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2009-08-03

Europe

Will Iceland become the EU's 28th member state?

Iceland has taken the plunge and submitted its official request to become a member of the EU, hoping to sign up from 2012. What are the steps the

Iceland has taken the plunge and submitted its official request to become a member of the EU, hoping to sign up from 2012. What are the steps the

Europe

Jobs in the crisis

With the job market hit hard by the economic crisis, Europeans are worried. A recent Eurobarometre survey found that six out of ten believe the worst

With the job market hit hard by the economic crisis, Europeans are worried. A recent Eurobarometre survey found that six out of ten believe the worst

Business

Scrappage scheme boosts French car sales

Sales of new cars in France rose in July, boosted by the Paris government’s scrappage programme under which drivers get a cash bonus when they trade

Sales of new cars in France rose in July, boosted by the Paris government’s scrappage programme under which drivers get a cash bonus when they trade

Business

Metro's sales fall

German retailer Metro’s sales and profits fell during the second-quarter.The world’s fourth largest retailer saw revenue declined by almost four

German retailer Metro’s sales and profits fell during the second-quarter.The world’s fourth largest retailer saw revenue declined by almost four

Business

Ford's US sales up for first time in nearly two years

Ford says that in July it increased the number of cars it sold in the US for the first month since November 2007. Sales rose 2.3 percent on July last

Ford says that in July it increased the number of cars it sold in the US for the first month since November 2007. Sales rose 2.3 percent on July last

Business

HSBC and Barclays return solid profits

Britain’s top two banks have reported bumper profits but warned the recession is not over yet. HSBC – which is also Europe’s biggest bank – and

Britain’s top two banks have reported bumper profits but warned the recession is not over yet. HSBC – which is also Europe’s biggest bank – and

Business

Monday 3rd August

European shares finished at their highest in nine months as solid results from major European banks and the latest US manufacturing data increased

European shares finished at their highest in nine months as solid results from major European banks and the latest US manufacturing data increased

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Iran's Supreme Leader swears in Ahmadinejad

Iran’s Supreme leader has endorsed the second term presidency of Mamoud Ahmadinejad at a ceremony senior political figures appeared to boycott

Iran’s Supreme leader has endorsed the second term presidency of Mamoud Ahmadinejad at a ceremony senior political figures appeared to boycott

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New NATO chief faces busy term

The new NATO Secretary General has promised the Alliance’s mission to Afghanistan will go on as long as necessary, despite worsening violence on the

The new NATO Secretary General has promised the Alliance’s mission to Afghanistan will go on as long as necessary, despite worsening violence on the

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Schreiber in Germany after losing extradition battle

A German-Canadian arms dealer is in custody in Germany after losing a last ditch appeal against his extradition. Prosecutors accuse Karlheinz

A German-Canadian arms dealer is in custody in Germany after losing a last ditch appeal against his extradition. Prosecutors accuse Karlheinz

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AWOL British soldier refuses to return to Afghanistan

A British soldier who has refused to return to Afghanistan has called on prime minister Gordon Brown to pull UK troops out of the embattled country

A British soldier who has refused to return to Afghanistan has called on prime minister Gordon Brown to pull UK troops out of the embattled country

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Weather aids Canaries firefighters

Emergency crews battling a forest fire on one of Spain’s Canary Islands say they have managed to partially contain the outbreak. Hundreds of fire

Emergency crews battling a forest fire on one of Spain’s Canary Islands say they have managed to partially contain the outbreak. Hundreds of fire

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German SPD defends 'jobs' manifesto

One of the candidates for Chancellor in Germany’s upcoming election has defended his plan to create four million new jobs in the next ten years

One of the candidates for Chancellor in Germany’s upcoming election has defended his plan to create four million new jobs in the next ten years

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French farmers reject subsidies repayment

French farmers are promising a long hot summer of protest over demands to repay several hundred million euros in subsidies. The EU has ruled that the

French farmers are promising a long hot summer of protest over demands to repay several hundred million euros in subsidies. The EU has ruled that the

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Pay back time for French farmers

French farmers have been told they must pay back millions in subsidy handouts. Between 1992 and 2002 fruit and vegetable producers in France received

French farmers have been told they must pay back millions in subsidy handouts. Between 1992 and 2002 fruit and vegetable producers in France received

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A dozen die in Afghan bomb attack

At least 12 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. A local police chief was the Taliban’s intended

At least 12 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. A local police chief was the Taliban’s intended

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Opposition snubs Ahmadinejad's presidency

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has formally endorsed the second presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. However, many of Iran’s opposition

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has formally endorsed the second presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. However, many of Iran’s opposition

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Rasmussen: NATO will stay in Afghanistan

The new NATO Secretary General has pledged the Alliance will stay in Afghanistan for as long as it takes, while gradually helping local forces to

The new NATO Secretary General has pledged the Alliance will stay in Afghanistan for as long as it takes, while gradually helping local forces to

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New NATO chief to set out vision

NATO’s new boss will today outline his vision of the way forward for the military alliance, as casualties increase among its forces in Afghanistan

NATO’s new boss will today outline his vision of the way forward for the military alliance, as casualties increase among its forces in Afghanistan

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Russian patriarch urges unity on Ukraine trip

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, is on a visit to Ukraine. It is a politically sensitive trip as the two countries

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, is on a visit to Ukraine. It is a politically sensitive trip as the two countries

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Spain's government pledges aid to Canaries

Strong winds are continuing to fan forest fires on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma. About 500 firemen have spent the weekend battling to

Strong winds are continuing to fan forest fires on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma. About 500 firemen have spent the weekend battling to

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Iraq's Tareq Aziz gets 7 years jail in Kurds case

Tareq Aziz, Iraq’s former deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein, has been sentenced to seven years in jail for his part in the forced

Tareq Aziz, Iraq’s former deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein, has been sentenced to seven years in jail for his part in the forced

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Israeli gay club shooting victims laid to rest

As the victims of Saturday’s shooting at a gay youth centre in Israel are laid to rest, the hunt goes on for the gunman who killed them. A young

As the victims of Saturday’s shooting at a gay youth centre in Israel are laid to rest, the hunt goes on for the gunman who killed them. A young

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Schreiber is extradited to face trial

German businessman Karlheinz Schreiber, who is wanted on corruption charges, is on his way back to Germany after having lost his ten year battle to

German businessman Karlheinz Schreiber, who is wanted on corruption charges, is on his way back to Germany after having lost his ten year battle to