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2010-01-25

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British and Irish leaders in Belfast for crisis talks

After talks in Downing Street, the British and Irish leaders have flown to Belfast to tackle a crisis threatening Northern Ireland’s fragile

After talks in Downing Street, the British and Irish leaders have flown to Belfast to tackle a crisis threatening Northern Ireland’s fragile

Europe

Ivory ban in danger, EU urged to defend elephants

A desperate call to save elephants in Africa… While Tanzania and Zambia want an international ban against selling ivory to be lifted, representatives

A desperate call to save elephants in Africa… While Tanzania and Zambia want an international ban against selling ivory to be lifted, representatives

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European gendarmes to beef up Haiti security

Europe is to send special police to Haiti to help with the relief operations. The collective contribution will amount to some 350 gendarmes. The

Europe is to send special police to Haiti to help with the relief operations. The collective contribution will amount to some 350 gendarmes. The

Europe

Kurdish concern over Turkish PACE president

The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has a new, Turkish president. The organisation with 47 member countries promotes human rights

The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has a new, Turkish president. The organisation with 47 member countries promotes human rights

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Plans for banning the Burqa in France

The full face veil is not totally banned in France, but plans are underway for a further clampdown on the Islamic religious symbol. A Parliamentary

The full face veil is not totally banned in France, but plans are underway for a further clampdown on the Islamic religious symbol. A Parliamentary

Business

Fiat sales kept alive by government efforts

Italian car-maker Fiat has beaten profit forecasts with its financial results for last year, thanks largely to government incentives. It sold 1.84

Italian car-maker Fiat has beaten profit forecasts with its financial results for last year, thanks largely to government incentives. It sold 1.84

Business

Slashed profits push Ericsson into more job cuts

A 92 percent fall in fourth quarter profit has prompted mobile phone maker Ericsson to announce an extra 1,500 job cuts. That news comes after the

A 92 percent fall in fourth quarter profit has prompted mobile phone maker Ericsson to announce an extra 1,500 job cuts. That news comes after the

Business

Tourism industry looks ahead after annus horribilis

The global tourism industry is preferring to look to the future after a dismal 2009. That was the sentiment at the International Tourism Fair

The global tourism industry is preferring to look to the future after a dismal 2009. That was the sentiment at the International Tourism Fair

Business

German consumer confidence continues to fall

German consumer confidence has fallen for the fourth month in a row. A consumer sentiment index looking ahead to February dropped to 3.2, from 3.4

German consumer confidence has fallen for the fourth month in a row. A consumer sentiment index looking ahead to February dropped to 3.2, from 3.4

Business

Profit figures give filip to Philips

Dutch electronics group Philips has delighted its shareholders with a third consecutive quarterly profit to beat market expectations. Lower fixed

Dutch electronics group Philips has delighted its shareholders with a third consecutive quarterly profit to beat market expectations. Lower fixed

Business

EDF denies attempt to push up energy bills

French electricity supplier EDF is planning to raise its prices by up to 24 percent according to a daily newspaper. EDF denies reports in Les Echos

French electricity supplier EDF is planning to raise its prices by up to 24 percent according to a daily newspaper. EDF denies reports in Les Echos

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Afghan reconciliation with Taliban on the cards

There are further signs of Afghanistan reaching out to the Taliban. The Afghan President Hamid karzai says he has the backing of the US and Europe

There are further signs of Afghanistan reaching out to the Taliban. The Afghan President Hamid karzai says he has the backing of the US and Europe

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Haiti urges long-term aid from foreign donors

As more earthquake survivors get their hands on much-needed aid, international donors have been urged to support Haiti for at least five to ten

As more earthquake survivors get their hands on much-needed aid, international donors have been urged to support Haiti for at least five to ten

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Extreme weather spreads across Europe

A bitter winter across central Europe is starting to bite. The inside car windows have frozen and some are using hair dryers to warm the engine. In

