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2009-12-28

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Turbulence for first post-war Russia-Georgia flights

Efforts to resume direct air links between Georgia and Russia have been hit by turbulence. Moscow has given a Georgian airline permission to fly to

Efforts to resume direct air links between Georgia and Russia have been hit by turbulence. Moscow has given a Georgian airline permission to fly to

Business

Chinese airline buying 16 Airbus planes

China Eastern Airlines has announced that it has agreed to buy 16 Airbus A330 planes. The Shanghai-based carrier is increasing the size of its

China Eastern Airlines has announced that it has agreed to buy 16 Airbus A330 planes. The Shanghai-based carrier is increasing the size of its

Business

Japan's industrial output rises

Japanese industrial output rose for the ninth consecutive month in November, driven by strong exports and government stimulus money. Demand from

Japanese industrial output rose for the ninth consecutive month in November, driven by strong exports and government stimulus money. Demand from

Business

Oil prices heat up as US shivers

As much of the United States suffers a wave of colder weather, and with more low temperatures forecast, oil has hit its highest in five weeks, for a

As much of the United States suffers a wave of colder weather, and with more low temperatures forecast, oil has hit its highest in five weeks, for a

Business

Markets: 28th December

European shares finished up for a fifth straight session on Monday but trading was thin and London and Dublin were closed. Resource-related stocks

European shares finished up for a fifth straight session on Monday but trading was thin and London and Dublin were closed. Resource-related stocks

Business

UAE deal boosts Korean nuclear shares

State-owned utility Korea Electric Power Corporation’s shares shot up five percent on Monday. It was the lead bidder in a South Korean group that

State-owned utility Korea Electric Power Corporation’s shares shot up five percent on Monday. It was the lead bidder in a South Korean group that

Business

Tills jingle for US retailers

US shops were busier this holiday shopping season and so were online retailers. Preliminary figures from MasterCard’s tracking unit show a 3.6

US shops were busier this holiday shopping season and so were online retailers. Preliminary figures from MasterCard’s tracking unit show a 3.6

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Russia warns EU of more oil cuts

Oil supplies to eastern EU countries could again face disruption because of a fresh row over payments between Moscow and Ukraine. Russia has

Oil supplies to eastern EU countries could again face disruption because of a fresh row over payments between Moscow and Ukraine. Russia has

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Thailand ejects Hmong asylum seekers

There is growing international condemnation of Thailand’s decision to expel some 4,400 ethnic Hmong asylum seekers to neighbouring Laos. The

There is growing international condemnation of Thailand’s decision to expel some 4,400 ethnic Hmong asylum seekers to neighbouring Laos. The

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Iranian exiles condemn Tehran clashes

Iranians living in exile have been holding protests in numerous capitals around the world, condemning the violence in Tehran. One of the

Iranians living in exile have been holding protests in numerous capitals around the world, condemning the violence in Tehran. One of the

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Deadly bomb attack on Pakistani procession

At least 30 people have been killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack on a Shi’ite Muslim procession in Pakistan. The blast in Karachi came at

At least 30 people have been killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack on a Shi’ite Muslim procession in Pakistan. The blast in Karachi came at

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Al-Qaeda's new ready and willing

He is young, educated, an engineer – and now a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab embodies a new threat posed by the Islamic

He is young, educated, an engineer – and now a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab embodies a new threat posed by the Islamic

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Israeli settlement plan provokes anger

Israel is planning to build nearly 700 new homes in mainly Arab East Jerusalem despite international demands for a freeze on settlement building

Israel is planning to build nearly 700 new homes in mainly Arab East Jerusalem despite international demands for a freeze on settlement building

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Opposition figures arrested in Iran

After a weekend of anti-government demonstrations during a Shi’ite Muslim festival in Iran, leading opposition figures have been arrested. It is

After a weekend of anti-government demonstrations during a Shi’ite Muslim festival in Iran, leading opposition figures have been arrested. It is

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Queues and questions at Europe's airports

Patience is a virtue – an age-old adage that air travellers would do well to remember, with tighter security heaping hours onto check-in times in the

Patience is a virtue – an age-old adage that air travellers would do well to remember, with tighter security heaping hours onto check-in times in the

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Briton's execution imminent in China

A British man due to be executed within hours in China has been visited by members of his family. Akmal Shaikh’s relatives have made an 11th-hour

A British man due to be executed within hours in China has been visited by members of his family. Akmal Shaikh’s relatives have made an 11th-hour

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Bomb attack on Muslim procession

At least 15 people have been killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack on a Shi’ite Muslim procession in Pakistan. The blast in Karachi came at

At least 15 people have been killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack on a Shi’ite Muslim procession in Pakistan. The blast in Karachi came at

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Russia opens energy 'gateway' to Asia

Vladimir Putin is calling it a great New Year present for his country. The Russian Prime Minister has opened a new oil export terminal that Moscow

Vladimir Putin is calling it a great New Year present for his country. The Russian Prime Minister has opened a new oil export terminal that Moscow

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Croatia presidential poll goes to run-off vote

Opposition Social Democrat Ivo Josipovic is to face independent Milan Bandic in a run-off vote for the Croatian presidency. Josipovic, a law

Opposition Social Democrat Ivo Josipovic is to face independent Milan Bandic in a run-off vote for the Croatian presidency. Josipovic, a law

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Thai army begins repatriation of Hmong people

Thailand has begun the forced repatriation of some 4,000 ethnic Hmong people back to Laos despite concerns for their safety. The first trucks

Thailand has begun the forced repatriation of some 4,000 ethnic Hmong people back to Laos despite concerns for their safety. The first trucks

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Global air travel security boosted

Washington is promising an urgent air security review amid growing questions about the case of a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a

Washington is promising an urgent air security review amid growing questions about the case of a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a

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Deaths in Iran as reformists clash with police

As many as fifteen people are reported to have been killed during clashes between security forces and reformist protesters in Iran. The figure

As many as fifteen people are reported to have been killed during clashes between security forces and reformist protesters in Iran. The figure

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Lebanon Shiites mark the day of Ashura

Thousands of Shiite Muslims in Lebanon took to the streets of Beirut for Ashura, which marks the anniversary of the death of the third Shiite Imam

Thousands of Shiite Muslims in Lebanon took to the streets of Beirut for Ashura, which marks the anniversary of the death of the third Shiite Imam

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Thai army starts deportation of Hmong to Laos

Thailand has begun forcibly deporting thousands of ethnic Hmong back to neighbouring Laos, despite international concerns for their safety. Thai

Thailand has begun forcibly deporting thousands of ethnic Hmong back to neighbouring Laos, despite international concerns for their safety. Thai

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First round results in Croatian Presidential election

Social Democrat, Ivo Josopovic, has won the first round of the Croatian Presidential elections. He polled over 32 per cent of the vote, but did not

Social Democrat, Ivo Josopovic, has won the first round of the Croatian Presidential elections. He polled over 32 per cent of the vote, but did not

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Yemeni al-Qaeda video may hint at failed attack

A video threatening America was posted online by an al-Qaeda activist four days before the failed attempt to blow up the plane in Detroit. It

A video threatening America was posted online by an al-Qaeda activist four days before the failed attempt to blow up the plane in Detroit. It

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Pro-reform protests continue to rock Iran

There are reports clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces have continued into the night in Iran. Earlier, in the worst

There are reports clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces have continued into the night in Iran. Earlier, in the worst

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Another plane incident as US remains on high alert

Another passenger has been detained on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. It is the same flight on which a man tried to set off a device two days

Another passenger has been detained on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. It is the same flight on which a man tried to set off a device two days