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2009-01-15

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Fire death trial for Thyssenkrupp bosses

Six managers at the German steel giant ThyssenKrupp have gone on trial in Italy over the deaths of seven employees in a fire in 2006. The head of

Six managers at the German steel giant ThyssenKrupp have gone on trial in Italy over the deaths of seven employees in a fire in 2006. The head of

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Intensive push for Gaza ceasefire

On the diplomatic front, intensive efforts continue to try to reach a ceasefire agreement. Hamas has told Egypt it will only agree to a year-long

On the diplomatic front, intensive efforts continue to try to reach a ceasefire agreement. Hamas has told Egypt it will only agree to a year-long

Europe

Czech joke art apology

The official unveiling of a controversial art installation, ‘Entropa’, in the atrium of the European Council building in Brussels has given the

The official unveiling of a controversial art installation, ‘Entropa’, in the atrium of the European Council building in Brussels has given the

Business

Recession drives down European car sales

New passenger car sales in Europe suffered their sharpest fall for 15 years in 2008. The association representing the carmaking industry says the

New passenger car sales in Europe suffered their sharpest fall for 15 years in 2008. The association representing the carmaking industry says the

Europe

Srebrenica contrition call

MEPs have called for the commemoration throughout the EU of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide (as declared by the International Criminal Tribunal for the

MEPs have called for the commemoration throughout the EU of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide (as declared by the International Criminal Tribunal for the

Europe

Illegal immigration, SIS II and biometrics

Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus have called on their European Union partners to help combat a growing wave of illegal immigrants. They cite

Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus have called on their European Union partners to help combat a growing wave of illegal immigrants. They cite

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Euro zone borrowing costs cut to two percent

The European Central Bank has lowered interest rates again. Differing comments from bank policymakers in recent days had left the financial

The European Central Bank has lowered interest rates again. Differing comments from bank policymakers in recent days had left the financial

Business

Jobs' medical leave announcement hits Apple shares

The saga of Apple’s boss Steve Jobs’ health has taken another turn hitting the company’s share price. It has been announced that Jobs is to take

The saga of Apple’s boss Steve Jobs’ health has taken another turn hitting the company’s share price. It has been announced that Jobs is to take

Business

Airbus beats strike-hit Boeing for deliveries

Mixed news from European plane maker Airbus as it beat its US rival Boeing for deliveries in 2008 but said it sees a tough year ahead. Airbus

Mixed news from European plane maker Airbus as it beat its US rival Boeing for deliveries in 2008 but said it sees a tough year ahead. Airbus

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Russia and Ukraine to discuss gas row at weekend

Frustration is growing in the European Union at the failure of Russia and Ukraine to solve their gas dispute which is badly affecting supplies to

Frustration is growing in the European Union at the failure of Russia and Ukraine to solve their gas dispute which is badly affecting supplies to

Science_technology

Curious rare mammal captured for the first time

Scientists have finally got their hands on one of the planet’s rarest and strangest creatures. The solenodon has been around since the end of the age

Scientists have finally got their hands on one of the planet’s rarest and strangest creatures. The solenodon has been around since the end of the age

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Sarkozy makes minor changes to cabinet line-up

Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a minor shake-up to his cabinet. One of the French President’s top lieutenants, Xavier Bertand, will now head the

Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a minor shake-up to his cabinet. One of the French President’s top lieutenants, Xavier Bertand, will now head the

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Hamas interior minister killed

Hamas’s leadership has suffered another blow. The group says its interior minister, Saeed Seyyam, has been killed in an airstrike. Seyyam had

Hamas’s leadership has suffered another blow. The group says its interior minister, Saeed Seyyam, has been killed in an airstrike. Seyyam had

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UN chief "outraged" by Gaza bombing

It is an attack the United Nations chief has called outrageous. The headquarters of UN relief agencies in Gaza has been hit by Israeli shells

It is an attack the United Nations chief has called outrageous. The headquarters of UN relief agencies in Gaza has been hit by Israeli shells

News

Chavez wins backing to run indefinitely

Hugo Chavez has won the first battle in a renewed bid to remain Venezuela’s president. The country’s parliament has approved amendments to the

Hugo Chavez has won the first battle in a renewed bid to remain Venezuela’s president. The country’s parliament has approved amendments to the

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Controversial Heathrow expansion gets green light

London has given the green light to build a controversial third runway at Heathrow, already the world’s busiest airport. The decision has been

London has given the green light to build a controversial third runway at Heathrow, already the world’s busiest airport. The decision has been

News

ECB cuts rates to two percent

The European Central Bank has lowered interest rates again. Differing comments from bank policymakers in recent days had left the financial

The European Central Bank has lowered interest rates again. Differing comments from bank policymakers in recent days had left the financial

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Ban Ki-moon "outraged" over shelling of UN In Gaza

After meeting the Israeli Foreign Minister in Tel Aviv, the UN Secretary General had this reaction to the strike on the UN offices in Gaza

After meeting the Israeli Foreign Minister in Tel Aviv, the UN Secretary General had this reaction to the strike on the UN offices in Gaza

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Some Israeli soldiers hope for ceasefire

There have been mixed messages from Israel about whether the assault on Gaza could soon end or be stepped up. Some analysts believe the deadline

There have been mixed messages from Israel about whether the assault on Gaza could soon end or be stepped up. Some analysts believe the deadline

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New gas talks in Moscow on Saturday

With still no sign of any Russian gas getting through to European countries in desperate need of supplies, new talks in Moscow have been arranged

With still no sign of any Russian gas getting through to European countries in desperate need of supplies, new talks in Moscow have been arranged

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UN suspends operations after Gaza offices hit

The United Nations has suspended its relief operations in Gaza after its headquarters came under Israeli fire. At least three people are said to have

The United Nations has suspended its relief operations in Gaza after its headquarters came under Israeli fire. At least three people are said to have

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US Senate to vote on bailout package

Barack Obama has renewed his pledge to make kickstarting the US economy a top priority in his first 100 days in office. The US president-elect

Barack Obama has renewed his pledge to make kickstarting the US economy a top priority in his first 100 days in office. The US president-elect

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Gaza aid arrives in Israel from Scandinavia

Israel has been harshly criticised for the humanitarian impact of its campaign against Hamas, being suffered by the general population of Gaza

Israel has been harshly criticised for the humanitarian impact of its campaign against Hamas, being suffered by the general population of Gaza

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Two dozen nations form battle-lines against pirates

The war against pirates operating off the Somali coast took a step forward with a gathering of 24 countries at the United Nations. It is an attempt

The war against pirates operating off the Somali coast took a step forward with a gathering of 24 countries at the United Nations. It is an attempt

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Bolivia cuts diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza

Bolivia and Venezuela have become the first countries in the world to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over the conflict in Gaza. President Evo

Bolivia and Venezuela have become the first countries in the world to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over the conflict in Gaza. President Evo

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Shock over French CJD trial verdict

A French court has acquitted six people, on trial in connection with the deaths of scores of patients who contracted Creutzfeld-Jakob disease after

A French court has acquitted six people, on trial in connection with the deaths of scores of patients who contracted Creutzfeld-Jakob disease after