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2009-07-12

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Swiss hostage freed in Sahara

A Swiss man kidnapped by al Qaeda’s North African wing has been freed. Werner Greiner was captured in the Sahara in late January. Three other

A Swiss man kidnapped by al Qaeda’s North African wing has been freed. Werner Greiner was captured in the Sahara in late January. Three other

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Lithuania's "Iron Lady" sworn in as president

At an historic ceremony in parliament, Lithuania’s so-called “Iron Lady” has been sworn into office as the Baltic state’s first female president

At an historic ceremony in parliament, Lithuania’s so-called “Iron Lady” has been sworn into office as the Baltic state’s first female president

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Four gored at Spain's San Fermin bull fiesta

There has been an abundance of bloodshed on day six of Spain’s San Fermin festival in Pamplona, with bulls goring four people. Two of them are

There has been an abundance of bloodshed on day six of Spain’s San Fermin festival in Pamplona, with bulls goring four people. Two of them are

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Heavy fighting rocks Mogadishu

Clashes between Islamist insurgents and government forces in the Somali capital Mogadishu have killed at least forty people. African Union

Clashes between Islamist insurgents and government forces in the Somali capital Mogadishu have killed at least forty people. African Union

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Reports: secret US/Israel settlement deal

Prospects for peace in the Middle East have dimmed with claims that Israel and America have agreed a secret deal on settlements. The Palestinians

Prospects for peace in the Middle East have dimmed with claims that Israel and America have agreed a secret deal on settlements. The Palestinians

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Greek police raid illegal immigrant camp

Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been forced from their camp in the Greek port city of Patras. Police bulldozers and around 80 officers took

Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been forced from their camp in the Greek port city of Patras. Police bulldozers and around 80 officers took

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Italian hostage freed in Philippines speaks of relief

He had almost lost hope of walking away from captivity. But, as Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni was reunited with his family in Manila, he

He had almost lost hope of walking away from captivity. But, as Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni was reunited with his family in Manila, he

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African peacekeepers drawn into Somalia war

Amid fierce fighting in Mogadishu, African Union peacekeepers are said to have directly intervened to help beleaguered Somali troops for the first

Amid fierce fighting in Mogadishu, African Union peacekeepers are said to have directly intervened to help beleaguered Somali troops for the first

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UK pledges equipment to troops in Afghanistan

Under pressure amid mounting military losses in Afghanistan, Britain’s government says troops will get whatever equipment they need. Fifteen British

Under pressure amid mounting military losses in Afghanistan, Britain’s government says troops will get whatever equipment they need. Fifteen British

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NYT: "Cheney kept CIA programme secret"

The former American Vice President Dick Cheney has been accused of keeping a CIA counter-terrorism programme secret from Congress for eight years

The former American Vice President Dick Cheney has been accused of keeping a CIA counter-terrorism programme secret from Congress for eight years

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Security and tension in Xinjiang

One week after the riots in China’s far west, tension remains high. Officially, 184 people died when Uighur Muslims rampaged through the Xinjiang

One week after the riots in China’s far west, tension remains high. Officially, 184 people died when Uighur Muslims rampaged through the Xinjiang

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Obama urges Africa to take future in hand

Once through the Door of No Return, enslaved Africans knew they would never see their homeland again. For the Obamas, and particularly Michelle

Once through the Door of No Return, enslaved Africans knew they would never see their homeland again. For the Obamas, and particularly Michelle

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Stormy weather delays Endeavour launch

The launch of the US space shuttle Endeavour has been put back again so that NASA can assess possible damage from lightning strikes. Blast off

The launch of the US space shuttle Endeavour has been put back again so that NASA can assess possible damage from lightning strikes. Blast off

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Italian hostage freed in Philippines

An Italian hostage has been freed by Muslim rebels in the Philippines. Eugenio Vagni spent nearly six months in captivity before being released on

An Italian hostage has been freed by Muslim rebels in the Philippines. Eugenio Vagni spent nearly six months in captivity before being released on

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Big Ben celebrates 150th Birthday

Big Ben has rung in its 150th year. The Great Bell, housed in the Palace of Westminster in London, struck its first hour on the July 11, 1859

Big Ben has rung in its 150th year. The Great Bell, housed in the Palace of Westminster in London, struck its first hour on the July 11, 1859