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2009-02-24

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Ex-Guantanamo inmates cleared by Paris court

An appeals court in Paris has overturned the terrorism convictions of five former French inmates at the US Guantanamo prison. Arrested in

An appeals court in Paris has overturned the terrorism convictions of five former French inmates at the US Guantanamo prison. Arrested in

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Start Wreck: NASA's new satellite fails on launch

Despite a successful take-off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, things quickly turned sour for NASA’s first ever mission to study

Despite a successful take-off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, things quickly turned sour for NASA’s first ever mission to study

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Jailed Russian tycoon moved to Moscow for trial

Jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been moved to Moscow for a new trial his defence fears could keep him behind bars for two more

Jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been moved to Moscow for a new trial his defence fears could keep him behind bars for two more

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Obama: US-Japan friendship "extremely important"

Japan’s prime minister has become the first foreign leader to visit America’s new president. As the met, Barack Obama assured Taro Aso that the

Japan’s prime minister has become the first foreign leader to visit America’s new president. As the met, Barack Obama assured Taro Aso that the

Europe

Poettering takes Netanyahu's peace pulse

Israel needs a “new approach to peace”, the president of the European Parliament has told Israeli Prime Minister Designate Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel needs a “new approach to peace”, the president of the European Parliament has told Israeli Prime Minister Designate Benjamin Netanyahu

Europe

Croatia, Slovenia still divided by border

No result has come out of a meeting between Slovenia and Croatia’s leaders as they continue to negotiate in a long-running border dispute. EU member

No result has come out of a meeting between Slovenia and Croatia’s leaders as they continue to negotiate in a long-running border dispute. EU member

Europe

Much ado about salty German bread

The soft German pretzel is alarmed it could be branded a salt risk but Brussels says it is over-reacting. After Bavarian bakers were reported to be

The soft German pretzel is alarmed it could be branded a salt risk but Brussels says it is over-reacting. After Bavarian bakers were reported to be

Business

Bernanke: US economy is in 'severe contraction'

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is warning the recession in the world’s largest economy could last beyond the end of this year unless

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is warning the recession in the world’s largest economy could last beyond the end of this year unless

Business

Tuesday: shares slide again

European shares finished in the red at a fresh six year closing low. The region’s investors remain concerned about the health of the financial

European shares finished in the red at a fresh six year closing low. The region’s investors remain concerned about the health of the financial

Business

Vodafone cuts UK workforce

The British mobile phone company Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to lay off about 500 people in the UK. That is around five percent of its

The British mobile phone company Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to lay off about 500 people in the UK. That is around five percent of its

Business

AIG may ask for more bailout money

American International Group – which was twice rescued last year by the US government – is reportedly in talks about getting more aid. Details

American International Group – which was twice rescued last year by the US government – is reportedly in talks about getting more aid. Details

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Sweden's Crown Princess to marry

Beautiful Princess to marry – her former fitness coach! It is not your traditional fairy tale. But this is 2009 and the young woman who is next in

Beautiful Princess to marry – her former fitness coach! It is not your traditional fairy tale. But this is 2009 and the young woman who is next in

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Knesset sworn in as Israel awaits new government

Israel has sworn in its new parliament against a backdrop of political uncertainty, with no new government yet in place. President Shimon Peres

Israel has sworn in its new parliament against a backdrop of political uncertainty, with no new government yet in place. President Shimon Peres

Culture

A musical match made in heaven

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Fazil Say believe that, in each other, they have found their musical soulmates.

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Fazil Say believe that, in each other, they have found their musical soulmates.

Culture

Fanning and Evans star in sci-fi flick Push

Push, starring Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning, is about a group of young Americans in Hong Kong. Endowed with psychic and other special powers, they

Push, starring Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning, is about a group of young Americans in Hong Kong. Endowed with psychic and other special powers, they

Science_technology

The early warning system you can wear

Clothes which can sound the alarm; from a firefighter’s suit which tells you when it is dangerously hot, to a bra which could diagnose breast cancer.

Clothes which can sound the alarm; from a firefighter’s suit which tells you when it is dangerously hot, to a bra which could diagnose breast cancer.

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France offers Italy "unlimited" nuclear partnership

Italy and France have agreed a new co-operation deal that could see Italy embrace nuclear power again, 21 years after voters rejected atomic energy

Italy and France have agreed a new co-operation deal that could see Italy embrace nuclear power again, 21 years after voters rejected atomic energy

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Carnival masks hide long faces at Frankfurt Boerse

As in the rest of Germany, it was carnival this morning at Frankfurt’s Boerse – in a bid to lighten the atmosphere in otherwise dark economic times

As in the rest of Germany, it was carnival this morning at Frankfurt’s Boerse – in a bid to lighten the atmosphere in otherwise dark economic times

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Obama prepares for landmark Congress speech

In his inaugural speech as president before Congress tonight, Barack Obama is expected to tell the American people how he plans to jolt his country

In his inaugural speech as president before Congress tonight, Barack Obama is expected to tell the American people how he plans to jolt his country

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Jailed Russian tycoon moved to Moscow

Jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been taken to Moscow from his prison in Siberia to face a new trial next month. Once

Jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been taken to Moscow from his prison in Siberia to face a new trial next month. Once

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Troubled launch for NASA's global warming mission

NASA’s first ever mission aimed at measuring carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere has failed. Despite a successful take-off from Vandenberg

NASA’s first ever mission aimed at measuring carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere has failed. Despite a successful take-off from Vandenberg

Europe

Europe Direct

How do I get a European subsidy? Is my diploma valid EU-wide? What is in the Lisbon Treaty? Can I receive my pension in another EU state? Where to

How do I get a European subsidy? Is my diploma valid EU-wide? What is in the Lisbon Treaty? Can I receive my pension in another EU state? Where to

Europe

Erasmus Mundus

The Erasmus language exchange programmes are well known, but there is also something called Erasmus Mundus. It was set up to promote higher education

The Erasmus language exchange programmes are well known, but there is also something called Erasmus Mundus. It was set up to promote higher education

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Pakistani Taliban announce indefinite Swat truce

Pro-Taliban fighters have declared an indefinite ceasefire in Pakistan’s restive Swat valley after a deal was struck to enforce Sharia law there

Pro-Taliban fighters have declared an indefinite ceasefire in Pakistan’s restive Swat valley after a deal was struck to enforce Sharia law there

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Carnival masks hide long faces at Frankfurt Boerse

As in the rest of Germany, it was carnival this morning at Frankfurt’s Boerse – in a bid to lighten the atmosphere in otherwise dark economic times

As in the rest of Germany, it was carnival this morning at Frankfurt’s Boerse – in a bid to lighten the atmosphere in otherwise dark economic times

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Obama attacks US budget deficit

America has been warned it faces more money worries if it does not put its economic house in order. President Obama told politicians, unions and

America has been warned it faces more money worries if it does not put its economic house in order. President Obama told politicians, unions and

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Guantanamo inmate alleges UK role in torture

The released Guantanamo inmate, Binyam Mohamed has returned to the UK accusing America of “torturing him in medieval ways.” The 30-year-old

The released Guantanamo inmate, Binyam Mohamed has returned to the UK accusing America of “torturing him in medieval ways.” The 30-year-old

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Romania and Italy discuss immigrant-linked crime

Romania’s foreign minister has agreed to send police to Italy to help investigate a spate of violent crimes allegedly carried out by Romanian

Romania’s foreign minister has agreed to send police to Italy to help investigate a spate of violent crimes allegedly carried out by Romanian