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2009-08-19

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Afghanis urged to defy Taliban and vote

People in Afghanistan are being urged to vote in large numbers in Thursday’s presidential election despite an upsurge in attacks by the Taliban who

People in Afghanistan are being urged to vote in large numbers in Thursday’s presidential election despite an upsurge in attacks by the Taliban who

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Recalling picnic that changed Europe's destiny.

People from across Europe have taken part in a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the “Pan-European Picnic” — a gathering that enabled hundreds

People from across Europe have taken part in a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the “Pan-European Picnic” — a gathering that enabled hundreds

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US and Switzerland settle accounts over UBS

The US and Switzerland have struck a deal to settle a tax evasion dispute surrounding customers of Swiss bank UBS. The banking giant has agreed

The US and Switzerland have struck a deal to settle a tax evasion dispute surrounding customers of Swiss bank UBS. The banking giant has agreed

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Suspected ETA trio arrested in France

A joint Franco-Spanish police operation has led to the arrest of three suspected key members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA. The men

A joint Franco-Spanish police operation has led to the arrest of three suspected key members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA. The men

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Grief and anger as Russia mourns dam victims

As Russia buries its dead from the Siberian dam disaster there is mounting anger among local people against the authorities. The confirmed death

As Russia buries its dead from the Siberian dam disaster there is mounting anger among local people against the authorities. The confirmed death

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Ahmadinejad faces fight to get cabinet approved

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks set for a rough ride in getting his new cabinet accepted by Iran’s parliament. The full ministerial line-up

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks set for a rough ride in getting his new cabinet accepted by Iran’s parliament. The full ministerial line-up

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Afghan vote legitimacy under question

How legitimate the Afghan people consider the elections is crucial. Logistics is part of the challenge: making sure the right material is in the

How legitimate the Afghan people consider the elections is crucial. Logistics is part of the challenge: making sure the right material is in the

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Afghanistan violence intensifies ahead of poll

Insurgents have stepped up their efforts to derail Afghanistan’s presidential election tomorrow. Gunmen stormed a bank and battled security

Insurgents have stepped up their efforts to derail Afghanistan’s presidential election tomorrow. Gunmen stormed a bank and battled security

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Just who are the Taliban?

Most Taliban members are Pashtuns, a people who for centuries dominated a vast territory straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 1893 the frontier

Most Taliban members are Pashtuns, a people who for centuries dominated a vast territory straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 1893 the frontier

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Iraqi 'security' leaves 100 dead

On one of the bloodiest days in Baghdad this year, around a hundred people have been killed and around 600 wounded in a series of bomb and mortar

On one of the bloodiest days in Baghdad this year, around a hundred people have been killed and around 600 wounded in a series of bomb and mortar

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Russia buries dam victims as death toll mounts

The funerals have taken place of victims of the flood at a dam in southern Russia on Monday. Thirteen people are confirmed as dead. But the

The funerals have taken place of victims of the flood at a dam in southern Russia on Monday. Thirteen people are confirmed as dead. But the

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Three alleged ETA members arrested

A joint French-Spanish operation has led to the capture of three men suspected of being key members of the armed Basque separatist group

A joint French-Spanish operation has led to the capture of three men suspected of being key members of the armed Basque separatist group

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Heavy toll in Baghdad Green Zone

A rapid-fire series of bomb and mortar attacks in Baghdad has killed around 75 people and wounded more than 300 in the heavily guarded Green Zone

A rapid-fire series of bomb and mortar attacks in Baghdad has killed around 75 people and wounded more than 300 in the heavily guarded Green Zone

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Taliban pre-election bank attack

Afghanistan’s pre-election violence is unrelenting. In one of the latest incidents, three armed men in a bank building in central Kabul were killed

Afghanistan’s pre-election violence is unrelenting. In one of the latest incidents, three armed men in a bank building in central Kabul were killed

Europe

Lost Luggage

Ever had your luggage lost while on your travels? Thousands of bags and suitcases go missing every day in Europe’s airports. Here is what the

Ever had your luggage lost while on your travels? Thousands of bags and suitcases go missing every day in Europe’s airports. Here is what the

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Russia arrests eight over Arctic Sea hijacking

Russia says it has arrested eight people in connection with the hijacking of the merchant ship, Arctic Sea. And Russia, whose navy tracked the

Russia says it has arrested eight people in connection with the hijacking of the merchant ship, Arctic Sea. And Russia, whose navy tracked the

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France takes action to tackle prison suicides

As the suicide rate soars in France’s overcrowded prisons, the country’s justice minister has announced measures aimed at stemming the tide

As the suicide rate soars in France’s overcrowded prisons, the country’s justice minister has announced measures aimed at stemming the tide

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UBS tax deal with US expected

A deal to settle the US tax case against the Swiss bank UBS could be sewn up today. The agreement should help UBS to restore its image and will

A deal to settle the US tax case against the Swiss bank UBS could be sewn up today. The agreement should help UBS to restore its image and will

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Russian power blast toll rises

Some 64 missing workers, trapped in one of Russia’s biggest power plants after an explosion, are almost certainly dead. Now relatives have been

Some 64 missing workers, trapped in one of Russia’s biggest power plants after an explosion, are almost certainly dead. Now relatives have been

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Will Taliban threat keep Afghan voters away?

With just one day to go before Afghanistan’s presidential election, security forces are on full alert in the face of the Taliban threat. Militants

With just one day to go before Afghanistan’s presidential election, security forces are on full alert in the face of the Taliban threat. Militants