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2009-12-04

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António Guterres: "The biggest crisis is in people's minds"

His job is to find solutions for millions around the world who’ve been forced to leave their homes. How does his organisation cope with those forced

His job is to find solutions for millions around the world who’ve been forced to leave their homes. How does his organisation cope with those forced

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India's way to cutting carbon emissions

As world leaders prepare a new treaty on climate change in Copenhagen, the EU wants to expand support for CO2 cuts in emerging economies by including

As world leaders prepare a new treaty on climate change in Copenhagen, the EU wants to expand support for CO2 cuts in emerging economies by including

Business

Price tag on UK banks bailout

The cost of bailing out British banks has hit 940 billion euros, says the UK’s spending watchdog. The government has estimated the cost to taxpayers

The cost of bailing out British banks has hit 940 billion euros, says the UK’s spending watchdog. The government has estimated the cost to taxpayers

Business

Jobseekers' gloom in golden state

In California they might be forgiven for viewing the latest employment figures somewhat sceptically. US unemployment stabilised in November after

In California they might be forgiven for viewing the latest employment figures somewhat sceptically. US unemployment stabilised in November after

Europe

EU award for Sakharov's Memorial in Russia

While the governments of the EU favour realpolitik in their relations with Russia, the European Parliament plays a role as guardian of conscience. It

While the governments of the EU favour realpolitik in their relations with Russia, the European Parliament plays a role as guardian of conscience. It

Business

Germany deficit may not exceed EU limit

Reports from Germany say the country may be able to keep its deficit down to within EU sanctioned limits this year. Finance Minister Wolfgang

Reports from Germany say the country may be able to keep its deficit down to within EU sanctioned limits this year. Finance Minister Wolfgang

Business

US jobless figures bring optimism

The latest jobless figures in the US showed that unemployment stabilised in November after previously rising sharply. Employers cut eleven thousand

The latest jobless figures in the US showed that unemployment stabilised in November after previously rising sharply. Employers cut eleven thousand

Business

EADS in US army helicopter deal

The American branch of the European defence firm EADS has won a contract to supply the US army with 45 UH-72A light utility helicopters. The deal

The American branch of the European defence firm EADS has won a contract to supply the US army with 45 UH-72A light utility helicopters. The deal

Business

GM in Opel reprieve

General Motors has scrapped plans to axe more than five hundred jobs at its Opel car plant at Russelsheim in Germany. Opel’s acting chief Nick

General Motors has scrapped plans to axe more than five hundred jobs at its Opel car plant at Russelsheim in Germany. Opel’s acting chief Nick

Culture

Richard and his band The Shadows

Pop icon Sir Cliff Richard and his band The Shadows have marked their 50th anniversary with a DVD called The Final Reunion. It was filmed during a

Pop icon Sir Cliff Richard and his band The Shadows have marked their 50th anniversary with a DVD called The Final Reunion. It was filmed during a

Business

Markets boosted by US jobs news

European markets have closed after a day which saw a surge in stocks and shares – following a report from the US showing that a slight fall in the

European markets have closed after a day which saw a surge in stocks and shares – following a report from the US showing that a slight fall in the

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Clashes at Israel's West Bank barrier

Protesters have clashed with Israeli soldiers during a weekly protest at Israel’s West Bank barrier. Palestinians and international activists

Protesters have clashed with Israeli soldiers during a weekly protest at Israel’s West Bank barrier. Palestinians and international activists

Europe

Ukraine rebuked over reform half measures

The European Union has criticised Ukraine, saying it is only half keeping its reform promises. The IMF agrees, raising doubts about Kiev’s ability to

The European Union has criticised Ukraine, saying it is only half keeping its reform promises. The IMF agrees, raising doubts about Kiev’s ability to

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Jerusalem: a city of two capitals?

