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2009-03-05

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Bashir hits back at Hague court

Sudan’s leader is striking back at the International Criminal Court. President Omar al-Bashir has condemned the tribunal’s call for his arrest as a

Sudan’s leader is striking back at the International Criminal Court. President Omar al-Bashir has condemned the tribunal’s call for his arrest as a

Business

Arab woman seek a bigger business voice

Business women and politicians from the Middle East and Europe have gathered in Paris for a conference held by the Arab International Women’s Forum

Business women and politicians from the Middle East and Europe have gathered in Paris for a conference held by the Arab International Women’s Forum

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NGOs slam expulsion from Darfur

Aid agencies are running the world’s largest humanitarian operation in Darfur. International experts say at least 200,000 people have died there

Aid agencies are running the world’s largest humanitarian operation in Darfur. International experts say at least 200,000 people have died there

Europe

Urban facelift to beautify Brussels

A French architect has won the right to revamp the European Quarter of Brussels, often denounced as a concrete ghetto. Christian de Portzamparc’s

A French architect has won the right to revamp the European Quarter of Brussels, often denounced as a concrete ghetto. Christian de Portzamparc’s

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Neighbourly spat on the Adriatic coast

Just where is the boundary between Croatia and Slovenia? The question has been a divisive one for the two countries for years. With Croatia

Just where is the boundary between Croatia and Slovenia? The question has been a divisive one for the two countries for years. With Croatia

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EU's gas fears ease but Ukraine's troubles deepen

The EU is watching the latest gas dispute in Ukraine with concern, despite an apparent easing of the threat to western supplies. Russian energy

The EU is watching the latest gas dispute in Ukraine with concern, despite an apparent easing of the threat to western supplies. Russian energy

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NATO restores formal contacts with Russia

NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed to restore formal ties with Russia. Attending her first NATO summit, US Secretary of

NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed to restore formal ties with Russia. Attending her first NATO summit, US Secretary of

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Palestinian shot dead after digger rampage

A Palestinian man has been shot dead after driving a digger into a police car and bus in Jerusalem. Describing the incident as a terrorist

A Palestinian man has been shot dead after driving a digger into a police car and bus in Jerusalem. Describing the incident as a terrorist

Business

Thursday 5th March

European shares finished the day down 4.5 on word that euro zone GDP fell by a record 1.5 percent in the final quarter of last year and as the

European shares finished the day down 4.5 on word that euro zone GDP fell by a record 1.5 percent in the final quarter of last year and as the

Europe

Calls for talks as Opel saga worsens.

Five European countries in which jobs are threatened by the troubles at car-maker Opel have been called together to discuss what to do. With

Five European countries in which jobs are threatened by the troubles at car-maker Opel have been called together to discuss what to do. With

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Economic moves to avoid China crisis

The economic crisis is so widespread, it is even touching on recurring political themes in China. At the opening of the annual session of the

The economic crisis is so widespread, it is even touching on recurring political themes in China. At the opening of the annual session of the

Europe

Legal defeat for France over fishermens' nets.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that drift nets used by French fishermen to catch tuna are illegal. Drift nets were banned in 2002 and the

The European Court of Justice has ruled that drift nets used by French fishermen to catch tuna are illegal. Drift nets were banned in 2002 and the

Culture

Cartoon Movie for those in the business of animation

Cartoon Movie is a forum for those in the business looking to produce, finance and distribute animated films. After 10-years in Babelsberg Studios

Cartoon Movie is a forum for those in the business looking to produce, finance and distribute animated films. After 10-years in Babelsberg Studios

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European and UK central banks cut interest rates

The European Central Bank has cut interest rates for the euro zone by 0.5 percent to a record low of 1.5 percent. The ECB has also slashed its

The European Central Bank has cut interest rates for the euro zone by 0.5 percent to a record low of 1.5 percent. The ECB has also slashed its

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Chavez takes over rice plant

The Venezuelan President has ordered the take over of a rice-processing plant owned by the American food giant Cargill. Hugo Chavez has accused the

The Venezuelan President has ordered the take over of a rice-processing plant owned by the American food giant Cargill. Hugo Chavez has accused the

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Backlash over Bashir warrant hits aid work

Humanitarian operations in Sudan may be paying the price for the war crimes warrant issued against the country’s President, Omar al-Bashir. In

Humanitarian operations in Sudan may be paying the price for the war crimes warrant issued against the country’s President, Omar al-Bashir. In

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China optimistic about 2009 growth

There have been words of caution about a difficult year ahead for China, but optimism nonetheless about expected growth. The Chinese Premier Wen

There have been words of caution about a difficult year ahead for China, but optimism nonetheless about expected growth. The Chinese Premier Wen

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Deal ends weeks of unrest in Guadeloupe

A general strike that crippled the French island of Guadeloupe for six weeks has ended with an agreement between unions and the government. The

A general strike that crippled the French island of Guadeloupe for six weeks has ended with an agreement between unions and the government. The

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NATO reviews relations with Russia

NATO leaders are meeting in Brussels to decide whether to restore formal ties with Russia. Despite lingering tension, officials say the alliance’s

NATO leaders are meeting in Brussels to decide whether to restore formal ties with Russia. Despite lingering tension, officials say the alliance’s

News

Swiss banking giant refuses to give more US names

Under pressure from the US government to divulge more information about secret accounts, Switzerland’s largest bank is standing its ground. Under

Under pressure from the US government to divulge more information about secret accounts, Switzerland’s largest bank is standing its ground. Under

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NATO to discuss resuming Russia ties

Nato leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday are set to decide whether to resume formal ties with Russia. Despite lingering tensions, the

Nato leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday are set to decide whether to resume formal ties with Russia. Despite lingering tensions, the

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China says ready to talk peace with Taiwan

At the start of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese leadership has made fresh overtures to neighbouring Taiwan

At the start of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese leadership has made fresh overtures to neighbouring Taiwan