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2009-08-04

Business

Tuesday 4th August

European shares finished slightly lower after hitting a nine-month high the previous day. Investors paused to assess the state of the economy and

European shares finished slightly lower after hitting a nine-month high the previous day. Investors paused to assess the state of the economy and

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BNP and UBS optimistic

In another indication the worst of the financial crisis might be over, BNP Paribas announced higher second-quarter profit and expressed some optimism

In another indication the worst of the financial crisis might be over, BNP Paribas announced higher second-quarter profit and expressed some optimism

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Munich Re confident

The world’s biggest reinsurer, Germany’s Munich Re has said it expects only a small hit from the economic crisis as it posted better than expected

The world’s biggest reinsurer, Germany’s Munich Re has said it expects only a small hit from the economic crisis as it posted better than expected

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Spain's jobless total declines

The number of people out of work in Spain fell again for the third straight month, but most of the decline was linked to training programmes and

The number of people out of work in Spain fell again for the third straight month, but most of the decline was linked to training programmes and

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Cautious optimism from Toyota and BMW

Mixed news from the car industry – Toyota and BMW have just unveiled better than expected quarterly results, but both remain cautious about the

Mixed news from the car industry – Toyota and BMW have just unveiled better than expected quarterly results, but both remain cautious about the

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Australia fears al-Qaeda attacks

The arrest in Australia of four men suspected of plotting suicide attacks at a Sydney army base has prompted fears that al-Qaeda and its affiliates

The arrest in Australia of four men suspected of plotting suicide attacks at a Sydney army base has prompted fears that al-Qaeda and its affiliates

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Abbas says resistance remains an option

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told Fatah delegates that the movement seeks peace with Israel, but resistance remains an option. The

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told Fatah delegates that the movement seeks peace with Israel, but resistance remains an option. The

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Fatah's chequered history

To observers, Fatah is not the organisation it once was under its founder Yasser Arafat. The former Palestinian leader had complete control over the

To observers, Fatah is not the organisation it once was under its founder Yasser Arafat. The former Palestinian leader had complete control over the

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Clinton trip may rekindle North Korea diplomacy

Former US President Bill Clinton has met the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang in a bid to secure the release of two American journalists

Former US President Bill Clinton has met the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang in a bid to secure the release of two American journalists

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Trouser-wearing Sudanese woman faces flogging

Hundreds of women have protested in Sudan in support of a woman accused of dressing indecently. Lubna Hussein faces 40 lashes for wearing trousers in

Hundreds of women have protested in Sudan in support of a woman accused of dressing indecently. Lubna Hussein faces 40 lashes for wearing trousers in

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Georgia/Russia tensions rise over S.Ossetia

Russia has put its troops in South Ossetia on heightened alert ahead of the first anniversary of its war with Georgia. At the same time, Tbilisi

Russia has put its troops in South Ossetia on heightened alert ahead of the first anniversary of its war with Georgia. At the same time, Tbilisi

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Bill Clinton in N.Korea for mercy talks

The former US President Bill Clinton has flown to North Korea for mercy talks which may have wider implications. He’s hoping to win the release of

The former US President Bill Clinton has flown to North Korea for mercy talks which may have wider implications. He’s hoping to win the release of

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Peace yes, but resistance is an option, says Abbas

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said his Fatah movement continues to seek peace with Israel, but resistance remains an option. His

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said his Fatah movement continues to seek peace with Israel, but resistance remains an option. His

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Australia shocked by terror arrests

Despite never being attacked on home soil, Australia has felt the effects of terrorism. 95 of its people have been killed in bombings in Indonesia

Despite never being attacked on home soil, Australia has felt the effects of terrorism. 95 of its people have been killed in bombings in Indonesia

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Australian police foil suspected terror plot

Australian police have arrested four men after foiling what that say was a major terrorist plot. More than 400 officers raided 19 properties across

Australian police have arrested four men after foiling what that say was a major terrorist plot. More than 400 officers raided 19 properties across

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Deep divisions threaten Palestinian progress

The Palestinian national anthem gives the impression of nationhood and unity but it belies long-running tensions between rivals Fatah and Hamas

The Palestinian national anthem gives the impression of nationhood and unity but it belies long-running tensions between rivals Fatah and Hamas

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Protests reported as Ahmadinejad is endorsed

On the day Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency was formally endorsed, footage posted on the internet purports to show fresh protests on the streets of

On the day Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency was formally endorsed, footage posted on the internet purports to show fresh protests on the streets of

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Alleged suicide attack plot sparks Australia arrests

In a major anti-terror operation, Australian police have arrested four men they say were planning a suicide attack on an army base in the country

In a major anti-terror operation, Australian police have arrested four men they say were planning a suicide attack on an army base in the country

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Fatah congress to open in West Bank

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will chair a congress of his Fatah movement today – the first such gathering of the group in 20 years. Secular

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will chair a congress of his Fatah movement today – the first such gathering of the group in 20 years. Secular

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Could Haggis be.....English?

It is as Scottish as bagpipes and whisky. Or is it? In a nightmarish claim for those north of the border, Haggis is being hailed as…an English

It is as Scottish as bagpipes and whisky. Or is it? In a nightmarish claim for those north of the border, Haggis is being hailed as…an English

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Protests reported as Ahmadinejad is endorsed

On the day Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency was formally endorsed, footage posted on the internet purports to show fresh protests on the streets of

On the day Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency was formally endorsed, footage posted on the internet purports to show fresh protests on the streets of

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Ferrari's Felipe flies home

Ferrari’s injured Formula One driver Felipe Massa has arrived home in Brazil for more treatment on the fractured skull he sustained preparing for the

Ferrari’s injured Formula One driver Felipe Massa has arrived home in Brazil for more treatment on the fractured skull he sustained preparing for the

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Firefighters control blazes in France and Spain

Almost 2,000 holidaymakers and residents in the south of France were evacuated when forest and scrubland went up in flames. Three campsites were

Almost 2,000 holidaymakers and residents in the south of France were evacuated when forest and scrubland went up in flames. Three campsites were