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2010-06-23

Business

Fed waits for recovery to firm

The US central bank has repeated its pledge to hold interest rates ultra low for “an extended period” to help the still fragile recovery of the

The US central bank has repeated its pledge to hold interest rates ultra low for “an extended period” to help the still fragile recovery of the

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Obama sacks top US commander in Afghanistan

General Stanley McChrystal has been relieved of duty as the top US commander of allied forces in Afghanistan. It follows a brief meeting with

General Stanley McChrystal has been relieved of duty as the top US commander of allied forces in Afghanistan. It follows a brief meeting with

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China's flood misery worsens

A battered dyke in China has suffered a fresh breach, sending flood water crashing down on an area where more than 200 lives have already been lost

A battered dyke in China has suffered a fresh breach, sending flood water crashing down on an area where more than 200 lives have already been lost

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Interview: South Korea's Unification Minister

The sinking of a South Korean warship in March raised tensions in the Korean peninsula to a high-point not seen in decades. Pyongyang’s nuclear

The sinking of a South Korean warship in March raised tensions in the Korean peninsula to a high-point not seen in decades. Pyongyang’s nuclear

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Gas war hots up

The stakes in the gas war between Russia and Belarus have been raised even higher. Russia has now reduced gas supplies by 60 per cent over unpaid

The stakes in the gas war between Russia and Belarus have been raised even higher. Russia has now reduced gas supplies by 60 per cent over unpaid

Science_technology

Church bells go techno in Italy

It has been an everyday occurrence in this village in Northern Italy for centuries. The church bells are ringing and it is business as usual. But

It has been an everyday occurrence in this village in Northern Italy for centuries. The church bells are ringing and it is business as usual. But

Science_technology

Grapes, robots and saints

Grape producers in the Shimane region of Japan have a new weapon in their fight to keep crops irrigated – the mobile phone. All it takes is click

Grape producers in the Shimane region of Japan have a new weapon in their fight to keep crops irrigated – the mobile phone. All it takes is click

Culture

Karate Kid remake gets new punch

The modern remake of the Karate Kid chronicles the life of a youngster who moves to China with his family and outwits the neighbourhood bullies by

The modern remake of the Karate Kid chronicles the life of a youngster who moves to China with his family and outwits the neighbourhood bullies by

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The fall of America's top soldier

He is the top soldier in Iraq but that has not stopped him getting into trouble in the past. General Stanley McChrystal has a history of making

He is the top soldier in Iraq but that has not stopped him getting into trouble in the past. General Stanley McChrystal has a history of making

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US Afghan commander faces sack over critical comments

The commander of allied forces in Afghanistan is facing the sack over a controversial interview in which he and his aides mock the US presidential

The commander of allied forces in Afghanistan is facing the sack over a controversial interview in which he and his aides mock the US presidential

Business

IEA: oil supply will meet demand

Rising supplies will mostly offset higher demand for oil over the next five years according to the latest assessment by the International Energy

Rising supplies will mostly offset higher demand for oil over the next five years according to the latest assessment by the International Energy

Business

Geithner and Summers warn on austerity effects

Top US economic officials have said the Group of 20 nations should beware of doing to much too soon to curb their deficits. Treasury Secretary

Top US economic officials have said the Group of 20 nations should beware of doing to much too soon to curb their deficits. Treasury Secretary

Business

Surveys highlight recovery concerns

Worries are emerging about the durability of Europe’s recovery in the face of government austerity measures. That has been illustrated by key

Worries are emerging about the durability of Europe’s recovery in the face of government austerity measures. That has been illustrated by key

Business

McDonald's tempting toys targeted

McDonald’s marketing to children is under attack from a US consumer group. The world’s biggest burger chain has been warned it faces a law suit

McDonald’s marketing to children is under attack from a US consumer group. The world’s biggest burger chain has been warned it faces a law suit

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BP puts new man in charge of US oil spill

BP has put a new man in charge of its day to day handling of the worst oil spill in US history. English Chief Executive Tony Hayward has been

BP has put a new man in charge of its day to day handling of the worst oil spill in US history. English Chief Executive Tony Hayward has been

