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2009-12-25

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Romania: bleak anniversary of execution

A cemetery in the Romanian capital Bucharest saw a cluster of around 15 people gather at the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, as one of

A cemetery in the Romanian capital Bucharest saw a cluster of around 15 people gather at the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, as one of

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The long shadow of Operation Cast Lead

Almost a year after Israel’s three-week offensive against Gaza, people living in the coastal enclave say they have little faith in building a better

Almost a year after Israel’s three-week offensive against Gaza, people living in the coastal enclave say they have little faith in building a better

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Queen pays tribute to UK troops in Afghanistan

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has used her traditional Christmas message to pay tribute to the armed forces serving in Afghanistan. The symbolic head

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has used her traditional Christmas message to pay tribute to the armed forces serving in Afghanistan. The symbolic head

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Pope 'unfazed' by security scare

The Vatican insisted the Pope’s Christmas schedule would not be changed as a result of the security scare. He appeared in front of the crowds in St

The Vatican insisted the Pope’s Christmas schedule would not be changed as a result of the security scare. He appeared in front of the crowds in St

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Mesic's reign comes to an end in Croatia

The outgoing Croatian President Stipe Mesic took office in February, 2000, having previously served as a prime minister and parliamentary

The outgoing Croatian President Stipe Mesic took office in February, 2000, having previously served as a prime minister and parliamentary

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Turkey wants 'peace' with Armenia and Azeris

Turkey’s foreign minister says peace between Ankara, Azerbaijan and Armenia is “close” after a meeting with his Azeri counterpart. Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkey’s foreign minister says peace between Ankara, Azerbaijan and Armenia is “close” after a meeting with his Azeri counterpart. Ahmet Davutoglu

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Pope survives attack by woman in red

The attack on Pope Benedict has shocked the Catholic world but the 82-year-old pontiff is unhurt. He was entering Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome to

The attack on Pope Benedict has shocked the Catholic world but the 82-year-old pontiff is unhurt. He was entering Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome to

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Flood waters rising in Venice

An unusually high tide has flooded most of Venice, forcing tourists and residents to wade through knee-deep water. Authorities say 60 per cent of

An unusually high tide has flooded most of Venice, forcing tourists and residents to wade through knee-deep water. Authorities say 60 per cent of

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Pope pulled to ground at Christmas Eve Mass

The Pope has been dragged to the ground by a spectator who jumped over a barrier at the start of his Christmas Eve Mass. The Vatican has described

The Pope has been dragged to the ground by a spectator who jumped over a barrier at the start of his Christmas Eve Mass. The Vatican has described

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Christmas storm sweeps across America

A massive snowstorm is sweeping across the central United States, cutting road and air transport links. Blizzard warnings have been issued for

A massive snowstorm is sweeping across the central United States, cutting road and air transport links. Blizzard warnings have been issued for

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Outrage as China jails leading dissident

An 11 year jail term handed down to China’s most prominent dissident has triggered an outcry from human rights groups and governments in the

An 11 year jail term handed down to China’s most prominent dissident has triggered an outcry from human rights groups and governments in the

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Pope maintains Christmas schedule

The Vatican insisted the Pope’s schedule would not be changed as a result of the security incident. He appeared in front of the crowds in St

The Vatican insisted the Pope’s schedule would not be changed as a result of the security incident. He appeared in front of the crowds in St

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Croatians to elect a new president

The people of Croatia are preparing to vote for a new head of state on Suday with no fewer than 12 candidates vying for the post.   The winner will

The people of Croatia are preparing to vote for a new head of state on Suday with no fewer than 12 candidates vying for the post.   The winner will

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Eastern European writers assess EU integration

Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, European authors are still trying to make sense of the impact. China may have been the guest of

Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, European authors are still trying to make sense of the impact. China may have been the guest of

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Tourist numbers up for Bethlehem mass

15,000 people packed into the square outside, and it was a crowded Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for the Christmas mass. Pilgims and

15,000 people packed into the square outside, and it was a crowded Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for the Christmas mass. Pilgims and

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Leading pro-democracy dissident jailed for 11 years

China’s most prominent dissident Liu Ziaobo has been jailed for 11 years after being convicted for ‘incitement to subvert state power’. Liu, who

China’s most prominent dissident Liu Ziaobo has been jailed for 11 years after being convicted for ‘incitement to subvert state power’. Liu, who

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Mountain pass between Georgia & Russia to reopen

Relations may be about to warm up again between Russia and Georgia with news from Swiss-brokered peace talks. The Verkhny Lars border crossing

Relations may be about to warm up again between Russia and Georgia with news from Swiss-brokered peace talks. The Verkhny Lars border crossing

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Iraq's Christians pray for peace in Baghdad

Iraq’s Christian community has attended Christmas mass in spite of wide security concerns. Since the 2003 US-led invasion Christians have become a

Iraq’s Christian community has attended Christmas mass in spite of wide security concerns. Since the 2003 US-led invasion Christians have become a

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Woman floors Pope at Rome Christmas mass

Amateur footage of the moment a woman jumps a barrier to get to the Pope during this year’s Christmas eve mass in Rome has led news stories across

Amateur footage of the moment a woman jumps a barrier to get to the Pope during this year’s Christmas eve mass in Rome has led news stories across

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Pope continues despite being knocked down

Despite proceeding with the mass Benedict XVI appeared somewhat affected by the incident leaning heavily on aides and an armrest as he sat down

Despite proceeding with the mass Benedict XVI appeared somewhat affected by the incident leaning heavily on aides and an armrest as he sat down