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2009-04-17

Europe

European Socialists divided before election

There is more than a whiff of turmoil among the European Socialists in the countdown to June’s elections. Opinion polls suggest that they will be

There is more than a whiff of turmoil among the European Socialists in the countdown to June’s elections. Opinion polls suggest that they will be

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Cuba-US relations to top Summit of Americas

As leaders gather in Trinidad and Tobago for ‘the fifth Summit of the Americas, there are signs of a softening in relations between the US and Cuba

As leaders gather in Trinidad and Tobago for ‘the fifth Summit of the Americas, there are signs of a softening in relations between the US and Cuba

Business

Friday 17th April

European shares finished up over one percent, rising for the sixth straight week. Investors were cheered by news from across the Atlantic – the

European shares finished up over one percent, rising for the sixth straight week. Investors were cheered by news from across the Atlantic – the

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Experience shows internet file-sharing is not easy to police

The three young founders of the “The Pirate Bay” and their financial backer have been caught in the tightening vice of legislation surrounding

The three young founders of the “The Pirate Bay” and their financial backer have been caught in the tightening vice of legislation surrounding

Europe

"The last dictator in Europe" invited to EU summit

The man America called “the last dictator in Europe” – the President of Belarus – has been invited to a European Union summit on partnership with

The man America called “the last dictator in Europe” – the President of Belarus – has been invited to a European Union summit on partnership with

Europe

Report on EU puts emphasis on increased credibility

A leading French think-tank says the European Union must emerge from the global economic crisis more credible and influential in world affairs. The

A leading French think-tank says the European Union must emerge from the global economic crisis more credible and influential in world affairs. The

Business

GE profit fall not as bad as feared

General Electric has reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit. The largest US conglomerate is seen as a good gauge of the state of the

General Electric has reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit. The largest US conglomerate is seen as a good gauge of the state of the

Business

VW likely takes top car spot

The world probably has a new number one carmaker. Sales figures for the first three months of the year show Volkswagen is likely to have

The world probably has a new number one carmaker. Sales figures for the first three months of the year show Volkswagen is likely to have

Business

New leadership for Chrysler?

Struggling US carmaker Chrysler could get a whole new board of directors and possibly a different boss if it completes a planned alliance with

Struggling US carmaker Chrysler could get a whole new board of directors and possibly a different boss if it completes a planned alliance with

Business

ECB and IMF heads give recovery views

The head of the European Central Bank is leading calls for bold action to ensure the global economy recovers by next year. In a speech in Tokyo

The head of the European Central Bank is leading calls for bold action to ensure the global economy recovers by next year. In a speech in Tokyo

Business

Sony Ericsson cuts more workers

Two thousand more jobs are to go at Sony Ericsson. The mobile phone maker will cut 20 percent of its workforce as poor sales led to a

Two thousand more jobs are to go at Sony Ericsson. The mobile phone maker will cut 20 percent of its workforce as poor sales led to a

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File-sharing site founders jailed for copyright breach

The four Swedish founders of one of the world’s biggest free file-sharing website have been sentenced to a year in jail and a 2.7 million euro fine

The four Swedish founders of one of the world’s biggest free file-sharing website have been sentenced to a year in jail and a 2.7 million euro fine

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Tadic visits Kosovo one year after declaration of independence

In a move that appeared designed to remind the world of Serbia’s objections to Kosovan independence, Serbian President, Boris Tadic spent Orthodox

In a move that appeared designed to remind the world of Serbia’s objections to Kosovan independence, Serbian President, Boris Tadic spent Orthodox

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UK to review 'snooping' law

The British government says local authorities must stop using powers to spy on people for trivial matters. Under the current law councils can

The British government says local authorities must stop using powers to spy on people for trivial matters. Under the current law councils can

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German internet providers say "stop" to child porn

Five of Germany’s internet providers have agreed to block access to pages containing child pornography within six months. The legislation is

Five of Germany’s internet providers have agreed to block access to pages containing child pornography within six months. The legislation is

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Pakistan secures five billion dollars against militancy

A donor conference in Tokyo has managed to secure five billion dollars in aid for Pakistan, one billion more than the embattled south Asian country

A donor conference in Tokyo has managed to secure five billion dollars in aid for Pakistan, one billion more than the embattled south Asian country

Culture

Documentary Film Festival celebration

The documentary film festival “Visions du reel” in Nyon near Geneva, Switzerland, is celebrating a double anniversary. It first started in 1969

The documentary film festival “Visions du reel” in Nyon near Geneva, Switzerland, is celebrating a double anniversary. It first started in 1969

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Afghanistan hit by two quakes

At least 22 people are thought to have been killed in eastern Afghanistan after two earthquakes destroyed around 200 homes. Residents of

At least 22 people are thought to have been killed in eastern Afghanistan after two earthquakes destroyed around 200 homes. Residents of

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Enduring US-Cuba rift likely to dominate Summit of Americas.

Security is tight in Port of Spain as the Trinidad and Tobago capital plays host to more that 30 heads of government, including US President Barack

Security is tight in Port of Spain as the Trinidad and Tobago capital plays host to more that 30 heads of government, including US President Barack

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Founders of filesharing site guilty in copyright case

The four founders of a Swedish file-sharing web site have been jailed for a year each and handed down a 2.7 million euro fine. The verdict sets a

The four founders of a Swedish file-sharing web site have been jailed for a year each and handed down a 2.7 million euro fine. The verdict sets a

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Secret Bush-era memos justify "torture"

The US has released previously secret memos from the Bush era specifying that harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding did not constitute

The US has released previously secret memos from the Bush era specifying that harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding did not constitute

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Thai "Yellow shirt" leader's scrape with death

The founder of Thailand’s “yellow shirt” protest movement has had a lucky escape after his car was riddled with bullets during an assassination

The founder of Thailand’s “yellow shirt” protest movement has had a lucky escape after his car was riddled with bullets during an assassination

Europe

Combatting online images of child sexual abuse and exploitation

The Council of Europe and the European Commission are launching new initiatives to try to curb the distribution of such images. Europeans travels to

The Council of Europe and the European Commission are launching new initiatives to try to curb the distribution of such images. Europeans travels to

Science_technology

Interdisciplinary International Intercultural Studies

The International Space University is based in Strasbourg, France. Fifty students from all corners of the world are preparing for their future

The International Space University is based in Strasbourg, France. Fifty students from all corners of the world are preparing for their future

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Breaking down borders in Europe's gambling capital

Europe’s gambling capital lies in Slovenia, just over the border from Italy. Five years after Ljubljana joined the EU, Nova Gorica, the town built

Europe’s gambling capital lies in Slovenia, just over the border from Italy. Five years after Ljubljana joined the EU, Nova Gorica, the town built

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Obama backs Mexico's Calderon in drug war

Standing alongside his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon, US president Barack Obama has promised to help him in what he called his “courageous”

Standing alongside his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon, US president Barack Obama has promised to help him in what he called his “courageous”

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Twenty-four injured in German train crash

Twenty-four people were injured in Germany after a commuter train crashed into a freight train on the outskirts of Berlin on Thursday evening

Twenty-four people were injured in Germany after a commuter train crashed into a freight train on the outskirts of Berlin on Thursday evening