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2009-12-29

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Afghan soldier kills US serviceman at army base

An American serviceman has been shot dead and two Italian troops lightly injured after an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military base. It happened

An American serviceman has been shot dead and two Italian troops lightly injured after an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military base. It happened

Business

Sales season vital for retailers

It is sales season across Europe with retailers hoping to boost their annual profits with an influx of shoppers after a grim year. Britain is

It is sales season across Europe with retailers hoping to boost their annual profits with an influx of shoppers after a grim year. Britain is

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Markets: 29th December

European shares finished at their best in 15 months, though holiday-affected trading was thin. Britain’s top share index, the FTSE 100, closed at

European shares finished at their best in 15 months, though holiday-affected trading was thin. Britain’s top share index, the FTSE 100, closed at

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French Q3 GDP grows

The French economy grew by 0.3 percent in the third quarter of this year lifted by strong exports. The latest data from statistics office

The French economy grew by 0.3 percent in the third quarter of this year lifted by strong exports. The latest data from statistics office

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German inflation rises

There are signs of rising inflation in Germany indicated what is likely to have happened across the whole euro area. Inflation accelerated in four

There are signs of rising inflation in Germany indicated what is likely to have happened across the whole euro area. Inflation accelerated in four

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Spanish shoppers spurn spending

The cash in Spain stayed mainly in people’s wallets in November. Retail sales figures for the month show little sign of consumer demand perking

The cash in Spain stayed mainly in people’s wallets in November. Retail sales figures for the month show little sign of consumer demand perking

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US consumers more optimistic

US consumer confidence rose to a three-month high in December, reinforcing the view that the economy is gradually recovering. The figures are

US consumer confidence rose to a three-month high in December, reinforcing the view that the economy is gradually recovering. The figures are

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China condemned over Briton's execution

China’s execution of a British man said to have mental health problems has sparked widespread condemnation. Appeals for clemency for Akmal Shaikh

China’s execution of a British man said to have mental health problems has sparked widespread condemnation. Appeals for clemency for Akmal Shaikh

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Pro-government supporters rally in Iran

Showing support for Iran’s government, people have taken to the streets of the Islamic Republic in rallies that state television says were

Showing support for Iran’s government, people have taken to the streets of the Islamic Republic in rallies that state television says were

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Egypt delivers warning to Israel

Egypt has called on Israel to do more to ease restrictions on the movement of Palestinians. The comment comes after talks between the Israeli Prime

Egypt has called on Israel to do more to ease restrictions on the movement of Palestinians. The comment comes after talks between the Israeli Prime

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China's execution laws examined

China is the world’s biggest user of the death penalty, killing more prisoners than the rest of the world combined, according to human rights

China is the world’s biggest user of the death penalty, killing more prisoners than the rest of the world combined, according to human rights

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Kurdish father jailed for daughter's 'honour killing'

A Kurdish father of 10 has been jailed for life for ordering the murder of his 20-year-old daughter in a so-called “honour killing”. Judges at the

A Kurdish father of 10 has been jailed for life for ordering the murder of his 20-year-old daughter in a so-called “honour killing”. Judges at the

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Angry clients occupy Portuguese bank

People attempting to get their money out of a financially-troubled Portuguese bank have agreed to end a 24-hour occupation of its headquarters. The

People attempting to get their money out of a financially-troubled Portuguese bank have agreed to end a 24-hour occupation of its headquarters. The

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Big end-of-year catch for Somali pirates

Somali pirates have ended the year with a bumper catch, including a UK-flagged chemical tanker. The seizure of the St James Park and, earlier, a

Somali pirates have ended the year with a bumper catch, including a UK-flagged chemical tanker. The seizure of the St James Park and, earlier, a

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Slave children rescued from Russian 'factory'

Immigrant children forced to work as slave labourers in an illegal clothes factory near Moscow have been freed in a police operation. Fifteen

Immigrant children forced to work as slave labourers in an illegal clothes factory near Moscow have been freed in a police operation. Fifteen

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Iran hits back at critics of crackdown

As new amateur footage emerges of Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters over the weekend, the leadership has hit back at critics

As new amateur footage emerges of Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters over the weekend, the leadership has hit back at critics

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Underpants bomber came close to causing carnage

Dutch authorities are to make new, more sensitive passenger scanners compulsory after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly smuggled explosives in his

Dutch authorities are to make new, more sensitive passenger scanners compulsory after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly smuggled explosives in his

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Missile defence still a thorn in US-Russia relations

Tension between the US and Russia over plans for an American missile defence shield in Europe has resurfaced. This just months after President

Tension between the US and Russia over plans for an American missile defence shield in Europe has resurfaced. This just months after President

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Record breaker Susan Boyle to rock Japan

Susan Boyle, the Scottish spinster whose talent show performance catapulted her to global stardom, has arrived in Japan. She is due to perform on a

Susan Boyle, the Scottish spinster whose talent show performance catapulted her to global stardom, has arrived in Japan. She is due to perform on a

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Brown 'appalled' by execution of UK citizen

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he is appalled by China’s execution of a UK citizen convicted of drug smuggling. The Chinese Supreme Court

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he is appalled by China’s execution of a UK citizen convicted of drug smuggling. The Chinese Supreme Court

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Mayon volcano threatens Philippines villages

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes as scientists warn the Mayon volcano is about to explode in the Philippines.

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes as scientists warn the Mayon volcano is about to explode in the Philippines.

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President Obama says release Iranian prisoners

Worldwide support is growing for the protesters in Tehran. Iranians living outside the country have been staging demonstrations to show their

Worldwide support is growing for the protesters in Tehran. Iranians living outside the country have been staging demonstrations to show their

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US criticises Israeli settlement building

Israel is being criticised by the United States after announcing plans to build more Jewish homes on the West Bank. 700 are planned for in areas

Israel is being criticised by the United States after announcing plans to build more Jewish homes on the West Bank. 700 are planned for in areas

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Russia promises no oil cuts

Ukrainians and some of their neighbours are breathing a sigh of relief as Russia promises there will be no oil supply cuts over the holiday

Ukrainians and some of their neighbours are breathing a sigh of relief as Russia promises there will be no oil supply cuts over the holiday

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British citizen executed by lethal injection

The British man convicted of drug smuggling in China has been executed. Akmal Shaikh’s sentence was carried out after pleas from the UK government

The British man convicted of drug smuggling in China has been executed. Akmal Shaikh’s sentence was carried out after pleas from the UK government

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President Obama promises to hunt terrorists

America will use all its power to stop terrorists threatening its people. That is the message coming from the US President in the wake of the failed

America will use all its power to stop terrorists threatening its people. That is the message coming from the US President in the wake of the failed