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2009-08-12

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Boobs and wall-building - Germany's election gets funny

The election campaign in Germany is departing more and more from its normally staid round of speeches and handshakes. It began with a revealing

The election campaign in Germany is departing more and more from its normally staid round of speeches and handshakes. It began with a revealing

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Taiwan struggles in typhoon aftermath

Hundreds of people are still missing in southern Taiwan in the wake of Typhoon Morakot. It is believed up to 90 people have died in the mudslides

Hundreds of people are still missing in southern Taiwan in the wake of Typhoon Morakot. It is believed up to 90 people have died in the mudslides

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Abkhazia gets morale boost from Putin

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to breakaway Abkhazia, promising the equivalent of 330 million euros next year alone

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to breakaway Abkhazia, promising the equivalent of 330 million euros next year alone

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US rich list feels the chill as UBS surrenders

The US and the Swiss bank UBS have agreed to settle their long-running dispute over the names of wealthy Americans with accounts at the bank. When

The US and the Swiss bank UBS have agreed to settle their long-running dispute over the names of wealthy Americans with accounts at the bank. When

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Reiss awaits bail offer, Afshar freed

Her trial is over, now all Franco-Iranian Clotlide Reiss awaits is the verdict. France’s offer to post bail allowing her to go free until then

Her trial is over, now all Franco-Iranian Clotlide Reiss awaits is the verdict. France’s offer to post bail allowing her to go free until then

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Fatah elections continue as congress hailed a success

Votes are being counted as the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s Fatah seeks to renew its 120-member Revolutionary Council following a similar

Votes are being counted as the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s Fatah seeks to renew its 120-member Revolutionary Council following a similar

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Further violence in Russia's unstable southern region

Gunmen have shot dead Ingushetia’s Construction Minister Ruslan Amerkhanov at point blank range. The local interior ministry said he died of his

Gunmen have shot dead Ingushetia’s Construction Minister Ruslan Amerkhanov at point blank range. The local interior ministry said he died of his

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Ill Presidente - Costa Rica's leader has swine flu

The President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias has swine flu, making him the first head of state known to have contracted the A-H1N1 virus. A government

The President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias has swine flu, making him the first head of state known to have contracted the A-H1N1 virus. A government

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700 Taiwanese feared dead survive

Taiwan is still counting the cost of Typhoon Morakot, the worst in half a century, but at least the death toll has been slashed with the

Taiwan is still counting the cost of Typhoon Morakot, the worst in half a century, but at least the death toll has been slashed with the

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Minister murdered in Ingushetia

Another assassination has taken place in the unstable Caucasus region of southern Russia. The Ingushetian construction minister Ruslan Amerkhanov was

Another assassination has taken place in the unstable Caucasus region of southern Russia. The Ingushetian construction minister Ruslan Amerkhanov was

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UN fails to up pressure on Generals

No concerted international pressure on the Generals who run Myanmar appears likely soon after the UN Security Council’s 15 members failed to agree on

No concerted international pressure on the Generals who run Myanmar appears likely soon after the UN Security Council’s 15 members failed to agree on

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Indonesia anti-terror raid misses main man

Indonesian police, who announced they had killed a major terrorist mastermind at the weekend, now say he is still at large and they got the wrong

Indonesian police, who announced they had killed a major terrorist mastermind at the weekend, now say he is still at large and they got the wrong

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Red Cross marks Geneva Conventions' 60 years

The International Committee of the Red Cross is marking the 60th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions, signed on August 12th 1949, by calling

The International Committee of the Red Cross is marking the 60th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions, signed on August 12th 1949, by calling

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Have the Geneva Conventions made a difference?

Since 1949, the Geneva Conventions have placed limits on how war is waged, seeking to protect civilians during conflict. For 60 years, however

Since 1949, the Geneva Conventions have placed limits on how war is waged, seeking to protect civilians during conflict. For 60 years, however

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Fur flies in Germany's election campaign

Germany’s Social Democrat Party has given the upcoming general election some much-needed fizz by accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel of ducking a

Germany’s Social Democrat Party has given the upcoming general election some much-needed fizz by accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel of ducking a

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Worldwide calls for Suu Kyi's liberation

From the streets of London to the White House in Washington, calls are multiplying for the immediate and unconditional release of Burmese democracy

From the streets of London to the White House in Washington, calls are multiplying for the immediate and unconditional release of Burmese democracy

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Gang sought over 40 million pound UK gem heist

Police investigating what it thought to be the biggest jewel robbery in British history have released security camera footage of two suspects.

Police investigating what it thought to be the biggest jewel robbery in British history have released security camera footage of two suspects.

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Chechen human rights worker murdered

The kidnap and murder of a Chechen human rights worker and her husband have been condemned as inhuman crimes by the leader of the troubled region

The kidnap and murder of a Chechen human rights worker and her husband have been condemned as inhuman crimes by the leader of the troubled region

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Paris hopes Iran will free second French detainee

Freedom for a French embassy worker, detained over post-election protests in Iran, has raised hopes in Paris that another woman’s liberation will

Freedom for a French embassy worker, detained over post-election protests in Iran, has raised hopes in Paris that another woman’s liberation will