A bitter winter across central Europe is starting to bite. The inside car windows have frozen and some are using hair dryers to warm the engine. In

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Weather blamed for plane crash off Lebanon

Bad weather is being blamed for the crash of an Ethiopian airlines plane off the coast of Lebanon. The Lebanese Prime Minister has flown over the

Bad weather is being blamed for the crash of an Ethiopian airlines plane off the coast of Lebanon. The Lebanese Prime Minister has flown over the

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Rebuilding Haiti after the quake

Rarely does an earthquake completely devastate a country’s, political, economic and commercial heart, but that is what happened earlier this month in

Rarely does an earthquake completely devastate a country’s, political, economic and commercial heart, but that is what happened earlier this month in

Culture

Bhutto and Banksy debut at Sundance

Relatives of the murdered Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto gathered in Utah for the world premiere of a documentary about her at the Sundance

Relatives of the murdered Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto gathered in Utah for the world premiere of a documentary about her at the Sundance

Culture

Holmes gives Galliano a clue

John Galliano’s 2010-2011 autumn winter collection drew on Sherlock Holmes for inspiration. The British designer used models clad in deerstalker

John Galliano’s 2010-2011 autumn winter collection drew on Sherlock Holmes for inspiration. The British designer used models clad in deerstalker

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Iraq executes 'Chemical Ali'

Ali Hassan al-Majeed, the Saddam Hussein henchman widely known as ‘Chemical Ali’, has been executed by hanging in Iraq. A cousin of the late Iraqi

Ali Hassan al-Majeed, the Saddam Hussein henchman widely known as ‘Chemical Ali’, has been executed by hanging in Iraq. A cousin of the late Iraqi

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Three deadly attacks on Baghdad hotels

Three well-known Baghdad hotels have been targeted in deadly bomb attacks. Authorities say the number of people killed in the simultaneous attacks

Three well-known Baghdad hotels have been targeted in deadly bomb attacks. Authorities say the number of people killed in the simultaneous attacks

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Iraq executes 'Chemical Ali'

Iraq has executed Ali Hassan al-Majeed, the Saddam Hussein henchman widely known as ‘Chemical Ali.’ Majeed had been sentenced to death several

Iraq has executed Ali Hassan al-Majeed, the Saddam Hussein henchman widely known as ‘Chemical Ali.’ Majeed had been sentenced to death several

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Turkey hosts Pakistani-Afghan summit

Turkey is the setting for the start of what could prove to be a crucial week for Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai was the first to be welcomed by

Turkey is the setting for the start of what could prove to be a crucial week for Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai was the first to be welcomed by

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Medvedev mediates in Nagorno-Karabakh row

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has been hosting his Armenian and Azeri counterparts in a bid to settle a long-running row over a disputed

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has been hosting his Armenian and Azeri counterparts in a bid to settle a long-running row over a disputed

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Quake aid finally reaches Haiti's Cite Soleil slum

Food aid on a significant scale has finally arrived in one of Haiti’s largest slums, nearly two weeks after the Caribbean country’s devastating

Food aid on a significant scale has finally arrived in one of Haiti’s largest slums, nearly two weeks after the Caribbean country’s devastating

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Freedom beckons for detained Myanmar leader.

Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be free by the end of this year. That’s according to one government minister as the

Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be free by the end of this year. That’s according to one government minister as the

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Lebanon grieves for the dead from plane crash

The grim task of searching the turbulent seas off the coast of Lebanon goes on following the crash of the Ethopian airline. As the hours have ticked

The grim task of searching the turbulent seas off the coast of Lebanon goes on following the crash of the Ethopian airline. As the hours have ticked

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Ethiopian Airlines: Bodies recovered from downed jet

Search and rescue teams off the coast of Lebanon have recovered two bodies from the site of the crashed Ethiopian airlines. The jet fell from the sky

Search and rescue teams off the coast of Lebanon have recovered two bodies from the site of the crashed Ethiopian airlines. The jet fell from the sky