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2009-06-29

Europe

EU ready to help resettle Guantanamo ex-detainees

Guantanamo prison – the symbol of the Bush regime’s excesses during the war on terror – Barack Obama pledged to close it down by January 2010. But

Guantanamo prison – the symbol of the Bush regime’s excesses during the war on terror – Barack Obama pledged to close it down by January 2010. But

Europe

Sweden ready for challenges of EU presidency

After the Czech Republic, it is Sweden’s turn to hold the EU presidency. But are the Swedes ready for the challenge as Europe battles its most severe

After the Czech Republic, it is Sweden’s turn to hold the EU presidency. But are the Swedes ready for the challenge as Europe battles its most severe

News

Madoff's trail of destruction spreads wide

Justice may have had the last laugh but for a long time the joke was on Bernard Madoff’s investors. When his crimes first came to light there was

Justice may have had the last laugh but for a long time the joke was on Bernard Madoff’s investors. When his crimes first came to light there was

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Iranian recount confirms Ahmedinejad victory

The Special Commission of Iran’s Guardian Council has finished its partial recount of election votes, a random 10 percent in all, and it says there

The Special Commission of Iran’s Guardian Council has finished its partial recount of election votes, a random 10 percent in all, and it says there

Europe

Universal phone charger deal done

The world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers have agreed a deal to create a universal charger. Most manufacturers now produce chargers that only

The world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers have agreed a deal to create a universal charger. Most manufacturers now produce chargers that only

Europe

Ukraine seeks help paying its gas bill

Ukraine and Russia are in talks with international lenders and the European Union to hammer out a loan deal to help Kiev pay for Russian gas

Ukraine and Russia are in talks with international lenders and the European Union to hammer out a loan deal to help Kiev pay for Russian gas

Business

Europeans shares rise on recovery hopes

European shares closed higher on Monday as investors become more confident about the prospects for recovery. Financials, boosted by broker upgrades

European shares closed higher on Monday as investors become more confident about the prospects for recovery. Financials, boosted by broker upgrades

Business

Porsche

Troubled luxury carmaker Porsche has turned down the advances of its humbler German cousin Volkswagen. It is rejected an offer for 49.9 percent

Troubled luxury carmaker Porsche has turned down the advances of its humbler German cousin Volkswagen. It is rejected an offer for 49.9 percent

Business

IMF warns France on fiscal debt

The International Monetary Fund has warned France of rising fiscal debts because of the recession and falling tax revenues. It has called on France

The International Monetary Fund has warned France of rising fiscal debts because of the recession and falling tax revenues. It has called on France

Business

GM to talk to regulators over Chinese Hummer bid

General Motors says it and Tengzhong will begin talking with regulators this week in a bid to obtain government approval for the Chinese company to

General Motors says it and Tengzhong will begin talking with regulators this week in a bid to obtain government approval for the Chinese company to

Business

Euro zone sentiment up amid rosier outlook

Euro zone economic sentiment improved more than expected this month, especially among consumers and service providers, according to new data from the

Euro zone economic sentiment improved more than expected this month, especially among consumers and service providers, according to new data from the

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Honduras' Zelaya seeks help after coup

There has been international condemnation of the Honduran army’s coup this weekend, sending President Manuel Zelaya into exile, but his quest to get

There has been international condemnation of the Honduran army’s coup this weekend, sending President Manuel Zelaya into exile, but his quest to get

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Merkel launches election campaign

Angela Merkel has launched her election campaign for the September general election. In front of 750 delegates from the conservative CDU and

Angela Merkel has launched her election campaign for the September general election. In front of 750 delegates from the conservative CDU and

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Iraqi forces take over from the US on the mean streets of Iraq

Iraqi forces are moving into position to take over the security of Iraq’s city centres as US troops prepare withdraw six years after the invasion

Iraqi forces are moving into position to take over the security of Iraq’s city centres as US troops prepare withdraw six years after the invasion

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Narrow victory expected for Albanian Democrats

With about a fifth of the votes counted after parliamentary elections in Albania, the ruling Democrats look set for a narrow victory. The

With about a fifth of the votes counted after parliamentary elections in Albania, the ruling Democrats look set for a narrow victory. The

Culture

Paris pret-a-porter

At the Paris pret-a-porter shows, Dries Van Noten has shown his spring/summer collection for next year. The designer is known for his use of ethnic

At the Paris pret-a-porter shows, Dries Van Noten has shown his spring/summer collection for next year. The designer is known for his use of ethnic

Science_technology

Virtual reality more real

Imagine you are trapped in a burning building. It’s a nightmare scenario for anyone, but for people with phobias about heights or fire, it could be

Imagine you are trapped in a burning building. It’s a nightmare scenario for anyone, but for people with phobias about heights or fire, it could be

Science_technology

Lift with Fing

Lift is an organisation which hosts an ongoing series of events around the world, exploring the social impact of new technologies. The most recent

Lift is an organisation which hosts an ongoing series of events around the world, exploring the social impact of new technologies. The most recent

Culture

Moscow gongs dished out

The prizes at the Moscow International Film Festival – the Russian equivalent of Cannes – have been awarded. During the festival more than 200

The prizes at the Moscow International Film Festival – the Russian equivalent of Cannes – have been awarded. During the festival more than 200

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From conman to convict - Madoff gets 150 years

The swindler behind the biggest financial scam Wall Street has ever seen, Bernard Madoff, has been jailed for 150 years by a judge in New York

The swindler behind the biggest financial scam Wall Street has ever seen, Bernard Madoff, has been jailed for 150 years by a judge in New York

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Financial swindler Bernard Madoff sentetced to 150 years in prison

Bernard Madoff, the swindler behind the biggest financial scam Wall Street has ever seen, has been sent to jail for 150 years by a judge in New

Bernard Madoff, the swindler behind the biggest financial scam Wall Street has ever seen, has been sent to jail for 150 years by a judge in New

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Kirchners dealt a blow in Argentine election

The first couple of Argentinian politics have been dealt a humiliating blow at the country’s mid-term elections. Former president Nestor Kirchner

The first couple of Argentinian politics have been dealt a humiliating blow at the country’s mid-term elections. Former president Nestor Kirchner

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Farmers block Belgian supermarkets over milk price

More than 300 dairy farmers in Belgium have blockaded supermarket depots, angry at the price they get for their milk. Warehouses supplying several

More than 300 dairy farmers in Belgium have blockaded supermarket depots, angry at the price they get for their milk. Warehouses supplying several

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Swindler Madoff awaits heavy jail term

The swindler behind the biggest financial scam Wall Street has ever seen – Bernard Madoff – is waiting to be sentenced in New York. Legal experts

The swindler behind the biggest financial scam Wall Street has ever seen – Bernard Madoff – is waiting to be sentenced in New York. Legal experts

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Protests in Honduras after military coup

Protesters have taken to the streets of Honduras’ capital, amid wordwide condemnation of a military coup. In defiance of a curfew, supporters of

Protesters have taken to the streets of Honduras’ capital, amid wordwide condemnation of a military coup. In defiance of a curfew, supporters of

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Albania's ruling party poised for election win

Albania’s ruling Democrats look set for victory after a weekend parliamentary election. Exit polls give the party 69 seats; that is enough to win

Albania’s ruling Democrats look set for victory after a weekend parliamentary election. Exit polls give the party 69 seats; that is enough to win

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Five British embassy staff in Tehran freed

Iranian authorities say five out of the nine British embassy staff detained in Tehran have been released. State television says the four staff still

Iranian authorities say five out of the nine British embassy staff detained in Tehran have been released. State television says the four staff still