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2010-07-08

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The Rosetta Odyssey

In the 19th century the discovery of the Rosetta Stone unlocked the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Today, 21st century scientists are hoping that

In the 19th century the discovery of the Rosetta Stone unlocked the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Today, 21st century scientists are hoping that

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Cuban dissident ends hunger strike

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas has ended his four-month hunger strike after Havana agreed to release 52 political prisoners. The opposition

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas has ended his four-month hunger strike after Havana agreed to release 52 political prisoners. The opposition

Europe

Slovakia's Hungarians

Slovakia’s big Hungarian minority is at the heart of arguments between Budapest and Bratislava.

Slovakia’s big Hungarian minority is at the heart of arguments between Budapest and Bratislava.

Business

An astounding cityscape springs from the steppes of Kazakhstan

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan: “Sometimes I don’t believe it myself. Only six or seven years ago, it was just steppe here.” Astana

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan: “Sometimes I don’t believe it myself. Only six or seven years ago, it was just steppe here.” Astana

Business

World Cup defeat provokes economic advice

As throughout Germany, traders on the Frankfurt stock exchange were in mourning on Thursday for their national team being knocked out of the World

As throughout Germany, traders on the Frankfurt stock exchange were in mourning on Thursday for their national team being knocked out of the World

Business

Bank stress test details emerge

Some details have emerged on how tests are being applied on European banks to see how they could stand up to economic and financial market

Some details have emerged on how tests are being applied on European banks to see how they could stand up to economic and financial market

Business

PT 'golden share' ruled illegal

The way may have been cleared for Spain’s Telefonica to take control of Portugal Telecom’s stake in Brazil’s largest mobile phone company

The way may have been cleared for Spain’s Telefonica to take control of Portugal Telecom’s stake in Brazil’s largest mobile phone company

Business

IMF raises 2010 growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its 2010 global growth forecast citing robust expansion in Asia and renewed US private demand, but

The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its 2010 global growth forecast citing robust expansion in Asia and renewed US private demand, but

Business

No change in UK borrowing cost

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has again kept its main interest rate at a record-low 0.5 percent. The decision was widely

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has again kept its main interest rate at a record-low 0.5 percent. The decision was widely

Business

ECB upbeat on global economy

As expected there was no change in euro zone interest rates this month from the European Central Bank. ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said the

As expected there was no change in euro zone interest rates this month from the European Central Bank. ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said the

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March for captive Israeli soldier ends in Jerusalem

A 12-day march for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Hamas in Gaza, has reached its final stage in Jerusalem. The 23-year-old’s father

A 12-day march for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Hamas in Gaza, has reached its final stage in Jerusalem. The 23-year-old’s father

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French team carries out rare face transplant

A French team of surgeons say they have completed a human face transplant that included replacing the patient’s eyelids. The 35-year-old suffered

A French team of surgeons say they have completed a human face transplant that included replacing the patient’s eyelids. The 35-year-old suffered

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Higher temperatures on the way for Europe

Europe is in the grip of a heatwave. From Moscow to Marseilles soaring temperatures are making the continent sweat. In the tourist magnet of Rome

Europe is in the grip of a heatwave. From Moscow to Marseilles soaring temperatures are making the continent sweat. In the tourist magnet of Rome

Europe

EU's new bank data sharing deal with US

United States terrorism investigators have been granted access to information about Europeans’ bank transfers, under a final agreement with the

United States terrorism investigators have been granted access to information about Europeans’ bank transfers, under a final agreement with the

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Paul faces sushi future?

