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2009-01-16

Europe

Pirates cower where EU rides shotgun

To protect humanitarian aid for Somalia and trade plying the Gulf of Aden, the European Union’s first joint naval mission is under way. But European

To protect humanitarian aid for Somalia and trade plying the Gulf of Aden, the European Union’s first joint naval mission is under way. But European

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EU Baltic states struggle with recession

Despite gloom over growth, deficits and jobs, falling inflation may advance euro membership.

Despite gloom over growth, deficits and jobs, falling inflation may advance euro membership.

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Peace talks continue as the fighting goes on

As diplomatic activity to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip approaches fever pitch, there appears to be little real hope of an end to the conflict

As diplomatic activity to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip approaches fever pitch, there appears to be little real hope of an end to the conflict

Europe

Divorce: your place or mine?

Ten EU members want to go their separate ways over mixed-nationality divorces, but the European Commission is stopping them. EU law allows groups

Ten EU members want to go their separate ways over mixed-nationality divorces, but the European Commission is stopping them. EU law allows groups

Europe

US attacks EU over chicken

Pushing chlorine chicken as fair game for European consumers, the United States has launched a complaint with the World Trade Organisation. It is

Pushing chlorine chicken as fair game for European consumers, the United States has launched a complaint with the World Trade Organisation. It is

Business

World oil demand set to fall - IEA

World demand for oil will contract sharply this year according to the International Energy Agency The IEA, which advises industrialised nations

World demand for oil will contract sharply this year according to the International Energy Agency The IEA, which advises industrialised nations

Business

EU meets to help car makers

EU business and finance ministers have met in Brussels to work out ways to help the struggling European car industry hard hit by the credit crunch

EU business and finance ministers have met in Brussels to work out ways to help the struggling European car industry hard hit by the credit crunch

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Citigroup and Bank of America's results poor

Citigroup has unveiled a major restructuring under which will split in two and dump weaker businesses and troubled assets. At the same time it

Citigroup has unveiled a major restructuring under which will split in two and dump weaker businesses and troubled assets. At the same time it

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Plane crash pilot hailed a 'hero'

The Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg has hailed as a hero, the airline pilot who saved the lives of his passengers and crew by landing his

The Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg has hailed as a hero, the airline pilot who saved the lives of his passengers and crew by landing his

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Russia and Germany hope for swift gas solution

Germany and Russia say they are working hard to resolve Europe’s mid-winter gas crisis, by setting up an international consortium of companies to get

Germany and Russia say they are working hard to resolve Europe’s mid-winter gas crisis, by setting up an international consortium of companies to get

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Israel and US act to end arms smuggling into Gaza

The United States and Israel have signed a deal to stop the smuggling of weapons into Gaza from Egypt. The U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice

The United States and Israel have signed a deal to stop the smuggling of weapons into Gaza from Egypt. The U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice

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Hamas rejects Israeli terms for truce

The agreement between Israel and the United States to crack down on arms smuggling into Gaza is likely to further polarize opinion in the Arab world

The agreement between Israel and the United States to crack down on arms smuggling into Gaza is likely to further polarize opinion in the Arab world

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Kiev talks gas as European patience runs short

Ukraine’s hopes of bringing an end to the gas crisis have were dashed when a summit of six eastern European presidents was replaced by a lower level

Ukraine’s hopes of bringing an end to the gas crisis have were dashed when a summit of six eastern European presidents was replaced by a lower level

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Teenage protestor killed in Hebron

A teenage Palestinian demonstrator has been killed in clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron. Violence erupted during a

A teenage Palestinian demonstrator has been killed in clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron. Violence erupted during a

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US Senate frees up bail-out cash for hard-pressed homeowners

The US Senate has agreed to release the remaining 264 billion euros from the 530 billion euro financial bail-out aimed at stabilising the American

The US Senate has agreed to release the remaining 264 billion euros from the 530 billion euro financial bail-out aimed at stabilising the American

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Russia seeks Syrian and Iranian help on Gaza truce

Israel has sent its chief negotiator to Cairo again to discuss truce terms as pressure grows for an end to the conflict. At the same time

Israel has sent its chief negotiator to Cairo again to discuss truce terms as pressure grows for an end to the conflict. At the same time

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Russia and Germany hope for swift gas solution

Germany and Russia say they are working hard to resolve Europe’s mid-winter gas crisis, by setting up an international consortium of companies to get

Germany and Russia say they are working hard to resolve Europe’s mid-winter gas crisis, by setting up an international consortium of companies to get

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Gaza ceasefire close as Israel studies Hamas offer

There is fresh hope that Israel’s offensive in Gaza could be coming to an end. As diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire gather pace Israel says

There is fresh hope that Israel’s offensive in Gaza could be coming to an end. As diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire gather pace Israel says

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Pilot hailed as hero for Hudson 'miracle'

All 155 passengers and crew on board a US airliner, forced to ditch in New York’s Hudson River have had what is being described as a “miracle”

All 155 passengers and crew on board a US airliner, forced to ditch in New York’s Hudson River have had what is being described as a “miracle”

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Bush makes final TV address

George W. Bush has used a farewell speech to the American people to defend his presidency, as he prepares to stand down after eight years in the

George W. Bush has used a farewell speech to the American people to defend his presidency, as he prepares to stand down after eight years in the

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Anglo Irish bank to be nationalised

Ireland’s government is to take over the full ownership of the troubled Anglo Irish bank. It is the first nationalisation of its kind in the

Ireland’s government is to take over the full ownership of the troubled Anglo Irish bank. It is the first nationalisation of its kind in the

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Diplomacy offers hope for Gaza

After three weeks of tank-shells and air strikes, the Palestinian faction Hamas has said it is willing to agree to a year-long renewable truce if

After three weeks of tank-shells and air strikes, the Palestinian faction Hamas has said it is willing to agree to a year-long renewable truce if

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More efforts to resolve Ukraine-Russia gas row

A further push to resolve the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute is expected with several top level meetings scheduled within the next 48 hours. With much

A further push to resolve the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute is expected with several top level meetings scheduled within the next 48 hours. With much

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US jet crash-lands in New York's Hudson River

In a remarkable escape, passengers and crew of a stricken US jet had to scramble out onto the wings after it was forced to crash-land on the Hudson

In a remarkable escape, passengers and crew of a stricken US jet had to scramble out onto the wings after it was forced to crash-land on the Hudson