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2010-04-01

Business

China may back Iran sanctions despite trade links

Western governments have become increasingly confident that the Beijing government will back UN sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear

Western governments have become increasingly confident that the Beijing government will back UN sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear

Europe

Schengen Visa Code will streamline issuing procedures

From Monday, April 5, a new code comes into effect for short stay visas for the 22 European Union and three non-EU Schengen states. Brussels says it

From Monday, April 5, a new code comes into effect for short stay visas for the 22 European Union and three non-EU Schengen states. Brussels says it

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Doku Oumarov, Russia's new public enemy

He’s 46 years old and Russia’s new public enemy number one after he claimed the double attack on the Moscow underground. He’s been reported killed

He’s 46 years old and Russia’s new public enemy number one after he claimed the double attack on the Moscow underground. He’s been reported killed

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Karzai launches stinging attack on West

In Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has delivered a stinging attack on the west over allegations of fraud during the Presidential polls last

In Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has delivered a stinging attack on the west over allegations of fraud during the Presidential polls last

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Pope celebrates the beginning of Easter

The official celebrations of Easter weekend have got underway with Holy Thursday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Contrary to expectations

The official celebrations of Easter weekend have got underway with Holy Thursday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Contrary to expectations

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Terrified passengers see A380 tyres explode

Passengers have endured a terrifying ordeal after their plane damaged two tyres on landing in Sydney. None of the 244 people on board the Airbus

Passengers have endured a terrifying ordeal after their plane damaged two tyres on landing in Sydney. None of the 244 people on board the Airbus

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Medvedev vows revenge on visit to Dagestan

Russia’s pain is mixed with a thirst for vengeance as it continues to bury the remaining victims from Monday’s Moscow metro attacks. Earlier

Russia’s pain is mixed with a thirst for vengeance as it continues to bury the remaining victims from Monday’s Moscow metro attacks. Earlier

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Sudan opposition parties pull out of election

Last ditch talks to try to save crucial elections in Sudan are underway after all the main opposition parties pulled out of presidential elections

Last ditch talks to try to save crucial elections in Sudan are underway after all the main opposition parties pulled out of presidential elections

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Attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau

Latest reports from Guinea-Bissau say the Prime Minister is under house arrest. Carlos Junior was over-powered in his office by soldiers. Later

Latest reports from Guinea-Bissau say the Prime Minister is under house arrest. Carlos Junior was over-powered in his office by soldiers. Later

Business

European manufacturing activity rises

There have been more signs that the economic recovery in Europe is gathered pace. As production was cranked up last month, manufacturing activity

There have been more signs that the economic recovery in Europe is gathered pace. As production was cranked up last month, manufacturing activity

Culture

Danube Music Festival

In Sofia, Bulgaria, the Danube Music Festival is being held on a boat called the A38. It’s an old Russian tanker which has been converted into a

In Sofia, Bulgaria, the Danube Music Festival is being held on a boat called the A38. It’s an old Russian tanker which has been converted into a

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China agrees to participate in UN nuclear talks

Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend a multi-nation summit on nuclear security in Washington later this month. He has also agreed to top-level

Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend a multi-nation summit on nuclear security in Washington later this month. He has also agreed to top-level

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Independent sex abuse commission launched in Austria

The head of a new commission set up to investigate claims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Austria has been appointed. Waltraud

The head of a new commission set up to investigate claims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Austria has been appointed. Waltraud

Business

Oil at 18-month high

Oil has hit its highest price in 18 months as more investors piled in at the start of the new quarter, seemingly unconcerned by yet another rise in

Oil has hit its highest price in 18 months as more investors piled in at the start of the new quarter, seemingly unconcerned by yet another rise in

Business

Japanese businesses more upbeat

Japanese business morale improved in March according to a survey carried out by the Bank of Japan. It is now at the highest level in more than a

Japanese business morale improved in March according to a survey carried out by the Bank of Japan. It is now at the highest level in more than a

Business

French car sales accelerate

French car sales rose in March, boosted by a scrapping incentive. They were up by 12.8 percent, adjusted to take into account the fact that March

French car sales rose in March, boosted by a scrapping incentive. They were up by 12.8 percent, adjusted to take into account the fact that March

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Moscow prepares to bury her dead

Moscow’s grief is preparing a public face as mourners gather for eight of the funerals of the victims killed in the double suicide bombing on Monday

Moscow’s grief is preparing a public face as mourners gather for eight of the funerals of the victims killed in the double suicide bombing on Monday

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India launches census

Counting heads in India – arguably one of the biggest mathematical sums in the world and an exercise that will last a year. It is the country’s

Counting heads in India – arguably one of the biggest mathematical sums in the world and an exercise that will last a year. It is the country’s

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Vatican gets ready for Easter amid sex abuse scandal

As the Roman Catholic Church gears up for Easter – the holiest festival in its calendar – the child sex abuse scandal which has dogged it for weeks

As the Roman Catholic Church gears up for Easter – the holiest festival in its calendar – the child sex abuse scandal which has dogged it for weeks

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Haiti President appeals to his people

Haiti has been handed a nine billion dollar cheque, that’s around seven and a half billion euros, to fund its long term recovery. The money was

Haiti has been handed a nine billion dollar cheque, that’s around seven and a half billion euros, to fund its long term recovery. The money was

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Russia mourns Moscow subway victims

Residents in Moscow continued to gather to pay their respects to the victims at one of the metro stations hit by Monday’s suicide bombings, while

Residents in Moscow continued to gather to pay their respects to the victims at one of the metro stations hit by Monday’s suicide bombings, while

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Cheerleader cheers up Tokyo commuters

A woman dressed in a cheerleader’s costume dances cheer routines outside a busy Tokyo train station.

A woman dressed in a cheerleader’s costume dances cheer routines outside a busy Tokyo train station.

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Iceland volcano is tourist hotspot

The volcanic eruption on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier earlier this month has turned it into a hotspot for tourists.

The volcanic eruption on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier earlier this month has turned it into a hotspot for tourists.

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy visits a school in Washington

On her first trip to Washington as France’s First Lady, former supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy visited a school in a poor neighbourhood.

On her first trip to Washington as France’s First Lady, former supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy visited a school in a poor neighbourhood.

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Church must accept abuse guilt says Cardinal

A confession of the Catholic Church’s guilt and a plea for forgiveness have been made in a key Holy Week mass devoted to the theme of child

A confession of the Catholic Church’s guilt and a plea for forgiveness have been made in a key Holy Week mass devoted to the theme of child

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Donors pledge more than expected for Haiti

Donors at an international conference organised to rebuild devastated Haiti have pledged far more money than was expected. After January’s

Donors at an international conference organised to rebuild devastated Haiti have pledged far more money than was expected. After January’s

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Obama backs offshore drilling in climate drive

A long-standing ban on oil and gas drilling off some of America’s shores could be reversed, under plans outlined by President Barack Obama. Opening

A long-standing ban on oil and gas drilling off some of America’s shores could be reversed, under plans outlined by President Barack Obama. Opening