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2009-05-01

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Cubans celebrate in Revolution Square

Havana’s Revolution Square has been the focus of Cuba’s May the 1st events. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets, in the year

Havana’s Revolution Square has been the focus of Cuba’s May the 1st events. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets, in the year

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Two more countries confirm H1N1 flu cases

As Mexico continues to bury suspected victims of the new flu virus, two more countries have reported confirmed cases. A total of 13 countries now

As Mexico continues to bury suspected victims of the new flu virus, two more countries have reported confirmed cases. A total of 13 countries now

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Millions march on May Day in Russia

Record numbers of demonstrators have turned out in Russia. In Moscow alone, 70,000 people attended rallies, according to organisers. They say that

Record numbers of demonstrators have turned out in Russia. In Moscow alone, 70,000 people attended rallies, according to organisers. They say that

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Netherlands under shock over attack on Royal Family

Security surrounding the Dutch Royal Family has been called into question after a man attempted to attack them by driving his car at their bus

Security surrounding the Dutch Royal Family has been called into question after a man attempted to attack them by driving his car at their bus

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May Day clashes in Turkey

May Day demonstrations in Turkey have turned to violence. While thousands took part in a peaceful rally with crowds carrying banners with slogans

May Day demonstrations in Turkey have turned to violence. While thousands took part in a peaceful rally with crowds carrying banners with slogans

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French cities too saw surges of public anger

French cities have also seen public anger taken to the streets.Unions said nearly 300 May Day marches were organised. Managers joined workers to

French cities have also seen public anger taken to the streets.Unions said nearly 300 May Day marches were organised. Managers joined workers to

Europe

Recession crimps EU celebration

It is the fifth anniversary of the big bang EU enlargement. It worked, but it is hard to celebrate. The leap in numbers helped bury the shreds of

It is the fifth anniversary of the big bang EU enlargement. It worked, but it is hard to celebrate. The leap in numbers helped bury the shreds of

Business

UK housing market to remain weak

March proved worse than expected for British mortgage lending, with growth only the half of forecast, and approvals also missing analyst’s targets

March proved worse than expected for British mortgage lending, with growth only the half of forecast, and approvals also missing analyst’s targets

Business

Pearson steadies the boat but shares slip

Owners of the Financial Times and Penguin books, and the world’s largest education publisher Pearson reports first quarter figures are in line with

Owners of the Financial Times and Penguin books, and the world’s largest education publisher Pearson reports first quarter figures are in line with

Business

Deflation returns to Japan?

Japanese unemployment has hit a four-year high, and consumer prices have fallen for the first time in 18 months. It indicates economic recovery in

Japanese unemployment has hit a four-year high, and consumer prices have fallen for the first time in 18 months. It indicates economic recovery in

Business

Mastercard figures leave market cold

The world’s second-largest electronic payment network Mastercard says a drop in credit card spending and a stronger dollar is the reason for an 18

The world’s second-largest electronic payment network Mastercard says a drop in credit card spending and a stronger dollar is the reason for an 18

Business

GM says Daewoo central to recovery

General Motors says it intends to hang on to South Korea’s Daewoo, in which it is a majority shareholder. The men in Detroit prize Daewoo’s small car

General Motors says it intends to hang on to South Korea’s Daewoo, in which it is a majority shareholder. The men in Detroit prize Daewoo’s small car

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German union boss warns of possible unrest

At a May Day rally in Germany, the head of the country’s Confederation of Trade Unions had a stark warning for the government. Michael Sommer

At a May Day rally in Germany, the head of the country’s Confederation of Trade Unions had a stark warning for the government. Michael Sommer

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Spain's May Day parade

Thousands of people have taken the streets of the Spanish capital to mark May Day. The holiday is usually a cause for celebration but this year

Thousands of people have taken the streets of the Spanish capital to mark May Day. The holiday is usually a cause for celebration but this year

Culture

Nyon festival rewards documentary talent

There was suspense at the closing ceremony of the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival in Switzerland. Entitled the “Visions du Réel” or

