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2010-04-29

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Belgian parliament votes to ban burqa

Belgium’s lower house of parliament has voted to ban the wearing of the burqa in public. The Senate’s approval is expected to be a formality which

Belgium’s lower house of parliament has voted to ban the wearing of the burqa in public. The Senate’s approval is expected to be a formality which

Europe

Dutch-speaking Belgians defend language stance

The heartland of the dispute over which Belgium’s government fell may be traced to communes like Sint-Genesius-Rode, in the Flanders region. Many

The heartland of the dispute over which Belgium’s government fell may be traced to communes like Sint-Genesius-Rode, in the Flanders region. Many

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Lisbon already infected by Greek crisis - analyst

Officials from the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank are in Athens hoping to wrap up in the next few days what could be the

Officials from the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank are in Athens hoping to wrap up in the next few days what could be the

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Portugal expects faster deficit cut

Portugal’s government says it will be able to slash its 2010 public deficit to less than its original target of 8.3 per cent. Finance Minister

Portugal’s government says it will be able to slash its 2010 public deficit to less than its original target of 8.3 per cent. Finance Minister

Business

Ratings Agencies: a new superpower?

They have been likened to a world superpower, capable of bringing down a country. But the three major credit rating agencies in New York use neither

They have been likened to a world superpower, capable of bringing down a country. But the three major credit rating agencies in New York use neither

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"Bigot" gaffe haunts Britain's PM ahead of debate

It’s the third and final debate between the leaders of Britain’s main political parties but the contest risks being overshadowed by the fallout from

It’s the third and final debate between the leaders of Britain’s main political parties but the contest risks being overshadowed by the fallout from

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US Gulf Coast oil spill of 'national significance'

The oil slick off the US Gulf Coast has been declared a matter of “national significance” amid growing concerns of an imminent environmental

The oil slick off the US Gulf Coast has been declared a matter of “national significance” amid growing concerns of an imminent environmental

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EU asked to send observers to Thailand

Anti-government red shirt protesters in Thailand are calling on the European Union to send observers to Bankgok to prevent a violent crackdown by

Anti-government red shirt protesters in Thailand are calling on the European Union to send observers to Bankgok to prevent a violent crackdown by

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China reels from new school knife attack

China is reeling from its third school stabbing inside a month after a man knifed 28 children and three adults at a kindergarten in eastern

China is reeling from its third school stabbing inside a month after a man knifed 28 children and three adults at a kindergarten in eastern

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Close to agreement on Greek aid says Commissioner

Greece’s economic plight is no joke but that has not stopped their cartoonists from having a field day lampooning all and sundry about the

Greece’s economic plight is no joke but that has not stopped their cartoonists from having a field day lampooning all and sundry about the

Culture

Lou Reed film director

Lou Reed at a documentary festival in Switzerland. Touring Europe with his experimental group “Metal Machine Trio”, Reed has come to Nyon’s “Vision

Lou Reed at a documentary festival in Switzerland. Touring Europe with his experimental group “Metal Machine Trio”, Reed has come to Nyon’s “Vision

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Portugal braced for union action

Trade unions in Portugal are mobilising against the government’s planned austerity measures with large demonstrations expected on May 1. Train

Trade unions in Portugal are mobilising against the government’s planned austerity measures with large demonstrations expected on May 1. Train

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Berlin urged to back Athens rescue deal

As Greece’s fiscal woes turn viral and infect markets across the European Union, pressure is mounting on Germany to support a new rescue deal. Axel

As Greece’s fiscal woes turn viral and infect markets across the European Union, pressure is mounting on Germany to support a new rescue deal. Axel

News

Reactions mixed to Spanish debt downgrade

The Spanish press is pretty clear about what it thinks of Spain’s credit worthiness downgrade – the country is insolvent screamed one headline today

The Spanish press is pretty clear about what it thinks of Spain’s credit worthiness downgrade – the country is insolvent screamed one headline today

News

Gulf blowout grows in size

The Gulf of Mexico oil leak following the sinking of the rig Deepwater Horizon is five times worse than initially thought, says operator British

The Gulf of Mexico oil leak following the sinking of the rig Deepwater Horizon is five times worse than initially thought, says operator British

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New knife attack in Chinese school

There has been a second knife attack in a Chinese primary school in 24 hours. 28 children were injured, several seriously, along with three adults

There has been a second knife attack in a Chinese primary school in 24 hours. 28 children were injured, several seriously, along with three adults

Nocomment

First woman to climb all 14 highest mountain peaks

A South Korean mountaineer was making her way back to base camp on Mount Annapurna in the Himalayas on Wednesday after becoming the first woman to

A South Korean mountaineer was making her way back to base camp on Mount Annapurna in the Himalayas on Wednesday after becoming the first woman to

Nocomment

Thai troops clash with protesters

About 16 people are injured and a soldier feared killed in a protest clash in Bangkok.

About 16 people are injured and a soldier feared killed in a protest clash in Bangkok.

Nocomment

Attack in Pakistan

At least four dead in attack on police vehicle near checkpoint

At least four dead in attack on police vehicle near checkpoint

Nocomment

Protest in Gaza

A Palestinian youth was injured, according to Palestinian sources, during an anti-siege protest in Gaza.

A Palestinian youth was injured, according to Palestinian sources, during an anti-siege protest in Gaza.

Nocomment

Journalists protest in Italia

Italian journalists protested in front of the Senate Palace in Rome Wednesday against the bill on wiretaps which must be approved by the government.

Italian journalists protested in front of the Senate Palace in Rome Wednesday against the bill on wiretaps which must be approved by the government.

Science_technology

Hallucinogenic drugs in medicine

They were made famous by the “Flower Power” hippy generation. But now researchers at New York University believe hallucinogenic drugs may help ease

They were made famous by the “Flower Power” hippy generation. But now researchers at New York University believe hallucinogenic drugs may help ease

Science_technology

Near Field Communication technology in WIMA

At the recent WIMA exhibition in Monaco, several companies showcased new applications using Near Field Communication technology. NFC is a short-range

At the recent WIMA exhibition in Monaco, several companies showcased new applications using Near Field Communication technology. NFC is a short-range

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Ash-filled urns found in lake near suicide clinic

An investigation has been launched after the discovery of at least 300 cremation urns containing human remains, lying at the bottom of Lake

An investigation has been launched after the discovery of at least 300 cremation urns containing human remains, lying at the bottom of Lake

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Spain plays down its credit rating cut

Spain quickly moved into damage limitation mode on the news that it had become the third Eurozone country to have its credit rating cut this week

Spain quickly moved into damage limitation mode on the news that it had become the third Eurozone country to have its credit rating cut this week

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Markets attack as Greece waits anxiously for aid

Greece’s premier has called for his country’s aid package to be pushed through more quickly as market forces continued to send his government’s

Greece’s premier has called for his country’s aid package to be pushed through more quickly as market forces continued to send his government’s

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US crews start to burn giant oil spill

The US Coast Guard has begun burning small pockets of the vast oil slick caused by last week’s oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil is

The US Coast Guard has begun burning small pockets of the vast oil slick caused by last week’s oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil is

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UK party leaders gear up for final debate

The leading candidates for the job of the UK’s next prime minister are preparing for their third and final live debate this evening. The theme will

The leading candidates for the job of the UK’s next prime minister are preparing for their third and final live debate this evening. The theme will

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UK party leaders gear up for final debate

The leading candidates for the job of the UK’s next prime minister are preparing for their third and final live debate this evening. The theme will

The leading candidates for the job of the UK’s next prime minister are preparing for their third and final live debate this evening. The theme will