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2009-01-06

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Israel's strategy in Gaza

Israel’s decision to launch a land offensive seemed as unavoidable as it was risky: to not act would signal acceptance of Hamas’ rule of Gaza, but

Israel’s decision to launch a land offensive seemed as unavoidable as it was risky: to not act would signal acceptance of Hamas’ rule of Gaza, but

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Ukraine gas crisis: uncomfortable deja vu for Europe

The gas war has erupted again after three years marked by ups and downs between Moscow and Kiev over its cost. No deal, no supplies. It’s the same

The gas war has erupted again after three years marked by ups and downs between Moscow and Kiev over its cost. No deal, no supplies. It’s the same

Europe

Czech EU 'odd couple' will share presidency

The Czech leaders will share the duties of their country’s presidency of the European Union. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, for instance, will chair

The Czech leaders will share the duties of their country’s presidency of the European Union. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, for instance, will chair

Europe

Czech EU Presidency presents priorities

The Czech Republic, now steering the European Union’s rotating presidency, has been forced to move on quickly from its inaugural celebration. It must

The Czech Republic, now steering the European Union’s rotating presidency, has been forced to move on quickly from its inaugural celebration. It must

Business

Sales slump halts Toyota production

Toyota is planning to stop production at all of its Japanese plants for eleven days in February and March because of a slump in sales. That comes on

Toyota is planning to stop production at all of its Japanese plants for eleven days in February and March because of a slump in sales. That comes on

Business

December euro zone inflation lower than expected

Euro zone inflation plunged more than expected in December. The speed of decline in the inflation rate in the fifteen countries that were then using

Euro zone inflation plunged more than expected in December. The speed of decline in the inflation rate in the fifteen countries that were then using

Business

Crude boosted by Mideast tensions

Crude oil prices remain volatile, later on Tuesday they slipped back after earlier hitting a one-month high above 50 dollars a barrel. That spike was

Crude oil prices remain volatile, later on Tuesday they slipped back after earlier hitting a one-month high above 50 dollars a barrel. That spike was

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Israel counts cost of its fight with Hamas

The number of dead on both sides of the Gaza conflict continues to rise. Earlier, the funerals of three Israeli soldiers killed in so called friendly

The number of dead on both sides of the Gaza conflict continues to rise. Earlier, the funerals of three Israeli soldiers killed in so called friendly

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Gas crisis bites, as temperatures plunge

As winter bites, Russia’s energy dispute with Ukraine has cut and threatened to cut gas supplies across Europe and Turkey. The European Union

As winter bites, Russia’s energy dispute with Ukraine has cut and threatened to cut gas supplies across Europe and Turkey. The European Union

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Israeli tank shells hit UN school in Gaza

Israeli tank fire has reportedly killed at least 40 Palestinians and injured many more at a UN-run school in Gaza. Two tank shells exploded near to

Israeli tank fire has reportedly killed at least 40 Palestinians and injured many more at a UN-run school in Gaza. Two tank shells exploded near to

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Diplomatic efforts ramp up, as Gaza bleeds

Nicolas Sarkozy says he has some hope for a ceasefire in Gaza, and is returning to Egypt to work out the details of a peace plan. On the French

Nicolas Sarkozy says he has some hope for a ceasefire in Gaza, and is returning to Egypt to work out the details of a peace plan. On the French

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Israel expands Gaza offensive

Israel continues to pound Gaza in its bid to neutralise Hamas’ military threat. Israeli Apache helicopters rained missiles down over the coastal

Israel continues to pound Gaza in its bid to neutralise Hamas’ military threat. Israeli Apache helicopters rained missiles down over the coastal

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Aid agencies in firing line as Gaza crisis deepens

Aid agencies say Gaza is plunging deeper into a humanitarian crisis with each passing day of the Israeli offensive. In periods of relative calm

Aid agencies say Gaza is plunging deeper into a humanitarian crisis with each passing day of the Israeli offensive. In periods of relative calm

Culture

'Doubt' brings Streep & Seymour Hoffman together

Actors Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in a new film “Doubt” based on a Tony award-winning Broadway play. The story profiles a volatile

Actors Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in a new film “Doubt” based on a Tony award-winning Broadway play. The story profiles a volatile

Culture

New expo brings Indian art bang up to date

It is a taste of Indian art never before seen in such an all-encompassing collection in the UK. Bringing together 27 artists, the international

It is a taste of Indian art never before seen in such an all-encompassing collection in the UK. Bringing together 27 artists, the international

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EU threatens 3-way gas summit

Talks between Gazprom and the EU are planned in Berlin, but so far the company is standing firm. The Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev said

Talks between Gazprom and the EU are planned in Berlin, but so far the company is standing firm. The Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev said

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Hamas fire rockets further into Israel

Hamas has continued to fire rockets into Israel penetrating even further into its territory. The Israeli town of Gedera, some 45 kilometres north

Hamas has continued to fire rockets into Israel penetrating even further into its territory. The Israeli town of Gedera, some 45 kilometres north

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German and Austrian gas supplies severely disrupted

Germany and Austria say they’re feeling the impact of a cut in Russian gas to Ukraine. Austria has reported a 90 percent drop and Germany says

Germany and Austria say they’re feeling the impact of a cut in Russian gas to Ukraine. Austria has reported a 90 percent drop and Germany says

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Israel sets Hamas disarmament as truce condition

As Israel pushes ahead with its offensive against Hamas it has demanded the militant group be prevented from re-arming as a pre-condition for a

As Israel pushes ahead with its offensive against Hamas it has demanded the militant group be prevented from re-arming as a pre-condition for a

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EU "demands" that Russia deliver gas

The European Union has called for the immediate resumption of gas supplies to Europe. In a joint statement, the new Czech EU Presidency and the

The European Union has called for the immediate resumption of gas supplies to Europe. In a joint statement, the new Czech EU Presidency and the

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Sarkozy continues Middle East diplomatic mission

Nicolas Sarkozy has held talks with Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad in Damascus as he continues his diplomatic effort to obtain a ceasefire in Gaza

Nicolas Sarkozy has held talks with Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad in Damascus as he continues his diplomatic effort to obtain a ceasefire in Gaza

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Rescue plane spots 'distress call' Vendee yacht

A chilean rescue plane is reported to have spotted the boat of a participant in the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race who had issued a

A chilean rescue plane is reported to have spotted the boat of a participant in the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race who had issued a

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Injured flee Gaza as hospitals overwhelmed

With emergency services overwhelmed injured Gazans are getting to hospital in any way they can. Taxis have been commandeered to ferry the

With emergency services overwhelmed injured Gazans are getting to hospital in any way they can. Taxis have been commandeered to ferry the

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Obama picks fomer Clinton aide as CIA head

He has not been officially inaugurated yet, but the hard work has already started for US President-elect Barack Obama. Having moved to Washington

He has not been officially inaugurated yet, but the hard work has already started for US President-elect Barack Obama. Having moved to Washington

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Russia reduces gas flows to Europe via Ukraine

Russia has reduced gas supplies sent to Europe via Ukraine, after allegations that Kiev is siphoning some off. Kiev has denied the claims and says

Russia has reduced gas supplies sent to Europe via Ukraine, after allegations that Kiev is siphoning some off. Kiev has denied the claims and says