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2009-11-30

Europe

Lisbon Treaty, from signing to launch

A stone plaque in Jeronimos Monastery in Portugal’s capital marks where the Lisbon Treaty was signed almost two years ago. For the leaders of the 27

A stone plaque in Jeronimos Monastery in Portugal’s capital marks where the Lisbon Treaty was signed almost two years ago. For the leaders of the 27

Europe

Comic book insight into EU future

There is nothing funny about these observations of European construction… Buildings, and who made them, and what they do to people… architecture as a

There is nothing funny about these observations of European construction… Buildings, and who made them, and what they do to people… architecture as a

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Russian police close in on train bomb suspects

Police in Russia investigating last week’s bombing of a Moscow to St Petersburg train have reportedly identified two possible suspects. Some 26

Police in Russia investigating last week’s bombing of a Moscow to St Petersburg train have reportedly identified two possible suspects. Some 26

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Swiss minaret ban sparks debate

Could Switzerland’s vote to ban new mosque minarets create a domino effect across Europe? After more than 57 percent of Swiss citizens backed the

Could Switzerland’s vote to ban new mosque minarets create a domino effect across Europe? After more than 57 percent of Swiss citizens backed the

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Danish text urges 50% emission cut by 2050

A draft Danish text is proposing the world agree to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the Copenhagen climate conference. It suggests rich

A draft Danish text is proposing the world agree to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the Copenhagen climate conference. It suggests rich

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Obama reaches Afghanistan decision

President Obama has finally reached a decision on a new US strategy for Afghanistan, and is said to be currently briefing other world leaders.

President Obama has finally reached a decision on a new US strategy for Afghanistan, and is said to be currently briefing other world leaders.

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New Honduran president promises to heal wounds

Reconciliation will be the order of the day, proclaims Honduras’s new president, Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, but despite his victory in the presidential

Reconciliation will be the order of the day, proclaims Honduras’s new president, Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, but despite his victory in the presidential

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EU to lift visas for three Balkan states

The EU is lifting visa requirements for the people of Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia in time for them to visit friends and family in the bloc this

The EU is lifting visa requirements for the people of Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia in time for them to visit friends and family in the bloc this

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France debates Swiss ban on minarets

Following the Swiss referendum banning minarets, the debate has spread to neighbouring France where Islam is the second biggest religion. Compared

Following the Swiss referendum banning minarets, the debate has spread to neighbouring France where Islam is the second biggest religion. Compared

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Honduras overshadows Ibero American summit

The focus was supposed to be on innovation and the region’s economic resilience in the global downturn but the political events in Honduras have cast

The focus was supposed to be on innovation and the region’s economic resilience in the global downturn but the political events in Honduras have cast

Business

Ebay fined for sales of Louis Vuitton scent

Ebay Inc and its French unit have been fined 1.7 million euros after it failed to stop sales of Louis Vuitton perfumes on its website in the country

Ebay Inc and its French unit have been fined 1.7 million euros after it failed to stop sales of Louis Vuitton perfumes on its website in the country

Business

European markets hold firm in wake of Dubai debt crisis

The Dubai market posted its biggest one-day fall in more than a year while Abu Dhabi recorded its largest ever drop, on the first day of trading

The Dubai market posted its biggest one-day fall in more than a year while Abu Dhabi recorded its largest ever drop, on the first day of trading

Business

Thirty financial institutions on risk list

Thirty global financial institutions have been selected for cross border supervision by regulators. The list is compiled under the guidance of the

Thirty global financial institutions have been selected for cross border supervision by regulators. The list is compiled under the guidance of the

Business

WTO: recovery, climate change and protests

The World Trade Organisation’s seventh ministerial meeting is underway in Geneva. It comes as European business is growing ever more frustrated at

The World Trade Organisation’s seventh ministerial meeting is underway in Geneva. It comes as European business is growing ever more frustrated at

