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2009-12-30

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Court rejects Sarkozy carbon tax

The French government is scrambling to save its controversial new law on carbon tax after the country’s Constitutional Court annulled it. Ministers

The French government is scrambling to save its controversial new law on carbon tax after the country’s Constitutional Court annulled it. Ministers

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Markets: 30th December

European shares ended the session lower, snapping a six-day winning streak, but in very thin trading with many market participants already off for

European shares ended the session lower, snapping a six-day winning streak, but in very thin trading with many market participants already off for

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Saab sale still possible

Saab has said its parent company, General Motors, will be flexible in its deadline for bids for the Swedish car marque. GM had given itself to the

Saab has said its parent company, General Motors, will be flexible in its deadline for bids for the Swedish car marque. GM had given itself to the

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Cadbury given more time over takeover

Cadbury has been given an extra three days to prepare its defence against a takeover bid from the US company Kraft. The UK Takeover Panel says the

Cadbury has been given an extra three days to prepare its defence against a takeover bid from the US company Kraft. The UK Takeover Panel says the

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JAL shares plummet

Japan Airlines’ shares have fallen to a record low – slumping 24 percent in one session – amid growing concerns it could be headed for

Japan Airlines’ shares have fallen to a record low – slumping 24 percent in one session – amid growing concerns it could be headed for

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Record French public debt

France’s public sector debt was at an all time record in the third quarter – 75.8 percent of gross domestic product. The national statistics agency

France’s public sector debt was at an all time record in the third quarter – 75.8 percent of gross domestic product. The national statistics agency

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Euro zone lending down

Despite the fact that the European Central Bank is lending billions of euros to commercial banks it seems that money is not getting into the real

Despite the fact that the European Central Bank is lending billions of euros to commercial banks it seems that money is not getting into the real

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Why US agencies fail to share their secrets

The CIA, the FBI and the NSA – just three of America’s most well known crime fighting agencies. But few people may be aware that a total of 16

The CIA, the FBI and the NSA – just three of America’s most well known crime fighting agencies. But few people may be aware that a total of 16

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Dual suicide bomb attack kills 26 in Iraq

Twenty six people died and more than 100 have been wounded in a dual suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi. The first device was set off

Twenty six people died and more than 100 have been wounded in a dual suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi. The first device was set off

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Extent of Thatcher's tough style revealed

She was dubbed Britain’s Iron Lady, the first female British prime minister not known for pulling her punches. But the extent of what some describe

She was dubbed Britain’s Iron Lady, the first female British prime minister not known for pulling her punches. But the extent of what some describe

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Schiphol Airport to get body scanners 'soon'

The investigation into how an alleged terrorist was able to fly to the United States with explosives in his underwear has switched to the

The investigation into how an alleged terrorist was able to fly to the United States with explosives in his underwear has switched to the

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Continent shivers in rain and snow storms

Heavy snow and rain is disrupting transport links across parts of Europe as the recent spate of wintry weather shows no sign of abating. In Italy

Heavy snow and rain is disrupting transport links across parts of Europe as the recent spate of wintry weather shows no sign of abating. In Italy

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Iran's reformist leaders 'flee' Tehran

Iranian reformist leaders Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karouobi are reported to have left Tehran. The circumstances of their departure remain

Iranian reformist leaders Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karouobi are reported to have left Tehran. The circumstances of their departure remain

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British hostage freed alive

British hostage Peter Moore has been released alive after two and a half years in captvity in Iraq, the Foreign Office says. The 36-year-old

British hostage Peter Moore has been released alive after two and a half years in captvity in Iraq, the Foreign Office says. The 36-year-old

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Israeli judge wants road opened to Palestinian traffic

An Israeli judge has ordered the opening of a road, linking Israel and Jerusalem, to Palestinian traffic. Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that Highway

An Israeli judge has ordered the opening of a road, linking Israel and Jerusalem, to Palestinian traffic. Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that Highway

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Children give jailed mums some festive cheer

Christmas comes but once a year – even for young mothers serving prison sentences. In Italy some convicted mums are allowed to have their children

Christmas comes but once a year – even for young mothers serving prison sentences. In Italy some convicted mums are allowed to have their children

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France 'will persevere' with carbon tax

One of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s most-trumpeted greenhouse gas initiatives has gone up in smoke, being ruled unconstitutional. A tax on

One of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s most-trumpeted greenhouse gas initiatives has gone up in smoke, being ruled unconstitutional. A tax on

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CIA blamed for ignoring terrorist warning

America’s spy service, the CIA, is under fire for ignoring warnings of a terrorist bomb plot on Christmas Day. The father of a Nigerian man in

America’s spy service, the CIA, is under fire for ignoring warnings of a terrorist bomb plot on Christmas Day. The father of a Nigerian man in

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New Year aerodynamic tests for NYC confetti

As 2009 draws to a close, and the new year approaches, nothing can be left to chance. In New York City, preparations for the famous Times Square

As 2009 draws to a close, and the new year approaches, nothing can be left to chance. In New York City, preparations for the famous Times Square

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Iran threatens protesters with sharia punishment

Iran has blamed America and Israel for the continuing anti-government protests, calling them a nauseating piece of street theatre. President Mahmoud

Iran has blamed America and Israel for the continuing anti-government protests, calling them a nauseating piece of street theatre. President Mahmoud

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23 killed, 100 wounded in Iraq suicide attacks

At least 23 people have been killed and up to 100 others wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in Iraq. The blasts struck the western city of Ramadi

At least 23 people have been killed and up to 100 others wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in Iraq. The blasts struck the western city of Ramadi

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Iran expands crackdown

At least 20 opposition figures have been arrested as Iran expands its crackdown on anti-government protestors. Eight people were killed on Sunday

At least 20 opposition figures have been arrested as Iran expands its crackdown on anti-government protestors. Eight people were killed on Sunday

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Obama admits unacceptable mistakes

The failed attempt to down a US airliner on Christmas Day is continuing to haunt the US administration. For the second time in two days President

The failed attempt to down a US airliner on Christmas Day is continuing to haunt the US administration. For the second time in two days President

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Spain raises anti-terror alert

There is a heightened presence by police on the streets of Madrid and across Spain. The increased numbers are the visible result of the government’s

There is a heightened presence by police on the streets of Madrid and across Spain. The increased numbers are the visible result of the government’s

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Middle East heads discuss Palestinians

Egypt has tried to persuade Israel to ease restrictions on the movements of Palestinians in talks in Cairo. It was the third meeting between the two

Egypt has tried to persuade Israel to ease restrictions on the movements of Palestinians in talks in Cairo. It was the third meeting between the two

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95 billion euros reeled in by Italian tax amnesty

The Italian government can’t believe their luck. As they struggle to survive economic downturn, their tax amnesty plan has provided a bumper crop

The Italian government can’t believe their luck. As they struggle to survive economic downturn, their tax amnesty plan has provided a bumper crop