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2009-04-22

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South Africa's next president

A controversial figure, particularly among South Africa’s white voters, Jacob Zuma is undoubtedly popular with the country’s black majority. Happy to

A controversial figure, particularly among South Africa’s white voters, Jacob Zuma is undoubtedly popular with the country’s black majority. Happy to

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South Africa -- an economy of contrasts

South Africa is a country of contrasts and its economy is no different – an economic powerhouse and the continent’s only member of the G20 on the one

South Africa is a country of contrasts and its economy is no different – an economic powerhouse and the continent’s only member of the G20 on the one

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Iran's anti-Israel speech sparks internal EU row

A decision by the Czech Republic to leave a UN conference following attacks against Israel by Iran has come under criticism from within the

A decision by the Czech Republic to leave a UN conference following attacks against Israel by Iran has come under criticism from within the

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Going Dutch: Belgium considers prison overflow in the Netherlands

Belgium is said to be in talks with the Netherlands to allow its prison inmates to serve out their sentences in Dutch jails. Belgium’s jails have

Belgium is said to be in talks with the Netherlands to allow its prison inmates to serve out their sentences in Dutch jails. Belgium’s jails have

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Bomb plot trial kicks off in Germany

Four men have gone on trial in Germany on accusations of planning a series of bomb attacks as destructive as the September 11 strikes on the

Four men have gone on trial in Germany on accusations of planning a series of bomb attacks as destructive as the September 11 strikes on the

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Spain crosses threshold into embryo screening

Spain has become the latest of a small number of countries to allow the genetic screening of embryos to check for certain types of cancer. It

Spain has become the latest of a small number of countries to allow the genetic screening of embryos to check for certain types of cancer. It

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German cabinet backs draft law tacklng internet paedophiles

The German cabinet has backed a new draft law that would make it harder to access child pornography online. The bill will oblige Internet

The German cabinet has backed a new draft law that would make it harder to access child pornography online. The bill will oblige Internet

Europe

Getting personal over Europe's fish

Brussels would like EU to consider a more liberal system to encourage sustainable fishing. Instead of annual catch allowances for each country’s

Brussels would like EU to consider a more liberal system to encourage sustainable fishing. Instead of annual catch allowances for each country’s

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Telecoms law for happier holidays

There is one thing less for Europeans to worry about this summer: The single market now applies to their phone bills while travelling in the European

There is one thing less for Europeans to worry about this summer: The single market now applies to their phone bills while travelling in the European

Business

No small beer for Heineken

The economic crisis may not be driving us all to drink as the global number three brewer Heineken has reported a worse-than expected drop in beer

The economic crisis may not be driving us all to drink as the global number three brewer Heineken has reported a worse-than expected drop in beer

Business

US house price rise sparks Europe rally

Europe’s markets all rallied with the exception of Zurich on Wednesday, with Madrid and Milan the star performers, both rising nearly two and a half

Europe’s markets all rallied with the exception of Zurich on Wednesday, with Madrid and Milan the star performers, both rising nearly two and a half

Business

Cameron slams Labour as "government of the living dead"

Little love for Alistair Darling on the opposition benches in the British parliament today after the Finance minister presented his 2009 budget

Little love for Alistair Darling on the opposition benches in the British parliament today after the Finance minister presented his 2009 budget

Business

FreddieMac boss Kellerman found dead

The acting chief executive officer of troubled US mortgage giant FreddieMac, David Kellerman, has been found dead at his home. Police say he had

The acting chief executive officer of troubled US mortgage giant FreddieMac, David Kellerman, has been found dead at his home. Police say he had

Business

3 top carmakers in trouble

More bad news from the car world with Volkswagen announcing a 76 percent drop in operating profits for the first quarter. It remained in the black

More bad news from the car world with Volkswagen announcing a 76 percent drop in operating profits for the first quarter. It remained in the black

Science_technology

Bilharzia and the 'fluke' discovery

Scientists researching a parasitic tropical disease have discovered that the condition might have some unexpected benefits. Bilharzia afflicts

Scientists researching a parasitic tropical disease have discovered that the condition might have some unexpected benefits. Bilharzia afflicts

Science_technology

A new text for parking

Parking meters have become a nightmare all across Europe. Not having the right change, or the right card. Walking miles to the meter, not knowing

Parking meters have become a nightmare all across Europe. Not having the right change, or the right card. Walking miles to the meter, not knowing

Culture

Balkanika rocks Brussels

Brussels has enjoyed three days of Balkan music at the Bozar Palace fine arts museum. The Transbalkanika Festival ran from 16th to 18th April.

Brussels has enjoyed three days of Balkan music at the Bozar Palace fine arts museum. The Transbalkanika Festival ran from 16th to 18th April.

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Suspected Islamic militants go on trial in Germany

Four men have gone on trial in Germany for allegedly planning a series of deadly attacks on US targets in 2007. The three Germans and one Turkish

Four men have gone on trial in Germany for allegedly planning a series of deadly attacks on US targets in 2007. The three Germans and one Turkish

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South African vote may undermine ANC

He is widely expected to be South Africa’s new president but Jacob Zuma’s ANC party is facing its toughest electoral challenge yet. He has the

He is widely expected to be South Africa’s new president but Jacob Zuma’s ANC party is facing its toughest electoral challenge yet. He has the

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Ahmadinejad lashes out at Israel again

The Iranian president has once again been lashing out at Israel – this time at a conference in the Iranian capital Tehran aimed at denouncing

The Iranian president has once again been lashing out at Israel – this time at a conference in the Iranian capital Tehran aimed at denouncing

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Somali teenager to be tried as adult in piracy case

Pirate leader or kidnap victim – those are the contrasting portraits of a Somali teenager being presented by the prosecution and defence before his

Pirate leader or kidnap victim – those are the contrasting portraits of a Somali teenager being presented by the prosecution and defence before his

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Voting starts in closely-fought South African poll

Voting has begun in South Africa’s closest election since the end of apartheid. The elderly, disabled people, pregnant women, new mothers and members

Voting has begun in South Africa’s closest election since the end of apartheid. The elderly, disabled people, pregnant women, new mothers and members

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French workers trash buildings over layoffs

It was the final straw for a group of French factory workers – their legal bid to block the planned closure of their plant had failed. In an

It was the final straw for a group of French factory workers – their legal bid to block the planned closure of their plant had failed. In an

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Germany's 3-way green power plant

The dream of safe, eco-friendly, green energy has seen Germany launch the world’s first hybrid power plant. Chancellor Angela Merkel laid the

The dream of safe, eco-friendly, green energy has seen Germany launch the world’s first hybrid power plant. Chancellor Angela Merkel laid the

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No charges for UK terror suspects

Nine people arrested in a suspected al Qaeda terror plot are to be deported from Britain, but will not face charges. Twelve people, eleven Pakistanis

Nine people arrested in a suspected al Qaeda terror plot are to be deported from Britain, but will not face charges. Twelve people, eleven Pakistanis

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Red Cross predicts Sri Lanka 'catastrophe'

Fears are growing for thousands of civilian refugees caught up in Sri Lanka’s assault on the Tamil Tiger rebels. Latest reports say around 60,000

Fears are growing for thousands of civilian refugees caught up in Sri Lanka’s assault on the Tamil Tiger rebels. Latest reports say around 60,000

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UNESCO launches World Digital Library

It is another milestone on the information highway. UNESCO has launched the World Digital Library, a website which offers free material from

It is another milestone on the information highway. UNESCO has launched the World Digital Library, a website which offers free material from