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2010-01-04

Europe

Barroso II Commission

The members of the European Commission being dubbed ‘the Barroso II team’, newly-appointed by the EU states, must still win the approval of the

The members of the European Commission being dubbed ‘the Barroso II team’, newly-appointed by the EU states, must still win the approval of the

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Yemen: Poverty, strife and terrorism

The mountains of southern Yemen, arid, dusty and ever more dangerous. Recent pronouncements by US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister

The mountains of southern Yemen, arid, dusty and ever more dangerous. Recent pronouncements by US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister

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Newark International closed in security scare

There was chaos at one of America’s busiest airports, when authorities shut down a terminal after a man got through security without being

There was chaos at one of America’s busiest airports, when authorities shut down a terminal after a man got through security without being

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The world's tallest structure opens in Dubai

A last hurrah or a new dawn? Whatever your take on Dubai’s debt crisis the ceremony to mark the opening of the world’s tallest building in the Gulf

A last hurrah or a new dawn? Whatever your take on Dubai’s debt crisis the ceremony to mark the opening of the world’s tallest building in the Gulf

Europe

Fisheries rules in 2010 stronger than ever

Stronger new European fisheries rules have been brought into force, aiming to crack down on a roughly ten billion euro-per-year industry of illegal

Stronger new European fisheries rules have been brought into force, aiming to crack down on a roughly ten billion euro-per-year industry of illegal

Europe

Rompuy convenes Council on economy

Herman Van Rompuy has kicked off his official first week of work as the European Union’s first full-time Council president. He underscored his view

Herman Van Rompuy has kicked off his official first week of work as the European Union’s first full-time Council president. He underscored his view

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Russia resumes air links with Georgia

Russia and Georgia have moved a small step closer to resuming ties. Flights between Tbilisi and Moscow are set to resume following last year’s war

Russia and Georgia have moved a small step closer to resuming ties. Flights between Tbilisi and Moscow are set to resume following last year’s war

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Dubai - a debt laden cityscape

Dubai is a gleaming cityscape of towering skyscrapers. In the 1950’s Dubai was just a sleepy port on the Persian Gulf. But in recent times it has

Dubai is a gleaming cityscape of towering skyscrapers. In the 1950’s Dubai was just a sleepy port on the Persian Gulf. But in recent times it has

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Abbas renews call for Israel to halt settlements

The President of the Palestinian Authority has once more called on Israel to stop building Jewish settlements in the West Bank so the stalled

The President of the Palestinian Authority has once more called on Israel to stop building Jewish settlements in the West Bank so the stalled

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Iraq to pursue Blackwater shooting case

Iraq has declared it will not give up the fight to bring US security firm Blackwater to Justice. The move follows last week’s decision by an

Iraq has declared it will not give up the fight to bring US security firm Blackwater to Justice. The move follows last week’s decision by an

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Foreigners arrested in Iran protests

Iran has announced several foreigners were arrested during recent clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. Speaking on state

Iran has announced several foreigners were arrested during recent clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. Speaking on state

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Londoners face public transport price hike

The millions of people who had to return to work in London by public transport today had another reason to grumble on top of extensive delays. Bus

The millions of people who had to return to work in London by public transport today had another reason to grumble on top of extensive delays. Bus

Business

Novartis eyes Alcon

Swiss drugmaker Novartis is moving to take full control of US based Alcon, the world’s biggest eye care firm. The purchase is to help Novartis

Swiss drugmaker Novartis is moving to take full control of US based Alcon, the world’s biggest eye care firm. The purchase is to help Novartis

Business

Markets: 4th January

European shares kicked off the new year by hitting a 15-month high. However only low volumes were being bought and sold with many investors still

European shares kicked off the new year by hitting a 15-month high. However only low volumes were being bought and sold with many investors still

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Euro zone manufacturing expands

Manufacturing activity in the euro zone expanded at its fastest rate in 21 months in December; however new orders growth slowed slightly. A survey

Manufacturing activity in the euro zone expanded at its fastest rate in 21 months in December; however new orders growth slowed slightly. A survey

Business

Airbus 'beat delivery target'