There was suspense at the closing ceremony of the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival in Switzerland. Entitled the “Visions du Réel” or

Culture

Basle presents a portrait of Van Gogh's landscapes

Seventy landscape paintings by the tortured artistic genius Vincent Van Gogh have recently gone on show at the Kunstmuseum in Basle, Switzerland

Seventy landscape paintings by the tortured artistic genius Vincent Van Gogh have recently gone on show at the Kunstmuseum in Basle, Switzerland

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Spring and Labour Day marked in Russia

May the 1st is being marked with mass rallies across Russia. Some 33 events have been planned in Moscow to celebrate what was previously known as

May the 1st is being marked with mass rallies across Russia. Some 33 events have been planned in Moscow to celebrate what was previously known as

Europe

REACH outs chemical risk potential

So this chemical is safe is it? Thanks to EU law, industry has to prove it. REACH legislation says the producers or importers must furnish safety

So this chemical is safe is it? Thanks to EU law, industry has to prove it. REACH legislation says the producers or importers must furnish safety

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Spring and Labour Day marked in Russia

May the 1st is being marked with mass rallies across Russia. Some 33 events have been planned in Moscow to celebrate what was previously known as

May the 1st is being marked with mass rallies across Russia. Some 33 events have been planned in Moscow to celebrate what was previously known as

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Mexicans urged to stay home for long weekend

May Day celebrations in Mexico have been called off because of the influenza crisis. The country’s President has urged people to stay home for the

May Day celebrations in Mexico have been called off because of the influenza crisis. The country’s President has urged people to stay home for the

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Global terrorism attacks fall in 2008

Washington says Al Qaeda remains the top terrorist threat to the West, although the number of global attacks has fallen. A report from the

Washington says Al Qaeda remains the top terrorist threat to the West, although the number of global attacks has fallen. A report from the

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Yes to reforms, No to sex in Kenya protest

Women in Kenya are turning up the heat on the government with an unusual form of protest. Women’s rights activists are urging females to join them

Women in Kenya are turning up the heat on the government with an unusual form of protest. Women’s rights activists are urging females to join them

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German police braced for May Day mayhem

Police in Germany are bracing themselves for further clashes after violence broke out in the early hours of May Day. Crowds are gathering in

Police in Germany are bracing themselves for further clashes after violence broke out in the early hours of May Day. Crowds are gathering in

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Police clash with protesters in Turkey

Pockets of violence have marred otherwise so far peaceful May Day rallies in Turkey. Thousands of demonstrators snaked through the streets of

Pockets of violence have marred otherwise so far peaceful May Day rallies in Turkey. Thousands of demonstrators snaked through the streets of

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World steps up flu fight as Mexico "shuts down"

With a pandemic now thought imminent, countries around the world are stepping up the battle against the new flu strain that continues to spread

With a pandemic now thought imminent, countries around the world are stepping up the battle against the new flu strain that continues to spread

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French unions unite for May Day demos

May 1, Labour Day, is supposed to celebrate the solidarity of the workers. But, in France at least, that unity has rarely been seen in the

May 1, Labour Day, is supposed to celebrate the solidarity of the workers. But, in France at least, that unity has rarely been seen in the

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Early scuffles as Berlin braces for May 1 violence

Berlin was bracing itself for violence this May 1 and scuffles have started already. Youths and police clashed last night, leading to a number of

Berlin was bracing itself for violence this May 1 and scuffles have started already. Youths and police clashed last night, leading to a number of

Business

Obama is confident that Chrysler can bounce back

Will a transatlantic alliance give struggling US carmaker Chrysler a new lease of life? The White House is confident, seeing a bright new future

Will a transatlantic alliance give struggling US carmaker Chrysler a new lease of life? The White House is confident, seeing a bright new future

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Fifth death in Dutch Royal birthday crash

A fifth person has now died after a car crashed into crowds of wellwishers celebrating the birthday of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The driver

A fifth person has now died after a car crashed into crowds of wellwishers celebrating the birthday of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The driver