Senior Israeli politicians are warning the EU to stop meddling in Jerusalem’s future status. The EU will consider proposals early next week on

Senior Israeli politicians are warning the EU to stop meddling in Jerusalem’s future status. The EU will consider proposals early next week on

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Mob witness links Berlusconi to mafia bombings

Italy’s prime minister is facing fresh allegations he was linked to a 1993 mafia bombing campaign. Jailed hitman Gaspare Spatuzza has accused

Italy’s prime minister is facing fresh allegations he was linked to a 1993 mafia bombing campaign. Jailed hitman Gaspare Spatuzza has accused

Environment

Kilimanjaro - a case study for Copenhagen

At least 100 world leaders are now signed up to attend the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen next week. Among those hoping for a deal are

At least 100 world leaders are now signed up to attend the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen next week. Among those hoping for a deal are

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NATO offers more troops for Afghanistan

NATO has agreed to send an extra 7,000 troops to Afghanistan to support the US surge against the Taliban. The pledge, however, falls short of the

NATO has agreed to send an extra 7,000 troops to Afghanistan to support the US surge against the Taliban. The pledge, however, falls short of the

Europe

Rompuy takes EU pulses amid finance anger

Incoming European Council President Herman Van Rompuy continues to take the pulse in halls of EU power, the latest that of French President Nicolas

Incoming European Council President Herman Van Rompuy continues to take the pulse in halls of EU power, the latest that of French President Nicolas

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Roman Polanski back home on bail

Film director Roman Polanski has been released from a Swiss prison after posting bail worth three million euros. Whether he will be extradited to

Film director Roman Polanski has been released from a Swiss prison after posting bail worth three million euros. Whether he will be extradited to

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Mexico City police free dozens of "slave workers"

Police in Mexico City say they have freed 107 people who were imprisoned and forced to work in a clandestine factory. As slave workers, they had to

Police in Mexico City say they have freed 107 people who were imprisoned and forced to work in a clandestine factory. As slave workers, they had to

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Nepal's Everest message on climate change

Nepal’s cabinet has taken an unusual step in meeting outdoors amid the frigid thin air of Mount Everest to highlight the dangers of climate change

Nepal’s cabinet has taken an unusual step in meeting outdoors amid the frigid thin air of Mount Everest to highlight the dangers of climate change

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NATO commits more troops to Afghanistan

NATO leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed to send 7,000 more troops to Afghanistan. It follows the United States pledge to send more 30,000 extra

NATO leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed to send 7,000 more troops to Afghanistan. It follows the United States pledge to send more 30,000 extra

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Dozens die in Pakistan mosque attack

At least 39 people have died and 40 others have been wounded in an attack on a mosque in Pakistan. Reports suggest two suicide bombers blew

At least 39 people have died and 40 others have been wounded in an attack on a mosque in Pakistan. Reports suggest two suicide bombers blew

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Russia says US arms deal is close

Russia says it is close to reaching a deal with the United States to reduce their nuclear weapons. Diplomats have been trying to prepare a new

Russia says it is close to reaching a deal with the United States to reduce their nuclear weapons. Diplomats have been trying to prepare a new

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Jury out in Kercher murder trial

The jury in the Meredith Kercher murder trial in Italy is considering its verdict. Twenty-two-year-old American Amanda Knox is accused of killing the

The jury in the Meredith Kercher murder trial in Italy is considering its verdict. Twenty-two-year-old American Amanda Knox is accused of killing the

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NATO troops offer below US expectations

The American Secretary of State joins the NATO meeting in Brussels today, urging the Alliance to commit more men and money to the fight in

The American Secretary of State joins the NATO meeting in Brussels today, urging the Alliance to commit more men and money to the fight in

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Romanian presidential rivals' heated tv debate

The two main rivals for the Romanian presidency have clashed in a televised debate. Incumbent Traian Basescu launched a scathing attack on his

The two main rivals for the Romanian presidency have clashed in a televised debate. Incumbent Traian Basescu launched a scathing attack on his