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2009-07-02

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Disarmament veteran new head of IAEA

Yukiya Amano is a 62 year-old Japanese multilateral disarmament specialist, a diplomatic branch in which he has worked for the past 36 years. He

Yukiya Amano is a 62 year-old Japanese multilateral disarmament specialist, a diplomatic branch in which he has worked for the past 36 years. He

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West battles Taliban and opium economy

Musa Qala in the north of Helmand province has been one of the key battle grounds in the fight for control of Afghanistan. The recapture of the

Musa Qala in the north of Helmand province has been one of the key battle grounds in the fight for control of Afghanistan. The recapture of the

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Building Guadeloupe

France is looking for ways to rebuild its overseas territory of Guadeloupe, after strong social protests there early this year. There seem to be more

France is looking for ways to rebuild its overseas territory of Guadeloupe, after strong social protests there early this year. There seem to be more

Business

Eurozone interest rate stays put as expected.

The European Central Bank has kept its interest rates at the current record low of one percent. The Governing Council was in Luxembourg for one of

The European Central Bank has kept its interest rates at the current record low of one percent. The Governing Council was in Luxembourg for one of

Business

US hit by dismal jobless figures

Another 467,000 Americans were laid off in June, many more than had been feared. The figures came in a Labor Department report that immediately had

Another 467,000 Americans were laid off in June, many more than had been feared. The figures came in a Labor Department report that immediately had

Business

Markets hit by unemployment rises

Markets took something of a battering on Thursday as high unemployment figures made an end to the recession seem more distant. In Europe

Markets took something of a battering on Thursday as high unemployment figures made an end to the recession seem more distant. In Europe

Business

German car sales hit record high

Germans bought more cars in the first half of 2009 than ever before. Nearly 2.06 million new vehicles were sold, a jump of 26 percent on the same

Germans bought more cars in the first half of 2009 than ever before. Nearly 2.06 million new vehicles were sold, a jump of 26 percent on the same

Business

Bad news on the European job front

The unemployment rate in the 16-nation Eurozone has hit its highest level since the euro currency was introduced ten years ago. That is to say 9.5

The unemployment rate in the 16-nation Eurozone has hit its highest level since the euro currency was introduced ten years ago. That is to say 9.5

Europe

Fruit and vegetable rules lifted

The red tape of “unnecessary marketing standards” has fallen — that is: no more European Union rules on fruit and vegetable size. That is one less

The red tape of “unnecessary marketing standards” has fallen — that is: no more European Union rules on fruit and vegetable size. That is one less

Europe

EP awaits Council clarity on Barroso

New Liberal leader in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt has placed the ball firmly in the EU Council’s court over Jose Manuel Barroso’s

New Liberal leader in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt has placed the ball firmly in the EU Council’s court over Jose Manuel Barroso’s

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Comoros crash miracle survivor flown home

The sole survivor of the Comoros air crash has been flown home to France and is being treated in hospital. Even though Bahia Bakari can barely swim

The sole survivor of the Comoros air crash has been flown home to France and is being treated in hospital. Even though Bahia Bakari can barely swim

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Major Afghan surge aims to squeeze Taliban

The goal of Operation Strike of the Sword is all of the Lower Helmand River valley. Two British soldiers were killed on Wednesday paving the way

The goal of Operation Strike of the Sword is all of the Lower Helmand River valley. Two British soldiers were killed on Wednesday paving the way

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The nuclear debate reaches boiling point in Spain

The government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is to decide whether to allow an ageing nuclear plant to remain in service longer than

The government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is to decide whether to allow an ageing nuclear plant to remain in service longer than

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Italian Senate approves immigration crackdown

Tough new laws against illegal immigration are set to come into force after being approved by the Italian senate. Among the controversial

Tough new laws against illegal immigration are set to come into force after being approved by the Italian senate. Among the controversial

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US Marines lead 'Strike of the Sword' against Taliban

Thousands of US Marines have poured into Taliban territory in Afghanistan on a lightning mission to take land that has eluded overstretched

Thousands of US Marines have poured into Taliban territory in Afghanistan on a lightning mission to take land that has eluded overstretched

Culture

Fatenah hits the festival circuit

Palestinian short film “Fatenah” is about to start the rounds of the world’s film festivals. The eponymous heroine (Fatenah) dreams of love and a

Palestinian short film “Fatenah” is about to start the rounds of the world’s film festivals. The eponymous heroine (Fatenah) dreams of love and a

Culture

Koons talks Popeye

US artist Jeff Koons has opened his first solo exhibition in London’s Serpentine Gallery with a series of Popeye paintings. He says, “I always see

US artist Jeff Koons has opened his first solo exhibition in London’s Serpentine Gallery with a series of Popeye paintings. He says, “I always see

Science_technology

Treatment hope for alcoholics

Researchers in Gothenburg, in Sweden, have discovered that the hormone ghrelin seems to be connected to alcohol addiction. Ghrelin is produced in

Researchers in Gothenburg, in Sweden, have discovered that the hormone ghrelin seems to be connected to alcohol addiction. Ghrelin is produced in

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A new head for the IAEA

Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano has been elected to head the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency. The 62 year-old Amano has

Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano has been elected to head the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency. The 62 year-old Amano has

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First report delivered into AF447 crash

French investigators looking into the Air France crash over the Atlantic a month ago have delivered their first report. They said they were still

French investigators looking into the Air France crash over the Atlantic a month ago have delivered their first report. They said they were still

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Delhi court ruling decriminalises gay sex in India

The High Court in Delhi has made an important ruling that could strengthen moves to legalise homosexuality in India. The judges said homosexual

The High Court in Delhi has made an important ruling that could strengthen moves to legalise homosexuality in India. The judges said homosexual

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Jacko's final resting place still unclear

Plans to bury Michael Jackson at his flamboyant Neverland ranch in California have faded. The final details of the funeral for the “King of Pop”

Plans to bury Michael Jackson at his flamboyant Neverland ranch in California have faded. The final details of the funeral for the “King of Pop”

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Calls to boycott criminal suspects in Bulgarian election

Bulgaria’s upcoming general election on Sunday is a chance for suspected criminals to escape legal proceedings against them. Bulgarian law grants

Bulgaria’s upcoming general election on Sunday is a chance for suspected criminals to escape legal proceedings against them. Bulgarian law grants

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US troops storm Taliban strongholds

Thousands of US Marines have plunged into Taliban controlled territory in the Helmand river valley. It’s the biggest military offensive launched

Thousands of US Marines have plunged into Taliban controlled territory in the Helmand river valley. It’s the biggest military offensive launched

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North Korea fires two missiles: Seoul

North Korea has test-fired two more short-range missiles according to military sources in South Korea. The defence ministry in Seoul said

North Korea has test-fired two more short-range missiles according to military sources in South Korea. The defence ministry in Seoul said

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Miracle air crash survivor back in France

The only survivor of the Yemeni plane that crashed into the sea off the Comoros Islands last Tuesday has been reunited with her father after

The only survivor of the Yemeni plane that crashed into the sea off the Comoros Islands last Tuesday has been reunited with her father after

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France cuts food tax

The government in France is hoping a move to cut taxes for restaurants and cafes will help boost business and create jobs. After years of

The government in France is hoping a move to cut taxes for restaurants and cafes will help boost business and create jobs. After years of

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Miracle girl flies home

A 14-year-old girl who is the only known survivor of the Yemenia Air plane crash in the Indian Ocean has been flown back to Paris from Moroni, the

A 14-year-old girl who is the only known survivor of the Yemenia Air plane crash in the Indian Ocean has been flown back to Paris from Moroni, the