European planemaker Airbus reportedly beat its target for aircraft deliveries last year and handed over 498 planes to airlines. However it

European planemaker Airbus reportedly beat its target for aircraft deliveries last year and handed over 498 planes to airlines. However it

Business

JAL to get more credit

Struggling Japan Airlines continues its bumpy ride. Its shares shot up by 31 percent on Monday as the government asked the state-owned Development

Struggling Japan Airlines continues its bumpy ride. Its shares shot up by 31 percent on Monday as the government asked the state-owned Development

Business

Car sales up in France, Spain and Italy

There was a big rise in car sales in France in December as drivers took advantage of government backed vehicle trade-in schemes. One reason was

There was a big rise in car sales in France in December as drivers took advantage of government backed vehicle trade-in schemes. One reason was

Culture

"Esmeralda"

“Esmeralda”, a masterpiece of 19th century ballet, has returned to the renovated stage of the Bolshoi Theater. The last time Moscow’s public could

“Esmeralda”, a masterpiece of 19th century ballet, has returned to the renovated stage of the Bolshoi Theater. The last time Moscow’s public could

Science_technology

Hard times ahead for traditional undertakers?

The present method of burying people who have passed away in coffins might soon be replaced by more eco-friendly procedures. A technology for

The present method of burying people who have passed away in coffins might soon be replaced by more eco-friendly procedures. A technology for

Culture

"Invictus", or how rugby kicked aparthied into touch

Clint Eastwood tells the story of how former South African President Nelson Mandela recruited the captain of the national rugby team to help him

Clint Eastwood tells the story of how former South African President Nelson Mandela recruited the captain of the national rugby team to help him

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Al-Qaeda militants killed in Yemen

Yemeni government officials claim two al-Qaeda militants thought be behind threats against the United States have been killed. The suspects were

Yemeni government officials claim two al-Qaeda militants thought be behind threats against the United States have been killed. The suspects were

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Australian floods bring misery and joy in NSW

Torrential rain in eastern Australia has brought mixed blessings for residents. Farmers say it is the best news for their crops in ten years, having

Torrential rain in eastern Australia has brought mixed blessings for residents. Farmers say it is the best news for their crops in ten years, having

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US/Britain tighten airport safety procedures

The United States has stepped up airport security with a list of countries where all passengers heading for America will be subject to tougher

The United States has stepped up airport security with a list of countries where all passengers heading for America will be subject to tougher

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World's biggest skyscraper opens high over Dubai

It boasts the highest swimming pool; the highest restaurant and – bizarrely enough – the highest fountain to be found above ground anywhere in the

It boasts the highest swimming pool; the highest restaurant and – bizarrely enough – the highest fountain to be found above ground anywhere in the

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Positive start for European markets

The first day of trading this year got off to a promising start for European markets with stocks close to a 15-month high. London’s FTSE 100 rose

The first day of trading this year got off to a promising start for European markets with stocks close to a 15-month high. London’s FTSE 100 rose

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India crazy elephant

Temple elephant runs amok in India creating panic amongst pilgrims ahead of a religious procession.

Temple elephant runs amok in India creating panic amongst pilgrims ahead of a religious procession.

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Emperor of Japan greets thousands of well wishers

Japanese Emperor Akihito and the royal family greeted thousands of well-wishers in Tokyo on Saturday as part of welcoming in the new year.

Japanese Emperor Akihito and the royal family greeted thousands of well-wishers in Tokyo on Saturday as part of welcoming in the new year.

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Superscraper "Burj Dubai" set to break records

The world’s tallest building is to be opened today in Dubai in a celebration of Man’s architectural ingenuity. The exact height of the superscraper

The world’s tallest building is to be opened today in Dubai in a celebration of Man’s architectural ingenuity. The exact height of the superscraper

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New initiative to fight Yemeni terrorism

Just days before the failed Christmas Day bomb attack on the US, al Qaeda supporters rallied openly in the state of Yemen. For Washington and

Just days before the failed Christmas Day bomb attack on the US, al Qaeda supporters rallied openly in the state of Yemen. For Washington and