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2009-08-16

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Swiss make swingeing cuts to military

The Swiss government has announced it is to take a knife to its army and slash its numbers by as much as a third over the next ten to twelve years

The Swiss government has announced it is to take a knife to its army and slash its numbers by as much as a third over the next ten to twelve years

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Israeli Fatah's first day

A newly-elected member of Palestinian Fatah who is a former Israeli has had his first day on the job. Professor Uri Davis is now in one of the

A newly-elected member of Palestinian Fatah who is a former Israeli has had his first day on the job. Professor Uri Davis is now in one of the

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Berlusconi bids to end organised crime

Silvio Berlusconi has announced plans to crack down for good on organised crime. The Italian prime minister wants measures in place before his

Silvio Berlusconi has announced plans to crack down for good on organised crime. The Italian prime minister wants measures in place before his

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France set for Sunday shopping

France is set for a revolution, or at least a reversal of fortunes the government hopes — by its allowing shops to open on Sundays. In a bid to boost

France is set for a revolution, or at least a reversal of fortunes the government hopes — by its allowing shops to open on Sundays. In a bid to boost

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Women and children Kuwaiti wedding inferno

The Kuwaiti wedding tent that became an inferno killing 35 women and six children had only one exit, which led to a crush compounding the death toll

The Kuwaiti wedding tent that became an inferno killing 35 women and six children had only one exit, which led to a crush compounding the death toll

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Taliban voting threats harden

The Taliban have clarified what they mean when they tell ordinary Afghans ‘do not come to vote’ in next Thursday’s elections: ‘Don’t get hurt; you

The Taliban have clarified what they mean when they tell ordinary Afghans ‘do not come to vote’ in next Thursday’s elections: ‘Don’t get hurt; you

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Three women in Iran's cabinet

Iran’s president says three women will join his Cabinet, the first female ministers in the country since the 1970s. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran’s president says three women will join his Cabinet, the first female ministers in the country since the 1970s. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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Fatah elects Jew to Council

The Palestinian Fatah movement has elected an Israeli Jew to one of its governing bodies, a first for the secular nationalist movement. Uri Davis is

The Palestinian Fatah movement has elected an Israeli Jew to one of its governing bodies, a first for the secular nationalist movement. Uri Davis is

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Taliban to target voting booths

The Taliban has threatened to attack voting booths to disrupt Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial elections on Thursday. Until now, Taliban

The Taliban has threatened to attack voting booths to disrupt Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial elections on Thursday. Until now, Taliban

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Yettaw heads home from Myanmar jail

The American man jailed in Myanmar for swimming to the house of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is on his way back home. John Yettaw was sentenced

The American man jailed in Myanmar for swimming to the house of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is on his way back home. John Yettaw was sentenced

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Trial begins for Iranian vote protestors

In Iran, the third mass trial is underway of people accused of stoking unrest after the presidential election. The vote in June plunged the Islamic

In Iran, the third mass trial is underway of people accused of stoking unrest after the presidential election. The vote in June plunged the Islamic

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Madonna wows Warsaw without a hitch

Madonna’s show in Poland has gone ahead with a low turnout by Catholic protesters. More than 80,000 fans came to see the American pop star’s debut in

Madonna’s show in Poland has gone ahead with a low turnout by Catholic protesters. More than 80,000 fans came to see the American pop star’s debut in

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Ransom demand of $1.5m made for Arctic Sea

Mystery continues over the fate of the missing cargo ship, the Arctic Sea – a financial newspaper internet site is alone in claiming the amount of a

Mystery continues over the fate of the missing cargo ship, the Arctic Sea – a financial newspaper internet site is alone in claiming the amount of a

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Dozens die in Kuwaiti wedding blaze

A fire in a wedding party tent in Kuwait has killed at least 41 women and children. More than 70 others are said to have been critically injured

A fire in a wedding party tent in Kuwait has killed at least 41 women and children. More than 70 others are said to have been critically injured

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UK soldier deaths rise to 201 in Afghanistan

Two more British soldiers have died in Afghanistan – taking the number of UK troops killed to 201 since the US-led invasion in 2001. One of the

Two more British soldiers have died in Afghanistan – taking the number of UK troops killed to 201 since the US-led invasion in 2001. One of the

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Trouble flares as anti-fascists protest against BNP

Police in the UK have arrested 19 people during clashes with anti-fascist protesters in central England. Around 1500 people marched in opposition to

Police in the UK have arrested 19 people during clashes with anti-fascist protesters in central England. Around 1500 people marched in opposition to

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Eight arrested in Sabbath demo

At least eight ultra-Orthodox Jews have been arrested in Jerusalem during a protest against the opening of the city’s municipal car parks on the

At least eight ultra-Orthodox Jews have been arrested in Jerusalem during a protest against the opening of the city’s municipal car parks on the