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Monaco's Prince Albert to wed Olympic swimmer

One of Europe’s most eligible bachelors is finally set to walk down the aisle. Monaco’s Prince Albert has announced his engagement to South African

One of Europe’s most eligible bachelors is finally set to walk down the aisle. Monaco’s Prince Albert has announced his engagement to South African

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Strike and demo in Greece

Various unions, including trades such as construction workers, electricians, factory workers, and health sector workers held a demonstration in the

Various unions, including trades such as construction workers, electricians, factory workers, and health sector workers held a demonstration in the

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Activists launch leaflets toward NKorea

South Korean and Japanese activists flew hundreds of thousands of leaflets toward the border with North Korea on Wednesday to condemn the country’s

South Korean and Japanese activists flew hundreds of thousands of leaflets toward the border with North Korea on Wednesday to condemn the country’s

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Greek ports paralysed by dockers blockade

A strike by Greek dock workers has left thousands of tourists stranded at Piraeus, the country’s largest port. The action is part of a new wave of

A strike by Greek dock workers has left thousands of tourists stranded at Piraeus, the country’s largest port. The action is part of a new wave of

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Spain, police say bomb threat received

The Spanish Civil Guard said on Wednesday it had received a threat that bombs had been placed on highways in the eastern Valencia region. The

The Spanish Civil Guard said on Wednesday it had received a threat that bombs had been placed on highways in the eastern Valencia region. The

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US Afghan commander faces sack over critical comments

The commander of allied forces in Afghanistan is facing the sack over a controversial interview in which he and his aides mock the US presidential

The commander of allied forces in Afghanistan is facing the sack over a controversial interview in which he and his aides mock the US presidential

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Kyrgyz interim leader given rough reception in south

Tensions remain high in Kyrgyzstan’s ethnically-divided south where angry protesters have given the country’s interim leader a stormy

Tensions remain high in Kyrgyzstan’s ethnically-divided south where angry protesters have given the country’s interim leader a stormy

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French supporters heap scorn on football team

The morning after the night before is often a time for reflecting on what might have been. But for French football fans, the hangover began

The morning after the night before is often a time for reflecting on what might have been. But for French football fans, the hangover began

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Fiat workers approve plan to save plant

Workers at a Fiat factory in Italy’s impoverished south have backed tougher management conditions in return for investment to keep their plant

Workers at a Fiat factory in Italy’s impoverished south have backed tougher management conditions in return for investment to keep their plant

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Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club returns to US

They are Latin American legends. A group of ageing musicians known as the Buena Vista Social Club brought Cuban rhythms to a global audience. And

They are Latin American legends. A group of ageing musicians known as the Buena Vista Social Club brought Cuban rhythms to a global audience. And

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World Cup: Argentinian and Greek fans

Argentinian and Greek fans begin to gather in South Africa’s most northern host city Polokwane as the teams prepare to meet in their final World Cup

Argentinian and Greek fans begin to gather in South Africa’s most northern host city Polokwane as the teams prepare to meet in their final World Cup

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Football: supporters of France and South africa

Football fans in Paris and Bloemfontein gathered to watch their national teams play their final World Cup group game on Tuesday in a result that

Football fans in Paris and Bloemfontein gathered to watch their national teams play their final World Cup group game on Tuesday in a result that

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Skateboarding day in Kabul

Afghan youth skaters celebrate skateboarding day. A skate park in Kabul gives Afghan kids a chance to take part in the Western sport.

Afghan youth skaters celebrate skateboarding day. A skate park in Kabul gives Afghan kids a chance to take part in the Western sport.

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Ethnic’s violence in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s southern city of Osh buries dozens of unidentified people killed in ethnic clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek residents.

Kyrgyzstan’s southern city of Osh buries dozens of unidentified people killed in ethnic clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek residents.

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Alleged Jamaican drug lord captured

Jamaican police say they have captured the alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke on the outskirts of Kingston. It is reported he was handed over

Jamaican police say they have captured the alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke on the outskirts of Kingston. It is reported he was handed over