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2010-03-24

Europe

EU-US bank data deal new guidelines

Make the Americans ask for it: New negotiation guidelines on bank transfer data in Europe have been proposed by the European Commission.

Make the Americans ask for it: New negotiation guidelines on bank transfer data in Europe have been proposed by the European Commission.

Europe

Organ donation law aims to save lives

A new European Union law on organ transplants is nearing approval. It will be accompanied by an action plan to increase organ donations throughout

A new European Union law on organ transplants is nearing approval. It will be accompanied by an action plan to increase organ donations throughout

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Irish bishop resigns over sex abuse scandal

The Pope has accepted the resignation of an Irish Bishop accused of mishandling reports of sex abuse in his diocese. Bishop John Magee of Cloyne

The Pope has accepted the resignation of an Irish Bishop accused of mishandling reports of sex abuse in his diocese. Bishop John Magee of Cloyne

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UK Budget

With an election on the cards this May, Alistair Darling, the British Chancellor, has tried to draw up a budget designed to simultaneously cut the

With an election on the cards this May, Alistair Darling, the British Chancellor, has tried to draw up a budget designed to simultaneously cut the

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Expelled diplomat Mossad spy says Israeli media

Israeli media today confirmed that the Israeli diplomat being expelled from Britain for his role in the false passports affair is an agent for

Israeli media today confirmed that the Israeli diplomat being expelled from Britain for his role in the false passports affair is an agent for

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Vatican reacts to Irish Bishop's resignation

Bishop John Magee was well known in the Vatican where he served for years as a papal aide. Authorities there deny they sought to cover up

Bishop John Magee was well known in the Vatican where he served for years as a papal aide. Authorities there deny they sought to cover up

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A short history of Mossad scandals

The current diplomatic crisis involving Israel’s secret service and the British government is not the first time that Mossad has been accused of

The current diplomatic crisis involving Israel’s secret service and the British government is not the first time that Mossad has been accused of

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UK's Darling cuts debt forecast in pre-poll budget

Setting the stage for a looming general election, Britain’s finance minister has unveiled a budget he hopes will win vital votes. With the UK’s

Setting the stage for a looming general election, Britain’s finance minister has unveiled a budget he hopes will win vital votes. With the UK’s

Business

Unemployment figures released in France

France’s jobless total continued to rise in February, but at a slower pace than the previous month. The number of jobseekers went up by point one

France’s jobless total continued to rise in February, but at a slower pace than the previous month. The number of jobseekers went up by point one

Business

Former Chairman returns to helm of Samsung

The man who transformed South Korea’s Samsung brand into the world’s largest electronic powerhouse has returned as chairman of its flagship

The man who transformed South Korea’s Samsung brand into the world’s largest electronic powerhouse has returned as chairman of its flagship

Business

Portugal's credit grade lowered by one notch

Portugal’s deteriorating public finances have led to the country’s credit grade being lowered by one step. UK ratings firm Fitch says the outlook

Portugal’s deteriorating public finances have led to the country’s credit grade being lowered by one step. UK ratings firm Fitch says the outlook

Business

German business confidence better than expected

Figures show German business confidence surged more than predicted in March, a sign the European economy is gaining strength. The IFO think-tank

Figures show German business confidence surged more than predicted in March, a sign the European economy is gaining strength. The IFO think-tank

Culture

Bollywood's Khan steps out in new direction

My Name Is Khan, stars Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan as Rizwan, a middle-class Muslim with Asperger’s Syndrome – a departure from his usual

My Name Is Khan, stars Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan as Rizwan, a middle-class Muslim with Asperger’s Syndrome – a departure from his usual

Business

Eurozone manufacturing activity on the increase

Latest research shows Eurozone manufacturing activity grew at its fastest rate since 2006, while the dominant service sector expanded at its quickest

Latest research shows Eurozone manufacturing activity grew at its fastest rate since 2006, while the dominant service sector expanded at its quickest

