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2009-12-23

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Romania remembers Ceausescu's execution

Twenty years ago today the world watched in disbelief as the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was beamed around the world. He had tried to

Twenty years ago today the world watched in disbelief as the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was beamed around the world. He had tried to

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Markets: 23rd December

European shares finished up, albeit in thin pre-holiday trade. However the bourses trimmed their earlier gains partly due to disappointing housing

European shares finished up, albeit in thin pre-holiday trade. However the bourses trimmed their earlier gains partly due to disappointing housing

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French consumer spending slips

French consumer spending dropped slightly in November compared with the previous month as shoppers splashed out on cars but cut back

French consumer spending dropped slightly in November compared with the previous month as shoppers splashed out on cars but cut back

Business

US homes sales mixed

There have been mixed signals on the recovery of the US property market. Sales of newly built single-family homes unexpectedly fell to their

There have been mixed signals on the recovery of the US property market. Sales of newly built single-family homes unexpectedly fell to their

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Veolia eyes French train service

Veolia is reportedly talking to the Italian train operator Trenitalia about cooperating on running high-speed train services in France when new

Veolia is reportedly talking to the Italian train operator Trenitalia about cooperating on running high-speed train services in France when new

Business

Volvo sale to Chinese closer

Ford has confirmed it is selling Volvo to China’s Geely and said it expected the deal to be completed by the middle of next year. Swedish based

Ford has confirmed it is selling Volvo to China’s Geely and said it expected the deal to be completed by the middle of next year. Swedish based

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Christmas in a divided Holy Land

Thousands of tourists and pilgrims are gathering to celebrate Christmas in the Holy Land. Christmas trees are hard to come by so the municipality

Thousands of tourists and pilgrims are gathering to celebrate Christmas in the Holy Land. Christmas trees are hard to come by so the municipality

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More anti-government protests in Iran

It has been a day of unrest in Iran, with reports of clashes between police and anti-government groups. An opposition website says there have been

It has been a day of unrest in Iran, with reports of clashes between police and anti-government groups. An opposition website says there have been

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Kazakh residents denounce Stalin's "rehabilitation"

In the week that some Russians are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of former Soviet leader Stalin, others in places like Kazakhstan denounce

In the week that some Russians are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of former Soviet leader Stalin, others in places like Kazakhstan denounce

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Survivors tell of Jamaican plane crash

Passengers onboard a plane that crashed in Jamaica are counting their blessings that no one was killed. The American Airlines Boeing 737 overshot the

Passengers onboard a plane that crashed in Jamaica are counting their blessings that no one was killed. The American Airlines Boeing 737 overshot the

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Eurostar claims cross-channel chaos is clearing

The cross-channel rail company Eurostar told passengers not to turn up at the London terminus, because all trains to Paris and Brussels were full for

The cross-channel rail company Eurostar told passengers not to turn up at the London terminus, because all trains to Paris and Brussels were full for

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Christmas Day verdict for Chinese dissident

China’s leading dissident has appeared in court charged with “inciting subversion of state power” in a two hour trial described by human rights

China’s leading dissident has appeared in court charged with “inciting subversion of state power” in a two hour trial described by human rights

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Dutch sailor, Laura Dekker, will stay with her father

A Dutch court has decided that teenage sailor Laura Dekker can stay with her father. Laura had been missing for a week. She flew to Paris on her own

A Dutch court has decided that teenage sailor Laura Dekker can stay with her father. Laura had been missing for a week. She flew to Paris on her own

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Obama puts off Christmas break over healthcare vote

Barack Obama says he will delay his Christmas holiday while his supporters in the Senate attempt to push through his healthcare reform plan. The

Barack Obama says he will delay his Christmas holiday while his supporters in the Senate attempt to push through his healthcare reform plan. The

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Growing despair in Peshawar after suicide bombings

Pakistan’s authorities have ordered that security for journalists in the country be made “foolproof” a day after a suicide bomber attacked a press

Pakistan’s authorities have ordered that security for journalists in the country be made “foolproof” a day after a suicide bomber attacked a press

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Trial of leading Chinese dissident opens

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Liu Xiaobo, has gone on trial on subversion charges causing an outcry at home and abroad over the

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Liu Xiaobo, has gone on trial on subversion charges causing an outcry at home and abroad over the

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Christmas in space

A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts from America, Russia and Japan has docked successfully at the International Space Station. The

A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts from America, Russia and Japan has docked successfully at the International Space Station. The

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Iberia to take stranded Air Comet passengers

Angry airline passengers stranded at airports in Spain and Latin America are threatening to go on hunger strike after the Madrid-based company Air

Angry airline passengers stranded at airports in Spain and Latin America are threatening to go on hunger strike after the Madrid-based company Air

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More violent clashes reported in cities in Iran

There have been violent clashes in Iran between police and groups opposed to the government in two cities according to an opposition website. Iranian

There have been violent clashes in Iran between police and groups opposed to the government in two cities according to an opposition website. Iranian

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President Obama reads Christmas books to children

US President Barack Obama made a holiday visit to a youth centre on Monday to read to local school children and find out exactly what they were

US President Barack Obama made a holiday visit to a youth centre on Monday to read to local school children and find out exactly what they were

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Dutch teenage sailor in legal battle over her care

The Dutch teenage sailor who went missing after her voyage round the world was blocked by the courts has returned from the Caribbean amid a legal

The Dutch teenage sailor who went missing after her voyage round the world was blocked by the courts has returned from the Caribbean amid a legal

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Poland counts cost of big freeze

Since Monday 10 more people have died of the cold in Poland, bringing the number to nearly 80 this month. Operations to persuade the homeless to

Since Monday 10 more people have died of the cold in Poland, bringing the number to nearly 80 this month. Operations to persuade the homeless to

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Jail term halved for accomplice in Kercher murder

An Italian court has reduced the sentence of one of the three people convicted of the murder of a British student in Perugia two years ago. Rudy

An Italian court has reduced the sentence of one of the three people convicted of the murder of a British student in Perugia two years ago. Rudy

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Eurostar slowly returns to normal

Passengers and Eurostar staff breathed a collective sigh of relief when cross-channel passenger trains finally began running again, after three days

Passengers and Eurostar staff breathed a collective sigh of relief when cross-channel passenger trains finally began running again, after three days

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FIAT reveals investment plans for Italy

With 500s flying put of the factories FIAT is sexy again, and now its boss says, after buying Chrysler and going global, it is time for FIAT Italy to

With 500s flying put of the factories FIAT is sexy again, and now its boss says, after buying Chrysler and going global, it is time for FIAT Italy to

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Body found of kidnapped Colombian governor

The body of Colombian regional governor Luis Francisco Cuellar has been found only hours after he was dragged from his home in the state of

The body of Colombian regional governor Luis Francisco Cuellar has been found only hours after he was dragged from his home in the state of