Paul may be a great picker of football results, but can the two-year old octopus have foreseen the fate many Germans have in store for him? After

Paul may be a great picker of football results, but can the two-year old octopus have foreseen the fate many Germans have in store for him? After

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Speculation abounds over US-Russia spy swap

Moscow and Washington are said to be planning a Cold War-style spy swap to end an espionage scandal. Suspected Russian agent, 28-year-old Anna

Moscow and Washington are said to be planning a Cold War-style spy swap to end an espionage scandal. Suspected Russian agent, 28-year-old Anna

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Greece crippled by general strike

Greece has been paralysed by another general strike as workers protest against planned pension reforms. Proposals to raise the retirement age and cut

Greece has been paralysed by another general strike as workers protest against planned pension reforms. Proposals to raise the retirement age and cut

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EU urges speedy release for Cuban prisoners

The European Union has welcomed Cuba’s apparent agreement to free 52 political prisoners, calling on Havana to release them rapidly. After talks

The European Union has welcomed Cuba’s apparent agreement to free 52 political prisoners, calling on Havana to release them rapidly. After talks

Culture

Paris fashion week continues

Karl Lagerfeld showed his haute couture collection for Chanel under the bemused eye of an outsize golden lion. This was apparently in tribute to

Karl Lagerfeld showed his haute couture collection for Chanel under the bemused eye of an outsize golden lion. This was apparently in tribute to

Culture

The last Airbender

The Last Airbender is the latest CGI-powered avatar yarn to hit the silver screen. Action-packed with glorious scenery, breath-taking SFXs and lots

The Last Airbender is the latest CGI-powered avatar yarn to hit the silver screen. Action-packed with glorious scenery, breath-taking SFXs and lots

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US court to rule on deepwater oil drilling ban

As oil continues to gush from BP’s leaking Gulf of Mexico well, a courtroom battle is looming over the future of deepwater drilling.   The Obama

As oil continues to gush from BP’s leaking Gulf of Mexico well, a courtroom battle is looming over the future of deepwater drilling.   The Obama

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Cuba to free over 50 dissidents

Cuba’s President Raul Castro has agreed to release 52 political dissidents after significant talks involving the Catholic Church and Spain’s foreign

Cuba’s President Raul Castro has agreed to release 52 political dissidents after significant talks involving the Catholic Church and Spain’s foreign

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UK fugitive gunman "now threatens public"

The hunt for a suspected killer gunman in northeast England has taken a new and dramatic turn.   Fugitive Raoul Moat had already declared war on the

The hunt for a suspected killer gunman in northeast England has taken a new and dramatic turn.   Fugitive Raoul Moat had already declared war on the

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Naples police hold top Camorra suspect

Police in Naples have arrested a man they say is one of Italy’s most wanted mobsters. Cesare Pagano is believed to be the head of one of the most

Police in Naples have arrested a man they say is one of Italy’s most wanted mobsters. Cesare Pagano is believed to be the head of one of the most

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EU called on to soften stance on Cuba

Spain’s foreign minister has called on the EU to soften its stance on Cuba, after President Raul Castro agreed to release 52 political dissidents

Spain’s foreign minister has called on the EU to soften its stance on Cuba, after President Raul Castro agreed to release 52 political dissidents

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Spain parties while Germans rue defeat

July is fiesta time in Spain anyway… but when their team reaches the World Cup final for the first time, the result was a cacophony of

July is fiesta time in Spain anyway… but when their team reaches the World Cup final for the first time, the result was a cacophony of

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Al Qaeda suspects held in alleged Norway plot

Police in Norway say three men said to have links to Al Qaeda have been arrested. They are suspected of planning at least one attack. Two men were

Police in Norway say three men said to have links to Al Qaeda have been arrested. They are suspected of planning at least one attack. Two men were

Business

Aix-en-Provence economic forum: Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini predicted the 2008 financial crisis as early as 2006. Today, the New York University economist fears a new crisis is in the making

Nouriel Roubini predicted the 2008 financial crisis as early as 2006. Today, the New York University economist fears a new crisis is in the making

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Speculation over US-Russia spy deal "today"

Washington and Moscow could finalise a spy swap as early as today, in a bid to protect warming diplomatic ties from an unwelcome Cold War chill.

Washington and Moscow could finalise a spy swap as early as today, in a bid to protect warming diplomatic ties from an unwelcome Cold War chill.

Business

European economists seek new sources for growth

Summer is here at last in the South of France and with it the tourists come flocking. While within the leadership of the European Union all the

Summer is here at last in the South of France and with it the tourists come flocking. While within the leadership of the European Union all the