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2009-01-12

Europe

The euro - coining an idea

It is ten years since the euro came into existence as the currency for 11 European countries on 1 January 1999. A decade on, we ask what was the

It is ten years since the euro came into existence as the currency for 11 European countries on 1 January 1999. A decade on, we ask what was the

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Gas solidarity eludes EU

From a senior official at EU ministers’ talks came the warning: “We are touching the limit of European solidarity at the moment it should come into

From a senior official at EU ministers’ talks came the warning: “We are touching the limit of European solidarity at the moment it should come into

Europe

Frattini's bid for Croatia-Slovenia accord

In a bid to unblock Croatia’s progress in European Union accession talks, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has urged it and its neighbour

In a bid to unblock Croatia’s progress in European Union accession talks, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has urged it and its neighbour

Europe

Blair's guiding star power for EU

Tony Blair is busy mediating for peace in the Middle East for the moment but European institutional stardom is said to be winking on his horizon

Tony Blair is busy mediating for peace in the Middle East for the moment but European institutional stardom is said to be winking on his horizon

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Bush defends his record in final news conference

President Bush has defended his years in power at a farewell press conference before stepping down next week. He insisted his failed bid to broker a

President Bush has defended his years in power at a farewell press conference before stepping down next week. He insisted his failed bid to broker a

Business

VW meets 2008 sales targets

Volkswagen has bucked the industry trend as it met its forecast for group sales growth last year. Europe’s largest carmaker saw a 0.6 percent

Volkswagen has bucked the industry trend as it met its forecast for group sales growth last year. Europe’s largest carmaker saw a 0.6 percent

Business

UK taxpayers end up with big Lloyds-HBOS stake

The British government is to take a more than 43 percent stake in the merged banking group formed by troubled lenders Lloyds TSB and HBOS. It is

The British government is to take a more than 43 percent stake in the merged banking group formed by troubled lenders Lloyds TSB and HBOS. It is

Business

Air France-KLM takes Alitalia stake

Alitalia’s directors have approved the sale of a 25 percent stake to Air France-KLM for just over 320 million euros. That came one day before the

Alitalia’s directors have approved the sale of a 25 percent stake to Air France-KLM for just over 320 million euros. That came one day before the

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Israel ground offensive appears to widen

While the ground offensive appears to be taking a new turn, Israeli warplanes reduced their number of air raids on Gaza last night. On Sunday

While the ground offensive appears to be taking a new turn, Israeli warplanes reduced their number of air raids on Gaza last night. On Sunday

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Israel moves into densely populated Gaza

The Israeli army is moving deeper into densely populated areas of Gaza on the 17th day of its offensive against Hamas. It has also deployed

The Israeli army is moving deeper into densely populated areas of Gaza on the 17th day of its offensive against Hamas. It has also deployed

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Deal at last in Russian gas dispute

Hopes of a deal have been raised and then dashed several times over the past week. But it seems this time the gas really may start to flow again

Hopes of a deal have been raised and then dashed several times over the past week. But it seems this time the gas really may start to flow again

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What next for Israel after Gaza?

Hamas rockets landed in southern Israel again today, despite 17 days of fighting in Gaza designed to smash the militants’ ability to launch missiles

Hamas rockets landed in southern Israel again today, despite 17 days of fighting in Gaza designed to smash the militants’ ability to launch missiles

Science_technology

How heavier food could lead to a longer life

There are many old wives’ tales on extending your youth but scientists at the Retrotope biotech firm in Moscow think they’re on to something

There are many old wives’ tales on extending your youth but scientists at the Retrotope biotech firm in Moscow think they’re on to something

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Reward offered for Mladic capture

A new reward of one million euros has been offered for the capture of Bosnian Serb fugutive Ratko Mladic. Serbian police have put up wanted

A new reward of one million euros has been offered for the capture of Bosnian Serb fugutive Ratko Mladic. Serbian police have put up wanted

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Questions over "3rd phase" of Israeli offensive

On the 17th day of the conflict, Israeli soldiers have been fighting fierce gunbattle with Hamas militants as they move deeper into densely populated

On the 17th day of the conflict, Israeli soldiers have been fighting fierce gunbattle with Hamas militants as they move deeper into densely populated

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Lawsuit against Basque premier thrown out

Judges in Spain’s Basque region have thrown out a lawsuit against the regional premier Juan Jose Ibarretxe. He had appeared in court on Thursday

Judges in Spain’s Basque region have thrown out a lawsuit against the regional premier Juan Jose Ibarretxe. He had appeared in court on Thursday

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Israel deploys reserve units in Gaza

Israel has reduced its number of air raids on the Gaza Strip while increasing its ground offensive by deploying reserve units. It is the first

Israel has reduced its number of air raids on the Gaza Strip while increasing its ground offensive by deploying reserve units. It is the first

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Talks in Brussels over gas reliance

A deal may have been clinched in the Russia-Ukraine gas row, but the big questions remain unanswered: when will supplies be fully restored, and how

A deal may have been clinched in the Russia-Ukraine gas row, but the big questions remain unanswered: when will supplies be fully restored, and how

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Russian gas taps off and then on again

It is turning out to be the on-again-off-again deal to resolve the gas row between Russia and Ukraine. Gas monopoly Gazprom says Ukraine has now

It is turning out to be the on-again-off-again deal to resolve the gas row between Russia and Ukraine. Gas monopoly Gazprom says Ukraine has now

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Simmering gas row threatens EU supplies again

A deal to restore Russian gas supplies via Ukraine to Europe appears to be on the verge of collapse after Moscow rejected handwritten “amendments”

A deal to restore Russian gas supplies via Ukraine to Europe appears to be on the verge of collapse after Moscow rejected handwritten “amendments”

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Death and destruction in Gaza

In Gaza every new day brings fresh bombardments. Now Israeli reservists are fighting on the ground in Gaza. The Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

In Gaza every new day brings fresh bombardments. Now Israeli reservists are fighting on the ground in Gaza. The Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

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Diplomatic efforts towards a ceasefire

As a concerted international attempt to secure a ceasefire in Gaza continues, Germany has stepped onto the diplomatic scene in Israel. Foreign

As a concerted international attempt to secure a ceasefire in Gaza continues, Germany has stepped onto the diplomatic scene in Israel. Foreign

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Winslet scoops two Golden Globes in Brit sweep

British actress Kate Winslet has won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globe awards. She was voted Best Actress for

British actress Kate Winslet has won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globe awards. She was voted Best Actress for

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American car makers go green to beat credit crunch

American car manufacturers are going green in a bid to beat the economic downturn. Consumers are to be offered fuel efficient, all electric or

American car manufacturers are going green in a bid to beat the economic downturn. Consumers are to be offered fuel efficient, all electric or