Business

British shoppers still reluctant to spend big

Shoppers’ confidence in Britain has unexpectedly dropped in the run up to Christmas, sliding for the first time since January. The survey suggests

Shoppers’ confidence in Britain has unexpectedly dropped in the run up to Christmas, sliding for the first time since January. The survey suggests

Business

Prices in the Euro Zone rise indicating recovery

Consumer prices in the Euro zone have gone up for the first time in seven months, led by jumps in energy costs as the economy shows signs of

Consumer prices in the Euro zone have gone up for the first time in seven months, led by jumps in energy costs as the economy shows signs of

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Russia due to open Iranian reactor in March

A day after Iran announced plans to build 10 uranium enrichment plants, it is reported that Russia intends to start up a nuclear reactor in Iran in

A day after Iran announced plans to build 10 uranium enrichment plants, it is reported that Russia intends to start up a nuclear reactor in Iran in

Science_technology

Transformers: Robots in disguise

Robots of all shapes and uses were on show at Japan’s International Robot Exhibition. The focus was on industrial robots but electronic pets, helper

Robots of all shapes and uses were on show at Japan’s International Robot Exhibition. The focus was on industrial robots but electronic pets, helper

Culture

Sleazy Red Light street set up in National Gallery

The huge installation piece – The Hoerengracht – Whore’s Canal – by American artists Ed and Nancy Kienholz is now on show at the National Gallery in

The huge installation piece – The Hoerengracht – Whore’s Canal – by American artists Ed and Nancy Kienholz is now on show at the National Gallery in

Culture

Max and his monsters: the movie

Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak’s classic 1963 children’s tale of Max, an imaginative yet frustrated little boy, goes on general release in

Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak’s classic 1963 children’s tale of Max, an imaginative yet frustrated little boy, goes on general release in

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Swiss-Muslim relations strained over minaret ban

Switzerland’s relations with the Muslim world are under scrutiny after the Alpine nation voted to ban the building of new mosque minarets

Switzerland’s relations with the Muslim world are under scrutiny after the Alpine nation voted to ban the building of new mosque minarets

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Nazi war crime trial underway in Germany

Probably the last Nazi war crimes trial is underway in Munich, Germany.   John Demjanjuk, 89, was a camp guard and is accused of helping to force

Probably the last Nazi war crimes trial is underway in Munich, Germany.   John Demjanjuk, 89, was a camp guard and is accused of helping to force

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Iran says it will reopen door to diplomacy

The President of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, has re-opened the door to international diplomacy. He is suggesting the nuclear issue could

The President of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, has re-opened the door to international diplomacy. He is suggesting the nuclear issue could

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Stock market tumbles in debt-ridden Dubai

Dubai’s stock market has slumped on the first day of trading since news of its debt crisis broke. The emirate’s equity benchmark closed down 7.3

Dubai’s stock market has slumped on the first day of trading since news of its debt crisis broke. The emirate’s equity benchmark closed down 7.3

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China tells EU it is serious about climate change

With the Copenhagen climate summit just days away, green issues were central to talks between the European Union and China today. At a meeting in

With the Copenhagen climate summit just days away, green issues were central to talks between the European Union and China today. At a meeting in

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Lobo celebrates victory in Honduran presidential poll

Conservative opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo and his supporters are celebrating their victory in the disputed Honduran presidential election

Conservative opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo and his supporters are celebrating their victory in the disputed Honduran presidential election

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Investors brace for United Arab Emirates stock fall

Investors are braced for a 10 % fall in the United Arab Emirate stocks as the market reopens for the first time since Dubai called for a delay in

Investors are braced for a 10 % fall in the United Arab Emirate stocks as the market reopens for the first time since Dubai called for a delay in

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Pro-Zelaya supporters clash with Honduran police

Violence broke out in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Sunday as some supporters of ousted leader Manuel Zelaya heeded his call not to take

Violence broke out in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Sunday as some supporters of ousted leader Manuel Zelaya heeded his call not to take