Science_technology

The amazing naked mole rat

Naked mole rats are not much to look at – wrinkly and hairless with buck teeth – but these rodents live incredibly long lives and seem to shrug off

Naked mole rats are not much to look at – wrinkly and hairless with buck teeth – but these rodents live incredibly long lives and seem to shrug off

Culture

Art collection plundered by Nazis reunited

Some 1,400 masterpieces were taken from the Folkwang Museum in Essen by the Nazis in 1937. Paintings by artists such as Kandinsky, Chagall or

Some 1,400 masterpieces were taken from the Folkwang Museum in Essen by the Nazis in 1937. Paintings by artists such as Kandinsky, Chagall or

Science_technology

Robots: man's new best friend?

Robots are learning to become more human. But what are the goals and boundaries of such progress? Meet Erica and Borka. Erica – 29 years old –

Robots are learning to become more human. But what are the goals and boundaries of such progress? Meet Erica and Borka. Erica – 29 years old –

Business

Fiat reportedly planning increased job cuts

Reports that car giant Fiat is planning higher-than-expected job cuts of 5,000 in Italy have boosted the company’s shares sharply. Italian

Reports that car giant Fiat is planning higher-than-expected job cuts of 5,000 in Italy have boosted the company’s shares sharply. Italian

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New settlement row as Netanyahu meets Obama

Israeli-US relations remain tense despite two meetings between prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama in Washington. The head to

Israeli-US relations remain tense despite two meetings between prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama in Washington. The head to

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EU socialists mount Greek rescue

Another day, another angry demonstration in Greece against its government’s crash austerity programme, but tomorrow European Socialists are due to

Another day, another angry demonstration in Greece against its government’s crash austerity programme, but tomorrow European Socialists are due to

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Trial of Rio Tinto 4 ends

The trial of four employees of global mining giant Rio Tinto has ended in Shanghai, and anxious eyes are awaiting the verdict. The quartet is

The trial of four employees of global mining giant Rio Tinto has ended in Shanghai, and anxious eyes are awaiting the verdict. The quartet is

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Last UK budget before tight election race

It is a crucial day for Britain’s Labour government as it delivers the last budget ahead of the general election expected in May. The Finance

It is a crucial day for Britain’s Labour government as it delivers the last budget ahead of the general election expected in May. The Finance

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Drugs war confounds US and Mexico

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Mexico to take the three year Merida anti-drugs plan to the next stage. Over the last three years the

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Mexico to take the three year Merida anti-drugs plan to the next stage. Over the last three years the

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Gormley statues stalk NY's skyline

No, it is not a horde of bankers preparing themselves to end it all in traditional Manhattan style, it is the latest show by British artist Anthony

No, it is not a horde of bankers preparing themselves to end it all in traditional Manhattan style, it is the latest show by British artist Anthony

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Greek firemen protesting

Greek firemen protesting over government’s economic austerity measures. The firemen marched to the finance ministry and parliament, joined by other

Greek firemen protesting over government’s economic austerity measures. The firemen marched to the finance ministry and parliament, joined by other

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Hundreds of protesters clashed with south african police

Hundreds of protesters angry over poor housing and lack of rail services clashed with south african police at an informal settlement on the outskirts

Hundreds of protesters angry over poor housing and lack of rail services clashed with south african police at an informal settlement on the outskirts

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Germany agrees to Greek help

Germany says it is now ready to Greece’s debt-burdened economy but only as last resort and with IMF involvement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Germany says it is now ready to Greece’s debt-burdened economy but only as last resort and with IMF involvement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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France ditches CO2 tax

France has abandoned its plans to tax carbon dioxide emissions. A law introduced last year planned to levy 17 euros per tonne of CO2 emitted

France has abandoned its plans to tax carbon dioxide emissions. A law introduced last year planned to levy 17 euros per tonne of CO2 emitted