior

On the sixth day of its Gaza offensive, Israel has struck its first deadly blow against the top ranks of Hamas. One of the Islamist group’s senior

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All change as Slovakia joins the euro club

They are ringing in the changes in Slovakia. The country has become the latest member of the eurozone and people are waiting to see if their fears

They are ringing in the changes in Slovakia. The country has become the latest member of the eurozone and people are waiting to see if their fears

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Celebrating 10 years of the euro

The single currency celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. With the entry of Slovakia on the 1st January 2009, the euro zone will include 16

The single currency celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. With the entry of Slovakia on the 1st January 2009, the euro zone will include 16

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Air raids fail to prevent rocket attacks on Israel

The air strikes on Gaza have not prevented further rocket attacks on Israel. The cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beersheba were again hit, although

The air strikes on Gaza have not prevented further rocket attacks on Israel. The cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beersheba were again hit, although

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Russia turns off the taps to Ukraine

Russia said it has cut off gas to Ukraine over a contract dispute but has increased supplies to the rest of Europe. In January 2006 when the state

Russia said it has cut off gas to Ukraine over a contract dispute but has increased supplies to the rest of Europe. In January 2006 when the state

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Czech Republic to announce cabinet reshuffle

Aiming to quell fears over its ability to lead the European Union, the Czech Republic said it will concentrate on the economy, external relations

Aiming to quell fears over its ability to lead the European Union, the Czech Republic said it will concentrate on the economy, external relations

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World parties despite gloomy predictions for 2009

The former US first couple, Bill and Hillary Clinton, got festivities underway in one of the world’s landmark New Year events – the party in New

The former US first couple, Bill and Hillary Clinton, got festivities underway in one of the world’s landmark New Year events – the party in New

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Fireworks may have caused Bangkok disco inferno

Fireworks let off inside one of Bangkok’s most upscale nightclubs during a New Year’s Eve party may be to blame for a fire that killed more than 60

Fireworks let off inside one of Bangkok’s most upscale nightclubs during a New Year’s Eve party may be to blame for a fire that killed more than 60

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Hamas buildings hit in new Israeli strikes on Gaza

The New Year has started in the same way as the old one ended in the Middle East with air strikes on Gaza. It came within hours of both Israel and

The New Year has started in the same way as the old one ended in the Middle East with air strikes on Gaza. It came within hours of both Israel and

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Stable Slovakia takes eurozone club to 16

The arrival of 2009 has special significance in Slovakia, with the country becoming the 16th member of the eurozone. Prime Minister Robert Fico

The arrival of 2009 has special significance in Slovakia, with the country becoming the 16th member of the eurozone. Prime Minister Robert Fico

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Czech takes over EU Presidency from France

The Czech Republic has taken the helm of the EU for a six-month stint. And it’s not going to be plain sailing. Prague must help the bloc tackle

The Czech Republic has taken the helm of the EU for a six-month stint. And it’s not going to be plain sailing. Prague must help the bloc tackle

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Arab countries call off New Year parties over Gaza

New Year celebrations in a number of Arab countries have been cancelled as a gesture of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. In Bethlehem, the

New Year celebrations in a number of Arab countries have been cancelled as a gesture of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. In Bethlehem, the

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Slovakia adopts the Euro

Slovakia has become the 16th country to join the Eurozone. From today, it has exchanged Slovak crowns for the central European currency. Lots

Slovakia has become the 16th country to join the Eurozone. From today, it has exchanged Slovak crowns for the central European currency. Lots

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Violence goes on in Gaza; UN rejects Arab calls

The ongoing Israeli air strikes on Gaza have claimed at least three more lives overnight, bringing the death toll in the Strip to almost 400. The

The ongoing Israeli air strikes on Gaza have claimed at least three more lives overnight, bringing the death toll in the Strip to almost 400. The

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Ball drops in Times Square as 2009 arrives

New Yorkers have seen in the new year in their own familiar way. Bill and Hilary Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took care of

New Yorkers have seen in the new year in their own familiar way. Bill and Hilary Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took care of

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Fireworks and light shows for New Year in Europe

The New Year has been welcomed in across Europe with spectacular light and firework shows. There were few signs of the 2008 credit crunch. In

The New Year has been welcomed in across Europe with spectacular light and firework shows. There were few signs of the 2008 credit crunch. In

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Scores dead and injured in Bangkok nightclub fire

A fire at a nightclub in Bangkok has killed at least 59 New Year revellers and injured more than 200. The blaze broke out at the Santika club on

A fire at a nightclub in Bangkok has killed at least 59 New Year revellers and injured more than 200. The blaze broke out at the Santika club on