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2009-06-22

Europe

British conservatives create new euro group

British Conservative leader David Cameron’s efforts to create a new anti-federalist group within the European Parliament appear to have born fruit

British Conservative leader David Cameron’s efforts to create a new anti-federalist group within the European Parliament appear to have born fruit

Europe

Bilt pledges to pursue Turkey membership talks

Sweden which takes over the European Union’s rotating presidency in July has been setting out its programme for its six month stint. On the mixed

Sweden which takes over the European Union’s rotating presidency in July has been setting out its programme for its six month stint. On the mixed

Europe

Road safety improving across Europe

Road safety across the European Union is improving steadily but not by enough to meet targets set for next year. That is the conclusion the

Road safety across the European Union is improving steadily but not by enough to meet targets set for next year. That is the conclusion the

News

Speaker's role in UK Commons

The new Speaker of the House of Commons will play a pivot role in restoring the reputation of the institution. (Westminster Hall has survived for

The new Speaker of the House of Commons will play a pivot role in restoring the reputation of the institution. (Westminster Hall has survived for

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Caucasus Islamists still thorn in Russia's side

In Grozny, last 16 April, against a peaceful urban backdrop in a capital previously reduced to concrete crumbs by fighting, the Russian authorities

In Grozny, last 16 April, against a peaceful urban backdrop in a capital previously reduced to concrete crumbs by fighting, the Russian authorities

Business

Monday 22nd June

European shares finished the day down three percent as investors reacted to a pessimistic forecast from the World Bank about a global recovery and as

European shares finished the day down three percent as investors reacted to a pessimistic forecast from the World Bank about a global recovery and as

Business

Lufthansa gets Brussels go-ahead

Lufthansa has got permission from the European Commission to buy Brussels Airlines. The German flag carrier had satisfied the EU Competition

Lufthansa has got permission from the European Commission to buy Brussels Airlines. The German flag carrier had satisfied the EU Competition

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UK Parliament votes on new speaker

Britain’s MPs are voting to select a new speaker for the lower house. In the first round ballot, as no one gained more than 50% of the vote, the

Britain’s MPs are voting to select a new speaker for the lower house. In the first round ballot, as no one gained more than 50% of the vote, the

Business

World Bank issues pessimistic forecast

The World Bank is warning that prospects for the global economy remain “unusually uncertain” despite recent signs of improvement in some regions

The World Bank is warning that prospects for the global economy remain “unusually uncertain” despite recent signs of improvement in some regions

Business

Xstrata woos Anglo American

Shares in Anglo American have jumped after rival Xstrata asked for talks about a tie up. Xstrata said it would be a merger of equals to make them

Shares in Anglo American have jumped after rival Xstrata asked for talks about a tie up. Xstrata said it would be a merger of equals to make them

Business

German future business confidence improves

Another sign that Europe’s largest economy is stabilising after suffering its sharpest slump since reunification in 1990 – German business sentiment

Another sign that Europe’s largest economy is stabilising after suffering its sharpest slump since reunification in 1990 – German business sentiment

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Sarkozy hails French economic model

Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out introducing tough new austerity measures to ease France’s economic crisis.   The French president’s historic address to

Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out introducing tough new austerity measures to ease France’s economic crisis.   The French president’s historic address to

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Protest rally in Tehran broken up

A rally in Tehran to commemorate protesters who died in unrest at the weekend has reportedly been broken up by security forces firing teargas and

A rally in Tehran to commemorate protesters who died in unrest at the weekend has reportedly been broken up by security forces firing teargas and

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Russia's Ingushetia leader hurt in bombing

The head of Russia’s Muslim region of Ingushetia is fighting for his life after being seriously hurt in a suicide bombing. President Yunus-Bek

The head of Russia’s Muslim region of Ingushetia is fighting for his life after being seriously hurt in a suicide bombing. President Yunus-Bek

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Future of whale hunting debated in Madeira

The organisation that looks after the world’s whales, has begun its annual meeting in Madeira. The crunch issue – the number of animals allowed

The organisation that looks after the world’s whales, has begun its annual meeting in Madeira. The crunch issue – the number of animals allowed

Culture

Michelangelo - did he or didn't he?

A small picture called “The Torment of St Anthony” is on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and attracting much attention. It is a

A small picture called “The Torment of St Anthony” is on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and attracting much attention. It is a

Science_technology

Special house for companion robot

A new companion robot has been designed by a team at Hertfordshire University as part of a European project, and it is “living” in a special house

A new companion robot has been designed by a team at Hertfordshire University as part of a European project, and it is “living” in a special house

Culture

Moscow International Film Festival Opens

The Moscow International Film Festival opened this weekend at the Pushkinsky cinema to the delight of many. The stars were out in force, promoting

The Moscow International Film Festival opened this weekend at the Pushkinsky cinema to the delight of many. The stars were out in force, promoting

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Weekend escalation of violence in Iran

The situation in Iran began deteriorating rapidly over the weekend with the death toll rising sharply. Reform activists took to the streets on

The situation in Iran began deteriorating rapidly over the weekend with the death toll rising sharply. Reform activists took to the streets on

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Iran's Revolutionary guard signals crackdown on protests

Iran’s Revolutionary guards have issued a warning they will crackdown on any further unrest over the disputed presidential elections. The

Iran’s Revolutionary guards have issued a warning they will crackdown on any further unrest over the disputed presidential elections. The

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Sarkozy making history at Versailles

President Nicolas Sarkozy will today make an historic speech before a joint session of the French parliament, gathered at the Palace of Versailles

President Nicolas Sarkozy will today make an historic speech before a joint session of the French parliament, gathered at the Palace of Versailles

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UK Government denies influencing Speaker vote

The British government has denied putting pressure on parliamentary members to vote for Margaret Beckett as the new Speaker of the House of Commons

The British government has denied putting pressure on parliamentary members to vote for Margaret Beckett as the new Speaker of the House of Commons

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Obama pressed to speak out on Iran election

With Iranian opposition supporters stepping up their campaign around the world US President Barack Obama is coming under pressure to take a tougher

With Iranian opposition supporters stepping up their campaign around the world US President Barack Obama is coming under pressure to take a tougher

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Ingush president injured in bomb attack

The president of the Russia Ingushetia is recovering after being seriously wounded in a bomb attack being blamed on Islamic rebels. Yunus-Bek

The president of the Russia Ingushetia is recovering after being seriously wounded in a bomb attack being blamed on Islamic rebels. Yunus-Bek

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Whale catchers under scrutiny at IWC

The organisation that looks after the world’s whales is holding its annual meeting on the island of Madeira, with both whaling nations and

The organisation that looks after the world’s whales is holding its annual meeting on the island of Madeira, with both whaling nations and

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Greenland celebrates self rule

Greenland has introduced self-rule and moved a step closer towards independence from Denmark. The territory’s new status was celebrated yesterday

Greenland has introduced self-rule and moved a step closer towards independence from Denmark. The territory’s new status was celebrated yesterday

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Berlusconi in new sex scandal

Just weeks before he hosts a G8 summit 72-year-old Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing a new sex scandal. It comes as Italians show

Just weeks before he hosts a G8 summit 72-year-old Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing a new sex scandal. It comes as Italians show

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MPs to decide new Commons Speaker

Britain’s MPs decide later who will take over in one the hottest seats in UK politics – the Speaker’s chair in the House of Commons. Ten

Britain’s MPs decide later who will take over in one the hottest seats in UK politics – the Speaker’s chair in the House of Commons. Ten