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2009-04-08

Science_technology

Looking inside the Sun

The mysteries of the Sun are slowly being unravelled as scientists pioneer new techniques to look inside our star. European researchers are using

The mysteries of the Sun are slowly being unravelled as scientists pioneer new techniques to look inside our star. European researchers are using

Culture

Neptune of junk towers over El Hierro

The Canary island of El Hierro now boasts a huge sculpture of Neptune, the work of Spanish artist Ruben Armiche, who created it from rubbish dumped

The Canary island of El Hierro now boasts a huge sculpture of Neptune, the work of Spanish artist Ruben Armiche, who created it from rubbish dumped

Science_technology

Chinese pensioner designs stair-climbing chair

Li Rongbiao had been looking forward to a quiet retirement. But after he left his job aged 65 a few years ago, his wife had an accident.

Li Rongbiao had been looking forward to a quiet retirement. But after he left his job aged 65 a few years ago, his wife had an accident.

Europe

I want my voter turnout - MTV! Help!

In 1979, the European elections saw 63 percent voter turnout. By 2004, the rate for 18-24-year-olds had fallen to around 40 percent. So, once

In 1979, the European elections saw 63 percent voter turnout. By 2004, the rate for 18-24-year-olds had fallen to around 40 percent. So, once

Europe

Slovak police custody of Roma boys stirs outrage

Video taken in a police station in Slovakia shows Roma boys forced to hit each other. Slovak newspaper SME reports that the Kosice police set their

Video taken in a police station in Slovakia shows Roma boys forced to hit each other. Slovak newspaper SME reports that the Kosice police set their

News

Indonesia gears up for parliamentary poll

The world’s third largest democracy, Indonesia, is getting ready to vote on Thursday in parliamentary elections seen as crucial to the country’s

The world’s third largest democracy, Indonesia, is getting ready to vote on Thursday in parliamentary elections seen as crucial to the country’s

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State funeral planned for Italy's quake dead

Field camps are dotted across the quake-stricken Abruzzo region in Italy, providing temporary shelter for survivors. But many are asking how long

Field camps are dotted across the quake-stricken Abruzzo region in Italy, providing temporary shelter for survivors. But many are asking how long

News

Bouteflika widely expected to win Algeria's poll

Algerians go to the polls tomorrow in a vote that is widely seen as a foregone conclusion. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win. The

Algerians go to the polls tomorrow in a vote that is widely seen as a foregone conclusion. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win. The

News

G20 death probe intensifies as video emerges

British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has warned that police could face charges after video footage showed an officer appearing to strike a man who

British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has warned that police could face charges after video footage showed an officer appearing to strike a man who

News

Romania rejects claims it stirred Moldova unrest

There has been no repeat of yesterday’s violence in Moldova but protesters continue to denounce last weekend’s parliamentary election. They maintain

There has been no repeat of yesterday’s violence in Moldova but protesters continue to denounce last weekend’s parliamentary election. They maintain

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Brief moment of joy in quake devastation

With the spectre of death all around, there are few light moments in the earthquake-devastated mountainous Abruzzo region of Italy. But one

With the spectre of death all around, there are few light moments in the earthquake-devastated mountainous Abruzzo region of Italy. But one

News

The poverty fuelling Moldova's election unrest

The ransacking of Moldova’s parliament has drawn parallels with the unrest that followed disputed elections in Ukraine and Georgia. It has laid

The ransacking of Moldova’s parliament has drawn parallels with the unrest that followed disputed elections in Ukraine and Georgia. It has laid

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Algeria suffering from failure to diversify

Oil is the lifeblood of the Algerian economy and the engine driving the country’s growth in recent years. It accounts for 45 percent of Gross

Oil is the lifeblood of the Algerian economy and the engine driving the country’s growth in recent years. It accounts for 45 percent of Gross

News

Post-earthquake looting prompts crackdown in Italy

As earthquake survivors struggle to salvage what is left of their belongings, others are trying to get there first. That is why Italy is cracking

As earthquake survivors struggle to salvage what is left of their belongings, others are trying to get there first. That is why Italy is cracking

Business

Germany boosts car scrapping scheme

Germany is to increase the amount of money available for its car scrapping subsidy. The scheme pays a cash bonus to drivers who trade in cars that

Germany is to increase the amount of money available for its car scrapping subsidy. The scheme pays a cash bonus to drivers who trade in cars that

Business

Iceland cuts interest rate

Iceland’s central bank cut its key interest rate from 17 percent to 15.5 percent. It is the second cut in a month. The cost of borrowing reached

Iceland’s central bank cut its key interest rate from 17 percent to 15.5 percent. It is the second cut in a month. The cost of borrowing reached

Business

ArcelorMittal to cut production further

The world’s largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, has confirmed more production cuts in Europe. After a meeting between senior management and the

The world’s largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, has confirmed more production cuts in Europe. After a meeting between senior management and the

Business

Daimler sees gradual earnings improvement

As it held its annual general meeting, German luxury car company Daimler found itself facing not just financial pressures but also angry workers and

As it held its annual general meeting, German luxury car company Daimler found itself facing not just financial pressures but also angry workers and

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Police on hand as quake survivors retrieve property

Survivors of Italy’s earthquake have been returning to their ruined homes to try to salvage what is left of their belongings. But, with many

Survivors of Italy’s earthquake have been returning to their ruined homes to try to salvage what is left of their belongings. But, with many

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Clown therapy seeks to help quake's children

As rescue efforts continue in central Italy following Monday’s earthquake, a team of clowns have arrived in L’Aquila to offer some moral support to

As rescue efforts continue in central Italy following Monday’s earthquake, a team of clowns have arrived in L’Aquila to offer some moral support to

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Second night outdoors for Italy's quake survivors

Displaced people have spent a second night under canvas in bitterly cold temperatures. Tent camps are now the living quarters for many of the

Displaced people have spent a second night under canvas in bitterly cold temperatures. Tent camps are now the living quarters for many of the

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Safe landing for Soyuz

The Soyuz space capsule carrying the world’s first double space tourist and its Russian American crew has returned to earth. Coming down safely

The Soyuz space capsule carrying the world’s first double space tourist and its Russian American crew has returned to earth. Coming down safely

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Italian earthquake claims 250 dead

As the sun rose over L’Aquila today revealing further destruction, there was more gloom with the news that the town’s death toll has also risen

As the sun rose over L’Aquila today revealing further destruction, there was more gloom with the news that the town’s death toll has also risen

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Romania accused over Moldova riots

Bracing for a third day of angry anti-government protests, Moldova’s president has accused neighbouring Romania of involvement. Anti-Communist

Bracing for a third day of angry anti-government protests, Moldova’s president has accused neighbouring Romania of involvement. Anti-Communist